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In Braid 3-1, there's a locked door on the opposite side of a large pit. At the bottom of the pit there's a goomba carrying the key to the door. I've managed to time it so that when I jump down onto the goomba, I pick up the key and bounce back up - but I'm not bouncing up high enough to escape the pit. What's the trick?

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note: for further hints without too many spoilers, this question is the perfect resource, the answer linking to – Zommuter Nov 17 '11 at 6:54
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Each area in Braid introduces a special mechanism. The first level of each area, The Pit, allows you to experiment with the mechanism, so I would advice you to play around a bit first. That said, the special mechanism for the third region is:

Objects that have a green glow around them are not affected by your time reversal ability

Therefore, the solution to the problem is to:

Go down, kill the Goomba and get the key - note its green glow - and reverse time so that you get back to where you started. They key will remain in your hands, and you can then use it to open the door.

Here's a YouTube video walkthough if you need any more help.

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Beautiful. I figured it out a few minutes after I asked this question just from playing around (mashing buttons). But thank you for this great answer! – hairboat Nov 17 '11 at 3:33

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