When you first started out on your paper-round the evening air had
been warm and friendly but as the hours passed and the sun began to lower itself
into the soft dark clouds of twilight, you had begun to notice a slight chill in
air and wished now that you had taken your Mum's advice and worn your jacket after all.
With a backward glance over your shoulder to the grey-haired old man who ran the
local shop, you slung the empty bag over your left arm and mounted your trusty
bicycle. Swerving to avoid Mrs Jones' black tabby, you quickly sped off in the
direction of home and a plate of steaming hot chips and peas ... your favourite!
Some moments later as you were about to pass the residence of the infamous Basil
Hodgkins, a scientist of no ill-repute and local big-wig, a large grey object
hurtled over the fence and lodged itself in the front spokes of your trusty bike.
There was a loud clang, followed by a screech of tyres and, just before you found
yourself hurtling over the high metal gate that was the only way into Hodgins'
Manor, you caught sight of a large crow-bar sticking between the spokes of the
front wheel of your cycle.
For a second or two all was peaceful, then what had been a steady upwards movement
turned into a rapid downwards one and the hard ground surrounding the house loomed
up before your very eyes ... these you quickly closed!
As your head cleared and the first pangs of pain began to course through your body, you realised that you had landed, and glancing around you saw that you were now on the "inside" of the gate and spread all around you were the gardens of Hodgkins' Manor.
Can you escape from the confines of the manor or will you be doomed to be the only
paper-boy in captivity?
This game will accept all the standard commands such as EXAMINE, GET, DROP, IN, OUT and WAIT along with the following abbreviations ... Z - WAIT, X - EXAMINE, G - GET and
DR - DROP.
The game will also accept such commands as RAM SAVE and RAM LOAD. Use these to store a game-position to memory but always use the more normal SAVE and LOAD to store a more permanent record onto tape.
It will help to get the assistance of some of the other characters that you may
encounter during the game. Also make sure that you check everything and make good
use of the EXAMINE command.
The following utilities are also available to allow you to edit the supplied screens of this game:
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