Civil Mimic is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2017 by Andrew Schultz. It was an entry to Ectocomp 2017's La Petite Mort (English) division in which it took 12th place.
In this very small wordplay game based on Roman numerals, you play as a high school student named Mimi having a bizarre Halloween candy dream. You had a dumb argument a month ago with your friend, and now someone called the Civil Mimic wants to know her name. Perhaps this lid which is actually a clock in Roman numerals can help you say it?
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.
Dim Mild Mill
I've gotta say, this is one of my least favourite games by Andrew Schultz. It was written in only three hours or less, so the quality just isn't there.
> x me. x mimic. x lid. credits.
Okay, let's go through this.
> 5:04 —or— 6:05
And now you can say her name:
But that's not enough! You need to intensify it some more somehow. And this is really impossible to guess, but you do it by drawing out the vowel.
> 6:04 —or— 7:05
You wake up and call Viv and make up with her.
*** MIMI, VIDI, VICI ***
Oh, you can use 7:04 or 8:05 for VIIIV, or even 8:04 for VIIIIV if you'd rather.
Thanks to JJ Guest for conceiving EctoComp and keeping it going.
Thanks to Alexander Ciornii for a certain PERL module that cut down a LOT of drudgework to see what sort of puzzles were possible.
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