In this game, you once again play as Lil' Ragamuffin, the toughest street urchin in depression-era Garbagetown DC. You were eating old shoes from the Macaroni Family's garbage cans, as any urchin is wont to do, but then you were caught by Tony and his goons who think you're playin' kid detective for the fuzz! Cripes! So now you need to escape their speakeasy and rescue your rat pal, Percy, before they throw him in the rattin' pit to fight Jocko, the champion ferret!
If you haven't played previous Guttersnipe games or read the webcomic, you might not realize right away that Percy talks and can even read things for you.
> ask Percy about Percy. ask Percy about ferret.
> ask Percy about Tony.
Once you've explored more, you'll know a lot more topics to ask him about.
> e. n.
> x Murray. x bottle. x barrels.
> ask Murray about Murray. ask Murray about bottle.
> ask Murray about barrels. ask Murray about Percy.
> ask Murray about Tony. ask Murray about army.
> ask Murray about music. ask Murray about Luigi.
> ask Murray about me. ask Murray about Jocko.
> s. e.
A hallway (east end)
> x trapdoor. u.(Locked with padlock.)
> x Tony. ask Tony about Percy.
> e. ask Tony about pops.(Pops wants spaghetti.)
A ratting pit
> x Hungarian. x ferret. x chalkboard. x poster. x file. x barker.
> ask Hungarian about ferret.(Queen Molly once beat him.)
> ask Hungarian about Queen Molly.(Jocko can be distracted by jingling sounds.)
> n. se.
> x Vinnie. x counter. x guns.
> ask Vinnie about guns.
> ask Vinnie about Papa. ask Vinnie about moll.
If you want a gun, you need a requisition form from Papa Macaroni or his moll.
> ask Vinnie about Tony.
> nw. ne.
A print room
> x press.(Can be turned on and off.)
> x closeline. x bills.(Not convincing.)
> turn on press.(Printed bibles, then broke.)
> x bibles. take bibles.
> sw. n.
A poker room
They want a fourth player. But let's chat first with Sally. The other two aren't the chatty type.
> x Sally. x Mulligan. x Jimmy. x key. x stool.
> ask Sally about Sally. ask Sally about Jimmy.
> ask Sally about Mulligan. ask Sally about Tony.
> ask Sally about Papa. ask Sally about moll.
> ask Sally about Jocko. ask Sally about Vinnie.
Done chatting? Let's play poker!
> sit on stool.
This is too confusing, and since you want a sure win, you get off the stool. Let's go talk to Percy again.
> s. w. w. w.
> ask Percy about poker.(Five of anything?)
> x bibles.(You have five identical bibles.)
> ask Percy about moll.(If moll's frat mascot were defaced...)
> ask Percy about Luigi.(Not really Chinese.)
> ask Percy about Murray. ask Percy about Vinnie.
> e. e. e. n.
A poker room
For what it's worth, you didn't need to talk to Percy about poker, or explicitly examine the bibles. You just need to sit on the stool twice, and you will only be willing to sit on the stool the second time if you also have the bibles with you.
> sit on stool.(using the bibles as a five-of-a-kind)
You win the key, but are evicted from the room as well.
A hallway (east end)
> unlock trapdoor with key. u.
> x shopkeeper. x barrels.
> ask Luigi about Luigi.(No point talking to him.)
> x pigeon. x nest. x trashcan.
> open trashcan. x boots. take boots.
> eat boots. x shoelaces.
> sw. d. n.
> x trunk. x Fats. open trunk.
> x record. take it.
> x sandbags. x props.
> ask Fats about Fats. ask Fats about guitar.
> ask Fats about catgut. ask Fats about Papa.
> ask Fats about Tony.
> x victrola. x goon.
A dance floor
> x dancers. w.
> x bartender. x terrier. x jingleball. x liquor. x bar.
> ask bartender about dog. pet dog.
> e. n.
> x bottle. x patron. x menu. x waiters.
> take bottle.
> ask patron about menu. ask patron about spaghetti.
> e.(Bathroom is locked.)
> x plate. take it. x chefs. x waiters.
> e. ne.
> x carpet. x podium. x maitre. x menu.
> take menu.
> ne.(Not without Percy.)
Yes, let's talk to Percy some more.
> sw. s. s. s. s. w. w.
> ask Percy about Fats.(Might be somewhere here that serves intestines.)
> give menu to Percy.(He reads it. Intestines are on the menu.)
> give record to Percy.(He reads it. Military marching music.)
> ask Percy about pigeon. ask Percy about terrier.
> e. e. n. n. n. n.
> ask patron about intestines.(He orders it.)
> x intestines. take intestines.
> s. s. s.
> give intestines to Fats.(He fixes his guitar and goes north.)
Fats tells the crowd to put any requests in the mason jar.
> x Fats. x jar.
> take victrola.(No one notices this while Fats is playing.)
> s. s. w. n.
> put record on victrola.(Murray leaves.)
> take rotgut. s.
A hallway (west end)
> use rotgut on door.(It's now open.)
A maintenance room
> x pipes. x valve.
> turn valve.(You shut off the water to the restroom.)
> se. e. n. n. n. n. e.
> x bidet. x toilet. x basin. x shave.
> take shave.
> w. s. s. s. s. e.
> ask Tony about moll.
> put shoelaces on plate.(Now you have a plate of shoelaces.)
> put sauce on shoelaces.(Now you have "spaghetti".)
> give spaghetti to Tony.(He steps aside from his door.)
> x Papa. x goons. x moll. x statue. x coin.
> give spaghetti to Papa.(He owes you a favor, but he can't free Percy for you.)
> take coin.
> ask Papa about moll.(Moll's name is Chester.)
> w. w. w. w.
> give coin to Percy.
> e. e. n. n.
> put coin in jar.(Moll is now here, dancing to his frat's song.)
> s. s. e. e.
> use shave on statue.(Moll gives you a requisition note.)
> x note. w. se.
> give note to Vinnie.(You get a gun with one bullet.)
> x gun.
> nw. w. u. ne.
> shoot pigeon. x pigeon. take it.
> sw. d. n. n. n. w.
> give dead pigeon to dog. take jingleball.
> e. s. s. s. e. s.
A ratting pit
Using the jingleball, you'll be able to win the golden file.
> talk to Hungarian. challenge Jocko. x file.
> n. w. w. w.
> use file on cage.(You now have Percy.)
> e. e. n. n. n. n. ne.
Tony and some goons block you.
> shoot Tony.(You bluff your way out, actually.)
You and Percy escape!
The main characters are:
Percy is your rat pal who was educated at Oxford and is normally your constant companion. Unfortunately, he's locked in a cage for most of this game. Your main goal is to spring him from his cage and leave with him.
Murray the bum is a drunk war veteran holed up in a storeroom.
Tony Macaroni is basically the head goon in this game, sorta like a lieutenant. It's all his fault you're in this mess.
The Hungarian is one of the gamblers at the ratting pit. He's betting on Jocko.
A ferret named Jocko is the champion fighter at the ratting pit, but he has a weakness to jingling noises.
Skinny Vinnie Scaramuche is behind the counter in the armory. If you want a gun, you gotta see him.
Skunk-Faced Sally, Two-Eyed Mulligan, and Jimmy the Weasel want to play poker, but they need a fourth player.
Hellbender Fats was hired to play music for the speakeasy, but he needs catgut for his guitar.
A pigeon terrier is at the bar. He really likes his jingleball!
A gentleman patron is having trouble deciding what to order from the restaurant's menu.
Papa Macaroni is the head of the Macaroni family. He's feeling homesick and would love some spaghetti.
The moll, named Chester, is a college man and is very devoted to his frat. And to Papa Macaroni, of course.
A pigeon is terrorizing the alley outside the Chinese shop.
Background characters include:
A barker operates the ratting pit, but you can ignore him.
A bartender is very busy tending the bar in the restaurant.
A maitre d is stationed at his podium in the restaurant's atrium. Very snooty.
A shopkeeper named Luigi operates a Chinese herbs and curiosities shop above the speakeasy.
Various goons are seen with Tony at both the beginning and end of the game, and also with Papa Macaroni in his office.
One goon is stationed on the stage watching out for troublemakers.
Some gamblers are waiting for the next challenger in the ratting pit.
Some dancers are cutting a rug on the dance floor.
Some bar patrons are boozing it up at the bar.
Some customers in the restaurant are eating the weird food served here.
Some people in the atrium are waiting to be let into the place.
Some chefs and waiters are busy with their duties in the kitchen.
Someone has locked themself in the bathroom.
Queen Molly is famed for defeating Jocko.
The moll's frat (Tappa Kegga Bru), their rival frat (Sigma Figma Bi) and Percy's old frat (Phi Beta Omega) are mentioned at various points in the narrative.
Lord Wartington is a cartoon warthog and Tappa Kegga Bru's mascot. His statue is in Papa's office.
a rope. Find it by examining the barrels in the wine cellar. Use the rope on the still there to create a fuse.
a matchbook. Find it by first pushing the keg in the wine cellar, then looking in the mousehole. After you've used the rope on the still to make a fuse, light the fuse with the matchbook. You can now leave the wine cellar.
a tijuana bibles. Create them by turning on the printing press in the print room. Note that there's five of them. Now go sit on the stool in the poker room twice. The first time you sit, you'll be confused about how to win at their poker game, but the second time, if you have the bibles, you'll automatically play the bibles as a five-of-a-kind and claim the key.
a Berliner gramophone record. It's inside the steamer trunk at backstage. If you give it to Percy in the kennel, he'll read its label for you. Take the record and the victrola to the cell where Murray is, then put the record on the victrola to make Murray march away and abandon his bottle of rotgut.
a Sauce American bottle. It's in the restaurant. After putting the shoelaces on the plate, put the sauce on the shoelaces (not on the plate!) to create "spaghetti".
a plate. It's in the kitchen. Put the shoelaces on the plate to create a plate of shoelaces.
a menu. It's in the atrium. Give the menu to Percy in the kennel; he'll read it, and you'll learn that the restaurant serves intestines.
a intestines. Ask the patron in the restaurant about intestines and he'll order some. You'll know you need catgut if you talked to Fats about his guitar, and you'll know the restaurant serves intestines if you gave the menu to Percy. Take some of the intestines and give them to Fats backstage; he'll repair his guitar and go onto the stage.
a victrola. It's on the stage. You'll first need to help Fats by giving intestines to him, then you can take the victrola while he's on stage playing the blues. Take the victrola and the Berliner gramophone record to the cell where Murray is, then put the record on the victrola to make Murray march away and abandon his bottle of rotgut.
a bottle of rotgut. Murray has it in his cell. Put the record on the victrola to play military marching music; he'll march away and abandon his bottle. Use the bottle on the welded door in the (west) hallway to open the door to the maintenance room.
a Burma Shave. It's in the restroom; to get in there, you'll first need to turn the valve in the maintenance room so the bathroom has no more water. In the office, and while the moll isn't there (see commemorative coin), use the Burma Shave on the statue of Lord Wartington. You'll blame the vandalism on the moll's rival frat, and he'll give you a requisition note.
a key. Win it in the poker room by sitting on the stool (twice) while also carrying the five identical tijuana bibles. The key unlocks the trapdoor in the (east) hallway, giving you access to Luigi's apothecary and the alley.
a boots. They're inside the trashcan in the alley. Eat the boots to get the shoelaces.
a shoelaces. Obtain them by eating the boots you find in the alley's trashcan. Put the shoelaces on the plate to obtain a plate of shoelaces.
a plate of shoelaces. Create it by putting the shoelaces on the plate. Put the sauce on the shoelaces (not the plate!) to create "spaghetti".
a "spaghetti". Create it by putting the sauce on the plate of shoelaces. Give the "spaghetti" to Tony to gain access to the Papa Macaroni's office, then give the "spaghetti" to Papa who actually eats it.
a commemorative coin. It's held by the statue in the office; just take it. Put the coin into the mason jar on stage. Fats will play the moll's frat song, and the moll will rush in to dance to it.
a requisition note. The moll gives this note to you when you use the Burma Shave on the statue in the office, but get the moll out of the room first (see commemorative coin). Give the note to Vinnie in the armory.
a Chicago typewriter. Get this gun by giving the requisition note to Vinnie in the armory. It's loaded with only one bullet.
Shoot the pigeon in the alley; take the dead pigeon.
Shoot Tony when he's in the atrium and blocking your escape. You don't really shoot him; you just threaten him and he'll let you and Percy go.
a dead pigeon. Shoot the pigeon in the alley with your gun to get a dead pigeon. Give the dead pigeon to the pigeon terrier at the bar; the dog will drop its jiggleball.
a jingleball. The pigeon terrier at the bar has it. Give the dead pigeon to the dog, then you can take the ball. Now you can win a match in the ratting pit!
a golden file. Win it in the ratting pit by challenging Jocko there while you're carrying the jingleball. Use the file on the cage in the kennel to free Percy.
Percy. In the kennel, use the golden file on the cage to free Percy. You won't be willing to leave the speakeasy without him.