An interesting foible of the internet: most online creation platforms can easily be manipulated toward unexpected ends. Enter All Your Time-Tossed Selves, a brief and free piece of interactive fiction made in Google Forms.

The survey format, it turns out, is a good fit for the sort of imagistic poetry in which creator Porpentine specializes. Google Forms provides a minimal, matter-of-fact platform for choices built out of tiny snippets of text, equal parts haunting and beautiful. Like a lot of Porpentine’s interactive fiction, it’s not quite clear what’s going on until it’s too late to do anything about it. If you ever figure it out at all, that is.

That lack of clarity is part of the design, though, and it highlights just how beautiful and elegiac Porpentine’s creations often are.

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Finally: Somebody Built an Adventure Game Using Google Forms