Hantenshin May 20, 2015 9:19 PM

How did you find:

The paper with the key on it?

?

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Hantenshin May 20, 2015 9:21 PM

How did you find

The paper with the key on it?

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Hantenshin May 20, 2015 9:24 PM

How did you find

The paper with the key on it?

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Regy Rusty May 20, 2015 9:26 PM

I'm thoroughly stuck in the room with the spiral staircase. I thought I'd solved the puzzle, but attempting to input the solution is causing no reaction so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

The key code is 24315 as found via the binoculars.

I'm pretty sure I've successfully mapped each number to its proper spot on the 3x3 grid.

Typing in the answer and then pressing the golden orb doesn't do anything though. It seems like it should give an indication that I'm wrong but there's just no reaction. Am I doing the right thing and I probably have some aspect of the puzzle wrong or is there something else I missed?

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hatospali May 20, 2015 9:27 PM replied to Sessie

I don't really remember, but:

something was more informative, when I took it out to the hallway, perhaps a book or a paper

huh, I'm tired, and go to sleep. I'll finish it tomorrow.

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Regy Rusty May 20, 2015 9:30 PM

And of course I immediately figure out that I had mixed up bottom left and bottom right when writing my notes down.

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First of all... HOLY CRAP A NEUTRAL ESCAPE.

Secondly! I need some help in the windmill room. Here's where I'm at:

I have the wooden square with two prongs and a button on it, a black weathervane that seems to be missing an arm, two different pieces of what I'm assuming are the same stone tablet (different symbols on either), and E-shaped piece of metal, and that giant dragonfly tablet that has some patterns on the back. I've unlocked the butterfly box and the shell cupboards, as well as found the working version of the weird machine next to the lighthouse. I have noted the sequence of the symbols under the dome too. I also saw a white ball with 3 black squares in it, which I am assuming is some kind of hint for that big panel of squares?

I'm kinda stumped now. Any hints to point me in the right direction would be welcome!

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CptnSuz May 20, 2015 10:05 PM replied to Squiddly

@ Forsythe & hatospali: Thanks for the nudges!

@ Squiddly: Sounds like you need to investigate a few more places.

Have you looked at all the window sills? What about the locations shown in the photos below the butterfly cabinet?

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CptnSuz

Thanks, I got unstuck!

I found the little compartment under the middle window that I'd missed, and also realised that (duh) my 3-pronged piece of metal fits nicely into the three holes left by the dragonfly fossil. Making some progress now!

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Grrr. Why is this final door not opening?

I've recreated the four patterns and lit up eight symbols. I've removed the plate to reveal the final lock. But I cannot for the life of me figure out the order in which these symbols are to be entered.

I've tried the order they light up if I let the power flow from the beginning, but that doesn't take.

I've tried doing them clockwise in the order I encountered the patterns (yin-yang, circled square, sine, and dragon), no good.

Am I missing a hint somewhere?

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Wow. I'm in the basement now, this game just keeps going. Neutral have really outdone themselves this time. Thank god for the save feature, I need to get to sleep! But this is really spectacular. Hoping to break free tomorrow morning!

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Apparently complaining about it works (this goes beyond POP, I think). That or looking up a video walkthough that did EXACTLY what I was doing and yet somehow getting a result.

Whatever, I'm out.

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Regy Rusty May 20, 2015 11:21 PM

Finished it. That was magnificent. Truly Mya's magnum opus. You can see why it took more than four years for her to complete it - it's as long as several of the previous games combined!

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CptnSuz May 20, 2015 11:57 PM replied to Squiddly

Done! Wow! I had 3 pages of notes by the time I finished.

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pepperowl May 21, 2015 12:07 AM replied to Regy Rusty

Actually on the introduction page of the game Neutral says it took roughly 3 years to create it. Proof:制作に3年くらいかかっちゃいました.

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woohoo finally finish last night after long and escalating puzzle. hey guys any of you know how to contact the game author?

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thegreatescaper May 21, 2015 12:53 AM

OH MY GOSH, it's Neutral's forever upcoming game! Except it's here.
Oh my gosh.

Enjoyed every second of it. Dibs on the walkthrough... ;) Will take some time though (obviously! xD )

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Carlington May 21, 2015 12:54 AM

My brain hurts. I'm stuck:

At the top of the lighthouse, with no way back yet. I have a weathervane, a two pronged wooden thing with a button on it, and a stone with a dragonfly on the front and some shapes on the back. I've unlocked the little box with the black/blue/white light puzzle, and unlocked the cupboard under the lighthouse. I'm stumped on the butterfly cabinet combination lock, and the door handles that turn. I'm not sure what to do with the puzzle boxes next to and under the light house, but I don't think I have the clues for those yet anyway. I can see that the turning handles will have something to do with the shell cabinet, but I must be missing something because brute forcing it didn't work. (Maybe I need to set the handles to a few different positions in a certain order?) I have no idea where to find the combination for the butterfly case, or what to do with the grid of squares in the frame on the wall (although I have noticed that the second and fourth squares on the bottom row don't light up.

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Carlington May 21, 2015 12:58 AM replied to Carlington

POP on the

shell cupboard,

I'll keep going now.

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I am very much stuck:

I'm in the basement, found the three gems and got the paper with three squares from the chest, but now have absolutely no idea what to do.

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CptnSuz May 21, 2015 2:30 AM

@Hnery:

You might want to take a step out into the dark hallway. Maybe try reading that piece of paper in a different light.

I also recall there being some earlier comments about this point in the game that you may want to go back & read.

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funnyguts May 21, 2015 4:33 AM

Arrgh I think I've made it to the final section and I have no idea what to do.

I'm in the garden. I have a spade, and I've given one wooden egg to the wooden hen. I've found four patterns in chalk, and noticed the similar ones in the glass. I have no idea how to fix the monster's teeth or open the scaly chest. I definitely don't have the item I need to turn on the 6x6 square puzzle, or unlock the shed door, and so on. What should I be trying to do first?

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Pulsaris May 21, 2015 6:39 AM

For those people who don't like to load a half-hour youtube video, here is a badly written text walkthrough. Writing this up costs me six hours and I'm in no mood to proofread it. Some of the details are rather sketchy but I think most of the people here just need a nudge.

PROVISIONAL WALKTHROUGH

A. Gather the items

  1. You should be facing the door. Click on the right-hand-side plant and pick up the triangular thing on the soil.

  2. Turn right and face the desk. Check the rubbish bin as usual, and find a red ball inside.

  3. Click on the middle drawer of the desk. There’s a box with two holes inside.

  4. The bottom drawer of the cupboard has a tool, bound with rope.

  5. Turn right to see a large cabinet. Click on the sun and then click on white container. Take the red ball inside.

  6. Turn right to see a sofa. There’s a compartment near the bottom right of the sofa. Open it and pick up a light bulb.

  7. There is a clockwork key under the white cube.

B. The coins

  1. Now, take a look at all four decors. Note the shape of their bottoms.

  2. Turn left to face the cabinet. Look at the bottom left compartment, which is locked.

  3. Enter the four-digit code to open it using the clue.

    The code is: Two bars, hollow square, black circle, four dots

  4. Take the box on the left. Open it with the clockwork key. Get the first coin.

  5. You should have two red balls. Put them into the box with two holes. Get the second coin.

  6. Turn to the desk. Look at the painting above. The painting swings open upon clicking. Don’t bother with the Yin-Yang symbol for now, because at the far right, the third coin sits on the frame.

  7. Face the sofa, and take a look at the painting on the left. Note the position of the square, triangle and circle.

  8. Turn to the desk and look at the radio-like thing. There are three dials. Using the clue, unlock it and get the fourth coin inside.

C. The sun

  1. On the desk, there is a notebook telling you that you can get a key with the four coins.

  2. Turn to the sofa. Look at the coinbox on the left. Throw all four coins into the slot. Press the button, and a grey key comes out.

  3. Turn to the door. Look at the let plant. A metal panel hides in the top left corner.

  4. Look at the metal panel. Open it with the grey key.

  5. Take the paper, and you should see a hole. Insert the triangular thing into the hole.

  6. Click on the triangle to rotate it. Note the directions where the triangle lights up. After one whole revolution, click on it again and the triangle should be in your inventory again.

  7. Turn to the cabinet and look at the sun. Put the triangle inside the slot.

  8. Light up the correct triangles. The Sun should open up and take the red “comma”.

D. The lightbulbs

  1. Back off to look at the cabinet. Look at the checkerboard.

  2. Open the piece of paper you have. Compare it with the checkerboard.

  3. Back off and look at the grey box under the lamp. There is a 4x4 grid on the box! Use the clue you have now to open the box, and take the light bulb inside.

  4. Turn to the desk and look at the lampstand on it. Press the button on it and note the sequence.

  5. There is a similar stand in the bottom left compartment of the cabinet. Use the two lightbulbs on it.

  6. Press the buttons to light up the lamps with the correct sequence.

    If you have trouble, notice that the sequence that you pressed is in reverse to the sequence of the lights. Right left left right right left right.

  7. Take the red “comma”.

E. The two-legged plug

  1. Turn to the desk and look at the fish painting. The painting will swing aside, revealing a Yin-Yang symbol. Insert the two red commas into it.

  2. The dragon inside is locked, so don’t bother with it. Instead, take the key from the compartment on the left.

  3. The key opens the top drawer of the desk. There’s a book inside. Take it.

  4. There’s also a photo, saying that a red cross is under the sofa.

  5. Look at the book, and the first page shows a star, with five red crosses as vertices.

  6. There is a cross under the desk, under the sofa, and in the bottom left compartment in the cabinet. Under the potted plant on the cabinet, there is also a cross.

  7. Look at the photo again. Plot the red crosses on it. Where’s the final cross?

    Somewhere in front of the door.

  8. Turn to the door and click on the floor. The final cross is revealed, along with a two-legged plug. Take it.

F. The corkscrew

  1. Turn to the cabinet and look at the bottom right compartment. The handle at the right looks off. Examine it to reveal two holes. Use the plug on it.

  2. Turn the plug. This will unlock the compartment.

  3. Take the wine and the brown book. Forget about the green books first.

  4. Turning over the brown book shall reveal that it is actually bound by screws, not a lock.

  5. Using the screwdriver of the bottom left compartment, open the book and take the bronze key inside.

  6. Use the bronze key on the dragon. The dragon will spit fire.

  7. Use the flame to burn the rope on the bound tool. Open the tool and it reveals to be a corkscrew.

  8. Open the wine bottle with the corkscrew.

G. Symbols and numbers

  1. Pour the wine in the white container, which looks like an ice cube maker, on the cabinets. Note the pattern.

  2. Back off and look at the cupboard on the far left. Unlock the doors using the pattern and take the “dagger”.

  3. Examine the “dagger”, only to find out that it is actually just steel wire.

  4. Open the bottom drawer of the desk. The drawer cannot be fully opened, but you can take the paper inside using the “dagger”.

  5. Look at the paper, and it looks like it is torn.

  6. Look at the book again, and you should find out a page is torn. Fill it in with the piece of paper.

  7. There’s an “S” on the page, which looks like the guard of the “dagger”. In fact, you can use the dagger on the book.

  8. Now you have the clue to play with the round lamp on the cabinet.

    The sequence is: Lower circle, lower square, upper circle, lower square, upper circle, upper square, lower square.

  9. Take the key after you solved the lamp. Use the key on the drawer below the cupboard, where you have taken the “dagger”.

  10. Look at the pocket watch. You should now realize that the symbols on the coins and the green books are actually numbers.

  11. Go back to the coinbox and press the button on it. All four coins will be returned.

  12. Try putting the coin “1” and coin “2” into the box and pressing the button. You will get the symbol for “3”. Pressing the button again and you can get the coins back. Basically, the coinbox sums the numbers.

  13. Use the coinbox to get all numbers, from 1 to 9.

  14. After you become familiar with the symbols, put the green book into the bottom right compartment of the cabinet. Now you can move the books.

  15. Rank the books from 1 to 9, then press the big yellow lever.

    Do this yourself, since I’ll use the numbers to refer to the symbols from now on.

H. Seasonal finale

  1. Back off, and now you see a painting has fallen down. Pick it up.

  2. Unscrew it with screwdriver. Take the paper inside.

  3. The paper indicates the potted plant on the cabinet has something inside. Examine the plant to get the coin “5”.

  4. The corner of the paper seems to be charred.

    Burn the paper with the dragon.

  5. Symbols are revealed. Use this clue to properly place the coins into the nine holes on the cabinet.

  6. The cabinet will move down to reveal a secret passage. Escape!

    One section down, four more to go.

I. Gather more items

  1. You should be entering the next section empty-handed. First, look for the caged dragon. There are a pair of binoculars inside the cage.

  2. Walk up the stairs and stop when you see a stand on the right, with a ball on top. Grab the ball.

  3. Go to the top of the stairs and enter the room (actually a lift). Search the lift to find a notebook.

J. Solve the towering puzzles

  1. Look at the notebook. Look at the photo inside. Note the pattern on the back cover, with numbers “4916”.

  2. Then, go back down the stairs and find the secret place indicated by the photo. Grab the other ball.

  3. Examine the panel near the caged dragon, with the number “5” on it. Put the balls into the slots.

  4. A 3x3 grid lights up. Now go upstairs to find the patterns “7124” and “8617”.

  5. Now go upstairs to the top. Look right, and you should be looking at a key. Look up. Use the binoculars to look at the far scribblings.

    It reads “Key: 24315”.

  6. You should have realized that each cell in the 3x3 grid corresponds to a number. Find out which cell is which, and then input the code on the panel.

    If you are too stupid to do this, press on the grid in this order: top-left, top-middle, bottom-right, bottom-middle, centre.

  7. A key falls out. Use the key on the chest upstairs.

  8. From the chest comes a stone tablet. Put the tablet into the pedestal on the right.

  9. Go inside the lift and pull the lever. Off to new pasture!

    Strictly speaking, three new pastures before the final escape.

K. Gather even more items

  1. Turn left and look at the cabinet. Open the left door and take the stone fragment out.

  2. The grey-white thing poking out at the far right should not escape our eyes. Click on the far right and take the box.

  3. Click on the left window pane and take the wooden gadget.

  4. Click on the butterflies. A stone fragment hide on the left.

  5. Click on the dome at the centre. Take the black thing.

L. Rocks in my backpack

  1. The grey box can be opened using the butterflies as a clue. Take the key.

  2. Use the key to open the cabinet. Leave the box alone for now. Take the spanner behind.

  3. Go to the dragonfly fossil and open the compartment, revealing a screw nut. Use the spanner.

  4. Take the fossil. Now, open the compartment below using the spiral shells as a clue. Take the m-shaped handle.

  5. Use the m-shaped handle on the three holes where the fossil was. A secret compartment is opened. Take the stone fragment inside.

M. The secrets of the fossil

  1. Look at the middle window pane. Open the hatch.

  2. Put the stone fragments in it. Press the button to watch a sequence. Note it down.

  3. Use the noted sequence to open the box in the cabinet. Take the windmill sails.

  4. Use the windmill sails on the model windmill. Turn it to see different numbers.

  5. Look at the back of the fossil. Compare the pattern to the windmill sail without a corner.

  6. Unlock the compartment under the butterflies using the clue.

    The code is 5476

  7. Take the “telescope”, which is actually a laser pointer. Also look at the photos.

N. The black bird and the white dots

  1. One of the photos indicates a secret stash. Grab it.

  2. This black “spoon” you get should actually be used on the other black thing in your inventory. Now it is clear they are wind vanes.

  3. Install the vanes on the black bird’s cage. It will spin.

  4. Now go to the compartment below and look inside the glass. Note the pattern.

  5. Use the clue to solve the 15-dot puzzle. Notice that the bottom dots of the second and fourth columns cannot be lit. Hence the solution is unique.

  6. Take the bar-with-two-legs below and use it on the slot under the black key picture. Press on the bar to unlock.

O. The mystery box

  1. Take the bar besides the box and unlock the picture on the right. Note the pattern.

  2. Play with the box on the right to find out how to produce the pattern.

  3. Produce that pattern on the box next to model windmill. Take the wooden gadget.

  4. Combine the wooden gadgets. Notice the butterfly on it. One of the photos has told you that you should use it with the roof, on the octagonal hatch.

  5. Take the paper that falls. Back off and examine the panel below the dome, which has six identical symbols on it. Compare it with the piece of paper you get.

  6. Use this clue to unlock the box with two buttons missing. Take the harness.

  7. Go to the dome. Use the harness to latch the wire to the square loop. Press the yellow button.

  8. Take the key. Unlock the chest to reveal another stone tablet. Use the tablet with another stone pedestal.

  9. Get into the lift and pull the lever. All the fuss just for a laser pointer.

P. From top to bottom

  1. Before going downstairs, look up. Look at the flying dragon. But more importantly, note the swastika-like symbol. If you note it down now, you don’t need to backtrack later.

  2. When you are walking down, you will see the stone stand again, where you have taken a ball from it. If you are particularly good at the escaping trade, you should notice that the laser pointer has a hexagonal base, matching with the stand. Since we are now used to move to new areas empty-handed. You can put the laser pointer there.

  3. As the dragon is now hoisted up, its cage is now empty and you can climb down.

  4. Go into the darkness. You won’t be eaten by a grue.

  5. Turn around to find a light switch. Pull it.

  6. Pull it again and you find that it bounces back. Good, there is no way back now.

Q. Escape from basement

  1. A blue gem is hidden under the stones under the light switch.

  2. Turn to the three panels. Look at the stones. Move the stone at the far right away to reveal another gem.

  3. Look at the balance. The top of the balance can be opened, and please, take the gem inside.

  4. Put the gems inside the box at the right of the balance to get a piece of paper.

  5. This piece of paper has three squares on it. It is so helpful that you want to throw it into the darkness.

    Just go into the darkness and look at it.

  6. In the darkness, there is also a house-shaped symbol with an arrow inside.

  7. Now go play with the three panels.

  8. Before hitting the middle panel, note the patterns on it. If you note it down now, you don’t need to backtrack later.

  9. After finishing the puzzle, take the notebook.

  10. One of the hint reveals the code of the box on the left of the light switch. Remember the house-shaped symbol?

    The code is down, right, down-left, up-right

  11. Take the chain with padlock, and the hammer. Use the hammer to break the stone under the panels. Get the turquoise orb.

  12. Put the orb into the dragon’s eye. Use the clue in the notebook to solve the puzzle.

  13. Remove the orb, which is now glowing. Pu it into the large chest.

  14. Open the chest and take the green badge. Put the hammer into the hole as handle.

  15. Pull the lever. The grating above opens. Take the small chest.

  16. Turn left to look at the three panels. Look at the stones below. Pick them up.

  17. Fill the chest with stone. Use the chains on it.

  18. Use the chest with stones on the light switch. It will hold the switch down.

  19. Leave and go upstairs, to the large door with a circular hole.

R. Indiana Jones and the garden

  1. Now, insert the green badge into the hole. Go upstairs to the laser pointer.

  2. SHOOP DA WHOOP!!! The laser, hitting the badge, shall unlock the door and release a large boulder.

  3. Follow the boulder. It seems the delicate wooden floor of the first room is largely intact, but the door is crashed open. Also you can remove the painting above the desk and note the pattern around the Yin-Yang symbol. If you note it down now, you don’t need to backtrack later.

  4. Go until you see a garden. Pick up the very long rod above a sewage grating on the way.

  5. There are some scribblings besides the bars that prevented our escape to the garden. Note it. Also, use the very long rod to grab the ring at the top right corner.

  6. Enter the code at the panel. After that, bars will be dropped, preventing us to go back.

  7. Insert the ring into the revealed slot. Go to the garden.

S. The octagonal scribblings

  1. After you step into the garden, turn left to see a picture featuring an octagon. There are three more pictures like that. Note them all down.

  2. When finding the pictures you should also have found a spade, near the picture on the dragon fountain.

  3. Using the pictures as a clue, go to the horned statue and solve the puzzle. You now get a key.

  4. Use the key to unlock the door of the storeroom, at the far end of the garden.

  5. Grab everything inside, including a wooden blob, a keyhole-shaped thing, and a watering can. Now go back out.

T. The fountain of wisdom

  1. Admire the beautiful colored window panes, especially the orientations of the red petals.

  2. Now go back into the storeroom, turn right, and open the rusted panels.

  3. There are four knobs inside. Those who admired the windows shall solve the puzzle in no time.

  4. Go back out. The dragon starts spitting water. Fill the watering can.

  5. Water the 4x4 grid in front of the final door. Yes, that’s the final door, and we’re near the end.

  6. A pattern will be revealed. Go back to the storeroom and enter the pattern in the device on the desk.

    Naively entering the pattern will not work. Every second input will not be registered. Hence, to solve this, you must light up all sixteen cells.

  7. Take the paper and read it. Now, go out and play with the first valve.

  8. Also, since the watering can does not magically disappear, you should fill it with water again.

  9. You should now realize that the valve must align with the blue lines on the paper after using the first valve. Now turn the other valves.

  10. The valve nearest to the entrance is missing. Anyways, take the wooden blob first.

  11. Dig up the treasure using the spade. It is marked X on the paper, aptly.

  12. A valve is dug up. Now use it right away.

  13. Go back to the entrance. Look at the grating where we found the very long rod. Take the floating bottle and get the coin inside.

U. Watering the scaly dragon

  1. Use the coin on the projector in the storeroom. Note the strangely shaped fish.

  2. Open the green box outside. You just watched the code.

  3. Take the key on the lid. Water the box. Note how the wooden spheres float.

  4. Use the key to open the locked drawer in the storeroom. Take the blob and the valve. Also, note the symbols in the other drawer.

  5. Use the valve right away on the water pump, where there is a hexagonal hole.

  6. Now you have three wooden blobs. They are actually eggs. Use them on the wooden hen outside.

  7. The hen just fires her lazer and blasts of the blackboard. Using the floating wooden spheres as clue, solve the puzzle.

  8. Go to the crossroad and face the final door. If you do it correctly, you have unlocked the thing on the left. Notice that it bears a different symbol from the valves.

  9. Get the square block and turn backwards. Insert the block to the panel. The panel will light up.

V. True finale

  1. Something below opens. Take the pliers.

  2. Use the pliers to cut the chains that come out from the dragon’s mouth and take the box. Take the gold ring inside the box.

  3. Use the gold ring to gain back access to the inside.

  4. Use the pliers to cut the screwdriver loose.

  5. If you have not make note of the patterns of the panels yet, you should now do so. They are located at the top of the stairs, the basement, behind the fish drawing of the first room, and the bottom of the dragon fountain.

  6. Back to the panel. When you have finished, the whole picture will be lit up. Now turn the cell right next to the glowing square, so that everything returns black. Then, turn that cell into the correct position again, and watch the whole pattern light up. Note the sequence of the symbols lighting up.

    Eight symbols should be lit up; the squares first, then the M’s, then the triangles, and finally the domes.

  7. Go to the final door. Unscrew the circular plate.

  8. Use the keyhole-shaped knob on the T-shaped hole. Solve the puzzle.

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Can someone give me a hint on how to actually solve the

octagonal symbol puzzle in the garden? I've tried ordering the drawings using the arrow that moves along outside the octagon, tried finding the pattern of how the drawings change, I even tried to incorporate the flower windows at one point. I'm probably missing something terribly obvious, but I'm stumped!

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PLEASE help me:
Where do I found the book??

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Kate:

The book is in the locked top drawer of the desk. To unlock it, you have to have opened the yin-yang compartment!

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Pulsaris May 21, 2015 8:03 AM replied to Squiddly

Squiddly:

It is for the horned monster statue.

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hatospali May 21, 2015 8:05 AM replied to Squiddly

No, it's not terribly obvious. It took me 2-3 hours until I discover the connection between the things. It's a really hardcore Myst-like riddle.

the statue has four "teeth", and there are four drawings

If it's not enough:

there are eight positions of one "tooth"

and then:

every tooth corresponds exactly one of the drawings

finally the arrows mark that which position the teeth must be turn into

I was very happy, when it succeded, but didn't take long, because I've got stuck again shortly. :(

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AHH THANK YOU! I had already figured where I needed the code, I just couldn't for the life of me ascertain how the drawings related to it. But I got it! I'm going to take a lunch break and come back for the final (I hope?) push to freedom!

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thegreatescaper May 21, 2015 8:15 AM

A full walkthrough is in the works, give me some time please :)

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Does anyone know how to contact Mya or perhaps send a donation? What an incredible game. It seems almost unfair that it's completely free, haha...I've paid for games that were much lower in quality and complexity!

Usually when I play these games, my notes take up about half a page in my game notebook. This one filled up four whole pages (and that's only because I was squishing stuff in).

Absolutely phenomenal. I've never called a game "perfect" before, but I literally cannot find a single thing I didn't love. I'm looking forward to forgetting it all so I can go back and do it all over again. :)

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That was hard, but there wasn't a single unfair puzzle in it. Pretty amazing.

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NeonOpal May 21, 2015 9:17 AM

I have never had a game make me feel this amazing since Submachine 9! The feeling of exploration, and the whimsical 3D design is perfect. In Vision, the design was amazing for its time, but a little fuzzy. Now we can bask in the glory of Neutral,HD. Perfect. Absolutely perfect.
(Also, I have a new Neutral character, wooden chicken.)

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....WOW. I'm out. That was incredible. I don't think I have any other words for this. I just have piles of notes and scribbles for this game, it was so in-depth, and as ecru said, none of the puzzles ever required some weird leap in logic. I second the request for some way to donate money to the developer, she has truly outdone herself! I'm sure we've all paid for games on Steam, etc, that were nowhere near this quality. A few years was worth the wait for this one!

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Wow, just finished what an amazing large encompassing Magnum Opus from Neutral! Well done!!!

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Franca May 21, 2015 10:43 AM replied to Sessie

Sessie, I totally agree with you. It took me two days and 5 pages of my game notebook to finish it. Now the problem is: how long do we have to wait before playing another Neutral Game? Whatever, it's worth waiting!

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chapel204 May 21, 2015 12:31 PM

Out!

That was...fantastic.

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expired May 21, 2015 1:20 PM

Phew, that was fantastic

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Could someone please give me the soultion for the 15 black/white square puzzle????? My clue is as follows:

wbwwb
bwbwb
wwbbb

I tired to maneuver the code so that the bwb was at the bottom-middle, but it is still wrong.
Also, is the tape different for every play trough?

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xjmox14x May 21, 2015 2:38 PM

Could someone explain how to solve the 3 square puzzle in the basement?

I looked at it in the dark and still don't understand how to solve it

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@Nathaniel - I think you're making the same mistake I made at first.

Remember that there's only two squares you can't change. The one in between them doesn't have to be white.

@xjmox14x -

Weird that the left and right patterns are different, even though the right panel only mimics what you do to the left panel.

...or does it?

Try lighting up a few squares on the left panel and then poke around the right panel, and see what happens.

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Try this...

Light up some squares on the left grid (but don't press the button), then go over to the right grid and see what you can do with that one...

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xjmox14x May 21, 2015 2:46 PM

Thank you!

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Forsythe May 21, 2015 2:55 PM

Razzin' frazzin... the 4th symbol on the 'white key' paper is a

bottom-line, not a middle-line.

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Finished it very, very late last night -- absolutely superb game. It's an anomaly now to have such a beautiful, well-designed, complex game in this Escape genre in 2015, when most of the other great contributors have long since stopped making them. Tesshi-e, Robamimi and Kotorinosu are the only top-notch creators I can think of (assuming they plan to make more), and Mya's Neutral games are a big step beyond even those. Only the Fireproof Games' THE ROOM and its sequel - which are not free - are in this league. ELEMENTS is smart, logical, tough but never convoluted, and not a single puzzle is trite.

I finally played Myst recently (the RealMyst version), after somehow never getting to it for the last 20 years, and am now having my ass kicked by Riven. Amazing stuff, and now I see where the escape genre came from. Combine that immersive world, today's graphics, and the elegance of ELEMENTS and you'd have a game for the ages.

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I am still stumped. The hint means that the bottom middle square is

b

, but I am still lost.

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Nathaniel:

The columns of three squares you're shown are all in the right order, but you have to figure out which one is the first column. The pattern is shown to you on a continuous loop and wraps around, which means that if you move that whole pattern one column to the right, the sequence that was in the last column now becomes the FIRST column. You know that the last square of column 2 and 4 are black, so move the WHOLE pattern until you get the sequence to fit that.

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mittudomain May 21, 2015 5:19 PM

Immaculate return for an immaculate developer.

I thought it was thoroughly impossible for Neutral to meet the expectations and hopes I had for his long rumoured return game. Well... Neutral did it. Didn't only meet my expectations - didnt even merely surpassed them - but annihilated them.

A stunningly good and quality game. One I would have been happy to pay for - let alone play for free.

Although it's only May, I don't think I'm risking anything by saying this is easily the room escape game of 2015.

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hatospali May 21, 2015 6:08 PM

Only one end? Lame!

of course I'm joking :D

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BlueBird May 21, 2015 6:31 PM

Wow, just Wow! As close to perfection as it is possible to get!

Have waited years for this game and it was certainly worth the wait - although hope we don't have to wait quite as long for the next!

Thank you Mya for this wonderful gift of a game! :)

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nerdypants May 21, 2015 6:42 PM

This game surpassed my expectations in every way imaginable. It took me a whole day to finish it (with breaks for less important things like sleep and work). The puzzles were difficult, but not ridiculously so. Everything flowed beautifully from one stage to the next. The graphics were top-notch and really added to the atmosphere of exploration that is so often lacking in smaller games. This was well worth the wait.

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River Cat May 21, 2015 9:14 PM

Very stuck in Basement. Cannot crack the floating balls clue. Please help someone.

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River Cat May 21, 2015 9:15 PM

Sorry, I meant GARDEN not basement.

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River Cat May 21, 2015 9:41 PM replied to River Cat

Please can someone help me with the code for the floating wooden balls in the garden. I've tried everything, but cannot crack it.

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hatospali May 21, 2015 10:05 PM replied to River Cat

Perhaps the only disturbing thing in the whole game. You won't hear/see anything when it cracks. If you did the things obviously (I think so), it's ok, just

go to the only tap which hasn't open yet, and voilá

but if still not ok:

the order comes from the right drawer, and the floating height shows the vertical post of the switch

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ratkorga May 21, 2015 10:53 PM

Arg...not sure if this is a bug or if I just haven't figured something out here, but for the wooden balls puzzle:

After the grid puzzle, I didn't get more water from the fountain before turning it off. After lots of angst with the wood ball puzzle I finally watched walkthroughs and saw that I needed more water, and now I can't seem to get it with the fountain off, and can't turn it back on. I also tried just using the solution in the walkthrough but apparently it's either different for each person or it doesn't work until there is water in the balls chest. Am I stuck?

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River Cat May 21, 2015 11:10 PM

Thank you hatospali

I didn't notice the different levels of floating, but when I got the code right, I heard a small click

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River Cat May 21, 2015 11:14 PM replied to ratkorga

To get more water

try clicking away from the water and filling the can from outside, it took me some trying to fill the can again

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ratkorga May 21, 2015 11:22 PM replied to River Cat

Ah, that totally worked!

I still had to use the walkthrough solution. I don't see how it corresponds even though I've seen the explanation several times over. As far as I can tell, the equal, square and X balls are all at the same level more or less. But, okay!

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ratkorga (or anyone unsure about the floating wooden balls):

What will help the most is to look at how much of the ball is sticking out of the water. The square ball is completely submerged, so it's the heaviest. When you compare the equal sign ball and the X ball, the X ball has a bigger area poking out above the surface. The circle ball is about half out of the water, while the triangle ball is completely sitting on the surface. I hope that maybe makes it a bit clearer!

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this was EPIC! ok, i wouldn't have managed without the help/walkthrough above (thx guys!) - which is rather due to my own IQ than to effective difficulty - but anyway it was a very entertaining game. a ton of kudos to neutral for the concept, the whole adventure sequence, the absolutely gorgeous design & locations including dragon(s)

i was so creeped out as it was first impossible to free the big one from its cage, but relieved later ;)

and the very intricate puzzles. a worthy reminder of older adventures like myth whose autors really cared about the visuals. in one word: a-we-some!!!

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thegreatescaper May 22, 2015 9:48 AM

Hang in there! This gigantic 10,000 word walkthrough should be up by tomorrow if I have enough time :)

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For those looking to contact Mya, the e-mail for the site is neu01@neutral.x0.com. I am not sure it would go directly to her but they could forward comments along to her. Also, she is on twitter -- @neutralx_net!

Didn't see any donate options but I could have missed it.

What an exceptional game!

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Still Lost. I assume that the answer is EXPLICITLY

wbwwb
bbwbw
wbbbw

yet Nothing Happens when I hit the "submit" button. What Am I Doing Wrong?

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thegreatescaper May 22, 2015 10:28 AM replied to Nathaniel Shaw

Close, Nathaniel.

You've got it in mirror image. Reverse your solution for the correct one... remember that the blocks were moving to the right when you looked at them.

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O.2.) Don't you mean "on the left to find"??

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Nathaniel:

In your first comment, you'd written down the entire sequence like this:

wbwwb
bwbwb
wwbbb

What you did was move the last three columns backwards and shunted the second column to the end. But they are already in the right order, we just don't know which one is supposed to go in the first column. You have to move EVERYTHING. So, to get the last squares of the 2nd and 4th columns to be a black square, we have to move that whole sequence (the one above) to the LEFT by one column. So this happens:

bwwbw
wbwbb
wbbbw

The sequence stays the same, but ALL the columns moved left. When the FIRST column moves left, it wraps around and ends up as the LAST column. Think of a line of people, and imagine the line having to all take one step forward, but the person who's at the front of the line always has to go to the back. So the line never moves from its original position, and the order of the people in the line is never changed. It's like that, only instead of people, it's columns of three squares!

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tomlinsun May 22, 2015 12:24 PM

I need some help opening the box next to the light house

I know the code comes from the panels behind the pictures with the black and white key, that you take pictures from the white key and find the images on the box behind the picture in the black key and apply it to the box next to the light house BUT some images aren't there on the box behind the black key??

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ninjamomma May 22, 2015 12:25 PM

Not sure how anyone could give this fewer than 5 mushrooms. To each his/her own I guess. This was a 3 day odyssey for my son, who is home from college, and me. Couldn't think of a better way to pass the time. I NEVER would have been able to solve it without him though. Great,creative puzzles.
Thanks Neutral, JIG, and Corbin!!

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tomlinsun May 22, 2015 12:26 PM replied to tomlinsun

I'm sorry I used the spoiler tag and previewed but the spoiler didn't go through? Can I delete the comment?

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Martybhoy May 22, 2015 3:59 PM

This is not just a game, it is a work of art. Absolutely love Neutral's escape games, this is the best yet. Beautiful graphics & sound, challenging but logical puzzles and its big enough to keep you playing for hours, if not days. Mya & Co - Thank You for this experience, your hard work and inginuity are truly appreciated. My only sadness is that it will probably be a couple of years before the next epic Neutral escape adventure. Bravo!

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tomlinsun:

Have you tried moving the little dial on the left of the machine? There are 6 different positions it can be in, which changes the symbol in a specific way. Play around with it to figure out how to make those symbols!

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yeeaaahhh, I already figured that it was already in the right order. I always kept the order exactly the same, but I did rotate and mirror the pattern a few times and failed. I finally beat it. I am now stuck on the third box. I think I have the right code, yet I cannot open the box.

The right EXPLICIT order is

245436, starting with 1 being the initial position and each extra position being +1 to the name. And between each code position, I need to press the top button.

Am I right?

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Sessie May 22, 2015 5:06 PM replied to Nathaniel Shaw

I don't remember the exact code to tell you whether or not you have that part right, but

you don't press the top button between each one. Only after you've entered all the symbols.

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charybdis May 22, 2015 6:11 PM replied to Nathaniel Shaw

re: the box

Assuming you mean the box in the cabinet under the lighthouse. If the initial position is 1, with the handle pointing to the left (and 4 with it pointing right), the sequence is 245136 and the button you need to press between each is the 'square' button (small round button, second one down).

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Sessie May 22, 2015 6:27 PM replied to Nathaniel Shaw

Ohhh, I misunderstood what you were asking, I think. charybdis is right.

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Someone really needs to just write a walkthrough for this one.

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MurphMan May 22, 2015 7:10 PM

I'm still working my way through this, but I'm pretty stunned at the size of it- my jaw dropped when I realized that there were more than just the first two areas, and I was blown away again with the garden area. Each section feels almost like a full escape game, if not for being linked to the rest of the game. I love it.

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That is EXACTLY what I meant. I did not mean the "submit" button. I meant the "show the square" button.

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thegreatescaper May 22, 2015 8:41 PM replied to Rygar

I am, I am, please be patient :(
It should be up within 24 hours... sorry for the wait.

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This is one HECK of a puzzle!! Of COURSE It Would Take A While!!! Would you rather live like Abe Lincoln? He walked 20 miles ONE WAY To Get New Books To Read!!!!

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Black Drazon May 22, 2015 10:14 PM

I ran into a problem that might be a glitch, though if you know another way out of it, feel free to fill me in!

If you don't refill the watering can before turning off the fountain, you don't seem to be able to fill it again from any source! You cannot reactivate the fountain, the water in the fountain doesn't seem to count, and the water in the drain and entrance are gone!

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kangabrat May 22, 2015 11:52 PM

I finally created an identity here, just so I can say this:
this game is amazing, thank you so much Neutral!
And to add my voice to the people saying that this is well worth paying for and we would be happy too...

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Chaotick May 23, 2015 1:59 AM

Gah! I'm usually terrible at escape games for my tendency to miss some obscurely hidden item, but for once everything's intuitively laid out. I've managed to laboriously forge on well into the third area, but I think I might've met my match at last.

I'm at the top of the tower with the octagonal pedestal in the center and the three ornate glass windows. I possess a telescope/laser cannon/don't even know on a hexagonal pedestal that has two holes in the underside. I also possess a wooden contraption with two prongs and a button, which I have tried to combine with the telescope/laser cannon to no avail.

I've solved the puzzles pertaining to the fifteen glowing squares, the seashells, the butterflies and the miniature windmill. I've also opened the safe inside the cabinet.

I've found two other safes, both of which I'm stuck on. One, behind the key painting, is missing two buttons and thus seems unsolvable right now. So I've focused my attention on the one with a cracked lens - to absolutely no avail. Either the stone tablet or the right key painting could be clues, but I can't tell the symbols apart in the cracked lens. I can sort of make out triangle-ish shapes at times, but I can't distinguish enough detail for the other symbols. Worse, the knob seems to change the symbols (except for the lowest button, which remains the same vague blob).

Is there supposed to be some way to deduce what symbols are being displayed at any given moment? Am I supposed to fix the lens? Or do you have to do it with plain eyesight? If it's the last one, I don't think I'll be able to solve it...

It's strange too, nobody else seems to have had trouble with it.

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CptnSuz May 23, 2015 2:48 AM replied to Chaotick

@Chaotick

You have to combine what you know about how the safes function in order to input the code into the safe with the cracked lens. (No fixing of the safe is necessary.) What can you learn from the safe behind the key picture that you can't from the safe in the cabinet?
Stronger nudge:

The 1st safe can tell you what basic symbol is represented by the 4 buttons. The 2nd safe can tell you what the knob does to each symbol.

Opening the 2nd safe will give you the piece you need for the other key picture.

The telescope-ish device can't be placed until you leave the windmill room (and can't be used until you're out of the basement) so don't worry about that yet. And as someone in the earlier comments said, you'll know where to use the two-pronged button when the time is right.

If you still have the dragonfly fossil with the shapes on the back means that you haven't opened everything in the room yet. I'd go back and look at the minature windmill. One of those vanes is not like the others...

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Chaotick May 23, 2015 9:34 AM replied to CptnSuz

CptnSuz:

Dangit, I had completely overlooked that the safe with two buttons wasn't missing a knob!

As usual, overlooking necessary items within plain sight. Thanks a lot! Should be a doozy now.

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Please somebody help me with the dragon in the basement! I've been trying around for hours now and I don't get it! Maybe at least the first and last part to klick on?

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jolis May 23, 2015 11:59 AM replied to Monique Ah

I found it helpful to make a list of each part of the dragon and the parts they each lit up.

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Could someone explain how "Square TIMES Circle EQUALS Triangle" relates to the floating wooden balls?

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Sessie May 23, 2015 3:17 PM replied to Nathaniel Shaw

Hint-through for the wooden balls puzzle:

No math required.

Five symbols, in order from left to right.

Five balls, with matching symbols, floating at different heights.

Have you seen anything else that involves setting five things to different heights?

(If not, you need to find more eggs for the hen.)

Hey look, five sliders with adjustable heights!

So now you have the correct order of the symbols, and the correct height for each one. Translate that to the five sliders.

Assuming the lowest slider position is 1 and the highest is 5, set the sliders to the following positions: 13425

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Black Drazon May 23, 2015 4:04 PM

@Monique: Follow Jolis' advice, then start with the part that turns on the tip of the tail. Then turn on the part you just clicked, and so on. The last part you will click will be the tail, turning off the tail (as intended) and turning on the last other segment.

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You are wrong. I set the sliders as hinted at, yet NOTHING HAPPENS. Why???

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She5los May 23, 2015 4:57 PM

I'm in the windmill room.

I have the dragonfly rock, two prongs of the wind gizmo, and the button. I've opened the shell doors and the wind room (with the birdcage the wind gizmo will go on)and I have the shape code from the center stained-glass window. I don't have the tiny wind gizmo that people were saying would go on the lighthouse, and I'm having trouble figuring out what the lever on the machine that takes the shape code should do. Do I know that yet? Is there someplace I need to look? Is there a clue I'm not combining right?

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Ahh, YES. I remember this headache. There are 6 variants each for the 4 main shapes. I was very dull in this section and needed a LOT of aid from this 'forum'. Just look me up and review my questions and the answers given.

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Sessie May 23, 2015 6:31 PM replied to Nathaniel Shaw

@Nathaniel

That's a tricky puzzle! It's certainly understandable to be frustrated. There isn't really any feedback once you've got the sliders set correctly; you have to set them, and then go and see what's changed.

Once the sliders are set properly, you'll be able to open something that wasn't openable before.

The symbol above the sliders is a clue to what they unlock. Remember seeing that anywhere?

Throughout the garden, there are several white posts whose tops open up to reveal valves that you can turn. The posts are all marked with an X symbol, except for one which is marked with the + symbol shown above the sliders. If you can now open that post, then you know you have placed the sliders correctly.

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Nathaniel:

There's no sound feedback for getting that puzzle right, if I remember. But look at the symbol above the panel of sliders, you will find it on somewhere else in the garden - somewhere that you can now open!

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Thank you I got it!! :)

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BEAT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome Game!!! I am very glad to say that I beat it using only 3 sticky notes! Thanks For All Your Help, JiGers!!!

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thegreatescaper May 24, 2015 1:16 AM

Walkthrough Manual (How to read and use this trusty walkthrough)

Items in bold.
Clues in bold, prefixed with (c)
Full puzzle solutions detailed in separate spoilers.

Example: Pick up the pliers
Example 2: Note the shapes: (c) Hexagon, Square, Triangle
Example 3: You should now know the order to cut the wires. Use the pliers to cut the wires correctly.

The shapes give the solution to this puzzle; the number of sides of each shape is the clue to which wire to cut. If the wires are numbered 1-7 from left to right, cut the wires in this order: 6, 4, 3.

For reference, glyph names and values:

Q (the one that looks like a backwards P): 1
S (three straight lines in a zigzag): 2
E (also looks like an arrow): 3
D (square with one side extending): 4
Tri (looks like a triangle!): 5
Windmill (square with two sides extending): 6
Z (looks like a backwards Z): 7
Four (looks like the digit four): 8
Eight (looks like an hourglass): 9

Elements Full Walkthrough

Act One: The Room

Starting Off

-You begin facing some doors.

-Click on the right-hand side pot plant.

-Collect the triangular knob.

-Zoom back out, and turn left.

-Click on the right hand side of the sofa.

-Behind the pot plant, there is a grey safe in the wall, which needs a key.

-On the sofa, the right-most wooden ornament (under the cushions) is a hidden drawer.

-Open it, and collect the bulb (1/2).

-Zoom back out, and take a closer look at the shapes on the ledge on the wall.

-Click each one in turn to raise them. Note the shape of their bottoms, in order, (c) Two vertical lines, square outline, solid circle, four dots.

-Pick up the wind-up key from underneath the white box.

-Zoom back out, and take a look at the painting on the wall. Note the locations of each shape: (c) Circle facing right, triangle facing down, square facing upper-left.

-Zoom out, and take a look at the brown box on the table. We don't know what this does yet.

-Zoom out, and turn left.

-Take a look at the sun box, on the left-middle shelf. Our triangular knob can go here, but we don't know the right code for the triangular lights which turn on and off. For now, take your triangular knob back. It might be useful somewhere else.

-Zoom out, and take a look in the white tray, on the left-bottom shelf. Collect the red marble (1/2).

-Zoom out, and take a look at the cupboard at the bottom-left. It needs a code of four shapes, some of which seem similar. Hmm... we'll get back to this.

-Zoom out, and admire the pictures in the center of this wall. There's a (c) 4x4 checkerboard pattern and a fleur-de-lys which appears to be screwed to the wall.

-Zoom out, and take a look at the spherical lamp on the right-middle shelf. There's four buttons here: two circles, two squares, one upper and lower for each. We don't know the code yet, it appears.

-Zoom out, and take a look at the items on the right-bottom shelf. There's a (c) red cross under the pot plant, and a box which requires a 4x4 on-off code. The checkerboard pattern seems not to work; whaaaaat?

-Zoom out, and inspect the cupboard at the bottom-right. It appears to be locked, and the right handle can be pulled out to reveal two holes. We don't seem to have anything that can fit here yet.

-Zoom out, and turn left.

-Take a look at the closet at the right. The main doors need a 5x2 red light code, and the upper drawer is locked. The lower drawer is unlocked, though, and we can collect the tied-up object inside.

-Zoom out, and look under the table by clicking on the trashcan. There's another (c) red cross here, and inside the trashcan we get another red marble (2/2).

-Zoom out, and appreciate the fine art hanging up on the wall. Or, you know, look behind it. There's a yin-yang shaped cavity behind it, how suspicious! Don't forget to collect the sneaky E coin which is on the back side of the painting.

-Zoom out, and take a look at the items on the desk. To the left, there is a radio with three knobs: a triangle, a circle, and a diamond/square. Hmm. In the center, a notebook open to a strange image, which appears to be telling us to put 4 coins in the odd machine on the table by the sofa to get a key. Hmmmmm. To the right, there is a candelabra. Pressing the button on it's base makes the lights light in this sequence: (c) R L R R L L R. The top opens, but nothing is in there. Hmmier hmm hmm.

-Zoom out, and ransack the drawers of the desk. The top one is locked, the bottom one can't open properly (there appears to be a piece of paper inside), so you're left with taking the silver box in the middle drawer.

-We've raided the room enough now. It's time to do some puzzle-solving.

Collecting Coins, and Cracking the Bottom-Left Cupboard

-Take a close look at the silver box in your inventory. There are two holes in the top; perfect for your two red marbles. Place them in the holes for the drawer to unlock and reward you with the S coin.

-Let's see if we can do something with the radio on the desk. Remember the painting near the sofa?

-Turn the dials so that the shapes are in the same locations that they are in the pianting near the sofa: the triangle points downwards, the circle points right, and the square points to the upper-left.

-Huzzah! Clicking the brown bar underneath the dials yields us the D coin.

-Zoom out, and turn right. Reckon you know how to unlock the bottom-left cupboard? You might need to recall some odd shapes, or rather, their bases...

-The solution is the bases of the objects on the ledge above the sofa. Their bases (and the unlocking code for this cupboard) are: two vertical lines, square outline, solid circle, and four dots.

-Once you've input the code (there's no click), zoom out and you can now open the cupboard.

-There's a screwdriver chained to the inside of the cupboard door; and we need a screwdriver to remove it. That's helpful.

-Collect the green box in the top-left of the cupboard.

-There's another candelabra on the right, needing two bulbs. We have one for now; place it on either candle.

-Also note the (c) red cross beside the candelabra.

-Take a closer look at the green box in your inventory. That keyhole looks awfully like a wind-up hole, and we have a key that looks awfully like a wind-up key. Coincidence? I think not. Unlock the box, and collect the Q coin.

-Zoom out. We're making good progress: bring it on, room!

The Mysterious Machine, the Sunlight Secret, and the Checkered Challenge

-Go back to the mysterious machine on the table near the sofa. If that notebook is to be trusted (never trust notebooks. Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared.), we have all of the coins we need. Make sure the sphere viewer is closed (you can toggle it with the button on the top-left), and place all your four coins in the machine. Press the toggle button on the top-left, and be rewarded with a lovely silver key. Press the toggle button again to retrieve your four coins.

-We've seen something silver in this room which needed a key. Do a short pixel-hunt to be greeted with the sight of the locked safe behind the pot plant, and use your silver key to hear the satisfying sound of yet another thing unlocked. Get used to it, by the way... you'll be hearing it a lot.

-Open the silver safe and take the paper clue. Unfolding it will reveal a (c) clockwise spiral in the shape of a 4x4 grid, starting from the lower left.

-Note the hole at the back of the safe. Place your triangular knob in the hole, and turn it to see what happens. The triangle lights up when it is facing to the (c) upper-right, lower-right, bottom, left, and upper-left.

-Retrieve your triangular knob, zoom out, and navigate your way back to the sun box. Place your triangular knob on the front to complete the sun, and now we should know which rays to light.

-Light up the rays facing the directions that lit up the triangular knob in the grey safe: upper-right, lower-right, bottom, left, and upper-left.

-Collect the yin-yang piece (1/2).

-Zoom out, and navigate your way to the 4x4 box, on the right-lower shelf.

-Two hints are required here: what buttons to press, and what order to press them in. Can you open the box?

-The clues are the checkerboard picture, and the spiral note. You must press the squares that are black in the checkerboard picture, moving in the shape of the spiral on the note. If the squares are labelled 1-16 going left to right, top to bottom, you must press these buttons in order: 9, 1, 3, 8, 16, 14, 6, 11.

-Yes! Pressing the grey bar will open the box to reward you with a bulb (2/2).

-I think we know what to do with this. Zoom out and head back to the incomplete candelabra.

The Candelabra Conundrum, and the Big Bad Book

-Complete the candelabra with your second bulb.

-We need to input a code here to open the top of the candelabra. There's a bit of a sneaky trick here, though...

-As shown by the other candelabra, the code we want the bulbs to light in is R L R R L L R.
However, this candelabra is a bit mischievous when it comes to interpreting your button presses.

-The candelabra reverses the order of the buttons you press. So, to get the bulbs to light in the correct order, we must input the reverse order, which is R L L R R L R.

-If you input the correct code, pressing the grey bar open the candelabra after the lights finish flashing.

-Collect the yin-yang piece (2/2).

-Go back to the painting above the desk, and place your yin-yang pieces in the cavities behind it.

-Press the completed yin-yang to open the safe.

-There's an odd sculpture with a keyhole to which we have no key, and a suspicious looking rectangle on the back of the open safe door. Investigating it will yield you a normal gold key.

-Zoom out, and give your key a try on the upper drawer of the desk.

-Wahey, it unlocks! Collect the book.

-Note the location of the (c) red cross in the picture underneath: behind the sofa.

-Zoom out. It's time to make sense of some of these red crosses.

The Really Puzzling Red Pentagram, Cracking the Left Cupboard, and the Bound Book

-Take a look at the first diagram in the book. Where is it telling you to look?

-The red crosses in the room make up the shape of a pentagram. You've seen four crosses. Where would the fifth one be?

-The fifth cross would be right in front of the doors. Take a look at the floor there.

-A hidden compartment! With a... pokey plug thing. Take it, the shape seems familiar...

-Navigate your way back to the cupboard with the dodgy handle.

-Use the pokey plug thing on the holes concealed by the dodgy handle, and turn it.

-Zooming out, you should now be able to open the cupboard.

-Collect the wine bottle, and the bound book which is to the left of all the green books.

-Take a closer look at the bound book... a keyhole on the front, and on the back... aha! Screws.

-Go back to the left cupboard, and use the screwdriver there on the bound book to get a rusty key.

-Keys galore, this game is. Zoom out again, let's look for a place to use it.

The Dragon Deception, the Squiggly Sword, and the Globe Lamp Gamble

-Navigate your way back to the dragon egg in the yin-yang safe behind the painting above the desk.

-Heyo, our rusty key works here! Let there be light!

-Fire is good at burning things. Maybe we can use it to free our tied-up object.

-It's a corkscrew! We know what to do with these. Use it on the wine bottle to open it.

-Where to put the wine? Make your way back to the white tray on the lower left shelf of the shelfy wall, and pouring the wine into the tray reveals an odd (c) pattern of red squares.

-Head back to the closet next to the desk. We should be able to open the main doors of it now.

-The code is the squares the wine spread into. If you label the places that can light up from 1-10, left to right, top to bottom, the squares to light up are: 2, 4, 7, 9, 10.

-Success! Inputting the correct code and pressing the big red bar will unlock the closet.

-Collect the sword.

-Taking a closer look at it and removing the cover reveals it's actually a squiggly sword.

-Swords are good for cutting, but this one might be good at hooking something.

-Go back to the bottom drawer of the desk, the one that doesn't open properly. Use the squiggly sword on the just visible piece of paper to get the book page.

-Open up your book and complete the last page with the book page.

-How strange! Placing the squiggly sword on the page seems to create some sort of (c) sequence.

-It might help with solving the strange white globe lamp on the middle-left shelf...

-The book shows the order of squares and circles to press on the lamp. The squiggly sword shows you which one of each shape to press: if the shape is underneath the sword, you press the lower button, and if the shape is above the sword, you press the upper button (this is shown by the lit and unlit circles above and below the sword). The sword also shows the direction to interpret the clues, right to left.

-The code is: lower circle, lower square, upper circle, lower square, upper circle, upper square, lower square.

-If you input the code correctly, the lamp will flash and open to reveal a normal key.

-As far as I remember, there's only one keyhole left in this room! Excitement!

Decoding the Glyphs, and Escaping the Room!!!

-Use the normal key to open the top drawer of the closet.

-Collect the glyph book

-Take a look at the clock. Hmm... the glyphs are located like so: (c) 12 o'clock: QS glyphs, 3 o'clock: E glyph, 6 o'clock: Windmill glyph, 9 o'clock: Eight glyph. You might start having an idea of what the glyphs represent.

-Go back to the lower-right cupboard, where all the other glyph books are, and place your own there to complete the set.

-We can now order the glyph books how we like... perhaps we need a certain order before the lever can be pulled. If you have an idea of what the glyphs represent, you should know what the order is... but it's a matter of working out each glyph one by one.

-The glyphs represent numerals, 1-9. The order we want the books to be in is, of course, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.

-We have the clock to help us with some values, but is there anything else in the room that will help us deduce the values of each glyph?

-The mysterious machine next to the sofa will help a lot. You should know (from the clock), what glyphs represent 1, 2, and 3. The mysterious machine accepts coins, then outputs their sum in the circular viewer. From these small values you should be able to work out what every glyph represents.

-The glyphs are:
Q (the one that looks like a backwards P): 1
S (three straight lines in a zigzag): 2
E (also looks like an arrow): 3
D (square with one side extending): 4
Tri (looks like a triangle!): 5
Windmill (square with two sides extending): 6
Z (looks like a backwards Z): 7
Four (looks like the digit four): 8
Eight (looks like an hourglass): 9
-Place the books in this order, from left to right.

-If you've placed the books correctly, you can now pull the lever.

-Huh, what was that sound? Zoom out, then collect the woodcut that has fallen off the wall. Note the 3x3 grid of circles where it used to be... it seems like we can place the coins here, but we don't know how to place them yet.

-There's screws on this woodcut, and screws need driving, and we've got a driver in the lower-left cupboard. Use the chained screwdriver there to open up the woodcut to get the plant paper.

-The paper is telling us to look somewhere... inspecting the pot plant on the left-lower shelf will now give us a tri coin. Note that it's thicker than the others, so don't try putting it in the strange machine.

-The paper still feels a little blank... is that a burn mark in the corner? I think we can reveal some more to this piece of paper.

-Go back to the dragon egg lighter behind the painting above the desk, and use it on the plant paper to reveal a (c) glyph formation.

-Aha! This looks like the arrangement of coins in the 3x3 circle grid on the shelfy wall.

-Place the coins as shown on the plant paper.

-If the slots are labeled 1-9, the coins are placed like so: tri coin in slot 2, E coin in slot 4, D coin in slot 5, Q coin in slot 6, S coin in slot 8.

-Woah! Take the stairs to freedom!!!!!!

-Dang. Not so freedom.

Act 2: The Staircase

A New Beginning

-Turn right at the base of the staircase and take a close look at the dragon cage to find the binoculars, at the top-right of the inside of cage.

-Also note the stone basin of some sorts to the right of the cage. It has two spherical holes in it, a gold button, and a tri glyph in the centre. Hmm...

-Zoom out, turn left, and start making your way up the stairs.

-The first thing of interest you should come across is a (c) chalk drawing (1/3) on the wall, which has some highlighted squares and glyphs. You should take a note about this.

-The second thing of interest you'll come across as you ascend is a strange stone door/archway, which seems rather impenetrable at the moment.

-A tiny bit above, there is another (c) chalk drawing (2/3) on the steps (make a note! This is a fun puzzle), and a stone sphere (1/2) on a stand.

-Finally, at the top, there is a lot to look at. There is a lift which doesn't work, a chest which we don't have a key for, a stone stand with a gap we don't have anything to fill with, and (looking to the center of the stairwell) a key we can't reach.

-A lot of stuff we can't do, but there are some things we can; first of all, in the lift, looking out, there is a notebook in the bottom right, full of lots of juicy information. A sketch of the key we can't reach, a picture of a supposedly (c) special brick, a sketch of the entire stair tower, and another (c) chalk drawing (3/3).

-Another thing of interest here is that when you are looking at the hanging key, looking up you'll see something sketched in the distance. Use the binoculars to see a 'key': (c) S, D, E, Q, Tri glyphs in that order.

-We've done enough poking around here. Let's do some more useful things.

The Cheeky Chalk Puzzle

-Head back down to the bottom of the stairwell to check out the 'special brick'. You can access it when you are looking at the cage (not focused on the bottom) and clicking to the right, near the lights on the far wall.

-Pressing the brick as shown in the picture in the notebook will reveal a stone sphere (2/2).

-Going back to the stone basin, place your two stone spheres in the cavities there.

-You can now light up squares in the shape of a 3x3 grid on the basin. We seem to need to know the right code, and funnily enough we already have enough information...

-This is a really fun puzzle, also quite difficult. Using the three chalk drawings you need to determine what glyph goes where in the 3x3 square. If you number the squares 1-9, left to right, top to bottom, the basin gives you the location of one glyph: the Tri Glyph is located in spot 5.
The chalk drawings give you a subset of the squares, and what glyphs are located in those squares.
You can logic out the location of every glyph.

-Look for glyphs in common between the chalk clues; only one glyph is common between all of them, the Q glyph, and only one square is common between all of them, position 8. So the Q glyph is in position 8.

-Clues 1 and 2 have another square in common, spot 3, and another glyph in common, the Z glyph. So the Z glyph is in position 3.

-Clues 1 and 3 have another square in common, spot 2, and another glyph in common, the D glyph. So the D glyph is in spot 2.

-Clue 1 has one glyph and one square remaining: the S glyph goes in spot 1.

Clues 2 and 3 have another square in common, spot 4, and another glyph in common, the Windmill glyph. So the Windmill glyph is in spot 4.

Clue 2 has one glyph and one square remaining: the Four glyph goes in spot 7.

Clue 3 has one glyph and one square remaining: the Eight glyph goes in spot 6.

The entire grid has one square and one glyph remaining: so the E glyph goes in spot 9.

-Now that we know where each glyph is, what glyphs do we need to press and in what order?

-The order was given by the clue we saw through the binoculars. The order is S, D, E, Q, Tri, and their locations are, in order: 1, 2, 9, 8, 5.

-Pressing the right squares in the right order, then pressing the gold button will give you a old-fashioned key. Yay!

-Head back up to the top of the stairs and use the old-fashioned key to unlock the chest and obtain an up arrow tablet.

-Use the up arrow tablet on the stone pedestal to the right of the lift.

-Go into the lift and pull the lever!

Act 3: The Museum

Another Room?!?!?!?!

-Good golly gosh, there is a lot to do here. Take a look at the first stained glass window to get a pokey thing. Taking a look at the second stained glass window will reveal an incomplete stone tablet. The third window has nothing. Aww.

-The (c) shell display is rather interesting, take note of that.

-The (c) butterfly display is also intriguing, take a note about this too. There's also a sneaky stone tablet piece (1/3) to the left, and a locked drawer underneath that needs a four-glyph code.

-The dome in the middle doesn't seem to do much; the button doesn't do anything. There is however a wind-scoop piece (1/2) on the floor to the right and behind of the dome.

-Note the arches on the dome stand: if you number them 1-6, from left to right, top to bottom, they light up in the order (c) 2, 5, 4, 1, 3, 6.

-Admire the ceiling, too, if you want.

-Zoom out, and turn left.

-The painting on the wall needs a 5x3 black-white code. If you number the squares 1-15 going left to right, top to bottom, note that squares 12 and 14 can't go white.

-On the cabinet to the left, there is an incomplete windmill displaying a glyph, and a safe which, uh, does a lot, shall we say, that we can't see due to the shattered display. Hmm.

-In the left compartment of the cabinet there is another stone tablet piece (2/3).

-To the right of the cabinet (pixel hunt!) there is a steel box. Hmm, the layout and colors of the buttons seem familiar... we'll come back to this.

-Zoom out a bit, and turn left. Try the lift if you want, but it won't work... it seems as though we need a tablet for the pedestal here as well.

-Zoom out, and turn left again.

-The two key paintings have slots beneath them; the upside down key needs two prongs, and the right side up key needs one prong.

-The locked box on the floor we can't do anything with yet. The dragonfly fossil reveals that it's bolted down if you have a closer look.

-Underneath, the shell handles can turn in the direction of their larger side, but the compartment itself is locked.

-Enough investigating here (is this gonna get old? If so, too bad, because we've still got a fair way to go...), let's solve some puzzles.

The Butterfly Box, the Secret of the Shells, and the Blackbird

-Take a close look at the steel box in your inventory. Can you work out the code to unlock it?

-The colors should correspond with the butterflies in the display.
The top row is: Black, White, Black, Black. Blue, White
The bottom row is: Blue, White, Black, White, Blue, White

-If you input the code correctly you can slide open the box to retrieve the normal gold key.

-Go back to the shell drawer under the dragonfly fossil. Perhaps the other display will help here...

-The shell display details how much you should turn each shell at a time. The trick here is to make a each shell shape one at a time, in order.

-The sequence is: R(x6), L(x1), R(x4), L(x4), R(x4).

-If you input the code correctly you should be able to open the cupboard. Note the circular viewer, but for now just take the tri-prong.

-Go back to the two-compartment desk with the safe on it, and use the normal gold key to open the right compartment.

-Another safe! We can now see it do some things: the buttons, in order from top to bottom, show a triangle, square, M shape, and a dome shape. We still don't have any codes to input here, though.

-Don't forget to take the wrench from behind the safe, to the left a little.

-Go back to the dragonfly fossil and unbolt it using the wrench. You can now collect the dragonfly fossil once you zoom out once. It has an odd series of symbols at the back, diamond shapes pointing to the (c) bottom-left, top, left, top-right.

-There's three holes behind it; Use the tri-prong on it to lift up this back wall.

-Collect the stone tablet piece (3/3) and note the birdcage in here, but we can't do much with it yet. Also note the sound of wind...

Solving the Safes, Part One, and Pretty Pictures.

-Go back to the center stained glass window, and place all your three stone tablet pieces in the holder on the ledge to complete the engraving. Pressing the key bill make the symbols light up in the order: (c) Triangle, Square, Dome, M, Square, Dome, Triangle.

-We now can crack open the safe in the right compartment (underneath the broken viewer safe).

-The solution is to press the buttons in the right order to make the viewer display the symbols shown by the stone tablet (in that order). If you number the buttons 1-4 from top to bottom, the correct sequence is: 1, 2, 4, 3, 2, 4, 1.

-Pressing the bar at the top will open the safe if you input the correct code. Collect the windmill piece.

-Place the windmill piece on the top of the incomplete windmill nearby. Note the notched windmill arm; it looks like a diamond. Also, as you spin the windmill arms, the glyph displayed below changes.

-Head back to the drawer underneath the butterfly display. Have a go at opening it now...

-The two clues for this drawer are the dragonfly fossil and the windmill glyphs.

-The code for the drawer is the glyphs displayed when the notched arm of the windmill is in the same orientations as displayed on the back of the fossil. The glyphs displayed (and thus the code) are: Tri, D, Z, Windmill.

-Once you've input the correct code (no click, how evil), you should be able to open the drawer after zooming out.

-Collect the laser, and take note of the two pictures: one shows the ceiling, with a butterfly superimposed on it, and the other shows a secret compartment in this very room!

-The mystery deepens. Or not, since this game doesn't have a storyline... xD

The Boggling Black Grid, Back to the Blackbird, and the Krazy Key Paintings

-Let's check the secret compartment out. It should be right below the 5x3 grid of squares painting...

-Huzzah! It contains a wind scoop piece (2/2). Combine your two wind scoop pieces.

-Go back to the blackbird, behind where the fossil used to be. Place the wind scoop on top of the cage.

-Zoom out to watch the bird start spinning around...

-Check out the cupboard underneath. The viewer now displays a complete, cycling 5x3 three pattern of whites and black squares!

-Let's go back to that painting and input the correct code.

-The trick to this puzzle is to remember that the code shown is cyclic, and that two squares of the painting can't be changed...

-The only way the cyclic code fits over the 5x3 grid without needing to change the frozen squares is:
B W W B W
W B W B B
W B B B W

-Pressing the brown bar underneath will uh, give you the brown bar (two prongs). We know where this should go!

-Place the brown bar (two prongs) underneath the upside down key painting, and press it to open up the painting.

-Another safe inside! Missing a few buttons, huh, but now you should get an idea of what the dial to the left does...

-Take the brown bar (one prong) to the right of the safe.

-Use it on the key painting to the right, and press it for the painting to reveal an unusual set of shapes: (c) Dotted dome, spiralled triangle, M shape, Triangle with one line, Square with two lines.

-Eek. Time to do some serious solving.

Solving the Safes, Part Two, and The Descent

-Make your way back to the safe with the broken viewer. To open this safe, you should first know what code you need to input (not hard), and a good understanding of what each of the buttons and knobs do (a lot harder!).

-The code is, as shown by the key pianting: Dotted dome, Spiralled Triangle, M shape, Triangle with one line, square with two lines.

-From the two safes whose viewers are not broken, you should be able to deduce what each button and dial position does.

-The safe below the broken one shows you what shape each button is associated with: from top to bottom, Triangle, Square, M shape, Dome.

-The safe behind the key painting shows you what feature each dial position adds to the base shape. If you number each position 1-6, starting from the left and going clockwise, their effects are:
1: No change (Base line)
2: One vertical line
3: One dot in center
4: Horizontal dash
5: Two vertical lines
6: Spirals the end of the shape

-Now you should be able to input the correct sequence of dial and button presses.

-The full code is:
Dial at position 3, button 4
Dial at position 6, button 1
Dial at position 1, button 3
Dial at position 2, button 1
Dial at position 5, button 2

-If you input the code correctly, pressing the bar at the top will open the safe to let you collect a butterfly block.

-It has some holes in it... combine it with the pokey thing to make a butterfly remote.

-Where should we use this? Remember the other picture with the butterfly image superimposed. Look up at the ceiling, and use the butterfly remote.

-A rope falls down that we can't do anything with yet, but a key paper also falls down that we can collect and have a close look at. It shows some odd symbols; if you number the places 1-6 from left to right, top to bottom, (c) the symbols are:
1: Underscore (base line)
2: One vertical line
3: Dot
4: Two vertical lines
5: Dash
6: Curly thing

-I think we can open the last safe now, the one behind the key painting.

-The two clues are the key paper and the engraving under the dome which lights up.

-If you mentally superimpose the key paper over the engraving, the symbols light up in this order:
Square with vertical line
Square with horizontal dash
Square with two vertical lines
Square (with base line)
Square with dot
Square with curl at end

-Now that you know what each dial and button does, it shouldn't be difficult to input these shapes.

The full code is:
Dial at position 2, button 2
Dial at position 4, button 2
Dial at position 5, button 2
Dial at position 1, button 2
Dial at position 3, button 2
Dial at position 6, button 2

-If you input the correct sequence of symbols, pressing the bar at the top will open the safe to give you a clasp.

-Go back to the dome, and use the clasp on the dome and rope.

-Press the gold button...

-Huh. Take the black key that was raised to this floor.

-Use the black key on the chest underneath the key paintings to get the down arrow tablet.

-We know what to do with this! Place the tablet on the pedestal next to the lift to get it working again, enter the lift to pull the lever, and take the ride down!

Act 4: The Basement

Down The Rabbit Hole, and Gathering Gems

-Take the stairs all the way down, and at the base of the stairs turn left.

-The dragon has been freed from the cage, we can now enter the cage and take the ladder down to the basement. Here we go again...

-At the bottom of the ladder turn around and walk down the corridor until you reach pitch blackness.

-Turn 180 degrees, and pull the lever that's lit up.

-Eek, who did the lights? Nevermind. It's time to ransack this room!

-There's a safe to the left needing a four-directional code. Hmm.

-To the right, looking closely at those rocks will reveal that they are hiding a square gem which you should collect.

-Zoom out, and turn right. One of the rocks on the floor here looks a tad structurally unstable, and the small and sneaky rock to the right of it hides a hexagonal gem.

-Zoom out and take a look at the three stone panels. You can light up squares on the left one that will light up the corresponding squares on the right panel. The right panel rotates the current right panel pattern by 90 degrees. The center panel doesn't seem to do anything. How odd.

-Zoom out, and turn right.

-There's a locked chest on the floor, which we can't do much about, so take a look at the items behind the bars instead.

-On the left, we have a chest that we can't reach or unlock. It has an odd rotated phi symbol underneath it, though.

-In the middle, there's a scale/candelabra thing. The top of this will open to give you an oval gem.

-To the right, we have a box which needs three gems... of which we have all of them! Place the three gems in their matching slots, and open the box to collect and unfold a scroll. It seems rather bland... just three squares? Not very enlightening (pun intended... you'll get it in a moment!).

-Zoom out, and turn right. There's a large stone statue/mosaic thing here of a dragon, and it's eye looks a bit hollow right now.

-Let's see if we can start solving some of the puzzles in this room.

The Puzzling Panels, the Arrow Enigma, and the Difficult Dragon

-Go back into the corridor, which is now pitch black. If you look at the scroll in here, you'll see the patterns you need to create on the stone panels: (c) the first panel needs squares 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 to be lit, and the second needs squares 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 to be lit.

-If you turn to face the room, note the glowing symbol on the right; a house shape pointing up, with (c) the arrow pointing 90 degrees anticlockwise to the direction the house points. Take note of this.

-Let's head back to the stone panels and try to recreate the patterns on the scroll.

-Lighting up a square on the left lights up the corresponding square on the right, and pressing the right panel rotates the current right panel pattern by 90 degrees. The easiest solution for this puzzle only requires you to press the right panel three times in one go.

-The easiest solution is:
Light up squares 1, 2 on the left panel.
Press the right panel three times.
Light up squares 3, 5, 8 on the left panel.

-If you recreated the pattern on the scroll successfully, pressing the center panel will reward you with an old notebook.

-Taking a look in the pages, we see some sketches of our laser doing something to the stone door by the stairwell, something about the pedestal on the stairwell, a picture of the entire dragon mosaic glowing apart from the tip of it's tail, and some houses pointing (c) Left, Down, Upper-left, Lower-right.

-I think we can open the safe needing the arrow combination now.

-The houses in the notebook give the code, but the sign in the corridor tells us we need to do something with the directions the houses point in.

-The arrow was pointing 90 degrees anticlockwise relative to how the house was pointing. Rotate all the house directions by 90 degrees anticlockwise to get the correct code: Down, Right, Lower-left, Upper-right.

-If you input the correct code, pressing the bar above would unlock the lock, and zooming out would let you unchain the safe. You may as well take the chain.

-Inside the safe is a pickaxe! Heeeere's Johnny! I think we all know what to do with this.

-Go back to the cracked rock under the stone panels, and destroy it's puny existence with the might of your pickaxe. Collect the green orb, and as a memoir of your total annihilation skills, collect the rock pieces as well.

-Go back to the dragon mosaic, and place the green orb in it's eye spot.

-We want to light up all the sections of the dragon apart from the tip of the tail! It seems very erratic, though... If you ever get stuck, just take the orb out of the eye and put it back in to reset the puzzle.

-There is actually a very easy solution to this seemingly chaotic puzzle. Try to only focus on one thing at a time.

-Start by pressing the tip of the tail. 'Chase' the green section by clicking on whatever is lit, and it shows you the cycle of what affects what. Remember that the tip of the tail will not be lit, and pressing a lit section unlights it...

-You want to work backwards around the cycle from the spot just before the tip of the tail.

-The full order is:
Press the largest 'jigsaw' section in the bottom-right.
Press the second-smallest 'jigsaw' section in the bottom-right.
Press the smallest 'jigsaw' section in the bottom right.
Press the largest end-tail section at the left.
Press the only unlit (second largest) 'jigsaw' section in the bottom right.
Press the oddly shaped section just to the right of the head.
Press the second smallest end-tail section.
Press the second largest end-tail section.
Press the wing.
Press the tip of the tail.

-Collect the supercharged sphere.

-Go back to the chest on the floor and use the supercharged sphere to unlock it.

-Collect the lens.

-Place your pickaxe in the incomplete lever, and pull it.

-You can now collect the small chest behind the bars just above.

-Take a look at the small chest... it's empty, darnit. Let's put something precious in here; how about the bones of our enemy, the rock pieces? Hang on, now I've thought of a use for this chest... also combine it with the chain.

-Go back to the switch next to the corridor, and attach your chest with chain to it. The rock pieces give it enough weight to hold the switch down.

-Let there be light! Again! Head back up the ladder to the stairwell.

Intermission: Going to the Garden, Indiana Jones Style

-According to out old notebook, we have to do something involving our laser, lens, the pedestal on the stairs, and the stone archway/door.

-Place the lens in the stone archway/door on the stairs.

-Place the laser on the hexagonal pedestal near the top of the staircase.

-Push the button, and watch the magic happen!

-Where did that go...? Head back down the stairwell and all the way back into the original room to see what's happened.

-Ah! It opened up those doors for us. When you're as close to the boulder as you can be, turn right to see your final destination.

-Walk into the corridor, and pick up the long hook on top of the grate. It doesn't appear to be long enough to reach the jar under the grate, though.

-Take a look at the bars blocking your way into the garden. At the bottom-left, there seems to be something drawn on the wall...

-It's a glyph code! We encountered these sometime late last year I believe. I'm getting all nostalgic right now. It seems to be the Eight glyph, the D glyph, and the Q glyph. Don't forget to use your long hook to reach that gem ring in the garden.

-Take a look at the panel on the wall of the corridor. Looks like we'll use that glyph code here. Enter the Eight, D, and Q glyphs and then press the button.

-Whoops! We're trapped! Or maybe not. Use the gem ring on the right hand slot to open up the gate to the garden.

ACT 5: THE GARDEN

Ready for the Grand Finale?

-There is so much to do here that I can't list every single navigational step. Instead, here are the locations of everything to collect or take note of:

-(c) Octagon Chalk Drawings: On the left wall by the entrance to the garden, on the back wall of the garden opposite the large door, on the blackboard on the far right wall of the garden, and on the side of the dragon's neck (viewed from the location by the small storage door). Make sure you've seen the close-up of all four of the drawings.

-Trowel: By the dragon's neck (see above).

-Wooden egg (1/3): In the post to the right of the entry door.

-Posts with turning valves: Just about everywhere. These are mostly obvious.

-Post missing a valve: To the right of the entrance door.

-Post which doesn't open: To the left of the large exit door.

-Flower clues: The four outermost stained glass windows have unusual colorings. Take note of them.

-Tiki statue: You'll see this when you're looking back at the door from the far-left corner of the garden. It need's a strange type of combination code.

-Black grid: You'll see this on the floor in front of the large exit door.

-Exit door: Kind of obvious. The brown door with lots of fancy locks on the front. Note that the mural on the door is screwed down.

-Black machine with box: On the wall opposite the exit door. The black machine seems to be missing a piece, and the box seems to be locked by the machine.

-Empty dragon fountain: Kind of obvious. At the back right corner of the garden.

-Wooden hen: In front of the dragon fountain.

-Odd box: to the left of the small back storage door.

-Back storage door: What the title says. At the back-right corner of the garden.

-A lot of stuff to keep in mind! Let's solve some puzzles now.

The Tricky Tiki Statue and the Devilish Dials

-Navigate your way back to the tiki statue. You should be able to input the correct code now...

-This is a tricky puzzle. The four chalk drawings are the clues for this.

-Try visualising each tooth of the tiki statue as a wheel you are turning, much like a combination lock, and try to think about what the overall pattern of white/black is on each 'wheel', and how that corresponds to the chalk drawings.

-Each of the chalk drawings represents one tooth of the tiki statue. Each tooth is a wheel, and the black/white pattern of each tooth-wheel is detailed in exactly one chalk drawing. The correct placement of each tooth is that which matches where the arrow is located in the chalk drawing.

-The full code is as follows:
The first tooth is at the position where two white squares are visible.
The second tooth should be set to a single white block, the second that will appear after the double-white sector.
The third tooth should be set so that no white blocks are visible.
The fourth tooth should be set to the middle single white block, the second that appears after the long black section.

-If you input the correct code, zooming out and pressing the grey bar underneath will reward you with an brass key.

-Navigate back to the small storage door, and use the brass key to unlock it.

-Take a look at the desk at the back. One drawer is locked, and inside the other is a drawing of (c) a square, cross, circle, double-dash, and triangle. There's also an odd metal thing in this drawer.

-There's also a 4x4 black-white box, and pressing the button underneath does some odd things to the display. Hmm.

-Zoom out and turn left.

-There's a watering ca on the floor here, a wooden egg (2/3) on the ledge next to a projector which isn't working.

-Zoom out and turn left.

-There's a bolt shaped hole at the T-joint in the pipe, and some odd dials at the top-left which supposedly control the water that flows through the pipes. We should be able to input the correct code.

-The stained-glass flowers are the clues for this. Match the outer rim pattern with a window, and the red petal is the direction that dial should face. So the dials (going from left to right, top to bottom) should be facing:
Down, Bottom-right, Upper-left, Left
Now to actually get them facing the right directions...

-Pressing a button turns both dials adjacent to the button. The middle button is a quick reset.
-The easiest solution is:
Top button x3
Bottom button x6
Left button x1

-Once you've got the dials facing the right way, press the center button to start the waterflow. Let's take a look at what's happened in the garden.

Valve Trouble and Fancy Fish

-The dragon is having some serious regurgitation problems now. Fill up your watering can with some water from the fountain pond.

-Go back to the black grid on the floor and pour the water onto it to reveal the pattern. (I'd recommend refilling the watering can now, but you can refill it later with a bit more difficulty).

-Aha! We should enter this on the box in the storage room. Head back there, and open the box with this code. Or not.

-Note that pressing the bar does something to the display. You want the box to resemble the pattern on the floor grid after pressing the bar.

-The bar will turn off every second square you light up. So one of many correct sequences will be (numbered 1-16 from left to right, top to bottom):
1, 2, 4, 3, 6, 5, 7, 8, 10, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 15.

-If you made the correct display show after pressing the bar, you'll be greeted with a map.

-Open it up and take a look... There's a lot of blue lines which go through the valve poles, and... aha! X marks the spot!

-Go to the location where the X is marked in the map, underneath the chalk drawing by the door.

-Use the trowel to dig up a valve.

-Turn around and place the valve in the post by the door. You should be able to know what orientation to place all the valves now.

-The map gives the orientation of each valve. Remember to take into account perspective issues. All of their orientations are listed below:
By the entry door: Handles face up and right.
Far left, opposite entry door: Handles face down and right.
By the black machine, opposite exit door: Handles face up and right.
To the right of exit door: Handles face up and right.
Far right, opposite storage door: Handles face down and right.

-If you oriented every valve correctly, head back to the corridor that you used to enter the garden, and under the metal grating the water level should have raised to let you collect a bottle. Open it up and take the coin.

-Go back to the storage room and place your coin in the projector and push the button.

-Watch the show. Take note of the (c) shapes of the fish.

-We can now open the odd box just outside the storage room.

-The code for the box is the shapes of the fish in the order they appear in the projection. The full sequence is:
Right button, right button, left button, bottom button, left button, top button.

-You'll see the box open if you input the correct code. Collect the octagon key tucked into the lid. It's highly recommended that you fill up your watering can and fill the box with water now, but we can fix this up later if you don't do it now.

-Go back into the storage room and use the octagon key to unlock the drawer in the desk. Collect the wooden egg (3/3) and the large valve.

-Place the large valve into the bolt shaped hole in the pipe T-joint in this room, and turn it.

The Eggciting Escape (The Penultimate Puzzle)

-Place all your 3 wooden eggs in the nest by the fountain and watch mother bird do her awesome ninja laser eye skills. The safe behind the blackboard needs a five height code.

-If you still have the watering can in your inventory, and it's not filled, fill it up from the dragon pond (not the most close up; the view in which you can still see the dragon's head)

-If you haven't yet, use the watering can on the odd box by the storage door to see the balls float.

-Take a close look at the head of the stone dragon; there's a box chained to it.

-Go back to the safe behind the blackboard; we have enough clues to open it.

-The two clues are the piece of paper in the storage room, and the height of the floating balls in the odd box.

-The balls float height, in order from lowest to highest, is: Square, Double-dash, Cross, Circle, Triangle.

-The piece of paper states the order Square, Cross, Circle, Double-dash, Triangle.

-The answer to the safe is the float heights of the balls, in the order detailed on the piece of paper. If you label the five positions 1-5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest, the correct code is:
1, 3, 4, 2, 5

-If you entered the correct code, you'll find that the odd pole to the left of the exit door is now unlocked, and you can collect the stone cube inside it.

The End. This is Really it. Are You Ready for a Crazy Meta Puzzle?

-Place the stone cube into the black machine opposite the exit door. AHHHHHH!!!!! A pipe puzzle! Let's leave it for now.

-The moldy box is now open, and you can collect the wire cutters from it.

-Head back to the head of the dragon, and use the wire cutters to retrieve the wooden box. Open it up to get the gold ring.

-Go back to the entry corridor, and place the gold ring in the empty receptacle on the wall to allow you back to all the other areas.

-Head back to the original room, and return to the lower-left cupboard next to the door leading to the stairs. You can now use the wire cutters to get the screwdriver I know you've been dreaming about all the while playing this game.

-Go back to the garden, zoom in on the mural on the exit door and unscrew it. Place the odd metal thing in the hole on the left. It's another symbol safe! Time to find the code.

-Head back to the pipe puzzle. You should know the how to arrange them all now...

-This is a crazy awesome meta puzzle. Go back to all the other locations and see if any symbols are recurring, or if there are any unusual patterns.

-The clues for this puzzle are:
The pattern in the dragon pond in the Garden
The pattern of the yin yang safe above the desk in the Room
The pattern of the stained glass windows in the Museum
The pattern of the center stone panel in the Basement

-Arrange the pipes so that the 8 tiles surrounding each circle resemble the patterns that appear around the game world associated with that circle pattern. In the end there should be no unconnected pipe joints, and the lit symbols should be:
Dome with two vertical lines
Triangle with dot
Triangle with two vertical lines
Square (starting symbol)
Square with dash
M with one vertical line
M with dash
Dome with one vertical line

-There's no indication if you have the right pattern, but you'll be pretty confident if you know what the clues are. We now have the eight symbols we need to enter in the symbol safe on the door, but in what order?

-Do you remember how the pipe puzzle lit up originally?

-Try turning just the pipe connected to the special square. Everything becomes unlit... what happens if you rejoin it?

-The order of the symbols is the order in which they are lit up from the starting square. So the full code is:
Square
Square with dash
M with one vertical line
M with dash
Triangle with two vertical lines
Triangle with dot
Dome with one vertical line
Dome with two vertical lines

-At this point you should be confident with what each button and dial position does, but if you really need it:

Dial 1, button 2
Dial 4, button 2
Dial 2, button 3
Dial 4, button 3
Dial 5, button 1
Dial 3, button 1
Dial 2, button 4
Dial 5, button 4

-If you correctly deduce the order of the symbols and enter them in on the door safe, pressing the gold bar will give you your sweet, sweet, freedom. You've escaped!!!!!!!!!!

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thegreatescaper May 24, 2015 1:18 AM

And so it is that the beast of a walkthrough, coming in at just under 10,000 words, is the 199th comment on this game.
I have no life.
You're welcome, everyone :)

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