I’ve been replaying the classic “Curses!” again, but I keep running into issues that I’m afraid make the game unwinnable. For example, there are many little vignettes I can only seem to experience once, and I’m never sure if I’ve done everything there is to do, or if my next action will make the vignette end irrevocably.
In particular, I had to save-scum to get anything useful out of the dream in the Servant’s Room. Only after trying several times did I manage to take the mascot before it ended—and then I got -50 points for not dropping it, so I had to try one more time after that.
I would love to have something lighter than a walkthrough, e.g. InvisiClues-style “what should I be doing in the room full of cups and bottles?” hints. But I haven’t been able to find any such thing. Does such a thing exist?
Alternatively, is there a way to go back and replay a vignette if you missed something, without having to save-scum?
As an aside:
[spoiler]I found the ghost on the roof extremely frustrating: he drove me insane the first time I confronted him (because I didn’t move away within three turns), so I used UNDO and moved away. Except…even after figuring out the solution, I could never go back to him without being driven insane before taking an action. So I had to restore an old save.
To me, this just feels unfair: there’s no indication that staying near the ghost for two turns, then moving away, makes the game unwinnable.[/spoiler]