An interesting game, engaging despite an almost garishly meager presentation. A number of vital elements are unfortunately quite hidden from the player-character and can only be discovered with cheap “take all” tactics (I usually don’t devolve to such ploys as a player, but in this case I felt I had no choice). Perhaps deliberately given the game’s taciturn style, no in-game hints or documentation are available. This was a serious problem for me because I found out the hardest way that Undo is not an option after investigating a certain statue; I had to restart from the beginning after that incident (though the game is brief so not much was required on that count). By the way and contrary to the contemporary consensus I’m not at all oppposed to Undo disabling-- if I know the author’s decision before I start playing.
In any case, I’m sufficiently enjoying the game that I’d like to finish playing, but am stuck at the Jetty.
An ancient jetty. The old wooden structure is falling apart. The sea slops beneath it. You can go back west to the cliff side path.
You see nothing suitable here.
The word “sea” is not necessary in this story.
Eh, okay. A thorough lack of motivation for my character is a general issue in this game, but seems rather piquant here. What, if anything, should I strive to accomplish in this area? After considerable guess-the-verb troubles (Raise winch? no, Use winch? no, Turn winch? no, Turn On winch? no, Pull chain? no, Raise chain… yes of course, a natural reaction to a winch) and a rather dramatic plot development to get here, one would think this area is quite important yet I can’t determine any way to proceed.
Furthermore according to the mural in the chapel I should be looking for a bell to ring at this point, but I can’t find anything even metaphorically resembling a bell in the game world. Instead of fiddling around in the Jetty, should I be working on some other puzzle elsewhere first? I found no apparent purpose to turning on the waterwheel, so maybe I missed something there.[/spoiler]
Any suggestions regarding how I should proceed?