Escape Series #3: The Phone Booth

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Escape: The Phone Booth is the third installment in the popular "Escape" series that has you facing off against a phone booth. As usual, there is no plot behind your encasement. All that matters is that you need to escape! The queue of items at your disposal is extremely limited, so you need to make the best of what you can in such a tight space... Ow, my elbow!

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Walkthrough:

Go to the phone and click on the "Coin Return" button. You should hear a sound.

Go to the coin slot area. Collect the string, then open the return slot and get the socket. You'll use that later.

Leave the phone and click near the bottom of the screen to look at the floor. Collect the Yellow Page and then click the spot that looks like a flap on the left side to get the quarter.

Combine the string and the quarter and pop the quarter into the slot. Then dial 555-7328.

When they ask for the password, punch in
644485#.

Dial 2, and then when they ask for the location punch in 267-9532. Then press 1.

Put in your wuarter again. Dial 555-5253. When they ask for the password, put in 48747#.

When they ask for your location, put in 2724.

Hang up the phone, and WITHOUT putting in any money, press 5675. Then click the coin return lever twice.

Open the Coin Return Slot below. Get the key.

Go back to the bottom of the booth and use the key on the blue thing's keyhole. Take the screwdriver.

Combine the screwdriver and the socket.

Use the socket/screwdriver on the two bolt things next to the phone. When they're both off, press the red lever.

There's a game behind it. The answer is 'THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US'.

Then just turn around and click the latch to get out.

First Try: 21:16

I'm fairly proud.

I got stuck several times, but here's a walkthrough.

  1. Look down and pick up YELLOWPAGE.

  2. Lift flap on mat and take QUARTER.

  3. Go back up to phone. Look left and take BINOCULARS.

  4. Go left again, and use BINOCULARS on the sign.

  5. Take note of the street name.

  6. Go back to phone.Click on the small shelf underneath it.

  7. Take STRING.

  8. Tie STRING to QUARTER.

  9. Now get ready to dial! (before each dialed number, use QUARTER on slot)

  10. Look on the YELLOW PAGE, and call Phone trace service.

  11. Take note of this phone's number.

  12. 267-9532

  13. Call Swain Electric.

  14. Type in the code: NIGHT5 and press pound.

  15. press 2, then type this phone's number. 267-9532

  16. press one, and look up.

  17. Take note of the code.

  18. GUSH7

  19. Call Maus Street Water Company.

  20. Enter the password from the light, and press pound.

  21. Remember the street name?

  22. Arch. Type it, and press pound.

  23. Hang up, and go right.

  24. Use BINOCULARS to view fountain.

  25. do what it says.

  26. Without depositing money, press 5675 and press the coin return twice.

  27. Go down to the coin return.

  28. Take KEY and SOCKET. (SOCKET is available from the beginning.)

  29. Face the floor, and use the KEY on the blue box.

  30. Take SOCKET SCREWDRIVER.

  31. Use it with the SOCKET.

  32. Face phone, and click on right side.

  33. Use SCREWDRIVER on two nuts.

  34. Go back, and click on the red handle.

  35. Click on the screen.

  36. Find the answer to the puzzle.

  37. "The Telephone Is Inherently Of No Value To Us."

  38. Press Return and Quit.

  39. Turn around and press the booth handle. YOU WIN!

It's my first walkthrough, so don't expect it to be worth a million dollars, but It'll get you through the game :P

OK, here's a walkthru:

1.)

On the opening screen click anywhere the bottom section of the phone. Take the piece of string. Return to the opening screen by clicking on the bottom of the pic (cursor changes to double arrow).

2.)

You see two green wires coming from the left side of the phone. Click where they meet the bottom of the screen.
You're looking at the floor of the booth. You see a torn piece of yellow phone-book page. Left of it the gray carpet is also torn. Click on the torn part. It "opens" up and reveals a coin. Take it. Then take the torn phone book page. You'll need it later on a lot!
Exit to the opening screen by clicking on the top part of the screen (this time the cursor doesn't change, but don't worry :)

3.)

Select the coin from your inventory (bottom of screen), and move it to the piece of string. Congrats, you combined these two items getting a coin attached to a string... and you're in a phone booth, right? What do you think you'll need it for? :D
Click on the reciever. You get a close-up of the phone. Click on the reciever again to unhook it. It asks you to insert 25 cents. Do so. You'll hear the coin falling and get a dial tone. (The coin+string appears again in your inventory and you can reuse it any time). You can try to call any number but most probably you'll only get an "the called number is unavailable" message.
Hang up the receiver and click on the "coin return" handle. Exit the phone-closeup screen by clicking on the right side of it and you're back at the opening screen once-a-more.

4.)

Click on the bottom part of the phone again. But this time don't continue to the floor but click on the "push for return" lid. You'll find a "socket" in it. Take it. Exit the screen (bottom click) and get back to the opening screen.

5.)

Click on the left side of the screen. You turned 90 degrees to the right. You see a pair of binoculars. Take them. (You also see "Call me 4 help!" scratced into the plexiglass pane, but that's for no use in the game). Turn left again.
Noy you're facing the exit of the booth, but it's closed by some electric lock, so you're not just going to walk away :( There's nothing you can do with the lock until the very end of the game.
Use the binoculars on the blurry blue sign outside the box left of those two wooden benches. You'll see "Arch Street Family Park Est. 1922" written on it. Superb. Exit this screen, and turn left again.

6.)

You see a street lamp and a fountain outside the booth. Use the binoculars on the fountain. As if there was something written there, but way too blurry to read. It can't be written ON the water, right? Maybe behind it? Too bad you can't turn the water off from your confinement, right? :(
Exit this screen and turn left for the third time.

7.)

You're back to square 1, the opening screen with the phone. You've looked down, to the left, behind you and to the right. Only one direction remains - look up. You can see a big scratch left of the phone. Click on its top part and you see the ceiling. Click on the lamp. It informs you that the ceiling lights are off. (Hmm... Doesn't seem like it's dark in here, but OK...). Exit the screen by clicking the bottom part of the screen and you're back... well, you know where...

8.)

OK, it's time to use the booth people normally use it for - to call people.
Click on the torn phone-book page. You see some phone numbers, all different services plus "Night5 is a bright idea!" message handwritten on the left side of the slip. Plus a light bulb... Light bulb... Lamp... OK. What else?
WOW! "Phone trace service" in the upper-left corner of the sheet. What else do you need if you're helplessly stuck in an infernal phone booth than the number of the booth? So, call the phone trace service (555-49-22). It says the number of your phone is 26-79-532. You can see that the number used to be on the wall just in fron of you on a small plaque or sticker but has been ripped off. The first two digits are still visible, though and they match the number given by the phone trace service. Hurray!
Hang up the receiver and click on the torn phone book page again.

9.

Who else can we call? It's hard to read the numbers in such a dark a booth... But the lights are off, what can we do, right?
WOW#2: "Swain Electric"! Seems to be worth a call... So call them (555-73-28).
The answering machine says they are closed, but if you are a technician, just give your authorization code plus a pound-sign. Well, you're not a technician (at least not in this story) and you know no such code :( - or do you? "Night5" plus a light bulb... worth a try. So, enter "night5" (means press the buttons 6-4-4-4-8-5) plus the doubly cross ("pound sign"?).
YOU'RE IN!
You're offered two options, choose the first one (service administration) and so press button 2. You're asked the phone number you're calling from. Enter it (26-79-532). Now you have the options to turn the power for the boot on (button 1) or off (button 2) - but it's off, so you can only turn it on - so press button 1. And God said let there be light!

10.)

OK, now you can examine the lamp, so go back to the lamp screen (opening screen, click on the crack left of the phone). Now it's definitely shinier, but there's more: "GUSH7" it says. Thank you.
There's one more call to make. Why not make it now?

11.)

Select the torn page for one last time.
WOW! "Maus street Water Company!" We were just wondering about turning off the water for that fountain, remember? Well, they probably wont just turn off the water for anybody, but let's give it a try - at least it's free, right? :)
Exit this screen and go to the phone-closeup. lift off the reciever, feed the coin and call the Water company (555-52-53). It says all the operators are busy. Bust... But, it also says: if you're an employee, and you have a code, blabla... Well ,you have something that looks like a code, don't you? So enter GUSH7# (4-8-7-4-7-#).
What luck! You are offered an emergency water shut off, you only have to type in the name of the street - and you know the name, right? "Arch street" the blue sign outside says. So type in Arch# (2-7-2-4-#) and you have closed the water line. Let's forget that all the people having a bath/shower are busy cursing your name right now, let's check that fountain again! Exit the screen, turn right and use the binoculars on the fountain.
"No money. 5675. Return twice."

12.

I guess it's pretty starightforward. Go back to the phone-closeup screen, DON'T inswert the coin, call 5-6-7-5 and click twice on the coin return handle. (It'll keep asking for the quarter dollar while you're dialling, but pay no attention (nor c25 :)
You won't hear anything special, but hang up the receiver, exit the screen and click on the bottom part of the phone. There click on the money return lid.
A golden key is there. Take it. Exit to the opening screen.

13.)

Click on the bottom paert of the screen to go to the floor screen. There you see that small blue door with a keyhole. You've just obtained a key...
Click on the blue door, once it's closeup, use key on the keyhole. You've got a socket screwdriver. Hurray again.
Exit the screen all the way back to the opening screen.

14.)

Click on either of those bolts just left of that "red handle" on the right of the phone that "won't budge" (I'm sure it was the first thing you tried in this game :D) Once the screws are closeup, use the screwdriver on them.
Nothing happens... Sure, because you forgot to attach the socket to the screwdriver! So combine the screwdriver with the socket and try to unscrew those nuts and bolts again! This time I promise the'y come off.
Exit to the opening screen. This time that red handle WILL budge.

15.)

So the red hadle budged and you opened the phone. There's a small grey box inside. Click on it.
It's an electronic "letter drop" game with a touch pen. You can click the instructions to read the rules of the game, but I'd say the instructions are rather vague. Click on "play".
It's rather easy to get the hang of the game (by clicking on any of the empty boxes you are given the letters available for that box) and even solving it takes no ore than a couple of minutes. The solution is:

THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US

Once all the letters are put to place the game is completed and you can quit the game (the Letter-drop game, not the Escape the phone booth game :). Do so. Click Return than Quit.
You are back on the opening screen. Turn left or right twice.
You are just like all the calls you made were: free.

153 Comments

Sesquiped October 13, 2007 5:07 PM

16:25 and no cheating. Well, there were no hints, hear at least, to cheat with. This was a pretty fun one. All puzzles are logical, even the last one i didn't find too hard.

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mariagrazia October 13, 2007 5:16 PM

wow, i'm the first! at least i think so... so nobody will help me :(

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Ahaha! Silly me, thinking it'd let me dial 911.

It was worth a shot, though. Someone help with what number i'm supposed to punch in? I have the

string attached to the quarter

and the

yellow page

- should I just try dialing all the numbers?

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robert green October 13, 2007 5:23 PM

amazing !!!

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NotALemon October 13, 2007 5:25 PM

Found

String

on booth

yellow Pages

on ground

Quarter

under mat (you have to move the ragged part.)

Binoculars

on nail to left of booth.

Socket

push coin return button on phone then push the coin return flap to get the socket.

All of those were pretty easy to find, but the numbers are harder, and this is where I am stumped.

Phone tracer: gives name of booth (as part of it is destroyed on phone.) Don't know the use yet.

Binoculars: can see blurry stuff in fountain and see where you are if you look at the big sign.

Call Me 4 Help: don't know this either. Tried punching in numbers corresponding to letters but does not seem to work.

pass codes to numbers: Two of the numbers you dial have codes you can use to access them. I don't know either though.

Thats it. Any help would be appreciated.

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NotALemon:

The code for the power company is on the Yellow Page.

The code for the water company is accessible once you figure out the power company

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I finished!! It took me 23:22. So, not the best time, but I did it on my own without a walkthrough!!

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NotALemon October 13, 2007 5:31 PM

Is the

Electric company supposed to turn light on in booth? Would it have a message?

Is the

Plumbing company supposed to turn water off outside so I can read message (if it's there)?

Will the access codes let me do these?

Thanks,
NotALemon

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NotALemon;

Dial the numbers corresponding to "me4help"... 6344357. It should work.

But all he tells you so far is to

call the electric company first

.

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flatluigi October 13, 2007 5:46 PM

14:42. Fairly straightforward game. Are walkthroughs aloowed yet?

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Walkthrough:

Go to the phone and click on the "Coin Return" button. You should hear a sound.

Go to the coin slot area. Collect the string, then open the return slot and get the socket. You'll use that later.

Leave the phone and click near the bottom of the screen to look at the floor. Collect the Yellow Page and then click the spot that looks like a flap on the left side to get the quarter.

Combine the string and the quarter and pop the quarter into the slot. Then dial 555-7328.

When they ask for the password, punch in
644485#.

Dial 2, and then when they ask for the location punch in 267-9532. Then press 1.

Put in your wuarter again. Dial 555-5253. When they ask for the password, put in 48747#.

When they ask for your location, put in 2724.

Hang up the phone, and WITHOUT putting in any money, press 5675. Then click the coin return lever twice.

Open the Coin Return Slot below. Get the key.

Go back to the bottom of the booth and use the key on the blue thing's keyhole. Take the screwdriver.

Combine the screwdriver and the socket.

Use the socket/screwdriver on the two bolt things next to the phone. When they're both off, press the red lever.

There's a game behind it. The answer is 'THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US'.

Then just turn around and click the latch to get out.

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First Try: 21:16

I'm fairly proud.

I got stuck several times, but here's a walkthrough.

  1. Look down and pick up YELLOWPAGE.

  2. Lift flap on mat and take QUARTER.

  3. Go back up to phone. Look left and take BINOCULARS.

  4. Go left again, and use BINOCULARS on the sign.

  5. Take note of the street name.

  6. Go back to phone.Click on the small shelf underneath it.

  7. Take STRING.

  8. Tie STRING to QUARTER.

  9. Now get ready to dial! (before each dialed number, use QUARTER on slot)

  10. Look on the YELLOW PAGE, and call Phone trace service.

  11. Take note of this phone's number.

  12. 267-9532

  13. Call Swain Electric.

  14. Type in the code: NIGHT5 and press pound.

  15. press 2, then type this phone's number. 267-9532

  16. press one, and look up.

  17. Take note of the code.

  18. GUSH7

  19. Call Maus Street Water Company.

  20. Enter the password from the light, and press pound.

  21. Remember the street name?

  22. Arch. Type it, and press pound.

  23. Hang up, and go right.

  24. Use BINOCULARS to view fountain.

  25. do what it says.

  26. Without depositing money, press 5675 and press the coin return twice.

  27. Go down to the coin return.

  28. Take KEY and SOCKET. (SOCKET is available from the beginning.)

  29. Face the floor, and use the KEY on the blue box.

  30. Take SOCKET SCREWDRIVER.

  31. Use it with the SOCKET.

  32. Face phone, and click on right side.

  33. Use SCREWDRIVER on two nuts.

  34. Go back, and click on the red handle.

  35. Click on the screen.

  36. Find the answer to the puzzle.

  37. "The Telephone Is Inherently Of No Value To Us."

  38. Press Return and Quit.

  39. Turn around and press the booth handle. YOU WIN!

It's my first walkthrough, so don't expect it to be worth a million dollars, but It'll get you through the game :P

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mariagrazia October 13, 2007 5:55 PM

14:53...
i made it

thanks to a luminous thought... or what you call it

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Oh bugger. I worked hard on a walkthrough, only to find out that I've been logged out while writing it and that someone has already beaten me to it :(

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Russell Scott Author Profile Page October 13, 2007 6:19 PM

just a little easter egg,
Dial 8675309
the song "Jenny" by Tommy Tutone plays. xD nice

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and that someone had already beaten me to it :(
Man, I couldn't even get this one right. Not one but two people had beaten me to it. But as they say, the third time is a charm, so here's my walkthrough:

Look around the booth. Obviously, the door is locked. Wonder how you could get out?

Click on the lower part of the screen. Pick up the yellow piece of paper.

The floor map is torn on the left side. Click on the torn part. Pick up the coin. Click on the blie rectangle - it looks like you will need a key to open it. Click in the upper part of the screen to return.

On the right hand side of the phone, you will see a red handle try pulling it - it won't budge. there are two nuts right next to it. Click on them to find out that they're tightly fastened down.

Click on the base of the phone. Pick up the piece of string.Then go back.

Click on the phone. Click the coin return button. You will hear a "thunk". Go back, then take a look at the bottom of the phone. Open the coin return compartment (it has "Push for return" written on it) and pick up the metallic thingie inside.

Turn to the left. Pick up the binoculars. Turn to the left again and take a look at the sign in the distance. Turn to the left once more and look at the fountain through the binoculars. There seems to be something written on it, except how can you find out what it is?

Take a look up. The light in the phone booth is not on. I wonder if it could be of any help?

Take a look at the phone again. Pick up the microphone. There's a voice telling you to "Please deposit 25 cents". Try inserting the quarter you have - no, it seems that you will have to find a way to re-use it.

Remember the string you have? Combine it with the coin. Et voila, you now have a re-usable coin.

You can now make phone calls. Simply insert the coin and hang up the phone after each call. But who should you "call 4 help"? Take a look at the yellow piece of paper. There's five numbers on it. Hey, I know, maybe the "Communications" people can help us? But no, there seems to be noone there...

Call the phone trace service. They will tell you the number of your phone booth.

The number is

2679532

. Note it down somewhere, for you will need it.

Let's do something about that light now. Call the electric services. They are closed, but if you're a technician, then you can enter your authorization code. But what could it be? Hey, I got a bright idea! Maybe it's NIGHT5? And...we're in! Press 2, followed by the booth number, then press 1. A light turns on in the ceiling.

Take a look at the light. There's something written on it - another code. Note it down.

Now go and use the phone again to call the water services. They're asking you for a password again. Hey, maybe it's GUSH7? And lo, we're in again. But now they're asking for the name of the street you're on. If you noted down (or remembered) what was written on the sign you saw in the distance, then you should know that it was ARCH street. Enter it, and you'll be informed that the water line has been closed.

Go and take another look at the fountain. You see that it's not working anymore, so you can see what's written on it. There's a sign that says "no money 5675 return TWICE". I wonder what it could mean?

Go back to the phone. Take it off the hook, then enter 5675, WITHOUT inserting the coin, then press the coin return button twice. You will hear a "clunk".

Go and take a look at the coin return opening. There's a yellow key there. Pick it up. Where could it fit?

Remember the blue box? Go and use the key to open it. Inside, you will find a screwdriver. Pick it up - you will have to put the key away first to do this.

Combine the round metallic thing you found with the screwdriver. You now have a socket screwdriver you can use to loosen the nuts on the right hand side of the phone.

Go back, then pull the red handle. The telephone will open to reveal an LCD screen. Click on it.

You are presented with a game called Letter Drop. Take a look at the instructions, then click Play. Type in the sentence one letter at a time. If you can't guess it yourself, then the answer is

THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US

. When you complete the sentence, you will find out who said this and when ;)

Leave the game and go look at the booth door again. The latch is open now. Click on the handle to open the door and leave.

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OK, here's a walkthru:

1.)

On the opening screen click anywhere the bottom section of the phone. Take the piece of string. Return to the opening screen by clicking on the bottom of the pic (cursor changes to double arrow).

2.)

You see two green wires coming from the left side of the phone. Click where they meet the bottom of the screen.
You're looking at the floor of the booth. You see a torn piece of yellow phone-book page. Left of it the gray carpet is also torn. Click on the torn part. It "opens" up and reveals a coin. Take it. Then take the torn phone book page. You'll need it later on a lot!
Exit to the opening screen by clicking on the top part of the screen (this time the cursor doesn't change, but don't worry :)

3.)

Select the coin from your inventory (bottom of screen), and move it to the piece of string. Congrats, you combined these two items getting a coin attached to a string... and you're in a phone booth, right? What do you think you'll need it for? :D
Click on the reciever. You get a close-up of the phone. Click on the reciever again to unhook it. It asks you to insert 25 cents. Do so. You'll hear the coin falling and get a dial tone. (The coin+string appears again in your inventory and you can reuse it any time). You can try to call any number but most probably you'll only get an "the called number is unavailable" message.
Hang up the receiver and click on the "coin return" handle. Exit the phone-closeup screen by clicking on the right side of it and you're back at the opening screen once-a-more.

4.)

Click on the bottom part of the phone again. But this time don't continue to the floor but click on the "push for return" lid. You'll find a "socket" in it. Take it. Exit the screen (bottom click) and get back to the opening screen.

5.)

Click on the left side of the screen. You turned 90 degrees to the right. You see a pair of binoculars. Take them. (You also see "Call me 4 help!" scratced into the plexiglass pane, but that's for no use in the game). Turn left again.
Noy you're facing the exit of the booth, but it's closed by some electric lock, so you're not just going to walk away :( There's nothing you can do with the lock until the very end of the game.
Use the binoculars on the blurry blue sign outside the box left of those two wooden benches. You'll see "Arch Street Family Park Est. 1922" written on it. Superb. Exit this screen, and turn left again.

6.)

You see a street lamp and a fountain outside the booth. Use the binoculars on the fountain. As if there was something written there, but way too blurry to read. It can't be written ON the water, right? Maybe behind it? Too bad you can't turn the water off from your confinement, right? :(
Exit this screen and turn left for the third time.

7.)

You're back to square 1, the opening screen with the phone. You've looked down, to the left, behind you and to the right. Only one direction remains - look up. You can see a big scratch left of the phone. Click on its top part and you see the ceiling. Click on the lamp. It informs you that the ceiling lights are off. (Hmm... Doesn't seem like it's dark in here, but OK...). Exit the screen by clicking the bottom part of the screen and you're back... well, you know where...

8.)

OK, it's time to use the booth people normally use it for - to call people.
Click on the torn phone-book page. You see some phone numbers, all different services plus "Night5 is a bright idea!" message handwritten on the left side of the slip. Plus a light bulb... Light bulb... Lamp... OK. What else?
WOW! "Phone trace service" in the upper-left corner of the sheet. What else do you need if you're helplessly stuck in an infernal phone booth than the number of the booth? So, call the phone trace service (555-49-22). It says the number of your phone is 26-79-532. You can see that the number used to be on the wall just in fron of you on a small plaque or sticker but has been ripped off. The first two digits are still visible, though and they match the number given by the phone trace service. Hurray!
Hang up the receiver and click on the torn phone book page again.

9.

Who else can we call? It's hard to read the numbers in such a dark a booth... But the lights are off, what can we do, right?
WOW#2: "Swain Electric"! Seems to be worth a call... So call them (555-73-28).
The answering machine says they are closed, but if you are a technician, just give your authorization code plus a pound-sign. Well, you're not a technician (at least not in this story) and you know no such code :( - or do you? "Night5" plus a light bulb... worth a try. So, enter "night5" (means press the buttons 6-4-4-4-8-5) plus the doubly cross ("pound sign"?).
YOU'RE IN!
You're offered two options, choose the first one (service administration) and so press button 2. You're asked the phone number you're calling from. Enter it (26-79-532). Now you have the options to turn the power for the boot on (button 1) or off (button 2) - but it's off, so you can only turn it on - so press button 1. And God said let there be light!

10.)

OK, now you can examine the lamp, so go back to the lamp screen (opening screen, click on the crack left of the phone). Now it's definitely shinier, but there's more: "GUSH7" it says. Thank you.
There's one more call to make. Why not make it now?

11.)

Select the torn page for one last time.
WOW! "Maus street Water Company!" We were just wondering about turning off the water for that fountain, remember? Well, they probably wont just turn off the water for anybody, but let's give it a try - at least it's free, right? :)
Exit this screen and go to the phone-closeup. lift off the reciever, feed the coin and call the Water company (555-52-53). It says all the operators are busy. Bust... But, it also says: if you're an employee, and you have a code, blabla... Well ,you have something that looks like a code, don't you? So enter GUSH7# (4-8-7-4-7-#).
What luck! You are offered an emergency water shut off, you only have to type in the name of the street - and you know the name, right? "Arch street" the blue sign outside says. So type in Arch# (2-7-2-4-#) and you have closed the water line. Let's forget that all the people having a bath/shower are busy cursing your name right now, let's check that fountain again! Exit the screen, turn right and use the binoculars on the fountain.
"No money. 5675. Return twice."

12.

I guess it's pretty starightforward. Go back to the phone-closeup screen, DON'T inswert the coin, call 5-6-7-5 and click twice on the coin return handle. (It'll keep asking for the quarter dollar while you're dialling, but pay no attention (nor c25 :)
You won't hear anything special, but hang up the receiver, exit the screen and click on the bottom part of the phone. There click on the money return lid.
A golden key is there. Take it. Exit to the opening screen.

13.)

Click on the bottom paert of the screen to go to the floor screen. There you see that small blue door with a keyhole. You've just obtained a key...
Click on the blue door, once it's closeup, use key on the keyhole. You've got a socket screwdriver. Hurray again.
Exit the screen all the way back to the opening screen.

14.)

Click on either of those bolts just left of that "red handle" on the right of the phone that "won't budge" (I'm sure it was the first thing you tried in this game :D) Once the screws are closeup, use the screwdriver on them.
Nothing happens... Sure, because you forgot to attach the socket to the screwdriver! So combine the screwdriver with the socket and try to unscrew those nuts and bolts again! This time I promise the'y come off.
Exit to the opening screen. This time that red handle WILL budge.

15.)

So the red hadle budged and you opened the phone. There's a small grey box inside. Click on it.
It's an electronic "letter drop" game with a touch pen. You can click the instructions to read the rules of the game, but I'd say the instructions are rather vague. Click on "play".
It's rather easy to get the hang of the game (by clicking on any of the empty boxes you are given the letters available for that box) and even solving it takes no ore than a couple of minutes. The solution is:

THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US

Once all the letters are put to place the game is completed and you can quit the game (the Letter-drop game, not the Escape the phone booth game :). Do so. Click Return than Quit.
You are back on the opening screen. Turn left or right twice.
You are just like all the calls you made were: free.

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Hey, I was beaten to my walkthrough to!

I diddn't even relize the

me4help

thing till after I finished.

And the 867-5309 thingg was hiklarious! Why diddn't I think of trying that?

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When i started to write the wakthru there were no entries yet... I type too slow :)))

I got free in 19 minutes plus a couple of secs.

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Wait, I just created the shortest walkthrough ever for this game;

Click on the phone. Punch in '5675' and press the coin slot twice. Don't listen to the lady telling you to put in a quarter.

Take the socket and the key from the return slot.

Look down and use the key on the blue thing. Take the screwdriver. Combine it with the socket.

Go use the screwdriver on the two bolts next to the phone. Then press the red lever.

Click the panel. Click 'play'. Punch in "THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US". Go click the latch to get out.

FIVE TAGS, BABY!

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I need 25 cents to call 911? xD

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Gee Denzel, do you have something against actually solving puzzles? :P

I got it in 17:32, with no help. I had my headphones on and the little air-horn type noise at the end freaked me out a bit though, heh.

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Wow. Take a game that requires critical thinking and audio clues, and add a little Chinese water torture. Brillian decision! Besides that, great game.

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Two minutes and Forty-Three SECONDS!!! YAH!

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Billy Nitro October 13, 2007 8:37 PM

15:52. I rarely get through these on my own, but that's not a bad time for doing it myself.

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867-530ni....e..ine...
Brilliant game...loved the easter egg. That's one of my favorite songs!

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Mnemosyne9 October 13, 2007 10:27 PM

17:35 no cheating. Very good, for me- I usually have a hard time with these.

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Hey Art, the phonebooth idea is yours! Very original, congrats. The game is very good, my favorite from the series so far.

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15:02! I like this one a lot. Plus, this is the first game in this series I haven't had to cheat for.

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i just did it in 13:29 with no help

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15:47 seconds. No walkthrough help. Fun game.

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About 25 minutes without using a walkthrough. The key to this seems to be

figuring out that most things will involve dialing letters rather than numbers.

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Russell Scott Author Profile Page October 14, 2007 2:12 AM

1:42, just to show off my quick clicking =p

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Thanks to Denzels walkthrough :

1 Minute 29 seconds

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14:57.

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I made it in 55 minutes without a walkthrough or a clue i know that's not fast

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DeafTomato October 14, 2007 4:18 PM

I know Artbegotti pointed this out in his review on the main page, but what's with no subtitles?

This seems a nice little game, and making a subtitle option wouldn't have taken long.

I'm deaf and other people play causal games in the office or on appliances that don't have sound.

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i beat the game in 14:21, no cheating this is the best of the series so far

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I agree with DeafTomato, not just for the hearing impared and office-bound, but also because of those who do no speak English well...

I love the little end game. I think that not enough people use little word puzzles like that, which I adore, and I have to give props for the use here. That was fun!

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excellent, so much fun. so far my favorite out of ALL 1-room escape games. the letterdrop puzzle was actually fun in itself, and i would like to play a bigger version of that game. if anyone knows of anything like it, please let me know. kudos, a fine addition to the series.

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I had to use a Denzels walkthrough. I don't have any sound on my PC

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22:12 for the first time through, cool concept =)

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Anonymous October 15, 2007 4:46 PM

4 minutes and 27 seconds!!!!!!! bob

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Anonymous October 15, 2007 6:23 PM

I looked at the walkthrough twice...I know...I suck. But I finished in 30 minutes!

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20:34 for me...but thats with a break halfway through...it was fairly easy, especially the puzzle at the end. its just a matter of getting the easy words first then moving on to the bigger ones.

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i did it in 11:32 with no help

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aine morgan October 16, 2007 7:24 AM

19:32 first time on my own :)

Id like a standalone version of that letterdrop game too! :)

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59 minutes with help, not lying to be cool, just honest....though i got help only for the key.

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this really helped for me to compleat the game it took me 2 weeks without the help and hint but with them it only took me 26 secounds! thank alot:)!

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lol 00:46:13

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I was lost without the walkthrough because I misunderstood a number on the phone. I couldn't figure out what I was missing. I double checked everything and three times I heard a "5" instead of a "9". I shouldn't do these with cheap earbuds in a noisy room.

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One of the only games where I only needed one hint ie.

look up at the CEILING

to get through the game! Love it to bits :D

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Argh! Took me 30 minutes without walkthrough. Spend most time trying to figure out the password for the electricity company, and the word drop mini game. And the ticking clock made me even more nervous! Nice game :)

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10 minutes no help, was hard but not that hard after thats i made it in 1minute 48 seconds with the 5 hints =D

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If you liked this game, check out one of my favorite comics (by one of my favorite authors): Fleep

It will probably also appeal to you if you dig the cerebral calm of Prison Break.

The rest of his stuff at shigabooks.com is good, too.

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sillybuttons Author Profile Page October 18, 2007 10:00 AM

24mins 31secs. Best of the series so far.

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that walkthrough Denzel made was really helpful
thanks!!!!

-sallad

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I didn't use the walkthrough but I came here for some hints.

I didn't realise I could look below the phone by clicking on the wires! A huge find from randomly clicking the wires in the main view of the phone.

Without the connection between the power and the water companies I would have totally lost. Thanks goodness for this comments page!

What was that funny gurgling sound from one of the numbers? I was wondering whether it was a morse code or a under the bed monster, Monster Inc style?

Working out the words for the drop box thing was ok. I figured out the little words first, so I could eliminate options for the longer, complex words. I didn't realise there was a clear function until I saw the red "X" for the particular box, and the top left corner "clear all" button.

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i made it in 3:24 i promise no cheating u don't need the phone just hit 5675 and click on the coin return 2 times get the socket and the key use the key on the blue box (under the phone) then combine the socket and the screw driver click on the right of the phone use the screw driver on the bolts go back click on the red handle play the game and make it the phone has inherently of no use to us then turn around and click the latch

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woah!!

first time i finish by myself and actually have fun anyway.. lol

23 minutes something (didn't check well..)

i especially liked the helping line.. lol

well good job! and thanks for making it playable!!

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Mike Arsenault October 20, 2007 4:06 PM

oh yea!!
first try: 00:17:19

no guides or walkthroughs or anything

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thanks to that quick walkthrough i got it in 1 min and 28 seconds woot!

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preston perry October 24, 2007 4:46 PM

pretty fun game. probobly the best out of all of the escape games. i beat it in 6 min 27 sec

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assassin killion :) October 24, 2007 5:58 PM

really if i was stuck in a phone booth... i would either punch a whole in the glass and walk out, or find something to smack the glass... yup... :)

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EvanStone October 25, 2007 2:55 PM

Best AN Escape yet!

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Can anyone tell me how to fix when the loading stops at a certain percentage and won't go beyond that no matter how often you refresh?


[Edit: Try emptying your browser cache. Generally that means you have a corrupted file in your cache, and resetting the cache will force your browser to download a fresh copy. -Jay]

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i dont mean to brag but with a time of 9 min and 51 seconds i did great try to beat it you cant dont worry im telling the truth with no cheats

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Beanhead32 October 28, 2007 12:28 AM

I got exactly 13:37...I am 1337!!! kickass game though, can't wait for more

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str33tleader October 28, 2007 2:40 PM

OMG I did it in 2.32 without cheating hell yes!

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2:28

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Thanks Jay. Yeah, tried emptying all history and cookies... no luck. I guess it's my very own puzzle!

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Rocky9090 November 1, 2007 6:03 PM

I can't get the quarter in the slot??

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20.20 with no walkthrough.

I'm usually terrible at escape games, but I found this really, really easy.

It was quite fun.

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Finished.
I had to try all of the numbers, but the game was fun.

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wtf why?? November 4, 2007 1:44 AM

i can beat 55 secs... Took me 23min to escape the first time no walkthrough. hardest part was letter drop really.
And changing letters to numbers i mean shouldn't a G be a 6??
10/10 great game

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yeah! great game, swear the houses are easyer though :S 10.34 lol not very good

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the anwser to the word game is

THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US

hope it helps u

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Anonymous November 4, 2007 7:58 PM

how u supposed 2 figure out the lil game if theres no clues?g

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Prophet022 RLR November 6, 2007 12:36 AM

I completed it in 3:30!!!!!!!!! yay new world record

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8:00 min beat that beanhead32

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1:41 nuff said

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Gracester3 November 9, 2007 7:41 PM

I FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!! it took a couple of days and I used one clue from the walkthrough but I did most of it! I escaped the car with a freind with NO WALK THROUGH!!

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Made it out in 15:33. Considering how much I goofed off in there, I'm pretty proud of that. I guess I was just lucky that I knew which number to call first.

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walk through
go to phone
click return
go to return slot
go to floor
click raged shop
get yellow page
thats all i know

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how do you use the quarter????

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All you have to do is the end. First 5675 in the telephone (no money) then take the key and bolt thing look down and open the lock with your key take the screwdriver and look at the 2 nuts on the side of the telephone press then use bolt thing, and the screwdriver then you can take the nuts out. Press on the red handle bar, and type in "The telephone is inherently of no value to us" press return then quit. Then all you have to do is press the booths handle bar and you're done

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heres what happens when you call the electric and water company

Electric(first):Turns on Phone Booth and the mini game behind the phone

Water(second):it turns off the fountain outside the locked phone booth so you can see the message to get you out

P.S you NEED to complete the mini game to get out because you see the green wires leading to the phone booth door handle

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i finished it in 7 mins and 59 seconds cool game..

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My favorite, by far, of this series so far. I loved the sense of interacting with the outside world.

Great use of phone numbers, but there's something you should know: 555 numbers have dropped out of fictional use since the phone companies ceased the practice of not issuing them, so that's a pitfall for fiction writers who want to have phone numbers in their works.

Nevertheless, great game. I like it a lot.

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23.22 whooo hooo!

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Man, this reminds me of one of those games where something jumps out at you at some random time, so when that airhorn went off, i almost pissed my self! lol, 14 mins no walkthrough

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this game is so cool!

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thanks all

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VERY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

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19:07.. stupid me, I spent four minutes before I even thought that "Nights" might also be "Night5" and it might be the technician code, and another three before I realized the latch was open after I got the quote.. I was wondering what solving that got me.. ha.

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ok uhm for the call me 4 help? ya if you take me 4 help and turn into numbers (6344357) then call it, it has a voice that says "try the electrical company first. there's a purpose for everything :D just thought id point that out

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I Beat It in 8:23

I will give you hint

click alot

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Sunna Totoro (BTC Citizen) December 18, 2007 12:37 AM

How Do You Pass The Letter Drop Thingy?

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Sunna Totoro (BTC Citizen) December 18, 2007 12:43 AM

Wanna Know Water Company And Eeltric Company Codes?

Water : GUSH7
Eletric : NIGHT5

Whooo 9:12

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piece of cake, 7min 24sec.....easy :P

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Misterking January 7, 2008 8:17 PM

Yay, 26:34 without cheating! Straightforward, yes, but still fun.

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a lot of you keep going 'call me for help means nothing' but it actually does if any of you were smart enough to realise what it meant you would have typed

me 4 help into the phone keypad because it said to call - me 4 help you dont need it but it tells you to start with the electrical company

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Lily-Muffin January 17, 2008 2:28 PM

i got it in 6 minutes and 3 seconds :D

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killercool January 18, 2008 4:04 PM

omg i suck!!! it took me 21:21 on my first try! feel free to cast shame on me...

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Did anyone call the Grudge Gas number? Creeeeepy...

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Here's A Quick Walkthrough

Go to the phone

Punch "5675 and press return twice" in to the keypad

Go to the return coin hole and get the SOCKET and the KEY

Go down to the blue lock thing and unlock it with the key

Get the SCREWDRIVER

Combine the socket and the screwdriver

Use the socket/screwdriver on the bolts near the red handle

Pull the red handle

Click on the touch screen thing and press play

The answer is "THE TELEPHONE IS OF INHERETLY NO VALUE TO US"

Turn around and pull the latch

Good Luck!

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jasonvoorheesrulz Author Profile Page March 13, 2008 10:40 AM

lol if you read this this aint a joke i tried it it works get the querter tie it to the string then dial 8675309 lol try it :D

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2headedturtle Author Profile Page March 18, 2008 6:24 PM

first try with walkhrough 13:41

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i beat it in 9 minutes and 5 seconds

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This game was so weird i mean where did you find the passwords?

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MR KNOW IT ALL April 6, 2008 3:39 AM

Call 8675309

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54:37

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Anonymous May 2, 2008 7:56 PM

1 minute 52 seconds

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it's really easy:
get the socket out of the push for coin thingy

go to the phone dial 5675 and hit coin return twice

go to the bottom of the screen go to the blue thing use the key that u got from the push for coin thing

get the screwdriver and attach the socket to the screwdriver

go up to the red handle click on the two screws next to it

use the screwdriver on it then click on the red handle

click on the screen and type in "THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US THEN LEAVE AND CLICK TO THE RIGHT TWICE AND CLICK ON THE HANDLE

1:05 I'm awesome.

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haha! that was fun. i can't play these games, so i took a walkthru-- 6:06!!! that's good considering i had to look back at the page every 5 seconds. i love these games! denzel's walkthru seems pretty cool. maybe i'll try it...

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chickkpea June 15, 2008 9:58 AM

10:14 wth two hints =] quite proud

4:34 with walkthroghs

clicking skills not amazing

=D

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OH YEAH! 1:40 BABY!!!!! :)!

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LOL everybody call 8675309!!
It is HILARIOUS!!!

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i completed the game in 13 mins and 26 seconds

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again i completed the game but this time i escaped in 4 mins and 12 seconds

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i got past in 50 seconds IM AWSOME BEAT THAT

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Wowwwwwww. 16:38. With the walkthrough. I must have made a record for sucking the most!

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1 min. 12 sec. on 2nd try......both cheated

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anonymous July 28, 2008 5:13 AM

2 minutes forty 3 seconds beat that guys!

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Here's how to get past the Letter Drop:
You

start at the first box and press T. continue with the rest of them, spelling out "THIS TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US"

Now turn around and escape to freedom!

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It took me 26:34, cheating the whole time. xD

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Danny Nicol Author Profile Page September 24, 2008 6:25 AM

Did it in 1 minute 26 seconds!

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Blake Story October 12, 2008 6:32 PM

Well I did it in 15:32 with out using this.

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Cheesecake October 30, 2008 4:00 PM

what's the point of the binoculars? i got along fine without them o_o

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8 minutes and 32 seconds haha i beat you all

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For help, look on the wall. It`s written

Call:

me 4 help,

not `call me for help`. Notice the way it`s written?... If, that helps you at all...

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KwikThrough #1

1. Go up to phone.
2. Call 5675 (w/out money)
3. Press Coin Return 2 times.
4. Get the Socket and Key.
5. Use the key to the keyhole of the blue box close to the ground
6. Get the Socket Screwdriver
7. Combine it w/ socket
8. Go up to the bolts and use the Socket Screwdriver
9. Use the red handle to move away the entire phone
10. Complete Letter Drop. The answer is

"THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US"

11. Exit letter drop. Turn around 180 degrees and click the grey handle on door. You will be just like that 'call' you made at the start. FREE.

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ak and justice February 1, 2009 3:13 PM

we did it in almost a hour!!!! whooo hooo for us!!!(but we did not find the walkthrough until a while in!) the grudge gas thing is creepy!!

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I`ve got it in 3 seconds!!! Just dial 911

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Too easy! 55 seconds! Yeah!

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what are the codes when you call the electrician and water company?

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Anonymous May 11, 2009 9:49 PM

the slot won't let me insert the quarter and string...am I doing something wrong?

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Lauren Thomas May 14, 2009 10:54 AM

LOL , we nearly got to 1hour , got to the screwdriver bit. I clicked backspace and it reloaded XD

Big bummer :|

ah wells(: xx

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Hey. 07.15 and no cheating. Well i did watch the guy create the game. Woops

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Anonymous July 2, 2009 6:49 PM

haha hey guys that was the easiest thing that ive ever done it took me 6:46

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If you call the number 867-5309 then the song Jenny by Tommy Tutone will play =D

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It took us 21 minutes 57 seconds. Lol.

Note - really hard. I couldn't have done it without walkthrough and ryan.

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I did it in 30 seconds, no cheating. So easy and fun! Think I'm lying? Hit me back with a comment to say you bet me, but you won't.

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I got it in 4 minutes and 38 seconds.

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nerdypants Author Profile Page January 31, 2010 5:41 PM

20:12 on my first try. I like this series a lot.

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WOOOP 10.13 no cheating or walkthough first time, wow great game ! tad easy apart from the game at the end :P

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Kate Y. June 12, 2010 7:09 PM

Hint concerning the coin slot:

If you're deaf, you're going to have a lot of problems with a telephone.

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2 minutes 30 seconds beat that and it was my second go i never completed the 1st go as i tokk over an hour

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some people are asking how do you get the passwords? well on the phone page, on the side it says something about "night" so the password for electric is "night5" in numbers. after you call it, look up. on the ceiling light says "gush7". this is the password for the water company.

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anonymous May 11, 2011 6:54 PM

that game was so easy.

first get the socket out of the return money slot.then you had to do was first put in the code 5675 without any money. then click the coin return latch two times. once you have done that go to the return slot and get the key out of it. when that is all done take the key and use it to open the blue box under the telephone. get the screw driver out of there and connect it with the socket. once you have done that click on the two screws that are on the right of the telephone. click on both of them to open the telephone's secret compartment. play the game and put in this message ; '' the telephone is inherently of no value to us. the hit return when you complete that game. the latch will be unlocked so all you have to do is click it twice . if you are lucky you will get it in 2:59 or less. good luck!

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawl7oV5b1UFFdW9rOC2YO-jwfpKzU45DZdY Author Profile Page November 27, 2012 7:48 PM

Easy, in and out in 2 minutes.

1. Dial 5675 on the phone and pull the coin return slot twice.

2. Get the key and the socket from the retrurn slot.

3. Unlock the blue box under the telephone, and get the screwdriver.

4. Combine the screwdriver and socket.

5. Unscrew the bolts next to the red handle. When you pull it, there is a game.

6. The answer to the game is "THE TELEPHONE IS INHERENTLY OF NO VALUE TO US".

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novascottch Author Profile Page January 17, 2013 11:56 PM

I can't even call the electric company because it starts calling before I even finish dialing :( looks like I'm stuck forever.

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i finished in 3:02 on my second go because i remebered the number to get in to the pad behind the phone and then i got out of there haha lol bye

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