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Behind Closed Doors 3: Revenge of the Ants (Behind_Closed_Doors_3.txt)


                               FAQ/Walkthrough for



Author:   Tom Hayes
E-mail:   thayesguides(at)gmail(dot)com
System:   ZX Spectrum
Updated:  14th April, 2011
Version:  1.1


1. Introduction
2. Walkthrough
3. Item List
4. Point List
5. Credits
6. Copyright Information


1.1:  14th April, 2011      (Submitted to solutionarchive)
1.0:  17th September, 2010  (First version)


1.                                Introduction


Published in 1989 by Zenobi Software, Behind Closed Doors 3 is the third in a
series of four extremely short interactive fiction adventures. The game once
again takes place entirely in Balrog's wooden hut at the bottom of his garden,
where a swarm of ants have smeared superglue over his toilet seat. Balrog sits
down and becomes stuck on the seat, and has only 100 moves to escape from the
hut before being attacked by the Rattigator beast. The game is longer and more
challenging than the previous two games. One frustrating point is that you have
to wait 39 moves for an essential cat which may or not appear.


2.                                Walkthrough


The game starts in the small hut. Enter any command (such as LOOK for example)
39 times and a cat will enter the hut. If the cat doesn't enter the hut, QUIT
the game and start again. After the cat has made the puddle and exited the hut,
EXAMINE HUT to see three walls and a door. EXAMINE DOOR to see a shelf. EXAMINE
SHELF to see a hammer. READ GAZZETTE to see a crossword. EXAMINE CROSSWORD to
see an unsolved clue. EXAMINE CLUE. Answer AUNT to solve the crossword.

UNFOLD GAZZETTE. ROLL GAZZETTE. USE GAZZETTE to knock the hammer down from the
shelf. GET HAMMER. EXAMINE RIGHT WALL to see a nail. PULL NAIL out of the wall.
LOOK UP to see a bird looking through the opening in the roof. THROW NAIL. When
asked at what, enter AT BIRD to make the bird drop a match. GET MATCH. DRAW
CROSS on the side of the toilet bowl. FART to fill the toilet bowl with green
gas. HIT CROSS three times with the hammer and gas will start to seep out of
the crack in the toilet bowl. LIGHT MATCH. LIGHT GAS to stand up.

EXAMINE CISTERN to see dust. SEARCH DUST to get a rusty screwdriver. DIP
SCREWDRIVER in the puddle left behind by the cat to remove the rust. EXAMINE
DOOR to see brass hinges. EXAMINE HINGES to see that each hinge is held in
place by screws. REMOVE BOOTS and Balrog will be able to move. UNSCREW SCREWS
and the screwdriver will be stolen by a cockroach. LOOK 10 times and a mouse
will return the screwdriver to Balrog. PULL SHIRT twice and Balrog will pull
his nightshirt over the toilet seat. UNSCREW SCREWS to complete the game.


3.                                 Item List


  Available at the start of the game. It is used to draw a cross on the toilet

  Available at the start of the game. It is examined to see a crossword, with
  a remaining clue which can be solved with the word AUNT. It is unfolded,
  rolled and used to knock the hammer down from the shelf.

  Made by lighting the unused match. It is used to light the gas in the toilet

  Found by examining the right wall and pulling the nail. After looking up at
  the opening in the roof, the rusty nail is thrown at the bird to make it drop
  the match.

  Found by searching the dust on top of the cistern. It is dipped in the puddle
  left behind by the cat to get the yellow screwdriver.

  After the shelf has been examined, the Goblin Gazzette is unfolded, rolled
  and used to knock the hammer down from the shelf.

  Found on the floor after pulling the rusty nail from the right wall. A review
  and a quiz can be read on the paper. It is not used.

  Found by throwing the rusty nail at the bird. It is lit to make the lit

  Found by dipping the rusty screwdriver in the puddle left behind by the cat.
  It is used to unscrew the screws on the door hinges.


4.                                 Point List


20    20    Solve the Goblin Gazzette crossword clue with the word AUNT.
40    20    Use the Goblin Gazzette to knock the hammer down from the shelf.
55    15    Throw the nail at the bird to make it drop the match.
70    15    Draw the cross on the toilet bowl with the felt-tip pen.
95    25    Hit the cross with the hammer three times to make gas seep out.
125   30    Light the gas in the toilet bowl with the lit match.
140   15    Search the dust on the cistern to find the rusty screwdriver.
160   20    Dip the rusty screwdriver in the puddle left behind by the cat.
180   20    Remove the boots so that Balrog can move in the hut.
195   15    Pull shirt twice to pull the nightshirt over the toilet seat.
225   30    Unscrew the screws with the yellow screwdriver.


5.                                 Credits


- EMUZWin (
  The emulator that was used to run the tape image for this game.

- UnPAWS (
  The program that was used to extract information from this game.

- World of Spectrum (
  A website that hosts a massive amount of Spectrum-related material. The tape
  image for this game was found here.


6.                          Copyright Information


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