I FEEL THE TUG OF SPACETIME AS IT WARPS AROUND MY PHYSICAL FORM.
PLEASUREWAVES ASSAULT ME FROM ALL SIDES.
NO. THIS IS THE FIRST TEST.
Outside of this jam, I’ve encountered quite a few other “naked” twines, where the reader is left with a black screen and white text, a throw back in many ways to the interactive fiction I first encountered as a teen. The focus on basic elements is an interesting premise on which to run a jam on, and the games created are diverse and showcase the works of amateurs and seasoned Twine developers.
There were 45 games submitted to the Naked Twine Jam, and I’ll probably get to some of the others (I’ve already covered sexartpolitics Negotiation). This article I’ll focus on is Alex Roberts Bookshelf.
Bookshelf is not a long game, but it utilizes it’s brevity to create a detailed environment and to integrate a great deal of wit. Your character enters a shop, a piece of paper your only guide, and you can take your pick from a variety of books on that shelf. Not all of the books have content, but you can click a few of them and read an excerpt.
The book excerpts, from cowboy romance to a very aggressively sexual piece (the quote at the head of the article), are the real winners of this Twine. They feature a wide variety of content and the game manages to capture the spirit of discovery that makes looking around a real bookstore such a fantastic experience.