There's something about yourself that you can't live with. Some part you think abhorrent, to be hidden away from sight.
It's not a good absence.
You've told yourself you feel better. But you don't really believe that, do you?
WINTER is an interactive fiction about sex, trans insecurity, and a girl with a skull for a face.
Originally commissioned for Indiepocalypse #15 in collaboration with Elliot Herriman.
Web-playable version built with Calico.
Soundtrack available on Bandcamp here.
Winner of Gold Medal for "overall excellence in game design" at Melbourne Queer Games Festival 2021.
|Authors||communistsister, Elliot Herriman|
|Tags||calico, Horror, indiepocalypse, ink, introspective, Lesbian, LGBT, Transgender|
|Average session||About a half-hour|
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Winter.exe 65 MB
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Beautiful prose, style and eeriely poetic vibe. Loved it. Thank you.
this hits several raw nerves in the most exquisite way, and i suspect i will still be thinking about it for a long time to come
This game hit me in a place I didn't know was there
this was really really excellent. I loved the writing, how it mixes so well with the visuals and audio. Just incredibly well done, I really loved it.
I always end up holding my breath when I read this. It gets me every time.
god damn incredible
Been a real long while since I've felt as vulnerable experiencing a story. It's always nice, though. Much love to all that worked on this, and well wishes to future projects
i love this so much.... it's- the feeling it leaves me with is- unexplainable. smoking and playing this game gave me such a chilly mood and left me with a sad smile.
It is rare for me to finish reading an IF game. A captivating and personal story
I was on call with my girlfriend while she was playing this game. Upon seeing the skull girl, she suddenly felt extremely drained and wanted to sleep. A game isn't supposed to do that, how can a game do that?
Lovely imagery and story 💜
This was so compelling and relatable...! Really beautifully placed metaphors and points of interaction.
this is so creative and eery... such an interesting and unique way to tell a story.
I usually get bored with this type of "interactive-narrative" game, generally they just feel like they should've just been made into a short story and the game aspect was tacked on to be different. This game, however, not only works with the format, it is elevated by it. It immerses you in the story.
i really enjoyed this game. it was lovely. although i was a little sad when it ended. i might just play it again <3
this is so beautiful? the art, the writing, the music. im so enchanted
is this made entirely on ink or is this twine
the story’s written in ink, and that ink is running in an engine i made called calico!
It's always a bit strange to have a game put your exact issues into words, but it's also so very good for that exact reason. Meredith and Winter resonated strongly with me, they are lovely characters and they'll be on my mind for a while.
A bit of this resonates with me and the events that happened, I felt like the game was almost speaking to me at some points. I don't like the way it made me feel because it made me recall past memories but other than that this game was really fun, It's different from other games I've played.
such a wonderful game, thank you for this
this was wonderful and touching ♥♥
i love this please make more
v good reason to get my 1st pc this year
what the- the game c works a lot
Really enjoyed playing this. Felt very subdued, personal, and real. Definitely connected with this a bit and look forward to more of your stuff!
Hey, idk how to save the game. I played 3 times the same think, can you help, pls?? :<
There is no save/load feature in this game; and whilst there is some branching, there is a single ending.
the game should save its position if you reload the window, or close and then reopen it, but yeah, there’s no manual saving
(if you want to restart the game, just open it in a new tab or window!)
pretty cool game but i got bored after act 1
what a beautiful game
as a trans girl with a skull for a face, this resonates with me
Poetic and bittersweet, lovely game
YES I LOVE THIS THE PLOT AND JUST AAAHHH
It’s an experience. Hit close to home but in a good way. Bittersweet in all kinds of ways but it wasn’t as sad as well… It hard to explain but I love this game
Incredible game thanks
I feel stupid bc i didn't get the significance of the skull face until it suddenly hit me in ch. 3 and I'm a trans woman who deals with similar feelings
would u mind explaining it to me? i love this game but I don't understand what the shadow or skull represent :(
A very powerful experience. When people say that games have this amazing power to create empathy by letting you feel like you're inside the mind and soul of another person, these are the kinds of games that they are talking about.
Despite feeling like I don't 100% understand the metaphor, I can feel the raw emotion, and I thought it was an absolutely beautiful experience.
WOW THAT EPIC
Im Stuck On act One Thats All Its Says Can I Get Help?
you can click on the words Act One to proceed ✨
Thanks It Woked
this has to be one of the most wonderful things i've ever read and played. there's a sort of strange warmth in the music, the colors, the illustrations, finding comfort in bone that laughs. i may not understand the experience of a trans woman's sexual insecurity, but this gives a spark hint of the fear and hesitation turned to satisfaction. sometimes bruises of a heavier, prettier color can cover ones already left.
thank you for this.