Author Topic: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks  (Read 778 times)

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Not sure if this thread has already been done, tell me if it has.

So let's share adventure game puzzles and other elements that are quite recurrent in this genre!
This is not to be negative, but for fun and to get a deeper knowledge of the stuff that we like, warts and all.

Warning: could contain some spoilers.

- Pushing a key through a keyhole and making it drop on a piece of paper to retrieve it below the door:
Possibly one of the most famous puzzles. This is basically the classic of classics when we talk of "locked-in-room" situations.
Examples:
- Alone in the Dark 2
- Bargon Attack (strangely, the hero refuses to use a newspaper to retrieve the key because it'd be "too easy")
- Hugo 2: Whodunnit

- A rope is an useful item to have:
A rope is basically a typically useful item.
Strangely, I feel that most of the times a rope appeared in an adventure point-and-click game, it was to say how it is an useful item to have in this kind of games!
Examples:
- Companions of Xanth (your sidekick right-out tells you to go get a rope at a harbor because you always need rope in adventure games)
- Escape from Monkey Island ("hmm, a rope, that could be useful")
- Sam & Max Hit The Road (Sam notes how you always need a piece of rope in this kind of games)

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #1 on: 04 Feb 2018, 23:28 »
Countless games where you have to get past a guard dog or other animal and you have a piece of meat and some sleeping pills.

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #2 on: 04 Feb 2018, 23:47 »
Unsticking glued piece of paper using hot steam.
I remember this was in the old "Prisoner of Ice" game, and also in the recent "Thimbleweed Park" too.

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #3 on: 05 Feb 2018, 00:40 »
If you need something unscrewed... an old coin will do.  :wink:

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #4 on: 05 Feb 2018, 01:21 »
I think a crowbar is also popular right? In both adventure and action games.

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #5 on: 05 Feb 2018, 01:39 »
Ran out of gas? Don't worry! In adventure games cars and other vehicles run just fine on whiskey, vodka, and gin and often forever on just one bottle!

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #6 on: 05 Feb 2018, 02:18 »
Ran out of gas? Don't worry! In adventure games cars and other vehicles run just fine on whiskey, vodka, and gin and often forever on just one bottle!

In the movie 'Gamer', guy pees in a fuel tank and that works because he's been drinking alcohol

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #7 on: 05 Feb 2018, 07:46 »
Unsticking glued piece of paper using hot steam.
I remember this was in the old "Prisoner of Ice" game, and also in the recent "Thimbleweed Park" too.
Maniac Mansion, too.

Ran out of gas? Don't worry! In adventure games cars and other vehicles run just fine on whiskey, vodka, and gin and often forever on just one bottle!
Except in Maniac Mansion :-D

Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #8 on: 05 Feb 2018, 09:31 »
I remember a puzzle in Dead Reefs, where you had one 8 oz jar, one 5 oz jar and one 3 oz jar, and had to divide liquid between all jars to fill the 5 oz jar with 4 oz water. I swear I've seen the exact same puzzle in at least three separate games by now, but sadly I can't remember those games. Anyone else recognize this puzzle?

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #9 on: 05 Feb 2018, 11:07 »
I remember a puzzle in Dead Reefs, where you had one 8 oz jar, one 5 oz jar and one 3 oz jar, and had to divide liquid between all jars to fill the 5 oz jar with 4 oz water. I swear I've seen the exact same puzzle in at least three separate games by now, but sadly I can't remember those games. Anyone else recognize this puzzle?

It's a classic puzzle used in classrooms as well. I've used it in a treasure hunt for kids on a summer camp.

It was also used in the movie Die Hard 3.

Ran out of gas? Don't worry! In adventure games cars and other vehicles run just fine on whiskey, vodka, and gin and often forever on just one bottle!

In the movie 'Gamer', guy pees in a fuel tank and that works because he's been drinking alcohol

I remember that and thinking how stupid it was. I also remember a game where you could soak something in wine and burn it down super fast because wine contains alcohol.

I think it takes a percentage of about 30% plus before alcohol becomes flammable enough to overcome the water content. So, to run a car on it you would need at least 80% alcohol if not more I would guess and even then it would cause so much damage to the engine that it would only work for a short time, if at all.
« Last Edit: 05 Feb 2018, 11:12 by Mandle »

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #10 on: 05 Feb 2018, 11:48 »
Getting a container and putting a liquid in it. Usually a bucket with water, but it can also be a pan (or sometimes even a bottle). Deponia and Day of the Tentacle did it, and both of those used soapy water as well. Quite a few others games I've played have had this quite simple puzzle.
Does thay count, or is thay too generic?

Because I have something even more generic! Tin openers. Once again I can name at least two games from the top of my head where one appeared, and there are probably more than that.

Ooh, but here's a really common puzzle. Getting a long pole and sticking a hook on the end. It's appeared on Curse of Monkey Island, most of the Maniac Mansion Mania games, and I think Zak McKracken Between Time and Space had that puzzle in it as well. And I'm certain that I've seen it on other (popular and commercial) games.
« Last Edit: 05 Feb 2018, 11:50 by Danvzare »

Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #11 on: 05 Feb 2018, 11:58 »
- Pushing a key through a keyhole and making it drop on a piece of paper to retrieve it below the door:
Possibly one of the most famous puzzles. This is basically the classic of classics when we talk of "locked-in-room" situations.

Countless games where you have to get past a guard dog or other animal and you have a piece of meat and some sleeping pills.

Both in Phantasmagoria!

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #12 on: 07 Feb 2018, 11:38 »
A puddle of water with an exposed wire dip in it blocking your path.


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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #13 on: 07 Feb 2018, 12:34 »
I think that all these recurring puzzles are in my own game... :-D
« Last Edit: 07 Feb 2018, 20:10 by NicolaGs »
My first game : I Want Out!

Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #14 on: 07 Feb 2018, 18:06 »

When you play poker have a mirror surface behind the opponent!(laugh)

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #15 on: 07 Feb 2018, 20:57 »
Carrying around two utterly useless items that you'd have no interest in other than once you combine them, the result is something you can't live without. (I use this puzzle in several of my own games). :=
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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #16 on: 08 Feb 2018, 08:43 »

When a puzzle implies a chessboard you can only use the horse piece.

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #17 on: 08 Feb 2018, 09:28 »
Laxatives.

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #18 on: 09 Feb 2018, 12:36 »
We should make a game which only uses these recurring puzzles and gimmicks.
We could call it Quest Quest. (laugh)

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Re: Recurring specific adventure game puzzles/gimmicks
« Reply #19 on: 09 Feb 2018, 13:33 »
10 find racy object in NPC's room
20 ask NPC about it

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