Twine (software)

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The Twine logo: A blue vertical line with a green arc that diverges from it.
Original author(s)Chris Klimas[1]
Initial release2009; 12 years ago (2009)[1]
Stable release
2.3.8[2] / 10 May 2020; 8 months ago (2020-05-10)[2]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inv2.*, JavaScript[3]
v1.*, Python[4]
Operating systemLinux, macOS, Windows, Web application[1]
TypeGame engine, electronic publishing tool
LicenseGPL v3[5]
As of2019-10-07

Twine is a free and open-source tool created by Chris Klimas for making interactive fiction in the form of web pages. It is available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.[1]


Twine emphasizes the visual structure of hypertext, and does not require knowledge of a programming language as many other game development tools do.[6] It is regarded as a tool which can be used by anyone interested in interactive fiction and experimental games.[7][8]

Twine 2 is a browser-based application written in HTML5 and Javascript, also available as a standalone desktop app; it also supports CSS.[6] It is currently in version 2.3.5, as of October 2019.[1]

Twine became popular in the queer video game scene in 2012–2013.[citation needed]

Notable works[edit]


Twine was used by writer Charlie Brooker in developing the interactive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Twinery: Twine Homepage". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Twine v2.3.8 GitHub release". 10 May 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Chris Klimas / twinejs: Overview". Atlassian Bitbucket. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  4. ^ "tweecode/twine: twine/". GitHub. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Twine licenses". Twine Wiki. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b Petit, Carolyn (12 January 2013). "Power to the People: The Text Adventures of Twine". GameSpot UK. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  7. ^ Hudson, Laura (2014-11-19). "Twine, the Video-Game Technology for All". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  8. ^ "Power to the People: The Text Adventures of Twine". GameSpot. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  9. ^ Reynolds, Matt (28 December 2018). "The inside story of Bandersnatch, the weirdest Black Mirror tale yet". Wired UK. Retrieved 28 December 2018.

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