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Stephen Colbert just released a free video game you can play in your browser

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert doesn't begin until September 8th, but its staff isn't taking the summer off. Colbert and company have been experimenting with a variety of creative outlets including a podcast, video blogs, random appearances on local morning news shows, and advertising for its neighbor, a Times Square pizzeria. Now, Colbert has released his own video game, playable inside your browser.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Escape from the Man-sized Cabinet runs on Twine, a popular text-based video game engine. If I had to guess, I'd wager this is the work of Colbert writer Rob Dubbin, who co-wrote a Facebook reboot of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and is currently developing a text-based version of American football called Football for Amateurs, which I played briefly at this year's Game Developers Conference and really wish he would release already.

I won't explain what happens inside Escape from the Man-sized Cabinet, because there's nothing quite as humorless as explaining a joke. Go play for yourself. Yeah yeah, I know it's technically not the weekend yet, but who cares. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you deserve a break.

Play it here. If you enjoy this adventure, here's a place to try many more Twine games.

Update Saturday, July 18th 2:45PM: The game was created by Dubbin along with Colbert writers Daniel Kibblesmith and Cullen Crawford and artist Tim Luecke.