So not a lot of posts lately. This has largely been because I’ve been busy working on grad school stuff and also learning a few game-making tools. In particular this week I’ve been teaching myself Twine, and I have to say I wish I had started earlier! Twine is wonderfully intuitive and able to create all kinds of games and experiences.
In order to learn the basics of Twine, I put together the following game: Dream of an Acacia Tree a botanical “edutainment” game.
The game starts with you as a normal acacia tree, trying to grow and survive the assault of various herbivores. Utilize your natural ability to increase tannin production! Learn the secret of symbiosis! See just how far you can get with just thorns!
One you have learned the basics, unlock Level Two. The educational value of Level Two is… significantly more limited. Use the skills and knowledge you’ve learned to fight dangerous new threats and uncover fantastic new worlds!
Special thanks to Andrew Chase and the team behind Electric Giraffe. It is nice to know that artists who create metal giraffe sculptures and robots are so approachable when random people write them to ask if they can use their art for free in a silly game. Seriously people, if you want to use or completely reproduce someone’s art in your work ASK THEM FIRST!