Story File
Version 5
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Story File
Version 2, as entered in 1997 competition
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La Intrépida Noche del Osito
Version 4, translated into Spanish by José Luis Díaz
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Ein Bär Geht Aus
Version 4, translated into German by Gunther Schmidl
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A Bear's Night Out

by David Dyte


About the Story

"Tomorrow is the big Teddy Bear party, and you must definitely not let your owner forget about it..." [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 4
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 29
IFIDs:  ZCODE-2-971011-2B80
TUID: c9ll6cr8zr1txtfe

Makes reference to Adventureland, by Scott Adams
Makes reference to Curses, by Graham Nelson
Makes reference to Zork, by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling

Off-Site Reviews


It's a genuinely charming premise that author David Dyte carries off with humor, and as with Ralph, that premise shapes both the plot and the puzzles in a way that makes Bear's Night Out feel fresh.
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The puzzles are on the whole logical and clever, although the solution to the dark location was found by accident. The author insists the solution works in real life, but as I don't own one of those objects I would never had guessed.
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>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

ABNO is a delightful game. It is well-written and, for the most part, well-coded, including a number of details which serve to enrich the childlike, enchanted game world. For example, the television runs a very funny infomercial for a hardware z-chip, to turn your computer into "the interactive fiction machine of your dreams!" The cat's random event routines create an endearing illusion of feline unpredictability. Judiciously chosen box quotes enhance the game's sense of magic and wonder. Finally, perhaps the best touch of all, all the elements of the full score are written alliteratively: "furry fashion" for wearing your coat, "kindness to kittens" for petting the cat, etc. The combined result of all these details is a world well worth visiting by children and adults alike.
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  v.10: 06-May-2022 00:17 - Paul O'Brian (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.9: 22-Aug-2020 15:43 - Zape
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v.8: 18-Mar-2013 05:57 - Edward Lacey
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v.7: 29-Apr-2009 18:12 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.6: 13-May-2008 15:30 - Paul O'Brian
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v.5: 01-Mar-2008 06:17 - David Welbourn
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v.4: 22-Oct-2007 15:05 - Michael Roberts
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v.3: 21-Oct-2007 18:22 - Eriorg
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v.2: 21-Oct-2007 11:26 - David Welbourn
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:48 - IFDB
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