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Danger by Design Spoilers

This is the section for commentary about the game that would probably ruin your playing of it, so please go back to the low-spoiler Danger by Design Hints if you haven't played the game yet.

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If you have read that page already, and you still have questions remaining, then read on:

Possible Deaths in Danger by Design
Plot Holes in Danger by Design
Easter Eggs and Optional Actions
Plot Summary and Character Subplots
The Backseat Game Designer

Danger by Design Death Scenarios

This is an unavoidable spoiler, but there are a limited number of possible deaths in Danger by Design, and some of them are creative. You may not have experienced all of them, and may be curious. (-: So, here's a list:

*You can be killed by an explosion if you're not careful with the chemicals in the darkroom.
*You can drown if you let Nancy run out of air while exploring underwater.
*Or, of course, you can be killed by the villain if you fail the final endgame challenge.

You can also lose the game without dying if Nancy fails to answer the phone quickly enough to please Minette, if she bothers Minette twice while she is busy, if she fails to defuse the paint bomb in time, if she gets caught by the police while exploring the catacombs, or if she gets sucked down the drain while exploring underwater.

Easter Eggs and Optional Actions

There is an easter egg in Danger by Design-- if you flush Dieter's toilet ten times, it will appear in your inventory. Once you have it, you can use it to call the two extra numbers in Jean-Michel's rolodex. One of them gives you a guitar riff if you call it, while the other signs out "Some of us are sleeping" to you in Morse Code (perhaps a reference to the lack of any time zones in this international game!)

There are also a number of actions you can take in the game which are entirely optional to the plot. To give them a try, follow this link: Danger by Design Options.

Spoilers: Plot Holes

Danger By Design has a very good plot that holds together quite well, but a couple of major holes did stand out:

1) Why did the German mobsters put a paint bomb in Minette's studio? Threatening letters and phone calls are one thing-- they were trying to bully her into producing the dress on time-- but the paint bomb seems incredibly counterproductive. In fact, if Nancy fails to disarm it, it explodes and ruins all Minette's clothes (presumably including the spy dress she was making for the gangsters, since it was right there in the studio.) Why on earth would they do something so contrary to their goals?

2) Why were Noisette and Hans unable to be together after the war ended? It appears they were still in love, judging by the fact that Noisette sent Hans that postcard years later. I understand that tensions were pretty high right after the war ended, but they had 55 years between the end of the war and their deaths in which they could have reunited if they wanted (and neither of them ever married, so it must have been on their minds.) In, say, 1955, a German man and a French woman getting married surely would not still have raised eyebrows in either country, would it? Or couldn't they just have moved to Switzerland?

3) This isn't really a plot hole per se, but it was never explained why Minette suddenly broke things off with Dieter. I suppose it was just another example of Minette's erratic behavior under stress, but still, it would have been nice to get some kind of resolution on this story arc.

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