10 Gnomes in Liege


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Grinnyp10GnomesinLiegeLet's just get this out of the way from the beginning: gnomes freak me right the heck out. No, I don't think they're cute, not even a tiny little bit. Those "amusing" garden gnomes? Evil. So evil. Plotting to kill you in your sleep and take over the world evil. And don't even get me started on the Travelocity gnome...So you can just imagine my utter delight at the news of Mateusz Skutnik's latest point-and-click Gnomes adventure, 10 Gnomes in Liege.

But seriously, if you're not familiar with this amusing yet creepy series of hidden object finding adventures the objective is simple: search through a bleak cityscape, in this case the city of Liege, and find the lurking gnomes. Finding can be accomplished by clicking on areas that the changing cursor indicate are interesting, and you can click closer and closer and closer until you find...well, either a gnome, another creature, or nothing at all. As implied in the title there are 10 of the little critters, hiding in nooks and crannies all over the place. You have 10 minutes to explore and find the little devils, and maybe a troll or two, before the timer runs out. What happens then? I'm thinking the "taking over the world" scenario will play out. Maybe. If so, this is about the fourteenth time they've tried to take over the world, so we can suspect that, for all their evil ways, they're pretty bad at actually doing anything other than lurking... and waving to you if you find them.

10 Gnomes in Liege is pretty short, as you might have guessed by that ten minute timer. That doesn't mean that you'll only spend ten minutes playing, however. Try it and you might get hooked, going back over and over again to admire the stunning black and white photography of the city whilst you try to ferret out every last gnome before time runs out. Although this is a gorgeous game it is by no means cute in any way shape or form, despite the cool, trendy, shades-wearing gnomes of course. The scenery looms, the accompanying music chills, and despite the lack of anything overt with no jump scares to be had here, you can't help but get more and more frantic to find those nasty little gnomes as time begins to tick down and anxiety levels shoot through the roof... Okay, maybe not, but still take the time to check out 10 Gnomes in Liege and maybe you'll begin to understand why gnomes really, really freak me out.

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aquilegia June 1, 2011 1:23 PM

I always enjoy these! But I find myself wondering... do people look suspiciously at the maker, like "why is this person taking close-up shots of my table legs and old cardboard box?"

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mateusz skutnik June 1, 2011 4:07 PM

no, because I usually make those pictures in complete solitude. Like really early in the morning or in desolate places.
cheers.

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elbottso Author Profile Page June 1, 2011 5:01 PM

I can only find 8 gnomes

and 1 troll.

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elbottso Author Profile Page June 1, 2011 5:13 PM

Found a ninth. Where's that last blasted gnome? I've played 7 times.

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Anonymous June 1, 2011 5:16 PM

Found all ten!!! First time without a walkthrough.

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Hespetre Author Profile Page June 1, 2011 5:44 PM

I found all ten! But I wonder

how many trolls there are

?

I found one at

the top of the fountain, are there more?

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Grinnyp, and all you gnomophobes out there: never, ever, EVER watch this Graham Annable video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt5lB-RoAi4&feature=relmfu

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Anonymous June 1, 2011 8:59 PM

gnomes scare you hey? Didn't happen to go to a Waldorf School did you? Just wondering.

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another timer, it doesn't make it 'exciting', it just turns me off, otherwise it appears to be a well put together experience. but resetting after 10 minutes just annoys me and makes me stop playing

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Anonymous June 2, 2011 6:53 AM

Nice!

For your information : Liege is a city in Belgium ^^

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Anyone posting a walkthrough anytime soon? not being able to find all of the gnomes is bugging me :/

@Hewitt OMFG, that vid freaked me out.

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Hespetre Author Profile Page June 2, 2011 11:54 AM

Here's what I've found:

Gnome 1: Right side of flower box on wall under Madonna

Gnome 2: Right from there, in hole to left of door

Gnome 3: Right from there, left side of right flower box outside window

Gnome 4: Right from there, in hole on mailbox on door behind cafe tables

Gnome 5: Right from there, in cardboard box

Gnome 6: Right from there, in left flower pot against painted wall

Gnome 7: Right from there, one step into alley, in crack low on wall to the right

Gnome 8: Further into alley, between white board and wall to the right

Gnome 9: Further into alley, in whole in wall next to grate to the right

Gnome 10: Farthest end of alley, in cigarette pack next to litter

Troll on top of fountain in front of cafe tables

And:

I have a feeling there's at least one more troll

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Being my first foray into the "10 Gnomes" series, I have to admit that I really like the atmosphere these games have...so much so, in fact, that I got rather wrapped up in just checking the place out at such a leisurely pace that I only found 3 of the gnomes before even realizing that it had a time limit.

If I might make a suggestion for future installments, it'd be to switch the time limit out for a timer; rather than seeing how many I can find in 10 minutes, I'd rather see how long it takes me to find all 10, because I could seriously spend all day wandering around these places.

Definitely gonna have to check out the rest of the series now, though. Between this and the Submachine games, you've got quite a mastery of mood-setting, Mr. Skutnik.

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misandry June 2, 2011 4:30 PM

I agree with a lot of the other commentators - this is a really nice little game, but the timer is totally unnecessary, and really annoying. without the timer i would spend more time playing.

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Timers suck. I enjoyed this and I'd find them all, but I don't want to have to replay and find the same ones all over.

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elbottso Author Profile Page June 3, 2011 11:13 AM

@Hespetre

I can't find the area you indicated in clue #9. Are the directions you gave correct or could you be a little more specific? All the other clues were dead on. I've been playin this game off and on for 3 days and would like to find them all.

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elbottso Author Profile Page June 3, 2011 11:31 AM

@Hespetre

Nevermind. Found him. Thanks.

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Hespetre Author Profile Page June 3, 2011 11:38 AM

@elbottso ok.

I deliberately wrote clues rather than "click right twice" etc.

I like that there are timers on these, even though I usually don't like timers. It makes the experience last longer as you usually have to try more than once. After a few tries you remember where the gnomes are.

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Ugh, that vid was creepy. Whether or not you like gnomes to begin with.

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