Twine

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Name
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Twine
Tool Class
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Media, Game Development
Developer
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Chris Klimas
Date Created
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2009
Still Maintained?
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Yes
Open Source?
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PC, Mac, Web
Website
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Http://twinery.org
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free
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All
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Beginner

Tool Description

Twine is a Game Development tool for telling branching, interactive stories through text.

Twinedemo.png

An example of branching storylines in Twine 2

The value of Twine - as with other games - is its ability to tell interactive stories. Many forms of communication, such as Radio and Television, are passive, because the audience has no role in shaping the content. By contrast, Twine allows users to make choices and impact the outcome of the story.

The original version of Twine is available for Mac and Windows. Twine 2 is still in development, which means that it is not fully featured, but can be used in the browser, as well as on Windows, in Mac and Linux.

How to share your Twine Game

Hosting

There are multiple ways to publish your game online:

  • Philome.la hosts Twine games for free if the user logs in with a Twitter account.
  • Textadventures.co.uk also provides free hosting.
  • Users with Dropbox can host a twine game in their public folder and share the link.
  • Twine 2 games can be hosted by Twinery.

Sharing

After the game is published, look at Awareness Raising techniques for distributing it to your audience. Users can employ Social Media and other forms of promotion.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Unlike many other game development tools, Twine requires no understanding of coding languages. Many game development students start learning about their field using Twine because it has a low skill level barrier of entry.

Twine games, because they only consist of text, are very small files and don't require a lot of data to play. Another value of text games is that any smart-phone, regardless of age or power, should be able to play them without difficulty. This is not always the case in mobile games, some of which can only be played by the most powerful models of phone.

Links to Tutorial Content

Projects that use this tool

  • While not in the peacebuilding field, The Writer Will Do Something is a Twine game for empathy building that conveys the challenges of working as a writer in a field that often does not respect writers.
  • Depression Quest is an interactive experience with two objectives: to Build Empathy for people suffering from depression and to communicate to victims of depression that they are not alone in their suffering.oh

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