Still Life 2

(A Walkthrough by Zurreen Zubairie)

 

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The Walkthrough

 

GENERALLY:

           

            Please, disregard anything that you might have heard or read to the contrary.  This is in fact a very easy point-and-click game.  It is also what I would call a "fair" game.  I am sure many of you have played games where the solutions to puzzles were quite "counter-intuitive."  The developers of these games do not seem to realize that the use of such "techniques" makes the puzzles hard only because their "solutions" would never work in real life.  Thus, instead of being fascinated by the developers' ingenuity, the gamers are only aggravated by the trickery.  I am happy to tell you that Still Life 2 is not such a game.

 

THE MANUAL:

 

            As I mentioned, the game is actually quite easy, mainly because everything flows so logically.  All you have to do is put yourself in the position of the main character and you will realize what you need to do.  But while the game is pretty easy in that sense, the game play can be somewhat complex if you are unfamiliar with the basic "mechanics" of the game.  It would be a good idea, therefore, to at least skim through the manual to become familiar with those basics.  You will find that manual on the DVD itself.  Here is how to get to it.  Click on START; then, go to

 

ALL PROGRAMS > MICROIDS > STILL LIFE 2 > STILL LIFE 2 MANUAL

 

            You need to skim through only 10 pages actually (pages 4-13, according to the numbering in the toolbar at the top of the screen), starting with the section called "The Story" and ending with the one called "Dialogs."  Feel free to just print out pages 4-13, to make it easier to refer to them, as needed, as you play the game.

 

BUILT-IN HELP:

 

            To be perfectly honest, I did not turn this feature on.  I just love a good challenge, you know!  So I cannot tell you just how helpful it really is.  But you can read about this feature on page 11 of the Manual.  You can find the feature in the game itself as follows.

 

Click on OPTIONS in the Main Menu.

Click on GAME in the top-right corner of the Options menu.

The "HELP SYSTEM ACTIVATED" is the second item on the Game Menu.

 

Please, be sure to check what the default setting is on Help.  I believe that it is actually "yes."  So, if you would rather not have any help, you need to click "no."

 

SAVES:

 

            Game manuals and walkthrough-writers will often tell you that you must save your game frequently.  That might not be a good idea in this game.  I hate to tell you this but the developers were extremely unwise in this respect.  For one thing, it is a long game.  It is also quite complex, just full of rich graphics and sounds.  The downside is that each saved game therefore takes up a lot of space on your hard drive, anywhere from 8-10 megabytes.  So, depending on how many games you save, you can easily clutter up the available space on your hard drive.  In other words, depending on how large your hard drive is, it can really slow down your game... If that was not bad enough, the developers did not provide an option to simply delete an old game from the ones showing on your Load Menu.  While you can "overwrite" an earlier game by saving a new one on it, the computer still retains the IMAGE of the overwritten save.  Frankly, I have no idea why the developers considered it important to save the image of a game on your computer even after you deleted the game itself.  But the bottom line is that, depending on the number of times you overwrite, the images of the overwritten games still linger on, taking up unnecessary space on your hard drive, and possibly slow down your game.

 

            Now I know how useful it is to save frequently, and how painful it can be to have to go back a long way if something happens and you have to resort to your last save.  And believe me, as easy as it is to play this game and even though you do get more than enough time to beat the timed sequences, it is still possible to fail.  In that case, it is Game Over, of course; and, unlike some games which automatically start you off from the point where you ran out of time, this game requires you to reload an earlier save.  So, yes, that can be a pain, especially if that save was a long way back.  It can also be rather confusing, trying to remember what you had or had not already done before you had saved the game.

 

            In short, the lack of foresight on the developers' part has created quite a dilemma for the gamers.  I would definitely not encourage anyone to fiddle with the saved games in the Programs folder of your computer, especially if you have little or no experience in that respect.  The best advice that I can give you is: do save as frequently as you feel comfortable, but just make sure you have plenty of space on your hard drive.

 

THE STORY:

 

            If you have played Still Life, then you might recall how that story was divided between two characters: Victoria Mcpherson (the heroine) and her grandfather, Gus Mcpherson.  As you might also recall, the grandfather's story was already wrapped up in that game, but the heroine's ended up in something of a cliffhanger.  We never found out who the killer was!

 

            Now I don't want to spoil anyone's fun.  So I will not give anything away about the plot of the present game.  Rather, my intention is just to introduce you to the structure of the story itself, so no one will get confused in any way.  Basically, this game is also divided between two characters: Victoria Mcpherson (our old heroine again) and Paloma Hernandez (a reporter).  Both their stories take place in the same timeline: the present.  From time to time, however, the heroine Victoria (or Vic) will have flashbacks from an earlier time: 2005.  In order to avoid any confusion, therefore, I have divided up the following walkthrough into sections according to the two characters as well as the different time lines for Victoria.  You will get a better idea of what I mean as you read the walkthrough.

 

            Well, that's all I can think of by way of any general instructions.  So let's get on with a more step-by-step walkthrough of the game.  Hope you will enjoy it.

 

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Prologue/Los Angeles (Victoria: 2005)

 

            The opening cutscene is actually the final cutscene from Still Life, which is a great way to start the game, reminding us of how that first game had ended.  That final cutscene from the first game is followed by another cutscene, the beginning of the present game.  We are told that we are in Los Angeles, and that the date is January 2, 2005.  This is actually a flashback.  The real story, i.e., that of the present game, begins in 2008.  The flashbacks actually serve as fillers, to help us understand how we got from the end of the previous game to the present one.

 

            The cutscenes are immediately followed by a phone call from Claire.  As you will recall, she was the coroner in the previous story, and also a friend and one-time teacher of our heroine, Vic.  Exhaust all topics of the conversation with her.  At the end of the conversation, a box entitled "Objectives" will pop up in the upper-left corner of the screen.  If you listen closely, you will also notice a short pause in the background music at this point.

 

Text Box: AUTO-SAVE:  The above-mentioned pause indicates that your game has been automatically saved.  If at any time in the game, you would like to be sure to have a save of your game at the same point where the "auto-save" occurs, be sure to save it yourself, because each auto-save is overwritten by the next one.  The auto-save will not appear in your Save menu, but it does appear in the Load Menu.  You can recognize it quite easily by the fact that it will have the yellow icon of a computer in the lower-right corner of the saved image.

NOTIFICATIONS:  The game will notify you whenever you have recorded a document, image, etc.; or received a text message or a message on your voicemail; or have been given a clear objective you must follow (such as the one you just received).  In order to check any of these, do as follows.  Click on your right mouse button.  You will be presented with a screen.  The first time that you access this screen, the inventory will be in the center and your cell phone (the "Smartphone") will be in the upper-left corner of the screen.  Click on the phone to bring it to the center.  The inventory will be moved to the right (represented by the 4x4 matrix).  The Objectives should be on the phone screen because you were just notified of one.  Click on each of the two objectives you see, one by one, and a more detailed explanation will appear at the bottom of your screen.  If you would ever like to refer to the Objectives and they are not already showing on your phone, just click on the Checklist icon at the bottom-center of the phone screen.  You can refer to any documents you have collected by clicking on the yellow Folder icon in the lower-left corner of your phone screen.  You can check your text-messages, or messages recorded on your voicemail, by clicking on the Envelope icon in the lower-right corner of your phone screen.

 

            Check your Objectives.  Then, check your messages: you have two, both from Richard.  Just click on the Envelope icon in the lower-right-corner of the phone screen, as explained above.  The next phone screen will show two envelopes, on the left; and the name of the person who sent the message and the date that the message had been sent, on the right of each envelope.  Click on these envelopes, one by one, to hear each message.  When you are done exploring everything you would like to explore on the phone (or in the inventory), click on the right mouse button again to return to your game.

 

            Click on the bed behind Vic, to get a close up.  There are a lot of papers strewn about, but only 4 are of interest: The Los Angeles Murders File, A Newspaper Clipping, A Brochure of the Ackerman Exhibit, and A Newspaper Article.  Note the Phone icon that appears on each of these documents the first time you click on them.  Each time you click on a document, you will hear a tone sound and the image of a large "T" in will appear in the upper-left corner of the screen.  The Phone icon indicates that the information will be transferred to your Smartphone.  The "T" image indicates that the information has been transferred.  The first time you click on such documents, you will be automatically presented with the information you are collecting.  If you would like to refer to the information later in the game, just go to your inventory, click on your Smartphone, and then click on the Documents folder, as described in the yellow text box above.  Note:  Be sure to click on the ">" in the top-right corner of the document (right of the page number), if any, in order to read the rest of the pages in that document!

 

            After you have clicked on the Phone icon, and the information has been transferred to your phone, the next time you look at the item in the game, it will have a simple (what I will call a "White Eye") icon on it.  Click on the four items on the bed again, and Vic will tell you only what they are.  In order to read the documents themselves, you will have to refer to them in your Smartphone, as described above.

 

            Step out of the close-up on the bed, to hear another tone sound and receive another notification in the upper-left corner of the screen.  You have received a text message from Claire.  So click on your right mouse button to open the inventory screen, click on your Smartphone, and then click on the Envelope icon in the lower-right corner of the screen (unless you already have that page showing on your phone).  Note that Claire's message appears as a closed envelope, while the other two messages that you have already checked appear as open envelopes.  Click on Claire's envelope.  She has texted us the code to the FBI database: 96Ha)7Mn.

 

            Without moving the heroine around just yet, move your cursor around on the set of brown drawers in the upper-left corner of the screen.  A hand icon will appear along with the words "Transformer With Cord" and the words "2 case(s)" under it. Click on the hand icon to pick up the Transformer.  Your inventory screen will automatically come up showing the Transformer there. 

 

Text Box: INVENTORY SPACE & STORAGE:  Note that the Transformer is taking up a space of 2 of the 16 boxes in the Inventory matrix.  That is what the words "2 case(s)" mean.  The maximum space in your inventory is 16 cases.  Each time you find an item to pick up, you will be told how much space it will take up in your inventory.  You can sometimes move the things around in your inventory to make room for more items.  At other times, you will have to transfer some or all of them from your inventory into a STORAGE.  There is no such Storage in the room you are in, but don't worry.  You won't need one just yet, and many  will be provided later in the game when you will need them.

 

            Close up on the papers on the floor on the left of the bed.  You will see a White Eye icon on each of the two colored paintings, which are of Ackerman's Victims.  No information will be transferred to your Smartphone, however.

 

            Click on the magnifying glass icon on the grayish picture in the lower-right corner of the screen, to get a close up of a black-and-white picture of a mask.  Click on the picture to hear Vic's comment.  Step out of the close up on the picture, and into the one on the computer.  Click on the computer to learn that you need to learn that its power is dying.  Note the Tool icon on the power outlet in the wall, which is down left of the table.  Bring out the Transformer with Cord and attach it to that power outlet.  It will be automatically attached to the computer as well.  So just click on the Gear icon on the computer, to start your research.

 

            As you start the computer, you will be presented with two possible searches.  Do the Internet Search first.  Exhaust the four topics, one by one, but note that a fifth topic will be added after you have checked out the first one.  Note that none of this information is transferred to your Smartphone and, therefore, will not be available for reference later in the game.  So read as carefully as you like, but try not to miss anything.  The information is really not that critical, which is why it is not recorded for you.  But it is still useful, to help follow the story line.  As always, don't forget to click on the ">" to the right of the page number to read the information on the succeeding page(s).

 

            After exhausting the topics in the Internet search, do the FBI Database Search.  You need to provide a password, and three choices will be automatically presented to you.  Pick the first one, which had been texted to you by Claire: 96HA)7MN.

 

            As the access is granted, you will be presented with 6 topics.  READ THE TOPICS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, because a cutscene will automatically follow as soon as you step out of the close up on the information given for the topic at the bottom of the list of topics, i.e., on Henry Allen.  So be sure to read everything you would like to read (either in the Internet Search or the FBI Database Search) before reading the information on Henry Allen in the FBI Database Search.  Note the vertical scroll bar on the right of the only two topics on which you will find any information.  Just click at the arrowhead at the bottom of the scroll bar to scroll down the page.  After you finish reading about Henry Allen, and step out of the close up, a series of cutscenes will follow that will eventually bring you to the present time (2008), and switch the story now from the point-of-view of the other character, Paloma Hernandez.

 

Killer's House (Paloma: 2008)

 

The Bedroom

 

            Exhaust all topics of the conversation.  Another cutscene will follow.  It is time now to explore the room.  Start by looking at the camera in the upper-right corner of the ceiling.  Close up on the broken mirror on the gray table on your right, to learn about the collar on Paloma's neck.  Step out of that close up, and close up next on the drawer under the mirror.  Pick up the NAIL FILE.  Step out of this close up and click on the lower-right corner of the screen to bring Paloma to the fireplace, further down that side of the room.  Note the box icon on the wardrobe on your right.  This icon indicates Storage Space.  [As explained earlier in the yellow text-box entitled "Inventory Space & Storage," you can use Storage Spaces to deposit some items from your inventory to allow you to pick up more items from your surroundings.]

 

            Click on the "entryway" (the gray panel with the red light on top), which is to the right of the Storage, to hear Paloma's comment.  Click on the right of that entryway to learn the purpose of both the collar and the entryway.  Don't worry though.  Even though Paloma's collar will give her some kind of an electric shock, all that means is that she cannot go past that entryway.  She will not get hurt badly enough to require any first-aid.

 

            Go to the left, to approach the television set and the bed.  Click on the television, but it is not working.  Pick up the RUSTY TELESCOPIC ANTENNA.  Before doing anything further, click on the bottom-center of the screen to bring Paloma in front of the door.  Use the RUSTY TELESCOPIC ANTENNA on the light switch left of the door, to turn on both the television on your right and the lights in the left part of the room.  Click on the television now to get a cutscene and hear another comment from Paloma.

 

            Click on the electrical outlet on the wall left of the television to unplug the cable from the television.  Paloma will refuse to touch that cable (for now), because the other end of the cable is still plugged into the electrical outlet.  Click on the entryway left of that outlet, and then close up on the plate at the bottom of that entryway.  Click on the plate to learn about the screws.  Use the NAIL FILE to remove the four screws, one by one, from the plate.  Right-click on the mouse to put away the nail file; and then, click on the plate to remove it.  Click inside on the circuit board.  Step out of the close up, and click on the cable coming out of the electrical outlet.  Paloma will attach the live wire to the entryway's circuit board, thus short-circuiting all three entryways in the room.  You can move freely around the room now.

 

            Click on the lower-left part of the screen to bring Paloma to the door.  Click on the door, but it is locked.  Note another electrical outlet under the light switch, to the left of the door.  We will need this outlet later.  For now, move further left along the wall.  Click on the stove, and then close up on it.  Pick up the POKER.  Then, click on the half-burnt flyer in the stove.  Step out of the close up.  Click on the wedding dress and the camera on the ceiling above it.

 

            Click on the boarded window on your left.  Use the POKER to remove the boards.  Close up on the window.  A short cutscene will follow and Paloma will comment.  We will need to use the mattress from the bed, but that will take up our entire inventory space.  So put all of the items currently in your inventory into the storage/wardrobe.  Go to the bed, pick up the mattress, and return to the window.  Bring out the mattress from the inventory and click on the tool icon on the window.  A longer cutscene will follow.

 

Outside the House

 

            Note another storage space (some kind of a dumpster) next to the house.  Click on the footsteps icon to go up the stairs.  Try the front door, but it is locked.  Click on the two windows left of the door, but you cannot enter the house from there either.  Come back down the stairs and click on the icon just left of Paloma, to learn about the tire tracks. (See picture below)

 

 

            Click on the tree indicated in the above picture to go to the left side of the house.  Note: it is okay if you accidentally click on the gear icon that appears around that area.  Doing so will also bring you to the left part of the house and, although Paloma will get an electrical shock from the fence there, she will not be hurt enough to require first-aid.

 

            As you arrive on the left side of the area, click on the fence gate in front of you, to find that there is an electric current running through that gate as well.  Paloma will get a shock but, as mentioned earlier, she will not get hurt enough to require first-aid.  Click on the wooden plank lying diagonally on the ground left of the fence gate.  Paloma will identify it as a "Railway Tie" with the letters B-A-R on it.  Pick up the WOOD BEAM from the pile of logs stacked up on your left.  Then keep clicking at the bottom-center of your screen until you bring Paloma down to the area where you can see the truck parked on your left.  NOTE:  You can double-click to make Paloma run.

 

            Close up on the back of the truck.  Click on the box, but it is locked.  Step out of the close up and click on the truck's door on your right.  Paloma will comment.  Try to open that door, but it too is locked.  Use the WOOD BEAM to break the window in that door, and close up on the window.  Pick up the DISCHARGED CELL PHONE from the driver's seat.  Paloma comments, and a "New Objective" will appear in the upper-left corner of the screen (but we do not have the means to check out such objectives just yet).  Pick up the SMALL KEY from the space between the two seats.  (See picture below)

 

 

            Step out of this close up and into the one on the back of the truck again.  Use the SMALL KEY to open the box there.  Click on the red & white can (labeled "Motor Oil") on your right, to learn about the receipts under that can.  Pick up the CHARGER & DICTAPHONE lying left of the can.  Finally, click on the black purse on your left.

 

            We need to go back up to the room on the second floor, but the window we had used to come down is too high.  You must have notice a ladder by the stacked logs in the left side of the house, but it will take up the maximum space in our inventory.  So go to the dumpster/Storage on the right side of the house (under the window we had used to come down from the second floor).  Deposit all the items from your inventory into that Storage.  Now go to the left side of the house, pick up the LADDER, and return to the right side of the house.  Bring out the ladder from your inventory and click on the tool icon that appears on the second-floor window.  Retrieve the items you had deposited in the Storage and then, click on the gear icon that now appears on the second-floor window, to return to the room on the second floor.

 

            Feel free to retrieve the items you had deposited earlier in the wardrobe, but note that having these items does not seem to affect the storyline in anyway.  You will have to rearrange the items already in your inventory to accommodate those recovered from the wardrobe.

 

Go to the door (by clicking a couple of times in the lower-left part of the screen).  Separate the Charger from the Dictaphone by clicking on CHARGER & DICTAPHONE in your inventory, and then on the "Separate" icon on the right of the inventory.  A New Objective will appear in the upper-left corner of the screen. 

 

Note: You can now check your Objectives in the Dictaphone.  Click on the Matrix on the right if you would like to bring up the inventory again.

 

Combine the Charger with the Cell Phone by clicking on either one of these items, then on the "Combine" icon on the right of the inventory, and then on the other item with which you are combining the first item.  Attach the resulting CELL PHONE & CHARGER to the electrical outlet under the light switch left of the door.  A cutscene and a dialog will follow. 

 

Note:  You will be able to cover only three of the five topics before you are interrupted.  So be sure to give Victoria the maximum possible information you have collected:  Flyer, Gas Station Bill, and the Railroad Tie.

 

            A cutscene will follow, and the story will switch to Victoria's point-of-view.

 

Jackman (Victoria: 2008)

 

            After the dialog between Victoria and Garris, three messages will flash in the upper-left corner of the screen notifying you about a New Document, an unread message on your phone, and a New Objective.  Be sure to check out especially the document ("The Killer's Case File") and the text message (from Claire).

 

Click on Garris to talk to him again.  Address the topic at the top first, and then the one below it.  At the end of the second topic, the CSIA ("Crime Scene Investigation & Analysis") Field Kit will automatically pop up in view.  See the Game Manual (in the game DVD) for details about this Kit.  The following text box gives a general description of the contents of the Kit and how to use it.

 

 

Text Box: THE CSIA FIELD KIT

Contents:  As you can see, the lower half of the Kit consists of two sections.  The left section contains the instruments you will need to collect the clues.  The right section is an inventory of the clues you collect.  Although there are only 12 spaces in that inventory at the moment, more "pages" will be added as you gather more clues.  You will then be able to turn the pages to access those clues.

Manual:  The "Test Kit Manual" is in fact the first item (in the upper-left corner) of the inventory.  Click on it and an image will appear in the Blue Screen in the upper half of the Kit.  Click on that image to "open" the file and read the two-pages describing the instruments contained in and the analyses conducted with the help of the Kit.

General Instructions on Collecting the Clues:  When you close up on a clue, you will see a white icon on it.  Click on that icon, and Victoria will either tell you something about the clue or give you a hint as to how to collect it.  A blue hand icon will then appear on the object.  Bring out an instrument from the Kit and use it on the object.  If that is the correct and the only instrument you need to use, the Kit will spring back in view and you will find that a new clue has been added to the inventory on your right.  Put the instrument back in its original slot in the Kit, and then click on the clue in the inventory.  An image of the clue will then appear on the left of the Blue Screen in the top half of the Kit.  Usually, you will need to use only one of the three (analysis) buttons on the right of the Blue Screen to analyze the clue.  I suggest, however, that you click on all three buttons, one by one, because some clues need to be analyzed in different ways.

Sometimes you will need to use two instruments on the same object to collect a clue.  In that case, the instrument will remain out of the inventory and you will continue to see a blue hand icon on the object even after using that instrument.  In that case, right-click to get the Kit out, and then use another instrument on the same object.  Again, if you have used the correct instruments and the second instrument was the last one you needed to use, the Kit will pop back up in view and you will find a new clue added to the inventory on your right.  Proceed as instructed above to then analyze the clue.

The above instructions will become clearer as you start collecting and analyzing the clues in the walkthrough that follows.

 

Feel free to talk to Garris again to see what he is doing as you go about your own work.  Click on the papers on the bed to learn about them.  Close up on the side table on the right of the bed, and click on the answering machine to hear the first message.  Victoria will comment, and a phone icon will appear on the answering machine.  Click on that phone icon, and the image of the CSIA Kit along with the notification "New Document! Data is ready for transfer to CSIA Kit" will appear in the top-left corner of the screen.  Right-click to bring up the inventory.  The CSIA Kit will be in the center.  Note that two phones have appeared on the screen.  The phone in the lower-right portion of the screen is your actual phone.  You can click on that phone to call, or to check messages, documents, objects, etc.  The phone in the upper-left portion of the screen appears only for the purpose of transferring data to the Kit.  Note the brown outline around it right now.  This outline appears only when there is data to be transferred to the Kit, like the first message that we just recorded from the answering machine.  Click on this phone now to transfer that message.  The clue will appear in your Kit's inventory area.  Click on that clue, and an image will appear up in the Kit's Blue Screen.  You can click on the clue on the Blue Screen to hear the message again.  More importantly, however, click on the top "Computer Analysis" button on the right of the Blue Screen to analyze the clue.  The results of the analysis will also appear on the Kit's Blue Screen.  The figure "100%" on the image on left shows that you have received all the information you can get out of this clue.  As I mentioned earlier in the text-box, however, it is a good idea to get in the habit of using, one by one, all three buttons on the right of the Blue Screen, just to make sure you have completely analyzed each clue you collect.

 

            The first message on the answering machine was the clue that we needed.  After finishing the analysis on that clue, however, feel free to click on the answering machine again to hear the second message there as well.  Then, step out of this close up and into the one on the ground to the right of the bed to hear Victoria's comment about the BROWN FOOTPRINT (see picture below) there.  Use the 3D SCANNER on the footprint to collect the clue, and then analyze it.  (See the text-box labeled "The CSIA Field Kit.")

 

 

            Step out of this close up and into the one on the left side of the bed to hear Victoria's comment about the REMOTE CONTROL (see picture above) that fell under the bed.  Use the FINGERPRINT POWDER, and then the 3D SCANNER, on the remote control to collect the clue; and then, analyze it.  Click on the safe in the top-left, to find that it is empty.

 

            Step out of this close up and click on the lower-left corner of the screen to go towards the bathroom.  Instead of going inside the bathroom, however, close up first on the closet outside on your left.  Click on the "SUITCASE" at the bottom of the closet (see picture above) to learn that it is locked.  Talk to Garris about it, to receive a PICK GUN WITH BATTERY & TENSION WRENCH.  Go back to the "suitcase," use the pick gun to open it, and retrieve the MINI-DVD from inside.

 

            Step out of the close up and enter the bathroom.  Click on the bullet hole in the door on your right.  Click on the corresponding hole in the tile on the wall on your left.  Click on the VENT in the wall in the upper-left corner of the screen.  Open your inventory, and click on the CSIA Kit on your right to bring it up in the center of the screen.  Use the ELECTRONIC NOSE on the vent to collect the clue; and then, analyze it.

 

            Click on the close-up icon at the bottom-center of the screen to see the shower area.  Click on the white icon on the gray spot in the corner of the shower in the center of the screen (see the set of 5 pictures above) to learn that there is a DETERGENT RESIDUE there.  Use the REVEALER SPRAY from the Kit to learn that it is a blood stain.  Use the SAMPLING SWAB to collect the clue, and then analyze it.  Note:  You will have to run both the "Chemical Analysis" and also the "Database Analysis" to get 100% information from this clue.

 

            Step out of this close up and click on the white icon on the wall (see the set of 5 pictures above), which appears actually on the right jamb of the door on your right, to learn about the CLOTHING FIBERS.  Use the SAMPLING TONGS to collect the clue, and analyze it.

 

            Step out of the close up and go back out to Garris.  Click on the broken LAPTOP on the ground left of Garris's left foot.  Use the COMPUTER KEY to collect the clue, and then analyze it.  Click on the results then to open and read the Repaired File.

 

            Click on the CAMCORDER lying on the chest-of-drawers, just left of the television set.  You will get a brief close up of it as Victoria comments, and then will be automatically taken out of the close up as a tool icon will now appear where you had gotten the white icon before.  Bring out the MINI-DVD from your inventory and click on that tool icon.  A series of cutscenes will follow, switching the story to Paloma once more.

 

Killer's House (Paloma: 2008)

 

The Cell

 

            Note the pulsating red aura around the screen.  This means that Paloma is hurt, but we don't know what is wrong just yet.  Go to the cell phone (the blinking green dot on the ground a bit left of the door).  Try to pick it up, but Paloma gets hurt by the broken glass around it.  Try again, and you will be able to pick it up this time.  A dialog follows, and now we know just what is wrong with Paloma: she has been poisoned, and we must find an antidote for her -- quickly, because the countdown clock has begun to run in the upper-right corner of the screen.

 

NOTE:  SAVE YOUR GAME AT THIS POINT!

 

            Don't worry about the clock too much though: there is more than enough time to beat it.  Also, feel free to check out your objectives because the clock STOPS any time you open the Inventory Menu (to check your objectives or something in the actual inventory or to go to the Main Menu).  Click at the lower-right corner of the screen and go to the First-Aid cabinet on the wall there.  Try to open the cabinet, but it is too high to reach.

 

NOTE:  To avoid any confusion, the HEADBOARD refers to the end of the bed next to the gray board with the white writing, while the FOOTBOARD refers to the end of the bed closest to the First-Aid cabinet.  As you will see, you can move the bed only to the left or to the right, and the gear icon to do this appears only on the Headboard.

 

So go to the Headboard in the lower-left corner of the screen, and click on the gear icon on it to move the bed under the First-Aid cabinet.  Click on the cabinet now to open it.  Pick up the BOTTLE FILLED WITH TWO THIRDS (the bottle with the green liquid) from the bottom shelf.  Paloma will tell us that, according to the label, the bottle is a chemical reactant -- "to separate the true from the false."  Pick up the TUBES FILLED WITH LIQUID -- WHICH ONE? (a set of four vials) from the upper shelf.  Click on this set and then the "Separate" icon (to the right of the inventory) to SEPARATE the four vials in the set.  Note that each vial has a different colored cap on it.

 

THE PROBLEM:  Only one of the four vials contains the antidote.  The other three vials are apparently filled with poison because Paloma will die instantly (regardless of the time remaining on the countdown clock) if she drinks from any one of these other vials.  Therefore, the object of the puzzle is to determine which of these four vials has the antidote.  Unfortunately, I cannot tell you which vial contains the antidote because that is determined randomly by the computer.  So I can only help you figure out the solution yourself.

 

THE SOLUTIONCombine the bottle with the green liquid with one of the four vials.  IF THE VIAL CONTAINS THE ANTIDOTE, THE LIQUID IN IT WILL TURN BLACK; OTHERWISE, IT WILL TURN WHITE.   If the liquid turns black, right-click to open the Inventory Menu, pick up that vial from the inventory and click on Paloma's card (which is left of the inventory) to have her drink from it.  Paloma will tell us that she is feeling better, and you will hear the Killer's comment in the background.  But if the liquid in the vial does NOT turn black, combine the bottle with the green liquid (now called BOTTLE FILLED WITH ONE THIRD) with another vial.  Again, if the liquid in the vial turns black, have Paloma drink it; otherwise, DON'T or she will die and you will have to start over.

 

Unfortunately, there is only enough green liquid in the bottle to test two vials.  After that, the bottle with the green liquid will disappear from your inventory.  But don't worry.  Even if neither vial you tried turned black, you have at least eliminated those vials from consideration.  Thus, you now have a 50/50 chance of getting the right vial from the two that are left.  In other words, GUESS!  Just pick up one of the two untested vials and click on Paloma's card left of the inventory.  If it is the correct vial, you will hear Paloma's comment and then that of the Killer in the background.  Otherwise, you will get a (morbid) cutscene showing her die, and will then be told to RELOAD your last save to try again.  Just remember: the computer randomly decides which vial will contain the antidote each time you load the game to retry.  So don't think that if the vial with the red cap, for instance, would have been the correct vial in the game where you failed, that it would also be the correct vial the next time you try.

 

            The countdown clock will disappear as soon as Paloma takes the antidote.  Step out of the close up on the First-Aid cabinet and click on the wall poster left of that cabinet.  Click on the gray wall cabinet (the Storage), which is left of the poster.  Put away the unused vials and the bottle with the green liquid, if any, in that Storage.

 

            Move the bed right to its original location.  A short cutscene will show a couple of pipes lying on the ground left of the bed.  Go to that area and pick up the METALLIC TUBE.  (See picture below.)

 

 

            Move the bed left under the First-Aid cabinet again.  Go to and click on the grating that was under the bed on your right.  Paloma will exclaim.  Use the METALLIC TUBE to pry open the grating.  A short cutscene will show a bunch of rats gnawing at a severed hand holding a key.  (Ugh...)  You can try to pick up that key, but Paloma will refuse to stick her hand in that "rat-infested hole" (of course!)

 

            Click on the surveillance camera in the corner of the ceiling up on your right.  Close up on the gray board on your right.  Paloma will comment.  Note the number written on that board: 2324.  Step out of this close up and close up next on the little mirror above the wash basin on your right.  You will automatically get yet another close up.  Click on the white icon.  Paloma will comment, and a tool icon will appear on the four holes at the bottom of the screen.  But we don't have the tool we need to use here.  So step out of this close up and click on the tool icon under the mirror to learn that the tap is working (should we need to get some water later).

 

            Click on the first locker on your right, but it is locked.  Close up on the ground in the lower-right corner of the screen.  Paloma tells us about the broken glass.  Put your cell phone in the storage, to make room in the inventory for the mattress on the bed.  Then, go and pick up the MATTRESS and put it on the broken glass.

 

            Note the two boxes on the shelf on the wall in front of Paloma.  Click on the box on the left to learn that it is a Fuse Box and that its cable runs through the wall.  Close up on the box on the right.  Pick up the HEXAGONAL KEY.  Click on the Memory Card, to get a notification of a new document in the upper-left portion of the screen.  Open the Inventory Menu, and click on the Voice Recorder on your left to bring it to the center of the screen.  Click on the orange button ("Documents") at the center-left of the Recorder to see the three documents you now have.  Click on the top round image on the left to listen to the first recording.  You will be brought out of the Inventory Menu automatically as Paloma comments.  Open the Inventory Menu again and listen to the other two recordings.

 

            Now go to the locker on your left, and use the HEXAGONAL KEY to open it.  Pick up the DRY POWDER EXTINGUISHER.  Go to your left, and use the Extinguisher on that "rat-infested hole" in the ground.  Pick up the KEY.  Feel free to click on the hole again to hear a new comment by Paloma.

 

Go to the door by the mattress.  Click on the camera in the corner of the ceiling up on your right.  Then click on the gear icon on the door to learn that it is locked.  But now click on the tool icon on the latch (just above the door handle) to learn that it is not very strong.  You can use either the KEY (to unlock) or the Extinguisher (to just break open) on the latch to open the door.  Enter the room on the other side.

 

The Electric-Chair Room

 

A dialog follows.  Exhaust all topics of the conversation.  Check out your new objective.  Click on the gray box with the High Voltage sign on your right to hear Paloma's comment.  If you click on it again, Paloma will receive a (harmless) electric shock.  Go back to the Cell, and click on the tool icon on the fuse box left of the door.  Use the Extinguisher on that fuse box to short-circuit it.  Return to the Electric-Chair room and click on the "Electrical Cupboard" now to open it.  Click inside the cupboard, but it is too dark to see anything in there.

 

            Step out of the close up.  Click on the gear icon on the door on your left (the one you had used to enter this room) to close the door and get an automatic close up of the two-button switch behind it.  If the door is already closed, however, just close up on that switch (on the wall, left of the door).  Click on that switch to press the green button with the vertical line on it.  Go to and open the electrical cupboard to see a bulb now lit inside.  Pick up the IRON THREAD lying at the bottom of the cupboard.

 

            Go back to the Cell, approach the wash basin, and close up on the mirror above the tap.  Once again, you will get a further close-up automatically.  Use the IRON THREAD to click in the numbers (2324) we had noted earlier (from the gray board on your left), as follows: moving from left to right, click TWICE on the first hole, THREE TIMES on the second hole, TWICE again on the third hole, and FOUR TIMES on the last hole.  A cutscene will follow showing Paloma throwing away the collar.

 

            Return to the Electric-Chair room.  Note that there are six doors in the room in addition to the one you had used to enter this room.  Feel free to click on these doors to find that they are all locked.  Click on the electric chair in the center of the room to get a new objective and also to get a gear icon now on the chair.  Click on this icon once, to get Paloma to slide the chair in place.  Click on it again, to get her to sit in the chair.

 

            Click on the LEVER on your right (see Picture A below) to turn the chair left to face one of the six locked doors in the room.  The light above that door will go on, illuminating a name and a number on the door.  Click on the white icon on that writing, and Paloma will read that name and number.  Click on the lever again to turn to the next door.  Feel free to click on the white icon on that door to get Paloma to read the name and number there as well.  Repeat this procedure until your reach the fifth door, which carries Paloma's own first name and the number 129.  Click on the white icon on that door to hear Paloma's comment.  [Note:  Feel free to turn the chair to the last room, and read the name and number there as well.  But you will need to go through all the other doors again to return to what we might call Paloma's door, if you would like to see the number on that door again.]

 

 

            Click on the GRAY PANEL between the lever and Paloma's right hand (see Picture A above) to open that panel and hear Paloma's comment.  Click on the FOOTPRINT ICON (see Picture A above) to get Paloma out of the chair.  Click on the lower-right corner of the screen to bring Paloma close to the Electric Box.  Go and open that box, and click on the handle bar in the lower-right corner of the box to turn it to the ON position.  A short cutscene of the electric chair follows (indicating that the power to its "Fuse Box" has now been turned on).

 

            Click on the chair to return Paloma back in it.  Open the Gray Panel ("Fuse Box").  We must now set the voltage to 129, i.e., the number indicated on Paloma's door.  Picture B above illustrates how to do it.  Simply click on the different dials inside as follows:

 

TWICE on the +50 dial ............................. (50 x 2 = +100)

 ONCE on the +20 dial   ............................  (20 x 1 = +20)

TWICE on +5 dial         ............................   (5 x 2 = +10)

 ONCE on -1 dial            ............................   (-1 x 1 = -1)

 

Thus, (100+20+10) - 1 = 129.

 

            After adjusting the dials, click on the RED round button at the bottom-left of the screen.  (See Picture B above.)  A cutscene, along with the killer's voice in the background, will follow as Paloma's door opens.  Go to that door and enter the next room.

 

The Locker Hallway

 

            Check out your new objective.  Click on the camera up on the ceiling, right of Paloma.  Open the gray locker, right of Paloma.  Pick up the EMPTY SPRAY.  [Note: you might have to rearrange the items in your inventory to make room for it.]  Click on the lower-right corner of the screen to get a view of the bottom of the stairs.  Click on the camera up on the ceiling, right of Paloma.  Go upstairs and enter the next room.

 

The Morgue

 

            A dialog follows.  Exhaust all topics of the conversation.  Check out your new objective.  Click on the white jacket hanging on the wall on your right.  Click on the countdown clock (the black square with a red dot at the top) up on the wall, right of Paloma.  Click on the tiles under the clock.  Click on the camera on the ceiling, right of Paloma.  Try to open the rusty green door in front of you, but it is locked.

 

            Close up on the white table right of the green door.  Click on the large splatter of blood in the center.  Pick up the POWDER REVEALER from the left of the blood, and the SURGICAL INSTRUMENT below the sink on your right.  [Note:  If you used the Extinguisher, and not the key, to come out of the Cell downstairs, you will still have that key in your inventory.  In that case, there won't be enough room in your inventory to pick up the two objects on the white table.  But that's okay.  Just pick up the Powder Revealer at this time.  You won't need the surgical instrument until much later anyway.]

 

Step out of the close up.  Click on the camera (the red dot on the ceiling on your right).  Click on the red drawing of a cow on the gray cabinet-like structure on your right.  Paloma calls it a "Butcher's Sign."

 

Go to the gray, large drawers now on your right.  Feel free to click on the camera in the corner of the ceiling above the drawers.  Note the gear icons on three of the six drawers below that camera.  Click on these three drawers, but they are all locked.  Close up on the electronic Keypad on the wall on your right.  Open your Inventory Menu.  Click on the Voice Recorder to bring it to the center of the screen.  Click on the Documents button, and note the three dates of the interviews:  10/22, 02/29, and 01/13.  [Note:  Each date is actually a code we must punch in the Keypad to open a drawer on your left, as described below.]

 

            Step out of the Inventory Menu to return to the close up on the Keypad.  Click on the numbers for the first date on the Voice Recorder: 1, 0, 2, 2; then, click on OK.  A cutscene will follow, showing one of the drawers open on your left.  Step out of the close up on the Keypad, and click on that drawer.  A table will slide out and Paloma will comment.  Click on the tag tied to the mannequin's foot to learn that the letter P has been underlined in that tag.

 

            Close up on the Keypad again, and click on the numbers for the second date: 0, 2, 2, 9; then, click on OK.  Another drawer opens.  Click on that drawer, and then on the tag tied to the foot of this mannequin to learn that the letter E has been underlined in this tag.

 

            Finally, close up on the Keypad and click on the numbers for the third date: 0, 1, 1, 3; and then, click on OK.  Another drawer opens.  Go and click on this drawer, and then on the tag inside to learn that the letter H has been underlined this time.

 

Now go down to the Cell (where Paloma had woken up at the start of this section of the game).  Go to the wash basin on your left, bring out your EMPTY SPRAY and click on the tap to fill the bottle with water, i.e., get the WATER SPRAY.  Combine the WATER SPRAY with the POWDER REVEALER to get LIQUID REVEALER.

 

            Go back up to the Morgue, and use the LIQUID REVEALER on the tiles under the countdown clock.  The words "PRESS HERE" will appear on those tiles as a dialog follows and the Countdown Clock begins to run!

 

            But there is no need to worry or save the game, because we have more than enough time to solve this puzzle.  Recall the letters that had been underlined on the tags in the three drawers in the morgue:  P, E, H.  Close up on the tiles on the wall and just press P, E, H, in the words "Press Here," as shown below.

PRESS HERE

 

            A brief cutscene will show the countdown clock slow down and stop, and a shot of the rusty green door.  Click on that door now.  Another cutscene and dialog follow.  Feel free to check out your new objective OR just wait.  If you wait long enough, you will first get a shot of the vent under the "Butcher's Sign"; and then, Paloma will appear right next to it.

 

Click on the Butcher's Sign, and Paloma will tell us that it sounds hollow.  Use the Extinguisher on that sign.  Step inside the new opening (the Shaft), and click on the panel in front of you.  But it is too dark for Paloma to see anything in there.

 

Step out of the close up.  (Note: This would be a good time to pick up the SURGICAL INSTRUMENT from the table on your left, if you haven't already done so.)  Go down to the Cell and retrieve your CHARGED CELL PHONE from the Storage.  Step out into the Electric-Chair room, open the Electric Box on your right and pick up the SMALL BULB (right of the lit bulb in the upper-right portion of the box).

 

Return to the Morgue, enter the Shaft, and put the SMALL BULB in the dark hole just above the white panel.  Use the SURGICAL INSTRUMENT to unscrew the panel and reveal the circuit behind.

 

            Note the three black fuses, one on top of the other, on your right.  Click on the fuse at the bottom, to hear Paloma's comment.  Attach the IRON THREAD to that fuse.  Click on the two fuses at the top, to hear another comment from Paloma.  Attach the SURGICAL INSTRUMENT to those fuses.  A cutscene will bring you down to the next room.

 

The Kitchen

 

            Note the gear icon on the door on your left.  That is the back door, but DON'T open it just yet.  Check out the Kitchen first.  Start by closing up on the switch (to the right of the shaft from which Paloma had come down), but we don't have the key for it.  In fact, you won't even find any icon on that switch.  So step out of this close up and move Paloma to your right.

 

Click on the door to the right of the shaft, but it is locked.  Click on the phone to the right of the door, but it isn't working.  Move to the table at the lower-right corner of the screen, and click on the newspaper there to hear Paloma's comment.  Click on the two windows now in front of you, to find that they are both barricaded.  You can check out the kitchen cabinet (Storage) on your right), but we don't need to use it.

 

            Now that we have checked out everything in the Kitchen, go to that back door left of the shaft, and click on it.  A cutscene will follow.  Note: the bomb and the black screen that follows might make you think that it's GAME OVER, but it's not.  Just wait a while and the cutscene will continue, switching the story to Victoria's point-of-view.

 

Killer's House (Victoria: 2008)

 

            A dialog follows.  Exhaust the conversation with the Sheriff.  She will give you a New Document (the contents of the Memory Card), but you cannot check it out yet as another dialog follows.  Exhaust the conversation with Garris.  He also gives you a New Document (Hawker's File), but you cannot examine that document yet either.  At the end of that conversation, you will get a New Objective.  You can now examine that objective as well as the two new documents. [Note:  The contents of the Memory Card will appear as the three separate interviews that we had seen earlier in Paloma's Voice Recorder in the previous section of the game.]

 

The Front Yard

 

            Feel free to click on the trunk of the Sheriff's car, but it is locked and Victoria will refuse to even try to open it.  Note the dumpster (Storage) before the stairs, on your right.  But we don't need to use it.  Note the two magnifying-glass icons shown in the picture below.

 

 

            Click on the magnifying-glass icon labeled "TIRE TRACKS" in the above picture.  You will actually find two clues in this close up, both in the upper-middle portion of the screen.  Click first on the brown SHOE PRINT on left.  Use the 3D SCANNER to collect the clue, and then analyze that clue.  Now click on the black TIRE TRACKS up on right.  Use the 3D SCANNER to collect this clue also, and then analyze this clue as well.  Victoria will suggest getting Claire's help to get more information on this clue.  Just step out of the close up, and she will call Claire automatically for this purpose.

 

            Now click on the magnifying-glass icon labeled "TRUCK MARKS" in the above picture.  You will actually find three items in this close up.  Click on the pair of TIRE TRACKS in the upper-middle portion of the screen.  Use the 3D SCANNER to collect the clue, and then analyze that clue.  Now click on the BARE FOOTPRINT in the lower-middle portion of the screen.  Use the 3D SCANNER to collect this clue as well, and then analyze this clue also.  Finally, click on the BROKEN GLASS on your right.  Victoria will comment, but we won't collect or analyze any clues here.

 

            Click, and keep clicking, in the lower-right portion of the screen until you see the shed with the stack of logs in the area left of the house.  Note the two beams holding up the top of the shed on the right.  Close up on the first of these two beams (i.e., the one that Victoria approaches first) to see an insignia engraved in the wood.  Victoria will comment.  Click on the phone icon that now appears, to photograph that insignia.  Open the Inventory Menu, and click on the phone in the upper-left corner of the screen to transfer the photograph to the Kit.  Analyze that clue, and Victoria will indicate we need to call Claire for further help with this clue.  Just step out of the close up on the beam, and Victoria will automatically make that call.

 

            Close up on the "Crossbeam" (the wooden plank lying diagonally between the shed and the fence).  Victoria will comment, but you won't find any clue to collect or analyze.  So step out of this close up, and click on the mud just over the Metal Grate at the bottom of the opening in the fence (the fence gate) in front of you.  You can try to talk to Garris, on your right, but he has nothing new to report.  So go through the fence gate to arrive in the Backyard.

 

The Backyard

 

            Click on the square piece of Metal Grate in the lower-right portion of the screen, but there is no clue to collect or analyze from that.  Note the stairs leading down from the Back Porch of the house.  Recall that a bomb had gone off just as Paloma took the last step down that stairway, in the previous section of the game.  Close up by clicking on the magnifying-glass-icon that appears on the ground in front of those stairs, to find three pieces of evidence.  Click on the big, dark spot in the upper-left portion of the screen.  Victoria will recognize that there has been an Explosion there.  But there is nothing to collect or analyze from this evidence.  So click next on the Brown Footprint, a little to the right from the top-middle of the screen.  Collect the clue with the 3D SCANNER, and then analyze it.  Finally, click on the blue pieces in the center of the screen.  Victoria will tell you that there is some blood on a Piece of Rubber.  Collect the clue with a SAMPLING SWAB, and then analyze it.  [Note: you will have to run both the Chemical and the Database Analyses to get 100% information from this clue.]

 

            Step out of this close up and note the GRAY TRAILER on your left, up against the wall of the house.  Close up on that trailer, and click on it to find that the hatch is locked, but that the lock is rusty.  But we don't have anything at the moment to break open that rusty lock.  So click next on the yellow license plate with a brown line across its numbers, in the lower-right portion of the trailer.  But we don't have anything to clean up that mud to be able to read the number on that plate.  In short, we can't do anything with this trailer just now.

 

            Click on the Archery Target left of the house.  Click on the Electric Fence left of the target.  Click on the orange Iron Brazier, and then the gray Aluminum Can, both of which are in the lower-left portion of the screen.  But there are no clues to collect and analyze from any of these objects.  So just pick up the OIL CAN from the ground left of that orange Iron Brazier, and return to the front of the house.  Go upstairs, and Victoria will comment.  This might be a good time to call Claire.  So open the Inventory Menu, click on the cell phone to bring it to the center of the screen, click on the MESSAGES & CONTACTS icon in the cell phone, and then click on Call Claire Ashby.  Exhaust the conversation.  Enter the House.  [Note:  We could have also entered the house through the back door, of course, but I think going through the front door gives a better idea of the layout of the house.]

 

INSIDE THE HOUSE

 

            Click on the oval wall painting above the table on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the broken floorboards down on your right, to hear another comment from Victoria.  Go through the door now in front of Victoria to enter the Kitchen.

 

The Kitchen

 

            Move clockwise around the room to examine the following.  Click on the Telephone to learn that it is broken.  Close up on the dining table, and click on the Newspaper there to hear Victoria's comment.  Close up on the Oven to hear another comment from Victoria.  Check out the cupboard (the Storage) above the same counter, but we don't need to use it just now.

 

            Close up on the Sink, and click on the pot on your right.  Collect the clue by first using the FINGERPRINT POWDER, and then the 3D SCANNER.  Analyze the clue.  Click on the Tap to learn that it is working.  Step out of this close up and close up on the Refrigerator to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Move slightly right towards that Dumbwaiter Paloma had used to come down from the Morgue the previous night.  There is a bookcase now placed in front of that dumbwaiter.  Click on that bookcase once to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on it again, to move it aside.  Go back to the dumbwaiter and click on it to learn that it is locked.  Use the PICK GUN to unlock it, and click on it again to learn that we would need a rope to go down the shaft.

 

            Go through the backdoor on your left to arrive in the back porch and hear Victoria's comment.  But there is nothing of interest here.  So return to the Kitchen.  But we are done with the Kitchen as well, for now.  So, step back out into the main hallway.

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Click on the stairs right of the Kitchen door, only to receive a notification that there is an "unread message" and that there is data waiting to be transferred to the Kit.  Open the Inventory Menu, click on the Kit to bring it to the center of the screen, and then click on the description of the data in the cell phone on your left to transfer the clue to the Kit.  Click on that clue then, as it appears in the Kit's inventory, to see the information on the Tire Track sent by Claire.  You don't need to analyze this clue any further, of course.

 

            Go upstairs now, to arrive in the Second Floor hallway.  A cutscene and dialog will follow.  Exhaust the conversation.  Then, enter the door that Victoria is facing, to arrive in the bedroom where Paloma had waken up the first time in the game.

 

The Bedroom

 

            Victoria will comment.  Click on the Entryway (the gray panel with the red bar on top) in the corner on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.  Go to the right of the bed, and click on the now-empty Camera Base up on the ceiling on your right.  Click on the round black-and-white Picture above the table.  Then close up on the round mirror on the table under the picture.  Click on the broken Mirror.  Collect the clue by first using the FINGERPRINT POWDER and then, the 3D SCANNER.  Analyze the clue.  Then click on the Broken Piece of Glass lying on the table below the mirror, to hear Victoria read the message on it.

 

            Step out of the close up on the table and click on the Blood-Stained Bandages lying on the ground between the foot of the bed and Victoria.  Collect the clue by using the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze the clue running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.  Click on the Handcuffs tied to the top-right of the bed's headboard, to hear Victoria's comment.  Then, click on the top-right of the Mattress.  Collect the clue by using the DIGITAL MICROSCOPE and then, the SAMPLING TONGS.  Analyze the clue running the Chemical analysis and then, the Database Analysis.  Click on the white icon on the Wooden Frame along the lower-right side of the bed, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Click in the lower-right portion of the screen to move towards the fireplace.  Feel free to check out the wardrobe (the Storage), but we don't need to use it at least right now.  So, go right and click on the Window to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the lower-middle portion of the screen twice to face the wall right of the window.  Click on the White Dress to hear Victoria's comment.  Feel free to click on another now-empty Camera Base up in the corner of the ceiling on your left.  Close up on the Stove, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click inside the stove, to hear another comment from Victoria.

 

            We are done in this room.  So, step back outside in the hallway.

 

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            Close up on the wardrobe right of Victoria in the hallway.  Click on the Clothes inside to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the DIGITAL MICROSCOPE and then, the SAMPLING TONGS.  [Note that the initial white icon and the first blue icon will seem to appear everywhere inside the wardrobe.  But after you have used the Digital Microscope, the second (i.e., the blue-hand) icon will appear only on the middle shelf in the left side of the wardrobe.  So that is where you will have to use your Sampling Tongs.]  Analyze the clue by first running the Chemical and then, the Database analyses.  Then, go through the door right of the wardrobe to arrive in the Bathroom.

 

The Bathroom

 

            Victoria will comment.  Click on the magnifying-glass icon in the lower-right portion of the screen, to close up on the Bathtub.  Note the blue-hand icon on the black smudges (Blood Drops) on the ground, at the bottom of the screen.  Collect the clue by using the SAMPLING SWAB.  Run the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis, on this clue.  Click on the brownish spots (Fibers) on the left edge of the Bathtub, to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the SAMPLING TONGS, and then analyze it.  Step out of the close up on the Bathtub, to hear another comment from Victoria.

 

Click on the white icon that appears in the middle of the extreme right of the screen, to learn about the Terrarium.  Note the washbasin under a damaged mirror on the wall behind Victoria.  Pick up the DRY OLD SPONGE from the washbasin, right of the tap.  Click on the Tap itself to learn that it is not working.

 

            Close up on the First-Aid Cabinet on the wall, to the right of the washbasin.  Click on the gear icon to open it, but it is locked.  Use your PICK GUN to unlock and open it.  [Note: Just wait a few seconds.  You will first be brought out of the close up and then, taken back in again as the cabinet opens.]  Click on the three orange Empty Medicine Bottles on the top shelf.  Click on the piece of paper on the right of the bottom shelf.  Listen to Victoria's comment; and then, pick up that piece of paper = the RECEIPT FOR MEDICATIONS.  Pick up the ANTI-VENOM SERUM BOX from the left of the bottom shelf.

 

            We are done in the Bathroom.  So, step back out into the hallway.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            Approach the green, rusty ("Charred") door on your right, presently almost hidden by the blue electronic panel on the wall on your right.  Click on it, to hear Victoria's comment.  Try to open the door, but it is "impossible to open."  Click on the blue Electronic Panel right of the door, to hear another comment from Victoria and to receive a New Objective.  Feel free to check out that objective.  Then, click on the brown door, now on your right.  It's locked but, as Victoria tells us, the door isn't very solid.  But we don't have anything just yet to break open that door.  So go downstairs, back to the main hallway on the First Floor.

 

            Go through the rusty green door (what we will call the Cellar Door from now on) right of the stairs.  It is quite dark on the landing.  Look closely and you will see a lantern hanging just above and to the left of Victoria's head, on the wall in front of her.  [Note: Even if you cannot see the lantern, you can find it by just moving your cursor around on that wall until you find a white icon.]  Click on the white icon, to learn that it is an empty Oil Lamp.  We can fill the lamp with oil, of course, by using the Oil Can in our inventory.  But we don't have any matches yet to then light up the lamp.  So come back upstairs to the main hall, for now, and go into the Living Room on your right.

 

The Living Room

 

            Victoria will comment.  Close up on the China Cabinet on the wall right of Victoria.  You will find two (blue and white) icons in this close up.  Use the FINGERPRINT POWDER and then, the 3D SCANNER on the Molding (the blue icon).  Analyze the clue.  Victoria will comment, and you will also receive a New Objective.  You can check this objective right away by clicking on the cell phone on your right.  Then, step out of the Inventory Menu and click on the empty socket (the white icon), to hear another comment from Victoria.

 

            Click on the open book on the large table behind Victoria, to learn about the Lock of Hair there.  Collect the clue by using the SAMPLING TONGS.  Analyze the clue by running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.

 

            Feel free to click on the four Books in the bookcase behind Victoria.  You can find these four books you can click on as follows.  There is one, the Black book, in the second shelf from the top, of the left section of the bookcase.  The other three are all in the middle section of the bookcase: the Red book on the right of the second shelf from the top, the Blue book on the left of the third shelf from the top, and the Green book on the right of the fourth shelf from the top.  As you click, Victoria will tell you something about each of these books.  But there are no clues to collect or analyze here.

 

            Close up on the Safe in the third shelf from the top, of the right section of the bookcase.  Victoria will comment.  Click on the gear icon on the wheel on your left to learn that the safe is locked.  Click on the white icon on the keypad on your right to hear Victoria's comment.  Use the FINGERPRINT POWDER on the keypad to reveal some fingerprints, but there is nothing good enough to collect and analyze.  So, since we don't know what the code is or how to figure it out just yet, forget the safe for now.

 

            Pick up the Match Box from the right of the mantel on your right.  Click on what looks like a DVD Case lying on the couch further on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Food Tray on the coffee table, to hear another comment.  Finally, click on the DVD Case lying next to the food tray, to hear yet another comment.

 

            We are done in the Living Room for now.  So, step back out in the main hallway.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            Go down the Cellar door.  Light the Oil Lamp on the wall in front of Victoria by first using the OIL CAN, and then the MATCH BOX, on it.  Victoria will comment.  Now that the lamp is lit, you will get a magnifying-glass icon on the Blue Door on your right.  Close up on that door.  Click on the wooden plank just right of the door, to move it aside and see the Blue Electronic Box behind it.  Click on that box to hear Victoria's comment and receive a New Objective.  Check out that objective.  Step out of the close up and go down the stairs on your left, to arrive in the Workshop.

 

The Workshop

 

            As you enter, you will receive a notification about an Unread Message and Data waiting to be transferred to the Kit.  Open the Inventory Menu, click on the Kit to bring it to the center of the screen, and then click on the message in the cell phone on your left to transfer the data to the Kit.  Click on the clue ("Photograph Sign Engraved in Wood") in the Inventory area of the Kit to transfer the clue to the blue screen at the top of the Kit.  There is no need to analyze this clue any further, of course, because the information received is already 100%.  Feel free to Open and see the badge itself by clicking on the description of the clue in the blue screen.

 

            Note that the Workshop is actually divided into three areas.  We will call the area where Victoria is standing the Dumpster Area because of the dumpster (Storage) that is in the lower-left section of the screen.  The actual Workshop Area is through the doorway on your right, and carries a subdivision of its own which we will call the Store because it seems to be used as such for a number of items, as you will soon see.

 

Note:  There is something other than the dumpster in the Dumpster Area, but it will lead us out of the Workshop altogether.  So let's skip that item for now and first finish our examination of this whole area before leaving it.

 

            Go through the doorway on your right to arrive in the actual Workshop Area.  Pick up the DEMOLITION MASS from the table right of the doorway.  [Note: you might have to rearrange the items in your Inventory to make room for it.]  Click on the Circular Saw, also on the table, right of where you had found the Demolition Mass.  Close up on the orange Gas Cylinder, on the ground right of that table.  Click on the Address (the three fine-printed lines under the gray pipe hooked to the gas cylinder), to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Step out of the close up and click on the Furnace right of the cylinder.  Close up on the shiny object on the ground in front of the furnace, to hear Victoria's comment about the Burnt Fragments.  Click on those fragments to hear another comment.  Click on the blue icon to learn that there is something tiny there.  Collect the clue by using the DIGITAL MICROSCOPE and then, the SAMPLING TONGS.  Analyze the clue.  Step out of the close up.

 

Note:  The Furnace is actually placed in the left portion of the Store, the third subdivision of the Workshop mentioned earlier.  You can click on the black tires (lying to the right of the furnace) or at the edge of the wall on your right, to bring Victoria close enough to get a look at this Store.  If you look closely on the right wall, you will see a Black Lever in the center of that wall, under the two windows.  Click on the gear icon on this lever, to open the two windows above.  But there is no need to open those windows just now.  So click on the lever again to close them, step out of the Store to return to the main Workshop area, and go right along the partition separating the Store from the main Workshop.

 

            Click on the blue-grayish Shelves Filled with Bottles left of the big tank in front of you, to hear Victoria's comment.  Feel free to click on the Camera Base just below the corner of the ceiling right of the tank.  Note the two windows up on the wall right of that Camera Base.  Click on the orange Still under the left window, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Accounting Book on the table under the right window, to hear another comment from Victoria.  Finally, note the Black Lever in the wall between the Still and the table with the Accounting Book.  Click on the gear icon on this Lever, to open the two windows above.  But, once again, there is no need to open those windows just now.  So click on the Lever again to close them.

 

            We are done in the main Workshop for now.  So return to the Dumpster Area on your right.  Feel free to check out the Dumpster (Storage), but we don't need to store anything yet.  So click on the Blackboard behind the Dumpster, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on it again, to move it aside.  Feel free to click on it once again, to hear another comment from Victoria.  Then, click on the part of the wall that was behind the Blackboard, to hear Victoria's comment.  Use the DEMOLITION MASS to break that part of the wall and reveal the dumbwaiter behind it.  Climb down the dumbwaiter, to arrive at the Morgue.

 

The Morgue

 

            Victoria will comment.  Click on the ground in front of the Dumbwaiter, to learn about the Bare Footprint there.  Collect the clue by using the 3D SCANNER and then, analyze it.  Move the cursor on the gray beam above the dumbwaiter to find a white icon there.  Click on that icon, to hear Victoria's comment about the empty Camera Base there.

 

Click on the Blood on the Autopsy Table left of the Dumbwaiter, to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze it by doing the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.

 

Open the rusty, green door left of the Autopsy Table, to learn about the Traces on the Wall.  Collect the clue by first using the DIGITAL MICROSCOPE and then, the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze that clue.

 

            Move down along the wall on your left.  Click on the Countdown Clock to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the White Tiles (with the word "DEAD" now written on them) under the clock, to hear another comment from Victoria.

 

Close up on the White Jacket hanging on the wall, on your left.  Click on the red Traces of Blood halfway down the gray pipe left of the Jacket, to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze it by first running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.  Click on the White Jacket now to hear Victoria's comment about its sleeve.  Collect the clue by first using the REVEALER SPRAY and then, the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze it by first running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.  But these analyses do not give us 100% information about the clue, and Victoria tells us that we need to call Claire for further assistance.  So step out of the close up on the Jacket, open the Inventory Menu, and use the cell phone on your right to call Claire.  Exhaust the conversation.

 

             The rusty, green door in front leads us out of the Morgue.  But we are not done here yet.  So go to the six Morgue Drawers on your left.  Click on the empty Camera Base in the corner of the ceiling above the drawers, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the three gear icons, one by one, on the Drawers below; but all of these drawers are locked.  As you can probably guess, we need to use the same technique that we used in Paloma's section (using the interview dates from her Memory Card as codes) to unlock those drawers.  So close up on the Electronic Keypad left of the door in front, and proceed as follows.

 

Click 1, 0, 2, 2; and then, on OK.  A cutscene will show a drawer open.  Step out of the close up on the Keypad, go to that drawer and open it.  Click on the tag ("Label") tied to a foot of the mannequin inside, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Close up on the Keypad again.  Click 0, 2, 2, 9; and then, on OK.  Another drawer will open.  Go that drawer now, open it and click on the Label inside.

 

            Finally, go to the Keypad and click 0, 1, 1, 3; and then, on OK, to see the third and the last drawer open.  Go to that drawer, open it and click on the Label inside.

 

            We are done with the Morgue now.  So click on the Target icon on the door in front, to see a short cutscene that will bring you down into the Locker Hallway.

 

The Locker Hallway

 

            There is an empty Camera Base in the corner of the ceiling, left of the stairs, but there is no icon on it.  Note the Outline of a Doorway on your left.  But there seems to be no way of opening that door, at least from this side.  Close up on the Marks on the Ground in front of that door outline, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

Move to the Locker on your left, but there is no icon on that locker either.  Click on the empty Camera Base on the ceiling, left of the locker.  Close up on the Ground in front of the rusty, green door on your left.  Click on the Ground, to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the REVEALER SPRAY and then, the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze the clue by running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.

 

            We are done with this hallway.  So click on the Target icon on the rusty, green door.  A short cutscene will bring you into the Electric-Chair room.

 

The Electric-Chair Room

 

            Click on the Base (on which the electric chair had been mounted earlier) in the middle of the room, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the magnifying-glass icon you will find by the mount, just left of Victoria's feet.  Click on the white icon, to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue (Broken Pieces of Glass) by first using the DIGITAL MICROSCOPE and then, the SAMPLING TONGS.  Analyze the clue.

 

Note that the names and numbers on the six Numbered Doors around the room are already visible.  All of these doors, except the one marked "Paloma - 129," are locked.  But feel free to click on the white icon on each of these five doors to learn something about the victim whose name is marked on that door.  Then, click on the white icon on the door marked "Paloma - 129," to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Close up on the Electric Box right of the unnumbered door.  Click inside, but it is too dark to see anything.  Step out of this close up, and click on the magnifying-glass on the wall left of the unnumbered door.  Click on the Electric Switch.  Close up on the Electric Box again.  Now that the bulb inside is lit, you can click on the Lever under that bulb.  Click on that Lever, to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the FINGERPRINT POWDER and then, the 3D SCANNER.  Analyze the clue.

 

            We are done with this room.  So click on the Target icon on the unnumbered door, and a short cutscene will take you into the Cell.

 

The Cell

 

NOTE:  There is a white icon on the handle of the door.  In playing this game, however, I noticed that there is a technical bug that kicks in if you click on this icon at this point in the game.  So I would advise you to wait until after you have already finished examining the rest of this room before you click on this icon on the door handle.

 

            Click on the Fuse Box on the shelf left of the door.  Close up on the floor left of the mattress, in the lower-left portion of the screen.  Click on the Broken Glass, to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze the clue by running the Chemical analysis and then, the Database Analysis.

 

            Click on the Tool icon on the Washbasin on your left, to learn that the Tap is working.  Bring out the DRY OLD SPONGE from your inventory, and click on the Tap to get WET OLD SPONGE.  Close up on the Floor in front of the washbasin.  Click on, and then pick up, the ELECTRONIC COLLAR.

 

            Close up on the Gray Board with Inscriptions left of the washbasin, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Phone icon to take a picture and receive a notification that there is data waiting to be transferred to the Kit.  So, open the Inventory Menu, click on the Kit to bring it to the center of the screen, and click on the description of the data ("Photo of the Carvings") in the cell phone on your left to transfer it to the inventory section of the Kit.  Click on that clue in the inventory ("Inscriptions on Basement Cell Wall") to transfer it to the Blue Screen at the top of the Kit.  Analyze the clue, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Step out of the Inventory Menu, and close up on the words "TOO LATE," written in red on the wall behind the bed, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Grating under the bed, to hear another comment from Victoria.  Go left of the bed and click on the First-Aid Cabinet up on the wall, to find that it is too high for Victoria to reach it.  So go back to the bed, and click on the gear icon on its headboard to move the bed to your left.  [Note:  The game will be Auto-Saved at this point because a timed sequence is about to follow.]  Click on the First-Aid Cabinet again.  A cutscene will follow, and the countdown clock will begin to run.  But don't worry.  There is more than enough time to beat that clock.  So you won't need to save the game or even have to use that Auto-Save from a few moments before.

 

Click on the First-Aid Cabinet again, to return to the close up on it.  Click on the little Yellow Note stuck in the top shelf of the cabinet, to learn about the clue that the Killer has left for us to deal with the problem.  Open the Inventory menu, click on the ANTI-VENOM SERUM BOX and then, on Victoria's ID card on your left, to have her take that serum.  The countdown clock will stop, and Victoria will tell us that she feels better.

 

Step out of the close up on the First-Aid Cabinet.  Click on the Wall Poster left of the First-Aid Cabinet, to hear Victoria's comment.  Feel free to check out the Gray Wall Cabinet (Storage) left of the poster, but we don't need to use it.  Note:  Feel free to click on the Camera Base in the corner of the ceiling, right of the rusty green door.  But the game developers seem to have made a "boo-boo" here, because the comment you will hear is not the one that Victoria is supposed to make.  In fact, you might recognize that it's not even her voice, but rather that of Paloma making the comment that she made in the previous section of the game.

 

Note:  You will recall that I had asked you, at the beginning of this subsection, to wait until after you had already finished examining the rest of this room before you click on the white icon on the handle of the door now in front of you.  So, it should be "safe" for you to click on that icon at this point.  But, although I personally did not have any problems doing so at this point, if that bug still kicks in, you can always use that Auto-Save I mentioned a little while ago, to replay the game from that point.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            We are done with this whole underground portion (the "Basement," as the developers call it) of the house.  So go back all the way to the Morgue, and use the Dumbwaiter to return to the Workshop above.  Take the stairs in front of you, and then those from the landing, to come back to the Main Hallway on the First Floor.  Take the stairs on your left to go up to the Second-Floor Hallway, and approach the Brown Door right of the Charred Door.  Use the DEMOLITION MASS on the Brown Door and then, click on that door to arrive on the Roof.

 

The Roof

 

            Close up on the Gray Box on the railing, in the lower-left section of the screen, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Keypad on your right, to hear another comment.  Collect the clue by using the COMPUTER KEY and then, analyze the clue.  Click on the bent Satellite Dish on your left, to learn that an old Chewing Gum is stuck there.  Use the SAMPLING TONGS to remove the Chewing Gum and then, analyze it.  But you will get only 50% of information from this clue.  Step out of the close up, and Victoria will tell us that we need Claire's help for further information.  But you don't need to do anything because she will make that call automatically.

 

            That is all we need to do on the Roof.  So go back all the way down to the First Floor, enter the Kitchen on your left, and use the back door to go out into the Backyard.

 

Backyard: The Gray Trailer

 

Climb down the stairs, and approach the Gray Trailer left of the stairs.  Just as you reach it, however, you will receive a notification about an Unread Message and that Data is ready to be transferred to the Kit.  Open the Inventory menu.  The Kit should be already in the center of the screen.  So all you have to do is click on the description of the data in the cell phone on your left to transfer the clue to the inventory section of the Kit; and then, click on that clue ("Chewing Gum Found On The Roof") to transfer it to the Blue Screen at the top of the Kit.  There is no need to analyze the clue any further, of course, since you already have 100% information.

 

            Step out of the Inventory menu.  Close up on the Gray Trailer.  Use the DEMOLITION MASS on the Lock to break it and open the hatch.  Pick up the ROPE from inside.  Use the WET OLD SPONGE to wipe the mud from the yellow License Plate in the lower-right section of the Trailer.  Victoria will read the number and indicate that we need Claire's help again.  So step out of the close up on the trailer, and call Claire.  Exhaust the conversation.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            We are done with the Backyard, for now.  So go back into the Kitchen, and approach the Dumbwaiter on your left.  Use the ROPE on it; and then, climb down to arrive in the Morgue.  But we had already finished here earlier.  So go back up to the Kitchen.  Go to the wall cabinet (Storage) above the counter left of the sink.  Put your DEMOLITION MASS in that Storage, to make some room in your inventory.

 

Note:  Depending on how long it took you to get to this point since you called Claire about the license plate, you should be receiving a call from her about it at this point.  Victoria will answer that call, and a dialog will follow.  At the end of that conversation, go out into the Main Hall, and step out into the Front Yard.

 

Front Yard: Sheriff Halloway

 

            Talk to the Sheriff, standing to the right of her car.  You can conduct the conversation any way you like, but I prefer the following order.  Ask the Sheriff first about the Receipt for Medications.  Victoria will comment that we need to tell Claire about the Sheriff's information, and the dialog will be suspended apparently for that purpose.  So call Claire, and Victoria will give her the information.

 

Talk to the Sheriff again, this time about the Missing Clues.  Call Claire again.  Now talk to the Sheriff again, this time about the Obstruction of the Investigation.  Note that, during this conversation, the Sheriff indicates giving Victoria two clues, as well as an "Electronic Key," that she has found.  You will find the Key in your inventory, and the two clues ("Fibers Collected by Halloway" and "Product Collected by Halloway") in the Kit.  Analyze both of these clues.  Note: you will have to run the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis, on the Product.

 

Front Yard:  Garris

 

            Go and talk to Garris, who is still sitting on the left side of the house, by the fence that divides the Front and the Back Yards.  Again, you can conduct the conversation in any order you like.  Note, however, that when you address the topic on the Blue Door on the landing down the Cellar, a cutscene will actually take you to that door.  But Garris will leave shortly thereafter, while you will remain by the Blue Door.  So, you will have to go back to him all the way out to the Front Yard, if you talked to him about the Blue Door before the Charred Door.  So, in order to avoid this running in and out of the house after him, I prefer to conduct the conversation in the following order.

 

1.  Sheriff Halloway.

2.  Electronics Expert:

       (a)  Safe.  Check out the New Document ("Documentation on Metalyr's LK Model").

       (b)  Electronic Collar

       (c)  Jamming System

       (d)  Charred Door Electronic Lock

       (e)  Electronic Lock in the Stairwell (i.e., by the Blue Door down on the Cellar landing).

 

Note:  When you click on the topic "Charred Door Electronic Lock," a cutscene will take Garris and Victoria to that door.  Garris will tell Victoria that it will take him a while to open that door.  But don't wait for him to do so because he won't be "able" to until after you have finished some more examination around the house.  So, as soon as you regain control of the game, click on him and talk to him about the "Electronic Lock in the Stairwell."  Another cutscene will then take both Garris and Victoria to that Blue Door.  A brief dialog will follow.  Garris will then go back to the Charred Door and, it seems, Victoria stays by the Blue Door.  But there seems to be a technical bug in the game here because the camera remains on Garris, indicating Victoria is also with him; but then, you won't actually see Victoria there.  Don't worry about this bug though.  Just click on the Footprint icon on the stairs to see Victoria down in the Main Hallway.  Click on the Cellar Door to return to the landing by the Blue Door.

 

Close up on the Blue Door.  Click on the Electronic Box right of that door, to hear Victoria's comment.  (Note: You will also receive the "New Objective" notification.  But this is actually another technical bug in the game because no really "new" objective will actually appear in our list of objectives.)  Use the ELECTRONIC KEY on the Electronic Box, to learn that the door is now open.  Click on the Target icon to enter what we will call the Computer Room.

 

The Computer Room

 

            The room is divided into two areas.  The left portion, where Victoria is standing, has nothing but some oil or gas cans against the wall in front of you.  Click in the lower-right corner of the screen to go to the main area of the room.  Victoria will comment.

 

            Pick up the TRANSFORMER ELECTRIC CORD from the top of the Blue Filing Cabinet left of the desk in front of you.  Click on the DVDs on the left of the shelf above the desk, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the CDs on the right of that shelf, to hear another comment.  Close up on the Desk under that shelf.

 

Click on the gear icon on the Stereo System, to turn on the music.  You can turn the music OFF or leave it ON and it will continue to play even after you step out of the close up on the desk.  Pick up the LOUDSPEAKER left of the Stereo System.  Click on the papers inside the Open Folder, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Shoes, to hear another comment.  Click on the Lipstick and Purse, to hear yet another comment.  Open the Top Central Drawer, and click on the papers inside.  Victoria tells us that we need to call Claire for assistance.  So, close the drawer, step out of the close up and call Claire.  Exhaust the conversation.

 

            Close up on the Display of Skulls on the wall, to the right of the desk, to hear Victoria's comment.  Step out of the close up and click on the three Wall Shelves in the corner between the Display and the Computer Table.

 

Close up on the Computer Table.  Click on the Telephone on your right, to learn that it is working.  Click on the Computer Screen or the Computer Keyboard, but the computer is OFF.  Turn the computer ON by clicking on the Processor (the small gray box to the right of the computer screen).  Note that a blue hand icon now appears on the Processor.  Collect the clue by using the COMPUTER KEY from your Kit.  Analyze the clue, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Click on the Keyboard, to use the computer.  Click on User: Killer.  The computer is password-protected, and we are given a choice of two possible Passwords.  Click on the first choice, but it is incorrect.  Victoria will step back from the computer.  Go back in, click on User: Killer and try the second password on the screen.  But that is also incorrect.

 

Since we don't have any other choices, we cannot do anything further with the computer.  So step out of the close up on the Computer Table.  Open the Vault in the wall, to the right of the Computer Table.  Click on the Body inside, to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the SAMPLING TONGS from your Kit.  Analyze the clue, to hear another comment by Victoria.  Step out of the close up on the Vault.

 

            Close up on the Autopsy Table, in front of the Vault and now at the bottom-right of the screen.  Click on the table to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze the clue by running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.  Victoria will comment.  Step out of the close up on the Autopsy Table.

 

Click on the Shelves, on the left in the back of the room, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the big Blue Cupboard on your right, to learn that it is locked.  Use the PICK GUN to unlock and open that cupboard.  Click on the Dark Jacket hanging in the bottom-center of the cupboard, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Brown Box in the top shelf, to hear another comment.  Collect the clue by using the REVEALER SPRAY and then, the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze the clue by running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.  Step out of the close up on the Blue Cupboard.

Click on the rusty green door left of the Blue Cupboard, to learn that it is locked.  Unlock the door by using the ELECTRONIC KEY on the Electronic Box left of that door.  Click on the Target icon on the door to enter and find yourself back in what I called the Locker Hallway.  But we had already finished here earlier.  So use the secret door (now on your right) to return to the Computer Room.  But we are done here as well.  So go out of the Computer Room, up the stairs on your left, and click on the Blue Door to arrive at the landing down the Cellar.

 

Go to Garris, who is still standing by the Charred Door in the Second-Floor Hallway.  Talk to him about the Blocked Computer, but he can't help you.  So come down to the Main Hallway on the First Floor, and enter the Living Room on your right.

 

Living Room:  Safe

 

            We must now try to figure out the code for opening the Safe in the bookcase left of the fireplace.  So close up on that Safe, and focus on the buttons with the smudged fingerprints on them.  Ignore the Red Button with the arrow pointing right, because that is apparently only a RESET button.  The Green Button with "OK" on it is also not important because, as you already know from having used a similar keypad down in the Morgue, we have to press that button after punching in any code.  So the clue to the Safe's code lies in the five buttons other than the Red and Green buttons, i.e., 1-4-6-9-A.  All we have to do now is figure out the order in which these five buttons must be pressed to open the Safe.

 

Step out of the close up, go to the right of the fireplace, and click on the DVD on the sofa to learn that the movie "The Blue Dahlia" had come out in 1946 or 1, 9, 4, 6 -- the same numbers that had smudged fingerprints on them on the Safe!  Thus, we now have the order in which those numbers must be pressed.  But we still need to figure out where the letter "A" goes.  Consult the document that Garris had given you earlier ("Documentation on Metalyr's LK Model"), and note the "Default Factory Code" given on the first page of that document: 00A00.  Thus, it is at least likely that the letter "A" might be the third button that must be pressed to open the Safe as well.  Give it a try!  Close up on the Safe.  Click on 1-9-A-4-6 and then, press OK.

 

            Victoria tells us that the Safe is open, and steps out of the close up.  Close up on the Safe again, and click on the Stack of Papers in the top shelf, to hear Victoria's comment.  Collect the clue by using the FINGERPRINT POWDER and then, the 3D SCANNER.  Analyze the clue, to learn that we will need Claire's help again.

 

Note:  Do not try to call Claire while you are still in the Inventory Menu because, as I found, a technical bug kicks in and you won't be able to close up on the Safe again to check out the other item inside: the pink-and-white box in the bottom shelf.  So step out of both the Inventory Menu and the close up on the Safe, before you call Claire.  Exhaust the conversation.  Close up on the Safe again, and click on the Box in the bottom shelf.  Victoria will pick up the Box and put it on the table in front of the Safe.  Close up on the Box, and click on it to learn that it is locked.  Use the PICK GUN to open the box and hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Box.  At this point, you should receive a call from Claire.  If you don't, just wait a little while until it comes.  Victoria will automatically answer, of course, and a dialog will follow.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            We are done in the Living Room now.  So go back out into the Main Hallway, and take the stairs up to the Second Floor.  Note that the game "takes over" as you get upstairs.  You will hear Garris comment and then, a rather long cutscene will follow that begins with a look inside the Charred Room and ends with a flashback to something that had happened in 2005.

 

Chicago (Victoria: 2005)

 

            Check out the New Objective.  Go back down to the stairs and then, to the wall left of those stairs.  Click on the Orange Cans on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  Close up on the Sink on your right, and click on it to hear another comment.  Step out of that close up, and pick up the FLEXIBLE MODELING TOOL from the Bench right of the sink.  Click on the Window up in the roof above the Bench, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Go to the right of the stairs.  Click on the Stove to hear Victoria's comment.  Try to open the Gray Cupboard right of the Stove, but it is locked.  Close up on the Painting on the ground, to the right of the Gray Cupboard.  Click on the Painting to hear Victoria's comment.  Step out of the close up on the Painting.  Close up on the Sculpture on the stool, to the right of the Painting.  Click on the Sculpture to hear another comment.

 

Step out of the close up on the Sculpture.  Close up on the Bench right of the Stool.  Pick up the SHARP MODELING TOOL from the left.  Click on the Sketch on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Phone icon to take a picture of that Sketch.  You can see the Sketch more clearly by checking out the New Document = "Vladanna's Sketch: The Killer's Outfit."  Step out of the close up on the Bench, and close up on the Metal Shelves right of that Bench.  Click on the Photograph on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

Step out of the close up on the Shelves.  Close up on the Blue Filing Cabinet right of those Shelves.  Try to open the Cabinet, but it is locked.  Combine the "FLEXIBLE" + "SHARP" Modeling Tools, and use the resulting IMPROVISED PICKING TOOLS on the yellow keyhole (in the top-right corner of the front of the Cabinet) to unlock the Cabinet.

 

            Open the Top Drawer, and click on the papers inside to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Phone icon to copy a document which will then be presented to you automatically.  Read the document.  Click on the X in the top-right corner of the screen to close the page.  Then, click on another Phone icon on the papers in the Cabinet, to copy the second document which will also then be presented to you automatically.  Read the document and then, close this page as well.  As you close the document, the Top Drawer will close automatically and Victoria will comment.

 

            Open the Middle Drawer, and click on the papers inside to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Phone icon, and read the document that will then be presented to you.  As you close this document, the Middle Drawer will also close automatically.  Note that you cannot open either drawer now.  But that's okay, because we have already copied the three documents that we needed.  If you would like to see them again, you will find them in the New Documents folder of your cell phone.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Filing Cabinet, and use your Picking Tools to now open the Gray Cupboard on your left.  There are several white icons on the objects inside, but none of those items are of interest.  But note the gear icon on what look like pinkish-white pieces of cloth in the lower-right portion of the Cupboard.  Click on that icon.  Victoria will identify these pieces of cloth as A Bunch of Rags, which will disappear as soon as you click on them because Victoria has moved them aside.  Note that a white icon has now appeared in place of the gear icon you had just clicked on.  Click on that white icon, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the KILLER'S CAPE, to hear another comment.

 

            Step out of the close up, and a cutscene and dialog will follow.  Exhaust the conversation.  Another cutscene will then follow, bringing us back to 2008.

 

Killer's House (Victoria: 2008)

 

            Check out your New Objective.  We are supposed to meet Hawker, but we are also supposed to finish exploring the house.  So let's finish with this area first.

 

The Charred Room

 

            Go anti-clockwise (left) around the room to examine the following objects, hearing Victoria's comment as you click upon each object.  Thus, click upon the Sealed Dumbwaiter; then, the Charred Videotapes on the floor; then, the charred part of the Wall (left of the sealed Dumbwaiter) where the fire seems to have started; and then, the Burnt Posters on the wall left of the bed.

 

            Click in the lower-left corner of the screen to move to the Table below the bed.  Pick up the TRANSFORMER WITHOUT CORD lying on the floor, by the outer-left leg of the Table.  Click on the Electrical Outlet down by the Table's inner-left leg that is against the wall, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

Close up on the Surveillance Console on the Table, to hear another comment from Victoria.  Click on the gear icon on the console, but the console is not working.  Click on the dismantled Keypad attached to the left of the Console's Keyboard, to hear Victoria's comment and receive a New Objective.  Click on the tool icon in the top-right portion of the Console's Keyboard, to learn that it is an Outlet to Connect Headphones or a Speaker.  So bring out the LOUDSPEAKER from your inventory, and attach it to this Outlet.

 

Click on the tool icon in the top-left portion of the Console's Keyboard, to learn that it is an Outlet to Plug in a Power Cord.  So combine TRANSFORMER WITHOUT CORD + TRANSFORMER ELECTRIC CORD, and attach the resulting TRANSFORMER WITH CORD to that Outlet.  Victoria tells us that the Console is on, but it is still not working.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Console.  Click on the wall Painting left of the Console Table, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on either Glass Door on your left, to learn that they are both locked.  Use your PICK GUN to unlock those doors.  Before you go out, however, pick up the POKER lying on the floor in front of the Fire Heater.  Click on the Fire Heater itself, to hear Victoria's comment.  Then, click on either Glass Door to arrive in the Balcony.

 

The Balcony

 

            Click on the brownish-gray spatter Trace in the top-left portion of the Railing at the bottom of the screen.  [Note:  It's okay even if you can't see the Trace.  Just click on the white icon that appears in the left portion of the Railing.]  Victoria will comment.  Collect the clue by using the REVEALER SPRAY and then, the SAMPLING SWAB.  Analyze the clue by running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.  Victoria will comment.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            We are now ready to meet Hawker.  So go down to the Main Hallway in the First Floor.  As Victoria comes downstairs, a cutscene will take us out into the Front Yard.

 

Front Yard: Conversations

 

            After the cutscene, a dialog with Garris will follow.  Note that he will leave as soon as you tell him about the Console.  So save this topic for last if you would like to address the other topics first.  But, although I don't know if it affects the storyline in any way, I personally prefer not to say much about the case in front of Hawker until those "differences" (mentioned in one of the Objectives for this part of the game) between him and Victoria have been resolved.  So I prefer to go directly to ELECTRONICS EXPERT and talk to Garris about the Broken Console, leaving the other topics for a later time.

 

            As Garris leaves, a dialog with Hawker will follow.  Exhaust the conversation.  He will then also leave.  Call Claire, and talk to her about Hawker.  Then, go in the house and up to the Charred Room on the second floor, to continue your conversation with Garris.

 

Charred Room: Garris

 

            You will find Garris standing left of the Console Table.  Click on the Talk icon to talk to him.  Exhaust the conversation.  Then, go out of the room and downstairs into the Living Room, to continue your conversation with Hawker.

 

Living Room: Hawker

 

            You will find Hawker standing in front of the Fireplace.  Note the choice of tones that you get in conducting your conversation.  Note also that you will have to "Become Irritated" and then "Make Peace," at some point during the conversation, before you can secure Hawker's co-operation.  Once you have made peace, exhaust the conversation.  A cutscene will then take you into the Computer Room.

 

Computer Room: Information

 

            Hawker will step aside after he has figured out the password for you.  It is time to see what we can learn from the computer.  So close up on the computer, click on the Keyboard, and start checking out the files.  There is a lot of information that is now available to us.  But don't worry.  Just try to keep track of what you check out.  Thus, be sure to check out ALL the:

 

        Categories (Internet Search, Photos & Videos, etc.).

        Topics within each Category.

        Pages within each Topic.

 

Note the following as you proceed:

 

 

 

 

 

We are done with this room, at least for now.  So step out of the close up on the computer, pick up the PRINTED TECHNICAL MANUAL from the Printer, and go upstairs to Garris in the Charred Room on the Second Floor.

 

Charred Room: Surveillance Console

 

            Talk to Garris about the Manual.  A dialog will follow.  Close up on the Surveillance Console.  Click three times, one by one, on the gear icon on the Keyboard.  Another dialog will follow.  Click on the Phone icon in the upper-right portion of the Keyboard, to get a notification of a New Document waiting to be transferred to the Kit.  Open the Inventory Menu.  Click on the Kit to bring it to the center of the screen.  Click on the clue in the cell phone on your left, to transfer it to the inventory portion of the Kit.  Click on the clue in that inventory, to transfer it to the Blue Screen at the top of the Kit.  Analyze the clue.  Victoria will comment.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Console, and talk to Garris again.  Then, leave the room and go downstairs into the Kitchen.

 

Kitchen: Radio + Sheriff

 

            Close up on the Dining Table in the lower-right corner of the screen.  Click on the Radio.  A dialog will follow, bringing you out of the close up automatically.  Talk to the Sheriff on your right.  Another dialog will follow.  Exhaust the conversation.  Feel free to check out your New Objectives.  Talk to the Sheriff again.  [Note: The Talk icon is misplaced.  You will now find it slightly to the right of the Sheriff.]  The Sheriff has given you the Keys to her car.  Go out into the Front Yard, and down the stairs.  Use the KEY TO THE SHERIFF'S CAR to open the trunk of her car.  Pick up the METAL DETECTOR.

 

The Metal Detector

 

            Victoria will comment about using the Instructions Manual to see how the Detector works.  The Manual will be presented to you automatically.  Read it.  If you need to consult it later, you will find it stored as the "Metal Detector Settings" in the New Documents folder in your cell phone.

 

            Step out of the close up on the trunk of the Sheriff's car.  We must now use the Metal Detector to find the hatch to that Fallout Shelter that the Sheriff and Victoria discussed in the Kitchen, and that has been mentioned in our Objectives.  Refer to the Yellow Textbox below for some tips in using the Metal Detector in our search for the Shelter hatch.

 

Text Box: Tips on Using the Metal Detector

	Open the Inventory Menu.  Note that an image of the Metal Detector appears both inside and outside (to the left of) the inventory.
	The image of the Metal Detector outside the inventory serves two purposes.
	First, that image will appear grayed out in areas where it cannot be used.  Note that the Metal Detector can be used only in the Front or Back yard.
	Second, you must click on that image to change the Metal Detector Settings.  Note that the Default Setting on the Metal Detector is "0," indicating that it is OFF.  In order to turn the Metal Detector ON, you must change the Settings to 1, 2, 3, or 4.
	It is only after you turn the Metal Detector ON that you will be able to pick up what we will call the Metal Detector Alarm (MDA) cursor, (see picture below), indicating  the presence of an object that the Metal Detector is supposed to detect.

 

	You must check for the MDA cursors by moving your cursor over any given area under each Detector setting (1 through 4), one by one.
	When you see the MDA cursor, open the Inventory Menu, click on the Metal Detector inside your inventory, and close the Inventory Menu.  A cutscene will then show Victoria using the Detector to examine the spot where we had found the cursor.  She will then tell us what she found, and whether the object is of any use to us.
	Note: Sometimes you will see the MDA cursor but, when you try to use the Metal Detector inside the inventory, Victoria will snap that "It's not this" (or something like that).  Don't worry.  All that means is that you must examine that spot under another Metal Detector setting.  So, just try the three other Settings, one by one, bringing out the Metal Detector from your inventory each time you change the Setting, until you get the cutscene showing Victoria using the Metal Detector.
 
The above tips will become clearer as you actually start using the Metal Detector.

 

Examining the Front Yard

 

            You will find the following objects in the Front Yard at the location, and by using the Metal Detector settings, given parenthetically after each object.

 

BY THE SHERIFF'S CAR

 

 

BY THE LEFT FENCE WHERE PALOMA HAD FOUND THE TRUCK THE FIRST NIGHT

 

 

BY THE LOG SHED CLOSE TO THE FENCE DIVIDING THE FRONT & BACK YARDS

 

 

Examining the Backyard

 

            Step into the Back Yard, to find the following objects at the location, and by using the Metal Detector settings, given parenthetically after each object.

 

BY THE FENCE DIVIDING THE FRONT & BACK YARDS

 

 

BY THE BACK-PORCH STAIRS

 

 

BY THE GRAY TRAILER ON THE LEFT

 

 

            And this is where we hit Jackpot!  Change the Metal Detector Setting to 3, and use the Metal Detector on this Gray Aluminum Can again.  Victoria will comment, indicating that the Detector should not be reacting to the Aluminum Can at that particular setting.  The Can is rolled aside and you will hear the leaves (that were previously under and around the Can) brushed off.   You will then see a set of wooden Planks where the Can previously stood.

 

Opening the Hatch

 

            Click on the tool icon on the Planks, to hear Victoria's comment.  Use the POKER to remove the planks, and see the Hatch underneath.  Click on the gear icon on the Hatch, to learn that the Hatch is locked.  But note that a magnifying-glass icon has replaced the gear icon on the Hatch, after Victoria's comment.  Click on that icon to get a close up of the Hatch, as Victoria notes that the Reference Number on the plate (left of the Hatch) = H103123.

 

We must now use this Reference Number to figure out the password to unlock the Hatch with the help of the computer.  So go to the Computer Room inside the house, and close up on the computer.  Click on the Keyboard; then, on Codes; and then, on Decrypted Text File.

 

Note that the Code for the East Hatch is REFERENCE + D55, i.e.,

 

H103123 + D55 = H103123D55

 

So, go back to the Main Menu, and click as follows: Access Control; East Hatch; and then, the above code.  Victoria will announce that the "Anti-Nuclear Shelter" is opened!  Step out of the close up on the computer.  You can try to talk to Hawker, but he is still "taking notes."  In other words, he won't be going with us to check out the Fallout Shelter we just opened.  So try to go out to that Shelter yourself.  But, just as you go through the Blue Door outside the Computer Room, a cutscene will follow, ending with another flashback to 2005.

 

Chicago (Victoria: 2005)

 

            Check out the New Objective.  Talk to Richard.  Exhaust the conversation, but note that the conversation will end abruptly as soon as you address the topic "Neutralize Richard."  So, if you would like to hear Richard's responses to the other topics, save the Neutralize topic for last.  When you get to that last topic, you will get a choice: whether to convince Richard to surrender himself or to just hand him over to the authorities.  Choose as you please, because your choice will not affect the storyline.  Another cutscene will then follow, bringing us back to 2008, but switching the story now to Paloma's point-of-view.

 

Killer's House (Paloma: 2008)

 

THE FALLOUT SHELTER:

 

Paloma's Cell

 

            Exhaust the conversation.  A short cutscene will follow.  Check out your New Objectives.  Close up on the slot in the lower part of the door, to get a short cutscene.  Click on the Talk icon on the opposite cell.  A man will appear in that cell.  Talk to him.  Exhaust the conversation, but it will be interrupted by another short cutscene.  Talk to that man again, to learn that his name is Anderson.  You can try to talk to him once more, but there is nothing further to discuss.  So step out of the close up on the slot; but then, go back in again, to get a close up this time of the fork lying out in the corridor.  Click on the fork, but it is too far.

 

            Step out of the close up on the door.  Click at the bottom-center of your screen to go to that side of the room.  Click on the Big Wooden Crate, to the right of the bed, to move it to the center of the room.  Go back to that wall where the Crate had stood.  Pick up the METALLIC PIPE lying on the floor in the middle of the two metallic shelves on your right.  Click on the gear icon on the right of the bed, to move the bed to the right.  Click on the Box of Cookies lying in the left portion of the bed.

 

            Pick up the STRING, one of the six rolls at the bottom of the metallic shelves on your left.  Try to open the Gray Cabinet left of those shelves, but it is locked.  Use the METALLIC PIPE on the Gray Cabinet, to pry open its door.  A MAGNET falls out as the door opens.  Pick up the Magnet from the floor, and the PLASTIC CAN from inside the Cabinet.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Cabinet.  Go back to the Cell door.  Close up again on the slot in the lower portion of the door.  Combine the STRING + MAGNET, and use the resulting combination to retrieve the FORK from the corridor outside.  [Note: you get only a split-second view of the inventory as the fork disappears from the corridor floor.]

 

Step out of the close up on the door.  Go right, along the wall in front of you.  Click on the Vent in the upper-right portion of that wall, but it is too high to reach.  Click on the Pipes along the bottom of the wall, under the vent, to hear Paloma's comment.  Put the PLASTIC CAN there.  Click on the magnifying-glass icon on the Vent, to climb up and get a close-up of that Vent.  Use the FORK to unscrew the two screws, one by one, on either corner at the top.  Click on the gear icon now on the Vent to remove the grate.  Step inside the shaft, and a cutscene will bring you out into the Main Corridor.

 

Corridors

 

            Close up on Anderson's cell on your right.  Try to talk to him, but he has nothing new to say.  Step out of the close up.  Click on the Grate on the floor between the two cells, to hear Paloma's comment.  Go up the Ladder at the end of the corridor in front of you, but the Hatch is locked.  Close up on the Wall Switch, left of the Ladder.  Click on the gear icon on the Switch.  Step out of the close up, and go up the Ladder now.  A cutscene follows.

 

            The red pulsating aura around the screen indicates that Paloma is hurt.  But don't worry.  She just needs some First Aid; and, since there is no countdown-clock, we don't have a time limit to get her that Aid.  Go into the Side Corridor to the right of the Ladder.  Open the Wall Cabinet on your right.  Pick up the FIRST-AID KIT (left of the Top Shelf).  As the Kit appears in your inventory, click on it and then, on Paloma's I.D. Card on your left, to have Paloma use that Kit.  You will be automatically brought out of your Inventory Menu.  The red aura around the screen is gone, indicating that Paloma is okay now.  Pick up the COLORED DISINFECTANT SPRAY from the right of the Top Shelf.  Click on the small Box in the Bottom Shelf, to learn that it is an empty box of Amphetamines.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Medicine Cabinet.  Click on the Camera (with the orange light) in the top-left corner of the ceiling above the door.  Use the COLORED DISINFECTANT SPRAY on this Camera.  A cutscene will follow.  Feel free to check out the large Gray Wall Cabinet (Storage) on your left, but we don't need to store anything.

 

            Click on the Ladder at the bottom-left corner of the screen, but Paloma will refuse to go up again.  Click on the Camera in the upper-left corner of the ceiling above the Ladder.  Use the Spray to "neutralize" this Camera as well.

 

Feel free to talk to Anderson in his cell on your right; but he has nothing new to say.  So, click at the bottom-center of the screen until you get to the other end of the Main Corridor, i.e., opposite the ladder.  Use the Spray to "neutralize" the Camera in the upper-left corner of the screen.  Click on the Electronic Lock left of the door in front of you, but Paloma does not have the Key to it.  Click on that Door, to hear Paloma's comment.  Put the METALLIC PIPE on that door, to barricade the door and hear another comment.

 

            Click on the gear icon on the door on your right, to find that the door is locked.  Click on the magnifying-glass icon at the lower part of that door, to see Victoria inside.  Talk to her, to get a New Objective.  Exhaust the conversation.

 

Step out of the close up on Victoria's Cell.  Go and talk to Anderson in his cell.  Exhaust the conversation.  Step out of the close up on Anderson's cell.  Try to open Paloma's cell door, but it is still locked, of course.  Close up on the Digital Lock on the wall, right of the door.  But we don't know the code.  Step out of that close up, and talk to Anderson about this lock.  He tells us that the code to Paloma's cell door consists of 5 or 6 numbers; that he is sure the code begins with a 4, and thinks that the last number is a 5.  But we still need more information.

 

            Go and talk to Victoria again.  She tells us about that list of codes in which her name is associated with STANTON, while Paloma's is associated with MARTIN.

 

The Digital Locks

 

            The key to this puzzle is as follows.  As you know, there are 26 letters of the alphabet.  To decode, you must transcribe each letter of the Name associated with the Code into the number of the order in which that letter appears in the alphabet.  (Thus, A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, etc.)  If the number consists of two digits, you must add the two digits together to get a single digit.  (Thus, for example, Z = 26 = 2 + 6 = 8.)  As Victoria indicated, the Name associated with the Code for the Digital Lock to Paloma's cell door is MARTIN.  So we decode it as follows.

 

M = 13 = 4

 A = 01 = 1

 R = 18 = 9

 T = 20 = 2

  I = 09 = 9

 N = 14 = 5

 

            Go to Paloma's cell door, close up on the Digital Lock right of the door, and click in the above code = 4 - 1- 9 - 2 - 9 - 5; and then, on OK.  You will hear the door unlock, and get a cutscene of the door.  Step out of the close up on the Digital Lock, and enter Paloma's cell.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            Go to the Bed at the bottom of the screen.  Click on the gear icon on the right of the Bed, to move the Bed to the left.  Click on the Crack in the Wall between the Metallic Shelves on your right, to get a close up of the Crack.  Use your MAGNET + STRING (or you can separate the combination, and just use the MAGNET) to retrieve the RING from that Crack.  Paloma will comment.

 

Step out of the close up, leave the cell, and go talk to Anderson in his cell across the corridor.  Exhaust the conversation.  [Note: if you give him the ring first, the conversation will be interrupted.  So you will have to click on him again, to complete the conversation.]

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            Go to Victoria's cell, at the lower-left corner of the screen.  Close up on the Digital Lock right of the cell door.  We use the same technique as we did to open Paloma's cell door to figure out the Code for the Digital Lock to Victoria's cell.  As Victoria indicated, the Name associated with that Code is STANTON.  So we decode it as follows.

 

S = 19 = 1

T = 20 = 2

A = 01 = 1

N = 14 = 5

T = 20 = 2

O = 15 = 6

N = 14 = 5

 

            So, click in the above code = 1 -2 -1 - 5 - 2 - 6 - 5; and then, on OK.  You will hear the door unlock, and get a cutscene of the door.  Step out of the close up.  Enter Victoria's cell, and talk to her.  [Note: a New Objective notification will appear but, if you stop the conversation there and check out your objectives, you will find that there is really no new objective.  So, it is a technical bug in the game, of course.]  Click on the topic of the Amphetamines, to give the pills to Victoria.  A cutscene and dialog will follow.  The story will then switch to Victoria's point-of-view.  [But note: there will be no Auto-Save or caption (like the one I have given below) when the story switches the point-of-view this time.]

 

Killer's House (Victoria: 2008)

 

Fallout Shelter

 

            Victoria's point-of-view will begin as a New Objective notification appears in the upper-left corner of the screen, and a Note in red appears at the bottom of the screen informing that the objects from Paloma's inventory have been transferred to the Storage, i.e., the Gray Cabinet out in the Side Corridor.

 

            Talk to Paloma.  Exhaust the conversation.  Pick up the GINGER BREAD from the table on your left.  Click on the METAL DETECTOR on the floor, left of that table, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the Metal Detector.  There is nothing else of interest in this cell.  So, step out of the cell.  A cutscene will follow.

 

            The New Objective told us to explore the Shelter.  Start with the end of the corridor at the bottom of the screen.  Click on the Gray Door in front of you, to learn that it is locked.  Click on the Electronic Lock left of the door, to hear a comment from Victoria.

 

Go back down the corridor past Victoria's cell.  Click on the Grate on the floor between Paloma and Anderson's cells.  Enter Paloma's Cell on your left.  Click on the Grate on the floor on your right.  Come down to the wall at the bottom of the screen.  Close up on the Crack on the Wall between the Metal Shelves on your right; but there is nothing there now.  Step out of the close up on the Crack.  Click on the gear icon on the Bed, to move the bed to the right.  Click on the empty Package of Cookies on the left of the bed.

 

Step out of Paloma's Cell, and close up on Anderson's cell at the bottom of the screen.  Talk to Anderson.  Click on the topic "Ginger Bread" to give him that bread; then, exhaust the conversation.  You can try to talk to him again, but he has nothing new to say.  So, step out of the close up on his cell.  Try to talk to Paloma, now standing left of Anderson's Cell.  But she has nothing new to say either.

 

            Go into the Side Corridor, right of the Ladder.  Open the Medicine Cabinet on the wall on your right.  Click on the small Box in the bottom shelf, to hear Victoria's comment.  Step out of the close up on the Medicine Cabinet.  Feel free to check out the Gray Cabinet (Storage) on the wall on your left.  But I would suggest not cluttering our inventory with any of Paloma's objects just yet.  So, leave the Storage as it is, for now.

 

            Now that we have explored the Shelter, it is time to see what we can find outside.  So, click on the Ladder, now in the lower-left corner of the screen.  A cutscene and dialog follow.  Click on the Ladder again.  Another cutscene and then, a comment will follow.

 

The Backyard

 

Check out your New Objective.  Click on the Man hanging down by a rope from a tree across the fence on your left, to get a close up.  Victoria will comment.  Step out of the close up, to hear another comment.  Go to your right, past the Gray Trailer, but BE CAREFUL!  There are three Mines (in a row, from Victoria's point-of-view) on the ground in front of the Back Porch stairs.  Thus, there is no way to go up the stairs, or go past them in the Backyard, without setting off one of these mines, causing Victoria to get hurt.

 

Note:  Even if you do accidentally set off one of these mines, don't worry.  It's not Game-Over, nor will you get a Countdown clock.  You will see the red pulsating aura around the screen, meaning you will just have to go back down into the Shelter and use Paloma's First-Aid Kit (in the Gray Storage Cabinet) to treat Victoria.  In order to avoid all this hassle, however, proceed as follows.

 

Neutralizing the Mines

 

            Look for the White Icon on the ground in front of the Back Porch stairs.  (See Picture "A" in the Set of four pictures below.)  Click on that white icon, to get a close up of that spot and hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the gear icon, to expose the mine; and then, on another white icon to hear Victoria's comment and also get a New Objective.  Step out of the close up.  Click on the ARCHERY TARGET on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up that Target (but you might have to rearrange the Metal Detector in your inventory to make room for the Target).  Put this Target on the Mine you just found in front of the stairs.

 

 

 

            We must now find the other two Mines in this area.  Open your Inventory Menu.  Set your METAL DETECTOR to 1.  Close the Inventory Menu, and look for the Metal Detector Alarm (MDA) cursor on the ground between the stairs and the Archery Target.  (See Picture "B" in the Set of four pictures above.)  Bring out the Metal Detector from your inventory, and click on the tool icon now in that cursor spot below the stairs, to see a cutscene of Victoria examining the spot with the Metal Detector.  She will then confirm that it is a Mine.  Click on the gear icon now on that spot, to expose the Mine.

 

            Go down into the Shelter.  Talk to Paloma.  Enter her cell on your left.  Click on the VENTILATION GRATE on the ground on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up that Grate, and go back out to the Mine you just found below the Back Porch stairs.  Put the Grate on that Mine to neutralize it.

 

            But we are not done yet!  Note another MDA cursor below and to the right of the Archery Target on the ground.  (See Picture "C" in the Set of four pictures above.)  Note:  Even though you might see the MDA cursor, the Metal Detector setting went back to "0" when you went down into the Shelter to get the Grate.  So, Reset the Detector to 1.  Bring out the Detector from your inventory, and click on the tool icon now on the spot where you just saw the MDA cursor, to have Victoria check it out.  She will not comment this time, but you will find a gear icon now on that spot.  Click on that gear icon, to expose the Mine.

 

Go back down into the Shelter.  Click on the VENTILATION GRATE on the ground between Paloma and Anderson's cells, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up that Grate, return to the Backyard, and place that Grate on the Mine you found below the Archery Target.  (See Picture "D" in the Set of four pictures above.)

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            Now that we have neutralized all the mines in the Backyard, go back down into the Shelter.  Retrieve all the objects from the Gray Storage Cabinet in the Side Corridor.  Come back out into the Backyard.

 

Go right, past the neutralized Mines, towards the Fence that divides the Front and the Back Yards.  But BE CAREFUL!  There is an electric current running through the Fence.  So if you try to go through, Victoria will get hurt.

 

Note:   Again, don't worry if you missed this trap and Victoria got hurt.  It is not Game-Over, nor is there a Countdown clock.  You will see a red pulsating aura around the screen, indicating that you just need to use the First-Aid Kit in your inventory.

 

There are actually two icons around the Fence Entryway.  The footprint icon allows Victoria to go through the Fence, causing her to get hurt.  But there is also a white icon that is just before the footprint icon, on the dirt before the Entryway.  Click on this White Icon, to hear Victoria's comment and receive a New Objective.

 

Neutralizing the Entryway

 

            Note the Grate lying in the lower-right corner of the screen.  If you click on it, Victoria will comment about using it to neutralize a mine.  You will then be able to pick up that GRATE PIECE.  But we have already neutralized all the mines!  So there is no need to click on, or pick up, this Grate.  [Apparently, this was just another Grate introduced in the game for you to use, in case you forgot the one in Paloma's cell.]

 

            Click on the small Gray Box on the Fence, left of the Entryway.  Victoria's comment indicates that the box might control the electric current running through the Fence.  But the box is locked, and we don't have any picking tools right now.

 

            Note the MDA cursor on the ground in the lower-left portion of the screen.  Set your Metal Detector to 4.  Bring out the Detector from your inventory, and click on the tool icon now on the spot where you had seen the MDA cursor.  Victoria will examine the spot, and tell us that it is Part of a Half-Buried Bicycle Wheel.  [Recall that we had found this object during the day as well, when we first used the Metal Detector to explore these grounds.]  Click on the gear icon now on the spot, to get a close up of the Wheel and to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the IMPROVISED PICKING TOOLS.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Wheel.  Use the Picking Tools to unlock the Gray Box on the Fence.  Close up on the Box.  Click on the empty Dark Slot ("Base") on your left, but we don't know yet what can be plugged in here.  Click on the Pattern & Some Initials at the bottom of the Box, but we don't know yet the purpose of these carvings either.  Click on the Metallic Plate on the Keypad on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.  Use the FORK to unscrew the Plate.  Click on the Keypad, to hear another comment.  Pick up the KEYPAD BOX.

 

The Entryway trap has been neutralized!  So step out of the close up on the Gray Box, and go through the Fence.  A cutscene will bring you into the Front Yard.

 

The Front Yard

 

            Try to move further down in the Front Yard, but you will be stopped automatically as you receive the notification of an Unread Message in your cell phone.  Check out the message ("Text Unknown," in Messages & Contacts) in your cell phone.

 

            Click at the bottom-center of your screen a couple of times, until you see a Police Officer's Body in the lower-right corner of the screen.  Close up on this body, to hear Victoria's comment.  Step out of this close up; and then, close up on the other Police Officer's Body on your left, to hear another comment.

 

            Go to the Fence on your left.  Click on the white icon on the Fence, to learn that there is electricity running through it.  A gear icon now appears on the Fence.  If you click on this icon, Victoria will get an electric shock.  But don't worry.  She will not be hurt seriously enough to require even First Aid.  She will also refuse to touch the Fence, if you click on it again.

 

            Click on the end of the Fallen Tree Trunk touching the extreme left-center of the screen.  This will allow you to see the third Police Officer's Body, lying on the far side of the Yard away from the house and below the first two bodies we have already checked.  Close up on this body, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the POCKET-KNIFE, from your left.

 

Step out of the close up on this body.  Click on the magnifying-glass icon in the lower-right corner of the screen, to close up on the fourth Police Officer's Body (lying on the ground in front of the front of the Sheriff's car) and to hear another comment.

 

            Click on the Hood of the Sheriff's Car, to hear Victoria's comment.  Close up on the fifth Police Officer's Body, now right of the Sheriff's car, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the BROKEN QUARTZ WATCH WITH BATTERY, lying on the ground between the officer's right leg and arm.

 

Step out of this close up, and open the Trunk of the Sheriff's Car.  A cutscene and a comment will follow.  Pick up the MULTISPECTRAL LAMP from your right.  If you click on the white icon inside the trunk, Victoria will merely repeat the comment she just made.

 

            Step out of this close up, and go up the stairs leading to the front of the house.  Click on the magnifying-glass icon on the reddish-brown dot on the left post at the top of the stairs, to get a close up of a Bullet Hole.  Click on this Hole, to hear Victoria's comment.  Go through the Front Door to enter the house.

 

The Hallway

 

            Take a few steps into the Hallway.  Victoria will automatically stop.  Close up on the Dead Rat down on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  Step out of the close up, to receive a New Objective.

 

Neutralizing the Hallway Traps

 

            There are actually two traps in the Hallway: one is at the Living Room doorway, and the other is at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the Second Floor.  Thus, Victoria will get hurt if she tries to enter the Living Room or go upstairs.

 

Note:  Don't worry though if you missed either of these traps and Victoria got hurt.  It will not be Game-Over, nor will you get a Countdown clock.  You will see a red pulsating aura around the screen, meaning that you must treat Victoria with your First-Aid Kit.  In fact, that is one way to neutralize these traps.  Enter the Living Room and go upstairs, one by one, using the First-Aid Kit to treat Victoria each time she gets hurt.  Keep in mind though that there are only two "treatments" left in the First-Aid Kit.  So, even though you will be able to neutralize both the Hallway traps this way, you will also use up the First-Aid Kit.  Proceed as follows, if you would like to try something more clever.

 

            Use the COLORED DISINFECTANT SPRAY on the tool icon on the Living Room doorway.  A cutscene will follow.  Use the POCKET-KNIFE to cut the wires stretching across the Living Room doorway, to neutralize this trap.  Feel free to close up on the Dead Rat again, to hear another comment.

 

            Click at the bottom-center of the screen twice, to move slowly towards the stairs leading up to the Second Floor.  Don't click on the footprint icon on the stairs, of course, or Victoria will get hurt!  Rather, click on the white icon on the Four Black Holes, vertically aligned under the top painting which is to the right of the Kitchen door.  Victoria will comment.  [Note that the footprint icon on the stairs has become a tool icon.]  Click on a similar set of Four Black Holes, vertically aligned on the wall left of the Cellar door, to hear another comment.  Use the SPRAY on the tool icon on the stairs, to see a cutscene.  Use the POCKET-KNIFE to cut the wires stretching between the two sets of Black Holes, to neutralize the last Hallway trap!

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            Recall that our main objective is to try our luck on the computer down in the Computer Room.  But I prefer to explore the rest of the house first, to see if we can find something new that might prove to be useful later.  Start with the Kitchen on your left.

 

The Kitchen

 

            Click on the Dumbwaiter on Victoria's right, to learn that its door has now been "blocked."  Close up on the Refrigerator on your left.  Click on the Red Envelope inside, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the Envelope, and its contents will be presented on your screen.  [If you would like to refer to this information later, you will find it stored as "Contents of Red Envelope in the Kitchen" in the Documents folder of your cell phone.]

 

            There is nothing else new in the Kitchen.  Before we leave, however, we need to make some room in our Inventory.  So go to the Storage Cabinet up on your left, and put away your First-Aid Kit and the Metal Detector.  Step out into the Hallway, and go upstairs.

 

The Second Floor

 

        Start with the Bedroom on your left.  But there is nothing new there.  So step back out into the Hallway.

 

        Go into the Bathroom on your right.  Close up on the Medicine Cabinet on your left.  Pick up the FIRST-AID KIT from the top shelf.  Step out of the close up.  There is nothing else new in this room.  So step back out into the Hallway.

 

        Go into the Charred Room on your right.  Pick up the Red Envelope lying on the floor, under the mannequin on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  The contents of the Envelope will then be presented on your screen.  [If you would like to refer to this information later, you will find it stored as "Contents of Red Envelope in Charred Room" in the Documents folder of your cell phone.]  There is nothing else new in this room.

 

        Go out into the Balcony on your right.  But there is nothing new here at all.  So go back into the Charred Room and step out into the Hallway.

 

        Go to the Roof through the Brown Door on your right.  Click on the white icon on the small object lying on the ground in front of Victoria, in the corner of the Roof on your left, to hear her comment.  Pick up the REMOTE CONTROL (NOT INITIALIZED).  Click on the white icon in the center of the railing's top (where Victoria had found a device with the satellite dish during her daytime investigation of the house), to hear another comment.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            We are done on the Second Floor.  So, go back down to the Main Hallway on the First Floor.  Enter the Kitchen.  Go to the Back door, but you will be stopped before you reach it as you receive the notification of an Unread Message in your cell phone.  Check out the Message (the unopened "Text Unknown," in Messages & Contacts) in your cell phone.

 

            Go out of the Back Door, and down the stairs.  [Note: if you hadn't opened the new gate at the bottom of these stairs when you were out in the Backyard earlier, then a gear icon (instead of the usual footprint icon) will appear on the stairs.  Moreover, when you click on this gear icon at this point in the game, you will get a rather funny cutscene: Victoria climbing down from the other side of the stairs!  But don't worry.  It is just a technical bug in the game, but nothing that will affect your gameplay in any way.]

 

            Go down into the Shelter.  Talk to Anderson in his cell.  Exhaust the conversation.  Go back up to the Backyard, and use the Back Porch door to return to the Kitchen.  We need to make some more room in the Inventory.  So use the Storage Cabinet again to put away everything but the Spray, the Pocket-Knife, and the Multispectral Lamp.  Step out of the Kitchen, and enter the Living Room on your right.

 

The Living Room

 

            Go to the window on your left, to get a closer shot of that area.  Note the two new and rather tall objects on the floor, in front of that window.  Pick up the REFLECTOR, right of the coffee table.  Click on the white icon on a similar but brown object, left of the television, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up this object = LASER TRANSMITTER.  [Note: You will have to rearrange your inventory to make room for it.]  Click on the gear icon on the television, to see the video clip we had seen in Paloma's section at the beginning of the game.

 

            There is nothing else new in this room.  So step out into the Main Hallway, and go down the Cellar Door.  Go left to enter the Workshop.

 

The Workshop

 

            Click on the gear icon on the Blackboard down on your left, to see a short cutscene.  Click on the Dumbwaiter behind Victoria, to hear a comment.  Click in the lower-left corner of the screen, once or twice, to approach the entrance to the actual Workshop Area.  Go right to enter this area.

 

            Click on the orange Gas Cylinder on the floor, right of the saw table, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Furnace, right of the Gas Cylinder, to hear another comment.  Click on the tool icon on the Small Wheel on the Furnace, to hear yet another comment.  But we don't have the tool (either in our inventory or down in the Kitchen's Storage Cabinet) that can be used on this Wheel.  So leave the Wheel alone for now.

 

Note:  There are actually a few other new objects in the Workshop Area, but there are no icons on them to enable us to examine or interact with these objects.  Thus, there is nothing more we can do at the Workshop, at least right now.  So leave the Workshop, to return to the landing in front of the Blue Door.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

We are ready to go into the Computer Room now.  So go through the Blue Door.  Try to enter the Computer Room, but you will be stopped by the notification of an Unread Message in your cell phone.  Check this message (the unopened "Text Unknown," in Messages & Contacts) in your cell phone.  Enter the Computer Room.

 

Text Box: WARNING!!!
Save your game here!  Not because of the storyline but because of a technical bug that is sometimes triggered in the game sequence that shortly follows.  The bug is in fact serious enough to prevent you from finishing the game!  So, if the bug is triggered and you have saved the game here, you can just come back to this Save to try again.  Otherwise, you will have to go all the way back to wherever you had last saved your game.

 

The Computer Room

 

            Recall that the Computer Room is divided into two parts: the Empty Section, which has nothing but three oil or gas cans along the wall right of the door; and the Main Section, which is filled with all kinds of things (autopsy table, stereo, computer, etc.)  Click on the second Oil or Gas Can on your right, to go to the end of the Empty Section.  But BE CAREFUL!  There is a trap set up ahead.

 

Note:  Again, don't worry even if you walk into this trap.  It will not be Game-Over, nor will you get a Countdown clock.  A cutscene will show Victoria back outside the Computer room, and the red aura pulsating around the screen would mean that you would have to go up to the Kitchen, use one of the First-Aid Kits in its Storage Cabinet to treat her, and go back to the Computer Room to neutralize this trap.  In order to avoid this hassle, however, proceed as follows.

 

            Click on the Electrical ("Power") Outlet, just right of the three Oil or Gas Cans, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the white icon on the Reflector (like the one you picked up earlier in the Living Room), just right of the end of the wall, to hear Victoria's comment and receive a New Objective.  Click on the Green Cylinder (with a red light flashing on its left) on the ceiling on your right, to hear another comment and receive a New Objective again.  [But in fact, both of these Objectives are one and the same.  Apparently, the idea was to inform you of the trap when you clicked on either the Reflector or the Cylinder.]

 

Neutralizing the "Basement" Trap

 

            Click on the White Base up on the second pipe on the wall on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  Place the MULTISPECTRAL LAMP on that Base.  A cutscene will reveal the trap on your right: a web of Yellow Laser Beams stretched beyond the entryway to the Main Section of the room.  Victoria will move close to that web, and comment.  Click on the magnifying-glass icon on the web on your right to get an aerial view of the trap.

 

Text Box: WARNING:
DO NOT TRY TO DO ANYTHING
WHILE YOU ARE IN THIS CLOSE UP!
The close up is no doubt useful in getting the "aerial" view of the trap but, if you start doing things while you are in this close up, a TECHNICAL BUG will prevent you from accessing the area on your right unless you are in this close up: even if you step out of the close up, the magnifying-glass icon will cover the entire area on your right, thus becoming your only means of accessing that area.  The problem arises from the fact that the close up will also "freeze" Victoria at her starting position before the Web.  She will take the initial steps of solving this puzzle without leaving her position.  But the last steps of the solution require her to move.  So her inability to move will prevent you from finishing the puzzle and, thus, the game itself!

 

            Step out of the close up on the Web on your right.  Click on the Electrical Outlet on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  Plug your LASER TRANSMITTER into this Outlet.  A web of Red Laser Beams will now appear along the Yellow Beams on your right.  Note that the (dangerous) magnifying-glass icon on the Web has also now disappeared.  Moreover, now that Victoria is aware of the trap and can see how it is laid out, she will not (for the most part of the puzzle) go through any beams that are not safe to cross.  Thus, you can now move through the Web relatively safely.

 

Click on the white icon in the area around the Laser Transmitter you just plugged in, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click inside the Web on your right, to move Victoria into the Main Section of the room, and get an aerial view of the trap without being in a close up.

 

Note:  Refer to the following picture as you read the instructions below.  [But, please, do not be confused to see Victoria appear in two places in this picture.  I have combined two pictures, of course, to give you an overall layout of the trap, so you would be able to see all the points of the room you must visit to neutralize this trap.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cutscene will follow, ending with the disappearance of the Web of Laser Beams around the room.  We have neutralized the trap in the Computer Room!

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

            There is not much of the house left to explore in search of something new or that might prove to be useful later.  So let's finish that exploration before attending to our Main Objective of trying our luck on the computer.

 

You won't find anything else new in the Computer Room.  So go to the door under the Red Bulb, left of the large Blue Cupboard.  Enter what the developers call the "Basement," but what I called the "Underground" in order to distinguish this area from the non-secretive parts of the Basement: the Workshop and the Computer Room.  In fact, you can think of the following area as the secret part of the Basement.

 

The Secret Part of the Basement

 

 

 

 

 

This concludes our exploration of the house.  So go back down to the Locker Hallway, and return to the Computer Room.

 

The Computer Room: Discovery

 

            Close up on the Computer Table.  Click on the Telephone, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the computer's Keyboard.  A cutscene, a comment, and then a dialog will follow.  At the end of the dialog, you will receive a New Objective as the Countdown clock begins to run.  But don't worry.  You will have more than enough time to beat this clock.  In fact, you do not even have to save your game!

 

Step out of the close up on the computer.  You will get an obscure screenshot.  If you listen carefully, you will also hear the ominous sound of footsteps at a distance.  Again, don't panic.  Go to the right of the Computer Table.  Open the Vault in the wall; and then, click inside the Vault.  The Countdown clock will disappear, and you will get another cutscene.  At the end of this cutscene, you will receive another New Objective.

 

Note:  You can call the Killer right now, if you like.  He will even answer, and a dialog will follow.  But you will not get an answer if you call him again -- at least not until after you have set the trap for him...

 

Trapping the Killer

 

            Go up to the Main Hallway on the First Floor.  You cannot go out into the Front Yard because you will find the Killer is waiting there for Victoria.  Feel free to try it!  Step out of the Front Door and go down the stairs.  You will get a screen shot of the Killer.  You will then see Victoria back upstairs, as the Countdown clock begins to run!  Just step back inside the house, and the clock will stop.

 

            Go into the Kitchen.  Retrieve all the objects from the Storage Cabinet.  [Note: You will be able to fit everything in your inventory if you have the String combined with the Magnet.]  Use the Back Door to go out into the Backyard.  Go to your right, towards the Fence that divides the Front and the Back Yards.  Close up on the Gray Box on the Fence, left of the entryway.  You might have to wait for a few seconds before the tool icons appear on the two slots in the middle of the box.  After they do, plug the REMOTE CONTROL (NOT INITIALIZED) into the slot on your left, and the KEYPAD BOX into the slot on your right.

 

We must now figure out the code to punch in the Keypad Box to initialize the Remote Control.  Note the Pattern & Initials at the bottom of the Gray box.  Check out the document "Photo of Engraving taken with the Smartphone" in the Documents folder of your cell phone.  Note that the pattern and initials that appear in this document are the same as those at the bottom of the Gray Box.  But the document also shows some numbers which did not appear on the Gray Box: 8541.  Punch in these numbers on the Keypad; and then, click on "OK."  The Remote Control is initialized!

 

Pick up the INITIALIZED REMOTE CONTROL, and step out of the close up on the Gray Box.  Call the Killer now.  A cutscene will follow.  Victoria will comment.  You will then get a New Objective.

 

* * * * * * * * * *

 

            Click on the Gray Box on the Fence now, to hear Victoria's comment.  Close up on the Killer.  Pick up the KILLER'S ELECTRONIC KEY from the ground on your right (just above his left shoe).  Click on the Killer's head, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on his right hand, to hear another comment.  Finally, but most importantly, click on his right coat pocket.  Note the word that Victoria reads: "NAMLEKCO."

 

            Step out of the close up on the Killer.  Try to go down into the Shelter, but the hatch is locked now.  Go into the house, and down into the Computer Room.  Close up on the Computer Table, and click on the Keyboard.  Click on USER: KILLER.  Then, click on the password choice NAMLEKCO, to be granted access by the computer.

 

            You can immediately see the big shock here: Internet Search deactivated.  But click on that option nevertheless (to let the computer "know" that you have seen it), to hear Victoria's comment.  Check out the other Main Menu options, to find the following.

 

 

 

 

 

Close the Computer, and step out of the close up on the Computer Table, to receive a New Objective.  We must now go to the Shelter, to see what we find there.

 

The Shelter

 

            Check out your New Objectives.  We need to make room in our inventory.  So use the Storage Cabinet in the Side Corridor on your right to put away everything except the KILLER'S ELECTRONIC KEY and the BROKEN QUARTZ WATCH WITH BATTERY.

 

            Click on the white icon on the ground on your left, between Victoria and the door at the end of the corridor, to hear a comment.  Go to the Main Corridor, and enter Anderson/Karson's Cell on your right.  A cutscene will follow, ending with a close up of the Pictures on the wall facing the entrance.  Step out of this close up, and close up on the Vent above the bed.  Click on the tool icon on this Vent, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Step out of the close up, and click on the Books on the floor in front of the bed, to hear Victoria's comment.  Note that a blue icon now appears on those Books, but we would need our Kit to check it out.

 

            Click on the Wall left of the entrance, to hear a comment.  Click on the Grate right of the entrance, to hear another comment.  Note that a blue icon now appears on that Grate; but, again, we would need the Kit to check it out.

 

            Return to the Main Corridor, and go into Paloma's Cell across the corridor.  But there is nothing new here.  So return to the Main Corridor, go to your left, and enter Victoria's Cell.  But there is nothing new here either.

 

            Return to the Main Corridor once again.  Click on the Door in front of you, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Metallic Pipe on that door, to remove it.  Use the KILLER'S ELECTRONIC KEY on the Electronic Lock on your left, to unlock the door.  Click on the door again, to enter what we will call the "Killer's Room."

 

The Killer's Room

 

            Close up on the Pictures on the wall right of the door, to hear Victoria's comment.  Close up on the Flag above the bed on your right, to hear another comment.  Click on the Magazines on the floor by the bed, to hear yet another comment.  Note the blue icon now on the Magazines; but, once again, we would need the Kit to check out that icon.

 

Click on the Stereo on the small table behind Victoria, to turn it ON.  Victoria will comment.  Click on the Stereo again to turn it OFF.

 

Open the Chest in the lower-left corner of the screen.  Pick up the PRESSURE-RELEASE MINE, the FIRST-AID KIT and what looks like a Brown Stick, but is actually the Ammunition for your Gun (as confirmed by Victoria's comment and the fact that the gun in your Inventory is now loaded).

 

Step out of the close up on the Chest, and click on the blue Map on the wall on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the gray Metallic Case from the ground right of Victoria, to learn that it is your CSIA Testing Kit!

 

            Close up on the Table on your right.  Pick up the POCKET-KNIFE, the NYLON THREAD, and the ADHESIVE TAPE.  Step out of the close up, and click on the Small Table right of Victoria, to hear her comment.  Click on the Crossbow on the wall on your right, to hear another comment.  Pick up the ELECTRIC EXTENSION CORD plugged in the electrical outlet below the Crossbow.

 

            Close up on the Desk at the bottom of the screen.  Click on the Books on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the STEEL TENSION WRENCH, left of the large yellow padlock.  Click on the Notepad to get an automatic close up of its contents.  [If you would like to refer to this information later in the game, you will find it stored as the "Report on the Killer's Modus Operandi" in the Documents folder of your cell phone.]  Click on the two Photographs on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

Check out the contents of the Desk Drawer, beginning with the Packets of Chewing Gum Sticks on your left.  Click on those Packets, to hear Victoria's comment.  [Note the "brand name," or rather the logo, that Victoria reads: "Brain Jack, since 1884."  This information will come in handy later.]  Next, click on the Documents right of the Chewing Gum, to get a close up of their contents.  Victoria will comment.

 

BEWARE!  The New Document notification that popped up when you got the close up of the above Documents does not relate to what you see on the screen.  You will also not get an icon on those Documents again, after you leave this close up.  So read the information in the close up as carefully as you like, because you will not be able to see it again.  Also, be sure to check out the second page of the close up, to see the pictures of the Killer who was just electrocuted out in the Backyard.

 

Step out of the close up on the Documents, to hear Victoria's comment.  Check the Documents folder in your cell phone to find that only a recording of the Killer's voice ("Message Recorded by the Killer") was just stored as the New Document.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Desk.  Pick up the PICK GUN WITHOUT BATTERY from the floor left of the Desk, to learn that it is missing both its tension wrench and battery.  So open your Inventory Menu and proceed as follows to fix the problems.  Combine the POCKET-KNIFE + BROKEN QUARTZ WATCH WITH BATTERY to obtain the QUARTZ WATCH BATTERY.  Combine this Battery with the Pick Gun to obtain PICK GUN WITH BATTERY.  Finally, combine the Pick Gun with the STEEL TENSION WRENCH to obtain a completely functional Pick Gun.

 

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            Now that we have our Testing Kit back, let's check out the blue icons we found.

 

The Blue Icon clues

 

Inside the Shelter

 

 

 

 

In the Front Yard

 

 

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            Go back into the Shelter.  Enter Anderson/Karson's Cell on your right.  Close up on the Vent above the Bed.  Combine the PRESSURE-RELEASE MINE with the ADHESIVE TAPE, and attach the resulting combination to the Vent.  You can click on the Vent again, to learn that we are not done yet.  Attach the NYLON THREAD to the Mine already attached to the Vent.  A cutscene will follow that will bring you out of the cell.  Go back into the cell, and climb into the Vent opening to arrive on the other side of the Shelter.

 

Note:  Recall that the computer back in the house had indicated two hatches: the East Hatch and the West Hatch.  Since we used the East Hatch to enter the Shelter, and did not find any other hatch in the part of the Shelter we just left, that must have been the Eastern section of the Shelter.  So I will call the following the Western section of the Shelter.

 

The Western Section of the Shelter

 

            You will find Victoria standing in the middle of a Corridor.  Note that we cannot use the vent we had used to come down into this area to return to the Eastern section of the Shelter.  But don't worry.  There is another way to get back there, as you shall shortly see.

 

Click on the Blue Door in front, to learn that it is locked.  Close up on the Electronic Lock on the wall left of the door, to learn that it has a different color than the ones we have seen before.  But then, there is no icon on this lock, so we cannot even try a key on it.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Electronic Lock, and click on the Gray Rusty Door on your left.  Victoria will comment.  Use the Pick Gun to unlock the door, and enter what Victoria later calls the Control Room.

 

The Control Room

 

            Click on the Computer on your left, to learn that its power is OFF.  Close up on the Table on your left.  Click on the gray box (Processor) on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the DVD left of the Processor, to hear another comment.  Pick up the COMPUTER KEYBOARD and the WRENCH.

 

            Step out of the close up on what we will call the Processor Table.  Click in the lower-left corner of the screen to approach the Ladder in that corner of the room.  Try to go up the ladder, but the Hatch above it is locked.  Close up on the Switch on the wall left of the Ladder.  Click on the Switch to unlock the Hatch.  Step out of the close up, click on the Ladder, and a cutscene will bring you in that part of the Backyard where a man is hanging by a rope from a tree.

 

The Body in the Backyard

 

            Close up on the gray Plate on the ground above the Hatch, to learn that the Reference Number for this Hatch = H061914.  Step out of this close up.  Close up on the Man Hanging down from the Tree, but we can't do anything because there is no icon on him.  [If you step out of the close up and then close up again, Victoria will repeat the comment she had made before, from the other side of the Backyard.]  Step out of the close up, and use your POCKET-KNIFE to cut the Rope tied around the tree on your left.  A cutscene will follow.

 

            Close up on the Body again, to hear another comment.  Click on the white icon on a tiny square object on the ground by the man's left arm, to learn that it is a Memory Card.  Pick up the Card to learn that you have received: (1) New Data waiting to be transferred to your Kit, and (2) a New Document.

 

            Open your Inventory Menu.  You can check out the New Document ("Incomprehensible Recording") in your cell phone, but you will hear only some hissing sounds.  Click on the Kit to bring it to the center of the screen.  Click on the data in the cell phone on your left, to transfer it to the Kit's inventory section.  Click on that clue in the Kit's inventory section to transfer it to the blue screen at the top of the Kit.  Analyze this clue, but you will get only 50% results along with a note that reconstruction is impossible.  Click on the results to "open" the file, but you will just hear the same hissing sounds you heard on the recording stored as a New Document.

 

            There is nothing more we can do in this area.  So go back down into the Control Room, and step out into the Corridor.

 

In the Corridor

 

Click on the Electrical Outlet (with the two tiny red lights on top) down on the wall left of the Control Room door, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Click in the lower-left corner of your screen to approach the second Blue Door in this Corridor.  Click on the red smudge on the floor right of this Blue Door, to learn that it is Fresh Blood.  Use the SAMPLING SWAB from your Kit to collect this clue.  Analyze the clue by first running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.

 

            Go through the Gray Rusty Door on your left, to find yourself back in the Eastern part of the Shelter.  But we don't have anything to do here just yet.  So use the same door to return to the Western part of the Shelter.

 

            Close up on the Plate on the wall left of the Blue Door.  Victoria will read the reference number for that door = T082445.  Step out of the close up, and go through the Blue Door.

 

Upstairs Corridor

 

            Close up on the Plate on the wall left of the Blue Door, to find the same number on it as the one we had found on the Plate on the other side of this door.  [Apparently, the significance here is that we now know that we can find the reference number for such doors on a plate on either side of these doors.]

 

            Step out of the close up.  Click on the red smudges on the floor left of the stairs, to learn that it is Blood.  Use the SAMPLING SWAB from your Kit to collect this clue.  Analyze the clue by first running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.

 

Go up the Stairs.  Close up on the Red-&-Black-Striped Box on the wall on your left.  Click on the white icon on the Box, to learn that it is a Valve but that its opening mechanism has been removed.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Valve, and go up the Stairs at the bottom of your screen.  Close up on the Plate on the wall left of the Blue Door, but the reference number is illegible.  Step out of the close up, and click on the Blue Door to hear Victoria's comment.

 

Fixing the Control Room Computer

 

            Go down to the first Corridor you had entered in this section of the Shelter.  Use the gray door on your left to return to the Eastern section of the Shelter.  Use the Hatch there to return to the Backyard.  Go to your right, towards the Fence dividing the Front and Back Yards.  Close up on the Killer's Body.  Click on the Killer's Face, to hear a new comment.  Click on the Killer's Right Hand, to hear another comment.  Use your POCKET-KNIFE on that hand, to retrieve THE KILLER'S FINGER.  [Don't worry: you won't actually see anything being done.]

 

Note:  Recall Victoria's comments when you had clicked on the Blue Door upstairs in the Western part of the Shelter.  She mentioned hearing a circular saw, and assumed that the sound was coming from the Cellar.  So long as we are out here, feel free to go inside the house (using the front or the back door) to investigate.  But you will find that the Cellar door is locked.

 

Return to the Backyard, and go down into the Shelter.  Go into the Western part of the Shelter (using either the door in the Side Corridor or the Vent in Anderson/Karson's Cell), and enter the Control Room.

 

            Go to your left and close up on the Processor Table.  Use THE KILLER'S FINGER on the Processor.  A cutscene will follow, automatically bringing you out of the close up on the Processor Table.

 

Close up on the Computer Table.  Click on the Keyboard.  Click on User: Brainjack.  The computer will ask for a password.  Recall the "brand name" on the chewing gum packets in the Killer's Room in the Eastern Part of the Shelter: "Brain Jack, since 1884."  Since the User is "Brainjack," try the password choice "1884."  It works!  Click on the options as follows.

 

 

            Step out of the close up on the Computer Table, and close up on the Processor Table.  Click on the blue icon on the Processor, to hear Victoria's comment.  Use the Kit's COMPUTER KEY on the Processor, to hear another comment.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Processor Table, and close up on the Computer Table again.  Click on the Keyboard, Cameras System, and then on Group 4 Cameras to see if they will work now.  A cutscene and dialog follow.

 

Conversation with Karson

 

            The length of the conversation does not seem to actually affect the storyline.  But you can certainly gain the maximum possible information from Karson if you stretch the conversation the longest by addressing the topics in the following order.

 

        Toughen the Tone

        Calm things down

        Karson's Torture

        Gary Anderson

        Registrar's File

        Make the Killer Talk

 

            A cutscene will follow, providing Paloma with a New Objective as the story switches to her point-of-view.

 

Paloma (A Few Minutes Earlier)

 

Note:  It's funny because, even though we just got a New Objective, we cannot check it during the sequence that follows, when it really counts.  If you are curious to know, however, and as you can later check for yourself, the objective was to "Remove the chains to escape."

 

            The Countdown clock is running, but don't worry.  As usual, we have more than enough time to beat the clock.  Here is the situation.  Paloma is bound to the chair by a chain around her waist, and the chain apparently has a lock on it.  The Key to that lock is on the small table (on your left) that was shown in the cutscene we just saw.  If you try to go and pick up that Key now, however, Paloma will approach it only to tell you that she can't reach the Key because her hands are tied.  You must therefore first free her hands by using the Circular Saw on your right.  But Watch Out for the Wood Chips on the floor around the left part of the Saw Table.  If Paloma moves into that rubble, she will not be able to go directly towards the Saw.  You would have to bring her down and then try to go to the Saw again, losing some time in this struggle.  Here is the quickest way to get through this rather short sequence.

 

            Move Paloma towards the right in a straight line, stopping just under the Saw; and then, move her up towards the Saw in a straight line again.  [See the path marked by the Red Line in the picture below.]  Don't click on the white icon that appears on the Saw because that means you are still too far away from the Saw to use it.  Click on the gear icon when it appears on the Saw.  A cutscene will follow.

 

 

            Click on the white icon on the Box left of the Saw, to hear Paloma's comment.  Go back down on the screen in a straight line, and then to your left, also in a straight line.  [See the path marked by the Yellow Line in the above picture.]  You don't have to actually reach the Table on your left to pick up the Key.  Click on the hand icon on the Key as soon as you see it, and Paloma will do the rest.  A cutscene will follow, switching the story back to Victoria's point-of-view.  [But note: you will not see any caption (like the one I have used below) when the story changes the point-of-view this time.]

 

Killer's House (Victoria: 2008)

 

            The Countdown Clock is running but, again, don't worry.  We have more than enough time to beat the clock.  Check out your New Objective.  We really need to open that Blue Door in the Upstairs Corridor now.  The cutscene has already put you in a close up on the Computer Table.  So just click on the Keyboard, and proceed as follows.

 

        Cameras System

        Group 4 Cameras.  A cutscene will follow.  Victoria will read the Reference Number for the Upstairs Blue Door (from the reflection of the wall plate on to the Tank below that plate):  D090746.  The cutscene brought you out of the computer system.  So click on the Keyboard, and continue as follows.

        Access Control.

        Upper Door (locked).  Note that the computer gives you a choice of two passwords that begin with the above Reference Number but end with two additional characters: one with "B2" and the other with "C7."  If you try each choice, one by one, you will find that the correct Reference Number = D090746B2.  So, click on this choice.

 

A cutscene will follow, switching the story back to Paloma's point-of-view.

 

Paloma (A Few Minutes Earlier)

 

            The Countdown Clock is running but, once again, don't worry.  We have more than enough time to beat the clock.  Check out your New Objective.

 

            Click on the Door to hear Paloma's comment.  Click on the Pipes against the wall, right of the Door, to hear another comment.  Click in the lower-left corner of your screen to approach the large Blue Cupboard by the door with the Red Bulb above it.  Open the Cupboard.  Click on the Jacket hanging in the middle of the Cupboard, to hear Paloma's comment.  Pick up the METALLIC SHELF above that Jacket.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Cupboard.  You don't need to even go back to the Door on your right that we are trying to barricade.  Bring out the METALIC SHELF from your inventory, and just click on the tool icon on that Door.

 

            The clock will stop.  A dialog will follow.  You will then get a short cutscene.  Check out your New Objective.  Feel free to go around the room and click on anything that has an icon on it.  More importantly, however, go to and close up on the Computer Table.  You can try to use the Computer, if you like.  Just click on the Processor to turn the Computer on; and then, click on the Keyboard.  But Paloma doesn't know the password, of course.

 

            Click on the Telephone, to hear Paloma's comment.  Pick up the Telephone.  A dialog will follow.  You will then get a cutscene, switching the story back to Victoria's point-of-view.  [But note again: you will not see a caption (like the one I have given below), when the story switches the point-of-view this time.]

 

Killer's House (Victoria: 2008)

 

            Check out your New Objective.  We have to find Hawker and Paloma.  You should be already in a close up on the Computer.  So click on the Keyboard; go to Cameras System; and check out all the camera groups, one by one, to see Karson's body outside the Computer Room, the disarray by the Blue Door at the Workshop, but no sign of Hawker or Paloma.

 

            Close the Computer, and step out of the close up on it.  Go to the Upstairs Corridor, and click on the white icon now on the stairs leading to the Blue Door; but Victoria will decline to go through the flames coming out of the pipes on either side of that Corridor.

 

            Go back downstairs.  Use the Hatch in the Eastern part of the Shelter to go out into the Backyard.  Go towards the Back Porch.  You will be stopped by a call from Hawker, but the line is cut off.  Feel free to call him back, but there is no answer.

 

            Proceed towards the Back Porch.  Feel free to click on the white icons on the three objects (the Archery Target and the two Grates) that you had placed on the ground in front of the Back Porch Stairs, to learn that those mines have been disarmed.

 

            Go inside the house through the Back door, step out in the Main Hallway, and go through the Cellar Door.  Go left on the landing to enter the Workshop.

 

The Workshop

 

            Move further down in the room, to learn about the Strange Odor.  Go to the other end of this Dumpster Area, to see the blue hand icon on the floor under the Window.  Collect the clue by using the ELECTRONIC NOSE; and then, analyze it.

 

            Enter the Workshop Area on your left.  Go to the Circular Saw Table, on your right.  Pick up the SOLDERING IRON from the left of that Table.  Use the WRENCH on the tool icon on the Furnace on your right, to loosen the wheel.  Pick up the FURNACE WHEEL.

 

            Go to the Blue door on your right.  Click on the white icon on the Electronic Lock on the wall left of that door, to get a close up of the Lock and hear Victoria's comment.  [Note that the Keypad on the lock is missing.]  Step out of the close up, and go through the Blue Door to arrive in the Upstairs Corridor.

 

The Valve

 

            Go down the stairs.  Close up on the Red-&-Black-Striped Valve Box on the wall on your right.  Attach the FURNACE WHEEL to the Box.  Click on the gear icon on that Wheel, to turn off the flames coming from the pipes on either side of the Corridor.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Valve, and return to the Workshop.  But we are done here, for now.  So step out of the Workshop, go through the Blue Door, to arrive at the landing where Karson's Body still lies slumped on the floor outside the Computer Room.

 

Karson's Body: Discovery

 

            Close up on Karson's Body.  [You will have to click twice on the magnifying-glass icon before you will get the close up.]  Victoria will comment.  Pick up the Red ELECTRONIC KEY from the floor on your left.  Click on the Gun at the bottom of the screen, to hear another comment and receive a New Objective.

 

            Click on the blue icon on the Bullet in the wall on your left, to hear yet another comment.  Use the SAMPLING TONGS from your Kit to collect the clue.  Analyze the clue by running the Chemical Analysis and then, the Database Analysis.

 

            As you finish the above analyses, note the Message in Green at the bottom of the screen, to learn that two Ballistic Profiles of Bullets have been saved, and that you can compare them by using a new Database Analysis.  So run another Database Analysis on the clue you just analyzed, to hear Victoria's comment and receive another New Objective.

 

            Call Hawker.

 

Note: If you have difficulty scrolling down to Hawker's number in the cell phone, step out of the close up on Karson.  As I have noticed, if you step out of this close up at this point, sometimes Victoria will get a call from Hawker automatically.  The conversation proceeds, however, as if she had called him after all.

 

            Exhaust the conversation, but Beware!  The conversation ends as soon as you bring up the topic of the "Gun Bullet."  So save that topic for last, if you would also like to discuss the other topics.  [At the end of the conversation, you will get another New Objective notification.  But, if you check your objectives, you will find that there is really no "new" objective.]

 

            Step out of the close up on Karson, if you haven't done so already, and go into the Computer Room.

 

The Computer Room

 

            Go to the Computer Table, and close up on it.  Click on the Telephone, to learn that the line is jammed again.  Click on the Keyboard and then, on User: Truth.  But the password has been changed again, and we don't know the new one yet.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Computer Table.  Click on the Piece of Paper in the Printer, in the lower-right corner of your screen, and Victoria will read the message written on that paper: "The Truth is behind the Mask."

 

            Go and open the large Blue Cupboard by the door with the red bulb above it.  Click on the Mask, right of the Jacket, and Victoria will tell us that the word "Betrayal" is written on the back of that Mask.

 

            Go back to the Computer Table, and close up on it.  Click on the Keyboard.  Click on User: Truth.  When the Computer asks for a password, click on BETRAYAL.  A cutscene and then, a phone conversation will follow.  Exhaust the conversation.  A cutscene and a comment will follow.  You will also get a New Objective.

 

Note:  If you check, you will find that the Door with the Red Bulb above it is locked.  You can unlock it by using Karson's Red ELECTRONIC KEY on the Electronic Lock left of that door.  Feel free to go through that door and check out all the rooms in that part of the Basement.  But, if you have already explored that area earlier when I suggested doing so in this walkthrough, you will not find anything new there.  I suppose we got the Red Key at this time to give us a chance to check out that area, if we had not already done so.  Then again, maybe this was an opportunity to retrieve something that we might have previously put in the Storage down in the Cell.

 

            We need to go to the Shelter.  The Hatch in the Backyard is closed, and cannot be opened from the Computer in the Computer Room.  We must therefore go to the Workshop, and use the Blue Door there to get into the Shelter.  So go to the Workshop.  A cutscene will be followed by a dialog that will be followed by yet another cutscene that will take you back to 2005.

 

Chicago (Victoria: 2005)

 

            Victoria comments.  Check out your New Objective.  The Countdown Clock is running, but don't worry.  We have a little less time than we usually do, but it will be more than enough if you proceed as follows.

 

            Click on the white icon on your right, to learn that you cannot go in that direction.  Close up on the Wash Basin on your left.  Click on the tool icon, to hear Victoria's comment.  Use the KILLER'S CAPE on the tool icon, to get a WET CAPE.

 

            Click at the bottom-center of the screen to approach the stairs.  Pick up the HOOK from the floor at the bottom of the screen.  Pick up the CHAIN from the floor on your left.

 

            We need to get the gray Pole leaning against the left of the Orange Drum on your left.  Click on the hand icon on the Pole to try to pick it up, but the flames are in the way.  So put the WET CAPE on the Orange Drum, to subdue the flames.  Pick up the POLE.

 

            Go to the right of the Wash Basin.  Try to get as far as you can in the corner of the room left of the Bench.  If you go far enough, you will get an aerial view of the Beam and the Window overlooking that Bench.

 

            Click on the white icon on the Beam on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the Window on your right, to hear another comment.  Use the POLE to open that Window, and hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Combine the HOOK with the CHAIN, and use the resulting GRAPPLE on the Beam on your left.  A cutscene will follow, taking you back to 2008.

 

Killer's House (Victoria: 2008)

 

            Check out your New Objectives.  The Countdown Clock is running, but don't worry.  We have plenty of time to beat that clock.

 

            Click at the Bottom-Center of the screen to approach the Orange Still in that corner of the room.  Click on the white icon on the Keypad on that Still, to learn that it is the Fuse Box controlling the release of the toxic fumes.  Pick up the KEYPAD BOX.

 

            We have stopped the release of the fumes, but we still need to ventilate the room to get rid of the fumes already released.  So click on the Lever on the wall, right of the Still, to see the two Windows open above that Lever.  [Note:  You will have to wait a little while for the gear icon to appear on that Lever.]

 

            Go to the Storage Area (right of the Furnace), on your left.  Click on the Lever on the wall right of the Furnace, to see the two Windows open above that Lever also.  The Countdown Clock will stop.

 

            Step out of the Storage Area.  Close up on the orange Gas Cylinder left of the Furnace.  Click on the gear icon on the Cylinder Valve, to turn off the flames in the entryway on your left.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Cylinder.  Go to the Blue Door on your right.  Click on that Door, to learn that it is locked again.  Click on the top-center of the Tank right of the Blue Door.  Victoria will read the Reference Number for the Blue Door:  D090746, reminding us of the first time we had seen it.  [But recall that we had to add B2 at the end of this Number when we unlocked the Blue Door at that time.]

 

            Click on the Electronic Lock left of the Blue Door, to get a close up of that Lock and hear Victoria's comment.  Put the KEYPAD BOX in the Lock, to get a close up of the Keypad itself.  Click in the complete Reference Number on that Keypad: DO90746B2; and then, click on OK, to hear the Door unlock.  Step out of the close up on the Lock.  Go through the Blue Door, and down to the Control Room.

 

The Control Room

 

            Close up on the Computer Table.  Click on the Keyboard.  We have to try to find Hawker and/or Paloma.  So click on Cameras System.  Feel free to check all the Camera Groups, one by one; but you will get results only when you click on Group C Cameras.  A cutscene and a comment will follow.

 

            We need to go to the Kitchen.  But we still cannot use the Hatch in the Eastern part of the Shelter to get out into the Backyard and go into the house that way.  Feel free to try it!  Click on Access Control, to see that both the East and West Hatch openings are "unavailable."  In other words, we cannot open those Hatches from the computer.  Feel free to try to open those Hatches manually, of course.  Just go to the Hatch in this room, close up on the Switch left of the Ladder, and click on the gear icon.  But the Switch won't work.  Go to the Hatch in the Eastern part of the Shelter, and try the Switch left of the Ladder under that Hatch, to learn that it doesn't work either.  In short, you need to use the Upstairs Corridor to go back into the House.

 

            We need to make some room in our inventory.  So use the Storage Cabinet in the Side Corridor of the Eastern part of the Shelter to put away your FIRST-AID KIT.  Use the door right of the Storage Cabinet to return to the Western Part of the Shelter.  Go to the Upstairs Corridor, through the Workshop, and up to the Main Hallway on the First Floor.  Click on the Target icon on the Kitchen door to enter that room.

 

The Kitchen

 

            A cutscene and a comment will follow.  Approach the Kitchen Sink on your left.  Click on the Counter right of the Sink, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the DETONATOR, to get another pick-up icon in the same spot.  Pick up the C-4 BARS.

 

            We are done in the Kitchen.  Feel free to go out into the Backyard to see if you can now use the Hatch there, since Hawker seems to have fled in that direction.  But you will find that the Hatch is still closed.  So use the Blue Door in the Workshop again to return to the Western part of the Shelter.  Go down to the Corridor on the First Floor in that section of the Shelter.

 

Downstairs Corridor

 

            Click on the Blue Door, right of the Control Room door, to hear a new comment.  Note that a tool icon has appeared on the door after the comment.  Close up on the Electronic Lock left of the door, to hear Victoria's comment and see a tool icon now on that lock as well.  Feel free to try the Red or the Green Electronic Key from your inventory, but neither will work on that lock.  So step out of the close up on the lock, and proceed as follows.

 

            Combine the DETONATOR with the C-4 BARS, to make a BOMB WITH C-4.  Use this Bomb on the Blue Door.  Victoria will put it down against the door.  Combine the SOLDERING IRON and the ELECTRIC EXTENSION CORD, and attach this combination to the Bomb you just put in front of the door.

 

            Go to the Electrical Outlet in the wall left of the Control Room door.  Click on the end of the Electrical Cord lying under that outlet, to plug it into the outlet.  A cutscene follows.  Go back to where the Blue Door once stood, and enter what I will call the "Glass Room."

 

The Glass Room

 

            A cutscene and a dialog will follow.  Check out your New Objective.  You can click on the Talk icon on the Glass Partition on your left, but Paloma can't hear you because the glass is sound-proof.  The only way to talk to Paloma is by clicking on the Intercom on your right.  But there is nothing further to discuss with her.

 

            Don't try to go through the Gray Rusty Door right of the Intercom, just yet.  We need to assess the situation on the other side before we go there.  So close up on the Computer Table right of that Door.  Click on the Monitor ("Console"), to hear Victoria's comment.  Attach the COMPUTER KEYBOARD from your inventory to that Console.  Click on the Keyboard to connect with the cameras system.

 

            Note that the names of, and the areas covered by, the Camera Groups on this computer are identical to those you found on the Control Room computer, except for an additional Camera Group on this computer: Group E Cameras.  Click on this Camera Group, to get a cutscene and a comment.

 

            Click on the white icon on the Red-&-Gray Object in the lower-right corner of your screen, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up the ELECTRONIC TRACKING DEVICE.

 

            Click on the Keyboard, and check out Group E Cameras again to get a more detailed view of the room on the other side of the Gray Rusty Door on your left.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Computer Table.  Feel free to check out the Cupboard (the Storage) on your right, but we don't need to put away anything just yet.

 

            Click on the Target icon on the Gray Rusty Door left of the Computer Table, to enter what I will call the Warehouse (because of all the Tanks that seem to be stored there).

 

Warehouse: The Confrontation

 

            The following sequence is actually quite easy.  It is also not timed!  The only catch you have to watch out for is that every time you approach the aisle in the middle of the room, the camera will automatically turn you around to face the front of the room, where Hawker is lying in wait.  You don't want to go there, at least not through the middle aisle.  So remember to turn right or left to get back on track.  The following diagram gives an overview of what you need to do.  Step-by-step instructions follow the diagram.

 

 

Note:  In the above diagram, the Straight RED Arrows show the direction you must take.  The Curved YELLOW Arrows show the direction in which the camera turns you around when you reach the aisle in the middle of the room.  The Curved RED Arrows show that you must turn LEFT or RIGHT to get back on track.

 

Step-by-Step Instructions

 

 

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A cutscene follows.  Victoria will comment.  Check out your New Objective.

 

Pick up the DAMAGED PDA from your left, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up Hawker's Loaded Gun from his right hand, to hear another comment.  Close up on Hawker's Body, to hear yet another comment.  Pick up the Blue HAWKER'S ELECTRONIC KEY from the floor, just right of Hawker's body.

 

            Step out of the close up on Hawker.  We need to make some room in our inventory.  So click on the footprint icon on the middle aisle, in the center of the screen, to approach the Gray Rusty Door you had used to enter this room.  Go through that door to return to the Glass Room.  Use the Storage Cupboard on your right to put away the Green and Red Electronic Keys, the WRENCH, and the POCKET KNIFE.

 

            Go back into the Warehouse.  Click on the footprint icon right of Victoria to return to Hawker's Body.  Click on the footprint icon on your right, to enter what I call the Office.

 

The Office

 

            Pick up the CONNECTING CABLE and HAWKER'S PICK GUN from the Desk in front of you.

 

Close up on the Bulletin Board on the wall above the Desk.  Click on the Gray Sheet of Paper on your left, to get a New Document notification.  You will automatically get a close up of the contents of this Document, and hear Victoria's comment.  [If you would like to refer to this Document later, it has been stored as the "Check-list drawn up by Hawker" in the Documents folder of your cell phone.]

 

            Step out of the close up on the Document.  Click on the Photograph in the lower-left portion of the Bulletin Board, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Bulletin Board.  Click on the Center Drawer of the Desk, to learn that it is locked.  You can't use Hawker's pick gun because, even though we are never actually told, it is not functional just now.  So use your own Pick Gun to open the Drawer and get a close up of its contents.  Pick up the METAL CUTTER from your right.  Click on the Torn Photograph of Victoria on your left, to hear Victoria's comment.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Drawer.  Click at the bottom of your screen to approach the Bed on the other side of this room.  Open the Black Tool Box under the Bed.  Pick up the ELECTRIC WIRE COIL, COPPER STRIP, SET OF ALLIGATOR CLIPS, and ISOLATED CUTTING PLIERS.  [Note:  You might have to rearrange the items in your inventory to fit all of the above items.]  Step out of the close up on the Tool Box.

 

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We are done in this room.  So go back out in the Warehouse.  Click on the footprint icon at the bottom of the screen, to find yourself in front of the Blue Door left of the Fan.  As you might guess, Paloma is on the other side of this door.  But we are not ready to go in just yet.  So use the Rusty Gray Door on your left to return to the computer side of the Glass Room.  Step out into the Corridor, and enter the Control Room on your left.

 

Control Room:  The Damaged PDA

 

            Close up on the Processor Table on your left.  Click on the Processor on your right, to hear Victoria's comment.  Combine the DAMAGED PDA and the CONNECTING CABLE, and attach the resulting combination to the Processor.  Victoria will comment.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Processor Table.  Refer to the Document "Check-list drawn up by Hawker" in the Documents folder of your cell phone.  Note the Heading at the top of the page: "Checklist Nemesis."  Close up on the Computer Table, click on the Keyboard, and proceed as follows.

 

 

 

 

Read the rest of the Document.  Close the computer, and step out of the close up on the Computer Table.

 

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We are now ready to help Paloma.  So step out of the Control Room, and go through the Glass Room back into the Warehouse.

 

Approach the Blue Door on your left.  Click on the white icon on the door, to learn that it is locked (of course).  Unlock the door using the Blue HAWKER'S ELECTRONIC KEY on the Electronic Lock left of the door.

 

Note:  I would suggest that you SAVE your game before going through this Blue door, for reasons explained in the Yellow Textbox below.

 

Go through the Blue Door to arrive at Paloma's side of the Glass Room.

 

Glass Room: Saving Paloma

 

            A cutscene and a dialog will follow.  Paloma will comment, and the Countdown clock begins to run.  But don't worry.  You have more than enough time to beat the clock if you have collected all the items from the Office that I indicated in this walkthrough.

 

Text Box: Note:  When I first played this game, I was concerned by Hawker's remarks about "No Second Chances" and that, if this were a video game, he would program it so that we would not be able to try again.  It sounded as if I would not be able to save the game after the Countdown clock began this time, even though I had been able to do so in the previous timed sequences.  However, I did not have any problems saving my game this time either!  But then, a few days ago, as I was about to get to this sequence again, playing the game a second time to write this walkthrough, I happened to see a walkthrough in which the writer claimed that you couldn't save the game this time, referring to Hawker's above remarks as reasons for not being able to do so.  The person sounded so serious, I played this sequence several times to see if I had the same problem.  But I was able to save every single time!  In short, I have no idea what that writer was talking about.  But I thought it best to still ask you to save your game before entering this room, just in case you experience the same problem that that writer did.

 

            Note:  There are actually two solutions to this puzzle, as described below.  If you saved your game before entering this room, as I suggested, you can use that Save to check out each of the following solutions.

 

Solution 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: You will have sufficient room in your inventory for these 4 pieces if you had stored the items I suggested, in the Glass Room's Storage cabinet.  But don't worry even if you didn't.  Just "combine" each new Piece of Wire that you make with the one you made before.  In fact, you will not be really "combining," but only adding the new one to the one(s) before, thus collecting all those Wires in a single Inventory space (as indicated by the changing numbers in the upper-left corner of the Inventory space).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Solution 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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            A cutscene, a dialog, and then another cutscene will follow.  The Countdown Clock has begun to run again.  At this point, you might be inclined to agree with Paloma: "Oh, my God, will this never end?"  Don't worry.  This is the last puzzle; and, as usual, you have plenty of time to beat that clock.  What's more, you also get an Auto-save this time!

 

            Check out your New Objective.  We must find and defuse a bomb.  Click at the bottom-center of the screen, to approach the Electric Box on the wall left of the Blue Door.  Open this Box, to hear Victoria's comment.  Pick up HAWKER'S KEYPAD BOX.

 

            Step out of the close up on the Electric Box.  Go to the Warehouse through the Blue Door on your right.

 

Warehouse: Defusing the Bomb

 

You might be wondering about the three Metal Cabinets you saw earlier, against the wall on your right in the front part of the room where Hawker's body lay on the floor.  Don't waste your time on them.  The bomb is in the Metal Cabinet right here, to the right of the Blue Door that you just used to return to the Warehouse.

 

            Click on the gear icon on this Metal Cabinet, to learn that the Cabinet is locked.  Click on the tool icon on the Lock Outlet on the right side of the Cabinet, to hear Victoria's comment.  Put HAWKER'S KEYPAD BOX in that Outlet, to get a close up of the Keypad.

 

            Recall the alpha-numeric code we noted earlier from the Nemesis File of the PDA Data we read on the Computer in the Control Room: A64571.  Punch this code into the Keypad; and then, click on OK.  A cutscene will follow, as you hear the door unlock.

 

Step out of the close up on the Keypad.  Open the Cabinet, to hear Victoria's comment.  Click on the white icon on each of the following objects, one by one, to hear Victoria's comment about that object.

 

 

 

 

Next, click on the Gray Metal Box between the two tanks filled with Red & Yellow Fluids.  Victoria will comment, the cover will open, and you will get a close up of the panel inside.

 

 

 

 

Note:  Don't worry if you are confused by this comment.  The Developers could certainly have come up with something better.  Just know that the object of this puzzle is to cut up the Blue Wires so that their numbers, as marked on the panel, will add up to 24.  So,

 

 

 

            As soon as you cut the last Blue Wire, Paloma will comment and the final cutscene will follow.  So,

 

Just sit back and enjoy the ending!

 

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