Key & Compass presents:
The Day we got a pet
by Marius Müller

The Day we got a pet is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2018 by Marius Müller. It was a participant in the Eleventh Hour New Year's Minicomp event. It is also the eleventh installment in the Alex and Paul series, following The Day I shot Alex.

In this game, you again play as Alex, lovable sociopath. Everything is back to normal (mostly), you're back home, and Paul's birthday is coming up. You plan to give him the Neptunian deathhound that he wants. It's just a matter of getting it home safely.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.


Livingroom Nowherefast Opera Glasssavannah The greatMausoleumof the140th king visit nowhere visitsavannah visit venus (from anylocation) visit home visit opera

Living room

> x me. i. x remote. read notice.

> push button.

*** You have won! Just kidding. ***

> undo

> x tv. turn on tv. x pad.

> take novel. x novel.

> x couches. search couches. x brochure.

> look under couches. x postcard.

Time to try out this VISIT command:

> visit opera.


> x Fiargo. x fight. x chandelier. x screws. take screws.

> jump on chandelier. take screws.

Baskeci falls. A happy ending. You go home.

Living room

> visit savannah.

Glass savannah

> x cage. x flopperglomper. x figure. x rifle.

> turn off rifle. open cage. (The flopperglomper impales the hunter.)

> take cage. visit home.

Living room

> drop cage. screw cage.

> visit venus.

The great Mausoleum of the 140th king

This location contains a puzzle where you really do need to save your game so you can restore later. By the time you get the information you need to solve the puzzle, it's already too late to use the information.

> x tourists. x mausoleum.

> sw. save.

> sw.

An army of Venusian ghosts of the king's guard are escaping! Close the gate!

> x symbol. (bear, triangle, or ennui?)

> x bear. (A tourist claims the order is: Ennui, Triangle, Bear.)

> x triangle. (Another tourist yells: Bear, Ennui, Triangle!)

> x ennui. (Another yells, "It's a metaphor for Twitter!")

Assuming that each suggestion is completely wrong, the right answer must be Triangle, Bear, Ennui.

> push triangle. (Too little, too late.)

*** You have died and doomed a lot of tourists (among them children and orphans) to a horrible fate. Please don't feel bad! ***

> restore

> sw. push triangle. push bear. push ennui.

The gate closes, but one of the ghosts made it out!

> x ghost. (The ghost attacks a tourist, who drops their camera.)

> take camera. x camera. (No photo. Nowhere to go.)

> visit nowhere. (You take the ghost to...)

Nowhere fast

And now leave the ghost here.

> visit venus.

The great Mausoleum of the 140th king

> x gate. (A voice asks you to let them out.)

Is the sequence for opening the gate the reverse of the sequence for closing it? Yes:

> push ennui. push bear. push triangle.

You free the Woman and she gives you a bone in thanks. You go home.

Living room

> x bone.

> open cage. put bone in cage. close cage.

> push button.

The Neptunian death hound arrives, safe and sound in his cage.

Then Paul arrives (in a GOLF CART through the window) and he has some news.

*** Happy New Year 2018 ***



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