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Odd Puzzle Solotution in The Penal Zone (Spoilers!)

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I noticed that at the end of the game when you're in the Moleman shrine setting up the dimensional rift generator, that you can plug a large power cable into the Devil's Toychest and then turn on the boiler to make the molemen sweat, causing a puddle of sweat to form around the presumably electrified chest.

My original thoughts were that I set up this trap and then wait for the rift to close and Skunkape to try and open it, but instead you just need to use the paddle ball to entice the dumb gorilla to let go and get sucked into Sam & Max's Penal Zone (lol, I love that gag).

Is this other "puzzle" misdirection? The rift never closes no matter what you do or how long you wait, so there is nothing the "electrified" chest and puddle of mole juice accomplish.

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  • @Hassat Hunter said: Good to know I wasn't the only one thinking about electrifying Molemen.

    Also, there are a few timed puzzles in TTG games (Bomb from ToMI 1 for example or shooting the monster in 205).



    The thing with the timed puzzles in TTG games is that even if you run out of time the first (second, third,...) times, the situation can be set up again so you can still solve the puzzle.

    You can never ever get stuck in a situation where you can't complete the game (unless there's some obscure software bug).

  • Exactly! Just look at when Sam and Max are trapped in the penal zone with a time bomb. Nothing happens!

  • Maybe time stands still in the Penal Zone.

  • @Rather Dashing said: You find yourself in the near future, right before a fictional bombing. I'm pretty sure the story is that you're on vacation or a work trip in London and the sirens go off. Luckily, you find a door simply floating in the air, and go through it before the bomb goes off. Anyway, you travel between sites of nuclear explosions, some fictional, most real, and you have some task to complete before the place goes up. You finally end up at the Trinity test site in New Mexico in the 1940s.



    Maybe it's just the Grickle craze right now, but why do I see that entirely in my head in Graham Annable's art style.

  • @Harald B said: Well, yes. The other end goes to that socket and powers the rift generator.

    Actually, if I looked at the cables right, the side that was attatched to the chest was the wrong one. It leads to where power should COME FROM, not GO TO. It wasn't satisfying solving it like that :(

  • To me, it looked like the time bomb would go off on 6/14/55, AKA June 14th, 2055. I wonder what happens if you set your computer's clock to that date and load up a save file from when you are in the Penal Zone with the bomb.

  • @NeatNit said: Actually, if I looked at the cables right, the side that was attatched to the chest was the wrong one. It leads to where power should COME FROM, not GO TO. It wasn't satisfying solving it like that :(



    It seemed that way to me!
    I actually only put it in the chest to get it out of the way, so I could plug the thing in the other half.
    I was surprised how it turned out.

    Of course, I hadn't even realised it was the same thing that powered the outlet. I was seeing them like two different power outlets.

  • @Power46 said: To me, it looked like the time bomb would go off on 6/14/55, AKA June 14th, 2055. I wonder what happens if you set your computer's clock to that date and load up a save file from when you are in the Penal Zone with the bomb.

    Heh. Talk about an Easter egg...

    @Power46 said: It seemed that way to me!
    I actually only put it in the chest to get it out of the way, so I could plug the thing in the other half.
    I was surprised how it turned out.

    Of course, I hadn't even realised it was the same thing that powered the outlet. I was seeing them like two different power outlets.Yeah. As it was, I solved that puzzle just by doing something random, not something that made sense in the slightest...unless Sam's & Max's office is actually a power plant for the rest of the city???

    ...but then why would the outlet in their building get it's power from outside the building?

    ...Where was that power cord GOING, anyway? Did Max sign some literal "Deal with the Devil" and sell his electricity to Satan in Hell?

  • Good to see I am not the only one solving that puzzle by "randomly using items in order to create comic mischief". Something I should have apparently be no longer to do at that stage of the game ;).

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