The Impossible Bottle

Yikes! It seems I won the 26th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition! That is to say, The Impossible Bottle got a tied 1st place, which is still top-two out of 103 games.

Housework is only as dull as your imagination. Join Emma, six years old, on a playful adventure of peculiar proportions.

Merciful puzzlefest. Parser or point-and-click, as you please. Web (including mobile) or Z-machine.

Play The Impossible Bottle online here!

When playing online, a transcript will be logged on the server. This helps me catch bugs and improve things.

If you are truly stuck, even after trying the built-in “hint” command, there is a walkthrough.


You can also download the game and play locally. Extract the zip file and load the corresponding file into your preferred Z-machine interpreter, Å-machine interpreter, or web browser.

The Impossible Bottle is implemented in Dialog. It has an IFDB page.

Posted Sunday 6-Dec-2020 16:09

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Fri 11-Dec-2020 04:22
Congratulations on your victory! You definitely deserved it.
Wed 7-Apr-2021 14:21
Definitely deserved the win. I have found a bug: if you put the teenager doll on the white table, it doesn't appear, either there or on the smooth surface (though you can pick it up again).
Fri 14-May-2021 21:22
Linus, just finished The Impossible Bottle and wanted to tell you how much I loved it! All the aha moments landed perfectly and I found the world charming and delightful. Congratulations on the win!

-Ward C