Thousand Dollar Soul
It's just an ordinary day for Todd until he gets a visit from the future... namely, himself. How does he know this isn't some scam, and this person is really himself from the future? Well, I mean, geez. The guy's got two ties. That is some serious future stuff right there. And in addition to some questionable style, he's also got a proposition for Todd, and some advice that may drastically change the course of his life... for better or worse. Thousand Dollar Soul is a text "Choose Your Own Adventure" style game about love and obsession... maybe. Your interaction in the story is limited to choosing from the options that appear on the bottom of the screen, which direct the course of events. Some of them may take the narrative in an unpredictable direction, while others may cut your tale short. Fortunately, if you don't like the outcome of a choice, you can just press "back" as often as you like to return to the previous page.
Analysis: Thousand Dollar Soul's biggest fault is that it just takes too long to get the ball rolling. The writing is far from bad, if a little stiff, but the characters aren't nearly as fleshed out as they really need to be to snag your attention (and your empathy) from the get-go. It doesn't help matters that the first decision you get to make is about the fate of your zit. The impression the story gives early on is unfortunately a rather shallow one, and, as they say, first impressions are everything. If a story doesn't hook you, you aren't going to be motivated to push past walls of text on the promise that it gets better eventually.
On the other hand, if you do stick it out, you'll find a surprisingly complex tale behind the deceptively mundane trappings. I started out initially unimpressed with the story and long scrolls of text, but was surprised at how drastically simple decisions changed the events within the narrative. And I do mean drastically. The problem most players will face is that so many of Thousand Dollar Soul's endings are abrupt and more than a little unsatisfying. There are thirty-five different endings in Thousand Dollar Soul, and if you want to have even the slightest clue as to what is really going on you'll have to try to unlock a good chunk of them. Seemingly happy endings can have a much sadder (or sinister) context when you've uncovered others.
While its pacing and wall-o-text presentation might unfortunately deter some people from checking it out, Thousand Dollar Soul is an impressive bit of work, if a little difficult to keep track of. (Flow chart, anyone?) Ultimately, my opinion isn't important; I'm just the word monkey here to point you towards it. Whether it means something to you is entirely between you and about thirty-five different possibilities.