The Price

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A young man strikes up a Faustian bargain to save his injured love— kill three evildoers, and she can live. Will he be able to hold onto his humanity, or will he lose himself in the process? Despite some gameplay flaws, The Price is a dark, enchanting work from Flip-N-Tale, with amazing art and a great story to go along with it.

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The Price Walkthrough

General Info

  • You start the game at the main area where you can select one of three chapters to travel to.

  • Although you can visit them in any order, each chapter will get progressively more difficult in whatever order you decide to complete them.

  • The hanging noose on the left takes you to Chapter 1 (The Caverns), the angel statue takes you to Chapter 2 (The Mansion), and the raven on the skull post goes to Chapter 3 (The Swamp).

  • Each chapter contains 3 White Flowers hidden somewhere within the level. The purpose of the flowers is to slow down the spinning circles in the boss encounter minigame at the end of the chapters.

    • There are two possible endings and your actions throughout the game will eventually decide which ending you receive (major spoilers ahead):

    • The "Good Ending" is awarded only if you are able to successfully complete the minigame at the end of each chapter by:

      • A) Clicking all of the circles quickly rotating clockwise.

      • B) Moving the cursor without clicking over the circles slowly spinning counter-clockwise.

    • Pay attention to your character's attack animations after he transforms to determine the result.

      • A successful attempt will cause your character to kill the enemy with a simple slashing animation (contributing to the good ending).

      • However, if you fail your character will use a much more gruesome attack against the enemy (contributing to the bad ending).

    • It would be very challenging if not impossible to win at the later boss encounter minigames without collecting the White Flowers to slow the circles, so make sure you've located each flower in the chapter before starting the fight!

    • The "Bad Ending" is much easier to get. When the boss fight starts, you can simply move the cursor away from the scene to avoid all of the circles.

Chapter 1 - The Caverns

  1. Walk to the right until you reach the elevators. Click the left elevator to ride it to the upper level.

  2. Move all the way to the right. Collect the White Flower 1/3 on the floor beside the candles.

  3. Go all the way to the left wall.

    • At the bottom left corner of the tunnel, if you look closely, you can make out the black silhouette of another flower. Click it to collect the White Flower 2/3.

    • Screenshot.

  4. Move right towards the two levers.

    • Select the left lever, then rapidly click the flashing circle to spin the wheel.

    • Once the wheel is spinning at a fast pace, release the left lever and quickly click the right lever.

    • The right lever will raise a mechanism that strikes the spinning wheel, sending the machinery and gears at the left side of the room in motion.

  5. Return to the elevator and ride it back down to the ground level.

  6. Go right to the levers between the two elevators.

    • Pull the right lever to turn the right wheel on the wall so that its bar is aligned horizontally.

    • Quickly move to the left lever and pull it before the right wheel resets.

    • When the bars on both wheels are simultaneously aligned horizontally, the right elevator will be activated.

  7. Walk all the way to the right, but do not yet get on the elevator.

    • On the ground on the right side of the right elevator you will find the black silhouette of another White Flower (3/3).

    • Screenshot.

  8. Click the right elevator to ride it down to the bottom floor.

  9. When you reach the bottom floor, the boss encounter will begin automatically.

    • Follow the instructions that appear at the start of the minigame: select the icons as they appear at random locations around the screen.

    • You must click the circles that are quickly spinning clockwise before they disappear.

    • However, when the icon is slowly rotating counter-clockwise, move your cursor over the icon but do not click it.

    • If you are able to successfully complete the minigame, your character will simply slash at the enemy to destroy them.

    • However, if you fail, your character will kill your opponent much more violently.

  10. Once the brief cutscene after the boss fight is complete, run to the right through the field and then click the statue.

Chapter 2 - The Mansion

  1. Collect the White Flower (1/3) on the ground directly in front of the stairs.

  2. Climb the stairs to go to the upper floor.

  3. Use the three levers to stop the spinning discs at the correct positions.

    • Select a lever to hold it, then click it again to release it.

    • Once the lever is released, its corresponding disc will lock in place.

    • Note that the disc does not immediately stop moving. Instead, it keeps rotating until it reaches the nearest position indicated by the black arrows around the edge of the circle.

    • The left lever controls the smallest disc in the center, the middle level controls the medium disc in the middle, and the right lever controls the large outer disc.

    • If you look closely at the outer and middle rings, you'll see the pieces of a White Flower.

    • Use the levers to position the rings and align the two halves of the flower together, then click the White Flower (2/3) to collect it.

    • Screenshot.

  4. Now click and release the third lever to reset the discs and start the puzzle.

    • Use the levers to pause the rings at the correct spots and align all three pieces of the stained glass mosaic.

    • Solution.

  5. Once the puzzle is solved, a secret passage downstairs will be revealed.

  6. Examine the numbers on the face of the clock that are stained with blood.

    • Each highlighted number is at a different spot within its 4 digit combination.

    • The first bloodstained number is 1 in the combination 1941.

    • The second bloodstained number is 8 in the combination 1802.

    • The third bloodstained number is 4 in the combination 1440.

    • The fourth bloodstained number is 9 in the combination 1519.

    • Wait until the clock hour reaches the times indicated by the blood stained numbers, then take note of the symbol that appears in the window at the lower left side of the clock face during that time.

      • At 1 o'clock the symbol in the window is a Sun.

      • At 8 o'clock the symbol in the window is a Lightning Bolt.

      • At 4 o'clock the symbol in the window is a Sun.

      • At 9 o'clock the symbol in the window is a Snake.

  7. Go down the stairs to return to the first floor, then click the gap to the left of the giant pendulum to enter the secret passage.

    • Click the black silhouette of the White Flower (3/3) at the very bottom of the right statue's torch.

    • Click the center of the large metal door to zoom in on the lock.

      • Enter the combination of symbols you found from the clues on the clock upstairs.

      • Solution.

    • The door will open automatically when the right combination is set, allowing you to enter the laboratory for another boss encounter.

      • Just like before, click the circles that quickly spin clockwise. Move your cursor over circles slowly spinning counter-clockwise but do not click them.

    • After the fight is over, you will be returned to the field again. Walk right and click the statue again to complete the chapter.

Chapter 3 - The Swamp

  1. Walk all the way to the left and collect the White Flower (1/3) at the very edge of scene.

  2. Move to the right until you pass the silhouette of the fallen tree in the foreground. Collect another White Flower (2/3) growing in the middle of the grass.

  3. Continue right to the edge of the water.

  4. Click the pitchfork to start the minigame.

    • Use the dead fish at the end of pitchfork to lure the alligator in the water.

    • Holding the pitchfork low by moving the cursor down will make the alligator move towards you and then lunge at the food.

    • When the alligator lifts its head up but before it has a chance to take a bite, quickly move the cursor upwards to lift the pitchfork. The alligator will bite at the air and miss the fish, pulling at its chain attached to the totem pole.

    • After the alligator misses the fish three times, it will collapse the totem pole, allowing you to safely cross.

  5. Walk across the totem pole, then collect the White Flower (3/3) in the grass on the other side.

  6. Continue right to the next boss encounter.

    • As in the previous two fights, click the circles that quickly spin clockwise. Move your cursor over circles slowly spinning counter-clockwise but do not click them.

  7. After the encounter is over, you will be returned to the field one last time. Walk right and click the statue to completely restore it.

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I hit a bug in the second world. Once you solve the clock puzzle, if you leave and return (which is inevitable given the next puzzle), the circle that allows you to exit the clock room does not reappear, leaving you stuck in the clock room.

I'm using Windows 7 and Chrome.

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Wow... given the visual style and the amount of work that probably went into making this, I want to say nice things but I can't. I'm not going to go nuts on the critique but my main gripe is playing a game on my PC that is obviously intended for a touch screen. As for the rest, it's a shame because this could have been a lot better.

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The game is beautifully done and working fine on my PC. Unfortunately, I'm stuck on the sun/serpent/lightning puzzle. ack.

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POP - got it!

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The Price Walkthrough

General Info

  • You start the game at the main area where you can select one of three chapters to travel to.

  • Although you can visit them in any order, each chapter will get progressively more difficult in whatever order you decide to complete them.

  • The hanging noose on the left takes you to Chapter 1 (The Caverns), the angel statue takes you to Chapter 2 (The Mansion), and the raven on the skull post goes to Chapter 3 (The Swamp).

  • Each chapter contains 3 White Flowers hidden somewhere within the level. The purpose of the flowers is to slow down the spinning circles in the boss encounter minigame at the end of the chapters.

    • There are two possible endings and your actions throughout the game will eventually decide which ending you receive (major spoilers ahead):

    • The "Good Ending" is awarded only if you are able to successfully complete the minigame at the end of each chapter by:

      • A) Clicking all of the circles quickly rotating clockwise.

      • B) Moving the cursor without clicking over the circles slowly spinning counter-clockwise.

    • Pay attention to your character's attack animations after he transforms to determine the result.

      • A successful attempt will cause your character to kill the enemy with a simple slashing animation (contributing to the good ending).

      • However, if you fail your character will use a much more gruesome attack against the enemy (contributing to the bad ending).

    • It would be very challenging if not impossible to win at the later boss encounter minigames without collecting the White Flowers to slow the circles, so make sure you've located each flower in the chapter before starting the fight!

    • The "Bad Ending" is much easier to get. When the boss fight starts, you can simply move the cursor away from the scene to avoid all of the circles.

Chapter 1 - The Caverns

  1. Walk to the right until you reach the elevators. Click the left elevator to ride it to the upper level.

  2. Move all the way to the right. Collect the White Flower 1/3 on the floor beside the candles.

  3. Go all the way to the left wall.

    • At the bottom left corner of the tunnel, if you look closely, you can make out the black silhouette of another flower. Click it to collect the White Flower 2/3.

    • Screenshot.

  4. Move right towards the two levers.

    • Select the left lever, then rapidly click the flashing circle to spin the wheel.

    • Once the wheel is spinning at a fast pace, release the left lever and quickly click the right lever.

    • The right lever will raise a mechanism that strikes the spinning wheel, sending the machinery and gears at the left side of the room in motion.

  5. Return to the elevator and ride it back down to the ground level.

  6. Go right to the levers between the two elevators.

    • Pull the right lever to turn the right wheel on the wall so that its bar is aligned horizontally.

    • Quickly move to the left lever and pull it before the right wheel resets.

    • When the bars on both wheels are simultaneously aligned horizontally, the right elevator will be activated.

  7. Walk all the way to the right, but do not yet get on the elevator.

    • On the ground on the right side of the right elevator you will find the black silhouette of another White Flower (3/3).

    • Screenshot.

  8. Click the right elevator to ride it down to the bottom floor.

  9. When you reach the bottom floor, the boss encounter will begin automatically.

    • Follow the instructions that appear at the start of the minigame: select the icons as they appear at random locations around the screen.

    • You must click the circles that are quickly spinning clockwise before they disappear.

    • However, when the icon is slowly rotating counter-clockwise, move your cursor over the icon but do not click it.

    • If you are able to successfully complete the minigame, your character will simply slash at the enemy to destroy them.

    • However, if you fail, your character will kill your opponent much more violently.

  10. Once the brief cutscene after the boss fight is complete, run to the right through the field and then click the statue.

Chapter 2 - The Mansion

  1. Collect the White Flower (1/3) on the ground directly in front of the stairs.

  2. Climb the stairs to go to the upper floor.

  3. Use the three levers to stop the spinning discs at the correct positions.

    • Select a lever to hold it, then click it again to release it.

    • Once the lever is released, its corresponding disc will lock in place.

    • Note that the disc does not immediately stop moving. Instead, it keeps rotating until it reaches the nearest position indicated by the black arrows around the edge of the circle.

    • The left lever controls the smallest disc in the center, the middle level controls the medium disc in the middle, and the right lever controls the large outer disc.

    • If you look closely at the outer and middle rings, you'll see the pieces of a White Flower.

    • Use the levers to position the rings and align the two halves of the flower together, then click the White Flower (2/3) to collect it.

    • Screenshot.

  4. Now click and release the third lever to reset the discs and start the puzzle.

    • Use the levers to pause the rings at the correct spots and align all three pieces of the stained glass mosaic.

    • Solution.

  5. Once the puzzle is solved, a secret passage downstairs will be revealed.

  6. Examine the numbers on the face of the clock that are stained with blood.

    • Each highlighted number is at a different spot within its 4 digit combination.

    • The first bloodstained number is 1 in the combination 1941.

    • The second bloodstained number is 8 in the combination 1802.

    • The third bloodstained number is 4 in the combination 1440.

    • The fourth bloodstained number is 9 in the combination 1519.

    • Wait until the clock hour reaches the times indicated by the blood stained numbers, then take note of the symbol that appears in the window at the lower left side of the clock face during that time.

      • At 1 o'clock the symbol in the window is a Sun.

      • At 8 o'clock the symbol in the window is a Lightning Bolt.

      • At 4 o'clock the symbol in the window is a Sun.

      • At 9 o'clock the symbol in the window is a Snake.

  7. Go down the stairs to return to the first floor, then click the gap to the left of the giant pendulum to enter the secret passage.

    • Click the black silhouette of the White Flower (3/3) at the very bottom of the right statue's torch.

    • Click the center of the large metal door to zoom in on the lock.

      • Enter the combination of symbols you found from the clues on the clock upstairs.

      • Solution.

    • The door will open automatically when the right combination is set, allowing you to enter the laboratory for another boss encounter.

      • Just like before, click the circles that quickly spin clockwise. Move your cursor over circles slowly spinning counter-clockwise but do not click them.

    • After the fight is over, you will be returned to the field again. Walk right and click the statue again to complete the chapter.

Chapter 3 - The Swamp

  1. Walk all the way to the left and collect the White Flower (1/3) at the very edge of scene.

  2. Move to the right until you pass the silhouette of the fallen tree in the foreground. Collect another White Flower (2/3) growing in the middle of the grass.

  3. Continue right to the edge of the water.

  4. Click the pitchfork to start the minigame.

    • Use the dead fish at the end of pitchfork to lure the alligator in the water.

    • Holding the pitchfork low by moving the cursor down will make the alligator move towards you and then lunge at the food.

    • When the alligator lifts its head up but before it has a chance to take a bite, quickly move the cursor upwards to lift the pitchfork. The alligator will bite at the air and miss the fish, pulling at its chain attached to the totem pole.

    • After the alligator misses the fish three times, it will collapse the totem pole, allowing you to safely cross.

  5. Walk across the totem pole, then collect the White Flower (3/3) in the grass on the other side.

  6. Continue right to the next boss encounter.

    • As in the previous two fights, click the circles that quickly spin clockwise. Move your cursor over circles slowly spinning counter-clockwise but do not click them.

  7. After the encounter is over, you will be returned to the field one last time. Walk right and click the statue to completely restore it.

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seriously, what are those little white flowers for? what do they do??

actually i have a theory about them,

that i have to purposely lose to the bossess when i get all three at each place so that i will use the flower instead of blood or something, just to keep myself from losing to the evil demonic something,

but i was too lazy to try.

anywho, great game, beautiful artwork, the music is alright, although the sound effects could use some work, but who am i to judge you, i can't even work yet...

overall, nice work flip-n-tale! keep it up! :)

[Check the General Info section of the Walkthrough above the comments for the purpose of the White Flowers! :) -Trinn]

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Alice,

I refreshed and reentered the game. The second door is open, and I can enter and leave the clock room, but the clock is now scrambled and none of the levers are selectable.

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Alice,

Yeah, I just restarted and I've played through a couple times (trying to get the good ending). The bug hasn't happened again - not sure what caused it.

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inheritance.fan Author Profile Page March 26, 2013 7:23 PM

On the first world, I can't get the right elevator to activate.

I pulled the right lever, and immediately pulled the left one. Both were horizontal. The left one then went back to resting position, followed by the right. The elevator doesn't work.

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Have you activated the mechanism on the upper floor yet? The right elevator won't be operational until you've started the machinery upstairs that powers it.

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handmade.mercury Author Profile Page March 26, 2013 10:57 PM

For the second boss, did anyone else have the circles just rapidly move around the screen, rather than stay in one spot for any amount of time? Each circle was only on my screen for about half a second. I can't imagine collecting the flowers is THAT necessary.

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Haha, I thought the play button said "Pay the Price"...

The artwork is great, but the character animations feel kind of slow and laggy to me. Also, for as nice as the still pictures are, they look really blurry. As for the controls, well... I think they would have been better off instead have clockwise and counterclockwise buttons, they actullay had different icons pop up. I immediately forgot which button I was supposed to press and which I was supposed to hover my cursor over. One last thing, I would have liked a bit more backstory anout the three criminals. Aside from being mad scientists and cannibals, there wasn't much of an explanation for who they are.

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Despite getting all of the flowers, for the life of me, I can't beat the swamp boss and get the good end. The circles still move too quick...

Great game, though. Love the art and the story.

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Good story and style, but this game needs more play-testing, and perhaps more depth.
For one, the movement of "run for a second then walk the rest of the way" was frustrating. Second, on a darker screen (such as my macbook), most of the flowers are impossible to see. Finally, the good ending/third circle clicking game is too hard, especially on trackpad.

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Looks really beautiful, I liked playing it quite a lot.

Would've liked the possibility to go back and try a world again, or to save before each world. It would make the good ending easier to reach (I missed one or two little circles in my second battle, despite all the 3 flowers...).

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marshalljpeters Author Profile Page March 28, 2013 5:53 PM

2 stars, max. The impossibility of getting a good ending ruins it.

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Oh my gods, the first time I failed to get the good ending (from the last boss, no less -.-) I thought that I would have to restart the entire game again EACH time I failed - wasn't ready to be happy.

Then I realized:

So long as I refereshed the page during/before the 'bad' kill, the game will save my progress in terms of solved puzzles and collected white flowers. Thank god that they saved puzzle progress...

Still, even with that, I still had to retry that last stage several times - the difficulty jump was a cliff, and if not for the fact that I didn't have to redo the entire game again, I'd probably quit a long time ago.

That said - the "good" ending is seriously worth trying to get. Yes, it is 'predictable' once you get the "bad" ending what the good ending might be, but... it's still worth getting.

While I was complaining about the sheer difficulty of getting the good ending... well, in retrospect, that is a good symbolization of the internal fight that this man must have made - after all, he had to fight for his humanity, and fight a literal demon who would thirst for blood and jealousy. Still a sad ending in any way, but at least another soul got saved. For now.

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HammyJay Author Profile Page March 29, 2013 1:47 PM

Insert Twisted Sister reference here.

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kekepulia Author Profile Page May 16, 2013 12:53 PM

Man I cannot get over how beautiful and simple the music is.

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