Who Shot Gum E. Bear? is a Glulx interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2022 by Damon L. Wakes. It was an entry in IF Comp 2022 where it took 35th place.
In this mystery game, you play as Bubble Gumshoe. You and Officer Donut are in an alley. At your feet is the lifeless body of Gum E. Bear, lying in a puddle of his own liquid centre. Investigate this crime and ACCUSE the culprit.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.
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> x me. i.
> x fedora. x trenchcoat. x trainers. x watch.
> x Bear. x crater. x liquid. taste it.
> x nose. x powder. taste it. (It's sherbet.)
> x cut. x chunks.
> x dumpsters. open dumpsters.
> x trash. x gun. take gun.
> x Donut. x Rolex. x shades. x pen. x clipboard.
> ask Donut about Bear. ask him about gun.
> ask him about sherbet. ask him about taffy plant.
> x club. x bookstore.
> x bookstore front. x bookstore door.
> x patrons. x Hunk. x earpiece. x box. x factory.
> ask Hunk about Bear. ask Hunk about Donut.
> ask Hunk about Candy Kane.
> ask Hunk about sherbet. ask Hunk about gun.
> ask patrons about Bear.
Candy Kane's Club
> x Kane. x dress. x drinks.
> x babes. x customers. x dancers.
> ask Kane about Bear. ask her about bathroom.
> ask her about Donut. ask her about Hunk.
> ask her about gun. ask her about sherbet.
> ask her about factory.
> x sink. x red liquid. taste it. (strawberry)
> x stalls. x dryers. open stalls.
> s. se. ne.
> x shelves. x books. read books. g. g.
> x Jawbreaker. x suit.
> ask him about ANYTHING. ("No comment.")
> n. (no: say the password first)
> password. (nice try)
> ask Donut about Jawbreaker.
> ask him about Don. ask him about Sourballz.
> ask him about Hunk. ask him about Kane.
> ask him about password.
> ask Hunk about password. ("password1")
> password1. (Jawbreaker lets you into the...)
> x Don. x desk. x cigarette. x pack.
> ask Don about Bear. ask Don about gun.
> ask Don about sherbet. ask Don about Sourballz.
> ask Don about Jawbreaker. ask Don about Kane.
> ask Don about Hunk. ask Don about Donut.
> ask Don about factory.
> s. w.
No one has told you anything useful, but that's okay. Donut is the only character with the manual dexterity to be able to use a gun, so he did it.
> accuse Donut. yes
You've solved the case.
*** The End ***
Cameos and mentions:
All endings conclude with The End but the only winning ending occurs when you ACCUSE DONUT which you can do on turn 1.
The losing endings happen when you accuse the wrong character:
Also, if you accuse groups (jelly babes, patrons, dancers, customers), the game all but laughs at you, but the game doesn't end. If you accuse an inanimate object, the game patiently informs you that that object is not capable of committing murder.
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