Inquisitive Dave Walkthrough
Welcome to the Inquisitive Dave walkthrough. This is a badgeless game, but I figured since there isn’t a walkthrough anywhere else on the internet that I’d toss one together. If you’re stuck but don’t want too many spoilers, look for the item names in all capitals.
NORTH KEY SLICE
You wake up in a cell. Head East and pick up a “slice” of PAPER. Head back west, and use the pen on the table to write a NOTE. Bring it east and to the door. You’ll get a bottle of VINEGAR from the guard. In the back of the cell, there’s a beaker of acid. Use the vinegar on the beaker to proceed into the west room.
Have a picture taken of you, and head north, avoiding the water. Immediately head west and then take the stairs north. Empty the cardboard box of its CAKE MIX, and UPSTAIRS KEY. Go south down the stairs, and then north to the antlion area. (Note: Antlions were not invented by Half Life 2. The creature’s name has been around for a very long time.) Wait for the bubbling to stop and cross to the middle area, and then wait for the bubbling to stop on that side. Proceed west 3 screens.
Head north up the stairs, and then west. Don’t go too far into this room. Stand on the red platform, and jump up and down 3 times. The guard will leave instead of shooting you. Go west and grab the OUTSIDE CHEST KEY on the far left. Head east 2 screens, open the chest for the UPSTAIRS MANOR ROOMS KEY, and open the door. Walk west and fall, don’t jump. Collect the APPLE and head east 4 screens. Give the apple to the guard and proceed east into the kitchen. Grab the FLOUR from the cupboard and proceed east 2 screens. Collect the CROSS from the chest.
Go east 2 screens, climb the steps and avoid touching the water. Proceed east until you reach the wall. Climb north 2 screens. Jump carefully along the clouds 5 screens west until you reach the roof. Go west 2 screens past the chimney to find the FIRE POKER. Use the poker in the chimney to the east to obtain the NORTH KEY SLICE.
EASTERN KEY SLICE
Head east 2 screens and fall. Proceed west 5 screens and head north up the stairs. Open the door in the east room and proceed to the next room. Climb the stairs to the north. Head west and immediately activate the table with the bible on it. You’ll place the cross and kill the ghost. Open the chest to find the EASTERN KEY SLICE.
WESTERN KEY SLICE
Go east, south, west 2 screens, south, and west 5 screens until you reach a lake. Stand next to it to empty the cake mix and flour into the lake. Go east to grab the HANDLE, and then take the long walk 10 screens to the west until you’re in a room with a table and a hole in the floor. Fall south and meet the guard who was standing outside of your cell. Use the handle on the pump to lower the water level. Head back north a screen, then west 3 screens until you find the whole you initially crawled out of.
Fall south and into the pit that leads west. Follow the sewers north until you reach the electric board. You’ll need to return to this room in just a second and turn on the electric board. Head west one screen, and far enough into the room that the alligator follows you. Turn back to the east and flip the switch. The alligator will die. Turn the switch back and proceed west 3 screens. Immediately stop at the third screen. Jump over the water and into the next room. Grab the SHOVEL, and dig out the WESTERN KEY SLICE from the mound in the room east 2 screens.
Head north, then west 3 screens. Climb north, then west 2 screens. Open the door. Quickly head east 2 screens, fall south, and then proceed to the easy until you reach the castle wall. All of the dangers and pits will be blocked, so it’s the only way to go.
Once in the tower, simply proceed north until you reach the mirror room. Here the wizard will fire white orbs down where you stand. This means that your location determines where he fires his blast. Stand on the middle mirror, far to the left. Wait until he passes over you from the left, he’ll fire. Move to the right, flip the mirror: he’ll pass over you, fire again and also be hit by the previous ball. quick dodge to the left, and flip the mirror again to hit the ball he just fired back. This should allow you to chain multiple orbs in quick succession. I believe 5 or 6 shots kills him.
If you can’t manage the combo, don’t worry about it. Keep flipping mirrors randomly and you should hit him eventually.
EVIL WIZARD MARK 2
Climb north. Watch a cutscene. Climb north. Stand behind the wall and let him keep firing at the wall. He’ll get frustrated, and you have to keep his dialog going. Whatever you do, don’t jump out from behind the wall. This will go on for 6 or 7 dialogs. After that, he’ll die, and the credits will roll. After the credits, the game talks to you a bit.
Congratulations! You’ve beat Inquisitive Dave!
While it’s a rather easy game, I was stuck a couple of times simply because I was able to glitch through a number of the game’s obstacles, and missed a few key items because of it. I figured this would help anyone who was stuck.
(If you liked this review, check out my badge-related NO LEAKS LICHE! guide!)