Denis Through the Drinking Glass

Denis Through the Drinking Glass ZX Spectrum 'Pug' as in 'subtle self-promotion' - nice pun to start things off

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Description

Margaret Thatcher's late husband Denis was known to like a drop of gin, a fact frequently exploited by satirical magazine Private Eye. As such, this text adventure stars you as Denis, on his quest to escape Number 10 Downing Street (and Maggie) to get to the Gravedigger's Arms pub.

Denis must get a drink within 10 moves, or else it is game over. The location descriptions are written in an unusual style, set to rhyme and featuring wry observations about the drudgery of political life from Denis' unique position. Similarly, the Help feature often gives terse, sarcastic and less-than-helpful responses.

As you progress through the game, mock headlines from The Sun newspaper appear to comment on your situations. The game is written in Quill, a popular adventure creation package from Gilsoft themselves.

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Denis Through the Drinking Glass ZX Spectrum Starting position
Denis Through the Drinking Glass ZX Spectrum Avoiding listening to a Maggie speech was a national sport back then...
Denis Through the Drinking Glass ZX Spectrum A change from the Sun's usual page 3 style
Denis Through the Drinking Glass ZX Spectrum This isn't helping

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Trivia

Cancelled successor

Applications Software later worked on another adventure in a similar vein, called The Tebbit (a play on and a reference to UK politician Norman Tebbit). The game was never released despite being advertised in mid 1984. In November of that year the IRA blew up The Grand Hotel in Brighton, where the Conservative Party was holding its annual conference. Tebbit and his wife were seriously injured, which surely ended any chance of the game surfacing.
Contributed to by Martin Smith (63071)