First Love


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Grinnypfirstlove_podium.jpgWhat happens when two of the best known names in the room escape business team up? You get a charming little piece like First Love, is what. Created by Bianco-Bianco (Dr. Ichie, Mystery House in Japan) and Robamimi (Who Am I? Remake, The Wedding Anniversary) First Love is not your ordinary escape. Call it a holiday gift to you.

To begin with, you are not attempting to escape anything. You are, in fact, attempting a walk down memory lane, to a decade ago when you and your first love parted. The action takes place in a lovely little chapel, the last place you two met, and your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find the picture you both drew on that fateful day. Will you find the picture? Will your first love meet you as promised? You'll have to play to find out.

Navigation through the space can be a little tricky at first. Turning left and right is simple, bars will appear at the sides of the screen. However, you are walking through a narrow chapel, so in order to see some things to your right or left, you will first have to move forward. Luckily, pixel hunting will be at a minimum thanks to the nice changing cursor, which indicates areas that can be clicked. There's no construction or combining of objects to be had here, just puzzles and mind games. And memories...

The backgrounds are of the beautiful quality you would expect from Bianco-Bianco and Robamimi. From the charming little chapel all done up for Christmas, to the warm glow of the basement everything is a treat for the eyes. Accompanying your quest is a peaceful little tune, which can be handily muted if it becomes annoying. There's even a save button if you wish to stop and come back later.

Analysis: First Love is a nice combination of Robamimi's sentiment and Bianco-Bianco's quirkiness. This is not a tense nail-biter, nor a pure cold logic puzzle. Instead, it is a warm and fuzzy nostalgia trip that is perfect for a short break from the holiday madness.

No, it's not the hardest room escape out there. Nor the cutest, nor the quirkiest. First Love has its own quiet charm, it's calm and soothing, and it has just enough difficulty to make it a challenge. The only quarrel you might have is that one of the main puzzles is color-based, making it rather inaccessible for those with color-blindness.

Now that the holiday is finally here, and you've stuffed yourself silly and are tired of family fighting and football, take a 15 minute break from the day and enjoy some casual gameplay. Remember, it's sometimes fun not to escape from something, but to escape to something. Enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Play First Love

Walkthrough Guide


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First Love Walkthrough:

Don't forget to click "English" beforehand!

  1. Standing at the very back of the church (near the door and facing the cross), you see two rows of eight pews. Under the pew closest to the door on the right, find a BLUE STAR.

  2. The wreath second from the door on the left (if you're facing the big cross) has a RED STAR in it.

  3. Under the pew second-closest to the big cross on the left (if you're facing the cross) find a YELLOW STAR.

  4. Look in the podium with the cross on it (to the right of the big cross). Find a BOX. Notice that you need to enter a three-letter code (and those letters must be D, E, V, I, or L). If you've already found the blue, red, and yellow stars, clicking the Hint button will tell you how to open the box.

    "The day before Xmas." Which means the code for the box is

    "EVE"

    You now have a BLACK STAR.

  5. Look under the shelf where you got the box. Find a STAR KEY.

  6. Open up the book under the big cross. No scriptures here, just a story about a dragon. A colorful story. Remember those colors for later, and also make note of the diagrams. At the back of the book, there is a different diagram, this one with a big cross (look familiar?), some rectangles, and a star. The rectangles are windows, and the cross is the big cross in the church.

  7. Go to the window indicated by the diagram in the back of the book. There's a keyhole. Use the star key on it, and get the GREEN STAR.

  8. Go up to the big cross again, and turn left. There's a panel in the floor with a star on it, and places to put the stars you've collected so far. But what order do you put them in?

  9. Go back to the book and read Chapter 1. There are two colors mentioned in this chapter (blue and yellow). There is also a triangle with a white star at the top. This is a hint about the floor panel. The next chapter has a hint for the other half of the floor panel puzzle. It mentions the colors red and green, and has a triangle with a black star at the bottom.

  10. Go to the floor panel with the stars on it. Using the information you got from the book, put the stars where they belong. The order they go in is:

    Clockwise from the white star at the top: white, red, blue, black, yellow, green.

    Flip the switch at the bottom of the puzzle and the panel opens up to reveal a ladder leading down.

  11. Go down the ladder and forward once. On the right wall of the hallway is a picture with four brooms and some numbers. You can click on the brooms, and they change to an empty candle holder, a bit of string, or a candle holder with a candle. Remember this for later.

  12. Go into the basement room. In front of you is a table with a golden box on it. On this box you see some rectangles, and a green star. You've seen this before, right? But what are those numbers for? You can change them for some reason.

  13. If you turn right from the table, you see a plaque on the wall with four symbols on it, one of which is a green star (hey, didn't you just see a green star on that box on the table?). Against the wall the plaque is on there's another gold box. This one has the same symbols as the plaque, only the green star is missing. Turning right, you see a bookshelf with a locked blue box on it.

  14. Look more closely at the room. There are a lot more items in there, including brooms, empty candle holders, candle holders with candles, and bits of string. Hey! Let's count them. (With the bits of string in the corner, count the circles. Each end of string is circled, with two ends per string. Meaning the number of strings is half the number of circles.)

    Brooms: 4, Empty Candle Holders: 7, Candle Holders w/Candles: 2, Strings: 3.

    Put those numbers into the picture in the hallway. It tells you the steamer is on.

  15. Go back upstairs and take a look at the windows. They've been steamed up, and now you can see numbers on them. Write down the numbers in the order they appear on the windows (notice that the window you got the green star from has no number).

  16. Go downstairs again to the golden box with the numbers on it. Input the numbers from the windows. It sould look like this:

    18
    2*
    03
    71

    Now take the GREEN STAR TILE.

  17. Put the green star tile in the other golden box. Open the box and take the GOLD KEY.

  18. Use the gold key to open the blue box on the bookshelf. Take the CARD with the snowman on it.

  19. On the back of the snowman card you see yet another diagram. Go back upstairs to the pew indicated. See the message, then click back.

The end! Merry Christmas, everyone!

52 Comments

I'm stuck...

I've gotten all but the green Star, have the key, and know which pew I should be looking at, but I can't find the hotspot. Any tips?

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use the key to get the green star. I can't find the black one.

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Nevermind, power of posting.

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@Will

Try the window

I'm stuck

underground. My hint is to "Check an underground walkway. How many objects are there?". I've looked, and counted each of the items shown in the walkway, put them to the correct number but still nothing happens

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Vogonviking Author Profile Page December 25, 2009 2:14 PM

All I am getting is a black screen. Never mind! Merry Christmas everybody!

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walkthrough please :)

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how do you find the black star? I have

the box and all the other stars and my hint is the day before xmas. does it have to do with roman numerals?

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can't find the black key.. any hints : )

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For the black key

it's in the box, the code is

eve

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Lovely game and very sweetly done!

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help? i have no idea what to do with the

the little nest/hay thingy in the corner of the underground room

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The day before christmas

EVE

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cute game, first one i did without a walk-through =]

but what i want to know is

why would the picture still be there after 10 years? and the graffiti on the chair... dont people clean up this church?

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For the black star guys, what is the day before christmas called? Christmas ___

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If you have the box from the lectern, you already have the black star. It's just a matter of opening it.

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Black Key Hint:

What's another word for the day before Christmas?

One you can spell with three letters?

Enter Eve in the box

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I have absolutely no idea what to do with...

the straw puzzle in the corner of the basement. It's just blinking a pattern at me, but repeating the pattern doesn't do anything. I feel like it's mocking me. :P

Oh, and to whom it may concern :

the solution has nothing to do with Roman numerals and everything to do with what we call the day before Xmas


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Juggernaut December 25, 2009 3:11 PM

For The Black Star:

The Hint says "the day before xmas"

... that's called Christmas EVE

Zoom in on the box (if you already found it) and put in the code.

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I can't seem to get the game in english, so I'm completely stuck on the stars. I have all of them, but is there a hint somewhere that I'm missing to know what to do with them?

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Finished. Took a little thinking, but I got it.

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To get the game in English, you have to press the word "English" when you first load the game, before starting play.

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nerdypants Author Profile Page December 25, 2009 4:03 PM

Fruvous, about the blinking straws:

Have you looked very carefully in the hallway in the basement? There's a picture on the right side you might be interested in.

There's one blink for every end of string, meaning there are two blinks per string.

If there are six blinks, that means there are three strings.

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is a walkthrough coming soon?

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i finish it!!!
hint: look for the red star in the window.

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Thanks, nerdypants, but um....

I really have no idea what you're talking about. :)

What picture? I see the picture with the four symbols on it, and the box with three symbols on it, and of course, the last piece for that box is locked up behind a massive combination lock... where does 3 come into it?

Thanks for trying to help. I'm slowly getting better at the room-escape games, but I'm still not very good at this sort of thinking.

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wats the order they go in

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nerdypants Author Profile Page December 25, 2009 5:24 PM

First Love Walkthrough:

Don't forget to click "English" beforehand!

  1. Standing at the very back of the church (near the door and facing the cross), you see two rows of eight pews. Under the pew closest to the door on the right, find a BLUE STAR.

  2. The wreath second from the door on the left (if you're facing the big cross) has a RED STAR in it.

  3. Under the pew second-closest to the big cross on the left (if you're facing the cross) find a YELLOW STAR.

  4. Look in the podium with the cross on it (to the right of the big cross). Find a BOX. Notice that you need to enter a three-letter code (and those letters must be D, E, V, I, or L). If you've already found the blue, red, and yellow stars, clicking the Hint button will tell you how to open the box.

    "The day before Xmas." Which means the code for the box is

    "EVE"

    You now have a BLACK STAR.

  5. Look under the shelf where you got the box. Find a STAR KEY.

  6. Open up the book under the big cross. No scriptures here, just a story about a dragon. A colorful story. Remember those colors for later, and also make note of the diagrams. At the back of the book, there is a different diagram, this one with a big cross (look familiar?), some rectangles, and a star. The rectangles are windows, and the cross is the big cross in the church.

  7. Go to the window indicated by the diagram in the back of the book. There's a keyhole. Use the star key on it, and get the GREEN STAR.

  8. Go up to the big cross again, and turn left. There's a panel in the floor with a star on it, and places to put the stars you've collected so far. But what order do you put them in?

  9. Go back to the book and read Chapter 1. There are two colors mentioned in this chapter (blue and yellow). There is also a triangle with a white star at the top. This is a hint about the floor panel. The next chapter has a hint for the other half of the floor panel puzzle. It mentions the colors red and green, and has a triangle with a black star at the bottom.

  10. Go to the floor panel with the stars on it. Using the information you got from the book, put the stars where they belong. The order they go in is:

    Clockwise from the white star at the top: white, red, blue, black, yellow, green.

    Flip the switch at the bottom of the puzzle and the panel opens up to reveal a ladder leading down.

  11. Go down the ladder and forward once. On the right wall of the hallway is a picture with four brooms and some numbers. You can click on the brooms, and they change to an empty candle holder, a bit of string, or a candle holder with a candle. Remember this for later.

  12. Go into the basement room. In front of you is a table with a golden box on it. On this box you see some rectangles, and a green star. You've seen this before, right? But what are those numbers for? You can change them for some reason.

  13. If you turn right from the table, you see a plaque on the wall with four symbols on it, one of which is a green star (hey, didn't you just see a green star on that box on the table?). Against the wall the plaque is on there's another gold box. This one has the same symbols as the plaque, only the green star is missing. Turning right, you see a bookshelf with a locked blue box on it.

  14. Look more closely at the room. There are a lot more items in there, including brooms, empty candle holders, candle holders with candles, and bits of string. Hey! Let's count them. (With the bits of string in the corner, count the circles. Each end of string is circled, with two ends per string. Meaning the number of strings is half the number of circles.)

    Brooms: 4, Empty Candle Holders: 7, Candle Holders w/Candles: 2, Strings: 3.

    Put those numbers into the picture in the hallway. It tells you the steamer is on.

  15. Go back upstairs and take a look at the windows. They've been steamed up, and now you can see numbers on them. Write down the numbers in the order they appear on the windows (notice that the window you got the green star from has no number).

  16. Go downstairs again to the golden box with the numbers on it. Input the numbers from the windows. It sould look like this:

    18
    2*
    03
    71

    Now take the GREEN STAR TILE.

  17. Put the green star tile in the other golden box. Open the box and take the GOLD KEY.

  18. Use the gold key to open the blue box on the bookshelf. Take the CARD with the snowman on it.

  19. On the back of the snowman card you see yet another diagram. Go back upstairs to the pew indicated. See the message, then click back.

The end! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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nerdypants Author Profile Page December 25, 2009 5:27 PM

Fruvous:

When you come down the ladder, there's a hallway in front of you. Click forward once, so that you're still in the hallway, then click towards your upper right. There's a picture there with four squares you can change.

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What is the order they go in?
the hint says "some colors are hidden in the book. Line them up following the arrows."
But I still don't get it!

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Nice game!^__^ finished without the walkthrough, it's quite simple!!

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nerdypants Author Profile Page December 25, 2009 6:27 PM

Blinky: You can find the order of the colored stars in step 10 of the walkthrough. If you just want a hint:

Start from the star that's already there in the book's diagram (white or black). Then see what order the colors occur in in the story. Put the colors (in story order) into the triangles following the arrows, then put the triangles together to form a six-pointed star.

That should open the floor panel for you.

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Awww, that was cute! ^^

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Grant Thurston Author Profile Page December 26, 2009 12:35 AM

Awww, what an adorable game! I really enjoyed it. Partially because it was cute and gave me no impression that I would be scared, and partially because I could ALMOST solve it without a walkthrough! Almost! >:D

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3stars.and.a.sun Author Profile Page December 26, 2009 1:25 AM

here we go!

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Billy Nitro Author Profile Page December 26, 2009 2:03 AM

Merry Christmas indeed. What other surprises might you have, grinnyp, or were you just saving these for the holiday?

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Nice game. Although I don't quite understand the copious presence of a Jewish symbol in a Christian church. Not that I care, but it is weird.

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Is anyone here as amused as I am at seeing Jewish Stars of David in a Christian church?

Of course, I'm a Unitarian Universalist, which means I've seen (and made) odder combinations at my church!

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need some help please. i have the box. its over on the right of the screen where the stars that i found are. when i click on the box it turns blue but doesnt come up so i can put the code in. what am i doing wrong? also stuck on finding the green star. i have looked everywhere.

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wjguest--

To bring up objects from your inventory, double-click them. Once you have the box up on the screen, click on the part that would need to be facing you.

To find the green star:

Return to the lectern where you found the box. Click under the shelf to find a white key hanging underneath and take it. Now back up, turn right, go forward once, and turn left. Click on the window just to the left of the wreath with the blue bow. Click once on the white key to select it, then click on the window's lock.

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ray9na

for some reason i can move the stars into place but not the box. clicking on it twice just makes it go from gray to blue and back again. I'm wondering if I have to find the spot to set the box down. with the stars i had to click the spot where they go to make them move. but where does the box go? been trying since yesterday. really appreciate the help.

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I love these! They're so moving with the music and stories!!!

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Jay, I'm hoping you can help me. The only thing keeping me from finishing this game is I need to be able to bring the box up so I can put in the code. Ive clicked twice as someone told me to do but that doesn't bring it up. I remember what you told me about clearing the cache and then starting over. That didn't help ether. Is there any other reason I cant work the box? Been trying for 2 days now. Getting frustrated. Any help would be much appreciated.

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wjguest

The box doesn't go anywhere. You simply interact with it in your inventory. Enter the code, open it, and retrieve something from it.

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Ray

I understand that but it just sits over in the inventory and i cant put the code in. don't know what I'm doing wrong. i tried clicking twice like u said but nothing happens. I feel really stupid.

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wjguest

You keep saying you're "clicking twice." Make sure you're properly double clicking: clicking twice in rapid succession.

No insult intended here, it's just an old tech support trick: making absolutely sure all the basics are ruled out before moving on to more fancy solutions.

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Ray

I know what you mean. I was saying clicking twice but what I meant was I was double clicking real fast. It just would not work, so I just kept doing it over and over and finally it worked. Don't know why it wouldn't before. Double clicking comes up often and I never had any trouble with it before so I guess it was just stuck for awhile. Thanks for your help. Now I can finish the game.

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Really cute. I wouldn't mind more 'room escape' games that stray from the cliche of actually being locked in a room. Obviously it can work very well.

The only frustrating bit was when the damn locked box wouldn't zoom

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"Nice game. Although I don't quite understand the copious presence of a Jewish symbol in a Christian church. Not that I care, but it is weird."
Posted by: Nikolai | December 26, 2009 4:56 AM

"Is anyone here as amused as I am at seeing Jewish Stars of David in a Christian church?

"Of course, I'm a Unitarian Universalist, which means I've seen (and made) odder combinations at my church!"
Posted by: ray9na | December 26, 2009 1:42 PM

I think it's a lot less about symbolizing interfaith cooperation than about using the Star of David as random decoration (I've seen this in other video games, manga, manhwa, etc. too).

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So frustrating -- it won't load, and I've tried for days.

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Good "escape" game. I did it on my own and while the difficulty level was just a little too far on the easy side of perfect for me, it was still quite enjoyable. Good collaboration by two of the better creators out there.

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D'aww.

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