Netflix has released a new episode in Charlie Brooker’s dark, techno-paranoia TV series Black Mirror, but this time it’s interactive, and you can play it on PC.
Called Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the episode is set in 1984 and follows a young programmer as he tries to turn a dark fantasy novel into a choose-your-own-adventure computer game. It has five different endings in total according to Global News with the one you get determined by the choices you make throughout the entire episode.
As is explained at the beginning of the episode, you make those choices by simply moving your mouse on to the word that corresponds to the choice you want to make and clicking on it. Choices pop up frequently throughout the episode with an average of around one and a half minutes between each one.
“There are literally millions of permutations of the story, and your decisions matter,” Carla Engelbrecht, director of product innovation at Netflix, tells Global News. “The choices go beyond just ‘good’ and ‘bad’.”
Bandersnatch runs for about 90 minutes before you get an ending but it’s apparently possible to get through it in around 40 minutes if you manage to avoid certain story loops.
You can play Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on PC by logging into your Netflix account and searching for it – the same goes for your TV.
Todd Yellin, VP of product at Netflix, tells Global News that there will be more interactive films coming from Netflix in the future. He adds that this is what Netflix sees as the next logical step for the company and streaming services in general. Especially as one advantage of interactive movies like Bandersnatch makes it harder for a programme to be spoiled.