- This is a game of Interactive Fiction (IF), also known as a text adventure. Believe it or not, this is how computer games began back in the day. Colossal Cave is considered by most to be the first major text adventure game. IF is still going strong today, with many talented people developing new games, entering contests, and so on.
- You interact with the game by typing. Many times you will type a verb followed by a noun, then press the enter key. Here is a list of commands to use:
HELP – View help text.
LOOK – Look at a room.
N, E, S, or W – Move North, East, South, or West
X OBJECT – Examine an object. Example: X LAPTOP
QUESTION PERSON or Q PERSON – Get information about someone. Example: QUESTION STUBBS
QUESTION PERSON ABOUT OBJECT/IDEA – Ask a person about something. Example: QUESTION ROBIN ABOUT SHREDDER . Example: Q ERIN ABOUT BLOGS .
ASK PERSON ABOUT OBJECT/IDEA – Same as using QUESTION or Q.
TAKE OBJECT – Pick something up for later use. The object has to be in the same room. Example: TAKE LEVER
USE OBJECT – Use an object you previously took. You have to be in the correct location(s) for this to work. Example: USE LEVER
TYPE COMMAND – Enter an order into Cole’s computer. Example: TYPE DIRECTORY
INVENTORY – See what you are carrying.
SAVE – Save your game. Bookmark the URL and load it to continue.
- Your game goal is to find the ultimate educational technology. You need to access Cole’s password-protected computer to do so. Look for things to pick up that will help you find the password.
- Some people like to make a paper and pencil map so they can remember how to move from place to place. Print or download the map if you want a visual reference as you play. It’s dangerous to go alone!
- Some members of ETS share the same first name. For sanity, the game refers to these individuals by their last names. Specifically, Chris Demchak, Chris Millet, and Chris Stubbs are DEMCHAK, MILLET, and STUBBS respectively. Jason Heffner and Jason Wolfe are known as HEFFNER and WOLFE, respectively.
- There are 100 possible points in this game. Good luck!
- Want more interactive fiction? Visit the IF Archive.
Find out how this game was developed on the EGC Paper Chase project page.