Interactive Digital Romance Gets Its Game On

With romance novels and ebooks now in the fifth anniversary of their increasingly happy marriage, and taking into account the proliferation of choose-your-own-romance-style ebooks, websites, and downloadable apps, interactive romance fiction has lately really picked up steam.harlequin presents hidden object of desire feature1 300x257 Interactive Digital Romance Gets Its Game On

First, in the summer of 2009, Big Fish Games and Harlequin Enterprises Limited launched a line of online interactive games based on the popular romance-novel series Harlequin Presents.

Then, later that year, New York Times best‚ selling paranormal romance author Marjorie M. Liu partnered with Melissa Heidrich to form PassionFruit Games, a Seattle-based company specializing in PC/Mac-friendly casual game adaptations of Liu’s works. PassionFruit’s first release was Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box, an initially downloadable-only game that in April 2010 became available as a boxed retail edition.TigerEye screenshot1 300x225 Interactive Digital Romance Gets Its Game On

Also that spring, Nintendo and game developer Genius Sonority launched a new series of Harlequin romances in Japan marketed for the DS handheld gaming system‚ features include a continuously updated character relationship chart, a concierge to navigate stories by mood/type of heroine, and background music.

These and other developments in the area of interactive digital romance recently prompted one blogger to ask, How about adapting a historical romance into an interactive graphic novel with hyperlinks or linked pop-up boxes of brief info blurbs about objects, incidents, laws and the etymology of words?

The possibilities, like any good love story? Endless.



  1. Janay Kribs says:

    howdy, this is good thought.. :-P

  2. Leslie says:

    You might be interested in “Click Here if You Love Me”, a romance novel game found on

    It’s a gothic romance that jumps from the 1870s to modern times.

    The web site, like most, is a work in progress!

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