Winter Wonderland: An Interactive Fiction Competition Winner


Laura Knauth’s Winter Wonderland is a beautifully plotted puzzle-fest built around various legends of the solstice.  The story won the Fall Interactive Fiction Competition in 1999, and is highly suitable for kids.

The story includes an excellent system of on-line hints, and its mazes are quite easy to map.  One problem involving snow imps is hard for many users.  Just remember that, as the hints suggest, it’s important to watch the imp from your hiding place for a very long time.

The map that appears below may help with some locations in the story, especially the entrance to the ice floes maze.

Laura’s original map, which she used in the writing of the story, is at