Now, I may not care much about this sort of coffee, but I do care about great twine games, especially when they feature AI entities awkwardly trying to seduce humans, excellent, all moving, all dancing typography and a tendency to link to all kinds of lovely things.

Americano is exactly this sort of game and, to make itself even more enticing, sports a lovely selection of soundtracks and some pretty evocative illustrations too. I always thought that most of interactive fiction could benefit from a few quality pieces of artwork here and there, you know. Unobtrusive art that doesn’t substitute written descriptions, but simply enriches them.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Freeware Garden: Americano

I ended up as a ridiculously coiffed robot who smelled like bacon and could only attempt to communicate through the cooing of doves.

I was so hot.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun user oyog

Developed for the Queer Game Jam using Twine – Spring 2014

Americano is the story of a android’s frantic search for a voice, flair, and smell to prepare himself so he can proclaim his love to the human boy he just met.

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The story has been presented at CentralTrak in Dallas, TX for the Queer.exe exhibition with Tiny Thumbs, a pop-up arcade.