Choices has, by far, the best story telling and art for a Visual novel app out there, but it’s suffering severely in the lack of diamond earning. I put it down for months out of frustration for how much it cost to get through a single chapter. You have to spend weeks of time playing unrelated stories, that you also can’t really enjoy or don’t have interest in, just to earn enough diamonds mid chapter of your favorite story. You can’t even replay old stories to earn diamonds? So even if you blitz through a book to earn diamonds so you can go back and experience the diamond choices, you waste a ton of time and keys because you can’t earn diamonds replaying the book. An entire book doesn’t even cover the cost of the majority of a SINGLE diamond choice! At this rate, we will have to go through EVERY story released, using no diamonds, just to finish a favorite book and get the various scenes.
I’d suggest holiday diamond earning bonuses or sales. I’ve seen a daily “wheel spin” or “loot box” suggestion that could be great too. Something to incentivize coming back to the app every day, or splurging on a sale, and not just to scroll carelessly through a story that doesn’t interest you just to collect a couple diamonds per day.
I love the stories, I just hate how incredibly pricy and irregular the diamond costs are. 30 diamonds for an early hangout scene (Dean in RoE) but 17 or so for an actual romance scene? I don’t want to talk about the cockroach situation.
Love this, but...
Hey guys! I love this game SO MUCH! Like, these are the things that make me throw my phone when I get a cliffhanger... ANYWAY! So, I keep playing (loving Hero, by the way) and I realize: if you want to really experience half the stuff, you have to pay diamonds. Now, premium currency is something I've always loved. It helps give the creators money. But the diamond system in this game... it just doesn't make sense. Like, I'm playing Hero ~(SPOILER ALERT)~ and I'm at the point where you can customize the clock tower base, and it costs 30 diamonds to make it awesome. Now, I wouldn't mind if the system was that you can get a max of like 15 diamonds a day. And that's IF you play a new story every time, and you play 24 hours straight. So, since I don't have that kind of time, I have to pause my adventures for a few weeks until I can make enough to buy it. Same happened with Endless Summer ~(ALSO SPOILER ALERT)~ where at the end you get the files to hack the password. So I had to play the first two books of The Freshman, which took me a month, and then, not ten minutes later, in Crown and Flame ~(YOU KNOW THE DRILL)~ "Spend 12 diamonds to save the Prince." So, either make diamonds easier to get (my idea is a HUGE diamond bonus at the end of a book, like ten diamonds or so) or make the premium choices cheaper. I'll fix my rating afterwards.
NOW, ONTO THE GOOD STUFF YOU'VE BEEN DOING~ Guys, keep up the good work! And please hurry up with Most Wanted 2! Love that one!
Why the Diamonds?!?
I love the game and it’s probably my favorite game because of choices. The keys make sense and I can wait to unlock new chapters even if I would rather just be able to play for as long as I want because of how much I love it. But the diamonds are just annoying. The most you can get at once is two, yet even the lowest price for a choice that costs diamonds is like 16! And you can’t pick the choices that you want because of it. I play stories sometimes because of a certain thing that might happen, then I discover that I can’t even do those things because I need more diamonds. Then to get more diamonds you have to read more chapters, yet you only get two keys at a time. I’ve had to delete the game multiple times because of the situations with the diamonds. If you could just get rid of them and let us pick whatever choices we want without any diamonds, I’d be much happier and would happily give it a five star rating. Besides the diamond, the game is great, the keys are a little annoying. Maybe not if there was a shorter wait time or more keys to have at once though. But anyway, I’d love if you updated the game to have no diamonds and all choices free. I am addicted to the game and would be even more if you did this. Thank you for getting to the end of my super long rant, but that’s just my opinion and I’m sure several other people’s opinion. Everything else is great though.
The game’s amazing, the system’s flawed.
By Farrah naeem
Choices is awesome! I can say that wholeheartedly because I love story games that allow you to simulate specific choices and thus change the results of your story. I was an original fan of both Surviving High School and High School Story, So when I first saw Choices’ released announcement, I was so excited. It’s been, I believe, two years since I stopped playing this game and just continued about a week ago. I started to play again and I’m happy I did since the stories make me smile at every turn that comes about in the plot. Well, up until the choices where diamonds come in.
I don’t spend money on apps mostly because I don’t have any of it to spend on small things. I can understand the keys and the time to get more for them but it’s absolutely ridiculous how you only get one diamond after playing a story. The minimum amount of diamonds you need for a specific choice is (to my knowledge of the few stories I’ve played) 12 diamonds. Even then, I’m being run dry. I will admit that I splurged out of anger and bought a bundle of diamonds, but it’s also extremely overcharged as compared to the average roleplaying app in similarity to Choices.
I just kind of wish someone in Pixelberry would work to change the way diamonds could be given (for example: a certain amount of diamonds for logging in per day, do this task and get diamonds, get more diamonds for completing the chapter or depending on specific choices, etc.).
Improvement on earning diamonds, but deleted choices
I began playing this sometime after the James change, but before the Sebastian change. It was much harder to earn diamonds back then (only new chapters earned you diamonds), so the watch an ad to earn a diamond option is a much appreciated improvement. However, the ad for a diamond does not always work. Either, the pop-up doesn’t show up, or it’ll say I’ll get credited for it later (which I did not). My settings are set to show the ad for a diamond every time. I understand that the ad does not pop up after the 1st chapter since you don’t have to use a key to play, but this is occurring on the subsequent (non-1st)chapters.
Also, when I went back to replay some older chapters, some of my choices (which required diamonds) are gone—I have to repurchase them! I don’t think this issue for outfits, since I still have my purchased outfits; I’m speaking of the purchased choice/scenes. I wanted to see the different scenarios/responses to the different answers I picked, but only to find out I’ll have to accumulate 30 diamonds again to play that scene. Not cool. I haven’t revisited those chapters since before the Sebastian change, but it would be nice to still revisit my prior storyline choices w/o having to save up on diamonds again. (The character of my love interest hasn’t changed when I tried to replay the storyline, so it’s not like I’m trying to replay w/ different love interests).
Fix the diamond problem!!!
Now this is one of the best choice driven games I’ve played in a while, but the fact that you have to pay over 25 or more diamonds to get the result you want in a story is completely ridiculous. You shouln’t have to pay to choose the choices you wish to make in the story every time, especially if you have to waste all your saved up dimonds that you got by playing a random story you weren’t even interested in. At this rate It’ll take me months just to finish one story. One way you people can fix this is by adding a way to get diamonds faster. For example, what if when you log in the game every day you get a certain amount of diamonds that slowly increases by choosing to play every day. And when or if that streak is broken the number of diamonds you get goes down again and you have to build it up again. Also one major problem is the limited number of keys.
Like C’mon give us at LEAST FIVE keys...
If these problems aren’t resolved in due time Im honestly just going to keep telling the friends I know who play these kinds of games that this one is just not worth their time and effort. Because it has become enfuriating having to wait months just to get a few diamonds to pick the choice that’ll move the story in the direction that we want to take it.
I hope this helps the developers fix these simple things that will honestly improve the game and make it a hundred times better, and more enjoyable. Thank you for your time. 🤗👋🏼
By Lara Vaskovic
Well, first of all I want to say that I’ve been playing choices since the beginning when the only books you had were freshman, most wanted and crown and the flame only first parts. Now, to see you grow this big, congratulations. Pixelberry Studious does a great job with all the games, before Choices I played Hollywood U. and High School Story (if you haven’t played yet, you should!). You have so many great books, I’m loving each and every one of them. Great job with HSS, Rules of engagement, Crown and the Flame and Endless summer. I find Royal Romance a little boring(and the chapters are too short, not much happens) but it’s cute. I’ve read quite a lot of these reviews and they basically all say the same, more ways to win diamonds. No matter how many new books you publish they all need diamonds for the full experience and it’s your biggest demerit. If you really want to enjoy the story you have to pay, and I understand that it’s necessary but just a little bit more diamonds would be amazing. Plus it could definitely get you to five stars with most of people.
I mean, basically, the gist of this review is that you have outstanding books, that I’m (as much as one could be) proud of you and the only thing choices lack are diamonds.
Keep up the good work and give us new books cause you keep amazing me more and more every day.
Lots of love for everyone!
Love and hate the game
I love the stories in this game and I love playing but the reasoning for the low rating is you can't do anything you want because of how many diamonds a lot of the choices cost. There should be a better system for it or charge like $2.99 for the game and get rid of the diamond system completely because I rather pay a one time fee than waste my money on diamonds, because I refuse to pay the money for them. That is the main reason I don't recommend this game to others is no one would want to deal with it. Not only that, but the timing it takes for you to earn free keys takes so long and it will only go up to a max of two and then stop earning them until you use one you have to wait another hour and thirty mins for each of them to come back. And you blow through through the keys so fast it's upsetting. I was actually debating not playing it anymore because it's so frustrating. I have played other games that are free and you earn so many of the diamonds for free you can actually enjoy the game fully. With out wasting a dime. Last if you do use diamonds to make a choice if you decide you want to do the story again that option cost diamonds every time it doesn't save options you already paid diamonds for. Same goes with keys even if you opened a whole book already you need keys to to it again. Overall I wish they would makes changes and I bet a lot more people would download the game. It almost makes the game unenjoyable.
No Resets and Diamond Opprotunities
Overall, this game is a fantastic, very addicting, and I love playing it all the time. But, there are two components that have prevented me from continuing to play this game. One, I cannot reset my progress. I was devastated, after contacting service with the game, that there was no way to reset all your progress as if you have never played it before. I wanted to reset because my friends were playing this game on my phone and I wanted to start from scratch so I can get the full experience, but because the game nor myself can even reset it, I no longer want to play. And possibly this could be for diamond reasons so you can get more money, but for myself and the thousands of people not doing that, it has stopped me from wanting to continue playing the game. And needs to be fixed immediately.
Another small issue that would be great if can be improved but alright if not, is that there are no opportunities to ever get diamonds than buy them. I was thinking you can get 2 diamonds for watching a 30 second advertisement, which overall is more money for you and would make players recommend this game to more people and play a lot more.
Overall, this game would deserve 5 stars, but because I cannot get the full game experience due to no resets, it has 3.
Good but frustrating
I really enjoy the concept of Choices. The available books are interesting and fun to play. My biggest complaint (and apparently others as well) is the diamond earning situation. The title is Choices but in reality you have no choices unless you want to spend $$$ to buy diamonds. It’s so infuriating! You only earn 1 diamond per chapter but everything costs like 17+ diamonds. There’s simply no real way to earn them fast enough. So you’re stuck with the boring FREE storyline, which is no choice at all. There needs to be a better and faster way to earn diamonds (and keys as well!!) to play. I would love to choose a diamond choice but never have enough. So give more ways to earn more diamonds and keys! Also, it might be nice to include some additional free Choices. Why can I only have 1 outfit without using diamonds?! At least give a couple free ones as well as paid ones. Same thing with other choices. Don’t just give the boring choice which won’t move the romance along or the expensive choice. Give a third free option (or SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper one), that may move the romance a little but not as much as the paid option.
I gave it 3 stars because I’m still playing it and I like the potential. However I get so frustrated at the diamond situation and that I can only read 2 chapters daily usually because of lack of keys, that I almost have it only 2 stars. Some upgrades are majorly needed.