Submachine 10: The Exit

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Mateusz Skutnik brings the story that began over ten years ago to a close in this tenth installment of his wildly popular point-and-click adventure series. But though the end may be in your grasp, getting there will be anything but easy.

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Submachine 10: The Exit
Walkthroughs and Secrets

Intro

Welcome to the final "Submachine" game! The series has spanned 10 episodes in as many years. The creator, Mateusz Skutnik, has finished up with the best art and longest trek so far. I've enjoyed the series greatly, so I wanted to put some work into a good walkthrough for others. Prior experience with Submachine in not necessary, but there are many references to previous games for those who want to look back.

The game world consists of 8 major areas, each of which has a portal back to a section of a previous Submachine game. The graphic style is that of the original, but updates were made so that they'd be appropriate to the new game. Most of the game play involves clicking switches, collecting items, and finding out where to put them.

There are a few parts to this walkthrough. I try to have progressive hints throughout, so that you can figure out as much as possible on your own. Also, each successive part is more detail oriented, so you can look for high level hints in the "Hints" section, detailed directions, you'll need to check out the "Efficiency" section.

"Explanations Walkthrough" leads you to clues to what you need before finding those items. It's a lot of back and forth, but hopefully you will understand what's going on. "Efficiency Walkthrough" is designed around subgoals for accessing the ending. Items are collected and used at convenient times with no explanation about what they are.

"Secrets" contains info for getting the ten small red balls that are used to access extra text just before finishing the game. Items used solely to acquire secrets are mostly ignored by the main walkthroughs, except under special spoiler tags.

I label areas mainly by their teleporter coordinates. So, '101' means first and third buttons depressed before activating teleporter. I also use a 'P' to mean through the powered portal. So '110P' means the area from the beginning of Sub 6: The Edge.

Remember that the game is designed so that you can't get stuck. No matter what you've done, what you have, or where you are, you can still reach the ending! (And you can still get all the secrets!)

Enjoy!

Hints

- You're not stuck.
- Really, you're not stuck. The ending is reachable from any situation.
- The secrets are also reachable from any situation.
- If an item came from a device, it probably goes into a similar device.
- Mechanisms with little red and green lights need to be activated elsewhere.
- Pick up everything. There are no useless items.
- There are a few useless mechanisms.
- Most mechanisms have visual clues for how to activate them. Like missing pieces.
- If a mechanism stops working, you don't need it any more.
- Some obvious items are for non-obvious secrets. Progress is better than completion.
- There are some things you'll understand early, but can't be solved until much later.
- All ten secrets are small red balls. Some are hidden in "plain sight".

Descriptions Walkthrough

This takes you through the game, pointing out clues. It's more commentary than directions, so it's good if you want vague hints, or want to read about a previous section to see if you missed an obscured clue. The back story is left out, but you're led to in-game papers that describe it. Secrets are dealt with as if they were normal game items, but more vague and left out of the spoiler hints. This walkthrough is set up as if it's telling the protagonist's story. Read the Efficiency Walkthrough section if you need clearer guidance.

This is written as if we have everything we need to pass each obstacle. The player will have to jump back and forth between areas to actually reach the area in the next paragraph. Read about what you see, for subtle hints about what to do next. Spoiler hints will say where to go, but not what to do there or the best order to do anything.

Progressive spoilers: character of the game, descriptions and clues, search locations

Chapter 1: Where Am I?

The first part of the game is simple and linear. Explore a bit, click to collect items, and use them where you can. Don't miss the 'Backpack' early on, you have limited inventory space! Figure out how the game works. Pass though rooms and portals. Find the teleporter to finish this part.

Docks

We start off on an unstable platform with stone floating around. This seems to be a technologically mixed area that plaques call the Northern Garden docks. There are four labeled 'docks'. There's a ship anchored (literally) to one of the docks, but we can't see it. There's a ladder, but all it has is a glowing orb at the top. It seems small enough to grab. A hole in the ground leads to a machine that doesn't do anything, but does have a hole for something. Pieces of the wall are floating around. They seem to be centered on something. There's a building blocking our path. The circular device nearby looks like it might be useful.

Put the Light Sphere in the circular device to gain access to the building.

Control Room

This is a modest building that seems in disrepair. There are some levers upstairs labeled like the docks. What dock was the ship at? There's a backpack by a chair that looks useful. The stairway doesn't go anywhere. What breaks up support beams but leaves them floating? There's a vending machine in the corner. It seems to require an id card. Maybe there's one on the ship?

Click the lever marked '3' to move the ladder to the ship.

Ship

We can reach what seems to be a space ship, but it still needs power. Luckily, there's ship number card by the entrance, and those cables go right into the machine we saw.

Take the Id to the vending machine, insert it to get a Bottle Fuse, take it outside to the machine in the hole. Insert it and press the button.

The ship is so old that there's mold everywhere! It's interesting to look at, but probably doesn't do anything anymore. Maybe there's some scrap to collect on board. We found the bridge, but the security is still in place, and we don't have a captain's ID badge, or whatever goes in the other slot. There's a hatch missing a handle, maybe that's still around somewhere.

The Door Valve is on the other side of the ship. Insert it into the hatch and click to open it.

Old House

We found a karma portal like the ones in previous Submachine games. They'll probably take us to many unusual places. This place seems like an old house. The way is blocked a bit, but nothing too difficult to handle. There's a hole in the floor with a little red ball at the bottom. Looks like something valuable, but we can't reach it. Even if we found a long stick to reach, it's so far down that grabbing it would be a problem. There's some strange equipment around. One large capsule has lights on it and a panel that might open, but it won't and the device seems inactive. The nearby door is shut and not opening. There's another unusual device on a lower level, but it seems to be missing some parts. All the statues are facing some brick structure that seems subtly out of place with the house. It must be important.

Chapter 2: Grand Tour

Now that you have access to a teleporter, there are many worlds to explore. Go from place to place collecting and using items. About half of them are used in the area you found them in, the rest go through the teleporter. Use the powered portals to get to areas from previous Submachine games. You'll finish this part of the game when you gather all the pieces to activate the powered portal in the first area.

Main Areas

001 The Pyramid

There's a bunch of ancient Egyptian stuff around, but the pyramid walls look like copper. There's a couple of geared devises on walls, but neither is complete. There's a totem with Hieroglyphics on it, and there are some papers around with the same symbols. A box on an upper level has the same symbol as the totem, but it doesn't seem to do anything. There are a couple of jackal heads that teleport us between them, which is odd because there are ladders that reach them both. There's also an odd gray stone device with buttons, attached to a socket. There's nothing around that fits in, though.

The last hieroglyph page is in 111. The Karma Vile for the stone device is in 110P. You get the first Cog Wheel from the box when the totem is set up properly. The other 3 are in 001P, 101P, and 011.

The ladders both drop down into compartments below. There's a glowing portal down one, and a glowing device down the other. They look useful.

010 The Excavation

Looks like a work site, but the drill is busted. It's turned off and there's a handle in what looks like red sand. It appears to be solid. There's sand on the other side too, but it doesn't fill the hole. There's a machine that seems to open a hatch somewhere. There's a glowing Range Confirmator that may need power.

Get the handle and put it on the drill. Open the handles and pull both levers to activate it.

The drill must have already done its work, because there is equipment down its hole. One of the Range Confirmators is in a socket with a green light. There are two other sockets with red lights. There are two airlocks, but one is missing a handle. We can get past the other one. There's a closed hatch and a bar that looks like a handle.

Open the other airlock with the handle, place both Confirmators in the sockets and activate the machine to open the hatch

There's a piece of paper with a some kind of rune on it here, and a large portal beyond the hatch.

011 Shiva

This place consists of three large metal spheres, connected by a large pipe. The pipe is busted open and we can climb inside. Unfortunately, there are security fields blocking access to two of the spheres. We can enter the third, which has some kind of rotating device. Activating it changes some of its lights from red to green and vise versa, but anything but the original position puts up a security gate to that we can't leave. We can go all the way around the largest sphere and enter through a hatch. It seems to be a computer interface. There are a lot of green lights around. What could those be?

Use a Insulator Cap found in 101P to block the exit security gate. We'll assume the that emergency protocol has also been activated. It's in 110P

With the security gates partially deactivated we can enter all the spheres through the busted tube. The left sphere has a large portal in it. The right sphere now has a ladder visible that exits below. There's a copper Cog gear here.

100 Royal Storage

This place is full of old structures that seem to be held together by advanced technology. There are time and space anomalies all around, so movement doesn't always end up where we expect. There are signs naming five separate storage facilities. There's nothing else of interest here.

32/1 is all red brick inside. There doesn't seem to be any order to the rooms, and backtracking leads to new places rather than old ones. It would be easy to hide somthing in here. Luckily, the total number of rooms seems low. There are items scattered about, and two metal devices in walls. One seems to need completion, with oblong recesses in it. Another looks like a secure box we don't have access to.

Fill the first device with Karma Fuses to access the second.

33/1 is very small. There are some items on the floor, and you see all of it before returning to the entrance.

33/2 is also very small. Every exit leads back to the entrance, except the ones at the entrance. There are some things on the floor, but the large portal seems to be the reason this vault exists. Unfortunately, it's not active. There are round sockets in the wall nearby. Maybe it construction wasn't completed.

Fill the corners with Loop Stabilizers to active the portal.

33/3 has much more space inside, and has some kind of order to it. The left doors all lead to the same places, and the same is true for the other doors and ladders. Backtracking to previous rooms is somewhat possible. There are a lot of devises on the walls! Most of them have red and green indicators and labels, though there is one dial with labels from all the other devices, and one with multiple red lights with a panel that might open. There's also a large capsule here that looks similar to the one near the first teleporter. Far from the entrance, there's a paper with some history about an escapee. Maybe there's hope of escaping?

Activate each device after setting the dial to its label.

33/4 is also large, but as long as we don't go too far and end up at the entrance, we can backtrack through any rooms we visit. There are items lying around and a paper on the wall with a strange symbol on it. There are three devices on walls. One of them has two indicator lights on it.

Activate the two devices and then collect an item from the one with lights.

101 Cliff Side

There's not much here. There's an older stone statue of an ox that's missing some pieces, a paper with some strange message about multiple dimensions, and a piston. The piston activates a ladder that leads to an upper ledge. The piston there is missing, though, so we can't reach higher. There's a big spherical machine that is missing something according to the pedestal nearby. There's a metal piece that's almost fallen off the ledge, but it doesn't fit in the machine.

The Stone Grapes are in 011P and 001. The other ox statue is in 110. The Ladder Piston is in the ship near the start of the game. The Data Tape is in 001P.

Even with the machine satisfied, it doesn't seem to do anything useful. It only says that it's finished was it was doing. Maybe those cables are communicating with some other machine? The upper ledge has paper with a strange symbol on it. And a large portal.

110 Murtaugh's Lab

This place is huge! It also seems to be falling apart, like the docks, there are paths that lead to empty space and broken walls floating about. There's a machine on the far wall with a socked for some large device. There are three doors around the teleporter.

The left room is the most broken up, and things are scattered around the floor. There's a paper on the wall. Someone may have been studying the strange behavior.

The center room was poorly barricaded, probably because of some fancy equipment in it and its back room. There's a large capsule here like the one near the first teleporter. There's also a magnifying glass that doesn't have an experiment running. We could use it if needed without disturbing anything. There are skulls on tables and in drawers. Why would anyone want to look at skulls?

The third door just leads to three more! The left one has an out-of-place old stone statue of an ox, and a box with mostly small things around it. The center door leads to a large portal. It's got a number of smaller devices connected to it with wires. Half of them have green lights and hold a metal thing like the ones lying around the floors here. The other half are empty with red lights. The right door contains a large version on an experiment. The experimenter seems to have found a way to repair broken walls!

Fill the portal devices with Vector Finders. 3 are here, the others are in 101 and 100.

111 The Monastery

If there were monks here once, they lived a spartan life. Most interesting things look like they came from elsewhere. There's a paper with what looks like hieroglyphics on it. There's a metal bar near a statue. There's a large capsule like the one near the first teleporter. There's some electric device, that could be a sender or receiver. There's a large portal that looks like it belongs here, strangely enough, but it's not active. There's also a circular stand like the one used to gain access to the control room to power the ship. Too bad we can't remove the Light Sphere from there.

Use a Light Sphere from 101P or 100P to get an item that powers the portal.

'Sub' Areas

001P Submachine 5: The Root

We no longer have the metal keys to use the local teleporter, and it looks damaged by the karma portal anyway, so we're stuck in this area. The Coil we placed back then seems to have exploded, leaving a Light Sphere. There's a gear in the tub that looks out of place. We can move some panels from the wall to reveal a handle we didn't notice before. There's a ladder that leads to a socket in the wall. Opening the panel reveals that it's empty. Perhaps there's another one somewhere so we know what kind of thing plugs in.

Get a Root Finder from 101P to collect an item from below.

010P Submachine 4: The Lab

We've been on this roof before, but the ladder is broken, so we can't get to the familiar areas. There's a force field blocking the path, but it's controlled from our side. That's pretty sloppy security, or there's something inside that's important enough to stay there. There's a Light Sphere set up to get us into a new section of the lab. There's a page on the wall, something about time travel. There's a metal Ladder Step nearby, but there's no way it would fit the wooden ladder outside. There's another security device set up, this one is actually keeping us out. Maybe it's as sloppy as the one outside and we can trick it somehow.

There's a Chip with security codes hidden in 011P, but you'll need to head to 110 to actually get at it.

Past the security is a workbench with a tank of karma like the one from the other lab. This one is set up to dispense it. Maybe if we had an appropriate container we could use it to do the miracles we saw in the other lab?

The container is in 000, and the miracle works, so it's a late-game item.

011P Submachine 7: The Core

This is the large shrine we visited before, but it seems to have aged quite a bit. The telescopes that haven't fallen apart still point to the same locations, but the electrical equipment is broken down an full of stones. There are floating blocks outside; this place may be damaged by the same thing that damaged others. The entrance we used last time is completely gone. Looks like someone visited at one point, but there's nothing left of them now but a suit and a skull. There's a large machine in one room that looks like the one on the cliff. The pedestal has the same message on it as well. There's a note left behind saying someone will be back here eventually. Hope that wasn't them in the suit.

Satisfying the machine at 101 will provide an item here.

100P Submachine 3: The Loop

This was the place we were stuck doing puzzles for what seemed like forever. The rooms aren't stable like before, though. They're randomized like in another vault. There are so many rooms, it's hard to reach a location. There are two valve enclosures with four positions each, but one valve is missing. There are two receiver bells with dials that need activation before they'll turn. All four of these items are labeled. There's a devise with all those labels on it, with similar bells, and columns with lights that might move. There's a grid of some kind of material, with the corners of the grid missing. There's a device that seems to be ripped out and has wires dangling. Finally, there's a mount with two lights, presumably where the reward for this puzzle is kept.

The missing valve is in the basement past the back door of 000. It might still be locked at this point. Use the valves to line up the lights with a bell, then turn the dial of the corresponding bell. Repeat. Grab the reward. More hints are in the Efficiency Walkthrough, but this is a long difficult puzzle, so don't get discouraged.

101P Submachine 8: The Plan

This is a small section of a world visited not long before. The Coil is still there powering the dimensional locater, but the ladder is missing. We no longer have the controller that let us jump between worlds. Luckily, someone has set up a light sphere crown to get us into the pod without it.

There's a Light Sphere below and the other is in 001P.

Some of the equipment has been removed from the pod, but they left a Cog above and didn't open the hatch after unlocking it. We've seen some Ladder Steps around, maybe if we get enough we can reach the area below us for the first time.

The 3 Steps are in 111, 010P, and 110P.

We made it down the ladder! There is a Light Sphere here, along with instructions for setting up the crown above. There is a little round device in a computer socket that isn't doing anything but make blue light. Maybe it will be of more use elsewhere.

110P Submachine 6: The Edge

This the the place we were dropped off to die when we couldn't pass a security check. The teleporter looks worse than before, and pieces of wall have fallen down, revealing an entrance we never say before. Too bad there's no valve on that hatch. There's some new equipment set up, some sockets, what could those have been for? Around the corner, there's a paper with a strange symbol on the wall. The path beyond seems to have broken off. The vents are rusted enough to remove the covers and enter.

There's a fuse for the socket in the lighthouse. The valve is in one of the vents.

There's a security system on through the left vent, but all the green balls needed to disable it are there. There are some items on pedestals (or fallen off), those must be important. There's also a large capsule like the one near the first teleporter.

The right vent has a four-way split with a machine controlling where to go, but it's blocked, so we can only go up. There's another one of those robot storage devices that seem to be everywhere. This one has something glowing in it.
The valve nearby is locked just like the entry machine is.

The Block Remover Tool is in the other vent. Use it on the center of the machine, unlocking it and the valves.

The valves control which two exits are open at any time. There are a few items around that could be useful, including the Hatch Valve for the hatch outside. Beyond the hatch is another security point like the one in the vent, but this one is missing the Plasma Charges that unlock it. We'll have to find those.

There's a Charge in each vent, and the other in in 011.

Beyond the security point is a monitor and a door labeled S3C. The monitor is for activating an evacuation protocol, but it doesn't open the door. It's a computer, so it's probably connected to somewhere else. Perhaps there's a way out available now.

The protocol is for 011. The door is opened in the ship at the beginning of the game.

It's like a treasure vault in here! There are nearly a dozen security stops, which lead to info about this place. We had a few of the little red balls that access it all. We should look for others.

111P Submachine 9: The Temple

We just came from here but it looks like a lot of time has past. There's a lot more red 'sand' everywhere, and the only accessible plaque is broken. It covers up most of the places we knew about. Finding an item in this would be like finding an needle in a haystack. There is one place to go, past a hole in the stairway where it looks like someone set up a dimensional locater. Too bad we don't have the control device, but it's broken anyway. There's a wire to some holding cylinder. If we can power it we might salvage something from this trip.

The Coil is in 101P

Chapter 3: Down the Rabbit Hole and Back

This part of the game is again more linear, with a little backtracking. Explore the oldest sections of Submachine games in order to open up the rest of the options. Don't be afraid when the exit disappears on you. You'll find another way out to end this part of the game.

000P Submachine 2: The Lighthouse

This place was the real beginning of journey through the Submachine. Now it's so full of this red stuff that we can't go very far. There's a Light Sphere where the wisdom crystal was once. But it was taken, so the light is a mystery. The box with all the wires seems to have blown a fuse or something, since one of the levers is inactive. The path up is blocked, but there's a light crown around to get us to the other side of the room. The ladder won't extend, one of the wires is broken. There's a little box like the one in the lab nearby. There's also a transmitter hooked up to a grid of strange symbols, like the ones we've found on paper.

Enter the 4 runes into the transmitter. The papers are at 010, 100, 101P, and 110P. The receiver is at 111. Use the item to fix the wire, and pull the lever on the box to extend the ladder

Submachine 1: The Basement

Ah, the original Submachine game console. There's a note about the lab stuff nearby, but the game is where we first noticed something was different. And there's a karma portal here. Maybe we can here from somewhere else originally? Through the portal is a setup like at the end of the game, but it's all real... and fake! It's a bunch of paintings that make it look like we've reached the outside. The path circles a tower, but part of it is broken up with more floating walls. There's an elevator here. Looking out from it the paintings seem real. Well, real enough for a game. This is the ending of Submachine, and we're retracing our steps back through it. Maybe it was all real after all?

Well, these red rooms are new, but the elevator disappeared from under the same symbol it appeared under back then. There seem to be unsolved problems here. Levers and stones and switches. It's still like a game setup, everything nearby just needs to be rearranged properly, and maybe we'll get to the portal behind the glass. The raised bed doesn't seem all that necessary, though.

The stone goes on the scale, the stone gets turned to match the mark on the other one, the switches need to be flipped, and all 4 levers can be collected and inserted into their spots around the glass.

Now this is familiar! All the puzzles here are just as we left them, but more broken apart and moldy. It must have been real after all! Well, lets collect all the items from before, maybe they'll be useful outside. There's a portal where the original exit was. The wisdom crystal is missing of course, but there's another Light Sphere in its place. Maybe they 'grow back' after a long enough time? Continuing to retrace our steps leads us back to the old house. Did we come from here originally?

Chapter 4: Cleaning Up the Mess

This part of the game is about traveling around, dealing with all the unfinished business you've noticed along the way. Find a way to reconstruct damaged sections of the world. Collect and use all the secrets now. Reach the giant bulb at the top of the lighthouse to move on to the last part.

Find a tool

We're back at the house, and have access to every location and portal. Are there any mysteries we couldn't deal with before that we can now? How about the large capsule right here by the door?

Use the 4 Fuses from the basement to activate the 4 capsules. They're in 100, 110, 110P and 111.

There's an Empty Karma Stabilizer inside. Perhaps we should fill it with karma?

The karma tank is in 010P.


Perform the miracles

Leaving the lab, we see that the roof tiles dislodged by proximity to the karma portal are reacting to the Stabiliser. Using the Stabiliser on them actually fixes the broken roof! How many other places did we come across that had broken, floating pieces?

at least 11 ;-) (but one was the roof you just fixed, and two can't be fixed)

There were so many places to go! Mostly there were Tiles to collect. There was a pathway with a message about a sentient machine, a box of junk that looked interesting, and more! The one in the basement was really confusing, The submachine game seems like a real place, but the portal took us to some electronic world. Were we really in the game? This last place has a door that seems to be unlocked by placing Tiles above it. Let's see if we have all 4.

The tiles are in repaired karma portals in 000, 000P, 110, docks.

Chapter 5: Leaving the Submachine

Almost done! The karma doorway leads to the top of the lighthouse. The items in the there are used to acquire the pieces of the final mechanism. It's not very hard either. Just don't activate it if you want to try to get all the secrets. You have to start over from the beginning once you see the ending.

Enter the Lighthouse (Submachine 2)

Past the doorway is a steel room with a note about entering the Submachine, and what looks like a security system. There are two fuse sockets that may need to be filled.

The Fuses are in 011P and 100P

The ladder leads to the lighthouse. There's another note about a sentient machine. The large lamp we powered back then is still active! Too bad it didn't take us out of the submachine then. Better not try again that way. Since it didn't work, we might as well take these items nearby.

The large lamp still leads back into the loop like it did before!

Leave the Submachine for good

With the ID we can get further into the ship. It turns out it was just an observation deck, but there's some equipment up here. There's also a note about the lamp turning off. Will someone be expecting us?

We have a Portable Light Crown and the Light Sphere that activates it. Now all we need is a place to set it up. There was a note about needing something else as well. Maybe whatever that is will be the last clue to making this work.

The note was in 101P, get the Converter in 110P. Set it all up in the lighthouse.

Enjoy the Ending!

They are Murtaugh and Elizabeth. They are the people the notes have been written by or about for the entire Submachine series. See the karma arm? This game would have been much easier with one of those!

Efficiency Walkthrough

Here you'll find what I think is a really efficient path through the game. It's not the common path, but I've left directions in each goal for getting the stuff you've missed if you're not following along. It's divided into milestones and steps. If you don't know what to do, check which milestones you've completed and take a look under the next one you haven't.

Progressive spoilers: strategy, steps broken down, solutions and pointers

Reach the Teleporter

Look around and do a bunch of obvious stuff. You can ignore the Backpack if you're following this walkthrough, but you may want it just in case. You'll eventually find a red and white mechanism with three buttons in a row and one underneath. That's the teleporter. The top three set the location and the bottom one activates it, sending you to another, different-looking teleporter. You're at 000 currently.

Step-by-step

- There's a Light Sphere at the top of the ladder
- Use it to access the building.
- Use the levers to move the ladder to the ship.

Third from the left goes down, rest stay up

- Get the Ship ID Number and use it to get a Bottle Fuse.
- Power up the ship and enter.
- Get the Door Valve and Ladder Piston from the ship.

From entrance, Valve is left then up all the way, Piston is right all the way and up, then left

- Use the Door Valve to exit the ship

Exit door is right from the Piston

- Click through obstacles to reach the teleporter.

Secrets

None accessible now


Activate the '110' Powered Portal

For this we need 5 Vector Finders, but 3 are in 110 in rooms near the portal. We need to teleport to two places to get them before heading to the portal. For efficiency, we should take a Plasma Charge with us, found in a fourth teleport location, and well hidden. You can get all of these items without needing any others.

Step-by-step

- Visit 100, get the Vector Finder, it's somewhere left of the teleporter

Enter the storage vault, there's only one left of the teleporter. The doors lead to 5 random rooms, so keep clicking until you see a metal object in front. Get it and click doors until you see the vault arms, signifying the exit.

- Visit 101, get the Vector Finder, it's nearby

Use the Piston to call the ladder. Take it up one screen, the Vector Finder is a metal object on the edge of that ledge.

- Visit 011, get the Plasma Charge, it's a small green sphere

Follow the ladders all the way around the spheres. Enter the large one at the hatch and go to the left of the massive computer. One of the glowing green things is the Plasma Charge.

- Visit 110, three rooms have Vector Finders, one has the portal

Enter the door left of the teleporter, the Vector Finder is down the stairs. Enter the door right of the teleporter, the Vector finder is past obstacles, down a hallway, and inside a desk. Enter the door further right of the teleporter, to see three more doors. The Vector Finder is in the right room and the portal is in the center room.

- Activate the Portal

With the Vector Finders selected, click each socket with a red light to insert the Vector Finder. The portal will glow blue.

Secrets

Secret 1 is in the vault, you'll be back later, so no pressure. An item for accessing the secret room is here.

Complete the Ladder

For this we need 3 Ladder Steps, each in a different teleport location. One is, as you've guessed, behind the portal we just activated. While we're there, we'll save ourselves a trip by getting a rune and activating Shiva's emergency exit protocol. The second Step is a quick grab like the Vector Finders, but we'll collect a paper with a hint while we're there. The third Step will take some work, since we need to gain access to the powered portal to reach it.

Step-by-step

- Enter the portal at 110, find the crawl vents and rune paper.

Go left, click to open, left again for rune

- Enter the left vent, then the right, collecting everything

Both vents only have a few rooms. The left one is easy, collect the Plasma Charge, click to deactivate the security grid, and collect the Block Removal Tool. The right one needs the Removal Tool to get the center mechanism working, then there's a wheel in rooms to rotate it. Click once when going through, 3 times when going back. Collect the Plasma Charge in the first room, Ladder Step in the second, and Hatch Valve and Karma Vial in the third.

- Enter the Hatch right of the portal, activate Shiva's emergency protocol

It's high up on the wall. Connect the Hatch Valve and open it. Inside, place the three Plasma Charges in the box and click the screen to deactivate the barrier. If you're missing a Charge, get it from 011. Click the large screen and click the protocol toggle to change it.

- Visit 111, collect the Ladder Step and paper with Hieroglyphics

Step is far right of teleporter, paper is far left.

- Visit 010, activate the drill

At the far left of the teleporter is a handle, connect it to the drill and open both handles. Pull the lever you just passed, then come back and pull the handled cord to activate the drill

- Grab items underground and use them there to find the portal

Enter the hole right of the teleporter, collect the Range Confirmator. Enter the drill hole, place the Confirmator in one of the sockets. Get the Air Lock Handle in the bottom right and use it to open the Lock at the bottom left. Get the other Confirmator and the rune paper behind it.
Place the Confirmator in the other socket. Activate the hatch in the other hole, then return to the hatch to find the portal beneath.

- Enter the portal, collect the Ladder Step

Grab the Canister powering the portal blocking your path and proceed inside the building. The Ladder Step is down the stairs and to the left.

- Visit 101 again, grab the rune paper, enter the portal, finish the Ladder

Go up to the second ledge this time. If you don't have the Ladder Piston set up, get it from the Ship and set it up. There's a rune paper at the top, then the portal. The ladder is just left of the portal, use the Steps to complete it.

Secrets

The Secret Vault is the door labeled S3C, but you can't get in yet

Acquire the Second Light Sphere

The first sphere is just beyond the ladder in 101P, but this is the 'harder' one to get. If you found the 'easy' one first, see 'Complete the Ladder' above to access this one. Use the Light Sphere to access the pod, and collect the other 4 items in this area. There are no more puzzles here. Avoid the paper. It has a hint for the end of the game, but it will fill an extra inventory slot so it's not worth it unless you're collecting them. After this area we'll grab the other Cog Wheel, and go collect the 'easy' Sphere. We waited so that we can complete that entire area, including past the portal, in one trip!

Step-by-step

- Collect 4 items in 101P

There's a Root Finder left of the ladder. Use the Light Sphere to access the pod. There's a Cap in the hatch and a Cog up above. The Coil is next to the portal out.

- Visit 011, the route has changed, and there's a Cog Wheel nearby

Enter the busted tube and head into the lower sphere. Use the Insulator Cap on the mechanism to avoid getting locked in. Head into the large sphere and take the ladder down to get the Cog Wheel. If there's no ladder, activate it in 110P. If you don't have the Plasma Charge you need, it's at the left of this large sphere. The instructions are in 'Complete the Ladder' above.

- Visit 001, reach the portal

You should already have the Cog you need, but you'll need the other one in a minute so lets get it. There's a totem right of the teleporter. Go up twice to find the hint papers for it. They are Hieroglyphics and repeated symbols show you how to line up the papers. If you don't have the third one already, you can get it from 111, but it would be easier now to just try all the options for the last symbol. The box up and to the left will be open if all the symbols are correct. Collect the large Cog Wheel and use it in the nearby mechanism to lower the ladder. There are two, but the Cog only fits in the correct one. Follow the ladder down to reach the portal.

- Collect 3 items past the portal, including the Light Sphere

The Light Sphere is visible, and the small Cog Wheel is in the tub.
Clear the metal plates on the far right to access another portal. Use the Root Path Finder (described above) to reach the Data Tape.

- Finish up the area by collecting the last 2 items

Exit the portal and use the Cogs (described above) in the other mechanism. Head down to the jackal head and click until it brings you to the other one. There's a ladder down to a Portal Charge, and a device that takes the Karma Vial and gives a Stone Grape when the third button from the top is clicked. If you don't have the Karma Vial, get it from the tunnels left of 110P. Use the Jackal to get back to the teleporter.

Secrets

Nothing here

Activate the '000' Powered Portal

By now you've seen most of the areas, and we'll see most of the rest for this objective. The goal is to make use of your items to get 3 Portal Stabilisers and a Portal Charge. We have to visit one of two locations twice to finish up, so we'll pick the one that's quicker. Depending on how you used the first Light Sphere, you may have different items, so the first step is to use the second Sphere to get caught up.

Step-by-step

- If you haven't yet, use the Light Sphere at 101P, then finish 001

This is described above in 'Acquire the Second Light Sphere'. The end result should be: Insulator Cap, Coil, Portal Charge, Stone Grape, Data Tape

- Use the other Sphere in 111, get the Portal Stabiliser in 111P

You can use the Sphere down the right ladder. You get a Glyph that powers the portal. There's only one thing to do in 111P, go left and up the stairs to plug in the Coil and find the Stabiliser at the end of the wire.

- Quick stop at 101 to drop off the Data Tape

That big computer on the ledge needs it

- Visit 011P, get Stabiliser, Grape, and Skull

If you can't get there, use the Insulator Cap in the lower sphere to enter the left sphere. There's a Grape Stone in the box on the floor, a Skull in one of the rooms, and a Stabiliser in another.

- Quick stop at 101 to drop off 2 Grape Stones

The ox statue to the left needs completion

- Visit 110 to get the Stabiliser, drop off Canister

Go right from the teleporter. The door left of the portal door has the Stabiliser. Left from the teleporter is a socket for the Plasma Canister. Take the short detour if you're collecting secrets, it will save an inventory space.

- Activate the 000 Portal

Actually, don't do it yet. Save the trip and start the next walkthrough section to get the clue first. It's a big milestone so it deserved to be written here... You have all the items, so head right and down from the teleporter to reach the portal. Plug in the 3 Stabilizers and Portal Charge, then press the lever to activate the portal.

Secrets

Secret 2 is in the tomb. Secret 3 is in the shrine, you'll be back there later.

Open the Back Door to '000'

The puzzles here are mostly local, so enter the portal and keep pressing forward. There's a place to backtrack at the beginning, so we'll get the last rune paper first to minimize that. There are a bunch of items to get just before reaching the door, so it's best to get them now.

Step-by-step

- Visit 100 to get the last rune paper

Far right of the teleporter there's a ladder up to 33/4. Enter and go right until you see the rune paper on the wall. Go right again to return to the entrance so you can leave. There are puzzles here, but now is not the time to do them. You should have 4 rune papers now. The others are in 101, 110P, and 010.

- Activate the transmitter in the basement

The portal from 000 is right and down from the teleporter. Head down to get a Light Sphere, then up to use it. Left of the path past that is where you enter the runes. Each input has a different set of runes, so click until you see one that's on your papers. Like the temple totem, nothing will happen here when you set all the runes. Now we backtrack and find the receiver.

- Reach the elevator

The rune receiver is in 111, down the ladder left of the teleporter. Take the fork and return to the blocked path. Use it to complete the wire, then head around to the box near the area entrance. Flip the switch to lower the ladder. Head back to the ladder. Use the portal below and head left to the elevator.

- Solve the red room puzzles

Click elevator buttons to reach the red rooms. The puzzles here are all self-contained. Move back and forth between rooms, flipping switches, grabbing items and using them. You'll finish by releasing the glass covering a portal out.

You need 4 Levers. One is on the ground. One is accessed by pressing both switches, then retrieving it from the upper right room. For the third, take the Stone Weight from the lower right and put it on the platform in the lower left. Finally, check the notch in the stone wheels. Move the one to line up with the other, and take the Lever from device just left of the exit. Put all the Levers around the exit to access the portal. An efficient path is: right, all down, all up, all left, exit.

- Grab some stuff on your way back

This is a reminiscing area, with no puzzles left to solve. Go down, left and grab the four white fuses. Then up, left, up to the portal. Before you go, you should get the Valve just left of the portal, and the Light Sphere right and all the way up from the portal.

- Remove the beam from the door to reach 000

Secrets

An item for Secret 10 is near the rune paper, but we don't need it yet and will be back later. Secret 4 is here, you have to backtrack to the red rooms. Items needed for Secrets 4, 5, 6, and 7 are in the yellow rooms.

Fill the Stabiliser with Karma

Now we can satisfy the large capsules that we've seen around the place. That will get us a Stabiliser, which we can then fill to make it useful. The idea is straight forward, but it's a major milestone that involves searching back through places we've been.
Step-by-step

- If you missed them, get the 4 Fuses and Skull

The fuses are in the yellow rooms through the back door in 000, the Skull is from 011P

- Visit 111, place fuse

It's down the ladder left of the teleporter

- Visit 100 33/3, place fuse

Second storage room right of the teleporter. Go right once from the entrance, place the fuse and return the way you came. Again, there are puzzles here, but we'll get to them later.

- Visit 110, place fuse, get Chip

The large capsule is through the door right of the teleporter and down the hall. On the other side of that room is a magnifying glass you can use to examine the Skull.

- Visit 110P, place fuse

Go through the left crawl vent and alternate right and up until you reach the large capsule.

- Return to 000, collect Empty Karma Stabiliser

It's by the door left of the teleporter.

- Visit 010P, fill Stabiliser

There's a security point in the lower level. Move the pedestal with a click and place the Explorer's Chip on it. Click the scanner to proceed. Put the Stabiliser on the lab equipment and turn the dial on the tank to fill it.

Secrets

Secret 6 is in the lab.

Enter the Lighthouse

The Stabiliser allows us to enter many new (small) areas. We need to collect 4 Tiles from them, and 2 Plasma Coils. We finally solve the puzzles in the Royal Storage, unless they've been completed along the way.

Step-by-step

- Visit 100, activate portal

Explore the vaults looking for Loop Stabilisers and Karma Fuses. They're all 'loops', so doors may not lead where you expect. Start on the right of the teleporter. Down the ladder you can get one of each item pretty easily. The next vault has a Fuse at the right and the portal on the left of the entrance. The next vault has a puzzle to get an item. Set a switch, then activate the corresponding mechanism. Repeat until you get the Stabiliser. The upper vault is hardest to navigate. Solve the puzzle by clicking two different levers, and a panel with a Stabiliser will open. A Fuse is on the ground. Head left of the teleporter to the other vault. Find a Fuse on the ground and use all 4 in a mechanism. Click to activate. Find the Stabiliser in an opened panel. Head right of the teleporter to the first vault. Enter and place the Stabilisers around the portal.

If you're really stuck

33/3:
Enter, Left, Dial to '1', Up, Set Device, Left, Dial to '2', Right, Right, Right, Set Device, Right, Left, Dial to '3', Down, Set Device, Left, Dial to glyph, Down, Down, Get item, Down, Exit.
33/4:
Enter, Left, Left, Get item, Up, Set Device, Right, Right, Right, Down, Set Device, Up, Left, Get Item, Left, Exit.

- Visit 100P, get Plasma Coil

This is the most difficult and annoying puzzle in the game. There are 10 rooms that you reach randomly with each exit click. There are two dials to turn that need to be activated by certain configurations of two Valves, one of which needs to be placed from the inventory. It's all coordinated visually by a device with two small lights on two labeled columns and two labeled transmitter horns. Horns correspond with dials and columns correspond with valves. Set the valves so that the two lights are even with a horn, forming an electric arc. Turn the dial for that horn, which should be lit up. Repeat. Find the panel that should now have two green lights on it. Click to get the Plasma Coil. Find the entrance and get out.

If you don't even want to try

This only works if you start with the left light on top and the right light on bottom like how the puzzle starts off. Turn the 'left' (with turnstile symbol pointing left) valve 1 time, turn the 'right' valve 2 times. Activate the dial of the glowing receiver. Turn the 'left' valve 1 time, turn the 'right' valve 3 times. Activate the dial of the glowing receiver. Pick up the item. Find the exit.

- Visit 110, get Tile D

Left of the teleporter is a socket for the Plasma Canister. Use it to access a broken karma portal. Fix it with the Karma Stabiliser. Enter to find Tile D.

- Visit 011P, get Plasma Coil

To the right of the shrine is a broken passage. Fix it with the Karma Stabiliser, enter the portal and collect the Coil.

- Visit 000, get Tile C

To the right of the teleporter is a broken wall. Fix it with the Karma Stabiliser to access Tile C

- Visit 000P, get Tile B

Head through the area to the karma portal. Head right to some broken bits in the air. Fix them with the Karma Stabiliser to access Tile B. You'll have to exit the way you came, since the elevator is gone.

- Return to docks, get Tile A, enter Lighthouse

Exit the ship. The wall near the Light Sphere is broken. Fix it with the Karma Stabiliser to access Tile A. Enter the building, go up then take the stairs down. They're broken, but you can fix them. Insert each Tile to enter the door. Insert each Coil and click the screen to call the ladder. Enter the vent and climb the ladder to reach the lighthouse.

Secrets

Secret 1 is in a vault. An item for Secret 10 is in a vault, but you may need to get it on the way out to if you're worried about inventory space. Secret 7 is in the loop. Secret 8 is in the lab, as is the other item for Secret 10. Secret 10 is now reachable. Secret 5 is on the way to Tile B. Secret 9 is at the docks.

Exit the Lighthouse

There are three items needed to exit, and one you should have by now. The two items to the left and right of the large bulb in the lighthouse can each be traded for one of the others. Put them together in the right place and it's all over. Don't activate them if you want to collect secrets. Once you see the ending you have to start the game over.

Step-by-step

- Get the Portable Light Crown from the ship

The top of the ship is up from the three way pipe. Insert the Id Card and climb the ladder to get the Crown.

- Visit 110P, get the Portable Light Crown Holder

Right of the teleporter are a couple of fuse sockets. Insert the Fuse in one and take the Holder from the other.

- If you don't have it yet, get the last Light Sphere

It's in the yellow rooms through the back door of 000

- Return to the lighthouse to see the ending

Go back to the docks and under the building to the lighthouse. Insert the Holder in the fuse socket, the Crown in the Holder, and the Sphere in the Crown. Click to complete the game and see the ending.

Secrets

Visit the secret vault when you're nearby. You can use all the secret balls to reveal history messages, and a final 'Thank You' from creator Mateusz Skutnik

Secrets

Generally in order of accessibility

Progressive spoilers: hint title, area and needed items, detail

Secret 1

Storage Vault

110 32/1 Nothing needed

The secret is on the wall by the upper right light in the room with the mechanism you open to get an item. Click the dot that's redder than the rest of the wall.

Secret 2

Tomb

111P Nothing needed

The secret is in a big pile of sand right of the entry point into the tomb. Click the oddly colored highlight to get it.

Secret 3

Telescope

011P Nothing needed

Collect two parts of a telescope from rooms in the shrine and assemble them on a mount in another room. Look through the telescope to release the secret.

Secret 4

Sleeping Spoon

000 Red area, after completing powered portal

Take the Spoon back to the previous area from where you found it and place it on the raised bed. The little door will open revealing a secret.

Secret 5

Basement Box

000P, with Pearl

Get a Pearl from what looks like a faceless upright clock in the area behind the locked door. Put it in the box just off the main route through the powered portal.

Secret 6

Lab Box

110, with Pearl

Get a Pearl from what looks like a faceless upright clock in the area behind the locked door of 000. Put it in the box through the left door of the three at the right of 110.

Secret 7

Loop

100P, with 4 Stone Cubes

Get four stone cubes from the floor of a room past the locked door in 000. Travel through the loop until you see a grid with missing corners. Place a cube in each corner. Travel through the loop until you see the backing of the grid, with a secret available.

Secret 8

Pillars

110, with Karma Stabiliser

At the far right of the area are some broken pillars. Repair them with the stabiliser to access the secret.

Secret 9

Entry

000 Docks, with Karma Stabiliser

Return to the place of your entry to the game, far left of the Docks. Repair the wall to access a karma portal to a little place with a secret.

Secret 10

First Sight

000, with Long Stick and Metal Spring

The first is the last! Enter 100 33/4 (top right vault) and go right three times to find a long stick. Go to 110, left along the bridge made using the Plasma Canister. Repair the wall and enter the portal to find a box with a spring inside. Combine the stick and spring by clicking one on the other. Use the stick on the visible secret in the hole to retrieve it.

Secret Vault

Battery

110P, Battery

Gain access to the vault door during normal game progression. (Find a Hatch Valve in the tunnels to the left of the entry to 110P. Use it on the hatch to the far right of the entry. Enter, and disable the force field with three plasma charges found in the tunnels and 011.) Find a Triple A Battery on the floor under the stairs in 110. At 000 Docks, place the battery in the slot in the ship near the captain's id reader. This opens the door to the secrets vault, at 110P

Thanks:
JayIsGames - For hosting and informing me of this game
JayIsGames commenter lordofdark - For reference maps and loop info
Other commenters - For the secrets I missed
Creator Mateusz Skutnik - For years of great service to gamers

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495 Comments

This one is so huge It's impossible
also, first

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Don't forget to support him on Patreon, it's where most the support is going.

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spuriousname December 21, 2015 11:14 AM

This game is _enormous_. I don't think I'm anywhere close to finishing, but it appears to contain much of the universe of the previous 9 games, only altered by events and processes you will learn more about as you play. There are _lots_ of new locations, too, so be prepared for this to take a while.

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Im stuck near the very beginning all I have is

the bag and the ladder piston

Help

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I'm almost done with the game, but I have just a few gaps to fill before I figure out what I'm supposed to do. The game is massive. If you have any questions, ask and I'll try to answer them.

If anyone knows what to do with the portal stabilisers, it would be much appreciated

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spuriousname December 21, 2015 11:27 AM replied to Taylor Barrett

I was stuck at that point for some time. The first thing you have to do is

find the light sphere.

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The piston comes into play later, and the bag is used to store items so the inventory at the bottom doesn't get too crowded.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 11:30 AM replied to Mickey Flam

I'm in the loop area that

I teleported to once I found all four loop stabilizers.

How do I

Find the missing wheel, and what do I do then?

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Oh goodness... I feel so lost... This game is HUGE.

I almost had a heart attack when

I found myself in The Loop's scenario.

I ran away from that place as soon as I could, hahaha.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 11:32 AM replied to Mickey Flam

Take the stabilizers to Storage unit 33/2. Find the room with the four insert slots, and insert all 4 there. A portal will appear to an area very much like the Loop in S3.

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I have that..

if you mean the thing that lets you go to the place where you put the ship ID

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 11:37 AM replied to Mickey Flam

Have you found the

Captain's ID card yet? Or know how to get beyond that scanner in the Lighthouse?

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Wait, you found the wheel?!?! where is it? I've been looking all over!

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Ok so

Ive used the light sphere, gone up into the ship, gotten power with the ship ID, gotten the ladder piston.

So now what?

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you need to find an explorer's chip and place it on the lamp post and activate the scanner, and you'll pass as authorized. The chip is on a skull found in one of the karmic teleporters, which you take to the microscope in 1-1-0. I have not found the keycard, unfortunately. One of the things I'm working on

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not those stabilisers, there are more later on that look like coils that I can't figure out what to do with

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 11:42 AM replied to Mickey Flam

I *don't*

have the wheel (if you mean the one that's missing in the loop.)

I thought it would be inside the loop but unless there's a physical clue in the environment I'm missing, it doesn't seem to be in there.

If it's in some random corner of the subnet I will be seriously ticked off.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 11:44 AM replied to Mickey Flam

Do you mean

The vector finders? I have 5 and have no clue what to do with them.

Which karmic teleport are you referring to? There are so many...

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You can only do it way later after finding a bunch of different objects, but it's the one in 0-1-1. The vector finders are used in 1-1-0, and you need a whole bunch. You're not going to know what I'm talking about with the stabilisers for a while more.

I've been at this since about 8 in the morning

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Will Kinchlea December 21, 2015 11:49 AM replied to Mickey Flam

There's a teleporter that needs the stabilisers in the 0-0-0 area

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 11:52 AM replied to Mickey Flam

Can you give me a hint about the objects? Also, what do you do with the plasma charge?

I'm assuming the teleport is behind that green light screen to the left in 0-1-1. I'm assuming because I haven't found a way past it yet.

Unless SHIVA is the karmic portal. But I suspect that SHIVA is the sentient Submachine.

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Where? I can't seem to find it...

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Will Kinchlea December 21, 2015 11:55 AM replied to Mickey Flam

3 screens right of the 000 machine, bottom right of the screen are wood beams to go down. I've found all the stabilisers, but I'm missing the activating plunger for it...

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plasma charges (there are multiple) are used somewhere to get through a security gate. And the portal is to the left

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Guys, I have no idea on where to use the

air lock handle

help

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I'm pretty far into the game and right now I have

Long stick, Spoon, Plasma coil, and light sphere

Does anyone know what to do next?

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In the same area you found it, to the left.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:00 PM replied to xShad0w

Where did you get the long stick and spoon?!

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xShad0w December 21, 2015 12:01 PM replied to Gabriela

At 010, all the way to the bottom of the hole, turn left and use it on the hemisphere

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Okay, after some fiddling around, here's what I've found:

Two plasma charges and a blockade removal tool, don't know how to use them though. I've found them in a section that was in Sub6. I got there by using the portal in 0-1-0.

A coil. I've found it at the docks of Sub8. I've got there by using the portal in 1-0-1.

Dunno what to do with these.

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Please, where is the

Skull ?!?!?! I have checked through all the karmic portals, yet cant find it.

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Will Kinchlea December 21, 2015 12:03 PM replied to Juan Camilo Luque

in the karmic portal found in 011.

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Long stick from

Storage unit 33/4. You have to click specifically in an order (which I forgot) until you enter a room with a stick

Spoon is from

Submachine 1 ;)

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:05 PM replied to Will Kinchlea

OK, but how do we get past the green light screen blocking the way to it?

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Yonic December 21, 2015 12:05 PM replied to Yonic

Sorry, I've got it wrong.

To get to the Sub6 section, use the karmic portal in 1-1-0. The one in 1-0-1 gets you to the lab's roof in Sub4.

Also

I've noticed that there are some stands for the light spheres like the one you collect at the beginning. Has anyone found at least two of 'em?

Where's the skull with the chip on it?

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Where is the Sub 1 area? I don't think I've been there...

Also

the skull should be in the karmic teleporter area in 0-1-1, which behind the left green field. You need an insulator to cover the sensor when you switch which rooms are unblocked so you can get out of the room

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Yonic December 21, 2015 12:11 PM replied to Yonic

I've found a cogwheel in 0-0-1 after solving the hieroglyphs puzzle. Can't remember where I got all of them, but one of the papers has a fake hint.
In there I found the karmic portal to the Root of Sub5. Found another cog wheel and a light sphere. I wonder what should I do with the light sphere.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:14 PM replied to Yonic

I found one

in the Sub 9 area - you use it to get into the spherical ship. There, you get a cog wheel and an insulator cap.

If you have all of the ladder rungs, you can go down and get a root path finder and another note with a symbol on it.

This game is huge.

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xShad0w December 21, 2015 12:14 PM replied to Mickey Flam

You have to use the portal in the

first area (no buttons pressed on portal) that will bring you to the lighthouse. And from the lighthouse you use the karma portal to get to the sub1 ending where you take the elevator back down to the basement

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Will Kinchlea December 21, 2015 12:14 PM replied to Broom of System

You need to get the white disc thing (can't remember the name) from the ship found in the karmic portal in 101. You use it in the electric gate switcher in the tube in 011.

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Yonic December 21, 2015 12:15 PM replied to Yonic

Man am I bad at explaining things fast.

I used the cogwheel in one of the golden circular devices in 0-0-1, then found the karmic portal.

Also, I've decided that

I used the light sphere in a stand at 1-1-1. I found a meditation glyph. No idea what to do with it, probably I'll use it on a circular thing at the top of 0-0-1...?

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Gabriela December 21, 2015 12:19 PM replied to Yonic

You use the meditation glyph on the 1-1-1, just turn left and put it on the small circle

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Will Kinchlea December 21, 2015 12:19 PM replied to Yonic

Use the glyph in 111, to the left of the portal machine

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:20 PM replied to Mickey Flam

How do I

switch the rooms? I can only access Shiva's room.

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Gabriela December 21, 2015 12:21 PM replied to Gabriela

forgot the spoilers thing sorry

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Where do you get

the captains ID

or what do you do after

turning on the power to the ship in the first area

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Is the

triple A battery used for something ?, I'm stuck with it, a plasma charge and a coil, I know Im missing something, and it might be the third ladder part, or the other grape, has anyone used any of my objects or found the third ladder? ty

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Goodness, I think I'm having a headache...

I must ask a thing or two, so spoilers ahead!

When you talk about 1s and 0s, what do you mean by that? 1 mean that you pressed one of the portal buttons?

Aaaand

How do you find the ID? Not the ship one, I think...? Gosh, I think I've been stucked for too long

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Yonic December 21, 2015 12:25 PM replied to Yonic

I've found a secret at the Sub9 Temple, going all the way to the right.

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adventurerus December 21, 2015 12:29 PM

Right, I've spent about 1,5 hours on this, here's what I have:

Karma vial, coil, telescope tube, stone grape, telescope head. I've also used a bunch of stuff on a bunch of stuff already. Does anyone have any idea what to do once you've put up the plasma barrier stabiliser in 1-1-0? All it seems to do is make a short, useless light bridge.

I want to say I'm far in to the game, but it feels like I'm not even a quarter through.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:30 PM replied to Mickey Flam

Nevermind! Found it!

I got lost. How do I find the

Karmic portal to the lighthouse (or is the lab?) again? I need to find the place with the scanner to use the explorer's chip.

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Yonic December 21, 2015 12:33 PM replied to Yonic

I don't know where to find

the insulator

and

a second light sphere. I found one in the root of Sub5

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Portal to the lab is at

0-1-0 You need a light sphere to be able to go into the scanner area

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:39 PM replied to xShad0w

Right, thanks! I think that

The music in that area creeped me out so much that I blocked it from my memory, haha.

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What's wrong with the glyph puzzle? I've been trying to open it since the beginning of the game and have tried all the possible combinations, but it never opens.

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Yonic December 21, 2015 12:40 PM replied to Yonic

I've also noticed that I'm missing

One ladder handle to use it on the Sub8 docks. Does anyone remember where they got all of them?

Also

I have found no light ball in the Sub 9 temple. Am I forgetting something?

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:41 PM replied to xShad0w

OK, I made it past that area. Now where do I find a

Karma stabilizer?

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I found some secrets:

There are two pearls in the Sub 1 area, accessible from the lighthouse area. You use the pearls 1) in the lighthouse area and 2) in 1-1-0. There are two radio looking things which you put the pearls into, which then reveal one secret each within them.

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There's a note with a pair of hieroglyphs that is a fake hint. You can get the true one on 1-1-1, all the way to the left, I believe.

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Will Kinchlea December 21, 2015 12:46 PM replied to Mickey Flam

How do I get to the lighthouse? I've put the stabilisers in but no portal....

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:48 PM replied to Yonic

I really don't remember

where I found them.

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third stabiliser. Don't remember where they are

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Will Kinchlea December 21, 2015 12:50 PM replied to Mickey Flam

I think I might have hit a bug, because I've put three stabilizers into it... :(

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There's also the secret in 0-0-0 in the pit, if anyone knows how to get it out. I assume we need some sort of liquid to make it float or some grabby arm thing.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:51 PM

Can someone remind me where

the lighthouse is again

?

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I haven't found it yet. Have you made the portal at

0-0-0

work?

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the lighthouse is in 0-0-0, three areas from the right of the portal, down the wood beams, and to the left a couple times

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Gabriela December 21, 2015 12:55 PM replied to Gabriela

So i have

4 karma fuse(s?), 1 triple a battery, 1 plasma charge and a long stick, where do i use them?

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 12:56 PM replied to Mickey Flam

I need to

find all the things that attach to that portal first. I found 1. where are all of them?

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where did you get the aaa battery?

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Well... there's nothing relevant in the left side of 111, except a contraption I can't interact with.

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So, I've opened a ton of areas, and I currently have...

A coil, two plasma charges, a blockade removal tool, a long stick and a stone grape. No idea what to do with any of these things.

I'm currently searching for...

The wheel for the Sub3 loop, a second large cog (I've found both small ones already, and I used the other large cog), and the final ladder rung.

Any help with any of this would be appreciated.

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Gabriela December 21, 2015 1:01 PM replied to Mickey Flam

Can't remember, but it was one of the first things i found

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I think I've reached a dead end.

I may have used the light sphere in a wrong stand, and got somewhere I wasn't supposed to yet.
Unless I somehow find the valve wheel to use it on the loop, a small and a big cog, or the remaining ladder step, I don't think I'll be able to advance.

Also,

These canister like things with four red rectangles on them are creeping me out. Don't know what to use on them yet I see them very often while I'm searching.

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It should be in the middle of the room at the end of 1-1-1, unless you've already collected it.
I believe the other two ones I've found should be at 0-0-1.

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Okay...

Power of posting, I found out what to do with the Stone Grape. Only now I need the other Stone Grape, and I'm still looking for the other stuff I mentioned.

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xShad0w December 21, 2015 1:05 PM replied to Sylocat

Use the coil at the temple area (1-1-1 portal) Just climb up the stairs and go right. Plasma charges are for the edge area (1-1-0 portal) You'll need 3 of it to remove the lasers. Blockade removal tool is also used at the edge area, inside the right pipe room. Stone grape is used on the statue at (1-0-1) You need 2 of it to activate it.

The wheel for the loop area is in sub1, it's pretty far away. The second large cog is obtained in (0-1-1) right after you disable the evacuation hatch in Shiva, which is after you have all 3 plasma charges. You'll also need an insulation for this one.

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xShad0w December 21, 2015 1:07 PM replied to xShad0w

I mean climb up the stairs and go left*

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 1:09 PM replied to Sylocat

The stone

grape is used in the purple environment on the bull statue. You need 2 of them. Then the bull statue in another area will open up.

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I possess 3 glyph notes until now, and none of them seem fake (it actually looks like a pretty feasible sequence) but it simply doesn't trigger anything, and as I said, I've tried all possible combinations outta frustration, but nothing happened either. Is there something I need to do first?

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has anyone found a karmic STABILISER? not fuse or anything, but a stabiliser? The machine in the lab says karmic stabiliser not present, and it looks like you need to connect one and somehow use it with the thing in 1-1-0 that glues and unglues the rocks (in one of the side rooms)

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 1:11 PM replied to Sylocat

Where are all three

plasma charges? I've found 2 - the one in Shiva and a second one that I think was in the S6 area?

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Aaah, finally.

If it wasn't because I used the blockade removal tool in the spherical room with four hatches at the Edge section, I'd got stuck. Got the final ladder rung, and new places to explore.

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xShad0w December 21, 2015 1:11 PM replied to Mickey Flam

Have you gotten the Plasma Coil yet? I'm stuck on that one

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Yeah, I also have all of those.

Perhaps I should give you the combination right away:
Mouse
Sock/Leg symbol
Bird
Interlacing rope symbol

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I have a long stick, plasma coil, spoon, 4 cubes, and a light sphere, and I can't figure out where to use ANY of them. Been to EVERYWHERE and can't figure out what to use them with.

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xShad0w December 21, 2015 1:19 PM replied to Mickey Flam

Alright I got it

Spoon is used at the red basement for a secret. 4 cubes is used at the loop for a secret as well. If you haven't get 4 fuses from the basement, you need to get them and place them in the machines that you see everywhere.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 1:20 PM

Where is the

Sub 6? area again? (The one where you put in the plasma charges.)

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where in the loop? I don't see a spot for them

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I think those vary from player to player, because the hints I have got nothing to do with the glyphs you told me, and nothing happens when I tried them. I wonder about the requirement.

At the moment I am in need of stabilizers for the 000 karma portal, and a use for the long stick.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 1:23 PM

So where are the 3

Plasma charges, and where are the other things for the 000 portal that leads to the lighthouse?

If someone could help I would seriously appreciate it.

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i need

to find a light sphere

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xShad0w December 21, 2015 1:24 PM replied to Mickey Flam

The "map". It's missing 4 cubes at each corner. Just put them in and then go to the room with the torn map and the box should open up.

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Sylocat December 21, 2015 1:30 PM replied to xShad0w

I don't think that's what the Plasma Charges do... I disabled the lasers without them, and I still have them.

I finally opened the Lighthouse and used the coil, but I'm not sure what the coil actually did.

I'm still not sure how to get the second large cog. What does it mean to "disable the evacuation hatch in Shiva?"

I now have

a Hatch Wheel. What does that do? I thought it was for the Sub3 loop but it's not.

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I've found another secret.

You can find some telescope parts at the section in Sub7, which you can get by the portal at 0-1-1. Recostruct it there and look on it. Then go back and the secret will get out of the telescope.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 1:36 PM

So I found the

second large cog wheel and used it in the pyramid area. It opened up a path. But I can't get down there. There isn't a ladder!

Can someone help?

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xShad0w December 21, 2015 1:38 PM replied to Sylocat

Use the hatch wheel at the edge section where you go all the way to the right and climb up the pipes. When you enter, you will have to disable the lasers which you will need your 3 plasma charges. After disabling the lasers, you can now proceed right and click on the screen where there is a switch to disable the Shiva emergency evacuation protocol. Doing so will close the hatch where you enter into the Shiva pod in (0-1-1) and now you will need another way into the Shiva pod.

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Broom of System December 21, 2015 1:38 PM

OK, power of posting. Got down there and

Got the portal charge.

What do I do with it?

And what do I do with the "root path finder"? Nobody else has mentioned it so I assume everyone else has used it by now.

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Also, what does that tower-like thingy do when you insert the karma vial? None of the buttons seem to do anything useful.

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xShad0w

I have a fully charged karma stabiliser, and I believe we are now up to the same part. Have you made any progress?

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Blund3rbuss December 22, 2015 12:43 PM

Can someone tell me where the spring is?

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Same boat as you, nothing happened when I put in the two coils. And of course the game saved there so I'm stuck til there's a bug fix.

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I think it's this one?

At 1-0-0, storage unit 32/1, in the room with a screen and and brass plate with a red light on it. The secret is on the right side wall above the door.

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A full video walkthrough is now up. I only made it to help the people that were stuck. The video doesn't show the contents of the secrets, the notes, nor the ending. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOT4IFnZVgg

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Faeronheit December 22, 2015 2:58 PM

I found out what to do with the secrets: You put them into the spot where the connection pod would usually go.

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Always such a pleasure to see Skutnik's muse in action.
This whopper of a game didn't disappoint - love these submachine entries.

And I fear I'm not even halfway through this labyrinthine monster of a game.

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Finished it!!! ...The main story, anyway. Still gotta find all the secrets.
Awesome game. Just awesome. The ending is quite mindblowing in some ways.

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probationer December 22, 2015 4:17 PM

It seem I've encounter a bug.

I've placed both small cog wheels into the left mechanism at 001, but I can't place the big one. I'm clicking at the mechanism with the cog, but with no result.

I do NOT want to start this over - I'm too far away from the begining to start agian. Any help with that, please?

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Fubwubs December 22, 2015 4:55 PM replied to probationer

probationer,

Are you sure you have the correct cog? there is a big cog that goes in the underground area of 001.

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Can someone tell me where the handle is that goes into the device that controls the ladder in area 1,0,1? I've searched forever and I just can't find it.

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Ha, nevermind. Just found it!

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Best Easter egg ever.

Clicking on the lighthouse bulb from sub2 before you remove the card and the fuse brings you to the loop

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criticaleye December 22, 2015 6:33 PM

I'm stuck and have NO idea what to do next.

I have a Light Sphere, a Plasma Coil, the full Karma Stabiliser, the Metal Spring, and tiles A, C & D. I've used the stabiliser everywhere I know to, and I've collected 9/10 secrets.

I've just hit a total wall!

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yep. last secret is

in the 100 as said. Left. red room tucked next to the light on the right hand side

Done. :)

... but so sad that this is all over :(

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probationer December 22, 2015 7:49 PM replied to Fubwubs

I wouldn't get both small cogs without fixing mechanism to the right with the first big cog. There are four cogs in the game - one for the right mechanism, two small cogs and the second big cog for the left mechanism. Am I right? If so, then the last cog is being a dead weight in my inventory.

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I may have missed this in the comments, but can somebody tell me where the other range confirmator is? I found the one in

010

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Ben Harland December 22, 2015 10:45 PM

Since the world is so big in this one, I made some maps for myself. They're not pretty, but I hope they're helpful to other people!
0-0-0 http://imgur.com/5tSJJ2m
0-0-1 http://imgur.com/VHzpRYz
0-1-0 http://imgur.com/mOKuVIw
1-0-0 http://imgur.com/MjLqvRB
0-1-1 http://imgur.com/fOmCds4
1-0-1 http://imgur.com/IuRVnZh
1-1-0 http://imgur.com/jsmNJ9y
1-1-1 http://imgur.com/j1ydbUX

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Wasn't the ending place where you see Murtaugh the same space where Submachine 0 started?? Way to come full circle.

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Absolutely freakin beautiful.

I really took my time with this and played for a few hours at a time over 2 days.

The ending when

Murtaugh waves

actually made me a little teary-eyed :*) Especially since you can't go back in once you're out.

It's been a long, fantastic journey. Thank you so much Mateusz for sharing your talent with us!

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Patreon Contributor Questioner December 23, 2015 4:29 AM replied to restless

restless:

Both range confirmators are in 010. One of them is in plain sight in the bottom of the tunnel in the red sand to the right, and one of them is hidden behind an airlock in the bottom left of the tunnels. The airlock is opened by using the "air lock handle" on it. The handle can be found in the bottom right of the tunnels, behind another airlock.

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Patreon Contributor Questioner December 23, 2015 4:35 AM replied to Blund3rbuss

Blund3rbuss:

Have you gotten a working karma stabilizer yet? If so, you can use the "force field plasma canister" from the karma portal in 010 (The Lab) on a circle in the left end of 110. This should generate a force field bridge that leads to a point where you can use the karma stabilizer. If you do so, you create a portal which leads to a broken cube. In this view you can find both the spring (In the bottom left of the machinery), and a piece of a key.

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Patreon Contributor Questioner December 23, 2015 4:52 AM replied to criticaleye

criticaleye:

Tile B is hidden on the other side of a karma portal that can be created in the rooms with pictures of the sub1 ending, that you enter before you take the elevator to the red basement and the sub1 rooms. (It is accesible from the bottom right of the sub2/lighthouse area, that can be entered from the karma portal on the right side of 000)

The second plasma coil can be the one that is hidden in sub7 (karma portal in 011), by going to the right end (with the 3 stones and the glowing mushroom), and using the karma stabilizer on it.

It can also be the one hidden in sub3, which is accesible from 100 (Take the left path from inside the 33/2 storage chamber). Here you can use the valve from the sub1 rooms to control a puzzle.

In sub3 is a view with two gramophone heads, and two electrical "sockets". These sockets are controlled by the two valves in different parts of the loop. By putting the sockets on the same height, you can make a current flow between them. If the current is on the same height as a gramophone head, it will start to glow, and you can activate the button/switch on the other gramophone head with the same symbol. By activating both switches you open a compartment, which contains the coil.

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criticaleye December 23, 2015 5:14 AM replied to Questioner

Thanks! That helped me to

Get a second plasma coil and the final tile, but I'd already done everything else you'd mentioned. Totally lost as to where the plasma coils actually need to go. The map is huge.

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I think this game just broke JayIsGames! Nothing new has been posted since Submachine 10 came out. Way to go Mateusz! Keep up the great work.

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FunkyPixie December 23, 2015 11:12 AM replied to Samrux

thats confusing but i think i can get through it thanks

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Patreon Donator Hillel Kitty December 23, 2015 11:46 AM replied to Mickey Flam

Hi Mickey, if you haven't found it yet, the battery is under some stairs in

the lab in 110. Go to the room where the microscope and telescope are, then take the stairs down. The broken robot's hand will be sort of pointing at it.

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finished the game, but didn't find a place to use secrets...

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I just finished the game and

when I saw all that sand I expected to see Daymare Town.

I totally did not expect people.

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lordofdark December 23, 2015 3:25 PM

Someone already beat me to it. But I put a lot of effort into making these maps, so I'll link them anyway.

If someone wishes to use them for whatever purpose, feel free to do so.

Also, I played around a bit to figure out the storage area loops.

Storage unit 32/1

5 areas
Each exit leads to a random area.

Storage unit 33/1

3 areas
It doesn't matter which exits you take, the areas come in a loop.
Entrance -> all exits to 2nd area
2nd area -> all exits to 3rd area
3rd area -> all exits to entrance

Storage unit 33/2

5 areas
Each exit from the entrance leads to a different area.
Every exit from the other areas will lead back to the entrance.

Storage unit 33/3

9 areas
There are 4 loops each consisting of 3 areas
The entrance is the start of all four loops
If you go left from the entrance, you'll enter the left bound loop area one.
Continuing left you'll arrive at left bound loop are two, and finally back to the entrance.
If you change directions, you'll end up in a different loop.
Going up from the left bound loop will get you in the up bound loop area one.
Similarly going down will take you to the down bound loop are one.
However going right will take you to the previous step of the left bound loop.
Meaning from left bound loop are two you'll get to left bound loop are one, and from there back to the entrance.
But going right from the entrance will then take you to the right bound loop area one.

Storage unit 33/4

9 areas
There are three rooms to laid out the left and three rooms to the right of the entrance in a line.
From the room two to the left you can go up and from the room two to the right you can go down.
If you take an exit, that leads off this grid of 9 rooms, it'll take you back to the entrance.
The only exception is the entrance area itself. From here going either left or up will take you to the room on the left.
Similarly going either right or down will lead to the room on the right.

the Loop

10 areas
Again, as far as I can tell each exit takes you to a random area.

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oh geez. I think I was in 9th grade when the first of these came out. I began crying reading through the authors notes in the game and continued all the way to the end. Wow. It's been a heck of a ride, Mr. Skutnik, thanks for the whole thing.

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Is it possible to make a mistake which makes it impossible to beat the game?

I used the Light Sphere to get the meditation stone and now fear I don't have any way to get into the ship and get that stupid cap.

So due to computer problems (and stubbornness) I've ended up playing pretty far in twice before game got deleted and I had to restart. Hoping someone will tell me I don't have to restart again!

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Power of post...

For anyone who is searching the comments because you're looking for a third light sphere or think you might have used one in the wrong place...

Get "rung" out :)

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Thank you! (Wow, so much left to explore!)

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Thanks! I'll be referencing that vid! ;)

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From what I've partially played, partially seen in image maps, and partially seen (a teeny bit) in that walkthru vid, this game is YUUUGE. Now I know what others have been meaning when they post "in Sub 5", "in Sub 4", etc. All the games are revisited in this game. I was able to find a teeny access to Sub 1 in my ventures. I recognized the ancient Flash artwork. That was cool.

I'm gonna assume by "karma link" you're all talking about those blue transport points that 'jump' to another sometimes totally unrelated area.

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You crazy fool! I thought about doing something similar to that myself!!!

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wow. i'm currently stuck

in the first portal area with all the statues. i feel like i need to tie a to the door handle rope to get the gem after you go down the hatch using the ladder... i also don't know if there's a way to get through the wooden door or activate any of the power sources

i either need to get the captain's id or get through the portal area

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Stablebrew December 24, 2015 6:40 AM

Just loaded this game right now. Should I rate it 5 stars even before playing?

Thanks for that holiday present

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I just finished, having found and used all secrets. Thanks to Samrux for his walkthrough video which I used a lot very near the end. I had lots of stuff and couldn't figure out where to use it.

Do you need all secrets to complete the game ?
Or do they just do the things where you use them and you can complete anyway ?
Or is there an alternative ending you get if you don't have all secrets ?

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Nooooo.stuck in the loop

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Patreon Contributor Questioner December 25, 2015 6:02 AM replied to pesky

pesky:

The secrets do not affect the ending in any way.

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pesky December 25, 2015 7:48 AM replied to Questioner

Questioner: thanks.

I'm more used to the Japanese 'escape' games where the Happy Coin ending is different to the normal ending. And any material from Mateusz is too good to miss. Now I don't have to do the whole thing again missing the secrets so thanks for the info.

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Woo! I made it out with no help, but only 6/10 secrets.

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So many times I found myself thinking "Wow I'm nearly at the end of the game, just need to use these last two things in my inventory and then I'm done. This is kinda sad and emotional, finishing this after so many years." Ussually that thought was followed by me being stuck for another two hours. Huge game.

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Is there a bug or did I miss something?

I just inserted the insulator cap to unblock the pipes, so when I move up and to the right, the round message screen says "no permission to access" I've been watching a walkthrough and there is supposed to be a ladder that appears below the screen, how do I get the ladder to appear?

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Patreon Donator Reka December 27, 2015 2:27 PM replied to Oxca

You must've missed a step.

Earlier, there was a screen where you could move a green ball from right to left, and the message said something about Shiva and a ladder. (Sorry, this game is so huge that I only have vague memories of any given part.)

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Oxca December 27, 2015 8:15 PM replied to Reka

I remember that green thing, now I just have to find it haha.

Thanks so much!

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One of the 3 portal stabilizers glitched away, and now im stuck

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I finished the game three secrets short. Is there any way back in, or do I have to start again??

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The game rather compelled you to find the majority of secrets. I would have preferred going thru the game with none, then taking more exploratory leisure time to find them. But having picked up bits and pieces that, when used, discovered a secret, was not my favorite part.

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Finally finished, took me 6 Hours, and I still only got 7 secrets. I know where an eighth is, but can't figure how to get it.

I can't get to the one at the bottom of a hole after taking the first portal in the ship.

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So close! But I think I found a bug.

After getting all items and secrets,

and getting past the tile door, using the plasma coils, and going through the air duct, I get teleported to THE LOOP of all places. Getting out and trying to take the machine to 000 buzzes out, because I'm already at 000?

I'll poke around a bit and see if I can get back to something that makes sense again, but anyone else have that bug? get the machine to think you're in the wrong place?

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Patreon Donator Reka December 29, 2015 12:42 AM replied to Rwun

I think the exact same thing happened to me when I accidentally

clicked that big lightbulb thing. To fix it, just go someplace else, then go to 000.

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Help, I'm stuck. In 011, I was going to go into Shiva's sphear within a pipe and install the Insulator Cap but it has been mysteriously sealed shut. What did I do wrong to cause it to close?

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Someone much earlier felt it was a great Easter Egg.

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Does anyone know where is the

third ladder part for the submachine 8 area?

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Nevermind, I solved that dilemma. Now I have a new one. In zone 100, I installed a fuse in unit 33/3 but I can't find the portal to The Loop. Help.

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Installed a fuse within cylindrical machine inside Unit 33/3 that is. But I can't find the portal to The Loop that results.

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Solved both dilemma's. But where is the door with the missing tiles in 0-0-0 at so I can insert tiles a-d upon it?

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I love the art style of submachine, but the gameplay has become tedious with the last few. The world is large and you need to keep re-traversing the entire thing to find that one place where a new item works. It would work much better if the sub worlds were self-contained here.

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Complex game. I had a hard time remembering what connected where, so spent a lot of time doubling back because I knew I'd seen the place to use this item I just picked up somewhere...

Had lots of fun though. This was definitely worth being a patreon supporter for, and I eagerly look forward to whatever comes next!

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And out. Many thanks to those who have taken the time to discuss this great game and series, including hints and ideas about how to proceed. With the new year upon us it may be time to start the submachine all over again.

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Meterman70 January 1, 2016 2:22 PM

Seems there are 5 major phases within this game:

Getting to the Chapel
Opening the karma portal in the chapel (the majority of the game)
Getting the Karma Stabilizer
Opening the Dockhouse basement
Leaving the Submachine

A note about the loop:

The rails with the movable karma trumpets should be numbered -
1 at the top and 4 at the bottom

The panel marked -|| should be numbered clockwise from the top: 1 4 3 2
The panel marked ||- should be numbered clockwise from the top: 4 3 2 1

This should help cut down the time required to navigate the loop

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Meterman70 January 1, 2016 3:07 PM

For those that, for whatever reason, do NOT wish to collect the 10 ‘secrets’ in the game:

Here are items that are to be ignored:

Landing area - do NOT restore the shattered karma portal

Area 100:
Ignore the light fixture in unit 32
Do NOT collect the long stick in unit 33/4

Area 110:
Do NOT get the battery under the stairs in the left room
Do NOT collect the spring from the restored area beyond forcefield path
(Tile D is still required)
Do NOT restore the area above the right-hand stairs

Basement:
Do NOT collect the pearls, stone cubes, OR spoon
(The valve and fuses are still required items)

Core:
Do NOT pick up the telescope parts OR look in the assembled unit

Temple: Easy to ignore

But that way, you don’t get to learn what happened to sunsine_bunnygirl_17 :(

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I managed to finish this one without a walkthrough...didn't get all the secrets though, so will have to replay for that. This was probably my favorite Submachine, despite having to loop around and around and around looking for what to do with each new strange thing I found.

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Meterman70 January 1, 2016 8:41 PM

RJ: The 4 'pizza slice' tiles? In the basement of the dock house.

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Cyberjar88 January 1, 2016 10:49 PM

Just finished the game and I have to say: "Wow!"

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Submacbine 11- the explanation

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hatospali January 2, 2016 8:10 AM replied to polp54

:D

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Submachine 10: The Exit
Walkthroughs and Secrets

Intro

Welcome to the final "Submachine" game! The series has spanned 10 episodes in as many years. The creator, Mateusz Skutnik, has finished up with the best art and longest trek so far. I've enjoyed the series greatly, so I wanted to put some work into a good walkthrough for others. Prior experience with Submachine in not necessary, but there are many references to previous games for those who want to look back.

The game world consists of 8 major areas, each of which has a portal back to a section of a previous Submachine game. The graphic style is that of the original, but updates were made so that they'd be appropriate to the new game. Most of the game play involves clicking switches, collecting items, and finding out where to put them.

There are a few parts to this walkthrough. I try to have progressive hints throughout, so that you can figure out as much as possible on your own. Also, each successive part is more detail oriented, so you can look for high level hints in the "Hints" section, detailed directions, you'll need to check out the "Efficiency" section.

"Explanations Walkthrough" leads you to clues to what you need before finding those items. It's a lot of back and forth, but hopefully you will understand what's going on. "Efficiency Walkthrough" is designed around subgoals for accessing the ending. Items are collected and used at convenient times with no explanation about what they are.

"Secrets" contains info for getting the ten small red balls that are used to access extra text just before finishing the game. Items used solely to acquire secrets are mostly ignored by the main walkthroughs, except under special spoiler tags.

I label areas mainly by their teleporter coordinates. So, '101' means first and third buttons depressed before activating teleporter. I also use a 'P' to mean through the powered portal. So '110P' means the area from the beginning of Sub 6: The Edge.

Remember that the game is designed so that you can't get stuck. No matter what you've done, what you have, or where you are, you can still reach the ending! (And you can still get all the secrets!)

Enjoy!

Hints

- You're not stuck.
- Really, you're not stuck. The ending is reachable from any situation.
- The secrets are also reachable from any situation.
- If an item came from a device, it probably goes into a similar device.
- Mechanisms with little red and green lights need to be activated elsewhere.
- Pick up everything. There are no useless items.
- There are a few useless mechanisms.
- Most mechanisms have visual clues for how to activate them. Like missing pieces.
- If a mechanism stops working, you don't need it any more.
- Some obvious items are for non-obvious secrets. Progress is better than completion.
- There are some things you'll understand early, but can't be solved until much later.
- All ten secrets are small red balls. Some are hidden in "plain sight".

Descriptions Walkthrough

This takes you through the game, pointing out clues. It's more commentary than directions, so it's good if you want vague hints, or want to read about a previous section to see if you missed an obscured clue. The back story is left out, but you're led to in-game papers that describe it. Secrets are dealt with as if they were normal game items, but more vague and left out of the spoiler hints. This walkthrough is set up as if it's telling the protagonist's story. Read the Efficiency Walkthrough section if you need clearer guidance.

This is written as if we have everything we need to pass each obstacle. The player will have to jump back and forth between areas to actually reach the area in the next paragraph. Read about what you see, for subtle hints about what to do next. Spoiler hints will say where to go, but not what to do there or the best order to do anything.

Progressive spoilers: character of the game, descriptions and clues, search locations

Chapter 1: Where Am I?

The first part of the game is simple and linear. Explore a bit, click to collect items, and use them where you can. Don't miss the 'Backpack' early on, you have limited inventory space! Figure out how the game works. Pass though rooms and portals. Find the teleporter to finish this part.

Docks

We start off on an unstable platform with stone floating around. This seems to be a technologically mixed area that plaques call the Northern Garden docks. There are four labeled 'docks'. There's a ship anchored (literally) to one of the docks, but we can't see it. There's a ladder, but all it has is a glowing orb at the top. It seems small enough to grab. A hole in the ground leads to a machine that doesn't do anything, but does have a hole for something. Pieces of the wall are floating around. They seem to be centered on something. There's a building blocking our path. The circular device nearby looks like it might be useful.

Put the Light Sphere in the circular device to gain access to the building.

Control Room

This is a modest building that seems in disrepair. There are some levers upstairs labeled like the docks. What dock was the ship at? There's a backpack by a chair that looks useful. The stairway doesn't go anywhere. What breaks up support beams but leaves them floating? There's a vending machine in the corner. It seems to require an id card. Maybe there's one on the ship?

Click the lever marked '3' to move the ladder to the ship.

Ship

We can reach what seems to be a space ship, but it still needs power. Luckily, there's ship number card by the entrance, and those cables go right into the machine we saw.

Take the Id to the vending machine, insert it to get a Bottle Fuse, take it outside to the machine in the hole. Insert it and press the button.

The ship is so old that there's mold everywhere! It's interesting to look at, but probably doesn't do anything anymore. Maybe there's some scrap to collect on board. We found the bridge, but the security is still in place, and we don't have a captain's ID badge, or whatever goes in the other slot. There's a hatch missing a handle, maybe that's still around somewhere.

The Door Valve is on the other side of the ship. Insert it into the hatch and click to open it.

Old House

We found a karma portal like the ones in previous Submachine games. They'll probably take us to many unusual places. This place seems like an old house. The way is blocked a bit, but nothing too difficult to handle. There's a hole in the floor with a little red ball at the bottom. Looks like something valuable, but we can't reach it. Even if we found a long stick to reach, it's so far down that grabbing it would be a problem. There's some strange equipment around. One large capsule has lights on it and a panel that might open, but it won't and the device seems inactive. The nearby door is shut and not opening. There's another unusual device on a lower level, but it seems to be missing some parts. All the statues are facing some brick structure that seems subtly out of place with the house. It must be important.

Chapter 2: Grand Tour

Now that you have access to a teleporter, there are many worlds to explore. Go from place to place collecting and using items. About half of them are used in the area you found them in, the rest go through the teleporter. Use the powered portals to get to areas from previous Submachine games. You'll finish this part of the game when you gather all the pieces to activate the powered portal in the first area.

Main Areas

001 The Pyramid

There's a bunch of ancient Egyptian stuff around, but the pyramid walls look like copper. There's a couple of geared devises on walls, but neither is complete. There's a totem with Hieroglyphics on it, and there are some papers around with the same symbols. A box on an upper level has the same symbol as the totem, but it doesn't seem to do anything. There are a couple of jackal heads that teleport us between them, which is odd because there are ladders that reach them both. There's also an odd gray stone device with buttons, attached to a socket. There's nothing around that fits in, though.

The last hieroglyph page is in 111. The Karma Vile for the stone device is in 110P. You get the first Cog Wheel from the box when the totem is set up properly. The other 3 are in 001P, 101P, and 011.

The ladders both drop down into compartments below. There's a glowing portal down one, and a glowing device down the other. They look useful.

010 The Excavation

Looks like a work site, but the drill is busted. It's turned off and there's a handle in what looks like red sand. It appears to be solid. There's sand on the other side too, but it doesn't fill the hole. There's a machine that seems to open a hatch somewhere. There's a glowing Range Confirmator that may need power.

Get the handle and put it on the drill. Open the handles and pull both levers to activate it.

The drill must have already done its work, because there is equipment down its hole. One of the Range Confirmators is in a socket with a green light. There are two other sockets with red lights. There are two airlocks, but one is missing a handle. We can get past the other one. There's a closed hatch and a bar that looks like a handle.

Open the other airlock with the handle, place both Confirmators in the sockets and activate the machine to open the hatch

There's a piece of paper with a some kind of rune on it here, and a large portal beyond the hatch.

011 Shiva

This place consists of three large metal spheres, connected by a large pipe. The pipe is busted open and we can climb inside. Unfortunately, there are security fields blocking access to two of the spheres. We can enter the third, which has some kind of rotating device. Activating it changes some of its lights from red to green and vise versa, but anything but the original position puts up a security gate to that we can't leave. We can go all the way around the largest sphere and enter through a hatch. It seems to be a computer interface. There are a lot of green lights around. What could those be?

Use a Insulator Cap found in 101P to block the exit security gate. We'll assume the that emergency protocol has also been activated. It's in 110P

With the security gates partially deactivated we can enter all the spheres through the busted tube. The left sphere has a large portal in it. The right sphere now has a ladder visible that exits below. There's a copper Cog gear here.

100 Royal Storage

This place is full of old structures that seem to be held together by advanced technology. There are time and space anomalies all around, so movement doesn't always end up where we expect. There are signs naming five separate storage facilities. There's nothing else of interest here.

32/1 is all red brick inside. There doesn't seem to be any order to the rooms, and backtracking leads to new places rather than old ones. It would be easy to hide somthing in here. Luckily, the total number of rooms seems low. There are items scattered about, and two metal devices in walls. One seems to need completion, with oblong recesses in it. Another looks like a secure box we don't have access to.

Fill the first device with Karma Fuses to access the second.

33/1 is very small. There are some items on the floor, and you see all of it before returning to the entrance.

33/2 is also very small. Every exit leads back to the entrance, except the ones at the entrance. There are some things on the floor, but the large portal seems to be the reason this vault exists. Unfortunately, it's not active. There are round sockets in the wall nearby. Maybe it construction wasn't completed.

Fill the corners with Loop Stabilizers to active the portal.

33/3 has much more space inside, and has some kind of order to it. The left doors all lead to the same places, and the same is true for the other doors and ladders. Backtracking to previous rooms is somewhat possible. There are a lot of devises on the walls! Most of them have red and green indicators and labels, though there is one dial with labels from all the other devices, and one with multiple red lights with a panel that might open. There's also a large capsule here that looks similar to the one near the first teleporter. Far from the entrance, there's a paper with some history about an escapee. Maybe there's hope of escaping?

Activate each device after setting the dial to its label.

33/4 is also large, but as long as we don't go too far and end up at the entrance, we can backtrack through any rooms we visit. There are items lying around and a paper on the wall with a strange symbol on it. There are three devices on walls. One of them has two indicator lights on it.

Activate the two devices and then collect an item from the one with lights.

101 Cliff Side

There's not much here. There's an older stone statue of an ox that's missing some pieces, a paper with some strange message about multiple dimensions, and a piston. The piston activates a ladder that leads to an upper ledge. The piston there is missing, though, so we can't reach higher. There's a big spherical machine that is missing something according to the pedestal nearby. There's a metal piece that's almost fallen off the ledge, but it doesn't fit in the machine.

The Stone Grapes are in 011P and 001. The other ox statue is in 110. The Ladder Piston is in the ship near the start of the game. The Data Tape is in 001P.

Even with the machine satisfied, it doesn't seem to do anything useful. It only says that it's finished was it was doing. Maybe those cables are communicating with some other machine? The upper ledge has paper with a strange symbol on it. And a large portal.

110 Murtaugh's Lab

This place is huge! It also seems to be falling apart, like the docks, there are paths that lead to empty space and broken walls floating about. There's a machine on the far wall with a socked for some large device. There are three doors around the teleporter.

The left room is the most broken up, and things are scattered around the floor. There's a paper on the wall. Someone may have been studying the strange behavior.

The center room was poorly barricaded, probably because of some fancy equipment in it and its back room. There's a large capsule here like the one near the first teleporter. There's also a magnifying glass that doesn't have an experiment running. We could use it if needed without disturbing anything. There are skulls on tables and in drawers. Why would anyone want to look at skulls?

The third door just leads to three more! The left one has an out-of-place old stone statue of an ox, and a box with mostly small things around it. The center door leads to a large portal. It's got a number of smaller devices connected to it with wires. Half of them have green lights and hold a metal thing like the ones lying around the floors here. The other half are empty with red lights. The right door contains a large version on an experiment. The experimenter seems to have found a way to repair broken walls!

Fill the portal devices with Vector Finders. 3 are here, the others are in 101 and 100.

111 The Monastery

If there were monks here once, they lived a spartan life. Most interesting things look like they came from elsewhere. There's a paper with what looks like hieroglyphics on it. There's a metal bar near a statue. There's a large capsule like the one near the first teleporter. There's some electric device, that could be a sender or receiver. There's a large portal that looks like it belongs here, strangely enough, but it's not active. There's also a circular stand like the one used to gain access to the control room to power the ship. Too bad we can't remove the Light Sphere from there.

Use a Light Sphere from 101P or 100P to get an item that powers the portal.

'Sub' Areas

001P Submachine 5: The Root

We no longer have the metal keys to use the local teleporter, and it looks damaged by the karma portal anyway, so we're stuck in this area. The Coil we placed back then seems to have exploded, leaving a Light Sphere. There's a gear in the tub that looks out of place. We can move some panels from the wall to reveal a handle we didn't notice before. There's a ladder that leads to a socket in the wall. Opening the panel reveals that it's empty. Perhaps there's another one somewhere so we know what kind of thing plugs in.

Get a Root Finder from 101P to collect an item from below.

010P Submachine 4: The Lab

We've been on this roof before, but the ladder is broken, so we can't get to the familiar areas. There's a force field blocking the path, but it's controlled from our side. That's pretty sloppy security, or there's something inside that's important enough to stay there. There's a Light Sphere set up to get us into a new section of the lab. There's a page on the wall, something about time travel. There's a metal Ladder Step nearby, but there's no way it would fit the wooden ladder outside. There's another security device set up, this one is actually keeping us out. Maybe it's as sloppy as the one outside and we can trick it somehow.

There's a Chip with security codes hidden in 011P, but you'll need to head to 110 to actually get at it.

Past the security is a workbench with a tank of karma like the one from the other lab. This one is set up to dispense it. Maybe if we had an appropriate container we could use it to do the miracles we saw in the other lab?

The container is in 000, and the miracle works, so it's a late-game item.

011P Submachine 7: The Core

This is the large shrine we visited before, but it seems to have aged quite a bit. The telescopes that haven't fallen apart still point to the same locations, but the electrical equipment is broken down an full of stones. There are floating blocks outside; this place may be damaged by the same thing that damaged others. The entrance we used last time is completely gone. Looks like someone visited at one point, but there's nothing left of them now but a suit and a skull. There's a large machine in one room that looks like the one on the cliff. The pedestal has the same message on it as well. There's a note left behind saying someone will be back here eventually. Hope that wasn't them in the suit.

Satisfying the machine at 101 will provide an item here.

100P Submachine 3: The Loop

This was the place we were stuck doing puzzles for what seemed like forever. The rooms aren't stable like before, though. They're randomized like in another vault. There are so many rooms, it's hard to reach a location. There are two valve enclosures with four positions each, but one valve is missing. There are two receiver bells with dials that need activation before they'll turn. All four of these items are labeled. There's a devise with all those labels on it, with similar bells, and columns with lights that might move. There's a grid of some kind of material, with the corners of the grid missing. There's a device that seems to be ripped out and has wires dangling. Finally, there's a mount with two lights, presumably where the reward for this puzzle is kept.

The missing valve is in the basement past the back door of 000. It might still be locked at this point. Use the valves to line up the lights with a bell, then turn the dial of the corresponding bell. Repeat. Grab the reward. More hints are in the Efficiency Walkthrough, but this is a long difficult puzzle, so don't get discouraged.

101P Submachine 8: The Plan

This is a small section of a world visited not long before. The Coil is still there powering the dimensional locater, but the ladder is missing. We no longer have the controller that let us jump between worlds. Luckily, someone has set up a light sphere crown to get us into the pod without it.

There's a Light Sphere below and the other is in 001P.

Some of the equipment has been removed from the pod, but they left a Cog above and didn't open the hatch after unlocking it. We've seen some Ladder Steps around, maybe if we get enough we can reach the area below us for the first time.

The 3 Steps are in 111, 010P, and 110P.

We made it down the ladder! There is a Light Sphere here, along with instructions for setting up the crown above. There is a little round device in a computer socket that isn't doing anything but make blue light. Maybe it will be of more use elsewhere.

110P Submachine 6: The Edge

This the the place we were dropped off to die when we couldn't pass a security check. The teleporter looks worse than before, and pieces of wall have fallen down, revealing an entrance we never say before. Too bad there's no valve on that hatch. There's some new equipment set up, some sockets, what could those have been for? Around the corner, there's a paper with a strange symbol on the wall. The path beyond seems to have broken off. The vents are rusted enough to remove the covers and enter.

There's a fuse for the socket in the lighthouse. The valve is in one of the vents.

There's a security system on through the left vent, but all the green balls needed to disable it are there. There are some items on pedestals (or fallen off), those must be important. There's also a large capsule like the one near the first teleporter.

The right vent has a four-way split with a machine controlling where to go, but it's blocked, so we can only go up. There's another one of those robot storage devices that seem to be everywhere. This one has something glowing in it.
The valve nearby is locked just like the entry machine is.

The Block Remover Tool is in the other vent. Use it on the center of the machine, unlocking it and the valves.

The valves control which two exits are open at any time. There are a few items around that could be useful, including the Hatch Valve for the hatch outside. Beyond the hatch is another security point like the one in the vent, but this one is missing the Plasma Charges that unlock it. We'll have to find those.

There's a Charge in each vent, and the other in in 011.

Beyond the security point is a monitor and a door labeled S3C. The monitor is for activating an evacuation protocol, but it doesn't open the door. It's a computer, so it's probably connected to somewhere else. Perhaps there's a way out available now.

The protocol is for 011. The door is opened in the ship at the beginning of the game.

It's like a treasure vault in here! There are nearly a dozen security stops, which lead to info about this place. We had a few of the little red balls that access it all. We should look for others.

111P Submachine 9: The Temple

We just came from here but it looks like a lot of time has past. There's a lot more red 'sand' everywhere, and the only accessible plaque is broken. It covers up most of the places we knew about. Finding an item in this would be like finding an needle in a haystack. There is one place to go, past a hole in the stairway where it looks like someone set up a dimensional locater. Too bad we don't have the control device, but it's broken anyway. There's a wire to some holding cylinder. If we can power it we might salvage something from this trip.

The Coil is in 101P

Chapter 3: Down the Rabbit Hole and Back

This part of the game is again more linear, with a little backtracking. Explore the oldest sections of Submachine games in order to open up the rest of the options. Don't be afraid when the exit disappears on you. You'll find another way out to end this part of the game.

000P Submachine 2: The Lighthouse

This place was the real beginning of journey through the Submachine. Now it's so full of this red stuff that we can't go very far. There's a Light Sphere where the wisdom crystal was once. But it was taken, so the light is a mystery. The box with all the wires seems to have blown a fuse or something, since one of the levers is inactive. The path up is blocked, but there's a light crown around to get us to the other side of the room. The ladder won't extend, one of the wires is broken. There's a little box like the one in the lab nearby. There's also a transmitter hooked up to a grid of strange symbols, like the ones we've found on paper.

Enter the 4 runes into the transmitter. The papers are at 010, 100, 101P, and 110P. The receiver is at 111. Use the item to fix the wire, and pull the lever on the box to extend the ladder

Submachine 1: The Basement

Ah, the original Submachine game console. There's a note about the lab stuff nearby, but the game is where we first noticed something was different. And there's a karma portal here. Maybe we can here from somewhere else originally? Through the portal is a setup like at the end of the game, but it's all real... and fake! It's a bunch of paintings that make it look like we've reached the outside. The path circles a tower, but part of it is broken up with more floating walls. There's an elevator here. Looking out from it the paintings seem real. Well, real enough for a game. This is the ending of Submachine, and we're retracing our steps back through it. Maybe it was all real after all?

Well, these red rooms are new, but the elevator disappeared from under the same symbol it appeared under back then. There seem to be unsolved problems here. Levers and stones and switches. It's still like a game setup, everything nearby just needs to be rearranged properly, and maybe we'll get to the portal behind the glass. The raised bed doesn't seem all that necessary, though.

The stone goes on the scale, the stone gets turned to match the mark on the other one, the switches need to be flipped, and all 4 levers can be collected and inserted into their spots around the glass.

Now this is familiar! All the puzzles here are just as we left them, but more broken apart and moldy. It must have been real after all! Well, lets collect all the items from before, maybe they'll be useful outside. There's a portal where the original exit was. The wisdom crystal is missing of course, but there's another Light Sphere in its place. Maybe they 'grow back' after a long enough time? Continuing to retrace our steps leads us back to the old house. Did we come from here originally?

Chapter 4: Cleaning Up the Mess

This part of the game is about traveling around, dealing with all the unfinished business you've noticed along the way. Find a way to reconstruct damaged sections of the world. Collect and use all the secrets now. Reach the giant bulb at the top of the lighthouse to move on to the last part.

Find a tool

We're back at the house, and have access to every location and portal. Are there any mysteries we couldn't deal with before that we can now? How about the large capsule right here by the door?

Use the 4 Fuses from the basement to activate the 4 capsules. They're in 100, 110, 110P and 111.

There's an Empty Karma Stabilizer inside. Perhaps we should fill it with karma?

The karma tank is in 010P.


Perform the miracles

Leaving the lab, we see that the roof tiles dislodged by proximity to the karma portal are reacting to the Stabiliser. Using the Stabiliser on them actually fixes the broken roof! How many other places did we come across that had broken, floating pieces?

at least 11 ;-) (but one was the roof you just fixed, and two can't be fixed)

There were so many places to go! Mostly there were Tiles to collect. There was a pathway with a message about a sentient machine, a box of junk that looked interesting, and more! The one in the basement was really confusing, The submachine game seems like a real place, but the portal took us to some electronic world. Were we really in the game? This last place has a door that seems to be unlocked by placing Tiles above it. Let's see if we have all 4.

The tiles are in repaired karma portals in 000, 000P, 110, docks.

Chapter 5: Leaving the Submachine

Almost done! The karma doorway leads to the top of the lighthouse. The items in the there are used to acquire the pieces of the final mechanism. It's not very hard either. Just don't activate it if you want to try to get all the secrets. You have to start over from the beginning once you see the ending.

Enter the Lighthouse (Submachine 2)

Past the doorway is a steel room with a note about entering the Submachine, and what looks like a security system. There are two fuse sockets that may need to be filled.

The Fuses are in 011P and 100P

The ladder leads to the lighthouse. There's another note about a sentient machine. The large lamp we powered back then is still active! Too bad it didn't take us out of the submachine then. Better not try again that way. Since it didn't work, we might as well take these items nearby.

The large lamp still leads back into the loop like it did before!

Leave the Submachine for good

With the ID we can get further into the ship. It turns out it was just an observation deck, but there's some equipment up here. There's also a note about the lamp turning off. Will someone be expecting us?

We have a Portable Light Crown and the Light Sphere that activates it. Now all we need is a place to set it up. There was a note about needing something else as well. Maybe whatever that is will be the last clue to making this work.

The note was in 101P, get the Converter in 110P. Set it all up in the lighthouse.

Enjoy the Ending!

They are Murtaugh and Elizabeth. They are the people the notes have been written by or about for the entire Submachine series. See the karma arm? This game would have been much easier with one of those!

Efficiency Walkthrough

Here you'll find what I think is a really efficient path through the game. It's not the common path, but I've left directions in each goal for getting the stuff you've missed if you're not following along. It's divided into milestones and steps. If you don't know what to do, check which milestones you've completed and take a look under the next one you haven't.

Progressive spoilers: strategy, steps broken down, solutions and pointers

Reach the Teleporter

Look around and do a bunch of obvious stuff. You can ignore the Backpack if you're following this walkthrough, but you may want it just in case. You'll eventually find a red and white mechanism with three buttons in a row and one underneath. That's the teleporter. The top three set the location and the bottom one activates it, sending you to another, different-looking teleporter. You're at 000 currently.

Step-by-step

- There's a Light Sphere at the top of the ladder
- Use it to access the building.
- Use the levers to move the ladder to the ship.

Third from the left goes down, rest stay up

- Get the Ship ID Number and use it to get a Bottle Fuse.
- Power up the ship and enter.
- Get the Door Valve and Ladder Piston from the ship.

From entrance, Valve is left then up all the way, Piston is right all the way and up, then left

- Use the Door Valve to exit the ship

Exit door is right from the Piston

- Click through obstacles to reach the teleporter.

Secrets

None accessible now


Activate the '110' Powered Portal

For this we need 5 Vector Finders, but 3 are in 110 in rooms near the portal. We need to teleport to two places to get them before heading to the portal. For efficiency, we should take a Plasma Charge with us, found in a fourth teleport location, and well hidden. You can get all of these items without needing any others.

Step-by-step

- Visit 100, get the Vector Finder, it's somewhere left of the teleporter

Enter the storage vault, there's only one left of the teleporter. The doors lead to 5 random rooms, so keep clicking until you see a metal object in front. Get it and click doors until you see the vault arms, signifying the exit.

- Visit 101, get the Vector Finder, it's nearby

Use the Piston to call the ladder. Take it up one screen, the Vector Finder is a metal object on the edge of that ledge.

- Visit 011, get the Plasma Charge, it's a small green sphere

Follow the ladders all the way around the spheres. Enter the large one at the hatch and go to the left of the massive computer. One of the glowing green things is the Plasma Charge.

- Visit 110, three rooms have Vector Finders, one has the portal

Enter the door left of the teleporter, the Vector Finder is down the stairs. Enter the door right of the teleporter, the Vector finder is past obstacles, down a hallway, and inside a desk. Enter the door further right of the teleporter, to see three more doors. The Vector Finder is in the right room and the portal is in the center room.

- Activate the Portal

With the Vector Finders selected, click each socket with a red light to insert the Vector Finder. The portal will glow blue.

Secrets

Secret 1 is in the vault, you'll be back later, so no pressure. An item for accessing the secret room is here.

Complete the Ladder

For this we need 3 Ladder Steps, each in a different teleport location. One is, as you've guessed, behind the portal we just activated. While we're there, we'll save ourselves a trip by getting a rune and activating Shiva's emergency exit protocol. The second Step is a quick grab like the Vector Finders, but we'll collect a paper with a hint while we're there. The third Step will take some work, since we need to gain access to the powered portal to reach it.

Step-by-step

- Enter the portal at 110, find the crawl vents and rune paper.

Go left, click to open, left again for rune

- Enter the left vent, then the right, collecting everything

Both vents only have a few rooms. The left one is easy, collect the Plasma Charge, click to deactivate the security grid, and collect the Block Removal Tool. The right one needs the Removal Tool to get the center mechanism working, then there's a wheel in rooms to rotate it. Click once when going through, 3 times when going back. Collect the Plasma Charge in the first room, Ladder Step in the second, and Hatch Valve and Karma Vial in the third.

- Enter the Hatch right of the portal, activate Shiva's emergency protocol

It's high up on the wall. Connect the Hatch Valve and open it. Inside, place the three Plasma Charges in the box and click the screen to deactivate the barrier. If you're missing a Charge, get it from 011. Click the large screen and click the protocol toggle to change it.

- Visit 111, collect the Ladder Step and paper with Hieroglyphics

Step is far right of teleporter, paper is far left.

- Visit 010, activate the drill

At the far left of the teleporter is a handle, connect it to the drill and open both handles. Pull the lever you just passed, then come back and pull the handled cord to activate the drill

- Grab items underground and use them there to find the portal

Enter the hole right of the teleporter, collect the Range Confirmator. Enter the drill hole, place the Confirmator in one of the sockets. Get the Air Lock Handle in the bottom right and use it to open the Lock at the bottom left. Get the other Confirmator and the rune paper behind it.
Place the Confirmator in the other socket. Activate the hatch in the other hole, then return to the hatch to find the portal beneath.

- Enter the portal, collect the Ladder Step

Grab the Canister powering the portal blocking your path and proceed inside the building. The Ladder Step is down the stairs and to the left.

- Visit 101 again, grab the rune paper, enter the portal, finish the Ladder

Go up to the second ledge this time. If you don't have the Ladder Piston set up, get it from the Ship and set it up. There's a rune paper at the top, then the portal. The ladder is just left of the portal, use the Steps to complete it.

Secrets

The Secret Vault is the door labeled S3C, but you can't get in yet

Acquire the Second Light Sphere

The first sphere is just beyond the ladder in 101P, but this is the 'harder' one to get. If you found the 'easy' one first, see 'Complete the Ladder' above to access this one. Use the Light Sphere to access the pod, and collect the other 4 items in this area. There are no more puzzles here. Avoid the paper. It has a hint for the end of the game, but it will fill an extra inventory slot so it's not worth it unless you're collecting them. After this area we'll grab the other Cog Wheel, and go collect the 'easy' Sphere. We waited so that we can complete that entire area, including past the portal, in one trip!

Step-by-step

- Collect 4 items in 101P

There's a Root Finder left of the ladder. Use the Light Sphere to access the pod. There's a Cap in the hatch and a Cog up above. The Coil is next to the portal out.

- Visit 011, the route has changed, and there's a Cog Wheel nearby

Enter the busted tube and head into the lower sphere. Use the Insulator Cap on the mechanism to avoid getting locked in. Head into the large sphere and take the ladder down to get the Cog Wheel. If there's no ladder, activate it in 110P. If you don't have the Plasma Charge you need, it's at the left of this large sphere. The instructions are in 'Complete the Ladder' above.

- Visit 001, reach the portal

You should already have the Cog you need, but you'll need the other one in a minute so lets get it. There's a totem right of the teleporter. Go up twice to find the hint papers for it. They are Hieroglyphics and repeated symbols show you how to line up the papers. If you don't have the third one already, you can get it from 111, but it would be easier now to just try all the options for the last symbol. The box up and to the left will be open if all the symbols are correct. Collect the large Cog Wheel and use it in the nearby mechanism to lower the ladder. There are two, but the Cog only fits in the correct one. Follow the ladder down to reach the portal.

- Collect 3 items past the portal, including the Light Sphere

The Light Sphere is visible, and the small Cog Wheel is in the tub.
Clear the metal plates on the far right to access another portal. Use the Root Path Finder (described above) to reach the Data Tape.

- Finish up the area by collecting the last 2 items

Exit the portal and use the Cogs (described above) in the other mechanism. Head down to the jackal head and click until it brings you to the other one. There's a ladder down to a Portal Charge, and a device that takes the Karma Vial and gives a Stone Grape when the third button from the top is clicked. If you don't have the Karma Vial, get it from the tunnels left of 110P. Use the Jackal to get back to the teleporter.

Secrets

Nothing here

Activate the '000' Powered Portal

By now you've seen most of the areas, and we'll see most of the rest for this objective. The goal is to make use of your items to get 3 Portal Stabilisers and a Portal Charge. We have to visit one of two locations twice to finish up, so we'll pick the one that's quicker. Depending on how you used the first Light Sphere, you may have different items, so the first step is to use the second Sphere to get caught up.

Step-by-step

- If you haven't yet, use the Light Sphere at 101P, then finish 001

This is described above in 'Acquire the Second Light Sphere'. The end result should be: Insulator Cap, Coil, Portal Charge, Stone Grape, Data Tape

- Use the other Sphere in 111, get the Portal Stabiliser in 111P

You can use the Sphere down the right ladder. You get a Glyph that powers the portal. There's only one thing to do in 111P, go left and up the stairs to plug in the Coil and find the Stabiliser at the end of the wire.

- Quick stop at 101 to drop off the Data Tape

That big computer on the ledge needs it

- Visit 011P, get Stabiliser, Grape, and Skull

If you can't get there, use the Insulator Cap in the lower sphere to enter the left sphere. There's a Grape Stone in the box on the floor, a Skull in one of the rooms, and a Stabiliser in another.

- Quick stop at 101 to drop off 2 Grape Stones

The ox statue to the left needs completion

- Visit 110 to get the Stabiliser, drop off Canister

Go right from the teleporter. The door left of the portal door has the Stabiliser. Left from the teleporter is a socket for the Plasma Canister. Take the short detour if you're collecting secrets, it will save an inventory space.

- Activate the 000 Portal

Actually, don't do it yet. Save the trip and start the next walkthrough section to get the clue first. It's a big milestone so it deserved to be written here... You have all the items, so head right and down from the teleporter to reach the portal. Plug in the 3 Stabilizers and Portal Charge, then press the lever to activate the portal.

Secrets

Secret 2 is in the tomb. Secret 3 is in the shrine, you'll be back there later.

Open the Back Door to '000'

The puzzles here are mostly local, so enter the portal and keep pressing forward. There's a place to backtrack at the beginning, so we'll get the last rune paper first to minimize that. There are a bunch of items to get just before reaching the door, so it's best to get them now.

Step-by-step

- Visit 100 to get the last rune paper

Far right of the teleporter there's a ladder up to 33/4. Enter and go right until you see the rune paper on the wall. Go right again to return to the entrance so you can leave. There are puzzles here, but now is not the time to do them. You should have 4 rune papers now. The others are in 101, 110P, and 010.

- Activate the transmitter in the basement

The portal from 000 is right and down from the teleporter. Head down to get a Light Sphere, then up to use it. Left of the path past that is where you enter the runes. Each input has a different set of runes, so click until you see one that's on your papers. Like the temple totem, nothing will happen here when you set all the runes. Now we backtrack and find the receiver.

- Reach the elevator

The rune receiver is in 111, down the ladder left of the teleporter. Take the fork and return to the blocked path. Use it to complete the wire, then head around to the box near the area entrance. Flip the switch to lower the ladder. Head back to the ladder. Use the portal below and head left to the elevator.

- Solve the red room puzzles

Click elevator buttons to reach the red rooms. The puzzles here are all self-contained. Move back and forth between rooms, flipping switches, grabbing items and using them. You'll finish by releasing the glass covering a portal out.

You need 4 Levers. One is on the ground. One is accessed by pressing both switches, then retrieving it from the upper right room. For the third, take the Stone Weight from the lower right and put it on the platform in the lower left. Finally, check the notch in the stone wheels. Move the one to line up with the other, and take the Lever from device just left of the exit. Put all the Levers around the exit to access the portal. An efficient path is: right, all down, all up, all left, exit.

- Grab some stuff on your way back

This is a reminiscing area, with no puzzles left to solve. Go down, left and grab the four white fuses. Then up, left, up to the portal. Before you go, you should get the Valve just left of the portal, and the Light Sphere right and all the way up from the portal.

- Remove the beam from the door to reach 000

Secrets

An item for Secret 10 is near the rune paper, but we don't need it yet and will be back later. Secret 4 is here, you have to backtrack to the red rooms. Items needed for Secrets 4, 5, 6, and 7 are in the yellow rooms.

Fill the Stabiliser with Karma

Now we can satisfy the large capsules that we've seen around the place. That will get us a Stabiliser, which we can then fill to make it useful. The idea is straight forward, but it's a major milestone that involves searching back through places we've been.
Step-by-step

- If you missed them, get the 4 Fuses and Skull

The fuses are in the yellow rooms through the back door in 000, the Skull is from 011P

- Visit 111, place fuse

It's down the ladder left of the teleporter

- Visit 100 33/3, place fuse

Second storage room right of the teleporter. Go right once from the entrance, place the fuse and return the way you came. Again, there are puzzles here, but we'll get to them later.

- Visit 110, place fuse, get Chip

The large capsule is through the door right of the teleporter and down the hall. On the other side of that room is a magnifying glass you can use to examine the Skull.

- Visit 110P, place fuse

Go through the left crawl vent and alternate right and up until you reach the large capsule.

- Return to 000, collect Empty Karma Stabiliser

It's by the door left of the teleporter.

- Visit 010P, fill Stabiliser

There's a security point in the lower level. Move the pedestal with a click and place the Explorer's Chip on it. Click the scanner to proceed. Put the Stabiliser on the lab equipment and turn the dial on the tank to fill it.

Secrets

Secret 6 is in the lab.

Enter the Lighthouse

The Stabiliser allows us to enter many new (small) areas. We need to collect 4 Tiles from them, and 2 Plasma Coils. We finally solve the puzzles in the Royal Storage, unless they've been completed along the way.

Step-by-step

- Visit 100, activate portal

Explore the vaults looking for Loop Stabilisers and Karma Fuses. They're all 'loops', so doors may not lead where you expect. Start on the right of the teleporter. Down the ladder you can get one of each item pretty easily. The next vault has a Fuse at the right and the portal on the left of the entrance. The next vault has a puzzle to get an item. Set a switch, then activate the corresponding mechanism. Repeat until you get the Stabiliser. The upper vault is hardest to navigate. Solve the puzzle by clicking two different levers, and a panel with a Stabiliser will open. A Fuse is on the ground. Head left of the teleporter to the other vault. Find a Fuse on the ground and use all 4 in a mechanism. Click to activate. Find the Stabiliser in an opened panel. Head right of the teleporter to the first vault. Enter and place the Stabilisers around the portal.

If you're really stuck

33/3:
Enter, Left, Dial to '1', Up, Set Device, Left, Dial to '2', Right, Right, Right, Set Device, Right, Left, Dial to '3', Down, Set Device, Left, Dial to glyph, Down, Down, Get item, Down, Exit.
33/4:
Enter, Left, Left, Get item, Up, Set Device, Right, Right, Right, Down, Set Device, Up, Left, Get Item, Left, Exit.

- Visit 100P, get Plasma Coil

This is the most difficult and annoying puzzle in the game. There are 10 rooms that you reach randomly with each exit click. There are two dials to turn that need to be activated by certain configurations of two Valves, one of which needs to be placed from the inventory. It's all coordinated visually by a device with two small lights on two labeled columns and two labeled transmitter horns. Horns correspond with dials and columns correspond with valves. Set the valves so that the two lights are even with a horn, forming an electric arc. Turn the dial for that horn, which should be lit up. Repeat. Find the panel that should now have two green lights on it. Click to get the Plasma Coil. Find the entrance and get out.

If you don't even want to try

This only works if you start with the left light on top and the right light on bottom like how the puzzle starts off. Turn the 'left' (with turnstile symbol pointing left) valve 1 time, turn the 'right' valve 2 times. Activate the dial of the glowing receiver. Turn the 'left' valve 1 time, turn the 'right' valve 3 times. Activate the dial of the glowing receiver. Pick up the item. Find the exit.

- Visit 110, get Tile D

Left of the teleporter is a socket for the Plasma Canister. Use it to access a broken karma portal. Fix it with the Karma Stabiliser. Enter to find Tile D.

- Visit 011P, get Plasma Coil

To the right of the shrine is a broken passage. Fix it with the Karma Stabiliser, enter the portal and collect the Coil.

- Visit 000, get Tile C

To the right of the teleporter is a broken wall. Fix it with the Karma Stabiliser to access Tile C

- Visit 000P, get Tile B

Head through the area to the karma portal. Head right to some broken bits in the air. Fix them with the Karma Stabiliser to access Tile B. You'll have to exit the way you came, since the elevator is gone.

- Return to docks, get Tile A, enter Lighthouse

Exit the ship. The wall near the Light Sphere is broken. Fix it with the Karma Stabiliser to access Tile A. Enter the building, go up then take the stairs down. They're broken, but you can fix them. Insert each Tile to enter the door. Insert each Coil and click the screen to call the ladder. Enter the vent and climb the ladder to reach the lighthouse.

Secrets

Secret 1 is in a vault. An item for Secret 10 is in a vault, but you may need to get it on the way out to if you're worried about inventory space. Secret 7 is in the loop. Secret 8 is in the lab, as is the other item for Secret 10. Secret 10 is now reachable. Secret 5 is on the way to Tile B. Secret 9 is at the docks.

Exit the Lighthouse

There are three items needed to exit, and one you should have by now. The two items to the left and right of the large bulb in the lighthouse can each be traded for one of the others. Put them together in the right place and it's all over. Don't activate them if you want to collect secrets. Once you see the ending you have to start the game over.

Step-by-step

- Get the Portable Light Crown from the ship

The top of the ship is up from the three way pipe. Insert the Id Card and climb the ladder to get the Crown.

- Visit 110P, get the Portable Light Crown Holder

Right of the teleporter are a couple of fuse sockets. Insert the Fuse in one and take the Holder from the other.

- If you don't have it yet, get the last Light Sphere

It's in the yellow rooms through the back door of 000

- Return to the lighthouse to see the ending

Go back to the docks and under the building to the lighthouse. Insert the Holder in the fuse socket, the Crown in the Holder, and the Sphere in the Crown. Click to complete the game and see the ending.

Secrets

Visit the secret vault when you're nearby. You can use all the secret balls to reveal history messages, and a final 'Thank You' from creator Mateusz Skutnik

Secrets

Generally in order of accessibility

Progressive spoilers: hint title, area and needed items, detail

Secret 1

Storage Vault

110 32/1 Nothing needed

The secret is on the wall by the upper right light in the room with the mechanism you open to get an item. Click the dot that's redder than the rest of the wall.

Secret 2

Tomb

111P Nothing needed

The secret is in a big pile of sand right of the entry point into the tomb. Click the oddly colored highlight to get it.

Secret 3

Telescope

011P Nothing needed

Collect two parts of a telescope from rooms in the shrine and assemble them on a mount in another room. Look through the telescope to release the secret.

Secret 4

Sleeping Spoon

000 Red area, after completing powered portal

Take the Spoon back to the previous area from where you found it and place it on the raised bed. The little door will open revealing a secret.

Secret 5

Basement Box

000P, with Pearl

Get a Pearl from what looks like a faceless upright clock in the area behind the locked door. Put it in the box just off the main route through the powered portal.

Secret 6

Lab Box

110, with Pearl

Get a Pearl from what looks like a faceless upright clock in the area behind the locked door of 000. Put it in the box through the left door of the three at the right of 110.

Secret 7

Loop

100P, with 4 Stone Cubes

Get four stone cubes from the floor of a room past the locked door in 000. Travel through the loop until you see a grid with missing corners. Place a cube in each corner. Travel through the loop until you see the backing of the grid, with a secret available.

Secret 8

Pillars

110, with Karma Stabiliser

At the far right of the area are some broken pillars. Repair them with the stabiliser to access the secret.

Secret 9

Entry

000 Docks, with Karma Stabiliser

Return to the place of your entry to the game, far left of the Docks. Repair the wall to access a karma portal to a little place with a secret.

Secret 10

First Sight

000, with Long Stick and Metal Spring

The first is the last! Enter 100 33/4 (top right vault) and go right three times to find a long stick. Go to 110, left along the bridge made using the Plasma Canister. Repair the wall and enter the portal to find a box with a spring inside. Combine the stick and spring by clicking one on the other. Use the stick on the visible secret in the hole to retrieve it.

Secret Vault

Battery

110P, Battery

Gain access to the vault door during normal game progression. (Find a Hatch Valve in the tunnels to the left of the entry to 110P. Use it on the hatch to the far right of the entry. Enter, and disable the force field with three plasma charges found in the tunnels and 011.) Find a Triple A Battery on the floor under the stairs in 110. At 000 Docks, place the battery in the slot in the ship near the captain's id reader. This opens the door to the secrets vault, at 110P

Thanks:
JayIsGames - For hosting and informing me of this game
JayIsGames commenter lordofdark - For reference maps and loop info
Other commenters - For the secrets I missed
Creator Mateusz Skutnik - For years of great service to gamers

GitHub: Submachine10Walkthrough for latest

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River Cat January 3, 2016 8:05 AM replied to Kygron

Great walkthrough kygron - congratulations. I've been working on an efficiency, trying not to use the backpack and minmize back and forth, but didn't quite manage. Thanks to Mateusz Skutnik for years of pleasure, I can't believe, don't want to believe it has finished.

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Thodan January 4, 2016 12:40 PM replied to Fubwubs

Probationer - did you ever find a solution to your bug - I'm at the same spot. I've had 4 cogs - two large and two small. I used one of the large ones for the ladder on the right and the two small ones on the ladder on the left. But I am unable to use the second large one to activate the ladder on the left.

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You need a door handle on the ship. Keep looking. Good luck , this is fun.

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Note that there is a glitch which appears in some other submachine games where -very occasionally- if you click before it's finished moving or otherwise mildly offend it, hotspots disappear until you leave and reenter the room, or sneak up on them, or otherwise mess around a bit. This happened to me in

001P

making me miss a very, VERY important spot and causing me a bunch of distress because

I hadn't gotten the data drive, so I hadn't activated SHIVA, which the walkthrough thought I had, so I was staring at the other empty rooms in 111P screaming at the screen trying to find the item which wasn't in plain sight after all

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Beautiful, HUGE, game. It took me hours. Hours. With only a few hints (thanks, JIG community). Prepare to neglect your kids, your work, your life because this submachine will suck you in.

I do recommend replaying the other submachine games before -- it makes the experience much richer.

I am, however, really pissed off about the Secrets situation:

namely, that I finished the game with all 10 secrets, but didn't reach the hub before finishing. Now, I would have to replay the entire thing to get to the hub and that's just not going to happen for a long while. I've left the submachine and am returning to life. Secrets be damned. But really, there should be a way to reenter after finishing for a chance to find the hub.

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NohWoman January 6, 2016 7:00 AM replied to polp54

funny.

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I... I got all the way to the end, and I lost my save.

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crying i sped through the efficiency route to the cogs after I lost my save, put them in too fast, offended the machine god, and now it won't recognise that I put them in at all and refuses to turn the wheel.

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Ok, very cool game, but I am stuck :D

I am very far in progress, e.g. I have found the secret location. No item in inventory left. What I think I am missing: one white teleport gem and one ladder piece to use in the 8th chapter section, a valve to use in the loop, a strange valve to use in the mini-shila in 101, cog wheel parts to move ladder in 001. I haven't gone through shila's green gates and have not used the big steel boxes with 4 red lights.
Some ideas where to find one of these? :D Thanks!

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Cyberjar88 January 22, 2016 2:07 PM

I realize that this is a very long game, but where is the review we were promised a month ago?

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Aluminisin January 30, 2016 5:28 AM

Im towards the end of the game, And in the

red basement i didnt pickup the 4 red and white fuse things in the machine(and the 4 blocks/clock pearls) since i didnt see them at the time.

Im 87% sure theyre required to complete the game. But when i try to go back through i

cant get back to the red room because the elevator is missing

ive player for 4 hours already and dont want to have to restart but i will if i have to.

Is there any way to

complete the game without the red and white fuse things?

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hatospali January 30, 2016 10:36 AM replied to Aluminisin

No, there's no way, but you can go back! Not on the way you arrived there at first, but somehow you leave that place...

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hatospali January 30, 2016 10:37 AM replied to Aluminisin

of course leave = 've left

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Aluminisin January 31, 2016 12:49 AM replied to hatospali

what

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hatospali January 31, 2016 8:37 PM replied to Aluminisin

Go BACK for the thingies!

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love the submachine games, but this one is too big to finish in one go and the auto-save doesn't seem to be working for me :( (I think I started it at least 3 times, and I don't like having to keep having to starting again!) so I have to leave it uncompleted at the moment. Maybe I'll come back to it in the future when I have a spare day...

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Finally finished w/o really needing help. There were many times that I hit a wall and was about ready to give up, but I'd find something new and plod along solving puzzles and finding new places. Great game for sure. Good luck to those still trying.
The final scene is indeed awesome.

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KYGRON ~ SOOOOO FRUSTRATED right now! Over many weeks of my casual game play, I have been able to peek at your Walkthrough whenever I've hit a bump in the road. You've always seemed to nudge me through the tough spots. :)
Now, I understand the rush to get a walkthrough out there from the get-go, and the resulting "short-hand" style of a rushed walkthrough.....but riiiiight at the very end, the very last section of directions, in fact: "Constructing the Exit Path, the last". And right when we get near (ahem) THE EXIT...well, your directions get downright FUZZY and I have been pulling my hair out for a couple of hours (total).
BETWEEN #7 and #8

...exactly, is where it all goes CRAZY with your directions.
It's almost as if you left out a few lines of direction?
Suddenly, out of nowhere, you are referring to a "converter"...
What?
We have the "Light Sphere" (White ball of light)
We have the "Portable Light Crown" (The circular tool used to propel the ball of light)
You are totally vague about what to do, with what, and how to do it.
I have walked through this portion of directions a few times and ALWAYS hit this brick wall at #7-#8.
(I am running 3 separate Submachine10 games, by the way)
I have yet to complete the game, because your directions are vague and seem to be rushed at the end, at the EXACT part when I needed help the most....
I totally understand! It must be VERY EXCITING to finish this game.
I have yet to experience this rush though...
:(

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SDRanger February 29, 2016 12:11 AM replied to SDRanger

KYGRON ~ NEVER MIND!.......Of course, I found the solution RIGHT AFTER I clicked "SUBMIT" on my post to you. LoL
I then discovered that

it was implied that I actually PICK UP the object (the CONVERTER) in the column to the left of the FUSE that I had inserted.
(sigh)


OK, now I am OFF TO FIND THE EXIT!
Thanks again for all of your help!

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Kygron March 21, 2016 1:09 AM replied to SDRanger

Sorry for being vague, but, well, the descriptions walkthrough is supposed to be! There was a much clearer hint in the Efficiency walkthrough for your situation. Glad you found it eventually, and thanks for reading through the descriptions! I didn't know if anyone would want to hear my ramblings and vague hints ;-)

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This game will always hold a place in my heart.

I first found JayisGames a decade ago while searching for information on the first Submachine game, after I found it on another website. I remember wanting to find out how I was supposed to turn the pages of the diary, not realizing that there was only one page and the rest of it would be in the sequel. Yes, that was how I first found this website, and I've found so many great games through here since then. I remember MOTAS, the early rush of Japanese escape-the-room games, Escape to Obion, Archipelago, Shift (the White Kiwi game as well as the better-known series), The Doors, Disinfect the Core, The Asylum, Hapland, Perplex City (anyone else remember Perplex City? I nearly cried when that game went down)... I remember back when this site had a sidebar that randomly recommended games on it, and I would spend time just clicking the refresh button to randomly stumble on new games. it was such a new and strange world I found here, and I found all those because of Submachine.

So yeah, Submachine will always hold a special place in my heart, it'll always be associated with that feeling of this new bizarre world to explore.

As for this game itself...

Over the years, as the end of Submachine crept ever closer, I was dreading that the final entry, like the finales of Lost and Marble Hornets and True Detective, would be an incoherent mess that presented a lot of cool stuff but never tied up any of the ongoing subplots or seemed interested in answering any of the myriad questions the series had drawn us in with. It seemed inevitable, given the astounding number of plot threads to tie up. I was astounded by Submachine 10, because here was a game that addressed nearly every single question, tied them all together, sorted out the mess and gave a satisfying payoff to all this! This was... wow.

This game honestly ranked as my third-favorite video game of 2015 (not just favorite online indie browser game, my third-favorite GAME), right behind The Witcher 3 and Undertale.

It's been amazing getting here with you all.

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Patreon Donator dsrtrosy July 8, 2016 12:52 PM

I'm FINALLY getting play, and in systematically exploring, I got stuck in Storage 33 with no stabilizers. Is there no way out? Does this mean I have to start completely from scratch?

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dsrtrosy:

The storage rooms loop strangely, but if I recall correctly, you should always be able to get to a room with diagonal lines (bars?) running along the floor from the far wall "towards" your perspective. Once there you should be able to click near the bottom of the screen to "back out".

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