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(A Walkthrough by ZURREEN ZUBAIRIE)
Copyright © 2007. All rights reserved.
(Please, note that this walkthrough is copyrighted. Hence, any attempt to
reproduce anything from this walkthrough will be severely punished to the
maximum extent of the law.)
Although I have been playing computer games for over five
years now, I started writing walkthroughs only about a month ago, and only
because of the encouragement by a dear friend. In fact, this is only the
second walkthrough that I have written. [My first one was on Midnight
Nowhere, a game that was nowhere as clean and intriguing as, but certainly
a lot more difficult and complicated than, this one.]
Unlike my first walkthrough, however, this one has no graphics
(i.e., screenshots). That was not by my choice. The developers of the
game appear to have used a platform that was either so sophisticated that
it blocks any attempts to take screenshot, or not sophisticated enough to
allow them. Whatever the reason, I personally found it to be rather
unfortunate, because I really believe that a picture does speak a thousand
words. I have tried to compensate for the problem by providing as much
detail as possible, hoping to ensure that anyone would be able to enjoy
the game, regardless of their particular level of expertise in
game-playing. I have also supplemented my efforts to illustrate by using
diagrams, wherever possible. Please, note, however, that these diagrams
are by no means "to scale." As I indicated, their sole purpose is to
provide the quickest and the simplest means of finding your way around the
house as well as in its environment. For your reassurance, please note
[Warning! Spoiler] that you will find the "actual" blueprints of the house
at least, somewhere in the middle of the game.
Once again, I am still only a "beginner" when it comes to
writing walkthroughs. Hence, any encouragement (as well as comments and
questions, of course) will be greatly appreciated. Please, direct all of
these to ZSZUBAIRIE@AOL.com. Thank you.
About the Game
This is undoubtedly one of the best games that I have ever
played. Please, note, however, that it can be extremely scary. Hence, I
would strongly advise players under the age of eighteen (and even older,
if you happen to have an incredibly strong imagination and/or something of
a sensitive heart) against playing this game.
Please, note also that there is at least one technical bug in
the game, which can be rather irritating if you happen to be somewhat
compulsive like me, who likes to replay a conversation or dialogue just to
be able to hear a particular segment or phrase, while skipping the rest.
Thus, if you use the ESC key once too often (say, when you are on the
phone with someone), you are often likely to get a "Breakpoint" error
message. The game would hang, and nothing will seem to help. Don't Worry
and Don't Panic. Just click OK on the error message. Then, press
CTRL+ALT+DEL, all together. A Task Manager window will pop up. Press the
"End Task" button in the lower part of that window. Another window will
then pop up, warning you not to continue or you will lose unsaved data,
etc. Don't pay any attention to this message, because you have actually
lost any such data already. So, just press the "End Now" choice on this
particular window, and WAIT. Soon enough (might well take a minute or
so), you will be brought back to your Desktop. The Task Manager window
might still be open, however. Try to close it, but its buttons to do so
["X" or Close] might be grayed out. In that case, just right-click on the
little green box, at the lower-left corner of the screen (next to the
Time/Date spot), and click on Close in the menu that pops up. When all
else fails, just switch off the computer, of course.
The Icons: There are only three icons in this game. The Open Hand
indicates action -- for example, opening the door, picking up an object,
etc. Click on the open hand every time you are told to perform an action
in this walkthrough. Clicking on the icon with the hand pointing
sideways, will allow you to step out of a close up, etc. Finally, the
hand with the finger pointing straight ahead, indicates that you can go in
The Inventory: Right-click to open the inventory. Click on the item you
want, and then right-click again to close the inventory. You will see the
item out on the screen now. Apply it to where you think it should go. If
you are right, the item will brighten up. Click on the spot where it does
and a cut scene will usually do the rest.
The Slideshow: You will find this feature in the Setup. Turning it OFF
allows you to explore your surroundings in the normal way. However, using
this mode also has two disadvantages. First, you are likely to miss a
critical clue as your cursor speeds right past it. Also, it might make
you rather dizzy, especially if you happen to have a mouse with the
tracking ball on top, which tends to make things move really fast on the
screen. Thus, your eyes might actually "appreciate" it if you turn the
"slideshow" ON. You can then examine your surroundings more carefully, on
a frame-by-frame basis; and the chances of missing a pertinent clue are
also less. The downside of it, of course, is that it does tend to be a
bit more laborious than the natural mode.
Saturday, October 12th (Day One):
You arrive at the Blackwood Manor and are automatically
brought out of the car. Turn to your left though, and click on the car
door to open it and get back inside. Now open the glove compartment and
retrieve the car keys. Step out of the close up, and then click on the
door to get out of the car again.
Step directly towards the mansion now. You will have to go around the
fountain to do so. As you reach the front door, open your inventory and
bring out the large key. Place it on the door handle and click to unlock
the door. Click on the door handle itself then to open the door and
enter. You will find yourself in a small hall, with the stairs to your
left and a small room in the front. (See diagram below)
Remember, you are lugging around two rather large cases, so it
would be best to take the load off first. So go directly up the stairs.
[Notice the silent remark at the bottom of your screen just as you reach
the top of the stairs. It is important to pay attention to these remarks,
because they will often give you some clues.]
Enter the first room on your right. This is your bedroom.
Turn around and try to flip the light switch next to the door. It is not
working, however, as the comment at the bottom will also confirm. Move
towards the large desk across the room. Open the inventory to bring out
the second case, and place it on the desk. Open the case. Now click on
the papers inside, to see them automatically come out and neatly placed on
the right side of the desk. Now click on the type writer, to see it also
come out and be placed in the center of the desk. Click on the case twice
then, to close it and then to put it away.
Step out of this close up and approach the small table to the left of the
desk. Bring out your suitcase from the inventory this time, and place it
on this table. Open the suitcase. Click on the pen, then on the matches
(between the pair of shoes), to deposit them both in your inventory.
Next, click on the battered little brown notebook that was under the pen.
Click on it again to open it and reveal your secretary's phone number.
Click on it yet again, to put the notebook away. Now click on the
business card, in the center of the suitcase, to reveal the phone number
of your friend, Jerry. [Now that you have seen the numbers, you can call
either of these people whenever you consider it appropriate to do so.]
Click on the envelope to the right in the suitcase, open it and then click
on to read the four pages inside. Click on the blue hard cover book to
see the hero's latest work in print.
Step out of this close up. Now click on the top drawer. Click on the
papers inside, and repeatedly to see that they are all drawings and
sketches on human anatomy. Close this drawer and open the next one, to
find some bottles inside. Close this drawer also and open the last one at
the bottom. It is empty. Close this drawer too and go to the right of
the desk. Close up on the wastebasket on the floor, and pick up the piece
of paper lying inside. Read it. Step out of this close up then. Click
on the two shelves of the bookcase to your right, to find nothing of
interest to the hero. So move towards the fireplace now, on the other
side of the bed. Close up on the little black bag, sitting on the floor,
to the right of the fireplace. Open it and pick up the stethoscope.
Click on the papers, and "flip" through them as well by clicking
repeatedly, to find more drawings on anatomy. Step out of this close up.
You might want to look at the doctor's certificate up on the wall to the
left of the fireplace, indicating that this had been the doctor's bedroom
as well, and explaining all those drawings and sketches on anatomy. Close
up and click on the fireplace itself, to find "remnants of a previous
You are done in this room for now, so come downstairs again. The phone
should be ringing in the Phone Room. [Refer to the earlier diagram.] If
not, give it a few seconds. As it starts ringing then, close up on it and
It is a call from Jerry. The conversation will continue
without your having to do anything further. As the other guy hangs up,
your hero will do the same. Now call your secretary, Barbara. [As you
pick up the phone, three choices will appear at the bottom of the screen.
Just click on the second choice, with her name in it.] This conversation
will be just cheerful and casual, and the only important thing you will
learn is that she is studying "tongues," i.e., different languages. Step
out of the close up, and towards the front door. Click on the door handle
to open the door and step outside. As you come out, the comment at the
bottom of the screen will indicate that someone has been at the "front
gates." Go to the main gate (where your car is parked) and close up on
the little black mailbox situated to the left of the barred gate. Click
on the mailbox to open it and then on the yellow note inside to pick it up
and read it. [Note: the note disappears altogether once you step out of
this close up so either save your game on this note or read it as
carefully as you would like the very first time!] You learn that you have
missed a visit from the electrician.
Step out of the close up and return to the house. Go to the
phone and call Jerry (just click on the first choice, the one with his
name in it, at the bottom of your screen). Again, the conversation will
carry on and conclude without your having to do anything at all. As the
two guys hang up, step out of the close up and move towards the door on
the other side of this room. Click on its handle to enter the Dining
Room. Turn left and click on the cabinet to your left. The only
clickable area is the top shelf, filled with bottles. There is only one
bottle at the very back (second from the left actually) in the top shelf
where you get a message at the bottom of the screen that is different from
the ones you get by clicking on the other bottles: about J.B., etc. [But
there is no significance to this. Perhaps the game designers intended to
use this for some purpose, and either forgot to do so or decided to drop
the idea altogether.]
Go around the dining table. Click on the two pots by the
window, to find that the plants have long died because they had not been
watered. Move to your right, still around the dining table, and click on
the objects on the small table. It's "useless junk." Click on the drawer
of a larger table to the right. Click on its contents and you will find
that it is full of napkins, etc., nothing of use to the hero. Come around
the dining table now and move towards the double doors in front of you.
Click on either door handle to enter the Study.
Move towards the large desk right in front of you, across the room, and
come around it. Close up on the desk, then on the red journal lying on
the top, and read it (flipping the pages by clicking on the page to the
right until you have reached the blank page at the end). Click on the
last page then to close and put the journal away. Step out of the close
up on the journal now and click on the top drawer, on the left side of the
desk, to open it. There is nothing "clickable" there, meaning nothing of
interest. So close it and click to open the second drawer from the top.
Click on the white envelope to deposit it in your inventory. Close this
drawer also and open the one right under it. Click on the "boring" (i.e.,
piercing) tool, to deposit it in your inventory as well. Close this
drawer as well. Click to open the bottom drawer now, and again there is
nothing clickable, i.e., of interest. So close this too and now try to
open the top drawer on the right side of the desk. It is locked. Step
out of the close up on the desk.
Go to the fireplace to your left and close up on it. Click on it, to find
the remnants of another old fire. Feel free to click on objects on the
mantel, and then move towards the door to your right. Click on the small
table to the right of the door, to find that the little drawer would not
open. You are done in this room now, so click on the handle to the door
on your left, to enter the Living Room.
Go to the left, to the coffee table in front of the fireplace.
Close up on the coffee table, and then on the dark red journal lying on
top, on the edge of the table closest to you. Again, read it, flipping
the pages by clicking on the right page until you reach the blank page at
the end of this journal too. Click on this last page then, to close the
journal and put it away. Step out of the close up and turn around to face
the fireplace. Close up and click on it to find that there is "a generous
amount of wood" there that you can use to light up a fire should you need
one. You are done in this room also, for now, so leave the room and head
back for the Dining Room, through the Phone Room again.
Go straight forward to the door on the opposite side of this room, and
click on its handle, to enter the Hallway. Step towards the table to the
right of the door in front of you. Click on the two drawer handles on
either side to find that the drawer is "stuck beyond hope." Move towards
the door on your left now, click on its handle, and enter the Kitchen.
Move to the sink on the opposite side of the wall. Close up on the sink
and click on the taps to see that there is no water. Step out of the
close up and click on the cabinet, to the left of the sink, to open it.
Click on the top drawer inside, to find it empty. Close it and then click
to open the drawer under it. Click on the large knife, on your lower
right, to deposit it in your inventory. Step out of this close up now and
move towards the green door to the right of the refrigerator. Click on
its door handle to enter the Maid's room.
Go to the desk to the right of the wall across the room.
Close up on the top of the desk and then click on the papers there, to
remove the topmost sheet from the pile. Step out of this close up and
click on the top drawer to your right to open it. Click on the pencil in
the lower left side of the drawer, to deposit it in your inventory. Now
open your inventory, pick up the pencil and put it on the sheet of the
paper, to reveal a letter written in Italian. [Note for those who may not
be familiar with this old technique: whenever we write on the top sheet
of a writing tablet, we leave an imprint of our writing on the page right
under the one we use. By using the edge of the lead of a dark colored
pencil, you can gently shade across the page and a white image of the
writing will appear against the gray shading we etched, revealing
everything that was scribbled on the page above. Thus, the game designers
have actually erred by showing a dark writing against a white page in the
inventory, because in reality it would be the opposite. Nevertheless, the
idea is that this is how the hero gets his hands on what had been written
on the topmost sheet now obviously removed. The problem now, however, is
to get the message translated so that we can understand what had been
written on the missing page.]
Step out of the inventory and close up on the black-and-white photograph
that is lying under some writing tablet that was under the pencil you just
picked. As you get the close up, click on the picture again and read the
comment at the bottom of the screen indicating that it was an old picture
of the kitchen you just left. Notice the large key hanging on the wall to
the left of the door you had used to enter the kitchen. There is a large
urn right under the key in this picture. However, neither the key nor the
urn is in that place in the kitchen now. [The clue here is that the key
had fallen in the urn that has apparently been removed. So you must now
find the urn, in order to find the key.]
Step out of the close up on the desk now and move towards the
large chest of drawers against the wall on your left. There are two small
drawers at the top and two large ones under them. Open each of them,
click on the contents, and then close to do the same with the rest of the
drawers. There is nothing of interest in any of these drawers, however,
except that the contents of the small drawer on the left indicate that the
room had been used by someone quite interested in photography.
Turn to the door on your right now and click on its handle, to enter the
bathroom. Turn around and close up on the sink to your left. Click on
the taps, to find that there is no water running here either. You are
done with this room, as well as in the maid's room (for now). So return
to the Hallway through the Kitchen.
Go to the corner on the other side of the stairs and to the right of the
door to the Dining Room. You will see three urns placed under the window
there. Click on the drapes to open them. Now close up on the little urn
on the left. You see a key lying inside. Click on it, to deposit it in
the inventory. Step out of this close up and return to the Kitchen. Head
directly for the gray door to your right. Open the inventory and pick up
the "golden key" you just retrieved from the urn out in the Hallway.
Close the inventory, and place the key on the keyhole. Click on the key
to unlock the door. Now click on the door handle to enter the Basement.
Go down the stairs. Turn left and you will see the top half
of a rusted fuse box up on the wall in front of you. Click on the box to
open it. Click on the magnifying-glass icon on each of the handles
inside, and the comment at the bottom will indicate that there seems to be
nothing wrong with the fuses. Click on the two handles anyway and nothing
will happen. Close the fuse box. You are actually done in the Basement
for now but feel free to explore. Move towards the furnace on your right,
and click on it to read the comment at the bottom of the screen about its
size. Move a step further right and close up on the furnace's little
door. Click on the door to open it, and then click on the dark interior
to read the hero's comment at the bottom of the screen. Step out of this
close up and look to your right. Close up either on the valve on the wall
or the drain cover on the ground, and you will get a close up both.
Clicking on the drain cover, however, will do nothing but to give you a
message at the bottom of the screen that it is a drain cover. Click on
the Open Hand icon on the valve, to find that it does not budge. Click on
it again, to learn that the hero cannot move it with his bare hands.
Spend some more time clicking on boxes under the stairs and in the center
of the Basement, until your hero reports feeling a sudden breeze on his
neck. Step out of the basement then and make your way back to the Phone
Room. Call Jerry first. Again, you don't have to do anything further but
to listen to the conversation. When the two men hang up, pick up the
phone again and call Barbara, the secretary, now. Again, listen to the
conversation, as the hero asks her to translate a letter written in
Italian and she tells him to send it to her. As the conversation ends,
step out of the close up and open your inventory. Pick up the letter you
had found in the maid's room. Place it on the envelope you had retrieved
from the study, to seal the letter. Now put your pen on the envelope, to
write the address on it. The letter is all set to be mailed. So step out
of the house, and head for the main gates. Close up on the mailbox to the
left of the main gates. Click on it to open it, bring out your sealed
letter from the inventory and place it inside the mailbox. Close the box
again, step out of the close up, and return to the house.
In the last conversation with Jerry, he had told the hero to find some
candles around the house. We have already searched and found none on the
ground floor. So go upstairs now. (See the diagram below.)
We had already searched the guest room also. So as you reach
the top of the stairs, turn to your left this time. Move forward and
click on the handle of the door to your left, to enter the Main Bedroom.
As you enter, go straight forward and turn left to face the chest of
drawers. Click on the Open Hand icon to open each drawer, check out its
contents, close it and move on to the next one, until you have searched
all four drawers. You find nothing of interest here. So turn around and
try to click on the dresser drawers to your right. But the hero doesn't
even want to open these, expecting them to be filled with just trinkets
and perfumes. Step further right, turn around, and try clicking on the
dresser drawers on that side; but you will get the same response from the
hero. So return to the door and step to the right side of the room now.
Turn around (away from the bed) and close up on the little oval mirror
sitting on the table to the right of the bed. Click on it and it will
change its angle a little bit. Step out of the close up and look to the
right of the large mirror at the wall. There is a picture of a woman
holding some kind of a crystal ball. Close up on the picture and then
click on the Open Hand icon that now appears around the crystal ball in
the woman's hands. The picture will fling to your left, and reveal a
hidden safe behind it. Click on the safe and read the hero's comment at
the bottom of the screen, about not knowing the combination or anything
about cracking safes. You are done in this room for now, so exit and
click on either handle of the double doors immediately in front of you, to
enter the Gallery.
Turn left and step to the little table in the corner. Close
up on the top of the table. Click on the piece of paper almost hidden
behind the hat, to pick it up and read a letter by a museum director.
Step out of the close up and turn to your right. Step forward towards the
window in front, turn to your left and close up on the upper part of a
large glass display. Click on it to learn that the display is one of a
pair of huge carved tusks. Step out of this close up and click on the
brass handle right under the glass part of the display. The comment at
the bottom of the screen indicates that the display does not move. Close
up at the base of the display then, and click on the magnifying glass icon
on the thin panel strip running along the length of the base, stopping
just short of the very corner at the left end. [Note: You can confirm
that it is the right spot by referring to the comment, at the bottom of
the screen, about the bottom of the case having some kind of a panel.]
After having clicked on it once, an Open Hand icon will appear on that
strip. Click on it but the panel appears to be stuck in place. Bring out
the large knife from your inventory, place it on the strip, and click to
remove it from the display. Click on the little wheels now revealed at
either end of the display, to read the comment at the bottom of the screen
that the panel had been hiding these wheels. [Hint: The display can be
Step out of the close up and look at the display to your right now. Feel
free to look closely at the four objects on display here, clicking on the
magnifying glass icon to get a close up of each. You don't get any
comments at the bottom of the screen, however, indicating that there is
nothing of interest. So step out of the close up, head back towards the
door, and step towards the window on the right side of the room now. Turn
right to see yet another display, this one of some exotic masks. Close up
on the mask on the extreme left, and click on it to read the hero's
comment about it. There seems to be a mask missing to the right of this
one. So step out of this close up and close up on the third mask from the
left, and then on the fourth one right next to it. Step out of this close
up and turn around. Step towards the door and close up on the necklace
you see on a display to the left of the door. Click on the large, white,
claw-like object hanging from the center of the necklace, and read the
comment at the bottom of the screen, about something like a lion's claw
having been firmly attached to the necklace. You are done in this room,
for now, so exit.
As you step out of the room, move to your right, and click on the handle
of the door at that end of the corridor, to enter the bathroom. Close up
on the sink to your left, and click on the two taps to find that there is
no water here either. Step out of the close up. There are three small
drawers on either side, under the sink, and one large drawer in the middle
at the very bottom. Search all of these drawers. [Note: all you have to
do is open one drawer and then click on the Open Hand icon on the other
one, to automatically close the first one before the second one is opened
for you.] Click on the white piece of cloth you find in the large middle
drawer at the bottom, to deposit it in your inventory. You are done in
this room now, so exit.
Step forward, turn to your left, and go upstairs to the next
floor. (See diagram below.)
As you come upstairs, move up to and click the handle to the
door right in front of you, to enter the bathroom on this floor. The room
seems to have been under construction, however, and is therefore not
really a finished room. There are bricks and wooden planks everywhere.
Just as you enter, turn right and click on the magnifying glass icon on
the bricks there on the ground. You will get a close up of a brick, with
a small metal rod sticking in the center. Click on the rod to deposit it
in your inventory. You are done in this room now, so step forward and
click on the handle to the door on your left, to enter the adjacent room.
This room seems to have been under construction as well, with
bricks and all kinds of "trash" around. Step forward, turn to your right,
and click on the small stove sitting on a plank that has been placed as a
makeshift wooden bench. The close up of the stove will show you a metal
rod on its left side, but merely a hole on the right. Bring out of your
inventory the small metal rod you just picked from the adjacent bathroom,
place it on the hole on the right side of the stove, and click to see it
fit into place. You are done in this room also, at least for now. So
step out of the close up, turn around and exit through the door to your
right, to get back in the hallway on this floor.
The stairs to the attic are immediately to your right. Step
forward, however, and try to open the door to your right (the one marked
with a "?" in the diagram, appearing to the left of the stairs you had
used to come up to this floor). The comment at the bottom of the screen
indicates, however, that the door seems to be stuck. So come around the
stairs to the attic and try to open the door to your left (the other door
marked with a "?" in the diagram). The comment at the bottom of the
screen tells you that the door is locked but that the hero can see a key,
on the other side of the door, in the keyhole. Turn to your left then,
and click on the newspaper on the ground, to deposit it in your inventory.
Bring the newspaper out of your inventory and place it under the door.
Now bring the "boring tool" out of your inventory, place it on the
keyhole, and click to read the comment at the bottom of the screen that
the key has been knocked down (and has thus landed onto the newspaper).
So pick up the newspaper from the floor, only to read the comment at the
bottom of the screen that the key got stuck on the other side of the door.
Click on the door handle to find that there is no way to get the key now.
So come around to the stairs to the attic, and go up the
stairs to the attic now. Open the door and step towards the wall in front
of you. There is a pile of newspapers on the ground, right under a small
circular window. Click to get a close up of the newspapers, and then try
to pick one up, only to find (from the comment at the bottom of the
screen) that the pile of newspapers is too huge and that you would need a
specific date to find a particular newspaper. Click on the little green
chest, to the right of the newspaper pile, to get its close up. Once you
get this close up, click to open the chest. Click to pick up the lantern
on the left side of the chest, to deposit it in your inventory. Now click
on the papers in the left side of the chest and, as you get a close up of
them, click repeatedly to see them one by one. Click on the papers in the
right side of the chest then, and similarly look at them one by one as
well. Step out of the close up and click on the magnifying icon on the
right and left sides of the room, and read the comments at the bottom of
the screen to find either nothing of interest or the hero getting eerie
impressions. You are done in the attic, for now, so exit and head back
for the Phone Room.
Call Jerry now, and listen to the conversation between the two
men. Since the hero couldn't find any candles in the house, he must now
drive over to town and buy some. So, as the two men hang up, step out of
the house through the front door and head for your car standing by the
main gates. Get in the car, bring out your car keys from the inventory
and place them on the "car starter," i.e., the ignition (in the little
white circle, right under the red one, on the right side of the steering
wheel). Click to place the key in the ignition, and then again to try to
start the car. The engine purrs a little and dies out, as the red bulb
above the car starter starts flashing. The comment at the bottom of the
screen indicates that the hero had left the lights on when he had first
gotten out of the car. Click on the ignition again, and the comment at
the bottom of the screen will tell you that the car battery is dead. So
step out of the car and return to the house, to call Jerry again.
Jerry will tell you now to go to sleep, but the hero won't be
"allowed" to do so (by the game designers) until he does three more
things, two of these being to call Jerry again. So as the two men hang up
the first time, call Jerry again. You will have a choice of two topics,
as indicated at the bottom of the screen: the previous inhabitants of the
house and the safe. Click on the first topic. Jerry will tell you then
about a murder that took place in the house back in May, 1963. As the two
men hang up again, call Jerry once more. This time, you won't be given
any choices at the bottom of the screen, as the hero will automatically
start talking about the safe. As it will turn out, Jerry does have the
information but not readily available, so he will end the conversation
promising to give the information tomorrow. [Note: the reason that the
two men keep hanging up is that the game is designed so that you can call
Jerry up as soon as you discover something that you can relate to him in
order to receive some information from him in return. Rather than running
back and forth to and from the phone, however, we are taking care of a few
things at the same time. The downside, of course, is that we need to keep
calling Jerry until all the necessary information has been exchanged
between the two men.]
As this last conversation ends, go back up to the attic and try to pick up
a newspaper. A single choice will appear at the bottom of the screen,
relating to a news story in the date of May, 1963. Click on this choice
and you will get a close up of a news page detailing the account of the
murder Jerry had mentioned. You are done for the day now. So go to your
room downstairs and towards the bed. As you see the Open Hand icon on the
bed, the comment at the bottom of the screen will confirm that it is time
to go to sleep.
While the day may be over, however, the night is not – as the
hero wakes up, in the middle of the night, by the sounds of a hammer
"banging away" . . .
Try to open the inventory, but you will not be able to do so.
So step out of the room, walk down the corridor and enter the Gallery.
Look on the left side of the room, where that large glass cabinet, with
the huge carved tusks, stood. You had not been able to move the cabinet
earlier that day, but it is not there anymore. Instead, you see a
boarded-up door that might have been behind the display all along. Move
towards that door, look down and close up on the hammer lying in front of
you. Pick it up and . . . you will find yourself back in your room.
Apparently, you had just been having a dream (or a nightmare).
But you are up now, and out of the bed. It is still night time, and you
have apparently been awakened by some other strange sounds – this time,
more like that of scratching – coming from somewhere. Go to the
fireplace. As you approach it, the comment at the bottom of the screen
tells you that the sounds have grown louder. Close up on the fireplace,
and place your stethoscope inside. Yes, the sounds seem to be coming from
there. But you are still not sure of the source; and you won't be able to
go back to sleep until you do. So go down to the Living Room now, and
close up on the fireplace there. Put your stethoscope, not on the logs
but on the piece of the wall right above them. Yes, the sounds must be
coming from below . . .
Return to your room now and, just as you enter, the comment at
the bottom of the screen will inform you that the scratching sounds have
now stopped. So go back to sleep now.
Sunday, October 13th (Day Two):
You wake up to find the rain pouring down. Go downstairs and
wait for the phone to ring. It's Jerry. The plans are changed, of
course, because of the rain. Although he can't come any time soon, he
does give you the combination for the safe. No need to make a note of the
combination, however. Just go up to the main bedroom, move the picture
frame, and click on the safe, to see it open. Inside you will find a key
and a construction contract. Pick up the key, and read the contract.
Go upstairs now to the door behind the stairs to the attic
(where you had knocked off and tried to retrieve the key with the
newspaper). Bring out the key you just found in the safe, place it on the
keyhole and click. Enter the room. This appears to be some kind of a
studio. Examine the paintings, and then move towards the table, to your
right, on the other side of the room. Turn to your left and pick up the
hammer from the stool. Now close up on the table, and click twice on the
center of the table. The first time, you will pick up a silver key, and
the second time a lid of one of the small paint cans you see in front of
you. Close up on the blueprints lying on the left side of the table.
Click on the right side to flip through and examine all three pages. When
you are looking at the layout of the second floor, however, be sure to
click on the block representing a small room to the left of the main
bedroom. Read the comment at the bottom of the screen, indicating you had
not seen this room.
Step out of the close ups and go to the other room, through
the door on your left. You see a rope hanging from the ceiling (to your
right, in front of you) and a ladder behind it. Go to the ladder, move up
one step and you will be able to see the beam where the rope has been
tied. Use your knife right where the magnifying glass icon appears (on
the loop of the rope close to the knot), to cut down the rope. Go up
further then, to find a number of cans sitting on a shelf. Pick up the
lubricating can, sitting next to a large dirty square can to the left.
Next, click on that square can. The comment at the bottom of the screen
will call it dirty as well. [Note: While almost all of the other cans
will be said to be "dusty," this is the only can that you click on that
will be said to be "dirty."] Use the white cloth in your inventory to
clean the can, to reveal the words "Motor Oil." Now use the "boring tool"
to pierce a hole in the side of the can facing you. Next, put your
lantern on that hole to fill it up with oil. Come down the ladder then
and move back towards the door you had used to enter this room. Instead
of trying to leave, however, turn around and pick up the rope (you had
cut) from the floor. Move to the door, to your left, on the other side of
the room. Click on its door handle, thus managing to open it from this
side, to return to the hallway.
Come downstairs and approach the door of the main bedroom. A
magnifying glass icon now appears to the left of the door. As you click
on it, the comment at the bottom of the screen indicates that there should
be a door there, according to the blueprints you had just seen upstairs.
Use your knife to scratch off some of the paper from the wall, to reveal a
bricked up doorway. You need to find another way to enter this room.
Go back upstairs, past the studio room, and to the stairs on
your right. Go up a step, turn to your left, and open the window on that
landing. Go further up, to reach the top of the stairs. You will find a
large dark crack in the wall in front of you. Use your hammer on it and
you will see a hole has been made in the wall, with a beam of light coming
through. Now bring out your rope and put it on the "old, rusty lamp"
right above the crack. Click on the end of the rope lying on the ground,
and it will be slipped through the hole in the wall for you. Come down to
the first landing and close up on the window you had just opened, by
clicking on the magnifying glass icon, and you will be able to see just a
tiny piece of the rope arched at the upper right corner of the window.
Click on it and the rest of the rope will be brought into view, with a
directional icon allowing you to go through. You will have to click on
this icon three times though before the hero will start to climb down the
rope. You will have to take four steps before you find the hero in front
of a window. Click on the window to open it, and then enter the
It appears to be a nursery. Turn to your right and look down
on the blocks on the floor. Close up and see that four blocks have been
set apart: O, B, I, N. Notice the numbers that are under each letter: 9,
0, 9, 7 (respectively). Step out of the close up. [Note: you will save
yourself a second trip to this room later if you close up on the blocks
piled up on the little cart and note that R (appearing right behind the
red handle of another toy) has the number 5 under it. (To be explained
later in the game.) Step out of this close up also.]
Now move forward in the room, turn to your left and open the
top drawer. Close up on the birth certificate, lying in the left side of
the drawer. Read the document and notice the birth date: August 7, 1961.
Step out of the close up. You are done in this room now, so head back
through the window you had used to come in. Go to the attic now and click
on the newspapers. You will have a second choice at the bottom of the
screen now, for the date of August 1961. Click on this choice to read
about the childbirth.
Go downstairs and try to call Jerry, only to find that the
phone lines are apparently down. So come back upstairs and enter the
Gallery. Go to the display with the carved tusks, close up on and remove
the thin panel at the base. [All you have to do is click on the Open Hand
icon, this time.] Use the lubricating can to oil the two wheels, one by
one, on either side. Press the handle then, to move the display aside.
Turn around to find that the display had been hiding a boarded up door,
just like the one you had seen in your dream. Step towards this door, and
use your hammer on the planks to remove them. Now click on the door
handle, to enter.
It is pitch dark inside, so open your inventory and place the matches on
the lantern, to light it up. Bring the lantern out of the inventory and
just click in front of you, to illuminate what turns out to be a closet.
Click on the mask sitting right in front of you. Turn to your right then
and click on the row of bamboos, to move them and reveal a little window
behind. With enough light coming through that window, the hero will
automatically put the lantern away, to conserve the little oil in it.
Turn to your left now and close up on the little box on the ground, with
an old lamp and two separate sets of documents sitting on top. Pick up
and read through the pages in each set. You are done in the closet, for
now, so head for the phone room next.
Call Jerry (the phone is working again!). Listen to the
conversation and as the two men hang up, go to your room. It is a bit
early to go to sleep though. So close up on your desk and click on the
typewriter twice – first to put some paper in, and then to start the
typing itself. As the typing stops, click on the typewriter again to
bring up the page and see what the hero has written. Click on the paper
then to put it away, step out of the close up and go to bed.
Again, the day may be over, but the night is not … This time,
however, the hero wakes up in the middle of the night, not by any strange
sounds, but by a strange feeling …
Step out of your room and go into the Gallery. Go to the
newly discovered closet on your left and enter, to find that the mask you
had seen there earlier in the day is no longer there … Open the door to
leave the closet, only to (see something) …
Once again, you will find yourself back in your room and out
of the bed. Apparently, what you just saw was only a "bizarre dream," but
the scratching sounds you hear are definitely quite real. So leave your
room, and go down to the basement. But it is pitch dark in there. So
once you enter, open your inventory, and use the matches on the lantern to
light it up. Bring the lantern out of the inventory then and just click
in the darkness to illuminate your way.
Come down the stairs and approach the furnace door to your
right. Open the door and, now that the lantern is lighting your way, a
directional arrow will allow you to go in. Get in and keep going forward
(four steps actually) until you reach the very end of the shaft. Wait a
few seconds and then, a very short cut scene will frighten the hero.
[Note: It happens very fast so it would be a good idea to save the game
just before the hero reaches the very end, in order to be able to replay
and see exactly what the hero sees …]
Turn around and head back out of the shaft. [Note: it will be
three steps after you turn around that everything will go completely dark,
as you hear the scratching sounds rather loudly in the background. This
is apparently a "special effect." The controls will then be returned to
you, and it will be three steps after that then that you will then be able
to get out of the shaft and return to the basement. Leave the basement.
The lantern will go out just as soon as you enter the kitchen. But that's
okay, there is enough light to help you get back to your room. Once
there, go back to bed.
Monday, October 14th (Day Three):
The rain has stopped. Go downstairs and the comment at the
bottom of the screen will indicate that it is very cold. So go in the
living room, close up on its fireplace, and use your matches on the logs
to light up a nice warm fire.
Go to the phone room now. Try to call the secretary, but only
to realize that it is her day off. So call Jerry now, and listen to the
conversation. As the two men hang up, get ready to make another call.
Remember the contract that you had found in the safe the day before?
Well, if you had looked closely, there was a "contact number" (i.e., phone
number) for the National Bank of Northumberland, at the very bottom of the
page: 01912-94144. If you had tried to call this number the day before,
it would not have worked because it was Sunday and the bank was closed.
So call this number now, by clicking on the third choice at the bottom of
the screen ("I dialed another number") and then clicking the above numbers
on the phone dial that will be presented to you. Someone by the name of
Robert Blake will answer the phone.
Note: You will get only one chance to obtain any information
from this person, because he will threaten to call the authorities, if you
call a second time; and the hero won't even try to "push his luck" a third
time. So be sure to save your game just before you make the call. When
Blake answers, you will be given a choice of two topics: to ask him about
Dr. Christopher Milton or James Blackwood. If you ask about the doctor,
you will learn something but the conversation would end right there. So I
suggest, you listen to this information and then reload the game to begin
a conversation with Blake as if you were calling for the first time. This
time, ask for information on Blackwood. Blake will be reluctant to
divulge any information about a customer, of course, and you will get a
choice to pretend to be either Dr. Milton or Chief William Bailey (the
police officer who had investigated the murder several years ago).
Pretend to be the chief, and the conversation would be real short. So
reload the game, and go through the above steps related to the inquiry
about Blackwood again. This time, however, pretend to be the doctor and
you will get a choice of two topics again: to ask the man about the
construction during the 60's or the recent activities. Try the first
topic, and then reload the game and repeat the above steps until you reach
the choice of "recent activities." Ask Blake about this topic, and listen
to what he says. In short, try out all these different possibilities, to
learn (for yourself) different pieces of information.
Now that it has stopped raining, it is time to take care of a
few things outside. (See diagram below.)
Step out of the front door, go down the stairs, and take two
steps to the left of the fountain (towards the main gates). Turn to your
left, and you will see the Garage building. Go to the garage, and bring
out the silver key you had found in the studio the day before. Use it to
unlock the padlock on the garage door, and then click on the door handles
to enter. You will see a work bench to your left. Go straight forward
and pick up the crowbar leaning against the right edge of the work bench
from the floor. Now turn left and close up on that part of the work
bench. Next, close up on the tool box. Pick up the screwdriver, then the
pair of pliers, to deposit them in your inventory. You are done in the
garage, for now, so come out and return to the house.
Instead of going up the stairs, however, go around the
fountain to your right this time, and turn to the path leading further
down to your right. As you take one step down this path, and then look to
your right, you will see another path shooting off in that direction from
the path you are on. Continue on the path you are on, however, until you
arrive at the Green House door. Try to open it, but the hinges are too
rusty. So use your lubricating can (anywhere on the door), and then click
on the handle, to enter the Green House.
You will see a large dead tree, in the center of the
greenhouse, in front of you. You will also see something shining, at the
base of the tree, but outside its planter and beneath the grating. Take a
step toward the tree, look down, and click on that object. The magnifying
glass icon will turn into an Open Hand icon. Try to pick up the object,
but you won't be able to do so.
Take two steps around the dead tree, moving right, look down and close up
on the tap below. Click on it to find that there is no water here either.
Step out of the close up and go up the metallic stairway to your right.
Step forward and look to your left. There is a shovel in the planter to
your right and a hose lying on the ground below. Click on the shovel, but
it is stuck in the soil. Now click on the end of the hose close to the
planter, and it will be slipped into the planter. Click on the other end
then, and it will be slipped over the railing.
Turn to your right now, step forward, and close up on the desk
you see on your left. You will see two drawers on either side of the
desk. Open the one on the left, click on the papers inside, and read
through the pages. Close this drawer then, and open the drawer on the
right now. Pick up the large pair of shears. Close this drawer as well.
Now click on the bright plant, sitting in a pot, on top of the desk, to
your left. The comment at the bottom of the screen will indicate that it
is a "strangely attractive" plant. Use the shears you just picked up, on
this plant, to take a few of its leaves.
Step out of the greenhouse and take two steps back towards the
manor. Turn right, and see the directional arrow allowing you to go off
further in that direction. Take two steps to your right then (i.e.,
follow the directional arrow to the right), to come up against a large
grey tree. If you click on the tree, you will get its description. Click
on a dark triangular hole at it base, and the comment at the bottom of the
screen will inform you that the tree had a little hole in its base which
allowed some water to pass through. Close up under that hole, and then
click under what looks like a cake of dirt, to find that there was a small
pool of water below the arching tree. Step out of the close up now, and
go back to the main path to return to the manor.
Go down into the basement then, and close up on the valve to
your right. Place the crowbar you got from the garage, on the valve. Use
the hammer on the crowbar then, to turn the valve around. Pick up your
crowbar now. Click on the valve, just to make sure you are done, and the
comment at the bottom of the screen will indicate that there is no need to
fiddle further with the valve. Come back up to the kitchen and try the
taps in the sink again. The water is running now, but not coming out of
the taps. Go back to the greenhouse, and around the dead tree, and close
up on the tap below. Right next to the tap, to the left, you will find
the end of the hose you had slipped down the railing earlier. Click at
that end of the hose, and see it attach itself to the tap. Turn on the
tap now, to hear the sound of water going through. Go up the metal
stairway then, and pick up the shovel from the planter. Come down to the
tap again, and remove the hose, letting the water drain into the grating.
Come around to where you had seen the shiny object. You might have to
wait a few seconds, until you hear a tiny jingling sound, and then the
shiny object would be gone.
[Note: The idea is to flush that shiny object out into that
"small pool of water" under the grey arching tree. But if you were to go
back to the tree right now, you will not find it there yet. The problem
is that there is an obstruction – right here in the greenhouse – that is
preventing the shiny object from making its way back to the tree.]
Take one step to your right, and look down to find a pot
knocked over on the ground. Close up on it and use your pair of shears on
the stem of the bush growing out of that pot. [You have now removed the
aforementioned obstruction.] Go over to that grey tree now, close up on
the hole at the base, and you will see the shiny object at the base of the
tree trunk (i.e., under the cake of dirt and in the lower center of your
screen). Pick up that object – it is a small key. Step out of the close
up, and return to the greenhouse. Turn off the tap. You are now done in
the greenhouse, as well as with that grey tree. So, head back for the
Go up to the main bedroom and to that little oval mirror on
the table to the right of the bed. We had already tilted it to look up,
on the first day. So now just use your screwdriver to remove it from its
holder and deposit it in your inventory. Go down to the kitchen and use
the back door to step out of the house. Go down the stairs, turn right,
and keep on moving forward until you arrive at the Crypt. There is a
strip of wire tied to the handles to secure the door. Use your pair of
pliers to cut the wire and deposit it in your inventory. Click on the
handles, to open the door and enter.
There are two coffins sitting at two levels in front of you.
Step forward towards them, close up on the one at the top, and open it –
to find it empty. Click inside for a comment at the bottom of the screen.
Step out of this close up and close up on the coffin below. Open it, and
find that this one has a body in it. Click on the body, again for a
comment at the bottom of the screen. Step out of this close up also and
then close up on the two plaques, placed side by side, under the coffin at
the bottom. Click on the two plaques, one by one. Pick up the round
rock, lying just in front of the plaque to your right. Step out of the
Go down the stairs now and look to your left, to see a very
small coffin placed on the upper level. Click on the plaque under the
little coffin, but it is too dark to be able to read what it says. So
come back upstairs and, as you stand with your back to the door, look up
at the ceiling. You will see a glass pane, in the form of a top half of a
circle, through which the sunlight is coming into the room. Bring out the
rock from your inventory and throw it at that pane. You will miss the
first time, but don't worry. Just go down the stairs and look in the very
left corner of the landing, to see and recover your round rock. Come back
up and take another shot, and you will see a crack appear in the pane,
along with the sound of breaking glass.
Turn to your left and you will see a beam of light now hitting
a candleholder on the wall facing the descent of stairs. Open your
inventory, pick up the wire you had cut off from the door handles, and
place it on the mirror to attach the two. Now bring out this mirror, with
the attached wire, and place it on the candleholder receiving the beam of
light. Thus, the light will now be redirected down the flight of stairs.
Go down again and look at the plaque under the little coffin to your left,
to find the letter 'R' now clearly visible at the far left of the
inscription. Click on the plaque, to read the comment at the bottom of
You are done in the crypt now, so step out in the clearing and
be sure to read the comment at the bottom of the screen just as you step
outside. Go back to the house and call Jerry. You will now have another
date: June, 1963. So go up to the attic and read the story in the
newspaper for that date. Make a note of the Police Chief Bailey's phone
number, scribbled by hand, at the end of the news story: 01665-65217. Now
go downstairs again and call Bailey at this number (once again, by
clicking on the choice "I dialed another number" at the bottom of the
screen, and then clicking the numbers on the phone dial then presented to
you). Listen to the conversation and as the two men hang up, step outside
the house and go to the main gates.
Check your mailbox, to find a letter containing your
secretary's translation of the Italian letter you had found in the maid's
room. Read the letter through, and then go to the maid's room. As you
enter, turn left and step towards the bed. There is a small table to the
left of the bed. Close up on the floor right under that table. Click on
the Open Hand icon on the floor, to remove the loose board; and then,
click again to see the picture hidden there. [Note the shadow of the
tower at the bottom of the picture, and the location of the critical
However, it is much too early to do anything about that.
Instead, go to the study and come around the large desk. Use the key you
retrieved from the tree by the greenhouse, on the locked drawer on the
right, to open it. Read the yellow-colored letter placed in the right
side of the drawer. Now pick up the fine-looking case on your left, and
close up on the five-digit combination. Recall the blocks we had seen on
the floor in the nursery: O, B, I, N. Recall also that each letter was
accompanied by a number: 9, 0, 9, 7 (respectively). Recall also the first
letter of the inscription under the little coffin in the crypt: R. Now
recall that the number accompanying the block labeled R was 5. Thus, we
have the name of the child: ROBIN, and the combination for the case is
59097. So, click in these numbers and you will hear the sound of the lock
opening, as you are brought out of the close up on the combination. Click
on the Open Hand icon now appearing on the metal part with the
combination, and the case will open.
There seems to be nothing inside, however. But this is
actually just another "security measure." Note the central divider, and a
square movable part in the middle of it. Note also two small squares, on
either side of the case inside. Now click once on the little movable
part, so that it turns in the form of a backslash (\). Click on the
little square on the left side of the case, to press it down. Next, click
twice on the movable part, and it will first straighten out in its
starting position and then turn in the form of a slash (/). Click on the
little square on the right side of the case, to press it down as well.
Now click in the empty space to the right of the central divider, to
remove the bottom and reveal the compartment underneath. Click on the
bright brass key (with a cross on the top) inside, to deposit it in your
inventory. Step out of all the close ups. You are done in the study now,
so leave the house through the front door.
Come down the stairs and go on the path that had taken you to
the greenhouse earlier. This time, however, as you take a step forward on
this path, turn to your right and take the path that shoots off (further
to the right) from the path you are on. Keep on going forward and you
will arrive at the Chapel. Use the brass key you just found in the study,
on the keyhole under the right door handle, to unlock the door. Then
click on either door handle to enter.
Go up the winding stairs to your right. Close up on the
wooden cabinet that is sitting on the floor in front of you. Open it and
then open the drawer at its very top. Click on the Bible, to bring it out
of the drawer, and then click on the pages to the right (to flip them one
by one) until you find the carved out space holding a large nail inside.
Remove the nail, to deposit it in your inventory, and come back down the
You will see a large table across the aisle, with a statue of Christ on
the wall right behind the table. Go down the aisle, then to your left,
and then turn right to see the floor just behind the table. You will see
a small metal ring, sticking out of a floor tile, on the platform in front
of you. Use your crowbar on this ring, and the tile would be moved aside,
to reveal the fact that the ring is attached to a chain going through a
slit in the ground. Step up on the platform now, and turn left to face
the statue of Christ on the wall. Look at the feet and you will see a
large hole right where the feet overlap. Put in that hole the nail you
just found upstairs in the Bible. Now look up and at the INRI sign to the
left of and behind Christ's head. Use your crowbar to straighten the
sign, and a cut-scene will show the statue lowering and indicate that the
hero is stepping back off the platform. As the cut scene ends, you will
find the directional arrow in front of you now pointing under the table
rather than straight ahead. Step in that direction, and you will find
yourself looking down a dark opening under the table.
Go down the opening, but it is pitch dark below. Turn right
and use your matches on a bronze candle holder, to light the candle in
that holder. Look back to your left and close up on the table in front of
you. Pick up the branch (sitting to the left of the coffee mug and the
pipe) from the center of the table. Then read the two documents (a letter
and a journal entry) to the left of where the branch had been sitting.
You know what you need to do now. You are also done in the chapel, so go
back to the house.
Call Jerry now. As the two men hang up, step outside the
front door, and read the comment at the bottom of the screen. Go to the
main gates and open the mailbox, to find a white piece of paper rolled up
and placed above the earlier letter from your secretary. Pick up that
paper and read it, to realize a sudden change of plans.
Close up on the back (the "boot") of your car, and then click
on the Open Hand icon to open the "boot" and reveal your car battery
inside. Pick up the battery and go to the garage. As you enter, you will
find a bicycle to your left. There is a device on the bicycle so that
when you turn the pedal, a light comes out of a headlight placed on the
handle bar. Place the car battery on the small crate on the ground, next
to the back wheel of the bicycle. Click on the Open Hand icon on the
upper part of this back wheel, where the device is located, to attach the
wires of the device to the car battery. Now click on the pedal of the
bicycle, to provide a little charge to the battery. Pick up the battery
then, return to your car, and put the battery back in the boot of the car.
Get in your car now. Click on the starter, and read the comment at the
bottom of the screen, as a sad music comes on in the background. You
can't leave just yet.
Go to the path that leads towards the greenhouse, but turn
right to the one that shoots off in the direction of the chapel. Take
only one step in this direction, however, and then look to your left to
see the shadow of the tower over the grounds. Yes, this is the right time
(4-o'clock) as well as the right place. So bring out your shovel, place
it at the top dome-like part of the shadow (right around the area where
you had seen the "critical subjects" in the picture hidden in the maid's
room), and click to start digging. If you have the right spot, another
sad tune will start playing in the background and the digging will reveal
a body. Read the comment at the bottom of the screen, and click twice to
read some more. Click at the mouth of the body, to read another comment
at the bottom of the screen. Now bring out your pair of pliers, place
them on the mouth and click, to retrieve a tooth. Now step out of the
close up, to see the body covered back up with dirt again, as another
comment appears at the bottom of the screen.
Return to the house now and go upstairs to the Gallery. Close up on the
necklace on display to the right of the door. Use your pair of pliers to
remove what appears to be a lion's claw from the necklace. Go down to the
kitchen now and towards the sink, but turn around and close up on the
little old-fashioned grinder on the table. Open the lid, and put in the
lion's claw. Close the lid again, and then click on the handle at the top
of the lid, to start grinding. Then, open the little drawer at the base
of the grinder, and click inside to deposit the powder in your inventory.
Similarly, grind the tooth you had retrieved from the body outside, and
retrieve its powder as well from the grinder drawer.
Go all the way up to the third floor now and into the room
with the stove. Close up on the stove, and place at the top the lid you
had retrieved from the studio the day before. Open the inventory. Place
the powder from the lion's claw on the powder from the tooth, to combine
the two. Place this mixture of powders on the leaves from the attractive
plant in the greenhouse. Now bring this combination out of the inventory
and place it on the lid you had placed at the top of the stove. Use your
last match now on the stove to light it up. A cut scene will show the
combination melting and then apparently cooling off to form a stone. Pick
up this stone, to deposit it in your inventory. Open the inventory then,
pick up the stone and place it on the branch you had gotten from the
secret room in the chapel. Your amulet is now complete.
Go down to the Gallery and into the closet. Click on the mask
sitting in front of you, and read the comment at the bottom of the screen.
Then, bring out your amulet, place it on the mask, and click. Read the
comment at the bottom of the screen. You are done in the Gallery now, so
come out and go downstairs, using the stairs next to your room. Just as
you step off the stairs, however, you will have a surprise. Go to the
living room, and close up on the fireplace. The fire is out and the logs
are used up, revealing some kind of a cover underneath. Click on the
cover, to remove it and reveal a dark passage inside.
Go downstairs, to find yourself in yet another secret part of
the manor. Move to your right and turn left to face an old door. Click
on the door latch, to unlatch the door; and then, click again, to open the
door and enter. Move to the wall on your left and close up on the teddy
bear on the floor. Click on the bear, to read a comment at the bottom of
the screen. Now move to the wall on your right and close up on the raw
meat on the floor, right under the grating up in the wall. Click on the
meat, to read another comment at the bottom of the screen. Move further
right along this wall to the part where a number of bricks seem to have
been removed, leaving a large gaping hole in the wall. Click twice on the
magnifying glass icon on the darkness inside, and then sit back and
"enjoy" the ending.
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About the Ending (Warning: Spoiler)
It seems quite certain that James Blackwood did die, although
it might not necessarily have been due to a heart attack as the public was
led to believe. Again, it seems quite certain that the doctor is still
alive and is the one who has been "taking care" of the creature, dropping
off food from the grating down into the lair, etc. The doctor was no
doubt also the man whose silhouette Arthate saw, the second night, from
the furnace shaft in the cellar. What is not so clear, however, and yet
most intriguing is the identity of the creature itself.
I must confess that the first time I played this game, I was
quite certain that the creature was none other than a member of the tribe
who used to guard the mask – someone who might have followed Blackwood
(after he stole the mask), trying to get it back. But then, I had a good
friend of mine play the game and her initial impression was that the
creature might have been Blackwood's own child. In fact, I actually
convinced her to my point of view. But having replayed the game, in order
to write this walkthrough, I am inclined to agree with her now. My
biggest objection to her theory had been the age of the child. But I
noticed, this second time that I played the game, that the child had been
born in 1961 and that Jerry's letter in Arthate's suitcase shows that it
is now 1976. Hence, if the child is alive, he would be fifteen years old
now; and I think, the creature we see in the end might well "pass" for a
fifteen-year old, albeit a very strong and massive one at that.
Indeed, assuming that the creature is the Blackwood child,
helps explain a number of things – for instance, the free "room and board"
given to the creature; the apparent disgust and disappointment with which
the nursery seems to have been all sealed up (showing that the couple
didn't seem to want to even try having another baby); how Catherine
managed to get her throat ripped out (she might have just wanted to see
the child, out of pure maternal love, and was no doubt taken by a complete
surprise by the creature's violent reaction); why James could not bring
himself to kill the creature (since he was after all its father), and
wanted the doctor to do it instead; and why the doctor himself had
difficulty carrying out Blackwood's wishes (being a loyal friend of the
family, as well as the doctor who had helped in the delivery of the child,
in the first place), in spite of the fact that the creature had so
violently killed a woman he obviously cared for deeply (as evidenced by
the letter in the locked study drawer).
Finally, there is a question if there ever even was any "real"
evil in the house. Personally, I think, there was. As the various
journal entries indicated, the evil was supposed to have been trapped in
the mask. It was kept at bay only by the rituals that the tribe used to
perform on the mask. These rituals could not be continued, of course,
when the mask was stolen by Blackwood. Thus, the evil was "released," so
to speak, and was no doubt what caused whatever the tragedy was involving
the childbirth. But again, if the creature was the Blackwood child, then
it might well have been that the Evil had permeated the child before it
was even born.
At any rate, this is my personal take on the story, at least
up to this point. Please, feel free to disagree or just discuss any and
all aspects of the story or the game.
Meanwhile, Hope you all had a great Christmas and a very happy New Year too.
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