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This document is a special help file, designed to clarify just a few of the more difficult, nagging problems people commonly have with Myst III, Exile. It is not a walkthrough, in any sense, nor is it a spoiler file. The intention is to help those players who want something in-between when they are just plain stuck. For a comprehensive, detailed walkthrough, please Click Here.
The Lava Room Controller
The Circuit Cylinder
Finding the Route to the Spore-Pod Plants
technique for operating the Red Knob on the Lava-Room
controller is a little unusual. Do it like this:
point is, it takes exactly two clicks
When you are downstairs in the lava room, the object is to turn on the compressor fan. You are standing on a platform that has three positions: Low, Middle and High. Use the control knob to raise the platform once. Then pass the knob through the center slot to transfer the gear to the right side. Rotate the control knob again to raise the platform to the highest level, where you can access the fan switch.
After turning on the fan, lower the platform once, change the gear to the left, lower the platform all the way, and go to the upstairs controller. Raise the platform to reintroduce the lava and make hot compressed air.) Be sure you have finished with the control-gear in the left-hand position, between the platform and the large gear. It is possible to get the platform to the lowest position with the gear on the right, and when you raise the platform with the upstairs controller, it wouldn't turn the large gear and let in the lava. No hor air would result.)
By the way, the same technique is correct for many other items: the four marbles in the linking-book locks, that have to be set to 9 o'clock etc. are best handled this same way. Click on them and release the mouse button. It is very much easier to control their position when you are not also gripping the button. The Lift-lever at the steam-valves works the same way. Click-release, drag right for up or left for down, and click again.
The Generator Circuit
The circuit-cylinder only needs one circuit-board to be set correctly. Go to any one and click ONLY on the right side buttons. Twice on the top, five times on the bottom and once on the middle. Here's a picture of the completed circuit. The reason I am recommending doing the top and bottom portion first, is so that you can see when they are correct. Then, one more click on the middle will finish it.
Root Canal Woes?
Having trouble finding that alternate path in the hollow log? It's about halfway through the log, on the right as you're going back down, and not easy to see. It almost looks as though Saavedro carved his initials on the log you must crawl through.
Step through, to go find the "bloomin' onions."
Go in here AFTER you have set Mama-Big-Bird free.
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