What if you could know how you were going to die? Would you even want to know?
Based off of Ryan North’s novel of the same name, Hulk Handsome’s Twine story allows you to explore the world of the Machine of Death. In this world there is a machine that can tell you with 100% accuracy how you will die. You simply have to insert your finger for a blood sample and you are given a card with a short phrase indicating how you will die. But these cards aren’t always clear cut. As the game says, a man received ‘Peanuts’ and avoided said nut for his life, only to die by a falling Peanuts comic collection. This opaqueness lends itself to constant paranoia while playing.
This twine game feels far more open world than many other Twine games I’ve played. There are different manners of death to receive and intricate stories with branching paths and multiple endings for each death. You are even allowed to refuse to know your manner of death, though this cuts the game off very early. I’ve only had time to play two different death cards so I’m not sure how many different stories there actually are. I’ve played ‘Old Age’ and part of ‘Looking Up.’ I’d be interested in finding out what other deaths exist, if any.
To talk more about this piece would start to spoil things, so I leave you to discover how you will die.