This is the EcoQuest hint section.
Please select the area in which you are having trouble.
1 ... Research Center
2 ... Dolphin
3 ... Cruise ship and Kelp Maze
4 ... Eluria Under the Sea
5 ... Eluria and the Fish Aparments
6 ... Ocean Reef
7 ... Reef Caves
8 ... Saving Cetus
1. Research Center
Hints on Hints!
There are many hints included in this game. Be sure to use the look and talk
cursors on everything. Often when you're stuck, Delphineus, the dolphin, will
give you some helpful suggestions. Or talk to many of the other characters in
the game because they'll also give you helpful clues.
How do I save the oily bird?
Use the eye or hand cursor on the bird to get a close-up view. Beside the
bird's box, you'll notice a bottle of mild detergent and a soft, clean rag. Use
the hand cursor to pick these items up. Open your inventory screen, select the
detergent and click it on the rag. This will put soap on the rag. Select this
soapy rag from inventory and use it to clean the bird.
How do I put detergent on the rag?
First open the inventory icon from the Icon Bar. You should see the bottle of
mild detergent and the soft, clean rag. If they aren't in your inventory, then
you need to pick them up from beside the bird's box in the center of the room.
Just use the hand cursor to pick them up. With these items in your inventory,
first select the detergent and click it on the rag. This will put soap on the
rag. Select the soapy rag from inventory and use the rag cursor on the bird.
Where is the water for the gerbil?
You can find the gerbil's water bottle on the table just to the right of his
cage. Use the hand cursor to pick up the bottle. Next, select the water bottle
from your inventory and use it on the gerbil's cage.
What do I do with the aquarium full of oily water?
For the aquarium, do you remember the flask of experimental fertilizer solution
Adam's Dad gave you? You can use this solution on the aquarium. It will create
bacteria to eat the oil. Don't worry, Adam won't use all this solution on the
aquarium. So there will be plenty left over to use later in the game.
What's the article on the computer about? How about the illustration on the
Both the article and the illustration give you a clue for a major event that
will take place later in the game. Use the eye cursor on the blackboard to look
at the buoy, the cable, and the transmitter. These items combine to make a
satellite buoy. You will have the opportunity to create your own satellite buoy
to remove some toxic waste barrels from the ocean. Therefore, be sure to look
for these items on your journey through the game.
What do I do with the envelope?
Why not open it? Use the hand cursor on it to remove the contents. If you use
the hand cursor on it a second time, Adam will throw away the empty envelope.
What are all of the items that I need from the Research Center?
You need two items, the experimental fertilizer solution from Adam's Dad, and
Adam's reusable garbage bag. With these two items in your inventory, you'll be
ready to continue your journey outside the Research Center.
How do I get out of the Research Lab?
You can't go out the door Adam's Dad went out. Instead, use the hand cursor on
the door just to the left of the blackboard. You can find the combination to
the door lock in your game documentation.
I can't unlock the door to leave the Research Center!
You can find the combination to the lock in your game documentation.
How do I make friends with the dolphin?
When you enter this room, take a look at the blackboard. The blackboard lists
step-by-step instructions on what to do with the dolphin. Your first step to
becoming his friend is to talk with him three times. Did you notice him eyeing
the bucket of fish? Your second step to becoming his friend is to feed him two
fish. There's a bucket full of mackerel beside the door you came through. The
third step is to go swimming with him. Use the hand cursor on the pool ladder
to join him in the tank.
The dolphin wants to give me a ride on his fin. How can I?
Use the hand cursor on his fin. He'll take you for a ride around the pool.
I'm done swimming with the dolphin. What do I do next?
Look for a toy he might like to play with. Take the frisbee. It's on top of the
cabinet just underneath the blackboard. Then use the frisbee on the dolphin.
He'll love playing catch with you!
How can I help Delphineus?
You want to let him out of the tank. The lever to open the underwater hatch is
located just to the right of the gate that divides the tank. Use the hand
cursor on the lever to open it.
Delphineus has returned to the Research Lab dock. How can I join him?
You need to get your diving gear. Your diving gear is located in the cabinet
just underneath the blackboard. Then, you can select your diving gear from
inventory and use the diving gear cursor on Adam, or you can simply walk east
off the pier. Either way, Adam will put his gear on and jump right in the
Where do I go after I leave the Research Center Lab?
When you leave the Research Center, swim directly north. Eventually you'll
encounter a cruise ship dumping garbage into the water.
3. Cruise Ship & Kelp Maze
What do I do when I see the cruise ship dumping garbage?
You can use a reusable garbage bag to clear a path in the trail of garbage. To
do this, remove two items-- one from the front of the garbage and another
directly behind it. Now Adam and Delphineus can swim through.
I don't have a reusable garbage bag!
You need to swim back to the Research Center and get it. You'll find it in
front of the recycle bin beside the computer back in the lab.
What do I do with this glass jar I found?
Why not save it for later? A container like this will certainly come in handy
later--that is, if you can get the lid off.
What can I do about the balloons that the little boy let go?
There isn't much you can do about these now. Later in the game you'll have a
chance to deal with the balloons.
I need some help finding my way through the seaweed and kelp maze!
Before you enter the seaweed and kelp maze, save your game. You need to take
three turns to get through the maze successfully. In the first screen of the
maze, swim south through the dark blue opening in the bottom center of your
screen. In the second screen of the maze, swim through the bottom right-hand
corner of your screen. In the third screen of the maze, swim through the bottom
left-hand corner of your screen. You should now see Eluria, the city under the
Is it possible to get extra points with the reusable garbage bag?
Pick up as much garbage as you can find. Therefore, when you find an area where
garbage has fallen, remove all of it to get extra points. You can pick up as
many as ten extra points per area!
4. Eluria Under the Sea
Where is the Oracle?
Look for her in the Temple of Poseidon. She lives behind the marble wall at the
back of the Temple covered with symbols, figures, and strange letters.
How do I open the marble wall?
Use Poseidon's Trident on the three large eyes dominating the center of the
How do I obtain Poseidon's trident?
You can use the bronze conch shell to get Poseidon's trident. Place the conch
shell in the hands of Poseidon's servant on the statue in the Courtyard.
Poseidon will loosen his grip on the trident and you'll be able to take it.
How do I solve the mixed-up mosaic tile puzzle?
The object of this puzzle is to slide the tiles one at a time to form a picture
of a man, a fish, a dog, and a heart. If you get stuck, simply use the hand
cursor on the help button just below the picture. This will cause one tile to
slide toward its correct position. Clicking the hand cursor on the help button
repeatedly will eventually solve the puzzle.
What is the solution to the Oracle's riddle that begins "Whose march of
progress dooms us all"?
The answer is man. Therefore, to answer this riddle correctly, use the hand
cursor on the drawing of the man in the picture.
What is the solution to the Oracle's riddle that begins "What glides like a
bird but does not fly"?
The answer is fish. Therefore, to answer this riddle correctly, use the hand
cursor on the drawing of the fish in the picture.
What is the solution to the Oracle's riddle that begins "What reaches out to
those in need"?
The answer is love. Therefore, to answer the riddle correctly, use the hand
cursor on the drawing of the heart in the picture. You have now answered her
Should I take the bicycle basket from the Elurian Courtyard?
Yes, pick it up. The basket will come in very handy later.
Where might I find the Guardian of the Greens?
You'll find the Guardian of the Greens hiding in the Royal Gardens. Go there
and use the experimental fertilizer solution from Adam's Dad on the statue of
the whale. When she comes out, be sure to talk to her.
Where can I find the Mayor?
You'll find the Mayor hiding in the Council Chambers. To get him to appear
before you, solve the challenge of the columns.
The challenge of the columns has me stumped!
Each of the three columns on the left has three sections that spin when you use
the hand cursor on them. Your goal is to make these nine sections match up with
their counterparts on the columns to the right. You'll notice as you spin each
section of the columns, all but one section turns a second section of another
column. However, one of these sections will turn by itself. Find this section
and continue to spin it until you get the message "the column piece locks into
place." Continue this same procedure for the other eight sections. For example,
start with the top section of the front-most column. If you notice another
column also turning when you spin this section, skip to the next section of
this column. If it spins another column piece, move to the next section, and so
on, moving from section to section, then column to column, until you find a
section that turns by itself. Once you've found this section, keep turning it
until it locks in place. Now repeat this procedure for the rest of the columns.
How can I gain the trust of Superfluous?
Have you visited the Guardian of the Greens in the Royal Gardens? Superfluous'
problem is that his shell is too tight. After using the experimental fertilizer
solution from Adam's Dad on the statue of the whale in the Royal Gardens, talk
to her. Then you'll find a shell on the garden floor. After cleaning this shell
with a rag, talk to Superfluous to get him to come out and give him the shell.
I can't find a rag to clean the shell!
You can find a clean rag in front of the fish apartments.
5. Eluria & The Fish Apartments
I need a pass for the fish apartments.
You can get a pass from the Mayor, Superfluous, by giving him the shell you
found on the floor of the Royal Gardens after cleaning the whale statue.
How can I help Narcissus, the Blowfish?
Use the hand cursor on Narcissus to push him into his apartment. Use the hand
cursor on him again to remove the plastic bag.
How do I find food for Epidermis, the Angelfish?
Use the algae-eating sea urchins Narcissus gave you on the plants in Epidermis'
room. Now Epidermis will have plenty to eat.
How can I help Hippocrates, the Swordfish?
Use the very sharp shell that Epidermis, the Angelfish, gave you to remove the
six-pack rings from Hippocrates' snout.
How can I help Erroneous, the Sea Turtle?
Use the tweezers you received from Hippocrates, the swordfish, on Erroneous'
mouth to remove the balloons. You will need to use the tweezers twice to get
all of the pieces out.
How do I help Gregarious, the Manatee?
Did you notice how the boat propellers on the boats back at the Research Center
were covered with baskets? To help Gregarious, you need to attach the bicycle
basket you found in the courtyard over the propellers of the fisherman's boat.
To do this, first attach the four screws you got from Erroneous, the Sea
Turtle, to the basket. Talk to the fisherman, then secure the basket over his
How can I help Olympia, the Lionfish?
To help Olympia, you need the water pump that fell from the fisherman's boat.
You'll find it lying on the ocean floor in front of the fish apartments. Use
Adam's reusable trash bag on the bottle of bleach to throw it away. Then use
the water pump in her window to clear the water of the bleach.
What is the "Sign of Trust" that the Oracle wants?
Give her the gold mask Superfluous gave you after the Council meeting. Now
she'll trust you and give you her prophecy.
6. Ocean Reef
What should I do with the glowing ear of the Colossus Head?
There's a flashlight fish in the ear of the Colossus Head. You need to rescue
the flashlight fish from the ear, using an empty jar. If you didn't find a jar
in the trash spilling from the cruise ship earlier in the game, you'll find one
on the reef ledge right in front of the Colossus Head.
How do I remove the lid from the jar?
Did you see the octopus one screen to the left of the sunken submersible
vehicle? He's hiding in some rocks there that he's turned into his lair. Set
the jar on the sand in front of his lair or use the jar cursor on the octopus
and then hide in the large sponges. He'll open the jar for you.
The octopus won't let me have the silver cable!
Did you pick up the mirror from the reef ledge in front of the Colossus Head?
Show this mirror to the octopus and you'll scare him away. Now you can get the
What should I do with this pirate skeleton?
Grab onto the Conquistador's Pike that has pinned the skeleton to the rocks! On
your first attempt, you will fall into the water, but the Pike will give a
little. Grab onto the Pike a second time. It will come loose and the gold key
will dislodge from the bank and fall into the water. Chase after the key.
A red fish swallowed my key! How can I get it back?
Follow the fish and try to get the key back! Chase him through the reef.
Eventually he will be eaten by a giant sea anemone.
How do I get the key back from the fish if it has been swallowed by the giant
You can still get the key. To get it back, you need to use the fishing lure on
the giant anemone. The fishing lure was on one of the steel beams of the
underwater oil rig.
Where is the floating orb?
Did you see a toilet stuck in the ocean floor beside the sunken submersible
vehicle? Use Poseidon's Trident to pry off the toilet tank lid. Remove the
float. That's your floating orb!
Is there anything I can do with the sunken vehicle beside the oil rig?
Yes, search the vehicle. You'll find a very useful item in one of its
7. Reef Caves
I'm in a dark cave. How do I see in here?
You need to capture the flashlight fish from the ear of the Colossus Head in a
jar? Release that flashlight fish from the jar into the cave. Just click the
jar cursor on the cave. Things should brighten up a bit.
Okay, I can see in the cave. What do I do?
At the back of the cave is a secret opening covered with rocks. Use the hand
cursor to remove these rocks one at a time. Now the opening will be revealed to
I can't fit through the secret opening!
You need to remove more rocks. Just use the hand cursor on the opening until
you've removed them all.
Delphineus keeps telling me that it's not safe to go through the opening!
Use the look cursor just below the opening. You should find a metal box. When
you open this metal box, you'll find a protective suit. To put on the suit, use
the hand cursor on it. If you need to wear it a second time, open the metal
box, and then use the hand cursor on the suit again. Once you're wearing the
suit, you can safely go through the opening.
Where do I find a key to the metal box?
Just one screen to the right of the Colossus Head is an opening to a small air
pocket under the reef. In that air pocket is a pirate skeleton pinned down by a
Conquistador's Pike. After removing the Pike, a key will fall into the water
and land on the ocean floor. This is the key you need.
I have a key, but it won't turn in the rusted lock.
A little oil would be useful now. Remember the rag you used to clean the conch
shell? It should be pretty oily. Use this oily rag on the box, then try to turn
the lock with your key.
There are several barrels of toxic waste here! How do I get rid of them?
Did you read the blackboard back in the Research Lab? You need three things to
get rid of the barrels: you need the float from the toilet on the ocean floor
beside the oil rig, the cable from the octopus' lair, and the transmitter from
the Research Center. Assemble these three items in your inventory and then use
them on the barrels.
I can't get out of the cave because of the reef shark!
You'll have to turn around and find another exit out of the cave.
I've found a wrecked harpooning vessel. What should I do?
Look around this area carefully. You should see a cave in the mountain far in
the distance. Use the hand cursor on this cave and watch what happens!
8. Saving Cetus
Delphineus and I are trapped in a net! How do we escape?
Cut the net with the sharp shell that Epidermis, the Angelfish, gave you.
I escaped from the net, but Delphineus has been captured by Flesh-Eater! How do
I save him?
You need to find Cetus. Start by exploring the sunken harpooning vessel.
I've explored the wreck but still can't find Cetus!
Did you notice that the door to the boat is slightly ajar? Use Poseidon's
Trident on the door and you'll be able to open the door. Swim through the boat
and you'll see the harpoon cable drifting upward. Follow this cable up and
you'll find Cetus.
I've found Cetus. How do I help him?
You need to remove the harpoon, but you can't do this from outside his mouth.
First talk to him. When he falls unconscious, swim away from him until you see
a distant view of Cetus. Now swim inside his mouth. If you time it just right,
you'll be able to swim inside.
How do I remove the harpoon?
Swim inside of Cetus' mouth. You'll need a hacksaw to cut off the tip of the
harpoon. You can find the hacksaw either in the sunken submersible vehicle or
on the deck in the rear of the wrecked harpooning vessel. After cutting off the
tip of the harpoon, swim outside his mouth and use the hand cursor on the
harpoon to remove it.
How do I heal Cetus?
Use the Guardian of the Greens' healing potion on his wound.
Cetus is fighting Flesh-Eater. How do I set Delphineus free?
To free Delphineus, use the hand cursor on Flesh-Eater's cave to enter it and
cut the net with the sharp shell that Epidermis, the Angelfish, gave you. Now
Delphineus will be free.
I've freed Delphineus, How do I help Cetus?
Remember the Lionfish spine Olympia gave you? It's time to use it! Click the
Lionfish spine on Flesh-Eater when he's distracted by Cetus. Timing on this can
be tricky. You may need to try it a few times. Once you catch Flesh-Eater off
guard, you can pierce his skin with the Lionfish spine, and Cetus will reign as
king once again. Congratulations! You've won EcoQuest!
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