Trigger to show layer based on condition of object in a different slide

Video included for visual explanation!


I am making a digital escape room. The difficulty I'm running into is having a trigger happen in slide 2 based on a condition that needs to happen in slide 1. 


  • Each room is a scene
  • Each room/scene has two different halves/slides
    • slide 1 = front of the room; slide 2 = back of the room
    • "Turn around" button to navigate moving from front to back of room as a trigger when user clicks 'turn around', i.e. navigating from slide 1 to slide 2 within that scene
  • User has an inventory they can open and close via trigger that opens a new slide layer showing inventory in either half of the room/ slide
    • When user finds an object, they drag and drop to inventory, which uses a trigger to open a new layer showing that item in the inventory, based on the condition that the user dragged the object to the inventory first

The issue: user needs to be able to access items dragged into inventory in both halves of room.  I need to show a new layer in slide 2 based on a condition that has to happen in slide 1, i.e., the object needs to be dragged in slide 1 (added to inventory) in order for it to appear in the inventory when the player turns around (slide 2).

I was going to make a new slide layer for that like I did for slide 1, but the condition needs to be that the item was dragged to the inventory button, which happens in slide 1. However, I don't have the option to set a condition for something in a different slide (that I can find at least).

Sorry if I didn't explain that super well. I also included a video of myself walking through all of that with the project pulled up, which will likely make it easier to understand. Any help appreciated! 

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Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Kimberlee.

Thank you for sharing your screen recording. What a fantastic idea!

There are different ways to approach what you're trying to do. I'll share one suggestion, and I hope other community members will offer other options as well. 

You can use variables and states to check/show objects that were dragged into the inventory in different slides. Instead of adding extra layers for each added object, you can have all items in a hidden state until the user adds them to the inventory. 

Take a look at my example below, with three rectangles, all hidden initially:

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I created three True/False variables (default value = false), one for each rectangle:

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When the user opens the inventory layer, Storyline checks if the variable is True, and if it is, it changes the state of the object to normal:

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On the base layer, when the object is dragged to the inventory, the variable is set to True:

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Here's a preview, and I'm also attaching the .story file so you can check my example:

Screen Recording 2022-05-23 at 04.04.27 PM