Now as she is slowly learning that nights are for sleeping I finally got around to picking up where I left off all those months ago. I always thought I had a pretty good memory. If that is true (and it’s probably not) it doesn’t apply to adventure games, I guess.So where did I rediscover two new exits? The first is a bit shameful as it’s pretty obvious. In the tall grass at the foot of the tree there is a third exit leading west. It leads to a drunken fly (a barfly maybe?) called Omar who is in possession of a bottomless bottle. I fill up my keg with it and now have a keg full of beer. Lovely! Last time I noticed that CementHead opens his mouth to yawn every few seconds so I take the opportunity to pour some beer in there. Nothing happens but Omar’s bottle is probably not bottomless for a reason, is it? I get a free refill and try the same thing again. Nothing happens. Am I missing something here? Another ingredient maybe? In order to have some closure I give it another try but the third time’s not the charm. I try popping him a shrinking pill after having poured him the beer but that doesn’t work either.
It’s all good, though, because this little detour leads to my discovery of the second previously forgotten exit. My search for another ingredient to add to the beer leads me back into the tree. There’s an empty can and an apple core but the core is too heavy for miniature me. I try to examine the can and don’t notice that I still have the shrinking pills selected and...huzzah, I can shrink even more to investigate the can more closely.
|Getting drunk and getting canned I know.|
Boys don’t like the flowersThere are six flowers with different colours here, and the “poem” is comprised of six verses. Also, “yelling” and “violence” are quite close to “yellow” and “violet” – I think I know what needs to be done here. I examine the blue flower first (because Dr. Octagon), then the green one, the yellow one, the cyan one, the violet one and then the red one last. The flowers all seem to be happier after I’ve touched them which is probably positive feedback. When I’m done, the vines blocking the way north (you know, those I hadn’t even noticed before) dissolve. I’ll take what I can get.
Girls tend to
Yelling at one another
Christian comes for you
Violence erupts while
Running to start anew.
Behind the secret passage there’s a clearing with some more weird trees and two cyan rocks I can look at but they’re seemingly too heavy to interact with them. There are also some more colourful flowers but they don’t have hotspots. The only thing to do is head north which is where I find a stone gate made of the same cyan stones. I go north again and find myself in a stone garden.
|I’d like to be / among debris.|
I check out Boris’s mousehole again because he’d promised to give me something in return for the strange fruit I brought him. He still says the same thing, though, so that’s not it. Then I check out the ant hill once more – maybe I have some use for a crowbar there. When I see the broken mirror lying on the floor I realise that I also haven’t found a use for that nail yet! Nails...where did I see nails? I wander for a bit and find that there are some nails stuck into the tree – they serve as a simple ladder of sorts. When I climb up again I see that there’s a hole where there should be a nail. I insert the nail into the hole and now I’m able to climb even higher! Up there I meet a weird little bird called Robyn. I can talk to them but they don’t have anything useful to say.
The eastern portion of the treetop is suspiciously void of hotspots, so I pixel-hunt for a while and come up with a key that Robyn must have hidden there. Picking up the key changes my dialogue options with Robyn but I can’t talk about the key to him. It’s pretty clear where it will come in handy anyway: I can unlock the ant queen’s safe with it. Inside the safe there’s a tiny ring and I decide to offer it to Lissa.
|While most of the game is well-written, some parts are really juvenile.|
The bomb blows up the timber and it seems that I got CementHead drunk for no reason at all. Which reminds me: I didn’t find the beer’s true purpose yet. Maybe I should pick up some more before heading to the NiteMare. On a hunch I offer the beer to Boris and now the bugger will offer me the promised gift. He needed just another present to jog his generosity. The bean is described like this: “This isn’t a jumping bean, and it sure isn’t a refried bean, but it sure looks ‘alive’. It keeps humming lullabies… maybe it’s a sleeping bean!” Interesting.
Back with BoneHead and CementHead they still won’t let me pass. Wait, is the bean meant for CementHead? That seems very likely! But it doesn’t work. When I check my inventory, though, I notice that I didn’t actually give the beer to Boris (thus no #partygate). Maybe it was a coincidence that he remembered his promise while I was carrying the beer and the trigger was really something else. On another hunch I try to pour the beer into CementHead’s mouth one more time because maybe there’s a sequence of things to do now that I have the bean. But just like in old two-word parser games simply carrying the other item does the trick and I put the bean into the beer before sending the ol’ rock into dreamland. With BoneHead incapacitated and CementHead fast asleep I can finally approach…
Session time: 1.5 hours
Total time: 7 hours, 20 minutes