Rex Nebular's Log: Stardate – Ides of March, 44 BC: I was just sitting down in the Senate before work when all the senators came in. After my good friend Brutus hugged me I felt a sharp pain in my bac... ... Sorry, wrong log... ... I won. I've completed my mission and escaped the evil women with help from an inexplicably homeless person. Let me tell you how I did it...
Well, I left off last time having gotten a bad ending and being stuck and asking for help. I received help from gboukensha, Charles and Leo Velles. Thank you all.
I looked at gboukensha's hints first.
1. You need to distract the dogWell, I already knew that and if I wasn't somewhat impatient I would have tried a few more things before looking at the second clue. But that clue could easily mean I needed an item I didn't yet have and I was already impatient, so...
2. You should use the bones to do thatOkay. I had the bones and I'd tried throwing the bones to the dog one at a time and he just ate them up until I ran out.
So I go back to the auto shop and start throwing bones around willy-nilly. After a few aborted attempts to throw (There's really no need to throw the bones at the manhole...) the action line changes from Throw bones at item to...
|Aha. When I point at the fence AT gets replaced with OVER|
I throw the bones over the fence and the dog jumps over the fence, which leads to a sheer drop to the level below.
Pleased that I can now explore a new area, I enter the garage through the side door. When I arrive, something jumps through the broken window.
|Note: really fast dogs look kind of like brown trains.|
Avoiding walking to the area the dog's barking in, I look around, and apart from other things in the area, I can press a down button or up button to raise or lower the car. The area below the car is named...
|You can be my wingman any time, Maverick!|
|Rex is pleased that he did this. Rex is a bastard.|
Now that I can explore the area fully without danger, I do so and take some POLYCEMENT and a REARVIEW MIRROR.
I know immediately what to use those items on, so I start with the REARVIEW MIRROR and go back to Bruce's house in the Residential area.
|Aha. So my idea of reflecting the beam to blast open the safe was correct!|
Using my newfound key on the video store door and looking around shows me a bit of a difference of opinion between Rex and the narrator.
|Well, yes, Rex. There are. Let's take some.|
|Gee narrator. No need to get snippy.|
Now, I became stuck again here. I had my polycement, rearview mirror and phone batteries, but still didn't have any idea what I should do next.
Do you think I went back to the clues the helpful readers had left me after a small amount of time of trying other things? You bet I did...
Charles had said...
Now, if I'm not mistaken, you have missed something else. Just in case the dog puzzle isn't enough to get you unstuck:Well, the dog puzzle wasn't enough to get me unstuck and Leo Velles had also confirmed that Charles' hints could help, so let's look at Charles' first hint.
- You may want to check the 9 locations again, but not for items
This clue made me think I'd missed a location somewhere. Most likely a door or exit I didn't realise I could use. I went back to the 9 locations and found it... after doing an entire lap of the area and ending up exactly where I started - back outside the video store...
|See that “GO” sign. That's an alley.|
|Yes, I made this GIF purely as an attempt to validate my ability to miss the alley!|
|For some reason I had to fight an overwhelming urge to cry over him.|
Now, after talking to Herman I note that he seems to live in a cardboard box in this alley, but he also has access to a nearby teleporter and has explored the city as thoroughly as he can without my particular set of skills and items. Why doesn't he live in someone's abandoned home? Bruce's house is close enough that he could get there on foot. There's probably somewhere even closer if he needs it. Anyway, ignoring his residential choices, I keep asking him questions.
Most usefully, Herman mentions that he's upset that he can't listen to his squalkman (walkman (iPod to younger readers) ) any more because he's out of batteries. Well, I happen to have some freshly charged phone batteries with me now.
Of course, his squalkman needs four batteries and I only have two, so I have to go back to the video store and get my batteries back from the phone charger.
I give him all four batteries and he gives me the Fake id he's been using to get around town. Then he moonwalks away.
|This ID made me laugh. Well done, Herman. Well done!|
|I like to imagine Herman getting crushed by a giant boxing glove here too.|
|Unfortunately I never get to use any of these weapons.|
|Turning my charge cases into bombs explains why I couldn't blow anything up yet. And I've tried to blow up a lot of things, including the display cases the weapons are behind in this very room!|
|I don't think this boat is big enough for me to take two of every animal.|
|Unfortunately the game won't let me just drive around the monster.|
|Should've put the rearview mirror on my rear.|
Just for fun, I try to make Rex's dangerous trip totally pointless.
|Alright! I've blown up those evil women and escaped. Now time to get my reward|
|That ending was... extremely abrupt.|
All in all - I had fun. It had enough funny moments to keep me interested, and I overall found this game good enough, but not excellent. We'll see next week how it fares with the PISSED rating system but I'm expecting a middling score. See you then!
Session time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Total time: 8 hours 40 minutes