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Video Game / The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet

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The cover, and the opening.
The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet is a 1996 Interactive Fiction game by Graham Nelson (under the Pen Name Angela M. Horns).

You play as an ambassador visiting the Northlands as the guest of the Empress. You start the game trapped on a terribly boring elephant ride with your chatterbox tour guide, Lady Amilia, and you're desperate to get away.

The game is set in the Zork universe.

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  • Baleful Polymorph: The Ambassador is transformed into a wolfhound at the climax of the game, and must find a way to transform back.
  • Beneath the Earth: The game involves discovering the remnants of the underground Old Empire.
  • Bizarre Beverage Use: The glass of sherbet you receive in the beginning of the game is used to wake up the sleepy elephant by pouring it on his head.
  • The Cameo: Casting 'azzev' in the treehouse shows that J. R. R. Tolkien was a visitor there at some point in the past.
  • The Ditz: Asking Amilia about most things will produce the response: "What Amilia doesn't know would fill a whole game in itself." If you hand her the telescope, she'll look through the wrong end.
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  • Götterdämmerung: Magic has been gone for a long time... but it's been rediscovered.
  • Epigraph: The story begins by quoting the final paragraph of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.
  • Evil All Along: Amilia is seeking power, and will dispose of you if you get in her way.
  • Hint System: An Infocom-style one that gives you progressively bigger bits of information on a subject.
  • Long Title: Just look at it.
  • Multiple Endings: There are four possible endings, depending on what you manage to do about Clotspinner and/or the meteor.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Amilia is actually sharp-minded.
  • Philosopher's Stone: The titular "Stone".
  • Significant Anagram: Not in the game itself, but "Angela M. Horns" is an anagram of Graham Nelson.
  • Spell Book: You use one to perform magic.


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