I've just started The Longest Journey, and even the little I've seen so far has really impressed in terms of character, setting and story...
but gosh darn did adventure games need to die. The smartest thing The Walking Dead ever did was remove almost all the gameplay. It does not help the game for the most part and some of these older games have puzzles that... I don't know, I don't know what frame of mind you have to be in or what frame of mind they expected people to be in to solve them.
A cryptic old man asked to meet me in a theatre to explain some of the strange supernatural events that have been going on, and he seems to know way more about my life than he should have. But instead of just going there, the designers felt it would improve the player experience if first:
You take some sweets from the bar you work, dip them in petrol, offer them to a undercover detective who then spits it out in the face of the owner who then chases him off, leaving a fusebox unguarded. To open the fusebox you go home, open your window, look outside, throw some bread (that you also took from the bar) onto a rubber duck which is then attacked by seagulls allowing you to hook a clothesline out the water with a chain. Then you recover a ring you'd lost, use it to replace some electrical cables (?), turn the water pressure off in a machine, take the clamp used to fix it. You attach the clothesline to the clamp.
But we're not finished there yet. You then retrieve that rubber duck (Chekovs Rubber Duck!) from a dockyard the other side of the place where you live, steal a plaster from it, use the plaster to fix some rubber gloves that you pulled out of a bin in the art studio where you work, deflate the rubber duck, attach it to the clamp/clothesline, reflate the rubber duck, use this combination to pull a key off some traintracks in the suburbs. Then you take a train back into the city, and it just so happens that key works on the fusebox outside the theatre in the city that you need to get into, open the fusebox, uses the rubber gloves to sabotage it. Once the light is sabotaged the theatre owner, opens a door into an alleyway to fix it and you sneak in behind him.
I'm just saying, I'd have tried just jumping over the fence or something.
But it doesn't end there! There's a fire exit into the theatre which you can't open. So what you do is you find the detectives fedora which he dropped in a gutter whilst being chased away from the owner, put it on top of a rubbish bag. Go home, find a wind-up-monkey toy in your closet, wind it up and put it behind the rubbish bags so its yelling random instructions.
Then you open a dustbin (they make sure you open the dustbin first, because we don't want to be ridiculous or anything) set it on fire with some matches you picked up at home, this sets off a firealarm and you hide behind the door as the owner comes out of the fire exit, puts out the fire and then sees the shadow of the fedora looks like a man holding a gun, and hearing the toy immediately assumes that he's being held up on point of being shot unless he dances like a monkey
. The owner proceeds to dance like a monkey
and you sneak into the firedoor whilst the owner is being distracted because he's dancing like a monkey
. Did I mention he's dancing like a monkey?
You get into the theatre and the plot progresses. I see nothing counter-productive about this.
I mean what sort of person is April? I can't empathise with a person whose first thoughts in being unable to get into a theatre is to get out the clamps and rubber duck. She's like an idiot savant whose not actually a savant but the world keeps altering itself to make her stupidity make sense. In one sense it does mesh with the story, because as I was going through it, I too began to doubt my sanity.
The best thing is, I turned to this delightful spoiler free walkthrough, where the guy tries to give you gentle hints to solve the puzzle first.
you need a way to open the clamp
You need an object which will hold it open. Got anything that fits
You need to free that ducky!
Maybe that gull can help...