Monday, June 8, 2015

Sea of Darkness Amateur Sleuth VS Master Sleuth

The speedrun for Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness is coming along smoothly. I decided to do TWO speedruns: one on Amateur Sleuth mode and one on Master Sleuth mode.

Here are the puzzles that are different, between the two modes:
  • The heater puzzle. You have to put the pieces in different places, but the time difference is minimal. In both modes, your solution is to put six pieces on the board.
  • Lighthouse puzzle. You have to make two extra lights on Master Sleuth Mode, which will probably take an extra 20 seconds. This puzzle is super tough on Master Sleuth mode...
  • Lighthouse Numbers Puzzle. The numbers are different, but the time difference is minimal. In both modes, your solution is to put ten numbers on the board.
  • Crystal Puzzle. Again, the time difference is minimal. You have to click the same number of crystals on both modes.
  • Dog Toy Puzzle. The solution is the same on both modes. In amateur sleuth mode, three toys are already in place. In master sleuth mode, no toys are already in place. That is a minor timesaver.
  • Bilge Pump Puzzle. The master sleuth solution is a tad longer, since you have to spin the wheels 3 or 4 more times.
  • Music box puzzle. Twice as long on master sleuth mode, since all the teeth are split in half.
  • Archery puzzle. You have to click on the board ten times in both modes, so the time difference is negligible.
  • Fish puzzle. I find the Master Sleuth solution easier to memorize, even if it's slightly longer.
  • Shapes puzzle. In both modes, you put 25 shapes on the board, so the time difference is negligible.
I'm about halfway through the speedrun. That is, I saved shortly after the bilge pump puzzle, but before the wheel puzzle. (I always get stuck on that puzzle, for some reason). The time for my Amateur Sleuth run is 20:04. The time for my Master Sleuth run is 20:44. Most of the time difference is the lighthouse puzzle. It takes me about a half-hour of trying, before I can get a Master Sleuth lighthouse puzzle done, in under a minute.

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