Key & Compass presents:
by Jeremy Crockett and Victor Janmey

Riverside is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2008 by Jeremy Crockett and Victor Janmey. It was an entry in IF Comp 2008 where it took 31st place.

In this incomplete mystery, you play as a man named Mike who feels obligated to investigate the murder of his psychiatrist friend John. CAUTION: Contains read-authors'-minds issues and an aburpt troll ending.

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


out Cemetary Kitchen Bathroom OutsideCentralStation ParkingLot LivingRoom Bedroom CentralStation Track 7 talk to Amy in x license



The minister will be talking through the first few turns.

> i. (wallet, keyring)

> x minister. x wallet. x keyring.

Coffin arrives.

> x coffin. z. z. z. (only family is left)

> x family. (Jeenie, her mother, her husband, Jeff, Jack.)

> talk to family. (Not now.)

> s.

Parking Lot

> search cars. (See a man in a sedan ex out John's name.)

> x license. (1DM606)

Living Room

Note that the command-verb "USE" is available and necessary in this game.

> x bookcase. x album. (Can't really use it yet.)

> x couch. x tv.

> x article. x painting.

> x table. x laptop. (Can't use it yet.)

> n.


> x table. x fridge.

After several turns at home, Amy arrives. You go to greet her.

Living Room

> x Amy. x bag. talk to Amy. (She wheels her bag into the bedroom.)

> talk to Amy. (You follow her in.)


Amy asks for a beer.

> w. n.


> open fridge. take beer. x beer. x food.

> close fridge. s. e.


> give beer to Amy. (She gives you a Zork lighter.)

Amy suggests maybe you met the guy at Jeenie's wedding.

> x lighter.

Rather than go straight to the album, I'm going to finish examining the house furnishings. Hope you don't mind.

> x bed. x tv. x window. x closet.

> n.


> x sink. x mirror. x toilet. x shower.

> s. w. n.


> x stove. x cabinets. x sink. x microwave. x counter.

> s.

Living Room

Don't just examine the album. Read it.

> take album. x album.

> read album. (This is the only command that's helpful with the album.)

You remember the town of Riverside.


Bedroom (on the bed)

You decide to call the police.

> stand. w. n.


Oh yeah, there's a phone here. Did we forget to mention it was here?

> x phone. use phone. (You tell all that you know to Jim.)

> talk to Amy. (You decide you need to go to Riverside.)


Outside Central Station.

> i. x picture.

> x sidewalk. x door. in.

Central Station

> x board. x machine. use machine.

> x ticket. e.

Track 7

> enter choochoo.

The story derails violently. You learn the verb RAGEQUIT.




Also mentioned:


Note that ragequit is undefined if you use it anywhere in the train station region.


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