Tips to get you started
- LEVEL 1: Creepy, eh? Where are all those arrows pointing? Click the door and enter the Cipher!
- LEVEL 2: Tried clicking the door? What could be another way to go to a page, other than clicking a link?
Think about where you want to go, and go there.
- LEVEL 3: Ever heard of the source code? What does the page title read?
- LEVEL 4: Hmm...1s and 0s? Come on, you must have seen this before...decode the message!
- LEVEL 5: What does the page title read? What is 'darkness' referring to? The source code could help...
- LEVEL 6: That picture isn't of much help, is it? Checked the source code yet?
What's the name of the picture? What can you change to get a different picture?
- LEVEL 7: You're on your own now, my friend...keep going and don't give up, but never cheat!
General tips for all levels
- When you believe you've found the answer, either...
- Locate the link to the password box, which is contained on some levels. The username, most of the time, will be cipher; the password will be the answer to the level. The password box should often be very easy to find.
- If the level contains no password box, try entering your answer in the URL bar, in your current folder, with ".htm" at the end.
- Always check the source code and page title. You may find some valuable information!
- Sometimes, solving a puzzle will result in a bunch of letters that, at first, seem useless. In this case (provided you have the correct letters to work with), you may be required to unscramble the letters either by yourself or with an anagram solver program to discover the final answer.
- External programs may sometimes be required to complete a level, especially photo-manipulating programs such as Photoshop. For those who don't have Photoshop, GIMP is a useful alternative/clone (gimp.org). For more info, see the software list provided below.
- Some levels include a Google search bar. This means that you most probably will need to use it in order to find the answer, but it may not be necessary, depending on the extent of your knowledge. NOTE: Levels beyond 50 have no Google bar, even if the puzzle requires Google. Why? Click here for more info.
- NEVER CHEAT. It takes all the fun out of the game, and it's utterly pointless to just get all the answers off the internet. You could say that you beat the game when you really didn't, so don't lie and carry the guilt. Most importantly, you could be caught. And you wouldn't want that, would you?
- Most of all, be patient. A hard level may make you feel like giving up, but DON'T, just keep going, and remember that the bragging rights for your achievements will indeed be recognized.
- Upon completing Level 50 (the labyrinth) you will receive a password to the Level 50 winner's forum on the Cipher Official Forum.
This is a list of free programs and web applications that people may find helpful in the solving of my riddle:
- dCode: The #1 site when it comes to coding & decoding things.
- GIMP: A very useful, free, Photoshop clone; has pretty much all standard features as Photoshop.
- Krita: Another image editing software, and pretty much better than GIMP all-around.
- GifMake: An excellent online program that can decompile GIF animations into seperate, viewable frames.
- Jeffrey's EXIF Viewer: The absolute best and easiest-to-use EXIF viewer on the web, usable right in your browser. Thanks, Jeffrey! (I recommend only viewing the EXIF of downloaded files; viewing EXIF from a URL can be unreliable, as it draws on old internet cache).
- Wordplays.com Anagram Solver: One of a riddler's best friends. This indispensible freeware program is marvelously adept at making sense of all anagrams, and guaranteed to work on ALL Cipher levels.
- Audacity: Yet another awesome software, Audacity is a sound editor that had dozens of features to edit your audio files.
- ASCII Table: A simple ASCII table running from characters 1 to 255.
- HTML and XML characters codes :A handy Wikipedia page with a list of some characters that go beyond the standard ASCII tables.
- Unicode charts: A ridiculously comprehensive compendium of Unicode characters. If it can be typed, it's in here.
- Greek to English Translator: Title says it all. A very good Greek to English (and back again) translator from Kypros.org.