In games that are heavily reliant on narrative and choice, one false move could spell a character’s doom. In The Quarry, there are plenty of these moments and one, in particular, gives you two chances before you completely fail. Here’s our breaker puzzle guide for The Quarry to help you free Jacob from the cage during Chapter 8.
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The Quarry breaker puzzle guide – How to free Jacob from the cage in Chapter 8
The breaker puzzle in The Quarry is encountered halfway through Chapter 8. You control Ryan who, alongside Laura, will have to explore the cellar of Hackett House. At the far end of the corridor, you’ll see red light emanating from a room. Don’t go there yet since you can still pick up The Emperor and The Empress Tarot Cards.
When you’re ready, head inside for a cutscene. The duo will see Jacob trapped inside a cage. But, there’s also a werewolf in the opposite corner.
Note: When the prompt appears to “Stop Laura,” make sure you press the button. Otherwise, she’ll shoot the werewolf who, unbeknownst to you, is actually Nick.
In any case, Jacob will ask you to free him. You can accept or decline, but, since this is our breaker puzzle guide for The Quarry, we’ll go ahead and help him out. Here are the possible outcomes (you’ll need to pull two breakers to see a particular result):
- Pick #1 and #2 to open Jacob’s cage. Then, choose #1 and #4 to open the middle door. You’ll be able to free Jacob.
- Picking #3 and #4 opens Werewolf Nick’s cage.
- If you open the middle door, the werewolf will attempt to escape, but Laura shuts the electrified gate. However, this will cause Travis to appear, progressing the chapter further. If you open Jacob’s cage, the monster will kill him.
Picking other combinations (i.e., #1 and #3) will cause Ryan to get electrocuted. If this happens twice, Ryan will give up. Travis will then appear and the chapter will advance further.
If you solve the breaker puzzle in The Quarry, don’t pat yourself on the back just yet even if Jacob managed to escape. Should Chris still be around after Chapter 9 (i.e., you didn’t manage to kill him), then Jacob will have to contend with him in a QTE sequence.
Speaking of Chapter 9, there’s a moment when Laura causes the power to short circuit, opening all the cages in the cellar. If you left Jacob down there, then he might end up getting killed by Werewolf Nick (assuming you never shot him). Anyway, for more possible outcomes, you can take a look at our character deaths guide.
The Quarry is available via Steam.