Righto, I haven't seen this problem yet. I am in the mansion and have managed to find the secret compartment in the book shelf, but have never seen a dictaphone or anything else in any of the desk drawers. I have already done lots of stuff including demoralize the chef and surprise the Eskimo, but I can't get any further without the dictaphone and the other thing I am supposed to get (what is it?) from the desk. But there's nothing in the drawers! Help?
Yeah, pixelhunting also doesn't help. This is pretty stupid part of the game.
BTW, I like that sense of protagonist humor and really enjoyed it :)
The story might be long for 1995, but with walkthroughts you think it's just a stub. :(
Walktroughs tend to be stub from time to time (encountered several times some stuck and the exact acursed location or problem was not covered by that particular walktrough I managed to find.
Anyway the colour of the drawer (inside) should be in conjunction with the ONE specific book in the bookcase (yup pretty pixelhunting) and if I recall things correctly this particular drawer should be opened to pick up the book to get to the damn dictaphone. And furhermore if I recall things correctly once more the colour changes for each gameplay (is chosen of six possible optins), but some walktroughs do not mention that and points You out to one specific colour/drawer.
So the procedure is as follows: Ge to the bookcase, do pixelhunting, find The Book, try to pick it up, it could not be picked, examine -> get colour, open drawers and examine colour until you have found the one with matching colour, then once again try to pick up the book and You finally open the secret compartment...