For my next horrific adventure online, I played Don’t Go In The Old Green House (2015, Laura Knetzger).
Don’t Go In The Old Greene House is another Twine Choose Your Own Adventure type of game. You have been dared to spend all of Halloween night in the old Greene House, which is said to be haunted. You agree because you know better than to turn down a dare. Exploring the house means running into mysterious spirits. Here’s something that I learned the hard way: Be nice to the little girl at the table. I know that one of the fun things about interactive fiction is that you get to do things that you would never do in real life but, no matter how tempted you may be, do not tell the girl at the table to stop crying and fuck off. Bad things will happen.
Twine games are always a mixed bag for me. I enjoy the simple format but, as opposed to games made with Inform or TADS, they can leave you feeling more like a reader than an active participant in the game. Don’t Go In the Greene House is an example of a good Twine game, well-written and with enough different outcomes that it is actually worth replaying.