Drawn: The Painted Tower


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Drawn: The Painted Tower

JohnBMuch like the Dream Chronicles series or the more recent Princess Isabella: A Witch's Curse, the new casual adventure game Drawn: The Painted Tower drops you in a gorgeously drawn world filled with items to find and puzzles to solve. The story and artwork wrap the game in a brilliantly mysterious package, delivering a feast for your senses as you devour the simple (but tasty!) gameplay.

drawnpaintedtower.jpgA shadow has fallen over the dark kingdom, but a legend tells of a girl who will restore the light. She lives out her dreams within the walls of the Painted Tower, drawing the world as she sees it and creating sketches and paintings with magical abilities. Imprisoned at the top of the tower, it's your job to work your way through the dark halls and set her free.

It's easy to spot the hidden object influence in a title like this, but once you start the adventure, you'll realize it's all about the story, the puzzles, and the breathtaking scenery. Each scene features a few clickable hotspots that contain mini-games, puzzles, or objects to collect. Quite often you'll come across pieces of things, such as scraps of cloth, shards of glass, etc., that need to be gathered in your inventory and assembled somewhere nearby.

Your objective is listed on the left side of the screen, but finding the right items to complete that objective may involve a little travel. A hint system is available, and it recharges a few minutes after each use, so if you're stuck, give it a click to see if it can nudge you in the right direction.

Weaving through the tower may seem like a drab affair, but thanks to the girl's vivid imagination, you'll visit a stunning variety of locations. It's a reward in itself just to see the inside of a new painting. The very first chapter takes place in a warm meadow, and the minute the screen loads, you'll be floored by the visual detail. When I saw a fully animated grasshopper crawl through the brush, I wanted to sit and stare at the scene rather than play the game.

drawnpaintedtower2.jpgAnalysis: The biggest standout feature of Drawn: The Painted Tower is, well, everything you see and hear, from the artwork to the voice acting and even the music. The game comes to life on your screen, filling your eyes with beautifully illustrated locations that burst with vibrant (or murky, depending on the setting) colors. It's like wandering around in a slightly grim fairy tale. Appropriate given the game's plot.

The gameplay itself isn't anything new, per se, though I appreciate how easy it is to find, combine, and use items without fumbling with the interface. The usual battery of mini-games are strewn about the world, popping up in the form of jigsaw puzzles and the like when you've found all the pieces of a riddle. While the games are well-integrated into the environment, they aren't anything special, and sometimes I wished they were left out altogether. After a few seconds fiddling with each puzzle a skip button appears, so if you aren't having a good time with the mini-game, feel free to forget about it!

Beautiful presentation on every front, smooth gameplay, and an intriguing story that unfolds as you play. Drawn: The Painted Tower is a bit short, but the ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel. It may not reinvent the casual adventure game, but Drawn: The Painted Tower is definitely one of the shining stars of the genre.

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Drawn: The Painted Tower Walkthrough

Tower Steps

  • Read the sign on the door to discover the princess is missing.

  • Pick up the red ribbon on the steps and read the message from Iris. Pick up the paper on the steps - it is a sketch of a handle.

  • Use the sketch on the door to enable entrance to the tower.

The Foyer and Farm

  • Talk to the Stone Guardian.

  • Find in the room: piece of a chest. In the right corner, find a glowing eye and a drawing of a squirrel.

  • Use the chest piece on the chest in the center of the room for the chest puzzle. Solution:

    Pull the left knob down and the small piece to the left, then the right knob down and the medium piece to the right. Rotate the pieces until they make a phoenix shape. Screenshot.

  • Slide the right compartment handle to the right and get the canvas fragment to trigger a cutscene.

  • Slide the left compartment handle to the left and pick up the small silver key. Notice the puzzle - need to find pieces to complete the picture.

  • Use the small silver key on the chest on the left. Pick up the rabbit drawing.

  • Examine the painting on the back wall. Use the canvas fragment to complete the painting and enter the farm scene.

  • Farm

    • Find in the scene a pole, a blue thistle, and half a sunflower. Screenshot.

    • Talk to the scarecrow in the left corner twice. He'll tell you to find his glove and also that the squirrel may chase the crow away. Notice the glove on the stump on the right. Use the squirrel drawing on the stump to chase the crow. Now you can get the glove.

    • Use the glove on the scarecrow's arm. Now he'll give you clippers to find his hat. Use the clippers on the hedge on the right to get the hat. Put it on his head and get the carving knife for finding his eyes.

    • Use the rabbit drawing on the crows guarding the pumpkins. Click them, use the clippers on the vines to expose the pumpkins. Now you can use the carving knife on the pumpkins to find the eyes.

    • The scarecrow gives you a shovel handle. Find the shovel head in the close-up of the pumpkins. Combine the two parts and use the shovel on the mound of dirt behind the pumpkins to find the belt.

    • Give him the belt and he will give you a fishing line. Combine line with pole and use on river to get boot.

    • Scarecrow is complete! He gives you another glowing eye.

    • Exit the painting. Grab the four hanging scraps of paper on the wall around the painting.

  • Use the four pieces of paper on the paper inside the chest to complete the puzzle. This starts a slider puzzle. Screenshot.

  • Pick up the cold iron sun that is revealed.

  • Examine the fireplace to the left and talk to it. Place the two glowing eyes on its face. Pick up the tongs on the left.

  • Use the cold iron sun on the fireplace, then the tongs to get it out.

  • Examine the cloud door on the right side of the room. Use the hot sun on the hole in the door to open it and trigger a cutscene.

The Window and Witchdoctor

  • Go upstairs to the Window. Find the hammer on the floor.

  • Examine the painting - it will explode. Use the hammer on the hole in the wall for a window shard.

  • Pick up the sketch of the witch doctor and the dry rag on the left. Use the dry rag on the puddle of water for a wet rag. Notice the arrow drawing under where you found the witch doctor.

  • Go upstairs. In second stairwell, find four window shards, a stone star, and a candle. Screenshot

  • Proceed further upstairs to the door with Iris on it. Find the sixth window shard. Use the stone star on the door. This opens a space for a heart.

  • Return to the window downstairs. Your goal is to put the shards in the correct locations so the window looks like the arrow drawing on the post.

  • Click the pieces to rotate them. They will turn gray when in the right position. Screenshot

  • When the window is restored a shadow will point to where to dig in the sand. Use the shovel several times on the spot the arrow points to until you reveal the canvas fragment.

  • Use the canvas on the painting on the back wall. Then use the wet rag to wipe it off. Before you enter, grab the wooden teeth and wooden ear from the two masks next to the painting.

  • Witch Doctor Painting

    • Use the witch doctor drawing near the cauldron.

    • You need to find his wand and light the cauldron fire. Use the candle under the cauldron to light the fire.

    • Now use the hammer on the four ceramic pots around the room to get some netting, two shrunken heads, and a partial net. Screenshot

    • Examine the shrunken heads scene on the right. Use the two heads you found on the two poles. Use the wooden ear on the left head, and the wooden teeth on the other. You will receive magic beads and magic feather.

    • Now tug the hanging yellow rope three times to get the staff. Talk to the witch doctor to combine the items. He will now instruct you to find a thistle, leaf, sunflower, dragonfly, butterfly, and bee elsewhere.

    • Return to the farm painting and combine the two net parts to make a net. Use it to get the maple leaf, bee, butterfly and dragonfly. You should already have the thistle and sunflower.

    • Return to the witch doctor and give him the three insects. Click the sparkling preparation area on the left. Use the sunflower with the bowl and remove all the petals. Use the leaf on the bowl and use the knife on the leaf. Use the thistle on the bowl and grind it up.

    • Mix the ingredient in the following order: thistle, green vial on bottom shelf, maple leaf, sunflower.

    • Give the prepared ingredients to the witch doctor. He will give you a stone heart.

  • Go to the door at the top of the stairs and place the heart. You will receive a needle and thread and the door will open.

  • When you try to ascend the stairwell behind the door the stairs will collapse.

Foyer and Giant Tree

  • Return to the Foyer. A bell crashed through the floor revealing the basement.

  • Examine the painting above the fireplace. Pick up the cardinal sketch to the right behind the tree drawing.

  • Use the needle and thread to repair the large painting.

  • Tree Painting

    • Click the sparkling center of the tree. Use the candle to light the area. Click the spider's face to open a puzzle.

    • Solution:

      Number the eyes left to right 1-14. Click eyes 5, 3, 12, 13.

      Get the hourglass and watering can.

    • Get the teddy bear to the right of the tree.

    • Return to the Witch Doctor and learn that the Growth potion is complete. Fill the watering can at the cauldron. Pour on the tree roots.

    • This opens up stairs. Go up.

  • Treetop

    • Bugs are infesting the tree. Use the cardinal drawing on the tree to clear the bugs. Once the cardinal has cleared the area immediately around it, click it again to move it to the next area. Now look into the tree.

    • Move all the objects off the rug. Pick up the metal birdcage. Then click the rug to move it. Open the latch to start the five-sided puzzle. You must hit the 10 buttons to rotate the shapes to match the colors and shapes outlined. Receive white chalk on completion.

    • Go outside and outline all three clouds with the white chalk. Be sure to follow the direction indicated by the arrow.

    • Go back into the tree house and find the tree shape.

  • Go back to the Foyer and place the tree shape in the space under the tree painting on the left wall.

The Theater

  • Return to the collapsed stairs behind the Iris door. Pick up the golden Phoenix egg. Now return to the Foyer and put the egg in the fireplace.

  • A phoenix will rise from fire. Capture it using the birdcage.

  • Go to the Theater. Use the phoenix in the center of the Theater to light the room. Find the sketch of bell, sketch of clock hand, and yellow chalk from the table on the left.

  • Examine the chalkboard on the ground on the right. Use the yellow chalk to draw a clockwise circle around the sun.

  • Clock Tower - Day

    • Use the clock hand sketch on the clock. Notice that the shop on the right opens at 7:30. Set the hands of the clock to 7:30.

    • Enter the right door to the inner clock. The man in the clock needs a gear.

    • Go outside and speak to the left Magic Merchant. Click the gear on his table. Give him the teddy bear to get the gear. Return inside and use gear on clock.

    • Now need an oil can. Go outside and click the oil can on the left Magic Merchant's table. Give the old letter to get the oil can.

    • Return inside and use the oil can on the clock. Now we need paints.

    • Go outside and talk to the right Magic Merchant. Complete the paint puzzle to get the paints. The object is to paint the shapes such that no two colors are touching each other. Screenshot.

    • Now you can enter the door on the left. Go up the elevator and find the unpainted tower sketch. Drop the paints on the tower. Then use the bell sketch in the tower.

    • Talk to the man in the clock. He will give you the dragon costume.

    • Return to the Magic Merchant on the right and give him the dragon costume. He will give you blue chalk. Now give him the hourglass and he will enchant it to slow down the stars.

  • Clock Tower - Night

    • Go back to the Theater and click the chalkboard. Use the blue chalk and draw the moon outline.

    • Go into the painting again and up to the top of the tower. Use the enchanted hourglass on the star constellation on the right. When a shooting star comes through the circle created by the hourglass, click it to complete the constellation which will go into your inventory.

    • Go back down and talk to the merchant on the left. First play the game with the blue and red pieces. Solution:

      Number the board 1-25 left to right, top to bottom. Move the following pieces - 18 to 16, 16 to 8, 23 to 20, 20 to 15, 15 to 3, 3 to 13. The blue one should be in the center.

    • You can now take the slingshot from his table.

  • Prepare for the Show

    • Go back to the theater and turn night back into day with the chalkboard.

    • Give the magic merchant the constellation and get the seed. Go upstairs to the top of the tower and break the left top window with the slingshot.

    • Go back to gear room on the right and take the stairs up on the left side of the room. Place the seed in the planter in the center of the room.

    • There are eyes under each window - click the eyes to open the windows. Now your objective is to reflect the light so it hits the seed. Each time the plant grows you will have to readjust the mirrors. Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 Screenshot 3

    • Now return to the chalkboard to turn it back to night so the plant can bloom.

    • Once it is evening, go back to the plant room and reposition the mirrors so that moonlight shines on the bud of the plant. Screenshot.

    • This will transport you to next puzzle. Pick up the puzzle pieces on the right and put them in the cutout. The pieces can't be rotated, and they will lock into place when in the correct place. Screenshot

    • When finished, notice the sketch on the left piece of paper - it indicates the next step. Pick up the chisel from the bin of tools and use it all over the wood figure. Then use the large brush to prime the figure. Now the drawing on the left will show you the colors to paint the figure. Use the small brush.

    • Finally the show will begin. There are three slots for props under the actor and a series of objects on the right. Your objective is to respond to the events of the play using the props. Pick three and then hit the lever on the left to see what happens in the play. You can do this multiple times.
      Solution:

      shovel, metal shield, heart

    • Completion of this puzzle will trigger a cutscene.

Backstage

  • Click up to follow the newly exposed catwalk. Enter the doorway to go backstage.

  • Find the red rock in the scene. Screenshot.

  • Examine the music stand on the right to get the skeleton key and sheet of symbols.

  • Examine the shimmering area of ground on the left to the get chisel.

  • Click to go up and examine the top of the screen for the stone circles puzzle. Your objective is to put rearrange the pieces so that matching numbers are next to each other, and adjacent numbers add up to the number in the middle. The green lights will light up when two correct pieces are next to each other. Screenshot

  • When you solve it you can go up to the Hall of Giants.

Hall of Giants

  • Examine the shining area on the right to get the yellow rock. Read the note on the ground.

  • Click the stairs in the back and a boulder will fall. Notice the glowing energy in the center of the room. Use the chisel on the glowing rock.

  • Energy flies out revealing a painting and a torch in the center.

  • Pick up the torch and put it in the other torch holder on the left near the entrance. This reveals a tile - pick it up.

  • Examine the painting in the center. Notice a missing tile. Use the tile in this spot.

  • Now do the tile puzzle - rotate the tiles so that the lines all match. Screenshot.

  • On completion you'll enter the Cave of Sorrow painting.

  • Cave of Sorrow

    • Find the blue stone and apple in the painting. Screenshot.

    • Click the hole in the tree - a bird will emerge holding a stone bird glyph.

    • Get the axe in the tree. Use it on the branch the bird is standing on. Collect the bird glyph where it falls on the ground.

    • Use the axe on the snail in the bottom right to get the snail glyph.

    • Examine the shining area in the tree on the left. Your object is to fill the palette with colors using the colored rocks you've found according to the directions on the paper. Solution:

      For each of the red, blue, and yellow rocks, first put the rock in the leftmost bowl and grind the powder. Click the bowl to put the powder in the mixing bowl. Then click the egg bowl to mix the egg and powder. Finally click the completed paint in the mixing bowl to pour it in the palette. Do this for the red blue and yellow rocks. Then create orange, green and purple by mixing the powders before adding eggs. Orange = yellow + red, green = yellow + blue, purple = red + blue.

      Pick up the completed palette.

  • Exit the painting and examine the rabbit face in the Hall of Giants. Use the palette on the scaffolding to the right.

  • Paint the right eye of the rabbit to match the left. You will receive a sketch of a carrot.

  • Return to the painting and use the carrot sketch on the rabbit in the left corner. The rabbit jumps out of the hole allowing you to reach the rabbit glyph.

  • You now have all three animal glyphs. Put them in the corresponding spots on the back wall. The boulder will move allowing you access to a cave.

  • Deep Forest

    • Enter the forest. Its too dark to see. Return to the Hall of Giants and retrieve the torch from the left wall.

    • Go back to the Deep Forest and use the torch on the wall on the left.

    • Use the sheet of symbols on the torn instructions in the left upper corner.

    • The object of the puzzle is to rearrange all the symbols so that they make the same words as those on the sheets. When a word is both correct and in the correct location, it will light up a symbol in the center. If you created a word and the drawing appears but the symbol doesn't light up, you need to switch the location to another word with the same number of letters. Screenshot.

    • Now collect the stone star on the right side of the wall. Also grab the torch.

    • Exit the painting. As you do, pick up the stone weight that is revealed behind the fallen painting.

  • Return to the Hall of Giants and go up the back stairwell.

Fire and Ice

  • Use the stone weight on the left rope. Pull the two ropes until the image on the pillar is the complete picture of Iris.

  • Use the stone star from the Deep Forest on the star shape. This will reveal a griffon and the paintings on the walls.

  • Examine the painting on the left. Grab the chalice and the gnome. Then enter the painting.

  • The Dragon's Cave

    • Use the torch on the wall on the left. Talk to the dragon - need to prove equal weight.

    • Pick up the pickaxe on the left and the mallet by the gongs. Screenshot

    • Go to the left for another scene. Pick up the bellows on the left. Use them on the stove to stoke the flames.

    • In the back of the room the numbers I, III, II, II, I light up. Click the numbers to start a dialog with a skeleton. Use the pickaxe on the crack on the wall behind the skeleton to get gold ore.

    • Use the gold ore in the oven to melt it. Use the gnome, apple, and chalice in the liquid gold to coat them in gold.

    • Return to the right scene. Use all three items on the left scale. This angers the dragon, whose fiery breath melts the ice on the other painting.

  • Return to the Fire and Ice room. Click the sparking area in the back of the room and grab the canvas piece. Use it on the ice painting to complete it to enter.

  • Friend or Foe

    • Find the two frozen statue pieces in the scene. Talk to the guardian - you must choose either friend or foe to enter. Your goal is to rotate the tiles such that the left eye above the gate is either green (for friend) or red (for foe). Screenshot.

    • Then you must exit the painting and turn the left guardian green to match by closing all the teeth. You move the teeth by hitting the whiskers. Solution:

      Number the left whiskers 1-3 top to bottom and the right ones 4-6. Hit them in the following order. 3, 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 1, 1, 1, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2, 2, 6, 6, 6.

    • You can then re-enter the painting and go through the gate. Now enter the ice castle.

    • Ice Castle

      • Find 3 ice statue pieces and a red gem in the scene. Screenshot

      • Assemble the five ice statue pieces on the pedestal in the center of the room. Start at the base and built up.

      • This activate a puzzle on the ceiling window. Your objective is to move the green pane so it is lined up with the green arrow. The right eye moves the circle 5 counterclockwise, the center one 3 counterclockwise, and the left one 7 clockwise. Solution:

        middle twice, right twice.

      • Now you can grab the shield.

  • Return to the dragon lair and go to the stove at the left.

  • Dip the shield in the liquid gold to create a gong.

  • Go to the dragon scene and use the gong under the space for a 3rd gong. Pick up the mallet and hit the gongs in the order indicated by the numbers in the other room:

    I, III, II, II, I

  • This disables the dragon and allows you to pick up the key under his tail. Use it on the chest at the top to open a puzzle.

  • First drag each blade back into the side, the top one first. When these are retracted, you can access the inner rings. The object is to group the objects according to the theme on each dragon. Click a dragon, and a symbol will appear in the center of the circle. Line up the other three symbols to match. Solution:

    Lower left: water = ice cube, snowflake, drop of water. Upper right: Red = heart, apple, strawberry. Bottom right: magnetic = horseshoe, anvil, knife. Upper left: Biggest to smallest = sun, torch, candle. Then you get a number eight in the middle = 3 flowers, 3 people, 2 rabbits.

    You receive the gear of flame and 3 red gems.

  • Go back to Friend or Foe. Use the four red gems in the four elephant eyes on the walls. This will raise four platforms. This triggers a Simon says game where you mimic the light pattern that appears on the platforms. This will be different every time. If a red light appears you have made a mistake.

  • You can now access the chest under the griffon - it contains a gear of ice.

  • Return to the main fire and ice room and use the gear of ice and gear of fire on the sparkling area in the back. This opens a staircase going up.

The Book and the Rooftop

  • Examine the book. Use the griffon skeleton key on the cover. The book contains rough sketches of the characters in each painting: the scarecrow, the witchdoctor, the giant tree, the dragon, and the griffon.

  • Now return to each painting and take the sketches of each character that appear in the book that are on the corresponding paintings. Go back to the book and place the sketches in the book.

  • After the cutscene, pick up the book and stairs to the roof will appear.

  • Give Iris the book.

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I played the demo and have to say...hmm

huge % of the time (apparently 1 hour but you will be done in 30mins) waiting for unskippable narrative scenes that seem needlessly slow

Other then that yes I am tempted to buy the full game .....if I had the wonga

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Nice! Rare occasion where the cut scenes made it feel like you were in a story book, rather than endless dialogue scenes.

The demo actually only lasts until a certain point in the story, so not necessarily an hour. But the price is pretty shweet. :)

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I just got this one cuz I got my free monthly credit. Otherwise the demo almost didn't sell me. Not because of atmosphere and gameplay which are great, but because of its "step back" navigation. Way too slim a band to find easily on the bottom. And because it freaked out when I tried Windowed mode and I had to Task Manager my way out of the game. System Cursor refuses to switch to a system cursor after applied. Later in the game I picked up one of many puzzle pieces and it refused to let me drop it correctly or return it or let me do anything else. Again, Task Manager. Still trying to work around that one.

This is a Big Fish produced game so I'm sure they got a bit riding on it. Which makes me wonder why they put it out so soon in such an obvious beta state.

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Drawn: The Painted Tower Walkthrough

Tower Steps

  • Read the sign on the door to discover the princess is missing.

  • Pick up the red ribbon on the steps and read the message from Iris. Pick up the paper on the steps - it is a sketch of a handle.

  • Use the sketch on the door to enable entrance to the tower.

The Foyer and Farm

  • Talk to the Stone Guardian.

  • Find in the room: piece of a chest. In the right corner, find a glowing eye and a drawing of a squirrel.

  • Use the chest piece on the chest in the center of the room for the chest puzzle. Solution:

    Pull the left knob down and the small piece to the left, then the right knob down and the medium piece to the right. Rotate the pieces until they make a phoenix shape. Screenshot.

  • Slide the right compartment handle to the right and get the canvas fragment to trigger a cutscene.

  • Slide the left compartment handle to the left and pick up the small silver key. Notice the puzzle - need to find pieces to complete the picture.

  • Use the small silver key on the chest on the left. Pick up the rabbit drawing.

  • Examine the painting on the back wall. Use the canvas fragment to complete the painting and enter the farm scene.

  • Farm

    • Find in the scene a pole, a blue thistle, and half a sunflower. Screenshot.

    • Talk to the scarecrow in the left corner twice. He'll tell you to find his glove and also that the squirrel may chase the crow away. Notice the glove on the stump on the right. Use the squirrel drawing on the stump to chase the crow. Now you can get the glove.

    • Use the glove on the scarecrow's arm. Now he'll give you clippers to find his hat. Use the clippers on the hedge on the right to get the hat. Put it on his head and get the carving knife for finding his eyes.

    • Use the rabbit drawing on the crows guarding the pumpkins. Click them, use the clippers on the vines to expose the pumpkins. Now you can use the carving knife on the pumpkins to find the eyes.

    • The scarecrow gives you a shovel handle. Find the shovel head in the close-up of the pumpkins. Combine the two parts and use the shovel on the mound of dirt behind the pumpkins to find the belt.

    • Give him the belt and he will give you a fishing line. Combine line with pole and use on river to get boot.

    • Scarecrow is complete! He gives you another glowing eye.

    • Exit the painting. Grab the four hanging scraps of paper on the wall around the painting.

  • Use the four pieces of paper on the paper inside the chest to complete the puzzle. This starts a slider puzzle. Screenshot.

  • Pick up the cold iron sun that is revealed.

  • Examine the fireplace to the left and talk to it. Place the two glowing eyes on its face. Pick up the tongs on the left.

  • Use the cold iron sun on the fireplace, then the tongs to get it out.

  • Examine the cloud door on the right side of the room. Use the hot sun on the hole in the door to open it and trigger a cutscene.

The Window and Witchdoctor

  • Go upstairs to the Window. Find the hammer on the floor.

  • Examine the painting - it will explode. Use the hammer on the hole in the wall for a window shard.

  • Pick up the sketch of the witch doctor and the dry rag on the left. Use the dry rag on the puddle of water for a wet rag. Notice the arrow drawing under where you found the witch doctor.

  • Go upstairs. In second stairwell, find four window shards, a stone star, and a candle. Screenshot

  • Proceed further upstairs to the door with Iris on it. Find the sixth window shard. Use the stone star on the door. This opens a space for a heart.

  • Return to the window downstairs. Your goal is to put the shards in the correct locations so the window looks like the arrow drawing on the post.

  • Click the pieces to rotate them. They will turn gray when in the right position. Screenshot

  • When the window is restored a shadow will point to where to dig in the sand. Use the shovel several times on the spot the arrow points to until you reveal the canvas fragment.

  • Use the canvas on the painting on the back wall. Then use the wet rag to wipe it off. Before you enter, grab the wooden teeth and wooden ear from the two masks next to the painting.

  • Witch Doctor Painting

    • Use the witch doctor drawing near the cauldron.

    • You need to find his wand and light the cauldron fire. Use the candle under the cauldron to light the fire.

    • Now use the hammer on the four ceramic pots around the room to get some netting, two shrunken heads, and a partial net. Screenshot

    • Examine the shrunken heads scene on the right. Use the two heads you found on the two poles. Use the wooden ear on the left head, and the wooden teeth on the other. You will receive magic beads and magic feather.

    • Now tug the hanging yellow rope three times to get the staff. Talk to the witch doctor to combine the items. He will now instruct you to find a thistle, leaf, sunflower, dragonfly, butterfly, and bee elsewhere.

    • Return to the farm painting and combine the two net parts to make a net. Use it to get the maple leaf, bee, butterfly and dragonfly. You should already have the thistle and sunflower.

    • Return to the witch doctor and give him the three insects. Click the sparkling preparation area on the left. Use the sunflower with the bowl and remove all the petals. Use the leaf on the bowl and use the knife on the leaf. Use the thistle on the bowl and grind it up.

    • Mix the ingredient in the following order: thistle, green vial on bottom shelf, maple leaf, sunflower.

    • Give the prepared ingredients to the witch doctor. He will give you a stone heart.

  • Go to the door at the top of the stairs and place the heart. You will receive a needle and thread and the door will open.

  • When you try to ascend the stairwell behind the door the stairs will collapse.

Foyer and Giant Tree

  • Return to the Foyer. A bell crashed through the floor revealing the basement.

  • Examine the painting above the fireplace. Pick up the cardinal sketch to the right behind the tree drawing.

  • Use the needle and thread to repair the large painting.

  • Tree Painting

    • Click the sparkling center of the tree. Use the candle to light the area. Click the spider's face to open a puzzle.

    • Solution:

      Number the eyes left to right 1-14. Click eyes 5, 3, 12, 13.

      Get the hourglass and watering can.

    • Get the teddy bear to the right of the tree.

    • Return to the Witch Doctor and learn that the Growth potion is complete. Fill the watering can at the cauldron. Pour on the tree roots.

    • This opens up stairs. Go up.

  • Treetop

    • Bugs are infesting the tree. Use the cardinal drawing on the tree to clear the bugs. Once the cardinal has cleared the area immediately around it, click it again to move it to the next area. Now look into the tree.

    • Move all the objects off the rug. Pick up the metal birdcage. Then click the rug to move it. Open the latch to start the five-sided puzzle. You must hit the 10 buttons to rotate the shapes to match the colors and shapes outlined. Receive white chalk on completion.

    • Go outside and outline all three clouds with the white chalk. Be sure to follow the direction indicated by the arrow.

    • Go back into the tree house and find the tree shape.

  • Go back to the Foyer and place the tree shape in the space under the tree painting on the left wall.

The Theater

  • Return to the collapsed stairs behind the Iris door. Pick up the golden Phoenix egg. Now return to the Foyer and put the egg in the fireplace.

  • A phoenix will rise from fire. Capture it using the birdcage.

  • Go to the Theater. Use the phoenix in the center of the Theater to light the room. Find the sketch of bell, sketch of clock hand, and yellow chalk from the table on the left.

  • Examine the chalkboard on the ground on the right. Use the yellow chalk to draw a clockwise circle around the sun.

  • Clock Tower - Day

    • Use the clock hand sketch on the clock. Notice that the shop on the right opens at 7:30. Set the hands of the clock to 7:30.

    • Enter the right door to the inner clock. The man in the clock needs a gear.

    • Go outside and speak to the left Magic Merchant. Click the gear on his table. Give him the teddy bear to get the gear. Return inside and use gear on clock.

    • Now need an oil can. Go outside and click the oil can on the left Magic Merchant's table. Give the old letter to get the oil can.

    • Return inside and use the oil can on the clock. Now we need paints.

    • Go outside and talk to the right Magic Merchant. Complete the paint puzzle to get the paints. The object is to paint the shapes such that no two colors are touching each other. Screenshot.

    • Now you can enter the door on the left. Go up the elevator and find the unpainted tower sketch. Drop the paints on the tower. Then use the bell sketch in the tower.

    • Talk to the man in the clock. He will give you the dragon costume.

    • Return to the Magic Merchant on the right and give him the dragon costume. He will give you blue chalk. Now give him the hourglass and he will enchant it to slow down the stars.

  • Clock Tower - Night

    • Go back to the Theater and click the chalkboard. Use the blue chalk and draw the moon outline.

    • Go into the painting again and up to the top of the tower. Use the enchanted hourglass on the star constellation on the right. When a shooting star comes through the circle created by the hourglass, click it to complete the constellation which will go into your inventory.

    • Go back down and talk to the merchant on the left. First play the game with the blue and red pieces. Solution:

      Number the board 1-25 left to right, top to bottom. Move the following pieces - 18 to 16, 16 to 8, 23 to 20, 20 to 15, 15 to 3, 3 to 13. The blue one should be in the center.

    • You can now take the slingshot from his table.

  • Prepare for the Show

    • Go back to the theater and turn night back into day with the chalkboard.

    • Give the magic merchant the constellation and get the seed. Go upstairs to the top of the tower and break the left top window with the slingshot.

    • Go back to gear room on the right and take the stairs up on the left side of the room. Place the seed in the planter in the center of the room.

    • There are eyes under each window - click the eyes to open the windows. Now your objective is to reflect the light so it hits the seed. Each time the plant grows you will have to readjust the mirrors. Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 Screenshot 3

    • Now return to the chalkboard to turn it back to night so the plant can bloom.

    • Once it is evening, go back to the plant room and reposition the mirrors so that moonlight shines on the bud of the plant. Screenshot.

    • This will transport you to next puzzle. Pick up the puzzle pieces on the right and put them in the cutout. The pieces can't be rotated, and they will lock into place when in the correct place. Screenshot

    • When finished, notice the sketch on the left piece of paper - it indicates the next step. Pick up the chisel from the bin of tools and use it all over the wood figure. Then use the large brush to prime the figure. Now the drawing on the left will show you the colors to paint the figure. Use the small brush.

    • Finally the show will begin. There are three slots for props under the actor and a series of objects on the right. Your objective is to respond to the events of the play using the props. Pick three and then hit the lever on the left to see what happens in the play. You can do this multiple times.
      Solution:

      shovel, metal shield, heart

    • Completion of this puzzle will trigger a cutscene.

Backstage

  • Click up to follow the newly exposed catwalk. Enter the doorway to go backstage.

  • Find the red rock in the scene. Screenshot.

  • Examine the music stand on the right to get the skeleton key and sheet of symbols.

  • Examine the shimmering area of ground on the left to the get chisel.

  • Click to go up and examine the top of the screen for the stone circles puzzle. Your objective is to put rearrange the pieces so that matching numbers are next to each other, and adjacent numbers add up to the number in the middle. The green lights will light up when two correct pieces are next to each other. Screenshot

  • When you solve it you can go up to the Hall of Giants.

Hall of Giants

  • Examine the shining area on the right to get the yellow rock. Read the note on the ground.

  • Click the stairs in the back and a boulder will fall. Notice the glowing energy in the center of the room. Use the chisel on the glowing rock.

  • Energy flies out revealing a painting and a torch in the center.

  • Pick up the torch and put it in the other torch holder on the left near the entrance. This reveals a tile - pick it up.

  • Examine the painting in the center. Notice a missing tile. Use the tile in this spot.

  • Now do the tile puzzle - rotate the tiles so that the lines all match. Screenshot.

  • On completion you'll enter the Cave of Sorrow painting.

  • Cave of Sorrow

    • Find the blue stone and apple in the painting. Screenshot.

    • Click the hole in the tree - a bird will emerge holding a stone bird glyph.

    • Get the axe in the tree. Use it on the branch the bird is standing on. Collect the bird glyph where it falls on the ground.

    • Use the axe on the snail in the bottom right to get the snail glyph.

    • Examine the shining area in the tree on the left. Your object is to fill the palette with colors using the colored rocks you've found according to the directions on the paper. Solution:

      For each of the red, blue, and yellow rocks, first put the rock in the leftmost bowl and grind the powder. Click the bowl to put the powder in the mixing bowl. Then click the egg bowl to mix the egg and powder. Finally click the completed paint in the mixing bowl to pour it in the palette. Do this for the red blue and yellow rocks. Then create orange, green and purple by mixing the powders before adding eggs. Orange = yellow + red, green = yellow + blue, purple = red + blue.

      Pick up the completed palette.

  • Exit the painting and examine the rabbit face in the Hall of Giants. Use the palette on the scaffolding to the right.

  • Paint the right eye of the rabbit to match the left. You will receive a sketch of a carrot.

  • Return to the painting and use the carrot sketch on the rabbit in the left corner. The rabbit jumps out of the hole allowing you to reach the rabbit glyph.

  • You now have all three animal glyphs. Put them in the corresponding spots on the back wall. The boulder will move allowing you access to a cave.

  • Deep Forest

    • Enter the forest. Its too dark to see. Return to the Hall of Giants and retrieve the torch from the left wall.

    • Go back to the Deep Forest and use the torch on the wall on the left.

    • Use the sheet of symbols on the torn instructions in the left upper corner.

    • The object of the puzzle is to rearrange all the symbols so that they make the same words as those on the sheets. When a word is both correct and in the correct location, it will light up a symbol in the center. If you created a word and the drawing appears but the symbol doesn't light up, you need to switch the location to another word with the same number of letters. Screenshot.

    • Now collect the stone star on the right side of the wall. Also grab the torch.

    • Exit the painting. As you do, pick up the stone weight that is revealed behind the fallen painting.

  • Return to the Hall of Giants and go up the back stairwell.

Fire and Ice

  • Use the stone weight on the left rope. Pull the two ropes until the image on the pillar is the complete picture of Iris.

  • Use the stone star from the Deep Forest on the star shape. This will reveal a griffon and the paintings on the walls.

  • Examine the painting on the left. Grab the chalice and the gnome. Then enter the painting.

  • The Dragon's Cave

    • Use the torch on the wall on the left. Talk to the dragon - need to prove equal weight.

    • Pick up the pickaxe on the left and the mallet by the gongs. Screenshot

    • Go to the left for another scene. Pick up the bellows on the left. Use them on the stove to stoke the flames.

    • In the back of the room the numbers I, III, II, II, I light up. Click the numbers to start a dialog with a skeleton. Use the pickaxe on the crack on the wall behind the skeleton to get gold ore.

    • Use the gold ore in the oven to melt it. Use the gnome, apple, and chalice in the liquid gold to coat them in gold.

    • Return to the right scene. Use all three items on the left scale. This angers the dragon, whose fiery breath melts the ice on the other painting.

  • Return to the Fire and Ice room. Click the sparking area in the back of the room and grab the canvas piece. Use it on the ice painting to complete it to enter.

  • Friend or Foe

    • Find the two frozen statue pieces in the scene. Talk to the guardian - you must choose either friend or foe to enter. Your goal is to rotate the tiles such that the left eye above the gate is either green (for friend) or red (for foe). Screenshot.

    • Then you must exit the painting and turn the left guardian green to match by closing all the teeth. You move the teeth by hitting the whiskers. Solution:

      Number the left whiskers 1-3 top to bottom and the right ones 4-6. Hit them in the following order. 3, 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 1, 1, 1, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2, 2, 6, 6, 6.

    • You can then re-enter the painting and go through the gate. Now enter the ice castle.

    • Ice Castle

      • Find 3 ice statue pieces and a red gem in the scene. Screenshot

      • Assemble the five ice statue pieces on the pedestal in the center of the room. Start at the base and built up.

      • This activate a puzzle on the ceiling window. Your objective is to move the green pane so it is lined up with the green arrow. The right eye moves the circle 5 counterclockwise, the center one 3 counterclockwise, and the left one 7 clockwise. Solution:

        middle twice, right twice.

      • Now you can grab the shield.

  • Return to the dragon lair and go to the stove at the left.

  • Dip the shield in the liquid gold to create a gong.

  • Go to the dragon scene and use the gong under the space for a 3rd gong. Pick up the mallet and hit the gongs in the order indicated by the numbers in the other room:

    I, III, II, II, I

  • This disables the dragon and allows you to pick up the key under his tail. Use it on the chest at the top to open a puzzle.

  • First drag each blade back into the side, the top one first. When these are retracted, you can access the inner rings. The object is to group the objects according to the theme on each dragon. Click a dragon, and a symbol will appear in the center of the circle. Line up the other three symbols to match. Solution:

    Lower left: water = ice cube, snowflake, drop of water. Upper right: Red = heart, apple, strawberry. Bottom right: magnetic = horseshoe, anvil, knife. Upper left: Biggest to smallest = sun, torch, candle. Then you get a number eight in the middle = 3 flowers, 3 people, 2 rabbits.

    You receive the gear of flame and 3 red gems.

  • Go back to Friend or Foe. Use the four red gems in the four elephant eyes on the walls. This will raise four platforms. This triggers a Simon says game where you mimic the light pattern that appears on the platforms. This will be different every time. If a red light appears you have made a mistake.

  • You can now access the chest under the griffon - it contains a gear of ice.

  • Return to the main fire and ice room and use the gear of ice and gear of fire on the sparkling area in the back. This opens a staircase going up.

The Book and the Rooftop

  • Examine the book. Use the griffon skeleton key on the cover. The book contains rough sketches of the characters in each painting: the scarecrow, the witchdoctor, the giant tree, the dragon, and the griffon.

  • Now return to each painting and take the sketches of each character that appear in the book that are on the corresponding paintings. Go back to the book and place the sketches in the book.

  • After the cutscene, pick up the book and stairs to the roof will appear.

  • Give Iris the book.

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I love this game! The story really draws you in and the artwork is excellent. The gameplay & puzzles are challenging. A piece of advice: even when you think you've thoroughly searched one area, some hotspots do not show up until you finish some objectives.

Granted, I haven't tried windowed mode, but since the artwork is so gorgeous, I feel it would take away from the game if windowed. From what I understand, I agree that the demo is too short, it would have been better if it is just before the tree canvas.

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charenright September 6, 2009 7:05 AM

Hi, can anyone tell me how to get past the bugs on the tree?

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charenright - bugs on the tree

Use the cardinal drawing on the tree to clear the bugs. Once the cardinal has cleared the area immediately around it, click it again to move it to the next area.

You may also have a look at the Walkthrough, where you also will find help, if needed.

Greetings, Kayleigh

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brokenrecord Author Profile Page September 6, 2009 10:52 AM

I wish I wasn't so cheap. This game looks beautiful!

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Sandra Calhoun September 6, 2009 11:26 AM

The Witch doctor did not give me the stone heart but the potion is brewing. What do I do to get the heart?

Thanks!

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Sandra Calhoun-witchdoctor
Please have a look at the walkthrough. I'm sure, there you will find out, what you might have missed or still have to do.

Greetings, Kayleigh

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This game looks lovely, but it threw a fit on me when I tried to run it. As far as I can tell, it seemed to be opening, then closing itself again -- the screen would go black like it was trying to open a fullscreen game, then immediately the game vanished, then immediately the screen went black again. Because the interval where it was closed was so tiny, I couldn't even regain enough control of the computer to close the game through Task Manager, and had to reboot the computer entirely. The same thing happened the second time I tried, though at least that time I managed to hit Alt+Tab enough times to reach the Task Manager to close it.

If anyone has a solution for this, please tell it! But otherwise I just won't be touching this again at all.

[Edit: You should contact Big Fish customer support about this, they may have a solution for you. -Jay]

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Dev, if you read my earlier post above you'll see I had the same exact problem when trying to play it in a smaller windowed mode. I have a widescreen 1680x1050 resolution monitor. In full screen it worked okay for me.

I think I'll let Big Fish know about the oopsies I encountered as well. I like the company, their support team is great, and I'd like them to succeed with this project. And of course for Drawn2 to succeed as well. :)

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This is a gorgeous game. The visuals are glorious, and the music is perfect. If you like adventure games and/or puzzle games, buy this. It is similar in game play to the Dream Chronicle games. It's bright and arresting, and completely immersive. Highly recommended. I tried the trial version and loved it. Bought it immediately and glad I did.

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Thanks Kayleigh...I had read the walkthrough first...somehow I missed the dragonfly...

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i have a problem with the houerglass and the star....
i put him on the star and nothing happend....

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orbar07 - hourglass/star
Can you be a bit more specific, please? Where are you excactly? And did you have a look at the walkthrough? Maybe you will find your answer there already :).

Greetings, Kayleigh

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I have a problem with the part just after I lit the fire (deeper into the chest) it wont let me click on it wondered if this was because i need to find something else first?
please help?

georgia

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Loving this game until I got to the Lightning puzzle....looked at the walkthrough and for some reason, I am missing a small piece! so I cant move on! I have paid Big Fish!! Help me out!!

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Georgia -

If you are trying to go deeper into the chest, you need to:

Find the four scrap pieces of paper after you solved the farm picture. Those pieces, once placed, will allow you to play the mini-game to go deeper into the chest.

Yazzy -

Are you referring to the Lightning puzzle in the Hall of Giants? If so, the problem is probably:

One of the pieces where a very small corner bit is in the wrong place. Check the tiles where only a tiny bit of the puzzle is apparent and rotate them around to double check that they are in the right position.

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Kayleigh
hi! i am in the clock tower- night.
i look at the walkthrough and it says to put the enchanted hourglass on the star. i put it and nothing happend. the hourglass always came back to my inventory

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orbar07 -

Did you have the:

Magic merchant enchant the hourglass before you tried to use it?

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grinnyp
whuch one?

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orbar07-merchant

You need to give the sandclock the right merchant in the clock-tower - daytime

Greetings, Kayleigh

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This game was gorgeous! I loved it :)

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I liked it, but it was entirely too short. Big Fish sent me a postcard about this after I already bought it and the hype was huge, the game, however, wasn't. Way to short for the bucks!

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Coolitrose Author Profile Page September 9, 2009 4:01 PM

I am at the dragon and have the golden gong. Where do I find the mallet to hit the gongs?

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Coolitrose Author Profile Page September 9, 2009 4:09 PM

I found the mallet for the gong

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mojothecat September 9, 2009 4:25 PM

I am stuck and cannot get out of a scene. The cursor doesn't change. It is right after the staircase falls and you have to go back. I have tried large and small screens, nothing, I can't get out!

Anyone got any ideas?

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Hi!
I'm loving the game so far, but I'm having a problem.
I'm in the "fire & ice" room, trying to open the friend or foe gate. I've tried every pattern in the gate, and the upper and left (from the gate point of view) lions have green eyes bute the gate won't open!!! :(
what else do I have to do to get them open???

thanks for your help!

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I can't seem to be able to draw in the clouds with the chalk. I have followed the arrows but for some reason, the white chalk doesn't seem to cut it. Is there a special way or something? Help!

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mojothecat -
Are you moving the cursor to the very bottom of the scene?

morgaine -
You need to:

Go back out of the painting and look at the lions on either side of the painting. Have you solved them? You need to solve the left one (green) and NOT solve the right one. Once that is done you can go back into the painting and solve the gate.

Carole -

Are you holding down the left mouse button when drawing? Start where the arrow does, hold down that button, and don't let up until you've made the entire circuit around the cloud.

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hi!
thanks for the tip!
but I can't find out how do I solve the lion, just by pressing and he moves his mouth and nose?
thanks!!! ;)

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morgaine-lion

Clicking the nose will reset this mini game. You will have to have click the whiskers, till the teeth are all in the right position

Greetings, Kayleigh

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Morgaine - yes all over the screen in fact. All the other things works, hints, items light up when mouised over, menu and help. I cannot get an arrow to back out....bug maybe? I am going to create another player and see if the same thing happens.....very strange.....

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The game was okay. I had to turn the music off, I found it annoying and too new-agey. I also didn't care for the ending.

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I am having an issue with the witch doctor part. I shattered the first painting with the hammer and then went and got the other 4 shards. This is what made me have to look for a walkthrough. Thought I missed something. Your walkthrough states to shatter it and get the first shard. Does it automatically go into my inventory? Because the wall has a hole in it, the sand is running out, I've gotten the candle and the other shards. I even had begun to build the window and that's when I realized I was short a shard. HELP!

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i am at the gong part of dragon picture and apprently should have picked up the mallet in the skeleton pic earlier, but now i cannot return to skeleton part, only see the roman numerals code, so how do i go back and get the mallet to hit the gongs with? plz help. walkthrough doesn't address this.

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eileen Author Profile Page September 11, 2009 1:46 AM replied to sheila

sheila - The mallet is actually in the dragon room by the gongs.

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Tara -

After the painting shattered, did you hit the hole in the wall with the hammer?

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Can someone tell me where the red rock is in the cave of sorrow please?

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Grinny as soon as I sent this through, I figured it out! Thank you!!

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I'm in the witch doctor painting and need to exit to get a couple items in the room outside - but the arrow(s) to exit the painting will not show up. I've gone all the way around the edges of the screen and those dang arrows will not appear! I'm stuck in the painting! What is up with this?!!

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I just finished the game for the first time. It's the second time I played. The first time I couldn't get all 6 pieces of the window. I could see it in the walkthrough but it wasn't in my game untill I started over. This time I finished the game but it gagged on the ending. After I gave her the book I lost control. It went on with the story a while and then the screen just went black. I had to open task manager to close the game. Frequntly during gameplay the screen would go black for a couple of seconds. I'm a patient person, what can I say? It didnt bug me too much.
Other than being a bit short I thought it was an enjoyable game.
I'm 51.

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Has anyone been able to get into the basement?

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I'm having the same problem as 'mojothecat', after the stair crashes, I cannot go back, no matter where I move the cursor, it does NOT change back to an arrow that lets me leave the scene. I'm stuck!

[Edit: You should contact Big Fish customer support about this, they may have a solution for you. -Jay]

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Susiet -

The red rock is:

In the backstage area, before you get to the cave of sorrows. To find it you need to backtrack to the backstage area.

krzykathy -

I presume you are talking about where the bell fell? I don't think you can go there.

Anyone having trouble with directional arrows

This may be a bug in the game. You need to contact BigFish technical support, they may have a fix.

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I am having trouble in the ice painting with the lion puzzle. I've tried every different pattern and nothing! The eyes will turn green sometimes, but nothing ever happens. What do I need to do? I'm desperate! I've been trying for days on this part and can't get it to work! Please help!!!

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eileen Author Profile Page September 13, 2009 2:12 PM replied to Leah

Leah - Did you check the walkthrough? This screenshot should help.

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I'm having real trouble with the giant tree. I know what I am supposed to do but for some reason it wont let me

outline all of the clouds. Two of them are now shaded in fine but the third is refusing to do the same

can anyone help?

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kathy eikmeier September 13, 2009 9:21 PM

I have gotten thru the game one time, but this time around, I can not get the torch to work in the deep cave. It won't stay in the bracket and I can't go on. Any ideas ?

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Katz -

It can be tricky, but you just have to keep at it. Start where the arrow is and make sure you are going around the outlines without letting up on the mouse button until you've reached the end.

Kathy -

That sounds like it may be a bug in the game. Contact BigFish technical support, they may have a fix.

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I got up to the witchdoctor painting and when I try to enter I get the movie trailor and booted out to log in. I have wasted about 10 mins of my free access and I am sort of at a loss.

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@Rose
It sounds like you still have the demoversion. After purchasing the game, you will have to download it complete new, as the demoversion can't be just unlocked as usual. Go to your BFG account und choose "Historie" - There you will find a download for the purchased game.

Greetings Kayleigh

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I tried and tried, and still i could not get the chalk to outline the clouds. I followed the arrows, but nothign appears to tell me it is working. What am I doing wrong? There are still sparkles over the treehouse entrance, and I already have the chalk.

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Wyn - Treehouse
I can't remember that good anymore, but

Did you try with all three clouds? And did you get the letter in the treehouse?

Greetings, Kayleigh

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Where do I find the shield in fire and ice?

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girly girl -

The shield is:

in the ice castle (in the ice painting). You have to solve the ceiling mini-puzzle to get it.

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I am now at the point that I have to move the whiskers of the lion.
I have tried every possible solution, but the first tooth is going down.
I cant getting clos the teeth entirely!!
Please help!!

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eileen Author Profile Page September 22, 2009 11:56 AM replied to Baronnetje

Baronnetje - Did you try the solution in the walkthrough?

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I know it's just me being dim... but I cannot get past the the Star is Born puzzle. I have read the clues and I just can't seem to work out what to do!!! Would be eternally grateful for any help... Thanks )

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I can't seem to make stuff happen. I pick things up okay and can look around using arrows. In the first room, I put the chest piece in and it opened the game, and the piece of the chest surrounding the center circle was offset. Nothing I did moved it. I got a hand cursor like I could do something, but no response. I clicked the little sticks with circles on the top and nothing moved. I finally skipped the puzzle and it gave me the open chest with the handle I am supposed to slide, and the hand cursor. When I click it, the handle side of the box rattles but does not move.
What am I missing here?

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I'm a little bit disappointed to be honest. There's no doubting the storyline and the paintings but the game is kinda short.

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I'm in the dragon chest and having trouble dragging the blades back. I tried the top one first but nothing is moving. What should I do?
Can someone help?

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Marinette - dragging back the rods
You want to do it in the following order:

  • 1. The lowest one to the left.

  • 2.The right one down.

  • 3. The upper one to the right.

  • 4. The left one up

Greetings, Kayleigh

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I gave the hourglass to the merchant but I'm not able to put it in the sky the hourglass always return in my inventory , Anyway the merchant is not there anymore the tent is close!!!!!Please help.

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I am in the tree and I cannot move the objects to be able to move the rug to play the game underneath,(Chair-Book-Leaf-Paper). Yes, I've clicked on them. Help! Oh, and as for the 3 clouds you have to outline, don't complete the lines. The lines don't all touch end to end. Look at the outline before you draw on it and you will see it.

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eileen Author Profile Page October 3, 2009 9:53 PM replied to Rosette

Rosette - Did you already examine the sparkling book near the top?

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Hi Kayleigh!

I wouldn't be able to get through this game without your walkthrough. However, I'm stuck in fixing the clocktower.

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Go outside and speak to the left Magic Merchant. Click the gear on his table. Give him the teddy bear to get the gear. Return inside and use gear on clock.
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Now need an oil can. Go outside and click the oil can on the left Magic Merchant's table. Give the old letter to get the oil can.

The left Magic Merchant won't give me diddly-squat - just complains about how busy he is. I've tried placing the TB on the gear, and on him, and he rejects it. Same thing with the oil can and the L.

Any hints, tips?

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eileen Author Profile Page October 4, 2009 8:19 PM replied to Franny

Franny - Have you already spoken to the man inside the clock? You may need to do that first.

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Stuck Help~ October 11, 2009 3:02 AM

i'm at 'friemd or foe' and by mistake, i accidently made both lion's eyes to lit on. Is there a way to reset this?

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silvervam,pire October 12, 2009 12:17 AM

I have just completed this game, and looked at the overall look of it. Although I enjoyed it, the constant back tracking was so annoying. I think we are all going to see a lot more games with this type of game play... why???

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Stuck Help - I didn't think the lion puzzle stayed in position - you can't just rotate the tiles again until its the way you wanted?

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Ok - I am having the worst time getting the SHeet of Symbols posted on the wall - it won't allow mw to post it to the wall in the left corner. Also, there aren't enough sybols to complete pictures 1-8 - please help!

Many thanks,
Michael

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High production values, but almost nothing innovative.

But that doesn't take anything away from the fact that this is a gorgeous piece of work, with only a couple of annoying hunt-the-object moments (I probably spent more time trying to find what to hit the gongs with than I did in figuring out how to do the whole of the rest of that scene.) The puzzles were logical, the mini-games weren't excessively annoying and the navigation was acceptable.

And even though I was expecting it, the ...to be continued... ending (despite it not actually saying that!) felt dramatically right.

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dopeydragon November 11, 2009 5:40 PM

Witch Doctor-I see the ear and the false teeth, but I cannot move either to the right shrunken head. Am I missing something in my inventory?
Thanks

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Hey there. I love this game...HOWEVER...I am in the Hall of Giants and the game WILL NOT allow me to put the torch in the cave; therefore, I cannot figure out the symbols.

This is seriously frustrating. I've looked at the walkthrough, so I know I'm on the right track.

Help!

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Walzar Author Profile Page November 29, 2009 2:45 PM replied to genvc

genvc - Are you putting the torch in the holder on the left of the entrance? You're not using your torch to figure out the symbols, you're using the torch to find the last piece of the drawing. I hope this helps.

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Anonymous December 1, 2009 9:50 AM

Help I am stuck! I have gone through the walk through and nobody else apparently has had trouble in this area. I am to plant the seed and I have gone to the top and can not put it in the window to plant it. How do I get it in there? The hints they give do not help me.

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Walzar Author Profile Page December 1, 2009 4:05 PM replied to Anonymous

Could you be more specific? Which area are you in? Let me know and I can probably help you through it.

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Walzar,

Thanks for replying. I'm trying to put the torch in the bracket. I even played through as another player just to see if it happened again...it did.

I can't go further in the game without lighting the room and unravelling the symbols page.

So, unless there's something else to suggest, I'm done with Drawn...it's too bad too I loved this game up to this point.

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I'm in the dragon cave and have dipped the gnome and the chalice in gold. Now the walkthrough says I need an apple. I don't have it. Where do I find it?

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D - apple

The apple is in "The deep forest" , left tree on top

Greetings, Kayleigh

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Anonymous January 18, 2010 3:20 AM

the apple is in the painting in the hall of giants ya know the painting with the snail and rabbit and the boulder it is hanging on the tree above the rabbit hole

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how do i get the nails to move in the dragon's chest? so that i can get to the circle underneath?

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Anonymous January 27, 2010 6:52 PM

Got this game today and after two and a half hours have completed it! With a little help from this site for the things I really couldn't work out. Good game, although the revisits to other paintings in the game do get a little boring, the gorgeous scenes make up for it. No problems at all with this game in play. I do think, however, we need to know what is in the basement and maybe this is a prequel of more to come from Drawn, lets hope so........

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Storme - Are you talking about the dragon in the fire room, or the griffon in the ice room? Did you check the walkthrough?

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I'm pretty new to this type of game. I'm at the cave trying to find the torch to put in the bracket. I have the three items dipped in gold but cannot find the torch anywhere. Is it at the different location? When I try to check out the "walk through", it goes nowhere? Thanks!

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Ok, after the credits there's a picture of the basement where the bell fell. Is that like a secret ending part, or a prelude to something? If it's a secret ending, how do you get it?

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Coming to this discussion a bit late probably, but wow this was a great game!

Big Fish had this President's Day sale so decided to give this one a try and the art direction, game play, puzzles, and graphics were wonderful. This game would be worth more than the $6.99 regular price so I got a really nice bargain with the discount.

Some of the puzzles had me stumped but overall the level of play was challenging just enough, but not too easy. I think most of the play was "intuitive" for me personally (but that's such a subjective term for one person's intuitive is counter-intuitive).

I really enjoyed the story behind it all too, and I personally liked the narrative cut-scenes. It all flowed well, and I liked the bits of "downtime."

I'm sure I could nit-pick some details, but ain't going there = highly recommended.

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Help After the Theater February 23, 2010 5:43 PM

OK, I'm in the Hall of Giants. I got so desperate I looked for a walkthrough and found out that I had to get the chisel. Funny thing: no chisel. It says you get it when you get the skeleton key behind the theater. Nope. No chisel there. Is this a glitch? Need help desperately. My 11-year-old is breathing down my neck.

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Chrystelle February 24, 2010 3:37 AM

So, just finished the game. Looooved it~ <3 Can we say SEQUEL?!?! :D :D :D But I'm a little confused...what's with the bell that fell into the basement? I always thought there would be an explorable room down there or something, but there never was! And then there was that very last cut scene....

...Am I not getting something?

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Chrystelle, my thinking, and hope (!), is that the bell stuff is answering your question about the sequel as a resounding yes. That is what I was reading out of it, and the second part will be a focus on our escape, and hoping they basically had the second part in the works when this one was finished. Who knows, but sure seemed that way?

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I also have a huge problem at the witch doctor painting - which is unfortunate because I was enjoying the game.

I realize I have to exit the painting to get more things I need but the arrow to leave the screen is not showing up.. I saw others had the same problem, but no solution...

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Could anyone help me? I'm at the dragon and I have no shield to dip in the liquid gold. Where should I take it?

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Oh, it's ok now.=) I found the shield. I had just had to get through the gate first.

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GREAT GAME REALLY, enjoyable but i also had a problem with allowing me to chalk the clouds in! it wasn't showing me the puzzle piece so after re entering stage 3x i decided to task manager- that worked :) enjoyed it got it for free because of my game credit x

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Fox Chaotica 74647 March 13, 2010 9:24 AM

i have been trying for hours to get up the staircase behind the cloud door? HOW do you get up there!?

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I'm at Fire and Ice and I just finished the blades to receive the gear of flame and 3 red gems. I still need one more red gem for the last elephant and to raise the last platform. I can't find it anywhere.

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I'm having problems with the witch doctor's potion. I've got all the ingredients prepared, but when I try to click on them in the recipe order (starting with thistle), it tells me that my recipe is incorrect as soon as I click on the thistle. It doesn't go into my inventory; it appears to go into the bowl and explode.

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I am in the cave in the forest. The hint states I need a torch and a sheet of symbols.
I have both these items but the torch bracket on the left wall of the deep forest will not accept the torch.
Help

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Didn't like the END.....I thought we were supposed to SAVE IRIS......
Iguess if you want a sequal it is a perfect ending but I wanted to save her......frustrating to spend all that time and then....POOF.

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Played this gam and loved it.......is there a sequel yet if not is there going to be an when...
great game

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Love this and I am looking forward to a sequel. Any one heard anything about one?

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wjguest July 10, 2010 8:22 PM

Is there a way to get back to the tower steps in the beginning? I didn't pick up the red ribbon and it may be something I need later so as I'm only at the farm I may as well go get it now. Please help before I advance to much further. Thank you

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Chiktionary Author Profile Page July 11, 2010 10:58 PM

I can't find the mallet to hit the gongs. Any clues would be appreciated...

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Chiktionary Author Profile Page July 11, 2010 11:33 PM

@ WJGuest

I don't know if you can return to the tower steps at the beginning. If you've downloaded the game, you could start again perhaps...?

Sorry for not having a more helpful answer.

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Chiktionary Author Profile Page July 12, 2010 4:13 AM

@ WJGuest again

I restarted the game, and I think that you would have picked up the red scarf. You would have had to to collect the sketch of the door handle. It just doesn't show in your inventory.

This was an absolutely delightful game, however I found that sometimes the next step was not always clear, the complete opposite to the overly helpful narrative in The Fall Trilogy.
I experienced a lot of issues in terms of the game crashing, but that is probably mostly due to my system needing updated video and audio cards.
I was reminded of Myst and The Dream Chronicles with the sounds and music. The graphics had a lovely storybook feel to them.
Oddly, the tale of a girl trapped in a tower by an Evil Dragon, with a nasty King pursuing her did not come across as kitschy; it all had quite an original flavour.
I'd definitely play the sequel if and when it's released.
Thanks for giving away the ending Tessa :\
However, I don't think that Iris wasn't rescued. I think

that she was able to escape into her book. But she does need to reclaim her rightful throne and save the kingdom, so hopefully the ending does signal further adventuring

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wjguest July 12, 2010 3:52 PM

@ Chiktionary
Thanks for your help. I'm not going to worry about it anymore. If I have to I'll just start over but I hate to do that. It takes so long to load each place i go to and then the screen turns black for about 45 sec. before it shows. I really wouldn't have purchased it if i had known it would take so long to get around. But it is a beautiful game and except for the time thing, I'm enjoying it.

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wjguest July 13, 2010 2:39 PM

Wow , finished and loved this game. I'm already hoping for another. Is there any other games like this that someone could recommend?

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I am really, really stuck on the tower at night. So I looked at the walk through and this is what it said: •Go into the painting again and up to the top of the tower. Use the enchanted hourglass on the star constellation on the right. When a shooting star comes through the circle created by the hourglass, click it to complete the constellation which will go into your inventory.

I can not find the constellation on the right. Periodically a star appears in the left window, but I can't get it no matter how many times I try.

Can someone please help?

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@Patti: you probably won't read this, because it's been a few days. But, if you're talking about windows, you're not actually talking about the "top of the tower". To get to the top, you must use the elevator, not the stairs. Go outside the tower and try the little door on the left.

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Daphne B. Thank you so much for your help about the contellations. I didn't see an elevator but I will look again.

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This game is SERIOUSLY buggy! Good grief!
Sometimes it starts flashing as mentioned by some others here and I have to reboot the computer. Other times it seizes up completely and I have to hard-kill the computer and restart. A couple times it rebooted the computer for me - right in the middle of the game!

The final straw was when it rebooted the computer (just as I was at the final puzzle of the game) and wiped out ALLLLL my game and forced me to restart.

This game has been out for a year now. Why haven't they fixed any of this? Can it not handle a 64-bit system? Is it Windows 7 it doesn't like? I have a killer machine with 5GB of RAM so it's not a hardware issue.

[I played through on a Mac without any crashes or bugs at all. You might want to report your experience to Big Fish customer support, they may have some ideas. -Jay]

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I'm having trouble getting the mallet in the dragon's cave. I can see it when I'm out of the painting, but when I go into it I don't have access to it because the bottom taskbar thing is in the way. Any suggestions? It's really frustrating me.

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My mistake, it's the pickaxe I can't get to.

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Hi
I was wondering how Im supposed to get ino the basement? The bell broke through the floor, but I dont know how to go deeper... Can anyone help?

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while cleaning the treehouse, i forgot to collect the old letter. now i am trying to get the oil can from the merchant. i tried going back & taking the letter but couldnt. is there any other way (other than restarting thegame from the beginning)to take the old letter to trade for the oil can?please reply asap as it is killing me not to be able to collect the letter. HELP!!!

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Anonymous March 13, 2011 7:48 AM

Hi

Im on the treetop.
Cant see any cardinal drawing on the tree. starring at the tree for 20 min now, but nothing at all...Ive read the walktrough 3 times in case Ive missed something but others seems fine.

any idea? thanks..

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The cardinal drawing is not on the tree.
Go back to the foyer. Click the painting above the fire place. At the right side of the frame you will find the cardinal drawing.

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Anonymous March 13, 2011 11:09 AM

Thanks very much!:)

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 3:28 PM

I am in the cave of sorrow and it won't let me paint the rabbits eye. There is a stone over it. Am I supposed to move that with something? I only have a red stone , yellow stone, and letter in my box. What am I missing?
Thanks!

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Help, I used the slingshot from the outside of the tower. Now the window is broken. The plant is growing, but at night is won't show the flower. It looks like it's waiting for the slingshot... but there allready is a hole in this window. What can I do?

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Can anybody help please? I've been through several "walkthroughs" and I'm still stuck. When I have spun the dragon around to reveal the little girl (using the weights) I need a stone star. The walkthroughs say to use the stone star on the staircase - but I've already used that right at the beginning of the game once I've put the hot sun in the doors and climbed upstairs. When i go back to try and get the stone star, it's gone and none of the walkthroughs tell me how to get it back. Thanks so much.

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hi... I am really enjoying this game but....I hit the wall with the hammer to get the shard of glass and I guess I was too slow. the shard is gone and I can't find it now. I can't go any further. Can someone help me?
Thanks

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I cannot get the torch into place on the wall in the cave of sorrows and without light am unable to solve the symbols puzzle. No matter what I try, it just wont work, even when I started the game over as a new player. So frustrating, as I was really enjoying the game and can't go anywhere with it now! Anyone else had this problem?

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Alibaba -
Check the walkthrough above the comments to if you missed a task.

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Anonymous October 23, 2011 8:44 PM

10/23/11 - There is a "special" going on this weekend with Big Fish, and I tried to buy the previous DRAWN games with the code NEW299, (games for $2.99) however, code did not work for me, plus I couldn't update my payment method to even buy a game(new credit card). Game prices remained the same at 4.99. I was very willing to buy, but it was not possible.

[Sorry, but the promotion this weekend is good for first time customers only. :( -Jay]

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help!!! I am having trouble in getting my torch in the dark cave(cave of sorrow). My torch is lit, cause I used it on the bucket, what am I doing wrong. do I need something else to get the torch in the left side of the cave? I am missing something else, and I do not what it is.

My torch keeps going back to my ltmerary bar.
I hope that someone will help me

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@finn -
I'm sorry, I don't remember which bucket you mean...

The torch holder is small and barely distinguishable... you need to hold the torch and click in just the perfect spot to put it there.

If for some reason that isn't working, then perhaps a step is being skipped before it's time to move on? Beyond that, maybe it's an issue with the save file? You could try saving and redownloading the game.

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The beauty of the story and graphics is redundant, if I can't get past one of the earliest puzzles. This would be the 3rd (and last) Big Fish game I have bought for the iPad, that has required steps that cannot be performed on an iPad....unless I'm overlooking something.

The window shards need to be rotated to complete the broken window puzzle correctly. I have all the pieces, but cannot place them correctly without this function. Anyone else encountered this problem ?

The last game I bought from Big Fish gave me 5 minutes of play before running into a glitch that was not correctable. Although they at least addressed my concerns, no solution was offered, nor was a refund.

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elle Author Profile Page March 9, 2013 12:34 PM replied to Kajmir

Hi Kajmir,

Have you tried a quick tap on the piece to rotate it?

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Oh thank you for your response elle....but that doesn't work either. =(

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elle Author Profile Page March 9, 2013 3:15 PM replied to Kajmir

It's a very nice game on its original portal: as a computer download, if you are able to try it... I recommend it highly. I'm playing the mobile version now to see if I can replicate the issue on my device.

Edit: there's no need to rotate the broken window pieces to complete this puzzle... Here's a screenshot of the completed puzzle.

Regarding the other game you mentioned, generally, Big Fish is very good about resolving such problems. You could contact customer support again regarding the unresolved issue.

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The way the pieces are in my inventory....cannot complete that puzzle. The first time I did it...the pieces 'locked in' although the puzzle was incorrect. I couldn't retrieve them to try again, so had to start over. In spite of knowing the proper configuration, I jotted down the correct placement from the walkthrough, as to no make the same mistake twice.
It was at that point, that realized, the pieces as I have them will not make that puzzle without rotating.

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