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'Choose Your Own Adventure' creators want to bring classic gamebooks to life on the iPad

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After rising to prominence in the eighties, Choose Your Own Adventure books have fallen out of favor, somewhat replaced by increasingly narrative-driven video games. The makers of those original books are today launching a Kickstarter that aims to merge what was great about the old books with the immediacy of video games. Choose Your Own Adventure Choose 'Toons is a planned iPad app that takes an already-existing book in the series — Your Own Robot — and turns it into an animated adventure game.

The team behind Choose 'Toons want a massive $130,000 to make the app. With app-reward tiers starting at $6, they'll need a lot of backers. Although it's described as "the first in a series" of adventures, the decision to pick Your Own Robot as a lead title goes against the proven Kickstarter tactic of relying on nostalgia to gain backers. They'll be hoping that enough backers, nostalgic for the books they enjoyed as a child, will want to introduce their kids to a modernized version of the series.