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Contains DITCH.GAM
Requires a TADS interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links. *
Contains ditchr.gam
Russian translation
Requires a TADS interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links. *
Russian translation
Windows Application (Windows 95 and later)
note about maps
map in GUEmap format
GUEmap file. Requires the GUEmap viewer - visit for information.
map in GUEmap format
GUEmap file. Requires the GUEmap viewer - visit for information. *
maps in Postscript format *
maps in Dia format
Ditch Day Drifter solved
Inform port source code *
Inform port source code (annotated HTML version) *
Inform port source code
Walkthrough and maps
by David Welbourn
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Ditch Day Drifter

by Michael J. Roberts profile


About the Story

You're an undergraduate at Caltech, and you wake up to find it's Ditch Day, the traditional event when seniors leave the campus for the day, leaving behind puzzles for the underclassmen to solve in order to break into the seniors' rooms. This is the original TADS sample game, but is also a fully fleshed-out traditional text adventure game.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1.0
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 65
IFIDs:  TADS2-C15B8633FF25B25DB1E61DE870D19D68
TUID: 2ungxx2lyy5sob4g

Off-Site Reviews

The game takes you into a realistic university atmosphere with just a small bit of overstatement to make you smile. Most of the NPCs are cardboard characters, but the insurance robot Lloyd is well-developed. I also like the book store clerk. None of the NPCs are very conversational though. The puzzles are fairly easy, but all logical and well-thought-out.
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Ditch Day Drifter does have its shortcomings as an adventure. The storyline is not particularly strong and many of the puzzles are very easy with the object(s) required for their solution being too close by. It is, though, a good demonstration of what can be achieved with TADS which is, from the player's point of view at least, a truly excellent system I found impossible to fault.
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Page Update History

  v.6: 29-Apr-2022 04:29 - David Welbourn (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.5: 06-Mar-2013 10:34 - Edward Lacey
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v.4: 08-Feb-2010 01:31 - Michael Roberts
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v.3: 08-Feb-2010 01:28 - Michael Roberts
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v.2: 25-Oct-2007 18:20 - Michael Roberts
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v.1: 29-Sep-2007 20:49 - IFDB
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