Back in 1979, the world was introduced to a new reading format from Bantam Books called Choose Your Own Adventure, which enabled readers to determine the outcome of a book by making decisions for the characters. Each read-through of a CYOA could result in an entirely different outcome, and now, thanks to interactive television, the format is back in a new and incredibly interactive way.
Thanks to the success of Netflix's Black Mirror: Bandersnatch film released in late 2018, the format has made the leap to interactive TV in such a way, people are embracing the Choose Your Own Adventure format all over again. Netflix has capitalized on the success of that rather risky gamble and has released a large number of new content that enables the viewer to make choices for the people on screen such as offerings from the likes of Bear Grylls like You vs. Wild and there are even new series aimed at kids.
Netflix is continuing to add more episodes, shows, and movies in this popular format, but these examples are the best the digital streaming service has put out to the world so far! Don't forget to vote up your favorite to see which one rises to the top!
Released: December 28, 2018
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Asim Chaudhry, Alice Lowe
Drive the course of the film's story as you direct the protagonist's actions including what music to listen to, which cereal to eat, and whether or not to kill people. Every decision takes you down the dark path of the Bandersnatch, and if you're really lucky, you might even be treated to the famous "secret" ending.
Released: April 10, 2019
Starring: Bear Grylls
The viewer gets to make life-threatening decisions for Bear as he must have someone else decide whether or not to climb up, climb down, set a fire, pitch a tent, and do many of the other things he's done for years in his death-defying survival series!
Released: February 12, 2020
Starring: Nat Faxon, Jay Gragnani, Ramone Hamilton
Carmen Sandiego needs your help saving Ivy and Zack when VILE captures them during a heist in Shanghai. The choices available run the moral gamut, letting you play Carmen as a thief with a heart of gold or one who has a heart only for gold.
Released: June 20, 2017
Starring: Eric Bauza, Jayma Mays, Maria Bamford
In this new adventure starring Puss in Boots, a storybook helps the viewer decide how the adventure will proceed, which leaves everything very much in the hands of whoever holds the remote! Will Puss in Boots have a good day, or will he need to find one of his friends to get him out of trouble? Only the remote can decide in this fun, family adventure series.