“Your name is Harriet Leitner, and you and your twin sister Demi turned six this morning! You’re having a fancy dress birthday party, and this afternoon you’ll be playing Hide and Seek Tip over in the park. You can’t wait to catch all your friends.”
Greengum Games has announced the release of Six, a free new family friendly interactive fiction adventure by Wade Clarke. The game follows the adventures of six-year-old sisters playing hide and seek at their birthday party in the park.
Six seeks to appeal to gamers from any background, but is also a particularly suitable introduction to Interactive Fiction games for young gamers, young gamer plus parent teams, or for anyone who might not have tried a contemporary text-based adventure game before. The game comes with a hand-drawn map and illustrated PDF manual, offers advice during play, and sports sound effects, music and several in-game artworks.
Six also features an unlockable player character, something common in action videogames but a rarity in the Interactive Fiction genre. “In an action game, playing a new character doesn’t seem to make the whole gameworld change,” says author Wade Clarke. “But when the game is delivered by text, you can rewrite the world through the new character’s eyes, and that lets the player compare two people after living inside of each of them. In Six, those two people are a pair of little non-identical twin sisters.”
Six recently competed in the 2011 Interactive Fiction Competition where it placed 2nd out of 38 games and received much critical praise for its lively cast of human and animal NPCs.
Six is available as freeware for Mac, Windows and Linux systems and can be downloaded from the Greengum Games website linked below.
Six is released as freeware and can be played on Mac OS X, Windows or Linux. You can get it from the Downloads page.