Not Much Time is a TADS 2 interactive fiction game and is © 2002 by Tyson Ibele. It was entered in IF Comp 2002 where it took 22nd place.
After a frantic and incoherent phone call from your Auntie, you've rushed over to her farmhouse to find out what's wrong. And when you do find her, you'll need to bring her a few things in order to fix the problem.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Final Release 1.48 of the game.
Note that the "Outside the Garden Shed" location is replaced by "Inside the Garden Shed" on the map when you enter the shed by going north from the outside location.
> verbose. x me. i. (empty-handed)
> x knick-knacks. x bed. x pillow.
Note that "search pillow" or "look in pillow" doesn't help you.
> lie on pillow. look in case. (You take a diary.)
> x diary. read it. open diary.
> x red key. take it. read diary. read entry. drop diary.
> x dresser. open drawer. x penny. take it. x table.
Um, I'm going to ask that you skip exploring the closet for now, for, er, narrative reasons.
Your Auntie's Bathroom
You need the flashlight. You don't need the pill.
> x wallpaper. x toilet. x mirror.
> x shower. x shower knob. x sink. x sink knob.
> x cupboard. open it. x pill. x flashlight. take it.
> s. e. n.
> open hamper. take journal. x it. read it. drop it.
Believe it or not, you have no use for this knife.
> open washer. x knife.
> s. d.
> x carpet. x wallpaper. x painting. x couch. x pillows.
> x tv. x table. x note. read it.
> x magazine. read it.
> x rack. x door. open door. e.
> x mat. look under mat. x strange key.
> x chair. sit in chair. stand.
> x grass. x doors. (only open from inside)
> x mailbox. open it. x flyer. read it.
> x package. take it. open it.
> x pick. x paper. read it. (The pick only unlocks Ridley locks.)
> x letter. read it.
The letter explains that if you accidentally turned yourself into a cat, you need to eat a rat's tail, crow's wing, and a newt to restore yourself. Now you have a narrative reason to get these icky things.
> take pick. drop package.
> x well. x sign. read sign. toss penny.
> x bucket. d. (You'll need another way down there.)
> e. n. n. n.
Your Auntie's Garden
> x spade. x can.
You don't need the flower bulb, but I want you to know it's there.
> take spade. dig dirt. x bulb. drop spade.
> x dog. x ladder. (loose nail, unsafe to climb)
> w. n.
Outside the Garden Shed
> x door. open door. (locked)
> unlock door with pick. open door. n.
Inside the Garden Shed
Note that this location replaces the "Outside the Garden Shed" on the map. That location is completely gone now.
> x broom. take it.
> x hoe. x bench. x mower.
You can try asking the chicken about stuff, but it's more amusing than helpful.
> x chicken. x dish. (empty)
> x nests. e. s. w. w. u. w.
> x closet. open closet. w.
> x clothes. x shelf.
> x book. take it. read it. drop book.
> x ceiling. x hatch. open hatch. u.
> x window. x keyhole. read writing.
> put red key in keyhole. drop red key. u.
On the Roof
> x brick. x shingles. x chimney.
> look in chimney. x nest. x egg.
> take egg. (A crow starts attacking you!)
> take brick. throw brick at crow.
> look. x dead crow. x wing. take wing.
> drop egg.
> d. d. e. e. d. w.
You don't need the ladel, bowl, carrot, or tomato.
> x ladel. x bowl. x table. x chairs.
> x fridge. open it. x carrot. x tomato. close fridge.
> x clock. open door. (locked)
> unlock door with strange key. open door.
> drop strange key. x mechanism.
Room Behind the Clock
> x cobwebs. x spiders.
> w. d. s.
The Bottom of the Well
> x newt. take it.
> n. u. e. e. d.
You don't need the apple.
> x barrel. look in it. x apple.
> x pile. sweep dirt with broom. (Trapdoor revealed.)
> drop broom. x trapdoor. open it. d.
We only need the hammer from this location.
> x doors. open doors.
> x bed. x icebox. open it. x gnat.
> x shelves. x supplies. x tool box. open it.
> x hammer. take it. x crowbar.
> x bandaids. x bottles. x goods. x generator.
> x hole. turn on flashlight. s.
> x tail. take it. x dead rat.
> turn off flashlight.
> e. n. n. e.
> hit nail with hammer. (+5)
> x bin. open bin. look. x cat. (+5)
There is a long textdump conversation with you and the cat, who explains that she's your Auntie and a witch and that she needs to eat three things: a rat's tail, a crow's wing, and a newt.
Unfortunately, your Auntie is uninterested in answering any of your questions and just wants what she asked for.
> give tail to cat. (+10)
> give wing to cat. (+10)
> give newt to cat. (+10)
You Auntie, restored, grants you your reward: to be back home in bed, asleep. Was it all just a dream?
*** You have won! ***
> A (for Amusing things to try)
Have you tried doing any of the following?:
- ...breaking the skylight window
- ...eating the crow's egg
- ...breaking the crow's egg
- ...eating the flower bulb
- ...tossing things in the well
- ...eating the cat before discovering it is your Auntie
- ...eating the cat after discovering it is your Auntie
- ...eating the gnat
- ...eating the dead rat
- ...asking the chicken about anything (multiple times)
- ...typing 'amen' multiple times
- ...kicking the dog
Note that you have a carrying capacity of only 10 items. I suggest using the living room as a central location to drop things that you're not using.
Edibles and Organics:
Note that you cannot take:
In a total of several turns, you have achieved a score of your-score points out of a possible 40, and visited visit-total locations out of 27.
(There are actually 28 locations in the game.)
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