Key & Compass presents:
The Lonely Troll
by Amanda Walker

The Lonely Troll is a Glulx interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2022 by Amanda Walker. It was an entry in the Text Adventure Literacy Jam 2022 event.

In this small pleasant fantasy game, you play as a lonely troll who lives in a snug house in a valley of apple trees. You want to talk to someone. You want an adventure. You want a friend.

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.


Cave Forest Field Garden Home Ocean Ruins Desert RockyLedge u d


...turn on tutorial mode?

> no


> x house. x me. x trees. x yard.

> take apple.

After four or five turns, you find a strange object.

> x object. take it.

> s.


> x sphinx. talk.

> give apple. (She's now willing to talk.)

> talk.

Are you ready for the riddle?

> yes

> say question mark

The sphinx tells you that the strange object is a dragon egg, and she gives you a book.

> x egg. x book.

> find 1. (Cyclops grow carrots and have weak eyes.)

> find 2. (Dragon eggs need fire to hatch. Baby dragons need a pearl, a heartblossom flower, and a fairy wand's touch to grow to an adult.)

> find 3. (Sing to fairies. Fairy wands use griffin feathers.)

> find 4. (Griffin eat bubbleberries to shed feathers. Bubbleberries need unicorn poop.)

> find 5. (Mermaids love jewels.)

> find 6. (Dragon eggs improve phoenix fires. Phoenix tears form opals.)

> find 7. (Trolls are nearly extinct!)

> find 8. (Unicorns love carrots.)

> e.

Rocky Ledge

> x phoenix. x fire. x opal. talk.

> put egg in fire. (It hatches.)

> x dragon. take it. pet it. take opal.

> w. w.


> x ruins. x bush. x glass. take glass.

> e.

You acknowledge that you are having an adventure and you are now willing to visit the rest of the map.


> n. e.


> x mermaid. x pearl. x water. x jellyfish.

> talk. give opal to mermaid. (You get the pearl.)

> clean glass.

> give pearl to dragon.

> w. n.


> x tree. x sing. (The fairy appears.)

> x fairy. x wand. talk.

> e.


> x cyclops. x carrots. talk.

> give glass to cyclops. (He gives you a carrot.)

> x carrot.

> w. s. w.


> x unicorn. x trees. talk.

> give carrot to unicorn.

> take flower. x it. give it to dragon.

> take poop. x it.

> e. s. w.


> put poop on bush.

> take berries. x berries.

> e. n. n. w.


> x griffin. x feather. talk.

> give berries to griffin. take feather.

> e.


> give feather to fairy.

The fairy repairs her wand, then zaps the baby dragon into an adult. It flies away.

> s.

Inside House

> open door.

The dragon is back! The griffin, cyclops, and sphinx also arrive. They are your new friends.

*** The End ***

Would you like to read the author's end notes? > yes

Do you want more information on how to make ASCII art? > yes

*** The End ***



This game is enhanced with several ASCII art pieces. These are their thumbnails. Please play the game to view the artwork in its intended sizes.

Cover art, locations, and scenery


Inventory items




This is the response to CREDITS:

This game was made for the 2022 Text Adventure Literacy Project (TALP). It's my third work of interactive fiction and my first one with images.

Thanks to Emily Short for her extensions Basic Screen Effects and Glulx Image Centering, and to Gavin Lambert for his extension Exit Lister.

Thanks to my wonderful beta testers: Dee Cooke, Garry Francis, Nils Fagerburg, Jade, Eva Radke, and Andrew Schultz.

Abiding gratitude to everyone at the forums for all their patient help.

Thanks always most of all to Tom. I made all the images out of keyboard symbols (this is called ASCII art). You can make ASCII art, too. And you may feel free to copy my art and use it any way you wish. Do want more information on how to make ASCII art? >


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