A Good Breakfast is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 1997 by Stuart Adair. It was an entry in IF Comp 1997 where it took 23rd place.
In this small game, you wake up late to the sound of the mail arriving. You remember last night's party; thankfully, you don't have a hangover. But you're positively starving! Get something to eat, and soon!
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 2 of the work.
The bed's drawer can never be opened.
> x me. i. stand. (Naked and empty-handed.)
> x bed. open drawer. (Can't.)
> x posters. x cracks. x wardrobe. open it. look in it. (empty)
> open bathroom door. (Probably someone in there and sleeping.)
> read postcard. (Water cut off today for repairs.)
> take envelope. x it. (It's for your neighbour.)
> open it. x photos. (Of him and his secretary.)
> x cups. x letterbox.
> x computer. x printouts. x disks.
> search disks. x screwdriver.
> take disks. yes. (You get one.)
> x cartridge. put cartridge in computer.
South of the Rhaneshka (playing Zkwork VII)
> full score. i. (carrying nothing)
> x river. n.
On the bridge (playing Zkwork VII)
Any other command on the bridge results in you getting pushed back to the south shore.
> turn around. (You're now facing south, so the guard pushes you north!)
North of the Rhaneshka (playing Zkwork VII)
> n. (+1; the Last Lousy Point)
You have won Zkwork VII, but the computer is now fried.
> x chair. push chair e. push chair s.
If you stand on the untightened chair, you fall off and drop everything.
> x shelf. x box. take box. (Out of reach)
> turn chair. (This tightens it.)
> stand on chair. take box. (+1)
> stand. open box. x cornflakes.
> search cornflakes. (You find nothing.)
> eat cornflakes. (Too dry!)
> count cornflakes.
> x fridge. open it. (empty except for green yoghurt)
> x dishwasher. open it. take dish. x it.
> pour box in dish. (But dish is dirty!)
> s. (You vow never to open that door again.)
> x machine. open it. (Can't.)
> open machine with screwdriver. x clothes.
> wear clothes. (+1) x me.
> x dryer. look in it. (Empty.)
> w. n. e.
> x Suzy. (Robot with button.)
> push button. (You start a game of Onny-Offy.)
> x display.
When you win: +1, spoon dropped, and Suzy shuts herself off.
> take spoon. x it.
> x bottles. x packets. x rolls.
> x tv. turn on tv. x string. turn off tv.
> x cone. take cone. (Don't want to.)
> open door. n.
> close door. (This also locks the door!)
> x birdtable. x bird. (Mechanical on sliding switch.)
> push bird. (It jerks its head upwards.)
> x thinking. x sitting. x digging. x laughing.
> n. (+1; dish cleaned by rain.)
Street (outside your house)
I haven't the slightest idea what SA4JW means. You do get a different response if you try using it before reading it here.
> x symbols. ("SA4JW")
> sa4jw. xyzzy.
> e. s.
> x milk. x pad. x door. x letterbox.
> push doorbell. z. z. (Jeff answers the door.)
> x Jeff. show photos to Jeff. (+1)
> ask Jeff for milk. (+1; you get milk; he takes the photos)
> n. w. s.
Okay, so you need to solve a puzzle with the gnomes and the bird to unlock your front door. The gnomes can face in each of the four cardinal directions, and you have to find the right combo. To help you figure it out, whenever you turn a gnome, the bird will either jerk its head up or down.
Unfortunately, it's not as simple as "up" meaning "correct" and "down" meaning wrong. Nor are you looking for which gesture is the odd one out per gnome. Oh no, it's more tricky than that.
No, you're supposed to read the author's mind and understand that the gnome-code is a four-digit base-4 number where North means 0, East means 1, South means 2, and West means 3. And the bird's upward motion means the target four-digit number is higher than the current setting, and downward means the target number is lower.
So, it's vital that you solve this from left to right: from thinking gnome to laughing gnome.
Start by turning the thinking gnome four times, noting the bird's reactions:
> turn thinking. g. g. g.
From north clockwise to west, which elicited the last upward movement? That's the THINKING-DIRECTION.
> turn thinking THINKING-DIRECTION.
Do the same with the next two gnomes.
> turn sitting. g. g. g. turn sitting SITTING-DIRECTION.
> turn digging. g. g. g. turn digging DIGGING-DIRECTION.
Now it's just a matter of turning the laughing gnome until the door opens.
> turn laughing. (Repeat as necessary.)
The bird jerks around, and the door unlocks and opens.
> close door.
> pour cereal in bowl.
> open carton. pour milk in bowl.
> eat cornflakes. (+1)
You also find the magnet, and you need to vomit somewhere!
> x magnet.
> x door. x bolt.
> put magnet on door. move magnet. (+1; door unlocked)
> open door. s.
*** You have won ***
From the game's Acknowledgements submenu:
I'd like to say a big "thank you!" to the following people:
- Graham Nelson, who wrote Inform, without which this game might never have been written;
- Gerry Kevin Wilson, for organising the competition, without which this game might never have been written;
- Volker Blasius and David Kinder, for maintaining the IF-Archive;
- Mary Kuhner and Douglas McNeil, for their excellent beta-testing;
- L. Ross Raszewski, whose library extensions I used for the menu and hints system; - everyone at rec.arts.int-fiction, for putting up with and answering a newbie's problems;
- everyone who reported the somewhat embarrassing milk/cornflakes/bowl bug;
- and finally, Joanne.
- Did you know...
- ...that you character is female?
- ...that the source code is over 190k?
- ...that the game is set in North-West Britain?
- ...that I've run out of interesting things to mention?
- Have you tried...
- ...typing the above two commands with the 'piracy' bit set on your interpreter?
- ...FROTZ something?
- ...FROTZ ME?
- ...FROTZ JEFF?
- ...SIT ON WASHING MACHINE?
- ...SIT ON SCREWDRIVER?
- ...REMOVE CLOTHES outside?
- ...REMOVE CLOTHES in front of Jeff?
- ...EAT YOGHURT? Before and after you've seen it?
- ...PUT MAGNET ON SUZY? While playing Onny-Offy?
- ...SCORE while playing Zkwork VII?
- ...LISTEN TO FRIDGE?
- ...COUNT CORNFLAKES?
- ...FULL SCORE while playing Zkwork VII?
- ...JUMP while playing Zkwork VII?
- ...EXAMINE DUST (found in bedroom and kitchen)?
- ...SMELL DUST?
- ...PUT various objects IN COMPUTER?
- ...ENTER WARDROBE, CLOSE WARDROBE, SLEEP?
- Song quotes: what and where?
This section tells you which songs are quoted, and how to get them.
- Song: "Sleep Alone" by the Wonderstuff
- Song: "Stars" by Dubstar
- Song: "St Swithin's Day" by Billy Bragg
- Song: "Karma Police" by Radiohead
Action: LISTEN TO FRIDGE
- Song: "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
Action: SMELL THE CIDER in the cups in the hall
- Song: "Babies" by Pulp
Action: SLEEP inside the wardrobe in the bedroom (it must be closed)
- How points are scored.
Each action is worth one point:
- Wearing the clothes
- Showing Jeff the photos
- Asking Jeff for the milk
- Getting the cereal
- Winning Suzy's game
- Cleaning the dish
- Eating breakfast
- Unlocking the bathroom door
- Entering the bathroom
- Winning Zkwork VII
Regarding the "PUT various objects IN COMPUTER" suggestion, the response is, if the computer is still working and the object is not the cartridge:
No matter how hard you try, you can't get the computer to play ...
Also, within the Zkwork VII minigame, its endings are:
You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 10, in several turns, which means ranking.
In the Zkwork VII game, the response to full score is:
You have so far scored 99 out of a possible 100 in 1024 turns, giving you the rank of Homecoming Hero.
You've scored points for: aiding the abbot; bashing the bishop; crushing the canopy; delivering the diamond; enchanting Elvis; flaming the forest; gnudging the gnu; hanging the hangman; injuring the idiot; jousting with Jasper; killing the klairvoyant; leaping to the ledge; mashing the monster; nailing the nail; observing the occult; peeling potatoes; quizzing the queen; roasting the rabbit; slapping the squirrel; testing testosterone; unseating the unbeliever; vaulting the vegetables; winding the wood; xyzzy; making the yak yawn; and zapping the ziggurat.
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