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For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
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For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
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About the Story

You've found it at last - the chest containing the Treasure of Phlegm. Now, all you need to do is get it down from the tree. A cannon could help, if you can find the tools necessary to fire it...
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 168
IFIDs:  ZCODE-1-961014-666F
TUID: 64wb1kucje0a7l3p


Nominee, Best Individual NPC - 1996 XYZZY Awards

17th Place - 2nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1996)

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide

A very silly game, in which you and your lemming companion Leo try to to open a treasure chest lodged in a tree. Involves water balloons, moose worship, and four ancient Mayan crayons. Small but difficult. Contains a hint menu.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

One minute you're in Ancient Mayan Ruins, the next at the End of the World. Add a series of blatant, gratuitous rip-offs (the needle in the haystack from "Nord and Bert," the llama food and Restaurant at the End of the Universe from Douglas Adams' works) that don't fit in at all, and some thoroughly motivationless, illogical puzzles [...] and you've got a great contender for absolute rock-bottom last place.

-- Christopher E. Forman
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This is a light, fluffy souffl' of a game, with not a single serious thought in its head or point of view to hammer home. It's fun, it's amusing, it's charming, it's easy to play and it has a built-in hint system if you're stuck.

-- Bev Truter
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An early surreal game with a ferret sidekick and nonsensical puzzles, February 3, 2016
This game was entered in one of earlier IFComps. You play a treasure hunter with a furry sidekick. You explore 5 or 6 different rooms with a variety of people and objects.

There is really no rhyme or reason to the game at all, but your pal Leo will give you hints. You explore moose lodges, ancient temples, and the end of the world, while collecting crayons.

Fun for fans of nonsense-surreality, or of good npcs.

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