The Devil Made Me Do It is a Z-machine version 5 interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 1998 by David A. Cornelson. It was an entry in the Speed-IF 3 event.
In this small game, you play as the Devil himself, watching a pair of children playing in their yard. It would be so satisfying to corrupt their innocent souls by tempting them to sin.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.
On the Fence
Some clever stuff here, but spoiled somewhat by bugs and read-author's-mind. Some initial confusion since the yo-yo can't be called "yoyo", the iguana is named "igauna", the gnome statue can't be called "statue", and the Pez dispenser can't be called "dispenser".
> i. x kit. open it. x yo-yo. x gnome. x iguana.
> x corn. x duck. x pez. x candy.
> take all from kit. eat candy.
> x kids. x boy. x girl.
> x yard. x Harkin's yard. x children's yard. x house.
> drop pez. d.
> x porch. xyzzy. z. (If necessary, wait again until Mom appears, and warns the kids away from Harkin's yard.)
At this point, the kids' actions run in a seven-turn cycle. You want to tempt the girl when she checks the house to see if her mother's watching, and tempt the boy when he looks at the forbidden fence.
> put gnome on porch. (A trap for mom, at end of game.)
> z. z. z. (The girl should now be checking the house.)
> drop yo-yo. (+1)
> z. z. (The boy should now be checking the fence.)
> drop iguana. (+2)
> z. x boy. (+1. This step is necessary. Now it's just a matter of waiting.)
> z. z. z. z. (+2) z. z. z.
The children successfully sneak into Mr. Harkin's yard.
*** You have won ***
Instead of a score, you collect temptations:
This walkthrough is provided free of charge since I wrote this walkthrough prior to January 2015 when I began my Patreon account, and also because the work it's based on has less than fifteen locations (so I wouldn't have charged for it anyway). I've since reformatted this walkthrough to use my currently preferred style. I hope you enjoy it!
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