The game developers expected you to either be psychic, buy a guide book, or call one of their ridiculously priced tip lines to rack your parent's phone bill up the ass, just to get past one screen.
This is obviously no longer a problem in games today, given that the internet now makes it easy to find a walkthrough for pretty much any game.
Often results in frustrated pixelbitching
Person 2: "It's good, but some of the puzzles are ridiculous! One of them, I had to try and wear a dog, so that it would be magically transformed into a pair of Hush Puppies, to sneak past a guard. Good thing I found a walkthrough online, but talk about pre-millennial psychic expectancy!"