I think it may be fun for me too in comparison to playing this game!
I’ve seen a lot of ROT13 comments taking place over the last few weeks. I have a feeling that reading through them will bring as much entertainment as it does embarrassment. You see, I’ve finished Les Manley: The Search for The King, but the ending I’ve experienced clearly isn’t the ideal one. I must have missed something along the way and I have a strong feeling that you guys have known about it all along. My last post ended with me requesting assistance. I’d been quite sure that I needed to find somewhere to get changed, despite not knowing why I might want to do that. Once again it was Aperama who quickly provided the hints / spoiler to the situation, and it turned out I was on the complete wrong track! Hint: “You need to get somewhere else, but you have no money. Maybe you should do something you were always told not to?” Was Aperama suggesting I needed to hitchhike? If so, how was I supposed to know to do that? Leaving that question aside, I had a think about where I might hitchhike from, and the answer seemed obvious. I made my way to the front of the hotel and typed “hitchhike”. Les stuck out his thumb, and in a matter of seconds a hippy van arrived and he jumped in! (10 points) The overhead map view popped up and I watched as the van drove across country to the large house in Texas. On arrival I found myself at Kingdom Gates, with a message saying “Unfortunately, the fumes have left your memory a bit hazy. Let’s just hope that you didn’t forget anything.”
Perhaps if I'd been smoking what these guys clearly have been, I may have been able to transcend into the illogical state required to solve these puzzles.
Well, now that you mention it...
Before I go on, I need to point out that I already knew for certain that I had indeed forgotten something! The first that I knew of it was when Canageek commented: “Trickster, you are about to dead end yourself if you continue without doing something you’ve missed.” He ROT13’d whatever it was that I’d missed, but I wasn’t sure whether or not I should read it. The reason for my hesitation was that Canageek deleted the comment shortly after writing it, apparently after some consultation with other companions. For future situations like this, deleting a comment is very unlikely to stop me from reading it, since I read all comments in my email rather than on the blog. I only visit the blog itself to put up a new post or to respond to comments. Deleting a comment from the site does not delete it from my email. Regardless, I’m not cranky at Canageek for the spoiler since a) I’ve been a bit vague as to whether or not I want to know about being dead ended, b) Ilmari ended up warning me anyway, and c) this was no ordinary dead end. Literally minutes before I set out on my session, Ilmari posted three hints and a spoiler. I decided to read them because quite frankly, parts of this game have been almost unsolvable. Hint 1: “You are about to get dead-ended.” Hint 2: “Don’t you think you’d want to procure something you’ve already used, just in case it might come handy later?” Huh? There was something I used in Vegas that I would need again?
Me and the boys reversed back to Las Vegas (in other words, I restored).
I scanned my screenshots to see what I’d used and where. The only puzzles that I’d actually solved with items were at the dry cleaner (receipt), spa bath (dental floss) and hotel room (do not disturb sign). It seemed unlikely that I could get the receipt back from Susie, so I made my way to the other locations. I was able to pick up the sign off the door in the hotel room. Perhaps that was it? I decided to not tempt fate, and went back to the spa bath to see if I could recover the floss. The whole idea made little sense to me anyway, since I’d actually tied the floss to Helmut. He was still in my inventory, so surely the floss was too? I tried typing “get floss” while standing next to the spa, and it worked! I wonder if anyone has ever thought to re-pick up either of these items after using them. Anyway, I figured that I’d probably receive a different message on arriving at Kingdom Gates if I did have everything I needed, so set out to test that theory. I didn’t get the “Let’s just hope you didn’t forget anything” message, so it looked like I was good to go! It was time to concentrate on my new environment, and the first thing I wanted to find out was whether it was limited to the mansion in front of me. I stepped away from the gates and was given an overhead view of the whole neighbourhood!
It's about this stage that this form of inventory gets rather unruly.
Without warning, Les Manley became a Raiden clone (no, not really).
I could see that there were attractions, exhibits, gift shops, restaurants, restrooms, telephones and lodgings all over the place, but there was no sign of which I could actually visit. Now that I knew how big the environment was, I tried to go back to the gate but wasn’t able to. Rather than restoring, I set out to explore what I could, wandering down the road and along the path in front of the various buildings. I tried to “look” at quite a few of them, but was continually told that “This spot isn’t too interesting.” I was almost about to give up when I walked up to the front of a building in the north eastern section. I suddenly found myself standing outside a bar called Red’s. There was a telephone box out the front and when I looked at it I was told that it was “Just the kind of place Clark Kent would use”. This of course made me wonder whether I might be able to get changed in it, Superman style. I typed “put on suit” and was thrilled when Les put on the suit, the scarf, the cape and the shades! He walked out looking just like The King, only thinner. (10 points) With that done, I walked into the bar, where I was then seen standing on stage. There was a celebrity lookalike contest on, and it appeared to be my turn! I typed “dance”, and watched as Les did his best Elvis impersonation. It was terrible to say the least, and the audience and judges agreed. “Last Place has been locked up by Lester P. Manley.”
Not interesting?! It's a frickin' helicopter!
Dude, that's The Bangles, not The King!
Thankfully my embarrassing effort wasn’t for nought, as I received a consolation prize on the way out. “The gates to The Kingdom have been opened especially for you.” (10 points) Ah OK, it seemed I never would have been able to open the gate and enter the mansion without visiting the bar. After satisfying myself that there were no other locations to visit on the entire map, I entered the mansion proper. There were pictures of The King everywhere, and a staircase leading upstairs from a polar bear rug. I decided to check out the ground floor before taking the stairs, so walked through the doorway at the back of the room. This led to a dining room, where I soon discovered a bowl of fruit sitting on the table. When I looked at the fruit I got “Gee...they’re not all wax”, but further examination failed to reveal what type of real fruit there was. The first one that came to mind was a banana, so I typed “get banana”. It worked, and it suddenly dawned on me that I now had the majority of ingredients to make The King’s favourite food (a banana and peanut butter sandwich). (10 points) I tried picking up other types of fruit, but wasn’t surprised to find the banana was the only thing available. Strangely, when I tried opening the door to the left of screen I was told “There’s a more interesting way to get to the kitchen.” There appeared to be nothing else of interest in the dining room, so I walked back to the foyer.
Notice all the faces are blurred out "for legal reasons". Wouldn't want to get sued by a dead guy.
Or...I could just open the damn door!
This time I went through to the hallway leading off to the right, finding myself standing in front of numerous trophies and instruments once there. I could see a microphone on one of the shelves, and since looking at it gave me a close-up view and description, I knew I must be able to procure it. However, when I tried to pick it up I was told that doing so would set off the alarm. The same thing happened with the guitar that was sitting on a pedestal, so obviously I was going to have to figure out how to turn off the alarm system before coming back to collect them. It was time to check out upstairs, and doing so revealed what must once have been The King’s bedroom. “The presence of THE KING is overwhelming, almost as though he left a part of himself here.” That was a pretty strange message, but I couldn’t find anything in the room that made sense of it. In fact, I was limited to only the very upper edge of the room, meaning I could walk along the side of the bed and that was about it. Was The King here somewhere? I didn’t think so, but I typed “give banana to king” just to see what would happen. “You give the banana to THE KING.” What? Where was he?! I tried taking the banana back, but wasn’t able to. Had I just dead ended myself by giving away an important item to someone that wasn’t there?! I came to the conclusion that I had, so was forced to restore.
Doesn't everyone have an "Awards Room"?
I thought this was a fantastic response to my request to "smash the mirror".
I wandered back downstairs, wondering where the alarm switch might be. I realised I’d not examined the polar bear rug, and lo and behold, when I looked in its mouth I found a switch! Apparently I couldn’t flick the switch myself, since “you wouldn’t think of putting your fingers anywhere you wouldn’t also put your tongue.” This was completely stupid, but I figured it must be another opportunity to bring Helmut into play. I typed “put Helmut in mouth”, and sat back while he climbed in and turned the alarm off for me. (10 points) I was getting close now, and eagerly went back to the trophy cabinet to collect both the microphone (10 points) and the guitar (10 points). Sadly, when I looked at the guitar I found it to have a broken string, but the solution to that problem was pretty straight forward. I fixed the guitar with the bit of dental floss I’d recovered from the spa bath! (10 points) Obviously this is where I would have been dead ended had Canageek, Ilmari and co. not informed me of the situation. I’d like to think that I might have considered trying to recover the floss if I’d reached this point unassisted, but regardless, it would have been very annoying to have to restore so far back. Now, what the hell was I supposed to do? I revisited the upstairs bedroom, but still couldn’t find anything to do (singing and playing guitar in front of the mirror achieved nothing). I therefore headed back to Red’s Bar and Grill to try my luck in the lookalike contest.
This game should be called Les and Helmut: Search for The King. What would I have done without him?
I guess all I can say is "Thank you...thank you very much!"
Of course! I just needed to look in the bureau!
For those severe hunger emergencies!
For once it actually was what I was looking for!
It took me a while to find the exact place I was supposed to make the sandwich, but I eventually found it. I’d expected to make it and then put it in my inventory for later use, but instead Les gobbled it up as soon as it was ready! I’d suspected earlier on that I was never going to find The King in Les Manley and that I in fact would become him. Now I knew that to be correct, as the sandwich had caused Les to gain more than a few pounds! (10 points) All that was left to do was to head back to the celebrity lookalike contest and show off my new physique. This time when I typed “sing”, Les made all the right moves, with both the guitar and the microphone being put to good use. The audience was rightfully very impressed, and a bunch of fans immediately assumed that The King had finally returned. They ran up onto the stage and mobbed me, killing me in the process. Yes, you read that right. They killed me! “What a shame. You made it all this way, only to perish, trampled under a mob of crazed fans. But while this is one ending, some believe in a hereafter.” After everything I’d been through, I still didn’t get the satisfaction of a proper ending! I guess it’s fitting that for the very first time (and hopefully the last time), this Won post will finish with a request for assistance. I know from the bug I found early in the game that there’s a “resurrection card” somewhere in Les Manley. Damned if I can be bothered trying to find where it is though. If the card isn’t in Kingdom Gates somewhere, I’m ticking this game off as finished! I'll have to watch the better ending on YouTube.
Can't say I've ever tried this combination. Might not be too bad actually!
Now I got the moves!
The end is nigh...well, an end anyway.
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes