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Ralph.z5
For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
ralph.z5
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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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by David Welbourn

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Ralph

by Miron Schmidt profile

Slice of life
1996

About the Story

In this short excourse you play a dog. It doesn't matter what race, though it's probably a male dog (hence the name 'Ralph'). What matters is that you know you have buried a bone last year, which you now have to reacquire. The problem is, being a rather old dog, about eight to nine years old, your memory isn't what it used to be. The same goes for your nose, so you can't smell the bone through the earth. It seems you're on your very own.
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 9
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 177
IFIDs:  ZCODE-2-961005-6B1E
ZCODE-9-040309-3954
ZCODE-7-980224-9DEC
TUID: og54uzaryp1nh1jh

Off-Site Reviews

SPAG
I found this one to be very cute, and it just oozes with charm (I smiled at Christopher Robin and Blamant the Teddy, felt a certain sadness at seeing Ralph's unkind owners, and laughed out loud at the fate of poor Benny the Fluff Duck). (Christopher E. Forman)

The puzzles are somewhat over the top--they involve a more subtle grasp of human and animal psychology than most dogs have, and they strain the limits of a dog's physique--but they're not bad puzzles, on the whole. (Duncan Stevens)
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SynTax
This has to be one of the smallest adventures I've ever played, with only a handful of locations (7 to be precise) and a few simple puzzles that won't keep you occupied for much more than an hour or so. A walkthrough is included if you feel the need to cheat but you shouldn't need it.
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Page Update History

  v.6: 30-Jul-2019 11:21 - David Welbourn (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.5: 22-Dec-2015 13:22 - Digger
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v.4: 18-Mar-2013 14:44 - Edward Lacey
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v.3: 11-Mar-2008 19:55 - David Welbourn
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v.2: 10-Dec-2007 16:48 - Miron
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:49 - IFDB
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