The Bar


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JohnBThe BarThe Bar is a breathtakingly beautiful point-and-click room-escape game presented by IDAC and translated by Mark Bowers. It begins with an intriguing story of a couple who promise that if they parted they would meet again in 50 years at this bar. The lovers have separated, time has passed, and here you are waiting at the empty bar. But... where is she? The Bar is a very atmospheric room-escape game that steals you with its ambience and stunningly rendered scenery then holds you with some challenging puzzles.

The Bar is an item-centric game where you must collect various objects from around the bar and use them in creative ways. You're limited to one room that you can pivot around in and search, but you'll need to turn around every corner, lift every napkin and mix every drink to find what you need.

A major part of the game is using items in conjunction with each other. Simply click on an item in your inventory and choose "About". A close-up of the chosen object appears and you can click on it for more info. To use another item with this one, just click it while in this zoomed-in mode, then click on the item you're viewing. If you've used an item for its purpose it greys out in your inventory and can no longer be selected.

Analysis: Like most room escape games, The Bar combines one part exploration and two parts frantic clicking. An oddly welcome gameplay mechanic are arrows you click to change views inside the bar. This frees the rest of the screen for mad mouse clicking sprees to find new items and crannies to peer into.

My only complaint is that toward the end a few of the puzzles are quite obscure. Only through completely random luck (or cheating) can you find out what to do next. A few puzzles seem to have nothing to do with the story, they're just problems that need to be solved in order to proceed. A bit of a disappointment, but the rest of the game is very rewarding.

Give The Bar a try.

Walkthrough Guide


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The Bar Walkthrough - Starting Out
You start off facing a window and countertop. Read the diary in your inventory.
Click forward on the screen and pick up the coaster. Also look at the book sitting on the counter.
Go right twice, then pick up the wine bottle opener from the counter.
Click under the cabinet to get the lighter.
From this position, click in the right part of the screen to get a bottle of wine. Look where the bottle was to pick up the suitcase.
Go right once. From this vantage point we will check out the counter top from three different angles. Just click on the named part of the bar to zoom in.
Left side: Click on the fourth bottle from the left on the bottom shelf to get the bottle of Habani Club rum. Then click towards the black part of the counter, open the ice chest and take the block of ice. Also get the blender from this screen.
Center: Get the lime juice from the mixers on the left, the ice pick from the center, and the cloth from the right.
Right side: Click near the bottles to get a broken glass.
Go right twice, then zoom in on the covered table. Get the red cell phone from the right side.
Item Combining
After you have completed the above portion, you'll need to use some of the items in conjunction with each other to progress.

Click on the blender, click "About Items", then click on the top of the item. Click on the bottle of rum, then the cup of lemon juice. You'll make a daiquiri. Repeat to make a double daiquiri.
Go back to the Old Man and the Sea book on the counter. Click on it to reveal a key.
Take the key and use it on the locked cabinet below the mirror. You'll get a locked green box.
Go to the screen where you can see the bar, a glass, and the door in the background. Zoom in on the bar.
Select the ice pick and use it near the center of the bar. It should make a white dot appear. Use the empty glass and place it over the dot.
Click on the glass to see the shadow it makes on the ceiling.
Select the wine bottle opener, click "About Items", then click the item twice to reveal a ring.
Click on the lighter, click "About Items", then click a few more times to open it and reveal another ring.
Check out the block of ice. It's melted to reveal a third ring. Click the ring to have a look at all three, then click on the cloth to wipe them clean. The letters say XYZ.
From the diary entry, we get the password for the silver case: 1972. Open the case and take out the card. Go just right of the counter where the book is, zoom in and click the card to place it in front of you. The holes show a set of numbers: the password for the cell phone (1952).
Click on the coaster, click "About Items", then click anywhere on the top to reveal a website. You can go to this URL, but it won't help you with the game directly.
Click the cell phone, click "About Items", then click on the top screen. At this password screen, click on the card you just used to insert the password.
Click "Ok" after you've done this, then choose a drink. Each one unlocks a different ending.
Now click on the green box and zoom in on the lock mechanism. Enter the code 9999 to open it and reveal a key.
Take this key and unlock the door to leave the bar. Depending on which drink you chose earlier, you'll get a different ending, all of which tell bits of a story you can piece together.
Congratulations! You're done!

179 Comments

wow I'm first to comment awesome this game has some great graphics and I have been puzzled already...but I think I'll do this one on my own.

anyone understand the gotphoto thing? or anything else?

I have

icepick, cracked cocktail glass, coaster with URL, cocktail shaker, lighter, cork screw, bottle of rum, napkin, mobile phone, blender, ring and a block of ice

I have used these to

make a daiquiri (is there enough?)

Can anyone help me from here???

I've gotten these items:

diary, icepick, glass, coaster, shaker, lighter, corkscrew, cloth, rum, phone, ring and blender with double frozen dacarri made.

I have no idea what the gotphoto thing is.

I need help

how do I open hte lock box?

I found a code but can't put it into the phone... Can anyone input anything for the password?

The gotphoto thing will make sense later.

Cien:

Make more daiquiri by doing the same thing you just did.

Rich:

The green lockbox, I assume? That's the last task you'll do before you beat the game. Make sure you have a full inventory of used items, then it will let you enter a code.

How do you unlock the cupboard with the mirror???

ok ive beat it now but you're right john some of it is really hard to figure out one thing i didnt like was

(it has to do with the ending)

that there were no happy endings

I have:

icepick, cracked cocktail glass, coaster with URL, cocktail shaker, lighter, cork screw, bottle of wine, napkin, mobile phone, blender, ring, a block of ice and a locked briefcase

I'm wondering how you make a daquiri and where the bottle of rum is or if it's the same thing as the wine?

how do you find a code??

I could have sworn this had already been posted... I wonder where I found it? Ah well, it's a lovely little game, although be aware there's four different endings and only one of them is "winning", if that makes any sense!

Does it matter what

drink photo

you are supposed to choose?
And can someone tell me what the last item is before

opening the green lockbox

?

Thx!

Flakey:

Click on EVERY bottle you see. You'll find it. :-)

Kendrick:

Ending spoiler!

I poked around on the host's website and I think there will be a sequel. A happy ending could be an episode away.

Emma: Any hints on finding the other endings? I don't see how they could be there...

I made the daquari, now what? rrrrrrrrrrrr

I have

The diary, ice pick, martini glass, coaster with url, shaker, lighter, corkscrew, rum, napkin, green lock box, phone, key, blender, ring, and ice

I have used

The blender, ice, and rum to make the double frozen daquiri; Got the key from under the book to open cabinet to get green lock box; also I think I have found a code

Now what?

I now also have

The wine and the suitcase- What is the code on the window for? I tried it on the suitcase and did not work- Also I still can't put in a code on the phone.

Where did u get the wine and suitcase?

The window code

is for the cell phone. Open the phone then click on the card to use it. The same goes for the URL.

The wine and the suitcase

are behind the ice chest. When you're looking at the previously locked cabinet, click to the right.

where do i get the

window code

I can't seem to move the book to get the key... can anyone help???

i am so close, and yet...

i have used everything except

the three rings, the sidecar (the drink i chose) and the locked box). i cannot seem to find the code for the box

Okay, so I've gotten pretty far but where is this code on the window? Am I missing something~? And I'm missing something for the daquiri; can someone list all the ingredients for it?

I have

the diary, the icepick, suitcase, glass with crack in it, coaster, shaker, lighter, corkscrew, rum bottle, cleaning cloth, wine bottle, green lockbox, cell phone, key, blender, ring, and block of ice. Any advice on what to do now? I can't find the "window code" everyone keeps talking about, and I'm assuming the wine bottle has something to do with the corkscrew, but I can't get them to associate.

benja, bring up your items and look at them more closely

how do you use the items?

i think i have everything to make the daiquari but i have no clue how to... help

The window code is

On the windows when facing Northeast on the map. The numbers are hidden amongst the lights outside

ahh, well now i've figured it out, although i had to cheat to find

the locked box code. can anyone tell me how one is supposed to come up with that? did i miss a clue?

Ahh, well, as to the endings

there is a different ending for each drink that you pick. kendrick, i think that the ending for the xyz drink is supposed to be the "correct" ending (remember the clue on the rings). i think it had sort of a "to be continued" feel to it. at least i hope that's what it was, otherwise, it's just really disappointing ;)

I found the window code; it was sneaky! The drink still eludes me, however. It says I have(Not sure if this is a spoiler, but it might be)

Lime juice?
but that doesnt really have anything to do with wine, does it? What about the wine rack? Is that there for a reason o' no?

I can't find the ring or the lighter. The cellphone doesn't work with the card.

kayla, pull one item up, click again to zoom in, click on the item you want to work with that item in your iventory and then click on the item you have zoomed, if they work together you will know.

hint on daquari

no one likes a weak drink

Arg. Sorry for commenting so much, but another update. Okay. So I

made the drink, everything dissapeared, got the key, found the box and now I'm just missing one more thing. Whaaat could it beee~? Oh, and I got the cellphone drink too.

how do you get the code for the lock box,

i a down to diary, sidecar, rings lit up.

ts

ummmmm

what and where is the sidecar....how do you use the phone....what is the "card".....and what is this thing about choosing a drink....

I am officially lost. Things I haven't used, ice pick, cleaning towel, cell phone and card (I can't get them to work together), 1 ring and I think I can still use more ice. I made the double daquiri. how do I get the phone/card thing to work and what's up with 3 rings?

or the corkscrew. sorry

matt the card works with phone, but not in it.
note clue on the card when you zoom in on.

out of curoisty would you do with that card if you seen it had so many holes, pretend it is in your hand and your looking at it, now what would you do with it.

ts

I can't use the phone because I don't have the card. What is it?

where do I find the third ring (i have the one from the ice and the lighter) thanks

where is the lock box code. do i have to use all items, all i have left is sidecar drink, lockbox, and diary.

I've been to GotSkill and didn't see much there. I thought the card could have been used for the diary to reveal letters, but no. And right now it that card was in my hand it would be crumpled up ^-^

where do you get the card

Ok. I have the cell phone and the window code. Where is the card everyone is talking about?

Yays! I did it!! With TONS of help!! Anyway, Very fun game, nice find Jay!!

LOL. matt i can relate , i really use a drink from bar for real.

what to do with card and make it works

take it the window and click on it, you will see somthing light up, then use it with phone

is the code in the window lights for the lockbox, it wont work for me,

i finally found it. it is small

How do I go about finding the card? I am absolutely stuck.

Where is this card??

somebody just needs to do a walkthrough...im stuck

Whooo! Got to the point where I have three rings, the box, the drink and ze diary.

But does anyone know

the code to the lockbox? Is it a date? I cant think of anything. =\

oh! the card is in the suitcase :)

I found a walkthrough here.

where do you use the ice pick

Is it worth playing it again and chosing a different drink?

I don't understand the part of the walkthrough where it says

"Go to the table near the locked door and use ice pick to click on the center of the screen.
Put the empty glass on the white spot and click on the glass, you'll see a shadow."

I don't understand where or what it is talking about.

I can't figure out how to use the phone and it's so frustrasting!! i have the card phone and coaster. i went to the coaster site. how do they work together? ive tried everything!!!

The game looks very beautiful, and it had an interesting story, and for that I am pleased and thankful.

But I am also disappointed. There are many control issues with the game that made the experience quite frustrating. The card on the window did not work for me until many, many attempts at doing the same thing repeatedly. Finally it worked. Getting the white dot to appear on the bar was maddening! Argh! So frustrating. It made this otherwise excellent game one that was not enjoyable at the end.

Making the puzzles more logical would have improved the game tremendously. Why use an ice pick on the bar?? I would never do that. Don't make me do that.

The developers should work more on the control issues of the game to increase usability.

problem with walkthrough. need help

Click on the displayed wine behind the bar counter on the left to get Habane Club Rum.
what does that mean? where is it exactly?

tarx, the rum

is in the screen where you can see the freezer and blender. on the bottom shelf, just click all the bottles, you'll find it

mungoo,

on the screen where you can see just the bar, and there is a martini glass in the bottom left corner- click around the middle of the screen and there will be a point where 3 squares appear in the text area. use the icepick on that area and you will reveal a white dot. put the cracked martini glass on top of the dot, then click on it again. you will see a shadow that will tell you what to do next. believe it or not, i actually figured that out without cheating, but i admit that it was 100% flukey luck

the locked box code

is not, as far as i can tell, actually given in the game, unless i missed something. i had to cheat to find it. it is

9999

The ending of choosing XYZ relates to a previous game the site provides (i think)... ...

It's hard to walkthrough even w/ loads of hints!!! But I wanna try the game w/ different endings!!

Mungoo:

get to the screen where you can view the bar beside the drink that's been sitting there since you woke up. Select the icepick. Now start clicking like crazy until a white dot appears. If you dont have all the items you need, when you put the 'cracked glass' on there, it wont work, so make sure you have EVERYTHING you need. The light'll shine up and you'll see an image that'll lead you to the next clue. good luck!

Tarx:

Get to the screen where you get the blender and the ice chest. Click the bottles on the back wall; it should be on the lower shelf.

I hope that helps. I can write an easier to understand walkthrough if anyone wants it?

yes, Lee... that'd be nice :)

I can't find the code to unlock the suitcase, which is probably stupidity on my part... I tend to overlook things... anybody wanna help me out here?

I liked the game. I appreciate the endings, I won't say they are "bad" endings, they are all quite melancholic, which is unusual in games. After all, the protagonists must be in their older 70s! I like the "sidecar" one best (I think?).

OK so i've finished it, but does it matter which drink we choose at the end?... someone posted earlier that there are many endings but only one is winning! i don't get it...

will she be waiting for him in any of the endings?

So, I think I have everything but I can't get the ring out of the ice cube or the wine opener. I have clicked on them like crazy.

I think that

sidecar was the best ending.

What emty broken glass are you talking about? I've got a drink in mine..

Can someone please tell how to get the code to open the suitcase?!

I wrote a walkthrough (or walkthru for some people) for The Bar and posted it at videogames.lovetoknow.com Hope it helps!

Ok, I may be thinking a bit too much here.....but i'm going to try to put all four endings into one.

Here it goes:

Before going out, the protagonist has a drink, then he remembers he has three rings with the initials on them. He then proceeds to head down the stairs and outside. He eventually heads to a salon, and when he gets inside finds his lovers daughter.

i'm really stuck. I have the phone, card, and the coaster, but i can't use the phone! i've read some comments but it's not working for me. can anyone please help!

awww

they dont ever meet again, how sad ...

other than that, it was a good game, except i was more focused on someone chewing in my ear the whole time >.< that i couldnt concentrate on it as much as i wanted ..

Grrrrrr!!

After getting the other two rings from the lighter and bottle operner,

I click on the ice cube like crazy and...
nothing happens.
NOT COOL.

The walk thru has the ice encased ring in the wrong order its after the phone

so does anyone know what all of the endings are?

i cannot get the card to the window for the code...also, one walkthrough said the ice would be melted to reveal a ring??? not melted...!! ????

Somebody help please!!!!

Good game. Also have you heard of the game motherload? its a good game and can be found on www.xgenstudios.com but they will anly let you post the demo.. madey you could link? anyway great sight keep it up.

That was fun! I too didn't like using the ice-pick to scratch around on the bar, but most of it was really enjoyable. Sometimes frustrating - ambre:

I had to click on the window and card many times before that worked

but I loved this game.

One thing, does anyone know yet whether the gotphoto site tells you about the code for the box? Or if there is anywhere at all in the game to discover it.

Hi Jay

Loved this game, needed a few hints along the way though! Have you tried the game by the same people but is set in a hairdressers? I can't understand it as it's not in English!

can anybody help i dont understand " put the empty glass on the ice pick spot" what empty glass?

Here are the four endings, but please don't look until you've finished!:

sidecar- He winds up meeting up with her daughter and finds out she had gotten married beforehand and there was a misunderstanding about the olympic game they would meet at. She had a baby and they later got divorced. Laying on her deathbed, she tells the story of their love to her daughter who finds the man, he buys airplane tickets to go see her and tickets to the next olympics in hopes that they would finally be able to go to the olympics together.

white lady- He looks around but does not find her and ends up just drinking the special wine behind the ice case.

xyz- He steps out of the door to find no one. He goes accross the street to a salon in hopes that he will find her there, as he must keep looking.

margarita- Inside the box with the key to the door also lies a pair of mathching rings- one with his initials and one with her initials that he was never able to give to her after fifty years. He wonders in agony if it is possible that their love may not have lasted. Still, he resolves to keep looking for her.

Personally, my favorite

is definately by far sidecar.

Good luck!

Really enjoyed this. Can anyone recommend any other game that's at all like this one?

this game or my computer sux i got all the clues or items and after some steps i am suposed to have the ice cube melted but it isn't so i think the order of each step will determine if you complete the game which is not fun or there's a problem with the game.

This one was too difficult for me, I couldn't figure some things out, even with a walkthrough!

Does anyone know where in the game the code to the lock box was hinted at? I got it on a walkthrough after I had given myself a major headache - what did I miss?

I can't figure out how to find the card or the suitcase or the special wine!! help!
i've tried clicking around the area where i found the green locked box and the lighter but to no avail...

ok..im lost in this game.

after i put the code into the phone, it asks for a URL. but i cant type anything, and clicking on the coaster doesnt help..what am i supposed to do?

Ok, I cannot get the card to work with the phone. I click on the phone twice to bring up the password screen, but it won't do anything after that. What am I doing wrong?

Im seriously confuzed, I got the ring from the

glass and lighter,but i cant get the second ring, before the one with the wine opener, i think its an icecube but where is the icecube?

um, how can i get this in english? i have pushed the english button in the beginning, but i am still in japanese or korean. any suggestions? i have finished the game, but don't know what the ending is cause it is in janpanese or korean. thanks for your help

i can't play this in english, i don't know how to read japanese!!

This was pretty awful.

I acquired all the items I could except whatever item fills the spot above the red "about items" box (the item turns out to be a key that opens the door).

Even with all these items I couldn't get the character to drink the XYZ drink, or do whatever he's supposed to do at the end of the game. So I used the 9999 code divy mentioned above (March 23, 2006 08:58 AM), and the character unlocked the green lockbox, and I got a key and left the room. Outside the character sees a light through a glass door and window. Goes up to it. He says "It's a hair salon." Then I get a white game screen with a logo and the words "IDAC: Create the Future." A survey pops up in a new window asking me to "rate the quality of this content." This is a secret special ending? Unfortunately, there's no quality level you can select below "poor."

John, I disagree with your first words about this game. This doesn't seem breathtakingly beautiful at all. It's breathtakingly pointless. I've played point-and-click games like this before, and some are quite good, but this one is unusually irritating and disappointing. You can hardly call it a "game" when the puzzles you're supposed to solve have no internal logic. Click on the bar with an ice pick? Sure, makes sense. Have a drink teleported to you through the cellphone? Why not? This is stupid.

i like it but i have no idea where you would get 9999 from it makes no sense.

Jake - the point of this game is to find his lost love. But, because he overslept the time they were supposed to meet, she's not at the bar, so he has to go find her; the only problem is, he's locked in.

The reason he couldn't drink the XYZ drink is because it's for his lady-friend. The four drinks pull out 4 different endings - if you want to be satisfied, pick one of the wrong drinks. I do believe there's one where the girl is happily married... to someone else.

And the reason for the hair salon? It's a lead-in to the next game they're going to make.

Sure, some of it doesn't make sense, but it's the same thing in some other games I've played.

Had a free period - played through ALL the endings. I was really dissapointed with some of them - I personally liked the one where

she went to live with her cats, and the old dude visited her

The others are all pretty much suckish...
ESPECIALLY

the one with the HAIRDRESSERS. WHAT was that all ABOUT?

hey guys... I like this game .. but there's only one that that No one can really answer is ... how did you get the 9999 number???? I have figure out everything except for the 9999 combo that i have to cheat to get. But can someone pls tell me where did the 9999 hinted?

the hairdresser ending hinted the next game... see if you can find it! ;)

how do I get the ring from the corkscrew?

The Bar Walkthrough - Starting Out
You start off facing a window and countertop. Read the diary in your inventory.
Click forward on the screen and pick up the coaster. Also look at the book sitting on the counter.
Go right twice, then pick up the wine bottle opener from the counter.
Click under the cabinet to get the lighter.
From this position, click in the right part of the screen to get a bottle of wine. Look where the bottle was to pick up the suitcase.
Go right once. From this vantage point we will check out the counter top from three different angles. Just click on the named part of the bar to zoom in.
Left side: Click on the fourth bottle from the left on the bottom shelf to get the bottle of Habani Club rum. Then click towards the black part of the counter, open the ice chest and take the block of ice. Also get the blender from this screen.
Center: Get the lime juice from the mixers on the left, the ice pick from the center, and the cloth from the right.
Right side: Click near the bottles to get a broken glass.
Go right twice, then zoom in on the covered table. Get the red cell phone from the right side.
Item Combining
After you have completed the above portion, you'll need to use some of the items in conjunction with each other to progress.

Click on the blender, click "About Items", then click on the top of the item. Click on the bottle of rum, then the cup of lemon juice. You'll make a daiquiri. Repeat to make a double daiquiri.
Go back to the Old Man and the Sea book on the counter. Click on it to reveal a key.
Take the key and use it on the locked cabinet below the mirror. You'll get a locked green box.
Go to the screen where you can see the bar, a glass, and the door in the background. Zoom in on the bar.
Select the ice pick and use it near the center of the bar. It should make a white dot appear. Use the empty glass and place it over the dot.
Click on the glass to see the shadow it makes on the ceiling.
Select the wine bottle opener, click "About Items", then click the item twice to reveal a ring.
Click on the lighter, click "About Items", then click a few more times to open it and reveal another ring.
Check out the block of ice. It's melted to reveal a third ring. Click the ring to have a look at all three, then click on the cloth to wipe them clean. The letters say XYZ.
From the diary entry, we get the password for the silver case: 1972. Open the case and take out the card. Go just right of the counter where the book is, zoom in and click the card to place it in front of you. The holes show a set of numbers: the password for the cell phone (1952).
Click on the coaster, click "About Items", then click anywhere on the top to reveal a website. You can go to this URL, but it won't help you with the game directly.
Click the cell phone, click "About Items", then click on the top screen. At this password screen, click on the card you just used to insert the password.
Click "Ok" after you've done this, then choose a drink. Each one unlocks a different ending.
Now click on the green box and zoom in on the lock mechanism. Enter the code 9999 to open it and reveal a key.
Take this key and unlock the door to leave the bar. Depending on which drink you chose earlier, you'll get a different ending, all of which tell bits of a story you can piece together.
Congratulations! You're done!

The big question remains: why? why 9999?

this is a very weird ending with the

hair salon

I'll give you the different drink endings as I recieve them.
White Lady:

She completely blows you off and you go and get yourself slobbering drunk off your "special" wine. kyuck kyuck kyuck

P.S. Long time player, first time poster. Thanks for the hours of entertainment you provide me jay.

my ice wont melt

This is hilarious. I have come to the point of having babblefish translate german game forums and they too seem to have no idea where

9999

comes from. Maybe I'm sadistic, but if I can't figure a part of a game out, I like to at least find a hint and think, "oy! I'm a moron." The mysterious numbers are enough to keep me from playing their games again. Though i did like "one off".

Oh, and as a first comment here, do wanna say, love the site. jayisgames rocks my processor!

XYZ appears on the 9 key on most fones.

Ok I think I have all the items now and I've made the daquari but whenever I use the block of ice on the bar no white dot appears, instead it's 3 small squares at the front of the bar and when I try placing the empty glass there or in the middle where i used the ice nothing happens. Do these small squares appear for anyone else??

I don't think this game is working for me :(

I've got as far as using the window code and the URL to get my chosen drink from the phone but when I try to zoom in to the lock on the green box nothing happens.

Could this be something to do with the fact I haven't got 2 of the rings?

I got the one from the lighter but the one from the wine bottle opener won't come out after clicking it twice.

the ice pack ring won't appear because when I use the ice near the middle of the bar it makes 3 small squares appear but when I try place the empty glass there or in the middle where i used the ice nothing happens and the 3 squares disappear :(

my ice wouldn't melt no matter what! Help! (I have done everything in the walkthrough already except for that)

I am rubbish at these games!
will sum1 help me?
please!
i cant find a way to get out of the first room!

my invintory is like half full but i don't know how to use items!help!

Ok I've done everything in the walkthrough up until getting the third ring. In the walkthroughs it says to click on the ice and it should be melted, but mines not and I've tried everything and nothing is melting it. Someone pleaseeeeeee help me!!!!

where do you find the block of ice

after all that you wind up with nothing!I WANT CLOSURE!

how do u melt the ice

the ice doesnt melt how comes?

i can't figure out why my empty glass won't go on the white dot on the bar. the white dot has been there since i picked up the icepick; i never needed to find it. what do i do? i have everything...icepick, lockbox, sidecar drink, wine bottle opener, cloth, two rings and diary. i've already used the cell phone wit the coaster and the little card that i found in the briefcase, i made the double daquiri and for some reason, my wine bottle is grey, like i used it already. please HELP!!!

Walkthrough:

Click on bottle with the green label on the bar table to get glass
Click on the ice blending machine
Click on the cocktail mixer on the bar table
Take the white cloth underneath a bottle on the right of the cocktail mixer
The handphone is beside the wine rack
The coaster is on the long table facing the night view. Click about item on the coaster to get URL.
The wine opener is on the end of the long table.
A special wine and a briefcase is hiding at the right bottom corner of the locked cabinet.
Click on the displayed wine behind the bar counter on the left to get Habane Club Rum.
Go to left side of bar counter and click on the black refrigerator and use ice pick to get ice.
Click below the locked cabinet to get lighter
Click about item on lighter and click lighter twice to get ring.
Click about item on ice blender and put lime juice, Habane Club Rum, lime juice and Rum again to make double frozen daiquiri. Click and it says "makes me want to read one of papa's books."
Go read the papa book on the long table and get key.
Use key on locked cabinet and get box.
Read the diary and use the year in the diary to open briefcase: 1972
Go to the 3rd chair counting from right at the long table then zoom in and use card on the window to get four numbers: 1952
Use card and coaster on handphone.
There are four drinks and each drinks have different endings.
Check the ice cube, get second ring.
Go to the table near the locked door and use ice pick to click on the center of the screen.
Put the empty glass on the white spot and click on the glass, you'll see a shadow.
Click about items on the wine opener to get 3rd ring
Use cloth on the 3rd ring
Open the box with combination 9999
Get key and open the door

help me!!!...i had been looking for the window code, but i can find it out...where is it???....and where is the diary that are you mencioned!!! ...

Naty
Go to the 3rd chair counting from right at the long table then zoom in and use card on the window to get four numbers: 1952

Click about item on ice blender and put lime juice, Habane Club Rum, lime juice and Rum again to make double frozen daiquiri. Click and it says "makes me want to read one of papa's books."
Go read the papa book on the long table and get key.
Use key on locked cabinet and get box.
Read the diary and use the year in the diary to open briefcase: 1972

tx, but actually i have opened the gabinet, and i got the green box, (only one door is open) but i don had seen any dairy.....and how open the green box.??...but i found the briefcase and i have seen the code in the window.....but i want see the dairy, and know how melt the cube ice.

Where is the diary?

OK. I'm convinced something's wrong with the game because everyone is talking about the diary being available in one's inventory from the start of the game, but I never see it.

Also, my ice isn't melting, so I can't get the third ring.

I've given up, but if there's a glitch on my end that might be causing this, can someone please tell me so I can get it fixed.

Other than these frustrations. Loved the game for its graphics (see-through reflections are awesome) and relatively good logic compared to other games.

I suppose being a bartender helped! ;)

I actually liked the bit about the ice pick even though I didn't figure it out on my own. If you look, you'll notice that the other close-up sections of the bar all have white dots in their centers already.) I suppose I would've liked it better if those created projections too.

Thanks.

Oh...I also couldn't zoom into the lock on the green box. <:(

so bad at this >

i have

ice pick, coaster,lime juice, lighter (used), corkscrew, phone, blender with ice and lime, and the ring.

can anyone help me?

the english version is bugged, theres no diary. what a waste of time

I thought this game was fun and challenging, still i didn't see a diary but with help i got through!

Yeah. Wasted a whole hour on this, wondering why I couldn't find the missing pieces...turns out, they just weren't there. Walkthroughs speak of a diary, but the English version has no diary. Japanese version does, but what good is that when you can't read Japanese? I'm with [yook] what a waste of time. Puzzles have no logic whatsoever. I'll take MOTAS II please.

I figured out y when u select XYZ its a hair salon

thats their next game; to escape from a hair salon!

okay so i don't have any clue

whatthe URL on the back of the coaster does I went to the website and it was all japanese..i couldn't get it,

OK,Igot all the way to the green lock box, and i cant zoom in on the lock mechanism! Can Anyone HELP ME?? IM GOING CRAZY!!!!

I found the Phone and the code. Can anyone help me with the card? pleasee. where it is?

the ice doesn't melt, tried the Japanese version cause heard the english version has faults as theres no diary to start with. waited hours for the ice block to melt, it doesn't, and the second ring on the bottle opener, how do you get that.

we got all the way to the to the green lock to and we cant zoom in on it!help

no matter what i do i cannot find the darn lime juice. someone help out.

the lime juice is in the shaker cup that u get when u click on the group of drink shakers

How do you melt the ice cube? I've been waiting forever and it won't melt! Some1 help me! Also, how do you use the darn cellphone? And what's with the Diary? There is NO diary!

this sucks, no diary, ie wont melt, what's the point? seems like a good game if it worked properly.

I think the most helpful walkthrough here is Beto's (November 2006)... for all the people saying your ice won't melt: just leave the rings for as long as you can; do the phone stuff first.

The 'card' that everyone's talking about is in the briefcase. We English-speaker's need hints about that, since we don't have the diary.

The pw for the briefcase is 1952.

The green box won't let you zoom in until you do the phone stuff first I think. The phone business itself is pretty figure out-able. :)

WHere is the diary?.I never got to see one..where is it?Please answer this.

When I got to ice & it said the ice was melted it wasnt ? There was no way that I get the ring =S

I love this game! I simply love it! Now, I am not trying to say that it is brilliant, I am just saying that I love it. Seriously, some parts are not the best solutions, but I didn't mind it in general.

why oh why can I not find the lime juice in the shaker cup?!?!? uggh

lol
I found the shakers as soon as I posted that cry for help

graphics are awesome but i wish it had a better ending

I don't get it. I have the two rings form the lighter and the corkscrew. But i clicked on the ice and nothing. It hasn't "melted to reveal a third ring". Help!
x

aaah! the ice wont melt

Anon,

The ice gave me fits for an hour! Grr. I don't think the walkthroughs quite explained this part.

The phone business must be completed before the ice will melt.
The Phone: After you have clicked on the card and the phone number is entered, you must then click on the coaster with URL on it --this will give you the drink option. Choose one, and then you're done. After all that, I finally found the ice melted when I clicked on it.

If anyone's stuck on the box, you do have to finish everything before you can zoom in on the lock.

Yeah, and that's all I can do; can't finish any of these myself, so all I can do is add to other people's walkthroughs. (Sigh)

where is the coaster im completely baffled!?

Why can't i get the empty broken glass on the white spot? the spot has been there ever since i got the icepick in the first place. Its really annoying me. Pleasse help!

never mind i got it!! ok

for the phone you have to click the phone the about items then on the card then on the phone on the screen! then click on the coster then on the phone on the screen then hit ok!! ahhh that is really confusing

nuuu!!!!

the ice pick and the bar thing isn't working I can't see the projection from the broken cup!!!

help please!!

There must be several programming glitches in this game.

I can not melt my ice because after getting the rings from the lighter--the lighter is no longer active. The cell phone will not allow me to type anything. I was able to view the numbers through the card BUT I can not zoom up on the lock of the metal box. The ice pick to break up the ice won't work either because ice pick is inactive. The only items that are active are: the cloth, the cell phone, the metal box, 2 rings and an unbroken block of ice. However, none of them will work

I give up. Lovely graphics do NOT trump function!

How do I combine the lime juice,wine and the blender?Help!

Well, just like you many of you, I got stuck on the part with the ice melting as well, but here's the reason why: As Mark suggested (thank you mark for saving me hours of having to figure it out)

"The walk thru has the ice encased ring in the wrong order its after the phone"
Posted by: MARK | March 25, 2006 4:45 PM

So basically the walkthrough is flawed and you actually have to do the cellphone part FIRST. Now some of you have problems using the cellphone itself, and this is how you use it:

first you click on the screen on the right side of the screen with the red book. Zoom in on this screen. (it's basically just an empty counter behind the glass windows) Then you select the card with the holes and then click on the window right in front of you, behind the counter. I guess if you look closely at it, you might see a reflection of a square on the window as well...and that's where you click after you've clicked on the card. Now select the phone and click it until the "password" screen appears with a box to enter it. (You do this by clicking on the phone and clicking "about item" and then clicking on the phone again) Click on the card (which is now grey) and then click on that blank box underneath "password". The numbers should automatically enter in by itself. Later it will have "URL" and another blank box underneath it. Click on the coaster and click on "about item" and then click on it again. It should show "www.gotmail.jp/photo.html" access your phone again, and it should say "URL" with an empty box underneath it. Click on the coaster and then click on the empty box. it should enter the url by itself. You should then see 4 different glasses of wine. These will be your different endings. select one, and click "OK"

NOW you look at your block of ice, and it should be melted and a ring should be seen. then just continue with the walkthrough.

the ice Block doesnt Melt, what do i have to do to make it melt

the ice wont melt

the ice won't melt at all. I need help!

Solution for the ice melting problem:

The ice will only melt after you have chosen the drink in the cellphone. After you've opened the silver suitcase and picked up the card, go to the third chair from the right (near the window), click the card and then the window. Click the cellphone, then "about items", click the cellphone screen and use the card on the password box. Wait a little and use the uncovered coaster in the new password box. Choose a drink and close the cellphone. Click the ice, look at it with "about items" and... It has melted!

Hey! please some help! I'm stucked!!
I see a white dot and a glass and in the right the door...
But I can't put the glass on the right dot! =S
Some help??

Had some problems with logic before starting to solve and early in solving (but not nearly to the point of the poster who complained about teleporting drinks).

As adults, they make a pledge to meet 50 years later in the same bar if they lose touch. The endings point to the year for this as 1956. Would guess that their expected lifespans from that point would leave a less than even chance of the meeting occurring, that is, assuming that the bar was still in place. Even if all still exist, doesn't mean they can get there or the bar is a place they would want to go. Seems like an odd pledge to make.

The next problem is that he falls asleep and wakes up locked in the bar. It isn't that big (though probably the best looking find-the-items puzzle I've seen) and there are no unlit corners. Also, think the excitement would have kept him awake.

So, with disbelief and expectancy of an unhappy ending, didn't try too hard to solve before looking at the walkthrough.

i can't make the stupid dot apear!!!

yay did it. i dont know why my comments always don't appear though, lol.

ok, looked good, was good until

the suitcase, wine bottle thingy. from the cabinet, where is it?

Although, from reading people's endings, it sounded pretty cool.

anyway... i have finished the game...

however, there is no any hint on the code of the lock of green box....

I finally got the card to see the numbers. Mr (Ms?) Author should read some books on designing a user interface.

I have 2 questions on were to find things. One I can't find the suitcase anywere
Also, how do I get the ring out of the ice?

Uhm. How the heck am
I supposed to melt that
ice? It ain't melted..
Help?

Well, that was interesting. I had played smoothly up until the part with

melting the ice

and decided to skip it for later and move on

And concerning the phone

examine it with the "About Item" button, click on the screen, use the card on it to get the password and the coaster for the URL. Then you pick the drink

how do you melt the ice?

I think there's a glitch now that wasn't there when the game was first posted -- the URL on the coaster doesn't work. (Didn't for me.) Without visiting the site you hit a wall.

I need help;

how do I get the ice to melt?

Augh. So I finally figured out how the phone works:

You don't type any numbers in for the password. What you have to do is, when you're viewing the phone, highlight the card (which you've already used on the window) and use it on the password box. It puts in the password for you. For the next box that comes up on the phone, highlight the coaster in your inventory and then click the box. It puts in the URL from the coaster. Then you hit "OK". Again, no typing.

And the "puzzle" of how to open the green box:

Made no sense. I wouldn't call it a puzzle at all. How are you supposed to figure it out? Someone mentioned that X, Y, and Z (the letters on the rings) are all on the 9 button on a phone. This is true, but XYZ is three letters, and there were four numbers to be put in on the lock.

I think the game is now broken, you can't get the key from the Old Man and the sea, because when you click on the book, you get two tabs popping up redirecting you to Japanese Amazon.com. It does not give you a key at all.

However, the English version now has a diary.

Can't get the key under the book until you make the double daiquiri. As of now, the game still works, though both walkthroughs mention the wine and suitcase next to the locked cabinet, when they are both behind the icechest. You can only look behind it, though, from the view looking at the locked cabinet.

how do you get the key!? i keep clicking on the magazine but it wont open!

Wow, what an absolute trainwreck of a game.

I decided to check out GotMail's other games after enjoying both Gifted and The Dark Rumor, the two most recent GotMail games reviewed here at JiG. I'm very glad I decided to start with the oldest game, because this would have been even more infuriating without the promise of other, hopefully better-crafted games yet to be played.

Granted, this game was made eight years ago, and was apparently the designer's (or is GotMail a studio?) very first escape game... it still had multiple insurmountable flaws. Too many things made no sense, or required actions so specific that players were unlikely to stumble upon them even if they were thinking in the right direction. Like apparently everyone in the world who's ever made it all the way through the game, I had to resort to walkthroughs in order to continue when the interface -- or the puzzle 'logic' -- became an impassable obstacle.

Though on the other side of that, I was bemused by how many people posted desperate-sounding comments here begging for answers... that had already been posted by other commenters, often given multiple times; and in at least one case, the comment imediately before their own answered a question they repeat-posted for days. If you can't find an answer that's written out plainly right in front of you on a walkthrough page, how do you expect to solve even a well-designed escape game?

Speaking of the walkthrough here, though, is there a reason why there's no spoiler tag hiding the walkthrough? It was annoying to have to unfocus my eyes long enough to scroll down to the beginning of the comments. Even when a game is literally impossible to complete without a walkthrough, I think most of us prefer to get as far as we can without spoiling puzzle solutions for ourselves. If staff do spoiler-tag the 'official' walkthrough, though, it might be a good idea to add an editor's note regarding the fact that there are clarifications and corrections to the walkthrough scattered throughout the comments.

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