98769765 is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2003 by Adam Biltcliffe. This game is also known as The Apex. It was an entry in the Speed-IF 19 event.
In this surreal game, you play as someone on a small world inside a gigantic Toys-R-Us Bag of Rusty Lead-Painted Metal Bits. You will learn that the time of the Opening is near, a time when evil can be banished from your world.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.
*** You have died ***
Note that going east from the West Pole or going west from the East Pole will randomly put you into one of the four central locations.
> x message. take it. e.
If you aren't at Village, go north repeatedly until you are.
> x dave. ask dave about anything.
> spells. s. s.
> x angel. ask angel about anything.
> x book. decode message. spells. s.
Pits of Darkness
> x darkness. take it. s.
> give book to dave. spells. n.
Pits of Darkness
> tsanmyg. take darkness. n. n.
> ycneced. (+100)
*** Pandora's box was a bag of rusty metal from Toys-R-Us ***
I'll also point out that "tsanmyg" is "gymnast" backwards, and "ycneced" is "decency" backwards. I have no idea at all what the title "98769765" means, if anything.
In that game you scored your-score out of a possible 100, in some turns.
This walkthrough is provided free of charge since I wrote this walkthrough prior to January 2015 when I began my Patreon account, and also because the work it's based on has less than fifteen locations (so I wouldn't have charged for it anyway). I've since reformatted this walkthrough to use my currently preferred style. I hope you enjoy it!
I'm still creating new walkthroughs! Larger ones too! Please visit my Patreon account if you're interested in helping me create more interactive fiction walkthroughs. I appreciate all the help I can get! Thanks again.