Choose Your Own Adventure!
This year's finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame include such familiar games and toys as Connect Four, Battleship, baseball cards, and one somewhat unusual inclusion: Choose Your Own Adventure game books. As the Strong National Museum of Play notes:
With their roots in oral storytelling that asked listeners for their input, and the branching stories and role-playing simulations of the mid-20th century, Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks gave kids new opportunities to play with reading. By empowering readers to choose what paths their stories took, it influenced a generation of future game designers, sold more than 270 million copies, and became one of the bestselling children’s book series of all time.
If successful, Choose Your Own Adventure books would be the first books inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. While some honorees (like Master of the Universe action figures) are less popular in today's culture, some are absolute classics, like dominos, teddy bears, and balls. Choose Your Own Adventure books, first published in 1976, are likewise still going strong! Check out some of the latest adventures below.