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April 29, 2022

New walkthroughs for April 2022

Filed under: Interactive Fiction — Tags: — davidwelbourn @ 1:01 am

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, I published new walkthroughs for the games and stories listed below! Some of these were paid for by my wonderful patrons at Patreon. Please consider supporting me to make even more new walkthroughs for works of interactive fiction at Patreon and Ko-fi.


Ditch Day Drifter (1990) by Michael J. Roberts

In this game, you play as an underclassman at the California Institute of Technology. Today is Ditch Day, where seniors lock their doors with devices and puzzles called “stacks”, and underclassmen attempt to solve the stacks.

This was a sample game included with its source code in the TADS 2 distribution. The sequel Deep Space Drifter was also released in 1990, followed by Return to Ditch Day in 2004.

IFDB | My walkthrough and maps


Ferryman’s Gate (2020) by Daniel Maycock

In this game, you play as a kid who recently moved from New York to west Georgia to live in the manor house that your family inherited from your eccentric great uncle, Osmond Ferryman. You soon learn that your uncle was obsessed with commas and how to use them correctly. You also learn that he may have hidden a secret inheritance just for you!

This game was a participant in IF Comp 2020 where it took 23rd place.

IFDB | My walkthrough and maps


The Legend of Horse Girl (2022) by Bitter Karella

In this comedy western, you play as Horse Girl. Normally, you’d be riding the open plains, but that sidewinder, Judge Lazarus Dives, stole your horse! He also wants to own every snake oil well in Texas, so he must be here in Santa Diablo. You’re certain of it. You’re gonna find that buzzard and settle the score.

This game is an entry in the Main Festival of Spring Thing 2022, ranking to be determined.

IFDB | My walkthrough and map


Gnu in the Zoo (2016) by Alex Ball

In this game, you play as a gnu in a zoo. You wake up in the middle of the night and discover that the gate to the gnu enclosure was left unlocked. The thought of exploring the zoo is thrilling. Is tonight the night you escape from the zoo?

IFDB | My walkthrough and map


Corrupter of Dreams (2017) by Robert Patten

In this short story, you are Nightmare, the Corrupter of Dreams. You have entered a boy’s pleasant dream about a garden, peaceful and beautiful, and dominated by a huge blossoming tree. How you ache to touch it. When the tree dies, the dream will die too.

This story was an entry in the La Petite Mort, English division of Ectocomp 2017 where it took 4th place.

IFDB | My walkthrough and map


Dr Ego and the egg of Man-Toomba (2020) by Wesley Werner (as “Special Agent”)

In this small adventure game, you play as Dr Ego, an archeologist in search of treasure. Today, you’re in an uncharted area of Papua New Guinea looking for the legendary Golden Egg of Man-Toomba.

This game was an entry in IF Comp 2020 where it took 44th place.

IFDB | My walkthrough and map


Islands Far Away (2010) by Shanon Fernald

In this small juvenile game, you play as someone struggling to write a computer game with an islands theme. If only you could get rid of your distractions and focus, maybe, just maybe you can write a game so awesome, it’ll be your ticket to fame, fortune, and your own island far far away.

Content warning: masturbation and dog excrement.

This game was an entry in the Ludum Dare Game Competition #17.

IFDB | My walkthrough and map


Looking for Godot (1996) by Patrick Shaughnessy

In this small whimsical game, you’re searching your home for a copy of Waiting for Godot to return to your English teacher. It’s not on the porch; you only found a rotting fish there. Now where could that book be?

IFDB | My walkthrough and map

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