Chiaroscuro: a low-fantasy interactive fiction novella

Hello, hello! Just popping in to announce the release of my new (free!) game, live now on!

chiaroscuro is a short interactive story about a young American artist who travels to Rome in search of inspiration and meaning. Instead, she encounters two strange creatures, one dark and one light, and must navigate her relationship with them while exploring the winding streets of the Eternal City.

  • Immerse yourself in the art and culture of Rome
  • Make friends (or don’t) with the strange creatures (and people) you meet along the way
  • Seek your muse and fill your empty canvas with something meaningful
  • Discover up to five different endings

chiaroscuro is a short narrative experience meant to be played in a single sitting, and it’s 100% free. Click here to learn more or to download your copy today!


Liked it!

Although I always feel these Twine games could benefit from being more interactive. I guess that’s Twine tho’.

And the character seems to be eating all the time. Not necessarily a bad thing though :slight_smile:

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Well, one does not simply travel to Rome and not eat all the food. :wink:

Thanks for playing. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Thanks for inviting us to play this game.

  1. You’ve got a useless link to the generic website in the OP because this forum software auto-generates a link if it recognizes a website address.
  2. It seems that you’re not a native speaker of Italian.

First, the woman’s name is written “Felicita” when, in Italian, the word is spelled “felicità” because that accent mark is crucial. Also, I’ve never once in my life heard of someone with the name “Felicità” (happiness).

Second, the sentence “Meglio tornare indietro, che andare avanti in malo modo” feels like it was google translated. I didn’t get to any other Italian lines from this lady, but the usage felt clunky. Also, very few people in Rome actually speak textbook Italian. Most speak Romanesco.

There are a few other things such as the “nice-quality” TV, etc, and the somewhat confused geography of downtown Rome (i.e. the distances between the Fiumi/Trevi fountains which is 5 minutes on foot), but otherwise, it’s an interesting little horror story, at least the part that I saw.

Good job! :it:

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Thanks for the feedback! I’ll have to fix that link if I can. I’m surprised about the Italian, because I had a fluent speaker check it for me, but I’ll take another look. (You’re absolutely right in that I don’t speak it myself.) The color seller is a little strange though, so she would not necessarily speak the most common dialect. :wink:

I’m glad you liked it so far though! :blush: