My first plan for this session was to go back and get the ladder correctly rather than magically shooting one out of my ars... I mean, gun.
Fry pointed out in the comments that the junkyard scene scrolls to the right. In my defense, you have to get far to the right before it starts scrolling, and the scene LOOKS complete enough as is. I'd previously gone enough to the right to get killed by the radioactive pool, but if I'd just gone a little further...
My head sank at the thought of going through everything else I'd done since that scene (expecially the quicksand maze) but then I realised that none of that was necessary – I could still access all locations! I reloaded my latest save, went back to the junkyard and got the boots – pleased with myself, I then made my way to the smuggler's base.
But before telling you about that, I should mention that Fry, in my first gameplay post, pointed out that I didn't get the best ending to the Rhonda conversation. (Fry has become my unofficial conscience in this game – pointing out where I went wrong but succeeded anyway and virtually daring me to try again and bloody well do it right this time.)
If I give Rhonda the rose while giving her the correct dialogue responses I get a bonus scene and can ask her work-related questions while she's in her lingerie
Yeah. That's it, baby. I want to hear all about the Trans-Martian Shuttle
But seeing as I''m still using my original save games I officially didn't grill her in her underwear and I magically conjured a ladder using nothing but force of will alone.
Back to the present, I enter the smuggler's base. They've built their base inside an old Mayan pyramid, and all I have to do is get past this guard. Maybe I'll be able to simply talk my way past him.
|P.I. Rule number 40: The only thing smugglers hate more than private investigators are tourists.|
Once in the pyramid, I do my usual tactic of standing still and LOOKing at everything when suddenly...
|P.I. Rule number 4: Don't get caught.|
|P.I. Rule number 75: Some guards have X-ray vision.|
There were a few things I figured I needed to do:
- On the table is some food. When I GET it, the game points out that it will be useful on the trip.
- There is also a Honeywell remote control on the table.
- The crate in the bottom left has a Honeywell security lock on it.
Obviously I needed to get the remote control, open the crate and get in the crate before time ran out. But after many tries, I decided it was impossible. At most I could get the remote, but die as I was trying to USE it on the crate. I definitely had no time to walk towards the crate, and I couldn't get the remote without walking towards it (which is unusual for this game.)
Seeing as I still hadn't shown you all the HELP system, I thought now might be a good time. And it has nothing to do with the fact I actually seriously needed HELP at this point.
Here's the HELP list...
And here's what happens when I click on GENERAL...
Or even if the death screen said “A worker comes in and shoots you” instead of the generic message that's the same as the message you get outside when the clearly visible guard can see you.
I'm claiming I'm perfectly justified in looking at the HELP on this occasion as the game wasn't very clear what was happening.
The help system is very rudimentary. Each category has a simple paragraph. As another example, clicking on 'DOORWAY' gives "The Doorway leads back out to the ship. There's really no reason to leave. Everything you need to do is in here." So, does anyone know if this is the first time a Hint system was included within the game? It's certainly a good idea, particularly for a game made before the invention of GameFAQs.
So. Seeing as the help told me to hide behind the crate, I did. The game gives you enough time to get there before the worker arrives with a little to spare.
He walks in, goes behind the crate, then walks out carrying something in his arms.
|If I had bullets, now would be a good time to shoot the green Oxygen tank|
And this is where I was completely stuck. And where this post was originally going to end with a request for assistance.
I'd tried moving the cases, looking at them, opening them, using a shovel on them, even talking to them. Nothing seemed to work and there appeared to be no way to get them out of the way so I could fit in the crate.
At this point, I came to the natural conclusion that not only do I hate this smuggler base, but I hate all smugglers and everything they stand for.
|Okay, maybe not all smugglers.|
|Well, don't I feel like a right idiot!|
|Hey, that would have made a good 'Tex Murphy Journal Entry.'|
You couldn't find any way to edit this text to fit one page?
I've finally made it to Mars. Somewhere on this planet is a memorandum. And I want it!
|The Martian Gulch casino faced the dreaded Big Dick Squeeze|
So, I need a password. I fleetingly think that perhaps I missed a vital clue back on Earth, but put those thoughts aside and go back to the alley for a more thorough search.
This time I find a rag I can move that gets me a broken flashlight with working AAA batteries, and a wooden board I can move to reveal the word “BOMBSHELL”
|Lucky my fingers function as a perfect battery tester.|
|The screen above the sinks is held in place by four hexagonal screws. My next plan – find one hexagonal screwdriver.|
I enter the office, and am immediately knocked unconscious by two large goons.
When I come to, I meet the man himself, Big Dick Castro.
|Big Dick's head is shaped like, well it's not shaped like your average human head, that's for sure.|
|P.I. Rule number 22: ALWAYS bring the right attitude when visiting a mob boss|
|P.I. Rule number 21: NEVER go several weeks without food and water.|
Deaths: 4 (10 total) - Smuggler guard, Smuggler worker, Smuggler crate starvation, Big Dick's goons, My lame jokes about Big Dick's name.
Inventory: Gun, Cash, Comlink, Paper, Boots, Keys, Shovel, Remote Control, Food and Water, Flashlight, Blue Prints, Film, Big Dick Card
Session time: 1 hour 46 minutes
Total time: 4 hours 50 minutes
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