Somme Trench

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About this game

You're a fresh British infantryman at the Battle of the Somme, one of the longest, bloodiest battles of World War One. Can you survive a clash that kills almost twenty thousand of your countrymen on the first morning alone?

"Somme Trench" is an interactive historical novel by Andrew J. Schaefer, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Your best bet might be as an airplane gunner, or a trench fighter, or even as a stretcher bearer. Firing squads, brothels and homeward-bound steamships are all in your possible future. Or you might give in to your inner demons and wind up chatting with ghosts and skeletons as though they're your friends. Whatever path you choose, you'll be immersed in a richly detailed, interactive historical novel that has almost as many twists and turns as there were soldiers at the Somme.

• Immerse yourself in the world of the Western Front
• Choose paths as diverse as infantryman, stretcher bearer or aircraft machine gunner
• Learn about some of the most important events of world history
• Challenge your mind
• Enjoy a richly-detailed interactive novel with countless storylines
• Solve mysteries embedded within the game
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Jan 3, 2022

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311 reviews
Colin Riley
November 17, 2020
Initially I thought the game was too short, but there are so many paths and choices that I found myself playing through for weeks on end. The story its trying to paint is beautiful, somber, and anxiety filled all at once. The choices available to me on certain playthroughs were horrifying in context, and I don't think theres been a text based game that I've enjoyed more so than this one.
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Cole Stockman
August 6, 2021
Absolutely out standing story. Although I have to agree with other viewers it does feel short the shortness adds to the intensity and realism. Had you taken on the role of a man fighting from 1914-1918 industry survived it all it would have felt much less raw and real. All the choices you make you have to be logical with and sometimes the right choice doesn't even feel right and sometimes you have to do what you need to to stay alive and that means using your head and sometimes don't be a hero.
9 people found this review helpful
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Scott Taylor
November 11, 2021
Very well written story with plenty of interesting twists. Unlike many text-based games, the grammar is virtually perfect. Give it a try.
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