Eruption is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2009 by Richard Bos. It was an entry in IF Comp 2009 where it took 13th place.
In this small straightforward escape game, you play an an island villager who wakes up in a small cave after a night of drinking. You soon discover that everyone's left the island because the volcano is about to erupt! Find a way off the island and soon!
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 2 of the game.
The volcano will erupt on schedule on turn 154, but that's plenty of time to figure out what to do.
> about. x me. i. x knife.
> x volcano. w.
> x sea. d.
In the Crater
> x rocks. take rock.
> u. s.
> x houses. x heap. search heap. g. g. g.
> x scroll. (Poem: "To a cruel goddess")
> x lamp. x key. x altar.
> e. n.
> open door. x shack. (locked, but weakly)
There's two ways to get the door open:
> in. (+1)
Inside the Shack
> x bottle. take it.
> out. w.
> x trees. take fruit.
> x stream. fill bottle.
> x crates. x sailcloth. cut it. (+1)
> x oars. take oars.
On the Pier
> take note. read note.
> x boat. x pier. x channel.
At the Pier (in the boat)
You must have read the note and have food, fresh water, and oars before you can leave.
> w. (+2)
*** You have won ***
This is not a very large game, and there wasn't room for very many amusing side-tracks. Nevertheless, did you try...
- Eating various objects?
- Finding both ways to open the shed?
- Hanging around until the volcano erupts?
- Doing so on top of the volcano or even inside the crater? Inside the cave?
- Scoring higher than 5? (Hint: you can't do this and win at the same time.)
- Throwing things into the sea? There is only one object which you can lose permanently this way.
- Pronouncing the name "Machichouti"? The 'a' is long and bright, as in Italian, and the 'ch' is pronounced as in Scottish or German. Better get it right - Machichouti is a hot-headed goddess, and if your pronounce her name wrong you might well suffer an arson attack, or be struck by lightning, or, in these unbelieving times, perhaps slightly burn your tongue on a hot cup of tea.
This is a solo adventure, but a few others are mentioned:
Thanks should go, of course, to the omnipresent Implementors: Crowther & Woods, and Lebling, Blank et al., of the earliest games; and Graham Nelson, of Inform. Also to Simon Quinn, who ported Inform to the Psion range of hand-helds; Psion, for making the Revo in the first place; and Frédéric Bouvry and Simon Quinn again, for Psion Frotz. Without all these people, this game could not have existed.
Thanks to Stephen Granade for organising the Annual Interactive Fiction Competition for ten years running (and counting).
Ironic thanks goes to all the people who, over the years, have entered games in the IF Comp which were set in their own house, without working hints or walkthroughs, riddled with spelling errors, buggier than a Red Norvo swing number, or simply underimplemented. Thanks to you - you know who you are! - this game was entered in the 2009 IF Competition.
Thanks, lastly, to the last people to have had an influence on this game: its beta-testers, Timothy Partridge and Samson de Jager. Thanks also to Lucian P. Smith, for his IF beta-test page.
In that game you scored your-score out of a possible 5, in several turns, meaning that you-have-this-status.
To obtain this last status, say xyzzy twice, then wait until turn 153 and say xyzzy the third time.
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