I played the Hugo port of this game, which Gargoyle doesn't like.
Out of curiosity, because I missed this back in 1995, I loaded the Inform version and...wow, this is pretty awesome.
So then I wondered if Gargoyle was the issue, and downloaded previously forgotten terp HUGOR. And lo - there it was, in all it's colorful glory. And music! I'm suffused with delight and glee! I can't get over how cool and unexpected this was. Now I'm envisioning something like Pole Position - in Hugo! This really kinda blew my mind.