Deadline was perhaps the most complex and challenging mystery that Infocom ever released, which is impressive because it was also their first mystery adventure. The game was also innovative in that the characters, other than the one played by you, walked around and performed actions independently. A classic and a trendsetter, Deadline is worth playing.
N. KNOCK ON DOOR. N. E. U. U. W. W. W. W. N.
READ CALENDAR. TURN CALENDAR. RUB PENCIL ON NOTEPAD. DROP PENCIL. WAIT UNTIL 9:10. NO, (When asked if you want to keep waiting). PICK UP PHONE. S. E. E. E. E. S. S.
OPEN CABINET. GET LOBLO. READ LOBLO. N. N. D. D. W. S.
WAIT UNTIL 10:15 (when letter is brought to you by the mailman or slid under the door). YES (until then). NO. OPEN ENVELOPE. READ LETTER. DROP LETTER. OPEN DOOR (unless mailman handed the letter to you). S. WAIT UNTIL 11:45. YES (until paperboy arrives). NO. READ PAPER. READ SECOND SECTION. N. N. N. N. COUNT CHINA. S. S. W.
WAIT UNTIL 12:00. YES (until reading of will). NO. SHOW GEORGE THE CALENDAR. DROP CALENDAR. READ BOOK. DROP BOOK. E. E. U. U. W. W. W. W. N.
OPEN BALCONY DOORS. N. WAIT. YES (until George goes behind the bookshelf). NO. S. EXAMINE BOOKSHELF. WAIT. AGAIN. AGAIN. PRESS BUTTON. READ WILL. LOOK IN SAFE. GET PAPERS. READ PAPERS. W. S. E. E. E. E. D. D. W. S. S. W. W. NE. E.
ASK MCNABB ABOUT ROSES. (Follow McNabb if he leaves.) MCNABB, SHOW ME THE HOLES. Follow McNabb. DIG IN SOIL (until you find porcelein). ANALYZE PORCELEIN FOR LOBLO. W. SE. E. N. N. W.
ASK DUNBAR ABOUT LOBLO BOTTLE. DROP LOBLO. SHOW PAPERS TO BAXTER. WAIT UNTIL 1:30. NO (When Duffy returns). READ LAB REPORT. SHOW LAB REPORT TO DUNBAR. ACCUSE DUNBAR. SHOW LAB REPORT TO BAXTER. E. S. S. WAIT UNTIL 1:45. YES. NO. GET TICKET STUB. ASK DUNBAR ABOUT STUB. N. N. W. ASK BAXTER ABOUT STUB. ARREST BAXTER AND DUNBAR.