Opened 17 years ago

Closed 17 years ago

Last modified 17 years ago

#1187 closed defect (wontfix)

DIG: Critter puzzle bug

Reported by: SF/gensuke Owned by: SF/ender
Priority: normal Component: Engine: SCUMM
Keywords: script Cc:
Game: The Dig


ScummVM 0.5.1 (Aug 7 2003 00:29:29) (win32) The Dig, English, Talkie

Load savegame 01 and click on the hole on your left: Commander Low will say "There is something moving in here!", but the critter is actually near you. This will screw up the puzzle.

Ticket imported from: #794357. Ticket imported from: bugs/1187.

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Savegame 01

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Change History (9)

by SF/gensuke, 17 years ago

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Savegame 01

comment:1 by SF/segra, 17 years ago

Even though this bug does happen, the puzzle is still completable, i just did it using this savegame, after clicking on the hole

comment:2 by SF/gensuke, 17 years ago

The savegame represent one of the possible scenarios when the script fails.

In this case after the critter runs away, you must exit the area in order to look (and find it) in the hole again.

The worst scenario is represented when the critter enters one of the hole and they are still lookable without exiting the screen.

In this case everytime you look in the hole, the critter's position will be shifted (he runs on rocks and so on) and the puzzle will not be completable.

Anyway, even in the worst scenario, exiting the location reset the script (that's why the bug's priority is set to 5), so it is possible to complete it.

comment:3 by fingolfin, 17 years ago

Hum, I am not quite sure I see how this is a bug. Are you sure it's not just your save game which is corrupt? If so, can you generate a second save game with such brokeness?

BTW I can easily solve the puzzle in that savegame w/o ever leaving the room. You say that it's "one of the possible scenarios", can you provide any other (more serious) save games then?

comment:4 by SF/gensuke, 17 years ago

It is not a savegame problem, due to the fact that when i first noticed the bug, I've restarted scumm VM loading a previous savegame.

After a lot of tries, I was able to reproduce the scenario shown in the attached savegame.

I don't know how the script works, but I assume there should be a flag to know if the hole is empty or not (and if the critter is out of it or not), so the savegame provided should be enough to check against the usual values and to provide a fix.

I've tried to reproduce the other scenario that screws up the puzzle due to position shifting of the critter actor, but I was not able to reproduce it.

Anyway even in the worst case, the puzzle is still completable upon reset (exiting the location), but it is still potentially buggy. :)

comment:5 by fingolfin, 17 years ago

First off, just to avoid a misunderstanding: you wrote this in the past: "In this case after the critter runs away, you must exit the area in order to look (and find it) in the hole again". Not so! If I click on that hole, indeed Low says "There is something moving in here!" and then the critter indeed runs out of that hole. I.e. it "magically teleported". Which is why I asked if the savegame might be corrupt. If I then click on the hole a second time, Low tells me that it only contains Junk. However, the critter apparently is "teleported" once more. Still, despite this, everything is easily completeable, w/o even leaving the room.

As to how the script works: I still have to analyze it. But it's sadly not a matter to "check against the usual values" because we don't even know what are usual values, obviously. There are a myriad of possible causes for this "bug"

comment:6 by SF/gensuke, 17 years ago

I've checked the savegame, experimenting a little in order to check when the critter is "teleported once more".

There are 3 holes:

- down left - down right - up right

The critter is "teleported once more" apparently after a certain delay.

It seems that there are different delays depending on wich hole you look into.

The down left hole seems to have the greatest one, I have to wait a lot (at least on my machine) in order to see the critter again, it is simpler to exit and reenter the location to reset the puzzle.

I didn't notice this before, that's why I wrote that exiting the location was needed.

About the "usual values" part, I mean the variables values the script has when the clicked holes shows the "there is something moving" and the critter is hidden versus the "there is something moving" and the critter is already oin screen (or the combination junk/critter onscreen).

comment:7 by SF/ender, 17 years ago

I'm closing this as a Wont Fix - it appears to be a script bug that was present in the original. Perhaps it is simply differences in timing that causes it to occur more frequently in ScummVM, but it's not really a bug.

comment:8 by SF/ender, 17 years ago

Owner: set to SF/ender
Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed
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