Since I entered Hanwell, Scratches kinda haunts my sleeps again with all of its mysteries.
It is really amazing how the statement “Every item in this mansion tells a story.” is so extremely accurate in this game. The more I play Scratches and the more I focus on the house, the more I feel that I seem to understand what truly happened and the story kinda reconstruct itself in front of my eyes when seeing certain items. I haven’t had this feeling in any game before and I’m really looking forward to Asylum since even the Alpha looks extremely promissing to me.
I’m also very curious to read other peoples thoughts and theories about the game. But sadly when we finally got proper internet in our little village in Germany, nucleosys was already dying and closed when I was about to read anything out of first hand. However, a while back ago I found an archive of the forum in the internet with a few threads in it, which survived, and so I was able to close a few gaps in my theory. ^^
However I still got some questions and thoughts which I would like to discuss. They might already have been discussed and answered in the nucleosys forum, so I’m deeply sorry if I mention something the 1000th time. (Although this might call for a prize!)
So First of:
Is there any way to open the drawer in the small hallway between the kitchen and the dining room? I mean there is also a locked drawer in Blackwood’s office, but that might just contain some old cigars. For that drawer in the hallway however I feel there kinda might be something interesting in it, maybe just an easter egg. (or maybe every candle in the mansion hidden by Jerrys cleaning crew to prank Michael)
I once read about a curious thing. In one demo of Scratches, I believe it was the one, where you could explore the first floor of the mansion, there’s supposed to be a secret compartment in a clock, which I supposed is meant to be the giant grandfather clock at the entry. Inside of that clock there should be development sketches of the game, so basically an easter egg. I also found some sketches of the living room and the area of the telephone on the Internet, which I assumed to be the sketches, who can be found in the game. But I just couldn’t find that spot. I basically clicked every clock to death in the demo and also checked other places (like the mentioned drawer), but I just couldn’t find it. Did I have been trolled or did I just misunderstood something? Because I wouldn’t be surprised if this easter egg would really exist.
And last of today:
This isn’t really a question, but more of a request to Agustín. Me, and I’m pretty sure many others too, would be very curious to see the very old Scratches. I mean the state of the game in the first Teaser. You only have published the attic of the mansion back then, but even that looks very different to the finished version. It would be very interesting to see the rest of the house in that state, maybe even release a playable version of it. But screenshots might do it too…
I couldn’t find anything on the Internet of it, so I assume possible material might have been getting lost when the old forum shut down.
Anyway, it’s getting late right now, midnight here in Germany.
Thanks for reading, I wish you a good day / night and I’m very curious for your answers!