Jack's Adventures is a TADS 2 interactive fiction game and is © 1998 by Dan Shiovitz (as "Ben Scagels"). This demo game was presented as part of the TextFire 12-Pack collection.
In this extremely short one-room demo game, you play as Jack Winklebee, an aspiring hero in Fairyland. You've traded your cow for some magic beans, a trowel, and a magic watering can. Now it's time to find out what these magic beans do.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on the DEMO version of the game.
> x me. i. x beans. x trowel. x can. read can.
> x cottage. w. e. u. (All exits denied.)
> x dirt. x rocks. dig dirt (with trowel). x hole.
> put beans in hole.
> water hole with can.
> fill hole (with trowel).
> x mound. water mound with can. z.
The beans weren't magic.
Thank you for playing the demo version of Jack's Adventures, a TextFire release. On-line registration for TextFire products will be available at http://www.textfire.com on or before June 30, 1998. Thanks for your patience!
There really aren't any other characters in the game, but these are mentioned:
From the response to ABOUT, which is entirely fictitious:
About the author:
The demo version of Jack's Adventures was written by Ben Scagels, a 21-year-old marine biology major. He codes TADS with his right hand, Inform with his left, and has unmatched socks and a fondness for platypi. Besides wanting to write great text adventures, his ambition is to form a band, "Ben and the Dancing Platypi", but has found no drummer who is both competent and willing to be called a platypus.
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Both endings happen after you've fully planted the beans.
Your exploits so far include:
Before the game begins:
During the game: