Key & Compass presents:
by Jason Love

Soul-Searching is a Z-machine 5 interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2002 by Jason Love. It was a participant in the first Speed-IF Jacket event.

In this very short game, you play as Eric, a man weary with life. But thanks to an unknown great-uncle and the Seelie Court, there is a plan to save you. If you are willing, meet the soul technician waiting for you in the Square Wheel.

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

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


Rorik'sbooth The SquareWheel The bar Outside theSquare Wheel

Note: You can't leave the Square Wheel until you have a repaired soul.


The Square Wheel

> about. x me. i. read letter. x race.

> e.

The bar

> x woman. kiss woman. x soul.

> w. w.

Rorik's booth

> x mouse. ask Rorik about soul. ask Rorik about plan.

> ask Rorik about Wilford.

> give soul to Rorik. x soul.

> e. s.

Outside the Square Wheel

> x superego. take it. eat it.

*** You have won ***





Jacket quotes

From the response to ABOUT or CREDITS:

"No-one will want to miss the exciting roller derby scene!" -- Atholbrose

"The horniest work since _Kallisti 2: Goin' Kallistic_! Rush to play it!" -- Sam Kabo Ashwell

"If you play one game this year, it should be Savoir Faire. If you play two, it should still not be this game. Rather, it should be number fifty-three." -- John Cater

"[The author] artfully captures the quaint, watercolored grostesquerie of an old fairy tale." -- C. Wilson, librarian

"The main protagonist is an intellectual with a tormented and tattered soul. By both describing and explaining the circumstances surrounding him, this game makes the player sympathetic to him." -- Duchess

"The 'acid-spitting' gimmick [...] seemed entirely gratuitous and unjustified." -- Duncan Cross

Thank You to my Patreon supporters

This walkthrough is provided free of charge since I wrote this walkthrough prior to January 2015 when I began my Patreon account. I've since reformatted this walkthrough to use my currently preferred style. I hope you enjoy it!

I'm still creating new walkthroughs! Please visit my Patreon account if you're interested in helping me create more interactive fiction walkthroughs. I appreciate all the help I can get! Thanks again.

Support me on Ko-fi

Ko-Fi is a way to send me small one-time donations. Every little bit helps, and thank you!