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Resident Evil 7 guide and walkthrough 4-2 Happy birthday VHS tape

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Now that you’re safe in the trailer (which is a phrase we never expected to write), it’s time to watch that Happy Birthday tape. This is another flashback that will also teach you how to get through the next section. It’s also super disturbing, which is par for the course in Resident Evil 7 biohazard. Coulrophobics beware!

This tape documents the fate of everyone’s favorite cameraman, Clancy. Turns out, Lucas had a bit of a test for him (and way too much time on his hands).

After Lucas’ introduction, overcome every instinct in your brain and approach the corpse-clown. Take the candle from his hand. Now, obviously, this isn’t going to be as simple as just walking in and placing the candle on the cake, but you have to go through the motions to trigger another speech from Lucas.

After the sprayers in the doorway extinguish your candle, stay in the cake room and head toward the barrel. Take the winding key which has the unfortunate side-effect of spilling whatever was inside all over the floor, but that couldn’t possibly be a bad thing, right? Take note of the locked box on the wall, but you can’t do anything with that until you find the glyphs to open it.

Head back to the kitchen area. You’re going to use the stove in a second, but let’s do something else first. Turn left and head into the bathroom to the left of the corpse-clown. Flush the toilet (what is it with the family and hiding things in toilets!?) and you’ll find a dirty telescope. It’s useless at the moment — it’s dirty — but, luckily, we know somewhere that sprays water! Walk to the doorway and use the dirty telescope. As you walk forward with the dirty telescope active, the water with wash it, turning it into a regular, usable telescope.

Head back to the kitchen and light the stove. Once you get a flame, light your candle. Turn to your right and walk into the room with the gas pipe on your left and the bank of monitors in front of you. Walk to the door to the right of the monitors and use the candle to burn the rope holding the door shut.

You can ignore the balloons filling this hallway (or you can duck down and pop them with your candle which is honestly kind of satisfying). At the other end of the hall, look on the floor to the right of the table for a deflated yellow balloon. There’s a door behind you locked with a five character password, but we don’t know that yet.

Take the balloon back to the bank of monitors. Turn to your left and fill the balloon from the pipe on the wall. It will eventually pop and it’s full of nails because of course it is. But it also had a quill pen inside.

Turn your attention to the monitors. Look at them through the telescope to see three glyphs — we referred to ours as a "jedi," a "crow on a bell" and a "fetus," but we’re not sure if they’re random. Head back to the cake room and dial these numbers into the box on the wall to find the straw doll.

Roast the doll over the stove like a messed up marshmallow to reveal the dummy finger inside, then return to the corpse-clown. Install the dummy finger, quill pen and the winding key in the clown, then wind the key.

After something happens — we don’t actually know, we had our eyes closed — you’ll end up with the password to that locked door in the hallway. Go there, dial in the word and head inside the room that opens. You’ll find the valve handle.

Take this back to the cake room and install it in the pipe to turn off the flow of water to the sprayers. Light the candle at the stove and take it back to the cake where everything works out great for our boy Clancy.

After the tape ends, hit the tape recorder to save, then it’s time to get ready for Lucas’ party.


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