Eadwig can move up and down fixed ladder positions, and left and right
where platforms exist. In addition, he can lay down new sections or remove
old ones at will. Any rainfall which lands on the platforms will run
laterally until it encounters a gap in the platforms - in this way rain may be
directed onto Eadwig's plant, usually located at the bottom of the screen.
The universe is splitting all the time and Eadwig can see the choices before
him in the form of a board game surrounding the main play area. Dice drop
from the top of the screen, and Eadwig chooses which alternate reality he
enters by selecting one. For example, should he pick up the die which has
landed on a 5, his position will move 5 places around the board, whereas
collecting the die showing 3 will progress him 3 places. Each square
he lands on represents an alternate universe with a different effect,
represented by the icon on the square. Spiders take care of pests, trowells
are handy for digging in hamster jam fertiliser, and rain makes plants grow.
Be wary of snails. As for the other symbols... well, you'll have to
work those out for yourself.
After every two levels Eadwig reaches a bonus stage where he can
increase his revenue.
Ultimately, Eadwig's choices lead him towards a more chaotic and disordered
universe and this manifests itself on later levels.