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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:Is it actually possible to get the correct murderer?, November 29, 2020
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I've played and enjoyed the author's previous games, so I was really looking forward to this one. "A Murder in Fairyland" shares their quality writing and design, but it doesn't feel like a complete experience.
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qirien, October 27, 2020 - Reply
Yeah, I had the same experience, eventually I looked at the source code to get a few hints! I know it was supposed to feel annoying to fill out the forms correctly, but it was a little too annoying - (Spoiler - click to show)ley lines and moon phases, I'm looking at you. A non-spoilery hint would be that if you want something, there's probably a form to help you get it! Also, there was (Spoiler - click to show)one random conversation between pixies that turned out to be crucial but at the time I didn't know it was important and you can't revisit it. Looking at the code, it looks like (Spoiler - click to show)sometimes someone accompanies you who gives you lots of hints. I'm not sure if that's after you play a few times, or if it's only if you play it as part of the author's upcoming OpenSorcery Sea++ game. It didn't feel like a "play multiple times to get the true ending" kind of game, so I just kept plugging along on my first playthrough trying to get it right.
I liked the magic spells, and wished there were more places to use them! I liked the word search puzzles and the tarot game - it reminded me of the REALLY old but awesome puzzle game Fool's Errand.
autumnc, October 28, 2020 - Reply
Okay, so I've just played this game again, and finally figured it out (this is a guide I guess): (Spoiler - click to show)I needed to get form 536W for the weather report to get snowflakes diagrams, and give it to Lirana, so she's distracted and then I can take the autocsi scroll. Then I gathered the poison sample and did autocsi on the corpse, and then used form 533P to get the poison analysis (this required getting the moon phase with form 104M; I guessed the ley lines but there's probably a form for that). To rule out Rinecoat, I talked to him, examined the weapons, and got dust from Veinseeker. To rule out Lirana, I got the neutrality contract by filling out form 227H and talking to the crystal ball in the library. To rule out Nyx, I used the Flier: Noon-Sun Ceremony (was this the random conversation hint?). To confirm that it is Xylia, I looked at the corpse after using autocsi, and took the thread.
Wow, that was kind of complicated.
Spike, October 22, 2020 - ReplyPrevious | << 1 >> | Next
Yes, it is possible to identify the correct murderer. I managed to do it, although it took me quite a while.