The original game was quirky, ingenious, and amusing. The BBC BASIC port is nicely implemented and fun to play, although it's a bit slow because of all the floppy-disc accesses.
To Hell In A Hamper was originally written by J.J. Guest using the ADRIFT development system. The BBC BASIC port was created by Dave Edwards (who also seems to have written a review of his own work!?). One of the original author's suggested tweaks was then incorporated and a couple of bugs were fixed, and the result was the version that's now online at bbcmicro.co.uk. A summary of the changes:
- Added the synonym X for the EXAMINE command
- And the synonyms I and INV for the INVENTORY command
- Fixed a bug where <rot13> bcravat gur cnepry jbhyq bcra vg ohg gura fnl vg pna'g or bcrarq! </rot13>
- Fixed the crash mentioned in the CASA walkthrough (rot13: RKNZVAR YVAVAT)
- Corrected some typos
- Added a space after the "What now?" prompt
- Disabled the Escape key (in !BOOT)
- Fixed a bug where <rot13> rknzvavat gur napube ebcr </rot13> would end the program!
- Tweaked cursor on/off transitions
- Fixed a bug where <rot13> TRG UNAQ sbyybjrq ol GUEBJ UNAQ </rot13> would crash when repeated
EDIT: obfuscated spoilers.
EDIT: more bugfixes.
EDIT: changed release year from 2003 to 2006 because of this: https://web.archive.org/web/20121104023 ... guest.html