Created By: Yomie on August 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on May 26, 2014

Restart The Generator

A scenario where a character has to find an restart a generator to open a door or other machinery.

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A common scenario in a video game where the player must find (usually backtracking is involved)and restart a generator to open a door or start a machine. These are usually very tedious and used as padding.


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  • August 24, 2011
    Not just video games.

    • Jurassic Park. The protagonists must restart the park's generator in order to call for help and escape.

    Tabletop RPG
    • The Morrow Project adventure R-008 Prime Base. While exploring the deserted title area the PCs must find and turn on the reserve fusion generator to provide power to make the base habitable again.
  • August 24, 2011
    • The "defend Angel Gate" mission in Warhammer 40 K Dawn Of War 2 has you capture and restart generators as well as track down surviving squads of guardsmen before beginning to close said gate (you only have to start half of them up, but getting them all running provides you with more automated turrets to help you.
  • August 24, 2011
    In Alchemilla Hospital in Silent Hill 1, you have to go down into the basement and start the generator before the elevator will work.
  • August 25, 2011
    • Someone has to do this in the original Night Of The Living Dead.
    • In an episode of South Park Team B (Kenny) is sent to restart the generator - and avoid the velociraptors - while Team A (everybody else) has the assignment of going up to the lounge, watching televison and drinking hot cocoa.
  • August 27, 2011
    In Myst IV: Revelation, restoring power is the second puzzle in the game- caused by solving the first. Of course, restoring power to make the gadgets go is a staple Myst puzzle type and has been since the beginning of the series.
  • August 27, 2011
    As a warning, The name shouldn't sound like a line of dialogue. Fast Eddie will discard those in a heartbeat.
  • August 28, 2011
  • August 29, 2011
    In Half Life 2, there is a part where you need to hook up three batteries to open a gate.
  • August 29, 2011
    Luigis Mansion. There's a power cut, cue a long round trip to the breaker room to restart the power. Of course, this a haunted house, so said trip involves dodging hordes of murderous ghosts, tracking down and capturing a ghost with the necessary key and having to do all this in one trip due to the lack of save points.
  • August 29, 2011
    Generator Puzzle? Sometimes finding the generator is not enough and you have to solve one more puzzle to get it going.

    As Broken Bridges go, this is one you'll usually have to solve near the beginning of the game/area. In Metroid Other M, for example, this is specifically an early game objective.

    Would Super Metroid count? Remember the Ghost Ship: When you first arrive, it's haunted by floating ghosts, harmless leeches, and absolutely nothing works (not even the Save Point!) except for a few doors. But rather than find a generator, your exploring eventually leads to a confrontation with one of the game's four major bosses, and after he's defeated the area has power again.

  • May 24, 2014
  • May 24, 2014
    Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, the Detective has to restart a generator in order to investigate the bed-and-breakfast's basement.
  • May 24, 2014
    Solar CPR is probably a subtrope.
  • May 25, 2014
    • Rule Of Rose. You have to restart a generator on the airship in order to turn on all the lights so you can complete a mission.
  • May 25, 2014
    Not exactly about restarting generators, but Tropes Are Flexible.

    They did this a few times in Left 4 Dead 2. Twice in "The Sacrifice": The original survivor group starts up a few generators to change the position of a bridge, then one member of the group must perform the titular self-sacrifice to restart the generator ( Canonically, it's Bill) and save the rest of the group. In "The Passing", the new group of survivors must re-start the same generators to move the same bridge back to its original position.
  • May 25, 2014
  • May 26, 2014
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Created Examples section.