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Zen Quest (Zen_Quest.txt)

ZEN QUEST
by Jack Lockerby

Zenobi Software

As with most of Jack’s games, this is a difficult, often frustrating game. You need to pay
attention to details, examne things carefully and remember to use phrases and prepositions. There
are lots of locations and places to visit, and many actions will prevent you from finishing the
game.  Minor things need to be done in a specific order, and time is a factor in several places.
There is a great deal of exploring to do and mapping is essential. Since it is difficult to
determine what objects you may need again, there is lots of retracing of steps to retrieve things
(e.g. you have to dig in six places). Most of the puzzles are ingenious, though sometimes difficult
to solve. My most picky complaint is that there is nothing “Zen” about this game!

You begin at a mountain pass. Go NE, E, E, N, EXAMINE CABIN, OPEN DOR (you can’t), CLIMB CABIN,
EXAMINE CHIMNEY, GO DOWN CHIMNEY, OPEN DOOR (the table stops you), MOVE TABLE (you can’t), GET
AXE, CHOP TABLE, GET SPADE, EXAMINE CABIN, GET CHISEL, OPEN DOOR, LEAVE, W, W, W (you see a
partially built dam), W, W, DIG, GET FLASK, EXAMINE FLASK. Explore the length of the river and you
find that there is no place to cross other than the dam. Go W, S, EXAMINE PINE, ENTER PINE, DIG, GET
BELT, EXAMINE BELT, WEAR BELT, GET CHAIN, EXAMINE CHAIN, GET SAW, LEAVE, E, E, E, E, E, EXAMINE
TREE, HANG SAW, DROP ALL, GET CHAIN, UP, LIFT SAW, SAW BRANCH (it drops and the beavers take it),
UP, LIFT SAW, SAW BRANCH (beavers take this one too), UP, LIFT SAW, SAW BRANCH, UP, LIFT SAW, SAW
BRANCH, UP, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, GET ALL, DROP CHAIN.

Go SE (you see a native chief), SAY HELLO (the chief tells you an artifact has been stolen and used
in a burial. A reward will be given for its return.) Go NW, W, W, N (you see the beavers have
finished building the dam), N, E, E, E, NE (you see a branch), EXAMINE BRANCH, GET BRANCH, MAKE
CLUB, DROP AXE, W, W, W, W, W, W, W, W, ENTER CAVE, DIG, GET SLINGSHOT, EXAMINE SLIGHSHOT, LEAVE, E,
E, N, SAY HELLO (the man gives you a hint about the bird, a paper and leaves), FOLLOW MAN (you
can’t), EXAMINE PAPER (you can’t read it), EXAMINE LARGE ROCK (there is a bag inside), DIG, GET
SMALL ROCK, S, W, W, EXAMINE MOUNTAIN, EXAMINE LEDGE (there is a bird in a nest there), DROP SMALL
ROCK, DROP SLINGSHOT (you’ll come back to them later), E, E, NE, LOOK IN COTTAGE, LOOK CAREFULLY
IN COTTAGE (you see a trip wire), STEP OVER WIRE, EXAMINE MAN, UNTIE MAN (a silver ring falls to the
floor), EXAMINE FLOOR (you see a trapdoor), LOOK UNDER CHAIR (you see the ring), GET SILVER RING,
EXAMINE SILVER RING, GIVE SILVER RING (the man doesn’t want it), WEAR SILVER RING, EXAMINE MAN,
GIVE FLASK (he gives you something in return as he leaves), INVENTORY, EXAMINE EYE (it lets you read
certain things), WEAR EYE, READ PAPER (peel bark on cedar), STEP OVER WIRE.

Go N, N (you see a statue), EXAMINE STATUE, EXAMINE BASE, READ INSCRIPTION (turn statue S E W N),
DROP ALL, TURN STATUE S, TURN STATUE E, TURN STATUE WEST, TURN STATUE N (you hear a noise), GET ALL,
N, N (you see steps going down), DOWN (it’s too dark), S, S, S, S, SE, S, DROP ALL, REMOVE BELT,
DROP BELT, GET CLUB, CAST CLUB IN RIVER (it floats away), SWIM (you are at the shore of a lake), GET
CLUB, UP, PEEL BARK ON CEDAR, TAKE IVORY KEY, E, HIT ORC (when you try head-on going up the pass, he
kills you), DROP CLUB, EXAMINE ORC, GET RING, INVENTORY, EXAMINE BRONZE RING (it’s a fire ring),
WEAR RING, DOWN, DOWN, SW, S, S, S, E, E, GET SPADE, GET CHISEL, GET BELT, WEAR BELT, HANG CHISEL,
W, W, N, N, N, NE, UP, UP, E, ENTER, EXAMINE HUT, GET LAMP (you can HANG it), EXAMINE LAMP, GET
ROPE, DIG, GET BAR, LEAVE.

Go W, DOWN, DOWN, SE, SE, S, W, NW (at the well), TIE ROPE TO POST, DROP ALL, DOWN, LIFT CHISEL,
CHIP WALL (you dislodge gloves), HANG CHISEL, DOWN, GET GLOVES, EXAMINE GLOVES, WEAR GLOVES, UP, UP,
SW, W, W, W, W, N, LIFT LARGE ROCK, E, E, E, E, S, NE, DROP LARGE ROCK DOWN WELL, DOWN, DOWN, GET
BAG, HANG BAG, UP, UP, PULL ROPE, GET ALL, UNTIE ROPE, GET ROPE, LIFT BAG, EXAMINE BAG, GET
MEDALLION (bag disintegrates), EXAMINE MEDALLION, WEAR MEDALLION, SW, W, W, W, NW, STEP OVER WIRE,
EXAMINE TRAPDOOR, READ MESSAGE, PUSH TRAPDOOR HARD (it opens), POINT RING AT LAMP, DOWN, DOWN,
EXAMINE CHEST, UNLOCK CHEST, EXAMINE CHEST, GET FIGURINE FROM CHEST, EXAMINE FIGURINE, DIG, GET
BLOCK, UP, UP, EXTINGUISH LAMP, HANG LAMP, STEP OVER WIRE.

Go SE, E, E, N, NE, POINT RING AT PORTCULLIS (it raises), ENTER (don’t dawdle in the rooms with
the creatures), W, ENTER, N, ENTER, POINT FIGURINE AT RATS (rats flee), EXAMINE NEST, GET BIBLE,
LEAVE, S, ENTER, EXAMINE ORCS (they’ve lost their dice), LEAVE, LEAVE, E, E, ENTER,  ENTER,
EXAMINE CHAPEL (you see a priest), EXAMINE PRIEST (he tells you to pray), PRAY, POINT BIBLE AT
ALTAR, GET BURNER, LEAVE, LEAVE, W, LEAVE, SW, W, W, NW, DROP ALL, GET BAR, GET BLOCK, GET BURNER,
SE, S, NW, N, N, N, N, LIFT LAMP, POINT RING AT LAMP, HANG LAMP, DOWN, DOWN (you can’t pass), PUT
BLOCK IN BURNER, POINT RING AT BLOCK, CAST BURNER (the shapes disappear), DROP BURNER, DOWN, DOWN,
EXAMINE RECESS, GET IRON KEY, UNLOCK DOOR, DROP IRON KEY.

ENTER (you see a plinth and a skeleton with a sword), EXAMINE SKELETON, EXAMINE PLINTH, EXAMINE
CORPSE (you see an amulet), POINT MEDALLION AT SKELETON, GET AMULET, EXAMINE AMULET, WEAR AMULET.
Don’t dawdle in the next part – type quickly. N, JAM BAR, N, N, N, GET DICE, N (at the snakes),
POINT GLOVE AT SNAKES, PUT DICE IN MOUTH, UP, GET ROPE, LIFT LAMP, EXTINGUISH LAMP, HANG LAMP, SE,
E, E, NE, ENTER, W, ENTER, ENTER, GET DICE FROM MOUTH, GIVE DICE, GET IRON, EXAMINE IRON, LEAVE,
LEAVE, E, LEAVE, SW, W, S, W, W, W, W, GET SMALL ROCK, GET SLINGSHOT, TIE ROPE TO IRON, AIM SMALL
ROCK AT BIRD (it flies off), DROP SLINGSHOT, THROW IRON AT LEDGE, UP, EXAMINE NEST, GET HEADBAND,
EXAMINE HEADBAND, EXAMINE MOTIF, WEAR HEADBAND, DOWN.

Go E, E, E, E, E, N, NE, ENTER, E, ENTER, N, ENTER (see spider and key), POINT HEADBAND AT SPIDER
(it shrivels), GET KEY, LEAVE, S, LEAVE, W, LEAVE, SW, S, S, W, S, S, E, E, SE, REMOVE AMULET, GIVE
AMULET (you get a bracelet), EXAMINE BRACELET (it says to push key under gates), WEAR BRACELET, NW,
W, W, N, N, N, N, N, UP, UP, N, EXAMINE GATES, PUSH KEY UNDER GATES. You enter Zenland, and are
finished.

Terr Sheehan (with help from Barbara Gibb)
2002-08-26

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