A Short Tale: Walkthrough Guide

61. Climb up to the round clock with the alien on it. Look at the photo of the blocks to see that there are five red circles. Set the time to 5:00.

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62. Go back to the dollhouse. The red chest inside is now open and you can take the plastic gem.

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63. Go back under the table and place the plastic gem in the slot on Ben’s Toolbox to open it. Take the mini screwdriver.

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64. The hammer is too heavy for you to completely lift. Instead, place the small wooden box next to the hammer and lift the hammer a bit so when it drops, it breaks open the box. Take the small hammer.

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65. Climb back up on the table. Use the small hammer to break the glass box that says “USE A HAMMER ON THE BOX”. Open the first aid kit and take some gauze.

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66. Go back to the desk. Climb into the drawer and use the screwdriver to get the knife blade.

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67. Climb up onto the desk. Use the gauze on the bubble wand (blower) to make a DIY net. Pick it up.

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68. Go to the window and use the DIY net to catch the wild fly.

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69. Go back down. Find the vent and use the clue you got from behind the piano painting to open the vent.

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70. Enter the vent and pick up the diamond shape.

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71. Continue on until you come across one of the alien’s kid trapped in a spider web. The spider says she’ll let the alien go if you get her other food, so give her the fly, then take the alien toy.

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72. Go back out and place all the yellow pieces in the right slots of e Concentration game. Pick up the Super Action Robots game cartridge.

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73. Look behind the piano/keyboard for the paddle ball game. Use the knife blade to cut off the foam ball.

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74. Time to clean that soda stain! Take out the photo of the instructions so you know the right order for all the cleaning ingredients. First, add the baking soda. Then the vinegar. Then the soap. Then some warm water. And last, use the foam ball as a sponge. The whole stain won’t come clean, but you will get a new clue! It says “012123432”.

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75. Go to the keypad on the stairs going up to the bed. The only buttons are + and -, but it starts with 0. So does the clue you just found! So you need to recreate those numbers by starting with zero and either adding or subtracting to it. So it goes like this. +, +, -, +, +, +, -, -. If you got it right, it will say CORRECT and open up. Take the spinner and look at the note with flowers on it. Take a photo.

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Mike
5 years ago

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

Graham Ranson - Glitch
Reply to  Mike
5 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
5 years ago

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

Anne
Reply to  Graham Ranson - Glitch
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 years ago

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

Chucky
5 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
5 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
5 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Richie
5 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
5 years ago

Check the picture you painted

Susy
5 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
5 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
4 years ago

Press the button behind tractor

AdventureGuy
5 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
5 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
5 years ago

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

Ernst Wendrich
5 years ago

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

B
5 years ago

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

B
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

That’s what your guide said above

B
5 years ago

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

B
5 years ago

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

B
5 years ago

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

Krista
5 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
5 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
5 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
1 year ago

This is what Iโ€™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 thereโ€™s nothing there for me. I cannot open the box. So frustrating!!

Niina
Reply to  KarenC
1 year ago

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

Kyle
Reply to  KarenC
1 year 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
4 months 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.