Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Haunted Mansion Speedrun

Scratch what I said yesterday, about Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion. It turns out that there are two times in the game where you need to talk to everyone. First, at the start of the game. Second, towards the end of the game, when you must talk to everyone about gum bo fu.

This means it is impossible to beat the game, without seeing the séance. The séance starts when you talk to Abby, after talking to Louis. (Bit of an odd trigger there, but that's how it works.)

When you do the séance, it skips you ahead to 10:00 PM at night. That's handy, and it saves me a trip back to Nancy's room to use the alarm. I'll keep working on the route, but right now, it looks like I have two options.

Séance earlier: Skip ahead to 12 PM, and talk to everyone. Talk to Abby to start the séance, which bumps me to 10 PM. Get Charlie's key and do the attic stuff. Skip ahead to 11 AM and spy on Louis to learn about gum bo fu. Call Emily, talk to everyone about gum bo fu, and call Emily again. Nancy should be able to solve the endgame puzzles in her room.

Séance Later: Skip ahead to 4 PM and talk to everyone. Hope I time things perfectly, so I can get Charlie's key at 5:00. Do the attic stuff and spy on Louis to learn about gum bo fu. Call Emily, then do the séance. Skip ahead and talk to everyone about gum bo fu, and call Emily again. Nancy should be able to solve the endgame puzzles in her room.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've heard that you can skip the seance if you don't talk to Abby until after the fire, but I've never tried it so I can't say for certain if it works. Someone out there probably knows for sure.

Anonymous said...

Hey Michael! I don't know if you read the comments but I found a list from the HeR Interactive message boards about the faster way to get through the game.

Diego puzzle
Talk to Rose
Tile puzzle
Pick up scraper
Talk to Rose
Scrape off ceiling tiles
Reset alarm
Get key from cash register
Use key to get into attic
Pick up tile, crowbar, and iron
Fix dumbwaiter
Get tile
Get tile in library
Put tiles in fireplace
Alarm
Talk to Abby
Talk to Charlie
Talk to Louis
Change time
Got the note
Fire
Cut scene to Rose
Alarm
Spy on Louis
Brief case
Call Emily
Ask Louis about Gum Bo Fu
Ask Rose about Gum Bo Fu
Ask Abby about Gum Bo Fu
Ask Charlie about Gum Bo Fu
Animals puzzle
Safe
Pyramid; missing piece
Sun/moon puzzle
Slider puzzle
Pick up Ruby
Put ruby in eye socket
Pry up floor
Loosen chandelier

If there anything you don't see on the list, you don't have to do.
- Amy