There are few phrases more likely to cause sweaty palms and
increased heart rate than the infamous "The Taxman Cometh",
especially amongst such luminaries as the owners of mail-order
software houses and freelance writers.
No matter how well you think you have "hidden" the business lunches and the all-expenses paid trip to the annual "Probe" convention, you can
rest assured that the analytical mind of the tax-inspector
will ferret out every little detail of your misdemeanours
and proudly plonk them in front of you attached to a large
bill for outstanding taxes. Such is their "skill" and your
Normally when someone fails to pay their taxes, "they" send you
a letter - but when a whole district fails to pay they send out
the Taxman. So it was with the district of Tripe-on-Wold and
its scheming little inhabitants.
It was another boring day in the office. Boring, that is, until
my boss Mr. Loslung entered and dropped a pile of pink folders
onto my desk, followed by a growl of ... "Sort it!"
The folders contained the entire tax records of the folk of
Tripe-On-Wold, with the records of the six biggest offenders
clearly marked in bright red pen. These famous six had taken
the art of tax-evasion beyond the scope of mortal man and had
now developed it to an award-winning standard. They had dreamt
up schemes and ideas that would have booked them a place on the
Olympic team if "tax evasion" had been a participating sport.
A quick read through the files only served to confirm my innermost
feelings; this was going to be one heck of a task. I would have to
deal with the likes of Halfpint, Lofty, Topper and Odsok, not to
mention the likes of Phoebe and Jeff. But in my "heart of hearts"
I knew I was capable of doing just that. Provided there was a
favourable wind and some dry weather.
So my job was relatively simple ... Overcome all obstacles and
then collect the cash!"
Some special commands are ...
Shows just who has or has not paid.
Prints score and turns.
Toggles the display of all available exits.
Switches between the available typefaces.
Toggles the sound effects off or on.
Some abbreviations are ... RS - RAMSAVE, RL - RAMLOAD, X - EXAMINE, O - OPEN, G - GET.
To remove an item from a container simply input GET (item) OUT CHEST and for speech just use character's name followed by the request; e.g. JEFF "PAY TAXES".
The following utilities are also available to allow you to edit the supplied screens of this game:
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