Adventure Escape: Dark Ruins – Chapter 9 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 9, Xochi:

You can watch my video for Chapter 9 or continue below for my step-by-step guide.

1. Pick up all the dry leaves. Place the leaves in the water to soak it up.

2. Remove the leaves and grab the vine. Dig through the sand for a two snake statues.

4. Use the vine on the palm tree to the right. A toucan in a nest will appear and a snake will come and grab one of the eggs.

5. Place both snake statues in the holes. Brush away some sand to find symbols engraved in a metal plate. A piece of paper will drop from the nest. Look at both.

6. We need to figure out which five symbols will unlock the box. Look at the paper the bird dropped and compare it to those on the metal plate. Only five symbols from metal plate appear on the paper. Find them and then follow the lines from the symbols on the left to the symbols on the right. Those are the five symbols you need. So it goes:

Stairs > Spiral
Shell > Fish
Mountain > Palm Tree
Spider > Moon
Skull > Eagle

So to unlock the box, enter Spiral, Fish, Palm Tree, Moon, Eagle. Take the gong.

7. Add the gong to the two snakes. Take the mallet.

8. Use the mallet to hit the gong and scare away the snake. Pick up the egg. Give the egg back to the momma toucan.

9. The toucan will drop a Zoltec disc. Pick it up.

10. Place the Zoltec disc in the slot on the ground. Time to go into the underwater caves!

11. This puzzle is tricky, as you need to be careful not to run out of air. Make sure to stop at air pockets before you do. It also starts off dark until you see an area for the first time. So I’m including a screenshot of the whole map. You can also follow my directions:

12. Remove the sticks and pick up the nine pieces of driftwood.

13. Place the driftwood back down. You need to move them around so they form a barrier in the the same shape as the etching in front of you. You have limited moves, as the alligators get closer with each one!

14. Head down the hole for more underwater caves. I’ve included screenshots of it with the switch turned both ways. Here’s how to do it:

15. The sheriff is here! Open the car door and take the battery jumper and metal detector.

16. Look at the diagram of the human body on the back wall. Grab the hurricane piece from it and take a screenshot of the yellow pattern.

17. Go back through the water and place the hurricane piece on the puzzle here. Choose a starting position for the hurricane and then move it around to form the same pattern you saw on the human body diagram. Take the bat statue. While you’re here, use the metal detector on the sparkling area and take the other bat statue.

18. Go back down through the water and build another gong using the bat statues this time. Hit it with the mallet to scare away all the bats and reveal the sheriff! He lies to Xochi!

19. Pick up the car jack.

20. Use the car jack and the battery jumper to lift the fallen column. Take the night vision goggles from the sheriff.

21. Go back through the water and use the night vision goggles on the ruins in the distance. You can see part of some symbols: Shell, Skull, Eagle, Fish, Palm Tree, Spider.

22. Go back through the water and enter these symbols on the lock: Shell, Skull, Eagle, Fish, Palm Tree, Spider. Go through.

23 This is similar to a puzzle seen in their previous games. You have to hide from the bats. It goes like this:

And that’s the end of the chapter!

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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Josh

    There aren’t any night vision goggles! Aargh! I am nearly at the end of the game!

    1. Josh

      S’okay. Restarted level. Got them 2nd time. Finally finished the game! Nice one!

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  3. Amanda

    I used the night vision goggles, but I gave no idea what those shapes are supposed to be. The first one is supposed to be part of a shell??? I just see a big piece of rock. Oh well, thanks for posting these answers!

    1. Glandros

      Took me a while to see it. It’s not the rocks themselves; it’s the negative spaces that form the bottoms of the shapes.

  4. Quinty

    I’m not able to get past the second water level, I keep dying before I’m able to turn the switch…

    1. Bugs

      You need to double tap the switch in the room before you get in and just be really quick with it

  5. Christal

    I’m unable to get past the first water level. The yellow door never appears and I die. Anyone else have this issue?

    1. MetricWolf

      I had the same issue until I figured out that the first cave is not about being fast but that it is turn-based. You can make 4 moves then you die. Hence, be sure to set the lever so that you have air in the chamber left of the yellow gate. From there you can reach the yellow gate with four moves and escape. That is how I finally managed to solve this puzzle. I hope it helps!

  6. Lynne

    I am having the roughest time dark ruins chapter 9 2nd underwater caves, any help would be highly appreciated.

  7. Valerie Erickson

    I picked up the hurricane piece (the orange star) and took it back to the scene with the alligators. I can’t get the star onto the stone box to get the bat statue. I have the piece highlighted in my inventory and tap on the diagram where I want to put it, and nothing happens. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Shellie

      I’m having the same issue. I’m beginning to wonder if I missed a step but I’ve restarted the level twice. I hot all pieces up until this point.

      1. William

        Put the hurricane icon in the top left corner of the panel, then move it over to the design.

    2. Sabine

      Fehler in der Pyramide. Die Siluette sind Muschel Totenkopf Adler
      die ersten

  8. Elysia

    In the bat part…step 23…there are bats at the bottom cave entrance right before you are supposed to go right and then up to the ladder….can’t figure out where I’m going wrong!

  9. Tina Skaneby

    Kan inte ta gula nyckeln i första undervattensgrottan dör innan jag tar den. Hur får jag tag i den?

  10. Glenna Popham

    I’m having an issue with the hurricane piece too. Can’t get it to go on the design😬😬

  11. Jani

    Same here. I played it once before and it worked but not this 2nd time thru. Hurricane piece won’t move out of my inventory.

  12. Jani

    Ah, it’s just as William said (above): don’t place the hurricane piece directly onto the nodule but just above the ‘fish’s nose’ on the board. Let it sit there before picking it up to start. Ackkkk!!

  13. Jani

    Then click the nodule to make the hurricane piece ‘jump’ onto it

  14. Starlight

    I’m in level 9 of Dark Ruins and I can’t get past the place where you trace the lines. I have no problem following the lines but nothing happens when I do all 5 of them. I’m using my finger but am I supposed to have a tool or something? I’m very frustrated!!!!

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