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Vehicle : Geometrical Challenge

Vehicle : Geometrical Challenge

Navigate an odd little vehicle over and around obstacles using nothing but a couple of grappling hooks and your own limitless ingenuity. Your mission: snare Object #1, then Object #2 (clearly labeled as such) without getting stuck on any pointy outcrops. If you do, use your grappling hooks and some clever jiggling to work yourself loose. This one is rather easy. Estimated time for completion: 8 minutes (just enough time for your coffee to cool to the point of drinkability).

You may wish to practice on a simpler version first.

 

The puzzle will take a minute or two to load. Instructions may be found below.

Vehicle 2 Instructions

This winsome little application lets you "drive" a very special vehicle around a twisty, craggy maze of terrain. To start driving, wait until the applet has loaded, then activate by clicking it with your mouse. Use the following keys to control it:

CURSOR LEFT: drive left
CURSOR RIGHT: drive right
CURSOR DOWN: dive (in water)
CURSOR UP: float to surface (in water)
s: rotate turret contra-clockwise
f: rotate turret clockwise
d: fire the "rope" using the turret; press again to "cut" the rope
e: shorten the rope (pull)
c: lengthen the rope
1: switch to rope #1
2: switch to rope #2

You can use the rope to pull the car up the walls and climb -- it works like a grappling hook. There are two grappling hooks (key 1 and 2 to switch between them). Use them in combination to get almost everywhere. Trying to go through the level with only one grappling hook might be a bit tricky.

You can swim and dive in watery places. Like a submarine, you can change the "density" of the vehicle to make it dive into the water or let it gently float to the surface using the CURSOR UP and CURSOR DOWN keys.

Just like life, there is no way to actually win. And just like life, the trick is to use your ingenuity to navigate a long and perplexing labyrinth of uncertain terrain for no apparent reason and toward no particular goal.

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