Freeware Garden: Able Mable Gets A Job

When Ruth Manning-Sanders retold the spooky, kids tale of The Old Whitch fifty years ago, she couldn’t have possibly anticipated it would spawn such a wonderfully odd interactive thing as Able Mable Gets A Job. Nor could she have expected that so many naughty little jokes could fit into something so short and so whimsical.

Then again, Manning-Sanders didn’t know much about minigames either and Able Mable Gets A Job is a sort of point-and-click adventure that does away with most of the adventuring bits to focus almost exclusively on minigames.

This is not a game about two sisters posing as maids in order to steal money from a witch. It’s all about a peasant girl and a princess with wavy arms and no hands competing for the same job offered by either a witch or a widow, though most probably a witch.

Playing as Able Mable you’ll take on┬áthe posh girl in a single day’s trial that includes cleaning floors, vigorously spanking drapes and scrubbing pots. It’s a day that also involves a lot of wild mouse moving and avoiding to drink foul-smelling tea. Also answering questions regarding whether you’d let a screaming bread out of an oven.

It’s delightfully odd, naughty and very silly – and it has the strangest 16-colour EGA graphics.


  1. Kefren says:

    Wot no Staring Eyes tag? ;-)

    • Konstantinos Dimopoulos says:

      I am sorry. So sorry. And a very bad person. It shall never happen again!

  2. caff says:

    As comical as this was, it was almost like going to work.


    This would be an excellent game if the minigames were over ten times faster and if it let you progress even if you lost.

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    Harlander says:

    Turns out AGS isn’t a great platform for QTE-esque minigames.

    And that those minigames aren’t a great platform for not having my carpal bones crunch like dry breakfast cereal.

  5. Wilson says:

    Yeah, was a cool game, but agree that the mini-games could have been more forgiving. Almost gave up at beating off.

  6. The_Dhel says:

    Hey guys, co-creator of Mable here. We updated the game some time ago to make the Minigames a little easier. However, i forgot to add the new version to our website. So when you follow the link now, you’ll get the updated version of the game :)