The Man Test is an interactive story written in Twine by Jossan.
You have lost your job and in order to make money you have to go onto a reality televison show called 'The Man Test'.
Quite good...and very enjoyable. Great basis for expansion. Thank
The game was interesting for the first playthrough, but somehow I would have liked there to be more endings, unless I have somehow missed something.
The Man Test, in brief:
Pros: A complete, well told, short story in Twine supplemented with aptly selected sexy photos.
Cons: Badly needs proofreading and editing. Quotation marks are entirely absent.
Analysis: The Man Test succinctly captures, in all its nigh comical absurdity, the worst nightmare of White American Men who ascribe to traditional notions of White American Masculinity.
In depth (spoilers to follow, you have been warned):
The Man Test is about a White American Man who struggles to live up to the standards set by Traditional White American Masculinity. By his failure to meet those standards, he feels that he is no longer properly a man, and having failed at being a man, then, it follows in the strange logic of Masculinity, that he must be a woman.
The game begins with the protagonist having lost his job. Bam. Already, he's on the slippery slope to losing his manliness. According to Traditional White American Masculinity, men are the wage-earners and providers for the family and women are home-makers and child-rearers. Without his job, he cannot be a man. His sphere is the working world. Unemployed, he is condemned to the woman’s sphere of the home. Already, in his mind, he has been turned into a woman. In order to regain his lost masculinity, he enters the Man Test gameshow, which through various trials tests his:
- intelligence (men must be smarter than women)
- strength (men must be stronger than women)
- athleticism (men must be more athletic than women)
- sexuality (men must be attracted to women)
Fail a few tests, and our man may struggle with a growing attraction to Black Men that can culminate in being impregnated by an African tribe. Yeah. You heard me. Traditional White American Masculinity is homophobic, sexist, AND racist. Gay men are traitors to manliness, women must be dominated, and black men are the enemy. Traditional White American Masculinity is threatened by Black Men because of slave-state racist stereotypes that portray black men as big and strong. Anything that makes you feel less big and strong, that is, manly, is a threat to your manhood.
And oh yeah, if our man is turned into a biological woman by failing The Man Test, his wife leaves him for—did you guess a black man?—wrong, but close on the masculine insecurity scale. It’s her old friend from the football team, who is a jerk, unlike our man, who is definitely "A Nice Guy" *eye roll*.
So The Man Test is a thing of beauty in that it perfectly encapsulates everything that The White Man raised on 1950s notions of American Masculinity fears most.
I liked this game. It's not too long and not too short. All the challenges have some really fun but sexy pictures and the story is not unnecessarily compicated. Simple and effective. This game is good.
This one of the many games I downloaded from the page as soon as they were posted: one of those I consider a complete(d) success. Other games may be just as likeable as this game (is to me) or just as technically flawless as this game is; but not all games are complete AND evocative AND well build.
The character one plays is a man who lost his job and his self-esteem as a provider. His stay-at-home wife and his stepmother have started to wear him down and pushed him into a gameshow to prove his "manliness" to them and to the world.
The theme of this page and of other games let one guess what happens if the character fails: win and be a "man" or do not win... But the game mechanics allow one to win -or to crash with some fun; and then crash hard. Not to spoil the gamefun the endings should not be mentioned here, but let's say the gamebuilder plays with some stereotypes of male potence. If you need a reference, confer "1001 nights", original version, not comic nor children's variant.
I like the game and look forward to play other games by the same author/builder.