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"A funhouse is a linear sequence of scares. Take it or leave it is the only choice given. Makes you think about free will: have our choices been made for us because who we are?"
Max Payne

A Linear Sequence of Scares is the sixth chapter of Part I in Max Payne 2.


Max learns that the address Mona had given him over the phone belongs to an abandoned funhouse based on the cancelled 90's TV show, Address Unknown. As Max walks through the funhouse, he comments on how uneasy the still-operating place makes him feel, as if he is being watched. Payne works his way through a cardboard Noir York City, Pink Bird Mental Institute, and a nightmarish version of Noir York until he finds an opening in the backdrop that leads to the backstage areas.

Going through a room full of props and into another backstage area, Max finds a locked door that presumably leads to Mona's hideout. Instead of knocking, he goes outside through a nearby door and climbs into a nearby second story window to find an employee room with bunks, lockers and a TV that's playing Lords and Ladies. Moving further into the employee dorm that Mona has converted into her apartment, Max notices her arsenal; he also hears singing coming from the bathroom as well as a shower running.

Max interrupts Mona while she's in the shower and tells her that they need to talk, so after getting out and dressed, Mona tells Payne that the Inner Circle is after everyone previously associated with the group. She also reveals that her contact is a member of the group and is willing to talk, so Mona offers Max a chance to talk with him.

Other Character Appearances[]

Hidden Weapons[]

Aside from the arsenal in Mona Sax's apartment and the bottles of painkillers found scattered around the room, there are two additional bottles found throughout the chapter:

  • The first bottle of painkillers can be found in the beginning of the chapter inside the ticket booth at the entrance of the funhouse.
  • Another bottle of painkillers can be found on the table in the kitchen area of Mona's apartment.


  • In the bathroom portion of the Pink Bird Mental Institute setting, "REDDRUM" is written on the bathroom wall, and looking into the adjacent mirror will reveal "MURDER" (with only one "D") reflected in it.
  • A poster of Dick Justice can be seen as soon as Max enters Mona's apartment from the window.
  • This chapter, along with A Losing Game are the only chapters in the game where no enemies are present.


Max Payne Chapters
The American Dream Prologue · Roscoe Street Station · Live from the Crime Scene · Playing It Bogart · The Blood Veins of New York · Let the Gun Do the Talking · Fear That Gives Men Wings · Police Brutality · Ragna Rock · An Empire of Evil
A Cold Day in Hell Prologue · The Baseball Bat · An Offer You Can't Refuse · With Rats and Oily Water · Put Out My Flames With Gasoline · Angel of Death
A Bit Closer to Heaven Prologue · Take Me to Cold Steel · Hidden Truths · The Deep Six · Backstabbing Bastard · In the Land of the Blind · Byzantine Power Game · Nothing to Lose · Pain and Suffering
The Darkness Inside Prologue · Elevator Doors · A Criminal Mastermind · The Depths of My Brain · No 'Us' in This · A Sign of Her Passage · A Linear Sequence of Scares · The Million Dollar Question
A Binary Choice Prologue · The Things that I Want · In the Middle of Something · Blowing Up · Routing Her Synapses · Out of the Window · The Genius of the Hole
Waking Up from the American Dream Prologue · Too Stubborn to Die · On a Crash Course · A Mob-War · Dearest of All My Friends · A Losing Game · There Are No Happy Endings · Love Hurts · That Old Familiar Feeling
Part I Something Rotten in the Air · Nothing But The Second Best · Just Another Day at the Office · Anyone Can Buy Me a Drink · Alive If Not Exactly Well
Part II A Dame, A Dork, and A Drunk · A Hangover Sent Direct from Mother Nature · Ain't No Reprievement Gonna Be Found Otherwise · Here I Was Again, Halfway Down the World · It's Drive or Shoot, Sister
Part III Sun Tan Oil, Stale Margaritas and Greed · The Great American Savior of the Poor · A Fat Bald Dude with a Bad Temper · One Card Left to Play