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This game depends of some random elements, but it is possible to give an exact
step by step solution anyway. Here will be given two solutions. The first one
is the most logical solution. But, once you finish the game using this
solution, you will be challenged to find the shortest solution (in 75 moves).
So, this solution is given here too (without any comments, because they are
the same as those given with the first solution).

                                Solution I:
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This solution is the most logical solution in my opinion:

GET SWORD, PULL SWORD, GET SWORD, W, KILL BULL (beware that the bull may kill
you randomly), WITH SWORD, W, N, GET LADDER, S, E, E, USE LADDER, GET
MUSHROOM, W, W, W, READ LIST (a hint), GET LAMP, D, GET MATCH, LIGHT MATCH,
LIGHT LAMP, E, GET MASK, WEAR MASK, W, D, W, W, W, W (you are now hungry),
REMOVE MASK, EAT MUSHROOM (you can't eat while wearing the mask), WEAR MASK,
W, W, U, GET KEY, D, E, S, S, S, E, S, GET PLIERS, DIAL 999 (a hint), N, E, N,
N, W, N, E, E, E, E, N, GET BATTERY, CUT FENCE, WITH PLIERS, S, LOOK CLOCK,
WIND CLOCK, WITH KEY, USE BATTERY (the end).

                                Solution II:
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This is the shortest possible solution (in 52 moves):

W, W, N, GET LADDER, S, E, E, USE LADDER, GET MUSHROOM, W, W, W, GET LAMP, D,
GET MATCH, LIGHT MATCH, LIGHT LAMP, D, W, W, W, W, W, W, U, GET KEY, D, EAT
MUSHROOM, E, S, S, S, E, S, GET PLIERS, N, E, N, N, W, N, E, E, E, E, N, GET
BATTERY, S, USE PLIERS, S, USE KEY, USE BATTERY

Note: Pippa Moran has pointed out that it is in fact possible to leave out
GET LAMP, GET MATCH, LIGHT MATCH and LIGHT LAMP, hence bringing the solution 
down to 48 moves. However, since the majority of the game now takes place in 
total darkness, I really suggest you spend the extra four moves! (Jacob Gunness)

                                  Hints:
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- As you can see from the shortest solution, you don't need a gas mask at all
  (although the game informs you about presence of a poison gas). It seems
  that the gas mask is more a trap, because you can not eat while wearing the
  gas mask!
- Instead of KILL BULL and WITH SWORD, typing just USE SWORD works as well. In
  fact, you don't need to kill the bull at all. Some false hints in the game
  suggest to you that the bull or the seeps might be solution of a "hunger"
  puzzle, but both of them are useless. You can not eat raw meat, and there is
  no possibility to cook it in this game...
- There is no any way to cross the chasm or the river. Also, a spider is just
  a trap: there is nothing you can do with it, and spending too much time near
  the spider is deadly.
- Do not try to eat toadstool if you don't like to be turned into a fungu...
- A horseshoe is of no use in the game.

                                 Comment:
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A quite limited and simple text only game, written by Graame Yeandle (the
author of well-known adventure written system The Quill). Don't expect too
much from this game, because it is the first Graame's game. Although it seems
that the game is written using The Quill, it is written using some Quill-like
game engine which is very probably predecessor of The Quill. The parser is a
strict verb-noun parser.

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Game solution by Zeljko Juric

If something is not clear, ask me using e-mail:
zjuric@utic.net.ba

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