I may be able to lie about many things, but this isn’t one of them: Video games are a big reason why I became so enamored of the arts, and why I chose to be a writer. Just the thought of creating worlds other people could navigate through the written word or neat computer graphics sent shivers down my spine as a kid. And yet I never imagined you could do it both ways simultaneously (to a degree) until I played an old text-adventure called Deadline in my neighbor’s Apple II computer.
Now let me be honest about one more thing: I never got past the beginning of the game, due to my poor grasp on English at the time. I never quite figured what the word “lawn” meant, but I was convinced not understanding it was the reason I couldn’t progress. Later on, of course, I found out I had to learn a number of commands to get around the Robner estate. Yes. I still remember that much.
Fast forward a good fifteen years later. Thanks to an article featured on Kotaku.com, I’ve found the tools to let me create a world just like the one I experienced through a green monochrome monitor so long ago. Of course I did something about it.
Using Twine and what little free time I had before restarting my teaching duties, I’ve created a working demo of my first ever text-adventure video game/interactive novel. Enjoy!
In case you’d like to play the demo some other time, or you’d like to tell your friends where to try it (please!), I’ve added a very convenient page from which they can access both the game and a humble trailer. There’s no download or installation required! You only need a working internet collection. If you’re reading this, I think you already got that covered.
Having reached this nigh-impossible personal milestone –albeit in a small measure–, I’d say this is a pretty good way to start 2013. Feel welcome to leave any comments, questions or feedback below.
- A Beginner’s Guide To Making Your First Video Game (kotaku.com)
- Twine, Creativity, and Freedom: The Leo Loikkanen Interview (indiegraph.wordpress.com)
- Twine Tips for Beginners (indiegraph.wordpress.com)