The Trader of Stories:
The Trader of Stories: Bell's Heart is a new point-and-click adventure by Marek and Marcin Rudowski with help from Pastel Games. You take control of Myosotis and travel through a town in a beautifully drawn world trying to fix your wagon wheel and learn the story of a wiseman named Derrida. Though short and fairly easy, Bell's Heart is a great, wonderful looking game.Read More
Lovely little game! I really liked it. Three buggy bits though.
1. I couldn't read the story all the way through after i'd finished. Couldn't scroll through it all and just got the first part.
After telling the mayor the story and completing the game I went to a couple of places before leaving, like the undecorated tree. I accidently got 3x D's story and couldn't go back to the mayor. And the icon was in the same place that the fixed wheel was so I had to jiggle for ages to get around picking up the story and somehow get the wheel.
3. The music is still playing although I've exited the game?
Namedrop (and cameo as the Mayor) philosopher Jacques Derrida (and arguably cleverly so)
Am impressed... (not that I wasn't already impressed by Pastel games...)
On the site you guys linked to, it loaded instantaneously, and when I hit play, it goes back to the loading screen with play. Kept hitting play with no result.
[Try disabling your browser extensions and/or update your Flash Player. There is likely a conflict with your setup. Also, rights to the game were purchased by Games Nitro, which is the sponsor. That's why we linked to that site. -Jay]
Im desperate to play this game but it just wont work, I cant get past the first screen! I give Zephyr the food and it keeps telling me I have to feed him before moving on, its so frustrating! Ive cleared my cookies and have the newish flash player so I dont understand why its not working :(
Lovely game, though I had the same scrolling bug as a couple of other people. If the arrows in the scrollbar don't work, you may be able to read everything by manually dragging the scroll box up and down.
Aside from that, the only other problems I had were occasional English errors -- the writing is generally good but sometimes it's clear that the writer isn't a native speaker. But again, lovely, and I especially like the way it gives a sense of a larger world -- especially because it means we'll probably get sequels!
The signpost was great too; sometimes navigation can be needlessly obscure in Pastel games, but this worked like a charm.
Ok, I know this isn't a help forum for technical issues, but I have been having some problems with the flash player for the last few days playing games here. I had an update recently so I guess it started after the last update. Anyway, my problem is that when I play flash games now, the game is larger than the screen that it is displayed on. Sometimes I can right click and click 'show all' and that fixes the problem, but when I went to play this game, right click didn't give me the option and I got to a scene in the intro that I couldn't see a next icon.... Any help or suggestions? Thanks in advance... I'd like to give this game a try if I can see it properly...
[It's kind of strange that this problem has come up several times recently by different people. I've created an FAQ on our Support Page for problems and issues like this. I think your issue of "flash games too large" is due to a zoomed browser. Check for the solution there. I hope that helps! :) -Jay]
Just a gorgeous game. The one point I wasn't sure about was collecting the potion ingredients before getting the recipe. I didn't know why my character would want to carry around cat fur and a bell pull. I also wish it had been a bit more challenging. The "questing" atmosphere of the game was canceled out a bit when I stumbled upon many of the clues by accident.
Still, this is by far my favorite of the Pastel games.
Mateusz and Pastel Games just keep soaring higher and higher into artistry. A story about a traveling collector of stories....fantastic! The music was just great and relaxing, the story and characters, poignant and memorable,the landscapes utterly breathtaking,. Mateusz is truely the Miyazaki of point and click games can't wait for this story to continue!
What perhaps hasn't been noted ... the narrative unfolds beautifully no matter what order you work out the clues. There's only one paragraph that doesn't quite make sense. Small detail, as the art, the corresponding clue, and the text all lock together in an interesting way.
Add to the tiny list of games that successfully play with narrative.
Definitely some technical problems with this game. The biggest one (for me) is that the screens as designed are too tall for use on a netbook. In fact this is probably the tallest screen size I have seen on a flash game so far. Game designers need to keep in mind how many people use netbooks these days when setting up screen dimensions. Wider would have been much better than taller.
Like others I also had problems getting the PLAY button to work. Eventually I got it to work by using NOSCRIPT and blocking everything but the main website domain.
for what it's worth, i have the exact same problem as bdd458, on a mac, on both chrome and firefox (latest versions for both, extensions disabled, flash updated).
[I'm also using a Mac (10.5.8) and both Chrome (6.0.472.63) and Firefox (3.6.10) play this game without issue in Flash Player (10.1.82.76). -Jay]
I have the same problems as bđ458. Game takes me back to loading screen. I'm using Firefox and Adobe Flash Player (both the latest, I think)
[Please list your browser, os, and flash player versions if you wish someone to try to reproduce your issue. Without them we can only guess as to what you're trying. Thanks! -Jay]
Wow, this is amazing! I am hypnotized by the very story and art! I though I already used to pastelgames awesomeness, now they surprise me with more awesomeness!
A bit of problem and bug found, the game height is slightly higher for my browser with just menu bar, navigation bar, tab bar, and the very bottom status bar. I have to disable my navigation bar to be able to read the texts on dialogues and items :/ . As the bug, I could get Derrida's story again after telling the story to mayor and go back to the waterfall-- though it doesn't seems to break anything.
For anyone still having an issue running the game at the Games Nitro site, please try it at this link:
Does that work for you?
I encountered the loading problem, too. I think there is just a goof up in the coding somewhere in its initialization. After ignoring it and looking at everything else on the page (my mind sometimes pretends to be a hummingbird mind), I clicked "Play" again and it continued normally. Just give the game a couple minutes by itself after it loads (I checked that my connection was idle to prove it stopped loading), and it should correct itself. I hope this helps.
Near the begining of the game I gave the wheel to the blacksmith. I didn't have money so he said to bring him some. After telling the story and reselling the recipes I returned to the forge to get the wheel. I then noticed the wheel wasn't in my inventory and assumed that the blacksmith had been keeping it for me. He didn't. What now?
Windows XP SP3, Firefox and adobe Flash player (I don't care much for the numbers, but they're all newest versions)
The JIG link doesn't work either.
[Try uninstalling Flash and reinstall. There are a huge number of issues being reported like this recently. I'm thinking it's probably due to Flash bugs (we've seen a lot of Flash Player updates since they reached 10.0). If that doesn't work, the other likely culprit is any browser extensions you may have installed (ad blockers are notorious for causing problems with Flash games). I just tried the game, both links, using Windows XP SP3, Firefox (3.6.8) and Flash (10.1.85.3) without any issues whatsoever. -Jay]
On one of my computers when I start a game I cannot get past the very beginning where you need to feed Zephyr. I feed him but still cannot leave. I just started it on a different computer and found that apparently I'm supposed to start with three items(book; acorns; notes). On the first computer I ended up starting with none of these items.
Wow, I feel really bad for thinking that this was enitirely a game from pastel. The true world and the makings of it belong to Mr. Rudowski! If you ever see this, I want to let you know that I think you truely have an artist's eye for scenes and storytelling, much like my favorite and possibley greatest anime director of all time, Hayao Miyazaki,have you heard of him? For anyone who wants to know more about him check his blog here. http://traderofstories.blogspot.com/
I can't put the stuff in the kettle for making potions. Have lit the fire and put the kettle on it but it won't let me add the ingredients.
I tried it both yesterday (when the game crashed right after this happened) and today, and have also double-checked with the walkthrough to make sure I wasn't messing it up. Must be a bug, right?
There are no more Trader of Stories but if you search this site for narrative you'll get a list of all games similar to this one.
Some of my favorites include Aurora and anything by Hyptosis although, admittedly, they don't have the same pleasant charm as Trader of Stories.
You might be interested in other Pastel Games' games, too... especially the Sneak Thief series.
Beautiful game, played it after A Grain of Truth. Thanks to JIG for letting us know of this series and other games like it (read through the comments). Also, I didn't encounter any bugs/glitches except some non-intuitive exit points for some scenes, but everything else was smooth and really impressive.
Not sure what to do. I've got everything but one story piece.
I thought I asked everybody about Derrida, and I definitely DID speak to everyone, but the top middle piece (bartender) didn't fill in and now, according to somebody's post above, it's no longer possible anymore.
This was already my second attempt because the first time through I didn't realize what
was for until too late. *sigh*
Other than this, I want to call it a nice laid back game. Hahaha, well the concept, music, and unfolding of the story are really well done either way. :')
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Trader of Stories Walkthrough
Except for a few things, most actions can be done in any order.
Pick up wheel.
Pick up the bag of food.
Give food to the Zephyr pulling your wagon.
Click the town or the copse of trees in the distance.
Click the little pile of acorns in front of the stone.
Click the flower to the left of the path.
Click the stone, when the screen changes, click it again, go back to the original screen.
Click the copse of trees to the right.
Click the tree without any ribbons on it.
Click on the bell clapper strapped to the tree. Go back.
Go back to the outskirts, then proceed toward the towns.
Run Down House
Click on the house.
Click on the cat.
Click on the paper on the ground. Click it again when it's in your hand.
Go back, go towards town.
Center of Town
Click on the ladies on the ladies by the well.
Click the horseshoe on the sign post.
Talk to the woman leaning against the wall.
Ask the woman about Derrida
Return to the signpost tree and go to the next location
Click on blacksmith
Give broken wheel to the smith.
Ask the smith about Derrida
Go back, click on the house on the hill
Combine the bell clapper with the bell, click the complete bell
Old Woman's Home
Grab the amulet on the left hand table
Grab the pot to the left of Myosotis
Talk to the woman, then ask her about Derrida
Go back to signpost, go to next area
Grab the pile of acorns on the right side of the round
Click on the cart down the road
Talk to the merchant, then talk to him again to buy the two recipes
Go back, enter the inn
Grab the flint on the table to the left
Click the drunk
Click the bartender
Talk to him, then ask him about Derrida
Grab the bottle above the bartender's head
Click the curtain to the side of the bartender
Click a bottle of wine, buy it
Leave, go back to the signpost, go to the town hall
Click the door up the stairs to the right
Talk to the mayor, then go back and ask him about Derrida
Go back, then click on the door to the left, then click on the waterfall in the distance
Click on a lily pad
Go back to the signpost, go to the rundown house
Run Down House
Use flint on the tinder in the oven
Place pot on oven
Put flower, drunkard's hair and amulet in the pot IN THAT ORDER
Put cat's fur, lily pad and wine in the pot IN THAT ORDER, then use the empty bottle on the pot
Go back to the Wayside Inn
Go inside, use the amulet on the drunk
Go back to the stables
Give the drunk to the woman
Go back to the waterfall
Use potion on water
Talk to Derrida
Return to the mayor, give him the story of Derrida
Go to the forge, buy back your wheel
Go back to your wagon and use the wheel on the wagon
Posted by: Brad | October 1, 2010 1:43 PM
All right, since people still seem to be having trouble I'll outline where you get every piece. This guide will go from the TOP DOWN and from LEFT TO RIGHT. So, if I say "third row, third space," that means the third row from the top and three spaces over.
1st row, 1st space
Ask the bartender about Derrida
1st row, 2nd space
Just talk to the bartender
1st row, 3rd space
Click on the tree without ribbons in the forest
2nd row, 1st space
Click the stone on the first screen away from your wagon
2nd row, 2nd space
Just go to the front of the Butterfly woman's house
2nd row, 3rd space
Just go into the forest
3rd row, 1st space
Ask the Butterfly woman about Derrida
3rd row, 2nd space
Ask the stablewoman about Derrida
3rd row, 3rd space
Talk to Derrida
4th row, 1st space
Just go to the waterfall
4th row, 2nd space
Ask the mayor about Derrida
4th row, 3rd space
Just talk to the stablewoman
5th row, 1st space
Just talk to the merchant down the alley of the Wayside Inn
5th row, 2nd space
Ask the blacksmith about Derrida
5th row, 3rd space
read the paper on the floor of the run down house
Posted by: Brad | October 10, 2010 10:39 PM