Key & Compass presents:
by Kent Tessman

Down is a Hugo interactive fiction story and is © 1997 by Kent Tessman. It was an entry in IF Comp 1997 where it took 20th place.

In this short game, you play as a survivor of an airplane crash. You regain consciousness on a gentle slope with a broken leg, your watch beside you. Help yourself and the other survivors as best you can.

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.


Bluffof trees Gentleslope Bottomof slope Crashsite Behind theairplane Beside theairplane Landinggear bay On thewing Insidethe plane Rearcrawl-space Forwardcabin Access-way Cockpit d in d u out u


Lying down / Gentle slope

> stand. (Your right leg can't support you!)

> x leg. rip pants.

> take watch. wear watch. (3:55 pm)

> crawl west.

Bluff of trees

> break branch. break branch. (Now you have two.)

> make splint.

> e. s. se.

Crash site

> x woman. x girl.

> ask girl about woman. (needs her medicine)

> e.

Behind the airplane

> x man. (gash on his leg)

> ask woman about man. ("Arthur has a weak heart!")

> w. s.

Beside the airplane

> climb wing.

On the wing

> enter plane.

Inside the plane

Ignore the debris.

> s.

Forward cabin

> x seats. move seats. (find access panel in floor)

> open door. s.


> x pilot. x co-pilot. take cup.

> search seats. (Found a boy with a purse!)

> hug boy. (He calms down; he wants his mother.)

> boy, follow me.

> boy, give purse to me.

> open purse. (has asthma inhaler and newspaper)

> take all from purse.

> n. n. out. d. n.

Crash site

> give inhaler to woman.

> s. u. in. s. d.


> x box. n.

Rear crawlspace

> x tree. n.

Landing gear bay

CAUTION: Don't stay too long in this smoke!

> burn newspaper. s.

Rear crawlspace

> burn tree. (with newspaper; the tree catches fire)

> s. u. n. out. d. n. e.

Behind the airplane

I'm so sorry. You can't help Arthur. While you can remove your splint, you can't put it on him or his leg.

> x gash. z. (Repeat waiting.)

At 4:32 pm, Arthur stops breathing. Soon afterwards, the airplane, no longer impaled on the tree, slides off the steep drop, then explodes down below. The survivors are grateful that the plane didn't explode up here.




Found dead:


To view the credits, type HELP, then select the "Release history and game credits" menu-option:



was written by Kent Tessman for the 1997 Interactive Fiction Competition. Thanks to Julian Arnold for some ridiculously last-minute playtesting.

Release history

Release 1 (September 1997)
The first public release of Down for the 1997 Interactive Fiction Competition.



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