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Rabbie Burns Saves the World: an 8 Bit Game

Take control of Scotland's finest writers and lead them in a quest to save the world.

How to play

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Ever wondered why Scottish Literature punches so far above its weight? Yearned to lead a team of Scottish writers to fight against an unspecified horror? Want to know what Rabbie Burns would look like in a panama hat? A new 8-bit game, made exclusively for Book Week Scotland by Scottish poet Calum Rodger, allows you to take control of Scotland's finest writers, and in the guise of Rabbie Burns himself, lead them in a quest to save the world. Find lost words, put recalcitrant characters back in their place and become one with the mountains on this epic journey, which will prove once and for all that the pen really is mightier than the sword!

No writers were harmed in the making of this game. Playing does not give control of any writers in real life, and may not actually save the world.


Rabbie Burns Saves the World! (And, by Extension, Book Week Scotland) by Calum Rodger for Book Week Scotland 2020.

Additional music by Roy Donk.

With thanks to: Nyla Ahmad, Danny Scott and Philippa Cochrane of Scottish Book Trust.

Additional thanks to: the Edwin Morgan Trust, the National Library of Scotland, Bloodaxe, Canongate, Carcanet.

Very special thanks to: Jackie Kay.

This game is inspired by and makes use of the following classics of Scottish literature:

Credit and gratitude to the following RPG Maker MV Plugin Developers whose work was used in this game:

This game also uses the following sounds from freesound.com under a Creative Commons licence, with gratitude:

Thank you for playing!

Calum Rodger 2020.