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Proudest adventure puzzle solution?

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I'm sure we've all had times when we've played an adventure game, and we solve a certain puzzle & feel really good about ourselves for actually thinking up a clever solution that worked (especially if it was something off-the-wall in a humor game like MI), instead of happening upon the solution by accident, or after several failed attempts.

Mine was when I was playing CMI, and I solved the puzzle with the family portrait. I was rather proud that I came up with such a creative, zany solution that happened to be the right one.

What are yours?

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  • When Curse of Monkey Island came out, my family would gather around a computer in the evenings and we would all play it together, screaming out commands to whoever was running the mouse. We played through on normal mode and then went back to do it again on "Mega-Monkey" challenge mode. We finally got to the puzzle where you have to get into the locked Goodsoup hotel room and got stuck. We worked on it for days, then finally gave up. A few months later I went back to try it again and figured out the solution in ten minutes. I still rub it in my family's faces.

  • There were a few proud little moments pour moi:

    SMI
    I started playing this game when I was four, so I missed a lot of the humour. In particular, the insults in the swordfights. It was parrot fashion with the ordinary pirates but the Swordmaster - trial and error does not occur to a four year-old! I got my dad to beat her but when I reached the age of nine, I understood which comebacks made sense (well, some of them, anyway). To see her move backwards was great.

    Leisure Suit Larry and the Lounge Lizards
    I was 5yo when I found this and managed to guess my way through the intro questions. Again, the humour was well over my head. I was quite chuffed when I loaded someone's game (in the hooker's bedroom) and used the rope and hammer to get the pills on the window sill of next door. Something inside me told me I should give them to the guard next to the penthouse suite. When it came to the hot tub scene, I gave an apple to Eve, it being the most obvious thing (seeing as a guy looking like Adam gave it to me). Ok ok I was 9 when I got this far.

    LeChuck's Revenge
    For some unknown reason, it didn't occur to me for ages you could use the matches on their own to light up the (explosives) room Guybrush and Wally escaped to. Mind you, the biggest kick I got must have been the spitting to snuff the candle (accidentally/on-purpose hitting Wally a few times first).

    Leisure Suit Larry 2
    I was 8 when I started playing this game. My older stepsister (then 15) and bf (17) were as baffled as me how to get a passport to board the ship. I was the first to think of looking in Eve's dustbins (seeing as 1) LSL1 had a hammer amongst the rubbish and 2) when a woman chucks a bloke out, bin sacks with clothes and other junk usually follow). They were flabbergasted an 8yo beat them to it! Haha a true adventurer was born.

    Curse of Monkey Island

    I was quite impressed with myself that I could finish Blood Island the first time I played it without any outside help (aged 12). The Murray thing was so cool!

  • I'm not sure it counts but back when I were taking some game development classes we were making a first person adventure game, there was a hacking sequence were someone had to figure out the password for a terminal, the terminal wrote the password in clear text, the hint was "that doesn't look like a password". The password was: ********. I did programming for that game, that joke still cracks me up :)

  • oh and as for feeling clever, Broken Sword 1, had the mac version which always crashed when you tried to throw the manuscript out of the window, I felt so stupid when I patched it and it worked when I did that. Really tried _all_ other options ;)

  • My prodest moment was not actually solving a puzzle. I was playing Kings Quest 6 and couldn't get up the wall in one area and was on if for two weeks before I went to the internet to look for walkthroughs which is something I don't like to do. I found out the area I was stuck on was the copy protection which is fair way into the game. I was so happy when I found out it wasn't something I missed. I finished the game a couple of months later with no more help from walkthroughs besides the copy protection thing.

    After I had already finished the game I started looking through walkthroughs and found out there where three ways to finish the game. I was really happy when I found out the the way I completed the game was meant to be the hardest.

    So my proudest moment is finishing KQ6 the hardest way with no walkthroughs.

  • A little off-topic, but turning off the gas on Rapp Scalion's restaurant oven was a puzzle that I remember doing while laughing out loud. Before opening the door, I was like "I bet it's on!"

    Pouring grog on each mug was very rewarding for me back in MI1's EGA times...

  • @Feball3001 said: My prodest moment was not actually solving a puzzle. I was playing Kings Quest 6 and couldn't get up the wall in one area and was on if for two weeks before I went to the internet to look for walkthroughs which is something I don't like to do. I found out the area I was stuck on was the copy protection which is fair way into the game. I was so happy when I found out it wasn't something I missed. .


    Okay, see, i don't know why people had trouble with this. I mean, if you use the eye icon on the wall, the game tells you exclusively to look through "the guide to the land of the green isles" which is exactly the same name as the little book that came with the game. I passed through the 5 puzzles on the wall and it was one of the most obvious and easiest solutions, because they basically say that the answers are there, just read. And back then i was only 11 years old, and not so great with english.
    Come to think of it, maybe that makes it MY proudest moments. Hey, thanx Feball3001 :cool:

  • I think i was about 9, gotten really hung up on how to break into the melee island jail cells, thde answer came to me when i was halfway through a plate of spaghetti, my folks have been sure im nuts ever since

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