Black Mirror’s one-off holiday special movie titled ‘Bandersnatch’ has just been launched on Netflix, marking the first time the streaming company has used interactivity on a show that’s not aimed at kids. Last year, Netflix had introduced two interactive shows for kids i.e. Puss In Boots and Minecraft: Story Mode.
According to Engadget, the movie is basically an interactive drama “where you choose how you mess things up”. Users come up against decisions as the story progresses where they need to tap or click on a black box in order for the show to progress.
The movie is set in the mid-80s UK and follows a young programmer with a tragic history as he tries to turn a fantasy novel into a story-led video game. The experience can be compared to that of Until Dawn on the PS4:
There’s a timer too: the show will pick for you if you don’t hustle. Usually, there are two options, sometimes there’s only one option. Even if you wish there was another…For the more analogue among us, yes it’s kind of like the choose-your-own-adventure books that this Black Mirror story bases itself on, but with all the punch and style of a Black Mirror modern parable.
There are five endings with variations according to Netflix, in addition to some easter eggs nestled within the show.