One of the game worst sides is its slowness. It takes a lot of time to get from one place to the next (even with a Pentium 90). What makes the matter worst is the huge area to explore in this game. This implies that going from the tower upper floors to some of the mine chambers takes forever. Despite this shortcoming, which induces a lot of frustration, you always come back for more. The game is not so tough to solve (when you know the answers). Most puzzles are logic or have solutions written on loose notes scattered around the castle. The real difficulty lies in not knowing where to go and what to do next. You can wander around the castle for hours before some new actions take place. Passing through a given room or finding a new note often triggers new events.
Writing this walkthrough was not easy because a lot of the difficulties rest in mapping the secret passages, that are not easy to describe in text mode. We will at least try to give you a description of what you need to do in order to win the game. It would be better to rely on this walkthrough only if you are stucked in the game. Knowing in advance every move spoils the fun. Also, this game takes a long time to solve. So don't think you will be through in one evening (even with this solve).
Very few items can be taken in this game. There are only 5 or 6 you can carry at all. However, you will find a lot of notes scattered around the castle. Some you can carry, some you cannot. It is however very important to read them all, and for the multipage notes, reading all pages. At a certain point in the game the opening of a particular door will depend on this.
Finally, this walkthrough was written to the best of our knowledge (and memory). It is in no way an official walkthrough. We may have missed some key features or may have mixed up some actions. It was written to help those who where not able to finish the game. We hope you will be indulgent. You will also probably find the writing a bit off the track, because English is not the native language of both authors. Again we apologize for those who will find it difficult to follow us.
You get up and look around the lab. There are several things to see around this floor. For instance, you can look at the blackboard, activate some electrical machines, look at a periodic table (chemical elements), you can climb to the tower's roof (you do not need to activate anything yet), you can open a dumb-waiter and look inside the shaft, you can push aside a cabinet to find a closed grate, you can read a newspaper telling about your verdict and hanging, you can look at a lifestone and some notes.
Take the lifestone and turn right (Dr. Frankenstein will not let you out of the laboratory with this crystal). Put it on the table. Take the cloth and put it beside the lifestone. Take four strands of rope and put them on both the cloth and crystal. Now you have a parachute that you can throw through the window. Notice that it will go over the wall. You will need to retrieve it later.
If you climb the ladder leading to the roof, take note of the plaque and the pattern of planets. This is plaque no. 2 and it is associated with winds. Take careful note of this pattern because you will need it later on.
You will find yourself on a large balcony. Go towards the cannon balls. Take one and put it in the steel basket. Pull on the rope. The cannon ball should fall on the left upper gangway and roll out to the left knocking the moose head trophy.
You will find yourself in a small room with a corpse and a desk. This desk will serve for a forthcoming experiment later on, so keep in mind its location.
Now turn left twice and go down and turn right. Activate the pulley. The wheels will break loose, so put them back in place and try again to open the hidden door to the castle great hall. The order of the gears is right-to-left, top-to-bottom. There is a lot to explore after that. However, few doors open to let you in.
Secret passages in the castle
Exiting to left of the fireplace, go right and then left and enter the door to the right. You will be in some kind of kitchen. Read the note found there. Again Dr. Frankenstein will come to speak with you (if he doesn't show up, no problem). This time he will be less friendly.
No other door opens on this floor except for the ones leading outside (we will come back later for these). Climb up one of the two stairways in the main hall. Only one door opens towards a burnt room. Look at the plaque on the fireplace. This is plaque no. 1 and it is associated with fire. Be careful to write down the exact position of all seven planets on this plaque. You will need this pattern later on.
You will find stairs going up to the third floor. Turn right, forward, right and left and enter. This is the observatory room. You will find new notes. Read them. Nothing can be done yet in this room. Go back down to the great hall and open the door to outside.
Go outside and turn left, go forward and right. The rope lying on the floor will come handy later. Look on the plaque at the bottom of the tree. This is plaque no. 4 and it is associated with height. Take note of the pattern of planets.
Go left towards the tower near the courtyard doors. You will be able to climb the wall. You will retrieve the lifestone if you always choose the left path. Climb down and go towards the courtyard doors. Turn around towards the castle and look at the plaque. This is number 3 and it is associated with water.
Go back inside the castle and into the secret passage behind the tapestry. Drop the turkey leg and lifestone on the desk. Climb up again, exit the grate, climb up towards the balcony and get inside the tower. Now take the wooden plank beside the stairway leading up. Turn right and go down. Place the plank on the missing stairs and go down.
Look around and go towards the corner desk. Take the battery (above the glowing green box) and the rope-wire hanging on the wall. Connect all three wires in turn and pull the levers. One will make the cat head groan. One will make the human head say some word. A third will contract the arm and the last will turn off the freezer. This will help you go through the door beside this table.
Turn around and look at the desk in the middle of the room. Open the drawer and take the key. Use the key on either doors. The right one leads to your bedroom. There is a secret passage in the cabinet. Dr. Frankenstein will come visit again. The left one leads to an anteroom where you will find more notes and a crowbar. Take them all. There is a locked door in this room. You will eventually find a note in the mausoleum that will explain how to unlock it.
Now, if you go right of the secret door, you will come to a fork. Going right leads to a ladder. This ladder goes up to the Tesla coil level (you can only peek at this room) or further up to the room where you have awaken. You will be able to open the grate and move the cabinet in order to free the passage. Now you have a way to get from or to this floor level.
If you take left at the fork, you will encounter another fork. Going right leads to a grate where you can look at the lab after the anteroom and further on at the observatory. Going left leads to a ladder. Go down the ladder.
You will encounter another fork. The right passage leads to a fireplace (you will be able to go there later on). The front passage leads to another ladder going down. To reach it, you need the crowbar to remove the planks blocking your way (you will have to do this twice). Take the next ladder. Turn right and pull the lever. You now have another passage leading to the great hall. If you decide to go further on in the secret passage, you will be blocked by hot steam coming out from a defective pipe (you will correct that later on).
Secret passages in the castle
Look around and read the notes lying on the table. Push the small table standing beside the entrance and put it in front of the exit door. Go forward and both axes will fall down on the table. Now look at the aquarium. Remove the piece of wood. The aquarium will move under the chandelier. Look at the fireplace and unwind the rope wheel. The chandelier will come down on the aquarium and smash it. This will extinguish the fire. The way to the secret passage no. 2 is now open. Go to the exit door. Go forward, turn left then right and go through the door in front of you.
Take the weight and place it in the right tray. A hidden door will open. Go through it and you will come near the defective plumbing. Turn off the wheel. This opens the way to secret passage no. 2. Go back to the library and exit the door in front of you (the one in the back of the reading room). This door leads to the first floor of the castle.
Now go to the great hall and Dr. Frankenstein will catch you. If he doesn't show up, keep on walking around, entering doors and returning back to the great hall. While you are doing this you will hear him requesting his notes from time to time. Eventually, he will show up in the great hall. He will bring you back to the library and push you down in the dungeon where he will cuff you and scourge you.
You will come to a room with two exits. The right one connects to the first floor in secret passage no. 2 (no way back however). The front hole leads to yet another room. The right hole brings you to a ladder heading towards the garden. The left one leads towards the hedge maze. (hint : you could already know the layout of this maze just by looking at it from the entrance doors to the castle; we were able to map it before entering it).
We will not give you the indication to navigate this maze. However, you will need to gather some objects in this maze. Look for a skull and take the black beetle. Find the carnivorous plants and place the beetle in the right one. After the right plant took the beetle, the left one will open its mouth. Take the corroded scissors. Finally, you will need to find the entrance way to yet another secret passage (no. 4). Use the scissors on the vines to get access to the hatch.
Dependently of the door you want to open, you will need to open one of the four lower little doors. Opening them will show a number (the plaque number). The upper door reveal four patterns. If you want to open door no. 1, you will need to open the leftmost upper little door and the leftmost lower little door. After that, turn the wheel until the pattern of planets fits with the pattern on the plaque. When this is done, pull the lever. If you hear a sound, you have succeeded. If not, you will have to try again.
Door one leads towards the mine. Door two leads to a collapsed tunnel (for now). Door three leads to the melting chamber and door four leads to the mausoleum.
For now, you may look at the mausoleum to gather notes and read them. Make sure you read them all an carry the ones you can take. This action is very important for the progress of the game. You must discover some background information on the relationship between yourself, your wife and Dr. Frankenstein here.
You should also open door 3. This door leads to the wine cellar maze. From the entrance of this maze, follow these directions :
The next step will be the mines. You should however first open door 1 when you leave the planetarium room. This will save you a lot of walking around when going through the mines. Also, if you head back to the hedge maze, you will find a newly created passage leading out directly towards the entrance doors of the castle.
Go ahead until you find the secret dock. Take the diving suit and speargun, and activate the air pumping machine. Turn right and go down in water. Look around and read the note (notice that your daughter's name is mentioned in it) and look at the treasure chest (you cannot take any of them with you). Turn around and kill the squid with the speargun. Climb the ladder. Shut off the pump and go back in the tunnel.
Take the right tunnel. It leads to the mines. It is important to turn around in all directions in the mines to find all passages. Go forward until you encounter a left passage. Go in and turn around.
You will find three passages. You entered from the left. The middle one leads to a conveyor. Remember its location. You will have to come back to activate it later on. Two more of these are to be found in the mines and another one is in the ore processing room (this one needs to be activated first).
Turn around and go forward. You will encounter a left passage leading to a waterwheel and chained doors. We will come back later for this one. If you continue to the end of this corridor, you will eventually face a closed door, unless you left it open when you were in the planetarium room (it is door no. 1 from the planetarium room).
Turn right and follow the side corridor to the end (you will find another conveyor). Step back to the planetarium room door no. 1. Head back towards the side corridor leading to the waterwheel. Before getting there, you will encounter a three door fork. The center one leads to a conveyor (come back later on to activate it). The left one leads to a trap door you cannot yet enter. It will however be open, leading to the castle 1st floor, after you escaped from the thugs. The right one is the main corridor.
Now at the waterwheel location, turn the wheel to stop the flow of water. Take the chain and attach it to the waterwheel. Turn on the water and the doors will be torned away. Before entering the tunnel ahead, pull the switch to the right.
You may also encounter a monster hand creeping on the floor. Do not throw a rock at it because it is friendly, it even gives you directions to which passage way you should follow. This monster hand will also help save Sara further on in this game. You can follow it outside the mines towards the secret dock. It will be back later on in this game.
Look around. Activate the conveyor in the back of this cavern. Go back and activate all three conveyors found in the mines. These conveyors can only be activated after you forced the door with the waterwheel and after the switch near this waterwheel has been turned on. When all four conveyors have been turned on, rocks will begin to be carried towards the ore processing plant. Return to the ore processing room and take a look again at the conveyer. You should see rocks being transported to the machine.
Save your game here. If the machine jams it will be easier to restart the process. However, as explained further on the machine can be reset. Turn right and push the black button on the machine. Head towards the control panel and pull the left switch to activate the crushing machine. Use the black and red buttons to crush the ore with the left or right crusher. You need to crush each boulder two times. If the processing plant shuts off, pull the lever at the far right and restart the machine from the beginning. After enough ore has been produced, you will hear a signal.
Get down the ladder and follow the rail until you find a control panel on your left. Continue down the tunnel and you will encounter two forks. At the first one, the left rail leads to the melting chamber (the steel doors should be open if you went through door no. 3 in the planetarium room). At the next fork, pull the lever to direct the rails towards the left passage. Go back to the first of these forks and look at the control panel.
Pull the left switch and a wagon full of ore will come from the right. Head towards the second fork and go in the left tunnel. You will come into a room with closed doors in the ceiling. Attach the chain to the wagon and head back to the control panel. Flip both switch up and down again and the wagon will retreat to the right tearing off the ceiling door.
Pull the lever at the side of the control panel. Flip the left switch back up. The wagon will go into the melting chamber. Go to the melting chamber.
At the upper right side are two switches The left one controls the claw power while the right one is the electric switch. On the left side, is the vertical claw control. In the upper middle lies the horizontal claw control. Just below it, you will see the temperature gauge (left side) and temperature control lever (right side). At the bottom of the control panel, you will find the voltage control (left) and the voltage meter (right). You should also have a note explaining this (this note can be found if you enter the right-hand stair in the melting room).
It took several tries but the following actions worked out :
The electric switch is on the upper left corner. The claw control is in the upper right corner. The claw to the crystal maker is on the lower right side. The voltage meter is in the middle. The voltage control is in the lower center of the panel. The spin control clutch is to the right side of the control panel. You should again also have a note explaining this (this note is to be found at the same place as the note explaining the previous control panel).
The following actions should work out fine :
Then, go through the anteroom. You should now have found the note explaining the combination lock (remember, it was in the planetarium room). If you do not have it, then put the first, second and fourth switches (starting from the left) in the up position. Switches no. 3 and 5 should be in down position. This will unlock the door.
This will lead to another laboratory room (it looks like a biology lab). Turn left twice. Take each brain in turn and place them in the machine to the right. Pull the lever and they will speak the last word they heard before being killed. Explore the room further to find more notes. Save your game because you can die in the meeting to come. Open the door to the left (it should now be unlocked, if not return to the mausoleum, and start reading notes again; before you return to the lab remember to re-open door no. 1, leading to the mines).
Enter the room and look around. There is a door to your right but do not open it yet. Go straight to Dr. Frankenstein and a discussion will follow. When it is finished, look at the cages to see some disturbing sequences. Turn left and go to the desk. Take the notes in the drawer. Read them. Turn left and Dr. Frankenstein will talk again.
Save your game and head for the other door (not the one you entered). You will be forced to face Dr. Frankenstein who will point a gun at you. Turn around and go through the door as fast as possible. You will be OK outside.
She will ask for the bottle on the upper shelf, so push one of the barrels and use the wooden fork to retrieve a bottle. There will be some more talks and then the monster hand will appear. Sara's life depends on what you do next.
If you send a rock at it, Sara will eventually be killed. If you wait until the hand goes away, Sara will be safe and it will be the hand that will be killed later on. Sara will now want to see Dr. Frankenstein.
Go to the mausoleum (door no. 4 of the planetarium room). If you left open door no. 1 when you where in the planetarium room before, you can get there very easily through the mines (leave the cave, turn right, go to the end and turn right again). Otherwise you will have to reach the planetarium room from the garden as you initially did. So you have to leave the mines where you entered them from the garden (at the fountain with the gargoyle) and then go to the planetarium room by using the secret passages in the garden (taking the ladder down).
Look into the drawer and look at the notes. More talks will follow. There will be an earthquake that will block all the doors except door no. 2 (the tunnel was collapsed before). Follow Sara in this tunnel. This will bring you to a vast cave with a ladder going up. You may save your game here because this is the ladder maze and a monster will try to catch you. The exact route is as follows :
Go to the observatory on the third floor of the castle. Go straight to Dr. Frankenstein. There will be talks between Sara and him. Move around a bit to start new conversations. He will then leave and lock you inside the observatory with Sara. Go back to talk with her. Look into the spyglass to see the thugs forcing your child Gabrielle to follow them to the secret dock.
Go back near the door and push the desk under the wall grate. Open the drawer and take the key. Use it on the locking mechanism of the grate (the one on the wall). The key will fall in the floor's grate. Push back the desk and go retrieve the horseshoe shaped magnet near the spyglass. Use it on the floor's grate to retrieve the key. Push the desk again and use the key to unlock the wall's grate.
Try to climb through the opening. You appear to be to big to fit. Turn left to Sara and she will climb through the opening and unlock the door to the observatory. What comes next will depend on whether or not you threw a rock at the monster hand. If you did throw a rock at it, Sara will be murdered on the spot. If you did not throw the rock, it is the hand that will be shooted at.
Go directly to the secret dock. You will find Gabrielle lying dead on the floor, killed by the bomb. Take her with you and head to the laboratory on the third floor of the tower.
So, place Gabrielle on the table. Go to the dumb-waiter and retrieve the lifestone. Put it in the holding apparatus above the table. Go to the main control panel. Pull the three left switches to the right position and then the two right switches to the up position. Pull the lever at your left (to raise Gabrielle to the roof top).
Make sure the switch of the Tesla coil is in its off position (it must be up). You should have a note explaining this in the room with the animal cages.
Climb the ladder and look at the speed gauge. Wait until the speed reaches between 10 and 20 and unroll the rope to let the kite float free. Go down to the Tesla coil chamber (2nd floor of the tower). Pull the switch down to charge the coil and pull it back up when the needle in the display is still in the light red area (but close to the dark red area).
Head back to the control panel on the third floor. Turn the three left switches to the left and see what happens. This set of actions is needed to save your daughter. You then leave the castle and live long and happy.
There is also another ending to this story. If you pull up the switch in the Tesla coil chamber on the 2nd floor when the needle is in the dark red area, and then pull the three left switches to the left, your daughter will come to life but dies eventually again. You will then be emprisoned again by Dr. Frankenstein and won't have a long and happy life.
Secret passages in the castle
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