Creature Venture: Hidden Puzzles   2 comments

YOUR UNCLE LEARNED THE WAYS OF BLACK MAGIC AND OFTEN WOULD BECKON FORTH THE CREATURES OF HADES ONLY TO END UP RELINQUISHING HIS SOUL TO THIER DASTARDLY DEMANDS AND EVENTUALLY HIS LIFE.

IT IS RUMORED THAT YOUR UNCLE TRIED TO FIGHT BACK WITH THE HELP OF A MAGIC LAMP HE HAD BUT THAT IT WAS TOO LATE. ON THE NIGHT YOUR UNCLE DIED LUCIFER SENT FORTH A DEVIL RAIDER AND STOLE MOST OF THE TREASURE OF STASHBUCK MANSION.

I figured after the sprawling explore-a-thon that was The Tarturian I’d have a lot of map waiting for me, and I assume I still do, but I hit the edge so far early. I assume what I’m missing are hidden puzzles. That is, situations where there were no obvious obstacles. I can make a list of puzzles, but it’s pretty short:

1.) handle the oozlybub above. The elf I mentioned last time will throw things to be in the room, so maybe it can be something explode-y.

… and that’s it. I did also find a nifty hint which indicated a spot to dig …

I didn’t find this before because I previously thought the visual which turned out to be a PAINTING was a window. I do appreciate this is a purely visual clue that even needs to be solved visually, by mapping the outside picture to the right location.

… but as the game complains I don’t have a shovel, and there’s nothing I can proactively do to get one, I’m just going to assume I’ll run across one along the way. There’s nothing to “solve” really.

I did manage to find a flashlight laying on some stairs by LOOK STAIRS, and I’m still holding onto the words BEEZ and SESAME which don’t do me anything.

Beelzebub I assume. I’m hoping we get to meet Satan.

I assume I’m missing typing a LOOK at some item that will then yield me further information if I do the right verb, but I’ve tried to MOVE various objects to no avail (IT’S TOO HEAVY).

I’ve now twice combed over the map to make sure I haven’t missed any exits (although that’s not quite a guarantee there isn’t something I’ve botched up) but really, this game is lacking in things for me to try out.

The kitchen from last time where I can’t do anything with any of the items. LOOK ICEBOX (as suggested by Lisa in the comments) just says I SEE NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY.

With a modern point-and-click I can at least lawnmow everywhere as busywork while I accidentally find the next thing to do, but here I’m not even sure what that busywork would be.

I’ll still be succumbing to hints soon, as I know y’all prefer to read about making progress to not making progress. But I do think these moments of stuckness are important to document, as they can be an unfortunate part of the adventure experience, one that can be excised by a smooth narrative that makes a game’s plot seem smoother than it is.

Posted May 24, 2021 by Jason Dyer in Interactive Fiction

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  1. Figured it out

    the thing over the fireplace is a MIRROR

    gah

    Anyway, opened up a *bunch* of the map, so there will be progress next time.

  2. You have admirable patience.

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