Key & Compass presents:
by Michael Wayne Phipps Jr

Blackness is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2013 by Michael Wayne Phipps Jr. It was an entry in Ectocomp 2013 where it tied for 9th place.

In this short horror game, you play as a hospital janitor. You just need to mop a couple floors and then you can go home. Assuming the blackness doesn't get you first.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.


(to Emergency) Radiology By Stairs LongHallway Outside ofRadiology JanitorCloset NurseStation


Long Hallway

You need to clean this floor, then radiology's. But before you do so, you should get something from the closet first.

> x me. i. x uniform. x key. x mop.

> x equipment. w.

By Stairs

> u. (No reason to.)

> s. (Locked.)

> unlock door with key. s.

Janitor Closet

> x chemicals. x sign. take sign.

> n. e.

Long Hallway.

It's important that you leave the sign here.

> mop floor. drop sign. e.

Outside of Radiology

> x symbol. n.


> x machine. mop floor.

You see twenty phantom hands emerge from the wall! Run!

> s.

Outside of Radiology

There is a blackness following you! If you stop to look at it, you'll die. Keep moving away from it!

> w.

Long Hallway

The wet floor sign saves your life, but keep moving!

> s.

Nurse Station

One more step!

> s.


You had a heart attack, but you were treated promptly.

*** You have lived. ***






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