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The Anachronist

by Peter Levine

Historical/Literary
2016

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About the Story

In the year 1596, Anna is about to be burned at the stake. As the constable prepares to light the fire below her, she can do nothing but seek a solution in her own memory and imagination.

The Anachronist is a game in which you make choices that determine the outcome. By increasing Anna’s knowledge, you can create opportunities for her to act. By decreasing the entropy or disorder of the whole situation, you can raise the odds that the ending will be a happy one for all of the characters. If you try to conclude the story while knowledge is too low or entropy is too high, Anna will burn.

At the same time, The Anachronist is literary fiction. With as many words as a novel, it’s indebted to authors like Joyce, Borges, Calvino, and Pamuk. It uses modernist and post-modernist literary techniques–as well as an interactive format–to explore questions of perspective, historical change, and truth.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: December 12, 2016
Current Version: 1.0
License: Creative Commons
Development System: Twine
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: Unknown
TUID: risfsspmeerga8nu

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Curious game, December 29, 2016
Its a curious game with lots of reflections and choices. It ends fairly abruptly on a blank screen after contemplating the cooked/non-cooked nature of food in prison, though, and the game didn't really seem to tie itself back together before said blank screen.

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