By: Luke Lisi and Kevin Bradford
This is a complete step-by-step walkthrough with answers, tricks, solutions and help for Section 3 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.
3-1: Use two fingers to press the top and orange spots at the same time.
3-2: It says: “I now believe a grave deception lies ahead.”
Hint: “Part of a reviled plot.”
Ok, so here’s what you do (thanks to reader Officer Shibe for this). Start with the little arrow and make a note of each X, which letter it’s under from the phrase above. Then put them together to get: “to proceed enter correlations”
3-3: The hint is “1” and counts up as you solve each screen. The game gives you the first action by circling “W” in two. Tap the “W,” then E, S, and T. I’m not exactly sure why, though.
3-4: The hint is “1•2•3•4”.
If you swipe left, you also see “Let (The Good) Go”.
The answer is WEST, based on the letters you chose in level 3-3.
3-5: It says “SEVEN” and “EIGHT”.
The hint is: “Don’t look back now.”
Swipe left to see more information.
If you translate each of the numbers into a letter, you get:
22 = V
9 = I
7 = G
14 = N
5 = E
20 = T
20 = T
E = E
Answer: Tap the letters in SEVEN and EIGHT to spell out VIGNETTE.
3-6: If you use the camera function built into the app, it adds a red tint to the screen. Then you can make out the word ECHO.
3-7: The hint is “[B]”.
Basically, just tap the dots on the right to mirror the dots on the left. It will spell out C D E X.
3-8: Notice the sentence, “sometimes to move forward, we must move back.”
So go to the level select screen and choose level 7. This will actually take you to level 9!
3-9: Notice the bolded 1-5.
Go to level 1-5 and use the decoder to translate the binary. You should get PATIENCE. That’s the answer!
3-10: This is fairly straightforward. Make sure to swipe left to get the clue. There are numbers across and letters up and down. It says:
The first page gives you a series of numbers/letters. So you start with B4, then A4, C6, D1, F5, E6. When you find the corresponding letters on the second page, they’ll spell out SYSTEM.
3-11: Hint: calibrate
Line the two rings up like so, with the little notches matched up.
Now, look at the letters in the middle: KIYEXW
Look for those letters on the outer ring and write down the corresponding letters on the inner ring. You then get DEJAVU.
3-12: The hint is: LXAADYCRXW
Notice the IX (9) inside the eye.
Swipe left to see this. Notice the ^/9.
Enter LXAADYCRXW into the decoder and shift it 9 letters (based on the two clues) to get CORRUPTION.
3-13: The hint is: “It is the key.”
IT is actually the key. Line up T on the outer ring with I on the inner ring. Then, look at the gold/brown letters in the center and decode those the same way you did in 3-11. You get CNNONEITCOE. Scramble it to make the word CONNECTION.
3-14: Hint: “All that’s left…”
Rotate each circle to connect the lines.
3-15: Hint: “…is the negative shift.”
Swipe left to see this.
This is a tricky one, so bear with me as I try to explain it. The hint from 3-14 tells you to pay attention to the left side [L], which is the capital letters. The hint from this level tells you to use the “shift” decoder with a negative number. The 4 his highlighted, so you need to shift -4. Now, let me work it out and I’ll show you the answer.
Note: If you work with the squares with the X in them, you’ll end up with INCORRECT.
Focus on the plain squares and start from 1. You then get OQIIWPEKJ. Enter that into the decoder and shift it -4 to get SUMMATION.
3-16: Hint: “math =”
Use the decoder to translate “math” into numbers, then add them up to get the answer. So M = 13, A = 1, T =20, H = 8. Add them up to get 42.
3-17: Take note of the star that was in 3-16. Find all the stars like that with letters in them. You get HULYBUT using the light outlined stars. You get PCTGJCB using the darker outlined stars. And they’re shifts of each other!
If you shift HULYBUT 16 letters, you get REVILED. But why 16?
If you take PCTGJCB and shift it 24 letters, you get REVILED. I’m not sure why it’s 24, other than maybe 42 reversed? But why?
3-18: Hint: Look at the hint bar. It actually changes as you press the black circles. If you tap right, you get C, then down E, left L, down M, right Y, down X, left P, up S, right Q, down E, left B, down K, right D, up S, left Y, up X, right C. That gives you CELMYXPSQEBKDSYXC. Press the single black circle.
3-19: Hint: “sequence.”
I also noticed that the [input] bar now says “devious,” even though I didn’t type it in. This is…quite devious. I’m not sure what it means yet, if it has any bearing on any of the levels or if it’s just the developers being coy.
Use the decoder to shift the letters you found in 3-19 10 letters (the X = 10) to get SUBCONFIGURATIONS
3-20: Hint: “x”
It says “> 6 • 20 • 36 • 42 • 50 • 65
Start at the 6th letter in the text and mark it down, then the 20th, 36th and so on. Ignore the spaces. You should end up with VKIOBC.
Enter it into the decoder and shift it 10 letters (for X) to get LAYERS.
3-21: This seems to be where that 22 comes in from 3-9, if you add up all the dark squares from all three layers. So spell out 22 using the white dots.
3-22: Hint: “failures”
The [input] bar also says 22.
If you then swipe left, you see this:
The satellite and thrusters look like what we saw in level 2-15. Find them all and you get the letters WXNQLP. Use the decoder with shift 22 to get ABRUPT.
3-23: Hint: “key = sum( TRUE )”
So black is false and 0 & white is true and 1.
Turn them into binary and you get:
Translate that to letters and you get OXAXO.
Enter that into the decoder and shift it 23 letters (the number of white dots and also the level) to get RADAR.
3-24: Hint: “inverse function”
Go back to level 3-17 with all the stars on it. The answer to that level was REVILED. And it so happens that if you reverse/inverse that, you get DELIVER!
3-25: Hint: “[A]”
Swipe left to see this, which says:
Return network current.
n = sumPairs( ‘ALL’ )
It’s also showing you 25 letters of the alphabet (Z is missing), and there are 25 colored circles. So each one represents a letter of the alphabet.
Level 3-7 had a hint [B], so they’re likely related. That’s the level with the dots that say “CDEX”.
And I was really overthinking it. Just shift CDEX 25 letters and you get DEFY.
There are new levels! Continue to Section 4.
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