The Worst Witch/Gameplay

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The Worst Witch is a text adventure game. As the hardware is outdated, the best way to play the game is via an emulator for the BBC Micro or Acorn Archimedes. When entering commands, if Mildred does not understand your command she will either say "You can't" or "I'm sorry, I don't understand a word". If your command contains a profanity she will say "You don't do that sort of thing in my adventure!".

Controls[edit]

  • Generic Up.png/Generic Down.png/Space: Navigate Menu screen. Scroll text.
  • Enter: Confirm.
  • Esc: Return to previous menu. On emulated versions, this may cause the game to unexpectedly exit.

Menus[edit]

Main menu

From the Main Menu, there are 3 options:

Teacher Control[edit]

Teacher Control menu

There are 3 menu options:

  • Instructions - provides details on how students can complete the game.
  • Game Vocabulary - provides a list of all the commands available in the game that can be viewed or printed out.
  • Can't Do Frogs - a play the game's designer Marshal Anderson wrote for the class he was teaching that can be printed out.

Commands[edit]

Command type Acceptable words
Directions AHEAD, FORWARDS, BACK, DOWN, LAND, D, EAST, E, ENTER, LEFT, NORTH, N, OUT, RIGHT, SOUTH, S, UP, CLIMB, U, WEST, W
Specials END, STOP, FINISH, HELP, HINT, INVENTORY, PICTURES, SAVE, WORDS
Verbs DRINK, SWALLOW, EAT, TASTE, DROP, LEAVE, DUMP, FIX, MEND, REPAIR, JOIN, MAKE, FLY, GIVE, SHOW, LISTEN, HEAR, VOICES, LOOK, EXAMINE, OPEN, SEARCH, PUT, READ, TAKE, GET, CARRY, BRING, COLLECT, GATHER, TAP, TURN, MAGIC, SPELL, USE, CAST, ADD, MIX, STIR, WITH
Spells NIGHTSHADE, ESCARGOT, DAISY
Nouns BAG, SATCHEL, BEETROOT, BOOK, BROOM, BUTTERCUP, CAT, PUSS, TABBY, KITTEN, CARDBOARD, BOX, CHEST, DESK, DOOR, TRAP, ETHEL, FROG, GATES, GLUE, POT, HALL, HANDLE, HEAD, BRUSH, LACES, PIG, PLATFORM, POND, WEED, SNAIL, TAPE, STICKY, TIE, TOADSTOOL, WITCHES
Adjectives & Others BLUE, HELLO, RED, SMALL, LITTLE