Key & Compass presents:
The Chicken's Dilemma
by Jason Dyer

The Chicken's Dilemma is a Hugo interactive fiction game and is © 1998 by Jason Dyer. It was a participant in the ChickenComp event.

In this one-puzzle one-room game, you play as a newly-dead chicken, killed when you tried to re-cross a road. Now you're floating in a black void facing a logic puzzle posed by a sign and a choice of four doors, only one of which leads to heaven.

This solution is by David Welbourn.


(win!) (lose) (lose) The Void (lose)

*** You have died ***

The Void

> x me. x sign.

Three doors lead to hell; one to heaven. Three doors are liars; one door is truthful.

This is a logic puzzle, and it's not randomized in any way, making this walkthrough easy to write.

> x north door. ("South is lying, and east goes to heaven.")

> x east door. ("South goes to heaven.")

> x south door. ("North is lying, and west goes to hell.")

> x west door. ("East goes to heaven.")

Since north and west both claim that "east goes to heaven" and there can't be two truthful doors, then both north and west are lying.

Therefore, when north says "south is lying", that's a lie and south is the truthful door.

That means east is the third lying door.

Therefore, the doors' statements tell you that east, west, and south all go to hell.

Therefore, the north door goes to heaven by process of elimination.

> n.

*** You have won the game ***

The game has no way of knowing if you solved its puzzle or if you just guessed.

> postscript (The logic puzzle is explained.)



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