"Black Mirror" interactive episode Bandersnatch was named the year's best TV Movie at the 2019 Emmy Awards, so check out these five games that channel a similar tone or interactive fiction format -- "Dr. Langeskov," "Telling Lies," "Late Shift," "AI: The Somnium Files" and "Man of Medan" -- plus bonus suggestions if any in particular catch your eye.
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
Budget-friendly and with a sharp sense of humor to boot, this free, fairly short adventure plays with expectations just as Bandersnatch did, effervescent comedian Simon Amstell voicing what starts out as a jaunty thief's adventure.
More like this: Creative lead William Pugh co-developed a swish remaster of a similarly amusing and befuddlingly clever "The Stanley Parable" (PC, Mac, Linux, with console(s) later in 2019) and "Accounting+" with "Adventure Time" bod Justin Roilland for PC and PS4 VR setups, while "Stanley" creator Davey Wreden went on to make "The Beginner's Guide" (PC, Mac, Linux).
iOS, PC, MacOS
Work out what's going on between four people whose intense, covertly recorded video conversations have been collected by the National Security Agency.
More like this: The game's creator, Sam Barlow, made a name for himself through the success of video evidence mystery "Her Story," first released on iOS, PC, and Mac, and then on Android a year later.
PS4, Switch, XBO, PC
Heist thriller in which the decisions of the main character, a young part-time car park attendant, could foil an auction house robbery, make sure it succeeds, or take a more chaotic, consequences-be-damned form. Plenty of ruminations on the nature of choice amid the thrills.
More like this: "Late Shift" publisher Wales Interactive also distributes "The Bunker" (PS4, Switch, XBO, PC), "The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker" (as before) and "The Shapeshifting Detective" (as before, plus iOS).
AI: The Somnium Files
PS4, Switch, PC
Swapping full-motion video for anime visuals, this just-released and well-received sci-fi detective mystery features multiple timelines, a branching, conversation-oriented storyline, a dry and sometimes mature sense of humor, and puzzles that can unlock new areas of suspects' consciousness.
More like this: "AI: The Somnium Files" is the latest from a team and producer responsible for cult hit "Zero Escape" thriller trilogy: "Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors" on iOS, PS4, PC, (3)DS, and Vita, and then "Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward" and "Zero Time Dilemma" on PS4, PC, 3DS, and Vita.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Four American passengers find themselves marooned aboard a ghost ship floating in the South Pacific and are faced with a barrage of decisions that determine their survival. Like a "Black Mirror" episode, it's part of a broader planned anthology collection.
More like this: British developer Supermassive Games was previously best known for PS4 mountain lodge horror "Until Dawn" which co-starred Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot," "Bohemian Rhapsody") and Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes," "Nashville").