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El Compló

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El Complo is a casual puzzle game, similar to the Grow series of games, in which several items are added to the puzzle, one at a time, until complete. The detailed animations of El Complo contain much of the same charm we are used to seeing with Grow, and thus makes this game a fine addition to the growing list of 'recipe puzzles'.

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I never thought I would say it, but that made even *less* sense than grow. Wild, wacky stuff!

If you can't wait...

  1. tree

  2. moustache

  3. briefcase

  4. road

  5. manhole

  6. television

  7. switch

  8. cigar

  9. car

  10. army

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ganaste!

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I never thought I would say it, but that made even *less* sense than grow. Wild, wacky stuff!

If you can't wait...

  1. tree

  2. moustache

  3. briefcase

  4. road

  5. manhole

  6. television

  7. switch

  8. cigar

  9. car

  10. army

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I love these types of games.

Solution if you need it:

Tree, Bald Guy, Road, Suitcase, Sewer Grate, TV, Box, Guy with Cigar, Car, Guy with Hat

GANASTE!

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i need help NOW

I AM VERY STUCK!!!!

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Nice game! Finished it after about 10 tries but things don't seem to make logical sense... I still love these kinds of games though.

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Cool game... Figured it out in about 30 minutes.
Here's the solution if anyone gets stuck...

If you number the selections 1-10 then the solution is:
3,5,10,8,9,4,2,7,6,1

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i cant do it but ill keep on trying :D

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Every ones about to ask for a walkthrough...so here is one!

tree
baldman
road
briefcase
sewer
box/radio?
car
tv
cigar man
army man

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I really enjoyed this game for the first 20 min I played it. However, I cannot complete it and now I'm frustrated. I'm wondering whether there is a hint in the into that I'm missing seeing as how its in Spanish? Best I can manage is:

The ninja/guerilla will use the magnet to pull the car

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Good game! short thought. this is the first time i was able to finish one of these games without cheats, GO ME! Keep up the good work Jay, we need some new point and click games!

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You should probably also mention that the game is based on Mexican politics, everything that happens in the game has some meaning in Mexican politics.

Also, I played this game a while ago, there are several different solutions, in case anyone is interested, here's one:

palm tree, Salinas(the bald guy), street, briefcase, the brown thing(I'm not sure what it is), sewer, car, TV, Castro (the guy with the big beard), Marcos(the guy in green)

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Darn... the closest I've gotten so far is all but 4 of them maxed.

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Does anyone have a translation for the info screen? I recognized Comandante Marco, and Fidel Castro. I am curious about the message this game is alluding to.

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LOL!! I suck at these, i have to have the solution every time or else i rip my hair out!! ;) not really... BUT I GO INSAAAAANE!!! POST A SOLUTION!!! QUIIIICK!!!

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OMG i love these games, even though i suck at them. thanks jay~

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wow, it's much more interesting to learn there's a political message behind this game (sort of like the mcdonalds video game, though that one is rather self-evident). Please, I beg somebody to provide commentary!

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Wow, that took me a while, but finally I made it without cheating. Though I must say it didn't make much sense to me, even when its done. Can anyone make out the message or meaning of this game?

whatever it may be, it was a lot of fun to play.

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sebastian March 13, 2006 10:14 PM

The events from the game are a parody to a recent scandal between "el peje" (governor of mexico city) not shown in the game (the sewer are his offices), senator Ceballos (guy with cigar) and his release of a series of incriminating videos, including the one with a known politician named "Bejarano) and a bunch of money (the suitcase). The bald guy is ex-president Carlos Salinas (a.k.a. he-who-must-not-be-named) a shadowy figure in mexican politics whose involvement with the scandal is not fully known. The guy with hat is sub-comandant "Marcos" guerrilla fighter, and the guy in plane in the end is president Fox. There you have it, the significance of "El complo'" (that's the way "el peje" described the scandal, a complot against him).

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For all those of you who want an explanation I'll try to explain most things in the game.

First of all, the message at the beginning simply says that the objective of the game is to catch the 'peje' who's been hiding. First I should probably explain who the 'peje' is. His real name is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, he used to be the governor of Mexico City, but now he's working on his campaign to become president in 2006 elections in Mexico. They call him 'peje' because of a time he was talking about 'pejelagartos' which a certain type of fish.

Now, on to the name of the game. The people in the political positions in Mexico (such as governors, senators, the president, etc) have something called the 'fuero' which prevents them from having a trial. So if they are accused of a crime, first the senate must approve for 'fuero' to be removed and then they can start a trial. While he was still governor, he was accused of a crime, so the process of taking away his 'fuero' was started. He obviously stated that he was innocent and that it was all a ploy to stop him from being able to compete in the 2006 elections (if his 'fuero' was removed a trial would start, and while involved in the trial he would not be allowed to register as a candidate). Therefore, he referred to this a "El complot" (Spanish for The Ploy). But because of his accent it sounds more like "El compló" instead of 'complot'.
As for the rest of the game, I'll only mention briefly what each item represents.

Salinas (the bald guy) - Mexican ex-president, he stole a lot of money from the government and led the country to terrible devaluation of the peso. He is not welcome in Mexico, he was kicked out shortly after he stopped being president.
Fidel Castro - As you probably know, he's the Cuban president.
Sub Comandante Marcos (the guy in green) - He is part of a political movement in Chiapas which is very complex, so I'm not going to get into it.
Car - The 'peje' is famous for being "humble" he drives a white Tsuru (I think in the US, it's called a Sentra, but the Tsuru is not he latest model, it's an older model).
Road - One of the things the 'peje' while he was governor is to build a second floor to one of the main roads in Mexico City. He spent a lot of money in this, and we now have a big debt because of it. In Mexico they make a lot of jokes about second floors to mock him.

Finally, Salinas and Castro kiss because Salinas supports Cuba. The 'peje' is in his car, falls down into the water, transforms into a 'pejelagarto' and is caught by Salinas. I'm not sure why Salinas is fishing for the 'peje' though.

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ottorobotcomic March 14, 2006 12:27 AM

GANASTE!

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For anyone wondering...

Ganaste = You Won!

=D

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Thanks for the explanation. Just this morning I had a presentation in one of my classes about the Zapatistas. I recognized Marcos and his pipe right away.

Not to be offensive, but I secretly suspect that Marcos is totally hot!

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Thanks, Sebastian and Neop, for explaining the politics. That made it both more fun and more interesting. :)

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Que Bueno! Gracias por un caranncha jueuete.
A fun game! The politics were especially interesting. Thanks Sebastian and Neop.

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oliviayang March 15, 2006 11:52 AM

""Cheers to Gabriel for suggesting the game. =)""

I thought I'm the one that submit the game.
=(

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Aye, you did in fact suggest the game before Gabriel did, Oliviayang. Please accept my apology for missing that. I've updated the entry accordingly. =)

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How do people go about solving these things? Given that almost every element depends on another for its progression, any attempt I make to use logic devolves rapidly into a brute-force approach, which isn't elegant.

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That was the weirdest game ive ever played! Its alot easyer than GROW Though. Thumbs up!

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fun game but after you beat it look at the bald guy on the roof this is strange and i am worried that he may need a councler

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Interesting game, it was fun to see all the animation, except the fishing...thanks for the walkthrough jonmay! :D

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josh da bosh August 28, 2006 12:18 PM

hey jay ur game an't workin can u find out way

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It took some time, but I located the game. It had moved. Links updated. Cheers!

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I really like the game I finished it in 5 trials!!

:D

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yes! spanish

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ganaste! five minutes

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Links are dead, page cannot be found

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thewolfkid November 13, 2008 7:35 PM

the translation of the instructions are: Peje walks hidden that way, and you must fish it.
Each that you select one of the 10 icons that appear down, something happens. The objective is to choose these icons in a fragmentary order, and to cause that an exact combination of events happens, so that you can finally catch to peje and to make reality I sound of which another one.

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neop said there were several solutions, but everyone seems to have been getting the same.. Are there more?

Why aren't there more clever games with political satire? It's such a good way to express stuff like this. I suppose I'd find this hilarious if I had a better understanding of mexican politics (we don't get very much everyday info on that in Europe...)

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