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Solved without Hints - an IFDB Poll

by joncgoodwin
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I'm very interested in hearing truthful accounts of at least somewhat difficult games (or games that don't solve themselves at least) solved completely without recourse to hints, walkthroughs, etc.

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Pytho's Mask, by Emily Short
4 votes
"One of my favorite short games" [+]... "Great game!..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Zork III, by Dave Lebling, Marc Blank
4 votes
"When Young" [+]... "Zork III was one of my most memorable IF experiences. Solving it became a personal mission. I can still remember how fast I woul type in different sequences of operations in desperate attempts to solve puzzles I had been stuck on for weeks :->" [+]... "Solved this as a..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Delightful Wallpaper, by Andrew Plotkin ('Edgar O. Weyrd')
3 votes
"Some Pride" [+]... "As long as you take the time to map the house you should have no trouble." [+]... "The first half..." [+]...

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Hunter, in Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin
3 votes
"Solved the second time around - I think I just wasn't persistent enough the first time." [+]... "Short and sweet" [+]... "A rare occasion" [+]...

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Planetfall, by Steve Meretzky
3 votes
"I remember this game very fondly" [+]... "99% sure no hints were available when I played this" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Count, by Scott Adams
2 votes
"This one actually took me a several years of on-and-off play during the first half of the 1980s." [+]... "If this is the game I remember, I solved it in a couple of hours." [+]...

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Infidel, by Michael Berlyn
2 votes
""Wasn't Hard"" [+]... "The first game I ever completed without hints" [+]...

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Leadlight, by Wade Clarke
2 votes
"A great slasher/horror game. " [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Lock & Key, by Adam Cadre
2 votes
"Fun game to..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Zork II, by Dave Lebling, Marc Blank
2 votes
"Solved this as a..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Pirate Adventure, by Scott Adams and Alexis Adams
2 votes
"Very easy, but then, it was supposed to be. Solved it the first day I played it. I was glad I didn't pay for it!" [+]... "One of the first adventure games I played." [+]...

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Jigsaw, by Graham Nelson
1 vote
"Note: I did use..." [+]...

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Leather Goddesses of Phobos, by Steve Meretzky
1 vote
"The Riddle Took Me A While, But ..." [+]...

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Violet, by Jeremy Freese
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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All Things Devours, by half sick of shadows
1 vote
"Very logical, very satisfying" [+]...

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Witness, by Stu Galley
1 vote
"In under 72 hours, back in 1984." [+]...

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The Plant, by Michael J. Roberts
1 vote
"Stuck Twice" [+]...

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Border Zone, by Marc Blank
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Dutch Dapper IV: The Final Voyage, by Harry Hol
1 vote
"Hilarious and mind-bending... a worthy successor of Douglas Adams." [+]...

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I-0, by Adam Cadre
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Voodoo Castle, by Alexis Adams
1 vote
"Took me about a year of semi-frequent play during the mid-1980s." [+]...

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Plundered Hearts, by Amy Briggs
1 vote
"Dangerous Dining." [+]...

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Adventureland, by Scott Adams
1 vote
"Very easy; took me just half a dozen tries, at most, during the early 1980s." [+]...

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Ka, by Dan Efran
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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The Golden Wombat of Destiny, by Huw Collingbourne
1 vote
"Finished this game, but because of the ending, I wasn't sure if I'd missed something." [+]...

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Softporn Adventure, by Chuck Benton
1 vote
"Quite simple. Took me about 2-3 days of determined effort in 1985 to solve my pirated copy." [+]...

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Make It Good, by Jon Ingold
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Hollywood Hijinx, by Dave Anderson, Liz Cyr-Jones
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Valley of the Minotaur, by Nicolas van Dyk
1 vote
"Solved it once, but was never able to achieve the maximum score." [+]...

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky
1 vote
"Getting the Babel fish was well worth the effort" [+]...

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Deadline, by Marc Blank
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Chemistry and Physics, by Colin Sandel and Carolyn VanEseltine
1 vote
"Took a damnably long time to solve this, but I did" [+]...

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Mindwheel, by Robert Pinsky, William Mataga, Steve Hales
1 vote
"This was a lot of fun, and took me probably about two weeks, in 1985." [+]...

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Myth, by Paul Findley
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Indigo, by Emily Short
1 vote
"Perfect blend of infuriation and satisfaction." [+]...

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The Gostak, by Carl Muckenhoupt
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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An Act of Murder, by Christopher Huang
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Dual Transform, by Andrew Plotkin
1 vote
"Easy but satisfying game." [+]...

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Starcross, by Dave Lebling
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Varicella, by Adam Cadre
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Babel, by Ian Finley
1 vote
"Classic IF at its best." [+]...

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