The Guides 4+

Beautiful Crypto Puzzles

2 Fountains LLC

Designed for iPad

    • $2.99



Featured by Apple in:

15 Most Mind-Bending Puzzlers, 15 Most Mysterious Games, The Best Games You’ve Never Played, Challenge Your Brain, Best New Games

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“Best Mobile Games of 2015” — CNET

“Best iOS Games of 2015” — Apple ‘N’ Apps

“Best One Handed Mobile Games for Long Commutes” — Appcessories

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Consisting of hundreds of extremely challenging codes, puzzles and interactive ciphers, The Guides is a journey that will challenge your wit, stretch your imagination and test your ingenuity in unique and innovative ways.

Simply stated, they’re not easy. Progressing will be difficult, but you have the appropriate tools at your disposal. Everything you need to proceed is — or has been — provided.

Look for clues and patterns to build on what you have learned. Remember what you have seen as for no detail is too subtle or insignificant. As you explore deeper, you’ll begin to unravel the enigma of The Guides.

Peculiar, isn't it?

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"From the word 'Go'... it tells you nothing. And you have to work it out for yourself. And that, my friends, that is cool." James Gilmour for App Spy

"The Guides gets under your skin... you’ll find yourself thinking about it outside of the game and coming back for more." Jennifer Allen for 148apps

"The Guides is one of the year’s most interesting puzzle games. It’s a beautifully designed toy box filled with an enormous variety of code-breaking ciphers and visual riddles..." Owen Faraday for Pocket Tactics

"It's brilliant, uncompromising, satisfying, and one of the best games I have ever played on my phone... quite possibly on any platform." chanandler of App Army for Pocket Gamer

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• Four Sections and 100 pages embedded with countless challenges.
• Meticulously designed interactive puzzles and ciphers with each being more unique than the last.
• Piece together the fragmented story to reveal the source of the messages.
• Various game mechanics such as the code interface screen and the title bar to provide added layers of support.
• Integrated decoding tools — including morse, binary and many more — to assist you on your journey.
• Ability to save screenshots to keep track of invaluable clues and notes.
• A distress support system is available if you find yourself stuck, but use sparingly, for your transmissions are limited.

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What’s New

Version 1.8

- Fix for iOS 17
- The Guides is alive, look for more updates in 2024...

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
693 Ratings

693 Ratings

Ewinner W ,

Be prepared to ruminate.

This is the most fascinating game I’ve played in a while. The simplest arrangement of dots on a screen can be infuriating, even as the last arrangement of dots was so simple...

The clues are oblique. The puzzles build on each other and get increasingly complex as you go through the sequence. A clue or key may be hidden in another puzzle — or it might just look that way. You have to be able to think forwards, backwards, round about, and inside out (list not inclusive).

Have scratch paper handy. Take notes as you go through. Mark which puzzles took which skills to solve. I have only finished the first chapter so far, so I can’t say anything about the ending except that I’m very much looking forward to it. :)

sgtmike ,

Challenging, but worth your time

I’ve just finished the first section of the game, so I can’t say anything about where the story is going just yet, or if it even has a coherent story. What is great is the puzzles, which are varied and interesting, if very short. Thankfully there’s a lot of them.
The only things keeping this game from a 5 star rating are the simplicity of some of the puzzles, the very short nature of the puzzles (while some referenced others, none of them required many steps to solve, so as soon as you figured out the pattern, it was time to move on to the next one) and the lack of any instructions. Ordinarily, that last critique would be a more serious flaw, but since it adds something to the mystery of this game, I’m not going to count it too harshly.

The game is a good way to spend some downtime and keep you busy for a while in an entertaining, family friendly way. Even if you don’t get a puzzle right away, it’ll keep your mind working while you’re doing other things and waiting for the eureka moment.

rhaining23 ,

worthwhile puzzle game

Highly enigmatic and atmospheric puzzles. None of them are brain busters and in fact most are quite easy, but there are a lot of red herrings. If stuck, try exploring for hints. None of the answers involve super complex encoding schemes (at least not yet - I’m only through chapter 1), but a lot of puzzles leave you wondering “Was there more information or clues that I needed in the parts I didn’t use to solve? Will I need to go back and scour old puzzles for those extra tidbits in a later metapuzzle? Or is it just for atmosphere?” I hope that question will be answered by the end!

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