Key & Compass presents:
Post-Christmas Letdown is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2011 by E. Joyce. This game was a participant in The penultimate not numbered New Year's Speed IF event.
In this small silly game, it's December 26th and you play as a homeowner with a headache who needs to get ready for work at the call center. Unfortunately, you have some unwanted visitors, like the Mouse King who's blocking your closet.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.
Room and Kitchen Bedroom
> x me. i. x underwear. x headache.
> x King. x sword. x closet. x bed.
> x shoes. x box. x headphones. take all.
> throw shoes at King. (+1)
> take shoes.
> open closet. x t-shirt. x jeans.
> wear t-shirt. wear jeans. (+1)
Living Room and Kitchen
> x Baldr. talk to Baldr. x coffee.
> x couch. x table. x tree. x calendar.
> x sweater. take it.
> x spring. take it. (It's too far.)
> throw shoes at sprig. (+1)
> take shoes.
> throw sprig at Baldr. (+1)
> take coffee. drink coffee. (+1)
> x Tim. x crutch.
> x toilet. x toothbrush. x sink. x toothbrush.
> x mirror. x shower.
> give headphones to Tim. (+2)
*** You have regifted ***
Mouse King is blocking your bedroom closet door. He has a sword.
Baldr is a very handsome and glowing Norse God trying to make coffee in your coffee maker.
Tiny Tim and his crutch are on your bathroom sink, sadly hoping you can give him a Christmas present.
mother believes strongly in regifting which is why you have a pair of her shoes. Your
brother gave you some expensive headphones for a MP3 player you no longer have. Your
father embarassed you by cleaning the bathroom in your first apartment. And he's probably not dead as your t-shirt suggests. Your
aunt gave you the calendar last year and the sweater this year. Your
cousin Dave was at the Christmas gathering but without his boyfriend. He couldn't make it. Endings
You didn't even regift, you Scrooge, you
if you give Tiny Tim something that wasn't a gift, like an empty gift box or the sprig of mistletoe.
You have regifted
if you give Tiny Tim something you received as a gift, like the headphones, shoes, or sweater.
You may not give the t-shirt, jeans, underwear, or headache to Tim.
You may give the coffee to Tim, but he just takes it with the default response.
underwear. You're wearing it. Ignore it. a
splitting headache. You have it. Unhappily, you can't do anything about it. your
mother's shoes. They're in your bedroom. Throw them at the Mouse King to get rid of him. Throw them again at the mistletoe to obtain it. You can also give them to Tiny Tim. a
gift box. It's in the bedroom. You don't need the box itself. some
expensive headphones. They're in the gift box in your bedroom. Give them to Tiny Tim. a
t-shirt. It's in your bedroom closet. Wear it. a
pair of jeans. They're in your bedroom closet. Wear it. You won't be allowed to leave the bedroom unless you're wearing both the t-shirt and jeans. a
sweater. It's in your kitchen. You can wear it or throw it at the mistletoe or give it to Tiny Tim. a
sprig of mistletoe. It's high out of reach in your kitchen. Throw something like the shoes or sweater at it to obtain it. Throw the sprig at Baldr to get rid of him. some
coffee. It's in the kitchen. Take it and drink it after you get rid of Baldr. Score
You have so far scored
your-score out of a possible 7, in some turns.
1 point for getting rid of the Mouse King.
1 point for getting dressed for work.
1 point for obtaining the sprig of mistletoe.
1 point for getting rid of Baldr.
1 point for drinking coffee.
1 point for getting rid of Tiny Tim.
1 point for regifting.
BUG: You gain points
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Last updated: 30 Dec 2019 30-Dec-2019: Walkthrough first published. davidwelbourn(a)hotmail*com