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The Spare Set

by Rob Sherman / Shelter UK


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About the Story

This game was developed by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, to highlight the problems facing families in Britain today.

For many, due to high costs and stagnating wages, an accident, job loss or other incident outside of their control could send them and their family into a downward spiral which may result in the loss of their home. This is happening more and more, and Shelter offers vital advice and legal representation for these families, helping them to keep their heads above water and hold onto their homes.

In this game, we are immersed in the story of Lucy, a mother-of-two and homeowner, exploring her life on the day that everything goes wrong for her and her family.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Current Version: 1.0
License: Freeware
Development System: Twine
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: Unknown
TUID: dq148h8owh2asrbt

Editorial Reviews

Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling

[M]ost of the story is about exploring the house the family used to have before they lost it to money crises: not a grand house, because they weren�t rich to start with, but one with many quirks that were loved and personal to them. An opportunity to explore what house-ness is and how much it matters to have one � not only for practical reasons, but as a locus of identity and memory and shared family space. The sacredness of the master bedroom is beautifully described. So is moment when the protagonist boils water in a pot to make tea for an estate agent because the kettle is already packed away. There is so much here � character histories, interactions, spaces and objects � much more than the story strictly requires in order to serve any message purpose. The house is overflowing.
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Link not working…, January 28, 2016
by timsamoff (Southern California)

I’d like to see this, but the link isn’t working at this time (28 January 2016).

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