While looking into Twine this past weekend, I stumbled across a few interesting stories. One in particular gave the reader the ability to shape the story in anyway they wanted to. End Boss by Nick Keirle is a rather dark narrative that forces the reader to become the main character. As the main character it is your job to figure out what is going on in the narrative, but since you shape the story with your own choices there isn’t a true path to follow. One way to think about it is that you are helping Keirle write a story about you or rather what you would do in the situation that is present in this narrative.
Even though this narrative is short, it stands out by hitting the reader emotionally . You will make one tough choice and move straight to next with no time to recover. With each choice you make you learn a more about yourself, the role you are creating, and the situation at hand. You could become a power hungry murderer or a hero that just wants to protect what is dear. It all depends on your choice. Comparing this to other interactive fiction that we discussed in class, End Boss is similar to the first half Inkubus where you play as a teenage girl to answer many questions and gain a heart or a fraction of a heart depending on your answer. However, when you realize you gain more hearts when the most shallow answer is picked then you would stop answering truthfully and try to get the maximum number of hearts. Also, since you know that you are playing the role of a teenage girl you would want to answer like a teenage girl. Keirle’s narrative does not have anything similar to interfere with your process of decision-making. You won’t have the mindset of “I gotta win.” or “I need to get the best ending”. You can just relax, choose what you really desire, and let your morals be tested because of how short and to the point this narrative is.
There isn’t much left to say since I do not want to spoil the story, but this work of interactive fiction left a deep impression on me with it being short and the way it forces you into a dark story that is written based on your decisions. I believe you all would enjoy it as well, so feel free to let me know about your experience with this narrative.
Now let the choosing begin!