The Landing is a TADS 2 interactive fiction story and is © 1998 by N. K. Guy. It was a participant in the ChickenComp event. Note that Release 1 seems to be missing the graphics and music; please play Release 1.2.
In this one-room puzzleless story set in Hussar, Alberta, Canada, you play as a farmer. On the way home, you noticed one of your hens some distance from the farm just pecking at the road. You're about to pick her up when you're distracted by a glint in the sky.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1.2 of the story.
The side of the road
You're unwilling to re-enter the truck without the chicken, and you're unwilling to leave without the truck. You can't take the chicken, and you have no tools to assist you.
No, you're here just to witness a joke, and it really doesn't matter what you do as long you keep playing.
> x hen. x glint. x oval. x truck.
> take hen. xyzzy.
The saucer halts above you.
> x saucer. x black opening. x blob. x stalk.
There's now two blobs on floating discs.
> x organs. z. (The space aliens laugh at the chicken.)
The punchline here is a reference to another game called Space Aliens Laughed at My Cardigan! In response, the chicken crosses the road.
The notes are different in the two releases of the game.
The release 1.2 notes mentions a new NOSTALGIA command. Replay the game and type NOSTALGIA once to enter Nostalgia mode 1 (green monospaced text on black), and again for Nostalgia mode 2 (gray monospaced text on blue).
Multimedia is only available in Release 1.2.
Nostalgia mode 1 (green on black):
Nostalgia mode 2 (gray on blue):
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