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2014-03-27 04:29:47 PM
I don't remember that particular puzzle in Zork II giving me many fits. I thought the baseball reference was obvious even reading it back in this article. Now Zork I, on the other hand, had one puzzle where you had to wave a staff at a particular place. That completely stuck me, at no point had the idea of waving a staff ever occurred to me and I'm still not sure how you were supposed to figure that out. I can't remember how I solved it as there was no internet, I must have found a guidebook somewhere because that one stupid puzzle took me weeks.
 
2014-03-27 05:01:17 PM
www.untoldentertainment.com

Frankly, compared to the rest of that fricking game, the Babel Fish puzzle was relatively easy.
 
2014-03-27 05:18:54 PM
List fails without the marble puzzle in "Riven."

/And I figured out the animal sounds puzzle on my own, dammit.
 
2014-03-27 05:41:58 PM
Since Cracked is blocked at my work, I'll have to ask here.


Does the list include "figuring out that Myst has actually ended"?
 
2014-03-27 05:44:49 PM
Not able to read from work. Did the damned microscope puzzle from The 7th Guest make this list or the previous one?
 
2014-03-27 05:57:09 PM
better have the dead alien skeleton building puzzle from 'the dig'
 
2014-03-27 06:01:44 PM
The one I'm most proud of figuring out is how to be unstoppable in NHL '93 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, with line changes ON.

They had a guy rated 1.
 
2014-03-27 06:04:54 PM
Ah, Discworld. I had to give that one up when I heard Eric Idle say "that doesn't work" for the thousanth time. I really wanted to like that game, but the puzzles were so random and nonsensical that it lost its charm after a while.
 
2014-03-27 06:04:57 PM
How about the infamous 'Mosely disguise' from Gabriel Knight 3???
 
2014-03-27 06:07:38 PM

BKITU: List fails without the marble puzzle in "Riven."

/And I figured out the animal sounds puzzle on my own, dammit.


I cracked the marble puzzle in Riven on my own. I felt like a goddamn god after that. It took me a while + good graph paper to do it.

Not as bad as when I somehow messed up the underwater sub thing so I couldn't get to the school to learn how their numbering system worked. That was frustrating and required a restart.

/I looked up the answer to the animal sound puzzle because I'm bad at remembering sounds :\
 
2014-03-27 06:15:22 PM

Argyle82: The one I'm most proud of figuring out is how to be unstoppable in NHL '93 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, with line changes ON.

They had a guy rated 1.


Shawn Chambers
 
2014-03-27 06:18:51 PM

gopher321: How about the infamous 'Mosely disguise' from Gabriel Knight 3???


Part 1
 
2014-03-27 06:29:48 PM
You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
 
2014-03-27 06:33:49 PM
www.neowin.net

This game tried a little too much with the Atari 2600 hardware, so it wound up being really hard to figure out WTF was going to most of the time. God help you if you didn't have the manual.
 
2014-03-27 06:35:47 PM
List fails without the "worlds most difficult trick" from Lufia II.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO91qpMtssM
 
2014-03-27 06:36:17 PM

Mad_Radhu: [www.neowin.net image 320x200]

This game tried a little too much with the Atari 2600 hardware, so it wound up being really hard to figure out WTF was going to most of the time. God help you if you didn't have the manual.


I loved that game and it helped start my love of adventure games in general. I could beat it in just a couple of minutes. Although the manual dropped a hint about there being a secret hidden Yar somewhere and I about lost my mind trying to find it, but I don't think it ever was actually in the game.
 
2014-03-27 06:41:27 PM
Heh... I wrote a parody of the Zork games back in the early 80s for the C=64 computer. I had a maze that changed as you went through it. It was possible to complete it... but very tricky.

I also had a Perfect Rose in a display case... with a plaque that read "No use ever found for it" - I carried that damn "perfect rose" all the way to the end of the Zork game. I think I checked, years later and it confirmed my guess, that it was basically a useless trinket.
 
2014-03-27 06:42:26 PM
I remember when games had a "hints and tips" phone number at the back of the instruction manual.
 
2014-03-27 06:42:46 PM

Rev.K: Argyle82: The one I'm most proud of figuring out is how to be unstoppable in NHL '93 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, with line changes ON.

They had a guy rated 1.

Shawn Chambers


Stan Drulia.
 
2014-03-27 06:45:53 PM

spelletrader: I remember when games had a "hints and tips" phone number at the back of the instruction manual.


and it cost by the minute. And when you'd call you'd get a menu with a very slow talking recording thanking you for purchasing SSI games! Then hear a little spiel. Then you'd get to choose from another very slow-talking menu which  game you wanted a hint for. And then you'd get to a new menu which recited various parts of the game. Then you'd get to a new menu helping you choose which exact spot you were having trouble with.

I think you could really have just bought a new game after finally figuring out how to beat the last one.
 
2014-03-27 06:52:07 PM
Battletoads hoverbike stage on there?  That was a maddening puzzle that required significant pattern memorization.  Ahh, it's not.  Too bad.

What about most of Maniac Mansion? Half the time you were just stumbling around using nothing but trial and error.

Ahh, I see they got Metal Gear on there.  That one made no sense whatsoever.
 
2014-03-27 06:58:44 PM
Missing from the list: Catherine, Babel Mode, Axis Mundi, Single Player, US version

/mostly because it's glitched, but hey
 
2014-03-27 06:59:59 PM
www.pressibus.org
 
2014-03-27 07:04:59 PM

Confabulat: spelletrader: I remember when games had a "hints and tips" phone number at the back of the instruction manual.

and it cost by the minute. And when you'd call you'd get a menu with a very slow talking recording thanking you for purchasing SSI games! Then hear a little spiel. Then you'd get to choose from another very slow-talking menu which  game you wanted a hint for. And then you'd get to a new menu which recited various parts of the game. Then you'd get to a new menu helping you choose which exact spot you were having trouble with.

I think you could really have just bought a new game after finally figuring out how to beat the last one.


Some of the smaller studios were just standard long distance rates and had interns manning the lines. My (much) younger self called for help with Neuromancer and it sounded like they were having an office party, the guy had me on speaker phone:

"Whaddya need?" 

"More money!"

"Don't we all kid, don't we all!"

/csb
 
2014-03-27 07:13:02 PM

Comsamvimes: BKITU: List fails without the marble puzzle in "Riven."

/And I figured out the animal sounds puzzle on my own, dammit.

I cracked the marble puzzle in Riven on my own. I felt like a goddamn god after that. It took me a while + good graph paper to do it.

Not as bad as when I somehow messed up the underwater sub thing so I couldn't get to the school to learn how their numbering system worked. That was frustrating and required a restart.

/I looked up the answer to the animal sound puzzle because I'm bad at remembering sounds :\


You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
 
2014-03-27 07:14:08 PM

Sir VG: List fails without the "worlds most difficult trick" from Lufia II.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO91qpMtssM


Pfft.

After playing tricky kick for the tgfx16 nothing in lufia was remotely tricky.

Except the last floor before the sinistrals leader when the game bugged out and I thought it was a puzzle of some kind.
 
2014-03-27 07:14:36 PM

Creoena: Missing from the list: Catherine, Babel Mode, Axis Mundi, Single Player, US version

/mostly because it's glitched, but hey


Catherine makes me sulk because I could never beat it. And I really wanted to find out what happened next.
 
2014-03-27 07:17:41 PM

tarkus1980: Not able to read from work. Did the damned microscope puzzle from The 7th Guest make this list or the previous one?


I wish someone would port those games for Windows 7 (or if port is the wrong word, whatever the right word is: that). I'd love to give them another run through.
 
2014-03-27 07:17:51 PM
Getting to 200% in FEZ is crazy hard. I'm stuck at 176%.
 
2014-03-27 07:21:21 PM

Confabulat: Catherine makes me sulk because I could never beat it. And I really wanted to find out what happened next.


I beat it and still couldn't tell you what happened next. I may have cheated on my girlfriend. Maybe not. Maybe I was murdered. Maybe I was a murderer. Were there actual demons involved? I have no idea!
 
2014-03-27 07:27:24 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Confabulat: Catherine makes me sulk because I could never beat it. And I really wanted to find out what happened next.

I beat it and still couldn't tell you what happened next. I may have cheated on my girlfriend. Maybe not. Maybe I was murdered. Maybe I was a murderer. Were there actual demons involved? I have no idea!


Well that's good to know. That's pretty much what was going on when I got stuck.
 
2014-03-27 07:29:19 PM
I have never beaten Myst.  I just got so frustrated with that damn observatory and the levers on the trees and reading all those books....

I know by now I could have just read a walkthrough, but I never did.

I even downloaded the Myst app for my phone when it was free one day....

And I realized how much it infuriated me years ago and I deleted it from my phone again!

(and I agree the Babel Fish puzzle was damn hard)
 
2014-03-27 07:34:20 PM
The Babel Fish was not the hard part of Hitchhiker's Guide to me. I just figured that out with trial and error. But there's a part where you wake up and "You can see nothing, smell nothing, hear nothing, feel nothing, and taste nothing."

That part left me in fits for a few weeks.

Then my idiot older brother came in one day when I was throwing things at my TV screen and was like, "Oh I bet I can solve it." And I was like oh hell no you can't. So he sat down and solved it and I am still kind of pissed about that.
 
2014-03-27 07:38:10 PM
You should probably examine the room a little closer. Here's what you learn: "A LONG WOODEN CLUB LIES ON THE GROUND NEAR THE DIAMOND-SHAPED WINDOW. THE CLUB IS CURIOUSLY BURNED AT THE THICK END. THE WORDS "BABE FLATHEAD" ARE BURNED INTO THE WOOD."

Oh, OK. So, have you figured it out? Go on, take a minute to really think about it. We'll wait.
Right, you got it? If you realized that the clues are referring to baseball, congratulations! You're a goddamn liar, because nobody could have figured that out.


Liar?  No, that's called projection.  Assuming everyone is as dumb as they are, because an 8 year old can grasp that it's referencing a baseball diamond unless you're a goddamn Commie and have never heard of Babe Ruth.

By Ian Ury, Zackarias Speed, Ryan Menezes

Ah hah, so they are a bunch of furriner commies.  Go back to Russia nerds.
 
2014-03-27 07:40:29 PM

germ78: Getting to 200% in FEZ is crazy hard. I'm stuck at 176%.


I think to get the rest you have do something stupid in public, then have a complete meltdown complete with toddleresque limb thrashing plus tantrum.
 
2014-03-27 07:44:55 PM

Confabulat: The Babel Fish was not the hard part of Hitchhiker's Guide to me. I just figured that out with trial and error. But there's a part where you wake up and "You can see nothing, smell nothing, hear nothing, feel nothing, and taste nothing."

That part left me in fits for a few weeks.


The Babel Fish part was pretty easy.  Just follow where the fish goes and put some piece of inventory there.  Even the part(s) where you're in the dark weren't too bad since I eventually noticed one of the senses wasn't on the list anymore.

But I needed help to figure out to "enjoy poetry" to get the second Vogon poetry verse.  And there was no hint I could even buy a sandwich in the pub much less know to feed it to the yapping dog before the Earth is demolished.
 
2014-03-27 07:46:21 PM

Confabulat: The Babel Fish was not the hard part of Hitchhiker's Guide to me. I just figured that out with trial and error. But there's a part where you wake up and "You can see nothing, smell nothing, hear nothing, feel nothing, and taste nothing."

That part left me in fits for a few weeks.

Then my idiot older brother came in one day when I was throwing things at my TV screen and was like, "Oh I bet I can solve it." And I was like oh hell no you can't. So he sat down and solved it and I am still kind of pissed about that.


I did that one on my own, wasn't that hard, but I think there were only 4 fish in the machine, and you needed to do 4 tasks to get one, so Arthur must have been psychic to have actually been able to get it right and not run out of fish.  Come to think about it almost everything requires extreme prescience, like knowing you need to feed a dog a sandwich at the beginning to avoid dying in the end game.
 
2014-03-27 07:50:27 PM

Confabulat: The Babel Fish was not the hard part of Hitchhiker's Guide to me. I just figured that out with trial and error. But there's a part where you wake up and "You can see nothing, smell nothing, hear nothing, feel nothing, and taste nothing."

That part left me in fits for a few weeks.

Then my idiot older brother came in one day when I was throwing things at my TV screen and was like, "Oh I bet I can solve it." And I was like oh hell no you can't. So he sat down and solved it and I am still kind of pissed about that.


Well, here you go.... take another shot at it.
 
2014-03-27 07:52:41 PM
This list fails without that Damn switch puzzle in the zealot level from Ultima 8.
 
2014-03-27 07:56:02 PM
I can't remember how many times I died from the STD in Leisure Suit Larry before buying a condom at the convenience store.
 
2014-03-27 07:56:22 PM
My buddies and I spent a whole summer on the voodoo recipe in Act 2 of Monkey Island, but eventually gave up. To be fair, we were 8 at the time.
 
2014-03-27 07:59:35 PM

tarkus1980: Not able to read from work. Did the damned microscope puzzle from The 7th Guest make this list or the previous one?


No 7th Guest??? My brother and I spent forever trying to figure out the damn can puzzle. No vowels, on y's.
 
2014-03-27 08:00:10 PM
I played a text based game a while ago where the creator insisted on putting in messages about how "PALE LUNA SMILES WIDE" and repeated ad nauseam.

At the end it gave me some numbers as a reward for the long hours I put into solving the damn game (God was it poorly programmed.)

Anyway, if I ever meet that programmer I am going to give them a piece of my mind.
 
2014-03-27 08:01:44 PM

Confabulat: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Confabulat: Catherine makes me sulk because I could never beat it. And I really wanted to find out what happened next.

I beat it and still couldn't tell you what happened next. I may have cheated on my girlfriend. Maybe not. Maybe I was murdered. Maybe I was a murderer. Were there actual demons involved? I have no idea!

Well that's good to know. That's pretty much what was going on when I got stuck.


Catherine had an easy mode, which I think was added for the US release. It makes the levels actually beatable. The story wasn't half-bad.

The old-school arcade game in it had some pretty brutal puzzles.
 
2014-03-27 08:17:46 PM

LesserEvil: Heh... I wrote a parody of the Zork games back in the early 80s for the C=64 computer. I had a maze that changed as you went through it. It was possible to complete it... but very tricky.

I also had a Perfect Rose in a display case... with a plaque that read "No use ever found for it" - I carried that damn "perfect rose" all the way to the end of the Zork game. I think I checked, years later and it confirmed my guess, that it was basically a useless trinket.


Compass rose. Not perfect, but compass rose.

\Solved Zork I and II without help, but needed a guidebook for III.
\\Hello Sailor
 
2014-03-27 08:21:28 PM

Confabulat: The Babel Fish was not the hard part of Hitchhiker's Guide to me. I just figured that out with trial and error. But there's a part where you wake up and "You can see nothing, smell nothing, hear nothing, feel nothing, and taste nothing."

That part left me in fits for a few weeks.

Then my idiot older brother came in one day when I was throwing things at my TV screen and was like, "Oh I bet I can solve it." And I was like oh hell no you can't. So he sat down and solved it and I am still kind of pissed about that.


Oh, I had that happen to me once with my ex-husband. It was on Hard mode, Kingdom Hearts 2, the boss on the drawbridge and the damned spears. I tried and tried and couldn't get past it. Him: Two Tries, Dead. That was farking annoying.

/cut my teeth on Zork on the Commodore 64. LOAD"*",8,1  biatches.
 
2014-03-27 08:25:12 PM

Russ1642: tarkus1980: Not able to read from work. Did the damned microscope puzzle from The 7th Guest make this list or the previous one?

No 7th Guest??? My brother and I spent forever trying to figure out the damn can puzzle. No vowels, on y's.


Microsoft puzzle's shown above. Agree about the cans though. And the knights.

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: [www.pressibus.org image 384x384]


That one, I actually got; though it took a few tries. From what I remember though, you could enter and exit the puzzle some number of times and it would count the puzzle as solved.
 
2014-03-27 08:26:52 PM

Flt209er: Russ1642: tarkus1980: Not able to read from work. Did the damned microscope puzzle from The 7th Guest make this list or the previous one?

No 7th Guest??? My brother and I spent forever trying to figure out the damn can puzzle. No vowels, on y's.

Microscope puzzle's shown above. Agree about the cans though. And the knights.


FTFM
 
2014-03-27 08:26:53 PM

kieran57: This list fails without that Damn switch puzzle in the zealot level from Ultima 8.


The best thing about Ultima puzzles is there's more than one way to solve them.

fark the switches: Climb on top of the platform and jump over the fence.
 
2014-03-27 08:30:31 PM
"It's owl o'clock already?!"

api.ning.com
 
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