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.

Answer: 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.

Answer: TEST

4-4: Hint: 8945

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

Answer: HIDE

4-5: Hint: Blinking “i”

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.

Answer: GLITCH

4-6: Hint: Blinking “t”

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.

Answer: 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.

Answer: SHIFT

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.

Answer: 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.

Answer: REPEATED

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.

Answer: 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.

Answer: UNSCRAMBLED

4-12: Hint: Blinking “m”

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.)

Answer: CHARTS

4-13: Hint: [A2] [D4] [E2] [B1]

Solution: A2 = SI, D4 = LE, E2 = NC, B1 = ED. That gives you SILENCED.

Answer: SILENCED

4-14: Hint: Blinking “p”

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.

Answer: 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.

Answer: 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

Answer: IDEA

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.

Answer: HELIX

4-18: Blinking “s”

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.

Answer: 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.

Answer: ASTERISM

4-20: Hint: Blinking “k”

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.

Answer: ORION

4-21: Hint: Blinking “y”

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.

Answer: 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.

Answer: 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.

Answer: 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.

Answer:

4-25: Hint:

Solution:

Answer:

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What I’ve figured out so far for 4.02:

There are 26 different symbols. Every symbol appears in each part of the sequence at some point (after taking about 50 pictures). Sometimes symbols will repeat 2 or 3 times in a sequence, sometimes there will be be a sequence with entirely different symbols. So far, taking random pictures shows no discernible pattern. Common design features are dots, dashes, and arrows with two exceptions: “0x4d” and “51” contained in a hexagon (unless you want to count the structure of the individual letters/numbers or the sides of the hexagon). However I did discover that the answer isn’t “fuck,” in case you were wondering.

Actually it’s not so complicated as your thought. The answer for the first question is 8945, which means that in 4.02 you just need to tap the 8th, 9th, 4th and the 5th symbol, and tap the remained symbol when 9 of them are disappeared

Oh jeez. Thanks!

Also, listen to 4.01

The thumping?

Hahahaaa, wow. Poke things randomly, got it. Yeah, on 4.01 the number of “thumps” is 8, 9, 4, 5.

For 4.03, do 4.02 again but pay closer attention.

Got it! Thanks!

4.05 hint: orientation.

I’m stuck on 4.08 currently, just realized I got a new decoder and I have no idea when that happened or what it does :/

4.5 eventually lines up to say “glitch”

4.8: convert those 4 symbols into numbers 6145 if looking up your keyboard, however that doesn’t make sense since the “6” key corresponds to the symbol “^”, not ampersand…Still looking for another clue

4.08

When you swipe left, it says “Use bypass to proceed.” Bypass is the dashed line, which gets you 9 10 6 3, and I’ve been playing around with that. Fun fact, the temperatures on 2.25 decode to “hyperspace.”

I got 4.8, but probably not the way I was supposed to. First, put & ! $ % into the decoder labeled “ii” to convert the symbols to their ASCII codes. That gives 38 33 36 37. Then pretend all the 3s are 8s and convert the numbers to letters using the table from 4.6, to get XSVW.

After that, I put it into a rot-n website and found that a shift of 18 gives you “FADE”, which is the solution. I have no idea where the 18 should’ve come from.

4.8

sum the ones place and the tens place of each number until it becomes one digit.

3+8=11, 1+1=2

3+3=6

3+6=9

3+7=10, 1+0=1

and then sum up them 2+6+9+1=18

It didn’t need that shift…but the shift on the keyboard…simply match the symbols with the numbers to 6145 and use the decoder to get fade

How did you get 6145?

About 4-6, according to my experience, the blinking letter is related to the compendium app. But the Author said that the section 4 is different from other three sections, it may show more clues when you reopen it. SO…I’m still working on it.

Yeah, the blinking letters usually have other purposes. Still trying to make sense of 4-6.

4.06 is similar to other puzzles with pairs of numbers.

The blanks are represented as letters due to the alignment of GHI. So the answer is OBSERVATION.

Fyi: the ASCII (ii) decoder is case sensitive.

4.6 The blanks represent a letter aligning with the alphabet. So the answer is “OBSERVATION”

Thanks! Kicking myself for not seeing that.

Anything on 4.10? I’m stuck.

I’m still on 4-9.

Use the note on 4-7. On the bottom left corner is a drawing that says settings and has 8 lines with x’s on either ends. Use that to solve 4-9.

I thought I saw “settings” somewhere recently. Lol duh. Thanks!

For 4.10:

x⋅x means:

Throw away one letter

Take one letter and write it down/add it to the answer

Throw away another letter

Then repeat over the whole sequence

I’ve got it! The pattern is:

Discard, Keep, Discard, Discard, Keep, Discard, Discard, Keep, Discard…and so on.

(You can drag to scroll and see more letters)

Stuck on 4-11

These black dots are corresponding to some of the letters in the semaphore chart in 2-14. Find them and rearrange them and you will get the answer, which is “unscrambled”

Thanks!

4-12: From the source code, the n value (the total amount of the black and golden dots) is 11 and the i value (the amount of the golden dots) is 6. This shows that the Caesar shift key number is 11, and INPUT LENGTH is the key for the answer. The golden dots are corresponding to the letters C, D, E, N, L and S, shift 11 to get RSTCAH, and rearrange them to get the answer CHARTS

Thanks!

I thought of starch before charts lol

Stuck on 4-14… Any ideas?

4.13: The distress signal hint and the morse code in the background both say “nw” or “northwest”. Use the letter chart from 4.13, and shift the inputs “northwest” until they line up (shift letters towards A and numbers towards 1). You’ll get [C4] [A3] [E5] [B4], which decodes to “ELEMENTS” using the chart.

Actually that’s for 4.14

How did you get the morse code? I tried decoding those lines and dashes in the top part of the photo but didn’t get anything.

The morse code is a sound effect in the background. Its going very fast, so I couldn’t tell exactly what it was saying, but it sounds like it could be “NW” or “2” (depending on where you put the spaces between letters).

Ah thanks. I wonder if there’s another way to figure that out? Other levels with sound cues usually had some visual cue as well.

On 4-14, the morse code comes out to “KEY4”, I’m wondering if that has anything to do with 4-15 (which I’m currently on). Anyone?

4.15: Look up the numbers in the hint on the periodic table to get BKNSH. At the top of the table is the symbol for neon, with atomic number 10, which is labeled “key”. Shift BKNSH by 10 to get the answer, which is RADIX.

Omg, that’s definitely the first thing I did, but I didn’t input that because it looked like it wouldn’t be the answer for some reason. Smh.

4.16: Look up the number-letter pairs on the new table, you will get [OZ][NN][NZ][MZ]. Then use the [==] decoder to get [9,4,5,1]. Translate them into letters to get the answer IDEA.

4.18 I have the new decoder but I have no idea how it relates. Trying to match up each side…

Oh in 4.17 you use the ” clue in the level title and find where it corresponds on the page and what else is highlighted in the same colour. I inverted my colours on my phone and it shows as light blue when you zoom in on the page. Then use the elements table to decipher and input it into the H E ” L

So the answer for 4.17 is helix

Ok figured out 4.18. Ignore the symbols. Then use the new decoder with 6A, 6F etc. should work out with journeys

Stuck on 4.22

I know what the hint is referencing andI’ve decoded the right, but nothing makes sense.

The morse code is KEY4. Shift VIZIVWIH by 4, you get REVERSED.