a:1:i:0;a:2:s:13:”section_title”;s:21:”Detective Agency Tips”;s:12:”section_body”;s:15289:”Check our strategy guide for Detective Agency, which includes general tips and solutions for every mini-game.

GENERAL TIPS

  • This game does not have a timer. You can enjoy the game at your own pace.
  • When you begin playing, you will be taken to a map. The instructions tell you to right-click your mouse to enter the next location. You actually have to left-click in order to access it.
  • Once you’re in the main screen, you can click on the word "MAP" on the lower right side, and you will be able to access all open locations for that level.
  • You don’t have to complete a location before moving on to the next one. It is OK to toggle between several locations.
  • Please keep in mind that a lot of objects are mislabelled. If you get stuck and can’t find an object, use a hint. Sometimes a hint will be the only thing that will let you advance in the game.
  • Clicking randomly in the scene will cause the scene to go dark for a few seconds.
  • There is a decent variety of mini-games in Detective Agency. If you’re stuck or don’t feel like playing it, just click on the "HELP" button. It will bring up a new set of instructions but it will also have a "SKIP GAME" option at the end of the instructions. Just click on that to exit that mini-game.

HINTS / USING MAGNIFYING GLASS

  • You will start the game with one hint. In order to gain more hints, you have to find the small magnifying glasses in the scene.
  • There are about 5 or 6 magnifying glasses in each scene, so you will have plenty of hints. Your hints will accumulate from level to level, however, you will be capped at 20 hints.
  • The hint system in this game takes a little getting used to. Click on the magnifying glass icon on the lower right side of the scene. Drag the magnifying glass all over the scene.
  • To use the magnifying glass, you have to look at the color and listen to the sound it makes as you move it around the scene. When the trail is cold, the magnifier will flash slowly and the beeps will be far and few in between.
  • As you get closer to the item you’re looking for, the beeping will become more intense. Once the magnifier turns a solid green and the beeping is very fast, click on it because that is the exact location of the item you are looking for.
  • I also found that if you use the magnifying glass to look for an object and you decide not to click on that item, you do not lose the hint if you put the magnifier back. To put the magnifier back, just click in the wrong spot and you will not lose a hint. You could basically use 1 hint through the whole game.

MISLABELED ITEMS
There are many items in this game which are mislabelled. Here is an alphabetical list of the ones we found while playing.

  • Ball = Basketball
  • Bowl = Plate
  • Bowling = Bowling Ball
  • Cannon Ball = Bomb
  • Cell = Birdcage
  • Golf = Golf Club
  • Map = Playing Card
  • Medicine Box = First Aid Kit
  • Month = Moon
  • Oilcan = Jerry Can/ Gasoline Can
  • Peyote = Cactus (That is the right word, but most people may not know it)
  • Piece = Chess Piece
  • Pipe = French Horn
  • Saw = Circular Blade
  • Scissors = Shears
  • Sphere = Billiard Ball
  • Thermos = Coffee Pot
  • Wristbands = Handcuffs

SOLUTIONS FOR THE MINI-GAMES
This following section provides a solution for each mini-game in Detective Agency.

BUTTONS GAME

  • Your goal in this game is to arrange the buttons in such a manner that no buttons of the same color are in the same row or column or corner of the board.
  • To move the buttons around, just click on any 2 pieces and they will swap positions.
  • Please look at the screenshot for a solution.

FIND THE DIFFERENCES

MATCHING PAIRS

CIRCUIT PUZZLE

  • Click on the pipes to rotate them. You do not have to connect all pipes in order for it to work, you just have to make sure that all the open ends of the pipe are closed.
  • Once all the pieces have been connected correctly, you will see the electricity flowing through the pipes.

RADIO

  • Put the radio back together by placing the pieces in the right place. Keep in mind that not all pieces will be used.
  • Once a piece is in the right place, it will lock in automatically.

PEARL GAME

(PLEASE CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO SOLUTION FOR THE PEARL PUZZLE)

  • The object of this game is to move the pearls around until you have only 4 pearls on the board. You can accomplish this by moving the pearls over each other, as long as there is an empty space on the other side.
  • You can jump horizontally, vertically or diagonally,
  • If you can’t complete the puzzle, you can click on the "RESET" button to start from scratch.

GATHERING THE TELEGRAM

  • Grab the pieces that are at the bottom of the page and place them in the correct location on the letter.
  • Once a word is correct, it will lock into place.

MEDALLION

CODE-RANDOM SOLUTION

  • You need to crack the code by selecting the right number combination. Use the arrows to move the numbers on the dial. Once you have the numbers you think are right, click on the "CHECK" button.
  • If you enter a number and it is correct, the circle underneath the number will light up. When that happens do not change that number.
  • If the number is not correct, try a different combination on the numbers whose button is not lit.
  • Keep in mind that you cannot repeat numbers, they can only be used once.
  • You have to get the numbers right in 6 tries, if you fail, the combination will be reset and you will have to figure out a new combination.
  • You can also click on the "RESET" tab at the bottom to start over.
  • The solution to this puzzle is always random.

PHOTOGRAPH



GEARS

  • Grab the gears that are on top of the scene and place them in the right spot. A piece that is correct will lock into place. Once all the gears are in the right place, they will start spinning.

FIND THE DIFFERENCES



TELEGRAM

  • Piece the telegram back together. Pick up a piece and 2 arrows will appear. Click on the arrows so you can rotate the pieces. You have to place the pieces in the outlined area.
  • Once a piece is in the right place it will lock itself in.

GEARS AND COMBINATION LOCK

  • In this puzzle, you need to place the gears in the right place. Once a piece is in the right place, it will lock itself onto the page. Once ALL the gears are all in the right place, they will start to spin. You must now figure out the code that is in the top left side of the page.
  • You need to crack the code by selecting the right number combination. Use the arrows to move the numbers on the dial. Once you have the numbers you think are right, click on the "CHECK" button.
  • If you enter a number and it is correct, the circle underneath the number will light up. When that happens do not change that number.
  • If the number is not correct, try a different combination on the numbers whose button is not lit.
  • Keep in mind that you cannot repeat numbers, they can only be used once.
  • The solution to this puzzle is always random.

COIN PUZZLE


(PLEASE CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO SOLUTION FOR THE COIN PUZZLE)

  • Your goal in this game is to move the numbers around until the center row has the numbers 0 through 9 in ascending order.
  • You can use the coin slots at the top or at the bottom of the page in order to place some coins out of the way
  • You can also stack several coins in the top or bottom row as long as they are in either ascending or descending order.
  • Please look at the video for a step-by-step solution for this puzzle. Below are the written instructions.

SOLUTION

  • Place the number 8 in the slot that is on top of the page.
  • Place the number 2 in the slot that is at the bottom of the page
  • Place the numbers 6, 7 and 8 in the top row.
  • Place the zero in the slot that is on top of the page.
  • The number 4 goes in the bottom row.
  • The number 9 goes in the top row.
  • The number 3 goes in the bottom row.
  • The number 2 and 1 go in the bottom row.
  • Place the number 5 in the slot that is at the bottom of the page
  • The middle row at this point should be empty. Place the zero in the middle row.
  • Now start grabbing the numbers in the bottom row and place them in the MIDDLE ROW in the following order: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Grab the 5 that is on the slot at the bottom of the page and place it in the middle row.
  • Grab the numbers in the top row and place the 9, 8 and 7 at the BOTTOM ROW.
  • In this order, place the 6,7,8 and 9 in the middle row.
  • The middle row should have the numbers in the following order: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9


TELEGRAM



EVIDENCE COMBINATION-RANDOM SOLUTIONS

  • In this game you have to select the right combination of items and place them on the board.
  • Choose any of the 4 items that are on the left side of the page and place them in one of the slots on the board.
  • Once you place 4 pieces, you will see some marks next to the items, each mark means a different thing.
  • Green Check Mark-It means that the item is in the right spot, do not move it.
  • Yellow Exclamation Point-The item is in the combination but it is in the wrong spot, place it somewhere else.
  • Red Cross-It means the item does not belong in the combination at all, do not use it anymore.
  • Once you get all green check marks, the game will be over.
  • The solution for this game is random. I placed two different examples of what to do.

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