The Guides: Section 4 Puzzles Walkthrough and Solutions

The Guides
By: Luke Lisi and Kevin Bradford

This is a complete step-by-step walkthrough with answers, solutions and help for Section 4 of the iOS and Android game The Guides. I will explain all the answers, so only look if you don’t mind spoilers. If you prefer to have a hint, you can ask in the comments section.

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Section 4:

4-1: Hint: numbers

Solution: Go back to level 3-16 and find all the numbers. Put them in the right order to match the colors in 4-1 and you get 8945.

4-2: No hint.

Solution: The key is the answer to 4-1. You have 8945. So tap the 8th symbol, then the 9th, 4th, 5th. Then I was left with only one symbol. Tap it to continue to the next level.

4-3: Hint: xxxx
Solution: Go back to 4-2 and keep the hint box open as you press the symbols. You’ll get x=T, x=E, x=S, and x=T. Put them together to get TEST.

4-4: Hint: 8945
Solution: Insert 8945 into the numbers-to-letters decoder and you get HIDE.

Solution: Notice that there are two layers here and you can drag one up and down. Turn your device to landscape mode and line up the pieces so they say GLITCH.

Solution: Slide right to see a chart labeled “Warning: Data Fragmentation”. The letters from GLITCH are scrambled in this chart. If you go through each number on the main page and see where they meet ( 7 & 9, 6 & 6, 8 & 3, etc), most of them result in a blank. But notice the locations of the letters that do exist. The blanks represent the rest of the alphabet. So plug them in (79, 66, 83, 69, 82, 86, 65, 84, 73, 79, 78) and you get the word OBSERVATION.

4-7: Hint: [1]
Solution: Notice the numbers in the upper right corner: 83 72 73 70 84. Translate them into letters using the same key from 4-6. You then get SHIFT. There’s also a new decoder available which will give you the same answer.

4-8: Hint: double-conversion
Solution: If you swipe right, it says “Use Bypass to Proceed.” Bypass is the red line made of dashes. So follow it to see the four symbols you need to pay attention to. They’re &!\$%.
Then, use the SHIFT (answer to 4-7) button on the game’s keyboard to see which numbers on the keyboard would be &!\$%. You end up with 6145. Enter that in the 1 >> a decoder to get FADE.

4-9: Hint: Settings
Solution: Go back to 4-7 and look at the part that says “Settings.” Make note of the X’s. Back on 4-9, move each of the sliders to those positions. The word “REPEATED” will appear at the top.

4-10: Hint: x • x
Solution: If you drag the letters, you can see more of them. It says ICDNOITOSERTRDRFIAENCRATETINEOCSNE. The hint of x • x is telling you to cross off those every first and third letter. You end up with COORDINATES.

4-11: Hint: rearrange
Solution: Go back to level 2-14 and find all the letters shown in 4-11. You get ABCDELMNRSU. The hint said rearrange them. You then get UNSCRAMBLED.

Solution: Swipe right to see:

var n :: key
var i :: input length

c1 = ‘BLACK’
c2 = ‘GOLD’

n = sumAll(‘c1, c2’)
i = sumAll(‘c2’)

The black ones are ABMRU, 5 letters.
The gold ones are CDELNS, 6 letters.

If you add them up to get n, it’s 11. 11 is the key, or number you need for the shift decoder. “Input length” is the letters you need to use with the decoder. The golden dots are corresponding to the letters C, D, E, N, L and S, shift 11 to get RSTCAH. Rearrange them to get CHARTS. (Thanks to Emilie.)

4-13: Hint: [A2] [D4] [E2] [B1]
Solution: A2 = SI, D4 = LE, E2 = NC, B1 = ED. That gives you SILENCED.

Solution: Swipe right to see:

“Recalibrate Data:

var [xy] :: coordinates

(1) :: [E5]
(2) :: [C5]
(3) :: [G7]
(4) :: [D6]”

Using the chart from 4-13′ you can figure out E5 is EN and C5 is AL. But G7 and D6 are not on that chart. Apparently, you’re supposed to get “northwest” or NW from the morse code in the background. But maybe the spot on the map on the computer is also saying northwest? Not sure — it’s a little too cryptic for me. But either way, you need to move two spots left and two spots up for each of the coordinates. SO SUBTRACT 2 from each number and letter toget C3, A3, E5, B4. That gives you EL, EM, EN, TS, or ELEMENTS.

4-15: Hint: 97 7 16 1
Solution: This is the Periodic Table of Elements. Find those four numbers on it. 97 = BK, 7 = N, 16 = S, and 1 = H. Then, notice it says KEY under N at the top, which is #10. So take the letters BKNSH and shift them 10 using the decoder to get RADIX.

4-16: Hint: [4F 5A] [4E 4E] [4E 5A] [4D 5A]
Solution: Slide right and find those coordinates on the chart. So you get:
[O Z] [N N] [N Z] [M Z]

Plug those into the equations on the first page and use the == decoder and then the 1 >> a decoder to get:

O Z = 9 = I
N N = 4 = D
N Z = 5 = E
M Z = 1 = A

4-17: Hint: H E ” X
Solution: Notice 6.9 is underlined. The atomic mass of the missing element is 6.9. If you look at the table of elements, Li has a mass of 6.9. Plug that into the hint where you see ” and you get HELIX.

Solution: Line up the two sides of the helix so the symbols match up and you get two letters or numbers on each line, like in the photo below. You then get 6A, 6F, 75, 72, 6E, 65, 79, 73. You should now have a new decoder labeled 0x. Type in all those numbers into the decoder and you get JOURNEYS.

4-19: Hint: [2]
Solution: Slide right to see this:

(1) :: 0
(2) :: 0
(3) :: 1
(4) :: 0
(5) :: 1
(6) :: 0
(7) :: 1
(8) :: 0

Go back to level 4-9. Set the sliders to LLRLRLRLR and the word ASTERISM appears.

Solution: There are multiple layers here. Notice that there are four static circles in the four corners of the screen. Drag each layer around to match those circles until you get the constellation Orion.

Solution: Go back and look at level 4-10 again. Fill in all the letters in the spaces, using the letters from 4-10 and going in threes, top to bottom. It will spell out INTERFERENCE COORDINATES DISTRACTION. Next, pick out the letters with numbers under them and put them in numerical order. You’ll get INTERCONNECTED.

4-22: Hint: [3]
Solution: Notice the Morse code. -•- is K, • is E, -•– is Y, and ••••- is 4. Put them together and you get KEY4. Swipe right to see:

(1) position = ‘LEFT’
(2) position = ‘RIGHT’
(3) position = ‘LEFT’
(4) position = ‘LEFT’
(5) position = ‘RIGHT’
(6) position = ‘RIGHT’
(7) position = ‘RIGHT’
(8) position = ‘LEFT’

Go back to level 4-13 and match the gold boxes to the boxes in the chart. I overlapped them in the image below. You then get C1, E3, D5 and A4. The letters in those boxes are VI, ZI, VW, IH.

Use the Shift decoder with VIZIVWIH and shift to 4 (KEY4). You get REVERSED.

4-23: Hint: [4]
Solution: Pay attention to the highlighted letters: NO, IS, SECRETNESS, A, POT. Using the answer from 4-22, reverse those letters and you get TO PASS ENTER CESSION.

4-24: Hint: Settings Overview
Solution: Swipe right to see:

z = ii(’42)

Some smart readers have provided the solution in the comments section. Please refer to that until I have a chance to compile it all here.

4-25: Hint:
Solution:

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81 thoughts on “The Guides: Section 4 Puzzles Walkthrough and Solutions”

1. Psycho

In 4.22, the four yellow box is 1C, 3E, 5D, and 4A in the table in 4.13, which is VI, XI, VW, IH.

1. Psycho

4-23: Reverse those highlighted letters. It says “To pass enter cession”. Answer: CESSION.
4-24: A tricky one. There are 4 settings in section 4, which are 01010110 (4-7:[1]), 00101010 (4-19:[2]), 01001110 (4-22:[3]), and 01010101 (4-23:[4]). According to 4-24, first you convert them with the binary decoder to get “V * N U”. Then use the ASCII decoder on “*”, you get “42”. The clue says “Z=ii(’42’)”, which means “*” is actually “Z”. So now the code is “V Z N U”. The last step is to shift the code by the key “x”. I tried some numbers. When x=5, the answer is QUIP. Don’t know why yet, but when 4-9 is set to 01001110 and 01010101, you get “0x41″(A) and “0x42″(B). Why “A+B=X=5”? Anyone?
4-25: Those symbols are letters based on 2-14. Follow the lines you can easily get the answer INVENTOR.

1. SFC

For why A+B=X=5, here’s my guess:
When converting the binary codes in 4-24 for lines 1, 2, 3, and 4 , as you note line 2 decodes to 42, which then decodes to B using the 0x decoder.
And as you also note, for line 3 when set in 4-9, it equates to 0x41 or A.
So B is line 2, A is line 3, so A(3)+B(2)=5.

1. HawkAtreides

Simpler than that. 41+42=83. Use 83 as the shift and you get the same result, because 83 modulo 26 is 5.

1. Merohar

Go back to the garbled text from 4.10 (ICDNOITOSERTRDRFIAENCRATETINEOCSNE). Get a sheet of paper and write it as 3 different rows. Write one letter in the top row, then one in the middle, then one in the bottom row, and repeat. You’ll know you’ve done it correctly if the middle row spells “COORDINATES”. Then just line up the numbers with the letters in the top and bottom rows, The first letter of the answer is the second letter of the bottom row, and so on.

1. Psycho

The binary code means how to set the slides in 4-9. 0 is LEFT, 1 is RIGHT. When those slides are set to LLRLRLRL, the word ASTERISM appears. That’s the answer.

2. B4ldOS

4.20
There are 4 circles in each corner match them and you get a star sign…it is called ‘orion’

3. L.Pleng.S

For 4-24
>> First, find the level in section 4 with [1], [2], [3], [4] in the hint sidetab
which is level 7, 19, 22, 23
>> Then find the setting code (the binary ones / left = 0 and right = 1)
so the results are
[1] – 01010110
[2] – 00101010
[3] – 01001110
[4] – 01010101 (this code is between the lines in the paper and it’s little bit hard to find it)
>> Next, change these codes using the binary decipher and you’ll get 4 alphabets (3 alphabets and 1 sign, actually)
01010110 – V
00101010 – * (there is also a trick in this part; if you slide to the right page, you’ll see the message Z = ii’42’ and if you use ASCII decipher for 42 it,ll turn into * sign. So it means that you have to change the * into Z)
01001110 – N
01010101 – U
>> Finally, you have to shift the ‘VZNU’ to get the final answer. In 4-23 it has the message at the top of the paper. It says “A + B = X”. This time you need to turn the A and B into the numbers using 0x decipher and they’re 41 and 42. If you add them up, to 83, and change it back using the same decipher, it will show you the letter ‘S’ and it’s looks like number 5. So now you got the key for shifting. After shifting, VZNU will become QUIP and that’s it!

1. Psycho

So ‘S’ looks like ‘5’. I guess it makes sense. I got the ‘S’ but didn’t figure out the connection. Thanks! 🙂

1. L.Pleng.S

I forgot to explain why you need to change A and B with 0x decipher.
If you use the settings code [3] and [4] in level 4-9, the message “0x41” and “0x42” will appear on the upper screen.
0x41 means you have to change ’41’ with 0x decipher and it turns into ‘A’.
Same as 0x42 -> B.

2. HawkAtreides

You don’t have to get so intuitive to get the shift key. In fact, the shift key isn’t directly 5 at all. The shift key is 83. 83 modulo 26 (i.e., the remainder left over after dividing 83 by 26) is 5, which means that if you shift a letter 83 positions, it will go around the alphabet and back to itself three times, then be shifted another 5 positions. That’s why 5 works, but it’s not actually the “correct” shift key.

4. L.Pleng.S

Little known facts::

If you shift the blinking letters in hint sidetabs (‘ITMPSKYI’) using KEY4, it will become the words ‘EPILOGUE’.

5. Clayton M.

Does anyone have any clue for 4-25?
Extra hint from distress signal: Time is just an illusion.
Stella command statement:
data (
Z = ii(’42’)
)

6. Justin Nordin

4-24
L.Pleng.S has it right with only one small correction: If you put “NU” into the base 64 decoder (==), you get “5”, which is the right key to shift by. The setting that gets you “N” shows the hex code for A and the setting that gets you “U” shows the hex code for B. Therefore A+B is “NU”.

4-25
The images are semaphore encoded letters. This encoding looks like clock faces. You can look it up online, but it is also referenced in section 2 where a puzzle includes all the letters of the alphabet with their semaphore encodings as well.

7. Ludango

Anyone know the significance of the blinking letters?
Level 1: maps
Level 2: chronos
Level 3: horizon
Level 4: itmpskyi (epilogue)

8. Marc Wu

I’ve just completed all four sections, and I find COM-1,2,3 and 5 at the end of each section.
And title of COM-5 is ERROR.
I’m not sure if there’s a way that enables us to find COM-4.
Anyone having ideas?