Key & Compass presents:
The Fifth Continent
by Daniel Gunnell

The Fifth Continent is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2019 by Daniel Gunnell. It's the sequel to The Computer Lady, also published in 2019.

In this small game, you play as a tourist in Kent. You've always been curious about the Romney Marsh, so you're going to take a walking tour through it and see what you can find.

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.


ChurchApproach HighStreet StationRoad TheRomneyMarsh A Shop A Path The BirdReserveEntrance DengeMarsh CoastDrive Great-stoneHigh St. CoastRoad Little-stoneBeach Great-stoneBeach xyzzy fromanywhere


Note: Although the game strongly suggests playing The Computer Lady first, I don't think it's really necessary. There's only one location and character in common between the two games.

Church Approach

> verbose.

> i. x rucksack. open it. x guidebook.

> e.

High Street

> x billboard. (for an IF workshop at Marsh Academy)

> e. e.

The Romney Marsh

> x sheep. x mailbox. open it.

> take leaflet. x it.

> se. s. w. s.

Greatstone Beach

> x sand. take sand. (It's gone!?)

> w.

Littlestone Beach

> x ground. n. w.

Denge Marsh

> x cactus. nw.

The Bird Reserve Entrance

> x cows. x pigeon. x David.

> ask David about ANYTHING.

> ask David about ANYTHING.

> ask David about ANYTHING. (He leaves after the third time.)

> n.

A Shop

> x book. take it.

*** You have won ***

> amusing



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The closest thing to credits in the game is this paragraph from the guidebook:

The Fifth Continent is a work of interactive fiction. If you've never played this type of game before, you move around by typing in compass directions and reading a screen full of text. In this game, the sequel to The Computer Lady, you need to deliberately upset a bird watcher in order to get into writing interactive fiction. (No bird watchers were actually upset during the coding of this game.)


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