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TSA Investigates: Just Add Water's New Office

Fruity.

Just Add Water have posted a couple of pictures of their new office and often these photos can lead to an eagle eyed writer spotting clues to an unannounced game, so join me as we decrypt the hiding meanings of the photos.

Close inspection of the first picture reveals a glass topped coffee table strategically placed in the middle of the floor. Why is it there? It is out of reach of anyone at the desks and has no seating around it, it just seems to have been plonked there.

Two of the JAW team also need to stop slouching however we do approve of the fruit bowl. Sadly no hints of any unannounced games so it’s on to picture two.

Mysteriously placed coffee table returns but look, bananas have appeared in the fruit bowl! Is that a hint to a forthcoming game? An Oddworld Fruit Machine perhaps?

We can also see into the wicker basket which is positioned upon the Mysteriously Placed Coffee Table Of Doom, it seems to contain something brown and scrunched up. It could possibly be brown paper, how exciting!

Better posture from the JAW’er with his back to us, but a lava lamp in 2012? Really? Oh dear.

Still no hints of an unreleased game, on to the final picture.

Now this is an interesting picture. We can see some artwork for Strangers Wrath HD, a game we rather liked, and there is window in an unusual position.  You cannot see through the window – it’s rather high up – so what is its purpose?

Some might suggest it is to let light in from the outwards facing window in the office beyond but I have a different theory. Look at the window, the the door, the the artwork. What does it remind you of?

Tetris!

Aha! We have decoded your cryptic hints, Just Add Water, you are making Oddworld Tetris! You tried to fool us with the replenishing fruit bowl and the Mysteriously Placed Coffee Table Of Doom we were not deceived.

You even tried to throw us off scent by making the window in the picture above appear to have eyes and eyebrows so it is ‘looking’ suspiciously towards the door, but you can’t fool us, we have spotted the hints, Oddworld Tetris confirmed!

Note: Obviously this is just me gently ribbing JAW for posting exciting pictures of doors and windows, Oddworld Tetris does not exist. However the Mysteriously Placed Coffee Table Of Doom and the bad taste Lava Lamp do exist and are, quite frankly, rather frightening.

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30 Comments
  1. nofi
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    You missed something… ;)

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:12.
  2. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Two empty bins got replaced by one full bin, and I think someone had burgers for lunch.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:16.
    • Ed the Penguin
      Member
      Since: Dec 2008

      Not to mention the chap on picture 2 who is sitting in front of two switched off monitors.

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:22.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        He’s playing Unfinished Swan but hasnt fired a paint ball yet.

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:27.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Also, I notice many white boards littered about yet there still appears be a rogue Post-It Note stuck to the wall, close to the clock. Suspicious.

        I’m not certain but I also believe several of the light bulbs need replacing, and I think the coffee table (on wheels) has been strategically placed to cover an old coffee stain. Or maybe I’ve just played too much LA Noire.

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:47.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        And between shots 1 and 2, a printer has appeared!!

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:48.
      • Ed the Penguin
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        Ooh, well spotted. I could do this all day! Not to mention that the fruit bowl and hamper has been rearranged between the two pictures.

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:57.
      • Ed the Penguin
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        (I seem to be saying ‘not to mention’ a lot today. Must stop it.)

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:58.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Don’t mention it! ;)

        Indeed they have been moved, as has the cardboard tubey thing that’s used to keep important documents from damage. It’s no longer there behind the draw unit after photo 1.

        There also seems to be quite a few wires draped about – these should be reported in their next risk assessment, and their health and safety representative notified.

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 15:13.
      • Ed the Penguin
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        Very true. Their sprinkler system looks shoddy too.

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 15:19.
  3. Ed the Penguin
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Now there’s an active imagination for you!
    Some interesting little models scattered around the shelf on the top picture. More interestingly.. see the clock on the wall.. Working through their lunch hour. What hard workers they are.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:20.
    • Stewart Gilray
      Member
      Since: Sep 2009

      Actually, our lunch hour is 1 – 2 :-)

      Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 10:29.
  4. jikomanzoku
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Great stuff TC, most amusing.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 15:28.
  5. An-dz
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    the coffee table is on wheels, anyone could take it for their own use ( i would claim it every day as a foot rest )

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 15:37.
  6. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    forget the lava lamp, that waste paper basket looks a little shifty to me. >_>

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 15:41.
  7. pitchforkdisney
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Oh that’s down the landing from us – in this big old converted mill we call a work place. The exterior is much more exciting, complete with the picturesq river wharfe rushing by. Picture 3 is probably your closest reveal – the room beyond that door is (I think) the play test room. Anyway, didn’t they just recently announce a new Oddworld strategy game? Lovely blokes btw…wicker basket by Graze.com, furniture/IT supplies by excelofficesolutions.co.uk.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 15:51.
  8. DJ Judas
    Epic
    Since: Aug 2008

    A lava lamps coolness transcends time and space. That office NEEDS a lava lamp, without it the entire arrangement simply wouldn’t make sense.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 15:56.
  9. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    For a creative business that looks like one of the most sterile, lifeless environments ever! I hope they have a “NO TALKING” policy there too – just to crush the last few morsels of individuality you might’ve been hanging onto.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 16:20.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      they have a big dog, last time i went.

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 16:39.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        This has to be one of the most surreal replies to a post ever!

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 17:36.
      • Stewart Gilray
        Member
        Since: Sep 2009

        That chap stopped working for us at the end of July last year…

        As for fun, we flying helicopters, throw rubber balls and fire nerf guns :)

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 18:48.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Hi Stewart! That’s better! Procrastinate for Britain! :-)

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 21:53.
  10. pitchforkdisney
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Seriously folks it’s like an animal house down there…I mean one of those slouching dudes often wanders down the corridor to the comunial toilet just in his socks. He goes to the toilet in his socks! Now that’s outrageous behaviour.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 16:35.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      We need more gossip like this.

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 16:56.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Wow, i have been busting to go before, but never so much that it ripped my entire wardrobe off, leaving me just in socks!! :O

      I am guessing in that case, he was going to the toilet to fashion himself a nice TP toga.

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 17:17.
    • Stewart Gilray
      Member
      Since: Sep 2009

      That would be Wil :)

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 18:49.

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