Archipelago, Shipwrecked and alone, Use your wits to solve the puzzles and escape it if you can
That'is a solution ? (part 1.)
Archipelago is an online game developed by Jonathan May.It is played in your browser, and can be completed in an hour, or several days – however since there is no save function, you will need to restart it if you are unable to complete it in one session.Why write a walkthrough for a short game?Well, after four sessions, several thorough readings of the helpful hints, and a good deal of frustration at being stuck on this great game, I emailed Jon for help.He answered with a great deal of help, and for me, the revelation that many things that I thought I had correct were way off base.Since there may be others in this same predicament, I’m writing out my solution to this quirky, sweet little game.
Shipwrecked and alone, you find yourself on a surreal reef strewn with mysterious items and bizarre devices in ArchipelagoWhile swimming around you may have noticed that there are some islands with panels on them.Each of these gives partial control of the final puzzle, the volcano.Some give you no feedback to let you know you are correct, others tell you immediately.From the zigzag totem, rotate around till you can see the six pillars.Just to the right you’ll see an island with a panel.Let’s go there. Well, this looks easy, just place the shell on the panel, right? Hey, wait!This doesn’t fit! Yup, Jon has played a joke on us.Now we need to find the one that does fit.Look toward the volcano and the mechanical island.Remember the coconut palm tree that we passed?It’s the one with a curved trunk.Go there and collect the coconut.Then rotate to the right, and in the distance you’ll see a dark blue lump.Do you remember seeing the cannon in your travels?That’s where we want to go.When you get there, put the coconut near the tip of the cannon, and put the match to the wick, and “BOOM” the cannon fires.But where?Look toward the six pillars, and find the sand castle. Well, we sure flattened that sucker!Let’s go have a look.If you can’t quite locate it, go to the yellow dolmen, and look toward your right. Well, what do you know!A seashell!Now where was that panel with the shell on it?Find the six pillars and look directly to the right, and you’ll see it.Go there and place your shell with a resounding “thunk”, letting you know you got the right one.
You light up my life…-Let’s go play with our pretty lights.First we need to know what to do with them.With the volcano on our left, look toward the distant lighthouse.Just to the left you see a tiny green dot, click on that.When you get to this island there are two things there.Look at the paper, and see the color stripes, in this order: green, yellow, red, blue.Now there is no purple, so it doesn’t seem to match the dolmen patterns, but it does match the colors of the lights coming from the mirrors.Now take the shovel and let’s figure where we want to go dig.If we need to match the color stripes, then there must be only one place where they show up in that order.If you roam through the outer islands, you’ll see the perspective change, and therefore, the order of the colors.If we go toward the volcano, we’ll be getting closer.The one we want is just a sandbar, to the left of the volcano when we face it.To be sure it’s the right one, turn back to the mirrors and wait for the lighthouse to make them light up in the correct order, left to right, green, yellow, red, blue.Now you can dig on this island. Where?Pick a place, and continue to click on the hole to enlarge it.When you have the right hole, a treasure chest appears. Put down the shovel and click on the chest.A diamond will appear.Take this and we’re off to find where to put this.Look to the right of the mechanical island, and in the distance you’ll see a panel.Go there, and place the diamond in the panel.This also ends with a nice “thunk”.
Let’s go do one more panel.Turn towards the volcano.To the immediate right of the mechanical island is another panel.Remember the pattern on the ship’s flag?This is what you will put in on this panel. Going on a diagonal, bottom left, in the middle, bottom left and top right, then top right on the outer edge.You won’t get any feedback here.So ends our easy puzzles.
Play Ball! -Now we have to do some mix and match.Turn to the right, and with 2 mirrors on your left, and the six pillars on your right, straight ahead will be the panel we want, with the colored balls or globes.Remember the dolmens and the totems?Each totem is associated with a dolmen with a colored circle. Yeah?So what! Well, remember I said that the pattern of the totem isn’t what’s important, instead it’s the shape of the tiles that make it up.
ColorPattern Shape Tile - Green DiamondDiamond - BlueSquareSquare - Red DiagonalDiamond
Purple Triangular Triangle - Yellow ZigzagTriangle
Now what we have to do is make up a pattern of this.Note that only the blue – square combo doesn’t have a match.So let’s put the blue globe in the top spot.So that means that red and green got together, and purple and yellow.But which goes in which order?If you look from the volcano perspective, you’ll see green dolmen then yellow on the left going towards the six pillars.So let’s try that – green bottom left, yellow top left.Yellow goes with purple, so put the purple on the top right, and red on the bottom right.You won’t get any feedback here either to let you know you are right.
The dreaded green pyramids
Okay, this is the really tough puzzle.Position yourself so that all five are on your screen at once.This is important because, when you reach the correct sequence, they move.You have to see where they move to continue, because you must click on the same triangles in the same order again, and then a third time.Now where do we begin?Jon thought this was simple enough that we wouldn’t need any clues. Harrumph!There are 120 possible choices of sequence!Brute force seems the only way.Let’s number them.Top left = 1.Top right = 2.Middle = 3.Bottom left = 4.Bottom right = 5.If you want to play for a bit, I’ll tell you that #1 is first.
Had enough?The sequence is 15342.This will make them move.If you don’t get the next ones right, it will reset.The next sequence is (from their current position) 35241.Again they move.The last sequence (from their current position) is 42153. AHA!Bye pyramids!Look what’s staring us in the face!The big stone head!And he’s all lit up!Note what the colors are and their placement. Now go to the panel island just to the left of the six pillars.There are nine buttons there, which you’ll be able to set to the colors on the big stone head.The top left and right should be red, middle one green, and bottom middle yellow.
Time to split this place, aloha, good-bye, see you later…
Now go back to the tiny island in front of the volcano.Let’s use the right toggle to ride up again.Now flip the left toggle, and watch her roar!Click on any smoke cloud and hitch a ride out of here!Now you really do have a bird’s eye view of the islands.Part two will be soon to come.
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