Years ago, this was the first twine I ever read. It was wonderful to go back to it and find it still holds up just as it did then.
A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
Swan Hill is a short choose-your-own-adventure Twine story. It is about two brothers who have grown to see their world in very different ways. It has a minimalistic presentation style and a unique color-based link system.
It was released on my website in 2013.
You can get Mac and PC builds of the game below. They are made with Twine App Builder.
The "source code" download contains the .html version of the game, as well as the game's cover image and the .tws source file, from which you are free to cannibalize any code you wish. This source file can only be opened in the "old" version of Twine, 1.4.2.
I originally posted this on itch.io because I have been contacted several times by people who want to use Swan Hill's color-based link system in their own games. It is actually extremely simple. You can find the CSS that controls the link colors by examining the final block of text in the stylesheet node of this game's .tws file.
At one time, I was working on a sequel to Swan Hill. You can play the demo for that sequel here.
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this is so so beautiful. thank you for making this. I can't believe it's free
Thank you! Someday I hope to make and sell a short game collection using these mechanics, haha.
this is an incredible piece of writing.
I'm really, really fond of this. Thanks for the experience! I enjoyed reading. :)