Adventure Escape: Dark Ruins – Chapter 5 Walkthrough Guide

Adventure Escape: Dark Ruins
By: Haiku Games

Haiku Games is back with another Adventure Escape game, which picks up after the events in Hidden Ruins. Professor Burns and Rachel are back, and are likely going to get themselves into trouble. There are some tricky puzzles, so this walkthrough guide will help out with hints, tips, solutions and answers. Feel free to ask for extra help in the comments section.


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Chapter 5, The Ballcourt:

You can watch my video for Chapter 5 or continue below for my step-by-step guide.

1. You’re back with Professor Burns and Rachel again. Tap on some of the leaves to get rid of them and reveal more of the area. Pick up the branch, the morning glories, and the snake carving.

2. Use the branch to get the other snake carving.

3. Add the two snake carvings to the puzzle on the rock. They’ll act as arrows. You need to use them to get the colored balls to their goals. This is the order to press: RRRRRRLRRRRLLRLLRR

4. Enter the cave. Turn on the light. Pick up the winch handle and move some coins to reveal a stone mold.

5. Add the winch handle to the winch, which will drop a case holding….enchiladas? Take back the winch handle.

6. Remove the gold pile to the right. Look at the painting of the Storm Goddess. Notice she’s holding or pointing to different things with each hand. Look at the map and number each of them based on the symbols on the map.

7. Now, tap on the lock on the door and press the buttons in the order from 1 – 8 that you got from the goddess painting. Go through.

8. Feed the gator at the bottom the enchilada so he’ll leave.

9. Now, to solve the gators puzzle. First, form a path from the starting diamond to the center platform. After that, form a path from the center platform to the far diamond. Drag to move stones. Tap to rotate them. Stones cannot be on alligators. Adjacent stones must have the same symbol to continue the path. You can follow my images below.

10. Place the winch handle on the holder on the left wall (or on the tree) and take the padlock key. Also, grab the ladder.

11. Remove the leaves to the left and look at the mural. Take the tree tapper and also tap on different parts of the mural to find out what the triangle symbol means. It represents 2 seconds. So together with the mountains (2) and stairs (4) symbols, you can determine that need to first let the flowers sit in the mold for 4 seconds, then add the latex and let it settle for 8 seconds.

12. Place the ladder over the unstable ground to see the right mural. It explains what you need to do to open the gate.

13. Go back inside and use the key to open the padlocked box. Take the shield and bowl from inside. Use the ladder to get to the ballcourt hoop. Take the ladder back.

14. Head back through the cave entrance and use the ladder to get access to five colored glyphs. Make note of the symbols and translate them using the map.

Blue – Fish – 1
Red – Mountains – 2
Green – Skull – 3
Pink – Stairs – 4
Yellow – Palm Tree – 5

Take the ladder back when you’re done.

15. Place the bowl by the tree and use the tapper to get some sap from it. Take the bowl of sap.

16. Go back inside. Follow the instructions we saw on the first mural. Place the flowers in the mold. Close it for about 4 seconds. Then open the mold again and add the bowl of sap/latex. Wait about 8 seconds and open it again. You should now have a rubber ball! (The debugging text was left in the game by accident, so for now you can use it to help you.)

17. Go back to the ball court. Use the ladder to see the right mural again. Together with the colored glyphs, you now know the order to throw the ball through the hoops. It goes:

1 – Blue Jaguar (Cat)
2 – Red Dolphin
3 – Green Bird
4 – Pink Snake
5 – Yellow Alligator

18. First, place the snake hoop back on the wall. The Alligator hoop is crooked, so throwing the ball straight at it won’t work. If you don’t want to have to start the whole mini game again when you realize that. Put the shield over the patch of dirt before starting. Then, just throw the ball through the hoops in the right order — Jaguar, Dolphin, Bird, Snake, Alligator. You do so by stopping the left/right and up/down arrows at the right moment. For the Alligator, hit the shield and watch it bounce off and into the hoop.

19. The gate will open, but Rachel and Professor Burns will fall through a hole! That’s the end of the chapter.

Click on the chapter you need below or click here to continue to Chapter 6.

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This Post Has 53 Comments

  1. Sam

    I <3 you for posting these.

  2. Amzy

    I’m just here to say thank you for being SO quick with these. I found this series last week and finished all except this one, I only found this one yesterday and then I spent all night in an ER and this game was my boredom killer. I got to the end of chapter 4 and from what I could see you didnt have any more up so I was going to wait a few days and come back because I was stuck, I decided to check just in case and BAM! You already had more help for me. I also really like that it’s step by step and not just a video so I can still find help easily if I do things in a little different order, but if I’m not understanding correctly I can still watch the video to see where I’m going wrong. You’re awesome!

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Glad to help! I hope youΓÇÖre ok?

      1. Amzy

        Oh yeah just a minor thing that causes a lot of pain. When it gets too bad I go in and let them make me comfortable for a few hours and make sure it’s not turning into something major ╬ô├½├¡Γò₧├åΓö£ΓöÉΓö¼├│

        1. AppUnwrapper

          Ah ok glad youΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗re ok! 🙂

        2. Sweller

          Trying to get the ball through the jaguar is futile when the ball is persistently shooting to the left. Aiming all the way to the right is still not enough to shoot to the right. Burn the points to skip.

  3. Michelle

    I can’t grab the tree tapper. Do u have a recommendation? Or hint?

    1. Courtney

      I can’t find the tapper either and it’s getting frustrating

    2. Courtney

      I figured it out! You have to click on the drawing of the tapper in the mural

      1. Sondra

        I can’t get the mold to turn into a ball no matter how many seconds I wait for each. Help!!

  4. Bathilda

    How did you get the letters in upper left on step #4 please? I donΓÇÖt have those. I have restarted once. Thank you.

  5. Céline .S. Sauvé

    I still have no clue how you decided to “translate” the colours into the symbols for numbers, but thanks for the help

  6. Hannah

    The tool I need disappeared when I tried to add it to the screen. It’s just gone, so I guess I can’t play anymore 😂🤷🏽‍♀️

    1. Pleun

      Happened to me too! Lost the winch and the tree is still standing… Totally stuck, boohoo!

      1. Axel

        Me too

    2. Marit van den Berg

      You know you can reset the chapter and play /try it again, right?!

  7. Pamela Douglas

    Same here, the winch disappearance no key. I restarted the level, went through it again and the same happened. 🙁

    1. BenD

      Click on the tree with the winch, not the red thing. Solved it for me.

      1. Pamela Douglas

        Thank you!

  8. Navacica

    Hey. When I place the shield for the last loop it simply disappears. I restarted the level, placed shield as a start before all loops, nd gone again. What should I do? Thanks

    1. Johanna

      That happened to me too. And I used all my stars on the hints hoping it would let me skip this but it didn’t. Let me know if you figure it out.

    2. Ana

      Hi the same thing happened to me, but the shield should still act as if it’s physically there. Just place the arrows at the bottom and the left (same way you do with the other hoops) and make sure the arrows are pointing the place where the shield should be. The ball should still go in, if it doesn’t you have to adjust the arrows 🙂

  9. Lana Alexander

    What about the last diamond block in chapter five when you reach by the alligators built the pattern but I am stuck because I dont have the last diamond piece

    1. Lin

      Hmmm… if you mean the puzzle where you make a path, then you can reuse the first diamond block.

  10. Teresa

    I can not find the knife to cut the tree to obtain the liquid. I use a clue but I do not find it

  11. Mariska

    I tried this level 3 times but my shield dissapears. What did i do wrong? Can you help?

    1. Jojo

      When your about to shoot the center ring, have it bounce in the shield (which looks like missing)

  12. Renjumol Raju

    I can’t make that rubber ball , the timing as given at the top left corner is not seen in my screen. I restarted the game two times eventhough timebar doesn’t visible╬ô├½├¡Γò₧├åΓö£ΓöÉΓö£├ªHow can I continue the game??

    1. Lillie

      All you have to do is put the flowers in for 4 seconds then open the thing up then put the tree sap in with the flowers and shut it again for 8 seconds

    2. Kreed

      Same problem here. I wonder if you have to have those numbers show up on your screen before you’re able to make the rubber ball. I’m not seeing any comments like that. Can anyone confirm whether or not you need those timer numbers at he top left of the screen for the rubber ball to work?

      1. Kreed

        I just kept trying over and over, and finally the rubber ball came out. I did not ever see those timer numbers on my screen.

        1. Charliemilo

          Just count in your head after closing the lid

  13. Escape Room Lover

    I need a bit of help with the rubber ball I am trying my best to follow the walk through but the flowers and latex/sap still come out of their places without making the ball…

  14. Escape Room Lover

    Nevermind, I finally got the rubber ball.. Thank you so much for the help!

    1. Missy

      How did you finally get it to work? I’m having the same issue ╬ô├½├¡Γò₧├åΓö£ΓöÉΓö£Γöé

  15. Missy

    So I’m in Chapter 5 & trying to make the runner ball. I put the flowers in, closed the lid, counted to 4 Mississippi … opened the lid, poured in the bowl of latex, closed the lid again, & counted 8 Mississippi. But everytime I reopen thre lid for the ball, it just spits out the flowers and latex & says I need to work on my timing. WHAT am I doing wrong? Is it possible I missed a previous step? Or could this be a new glitch with the game that has yet to be caught? PLEASE HELP!

  16. Tracy

    Where did you get the gator food from?

    1. Michelle Peterson

      It came in the box that you need the handle for in the room with the gold.

  17. mara

    I can’t get the stairs to the gold it only says there is too much gold. How get I put it there

    1. Patti

      I’m having this same problem. I can’t get the ladder attach so I can reach the other stone hoop.

      1. charliemilo

        Tap on the hoop itself with the ladder in hand

  18. Walt Wolf

    No Comment Having a hard time and really dont want to throw my laptop. I cannot get the round stone deal to make the rubber ball. Done it MANY times MANY different ways. Wont work. Is there a way to get around it, cheat code or whatever? Any help would be really appreciated.

  19. Nicole

    I’ve reset the level and *still* cannot get the tree trap thingy 😢

  20. DAYAN

    I cannot make my rubber ball😭

  21. Mollie

    Thanks for this, had to skip rubber ball throwing as the arrows wouldn’t stop but it was a great help.

  22. Jackie

    First, your walk through a have been a life saver.
    Now I canΓÇÖt get the ball game to work. I stop the arrows to point at the hoops like youΓÇÖve said, no hand appears like in your screenshots and the ball just kinda appears at the bottom and then goes to the ground .

  23. Jill

    IΓÇÖd really like to know how you deciphered the color for the ball game. I usually come here when I get stuck (life saver btw) but I canΓÇÖt understand the color coding and how u figured out the order of the hoops. Thanks.

    1. Dion

      Neither can I. I’ve looked at it for a long time and even screen shot it so I could enlarge it. Maybe I’m blind and just can’t see the barely visible glyphs.

      1. Lola

        The hoops are associated with both animals and colors. You can see the animals on the hoops, and also lit up on the back bird when you make a basket. Outside of the cave are colored flags that coordinate with the color hoops that has the Solter symbols that gives us a numerical order, which is 1-5 in the order the flags are shown left to right.

  24. Gamezp

    Is anyone else having trouble getting the rubber ball into the Jaguar hoop? IΓÇÖve tried it countless times and no matter what I do it wonΓÇÖt go in for some reason???

    1. Sweller

      Yup. Same problem. Not enough right windage.

  25. Alan

    Firstly, thank you for all your super easy-to-follow explanations. I’m stuck at the end of chapter five. I throw the ball, bottom right, top left, top right, bottom left, then on the shield and into the top centre (alligator) hoop. It’s like the Groundhog Day film. I keep repeating the same thing and am not able to finish the chapter.
    Any help is appreciated!

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