When your mom’s friend — an eccentric old man with a ‘manikin’ farm — dies in a fire, she decides to investigate. Advise her via text message as she navigates the sometimes surreal dangers posed by small-town secrets kept too long.

This is a demo for Manikin, a chat game (think: Lifeline), in which you text your mom as she investigates the suspicious death of her friend John Wells, an eccentric old man who surrounded his property with 'manikins' (aka mannequins) in order to create a kooky tourist trap. 

The game includes all good things a text message adventure might, including:

  • Lynchian absurdity
  • A (mostly loving) depiction of village life in the Canadian Maritimes 
  • One (1) unwanted nickname
  • Miss Marple-style snooping

Notes & Acknowledgements:

A full version of Manikin is in the works, follow me on Twitter @rosebehar if you'd like to see more. 

Huge thank you to @Shindags for the text messaging format. 

Sounds sourced from Zapsplat, images purchased from Shutterstock apart from the ‘Dad’ image from Emma Paillex via Unsplash.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorRose Dallas Behar
GenreInteractive Fiction, Adventure
Made withTwine
Tagschat, Dark Humor, murder-mystery, Mystery, Text based, Twine
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
AccessibilityOne button


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Saw your dmeo in the Spring Thing. Can't wait for the full version.

Thanks so much! Really appreciate it.