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Hannibal of Carthage
Genre: Strategy, Casual
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Tags: Education
Jan 26, 2013 @ 4:57pm
Jan 27, 2013 @ 1:03pm
Hannibal of Carthage is a mash-up of classic Choose Your Own Adventure interactive stories and one of the most famous wars in history, waged by perhaps the greatest general to ever walk the earth. In this free online browser game, you play the role of Hannibal in the Second Punic War (218-201 BC). Make decisions on the battlefield, war strategy, and foreign relations. How would you have fared against the Roman Empire if you could step back in time? Live history, or rewrite it.

The game is powered by Twine, a GUI app designed to create interactive stories by Chris Klimas and available for free download from

The narrative is derived from a translation of Roman historian Livy's account of the Second Punic War as well as the work of Theodore Ayrault Dodge, a phenomenal post-Civil War era author and illustrator.

In keeping with its educational nature, Hannibal of Carthage's aesthetics are inspired by historical material including Roman bas reliefs as found on Trajan's column as well as Roman glass vessels. Illustrations from Dodge's 1891 Hannibal: A History of the Art of War Among the Carthaginians are interspersed with original art. The game interface is intended to be very clean, consisting of one image and one clip of text no longer than 200 words per post. Images are followed by block of narrative text, below which are bulleted options from which the gamer can choose. The music (which plays automatically in the browser) is Beethoven's Laendler in C Minor played on piano by Kevin MacLeod. It is available royalty free from

Gamers follow a hyperlinked story and make decisions on how to proceed based on the information presented. There is one 'path' throughout the story that is historically accurate but alternate scenarios have been written for gamers to choose. Wrong decisions often -- but not always -- result in death, at which point the gamer is given the opportunity to restart from the last decision.

Students, history buffs, and gamers. Ages 10+.

The first chapter of Hannibal of Carthage (out of a total eight planned chapters) was written, illustrated and developed over 2011 and 2012. The game demo was first publicly presented to Indie City Games ( in Chicago in November of 2012. This chapter is now available for free online gameplay at: Special thanks to the Indie CIty Games for helpful feedback and and the Twine community for critical troubleshooting assistance. The game is now in ready for criticism and feedback from the Steam Greenlight community. If there is interest, the remaining seven chapters will be made and released online and ported to Android and iOS for a 2014 launch.

Chapter 1 of Hannibal of Carthage is now available from . The recommended browser is Firefox. If there is interest, the game is hoped to be ported to Android and iOS.

Mortarboard & Tassel is a Chicago-based indie-game company that makes engaging web-based educational video games with the belief that truth is not only stranger -- but also more interesting -- than fiction. At the moment it's purely a labor of love.

Thanks in advance for your feedback and interest!
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Auldjohn Oct 18, 2013 @ 1:51am 
The graphics for your Hannibal screen are great but the storyboard drawings are sadly lacking. Will the alpha/beta versions be more more like the high quality Hannibal screen?
RanisAthrys Oct 12, 2013 @ 9:03am 
I'd love to see more visual novel, text and choose your adventure games, especially ones that pursue more themes and settings than modern day romance. Will be following, good luck with the project.
LunyMoony Sep 6, 2013 @ 9:04pm 
I'm a history lover and strategy so good job.
GetEmBees Aug 20, 2013 @ 5:18am 
Xerox Jun 4, 2013 @ 10:29pm 
It is a really different concept. Interactivity is scarce though. Maybe you could bring more light into the battles and extend the options creating full sections for each. Hannibal story is fascinating, so you have and amazing history already available. This is nice :)
Louis-Simon Apr 12, 2013 @ 4:42pm 
Can u keep us up to how it's going?
Louis-Simon Mar 28, 2013 @ 6:02pm 
Awesome game, keep it up!
risker Mar 4, 2013 @ 5:27pm 
i played the first chapter and i must say it was very entertaining i would love to see more i also will admit i did get myself stuck once or twice
Thaddeus Feb 6, 2013 @ 2:45am 
@Kinkley I can certainly help with things like that and will happily research and provide any information you might need. :) Email me at
kinkley  [author] Feb 5, 2013 @ 7:30pm 
Thanks @kathh08 ! I hope to one day finish the game but for the moment you can play the first chapter for free online here, let me know what you think!