Posts Tagged ‘Twine’

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 in Twine that you can play online for free.

Teviot Tales [official site] is a socially-engaged work that pieces together stories, poems and interviews, letting you explore the place, breathe in its atmosphere and listen to the narratives that traverse this space.

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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 page] is a funny and grim free Twine game looking into a key development meeting for ShatterGate: Future Perfect, the third game in a fictional series at a fictional studio, written by someone who’s worked inside AAA.

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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 societies too. Also a bit of well-placed humour.

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

Fact: androids don't get lung cancer.

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, that android is living secretly in human society and has joined the police.

Follow-up game The Right Side of Town [official page] came out earlier this month, and I’ve finally got around to playing it. It’s pretty nice!

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Satanic Ritual Simulator: Sabbat Free For A Bit

This is the safe-for-work version, obvs. A lot of nipples are covered by that t-shirt. And where those snakes come from...

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 page] is currently (and briefly) pay-what-you-want. It’s a jolly funny and slightly unnerving Twine game about trying to invoke dark powers and become something dreadful, then roaring into the night to find people who’ll adore and fear your new form.

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Freeware Garden: Lightyear

A most evocative space thing.

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

Ice floe, nowhere to go.

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 across years. It’s a mite spooky and unpleasant and cruel and warming and I’ll stop listing adjectives if you go play it. Better you read its words than mine.

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