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Escape from Kilmainham Gaol

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You're in a cell, seemingly with no chance of escape. But wait, what's this? A letter tucked into a chink in the wall. Apparently your captivity is due to one Simeon Meade, a member of the mysterious Talos Organization. He can't help you escape directly, but it is possible to unlock your door from inside the cell...

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Short one. Here's a walkthrough.

General information:

  • Things you can interact with glow gold, including the subtle arrow at the bottom of the screen.

  • If you're zoomed in, use the arrow to back out.

  • If you're not zoomed in, use the arrow to turn around.

  • There are only two main views in your tiny cell.

Walkthrough:

  1. Face the back wall and click on the hole near the floor on the left. Read the note - both sides - to discover what your goal in gaol is.

  2. Examine the bench.

    Find a way to arrange all the numbers 1 - 9 into a tic-tac-toe board. Since the problem is not uniquely solvable,

    the smaller numbers appear to the left of the larger numbers to resolve the ambiguity.

  3. Turn around and face the door. There's a panel to the side of the door. Zoom in.

    Click on the points on the panel door to open it in the following sequence:

    middle right, middle bottom, middle right.

  4. Enter the solution to the number puzzle here. The solution is:

    158/234/679.

    Doing this reveals a panel with astronomical symbols on it; I never used them. Click on the panel again to get it out of your way.

  5. Move the bits of the lock around

    to reveal the dials you'll need to manipulate to unlock your cell.

    Click on the side of each piece that lies in the direction you want it to move. Start by

    moving the top two metal cylinders all the way to the left, then

    push the three wooden parts on the right all the way up. Then

    do the same again to the next level of parts. You'll never completely unblock the dials, but you can

    access two out of the four on each side.

  6. Now we just need the number of our cell. In the door, there's a

    peephole. Move your cursor left and right to look around. We can see some numbers, but not enough.

  7. There's also a grey panel in the middle of the door. If you zoom in on it, there's

    a reversed number

    8 in the upper right corner of it.

  8. Turn around and face the back of the cell. There's a

    fuse box near the ceiling. Open it. You have one fuse that you can move around if you don't mind working in the dark.

    But since you can't see what you need anyway, maybe you don't need the lights.

    Maybe you need different lighting?

    Like the alarm lights.

  9. Move the fuse to

    the alarm position on the right.

    Go to the peephole for a better view. It fuzzes in and out, but you should be able to see

    ...4-7 on the leftmost door, and 9-C-and part of a 4 on the cell next door.

    So now you have an idea what part of the prison you're in.

    Part of your cell number is stamped into your cell door.

  10. Go back to the panel and enter your cell door number,

    9-C-4-8

    but backwards, since the dials are meant to be used from the other side.

    But you still won't be able to get out.

    Since the door needs power too.

  11. Turn around.

    Move the fuse into the second position to power the door.

    Turn around and go back to the lock. Pull the lever that appeared when you entered the correct combination and the lock manipulation puzzle disappeared. Zoom out to the door and click to freedom!

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There's an option to turn off the music on the bottom-right, the speaker icon, but it takes a while to fade out; I agree, the music got on my nerves too. Not a bad game, though, was pretty quick.

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There is an option to turn off the music. Little icon in the lower righthand corner.

As far as the puzzles go, I'm rather lost.

I've gotten the the cover off the panel by the door, looked through the peephole, I've found the note, tried placing the fuse in all three spots, and looked at the markings on the bench.

I feel like I've exhausted my possibilities.

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Well, nevermind. I've solved the

numbers panel.

Now to figure out what the hell to do with this next one...

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Lhyzz:

Turn on the alarm and look through the peephole, you should be able to see a couple sets of numbers/letters on the left. Put those together to figure out about what you should put into the second puzzle

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Actually, there is a way to turn off the music, it's just very tiny and down in the right corner.

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Short one. Here's a walkthrough.

General information:

  • Things you can interact with glow gold, including the subtle arrow at the bottom of the screen.

  • If you're zoomed in, use the arrow to back out.

  • If you're not zoomed in, use the arrow to turn around.

  • There are only two main views in your tiny cell.

Walkthrough:

  1. Face the back wall and click on the hole near the floor on the left. Read the note - both sides - to discover what your goal in gaol is.

  2. Examine the bench.

    Find a way to arrange all the numbers 1 - 9 into a tic-tac-toe board. Since the problem is not uniquely solvable,

    the smaller numbers appear to the left of the larger numbers to resolve the ambiguity.

  3. Turn around and face the door. There's a panel to the side of the door. Zoom in.

    Click on the points on the panel door to open it in the following sequence:

    middle right, middle bottom, middle right.

  4. Enter the solution to the number puzzle here. The solution is:

    158/234/679.

    Doing this reveals a panel with astronomical symbols on it; I never used them. Click on the panel again to get it out of your way.

  5. Move the bits of the lock around

    to reveal the dials you'll need to manipulate to unlock your cell.

    Click on the side of each piece that lies in the direction you want it to move. Start by

    moving the top two metal cylinders all the way to the left, then

    push the three wooden parts on the right all the way up. Then

    do the same again to the next level of parts. You'll never completely unblock the dials, but you can

    access two out of the four on each side.

  6. Now we just need the number of our cell. In the door, there's a

    peephole. Move your cursor left and right to look around. We can see some numbers, but not enough.

  7. There's also a grey panel in the middle of the door. If you zoom in on it, there's

    a reversed number

    8 in the upper right corner of it.

  8. Turn around and face the back of the cell. There's a

    fuse box near the ceiling. Open it. You have one fuse that you can move around if you don't mind working in the dark.

    But since you can't see what you need anyway, maybe you don't need the lights.

    Maybe you need different lighting?

    Like the alarm lights.

  9. Move the fuse to

    the alarm position on the right.

    Go to the peephole for a better view. It fuzzes in and out, but you should be able to see

    ...4-7 on the leftmost door, and 9-C-and part of a 4 on the cell next door.

    So now you have an idea what part of the prison you're in.

    Part of your cell number is stamped into your cell door.

  10. Go back to the panel and enter your cell door number,

    9-C-4-8

    but backwards, since the dials are meant to be used from the other side.

    But you still won't be able to get out.

    Since the door needs power too.

  11. Turn around.

    Move the fuse into the second position to power the door.

    Turn around and go back to the lock. Pull the lever that appeared when you entered the correct combination and the lock manipulation puzzle disappeared. Zoom out to the door and click to freedom!

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I'm out! That was just frustrating enough, if a little short. I dunno what everyone was complaining about the music for, I think it was suitably dire enough to warrant a dedicated effort to escape! Who knows who might have come in after the three hours was up?

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YaY. Not terrible difficult if somewhat short. First escape that I didn't once think to search posts for hints.

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Beagsley March 11, 2009 2:15 PM

Okay, i got through it, but i had to use the posts - and i don't understand WHY the 3x3 panel combination is what it is. i know it has something to do with the tally marks on the bench, but beyond that i'm lost. Anyone care to explain?

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That was easily the most frustrating and least rewarding escape game I've ever played. The puzzles completely lacked in terms of being intuitive. What I found to be the most irritating and useless "feature" was how what you could see out the peep hole would randomly drift in and out of focus. It wasn't clever, it was merely tedious and needlessly frustrating.

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So the numbers are backwards because you're using the wrong side of the door. Wouldn't that mean if you see a 1 the guards would see like A. Huge plothole, boom.

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Anonymous March 11, 2009 11:04 PM

The peephole focus is not random.

It changes focus when your cursor moves up or down. You need to adjust the focus to make the view clear.

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Ha-ha, Tahsis! That's hilarious! But true!

The game was just okay. I figured it out myself. Not complaining though. It's nice to play a game once in awhile where I don't need some help.

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For BEAGSLEY and anyone wondering about the bench marking puzzle:

There are 5 separate images on the bench. Each contains 2 numbers so that's a total of 10 numbers. Since there are only 9 spaces for single-digit numbers on a 3X3 grid (excluding 0), one number is duplicated, yes? That number is 6. Think of the 5 images as opaque or see-through. If you overlap them to create the tic-tac-toe grid, fill each space with a different number (except the 6, which is your starting point), then you arrive at the solution. Get it?

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Some interesting but probably irrelevant information:

Kilmainham Gaol is in Dublin, Ireland, and is indeed a prison that is no longer in use: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilmainham_Gaol

The great-grandfather mentioned in the letter is Thomas J Beale, who supposedly hid a large amount of gold and silver in Virginia in 1820. There are a set of three ciphers which are meant to give the location of the treasure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson_Beale

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I've understood the bench puzzle, but I can seem to get the cell room number.
The panel by the door won't go off, even using what was said in the walkthrough.

Did I miss something evident (I've been looking for more info for quite some time) ?
I'm wondering if my browser is running the game well...

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Wow, that's a lot of background for this game, but though the number and moving-things-around bits of the game were well-thought-out, the parts with the blinking lights and fuzziness almost hurt my eyes. It wasn't the same as a pixel hunt, but making the player squint doesn't make for a good escape game. The rest of it almost made up for it, though, and I hope to see more of that and less blinkiness in the next installment.

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Why are both of the escape games rated together??

I really liked the Toya Room 2 game, but found this one not fun.

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I got stuck at the bench puzzle. I knew how to solve it, but I couldn't figure out HOW to add in the numbers. As that's what the walkthrough said after I got frustrated with it for the first 20 minutes.

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After playing it on a later (up to date) version of firefox it solve my problem.
There are some features that aren't working (like the peep hole or the panel next to the door.

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