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Great Twine/Choice games for those skeptical of the format

Recommendations by MathBrush

I didn't like Twine at first, but slowly I've changed my opinion about it, until now, many of my favorite games are Twine/Choice games (including Varytale or choice-style parser games). These games tend to be very different genres from parser games, and the variety makes the IF world much better).

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1. Bigger Than You Think
by Andrew Plotkin
(2012)
Average member rating: (34 ratings)

MathBrush says:

If you hate choice games, what do you do when one of your favorite authors writes one? The first three games on this list are by popular parser authors. A sci/fi fantasy game based off an xkcd comic. This is not my favorite, but provides a good transition for those on the fence with choice games.

2. Bee
by Emily Short
(2012)
Average member rating: (53 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Another choice game by a legendary parser author. Play a home-schooled girl preparing for the national spelling be. Tons of different endings, stats kept during the game, and interesting moral choices involving your parents and friends and self.

3. Creatures Such As We
by Lynnea Glasser
(2014)
Average member rating: (53 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Lynne Glasser was the author of the 2013 Best Game XYZZY award-winning Coloratura. Creatures Such As We, which I played as a free Android app, is on my top 10 favorite games of all time. You play a tour guide on the moon who is obsessed with a zombie/ghost survival video game. One day, the creators of the game come to visit... huge game, excellent characterization, and enough in-game options to make anyone feel like they identify with the character.

4. You Will Select a Decision
by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
(2013)
Average member rating: (39 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Now, onto Twine games by Twine authors. This dry humor game pretends to be a translation of two Russian Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novels. They provide numerous endings and hilarious scenarios as the Russian author interprets the American west and space.

5. my father's long, long legs
by michael lutz
(2013)
Average member rating: (64 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Now, we're getting further and further from parser games. In this game, the gameplay is like a branching river where all ends meet up again. In game flow, it resembles Ecdysis, although the subject matter is very different. A child's father becomes obsessed with digging in the basement.

6. the uncle who works for nintendo, by michael lutz (2014)
Average member rating: (54 ratings)
MathBrush says:

Another game by the same author; you play a kid at a sleepover, where your friend claims to have an uncle who works at nintendo who provides them with unusual games that noone has seen. Very effective use of the format, allowing exploration of rooms and numerous endings. A horror game.

7. You are Standing at a Crossroads
by Astrid Dalmady
(2014)
Average member rating: (13 ratings)

MathBrush says:

I love all of Dalmady's games. This game has an inventory of four or more items and a map where you can return to different areas on numerous occasions. A horror game.

8. Eidolon, by A.D. Jansen (2014)
Average member rating: (26 ratings)
MathBrush says:

Nominated for a Best Writing XYZZY award, and Best Story. Very long game with inventory and exploration of a castle. This game has a long intro, with some locations to examine and objects to find, but really takes off after the first half hour. No save feature, so give yourself time. A young child going to the restroom at night notices a hole in the sky through the window.

9. howling dogs
by Porpentine
(2012)
Average member rating: (79 ratings)

MathBrush says:

I purposely avoided Porpentine games until now, as those who hate Twine probably dislike Porpentine, as she is the face of the movement. However, Howling Dogs is an excellent Twine game, with much of Porpentine's exreme content toned down. You play a prisoner who has nothing to do all day except use a virtual reality machine.

10. With Those We Love Alive
by Porpentine and Brenda Neotenomie
(2014)
Average member rating: (51 ratings)

MathBrush says:

This game encourages you to write on your skin, which I ignored. A bizarre, surreal world where an Alien-like Queen commissions you to form artwork from the bodies of her enemies. Uses repetition effectively, and has a great ending.

11. Hana Feels
by Gavin Inglis
(2015)
Average member rating: (37 ratings)

MathBrush says:

A game that would only work in Twine. A heartwarming game about a girl who is coming to grips with an unhealthy addiction. I wasn't the only one who liked it; it was sweet and charming.

12. To Spring Open, by Peter Berman and Yoon Ha Lee (as Two-Bit Chip) (2015)
Average member rating: (13 ratings)
MathBrush says:

A short competition game. Play in a Miyazaki-like world where masks are passports and strange temples dot the landscape.

13. The Tiniest Room
by Erik108
(2015)
Average member rating: (18 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Great introduction to the Twiny Jam genre, where the whole game (including code) must be 300 words or less. This is a surprisingly complex one-room escape game.

14. The Play
by Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky)
(2011)
Average member rating: (40 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Great realistic Twine game about a dress rehearsal of a play, and about sexism. Rapidly branching scenarios avoid the predictability problem of many Twine games.

15. Hallowmoor
by Mike Snyder
(2013)
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

MathBrush says:

A quite large exploration game. Play as a skeleton and a witch working together to overcome obstacles.


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