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The hand drawn animations and old-school Jazz music soundtrack of Miestas and Menulis set the tone for an experience that is just this side of cool. The simplicity in controls leaves you wishing for something more polished until you realize the environments more than make up for it. Both games create a surreal world interactive art adventure to point-and-click through.

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Walkthrough for Miestas:

  • Run to the right, past the weiner in the bath to the screen with the two liquids.

  • Click near the junction to rotate the pipe, so the green liquid is connected. Rotate it with the arrow keys.

  • Head to the left to watch the weiner leave the bath, then go and spin the pipe so the water stops completely.

  • Go back to the tub and climb the ladder.

  • Go left and get knocked back.

  • Pick up the fruit and drop it beneath the watering can.

  • Pull on the shelving unit a couple of times to water the fruit.

  • Pick up the statue of chinese dude and lug it over the machinery, drop it on top of the piece on the far right so that maramalade flies everywhere and head left to move on.

  • Head right to the elevator and press the button, you will go down.

  • Head over the tree and err... shake? it, all the leaves will fall down.

  • Climb the tree so you press the button. At this point it seems like you are emulating an escape the room point and click game :)

  • Jump onto the see saw to make the weiner start to barf up hairballs.

  • Head right, and click the red dot, to make the baloon go crazy, at this point run back to it and click it to fly off.

  • Pick up the pipe and use the arrow keys to aim it so it hits the guy right in the teeth.

  • Continue on until you see a propeller on the ground, pick it up and head inside the car.

  • Use it in the middle of the car.

  • Climb the ladder, and stand on the top of the platform.

  • Jump on the train when it comes close.

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Both of your links point to Miestas.

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glommie Author Profile Page May 24, 2007 4:12 PM

I'm stuck on Menulis at the part where you

need the three numbers

Can anyone help me out?

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glommie...

Slowly walk across the screen again :) Look carefully

Miestas was fun. Though I hope I never have such a reaction when hit by a pillow ;)

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n3rdXcore May 24, 2007 4:25 PM

Very interesting and trippy. Puzzles are difficult enough to keep my attention, but no so difficult that they ever held me back for long. The music and art made me feel like I was watching of those weird 1930's French films on the art channel!

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Haha, well done Jay, that's a nice way to get a review done. :P

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Ross R. May 24, 2007 4:28 PM

@glommie

As you walk to the machine with the numbers you should see them. Watch the character as he walks, they appear on him.

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fuzzboxer May 24, 2007 4:34 PM

Here's my go at a review, Jay:

Miestas and Menulis, with its hand drawn animations and old school Jazz music soundtrack, sets the tone for an experience that is just this side of cool. The simplicity in controls leaves you wishing for something more polished until you realize the environment more than makes up for it.

The design and style is what you'll notice first as it takes over with splashes of color and foreground objects. Every element of each screen gives insight into the dream world which we have been dropped. Utilizing nothing but the keyboard(Left/Right moves your character, Space is interact, X is cancel), your goal is to get from one screen to the next. Bits of the silent movie story are revealed in each screen for what amounts to a relaxing and engaging casual game.

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GuidoTheGreat Author Profile Page May 24, 2007 4:41 PM

Walkthrough for Miestas:

  • Run to the right, past the weiner in the bath to the screen with the two liquids.

  • Click near the junction to rotate the pipe, so the green liquid is connected. Rotate it with the arrow keys.

  • Head to the left to watch the weiner leave the bath, then go and spin the pipe so the water stops completely.

  • Go back to the tub and climb the ladder.

  • Go left and get knocked back.

  • Pick up the fruit and drop it beneath the watering can.

  • Pull on the shelving unit a couple of times to water the fruit.

  • Pick up the statue of chinese dude and lug it over the machinery, drop it on top of the piece on the far right so that maramalade flies everywhere and head left to move on.

  • Head right to the elevator and press the button, you will go down.

  • Head over the tree and err... shake? it, all the leaves will fall down.

  • Climb the tree so you press the button. At this point it seems like you are emulating an escape the room point and click game :)

  • Jump onto the see saw to make the weiner start to barf up hairballs.

  • Head right, and click the red dot, to make the baloon go crazy, at this point run back to it and click it to fly off.

  • Pick up the pipe and use the arrow keys to aim it so it hits the guy right in the teeth.

  • Continue on until you see a propeller on the ground, pick it up and head inside the car.

  • Use it in the middle of the car.

  • Climb the ladder, and stand on the top of the platform.

  • Jump on the train when it comes close.

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Just perfect, Fuzzboxer. =)

I've updated the entry accordingly. Cheers!

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fuzzboxer May 24, 2007 5:00 PM

Awesome. Thanks, Jay.

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Sorry... how exactly am I meant to

get to the baloon before it shrinks?!

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Debbie Crowther May 24, 2007 6:00 PM

I've been coming to this site for the past few months and I have become a point and click game junkie! Thanks, Jay! These I loved because I was able to figure them out without any help!

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Bit of an awkward bug:

at the part with the... balloon? and the big red button, one potential bug and one definite.

  1. clicking the button, there was no way in hell i could make it back to the balloon thing before it went back to being a little proto-balloon. Maybe my version of flash? (on a mac, using camino browser)

  2. much bigger bug. At the red button, holding down the right arrow and repeatedly hitting the space bar, the background of the scene slides somewhat to the left, but the actionable items do not. so the button is actually phantom a few inches to the right of where it is displayed, and the balloon is entirely out of the frame.

Sort of spoiled the game for me, unfortunately. Otherwise I do like it, though.

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Lovely. I had played Menulis before, and the sequel is just as good.

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As adorable as this game is, the issues that Peter mentioned make the game unplayable on a Mac. You can't run during the scene with the balloon and the button. So the game can't be finished.

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i have an intel macBook pro and did that scene easily...

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Quite possibly the simplest game ever. There was no real thought required to finish this game and the only hard part was

hitting the red button and then double tapping the left arrow key to run over to the baloon before it deflated.

I enjoyed the first one much more.

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LikesTrees May 24, 2007 7:18 PM

In response to peter and obtusegoose: I have a Windows computer and the same bug happened to me, so it isn't a Mac-only problem. I ended up restarting the game and managed to get past that part on the second try, although I'm not quite sure what made that time different.

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lopsidation May 24, 2007 7:40 PM

Press left or right twice in a row fast to start running.

That's how to get to the balloon.

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L. Wireman May 24, 2007 7:46 PM

Peter you are right!!!

I toyed with the controls for about 10 minutes and gave up. The balloon is not taking anybody anywhere. Otherwise, the game is cool and the jazz is happening.
The "arty" rendering of the scenes adds a depth to the game that would otherwise be lacking.

L. Wireman

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Brandon May 24, 2007 10:25 PM

I love surreal point-and-click games like these, where the whole point is to enjoy the show instead of wracking your brain. There was a game like this some time ago. It had similar artwork, but with more brown and yellow, and there was a really big person that people were climbing up and down. Does anybody recall the name?

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Brandon May 24, 2007 10:48 PM

Never mind, I found it. It's called Treasure Box. Short, sweet, and strongly recommended.

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This is one of the most enjoyable and original games I have played on this site!

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Fantastic artwork and music, but sadly, I could not get past the second puzzle. Perhaps I'm just brainless, but even after reading the walkthrough

I could not discover how to "shake the shelving"

I also wish there were a way to save the game in the middle, or at least skip the introduction.

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Ezrabbit Author Profile Page May 25, 2007 6:38 PM

iMac using safari produces the same bug on the balloon scene.
Also, Miestas seems to run WAY too fast. All the actions seem to be on fast forward!

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Try it again, Ezrabbit. Reload the game and I think it will work better for you. I think there was a parameter missing in the embed code.

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brilliant game! finished about 15 minutes

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I got the same bug as Peter and Ezrabbit. I was really irate as I had managed the whole thing without spoilers up til that point. WindowsXP using Firefox. Fortunately, Jay's suggestion to reload the game works beautifully. Other than that little problem, I got through it with no walkthrough. :)

As usual, it's visually incredible. (Can you say usual when there's only two games?)

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Ezrabbit Author Profile Page May 26, 2007 6:47 AM

Thanks Jay!
That did the trick!

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Aha! Went back and fiddled

You need find the pull cord, in order to water the tomato. The bit about "shelving" confused me

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I have an apple powerbook, running Firefox, and I completed the game in about 5 minutes (without spoilers yaay).

I still have no idea what the story was about - nothing revealed itself.

The bit about the balloon, it's pretty obvious that it's meant to be hard to get to. You have to figure out a way to get to it.

Pressing the button gives it a mini-explosion, then *run* over before it recovers

I don't think complaining it's a bug has anything to do with it.

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need help... May 31, 2007 7:53 PM

im super stuck...... im stuck where the cute fat something is resting..... how can i jump to the see saw...? all i can do is walk and walk...

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Jay, does it matter what oder i play it in coz i started with miestas first.

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Hello, nice to see this review. I'm flattered. About that chinese dude :D , he is not chinese at all. He is a known political figure in Lithuania.

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I can't get the fruit to be watered. How do you do that

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Anonymous June 14, 2007 3:19 PM

Ok, what do you mean, pull the shelving unit??? I have no idea what to do.

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i am stuck where i get into the bath

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In Miestas, how do you water the fruit? I'm stuck there.

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Anonymous July 4, 2007 3:22 PM

put the fruit a little bit to the left under the bucket. then go to the chord hanging underneath it and just pull it to water the fruit

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CRAZIER THAN CRAZINESS July 6, 2007 6:46 PM

I finished both games rather quickly. Very good graphics, though.

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Anonymous July 30, 2007 5:14 AM

I LOVE the music to these games....so soulful!

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I don't know why I'm posting this, but if anyone maybe would want to know, Miestas is Lithuanian for "Town", and Menulis is "Moon"...

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They appear to have fixed the bug!!

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Ducatisti December 4, 2007 7:01 PM

What a neat and sweet little art piece.

Both are fun - the first had some challenges (i also had trouble getting to the balloon in time - but it was me, not the game!), the second wasn't as challenging, but just fun.

Cool music, great artwork!

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I found that when i pressed the space bar to click the red button, i just held it down an ran back to the balloon, when doing this the balloon stayed completel inflated the whole time.
This worked for me anyway.

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It is a really cool game design. I got mad at the very end when I found out I needed a

propeller in the car (I used the walkthrough for that because I was stuck.) I didn't see the propeller before I got into the car

and the game didn't let me leave. I stopped playing then.

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I used a Mac, no problem, except my stupidity. If Safari is not working, I used Firefox.

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Chiktionary Author Profile Page December 10, 2009 8:55 PM

Just when I thought I had completely scoured JiG for games that I like, Menulis and Miestas pops up! Great little games, with elements of interactive art. Love the music :)

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Would you please post the walktrough and not put in its pros and cons? KTHXBYE!

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why is it categorized under point and click though ?

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