In this incomplete game, you play as a man who normally works in the finance department, but tonight, you're dressed as Santa Claus and you're on a roof with his reindeer. Somehow you lost a bet to Santa and now you must pretend to be him and deliver Christmas presents to this one house. How difficult can that be?
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1.0 of the game.
The game is periodically interrupted with trivia questions about Christmas. The questions have no bearing on the rest of the gameplay, and can be turned off via "trivia off". (Actually, the trivia can interfere with the rest of the game working correctly, eg: if you attempt to take the bag out of the compartment and a question pops up, you don't really get the bag.)
This game would be extra-easy if it weren't for the problems with the game's design. The compartment isn't mentioned unless you examine the sleigh twice. The door of the compartment isn't implemented at all. The button isn't mentioned until you examine the compartment itself.
> about. x me. x suit. x beard. x hat. trivia off.
> x speaker. x chimney. x reindeer. x snow.
> x sleigh. g. x seat. x compartment. x screen. x button.
> push button. x bag. take it.
> open bag. look in it.
> x large red. x small red.
> x large blue. x small blue.
> x green present. x white present.
> out. s. d.
You only have two turns until the children discover you, so you can't mess about. If you like using UNDO, examine the tree, sofa, logs, fireplace, and kids. Unexpectedly, you can't put any of the presents under the tree.
> take logs. hide behind sofa.
*** End of IntroComp ***
Santa may talk to you via the speaker in the sleigh. If you goof up, he'll use his teleport device and control over time to reset things so you can try again.
The reindeer are on the north side of the roof. Just the eight, though. Rudolf didn't make this trip.
A little boy and a young girl hear you arrive in the living room. They're a brother and sister.
A cat and the kids' Mommy are mentioned in the conclusion.
a big red bag. It's inside the sleigh's compartment; open the compartment by pushing the green button. Open the bag; it contains six presents.
a large red present, a small red present, a large blue present, a small blue present, a green present, and a white present. They're all in the big red bag. You can't do much with them except examine them.
a fat-suit, fake beard, and a hat. You're wearing these, but they're not listed as part of your inventory. You may not remove them.
If you play with the trivia option on, you may want to know some Christmas trivia:
E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote the story that became the ballet The Nutcracker. Who wrote the music? Tchaikovsky
How are “Christmas Trees” used in oil wells? As a “plug”
How did Vincent Van Gogh spend Christmas Eve, 1888? Cutting off his left earlobe
In what country did the Christmas tree originate? Germany
Legend attributes the first celebration of Christmas in England to whom? King Arthur
On Christmas Day, 1492, Christopher Columbus Named a port in Haiti
What did George Washington do on Christmas Day, 1776? He crossed the Delaware River
What does X stand for in Xmas? The Greek letter Chi
What is a “Christmas card” in CB jargon? A traffic ticket
What is a “Christmas tree” in CB jargon? A truck with a lot of bright lights
What is Boxing Day and when is it? A gift-giving tradition in England, December 26
What is Santa called in France? Pere Noel
What is thought to be the oldest Christmas Carol? The Boar's Head Carol
What was sent from Brant Rock, Massachusetts, on December 24, 1906? The first radio broadcast in the United States
When did December 25 become the date to celebrate Christmas? A.D. 336
Where and when were Christmas cards first produced? London in 1843
Where did most blown-glass ornaments come from prior to World War II? Germany
Where did the name “Kris Kringle” come from? German Protestant churches
Who, according to tradition, had the first Christmas tree? Martin Luther
Who first recorded the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”? Gene Autry
Who plays the role of Santa in Italy? La Befana
Who plays the role of Santa in Russia? Babouschka
Who popularized the Christmas tree in England? Prince Albert
Who was the first president to spend Christmas in the White House? John Adams
Whose December advertisements gave us the modern image of Santa? Coca-Cola
Why do children put out stockings or shoes to receive gifts from Santa? Santa's first gifts accidentally landed in stockings
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