Key & Compass presents:
The Lion in Winter
by Iain Merrick

The Lion in Winter is a TADS 2 interactive fiction game and is © 1999 by Iain Merrick. It was a participant in the Speed-IF 2000 event.

In this comedic short game, you play as an overweight young man of the Massif tribe. Your dad's left you to watch over his cows, which is bad enough, but now a lion just came into the enclosure and took one away! You better get that cow back and fast or your dad won't let you go to any dances for a hundred years!

This solution is by David Welbourn.


hit terrified cow At theDance TheGrasslands TheRavine Amongstthe Lions The CattleEnclosure

The Cattle Enclosure

> x spear. take it. x cows. (lion steals a cow on the third turn!)

> x cow. n. take cow. n.

The Grasslands

> x grass. x tree. x tracks. e.

The Ravine

> x bridge. x ravine. e. drop cow. w.

The Grasslands

> drop cow. put cow in tree. x cow. e. e.

Amongst the Lions

> x cow. x lions. kill lions.

> get on cow. hit cow.

The Ravine

> hit cow. SPACE

At the Dance

*** You have won ***



In the epilogue:




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This walkthrough is provided free of charge since I wrote this walkthrough prior to January 2015 when I began my Patreon account, and also because the work it's based on has less than fifteen locations (so I wouldn't have charged for it anyway). I've since reformatted this walkthrough to use my currently preferred style. I hope you enjoy it!

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