Out is a Z-machine interactive fiction story written with Inform 7 and is © 2019 by Viktor Sobol. It was an entry at IF Comp 2019 where it took 38th place. At the 2019 XYZZY Awards, it was a finalist in two categories (Best Writing and Best Story).
In this short puzzleless story, you are taking a walking tour outward, ever outward, starting from your room in your house. How far out can you and your dog, Alpha, go?
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the story.
This work strongly reminds me of a film called Powers of Ten by the Eames Office which likewise takes the viewer on a journey starting with a man on Earth and heading outward, in steps, to the outermost regions of the known universe.
Note that in this work, you will never retrace your steps to go back to a previous location or go sideways anywhere. The only valid direction is OUT.
> x me. i.
> x window. x posters. x desk. x computer. x door.
> open door. out.
> x embroideries. x carpets. x mother. x TV.
> talk to mother.
Your mother asks you to take Alpha out for a walk.
> x Alpha. pet Alpha. take Alpha. (She'll follow.)
> x jogger. x houses. x trees. x bird. x sun.
> x lawns. x road. x grass.
> x brooks. x fields. x meadows. x clouds.
> x Earth. x continents. x Europe. x Antarctica. x Moon.
If you THINK, you'll remember a planet's or dwarf planet's name.
> x Mercury. x Venus. x Mars. x Ceres. x Eris.
> x Jupiter. x Saturn. x Neptune. x Makemake.
> x Uranus. x Pluto. x comet. x Haumea.
> x stars. x Aldebaran. x Barnard's Star.
> x Alpha Centauri. x Proxima B. x life form.
> x Spica. x Eta Carinae. x Antares. x black hole. x Algol.
> x Betelgeuse. x galaxy. x Deneb. x Sirius. x Arcturus. x Vega.
> x Way. x bulge. x Andromeda. x Triangulum.
> x Large. x Small. x supernova.
> x galaxies. x dark matter. x background. listen.
> x rogue planets. x nebulae. x dust. x Attractor.
> x voids. x filaments. sing. x Complex.
> x me. pet Alpha. hug Alpha. kiss Alpha.
*** OUT ***
The response to AMUSING at game's end is:
Did you try...
- ...dancing in the Solar System?
- ...singing in the Pisces-Cetus Complex?
- ...finding an alien life form?
- ...petting Alpha? hugging Alpha? kissing Alpha?
P. S. The game is dedicated to the memory of Zvyozdochka the space dog (Vostok 3KA-2, March 25, 1961).
The response to ABOUT or CREDITS is:
Out is a short puzzleless story made for IFComp 2019 by Viktor Sobol (
There is no inventory in this game, but your dog Alpha follows you. Feel free to pet her!
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