Key & Compass presents:
The Circus of Sadness
by Duncan Cross

The Circus of Sadness is a Z-machine interactive fiction story written with Inform 6 and is © 2002 by Duncan Cross. This was a participant in the Speed-IF Jacket event.

In this very short story, you play as a wheelchair-bound clown. But after the head clown verbally abuses you, do you really want to stay at this circus? Perhaps there's somewhere else you could go.

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

SPOILERS AHEAD. Reading a walkthrough prematurely can sometimes diminish one's enjoyment of an interactive fiction story. Please make an honest effort to play the story before reading this walkthrough.


Forest Top ofHill OutsideYourTrailer YourTrailer (to tent)

Your Trailer

> take nose. wear it. (+2)

> n. ne. w.

Top of Hill

> x tent. (+2)

> w.


> w. (gun falls into your lap)

> z. (continue to wait or wander until Bozo appears)

> shoot gun at Bozo.

*** You have won ***




These credits appear when you win the game:


Bozo the Clown......GENE HACKMAN


SpeedIF Organisation......SAM KABO ASHWELL


Honorable mention:


You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 4, in some turns.

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