April 18, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture
I don't think there's too many people who love games who haven't dreamed of making their own some day. Daunting as that may be, there are programs and tools that have made that prospect easier. Twine has opened up a lot of opportunities for fiction writers, bringing the interactivity of games to traditional storytelling. RPG Maker has also helped many budding devs create their own turn-based RPGs or other gameplay experiences. StoryStylus is looking to help point-and-click and mystery realize their own visions, allowing creative individuals to build their own webs of intrigue and set up their own complex plots, characters, and settings.
StoryStylus is looking to offer ways to plug in character and setting art, set up dialogue trees, create important in-game items and clues, and even develop consequence or rapport systems to help track player connections to the characters. It is also built with the new developer in mind, with easy-to-use systems that offer tutorials while you plug in the information you need to make the game your own. Don't constrain yourself to just mysteries, though, as the tool is open to any other genre the creator can conceive of. We've seen some terrifying horror and some touching stories come out of RPG Maker and Twine, so I'm very curious to see what will come from using StoryStylus.
Developer One More Story Games wants to create the next great program for new point-and-click developers, one that's open for those of us who get nervous when thinking of all the complexities that go into game development. With a team of experienced developers and storytellers (including former CEO of Her Interactive, developers of the incredibly popular Nancy Drew point-and-click games), StoryStylus hopes to open point-and-click development up to even more groups of creative people than ever before. If you've got a great, twisting story percolating in the back of your head, you may want to get yourself ready to put it together.
For more information on StoryStylus and One More Story Games, you can head to the developer's site or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, Google +, and Twitter. You can also contribute to the game's development through Kickstarter.