A Short Tale: Walkthrough Guide

31. Go back to where you got the clue for the keyboard to find a new clue. Take a photo of it.

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32. Look at the water pistol behind glass. Use the weird metal key to unlock the lock and get the water pistol. You need to rotate each of the pieces to match the lock. Sorry, I couldn’t get a screenshot fast enough.

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33. Use the trophy/gun case as a bridge to cross over to the DVDs and gum ball machine. Use your photo of the Forever Lost movie marathon to organize the DVDs in order of highest rated (best) at the top to lowest rated (worst) at the bottom. It goes episodes 2, 1, 6, 5, 3, 7, 4.

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34. Use the token to get some sweets from the candy/gumball machine.

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35. Go back to the magic 8 ball. This time he tells you he lost his train of thought. Look behind the desk to find a soccer ball. Use the pump to deflate it, then take the deflated football.

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36. Climb back up onto the desk. Use the sweets as stepping stones across the spilled lotion. Pick up the hair clip. Then, climb up the paper chain to the poster of Captain In Ya Face.

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37. Climb back down to the desk and use the photos from the Disc Viewer to open the pencil case. You need to make the number of gears show up as dots through the windows. Once the pencil case is open, take the paintbrush and four crayons.

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38. While you’re up here, use the paintbrush in the inkwell and then paint the ink onto the blank pice of paper on the desk. The numbers 19857 will appear in invisible ink. Take a photo of it.

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39. Go back down. Turn to the digger truck and press the button. Use the needle to hold the button down so you can climb up its neck to the easel.

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40. Use the photo you took of the sun/sky/mountains quiz to figure out the right colors for each part of the page. So the water is blue, the sky is green, the boat is red, the mountains are yellow, and the sun is red. Take a photo of the little strips of color left behind.

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41. Go back down and take the needle back from the digger.

42. Go back to the bed. Use the water pistol on the empty glass to fill it with water. Pick it up.

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43. Set the square alarm clock to 2:00 because there are only two blue squares on the blocks by the dollhouse.

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44. Use the 5-digit clue you got from the invisible ink (19857) to unlock the smartphone.

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45. Tap on the Balls of Light app. Turn on the light and the balls of light will turn on, wherever they are.

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Mike
4 years ago

Hey. Love the game. Thread disappeared after I picked up. Is this a bug??
Thanks

Graham Ranson - Glitch
Reply to  Mike
4 years ago

Sorry about this, very strange. Please go to the Save Game screen in Options and then select your save file and hit the Export button. If you follow the instructions there I can patch your save file.

SJ
Reply to  Graham Ranson - Glitch
4 years ago

Thanks Graham, but it WAS evil. ????

Anne
Reply to  Graham Ranson - Glitch
4 years ago

Hi

I’m having the same problem – the thread is gone. I have tried to export the game and it is currently in my clip-holder. Which email can I send it to?

Tj
4 years ago

Having trouble with the gear puzzle. My trouble not a bug. When you first get to the pencil box, it shows a picture other than the ones you show. What do I do with that? Step 37.

Nari
4 years ago

So I’ve talked to all the toys. They all say they will help, except the magic 8 ball. When it came to the dvd part, he never told me to do it no matter how many times I clicked him. I put them in order anyways bc that was the point that I became stuck and came to your site. I just went to the door and still couldn’t open it, I went back to all toys and the 8ball finally said arrange the DVDs. I went back and “arranged” them again. He smiled. I went to door and still won’t open. Went back to 8 ball and now he keeps saying I lost my train of thought and “ggrrrr”.

Teddy bear,alien,train,robot,vacuum, 8ball, am I missing a toy?

Nari
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

Hmm I’m not sure what I missed with the train? I put the track pieces down…I talked to him and he is willing to help me.

Immo
4 years ago

Great game. Had to use the walkthrough, because i couldn’t find the needle. According to it needle is in the pinning wall. But there isn’t. Can you help.
Thanks

Immo
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

I did. But there’s no needle, just the two notes. All items i got left are thread, 2 plastic buttons, small knife and inked brush. Maybe a bug.
Thanks and sorry for bothering on valentins day. Lol

Immo
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

Geez!!!! You’re absolutely right.
Thanks a lot!!

Chucky
4 years ago

Two comments:
1) the needle is very easy to be missed out… it should go with a major hint like that without any highlighting
2) the train of thought is too devious and really pisses people off…. wish you didn’t do stuff like that ;-(

And except these two I solved the whole thing myself, sort of reasonably hard but doable.

Chucky
Reply to  Chucky
4 years ago

I mean it SHOULDN’T go with a major hint like that without any highlighting, sorry for the typo

Tony
Reply to  Chucky
4 years ago

The thing is everyone is different. I got the needle straight almost at the beginning with no issues. But that dial thing where you had to select numbers based upon cogs… even when I knew the answer I couldn’t get it to work. Had to use the screenshots literally.

Also it was letting me turn on the hairdryer and put the water pistol in front of it, so in my mind that was warm water! Nah.

Thank god for this walkthrough or there are a couple of bits I’d never have done. Glad to get most of it though without help. 🙂

Richie
4 years ago

Can anyone give me a hint regarding the lock on the suitcase in the closet? Please don’t spoil any other puzzles!

It seems to me that I should’ve been to solve this puzzle early in the game, but for some reason I can not figure out the 5 color-coded lock on the suitcase.

I’ve checked everywhere and everything and I’ve also solved some puzzles that were way more difficult than this one.

Any hints, without giving too much information, would be appreciated.

Andrea
Reply to  Richie
4 years ago

Check the picture you painted

Susy
4 years ago

I need to pick up the needle from the truck to use it on the teddy bear, but I can’t click on it. When I click on the truck it just gets me up to the easel… Anyone else experiencing this?

Susy
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

Yeah. But the zoom in on the button view is gone and doesnt show up anymore once i’ve put the needle in. Wherever i click on the truck it just takes me up the easel.

nasim
Reply to  Susy
3 years ago

Press the button behind tractor

AdventureGuy
4 years ago

I still can’t figure out the “Lost my Train of Thought” part. Why isn’t the solution in the walkthrough?

Ernst Wendrich
4 years ago

I tried it 3 times at least but the thread disapears before i could use it. I also tried mailing it 2 times to glitch but still no answer. Very frustrating.

Ernst Wendrich
Reply to  Ernst Wendrich
4 years ago

I recieved mail that a fix for this problem had been submitted to Apple ????

Ernst Wendrich
4 years ago

I’ll just play this great game again ????????

B
4 years ago

Can’t open red trunk even after setting clock to 5:00

B
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

That’s what your guide said above

B
4 years ago

Set all 3 clocks to to 5; nothing. Also tried house clock at 7 as its reversed. Nothing.

B
4 years ago

Finished. Don’t understand. What happened to Ben? Ok to reply privately.

B
4 years ago

Yahoo lost my e mails. Would like to know what happened to Ben!

Krista
4 years ago

Hi! Having an issue with going back to get the clue where the keyboard numbers were found the first time. Step 31. The clue isn’t there…

Sharkie
4 years ago

Have finished all except the dress up robot. I put all of the pieces on correctly, including the carabiner, but it isn’t saying it will help. It seems I haven’t done it correctly, because I can still move the pieces around…

D
4 years ago

The TV doesn’t turn on when I use the voice command. Is there something I’m missing?

Selena
4 years ago

Ok so I did everything.. Got my thread and needle, button on the bear but can’t sew it on. Am I missing a step? Got my sharp pencil point en brush with inked also in my bag (and thread and needle).

Selena
Reply to  Selena
4 years ago

Nevermind. Needed 2 buttons haha. Thanks for the wt!

Zhang Xiang
3 years ago

What was the whole point about taking a picture of the Allen VS Senator poster? It wasn’t used in any of the puzzles…

Isabelle
3 years ago

I used the knife to get a button…. But I only got one, how do I get the other?

Thank-you

KarenC
1 year ago

I can’t find one of the triangular yellow pieces…Can you tell me where it is?

Niina
Reply to  KarenC
11 months ago

This is what I’m stuck on as well. I looked through the walkthrough and it shows that it should be next to the empty Balls of Light box but there’s nothing there for me. I cannot open the box. So frustrating!!

Niina
Reply to  KarenC
11 months ago

And apparently this box I cannot open (due to the glitched triangle piece) houses the thing I’ve been waiting this whole game to get: the game cartridge. I’ve been so pumped to use the generic NES this whole time! >=\

Kyle
Reply to  KarenC
10 months ago

This took me a minute. You have to click the middle of the box to look behind it… Thank you angry tapping!

J W
1 day ago

What’s the logic behind the pencil box combination? There are multiple ways to make 5, 7, and 3 dots appear by spinning the knob, but it seems like you have to do it in a particular way and order.