The Guides

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About this game

“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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Oct 10, 2022

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Ratings and reviews

2.51K reviews
T Sumrall
May 24, 2023
Excellent game. I appreciate a puzzle game that actually puzzles me. This game is fantastic to play whenever your brain needs a little help breaking out of its little entrenched patterns or the endless circling thoughts that it can get into with a repetitive job or under stress. I first played The Guides awhile ago, so I enjoy the recent additional content coming back to it now. I do miss the extra complexity of additional forking solution paths, but it's easier to track progress now.
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A Google user
November 25, 2019
To this day, The Guides, Axiom, and Compendium are probably some of the best mobile games ever released. The graphics and detail in every aspect of this game is simply jaw dropping. Each stage of the game is filled with beautiful details that only serve as a red herring, putting so much into simply distracting you. Some of the later puzzles make you feel like Einstein when you solve them, and that kind of sensation is something that the puzzle game market is lacking at the moment. Outstanding.
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A Google user
March 15, 2019
Absolutely top-notch visuals and a good ambient soundtrack create an incredibly immersive puzzle-solving experience. While the interface is a bit confusing to navigate and the deciphering may feel a little tedious at times, the overall production quality is perhaps the best I've seen in any game on the app store. For those hesitant to spend $3: A) The game is quite lengthy, so lots of content. B) Play the first few levels of the sequel. It's free, and gives you a good idea of what to expect.
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2 Fountains LLC
1005 W 67th Ter Kansas City, MO 64113 United States
+1 913-214-2974

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