Key & Compass presents:
Daddy's Birthday
by Ruth and Jonathan

Daddy's Birthday is a Glulx interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2021 by Ruth and Jonathan. This game was based on a walkthrough for an imaginary game, written as a present for Daddy's birthday. Later, daughter and daddy co-wrote the actual game. It was an entry in ParserComp 2021 where it took 15th place, and the original walkthrough is included as a PDF feelie.

In this small slice-of-life game, you play as Daddy on your birthday. After sleeping in a bit, go downstairs and find your daughters and Mummy. They've planned a small birthday party for you, and there's a present and some cake!

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

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


Garden Kitchen Playroom Hallway Landing BigBedroom d u (to outside)


Big Bedroom

> about.

You'll need to sleep a bit more first before doing anything else.

> z. z. z.

> x decorations.

> x me. i. x gown.

> stand. look.

> x bed. x wardrobe. x mirror. open wardrobe. (nah)

> x chair. ne.

Actually, you want to rock in the rocking chair first.

> sit on chair. rock chair. (ow)

> x wall. x head.

> ne. d. nw. nw.


> open freezer. take icepack.

> put icepack on head. close freezer.

> x chairs.

> nw.


> x daughters. (Ruth and Jane)

> x Mummy. x cake. x deckchairs. x table.

Your daughters ask you to sit.

> sit on deckchair. x present. x paper.

> take present. shake it. unwrap it.

> thank Mummy. kiss Mummy.

> x tie. wear tie.

> give paper to Mummy.

You have an urge to rock on the deckchair. Don't do it, Daddy!

> ask Mummy about cake.

> tell Mummy about rocking chair.

> x Ruth. x Jane. x feast. eat feast.

> count candles. read candles.

> blow candles. make a wish.

> give cake to Ruth. give cake to Jane.

> give cake to Mummy. smell cake. eat cake.

*** Successful birthday ***



You'll meet everyone in the garden.


This is the response to ABOUT:

It all started with a walkthrough of an imaginary game that 8-year-old Ruth typed for Daddy's birthday... then Daddy converted it into a real game, with Ruth's help. It is possible to play it exactly as in the original walkthrough, or to enjoy a very different birthday.

Thanks to the following amazing beta testers: Auntie J; B Slade (beslayed); Edo; Garry Francis (Warrigal); Giannis Georgiou (GiannisG); Grandma and Grandpa; Mummy; Rovarsson; Ruth.

If you are new to interactive fiction, type "tutorial". To use Ruth's story during the game, type "walkthrough".




The XYZZY command teleports you back into the rocking chair in your bedroom!

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