Interactive

The following is a list of all the interactive works I’ve been involved with: anything from text-based interactive fiction all the way to commercially released videogames:

Interactive Fiction:

Blacklight 1995 Purple (sharp)

Blacklight 1995 sees you take on the role of a police officer in an alternate 1995 of advanced cybernetics and digital drugs. But what seems like an everyday run into the industrial district to drive away vandals soon turns into something else entirely.

Project Pandora

Project Pandora is an experimental piece revolving around boxes and opening them or not. Take your time. Think carefully. Don’t open the box.

Project Pandora 2

Project Pandora 2 takes off precisely where Project Pandora left off. It is vital to play the original first.

Marooned is a story in two halves, alternating between a shipwrecked protagonist’s struggle to escape a desert island and, simultaneously, the struggle to regain a place in the civilised world.

Spring Rain was an April Fools’ prank for 2014. It features an extremely peculiar zombie apocalypse.

Project Proteus was an April Fools’ prank for 2016. The story revolves around a journalist reporting on the mysterious Project Proteus, but the true nature of that project can vary wildly.

PlayerWin

Treasure Hunt is an experiment in using graphics and coordinates to construct a game. Though I made it using interactive fiction software, Twine, it actually behaves more like a straightforward videogame.

Echoes sketch

Artwork copyright Thomas Venner, 2014.

Outpost sees you take on the role of a visitor to the Alterworld: a nightmarish, sunless parallel plane of existence. There’s a literally infinite space to explore, but for your own safety it’s best to stay within sight of the beacon. Terrible things wait in the dark.

Artwork by Joe Wright

Artwork by Joe Wright

Girth Loinhammer’s Most Exponential Adventure is a work in progress, though at the time of writing it’s already more than 50,000 words long. It places you in the role of Girth ‘Meatthrust’ Loinhammer who, despite wanting only to catch and torture generic fantasy heroes in order to steal their treasure, finds his dungeon inundated with suspiciously enthusiastic visitors. Needless to say, he’s not happy. Not happy at all. This story currently features well over 100 unique endings.

Inquisition was written for Flash Fiction Month 2016, and so is necessarily very short indeed (under 1,000 words in total). Nevertheless, I set myself the personal challenge of making it as interactive as possible. This story sees you take on the role of an inquisitor in a high fantasy police state, torn between maintaining your humanity and conquering an inhuman foe.

Brituals was a game I worked on as part of a team – Jammers in Pyjammers – as part of Brighton Global Game Jam 2016. The title link will take you to the Game Jam project page which includes the credits for the other creators, but if you’d like to skip straight to the game you can find it here. I feel that I should mention that no member of Jammers in Pyjammers was actually wearing pyjamas while participating, though given the nature of the game – a social awkwardness simulator set in a hellish parallel Britan – that would have been comparatively normal all things considered.

Videogames:

Spoiler Alert Cover Art

Spoiler Alert (Megafuzz, 2014) is the first game you will ever uncomplete. When you pick it up, it has already been beaten. The big bad boss is defeated, the coins are collected and the princess has been rescued. Unravelling this mystery takes you through the entire game, from the last level to the first. You must uncollect the coins, revive the enemies and avoid nasty time paradoxes. In other words, you must uncomplete the game by playing it backwards. Winner of “MOST PROMISING GAME IN DEVELOPMENT” award, Indie Prize Amsterdam 2014. Available for most mobile and desktop platforms.

Orange Bear

Rainbow Bears’ Playtime was my April Fools’ prank for 2015. It purports to be a children’s puzzle game involving brightly coloured bears, but it isn’t.

Craft Keep VR (developed by Strange Fire, published by Excalibur Games) puts you in the role of an artisan merchant from long ago. That sounds pretty fancy until you realise you are effectively that generic shopkeeper NPC selling weapons to the heroes in just about every RPG ever. It’s actually great fun, though: being a VR title, you play it by strapping on a headset and actually performing all the same actions your character would. Seriously, this thing is room-scale: you can actually walk around your workshop in the game world (provided you’ve given yourself enough space in the real one)! Writing for this has been an amazing experience, particularly as the setting and tone are just the sort of thing I like. If you’ve read any of my comedic fantasy stories, this is the closest you’ll come to stepping into one.

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