This section of Call of Cthulhu gameplay walkthrough describes chapter 8 - Riverside Institute. After reading the book at the end of chapter 7, the main protagonist's mind is transferred into another body, and the action, yet again, takes place at the Riverside Institute.
- Examine the dying patient
- Get into Fuller's office
- Distract Donovan + Cut off the water
- Go down into the psychiatric wing
Examine the dying patient
As you realize at the beginning of this chapter, you are inside Marie Colden's body - a woman, who helped the main protagonist to escape from the asylum. This chapter starts with a conversation between Marie and one of the nurses. There are a lot of dialogue options to choose from, however, they do not affect the story that much, so just click through the conversation.
You regain control over your character after a while. Examine the patient lying on the bed in front of you - check his ears, hands, and abdomen. This will start another conversation with the nurse that will soon be joined by Dr. Fuller. Click through the dialogue options.
Get into Fuller's office
You will receive a new task - get into Dr. Fuller's office. Before going there though, explore the asylum a bit. Start from examining the medicine standing on the table next to the patient you examined a while ago.
Go to the new room - the Block B sign. On your left, right behind the entrance, you will find a medical file - investigate it. Next, behind the drape, you will find a sick patient - approach him to examine him. Now, investigate the drip he has been applied with. Marie will call a nurse and the patient will be cured.
Now, continue along Block B and stay close to the left. You will find a new patient. First, study his file and then talk to the man. Irene Sanders can be found right next to him - approach her and try talking to her. Next, study the Irene Sanders' medical file.
Continue along Block B, staying to your left. Check the medical file of a patient on the bed. Continue along the wall to your left until you reach drug stockroom. Inside the desk you will find the Boiler Room Key - you will be able to take it later on.
Now, continue until the end of Block B, where you find a nurse and another patient. Start talking to the nurse, and then examine the patient - first his head, then the palm. Finish the conversation with the nurse and the patient will be "cured".
There nothing else to do here, so return to where this chapter started and go through the door by the cabinet. Go through another door into Man's Bathroom. Talk to Nurse Elizabeth who's inside.
Leave the laundry room and continue to the Administration. You will find The Reference Book of Medical Sciences that improves medicine on the desk by the window. Try reaching the other end of the room to enter Fuller's office. You will be stopped by Nurse Donovan standing nearby.
Distract Donovan + Cut off the water
After exchanging amenities with Donovan, you will receive a new task - distract the woman to get inside Fuller's office. Return to the corridor with the entrance to the laundry room and Block A.
Go a bit forward and enter Pharmacy to the right. Inside, you will find a book you can take (Uomo Deliquente) and a prescription under the counter to read. Wait until the nurses finish talking and talk to the woman working at the Pharmacy.
Leave the Pharmacy and turn left. You will reach the Boiler Room - this is where you have to go to distract Donovan, however, let's leave it for some time. Continue along the corridor and enter the room to the right. Inside, you will find the Medical record of Edward Pierce. Talk to the nurse.
Go to the waiting room and talk to Officer Bradley who's sitting there. The Storage Room is inaccessible at the moment, so continue along the corridor.
After making a full circle you will encounter two fishermen by the Block B - talk to them to assure them that their mother (one of the patients on this block) as well. Then (if you healed all patients) you will unlock the Hippocratic Oath Achievement.
Continue walking. Ignore the kitchen, as there is nothing to do there. There is a man wiping the floor in front of the bathroom - remember this place, as you will return here shortly. Enter the room nearby to collect the Medicine and Secret Sciences.
Return to Block B and take the Boiler Room key mentioned several paragraphs before. Now, go to the Boiler Room (the door with the Boiler Room signed on it) and try to turn the valve.
Unfortunately, Marie is not able to do it, so she will need a tool. Return to where the man was wiping the floor. Enter the room and take the monkey wrench hidden behind the door Return to the boiler room and try again.
Return to Nurse Elizabeth working at the man's bathroom. Talk to her and inform her that the water was shut - this will draw Donovan away from guarding Fuller's office. Go to the Administration and go through the open door to Doctor's office.
Upon entering the office, turn right and collect the Psychological Study from the rack. Now, go along the wall to the right until you reach a model of a ship. It is another puzzle to solve - set the masts so that they are facing the proper direction - towards the ship's bow.
You can maneuver three masts - turning one of them changes the direction the remaining two are facing. In fact, this is a simple puzzle to solve after several attempts. Nonetheless, you can use the following method to turn the masts (1 to 3, counting from left): 2, 2, 1, 3, 1, 3, 3, 2, 1,3, 2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 3, and finally 2. Surely there is a faster way, however this one for sure works. For solving this puzzle, you receive the White Ship.
Take the Sarah Hawkins' interview from an open stash. Put it into the phonogram in corner of the room to listen to the recording. Doing so will trigger a reconstruction.
Begin with investigating the documents on the table by the phonogram. Next, turn around and examine the finger on the rack, where the Psychological Study used to be. Then, approach Dr. Fuller's desk and investigate the drugs on the table nearby. Two men will appear - examine them.
Finally, investigate the shoe in the cabinet by the door. Now you can leave the reconstruction. Before you leave the room, approach the bookcase located to the right from the shoe and examine the drug vial.
Go down into the psychiatric wing
Finish the reconstruction. You have already completed everything there was in here, so go to the underground entrance to reach the psychiatric wing. You can find the entrance between the doors to Block A and the men's room. Go downstairs and open the only door there to trigger a cutscene.
After the cutscene, you will return to the main protagonist's body who, as it turns out, has a company. Algernon Drake will hold him at his gunpoint and keep asking questions. Click through consecutive dialogue options. Finally, accept his offer to help in order to unlock the Scholar of the Unspeakable achievement. This will end this quite long chapter.