Sit back and choose your own Netflix adventure

We got to decide the fate of Puss in Boots in Netflix’s first Interactive Storytelling movie, and now you can too

What will you do - Read more about Netflix’s cool new Interactive Storytelling feature, or head straight to Netflix to try it out? Only you can decide.

So what’s Interactive Storytelling?

Have you read the old “choose your own adventure” novels, where you decide the outcome of the story with your own choices by flipping pages?

Maybe you’ve scared the crap out of yourself on gamebooks like Give Yourself Goosebumps, or went on heroic adventures in the Fighting Fantasy series.

Or maybe you watch Netflix shows wondering, “What if he or she did this or that instead?”

Well, Netflix is finally premiering the first of its new Interactive Storytelling movies - Puss In Book: Trapped In An Epic Tale, combining the classic choose your own adventure style with the Netflix original Puss in Boots animation.

There’s a lot to love if you’ve been weaned on gamebooks, especially for the kids. Director of Product Innovation at Netflix, Carla Engelbrecht Fisher said the new feature had gotten positive feedback (for example, parents like the fact their child has the ability to make decisions and take a seat in the director’s chair, if you will).

For now it’s only on iOS devices and smart TVs, so go borrow an iPhone or iPad from a friend, stat. Or keep reading on to see what’s new in this Interactive Storytelling feature. It’s your call once again. 

Is it really all that fun?

I got to try an early demo of Puss In Book: Trapped In An Epic Tale and it was an addictive experience.

If your kids love The Adventures of Puss in Boots, then they’ll definitely be familiar to the characters that appear in his latest adventure, though you don’t need any prior knowledge to step right into the story. Like his friend the Golem mentions, “This story not part of standard continuity.”

Here’s what’s happening (don’t worry, no spoilers). Puss is trapped in a fairytale storybook by the mysterious Storyteller and has to make it to the end of the book, with your help.

For instance, in one chapter Puss meets the three bears from Goldilocks. In one option, they are a happy loving family. In the other, they are crazed monstrous beasts. It’s really all up to you what happens next to Puss.