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Controls[edit]

  • Space: On the main menu, you must use this key (or the up and down arrow keys) to select one of the options, then press Enter to confirm it; in the adventure itself, you must also use Space to type spaces between words in your commands and Enter to execute them. If Mildred does not understand your command she will either say "You can't" or "I'm sorry, I don't understand a word" - and if your command contains a profanity (as it is possible to type in anything), she will say "You don't do that sort of thing in my adventure!". While reading the instructions and game vocabulary, you must also use the up and down arrow keys to scan the text, along with Esc to return to the previous menu; however, if you try to return to a menu after reading the instructions on an emulated BBC Micro, the virtual console will return to its command prompt with the error message "Syntax error. Bad program." or "Mistake. Bad program." at the top of the screen (depending on the ones you were reading), and you'll have to reload the program into it by pressing Shift with either F12 (if you are using B-Em running in DOSBox) or Pause (if you are using !BeebIt running on RISC OS).

Commands[edit]

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

The initial letters of the directional commands DOWN, EAST, NORTH, SOUTH, WEST and UP are also acceptable; however, as mentioned on the main page, the special command SAVE cannot be used on an emulated BBC Micro or Acorn Archimedes (so you shall have to finish the game in one sitting).