Following is a Frequently Asked Questions for Hell Cab gameplay.
Q: I've exited the airport after visiting the ATM and listening
to Raul. Now I'm facing a cab and the computer seems frozen--I can't
go back inside the airport, and I can't proceed. What to do? A: If you
still have mouse control, you most likely haven't frozen. Make sure
you're as close to the cab as you can be. Click once on the door very
deliberately. Wait a second or two. You should move closer. Then move
the mouse slowly *and precisely* ove r the handle of the rear door.
You should see the cursor turn into a pointing finger. When it does,
click the mouse and watch the door open. Enter the cab and then turn
to face the driver.
Hell Cab uses a number of different cursors to move you through
the game. Though you'll usually be presented with the broad
north-south-east-west variety, occasionally you will see this pointing
Q: How do I get out of the Empire State Building? A: You must
enter the Empire State Building in order to start the adventure. Once
inside, you can either exit immediately or cruise the bottom floor,
elevators and observation deck. There's lots to see. But the key is to
(eventually) get *out* of there a nd back into the cab. That's where
all the hell-cabbing starts. First you'll travel to the Roman
Coliseum. If you survive that scenario, you'll wind up in the WWI
trenches, after which you'll get into Jurassic Park. Moving from scene
to scene depends on whether you live and how much soul/money you have.
Q: How do I get out of the Roman Coliseum? A: To get out of the
arena (Roman Coliseum), you must first approach Caesar. After speaking
briefly to you, he will send you to jail. Once in jail, soldiers and
others will talk to you, after which you will be led back to the arena
to either fight a glad iator or run the gauntlet. On the way, you will
see a trident and a sword. Take either one.
Q: How do I kill the gladiator? A: The gladiator is a tough kill
unless you have a quick mouse finger and a good eye. A few tips: When
you face him, begin clicking the mouse rapidly. He'll fight back.
Start moving slowly to one side. As you do, you'll notice that he
follows you. Take t hat opportunity to feint back to the other side
while continuing to stab (click). If you are quick enough, you'll see
the sword draw "blood." Seven of those and he's down, and you're on
the way to the next adventure. With the trident, however, you have t
wo tricks: When he prepares to lunge (as he draws his arm back), you
can knock his sword away if you strike quickly at it. If you
accomplish this, you win. Otherwise, try stabbing him just to the
right of the center of his chest. If you hit *just* the right spot,
you can put him down.
At all times when fighting the gladiator, it is crucial that you *keep*
clicking constantly. Even when he pokes you and the screen turns red, *keep
clicking fiercely and don't stop*. You may notice that you can stab him just
after he's nailed you.
Q: How do I defeat the gauntlet? A: The gauntlet is very hard to
beat, even if you play against it many times. That is partly because
it doesn't behave the same way twice. But if you want to try, here's a
tip: The cursor is your key to survival. You'll notice that it changes
from the fo rward-pointing cursor to the standard black arrow for a
second and then back. *During* the second or so of that black arrow
(cursor), you should begin clicking madly. If you are successful, you
will progress to the next point in the gauntlet, and so on. You
*might* have better luck fighting the gladiator.
Q: How do I get out of WWI alive? A: There are four ways out of
the WWI trenches. Of those, two do not require that anyone be
"killed," thus allowing you to keep the Soul-O-Meter at a high
To avoid attack from enemy soldiers, you can turn to face the
wall *before* you see one of them. Or, you can avoid them by clicking
very rapidly on the mouse as you proceed through the trench. This
requires a careful touch, since clicking too far ahead c an get you
The real key to survival is to find the Command Bunker, located
just past the second pillbox along the main trench (on the left).
You'll know you're there when you see a wooden "X" across the top of
the trench. Go inside and face the table located on the right. Stand
still in front of it. Move as close to the table as you can. If no
items appear on the table, move the cursor until it is on top of the
table. Click on it. When you see certain desirable items appear (no
Twinkies, sorry), just click on them to obtain them. Follow the dialog
boxes. There's other interesting stuff in the room too... look around.
Now that you have them, you can put these items to good use: the
gas mask allows you to exit WWI via the hospital (back down the trench
and on the opposite side of the pillboxes), where you will be
subjected to (guess what?) a gas attack which would othe rwise have
killed you. The gun (which fires by using the space bar) allows you to
kill folks who don't like you. And so on.
There are two completely harmless ways out of WWI. One involves
going back the way you came, only this time go *all* the way past the
soldier who originally greeted you into the bunker at the end of the
trench. Try giving the bum some paper money and see what happens. The
other way is at the opposite end of the trench. On the way you have to
stop at the machine gun nest past the command bunker and shoot down 10
planes. Once you've gotten past the planes, take the left fork of the
trench. A certain soldi er lying there has a letter which you can
"mail" for him at a location not far to *his* left.
Q: How can I shoot down the planes? A: The key to knocking down
all of the planes is to understand that you only have 12 bursts and 10
planes to kill. A "burst" consists of one quick tap on the spacebar.
If you hold down the spacebar for more than a fraction of a second,
you'll shoot all y our bullets and the planes will kill you instead.
To shoot them, simply wait for each *red* plane (the black ones
can't get you) to fly straight over your gunsights, which you've been
patiently holding steady at 12 o'clock. Just before he reaches your
crosshairs, smack the spacebar quickly and watch him fall out of the
sky. Ten of those and you shouldn't see any more red planes. The
planes that seem to be flying at you are easier to hit than the ones
that zip directly across the screen. Turn around and head back into
the trenches, safe from future air attacks.