twineLast week we saw games get naked with the Naked Twine Jam. Instigated by Merritt Kopas, curator of free games collection Forest Ambassador. Its goal was to encourage those new to game design to get started with the interactive fiction tool Twine. Keeping with this spirit, I’m not going to pick out any of the ‘best’ from this – instead, I’m going to suggest you check out the roundup post and play as many as you can! The end result was 46 games in total – with, as Kopas puts it: “topics like relationships with animals, shaving, ghosts, travel, negotiating sex, making jam, and casting spells” – so you’ll have plenty of choice! Now, on to some more clothed games.

Painter’s Guild (currently in Alpha) might just be Naked Twine’s opposite – it’s all about the aesthetics. You control a painter’s guild, taking on jobs and trying to surpass your opponents. It’s early days for this game yet, but worth checking out simply for the ingenious premise and just how solid the mechanics behind it are.

Love feeling like a god when you play Minesweeper? Godsweeper is literally that game. You must gain followers that are a lower level than you, whilst avoiding the higher-level ones as though they’re mines. Level up, and they’re suddenly fair game! It’s a great take on a classic, one that adds a new and well-thought out mechanic. Plus, if you’re interested in how games are designed, they’ve got a great dev blog here.

Another great one for those of you into the behind-the-scenes is Alan Zucconi’s 0RBITALIS. Another game from Ludum Dare’s 48 hour challenge, you get one satellite and have to align it with/against gravity to stay in the system. Zucconi, who we have hosted on the podcast in past months, has put together a detailed postmortem which is a great look at the thought process behind making a game like this.

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Jenni is studying philosophy and religion, but likes to pretend her two true loves (gaming and science fiction) are totally relevant to that. When she isn't playing games, you can find her making exciting things in museums or hidden in a pile of books. You can find her on twitter @geekessays.

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