Jason Roberts Journal Entry #5: I'd guessed I needed an arrow to enter the secret door – but for some reason two perfectly obvious arrows that I saw in a treehouse weren't the ones I needed – I needed one that was hiding behind a bush – Bravo, Amazon jungle – you outsmarted my logic and observation with your unnecessarily specific arrow requirements.
Chapter 12 cont'd
Okay, let's get this confession out of the way early.
After trying everything I could possibly think of behind the waterfall (and reloading my saved game multiple times because I can only try a few things before dying) I was totally out of ideas.
Rather than request assistance without having made any progress, I decided it was time to test out the game's hint system. I turned hints on and question marked some of the items in the area.
“THIS IS WHERE THE ADVENTURE COMES TO A HEAD.”Great. So now I've spent two tips on basically the same information. Thanks, hint section. Any other hints that might be useful?
"YOU NEED TO FOLLOW IN MAYA'S FOOTSTEPS."So maybe I need to step on each section of blood to open the door? I tried a few more things based on those hints. And I checked out the other hints in the area. But none of the level 1 tips helped. So I turned on more detailed tips.
Checking out a level 2 hint on the arrow carving's tip gave me an answer.
|Okay. I DID need an arrow at the campsite. That was the hint I needed.|
Flashback: Chapter 11
Reloading back to the campsite, I used my geiger counter everywhere. The jeep and the left side of the jungle had 'high' amounts of radiation. I clicked all around the jeep and jungle in case part of it was a different hotspot, like the middle of the bridge or truck door earlier. Apart from the other trees in the surrounding jungle, there are five light green coloured bushes in the game. Four of them give the same name and description as the rest of the background -
JUNGLE - The steamy jungle surrounds the site of the massacre. Jungle plants are already starting to encroach on the clearing made by Allen’s party.One of the bushes does not have the same description, and can be moved. Is it graphically different to any other part of the jungle? No - no it is not. Does this annoy me? Yes - yes it does.
|Forget about the deliberately obscure bush. Is there any information in the game that tells me that Amazonian arrows are radioactive? Why the hell are they radioactive?|
|You better believe that's another 17 minutes of paddling!|
Chapter 12 cont'd cont'd
So, back at the waterfall I can now I use my arrowhead on the arrow carving and the secret passage opens.
|Stone sentinels with bows? Am I back on the Isle of the Beast?|
|So... stone bleeds and has a skeleton now – if you say so, game.|
|Death by Snoo-snoo?|
|Having played two It Came From the Desert games – I know that face well!|
|I believe they're called mandibles rather than jaws. Did I mention I'm an expert on giant ants?|
- I take a skeleton's bootlaces.
- I take the spear sticking out of the skeleton's chest.
- I use my knife on a flower that oozes thick sugary-sweet sap.
- I combine the spear with the laces, and then with the knife to create a knife spear.
- I try to get a torch but take too long.
- I try everything again but don't have time to cut the flower before the ant reaches me
|At least I can die knowing I'm delicious!|
- Trying again, I ignore the torch and attack (press the up arrow on the keyboard) constantly while the ant is rearing to reach the hanging flower's sap.
|Are giant ants common in this area, or is this the last of its kind and they keep it to kill men who find their temple?|
The Amazons weren't happy about me killing their enemies. How do they feel about me killing their pet? Do Amazon women forgive male invaders if they prove to be smarter than an ant? We'll find out in the next and final chapter.
I'm not sure if the magic water reminds me more of the Fountain of Youth, which some legends place in South America, or the Indiana Jones version of The Holy Grail, which has the same rules as this water.
Then Maya says something I don't fully understand...
|Endless wealth, or the love of an Amazon priestess? Tough choice.|
|Or maybe not so tough.|
Bonus - Bad Ending!
And now that I've finished the game I reload my waterfall save and try to waste all my hints so I can get the less complete ending. I'm pretty sure Access got their best pun writer to write these hints.
|I don't mind the bad pun, but you took 3 IQ points from me and haven't actually told me anything useful!|
Next week I'll give the game its Final Rating. I'm expecting a lower score than I thought before I played. The story's fun, but too many of the puzzles involve frustrating the player.
Total time:12 hours 5 minutes
Inventory: I probably still have Jason's car keys - maybe I can send them back home and give Male and Female guard a car for a wedding present!
Actors in the credits using their stripper names: 4 – Dixie Kupps, Candy Barr, Bobby Shorts and Flint Eastwood