Glulx/Blorb Story File
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TADS 2 Story File
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BBC Micro and Acorn Electron port by Dave Edwards
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Original ADRIFT Story File
Contains To Hell in a Hamper/Hamper.taf
Includes a walkthrough.
Requires an ADRIFT version 4 interpreter. Visit the ADRIFT site for download links. (Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at

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To Hell in a Hamper

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About the Story

Professor Pettibone, eminent Victorian balloonist, has a problem. He can't get it up. His balloon that is. If he can't reach an altitude of 20,000 feet, and soon, both he and his mysterious travelling companion Hubert Booby will be burned to a cinder by an erupting volcano! But what is Mr. Booby concealing under his overcoat? Do all Ecuadorian peasants have BSc's? And what, in the name of all that's holy, is THE CURSE OF THE BLUE IBIS? All these questions, and several others, will be answered when you play "To Hell in a Hamper", a one-room game by J. J. Guest. *Winner of the Adrift Spring Competition 2003*

Game Details

Language: English (en-GB)
First Publication Date: September 13, 2003
Current Version: 1.0
License: Freeware
Development System: ADRIFT/TADS 2/INFORM 7
Baf's Guide ID: 2191
IFIDs:  13EA9076-0346-420E-AD30-92ADB57117AE
TUID: 6d9dfn2akcrlq1bu

Off-Site Reviews

IF-Review (Archived on Delron)
Overall, this game fits into a growing category of works that combine light puzzles with strong pacing and good comic writing. I'd also put this year's Best Puzzles winner "Gourmet" (Aaron Reed, 2003) into that group, along with the first chapters of "Fine Tuned" (Dennis Jerz, 2001) and several of J. Robinson Wheeler's games. As it happens, I really enjoy such pieces. They don't always get the recognition that other games do, perhaps because they're not perceived as groundbreaking experimental work or as hard-core puzzle-fests. But humor and pacing are a real challenge to get right in IF, and a good IF comedy has a special charm of its own.
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Jay Is Games
The puzzles are light, the pacing is brilliant, and the humor is... humorous!
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Acorn Electron World
(This review is of the Acorn Electron version, ported to the Electron by David Edwards.)

To Hell In A Hamper is a perfect example of a modern day text adventure, brought wholesale onto a disc-based Acorn Electron by its author, J. J. Guest. You are one Professor Pettibone, a rather pompous and somewhat exasperated 'eminent Victorian balloonist'. The cause of the exasperation is your companion, one Mr. Hubert Booby, with whom you are sharing a once-in-a-lifetime skytrip. A rather exciting introductory diary explains how you came to be sharing your balloon with this apparent aeronaut, and also makes it very clear that Booby is the cause of all your current problems.
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Page Update History

  v.26: 18-Apr-2021 03:04 - Zape (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.25: 15-Apr-2020 12:57 - J. J. Guest
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v.24: 29-Dec-2019 12:26 - J. J. Guest
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v.23: 26-Nov-2019 12:23 - cas
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v.22: 25-Nov-2019 20:35 - cas
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v.21: 16-Jul-2019 14:41 - Anthony Hope
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v.20: 06-Jul-2019 18:27 - Anthony Hope
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v.19: 06-Jul-2019 16:47 - Anthony Hope
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v.18: 06-Jul-2019 13:36 - Anthony Hope
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v.17: 18-Apr-2017 06:17 - J. J. Guest
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v.16: 18-Jul-2016 11:21 - J. J. Guest
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v.15: 18-Jul-2016 11:20 - J. J. Guest
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v.14: 18-Jul-2016 11:20 - J. J. Guest
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v.13: 18-Jul-2016 11:10 - J. J. Guest
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v.12: 29-Jan-2015 12:35 - J. J. Guest
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v.11: 29-May-2013 19:01 - Eq
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v.10: 30-Mar-2013 12:02 - salty-horse
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v.9: 02-Jun-2009 16:19 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.8: 02-Jun-2009 16:19 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.7: 11-Jul-2008 05:30 - Emily Short
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v.6: 05-Apr-2008 13:24 - Emily Short
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v.5: 29-Feb-2008 11:41 - Emily Short
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v.4: 26-Feb-2008 15:56 - David Welbourn
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v.3: 28-Jan-2008 18:34 - J. J. Guest
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v.2: 21-Oct-2007 11:08 - David Welbourn
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:47 - IFDB
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