Walkthrough for Connections
VIDEO PROBLEMS: If your Quick Time movies show a black screen, the
following are possible fixes:
In the windows directory, thereís a qtw.ini file. In the [video]
section, it is normally set to
Optimize=Hardware. The three possible fixes are: Optimize=Driver,
Optimize=BMP, or Optimize=DIB. After playing the game, you may want to
change back to the normal setting of Optimize=Hardware in the [Video]
section. Making any changes requires a restart of windows.
Your goal is to collect items representing innovations throughout
history and put them into a chain of connections. When you find an item
and itís placed in your chain, click it to see an interesting and
educational video about that item and the relation to other items in the
chain. When the chain is finished, you automatically go to another area
of game. About the only drawback in the game, it has to be started from
disc 1 each time.
You stand facing a castle. Check the control box just right of the
drawbridge. Look under the carpet in front of the castle. Turn around
and enter the building with a single door. Examine the window inside.
Turn and talk to Mr. Burke, who appears several times throughout the
game. When youíre alone, examine the picture of Africa on the wall.
Nearby, click the steel balls and notice the clicks. Turn the globe to
Africa and youíll discover a safe behind the wall picture.
Examine the card on the desk (faint imprint of some numbers.) Get the
pencil. Click itís image on your chain. Do this for all new images on
the chain. In the middle drawer, uncover the card and notice the five
digit number. Could these be related to the clicks of the steel balls?
Anyhow, itís the combination to the safe, which contains a couple of
In the right drawer, there should be some carbon paper. Rub it over the
card with the imprint. Play the message on the phone. Be sure to rewind
it. Make sure youíve examined everything on the desk and in the room. At
the building with two doors, enter the Apothecary on the left. Buy the
yellow bottle on the shelf. Exit and enter the Electronics shop next
Examine the oscilloscope, TV, etc. Play the video tape on the TV (itís
critical.) You learn about a drawbridge opener and a certain voltage. Go
back to the office. Remember the phone number you found on the card?
Itís to the Electronics shop. Make the call and immediately play the
answering machine when the shop owner answers.
Go to the shop and get the oscilloscope. Itís useless until you restore
the phosphor coating to its screen. Maybe a trade at the Apothecary will
help. Once the oscilloscope has been repaired, go to the drawbridge and
open the control box. Place the scope inside and set the proper voltage
that you learned about in the video tape. Enter the Castle.
NOTE: R means turn right, L means turn left, F means go forward once, F2
means forward twice, and so on.
Go straight ahead past the fountain. Talk to the guard. R, F, R, F, L.
Go down steps to the pump station. Get the shovel. Examine the pump.
Face away from it to see the flooded stairway leading down. Go
back upstairs and exit to the fountain. Go straight ahead to the other
red door. Thereís a sword in the stone. This is your ticket past the
guard. Turn right to a small doorway. Get a condenser from the crate.
Return to the Apothecary.
The woman should be gone. Get a match and a bucket. Return to the castle
Use the condenser on the side of the pump. Get a bucket of water, from
the flooded stairwell, and use it on the condenser. Use your shovel on
the coal. Open the furnace and use the shovel on it. Light the furnace
and use the shovel on it again. Go down the drained stairwell. Lower the
two sword switches, on the control bank, all the way.
Return to the sword room and get the sword. Show it to the guard. Try to
get the jewel from the crown. Try again. Go back down to the control
room and look at the computer screen on the right of the control bank.
Get the idea? At the three wall switches, set them left to right false,
false, true. Go get the jewel from the crown and examine it and anything
new on your chain.
Try to leave the throne room. Listen to Mr. Burke. You end up in a
desert. Ride the balloon. Examine the chain image. Turn to face the
F2, L, F, L to the side entrance of the Orpheum. Go through the
hallways, knock on the magicianís door and approach him. Go to the side
entrance of the stage and watch the act. Go to the door with a star and
knock on it. Leave the theater and go to the Dry Goods store. Click on
the jar of aspirin on the bottom shelf. Check out the self service
telegraph room. The morse code chart is critical. Try the key a few
times if you want to. Go to the saloon.
Talk to the miner. Turn left toward the piano and listen to Mr. Burke.
Play a little yourself. Take the role from the piano slot. Check the
image on your chain. Talk to the gambler. Eventually, the phone rings.
Answer it and get a dollar. Talk to the gambler again and show him your
dollar. Carefully notice the order that he lays the cards down. Change
them to that order but from left to right, QKQQKKK. You get the
gamblerís keys and a carburetor.
Remember, always check new items on your chain. Put the carburetor on
the carís engine. Get a crank and half map from the trunk. Carefully
listen to the music in the next part. It will possibly save you several
trips later. Use the crank on the front of the car. Note the tune on the
radio and the BIG clue, DYNAMITE. Give the half map to the miner and get
a whole map.
Click the map in inventory for the directions. Check the piano rolls and
keep the one that plays the tune from the car radio. Go to the Dry Goods
Look at the code chart and write down the codes for dynamite. -.., -.--,
-., .-, --, .., -, . and tap them on the key. Keep the dashes long and
the dots short. This is relatively easy with a telegraph key, but with
your mouse itís quite different. For instance, the letter N -. give a
long blast, then immediately give a short blast without hesitation. If
you pause between the - and the .
it will be interpreted as two different letters. After you correctly tap
out the word dynamite, you win that very item, which is needed to clear
the mine entrance. Return to the Orpheum.
Go under the stage to the hydraulics room. Click the plaque on the wall,
up for off, down for on. Adjust all valve arrows up to shut them off.
Adjust the upper right valve down for on. Adjust the lower left valve,
by the meter, down for on. Working your way back to the upper right
valve, there are three additional valves to turn on (down) so that steam
can go from the upper right valve to the meter and raise it to 100.
If you have too much trouble, consult the built in hint feature for a
drawing of the valves. When the meter registers, go around the halls to
backstage and the hydraulic lift. Ride it up, turn around and go forward
to the attic room on the left. Put your piano roll in the loom and turn
it on. If itís the correct one, you will get a rug with some red symbols
on it. This is a code to a puzzle in the mine. Once you get the rug with
symbols, go to the mine entrance.
Use the dynamite to clear the entrance and try to find your way through
the mine with the minerís map or do the following: F4, L, F2, R. F2, L,
F2, L. F2, R, F2, R, F2, R. Click the light patch, on the wall, for a
sliding tile puzzle. Click your pattern rug on the puzzle. Solve it and
turn around. Go forward and get the gold nuggets. In hints, use the
magic square to get out or do the following: turn around, go back to the
light colored patch and turn right. Then, F2, L, F2, L. F2, R, F2, R.
F2, L, F2, R, F4.
At the Dry Goods, buy some aspirin and go to the womanís dressing room
at the Emporium. Give her the aspirin. Click the item on the dresser.
Examine all new items on your chain. Back away from the dresser.
Eventually watch some gents playing lawn bowling. Score the game by
giving a point to the colored ball closest to the white peg. Or points
to balls of same color if more than one is closest to the white peg. You
get a ball for correctly scoring. Go to the Bank.
The teller wonít talk. Hmm! Go to the Diner and talk to the bowlers on
the right next to the last booth. At the register, try to take the paper
from the jar. Click on the ketchup bottle next to the register. Take the
paper from the jar and click on it in inventory. Go give the note to the
bank teller. You have to find out the motherís maiden name. Go to the
Find Caseyís father, Bob Moranís grave. Caseyís brother Tomís grave
confirms that Watson is the maiden name. Return to the bank and get a
crank from a safety deposit box. Now go to the ship.
Take the sextant. Use the crank on the small silver plate on the cannon.
Set the cannon level and use your bowling ball on the cannon. Press the
button. Go around to the side of the bank, enter the hole in the vault
and look around. Do your own fingerprint.
Move the stool and click the corner of the floor. You discover a rare
bone and get a reward of a three dollar bill! Now you can afford that
Give the three dollars to the waiter and get the penny change. Take the
restroom key from the side of the register. In the restroom, click the
mirror and take the piece of fallen mirror. Go to the ship.
Click your sextant on the night sky. Click the mirror piece on the
sextant (large brass circle-itís actually the eyepiece) to get a star
fix. Adjust the light dot with the up and down arrows so that itís on
the horizon (water line.) Back from closeup of eyepiece and note the
degree heading of 50. Set the red handled telegraph lever to same
heading. Face back toward the helm and listen to Burke. (Disc change)
Now youíre in a medieval courtyard. Turn right twice and go up the
stairs on the right side of the building to Galileoís office. Turn left
in the room to see the telescope. Click the arrow cursor above the
eyepiece for a side view of the telescope. It needs a lens in the center
slot. Click on the lunch box. Click on the boat in the bottle. Click the
curtain to reveal a broken shrink machine. It needs a timing device. It
also needs insulation on the area above the red bars.
Exit Galileoís and go to the door on the left, the Tapestry Shop. Help
the shop keeper turn red patterns into orange. Watch the tapestry video
on your chain for an idea. Create alternating red and yellow squares.
When successful, you get her watch. Enter the church and go to the organ
straight ahead and on the right. The devil plays four main notes. You
discover the organ doesnít work. R, F, L, F, L. Thereís a water wheel
that powers the organ. Itís broken.
Cross to the left side hallway and enter the belfry. Fix the gears for
the hunchback and he will give you a wrench for the water wheel. Open
the metal on the right and arrange the gears from right to left in the
following order: medium, small, medium, large. Medium, small, large,
medium, large. Take the wrench and repair the water wheel.
Remember the four notes? The middle black key (Ab), the next white key
left (G), second white key left of there (E), white key right of there
(F.) After the pulpit raises, get the lens from the bible and return to
Galileoís. Put the lens in the telescope and get a sandwich. At the
shrink machine, replace the timing device and use the shrink wrap. Pull
the upper left lever to shrink yourself and enter the ship in the
bottle. Knock on the door. Turn right and get the map. Give it to the
captain. Enter the hold in front of the captain. At the laquer tables,
the left lever slides the tables left, and the right lever rotates the
tables around the center of the room. Maneuver the tables for a clear
path to the door. If youíre growing old, the magic button in hints will
do it. Review any new items on your chain. Then, exit the door.
Approach the woman and do a match puzzle. TIP: first remove the top
center one. After the puzzle, click the cup. Go left to the Sphinx. The
guard requires a password. Return to the tent.
Click the phone, then click the cradle to the right of the fax machine.
Now you have to restore power. Get a hose from a drawer. Go
outside and take the gas caps from the generator and the truck. Click
the hose on either gas nozzle. Pull the generator start cord. Back in
the tent, get the code tape from the fax. Review the code video on your
The difficult solution is to use the book, on the chest of drawers, to
decode the tape. The easy way is to wrap the tape around the tent pole.
Either way, go to the Sphinx and enter the code word on the wall.
Dump a full small cup into the large cup. With another full small cup,
fill the large cup. Dump the full large cup back into the cannister. Put
the large empty cup back on the counter. Dump the partial small cup into
the large cup. Dump a full small cup into the large cup.
SETTING OVEN TEMPERATURE.
Go to the fish bowl and try to get the thermometer. Maybe the fridge has
something you can feed the fish. After getting the thermometer, place it
in the oven and close the door. Turn on the right knob and change the
left knob a little. Recheck the thermometer. Keep changing the left knob
until the temperature is at 350. Go through the door by the fridge.
CODED DOOR HIEROGLYPHS.
Numbers already displayed are 1-5 from left to right. You need 6 and 7.
One step back from closeup, 6 is in the third column from left. It looks
like two eyes with eyebrows. 7 is in the eleventh column and near the
bottom. It looks like a wishbone. Enter the new door and turn left.
Watch a short video of the Pharaoh taking a bath. Click the curtain. You
need the toy warship.
You have to drain the tub. Click the hand on the water near the left
side of the faucet. Click the ship on the curtain.
THRONE ROOM ANTECHAMBER.
Maneuver around till you can enter the red trapdoor. Look at the
instructions on the wall. By heating a tank of water, it flows into
another making it heavier. That one will pull cords fastened to columns
that open the big doors. Back upstairs, smash the small chair on the
right near the trapdoor. Place the broken pieces on the small blue altar
near the large doors.
Move the large mirror to direct the light towards the altar. Now you
have to concentrate the light onto the wood. Thoroughly check the room
for a magnifying glass. Once youíve ignited the wood, the large doors
will open. Enter and talk to the Pharaoh. The rest is automatic.
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