DinoComp

solutions

z5 00 DinoComp d2d by Simon Lamont [W]
T2 00 DinoComp Deep Brow Lifter by Neil deMause [W]
z5 00 DinoComp Dino Hunt by Admiral Jota [W]
z5 00 DinoComp A Dino's Night Out by Aris Katsaris [W]
z5 00 DinoComp Dinosaur Dinnertime! by David A. Clysdale [W]
T2 00 DinoComp Dinosaur Love by Peter Berman [W]
tx 00 DinoComp Encryptment by Taro Ogawa [W]
z5 00 DinoComp An Important Appointment by Jennifer Earl [W]
Hu 00 DinoComp The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Jason McWright [W]
z5 00 DinoComp Revenger by Robb Sherwin [W]
z5 00 DinoComp ROWR! by Gunther Schmidl [W]
z5 00 DinoComp A Stegosaur's Night Out by Ravi Rajkumar [W]
z5 00 DinoComp Very Old Dog by Tony Delgado [W]
z5 00 DinoComp Why did the Dino cross the Road? by Richard Bos [W]

DinoComp was run in the Spring of 2000 by Adam Cadre. The solutions below are by David Welbourn.



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Plain
/|\

d2d

There's nothing to do, nothing to see, and you die after the fourth turn. Pathetic.

>x plain. xyzzy. w. w.

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Deep Brow Lifter

       
Jungle
In the
Rainforest

The Western Amazon
Hill Country (Primeval)

FEAR
←lower brow   raise brow→

There are five versions of reality or presentation, depending on the level of your brow. Lifting your brow makes the game more "highbrow"; lowering your brow makes the game more "lowbrow". Cute, huh?

Unfortunately, there's not much to do. Just for fun, in each variant, try the following:

>n. w. x dino. listen. x jungle. climb tree. d.

Anyway. Here's all you need to do to reach the ending:

>i. x brow. n. (Repeat going north about seven or eight times until the dinosaur appears.)

>raise brow. g. take anger. (or hug anger)

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/ Basketball
Hoop
\
|/|\|
Slide ———|———Swing
Set
|\|/|
\ Sand
Box
/

Dino Hunt

The four locations are arranged in a diamond formation. You must find all three toy dinos, then play with one of them to win.

>s. x fence. (xyzzy. undo.)

>x sand. dig sand. (+1) look. take rex. x it. e.

>x ball. take it. x swing. swing swing. n.

>x net. x purple. climb pole. throw ball at net. g. g. g. (+1) look. take purple. x it. w.

>x slide. x grass. search grass. (+1) look. take bronto. x it. climb slide. s.

>i. play with rex. (+1)

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A Dino's Night Out

There's three endings, depending on which tape you play. By the way, it's not possible to play more than one tape, or even play the same one twice.

>about. x bed. x Tim. eat Tim. out. look under bed. w.

>x purple. x green. x black. x brochure.

(exit)
d↑
Corridor
/\
Cupboard BedroomSister's
Bedroom

Make your choice of tape:

>take purple. —or— take green. —or— take black.

>e. ne. (d.) se. x vcr. put tape in vcr.

If you played the purple or green tape, return to Tim:

>nw. (d.) sw. enter bed. [end]

If you played the black tape, leave the house:

>nw. d. [end]

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Large
Pond
\
Dense
Jungle
Clearing
|
Cliffs

Dinosaur Dinnertime!

The text is bright green in this game. Your goal is simple: eat!

>i. s.

>x dino. x tree. hit tree. eat dino. n. e.

>x dino. x neck. bite neck. w. nw.

>x lake. z. x dino. eat it.

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Dinosaur Love

TV
Room
|
Penguin
room
Sitting
Room
Restroom
|↓xyzzy↑
Closet  Nullroom

This game comes with its own walkthrough, so this one is somewhat superfluous.

Note that the walls shift, exposing only two exits from the sitting room at any time. To force the walls to shift, try to go the desired direction anyway, examine the ceiling, touch the sofa, or ask Tina about tiara. There are possibly other triggers as well. I suspect that the south exit, to the Closet, doesn't open until you've at least done some of the preliminary work, like getting the scepter, sitting on the sofa, and asking Mrs. Fleabottom about dinosaurs.

Topics to ask Tina about: sofa, tiara, dinosaurs, dino (aka Mr. Fleabottom), war, penguins, scepter, slipper.

>x fleabottom. x tiara. x player. x ceiling. x sofa. sit on sofa.

>ask mrs. about dinosaurs. ask tina about war. stand.

>xyzzy. xyzzy.

>e. (keep trying to go east if unable to at first)

>x scepter. take it. w. wave scepter. n.

>x tv. wave scepter. s. s. x slipper. take it. n. n.

>wave slipper. s. penguin tina.

>y —or— n. (it doesn't make any difference)

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Encryptment

Of course, the crypt is actually a CRYPT-ic crossword puzzle. (The trenches mentioned in the transcribed notes mark word breaks, e.g.: a/hag, a/crossword, and grue/convention.) The solution to the crossword is:

    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
A     [C][A][R][B][O][N]   [C][U][B][E]   [R][U][N][E][D]
B     [A][H][A][G]   [O]   [L]               [N]
C     [P]   [T][R][A][N][S][I][T]   [B][A][T][T][E][R][Y]
D              [A]   [S]   [M][A]      [M]   [I]
E  [A][B][R][I][D][G][E]   [B][U][C][C][A][N][E][E][R]
F  [C]   [E]   [E]   [N][E][S][T]      [Z]   [S]   [H]
G  [R][U][I][N]      [S]         [R][E][E][F]      [Y]
H  [O]   [G]   [S][C][E][N][E]         [D]   [U]   [M]
I  [S][A][N][S]   [U]         [C]   [W]   [U][N][D][E][R]
J  [S]      [W][O][R][F]   [P][A][N][I][C]   [I]     
K  [W]      [O]   [S]   [B]   [L]   [T]      [C][A][V][E]
L  [O]   [G][R][U][E][C][O][N][V][E][N][T][I][O][N]   [L]
M  [R]      [D]   [S]   [N]   [A]   [E]      [R]      [L]
N  [D][A][M]         [R][E][G][R][E][S][S]   [N][O][U][S]
O                             [Y]   [S]

The other clues reuse the letters from the crossword, and their solutions, in the presented order, are:

TOP SIZE SELLS A GAME FAST
RUG HIDES G.U.E
BEEN BUSY UNDERGROUND
YOUR BEST SUCCESS!
MURDER!
BABES!
'BIN ME.'
CCCCCCC
AN ADVENTURE GAME IS A (CROSSWORD) AT WAR WITH A NARRATIVE

Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to solve the final puzzle on the Shrine of Cluefulness. If you figure it out, perhaps you might pass me a hint?

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An Important Appointment

Apartment
|
Vestibule
|
West Tenth
Street
Sixth
Avenue
|
Subway
Platform
←d
u→
Sixth
Avenue
and
Eighth
Street
in↓
Subway
Car
out↓|
Subway
Tracks
A Ways
Down
Sixth
Avenue
u↓
Subway
Platform
Alley
Beside
Federal
Court
Building
u↓run s↓
In Front of
Federal Court Building
u↓
(inside)

Note that you can optionally take the hutch, open it, and eat the rabbit at any time.

>i. x suit. x bed. x hutch. x rabbit. out. out.

Also optional: You can take the doorman and eat him at any time. Or drop him.

>x doorman. e. s.

You have a major choice here. You can either take the subway or continue south. If you want to take the subway:

>d. enter train. x humans. z. z. open door. out.

>x chuds. hit chuds. u. u.

If you don't want to take the subway:

>s. x cars. run s. (You are now hungry!)

If you are hungry, you can't enter the courthouse. You must eat!

>e. x cart. x seller. x donuts.

Ending 1:

>z. (Repeat waiting until your hunger overrides your reason. This is a losing ending.)

Ending 2:

>eat seller. (Actually, you can eat him whether you're hungry or not, but this is another losing ending.)

Ending 3:

>eat donuts. w. u. (You won't willingly eat the donuts unless you're hungry. If you're not hungry, just enter the courthouse directly. This is the winning ending.)

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

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Revenger

East Wing
Conference
Room
Bathroom

You can't talk to anyone but Lee until Clack gives you the go-ahead to begin your lecture. Don't eat any of the cake; it puts out the candle, and you need it to be lit.

>about. x lee. x girl. t lee. 1. t lee. 1.

>x cake. x candle.

Optionally, you might want to check out the room, your inventory, and the deans. Or, if you prefer, save this part until after the lecture.

>x clack. x snell. x vanbeaugard. x schmidt. x yeboeha.

>l. x paintings. x carpet. i. x pillcase. open it. x tab.

Begin your lecture. Talk to Clack repeatedly, and choose whichever options you like. Eventually, he will refuse your proposal, no matter what. This is perhaps the longest version of the lecture:

>t clack. 1. g. 4. g. 3. g. 1. g. 1. g. 2. g. 1.

At the end of the lecture, Lee leaves. You can optionally talk to some of the other deans now; the most interesting (and grotesque) response is to the "Buckner" option when talking to Yeboeha.

>take paper. read it.

Enter the bathroom and do the ritual. The candle must be lit, or the ritual won't work. If you eat the tab, you'll get two extra options with the demoness.

>e. x toilet. x sink. x mirror. x cabinet.

>put cake on cabinet. eat tab.

>spin me. g. g. g. g. g. g. scream bloody mary.

There are five possible endings, but it's hard to say which of them is the best. Refer to the demoness as "demon".

>x demon.

>z. —or— t demon. 2. —or— t demon. 3. —or— t demon. 4. —or— t demon. 5.

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Back
alley
se→Jungle
get egg↓
Labor-
atory
pull button↓
Dino
Room

ROWR!

There's not much you can do except follow the course laid out for you. When in the jungle, you can go any direction, until you find the egg.

>i. se.

>w. w. w. w. w. x egg. take egg.

>x stuff. x machine. x button.

>put egg on hole. push button. pull button.

>x dino. take it.

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On Prince
Charles' Dresser
Under King
Charles' Bed
~~~|
Top of Dresser,
in the dark
d→ King Charles'
Bedroom,
on the floor

A Stegosaur's Night Out

This game is timed, so you can't leisurely examine everything without risking failure.

For Phase One:

>about. x me. x tabule. push it. break it. push it. z.

For Phase Two:

>d. n. x device. push green button. push lever.

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Very Old Dog

This game comes with its own walkthrough, via the verb WALKTHROUGH, so this one is somewhat superfluous.

Caution: Be careful not to leave the glass door open any longer than strictly necessary, else you risk having the dinosaur escape (and losing the game).

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Other Side
of Road
Boundless,
|
Side
of Road
Trackless
|
Small
Clearing
Jungle

Why did the Dino cross the Road?

There's supposedly five ways to die in this game, but I've found only four: (1) crossing the busy road, (2) re-entering the jungle, (3) never catching the chicken, (4) dropping the chicken after catching it.

>x me. x jungle. x road. x cars.

>search jungle. eat jungle. count leaves.

>stop cars. eat cars. hit cars. (+1)

>x chicken. s. take chicken. n.

>x cars. x convertible.

>smell chicken. eat chicken. (+1)

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