Heated by Timothy Peers.

Looks like an office game. Is there going to be a coffee-making puzzle? Usually there's a coffee-making puzzle.

It finally happened, you have been offered the promotion of your lifetime and will finally be making the kind of money your tuition was worth. Your boss hands you a sheet of paper, all it needs is your signature.

What now?>BEEEEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEPYour eyes crack open, and a blurry image comes to light. It's your ceiling. You sigh loudly, and slip into a melancholy place. Your alarm is going off, the would-be promotion is a fuzzy memory and you need to get to work early.

You have one chance to prove to your boss that you aren't a slacker; you're on warning as is. You need to show up early, look sharp and be ready to get your report in before the end of the day. You pull this off, and you are looking at your first raise since you can remember. You don't, and . . .

. . . eh whatever.

Please press SPACE to continue.

Heated
An Interactive Fiction by Timothy Peers
Release 1 / Serial number 100930 / Inform 7 build 5Z71 (I6/v6.31 lib 6/12N)

bedroom (on the bed)
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

For hints, outright solutions or other game information just type "menu" at any time.

*Save often!*

On the nightstand is an alarm.

> menu
> Introduction to Heated
Note: Waiting and looking
Puzzle Hints
Puzzle Solutions

You have to worry about two things here:

1)Time
2)Heat

Time is NOT on your side. Everything you do (outside of looking/examining things) takes time, and you are on a schedule. Just like in real life you can be late, on time or early. How do you manage? Pay attention.

Just like your day to day, some things will frustrate you or outright make you angry. This is represented through your Heat Meter (TM) and should be monitored carefully. It will go up and down depending on whether you did something relaxing or something . . . less than relaxing. Some of the things will be innocuous, and some will be the result of a puzzle being solved.

This game has been very tested, but it's also my first attempt at interactive fiction--much less programming. If you have any feedback you can contact me at timothy.peers@gmail.com

Please press SPACE to continue.
> Introduction to Heated
Note: Waiting and looking
Puzzle Hints
Puzzle Solutions
> Introduction to Heated
Note: Waiting and looking
Puzzle Hints
Puzzle Solutions

Introduction to Heated
> Note: Waiting and looking
Puzzle Hints
Puzzle Solutions
Introduction to Heated
> Note: Waiting and looking
Puzzle Hints
Puzzle Solutions

Two things of note:

(1) You can use the commands "wait for X minutes" or "wait for X hours."

(2) Looking and examining take no in-game time. Just like in real life, it doesn't take a full minute to scan an object and take in information about it. So make ample use of that; the clock is ticking.

Please press SPACE to continue.
Introduction to Heated
> Note: Waiting and looking
Puzzle Hints
Puzzle Solutions
Introduction to Heated
> Note: Waiting and looking
Puzzle Hints
Puzzle Solutions

bedroom (on the bed)
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

On the nightstand is an alarm.

> x me
You have a fine odor; mixed from only the choicest alcohol, sweat, and general mustiness. You currently have nothing on.

> i
You have nothing. You are wearing nothing.

You can barely think over the screeching of your alarm.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> turn off alarm
The off button seems jammed. That's unsurprising considering it cost you two dollars four years ago.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> unplug alarm
It's battery operated.

The high, intolerable whine of your alarm grates at your nerves.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> open alarm
There isn't anything that you can reach from where you are laying.

Your alarm is driving you insane.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> x alarm
The alarm is blaring, making it hard to think. Its waterproof and battery operated (but it's literally impossible to get open).The large, red LCD display on the front reads "5:54 am". Somehow, you have to get this thing to shut up.

The alarm is switched on.

> smash alarm
You can't reach it from here.

You are distracted by your very noisy alarm.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> get up
You get off the bed.

bedroom
On the nightstand is an alarm.

The high, intolerable whine of your alarm grates at your nerves.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> smash alarm
You bring your fist down on it with all of your might, bringing you peace at last. You toss the pieces aside, and begin pretending it never existed.

> l
bedroom
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

> look under bexdc
That isn't here.

> look under bed
You find nothing of interest.

> undo
bedroom
[Previous turn undone.]

It's frustrating when you can't get things right the first time (this will register after your first move following the undo).

> w

Why the lowercase room names? This seems to be more common these days. Are people doing this on purpose or is it an Inform 7 bug?

your bathroom
It isn't in the best shape, but it isn't condemned either (mostly because as far as the city is concerned, this room doesn't even exist). It has the normal bathroom fixtures; a shower, a counter with a sink and mirror, and toilet. To the east is your bedroom.

On the bathroom counter is your keys.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> get in shower
You step into the shower, and let the warm water wash away the grime and funk you've collected overnight. All good things must come to an end, and as the water changes from warm to freezing, you step out and dry off.

[Your level of heat has cooled noticeably]

> x mirror
You look into the mirror see the face of a determined individual. Of course, you can also see the nude everything else of a determined individual, but the real focal point is how crisp and clean you look.

> x toilet
Your toilet sits largely unappreciated by cleaning supplies, which is even more apparent by the dismally tinted water inside.

IF protagonists never clean their houses. They never have good jobs either.

> x counter
The bathroom counter hasn't been cleaned in years, and the layers of toothpaste scum around the sink alone says worlds about how long its been since you've had any company over.

> e

bedroom

> verbose
Heated is now in its "verbose" mode, which always gives long descriptions of locations (even if you've been there before).

> s

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

Your work shoes are here, waiting for you to put them on.

> w

kitchen
Undoubtedly the cleanest room in your house, mostly for lack of traffic. The cupboards are bare, the counters are dusty but show no signs of actually have anything prepared on them, your stove is entirely nonfunctional, and your refrigerator is a thing that keeps beer from becoming entirely room temperature.

> open fridge
You open the old refrigerator, revealing a lunch sack.

> get sack
You sigh in relief. At least you won't starve at work today; a small blessing.

Taken.

[Your level of heat has cooled slightly]

> e

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

Your work shoes are here, waiting for you to put them on.

> e
You can't go outside in the nude! Well you could. It would just be a terrible idea, so you aren't going to.

> n

bedroom
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

> open closet
You open the bedroom closet, revealing a pile of ratty old shoes and your work clothes.

> put on clothes
(first taking your work clothes)
(you pulled the hanger out since you don't need it to keep your clothes neat anymore)

They fit great!

> s

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

Your work shoes are here, waiting for you to put them on.

> put on shoes
(first taking your work shoes)
You put on your work shoes.

> save
Ok.

> e

patio
This is your patio. Really it's just the first patch of grass in your backyard, but you feel better if you call it your patio. Your backyard continues to the north.

A practically empty pack of gum is laying on the patio. Hm. Must have fallen out of your pocket at some point.

> get gum
Taken.

> n

east side of your house
This is the lawn on the east side of your backyard. You can see your patio to the south and your backyard continues to the north.

> n

corner of your backyard
This is the Corner of your backyard. Your backyard continues to the west and to the south.

> w

behind your house
You generously refer to this as your backyard, but it's just a few feet of grass behind your house. Your backyard continues to the east.

You notice time is running out quickly . . . if you want to be early anyway. Last time you showed up after 6:50 he told you to be thankful it wasn't 7:00.
> e

corner of your backyard
This is the Corner of your backyard. Your backyard continues to the west and to the south.

> s

east side of your house
This is the lawn on the east side of your backyard. You can see your patio to the south and your backyard continues to the north.

> s

patio
This is your patio. Really it's just the first patch of grass in your backyard, but you feel better if you call it your patio. Your backyard continues to the north.

> w

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

> s

front lawn
An unmanicured and patchy lawn leads up to the front of your house. Your driveway sits just to the east.

> e

Give the car a proper description without (closed). Nobody looks at their car and thinks "hey, there's my car (closed)".

driveway
Your driveway is little more than a patch of dirt worked into a part of your lawn. Fortunately it's not like it's making anything look worse.

You can see your car (closed) here.

> e
You can't go that way.

> get in car
You have to open it to get in.

> fuck off
That isn't here.

> open car
It seems to be locked.

> i
You have a chewing gum, a metal hanger, and a lunch sack. You are wearing your work shoes and your work clothes.

> w

front lawn
An unmanicured and patchy lawn leads up to the front of your house. Your driveway sits just to the east.

> n

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

> x crate
Just an ugly, beat up milk crate.

> x tv
An old standard-definition television. It's plugged into what might be the last working outlet in your house, and the last time you tried unplugging it you ended up showing yourself in sparks and almost destroying your TV.

The television is switched off.

> turn on tv
Against your better judgment, you turn on your television and have a seat. One of those judge shows comes on, and you know you need to get to work, but there's something impossibly alluring about two people screaming at each other over $75 dollars on national TV. Your eyes begin to glaze over, and time stops mattering . . . You'll get to work . . . just after . . . the next commercial . . .

*** You are a slacker ***

Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, or QUIT?
>
undo
living room
[Previous turn undone.]

It's frustrating when you can't get things right the first time (this will register after your first move following the undo).

> w

kitchen
Undoubtedly the cleanest room in your house, mostly for lack of traffic. The cupboards are bare, the counters are dusty but show no signs of actually have anything prepared on them, your stove is entirely nonfunctional, and your refrigerator is a thing that keeps beer from becoming entirely room temperature. The refrigerator has been left open.

An odd odor wafts up from your lunch sack.

[Your level of heat has risen greatly]

> open sack
You open the lunch sack, revealing a ham sandwich.

> smell sandwich
Your nose is big enough without exercising it needlessly.

> close refrigerator
You close the old refrigerator.

> open cupboards
[cupboards -> cupboards]
That's not something you can open.

> search cupboard
The cupboard is empty.

> e

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

> i
You have a chewing gum, a metal hanger, and a lunch sack. You are wearing your work shoes and your work clothes.

> s

front lawn
An unmanicured and patchy lawn leads up to the front of your house. Your driveway sits just to the east.

> e

driveway
Your driveway is little more than a patch of dirt worked into a part of your lawn. Fortunately it's not like it's making anything look worse.

You can see your car (closed) here.

> unlock car with hanger
That doesn't seem to fit the lock.

> pick lock
That isn't here.

> x lock
That isn't here.

> x door
a 1987, brown Buick Le Sabre sits in your driveway. The front right headlight has been missing since you bought it, and random bumper stickers line the back. You only drive it during the day, because you can't afford a ticket.

> w

front lawn
An unmanicured and patchy lawn leads up to the front of your house. Your driveway sits just to the east.

> n

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

You'll have to hurry if you want to get on the road and show up on time!
> e

patio
This is your patio. Really it's just the first patch of grass in your backyard, but you feel better if you call it your patio. Your backyard continues to the north.

> x grass
It's patchy and strewn with weeds.

> x weeds
It's patchy and strewn with weeds.

> n

east side of your house
This is the lawn on the east side of your backyard. You can see your patio to the south and your backyard continues to the north.

> n

corner of your backyard
This is the Corner of your backyard. Your backyard continues to the west and to the south.

> w

behind your house
You generously refer to this as your backyard, but it's just a few feet of grass behind your house. Your backyard continues to the east.

> x grass
It's patchy and strewn with weeds.

> search weeds
You find nothing of interest.

> e

corner of your backyard
This is the Corner of your backyard. Your backyard continues to the west and to the south.

> s

east side of your house
This is the lawn on the east side of your backyard. You can see your patio to the south and your backyard continues to the north.

> s

patio
This is your patio. Really it's just the first patch of grass in your backyard, but you feel better if you call it your patio. Your backyard continues to the north.

> w

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

> n

bedroom
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them, which is open and displaying your pile of ratty old shoes. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

Crap! Forget being early, you have 5 minutes before you are going to be out of a job!
> x nightstand
It's an old, pine nightstand you picked up somewhere or other. It has several random etchings in its surface from previous owners and a few from yourself.

You notice a random etching made by a cat at some point.

> look on it
I only understood you as far as wanting to look.

> search it
There is nothing on the nightstand.

> open it
That's not something you can open.

> x shoes
(your work shoes)
Just plain, black work shoes.

> x old shoes
You haven't ever thrown away a pair that you've owned. It's kind of gross at this point, piled just over two feet high and taking up the entire floor of the closet. God knows what sort of proto-civilization is brewing somewhere in there. It's been ages since you've looked.

> search old shoes
Rummaging through the pile of old shoes reveals a cheap iron that you have probably used before. Benefit of the doubt and all.

You take the iron.

> s

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

> x couch
This is an old couch that you bought at a yard sale years ago for fifteen bucks. There's a depression which you've carefully worked into it through your countless nights watching television. Other than that it has sat here collecting stains and dust since you brought it in; you don't even remember what the wall behind it looks like.

> look under it
You find nothing of interest.

You hang your head in despair, head to the couch to watch some TV, and plan on looking for jobs in the morning. You know your boss, and when he said that you wouldn't have a job at all if you were more than 10 minutes late again, he meant it.

*** You are unemployed ***

Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, or QUIT?
>
restore
Restore failed.

Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, or QUIT?
>
restart

It finally happened, you have been offered the promotion of your lifetime and will finally be making the kind of money your tuition was worth. Your boss hands you a sheet of paper, all it needs is your signature.

What now?>BEEEEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEPYour eyes crack open, and a blurry image comes to light. It's your ceiling. You sigh loudly, and slip into a melancholy place. Your alarm is going off, the would-be promotion is a fuzzy memory and you need to get to work early.

You have one chance to prove to your boss that you aren't a slacker; you're on warning as is. You need to show up early, look sharp and be ready to get your report in before the end of the day. You pull this off, and you are looking at your first raise since you can remember. You don't, and . . .

. . . eh whatever.

Please press SPACE to continue.

Heated
An Interactive Fiction by Timothy Peers
Release 1 / Serial number 100930 / Inform 7 build 5Z71 (I6/v6.31 lib 6/12N)

bedroom (on the bed)
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

For hints, outright solutions or other game information just type "menu" at any time.

*Save often!*

On the nightstand is an alarm.

> get up
You get off the bed.

bedroom
On the nightstand is an alarm.

The high, intolerable whine of your alarm grates at your nerves.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> smash alarm
You bring your fist down on it with all of your might, bringing you peace at last. You toss the pieces aside, and begin pretending it never existed.

> s

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

Your work shoes are here, waiting for you to put them on.

If you tell me there's something behind the couch, let me look behind the couch.

> search couch
You give the area surrounding the couch a good searching, and it looks like there might be something behind it.

> look behind it
I only understood you as far as wanting to look.

> look behind couch
I only understood you as far as wanting to look.

> x couch
This is an old couch that you bought at a yard sale years ago for fifteen bucks. There's a depression which you've carefully worked into it through your countless nights watching television. Other than that it has sat here collecting stains and dust since you brought it in; you don't even remember what the wall behind it looks like.

> move it
A small cloud of dusts stirs, and an electrical outlet appears from behind it.

> x outlet
(the electrical outlet)
It's just your average three-pronged electrical outlet.

> x dust
That isn't here.

> move couch
You don't want to risk any further respiratory damage that might occur. Who knows what that dust was made of!

> n

bedroom

> i
You have nothing. You are wearing nothing.

> verbose
Heated is now in its "verbose" mode, which always gives long descriptions of locations (even if you've been there before).

> w

your bathroom
It isn't in the best shape, but it isn't condemned either (mostly because as far as the city is concerned, this room doesn't even exist). It has the normal bathroom fixtures; a shower, a counter with a sink and mirror, and toilet. To the east is your bedroom.

On the bathroom counter is your keys.

> get keys
You go to smoothly palm your keys, but the actual result of your efforts is knocking them right into the toilet with a soft "plop."

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> x toilet
Your toilet sits largely unappreciated by cleaning supplies, which is even more apparent by the dismally tinted water inside. None of that seems even remotely as important as the fact that it's taken your keys hostage.

> get keys from toilet
But it isn't there now.

> get keys
There is sincerely no chance that your hands would survive dipping into that water.

> e

bedroom
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

> n
You can't go that way.

> w

your bathroom
It isn't in the best shape, but it isn't condemned either (mostly because as far as the city is concerned, this room doesn't even exist). It has the normal bathroom fixtures; a shower, a counter with a sink and mirror, and toilet. To the east is your bedroom.

> shower
That's not a verb I recognize.

> w
You can't go that way.

> get in shower
You step into the shower, and let the warm water wash away the grime and funk you've collected overnight. All good things must come to an end, and as the water changes from warm to freezing, you step out and dry off.

[Your level of heat has cooled noticeably]

> e

bedroom
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

> open closer
[closer -> close]
That isn't here.

> open closet
You open the bedroom closet, revealing a pile of ratty old shoes and your work clothes.

> wear clothes
(first taking your work clothes)
(you pulled the hanger out since you don't need it to keep your clothes neat anymore)

They fit great!

> s

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

Your work shoes are here, waiting for you to put them on.

You can also see an electrical outlet here.

> wear shoes
(first taking your work shoes)
You put on your work shoes.

> w

kitchen
Undoubtedly the cleanest room in your house, mostly for lack of traffic. The cupboards are bare, the counters are dusty but show no signs of actually have anything prepared on them, your stove is entirely nonfunctional, and your refrigerator is a thing that keeps beer from becoming entirely room temperature.

> e

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

You can see an electrical outlet here.

> n

bedroom
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them, which is open and displaying your pile of ratty old shoes. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

> w

your bathroom
It isn't in the best shape, but it isn't condemned either (mostly because as far as the city is concerned, this room doesn't even exist). It has the normal bathroom fixtures; a shower, a counter with a sink and mirror, and toilet. To the east is your bedroom.

You notice time is running out quickly . . . if you want to be early anyway. Last time you showed up after 6:50 he told you to be thankful it wasn't 7:00.
> get keys with hanger
[That's a little too complicated for me to understand. If you want to get something, just take it (as long as you have the properly fashioned tools/accessories on your person you will automatically utilize them if the scenario requires).]

> get keys
You try to fish your keys out with the hanger, but it's just a little too wide to let the hooked part catch them.

> bend hanger
Using all of your strength, you straighten out the hanger, leaving a hook on one end.

> get keys
You fish around in the slimy water for a few minutes using the hooked metal rod, and manage to snag your keys. After running them under scalding hot water for a while, you feel safe enough handling them to keep them on your person. The hanger, however, is disposed of.

> save
Ok.

> e

bedroom
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them, which is open and displaying your pile of ratty old shoes. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

> s

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

You can see an electrical outlet here.

> w

kitchen
Undoubtedly the cleanest room in your house, mostly for lack of traffic. The cupboards are bare, the counters are dusty but show no signs of actually have anything prepared on them, your stove is entirely nonfunctional, and your refrigerator is a thing that keeps beer from becoming entirely room temperature.

> open fridge
You open the old refrigerator, revealing a lunch sack.

> get sack
You sigh in relief. At least you won't starve at work today; a small blessing.

Taken.

[Your level of heat has cooled slightly]

> close fridge
You close the old refrigerator.

> save
Ok.

> e

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

You can see an electrical outlet here.

> s

front lawn
An unmanicured and patchy lawn leads up to the front of your house. Your driveway sits just to the east.

> e

driveway
Your driveway is little more than a patch of dirt worked into a part of your lawn. Fortunately it's not like it's making anything look worse.

You can see your car (closed) here.

> open car
It seems to be locked.

> unlock car
What do you want to unlock your car with?

> keys
Finally, you're ready to hit the road! You creak the door open, scuttle in, slam the door shut, then open it again because it caught your seat belt, then slam it shut again. You pull your seatbelt over your shoulder, shove your keys in, and back out of your driveway squealing your tires.

This is it; today is make it or break it.

Your car zips along the freeway, dodging in and out of lanes as you put pressure on your gas pedal. You are going to make today happen, you are going to get that raise, and your boss will have no choice but to respect you! Then, you'll work the V.P. and get your own office, and maybe a cute little secretary . . . It would only make sense after the huge raise you're going to get! Maybe you coul--

A loud pop, followed by a roaring hiss pulls your thoughts back to the present. You watch in horror as a thin red needle begins to climb slowly towards the "H" on the temperature gauge. You just need to make it one more exit, you tell yourself, wiping the sweat off your brow.

And you aren't going to make that exit. Your car finally wheezes loud enough that you know it's time to pull over. You resignedly guide your car into the shoulder lane, sigh, and get out:

side of your car
Cars are whizzing by as you stand in the shoulder of the freeway wondering what you did to deserve this. Just to the north is the steaming hood of your car, which apparently popped open of it's own volition, and to the south is your trunk. Where you are now is just a comfortable place to pity yourself.

> look in trunk
That isn't here.

> s

boot of your car
Your trunk is shut tight. You popped it before you got out of your car, but it's stubbornly refusing to open. The rest of the back of your car is the same as it's always been, covered in stickers.

You can see a trunk (closed) here.

All your effort to be early, and now you are stuck here trying to be on time.
> x stickers
These stickers have been added by the various owners of the car, some are extremely old. One reads "AMERICA-Love It Or Leave It!"
>
open trunk
As usual, it's jammed. You can tell the lock has been released, so it has every reason to be open.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> hit trunk
You give it a solid whack on the side, and to your relief, it squeaks itself slowly open.

> look in it
In the trunk is a jug.

> get jug
You grab the water jug in victory! You immediately spin around with the giddy joy of a child, and nick the side of it against a corner of the trunk. Of course, it starts leaking.

> e
You can't go that way.

The jug is about half empty, and the jug is still leaking.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> n

side of your car
Cars are whizzing by as you stand in the shoulder of the freeway wondering what you did to deserve this. Just to the north is the steaming hood of your car, which apparently popped open of it's own volition, and to the south is your trunk. Where you are now is just a comfortable place to pity yourself.

> n

hood of your car
The hood of your car is popped open, and you can see a steady stream of heat coming from underneath the radiator cap . You can tell from how weak the steam is that your radiator is practically empty.

You can see a radiator (closed) here.

The last of the water trickles out of the jug.

[Your level of heat has risen greatly]

> i
You have a jug, a lunch sack, and your keys. You are wearing your work shoes and your work clothes.

> restore
Ok.

> e

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

You can see an electrical outlet here.

> s

front lawn
An unmanicured and patchy lawn leads up to the front of your house. Your driveway sits just to the east.

> e

driveway
Your driveway is little more than a patch of dirt worked into a part of your lawn. Fortunately it's not like it's making anything look worse.

You can see your car (closed) here.

> unlock car
What do you want to unlock your car with?

> keys
Finally, you're ready to hit the road! You creak the door open, scuttle in, slam the door shut, then open it again because it caught your seat belt, then slam it shut again. You pull your seatbelt over your shoulder, shove your keys in, and back out of your driveway squealing your tires.

This is it; today is make it or break it.

Your car zips along the freeway, dodging in and out of lanes as you put pressure on your gas pedal. You are going to make today happen, you are going to get that raise, and your boss will have no choice but to respect you! Then, you'll work the V.P. and get your own office, and maybe a cute little secretary . . . It would only make sense after the huge raise you're going to get! Maybe you coul--

A loud pop, followed by a roaring hiss pulls your thoughts back to the present. You watch in horror as a thin red needle begins to climb slowly towards the "H" on the temperature gauge. You just need to make it one more exit, you tell yourself, wiping the sweat off your brow.

And you aren't going to make that exit. Your car finally wheezes loud enough that you know it's time to pull over. You resignedly guide your car into the shoulder lane, sigh, and get out:

side of your car
Cars are whizzing by as you stand in the shoulder of the freeway wondering what you did to deserve this. Just to the north is the steaming hood of your car, which apparently popped open of it's own volition, and to the south is your trunk. Where you are now is just a comfortable place to pity yourself.

> save
Ok.

> s

boot of your car
Your trunk is shut tight. You popped it before you got out of your car, but it's stubbornly refusing to open. The rest of the back of your car is the same as it's always been, covered in stickers.

You can see a trunk (closed) here.

> hit trunk
You give it a solid whack on the side, and to your relief, it squeaks itself slowly open.

All your effort to be early, and now you are stuck here trying to be on time.
> get jug
You grab the water jug in victory! You immediately spin around with the giddy joy of a child, and nick the side of it against a corner of the trunk. Of course, it starts leaking.

> n

side of your car
Cars are whizzing by as you stand in the shoulder of the freeway wondering what you did to deserve this. Just to the north is the steaming hood of your car, which apparently popped open of it's own volition, and to the south is your trunk. Where you are now is just a comfortable place to pity yourself.

The jug is about half empty, and the jug is still leaking.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> n

hood of your car
The hood of your car is popped open, and you can see a steady stream of heat coming from underneath the radiator cap . You can tell from how weak the steam is that your radiator is practically empty.

You can see a radiator (closed) here.

> fill radiator
What do you want to fill the radiator with?

> water
The jug isn't open.

The last of the water trickles out of the jug.

[Your level of heat has risen greatly]

> undo
hood of your car
[Previous turn undone.]

It's frustrating when you can't get things right the first time (this will register after your first move following the undo).

> fill radiator with jug
That definitely isn't going to help with this jug/hole situation.

The last of the water trickles out of the jug.

[Your level of heat has risen greatly]

> i
You have a jug, a lunch sack, and your keys. You are wearing your work shoes and your work clothes.

> restart
Are you sure you want to restart? y

It finally happened, you have been offered the promotion of your lifetime and will finally be making the kind of money your tuition was worth. Your boss hands you a sheet of paper, all it needs is your signature.

What now?>BEEEEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEPYour eyes crack open, and a blurry image comes to light. It's your ceiling. You sigh loudly, and slip into a melancholy place. Your alarm is going off, the would-be promotion is a fuzzy memory and you need to get to work early.

You have one chance to prove to your boss that you aren't a slacker; you're on warning as is. You need to show up early, look sharp and be ready to get your report in before the end of the day. You pull this off, and you are looking at your first raise since you can remember. You don't, and . . .

. . . eh whatever.

Please press SPACE to continue.

Heated
An Interactive Fiction by Timothy Peers
Release 1 / Serial number 100930 / Inform 7 build 5Z71 (I6/v6.31 lib 6/12N)

bedroom (on the bed)
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

For hints, outright solutions or other game information just type "menu" at any time.

*Save often!*

On the nightstand is an alarm.

> get up
You get off the bed.

bedroom
On the nightstand is an alarm.

The high, intolerable whine of your alarm grates at your nerves.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> smash alarm
You bring your fist down on it with all of your might, bringing you peace at last. You toss the pieces aside, and begin pretending it never existed.

> open closet
You open the bedroom closet, revealing a pile of ratty old shoes and your work clothes.

> wear clothes
(first taking your work clothes)
(you pulled the hanger out since you don't need it to keep your clothes neat anymore)

They fit great!

> w

your bathroom
It isn't in the best shape, but it isn't condemned either (mostly because as far as the city is concerned, this room doesn't even exist). It has the normal bathroom fixtures; a shower, a counter with a sink and mirror, and toilet. To the east is your bedroom.

On the bathroom counter is your keys.

> get keys
You go to smoothly palm your keys, but the actual result of your efforts is knocking them right into the toilet with a soft "plop."

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> bend hanger
Using all of your strength, you straighten out the hanger, leaving a hook on one end.

> get keys with hanger
[That's a little too complicated for me to understand. If you want to get something, just take it (as long as you have the properly fashioned tools/accessories on your person you will automatically utilize them if the scenario requires).]

> undo
your bathroom
[Previous turn undone.]

It's frustrating when you can't get things right the first time (this will register after your first move following the undo).

> get keys
You fish around in the slimy water for a few minutes using the hooked metal rod, and manage to snag your keys. After running them under scalding hot water for a while, you feel safe enough handling them to keep them on your person. The hanger, however, is disposed of.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> e

bedroom

> verbose
Heated is now in its "verbose" mode, which always gives long descriptions of locations (even if you've been there before).

> s

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

Your work shoes are here, waiting for you to put them on.

> wear shoes
(first taking your work shoes)
You put on your work shoes.

> w

kitchen
Undoubtedly the cleanest room in your house, mostly for lack of traffic. The cupboards are bare, the counters are dusty but show no signs of actually have anything prepared on them, your stove is entirely nonfunctional, and your refrigerator is a thing that keeps beer from becoming entirely room temperature.

> open fridge. get sack. close fridge
You open the old refrigerator, revealing a lunch sack.

You sigh in relief. At least you won't starve at work today; a small blessing.

Taken.

[Your level of heat has cooled slightly]

You close the old refrigerator.

> e

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

> e

patio
This is your patio. Really it's just the first patch of grass in your backyard, but you feel better if you call it your patio. Your backyard continues to the north.

A practically empty pack of gum is laying on the patio. Hm. Must have fallen out of your pocket at some point.

> get gum
Taken.

> w

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

> s

front lawn
An unmanicured and patchy lawn leads up to the front of your house. Your driveway sits just to the east.

> e

driveway
Your driveway is little more than a patch of dirt worked into a part of your lawn. Fortunately it's not like it's making anything look worse.

You can see your car (closed) here.

> unlock car with keys
Finally, you're ready to hit the road! You creak the door open, scuttle in, slam the door shut, then open it again because it caught your seat belt, then slam it shut again. You pull your seatbelt over your shoulder, shove your keys in, and back out of your driveway squealing your tires.

This is it; today is make it or break it.

Your car zips along the freeway, dodging in and out of lanes as you put pressure on your gas pedal. You are going to make today happen, you are going to get that raise, and your boss will have no choice but to respect you! Then, you'll work the V.P. and get your own office, and maybe a cute little secretary . . . It would only make sense after the huge raise you're going to get! Maybe you coul--

A loud pop, followed by a roaring hiss pulls your thoughts back to the present. You watch in horror as a thin red needle begins to climb slowly towards the "H" on the temperature gauge. You just need to make it one more exit, you tell yourself, wiping the sweat off your brow.

And you aren't going to make that exit. Your car finally wheezes loud enough that you know it's time to pull over. You resignedly guide your car into the shoulder lane, sigh, and get out:

side of your car
Cars are whizzing by as you stand in the shoulder of the freeway wondering what you did to deserve this. Just to the north is the steaming hood of your car, which apparently popped open of it's own volition, and to the south is your trunk. Where you are now is just a comfortable place to pity yourself.

> save
Ok.

> s

boot of your car
Your trunk is shut tight. You popped it before you got out of your car, but it's stubbornly refusing to open. The rest of the back of your car is the same as it's always been, covered in stickers.

You can see a trunk (closed) here.

> hit trunk
You give it a solid whack on the side, and to your relief, it squeaks itself slowly open.

> chew gum
You open the last stick of gum, toss it in your mouth, throw away the pack and enjoy. At the very moment you put it in your mouth it loses all flavor. You pull it out, stare at it for a minute and then roll it between your fingers, deciding what to do with it before it's so sticky that you have to toss it.

> get jug
You grab the water jug in victory! You immediately spin around with the giddy joy of a child, and nick the side of it against a corner of the trunk. Of course, it starts leaking.

> put gum in hole
You cram the gum over the hole, ensuring that it plugs it completely.

> n

side of your car
Cars are whizzing by as you stand in the shoulder of the freeway wondering what you did to deserve this. Just to the north is the steaming hood of your car, which apparently popped open of it's own volition, and to the south is your trunk. Where you are now is just a comfortable place to pity yourself.

> n

hood of your car
The hood of your car is popped open, and you can see a steady stream of heat coming from underneath the radiator cap . You can tell from how weak the steam is that your radiator is practically empty.

You can see a radiator (closed) here.

> open radiator
You open the radiator, revealing a small amount of water.

> fill radiator
What do you want to fill the radiator with?

> water
Which do you mean, the small amount of water, or the stagnant water?

> stagnant
The jug isn't open.

I already fixed the jug/hole situation. Pay attention.

> fill radiator with jug
That definitely isn't going to help with this jug/hole situation.

> open jug
You open the jug.

> fill radiator with jug
That definitely isn't going to help with this jug/hole situation.

> fill radiator with water
Which do you mean, the small amount of water, or the stagnant water?

> stagnant
You need to be holding the radiator before you can put it into something else.

Well, that was a painful struggle to guess the single working phrasing.

> pour water into radiator
Which do you mean, the small amount of water, or the stagnant water?

> stagnant
You fill up the radiator, scramble to get the lid on, throw the jug back in the trunk, close up your car and hop in. You jet out of the next exit and pull into work where you stroll in a little earlier than expected. your boss even waves at you as you wander past him through the lobby. You strut confidently to your desk and begin pouring through spreadsheets with a smile on your face. Things are looking up, for sure.

In the middle of one of your reports your phone rings. The all-too familiar voice of your boss comes booming over the other end, "I need to see you in my office. Immediately." You confidently head in.

You stand in front of him, and he points to a chair. You sit down as if you own the joint, beaming the confidence of someone who's boss saw them come in early. He looks you over, "It surprises me that you would show up on a review day wearing what I can only assume you found in your hamper." He pauses. "So, we're here to talk about your performance over the past year, even if I would much rather discuss your repugnant scent over the last few minutes in my office, and I have to say that showing up early is a good start."

He spends 15 or 20 minute going over various metrics, and when finished with that he clears his throat. "Now, as you know we also take into account your professionalism through hygiene, attire and promptness. Beyond that, your overall attitude plays a crucial role." He pulls up a sheet of paper and looks from you to his notes a few times.

As far as your hygiene you obviously don't care too much about your wafting odor. General attire . . . well the number of wrinkles in your pants outnumber the number of employees in our entire corporation. Promptness? I feel we've gone over that adequately. Finally, your attitude. Frankly we've had problems in the past, and I feel you've done a pretty good job keeping your attitude in check."

"Taking all of that into account, I have decided to terminate your employment. You're simply not a good fit, and we need to help you find something that you'll be happier doing with yourself." He walks you out the door, and you immediately regret going through all the effort to get to work at all.

*** You get back what you put in, as mother always said! ***

Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, or QUIT?
>
restart

It finally happened, you have been offered the promotion of your lifetime and will finally be making the kind of money your tuition was worth. Your boss hands you a sheet of paper, all it needs is your signature.

What now?>BEEEEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEPYour eyes crack open, and a blurry image comes to light. It's your ceiling. You sigh loudly, and slip into a melancholy place. Your alarm is going off, the would-be promotion is a fuzzy memory and you need to get to work early.

You have one chance to prove to your boss that you aren't a slacker; you're on warning as is. You need to show up early, look sharp and be ready to get your report in before the end of the day. You pull this off, and you are looking at your first raise since you can remember. You don't, and . . .

. . . eh whatever.

Please press SPACE to continue.

Heated
An Interactive Fiction by Timothy Peers
Release 1 / Serial number 100930 / Inform 7 build 5Z71 (I6/v6.31 lib 6/12N)

bedroom (on the bed)
What other people like to call lazy, you like to consider meditative; it shows in how sparsely decorated your room is. The walls are bare, outside of a shoddy closet built into one of them. Your garage-sale nightstand sits next to your equally impressive bed, bringing the entire motif of the room somewhere into the realm of "bachelor-crap-hole." To the south is your living room, and west is the entrance to your bathroom.

For hints, outright solutions or other game information just type "menu" at any time.

*Save often!*

On the nightstand is an alarm.

> replay
That's not a verb I recognize.

> undo
[You can't "undo" what hasn't been done!]

> get up
You get off the bed.

bedroom
On the nightstand is an alarm.

You can barely think over the screeching of your alarm.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> smash alarm
You bring your fist down on it with all of your might, bringing you peace at last. You toss the pieces aside, and begin pretending it never existed.

> w

your bathroom
It isn't in the best shape, but it isn't condemned either (mostly because as far as the city is concerned, this room doesn't even exist). It has the normal bathroom fixtures; a shower, a counter with a sink and mirror, and toilet. To the east is your bedroom.

On the bathroom counter is your keys.

> shower
That's not a verb I recognize.

> get in shower
You step into the shower, and let the warm water wash away the grime and funk you've collected overnight. All good things must come to an end, and as the water changes from warm to freezing, you step out and dry off.

[Your level of heat has cooled noticeably]

> e

bedroom

> open closet
You open the bedroom closet, revealing a pile of ratty old shoes and your work clothes.

> wear clothes
(first taking your work clothes)
(you pulled the hanger out since you don't need it to keep your clothes neat anymore)

They fit great!

> s

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

Your work shoes are here, waiting for you to put them on.

> undo
bedroom
[Previous turn undone.]

It's frustrating when you can't get things right the first time (this will register after your first move following the undo).

> w

your bathroom
On the bathroom counter is your keys.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> get keys
You go to smoothly palm your keys, but the actual result of your efforts is knocking them right into the toilet with a soft "plop."

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> bend hanger
Using all of your strength, you straighten out the hanger, leaving a hook on one end.

> get keys
You fish around in the slimy water for a few minutes using the hooked metal rod, and manage to snag your keys. After running them under scalding hot water for a while, you feel safe enough handling them to keep them on your person. The hanger, however, is disposed of.

> e

bedroom

> search shoes
Rummaging through the pile of old shoes reveals a cheap iron that you have probably used before. Benefit of the doubt and all.

You take the iron.

> remove clothes
You take off your work clothes.

> iron clothes
You won't be ironing anything with a cold iron.

> s

living room
Having used the majority of your income on pot, beer, and staying out of your house as often as possible, your décor has suffered. A beat up couch sits across from the television and milk crate combo that functions as your entertainment center. Other than that, you can see your kitchen to the west, your patio to the east, your bedroom to the north and the exit to this shit-hole to the south.

Your work shoes are here, waiting for you to put them on.

> move couch
A small cloud of dusts stirs, and an electrical outlet appears from behind it.

> plug in iron
I only understood you as far as wanting to plug.

> plug iron in
What do you want to plug the iron in?

> outlet
(the electrical outlet)
You plug in the iron and let it heat up.

> iron clothes
You, as you've always done, use one hand to hold your clothes up in the air and the other to slash your iron wildly at them. Much to the surprise of everyone who have ever witnessed your efforts, it works.

> wear clothes
You put on your work clothes.

> wear work shoes
(first taking your work shoes)
You put on your work shoes.

> e
The cord isn't long enough to reach another room, so you unplug it first.

patio
This is your patio. Really it's just the first patch of grass in your backyard, but you feel better if you call it your patio. Your backyard continues to the north.

A practically empty pack of gum is laying on the patio. Hm. Must have fallen out of your pocket at some point.

> get gum
Taken.

> w

living room
You can see an electrical outlet here.

> save
Ok.

> s

front lawn
An unmanicured and patchy lawn leads up to the front of your house. Your driveway sits just to the east.

> e

driveway
Your driveway is little more than a patch of dirt worked into a part of your lawn. Fortunately it's not like it's making anything look worse.

You can see your car (closed) here.

You notice time is running out quickly . . . if you want to be early anyway. Last time you showed up after 6:50 he told you to be thankful it wasn't 7:00.
> unlock car with keys
Finally, you're ready to hit the road! You creak the door open, scuttle in, slam the door shut, then open it again because it caught your seat belt, then slam it shut again. You pull your seatbelt over your shoulder, shove your keys in, and back out of your driveway squealing your tires.

This is it; today is make it or break it.

Your car zips along the freeway, dodging in and out of lanes as you put pressure on your gas pedal. You are going to make today happen, you are going to get that raise, and your boss will have no choice but to respect you! Then, you'll work the V.P. and get your own office, and maybe a cute little secretary . . . It would only make sense after the huge raise you're going to get! Maybe you coul--

A loud pop, followed by a roaring hiss pulls your thoughts back to the present. You watch in horror as a thin red needle begins to climb slowly towards the "H" on the temperature gauge. You just need to make it one more exit, you tell yourself, wiping the sweat off your brow.

And you aren't going to make that exit. Your car finally wheezes loud enough that you know it's time to pull over. You resignedly guide your car into the shoulder lane, sigh, and get out:

side of your car
Cars are whizzing by as you stand in the shoulder of the freeway wondering what you did to deserve this. Just to the north is the steaming hood of your car, which apparently popped open of it's own volition, and to the south is your trunk. Where you are now is just a comfortable place to pity yourself.

> save
Ok.

> s

boot of your car
Your trunk is shut tight. You popped it before you got out of your car, but it's stubbornly refusing to open. The rest of the back of your car is the same as it's always been, covered in stickers.

You can see a trunk (closed) here.

> chew gum
You open the last stick of gum, toss it in your mouth, throw away the pack and enjoy. At the very moment you put it in your mouth it loses all flavor. You pull it out, stare at it for a minute and then roll it between your fingers, deciding what to do with it before it's so sticky that you have to toss it.

> open trunk
As usual, it's jammed. You can tell the lock has been released, so it has every reason to be open.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> undo
boot of your car
[Previous turn undone.]

It's frustrating when you can't get things right the first time (this will register after your first move following the undo).

> hit trunk
You give it a solid whack on the side, and to your relief, it squeaks itself slowly open.

[Your level of heat has risen slightly]

> get jug
You grab the water jug in victory! You immediately spin around with the giddy joy of a child, and nick the side of it against a corner of the trunk. Of course, it starts leaking.

This gum is pretty gross at this point.

> put gum on hole
You cram the gum over the hole, ensuring that it plugs it completely.

> n

side of your car

> n

hood of your car
The hood of your car is popped open, and you can see a steady stream of heat coming from underneath the radiator cap . You can tell from how weak the steam is that your radiator is practically empty.

You can see a radiator (closed) here.

> open radiator
You open the radiator, revealing a small amount of water.

> open jug
You open the jug.

So is this the best ending? As far as I can tell from looking through the solution menu, I did everything. But I'm not sure, because the mention of a promotion could be hinting at a better ending. If you aren't going to use *** You have won *** then it's best to be very obvious about whether there's any point replaying.

I never really understood what effect the level of heat has.

Too many missing phrasings, and annoying things like not opening doors automatically.

On the plus side there wasn't a coffee-making puzzle, but that was only because it wasn't an office game after all, it was a set-in-your-apartment game, so it had showering and putting on clothes instead.

A learn-by-dying game needs to have something extra to be worth it. If I'm going to keep reading the same stuff it needs to be very good. All this game has is some jokes about how you're a loser with a dirty house.

> pour stagnant water into radiator
You fill up the radiator, scramble to get the lid on, throw the jug back in the trunk, close up your car and hop in. You jet out of the next exit and pull into work where you stroll in a little earlier than expected. your boss even waves at you as you wander past him through the lobby. You strut confidently to your desk and begin pouring through spreadsheets with a smile on your face. Things are looking up, for sure.

In the middle of one of your reports your phone rings. The all-too familiar voice of your boss comes booming over the other end, "I need to see you in my office. Immediately." You confidently head in.

You stand in front of him, and he points to a chair. You sit down as if you own the joint, beaming the confidence of someone who's boss saw them come in early. He looks you over, "It's nice to see you so crisply dressed for once." He pauses. "So, we're here to talk about your performance over the past year, and I have to say that showing up early is a good start."

He spends 15 or 20 minute going over various metrics, and when finished with that he clears his throat. "Now, as you know we also take into account your professionalism through hygiene, attire and promptness. Beyond that, your overall attitude plays a crucial role." He pulls up a sheet of paper and looks from you to his notes a few times.

As far as your hygiene you've really taken steps to make sure you come across as someone who takes care of themselves. General attire . . . well I have been pleasantly surprised by how well pressed you look today. Promptness? I feel we've gone over that adequately. Finally, your attitude. Frankly we've had problems in the past, and I feel you've done a pretty good job keeping your attitude in check."

"Taking all of that into account, I have decided to give you a ten percent raise. You're not quite ready for a promotion, but you're well on your way." He rattles on for a bit, but after the last part, all you can think about is the television you're already planning to buy.

*** You get back what you put in, as mother always said! ***

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