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Crystal Frog, The (Crystal_Frog.txt)

                        CRYSTAL FROG /Gilsoft/
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This game is strictly deterministic, without random events, so it is possible
to give exact step by step solution. However, there is a stupid bug in the
game which prevents solving the game in one game session, without having some
apriori knowledge from the previous game session (a secret code). So, the
solution presented here requires saving the game position and reloading it
later at one place. This is not required if you assume the apriory knowledge
of the secret code. Also, the offered solution is a maximal score solution -
the game itself may be solved in less turns.

                                Solution:
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E, S, GET APPLE, EXAMINE APPLE (it has glow-worms inside), N, W, N, N, E,
ENTER HUT, GET SPADE, EXAMINE BARREL (it is full of salt), EMPTY BARREL
(something is in the salt), LOOK (you see a leg of mutton), GET MUTTON, W, W,
W, N, N, EXAMINE LEAVES (you find a fur coat), GET COAT (the coat belongs to a
black bear; fortunately, you have a leg of mutton), LOOK (you see a brass
key), GET KEY, S, S, E, S, ENTER SOIL, DIG SOIL, LOOK (you see a box), GET
BOX, OPEN BOX (it is rusted shut), E, E, EXAMINE LIQUID, DROP BOX (it slides
open), LOOK (you see a mace), GET MACE, W, S, W, GET MASK, DROP SPADE (you
must not have more than three objects to pass safely accross the bridge), W,
W (do not lose the time until you pass through the door), W, W, UNLOCK DOOR,
OPEN DOOR, ENTER DOOR (you are safe now), DROP KEY, N, KILL SERPENT, USE MACE,
DROP MACE, GET BAG, S, S, GIVE BAG (to leprechauns), LOOK (you see an ancient
scroll), GET SCROLL, EXAMINE SCROLL (something is written on it), READ SCROLL
(a hint), DROP SCROLL, N, GET BUCKET, W (you will fall down), S, GET FOOD, S,
FILL BUCKET, N, W, W, GIVE FOOD (to the prisoner), GET ROPE, E, GET BAR, WEAR
MASK, S (the mask protects you), S, EXAMINE PIT (warm air is rising from it),
EMPTY BUCKET (to extinguish the fire), JUMP, DROP BUCKET, GET FROG, E, GET
TABLET, EXAMINE TABLET (the word "asprin" is written on it), W, W, W, W (the
lizard bites you), EAT TABLET (to cure yourself), GET BOTTLE, EXAMINE BOTTLE
(a poison), N, USE ROPE, DROP ROPE, S, S, READ BOOK (a hint), PULL SHELF (to
reveal a secret passage), S, W, GET TINY KEY, E, N, N, W, WIND CLOCK (with the
tiny key - sometimes falls down), LOOK (you see a spellbook), GET SPELLBOOK,
DROP TINY KEY, W, PULL RUG (to reveal a steps leading down), D, OPEN CHEST,
LOOK (you see a mallet), GET MALLET, U, N, EXAMINE PAPERWEIGHT (a ring is
embedded inside), BREAK PAPERWEIGHT (with the mallet), DROP MALLET, GET RING,
E, S, E, S, S, W, U, GIVE SPELLBOOK (to the wizard), S, GET PISTOL, N, W, SAVE
(obligately save the game here), N (the game has a bug that it becomes
unsolvable after entering this room), GIVE BOTTLE (goodbye vampire), GET
HANDKERCHIEF, S, S, LIFT PORTRAIT (a panel is behind it), SLIDE PANEL, LOOK
(you see a crystal ball), GET BALL, EXAMINE BALL (it is very dusty), RUB BALL
(with the handkerchief; you will see the four digits 93 05).

Now, when you know a secret code (93 05), reload the saved position. Note that
the game can load the position only at the beginning, so type QUIT, then YES
twice, then LOAD, play the saved position, and continue as follows:

W, S, S, E, E, MELT BAR (to make a silver bullet), LOAD GUN, W, W, U, U, N,
EXAMINE TAPESTRY, PULL TAPESTRY (a werewolf is behind it), SHOOT WEREWOLF,
OPEN DOOR (it is locked by a 4 digit combination; note that due to a bug in
the game you can not open the door if you visited the room with the vampire),
TYPE 93 05, D (the end - the score is not 100% but 95% because the score for
killing the vampire is lost after reloading the saved position).

                                 Hints:
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- As already stated before, you can reload a saved position only at the
  beginning of the game (or, immediately after QUIT).
- There is a lot of tasks which are not necessary to do - they only increases
  the score. So, it is not necessary to kill the serpent, to give the bag to
  the leprechauns, nor to have the ring at all. As you don't need to kill the
  serpent, you don't need to have the mace, so you don't need to solve a
  relatively hard puzzle related to discovering the mace (entering the soil,
  digging in it, then diping the founded box in the liquid to make it open).
- Beware that the game contains some one-directional paths, so check whether
  you have finished all you can do in one stage of the game before entering an
  another one.
- For more fun, when you are in the dining room, you can RING BELL, FILL GLASS
  (with the wine) and DRINK WINE. Don't do this twice: you will become
  hopelessly drunk!
- Also for fun, try to EXAMINE MIRROR while you are carrying it...
- Do not try to eat the apple: the one in this game is not healthy, and it is
  a somewhat unusual source of the light...
- Do not drop the crystal frog once you have it, else the black witch will
  turn you into a stone frog. The same consequence happens if you try to wear
  a (bewiched) ring.
- Do not try to climb the statue: it is old and fragile.

                                 Comment:
                                 --------

A relatively good text only game, written using The Quill, so the parser is a
strict verb-noun parser. The annoying bug in the game (mentioned earlier) can
make it virtually unsolvable, but otherwise the game is relatively easy to
solve. However, it is not so easy to achieve a full score, because some not so
easy puzzles must be solved for a maximal score.

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Game solution by Zeljko Juric

If something is not clear, ask me using e-mail:
zjuric@utic.net.ba

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