The Guides: Puzzle Walkthrough and Solutions

The Guides
By: Luke Lisi and Kevin Bradford


This is a complete step-by-step walkthrough with answers, tricks, solutions and help for 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 1:

1-1: Tap the blue circle. Then tap the red circled Y to continue to level 2.

1-2: Just tap the top circle, the one with a red dotted line around it.

1-3: Look at the numbers at the top and tap the circles in that order. So it goes brown, orange, brown, orange, orange, brown.



1-4: Tap the bottom of the screen and type out “FOUR” then press “submit.”


1-5: Pay attention to the colors. Notice that all “1’s” are orange and all “0’s” are blue. Using that information, fill in the missing numbers with 1 and 0.


1-6: Copy the binary code next to the red X (01110011 01110100 01101111 01110000) into the binary decoder in the menu. This will translate to “stop”. Enter that into the “input” box and press “submit.”


1-7: Notice it he photo says “Input settings: 4251” — so the answer is “4251”.


1-8: The clue says “73 = ?” If you pay attention to the other numbers and letters, you’ll notice that “C” is missing. That’s the answer!


1-9: Swipe down to see more of the screen and find the red “c” in the middle of the screen. It’s blinking, so may be a bit tricky to find. Tap on it when you find it.


1-10: Find all the read letters and put them together to make “NIGHT”.

1-11: The hint is “<--- esreveR", so you want to read the red letters from the bottom to top this time. You get: "I AM ONLY HUMAN". 1-12: The hint is "primrose." That's a fancy word for "yellow." So put the yellow highlighted letter together to get "PERSISTENCE." IMG_7477

1-13: Rotate each circle until the orange, brown and black dots match up. There are various ways it could look at the end, but this is one of them:


1-14: The hint is “Reference: 01.07”. That’s seen on the photo in level 1-7. So go look at that photo again and notice the word “Division” is highlighted in orange. Look at 14 again and notice the orange brackets. It’s telling you to divide the top number by the bottom number. So, XII/IV or 12/4 = 3. So the answer is “3” or “III”.


1-15: There are three little orange arrows above the letters, pointing to the left. This tells you to go back three letters in the alphabet. The hint also tells you “a = x | b= y | c= z . . .”
So take VKLIW and use that to decode it. Go back three letters in the alphabet to get V = S, K = H, L = I, I = F, W = T. So the answer is “SHIFT.”


1-16: If you go back to the menu, you’ll notice a new decoder. This one allows you to enter any letters and then shift them any number to get another letter. So for this, enter “PMOI E FEH WXEV” into the decoder. There are four orange dots, so enter “4” under “shift”. Press “submit” and you get the answer, “LIKE A BAD STAR”.


1-17: The hint is “S > J > N > E > M” and is referencing the planets, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Earth, Mars. What you need to do is tap the circles in order from largest to smallest. Like so:


1-18: This is Morse code. If you swipe the screen to the left, the game will tell you how to decode it. The answer is “SIGNAL”.



1-19: This is Morse code again. You can use the new decoder in the menu for this. Enter “… -.- -.–” and you get the answer, “SKY”.


1-20: Simply follow the numbers from 1 to 7 and put those letters together to make “DELAYED”.

1-21: Swipe the screen to the left and find the four letters hidden among the symbols: “sdvw”. The hint says “+3” so you need to enter “sdvw” into the decider and put “3” under shift. The answer will be “PAST”.


1-22: Slide the overlaying image over to match up the lines. Than spell out the letters according to the numbers below them to get the answer: “CEREBRAL”.


1-23: Enter the letters you see on the screen into the “a >> d” decoder. Then, count the number of orange dots in the circle. It’s 13. So enter “13” under “shift” and you get the answer: “IT IS SIMPLE”.


1-24: This level is a bit confusing/backwards. You might think that the colors of the circles at the top relate to the ones from level 1-5. To an extent, you’re right. But they’re reversed. So for this level, orange circles are 0 and blue circles are 1. Enter it into the binary decoder to get: “SENSES”.


1-25: You need to listen to the sounds for this level, so turn up the volume. If you tap the bottom circle, you should hear a sound like a whistle, which is different from the sounds the other circles make. You need to solve this through trial and error. Basically, start with the bottom one, then find the next one that makes the same sound. It should go like this: Bottom, Right, Top, Bottom, Right, Bottom. **Update: You actually don’t need the sounds. The sequence is the answer from the previous level, “SENSES” — South, East, North, South, East, South!


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127 thoughts on “The Guides: Puzzle Walkthrough and Solutions

  1. Sammroxanne

    For the compendium message you get after putting in the password in part 2,you end up with : QIJSVRSA and if you shift it by 4 you end up with mefor now. I don’t understand what it means…

  2. Matthew

    The second compendium password…

    “Within 108,097:” Section 1-12 of The Guides has ‘FILE ID 3-108,097’.

    “The of each in which there are five.” There are five paragraphs in the document. The first letter of each paragraph spells ‘AURAS’.

  3. Officer Shibe



    Hold the first dot and drag outward. Then, tap the third dot.


    oh look at that. I’m stuck.

      1. Officer Shibe

        Found it out.

        3:2 Align the Xs with the letters in the phrase at the top vertically.

        3:3 Can’t make sense of the pattern. W, first E, S in six, and T in eight.

        3:4 Put the letters in sequence from the previous problem.

        3:5 Swipe right. Convert from letters to numbers in the sequence provided. Swipe back and click the letters in order: V, I, G, N, last E in seven, T, T, first E in seven.

        3:6 Stuck. Attempted tilting the screen to view at a different perspective, as well as viewing from afar, yet to no avail.

          1. Officer Shibe

            Found the solution. Certainly an interesting one.

            3:6 Tab on the bottom left to pull up the decoders. Tap on the last icon on the right sidebar. This is the camera. Never knew it’s purpose until now. It overlays the image with a red tint. It only reveals what the red is displaying. Certainly an odd one.

            3:7 Mirror dots.

            3:8 Go back one stage.

            3:9 I assume this one has something to do with binary, as the phrase 1-5 is bolded near the bottom. Stage 1:5 involves a binary system and a grid. Can’t seem to figure this one out anyways.

  4. Officer Shibe

    Damn. Can’t believe I missed that. Thanks.

    You know the drill. More levels solved, stuck on one more.

    3:9 The numbers 1-5 are bolded at the bottom of the sheet. It also talks about how binary is involved. Go to 1:5 and enter the 1s and 0s into the binary translator.

    3:10 Swipe to the left to pull the console into view. The box at the top is a grid. Notice the string interconnecting the numbers on the previous screen, as well as the letters to the left of them. Go in order of the string, and use whichever letter that the number corresponds to. (e.g. The beginning of the string is B [4]. Go to line B on the console screen and line up the number with the letter on the grid. The first letter is S.)

    3:11 Look closely. There are small cuts in between the parallel contact point between the small circle and large circle. Line them up. This is the key. Use the phrase in the center to get the answer. Find each letter on the outer circle and line each up with their partners on the inner circle.

    3:12 Stuck. I’ve tried everything to my knowledge.

      1. Officer Shibe

        Yeah… This is going to sound pathetic, but it’s been about a week now and I’m still stuck on this level. I’ve tried decoding by using the position that the cipher was in when the level started and the phrase in the middle, “LXAA…” I’ve tried countless other possible cipher angles, and all have been incorrect. I’ve even tried the cipher in the previous level, as well as “déjà vu”, since I’ve thought that through.


  5. Marty

    3.12 any help pls I’ve been stuck on this for two weeks I’ve focused on both Lxaad and k… My brain hurts now lol

  6. akaiLV

    Just to let you know, I did the crossword for part one of the Compendium, it is possible, though two of the clues come from things in the puzzles than the actually inputs like the others.

    The letters in the highlighted boxes didn’t make much sense other than possibly being an anagram of “DESTROYER”.

    I’m going to try and work out the Word Search later, see if the unused letters hint at something as well.

  7. skamsie

    I think the one with the planets is a bug…
    The hint says ‘S > J > N > E > M’ and you can solve it by tapping the circles (planets) from the biggest to the smallest. However in reality Jupiter is bigger than Saturn so the hint should be ‘J > S > N > E > M’


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