When I scroll through my Twitter feed, I’m never hard-pressed to find selfies, silly jokes, personal anecdotes, opinions on whatever dumb, ignorant thing Donald Trump said recently—but what I don’t expect to find is a Choose Your Own Adventure game, complete with pixel art gifs and a seemingly infinite number of choice-related deaths.
Pixel artist Leon Chang “launched” (or rather “tweeted out”) his social media-based Choose Your Own Adventure game Leon on October 21st. While not the first to make such a game, Chang’s Leon is the first to combine both gifs of original pixel art and hundreds of burnout Twitter accounts, each account linked directly to a choice chosen before it. For example, choose a) to take the elevator, or b) to take the stairs, and a unique path awaits you.
In Leon, I died all sorts of unexpected, silly ways. As an impossibly round pale bird wearing polka-dot pants, said to be Huffin Puffin’ from Yoshi’s Island by Chang himself, I made the incorrect decision to stand up while I peed and toppled over, splitting my head open. Game over. I became rattled with social anxiety on the subway at the sight of cooler animals than my own 8-bit spherical self (Teen Turtles, with capital Ts, to be exact), and while that didn’t kill me, deep down I felt it might. I made the rash decision to fight a monster, only to trip and impale myself with my own sword, which happened to be too heavy for me to carry. Game over, again.
With ten or so minutes to spare, anyone can explore all that Chang’s charming Leon has to offer—all its death gags, hints, and 8-bit gifs.
Start Leon Chang’s Leon from the beginning, here.