Key & Compass presents:
The Isle of Statues
by Elmar Vogt

The Isle of Statues is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2012 by Elmar Vogt.

In this small game, you are the second-in-command of the "Curiosity", a merchant liner. The ship has anchored to the west of a small remote island to replenish its supply of fresh water. The captain orders you and the boatswain to go complete this task, and if you're not back on board by 6 o'clock, the ship will leave without you.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 2 of the game. NOTE: This game was available from Dropbox at, but that link no longer works. The game can be obtained from my unofficial homepage for this game.

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North-westernbeach Oliveorchard Granitecliffs(north) The"Curiosity" Ocean Beach Palmgrove Top ofhill Slopingground Temple Forest Naturallabyrinth Southernbeach Granitecliffs(south)


The "Curiosity"

> x me. i. (You have a pocket watch.)

> ask captain about orders.

Take the boatswain to the island, get water, and be back before 6.

> take barrel. enter boat.

> e. e.

The beach of the island

> take all from boat. out. x crabs.

> e.

You're in the middle of a small palm grove

You don't need the pistol. It doesn't work.

> x pistol. n. e.

You're now in a small olive orchard

> x skeleton. x bottle.

> open bottle. take parchment. read it. ("Flee!")

> bury skeleton. (+1)

> s.

You're on top of a hill, overlooking the little island

> x statues. (They've been crucified to crosses.)

> ask boatswain about statues.

> e.

On sloping ground

> fill barrel from spring. (+1)

> e.

A temple

> x statues. (There's four, all beheaded.)

> take scabbard. open it. read paper.

The paper claims the statues move and are after the author.

> ask boatswain about statues.

> w. s.

On the southern beach

> x brook. w. w. n. w.

The beach of the island

> enter boat. w. w.

The "Curiosity"

> out.

> drop barrel. (+1)

*** You have accomplished your mission ***




Honorable mention:


Excerpted from the response to ABOUT:

"The Isle of Statues" -- 2012 by Elmar Vogt
Contact: email redacted --
Welcome to the world of interactive fiction!

This is the first interactive fiction game I've written, and as such it is more of a "test" than a true game in its own right -- I mostly wanted to see if I would get a grip on Inform 6, the programming language. Nonetheless a number of people have invested their time and given me valuable feedback on bugs and playability improvements: As such, I would like to thank Thomas Schäfer, "katzy", "StJohnLimbo", Peter Pears, "Dannii", and everybody else.

Enjoy playing interactive fiction!




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