To Hell in a Hamper

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InsideADRIFT Awards 2003
Most unusual setting/plot
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InsideADRIFT Awards 2003
Best Small Game
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XYZZY Awards 2003
Finalist - Best Game, Best Writing, Best Story, Best Setting, Best use of Medium
To Hell in a Hamper
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Author(s) Jason Guest
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) Apr-2003
Authoring system ADRIFT 4, TADS 2, Inform 7
Platform(s) ADRIFT 4, TADS 2, Glulx
Language(s) English
License(s) TBD
Color effects optional
Graphics yes, cover art in all versions
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Polite

How It Begins

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?

Notable Features

  • Instead of a score, you have a reading on the altimeter.

Trivia and Comments

  • This is one of the ADRIFT Recommended Games put together in 2005 by the ADRIFT Forum.
  • This game is mentioned in the prologue for Crimson Detritus (Mystery; 2003; ADRIFT 4).
  • The cover art is presented a little differently in each version. In ADRIFT, the cover art appears in its own window and has the title and author's name in white in the bottom left corner of the basic balloon image. In TADS, the cover art is presented centered in main text window, and is the basic balloon image without text on top of it. The cover art on IFDB and IFWiki has the basic balloon image enclosed in a "Wild West" frame that contains the title and author's name text. (There's also imagined box art for the Acorn version.)


Competition Release

Release 1 TADS Port

Acorn port

Inform 7 port