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Spoiler-Free Walkthrough by Sephicloud77

Updated: 09/14/10

&The Vortex Factor&
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This game is rather short for an adventure, but long compared to most text
adventures in the 80s. This one is (I think) exclusive to the Tandy computers
which means you will either need one of those CoCo's around physically or
find some good emulation with the images. I can't help you with the latter for
legal reasons hehe. I find this is the longest of all Mark Data games so be
prepared to spend more than 30 minutes getting through.

Mark Data made a lot of these adventures in their short lifespan, almost too
many for the obscure Tandy which I can't think was too profitable. They seem to
have lasted long enough to churn out a lot of them so someone had to buy them
out there. Looking through a list I find they made almost 25% of all Tandy
software. If you find one of their games now it is a collector item with some
value, especially their adventure collection in some kind of (almost) complete
set.

The parser has a nice shortcut for all commands where you only need to input
the first four letters or even just one (for directions). Keep this in mind if
you plan not to follow the walkthrough step by step.


&Walkthrough&
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SCORE
E
GET CALENDAR
LOOK CALENDAR
DROP CALENDAR
LOOK DESK
OPEN DRAWER
LOOK DESK
LOOK DESK
LOOK DESK
GET YELLOW
GET KEY
LOOK SAFE
LOOK DIAL
W
S
W
LOOK CHAPLIN
LOOK BIRD
LOOK MAE
LOOK MAE
LOOK BRACELET
GET BRACELET
GET BIRD
E
E
E
LOOK DEVICE
LOOK BUTTON
LOOK SIGN
LOOK HELMET
LOOK COAL
GO DEVICE
EXIT
GET HELMET
GET COAL
S
LOOK SIGN
LOOK BOOKCASE
LOOK CYLINDER
GO CYLINDER
LOOK SLOT
LOOK BUTTON
LOOK GAUGE
LOOK BATTERY
INVENTORY
DROP ALL
GET KEY
EXIT
GET RED
N
GET COAL
S
W
W
W
LOOK PLAQUE
LOOK SUIT
LOOK ROCKET
LOOK SHIP
GET SUIT
E
S
W
LOOK SIGN
E
E
LOOK COUNTER
LOOK COUNTER
LOOK COUNTER
LOOK GADGETS
GET NOTEBOOK
GET VIAL
LOOK VIAL
LOOK NOTEBOOK
OPEN NOTEBOOK
LOOK NOTEBOOK
E
LOOK PICTURES
N
GO CYLINDER
INVENTORY
DROP NOTEBOOK
DROP COAL
GET BRACELET
EXIT
S
W
W
OPEN DOOR
UNLOCK DOOR

OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
CLOSE DOOR
PRESS BUTTON
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
LOOK DOOR
LOOK SIGN
LOOK WORKBENCH
LOOK WORKBENCH
LOOK WORKBENCH
SCORE
DROP BRACELET
SCORE
GET SACK
GET SAW
GO DOOR
CLOSE DOOR
PRESS BUTTON
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
N
E
E
GO CYLINDER
INVENTORY
DROP KEY
LOOK SACK
LOOK SACK
LOOK SACK
DROP SACK
GET LIME
LOOK BATTERY
SAW LIME
SQUEEZE LIME
POUR VIAL
LOOK BATTERY
DROP LIME
GET YELLOW
LOOK GAUGE
INSERT RED
LOOK GAUGE
PRESS BUTTON
LOOK GAUGE
GET RED
INSERT YELLOW
PRESS BUTTON
LOOK GAUGE
DROP SUIT
DROP VIAL
GET COAL
EXIT

LOOK SIGN
LOOK CYLINDER
LOOK BOOKCASE
LOOK BOOKCASE
GET PINK
N
LOOK DEVICE
LOOK SHOVEL
LOOK BUTTON
LOOK SIGN
PRESS BUTTON
LOOK SIGN
GO DEVICE
PRESS BUTTON
LOOK SIGN
GO DEVICE
DROP COAL
EXIT
PRESS BUTTON
GET SHOVEL
W
W
N
E
LOOK DESK
OPEN DRAWER
LOOK DRAWER
LOOK DRAWER
GET DOCUMENT
LOOK DOCUMENT
CLOSE DRAWER
W
S
S
E
W
S
E
LOOK COUNTER
LOOK COUNTER
GET PIN
LOOK PIN
E
LOOK PICTURES
N
GO CYLINDER

DROP SAW
GET YELLOW
DROP YELLOW
INSERT RED
PRESS BUTTON
LOOK GAUGE
EXIT
N
LOOK SIGN
PRESS BUTTON
GO DEVICE
GET DIAMOND
EXIT
W
W
S
S
GO DOOR
CLOSE DOOR
PRESS BUTTON
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
SCORE
DROP DIAMOND
SCORE
GO DOOR
CLOSE DOOR
PRESS BUTTON
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
N
E
E
GO CYLINDER
GET RED
DROP RED
INSERT PINK
PRESS BUTTON

LOOK GAUGE
GET SUIT
WEAR SUIT
GET VIAL
DROP PIN
DROP DOCUMENT
EXIT
GET NEWS
READ NEWS
N
LOOK WATER
GET WATER
S
S
LOOK MUTANT
N
GO CYLINDER
GET SANDWICH
EXIT
S
GIVE SAND
INVENTORY
N
GO CYLINDER
LOOK SLOT
GET PINK
DROP PINK
DROP WHITE
GET RED
INSERT RED
PRESS BUTTON

LOOK GAUGE
GET DOCUMENT
EXIT
W
W
N
N
E
READ DOCUMENT
DIAL 11
DIAL 29
DIAL 42
LOOK SAFE
LOOK SAFE
GET BLUE
W
S
S
E
E
GO CYLINDER
DROP DOCUMENT
GET RED
INSERT BLUE
PRESS BUTTON

LOOK GAUGE
EXIT
N
LOOK GATE
OPEN GATE
S
S
E
E
LOOK GOLD
GET GOLD
N
S
E
N
GO CYLINDER
REMOVE SUIT
DROP ALL
GET PIN
EXIT
LOOK TORCHES
TURN TORCH
GO HOLE
GET BUDDHA
LOOK CHEST
UNLOCK CHEST
PICK LOCK
LOOK CHEST
LOOK CHEST
GET SCEPTER
GO HOLE
GO CYLINDER
DROP ALL
GET SAW
EXIT
S
W
OPEN DOOR
UNLOCK DOOR
LOOK SKELETON
LOOK SKELETON
LOOK SKELETON
LOOK SKELETON
GET ALL
LOOK WINDOW
GO WINDOW
SAW WINDOW
GO WINDOW
GET SAPPHIRE
S
W
N
S
E
N
GO CYLINDER
LOOK RING
DROP ALL
GET BIRD
GET STRING
EXIT
MELT BIRD
INVENTORY
LOOK WAX
MAKE CANDLE
GO CYLINDER
DROP CANDLE
GET GOLD
GET BUDDHA
GET SCEPTER
GET BLUE
DROP BLUE
GET RED
INSERT RED
PRESS BUTTON

LOOK GAUGE
EXIT
S
W
W
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
CLOSE DOOR
PRESS BUTTON
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
SCORE
INVENTORY
DROP GOLD
SCORE
DROP BUDDHA
SCORE
DROP SCEPTER
SCORE
GO DOOR
CLOSE DOOR
PRESS BUTTON
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
N
E
E
GO CYLINDER
GET RED
DROP RED
GET BLUE
INSERT BLUE
GET RING
GET CANDLE
GET SHOVEL
PRESS BUTTON
LOOK GAUGE
GET BLUE
DROP BLUE
GET WHITE
INSERT WHITE
EXIT
LIGHT CANDLE
GO CYLINDER
PRESS BUTTON

LOOK GAUGE
EXIT
S
N
N
LOOK SARCOPHAGUS
OPEN SARCOPHAGUS
LOOK SARCOPHAGUS
LOOK MUMMY
LOOK MUMMY
GET NECKLACE
GIVE RING
LOOK SARCOPHAGUS
PULL LEVER
GO HOLE
GET CUP
GO HOLE
GO PASSAGE
GET EMERALD
GO PASSAGE
S
GO CYLINDER
UNLIT CANDLE
GET WHITE
DROP WHITE
GET RED
INSERT RED
PRESS BUTTON

LOOK GAUGE
GET SAPPHIRE
EXIT
S
W
W
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
CLOSE DOOR
PRESS BUTTON
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
SCORE
INVENTORY
DROP EMERALD
SCORE
DROP SAPPHIRE
SCORE
DROP RUBY
SCORE
DROP CUP

End

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