Play the Game: Criminal Minds
“This should be a significant piece of digital writing, created using Twine.
You should aim for the reader to be able to experience the majority of your project over a 5-8 minute period.
This might involve them restarting and choosing different branches, or it might involve them spending more time reading your text before making decisions. “
About the game:
Engine used: Twine
Team Size: 1
Time to complete: 2 months
You are the main character that has just murdered their lover. You need to be quick and try to hide the body, whilst at the same time trying to evade being caught by the guards or someone else. You have limited turns and there are only a few locations where you can hide the body. You complete the game after successfully hiding the body.
My contribution towards the game:
I worked on everything in the game, from the story, to the codes inside. I had to fit a brief, where the story had to be between 5-10 minutes long. I planned out the story, prototyped it on paper and then created it using Twine. Any images used, were taken from the internet, including the music.
I am very proud of how the game turned out to be. Twine is quite limited with what you can do, however I took the most out of it, and created an interactive story based game. This means that it’s serious and intimidating, but at the same time, it’s funny and interesting. The biggest challenge I had with this game was creating a timer, or turns, which proved extremely difficult, however turned out quite nicely at the end. I know that the game can be improved, however I believe it feels the same way I intended it to and I am extremely happy with the way it turned out. I wish I could make it more “detective” type, or “puzzle” type, where you actually have to think logically, however that would make the game longer than it should be and it will not fit the brief.
As my very first narrative driven game, I am extremely proud of it, and this has been somewhat of a stepping stone for me when it comes to writing stories and creating different characters. Although Twine is a small and easy to use engine, it still helped me create a complicated story with different branches and options.