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The Bimbles start screen.png

You will first have to connect your Sinclair ZX Spectrum and tape recorder to your television set, then switch all three of them on; once you have done it, you will have to insert the cassette for Intech's 1986 text adventure game The Bimbles into the recorder, type LOAD "" (without leaving a space between the quotation marks), and press Enter to load the program into the console. The game will then proceed to the start screen shown above - and after a few seconds, the text PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. shall appear and flash at the bottom of it. Once you have pressed any key, the game will start.

The Burrow[edit]

Screen 1[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 1.png
Command Response
OPEN DOOR It's not that easy! OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE DOOR You just happen to notice a socket. OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE SOCKET It has some holes for pins, just like normal sockets, you big div! OKEY DOKEY.
W Fungo goes West to Screen 2
ATTACH CODER (after taking it from Screen 7) The coder fastens neatly into a socket BOGEYMORON made for it. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds A coder attached to the door. to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)

Screen 2[edit]

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Command Response
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 1
EXAMINE ELEPHANT The elephant is pink. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE.
TAKE ELEPHANT Umph! Too heavy OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE RABBIT It's PURPLE. You despise purple things. Get rid of it. OKEY DOKEY.
KILL RABBIT HURRAY! The rabbit is dead! Raising your arm above your head -SMACK!- straight down on the rabbits skull. You have bloody arms. (Actually it was a very nasty thing to do, but there has to be some violence somewhere) PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds A dead rabbit to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
S Fungo goes South to Screen 3
W Fungo goes West to Screen 4

Screen 3[edit]

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Command Response
EXAMINE SAM Oh-ho! So you want me to show you a picture of Sammy Fox in the altogether. HA! Well, it's not going to work. If you like, send £5 to us and we'll pirate you a copy of Martechs game. OKEY DOKEY.
TALK Great Uncle Buggeria looks at you through his 364 pairs of glasses and says these immortal words: - "PUSS WILL GET GREASY IF SHE IS NOT SHELTERED FROM THE RAIN." "Oh, shut up, you doddering old fool," you say, and Great Uncle drops dead on the spot. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds A DEAD Great Uncle Buggeria to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
TAKE PIPE OKEY DOKEY.
SMOKE PIPE You nasty, horrible Bimble. Smoking is bad for you. You die. Ho-ho PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE.
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 2

Note: If you try to talk to Great Uncle Buggeria again after he dies, the response will be You attempt to talk to the body, but to no avail, so you throw the body on the fire.; also, even though the pipe kills Fungo if he uses it, it is advisable to have it on you if you get stuck and wish to abort your attempt.

Screen 4[edit]

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Command Response
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 2
N Fungo goes North to Screen 5
W Fungo goes West to Screen 12

Screen 5[edit]

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Command Response
S Fungo goes South back to Screen 4
TALK Bogeymoron looks up from the ZX-80 that he is building (Bogeymoron shot Clive!); and says: "I couldn't care less about this dreadful computer game, so get lost. Where's my pipe? I want to leave the burrow!" We at DIGITAL CORNFLAKES are very sorry about these pathetic clues, but if you had seen FIND THE MOPED you'd think differently. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE.
GIVE PIPE Sorry, but you're on the wrong track altogether. Bogeymoron likes his pipe though.
TAKE SAW OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE SAW It has a legend printed on the side, saying; BROLISAW. OKEY DOKEY.
N Fungo goes North to Screen 6
W Fungo goes West to Screen 9
E Fungo goes East to Screen 10

Screen 6[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 6.png
Command Response
S Fungo goes South back to Screen 5
TAKE ZX81/TAKE RADIO OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE ZX81 It's black, has a touch sensetive keyboard and looks like any other ZX81. OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE RADIO Try switching it on. OKEY DOKEY.
SWITCH ON Warble, warble, drone, blah, blah. Oh my God! It's, it's TONY BLACKBUM! You die of death. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE.
N Fungo goes North to Screen 7
W Fungo goes West to Screen 8

Note: Although it's possible to take the radio, it's not possible to drop it again, and because it'll kill Fungo if he uses it, it is not advisable for him to take it.

Screen 7[edit]

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Command Response
EXAMINE DESK I SEE SOMETHING! (adds Bogeymoron's drawer to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
OPEN DRAWER I SEE SOMETHING! (adds Coder to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
TAKE CODER OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE CODER It has some pins on the back. OKEY DOKEY.
S Fungo goes South back to Screen 6

Screen 8[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 8.png
Command Response
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 6
TAKE BOOK OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE BOOK Physics is Fun. OH NO IT ISN'T: - several million people. OKEY DOKEY.
READ BOOK Did you know that water expands if you cool it from 4'C and expands if you heat it from 4'C. Well so did I. Anyway you can't stand Physics so you decide to die.
S Fungo goes South to Screen 9

Note: Although it's possible to take the book, it is not possible to drop it again, and because it'll kill Fungo if he uses it, it's not advisable for him to take it.

Screen 9[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 9.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 8
TAKE UMBRELLA OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE UMBRELLA It looks religious (i.e holy) OKEY DOKEY.
SAW UMBRELLA Let's hope Bogeymoron doesn't find out, eh chums? PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds A stick to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
TAKE STICK OKEY DOKEY.
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 5

Screen 10[edit]

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Command Response
W Fungo goes West back to Screen 5
NE Fungo goes North-East to Screen 11

Screen 11[edit]

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Command Response
TAKE CONTAINER/GLUE/KEY OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE CONTAINER It looks like it contained some oil or grease or something. OKEY DOKEY.
SW Fungo goes South-West back to Screen 10

Screen 12[edit]

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Command Response
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 4
W Fungo goes West to Screen 13

Screen 13[edit]

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Command Response
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 12
EXAMINE FROG It looks intelligent, try talking to it. OKEY DOKEY.
TALK Bonjour, says the frog. C'est un qu est'que ce un parapluie et un bonbon pour l'elephant et le Zahnpasta. OKEY DOKEY.
S Fungo goes South to Screen 14
W Fungo goes West to Screen 17

Screen 14[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 14.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 13
E Fungo goes East to Screen 15
S Fungo goes South to Screen 16

Screen 15[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 15.png
Command Response
W Fungo goes West back to Screen 14

Screen 16[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 16.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 14
DROP SLUG (after dismantling the ZX81 on Screen 19) One of the Bimbles picks up the slug and starts to draw with it. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds Some grease to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
TAKE GREASE (after dismantling the ZX81 on Screen 19) NO TA! It's horrible and sloppy, I need something to carry it in (carrier bag'll do).
POUR GREASE (after dismantling the ZX81 on Screen 19) OKEY DOKEY.

Screen 17[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 17.png
Command Response
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 14
W Fungo goes West to Screen 18

Screen 18[edit]

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Command Response
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 17
S Fungo goes South to Screen 19
N Fungo goes North to Screen 21

Screen 19[edit]

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Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 18
TALK Madame Croquet stares at you and screeches these excruciatingly silly words of wisdom: - My BASIL pie should keep the cars off. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE.
TAKE PIE OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE PIE It is a Honeysuckle and Rosethorn with Meat pie. So shut up. OKEY DOKEY.
EAT PIE Chomp-guzzle-chomp-KLONG! You appear to have come across a screwdriver. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds A screwdriver to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
TAKE SCREWDRIVER OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE SCREWDRIVER It's black, and has SINCLAIR engraved on it (you can't get away from 'em!) OKEY DOKEY.
DISMANTLE ZX81 You dismantle the "computer" and discover a slug living in one of it's microchips. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds A slug to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
DROP SCREWDRIVER/TAKE SLUG OKEY DOKEY.
W Fungo goes West to Screen 20

Screen 20[edit]

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Command Response
EXAMINE CASES They are made of wood, shaped like cases and have absolutely nothing at all to do with this adventure. Hum! OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE CAT "Hi, cat," you quip. The cat does not say anything. It's stuffed. OKEY DOKEY.
TAKE CAT Don't be silly. OKEY DOKEY.
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 19
SHAVE CAT (after taking the razor from Screen 22) MAAAAAZZZ! BRREEEZZZZ!! The cat looks decidedly unhappy now! PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds Fur to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
EXAMINE FUR (after taking the razor from Screen 22) The fur looks a bit like some bristles. OKEY DOKEY.
TAKE FUR (after taking the razor from Screen 22) OKEY DOKEY.
GLUE FUR (after taking the razor from Screen 22) I SEE SOMETHING! (adds A brush to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
DROP RAZOR/DROP GLUE/TAKE BRUSH (after gluing the fur to the stick) OKEY DOKEY.

Screen 21[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 21.png
Command Response
S Fungo goes South back to Screen 18
E Fungo goes East to Screen 22
N Fungo goes North to Screen 23

Screen 22[edit]

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Command Response
TALK Mugacoco sighs, and after taking a bite out of his Cheapochocco Bar, says, "SWIM THE LAKE FOR BEST RESULTS (and I hope it kills you!)" PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE.
EXAMINE BED I SEE SOMETHING! (adds A razor to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
TAKE RAZOR OKEY DOKEY.
W Fungo goes West back to Screen 21

Screen 23[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 23.png
Command Response
S Fungo goes South back to Screen 21
E Fungo goes East to Screen 24
N Fungo goes North to Screen 25

Screen 24[edit]

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Command Response
TAKE REFILL OKEY DOKEY.
W Fungo goes West back to Screen 23

Screen 25[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 25.png
Command Response
S Fungo goes South back to Screen 23
N Fungo goes North to Screen 26

Screen 26[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 26.png
Command Response
S Fungo goes South back to Screen 25
E Fungo goes East to Screen 27

Screen 27[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 27.png
Command Response
W Fungo goes West back to Screen 26
E Fungo goes East to Screen 28

Screen 28[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 28.png
Command Response
W Fungo goes West back to Screen 27
EXAMINE PIPE It reads: SERIAL 7BQ3 REAL COPPER PIPE. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE.
N Fungo goes North to Screen 29

Screen 29[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 29.png
Command Response
S Fungo goes South back to Screen 28
PAINT HATCH WUPPEE-IY-AY! You have oiled the rusty trap door!! PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds An OILED hatch to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
DROP GREASE/DROP CONTAINER OKEY DOKEY.
GO HATCH GLERK! You have crawled out of the hatch and you are now crawling along a tiny pipe. (Fungo goes up to Bimbledon Park and Screen 30)

Bimbledon Park[edit]

Screen 30[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 30.png
Command Response
GO HOLE Fungo goes down back to the burrow and Screen 29
S Fungo goes South to Screen 31

Screen 31[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 31.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 30
TAKE KNIFE OKEY DOKEY.
E Fungo goes East to Screen 32
S Fungo goes South to Screen 38
W Fungo goes West to Screen 39

Screen 32[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 32.png
Command Response
W Fungo goes West back to Screen 31
E Fungo goes East to Screen 33
SE Fungo goes South-East to Screen 34
S Fungo goes South to Screen 37

Screen 33[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 33.png
Command Response
W Fungo goes West back to Screen 32
EXAMINE TREE The wood is soft.
CUT TREE The tree shakes, shrieks and a ladder falls down (well, there has to be a ladder somewhere). PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds Ladder to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
CLIMB LADDER (before putting on the gloves and trainers from Screens 36 and 40) Look, you can't go up the ladder just yet. OKEY DOKEY.
S Fungo goes South to Screen 34
SW Fungo goes South-West to Screen 37
CLIMB LADDER (after putting on the gloves and trainers from Screens 36 and 40) Up we go! PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (Fungo goes up to Screen 41)

Screen 34[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 34.png
Command Response
NW Fungo goes North-West back to Screen 32
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 33
S Fungo goes South to Screen 35
SW Fungo goes South-West to Screen 36
W Fungo goes West to Screen 37

Screen 35[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 35.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 34
W Fungo goes West to Screen 36
NW Fungo goes North-West to Screen 37

Screen 36[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 36.png
Command Response
NE Fungo goes North-East back to Screen 34
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 36
TAKE CAR Umph! Too heavy OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE CAR It is one of the new model Austin-Maestro 5 door 6.2 Turbo convertible with triple overhead cams, leather trim and 40 watt stereo. But it falls to pieces as soon as you touch it. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds A pile of Austin-Rover. to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
TAKE GLOVES/WEAR GLOVES OKEY DOKEY.
N Fungo goes North to Screen 37

Screen 37[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 37.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 32
NE Fungo goes North-East back to Screen 33
E Fungo goes East back to Screen 34
SE Fungo goes South-East back to Screen 35
S Fungo goes South back to Screen 36

Screen 38[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 38.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 31
S Fungo goes South to Screen 39

Screen 39[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 39.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 38
S Fungo goes South to Screen 40

Screen 40[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 40.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 39
TAKE TRAINERS/TAKE BRAINLESS/WEAR TRAINERS OKEY DOKEY.
S Fungo goes South to Screen 42

Screen 41[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 41.png
Command Response
CUT ROPE Vandalbimble! You cut a piece of rope off and keep it. OKEY DOKEY.
D Fungo goes down back to Screen 33

Screen 42[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 42.png
Command Response
N Fungo goes North back to Screen 40
TIE ROPE What to? (answer TO STAGE, the response will be You tie the rope firmly. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE., and Rope tied to stage will be added to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
THROW ROPE By sheer luck (and very boring programming) the rope catches a handy boat. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds A rope tied to the stage and a boat to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
PULL ROPE Using your superbimble strength, you heave the boat up to shore. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds Boat to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
SWIM Glub. Glub. Glub. Mugacoco was totally wrong. You can't swim. (Fungo drowns)
GO BOAT Fungo goes across to Screen 43

Screen 43[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 43.png
Command Response
EXAMINE BOAT I SEE SOMETHING! PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (adds A Rubik's revenge. to the list of objects Fungo's "keen Bimble eyes" recognise)
TAKE RUBIK OKEY DOKEY.
EXAMINE RUBIK The side goes: The Bimbles Rubik's Revenge.png..and if that isn't a clue, I don't know what is. OKEY DOKEY.
SAIL BOAT Ar-har Jim lard. You sail the boat across the sea. Orltagevva now! A LIFE ON THE OCEAN WA...Sorry about this, I know how Bored of the Sings (ha!) (shut up - the programmer) you must be. PUSH ANYTHING TO CONTINUE. (Fungo goes across to Bimbledon Town and Screen 44)

Bimbledon Town[edit]

Screen 44[edit]

The Bimbles Screen 44.png
Command Response
GO HOLE Fungo goes down to Screen 45
U Fungo goes up to Screen 46

Screen 45[edit]

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Command Response
TAKE PAINT/TAKE PEN (before inserting the refill from Screen 24 into it) OKEY DOKEY.
INSERT REFILL You take the very leaky refill, getting blue ink all over your hands, and drop it into the pen. You can now write with it. OKEY DOKEY.
TAKE PEN (after inserting the refill from Screen 24 into it) ’Snot here.
GO PATH Fungo goes up back to Screen 44

Screen 46 (Impassable)[edit]

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Command Response
D Fungo goes down back to Screen 45
REDE GREEN Supposedly opens the gate, but actually just resets the screen (this also happens if you type REDE by itself); if you still have the pipe, radio or book on you, you will have to smoke, switch on, or read them now to end the game, but if you do not, you will have to turn off.

Death Screen[edit]

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If Fungo dies, the game will proceed to the death screen shown above, which measures your progress in copies of Star Firebirds (Insight Software's ZX conversion of Nintendo's Space Firebird), and tells you how many moves you made; it also asks you Wouldst thou like another go? (if you answer YES, the game will return to the start screen and start again, but if you answer NO, it will respond Ta-da. Don't bother having a nice day. OK, then terminate).