Stink or Swim is a Z-machine 8 interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2009 by Renee Choba. This game was inspired by Speed-IF minicomps, although it was released independently of any specific Speed-IF event. One might describe the imagined Speed-IF it was for as "The Olympic medalist, skunk, and public bathing one."
You play as Joanie Bennet, "former proud Olympian, current children's swimming instructor." A skunk has gatecrashed your Minnow & Mommy class and is now swimming in the pool. It's up to you to deal with the animal.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.
This game uses footnotes. Some footnotes are tied to random messages, though, so it's possible that my walkthough will ask you to look at a footnote you haven't seen yet.
> x skunk. x me. take skunk. (Can't.)
> note 1. note 2. (There's two footnotes available if the game says the skunk "doggie-paddles".)
> i. x swimsuit. x pool. d. out.
> look. x back wall.
> x skimmer. note 3.
> x preserver. x photos.
> x case. x medal.
> x window. x moms. x minnows.
> x chairs. x book. note 4.
> read book. (Skunks like shiny things.)
> note 5. (The author made that up.)
> take skimmer. open case. (Out of reach.)
> push chair. stand on chair. open case.
> take medal. note 6. stand.
> take skunk. (You can take him with the skimmer, yes, but he dives out again.)
> put medal in pool. (Skunk grabs the medal.)
> take skunk. w.
*** You have won ***
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