Key & Compass presents:
Take the Dog Out
by Ell

Take the Dog Out is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2021 by Ell. It was entered in the Main Festival division of Spring Thing 2021 where it was awarded three Audience Choice ribbons: Best Lil Fluffy Wuffy Dog, Most Lighthearted Game, and Best Short Game.

In this short slice-of-life game, you play as a young woman in her home. You need to take your dog, Muffin, for a walk in the park. Now where did you put her leash?

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.


LivingRoom WinnersPark forWinners FrontYard (giving upending)


Living Room

> x dog. i. x top. x attention.

> give dog attention. (+3)

> x bookshelf. x basket. look in it.

> take leash. (+5)

> put leash on collar. pet dog.

> take handle. (+5)

> x table. x couch. x TV. x stand. x rug.

> s.

Front Yard

> w. (Not without shoes!)

> n.

Living Room

> find shoes. g. g. (Your shoes are phosphorescent?)

> turn off light. x glow. take shoes.

> wear shoes. (+5)

> turn on light.

> move couch. x sock. push couch.

> put TV on couch. open stand. (+2)

> take superior. x remote.

> close stand. put TV on stand.

> detach inferior from collar. (This removes the collar as well.)

> put superior on collar. put collar on dog.

> take superior.

> s. w. (+10)

Winners Park for Winners

*** You are a champion! ***





From the Credits menu-item, accessed via the ABOUT command:

Due credit must go to Jim Aikin for his helpful Inform 7 Handbook, to the masterminds behind Inform 7 and its documentation and extensions, and to the creators which have made and sustained IF over the past 50 years. Without any one of these factors, I'd never have made a game. And big, big thanks to my beta testers from the intfiction forums:


Note: There doesn't seem to be an ending that happens if you fail to get to the park in a reasonable amount of time. Muffins won't have an "accident" if you delay too long.


CAUTION: Dropping anything on the floor will annoy your girlfriend. It's much safer to put things onto the couch or table, and some things may go into the basket.


The response to SCORE is:

You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 30, in several turns.

Points are awarded as follows:

NOTE: Sometimes the points aren't awarded for wearing the shoes, and I don't know why not.


The magic words XYZZY and PLUGH change Muffins's color. She turns red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, pastel pinkish, and then back to her natural fluffy color.

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