Release date – March 13th 2018
A Game Concerning Snapchat and Divorce
Mid Game Crisis is an interactive storygame for smartphone and tablets. It’s about decisions and divorce. It’s created in a vertical format using snapchat media, pictures, text, voiceover and audio, and lasts 2 minutes long.
For those of you who are completists, beware. There are 266,435,456 versions of the story that might play so if you want to see all those it will take you at least 1,000 years just to watch all the different versions. (And it’s quite random so you might have to wait longer to see them all!)
Why and How?
I was inspired by Crows Crows Crows who made the excellent “Temple of No” as a Twine game.
Being obsessed with interactive storytelling I had come across Twine but not done anything other than test its functionality. Now I thought I should make the effort to get to the bottom of Twine and try something to make something meaningful as a story experience.
I had a bunch of pictures and text that I made when I was using Snapchat in 2016/2017.
Around that time I was splitting up with my partner of 18 years and it felt like that was an interesting starting point for a story about choices.
So I began learning Twine in detail and putting together some ideas.
It was quick to get something up and running. Twine is easy to use and has lots of potential.
I developed the idea with a consistent voiceover and music track accompanying 256 screens of media.
Initially Mid Game Crisis was more choice driven, but it seemed restrictive, so I added a fully random element later in development. That opened up the media and it immediately felt more fun.
The initial idea came together quickly. It took a while to polish it and then to figure out how to describe it to the wider world took longer still.
But I’m quite pleased with it. I like to play it myself.
I hope you do.
Get it HERE !
– it’s FREE! but if you want to support the HVG cause (and impress the bums) then spend some cash on a Mid Game Crisis T-Shirt in the merch shop…