The last leaf of the season

Remember Loom? Probably not. It was a pretty nice adventure game by Brian Moriarty, already author of Beyond Zork, published in 1990 by Lucasfilm Games. Interesting for being devoid of dead ends, before even Monkey Island. You could still get stuck if you forgot to scribble down the various spell notes (and some are randomized for each playthrough), but that was your own fault. Not very successful at launch, it’s become something of a cult classic today.

The very first action you can take in the game is examining an autumnal leaf on a tree, which will then fall off. Also, one of the spells in the game dyes objects green. For the longest time, I’ve wondered if you could actually dye the leaf green. I was sure there would be some deeper meaning to it.

The Zork authors usually thought of everything, so... why not?
The Zork authors usually thought of everything, so… why not?
Maybe not this time. Or maybe they don't want you to ruin the game's bleak atmosphere.
Maybe not this time. Or maybe they don’t want you to ruin the game’s bleak atmosphere.

Turned out I was too optimistic.

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