Vortex Point 7 - Waddington Swamp
Events rarely unfold as you'd hope when you're stuck in a swamp, and that isn't about to change in Carmel Games' Vortex Point 7 - Waddington Swamp. If you live in the UK it probably won't have escaped your attention that Waddington's is a British game institution which has published, amongst other things, Cluedo, Risk and Monopoly. Perhaps the makers were hoping some of that gaming-magic would rub off by association.
As with previous incantations of this series you take charge of Paranormal Investigator and part time Frozen-Food-Packer Kevin as he guides Dr Prescott through our watery setting. Despite Kevin's warnings of vanished explorers and skeletons washing ashore the rational, reasonable - and very rude - doctor is not to be dissuaded from conducting his own research and taking Kevin along for the ride. The final joke is on the Doctor, however, who ought to have been less sceptical and more wary (or at least have read the huge 'DANGER' sign before getting on the boat).
With it's cute animations and bright primary colour-scheme this will be immediately familiar as a Carmel game so expect it's usual gentle pace, oddball characters and fun voice acting. The puzzles are relatively simple but a couple of fiendish challenges turn this game from a 5 minute distraction into a lunchtime teaser. There's even a fairly surprising plot twist to catch you off guard. For newcomers to the series or seasoned veterans alike this game will provide you with some indoor entertainment during the June rain.
Thanks Dave for having reviewed this one. Again if some readers want to do the same feel free to contact me: [email protected].
My Pleasure, Jeff :D
Awesome!! I look forward to see more game reviews :D :D
(I’m going to try and follow the sequence that is most logical for the story. That may or may not be the one that is most efficient.)
Office – Opening scene
Click through the fun dialog between Dr Prescott and the team, and then get ready to head out to the swamp.
Take the dirty boots from the right side of the desk
Notice the stuck drawer (lower left)
Swamp Entrance/Dock – In front of Diner and Gift Shop (1)
Have a look around. Notice the boat has a hole. Click the No Swimming sign (screen right) to find out why the swamp is closed to the public.
There are currently four ways to leave this screen:
1. Left back to the Office
2. Far left and up the path to the Cemetery
3. The left hand door to the Diner
4. The Right hand door to the Gift Shop
You must unlock the fifth and enter the Swamp
Diner – 1st visit
Introduce yourself to Sheila behind the counter. She will ask you to help out with stocking the freezer.
Finish the job and she will reward you with a hammer.
Use the hammer on the cork in the wall on the right.
Talk to Sheila some more.
That’s it for the Diner for now.
Exit and head next door to the Gift Shop
Gift Shop – 1st Visit
Talk to Norman at the register
Pick up the cork and the screwdriver.
Norman isn’t giving up much else.
Exit back to the front.
Dock – (2)
Use the cork to fix the boat.
Talk to Dr Prescott.
He wants boots.
Not a problem, right? You have boots.
Offer them to Dr Prescott. Well imagine that! Amazing, he’s such a NICE guy too.
Exit scene to the left and go back to the Office.
Office – Return
Remember that stuck drawer?
Use the screw driver on the stuck drawer.
Take the straw.
Exit back to the Diner
Diner – 2nd Visit
Notice you can peek through the hole in the wall to the Gift Shop next door.
Use the straw to drink Norman’s milkshake so he’ll leave the register.
Exit Diner and go next door
Gift Shop – 2nd Visit
Norman has left his post so you have the run of the place.
Take the fish from the wall.
Take the flute from the shelf (upper right)
Wash the dirty boots in the bucket of water
Dock – (3)
You’re nearly ready to head for the swamp.
Give the clean boots to Dr Prescott.
Go up the path to the cemetery
Cemetery – 1st Look
Take a good look around
Take the pipe from the side of the tomb
Notice that there is a 7 digit code needed to enter the tomb
Make a note of the constellation in the sky on the left side of the screen. (It looks a little like a reversed check mark)
Go back to the dock.
Dock – (4)
Talk to Dr Prescott.
Click on the boat and sail into the swamp.
The boat will stop at a wooden barrier.
Use the sawfish to cut it down.
Nothing is that easy though,
now there’s a giant ‘gator waiting for you.
Use the pipe to defeat the ‘gator.
Proceed to the right, you’ll end up at the cabin.
The Cabin – 1st Visit
Before you go in notice the pink Frisbee on the roof
Use the flute to make the snake climb up.
Grab the Frisbee (climb up the snake.)
Go inside the cabin.
Inside the Cabin – 1st Visit
Talk to the man in the bed.
Look at the chart on the wall over the bed. Remember that constellation at the cemetery?
It looked like a big reversed check mark. There’s one on the chart that matches it. Make a note of the number associated with it.
59-696-45 (I don’t know if that stays the same every time or not.)
Leave the cabin and go back to the dock and into the diner
Diner 3rd Visit
Give the Frisbee to Sheila, she will give you a crowbar.
Now go out and up the trail to the cemetery.
Cemetery – 2nd visit
Now you have a 7-digit number from the chart in the cabin,
use it to open the tomb.
Use the crowbar to open the casket and take the necklace from the skeleton.
Head back down to the dock and back to the Cabin by boat.
Inside the Cabin – 2nd Visit
Give the necklace to the man in the bed.
Click through the dialog to learn the story of the swamp and the identity of the man.
Click through to find out what happens to Dr Prescott.
Congratulations, you survived the swamp.
(But how are you getting home??)
I just came here in a depression hoping beyond hope something would have changed and by some miracle I see this.
THANK YOU DAVE!
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Looking forward to seeing more reviews!
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I'll be honest; this installment of Vortex Point was fairly underwhelming. Maybe it's because the ending was a foregone conclusion.
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