Key & Compass presents:
Death Number Four
by Dave Footitt

Death Number Four is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2021 by Dave Footitt. It was an entry in PunyJam #1 where it took 4th place.

In this short game, you play as a heavily bandaged supernatural entity, summoned back into existence inside a pub's broom closet. The local police inspector needs you to get inside the locked graveyard and speak to the dead.

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

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PoliceStation Riverbank Outsidethe Pub Street BroomCloset Pub Pubbathroom Beercellar South onthe river Clearing d u (to grave-yard) 🛶


Broom Closet

> take knife. x it. (What brought you into existence.)

> take note. x it. (Meet someone at the station.)

> take pile.

> open door. e.


> x barman. x pump.

> d.

Beer cellar

> x cask. x pipe. x hole.

> put fabric on hole. (+1)

> u.


The barman, in a better mood, unlocks the door and throws a hat and raincoat your way.

> x hat. wear it. x coat. wear it.

> e.

Pub bathroom

> x toilet. x sink. x sunglasses. wear them.

> x mirror. (You are covered in bandages.)

> w.


> open pub door. n.

Outside the Pub

> x post. e.


> x graveyard. (gate locked; key on hook)

> x key. x hook. x station.

> n.

Police Station

> x counter. (steps down on other side)

> x painting. x stick. (has hook)

> take stick. x inspector.

> show note to inspector.

Because of a pattern in recent deaths, he wants you to communicate with the most recent person, now buried in the graveyard.

> give knife to inspector. (+1)

> d. (He stops you.)

> s.


Note that 'take' doesn't work as well as 'get' here.

> get key with stick. (not quite)

> w. w.

River bank

> x water. x boat. enter boat. (+1)

> s.

South on the river

> x reeds.

> leave boat. e.


> x tree. x nest.

> climb tree. (can't: no low branches)

> throw stick at nest. (+1)

> look. x magnet. take all.

> w. enter boat. n. leave boat. e. e.


> put magnet on stick. get key with stick. (+1)

> unlock gate with key. open gate. e.

*** You have won ***

This story really needs to be continued, in my humble opinion.







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