The Guides by Luke Lisi and Kevin Bradford is no cakewalk and can sometimes get quite tough.
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Puzzle 1-3: red and orange circle
Tap the circles in the same order that the coloured numbers indicate (brown, orange, brown, orange, orange, brown).
Puzzle 1-4 (F O U R)
Type FOUR into the text area.
Puzzle 1-5 (0s and 1s)
The blank circles are zeroes. The filled ones are 1s!
Puzzle 1-6 (Memorandum A.04-aQ)
The binary translates into STOP. Type that into the text area on the bottom to proceed.
Puzzle 1-7 (Interferometer Test)
Type in 4251 to proceed.
Puzzle 1-8 (73 = ? )
You have the letters A to H. C is missing, so type C into the console to move on.
Puzzle 1-9 (Easy to see)
Tap on the red C.
Puzzle 1-10 (Concatenation)
The letters are N I G H T. You know what to do!
Puzzle 1-11 (esreveR)
The letters are N A M U H Y L N O M A I. In reverse order, I AM ONLY HUMAN.
Puzzle 1-12 (primrose)
Only one of those three will let you move on. It’s PERSISTENCE.
Puzzle 1-13 (m)
Align the rings so that the semi-circles meet. I’m pretty sure actual orientation doesn’t matter.
Puzzle 1-14 (Reference: 01.07)
What is 12 divided by 4 (12 is above the 4, like a fraction)? 3. You can either type in 3 or “iii” in roman numerals.
Puzzle 1-15 (a = x | b = y | c = z …)
It’s a simple substitution cipher. If a = x, b = y, c = z, d = a, e = f, etc; then VKLIW equals SHIFT.
Puzzle 1-16 (He Would Be Proud)
It’s another cypher, though getting this one is tricky. Similar to the previous puzzle, you shift the alphabet 4 letters (4 dots on the screen) down so that e = a, f = b, g = c; and so on.
With the new cypher, the message reads “LIKE A BAD STAR” which is the password to the next level.
Completing this level unlocks the SHIFT decoder.
Puzzle 1-17 (S > J > N > E > M)
I’ll be honest here – I worked out what the clues meant after solving the puzzle by guesswork. It’s all to do with our solar system and the planets.
The clue in the name gives a pattern – Sun, Jupiter, Neptune, Earth and Mars (or Mercury). From largest to smallest. And that’s the order you need to tap the circles in – from largest to smallest.
Puzzle 1-18 (error)
The decoded message is S I G N A L. Completing this level unlocks the MORSE CODE decoder.
Puzzle 1-19 (a)
The message says “SKY”.
Puzzle 1-20 (Reach For The Sky)
Picking out the letters in the order of the numbers written above them spells out D E L A Y E D.
Puzzle 1-21 (+3)
In the green text hide 4 letters: SDVW. When decoded with the shift decoder set to 3 (from the puzzle title) it translates to PAST.
Puzzle 1-22 (p)
When the four dashes are aligned, the numbers help spell out CEREBRAL.
Puzzle 1-23 (vg vf fvzcyr)
There are 13 dots spinning around the letters. Using 13 as the shift value gives us IT IS SIMPLE.
Puzzle 1-24 (s)
Near the top of the screen are a set of blank and filled circles. If you assign them to 0s and 1s (empty and filled respectively) you can decode them to say S E N S E S.
Puzzle 1-25 (mapping sequence)
S E N S E S. South, East, North, South, East, South.