Mindwheel, although it looks formidable at first glance, is not
really all that hard a game. The primary difficulty is answering the
various riddles and obtaining the words for the sonnets; the other
puzzles in the game are almost trivial by comparison.
With that said, let's get started. After entering the word of the
day, you find yourself in Virgil's laboratory. No preliminaries are
really needed, just get started (anything he can tell you can you also
find out by reading the book). So, now you're onstage in the mind of
Bobby Clemon. Pick up the rose, then go over to the keyboard and play
it. The ghost of Bobby Clemon will appear and sing a song. Pay
attention to the words of the song; some of them will be useful later.
Also open the keyboard and get the brooch that's inside. Read the
Now, you've probably seen a thug running around. If he isn't near
you, go find him. Since he's such an obnoxious person, belt him one
with your fist. You will both be drawn upward into a strange vortex,
where you and the thug must now duel. You can safely ignore the
bizarre things that float past you; they are simply there as window
Ask the thug for the rules of the duel, and then choose the disc
when he asks you to pick your weapon. Note that you may have to do
this more than once; on one occasion, opening the disc box revealed a
pizza! In any case, when you have the real disc, the thug will become
alarmed, and offer to tell you something important in exchange for his
What he has to tell you is the last two words of the Fear Sonnet,
so pretend to agree, and then throw the disc at him after he gives you
the words. Since he was planning to go back on his word and kill you
anyway, it's important that you get in your blow first.
With the thug taken care of, you are lifted to the top of the
Vortex, to the fringes of the Poet's mind. Here you encounter the
delightful (?) Spaw and his friends, along with a toad. Pick up the
toad, he will come in handy later on. Spaw will tell you that you must
complete the Fear Sonnet before you can actually enter the Poet's mind
via the Love Room. If you ask the toad about Spaw, he will give you
one of the needed words to finish the Sonnet, and at this point, you
actually have all the words you need.
In fact, the six words are: Night, Cast, Sense, Tyranny,
Diverting, Images. Write each of these in the appropriate blank, and
hand the paper to Spaw (or, you can write them in and show them to
Spaw one at a time for some amusing responses). The devil will step
aside, and as you enter the Love Room, will hand you a book.
In the Love Room, you will find a variety of strange insects
engaged in bizarre acts of love-making. Ignore them all, and walk
north to the table where the glass woman sits. She will tell you she
can help you, but you must give her a flower first. Give her the rose
(NOTE: in all transactions here, you must refer to this woman as
"lady" or else the parser will become confused).
Now she asks you to complete the Love Sonnet, which, fortunately,
requires only two words. If you examine the book, you will note that
it bears a resemblance to a book mentioned in the book/manual that
comes with the game; in fact, the title of that book, History of My
Heart, contains the two words you need to finish the sonnet.
The lady now transforms into a flesh and blood woman, unlocks the
drawer in the table, and leaves. Open the drawer and get the bottle of
pills. Leave the Love Room (this is all you need to do in the Poet's
mind), and return via the Vortex to Bobby Clemon's mind.
When you return to Bobby's mind, you will notice that the stage
and environs are now deserted. Which is fine, because you couldn't
have gone down the ramp while people were there. So, hop along down
the ramp, and then go East to the Exit sign. Open the door and go out.
You are now in a courtyard, inhabited by bums wearing the rags of
baseball uniforms. As you might suspect, these "bums" are actually the
"Brooklyn Bums", or "Brooklyn Dodgers". Only one is awake; he wears a
number 14 on his back. If you ask him who he is, he will tell you only
his first name, Gil. For those who are not baseball fans, Number 14 is
Gil Hodges. Make note of that name, as you will need it later when you
reach the end game.
After chatting with Gil, take a look at the oil drum. You'll see
a small wooden object in there. It's actually a toy bat, and you may
be needing it later, so take that, and then go back to the stage. You
have finished now with the mind of Bobby Clemon.
On stage, go North to the door, open it, and go through to the
staircase. These stairs lead to the mind of the Generalissimo. Go up,
and at the top, you will see a giant cage, inside of which is a winged
woman being held captive. Talk to her. She will tell you that she can
be freed only by someone answering the riddle on the cage. This riddle
is rather easy, and the answer is "Rooster" (you could have gotten a
hint about it by examining your harmonica). As she leaves, she will
give you some helpful hints.
Go North then West and you'll come to a room with a door and a
weeping soldier, petrified from the waist down, who is blocking a
staircase going up. Talk to the soldier, who will tell you what needs
to be done to free him (the stairs, by the way, lead to Eva Fein's
You need to get further into the General's mind, and that can
only be done by passing the door, which has a riddle of sorts written
on it. The missing word in this case is "Eternity". Say that, and the
door will open, allowing you to go out into the freeezing cold and
Once outside, go either East or West, where the Lizard officer
will capture you. He will offer a trade for you disc; accept that, and
ask him for his baton and helmet, then give him your disc (don't
worry, you'll get it back soon enough). After that, go either West or
East to the front, and from there, South to the fountain.
Along the way, you will run into some animal-headed children.
Ignore them; you can't afford to let yourself be "captured" by them
right now. Continue on to the fountain, which you notice is full of
blood. If you examine the baton, you will see that it has some special
powers. Touch the baton to the fountain, and the blood changes to
water. Fill the helmet with the water and return to the soldier.
Give him the helmet. He will become unpetrified, and then
suddenly melt away, rather painfully, as though the water acted as an
acid on him. If you've been here before, you know that the soldier is
really Spaw in disguise, and he was hoping you'd bring him blood in
the helmet instead of water. What a surprise for Spaw!
With the stairs open now, you can go up. Floating above you see
an island in the clouds. That is Eva's mind, but it's not time for
that quite yet. Look around, and you will see a couple of objects on
the floor. The description here is not all that clear; there are two
items, the disc and a key. Get them both, then go back downstairs. You
are ready for the great escape.
Of course, you can't escape unless you're captured, so go out
into the cold again and surrender to the animal children. They will
take you to the back where the Lizard will order you to be imprisoned
with the winged people. Freeing them is fairly simple; just throw the
disc at the gate. The disc will cut through the barbed wire, and the
winged people will begin climbing the tall pine tree and flying away.
As it's pretty cold here, you better get away, too. Climb the
tree, and take the strange pine cone that you find on top. Now eat one
of the pills from the bottle. Aha! You've grown a pair of wings. Now
one of the winged people will take you in tow, and drop you off on the
island in the clouds, just outside the mind of Eva Fein.
You stand at the door to the mind of Eva Fein. If you examine the
door, you will see that it not only has a lock, but a strange
indentation that looks something like a pine cone. Put the pine cone
in the indentation, then unlock the door with the key.
At this point, SAVE THE GAME!!! Once you go through the door, you
WILL NOT be able to do any saving (don't ask why they wanted it this
way, but that's how it is). So it's best to save now, in case you need
to restore the game later on.
Once through the door, you will be in a strange garden, laid out
like a chessboard. There is a plaque on the wall with the rules of the
game; it's a good idea to read them. The shed holds a ladder; you may
or may not need it, depending on which way you start out.
Throughout the game, you will be running into characters you've
met before in other minds, dressed as chesspieces. Sometimes, you
capture them, and sometimes, they capture you. If you get captured,
you will lose some or all of the items you are carrying, and may only
get back a few of them. If you get caught before or after reaching the
bank, make sure you get the brooch back, since that is the only
necessary item at this point.
In one sense, it doesn't matter all that much which in which
direction you start, since all paths will evetually end up at the same
place anyway. However, the easiest way is to go NE on the first move.
This brings you to a room with a frog doorkeeper. He will be happy to
open any of the forward doors, so long as you tell him in Froggish.
Fortunately, since you have the toad with you, that's really not
much of a problem. Ask your toad friend to tell the frog to open the
North door. Passing through that brings you into an orchard. Get the
apple you see here, and continue on North to the bank.
Here you find yourself on line behind a robot. The robot will ask
for something to write with; hand him the brooch. He will finish
writing on his check and leave. This will allow you to go North out of
the bank, into the pasture.
This is the square that all other paths end at. In the pasture
you see a long-tailed horse with saddlebags on his back. If you still
have the apple, give it to the horse. If you don't have it, or after
you've fed the horse, hang around and wait, doing nothing. The woman
you helped back in the Love Room will appear and capture you.
Now you must quote a line from the Love Sonnet. This is absurdly
easy; just pick any line from the Sonnet. You will be freed, although
most of what you had with you will be taken away. However, she will
leave you the book and the toy bat.
If you've already fed the horse the apple, you don't need the
bat. Otherwise, examine it carefully, and you will see that it can be
opened. Opening the bat will reveal a small, but edible, jujube, which
you can give to the horse to make it stand still.
In any case, once the horse is standing still, and the woman has
left, open the saddle bags and get everything inside. Also pick up all
the objects lying around the pasture. You have all the items necessary
to make a fiddle. Begin by putting the pegs in the holes, then tying
the cord to the fiddle. Cut some hair from the horse's tail with the
scissors, and attach it to the wooden handle (this is the bow).
Play the fiddle, and you will be able to exit the pasture to the
north. This square is an unpleasant one, as it is populated by rather
nasty zombies. There is only one way to get through safely: you must
sacrifice the toad to them. (If you wait long enough, the toad will
tell you that himself). So, throw the toad into the trench, and
continue on north. Open the hatch and go through.
You are almost to the Cave Master. However, before you can pass
through the ultimate portal, you have another fill-in to do. Talk to
the Red King, who will quote something, leaving one word blank. That
is the word you need, and it's "transfigured". When you say that, the
portal leading to the Cave Master will open.
However, you can't go through without a talisman. Examine the
door carefully, and you will see the familiar disc stuck to it. Also
there is a picture of Number 14, and an inscription telling you that
you must say the player's name to obtain the disc.
Since you know the name, say it. The disc will come off the door
and you can pick it up, then go through the portal. At last you have
reached your goal, the all-knowing Cave Master. He gives you a wheel,
and tells you to fit it around the disc. Don't bother examining it;
you have only a few moves to spare here (and if you blow it, remember,
you have to start from your last save position, outside Eva's door!).
So, fit the wheel around the disc.
Ta-da! You've successfully completed your mission and saved
mankind from destruction (although I must say, I thought the ending a
bit feeble, myself).