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Strange Little Searching

DoraKamotokamotokamo's escape game Strange Little Searching may look simple, but it's simple in a way that makes you go, "Oh. Oh. Oooooh. I see what you did there. Clever girl." You're trapped in a room that appears to be mostly featureless apart from a bit of furniture and some boxes propped up on tables, and unlike many escape games you may notice that this one doesn't appear to have a door, which is typically essential to the whole "escaping" part of the formula. The cursor will change when you can interact with something, but you'll still want to search everywhere since some items or viewpoints are very well hidden. Click an item in your inventory to highlight it, and you'll be ready to try to use it wherever you want. Though the room may appear mostly empty, a little bit of experimentation will reveal some pretty big secrets...

Escape is a pretty popular genre of games, and with so many flooding the internet every single week, it can be hard to do something to stand out, and yet Strange Little Searching has done just that. Its core mechanic isn't exactly "Bwaaaaaaah?!" levels of surprise, but it's cleverly implemented in a way that encourages players to experiment and, well, think outside the box. Some of the things you're expected to know or figure out how to do are admittedly a little unintuitive depending on how your brain works, and something about the sparse design makes getting stuck all the more frustrating due to the lack of feedback. Strange Little Searching is nowhere near as obvious with its clues as some other games, but with a little but of imagination and ingenuity, you'll find the way out is very real. Strange Little Searching is a great idea that injects a bit of whimsy into your typical escape game, making it a welcome addition to anyone's day indeed.

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Walkthrough Guide


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Walkthrough

The shelf

You start facing the shelf. Take the signboard, the decorative box and the screwdriver in the cabinets.
Look that one of the cabinets needs a key.

The four boxes

Turn right. Look there's four boxes. The first is empty, the second has a miniature of the shelf, the third shows a miniature of the fours boxes and the fourth a blue square.

Take the shelf miniature off the second box. Turn left.

Where's the shelf? Well you might understand that what you put in the box gets bigger out of it.

Click the hole in the middle of the wall. Take the stone key.

Decorative box

Go right. Put the decorative box in the fourth box. Go right again

Take a key on the window.

Click the box on the floor. Use the stone key to open it.Take the knife.

The desk

Go left. Click the first box and use the knife. Click the piece of paper to fold it.

Put the shelf in the second box again. Go left. Use the blue key to open the upper right cabinet.Take the desk.

Go right. Take the shelf off the second box and put the desk.

Go left. Click the hole near the roof. Take the matches.

Go right take the desk off and put the matches

Go left. Take the giant matches.

The door

Go left Put the giant matches above the hole on the floor. Click the door. Well we need a key to open it.

Go back twice and then left. There's a small door on the floor. Open it and get a cloudy key.

Go left and put the signboard in the fourth box. Go right. Remember that image.

The second room

Go right. Click the door and use the cloudy key.

Click the black box and use the screwdriver on the right side of it.

Put the blue paper in the box. Remember tha image of the signboard? Put the shelf in the box

Click the shelf. Then click the hole red colored above. Use the screwdriver on it.

You're out on a train?! hahahah

24 Comments

That was different, but in a good way.

I personally did not have any difficulty with viewpoints or finding things, hooray for a changing cursor.

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Finding all the clickable spots is tricky

The door in the floor is very difficult to find.

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I am stuck after using the matches.

I have: The shelf key (used), the decorative box key (used), a piece of cut-out box, a miniature decorative box (used), miniature signboard (don't know how to use this clue), miniature desk (used), miniature shelf (empty), matchbox (empty), miniature man with a steering wheel, knife.

I can access the first door in the wall. I have not found the door in the floor.

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What on earth did I just do?

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Alkalannar:

The door in the floor contains the next item you'll need to get past the patterned door in the wall. Look for the changing cursor at the base of one of the other walls...but there can't be any objects sitting there when you do.

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Thanks, Michael. That's the bit I was stuck on.

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This was melt my heart cute. Loved it!

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hans.vogelaar September 20, 2014 3:19 PM

That's a weird one - nice to see something different!

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Beat it unassisted. Nice piece of work; would like to see a bit more done with the central gimmick, though.

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puzzlin.cae September 20, 2014 4:05 PM

Don't understand what to do with the matchsticks.

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hans.vogelaar September 20, 2014 4:13 PM

You'll need to lay a floor at some point :)

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There is a way to avoid the pixel-hunting:

Press the Tab button

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After

Using the matchsticks and finally the screwdriver

I am completely stuck. I've used all the items I can think of on everything I can think of, yet am unable to figure out how to finish the game.

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Dang it power of posting.

Turn the paper gotten by cutting the door out over in the 'about item' screen, and THEN you can put the sheet in the space and the box on the sheet.

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That was really cute - I love escape games but I especially like them with a twist!

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Leopardmask September 21, 2014 9:27 AM

I'm stuck at what I think is a completely different place.

I found the floor door, have I believe all the miniatures (box, signboard, shelf, desk) and know where they go but have looted them all except the signboard, which I can't figure out. I have a knife, I cut out the back of the box and flipped it over, but don't know where the piece goes now. I have what I guess is the screwdriver, a box of matches, and one unused key that has a face.
There's a giant pit of doom in front of me and the wall looks like it's notched,meaning something can be slid in to get across.
I think the left mini-box holds the answer, but I don't know how to get it to work.

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Patreon Crew SonicLover September 21, 2014 10:05 AM replied to Leopardmask

Leopardmask:

If only you had a bunch of long, sturdy sticks to build a bridge with. Of course they'd have to be fairly large... do you know of something you can do with small things to make big things appear?

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Leopardmask September 21, 2014 10:15 AM

OH! Got it! Thank you! I just didn't think of

Putting anything other than miniatures in the blue spots.

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can't wait for the walkthrough for this :)

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Walkthrough

The shelf

You start facing the shelf. Take the signboard, the decorative box and the screwdriver in the cabinets.
Look that one of the cabinets needs a key.

The four boxes

Turn right. Look there's four boxes. The first is empty, the second has a miniature of the shelf, the third shows a miniature of the fours boxes and the fourth a blue square.

Take the shelf miniature off the second box. Turn left.

Where's the shelf? Well you might understand that what you put in the box gets bigger out of it.

Click the hole in the middle of the wall. Take the stone key.

Decorative box

Go right. Put the decorative box in the fourth box. Go right again

Take a key on the window.

Click the box on the floor. Use the stone key to open it.Take the knife.

The desk

Go left. Click the first box and use the knife. Click the piece of paper to fold it.

Put the shelf in the second box again. Go left. Use the blue key to open the upper right cabinet.Take the desk.

Go right. Take the shelf off the second box and put the desk.

Go left. Click the hole near the roof. Take the matches.

Go right take the desk off and put the matches

Go left. Take the giant matches.

The door

Go left Put the giant matches above the hole on the floor. Click the door. Well we need a key to open it.

Go back twice and then left. There's a small door on the floor. Open it and get a cloudy key.

Go left and put the signboard in the fourth box. Go right. Remember that image.

The second room

Go right. Click the door and use the cloudy key.

Click the black box and use the screwdriver on the right side of it.

Put the blue paper in the box. Remember tha image of the signboard? Put the shelf in the box

Click the shelf. Then click the hole red colored above. Use the screwdriver on it.

You're out on a train?! hahahah

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Patreon Donator Paul R September 21, 2014 8:24 PM replied to donhuando

How did you figure that out? Have you used that trick in other escape games?

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Patreon VIP abfdrumz September 21, 2014 9:43 PM replied to Paul R

It's a Flash thing. It works by default and used to be more common, but it can be disabled easily in more recent versions of ActionScript, and most developers these days do that to prevent "cheating."

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it's so... meta. I loved this game once I figured out what the heck was going on! More please?!?!

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Brilliant! Too bad not that long of a game.

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