Key & Compass presents:
The Wizard's Apprentice
by Alex Freeman

The Wizard's Apprentice is a TADS 2 text adventure game and is © 2013 by Alex Freeman. It was entered in IF Comp 2013 where it took 23rd place.

As Gwydion's apprentice, you have learned four spells: rust, freeze, metal detection, and invisibility. He's now decided to test you. Your tasks are to escape the dungeon, get paprika from a witch, make soup, and find his metal rod.

This solution is by David Welbourn.

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


Witch'sHut Gwydion'sBedroom TheStudy The Lab-oratory ForestPath TheWelcomeHall TheKitchen TheLibrary TheDungeonCell

(pre-game menu)

> 1 (for new game)

The Dungeon Cell, in the chains

> help. (This tells you some of the special verbs you'll need to know.)

> x me. i. x list. read list.

> x chains. spells.

> cast rust on chains. (You need your wand to cast spells.)

> x table. x wand. x floor. x slab.

> kick slab. (+5; you now have the wand.)

> cast rust on chains. (+1)

> look. x steps. x door. x bars.

> cast rust on bars. (Fail: they're rust-proof.)

> cast metal on door. cast rust on lock. (No: you might rust it shut.)

> x lock. x key.

> put list under door. put wand in keyhole. (+2)

You automatically retrieve the list and key, unlock the door and enter the kitchen.

The Kitchen

> x bowl. x beef. x knife. x spoon.

> x dishes. open cabinet. x spices.

> take bowl. take knife. take spoon.

> x table. x chairs.

> e.

The Library

> x chair. x chandelier. x shelves. x books.

> n.

The Study

> x book. x ball. x candle. x Gwydion. x mirror.

> cast metal on wizard.

> w. (Gwydion blocks you from entering his bedroom.)

> cast invisibility on me.

> w. (He still stops you!)

I see no way to guess this bit:

> wave wand. (+9; the mirror vanishes, revealing a passage east and down.)

> e.

The Laboratory

> x book. (You learn about the dispel potion.)

> read book. (For all the details.)

> x torches. x shelves. x root. x spittle, x water. x juice.

> x metal bar. (Ah, it's a magnet.)

> x instruments.

> take all from shelves.

> make potion. (+1; textdump!)

> x potion.

> w. s. w. w.

The Welcome Hall

> x rug. move rug.

> w.

Forest Path

> x lake. cast metal spell on lake. (There's something there.)

> cast freeze on lake. (+3)

> enter lake.

> cut ice with knife. (+3)

> x hole. reach in hole. (Rod is too deep.)

> put magnet in hole. (+2)

> x rod. wave rod.

> out. n.

Witch's Hut

> x witch.

> ask witch about paprika. (She wants a scroll in exchange.)

> x cauldron. ask witch about cauldron.

> x bed. x cabinet.

> s. e. e. e. n.

The Study

> give rod to wizard. (+1)

> ask wizard about scroll. (Must not give it to her.)

> ask wizard about rod.

> ask wizard about potion.

> xyzzy. plugh.

Note that "fold list" doesn't work. This game is into using the "make" command instead.

> make plane. (+7; from the list.)

> x aeroplane.

> throw plane at wizard. (+3; he's partly distracted.)

> rub ball. (+4; the ball is deactivated.)

Gwydion starts re-enchanting the crystal ball. He's fully distracted.

> w.

Gwydion's Bedroom

If you enter here before rubbing the crystal ball, Gwydion ends your apprenticeship.

> x bed. look under bed. x quilt. x pillow.

> x rug. move rug. x window.

> x dresser. open drawers. x clothes. close drawers.

> x closet. open it. x scroll. take it.

> e.

The Study

> take list.

> s. w. w. w. n.

Witch's Hut

> give scroll to witch. (+1; you get paprika.)

> x paprika.

> s. e. e.

The Kitchen

> make soup. (+1)

You make the soup. Gwydion eats it, but back in his bedroom, he turns into a toad!

Gwydion's Bedroom

CAUTION: You hear a cackle from the study. Your next three turns are critical and leave no room for error:

> cast invisibility on me. (+3)

> e.

The Study

The witch casts a spell at you!

> duck. (+5; the witch becomes a toad!)

> x toad. w.

Gwydion's Bedroom

> x toad. pour potion on toad. (+1)

Gwydion thanks you, asks you to put the witch-toad into the dungeon, and says he'll expect you at breakfast tomorrow morning.

In a total of several turns, you have achieved a score of 52 points out of a possible 52. That is 100%.
This gives you the rank of an ace apprentice!




From the response to CREDITS:

The Wizard's Apprentice
by Alex Freeman

Developed with TADS, the Text Adventure Development System, developed by Mike Roberts

Special thanks to:

for beta-testing the game


The game will end in failure if Gwydion ends your apprenticeship:

The game will end in failure if the witch turns you into a toad:

The game will end in victory if you pour the dispel potion on the Gwydion-toad after the witch has turned herself into a toad too.



The response to SCORE is:

In a total of several turns, you have achieved a score of your-total points out of a possible 52.

That is percentage. This gives you the rank of ranking.

Points are awarded as follows:

The possible rankings are:

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