Key & Compass presents:
by Jesse McGrew and Kate Matthews

Merk is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2011 by Jesse McGrew and Kate Matthews. It was an entry for the PAX East 2011 Speed-IF event.

"Dear Jim and Kevin,
I have a mission for you: find me a 100-year-old typewriter. You'll be rewarded with space riches beyond your wildest dreams!
Your new friend,
Merk from Pluto"

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.


z put passin turnstile out ask salesman about 100-year-old typewriter type on typewriter Train BroadwayPlatform BroadwayStation Street OutsideBraintreeStation Apartment BraintreeTypewriterServices Back Room Tomb of theUnknownTool Pluto


> x me. i. x pass.

> x stuff. x counter. x envelope. take it.

> open envelope. read letter. (Jim enters.)

> x jim. x hat. x feather.

> show letter to Jim. (He's not interested and leaves. You grab a phone book.)

> x phone book. n.


> close door. w.

Broadway Station

> read signage. x turnstile.

> put pass in turnstile.

Broadway Platform

> z. z. z. z. z. z. z. z. (You board automatically.)


> x seats. (At Broadway.)

> sit on seat. (At Andrew.)

> z. (At JFK/UMass.)

> z. (At North Quincy.)

> z. (At Wollaston.)

> z. (At Quincy Center.)

> z. (At Quincy Adams.)

> z. (At Braintree.)

> out.

Outside Braintree Station

> se.

Braintree Typewriter Services

> x salesman. x typewriters.

> ask salesman about typewriter. read letter.

> ask salesman about 100-year-old typewriter. (He escorts you to...)

Back Room

> x paneling. x table. x typewriter.

> type on typewriter. (A vacuum carries you to...)

Tomb of the Unknown Tool

> x bed. x textbooks. x lamp. get lamp.

> make bed.

> s.


> x alien. (He now wants you to blow up the planet.)

> x dome. z. (A plunger rises out of the ground.)

> x plunger. push it.

*** The moral is: never open your mail ***




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