The Privacy


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theprivacy.gifThe Privacy is another Flash point-and-click adventure from the stellar Gotmail team that gave us The Bar, Il Destino, The Salon and others. This game is set in a high-tech, big-brother world where even the watchers are watched and elaborate security systems are commonplace.

As with other games by these talented Japanese Flash game developers, literary references can be found lying about within this game, such as George Orwell's "1984" and JD Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye", an easy means of channeling a narrative into well-traveled territory without having to actually provide much narrative content. The game leverages the power of suggestion to its advantage.

Of course the real stars of these games are the phenomenal photo-realistic environments created from 3D models, and the high-tech theme of the game sets the stage for some absolutely stunning visuals. It is quite evident that much attention to detail went into making this gorgeous game.

I was not a fan of their previous work, The Bar. Although beautiful and stunning in its own right, the puzzles were awkward and the solutions to some were not very logical at all. I am pleased to say that the design team has learned much from their previous work thus making The Privacy one of their best efforts so far. I especially liked the fact that every puzzle has a logical solution and none were too difficult to solve on ones own. An excellent diversion for anyone that enjoys these types of games.

Play The Privacy

Cheers to Cobber for suggesting the game. =)

Walkthrough Guide


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Since I haven't seen a full walkthrough posted yet, I thought I would make one to those who would like one.
Full walkthrough:

  1. Click on the computer on the left. Underneath the keyboard in the blue keycard. Go back a screen.

  2. Underneath the monitor of the right computer is a receiver. Note the fountain pen on the left side of the keyboard. Head back to the starting screen.

  3. Turn right past the revolving doors to the next set of computers. The left computer holds an antenna in the pen holder and the yellow keycard in the CD/DVD drive. Back up one screen.

  4. Underneath the desk of the computer on the right has a white keycard with some wired attached. Head back a screen.

  5. Turn right and head towards the computers facing the large windows and the starry night. The computer on the left has a unicorn statue hiding behind the computer, and a blue cell phone underneath the desk. Grab both then go back a screen.

  6. Turn right and you come to a locked glass door with a security lock. Use the yellow keycard to open the door (click on the item then on the control panel). Go through the door.

  7. The first computer holds nothing of interest. The next one has a laser pointer underneath the keyboard.

  8. The third computer's monitor has a puzzle you must solve. The rules for it are simple enough: Connect each of the colored wires, none of the wires can cross over themselves, and each color has a priority (red has to be on top of all others, blue underneath all, and yellow in the middle). To solve it do the following (order from left to right, if two squares are in the same column, the top one is stated first):

    • Click 3 times.

    • Click 2 times.

    • Click 1 time.

    • Click 4 times.

    • Click 4 times.

    • Click 1 time.

    • Click 1 time.

    • Click 2 times.

    When finished, click "Enter" to receive the ID. It'll be saved in your items list. Exit the monitor.

  9. Now combine the receiver and the antenna (select the receiver, then hit the "About Items" button, now select the antenna and click the receiver on the screen).

  10. Now select the newly fixed receiver and then click on the phone to find a wire tap. Head back a couple of screens to the main room.

  11. To the left of the big windows is a set of computers we passed by earlier. The one on the right has a digital clock next to it. Use the receiver to find a wire tap. Back out two screens.

  12. Go right two screens and you should be back at the starting screen. Use the receiver on the fountain pen from before to find the third and final wire tap. Now take a look at the receiver to get the Password. It'll be saved next to the ID in your item list. Head back to the start screen.

  13. Use the left computer monitor to access the surveillance satellite. Enter in the ID and Password to shutdown the monitoring. Head back out to the start screen.

  14. Turn right once and head up the stairs. The laser field that was blocking your path is now gone. Head to the end of the walkway to the door. Use the blue keycard and then the blue cell phone to open the door. Grab the phone before going through the door.

  15. When you enter, turn around and go to the one computer in the room. You must now solve the "What is different?" puzzle. The puzzle changes for each game, so you'll have to just keep trying 'til you get it.

  16. (Does this puzzle remind anyone of those Highlights magazines that you always looked through while waiting for the dentist? Too bad this one isn't already solved like all those were.)

  17. After receiving the access code, look on top of the computer and pick up a grey plug. Connect the grey plug to the white keycard with the wires, then the blue cell phone to the grey plug (all done the same way that the receiver and antenna were connected).

  18. Go to the locked glass door behind you and used the newly made keycard/cell phone and the new access code to open the door.

  19. Go to the end of the corridor, past the light switch. On the floor will be a white cross shape. Place the unicorn statue on it and backtrack to the light switch.

  20. Flip the light and head back to the unicorn statue to find a light shining on it. Use the laser pointer and click on the spot on the floor where the shadow ends. A cut scene shows a platform rising out of the ground.

  21. Grab the red cell phone, flip the light back on (anyone else notice that the platform disappears all of a sudden?) then head back downstairs to the revolving doors that are next to the stairs (you'll need to enter the access code again to get through the door).

  22. Take the blue cell phone off of the grey plug and take the red memory card out of it and put it into the red cell phone

  23. Activate the screen of the red cell phone and start the "Key Generator." Now select the red cell phone and then click the red light above the revolving doors to open them.

  24. Don't go through the revolving doors, but instead head to the door under the stairs. At the control panel of the door in front of you, use the red cell phone to unlock it, then head through the door.

Finished!

323 Comments

Fairygdmther Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 10:08 PM

Boy, this one is tough! In their striving to be ultra-modern in looks, I'm afraid they've taken transparency a bit too far. You'll find yourself clicking on reflections, or mistaking where you are because you are seeing through glass. No spoilers yet, though.

FGM

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Heavinlyn June 12, 2006 10:18 PM

My first time posting!!! I have been lurking for a couple of weeks though. I've made it pretty far, which is suprising for me, I'm upstairs, but I've missed something and for the life of me haven't found it yet!!!!!!

Once you get rolling it's pretty easy. Here's a hint

you have to de-bug the room as you go with something you've picked up

de-bug the items that when you click on them tell you what they are but don't do anything

WOW!!!!!! I can't believe I posted spoilers.....I usually need everyone else's!!!

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 10:30 PM

Great game Jay! I really enjoyed the graphics and the fact that there is a map of where I am in relation to the room on the bottom.
BTW... Has anyone figured out how to combine items?

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Welcome, Heavinlyn! =)

And cheers, HassleFree! =)

Combine items by first clicking on one item, then click the "about items" button to view it. Then click on another item to combine it with the one being viewed.

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 10:38 PM

Oh *hits head on table* duh, thanks for the help Jay!

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Geez! No spoilers yet...
I'm not sure I like the graphics of that game... They are too much details...

Anyway... Found
the black machine and its antenna
a unicorn.
And that's pretty much it...
If anyone can help...

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Anyone notice one of the computer screens show's the room from Il Destino? It can be hard to tell, as the car is missing from the center of the room.

Good game, but i'm just getting started.

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Can somebody tell me what "embedded wiretaps" are?
I'm french and I'm not familiar with thoses words...

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 10:49 PM

Rose

try checking under keyboards, inside computer disk drives, etc.

oh and if you need more,

you can go underneath some of the computer desks to retrieve stuff there

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thanks Hassle Free!

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Yay! I know what a wiretap is!

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 10:52 PM

Rose

it means that there are "wiretaps" hidden somewhere in that region

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 10:55 PM

My pleasure Rose!

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 11:01 PM

haha now I need help,

has anyone figured out that pipeline thing? I match up the colors the way they say to but nothing happens...

wasn't sure if I needed that but thought that I would just in case.

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i don't know if i have the

pipeline thing right, things look like they match up, but then again, i wonder if you have to have all the blues under the yellows, then under the reds, even on the crossings you can't change?

/frustrated

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>.> I dunno..but this is all i have found for the wire taps..

The Clock and the phone...


I can't find any others..help?

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Hassle - The wire/pipe connection thing also has an order to it - the Red wires must be on top, with no wires crossing over it. Next down is Yello (which therefore must be UNDER all red wires, and over all blue) - and then Blue, which must not cross over any at all.

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Don't forget, the wires cannot cross themselves and they have to be red on top of yellow on top of blue.
still trying to figure that part out

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I tried the color thing too and it didn't work either... There is something about priority of color but i tried all combinations and always failed...

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Pipeline puzzle:

begin with Blue, since that must be on the bottom. Then move to Yellow, and finally to Red. Working from the bottom up was good for me and I solved it with little trouble, but admittedly it made my eyes nuts for a while(!)

The 3rd elusive wiretap:

check the fountain pen next to the keyboard at the workstation to the immediate left of the stairs going up. The pen is hard to see.

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This is my first time posting here. Usually I visit the site late enough that if I have problems, other people have already had them and have had them consequently solved.

Anyway, yes, with the wires, the red must be on top, not only on the intersections you place, but also on the intersections already placed.

I'm missing five items, and I've yet to combine any of them. I'll figure out what to do with this unicorn yet, and I'll find that black machine thingy eventually.

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For the pipe puzzle,

No wire can cross over itself. Not even once. Check to make sure that the wires aren't crossing over themselves somewhere. Also, the priority is important.

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Kairi:

There is a fountain pen just left of a keyboard. There is one inside of it...

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i don't know the exact order of boxes i clicked on that pipeline puzzle, but i did solve it. you get an id when you win.

ID code:

290S615

i don't know if you have to beat it yourself or what, but there it is. :P

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remember, the same-coloured wires cannot cross over themselves (ie. red cannot cross other parts of the red).

i have found 2 wiretaps. i'm pretty stuck now. must keep poking at things.

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Heavinlyn Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 11:18 PM

YAY...I finished it!!! First time ever without using spoilers!!!!!!

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OrionBlack June 12, 2006 11:19 PM

So, I've gotten upstairs and passed that puzzle, but now I can't figure out how to unlock the next door. I get the feeling I need another item, but I can't find anything else.
Anyone know how I use the

laser pointer?

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Thank you Rose.

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Heavinlyn Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 11:21 PM

The ID numbers and all passwords change everytime you play....you actually have to solve the puzzles yourself to get them.

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alllriiight -

i've gotten upstairs, but don't know what to do! and what the heck do you do with the unicorn and laser pointer?! hahahh.

help?

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my id code is different from radio's... guess that means that you have to solve it yourself...eh.

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 11:28 PM

ya it looks like you have to figure it out on your own... thanks anyway radio

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Orion, you're right!! some computer screens show the games gotmail issued before!

So far I've got:

a laser pen
a long thin stuff
a walkie talkie which can connect that long thin thing
unicorn
celluphoe
2 key cards
a memory card form phone

I'm stuck with the pipe game, and the user name and password of the stellite system!! Does the password related to "1984" (the book name) and the clock?

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Oh how frustrating... I was running upstairs, convinced I could get to the 2nd floor and I bumped on a locked door... :P

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I've gotten upstairs and the red cell phone and new key.
I have also opened the turning doors..but.. can't get through those yet.

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Mayee you got a cell phone??? Where did you find it?

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OrionBlack June 12, 2006 11:34 PM

Mayee, you're missing the third key card, which has a computer cable attached to it,

which is underneath one of the desks.

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The Red Cell Phone is

upstairs by the flashlight with the unicorn. It points to a spot which you use the laser pointer to open. Then you can create a key out of hte memory card.

hope that is useful

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I'm not yet sure the 1984 has to do with anything but the theme of the game.

You get the ID when you solve the wire puzzle. The password comes from the black device you use to find the wiretaps. Once you've found all three, just look at it dirrectly.

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 11:39 PM

Kairi

how did you open the door?!?

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YAY!
I finished it. The ending is kinda creepy in a way...thinking about it..but a happy one

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thanks Kairi!

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the blue cell phone is

under the desk where you found the unicorn

however, i have no idea about the red cellphone, even after kairi's clue.

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Hassle Free...

Use the new key card and phone thingy..but you don't really need to open that door. its a fake out door.

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OrionBlack June 12, 2006 11:42 PM

Yess, found my way by the upstairs room door.

on top of the computer is a plug-in that connects the white key card with cables to the cell phone. Then you get to use the pass from the computer.

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 11:43 PM

nvm

I didn't have the blue cell phone

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Divy:

The red cellphone is under the table of the left computer just beside the door of the room that opens with the fingerprint.

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Er. I still can't find the

fountain pen

mentioned in previous comments... Help?

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I'm still stuck on

the three errors on the bar... found two...

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from the comments, i think the color of the cell phone differs from game to game.

mine is blue. :)

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OrionBlack June 12, 2006 11:48 PM

Rose,

Trash Bin, Rack, left-most chair

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Nevermind, found it! I looked for about half an hour, post, check again, and find it. Go figure.

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MadWithMuchHeart:

On the screen you first wasiin the beginning, the one with the computer you have to put the username and the password. On this screen there is two computers. Click on the right one, it's on the left of the keyboard, hidden.

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Heavinlyn Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 11:50 PM

Kairi -

There's another door downstairs between the stairway and the computers. There is a computer you can't access...click to the right of that.

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Heavinlyn Author Profile Page June 12, 2006 11:52 PM

Rose -

garbage can under the counter

top of silver shelf left of the mirror

bottom of mirror in front of the closest chair

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Nevermind! Found it!

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Heavinlyn:

I think I didn't have the same image... I saw two shelves full of bottles, part of a counter with glasses and shakers and a mixer with ice in it...

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Ok, i'm lost. I got the satalite survailance off, as far as i can tell, all it does is turn off the laser gate at the top of the stairs.

Upstairs, i've only managed to:

put the blue cell phone into the door thing, but seem to be missing something

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i have the same picture as rose, and got so frustrated that i ended up just hitting print scrn and toggling back and forth between pictures until the differences jumped out at me.

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:02 AM

ok, I have opened the door upstairs and gotten the new code, now what do I do with it, it seems that I have tried everywhere...

oh by the way:

it seems that you can remove the cell phone again and the door still opens, not sure what this does though

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lol
found one this way too... ;)

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I seem to be in about the same spot as Orion... and am confused about Kairi's comment about

it being a fake door? Meaning it opens but what's inside is pointless, or that unlocking whatever at that door actually gives me access to the hidden downstairs door under the stairs?

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OK I have a four digit code, but I don't have a clue what to do with it...

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I also used the

blue keycard on the upstairs door lock mechanism.

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I give up. For now...I just can't get past the pipe puzzle! I've tried countless times, until the order is right, none ovelap and it should be fine! Unless by no intersecting that means no two in the same square for some reason...

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Mordecai-

I started from the top down, and make sure no other pipe crosses the red pipe... and for yellow, make sure that only lines belonging to the red pipe cross the yellow piping, and that blue is underneath all.

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agh, i am almost there!

(and ignore my comment about cell colors differing; there IS a red cellphone)

kairi, how do i get past the last set of security sensors?!

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:12 AM

it seems that I am in the same position as Rose, figure it out yet?

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the last laser set is completely making me crazy

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okay... i am

i think outside the revolving door, turned off the lights and saw the security sensor... i've gotten past the first two layers with what i assume is blind luck, but i can't get past the third one, they just keep shifting, and i don't know if i am looking for a pattern or anything

*bangs her head*

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Myownstar June 13, 2006 12:17 AM

Where is the red cellphone. I ve been stuck for 1 hour!!

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ha i am in the same place and i can't seem to place how to get them to go away...it seems there are three spots to move them or is it six i am not really sure

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I've got the 2nd cell phone (red) and that's all I have left. There is no memory card in it (the blue phone is gone as is the mem card that went along with it).

When I click on the keygenerator on the phone it says fail.

The door on the first floor is locked as is the revolving door. And nothing ever happened with the motion sensor above the revolving door.

Am I doomed with a buggy ending or am I missing some last item?

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Ok got inside... but the computer

comparison of two images... I found and selected the trash can, for the first one, but how do I get it to move on to the next?

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:25 AM

right now the 'active' items that I have are:

laser pointer
blue cell phone
magnetic strip thingy
unicorn
key thing with wires coming out
the 4 digit code from upstairs

what should I do now???

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:27 AM

I also now have

a red memory card

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stuck stuck stuck...
hasslefree you got further?

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:33 AM

No but I did find that

if you click on one of the compartments in the phone, you get a red memory card... don't know what to do with it though

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:36 AM

How about you? I can not find anything to do

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anyone figure out

the last laser set?

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Minkspwn Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:37 AM

where did you find the magnetic strip?

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:38 AM

I can't even get the rotating doors open...

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I'm stuck on the last laser set too!

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:41 AM

Minkspwn

I found it on top of the computer on the second floor

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Hassel:
To open the rotating doors...

Take the red memory card out of the blue phone and put in the red. then use the red phone to generate a "key". The use that red phone on the eye above the door.

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hassle free,

use the key generator for the doors

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i think i missed where everyone found the second cell phone?

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i have tried the last two items i have for the lasers but they don't do anything....they kinda remind of that lights out game but i have no idea what sequence to push to get them to go out.

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:44 AM

what is the

key generator

?

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HassleFree:
Already found the red memory card...

Right now I have the laser, a grey thing (?), a unicorn, a blue cellphone, a red memory card and the 4digit code.

I've tried to combine everything with everything and nothing works...

Don't know what's the key generator either...

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Minkspwn Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:46 AM

danke hasslefree

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:47 AM

no problem Minkspwn, incidentally, do you know what to do with the strip?

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hassel free/ rose

the key gen is what you get when you take the memory card from the blue cell phone and put it in the red cell phone... put the red one on the cable thing and then you should be able to open the doors

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Rose

I think you need to connect the blue phone to the grey thing and then connect that to white card with the cord. is that where you are?

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I just don't have the red cellphone!!! :(

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:49 AM

oh Rose look up at Quinma's post. I dont know how I missed it...

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:50 AM

haha me neither. Grrrrrr, I thought that I had looked everywhere...

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I have a strong suspicion you can't find that red phone before you've done the other stuff... :( You guys at the lasers yet??

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Minkspwn Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:53 AM

hasslefree

you combine it with the thing that has wires sticking out of it

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Hassle Free Author Profile Page June 13, 2006 12:55 AM

no I am not, I still don't see a flashlight upstairs and I can't open the door on the 2nd floor either, or don't know how to anyway. hmmmm this will take much deliberation...

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sillybuttons Author Profile Page August 27, 2007 11:21 AM

wow i liked the hi-tech-ness in this game. but that

wire puzzle

had me stumped for ages. still i enjoyed working it out. i liked the

spot the difference puzzle

too.
one of gotmails better games i think.

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Is it just me or does this game remind you of the movie Double Jeapordy with Will Smith? Whoa!

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The password for the computer won't show on the card, after finding the third bug. I can see a few little pixels of it at the top of each letter, so I know it's supposed to be there, but it's basically invisible. Same thing happens when you type in a password: only the tops of the letters show. I guess this hasn't happened to anyone else, scanning the comments so far...what gives?

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I cant find the fountain pen!!

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Ermmm, im confused on the upstairs puzzle (Spot The Difference.) I have the

Cart & Bin

i just need the third one :(

Cheers,
Ben

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Ben
This bit changes every time you play it so I don't think I can help you. Its pretty much just trial and error until you find it. Not much help I know.

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OpenTheGait November 14, 2007 2:14 PM

Ben-
In the puzzle upstairs, I got the

bin

but not the

cart

even though I clicked it a million times. Thanks! The third one is the

counter in front of the closest chair

, I found it by accident, and can't see what the difference is.

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Like rain, I never got an ID after the pipe game. I press enter and get a big OK in the middle of the screen, but that's it. Is there something else I'm supposed to be doing?

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ppl, can anyone help me with that "fountain pen" what the hell is it? And WHERE!?!?

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can someone please tell me wherethe fountain pen is ??? (the last whire tap)

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Is it just me, or

does it seem like if you don't dismantle a phone per game it's not Gotmail

?
Also,

sorry, I just wanted to post another spoiler, even if it wasn't one. :)

!!! Grr!

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allimarie Author Profile Page March 19, 2008 12:20 PM

Um, so I'm working on the

wire puzzle

but is it just me, or is there more than one solution? Because I SWEAR I have all the requirements, but it still says "FAILED." Not cool...

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allimarie Author Profile Page March 19, 2008 3:28 PM

ALSO (and yes, this has now just turned into a list of complaints), when I

played the "Spot the Difference" game

, I found 1/3. The other two were EXACTLY THE SAME and I only guessed what to click on based on what I read here.

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once upstairs, playing the "spot the difference game"

I got the bar puzzle. The three differences are

The Ice Crusher macine on the left, the reflection of bottles on the bar, and the left-most of the wine glasses on the bar

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thanks Ruuster, i have the same puzzle, i found the first two differences but i can't find the

freakin difference between wine bottles

so even if i read your spoiler i can't go along the game...

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i meant

glasses

:) it seems i needed to start the same puzzles for a hundred times before clicking the SAME spot worked. i'm going on.

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Agent Icarus Author Profile Page May 8, 2008 6:40 PM

Hmmm, so I played this game ages ago (not surprising for one added in 2006) but now I play it and it's got

On one of the computer screens, a picture of the Hairdressing salon, with the

door that you can't open! Only

It's open and there's a big sign saying "Check"

I wonder if everything will make sense in the end!

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used blue key card upstairs, door won't open. please help

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Argh! I can't get past the first upstairs door! When I use the wired key card + connector + blue cell phone on the lock, it just says "Nothing's happening"!

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The ending was quite unsatisfying. I'm not quite sure if it even made sense.

@ kat: the third answer for the bar difference is

the leftmost glass in the group of 5 glasses

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nerdypants Author Profile Page August 15, 2009 4:40 AM

Arikiko, you say you're at the first door upstairs? That door requires:

The blue keycard and

The blue phone with

the red memory card inside it.

The second door upstairs (the one with the buttons to push) requires:

The keycard with wires, the gray connector, and the blue phone with the red memory card inside. They should all be connected.

After that,

Use the password you got from the computer in that room.

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katherine January 6, 2011 10:51 PM

i personally found this a bit more stimulating than the reg escape games with all the frills it made me work that much harder to find the things i need ....i have to say though im new to these games and use the spoilers more than maybe i should but im learning lol...thanks to everyone that makes the walkthroughs those things have got to be time consuming to say the least...again thanks

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Finally beat the game Privacy. It was definitely challenging. Took about 30 mins.

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