Licence Conditions

SpySnatcher is Copyright (c) Jonathan Partington and Jon Thackray 1988.

You may make one back-up copy of SpySnatcher for your own use.

You may install the program on a single hard disc.

This software may not be installed on a network.

Copies may not be given, sold, loaned or hired to any other person or institution.

Cover Design

Artwork by Gary Jones. Sleeve design by Brian Kerslake. the sleeve and this booklet were prepared using Impression from Computer Concepts.

SpySnatcher was written, designed and programmed by Jon Thackray and Jonathan Partington.

The game was writeen in 1988 following the publication of the book "Spy Catcher", by Peter Wright. Nothing and no one in SpySnatcher is intended to bear any resemblance to any of the characters in that book, whether living, dead, real of fictitious, sane or insane.

Jon Thackray and Jonathan Partington would like to thank all the (insane!) people who play-tested the early versions of SpySnatcher including Richard Foster, Bob Redrup, Peter Killworth, David Seale, Richard Clayton and Topologika.

The Acorn versions would not have been possible without the dedicated work of Jon Thackray, who designed and wrote the playing system.

The Amstrad versions would not have been possible without the dedicated work of Richard Clayton of Locomotive Software, who wrote the playing system for Amstrad CPC, PCW and IBM versions.

Writing games like SpySnathcher really is a labour of love. Countless hours have gone into the organisation of the game, the creation of it, and the testing. Please dont give copies away to your friends. Make them buy it, so that Topologika will be encouraged to release even more guaranteed graphic-free top quality classic text adventures!

Welcome, agent
number 3084.

Do you want to
be told the
details of your


You have been summoned to MI7 headquarters, popularly known as 'The Zoo' in order to unmask a mole.

The chief of MI7, Sir Arthur Cayley (known to his friends as 'Z') is extremely worried, because the plans for the new Sonic Macrothrodule are believed to have been leaked. They were kept in the safe in his office, and were there yesterday when he came in at 9 a.m.; the safe had been disturbed when he checked it this morning but the plans were still there.

Z reckons that it would take at least an hour to remove the plans, copy them, and return them.

With Cayley is Superintendent Hardy of Special Branch, who has been assigned to MI7 on special duties for some weeks.

"We're off for a drink in the 'Cloak and Dagger' now," says Z. "Take a look round. Because of your unofficial position we can't openly give you access to the files, but if I were you I'd start with my secretary's office while she's downstairs -- she'll have details of my movements yesterday, as well. You can probably rule out Newton, who is abroad, and Brauer, who's on holiday. Nobody else knows you're in the building now that a new Security guard has come on duty. The guard usually patrols at about 7 p.m. Don't let anyone see you, or you'll have to abandon the investigation. Come and find us if you think you have some useful information. Good luck!"

Cayley and Hardy are joined by a third person as they go down the stairs.

Are you ready to start?

You are at the southern end of the first-floor corridor, which seems to be fairly brightly lit throughout: for security purposes the lights seem to be fixed to be on at all times. Three doors confront you at this point, each bearing the name of their alleged occupants.

To the south, the notice says "Sir Arthur Cayley K.B.E. M.A. Head of Department." To the west, a similar sign says "Miss Pell. Secretary." and to the east the notice says "Russell. Accounts"

There is a further corridor to the north, with several more closed doors leading off it. Which way will you go?

How to play the game

Supplied with this pack is a note explaining how to load the game on your computer, how to get the game started, and how to load and save positions.

A separate Game Card explains the type of commands that the game will accept.

We assume that you already know how to play adventure games. (If this is your first fame, write to Topologika for a free copy of the leaflet 'What is an Adventure Game?' which shows you the sort of thinking you have to go through in order to get anywhere!


The next few pages contain questions that even tough players ask, when they're stuck - questions along the lines of:

'What do I use the XXX for?'

Turn over ONLY if you really are stuck and want to look up a particular clue. Once you know the Hint Number, type HELP <Return> at the prompt. The computer will ask you what Hint Number you want. Type the number, then press <Return>. Once you've read that hint, the computer will ask if you want another Hint from that set, i.e. on the same topic. If you do, press Y, and press <Return>. If you don't, press N, then <Return> and you'll be dropped back into the game.

Each Hint contains about 3 clues on the topic you've chosen.

Turning over..?

How do I stop the tape from being erased? -- Hint 1

How do I stop the tape from being erased before all the information is gone? -- Hint 2

How do I get information from the tape? -- Hint 3

How do I open the safe? -- Hint 4

How do I determine the code for the safe? -- Hint 5

How do I avoid meeting the couple? -- Hint 6

How do I use the terminal in Russell's room? -- Hint 7

How do I log in to the computer in Russell's room? -- Hint 8

What do I do when I've logged in to the computer in Russell's room? -- Hint 9

How do I get into Burnside's office? -- Hint 10

How do I avoid the guard when he comes up to the top floor? -- Hint 11

What is the significance of the bin in Conway's office? -- Hint 12

How do I use the terminal in Gibbs' office? -- Hint 13

How do I log in to the computer in Gibbs' office? -- Hint 14

How do I turn on the fire? -- Hint 15

How do I find a password for the computer in Gibbs' office? -- Hint 16

What do I do when I've logged in to the computer in Gibbs' office? -- Hint 17

How do I avoid the guard when he comes downstairs? -- Hint 18

How do I prevent Brauer's offive from being locked up? -- Hint 19

How do I open the chest in Brauer's office? -- Hint 20

How do I open the safe in the archive room? -- Hint 21

How do I get out of the archive room? -- Hint 22

How do I get into Mrs. Hamilton's room without being attacked by the dog? -- Hint 23

How do I avoid making the guard suspicious after disposing of the dog? -- Hint 24

How do I get out of the building? -- Hint 25

How do I return upstairs past the guard? -- Hint 26

Which key opens the door to Burnside's office? -- Hint 27

How do I avoid tripping over in Burnside's office? -- Hint 28

How do I get into Ramnaujan's laboratory? -- Hint 29

How do I get downstairs after leaving Ramnaujan's laboratory? -- Hint 30

How do I get back into the Zoo? -- Hint 31

How do I see what's happening in Murchiston's office? -- Hint 32

Can I do anything else in Murchiston's office? -- Hint 33

How do I avoid the guard on leaving Mrs. Hamilton's office? -- Hint 34

How do I read what's on the disc? -- Hint 35

How do I get out of the Zoo for the second time? -- Hint 36

Who is the transmission from? -- Hint 37

What do I do after leaving the Zoo finally? -- Hint 38

How do I pay the taxi driver? -- Hint 39

What do I do at the mole's house? -- Hint 40

How do I decipher the secret message? -- Hint 41

What do I do with the information on the sweet wrapper? -- Hint 42

What do I do if the pub is closed? -- Hint 43

What do I say to Cayley and Hardy when I meet them in the pub? -- Hint 44

How do I use any specific object in the game? -- Hint 45

Still stuck?

Whilst we will always try to give telephone help with technical problems, we cannot tell you how to solve the puzzles. If, despite having tried the on-line help system, you're well and truly stuck, drop us a line with a brief but complete description of your problem. We'll pass your letter on to Jon Thackray or Jonathan Partington who will respond in due course - but only if you enclose an SAE for their reply.

PO Box 39, Stilton
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