Key & Compass presents:
The Princess In The Tower
by David Whyld

The Princess In The Tower is an ADRIFT 4 work of interactive fiction and is © 2002 by David Whyld. It was an entry in the ADRIFT 1st 1-Hour Comp 2002.

In this fantasy game written in an hour, you play as a prince who must prove his love for a princess by bringing her an orc's head, a goblin's rib bone, and a diamond the exact same size as a golf ball. Only then can you be together with the princess in her tower.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on the "21 Oct 2002" version of the work.

SPOILERS AHEAD. Reading a walkthrough prematurely can sometimes diminish one's enjoyment of a work of interactive fiction. Please make an honest effort to play the work before reading this walkthrough.


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Outside the tower

The princess wants three things to prove your love for her: the head of an orc, the rib bone of a goblin, and a diamond the exact same size as a golf ball.

> x tower.

> in. (Not until you've got the items!)

> n. n.

A Very Tedious Location

> x tent. w.


> x fellow. (Yoshi)

> x table. x dagger. take dagger.

> ask Yoshi about ANYTHING. (He won't talk to you until Grimbel is dead.)

> e. s. s. w.

Marsh (near tower)

> x trees. x bushes. x hedge.

> w.

Marsh (with markings)

I don't know what markings signify.

> x markings. e. sw.

Outside a cave

> x cave. s.


> x pit. x bodies. x Grimbel. (goblin with club)

> ask Grimbel about ANYTHING. (He yells.)

> throw dagger at Grimbel. (He dies. You take a rib.)

> take dagger. x rib.

> n. ne. e. s. s. w.


CAUTION: Any attempt to throw the dagger here acts like the alligators are your target; the dagger sinks in the pool and is lost.

> x pool. (has dead orc and orc's head)

> x alligators.

> x tree. climb tree. (too slippery)

> shake tree. (While the alligators recover from the fruit barrage, you grab the orc's head.)

> x head.

> e. s.

Outside another tower

> x tower. x ladder.

> climb ladder. (You can't? Let's re-phrase that...)

> climb rope. (A gust of wind shouts "SOD OFF".)

> cut rope. (using the dagger; you take a rope.)

> n. n. n. n. ne. ne.

Yet Another Boring Location

> x chasm. (You see flowers below.)

> x tree.

> tie rope to tree.

> climb rope. (You grab a flower and return.)

> x flower.

> sw. w. w.


> ask Yoshi about ANYTHING. (He's still not talking to you. He admits he just wanted you to kill Grimbel.)

> e. s. s. e. se.


> x stones. x Lorel. (very beautiful nymph)

> ask Lorel about ANYTHING. (She doesn't want to chat with you.)

> give flower to Lorel. (She gives a diamond in return, then leaves.)

> x diamond.

> nw. w.

Outside the tower

With the orc's head, the goblin's rib bone, and the diamond, you may enter:

> in.

Inside the tower

The princess isn't happy you succeeded, but agrees to "get hitched".

It seems you've won.






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