Key & Compass presents:
Face your fears
by Shawn Sijnstra

Face your fears is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2021 by Shawn Sijnstra. It was an entry in PunyJam #2 where it took 3rd place.

In this light-hearted game about phobias, you play as someone on edge. Uneasy. You decide that the best way to deal with this is to explore and face your fears one by one. The ending involves a really bad pun.

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.


Grassy Field ShadySpot WindingPath West Sideof the Pub UnisexBathroom SmallPublicBar SmallDiningArea Kitchen Back ofthe Pub


Grassy Field

CAUTION: Avoid looking in this location or passing through this location more than necessary until you're done with the shady spot to the east. And definitely don't turn VERBOSE on. If you trigger your agoraphobia too soon, you won't be able to re-enter the field and may trap yourself out of winning.

> score. (+1)

> s.

Winding Path

> x pub. w.

West Side of the Pub

> x ladder.

> climb ladder. g. g. (+2)

> s.

Back of the Pub

> x shed. x door. enter shed. look.

> x box. enter box. (+1)

> leave box. leave shed. w. n. s.

Small Public Bar

I'd like to look around more before talking to the barman. More topics to discuss that way.

> x taps. x barman. x bar.

> w.

Unisex Bathroom

> smell. x sink. x soap. x toilet.

> flush toilet. smell toilet. smell soap.

> smell sink. clean sink. (need cleaning supplies)

> e. e.

Small Dining Area

> x chairs. x table.

> x cutlery. x condiments.

> x tomato sauce. x mustard. x brown sauce.

> x salt. x pepper.

> take salt. (+1)

> s.


> x shelving. x goods. x flour. x spices.

> x coffee. x tea. x sugar. x biscuits.

> take biscuits. (+1)

> smell biscuits. smell coffee. smell tea.

> open fridge. x meat. smell meat. take meat.

> n. w.

Small Public Bar

Ask the barman about a few key topics:

> ask barman about himself. ("Rob")

> ask him about life. (+1)

> ask him about bathroom.

> ask him about cleaning. (He gives you some supplies.)

> x supplies.

If you enjoy chatting, here's some more stuff you can ask the barman about:

> ask him about field. ask him about cat.

> ask him about ladder. ask him about roof.

> ask him about kitchen. ask him about meat.

> ask him about coffeeorask him about tea.

> ask him about condiments.

> ask him about salt. ask him about pepper.

> ask him about shed. ask him about box.

> ask him about tools. ask him about pub.

Getting on with it:

> w.

Unisex Bathroom

> clean sink. (+1)

> e. n. n. e.

Shady Spot

> x trees. x shrubs. listen. (You hear a hungry cat.)

> throw meat at shrub. (+1)

> w.

Grassy Field

> look. look. look. (+2)

> s. s.

Small Public Bar

It's only time for a drink after you've faced all (or most of) your other fears.

> ask him about taps.

> ask him about taste.

> ask him about pint.

> ask him about promotional.

> ask him about real beer.

> ask him about faux beer. (+1)

> x faux beer. drink it. (+1)

*** You have won ***




This is the response to CREDITS:

Many thanks to Fredrik Ramsberg for his part in convincing me to experience the other side of the interpreter and take up PunyInform, and to Garry Francis for providing much needed feedback on my first complete adventure.


Note: You can trap yourself in the shady spot by triggering your agoraphobia in the field then heading east. Likewise, you can make the shady spot impossible to visit by triggering your agoraphobia in the field then heading south. The author could fix this by either swapping the field and shady spot around, so the field is a dead end, or by adding a new path between the winding path and shady spot.



This is the response to SCORE:

You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 13, in several turns. [if 1st time, add:] Out of 13? Thirteen! Your triskaidekaphobia kicks in. Ouch.

Points are awarded as follows:

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