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IF Only: Strangely Thought

Text can conjure modes of thinking impossible to convey in images. Wordplay games are an obvious subset of this. Interactive fiction supplies plenty games where you can interact with metaphors as though they were reality, or use verbs only if they start with the correct letter, or convert objects into anagrams of themselves. In fact, the interactive fiction database offers dozens of games in this…

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London’s Modern Folklore In Teviot Tales

Hannah Nicklin, she of the wonderful RPS series A Psychogeography of Games and Even Your Mom. From October 2015, Hannah ran an art residency in Poplar, East London, trying to listen to the community and get them involved in a project that would let them tell their own stories. It culminated in a local exhibition at the end of April, and a storytelling experiment made…

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Experience AAA Dev Meeting Horrors In Free Twine Game

We only hear whispers from deep in the belly of AAA development, reports from PR trips where everyone's on their best behaviour and whispers in alleys from shadowy strangers wearing trenchcoats. What's it really like? What happens when a game in a multimillion dollar series is shaping up rubbish? Everyone wants to murder their workmates by the end, right? The Writer Will Do Something [official…

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Freeware Garden: The Matter of the Great Red Dragon

Count on Jonas Kyratzes to play with the tropes detailed in The Hero with a Thousand Faces and deliver a brilliant Twine-powered text adventure that simultaneously examines traditional heroic literature values and revels in retelling the classic save-the-world fantasy tale. With The Matter of the Great Red Dragon taking place in the Land of Dreams one can also expect a subtle yet incredibly novel critique of modern…

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Cops, Androids, And Murders In The Right Side Of Town

D'you remember You Were Made for Loneliness? Y'know, fab Twine game about an android reasserting her sentience? Was maid to a lonely old woman? Came out last year? The one with all the loneliness? That's the one! 500 years later, Alec, John, Jim, Kieron, Pip, Graham and the rest are all dead, and I'll still be there ticking away by myself. Meanwhile, in the game,…

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Satanic Ritual Simulator: Sabbat Free For A Bit

With the head of a goat, the wings of a crow, the chitinous legs and abdomen of a centipede, and bits of wolf and snake in places I'll not trouble you with this early in the morning, I have found... maybe not my true form, but a pretty kvlt one. While Satanic rituals always come at a cost, Satanic ritual simulator Sabbat: Director's Kvt [store…

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Freeware Garden: Lightyear

From the moment you open your in-game eyes in Lightyear by Jim Bruges, to find yourself inside a manned space telescope crafted by text and choices and bits of Twine, you'll also start to wonder whether this is a horror game, a technological thriller, an attempt to simulate living in space, or a story about loss and loneliness.

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Icy Inuit Horror: Free Interactive Fiction Beneath Floes

I hadn't heard of the Qalupalik, eerie human-like creatures from Inuit mythology who lurk near the edges of ice to snatch disobedient children away, until I played Beneath Floes. It's a free Twine game with lovely illustrations and music about one person's encounter with a Qalupalik - yours. It's also about storytelling, and what stories mean as they're passed on and retold to different people…

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Have You Played… My Father’s Long, Long Legs?

Free Twine game My Father's Long, Long Legs manages to capture some of the uncanny horror of Junji Ito's Uzumaki using nothing more than a fine selection of words and some cleverly applied sound effects. There are no jump scares here, just a gradual build toward...something. The story gains much of its power through the distorted vagueness of the threat - if it is truly…

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Looking Twice At Art: Veracity & Purpose

Veracity & Purpose is a free Twine game and an exploration of the works of fictional artist Robert Ells, told entirely through the lens of someone else describing his art as they experience it. Made by Castles in the Sky writer Jack de Quidt, it initially appears to be little more than a guide book to a retrospective. You read about a piece of art, you take in what you can,…

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Physically Interactive Fiction: With Those We Love Alive

One of these symbols I drew on my arm is a lie. With Those We Love Alive tells you to draw icons on your body to represent key choices and reactions, see, which is a lark until you realise you're marking and changing yourself in response to cruel and oppressive things. One icon represents something I like to think about myself, but know isn't true.…

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Boo: The Uncle Who Works At Nintendo

Michael Lutz made My Father's Long, Long Legs, which just so happens to be one of my favourite Twine games, and his latest release is right up in the top ten as well. The Uncle Who Works At Nintendo is a horror game that plays on schoolground jealousies, feelings of inadequacy and experimental Nintendo hardware. There are multiple endings, some of which aren't quite as…

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Happy Kitty, Cat Petting Simulator 2014, Purr Purr Purr

I miss having cats. Four years ago, I left home and became a professional itinerant, leaving my felines in the care of rich strangers. Today, I am bereft of cats and so, you shouldn't take me as an unbiased source when I say, "Oh, god. Cat Petting Simulator 2014 is the best thing I've seen in a long time."

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Freeware Garden: [R]espawn

Javy Gwaltney, the person responsible for both You Were Made For Loneliness and the (commercial) The Terror Aboard The Speedwell, has returned to his post-cataclysmic science fiction universe with a new Twine-powered text adventure: [R]espawn. A freeware sequel to those games that can perfectly well stand on its own.

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Freeware Garden: HHH

Hugo's House of Horrors, the parser driven shareware adventure game I played back during the dark days of the 5.25" floppy, was a demented and, many would argue, nonsensical game. It did have a charming, odd, b-movie feel to it, but it played like a drunken person's Maniac Mansion. For some weird reason though, and despite forcing me to smash a pumpkin just to grab…

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Dead Letters: Missive

As a lifelong fan of Jessica Fletcher (my Livejournal icon used to be a picture of Columbo wondering WWJD – what would Jessica do?) Missive appears to have been tuned to activate my keyword excitement gland*. It involves a typewriter and a murder mystery Missive is a Twine entry to this year's Interactive Fiction Competition. You have a week to solve the murder of Henry…

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