THE TOWER

a game made for Gothic Novel Jam, 2018

This game now has a sequel, The House of God.

Shown at Wordplay 2018 and Beyond the Console: Gender & Narrative Games.

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Content Warning:

Some readers may find elements of this story disturbing.
Please take particular caution if you are sensitive to any of the following:
Harsh language
Internalised transphobia
Anxiety over infertility
Medical Procedures
Blurring of reality and fiction
Abduction

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Controls:

This is a mostly keyboard-playable twine game. Where you see a ~, you can press Spacebar to advance, or use the mouse.

In some sections you will be able to play a sub-game. The controls here are the arrow keys to move; however, due to technical issues, this will not be automatically selected, and you will need to click on the game to activate it, then click on the link to the next passage when done. Players unable to use a mouse can skip the passage by pressing the Spacebar as normal.

Updated 17 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsHTML5
Rating
(27)
Authorcommunistsister
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withTwine, Bitsy
Tagsabduction, Aliens, gothic-novel-jam, Horror, LGBT, therapy, Transgender
Average sessionA few minutes

Comments

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Holy hell this was FANTASTICI expected a depress-a-thon and got something equally terrifying and relatable. Often times horror doesn't get me, but [spoilers] that line about "us" actually made me shout "holy shit" - something The Shining failed to do. Great job!

Slightly off-topic: I found that A Silver Mt. Zion's "Broken Chords Can Sing A Little" made for some fantastic musical accompaniment with this.

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Checked this out before playing the sequel, and I gotta say that this pretty awesome. Great writing, aesthetic, and interesting choice in the addition of the mini-game sections. This was well done!

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finally played this and it was AMAZING like holy crap!!!!!

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LOVED_IT

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oh wow oh wow oh wow oh wow oh wow oh wow oh wow oh wow oh wow

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Pretty deep, dark story and has some nice images to go with it. The depth goes with both the story and the surprising depth of the game as a whole. Those who use space have to go full screen, since the key makes the page move down, but that's not a big problem.

If you're interested, you're welcome to enter our Game Development World Championship, we have a class for jam entries from this year too!

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oh my god freya i love this

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holy shit HOLY SHIT AAAAH!!! THAT IS SOOOO GOOD!!!!! JUST HOLY SHIT!!! PUT ME ON EDGE AND I FREAKIN' ENJOYED IT WHOA!!!!

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God the writing in this one was so good, esp with the art accompanied by it. I just imagined Silent Hill music the whole time. This is totally a fave from you. Also when I clicked the link to  ChapelR's LinkKey macro , it led to a broken page. Idk if that's Twine or the page itself. Awesome. 5 stars.

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thrilled that you like it! thank you for spotting the bug - turns out it only happens on the itchio hosted version and not when tested from my desktop - but I know how to fix it, thankfully, so I'll update that <3

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AAAAAAH THAT WAS SO CHILLING AND GOOD!!!!