Controlling Eric You use the verbs contained in the Control Panel to control Eric. There are 7 verbs in total: - Walk To (this is the default action which is activated whenever you move the mouse pointer over an area of the screen with a name) Walking to certain paths takes you to the Map - Pick Up (used to make Eric pick up objects) - Use (used to make Eric use or open objects both in the current location and also those that he is carrying in his inventory) - Look At (used to look at objects around Eric and also those in his inventory) - Talk To (used to talk to the other characters in the game) - Give (used to give objects in your inventory to characters in the game) - Throw (used to throw objects in your inventory at other people or objects around you) To activate a verb, click on it once with the left mouse button. To walk to an object, make sure that no other verb is activated (if there is a verb selected, click on any free part of the screen) and click on the object where you want to walk to. NOTE: You cannot walk to any part of the Playing Area. You must walk to a specific object. eg. Walk to Door; Walk to Mat To look at any item in your inventory, make sure that you do not have a verb selected in the Control Panel then click on the item with the left mouse button and Eric will tell you about it. Each verb needs more information before a sentence can be formed in the Sentence Line. For example, if you want to look at something on the playing area, you must click "Look At" with the left mouse button and then click on what you want to look at. The sentence line shows the sentence that you have formed: eg. "Look at Television". Eric will then walk to the object which you want to look at (if he is not already there) and then tell you about it. Other verbs such as "Give" require two pieces of information. For example, to give an item in your inventory to a character on the screen, select "Give" with the left mouse button ('Give' appears in the sentence line), then select which item you want to give (The words 'Give (item) to' appear in the Sentence Line) and finally select who you want to give the item to (The sentence 'Give (item) to (character)' appears in the Sentence Line) In this way, you can tell Eric exactly what you want him to do. NOTE: Once you have given a verb all the information that it needs to work, you cannot 'cancel' it. You will only regain control of Eric when he has completed the action. e.g. If you select "Walk To Front Door", you must wait until Eric has walked to the front door before you can do anything else. A summary of all of the verbs and how to use them is shown on the Verb Summary page.