Able Black: Walkthrough Guide

Able Black: Sleepwalker
By: Scott Leach

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This is a complete step-by-step walkthrough guide with hints, tips, tricks, answers and solutions for the iOS and Android game Able Black by Scott Leach. Feel free to ask for extra help in the comments section.

Note: If you want to see what the sticky notes say for different answers you give, you can close the app after you see one. When you open it again, you’ll be back at the choice, so you can see the other if you’d like.

Walkthrough:

Chapter 1:

Citizenship Exam:

The Crow and the Skull:

I believe you can answer anything for the first few questions, but I chose Optimism for the crow and Hope for the skull. Then I chose Skull for which is lost like Mother and Take for the last one.

SOLVE THE EMITIONAL EQUATION:

JOY + ANTICIPATION = OPTIMISM

SEE THE CROW WHO FLIES
HE FINDS WATER WITH HIS
WINGS, BEAK AND EYES

The answer is 212. 2 wings, 1 beak, 2 eyes.

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WITH PERSISTENT TAPPING
THE CROW KEEPS RAPPING

Tap the screen quickly until you see the words:

“ONCE A LIVING HEAD
THE SKULL IS NOW…”

Answer: DEAD

A ROGUE ANDROID HAS BEEN HIDING MESSAGES IN HAND WRITTEN NOTES. THE NOTE BELOW CONCEALS A SINGLE WORD THAT IS BELIEVED TO BE PART OF A LARGER MESSAGE. DECODE THE HIDDEN WORD.

Notice the creases in the paper. Imagine folding the paper on those creases. You would then get the word SEE.

Answer: SEE


Skull Key puzzle:

Notice the numbers 2115 on the right. Then notice the word “SKULL” is upside-down. So the answer is “5112”, which is 2115 upside-down.

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Chapter 2:

The Moth and the Spider:

SOLVE THE EMOTIONAL EQUATION:

ANGER + DISGUST = CONTEMPT

THE SPIDER COUNTS
ONE, TWO, THREE
THOSE IN HER WEB
BUTTERFLY, MOTH, BEE

Count the letters in “Butterfly,” “Moth” and “Bee.” You get 9, 4 and 3. So the answer is 943.

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ANSWER THE QUESTION:

VIOLET IS AN ANDROID WHO IS BEING TESTED FOR A MALFUNCTION. SAHE IS SHOWN 6 IMAGES AND ASKED TO CHOOSE THE 3 IMAGES THAT HAVE THE MOST EMOTIONAL RESONANCE FOR HER. VILLET’S MALFUCTION PREVENTS HER FROM GIVING A STRAIGHT REPLY. INSTEAD SHE ANSWERS…

RATS EMIT GOD

VIOLET IS SOMETIMES PROBE TO BOUTS OF POETIC SELF EXPRESSION AND MADNESS. HOWEVER, THERE IS AN ANSWER HERE. 

WHICH IMAGES DID VIOLET CHOOSE?

Answer: Star, Clock (Time), Dog (Each word backwards)

A ROGUE ANDROID HAS BEEN HIDING MESSAGES IN HAND WRITTEN NOTES. THE NOTE BELOW CONCEALS A SINGLE WORD THAT IS BELIEVED TO BE PART OF A LARGER MESSAGE. DECODE THE HIDDEN WORD.

The notes says:

PERSPECTIVE
ALWAYS
SHAPES
TRUTH

Take the first letter of each word and you get PAST.

Answer: PAST

Spider Key puzzle:

THE ANSWER OFTEN CHANGES
IN THIS CLUE’S MISSING RHYME

Notice “SPIDER” is written backwards, like a reflection in a mirror. If you look at it in a mirror (or use an app to flip the image), the left side of the key looks like it says TIME. The answer will be different for everyone here, depending on the exact time that you enter the answer. For me, it was 10:08 PM, or 22:08 in 24-hour time. So the answer for me was 2208.

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Chapter 3:

The Wolf and the Dog:

LAY DOWN SAYS MASTER TO DOG

“Lay Down” is the clue. Place your device on a flat surface like a table. If you just hold it flat, it might not work. These words should appear:

YOU ARE NOT THE WOLF
BUT THE DOG
IN THIS MACHINE
YOU ARE A…

Answer: COG


THROUGH A DOOR
MOTHER LIES
THROUGH A WINDOW
FEAR AND SURPRISE

Answer: AWE

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A ROGUE ANDROID HAS BEEN HIDING MESSAGES IN HAND WRITTEN NOTES. THE NOTE BELOW CONCEALS A SINGLE WORD THAT IS BELIEVED TO BE PART OF A LARGER MESSAGE. DECODE THE HIDDEN WORD.

If you rotate your device, you can see that the maze spells out HER.

Answer: HER

A MEANS OF TRANSPORT THEY SHARE
DETERMINES IDENTITY IN EACH SQUARE.

(Key + Four Skulls)

Look at the right side of the key. Notice that there are four L-shapes. These each represent a portion of the cross between all four squares, and thereby a square. There are Roman numerals under each one. The bottom right says IV (4), the top left says VI (6), top right says VIII (8), and lower left says II (2). The numbers refer to the number of legs. So a wolf has four legs, an insect (bee) has six legs, a spider has eight legs, and a crow has two legs. In the right order, that should go:

INSECT SPIDER

CROW WOLF

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Chapter 4:

The Beekeeper:

SOLVE THE EMOTIONAL EQUATION:

JOY + TRUST = LOVE

Bee Cube (Die) puzzle:

You need to tap the square at the top. It represents a die. When you tap it, it will turn to show you another side. The six squares below make up a cube if you were to unfold it. The only one that can’t be changed is the bee. So that’s your guide. It might help to find an actual cube to work with. If you need help, you can use the photo below.

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ANSWER THE QUESTION

VIOLET, THE MALFUNCTIONING ANDROID, IS TOLD TO AUDIT THE CONTENTS OF A STORAGE UNIT IN HER ARK. SHE IS GIVEN A PIECE OF PAPER AND PEN AND INSTRUCTED TO WRITE DOWN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS IN THE STORAGE UNIT. SHE DISCOVERS THE STORAGE UNIT IS FULL OF HUMANS IN STASIS PODS. CONFUSED AND EMOTIONALLY DISTRAUGHT SHE WRITES:

THERE SOON HAUNTED

HOW MANY ARTIFACTS DID VIOLET FIND?

You need to find the anagram for THERE SOON HAUNTED. I got ONE THOUSAND THREE, but I don’t know if THREE THOUSAND ONE would also work.

Answer: 10003

A ROGUE ANDROID HAS BEEN HIDING MESSAGES IN HAND WRITTEN NOTES. THE NOTE BELOW CONCEALS A SINGLE WORD THAT IS BELIEVED TO BE PART OF A LARGER MESSAGE. DECODE THE HIDDEN WORD.

If you overlap the two notes, you get thw word LIES.

Answer: LIES


ANSWER THE QUESTION

WHO IS THE ANDROID YOU CALL JACK?

Answer: ME

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This next question seems to have been omitted in the latest version of the game, or perhaps moved?

HOW MANY ANDROIDS, INCLUDING YOU, HAVE OCCUPIED ARK 19, AND TAKEN THIS CITIZENSHIP EXAM?

(It’s important you understand the truth.)

Answer: 001

Every response you have found is from another version of you. Consider the implications of this carefully before you take your final test.

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Chapter 5:

No puzzles here. Just enjoy the rest of the story. 🙂

Epilogue:

Tap on the + sign on the main menu screen to access the epilogue.

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There’s a Nintendo controller here. Remember the note from the story that looked like a cheat code? It’s also included on this screen. Just tug at the corner of the sticky note to see it.

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So press the buttons like so:

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, START. Now you can access the epilogue, which is labeled 17 for some reason.

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The upside-down M is only available if you didn’t use any hints in the main game. Scroll down to see four sticky notes that say:

They made Mother to save humanity.

It didn’t work.

There was no extinction event.

Mother went mad.

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The triangle button on the home screen is an arcade game. You have to reach a score of 143 to unlock the 143 button, but I haven’t done so yet.

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3 AM:

Either wait until 3:00 AM to access this or change your device’s clock to 3 AM. There’s an origami swan and then four sticky notes saying:

I made this for you like in the movie you like. I know that one was a unicorn, but I only know how to do a swan.

I taught you to make them. You said you would remember no matter what. Did you?

We promised we’d make each other remember.

We used to make a wish every time the clock showed 11:11.

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11:11:

The 11:11 button is unlocked by either waiting for 11:11 AM or changing your device’s clock to that time. You may need to change it before opening the app. You then scroll down to see three sticky notes that say:

If I forget, wake me, and make me remember.

Sleepwalk

Maryann Violet was here.

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Ghost:

To access the ghost button, either wait for October 31st, which is Halloween, or set your device’s clock to that date. You’ll then see four sticky notes that say:

Boo!

I thought I’d hide this here.

I hope we’re more than just ghosts haunting an empty place.

I hope we’re together somewhere.

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11 24:

Either wait for November 24th or change your device’s clock to that date to access this button. You might need to close the game and open it after you changed the date. Then scroll down to see two more sticky notes that say:

See past her lies.

I spray painted that one the walls once. She wasn’t happy.

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Christmas Tree:

You can unlock this one (it looks like an arrow) either by waiting for Christmas, or change your device’s clock to December 25th. You’ll then see three sticky notes that say:

Do they still celebrate the holidays?

We were happy once on this day.

We loved each other. We never said so. But we did.

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37 thoughts on “Able Black: Walkthrough Guide

  1. Jessica

    The key and 4 skulls one is driving me crazy! I’m pretty sure I have the right answer but the puzzle doesn’t seem to agree haha!

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      1. Jessica

        Aaaaaah! I had it backwards…..I was using the outer corners of the L’s instead of the inner corners. Thank you!

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  2. vciente garri

    Hey i just finished the game and.. i think i didnt understood some things ( I’m spanish)
    SPOILER

    Can someone explain me who is Mother, why is he in space and all the final story and the prologue??

    Thank you very much!

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  3. Rach

    But there are more quizzes at the end after this. The other buttons in the mainscreen that you’re supposed to solve. Any ideas? I’m stuck at 11:11

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    1. CGAdam

      Change the System Time to 11:11 to unlock that square. There’s also one that says 11/24, which is the date. Personally, I’m stuck on unlocking the ghost and arrow hexagons.

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      1. Rach

        Gah ):

        Thanks loads CGAdam! Now I’m stuck on the same two things. Still wondering how its possible to “sleepwalk” my phone

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  4. Aya

    umm i am stuck in the spider key level because i write the exact time on my phone but it always say “WRONG”, i live in morocco,should i write the american time?

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    1. CGAdam

      I unlocked “M” by solving all the puzzles without using any hints. Not sure about the other two, though.

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  5. Matt Evans

    Sleepwalk refers to the song. So maybe have your phone playing that song or another source where your phone can hear it? I don’t think he would make you buy the song from iTunes.

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  6. FatalImpact

    Able black has been updated! It contains more options at the start menu. They are all locked until you beat the game! Just in case you didn’t know it had been updated (I just found out too)

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  7. grantlander

    The meaning of the “AWE” answer is that the question is a surreptitiously arranged emotional equation. Instead of “FEAR AND SURPRISE,” consider FEAR + SURPRISE =

    Of course, I only figured this out after trying about 100 other three-letter words, only remembering that awe was a word I’d seen earlier in the game. Then I reverse engineered the answer.

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  8. Arshia

    There are 4 notes after you beat the highscore:

    “You beat my highscore! I never was very good,even though we made the game”

    “Do you remember that?”

    “Now mother is using it to test us. Makes you wonder”

    “We used to sneak off and work on the game late at night. Try and remember the hour. I’ve left something for you.”

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