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Earthbound (Earthbound.txt)

                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                             
EARTHBOUND
By Alistair Lock and Steven Allen
(not formally published by a software company) according to World of 
Spectrum archives
Spectrum 48

It appears that there is more than one way to finish this game. In fact, 
there are many solutions, depending on what you do, with varying scores. I 
don't know which solution gains you the maximum points. If only for this 
reason, this is a very good game, as the amount of work that went into this 
format is commendable. Below are two solutions, the first with a score of 
50%, the second with a score of 61%. I have played it with other moves, and 
obtained a lower score, but these are not posted here. You can certainly 
"branch off" earlier. If there was a way of communicating with other players 
at the time the game was released, I can imagine the consternation and the 
fun. In retrospect, this seems enjoyable; in actuality, it probably wasn't 
(at least for some people). 

Feel free to devise your own solution, topping these scores. Who knows, 
Jacob may wish to post all solutions!

You are agent 0007. You have lost your memory. You must try to get to a 
computer. Type HELP if you are stuck; DECK for which level you are on; 
STATUS - from the ship's computers.

Base to both solutions:

You begin in a cell. INVENTORY (nothing), N (you are thrown back), TAKE MUG, 
FILL MUG, THROW MUG, N, SE, E, GET UNIFORM, WEAR UNIFORM, W, NW, N, W (in 
the lift), 2, GO DOOR, E, NE, N, N, TAKE LASER, W, W, TAKE CARD, EXAMINE 
CARD, N, SW, S, INSERT CARD, ACTIVATE COMPUTER (entry code - this is 
randomly determined (1 chance out of 4) each time you play - write it down), 
REMOVE CARD, S, HELP, TAKE OPAQUE, N, N, NE, S, E, E, S, S, SW, HIT PLANT 
(you see a pool), DRINK LIQUID, W, S, 3, GO DOOR, W, N, SW, OPEN CUPBOARD, 
LOOK, TAKE CHART, NE, S, INSERT CARD, ACTIVATE COMPUTER (for 0007 eyes only; 
you are an agent on a rebel ship currently orbiting earth; your mission is 
to escape to an unoccupied base on earth and use their missile to destroy 
the ship), REMOVE CARD, E, E, SE, NE, NW, TAKE MEDALLION, EXAMINE MEDALLION 
(it clears you to operate certain items of equipment), WEAR MEDALLION.

Solution #1:

Go SE, DEACTIVATE TRACTOR, NW, W, TAKE SUIT, EXAMINE BAY (you see a keypad), 
<enter the code you were given earlier>, WEAR SUIT, OPEN BAY, N (wait until 
the pilot leaves), ENTER SHUTTLE, INSERT CARD, REMOVE SUIT, EXAMINE CONSOLE 
(launch, bay doors, autopilot, status, coffee), PRESS BAY, LAUNCH, PRESS 
AUTOPILOT, INSERT CHART (you land and there is a fire), REMOVE CARD, PRESS 
EJECT, E, EXAMINE FENCE (electrified), CUT FENCE, E, S, W, W, INSERT CARD, 
S, POUR LIQUID,  EXAMINE PANEL (there are three button), PRESS RED. You are 
finished. Score: 50%.

Solution # 2:

Go SE, S, W, S, 1, GO DOOR, S, TAKE PHASER, N, NE, S, SE, NE, N, NW, THROW 
PHASER, SE, TAKE GUN, NW, N, TAKE BOMB, S, SE, S, SW, NW, NW, NE, 2, GO 
DOOR, E, NE, N, N, W, W, N, W, S, SHOOT GUN, E, E, ACTIVATE PAD, UP PAD, 
ACTIVATE PAD (you materialize on earth in a bog), HELP, DROP BOMB, W, SE, E, 
EXAMINE FENCE (electrified), CUT FENCE, E, S, W, W, INSERT CARD, S, POUR 
LIQUID,  EXAMINE PANEL (there are three button), PRESS RED. You are 
finished. Score: 61%.

Terri Sheehan
2010-03-10

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