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ditchday.zip *
Contains DITCH.GAM
For all systems. To play, you'll need a TADS 2 Interpreter - visit tads.org for interpreter downloads.
ditchr.zip *
Contains ditchr.gam
Russian translation
For all systems. To play, you'll need a TADS 2 Interpreter - visit tads.org for interpreter downloads.
ditchrexe.zip *
Russian translation
Windows Application (Windows 95 and later)
ditchday_map.txt
note about maps
ditchday_map_wide.gmp
map in GUEmap format
GUEmap file. Requires the GUEmap viewer - visit http://www.cjmweb.net/GUEmap for information.
ditchday_map_printer.gmp
map in GUEmap format
GUEmap file. Requires the GUEmap viewer - visit http://www.cjmweb.net/GUEmap for information.
ditch_maps_ps.zip *
maps in Postscript format
ditch_maps_dia.zip *
maps in Dia format
ditchday.sol
Ditch Day Drifter solved
ditchday.step
Walkthrough
ditch.inf
Inform port source code
iditchs-html.zip *
Inform port source code (annotated HTML version)
iditchs.zip *
Inform port source code
* Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at www.info-zip.org.

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Ditch Day Drifter

by Michael J. Roberts profile

Collegiate
1990

About the Story

You're an undergraduate at Caltech, and you wake up to find it's Ditch Day, the traditional event when seniors leave the campus for the day, leaving behind puzzles for the underclassmen to solve in order to break into the seniors' rooms. This is the original TADS sample game, but is also a fully fleshed-out traditional text adventure game.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1.0
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 65
IFIDs:  TADS2-C15B8633FF25B25DB1E61DE870D19D68
TADS2-5ECCF9855E3CFE32F314F698A38079CA
TUID: 2ungxx2lyy5sob4g

Off-Site Reviews

SPAG
The game takes you into a realistic university atmosphere with just a small bit of overstatement to make you smile. Most of the NPCs are cardboard characters, but the insurance robot Lloyd is well-developed. I also like the book store clerk. None of the NPCs are very conversational though. The puzzles are fairly easy, but all logical and well-thought-out.
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SynTax
Ditch Day Drifter does have its shortcomings as an adventure. The storyline is not particularly strong and many of the puzzles are very easy with the object(s) required for their solution being too close by. It is, though, a good demonstration of what can be achieved with TADS which is, from the player's point of view at least, a truly excellent system I found impossible to fault.
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Page Update History

  v.5: 06-Mar-2013 10:34 - Edward Lacey (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
Changed external review links
v.4: 08-Feb-2010 01:31 - Michael Roberts
Changed download links
v.3: 08-Feb-2010 01:28 - Michael Roberts
Changed download links
v.2: 25-Oct-2007 18:20 - Michael Roberts
Changed author
v.1: 29-Sep-2007 20:49 - IFDB
Created page