In case you missed it, my freaky horror dungeon crawler interactive fiction game, This Book Is A Dungeon, launched on Steam on Friday! (It’s still 33% off this week). It’s been a whirlwind few days ever since! Sales have been good so far, and I’m really pleased that people seem to be enjoying the game! Player reviews have been positive and very encouraging!
If you haven’t picked the game up yet, I’d love your support! It’s only $4.01 right now! Also, if you’re enjoying the game, don’t forget to leave a Steam review! 🙂
So…What Is This Creepy Game?
In short, it’s a super dark, story-driven “choose your own adventure” style interactive fiction game with some RPG elements, puzzles, monsters, and a healthy nod to old-school AD&D woven into the mix. It also comes with a 40,000 word game dev diary documenting the behind-the-scenes process that went into creating the original game/experiment. The project was created with Twine.
If you’re a fan of really dark, gruesome, and demented horror, I think you’ll find a lot to enjoy in this game. It’s also brimming with branching paths to encourage multiple playthroughs, and lots of grim secrets to uncover.
Here’s a quote from the Steam page description to give you a quick sense of what to expect:
“Auto-cannibalism. Demonic Seduction. Occult Rituals. Bloodfeasting Worms. This Book Is A Dungeon has it all and more. This dark, horrific Twine-based dungeon crawler pairs edgy interactive fiction with grisly pixel art and light RPG elements. Prepare to be disturbed, titillated, and savaged by unholy denizens aplenty in your quest to navigate this sprawling narrative-driven labyrinth bristling with otherworldly doom.”
YouTube Friendlier Than I Expected
What’s interesting, is that the game is a lot more YouTube and let’s play friendly than I ever expected. Folks have been posting some really AWESOME let’s plays, and the best part is that most of them are narrating the game in their own “spooky” voices as the go. It’s really entertaining to watch! If anyone out there wants to live stream or do a let’s play, I highly encourage it! Send me the link, too, and I’ll share it.
Since there are so many branching paths and potential deaths in the game, it’s also really neat to see how different people play and work their way through the adventure.
Yesterday, I sat in on a live Twitch stream playthrough of TBIAD with Atypicalchuck, which was a blast! It’s surreal watching someone else experience your creation live in front of you. If you’re curious, you can watch an extended hour and a half cut of the entire let’s play right here. (Note: I just released a patch that fixes a ton of typos and bugs, some of which are mentioned in the video).
Anyhow, I’ll be blogging about the project off and on this month, as we push onward to get more sales, reviews, and press in the coming days and weeks!
If you are a member of the press (or a blogger/YouTuber who legitimately intends to cover the game) and are interested in a review code for your coverage, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to hook you up!
Appreciate your support! Let me know what you think of the game! Feel free to spread the word, too. Cheers!