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July 9th, 2006
Scratches Walkthru
by Scorpia

Scratches is not a long game, but there is much to do, and the first thing to know is that you won’t be able to get into any of the outbuildings – garage, crypt, greenhouse, chapel – until Monday. So if you’ve consulted this walkthru about that, stop reading now or you may see more than you want to know.

Next, time passes in the game only after certain actions have been completed. My first time through, I blundered around the house and grounds for quite a while. Yet, the grandfather clock (the only reliable timepiece) still said 9 AM. It was only after I started doing things that time advanced. Also, no day will end until you’ve done everything required. So you can’t “run out of time” either.

I found the game to be rather dark on my monitor, and eventually moved the in-game gamma up to highest. It helped a lot during the day, although in some areas, and always at night, it was still difficult to see. Put the gamma setting at whatever is good for you.

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