Vacationing in Scotland is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2003 by Duchess. It was a participant in the Speed-IF Jacket 2 event.
In this very short game, you play as a tourist visiting McCain castle in Scotland. You somehow got separated from your tour group who are probably waiting for you in the foyer. You just need to find your way back there.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.
As far as I can tell, you need only find your notebook and leave — except that unless you examine the library's floor, you won't know about the notebook's existence until you leave without it. Everything else in the game seems to hint at some grand purpose which is never explained, and ultimately, is just so much window dressing. Or maybe I should say "floor dressing" since every piece of floor has a unique description.
> x me. i. x rock. x bear. x watch.
> x shelves. climb shelves. x cross. x mosaics.
> x floor. x footprints. x notebook. take it. read it. open it.
> x door. x inscription. n.
> x carvings. x curtain. x floor. x inscription.
> x curtain. x idol. take it. n.
The Estate Manager's Office
> x desk. x papers. search papers. x floor. x inscription. e. w.
The Lord's Chamber
> x maid. x headboard. x floor. x inscription.
> ask maid about castle. ask maid about tour. ask maid about maze.
> ask maid about foyer. ask maid about shoes. n.
> x Perseus. x Hercules. x inscription. x floor. e.
> x window. x table. x floor. push table.
*** You have died ***
> w. n.
> x Arabella. x floor. ask Arabella about castle. ask Arabella about Jenny.
> click shoes. w.
*** You have won ***
This walkthrough is provided free of charge since I wrote this walkthrough prior to January 2015 when I began my Patreon account, and also because the work it's based on has less than fifteen locations (so I wouldn't have charged for it anyway). I've since reformatted this walkthrough to use my currently preferred style. I hope you enjoy it!
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