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MS Paint Adventures actually consists of a number of different stories, with Homestuck as the current one.  The general premise is that each page of the adventure is caused by a command to one of the characters (e.g "PS: Push buttons on the machine randomly!").  Readers have the ability to make suggestions for what commands should happen next (and for the earlier adventures, the author forced himself to only use commands from reader suggestions).

One of the most astounding things about the comic / adventure is the amount of updates: typically multiple pages / commands per day.  Most images are animated gifs and, as of Homestuck, there are now regular Flash animations as well.

In reverse chronological order:


Location: http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6
Updates: ~5 pages per day (no, that is not a typo)
Actually Updates: Amazingly often
Rating: PG.  Maybe sometimes a little higher.
Recommended by: Kazuhiko
Example Strip:

On the 13th birthday of four kids they receive the Sburb beta, a 'game' that lets you control the environs of one of the other players.

A couple of the jokes will make a little more sense if you've read Problem Sleuth but it certainly isn't necessary.

This one starts a little slower than Problem Sleuth and seems a little more grounded / less random.  That said, dream selves ("I think the true purpose of this game is to see how many qualifiers we can get to precede the word "self" and still understand what we're talking about.") and future time loops have started to come into the picture.

On re-reading what I had written, I realised it might look like Homestuck and Problem Sleuth were very similar so I wanted to emphasise this point.  Problem Sleuth goes from insanity to insanity eventually growing (or degenerating, depending on your viewpoint) into a game of one-upmanship (i.e. if you thought that was insane, try this...).  Weird and convoluted things happen in Homestuck but it always feels (to me) much more tied into the story.  Not trying to say one approach is inherently better than the other but it does give quite a different feel to the adventures. --K

Problem Sleuth

Location: http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4
Updates: Complete (1 year, 1621 pages)
Rating: PG.  Maybe sometimes a little higher.
Recommended by: Kazuhiko
Example Strip:

Problem Sleuth (along with Pickle Inspector and Ace Dick) attempt to escape to the "real world".  This is minorly complicated by a whole host of alternate selves and different realities (which are mainly accessed through windows which have to be plugged in).  Starts a little slow but rapidly escalates as the various mechanics of the world are explored.

Jailbreak and Bard Quest

Location: http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=1 and http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=2 respectively
Updates: Indefinite hiatus
Recommended by:
Example Strip:

Mainly notable as the precursors to Problem Sleuth.  Kazuhiko didn't particularly enjoy them.

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