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Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall
A Walkthrough by Michael Gray
AKA The Lost Gamer (email@example.com)
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Table of Contents:
001. General information
002. Video Walkthrough
005. Frequently Asked Questions
This is a walkthrough for the game called "Nancy Drew:
Ghost of Thornton Hall". This game is available for the PC
and the Mac, and it is the 28th game in the Nancy Drew
series of adventure games. To contact me about this guide,
use my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to see a video of how to solve the game's
puzzles, rather than read how to solve the puzzles? You're
in luck! I made a video walkthrough for this game, which
can be found here:
The videos come complete with my live commentary.
Nancy Drew: Our hero, Nancy Drew, is a super mystery solver
who has been asked to find a kidnapped girl named Jessalyn
Savannah Woodham: Savannah is a ghost hunter that Nancy met
in Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge. Savannah asked
Nancy to solve the current case, and you can call Savannah
for help during this game.
Jessalyn Thornton: The girl who was kidnapped. She is
scheduled to marry Colton Birchfield.
Wade Thornton: A gruff man who spends most of his time in
the Thornton cemetery. He knows a lot about the family's
Clara Thornton: The Thornton Family matriarch. Her
professional manner may come off as cold and detached
sometimes. She wants her daughter to be returned, as soon
Colton Birchfield: Jessalyn's fiancé. He sometimes has
issues with paranoia.
Addison Hammond: Jessalyn's friend. She and Jessalyn were
at Thornton Hall for a scavenger hunt, before Jessalyn was
Lexie: Colton's ex-girlfriend. Nancy overhears Colton
calling her, at two points in this game.
Bess Marvin: Nancy's best friend Bess is a person you can
Ned Nickerson: Nancy's boyfriend is currently hanging out
with Bess. If you call Bess, Ned will be there.
Charlotte Thornton: Charlotte Thornton died in a fire on
Blackrock Island many years ago. Her ghost is rumored to
haunt the area.
Harper Thornton: Charlotte's younger sister. They say that
she was committed to an insane asylum.
You can play the game on either amateur sleuth or master
sleuth mode. The puzzles are the same on both modes, except
that on master sleuth mode, they are more difficult.
Nancy's task list will contain hints if you play on amateur
The game begins with Nancy getting a phone call from
Savannah Woodham, a ghost hunter she came into contact
with, while Nancy was in Japan. Savannah was asked to solve
a kidnapping case in Georgia, but she can't go. She wants
Nancy to go in her place.
Nancy agrees and arrives at Blackrock Island, home to
Thornton Hall. The ferryman warns her about various members
of the Thornton family, especially Charlotte Thornton,
whose ghost is said to still be haunting the island.
Go straight forward, to Thornton Hall. As you are about to
enter the front door, you meet Colton Birchfield. He is
Jessalyn's fiancée, and he gives you Jessalyn's phone.
After this, you can talk to Colton about the upcoming
wedding, and he indicates that he might have had concerns
about marrying Jessalyn.
Jessalyn's phone is powered off at the moment. You need to
find a way to charge it. Charging her phone involves
finding five objects: a hammer, nails, coins, wires and
The hammer is on the porch. Turn around, so your back is
facing Colton, then go forward to the swing. Turn around
again, and you can see the hammer lying against one of the
columns on the left.
Go inside Thornton Hall. The front door leads to three
places. You can go up the stairs to the left, to reach the
upstairs area. You can go straight down the hallway, to
reach the workshop. You can go right, into the parlor, to
meet Jessalyn's mother, Clara.
Start by going into the parlor. Talk to Clara if you want
to. To the left of the doorway to this room, you can find a
tea set. Zoom in on the tea set, then take the oranges from
the bowl left of it.
Now, go the workshop, which is the other room on the main
floor. In the corner, directly in front of you, is a
worktable. On the left side of this table, you can find
wires and nails. Use the hammer on the nails to pull them
There is also an electricity manual. Read it to learn how
to make a simple battery, with things like coins and fruit.
You should have almost all the items you need now: wires,
nails and oranges.
Back away from the worktable and turn right. On a smaller
table to the left, you can find a projector. Zoom in on
this table. To the right, you can find coins.
Return to the worktable and zoom in on the left. Put the
oranges down, then use the nails and coins on the oranges.
Then click on the wires to the left. Nancy will use these
things to charge the battery on Jessalyn's phone.
It takes fifteen minutes for Jessalyn's phone to charge, so
in the meantime, you might as well do something else.
The First Ghost Sighting
Leave Thornton Hall and head towards the gate at the front
of the island. You see a sign, which says that the Thornton
Family Cemetery is to the left. Turn here and go to the
In this location, you meet Wade Thornton. He's one of the
family cousins, and when you talk to him, he mentions that
Savannah left a package for you. Talk to Wade about
whatever you want. You can also explore the cemetery for a
bit. Wade will tell you about some of the people buried
After you talk to Wade for the first time, go back to
Thornton Hall. This time, go upstairs. Go down the hall, to
the sleeping area. On a table here, you find Savannah's
package. Open it up. Take the EMF reader and open
Savannah's book to discover that people liked to sneak onto
the island, in hopes of seeing Charlotte's ghost.
Now, look down the other hallway that is here, upstairs.
This hallway leads to Charlotte's room, only the door to
her room is locked. Nancy sees Charlotte's ghost in this
The Rhyme Note
After Nancy sees Charlotte, she will hear eerie singing,
the next time she enters Thornton Hall. (If you haven't
talked to Clara yet, this will not happen).
Nancy mentions that the singing is coming from upstairs, so
go up the stairs. There is a note for Nancy, next to the
package from Savannah. It says to make herself blind at a
dreadful place, then call Charlotte home.
In order to solve this puzzle, you have to go back to the
cemetery and ask Wade about people sneaking onto the
island. He recites the rhyme, which is used to summon
Return to Thornton Hall. Grab a napkin from the tea table,
which is in the parlor with Clara. Nancy can use this as a
blindfold to make herself blind.
All that remains is to find the scariest room in the house.
Go into the workshop, on the first floor of the house. See
the wooden doorway? Use the EMF reader here. Nancy notes
that it has the highest EMF reading of all the places in
Click on the napkin here, to use it as a blindfold. Pick
the rhyme: "Fire so red, night so black, dear sweet
Charlotte, please come back".
Someone grabs Nancy and takes her through a tunnel. This
person is revealed to be Harper, who is the cousin of Clara
and Wade. She is also Charlotte's younger sister, and she
lives in the basement of Thornton Hall.
People believe that Harper is crazy. She will talk with
Nancy, then return Nancy to the workshop. Nancy has a
puzzle note, which explains how to reach Harper again.
Portrait Letter Puzzle
Harper's note says to look to the portraits. There are
numerous portraits around here, and most of them have a
smudge on them. You have to clean them off.
You need to get the turpentine, which is in a blue
container in the workshop. Also, get a napkin, from the tea
table in the parlor.
Now, go to one of the portraits. Click on the napkin, then
click on the turpentine to soak the napkin in turpentine.
Now, use the cleaner-soaked napkin on the portrait to find
Three portraits are in the parlor. Two are above the
fireplace, while the portrait of Hiriam is on the wall
opposite of the door.
A fourth portrait is in the downstairs hallway, above the
dresser. One portrait is on the right-hand side of the
worktable in the workshop. Pick it up, then go upstairs.
Put the portrait into the empty frame, so you can clean it
One portrait is above the covered couch. To find it, just
face the large windows and sleeping bag upstairs, then turn
around. The final portrait is in the upstairs hallway,
leading to Charlotte's room.
When you get all the portraits cleaned off, look at Nancy's
paper. She wrote down all of the letters on the portraits,
and now you have to arrange them to form words. The words
are "cotton gin, get seeds, balance scales".
There is a bag of cotton, on the blue dresser upstairs.
Pick it up, then go to the workshop. The cotton gin is
here. Examine it for a puzzle. In this puzzle, you must put
the combs on the device, in a specific order. The combs are
different in both amateur sleuth mode and master sleuth
mode, but the solution is the same in both modes. Put them
on, from 1 to 7.
That fixes the cotton gin. Put the cotton in the cotton
gin, and seeds come out on the right. Pick them up. Then,
go to the wooden door. The scales to the right of the door
can balance the seeds.
In amateur sleuth mode, you balance the scales with 1-3-1
on the left and 3 on the right. In master sleuth mode, you
balance the scales with 3-2-4 on the left and 2-2-2 on the
Solving the puzzle will raise the weighted bags, hanging
from the ceiling of this room. This opens up a passageway,
behind the wooden door. The passageway leads to the
basement where Harper stays. You can go down there and talk
to Harper, if you want.
In the basement tunnel, you find a backpack. It is
Jessalyn's. Open it, and you can find a Thornton family
tree. You can also find half of the key, which unlocks
Charlotte's room. You can also find wedding notes, which
Colton and Jessalyn wrote on.
After you talk to Harper a second time, go to Clara and
tell her about Harper. Clara and Wade go to investigate,
but Harper leaves before they find her.
The next time Nancy enters the house, she will hear eerie
singing. This is her cue to go upstairs. There is a note,
next to the package Nancy left for Savannah. It is a bottle
Return to the basement. A wine rack is against one of the
walls here, and it contains a bunch of bottles, similar to
the picture on the note. What you have to do is solve the
puzzle on the note, to figure out the order in which you
push the bottles.
In amateur sleuth mode, the solution is "bileo". In master
sleuth mode, the solution is "cfinbk". After you press the
bottles in the proper order, a hidden passageway appears.
Go through it, and at the end, Nancy overhears Colton on
the phone with someone named Lexie.
Turn around. Jessalyn's camera is on the ground here. Pick
it up and look through all the pictures. Many of them
contain clues, as to what you should do next.
When you go back into the house, Nancy suddenly collapses
from exhaustion. Maybe there's something strange in the air
here. Nancy cuts her phone conversation short, as she spies
a new note, next to the package to Savannah. Pick this note
up, for the flower puzzle.
Jessalyn's camera contains clues for many things. The first
one you should probably examine is the T-marker. This is
located near the gate at the front of the island.
Nancy will recognize this location from the photo on
Jessalyn's camera. The camera shows that there is a hidden
pathway, behind the hedge. You can now go forward through
the hedge to reach the ruins where Charlotte died.
There is a fountain outside of the house, but you cannot
solve the puzzle there yet. Instead, go into the house. You
see Charlotte's ghost go down the stairs. If you look in
that location, you find the key for the crypt. How can
Nancy get it?
The only thing of interest inside the ruins is some film,
which is lying on the only table in the building. Pick it
Now it's time to get some items. Go to Wade and ask him if
he thinks what happened to Charlotte was an accident. He
gives you a piece of cloth, which tells you how to solve
the fountain puzzle at the ruins.
Go back to Thornton Hall and go inside the workshop. You
can find a picker, to the left of the wooden door that
leads to the basement. You can also find an old projector,
on a table against the wall. Fix up the projector and use
the film on it.
Nancy watches the footage of Charlotte's birthday party.
Someone spliced images into the film, and Clara interrupts
Return to the ruins. With Wade's clue, you can solve the
puzzle by the fountain. The trick to this puzzle is to not
have two tiles, of the same color, in adjacent spots. The
numbers on the edges tell you how many of a certain color
is in each row/column.
+- +- +
+ - -
- + +
Solving the puzzle gets you Charlotte's sketch and a snake
plate. Those will help you solve puzzles later on.
Go inside the ruined house, and Nancy sees Charlotte again.
At the bottom of the stairs here is the crypt key. Use the
picker from the workshop to grab it.
Examine the wall in the ruins. The distinctive red
wallpaper with a star on it was the location that was
spliced into the reel of film. Nancy decides to stack up
items, in order to reach it.
There are multiple solutions to the puzzle. I recommend
starting with the wooden plank, lying horizontally across
the bottom/middle. Then, make a stack of the white blocks,
resting them vertically. Stack the small square boxes on
them, and you should be high enough to reach the red
Examine the paper, and move it aside. Nancy decides to copy
down the star sketch. When you do so, the ceiling starts to
cave in. Back away, before you get killed! Then, go back to
the wallpaper to read the clue.
That's all you can do at the ruins.
The Crypt Puzzles
You get the crypt key from the ruins. Go to the crypt,
which is part of the cemetery. Harper is in there, waiting
for Nancy. You can get rid of her, by talking to her and
saying that you want her to be found. Alternately, you can
leave the crypt and return to make Harper leave.
When Harper is gone, you can solve some puzzles in the
crypt. On the right side of the crypt, you'll notice empty
spaces for coffins. One space has a newspaper article about
Charlotte's funeral. Another space has the bird sketch, in
the middle row of the second-from-left column.
On the left side of the crypt are many coffins. Examine the
coffin in the middle row of the leftmost column. Jessalyn
took a picture of this coffin; it has a bird plate on it.
Zoom in on the bird plate. Nancy puts the plate and the
sketch together, and she figures that she has to fill up
the design to open the plate.
In amateur sleuth mode, put the parallelogram as the bird's
beak, with a large triangle touching it. Put the other
large triangle at the bottom, for the bird's tail. The
other pieces are easy to place after that.
In master sleuth mode, put a large triangle in the
lower/right, with the parallelogram left of it. Put the
other large triangle above that, so it sticks out as the
bird's wing. The square goes directly above the right large
triangle, so it touches both of the large triangles.
Solving the puzzle opens the coffin. Inside are numbers,
for the puzzle on Charlotte's door.
However, you still need the rest of the key to Charlotte's
room. One of the pictures on Jessalyn's camera was of a
snake picture, on a column. Go to the porch of Thornton
Hall. The column is near the swing. Push the vines away,
click on the picture, and Nancy copies the design.
The clue here says that it is the first of its kind, along
the bottom. Go back to the crypt. The coffin you're looking
for is on the bottom row, and it is the second from the
left. Put the snake plate (which you got from the tile
puzzle in the ruins) on this coffin, and solve this puzzle.
In amateur sleuth mode, put the two large triangles as the
head and tail of the snake. In master sleuth mode, put the
two large triangles on the left side. There are multiple
solutions to the puzzle, on both modes.
Solving the snake tile puzzle gets you half of the key to
Charlotte's room. The other half of the key was inside
Jessalyn's backpack, in the tunnel leading to the basement.
Nancy puts the two halves together.
You can now go into Charlotte's room, but there are more
puzzles you can solve in the crypt.
First among these puzzles is the star puzzle. In the ruins,
you got the star sketch. You can take the star plate from
the coffin in the bottom row, in the second-from-left
column. Simply push the red button on the coffin to remove
it. Then, place the plate on the coffin which is in the top
row, in the second-from-left column. The note you found by
the star sketch tells you that this is the right coffin.
There are multiple solutions in both modes. In amateur
sleuth mode, I prefer to have the two large triangles
touching each other, while on master sleuth mode, I put one
large triangle on the left and one on the right. Solving
the puzzle gives you Charlotte's locket. Technically, it's
only part of the locket, as the locket connects onto a
Another puzzle in the crypt is the stained glass window.
Look at it. You can move various pieces of glass around, in
order to spell out a word, from left-to-right and top-to-
bottom. The word is "Beauregard". Naturally, none of the
letters should be upside-down, backwards or sideways.
Go outside and check Beauregard's gravestone (front row,
far left). Pull off the covers to see tiles.
The final puzzle you can do in the crypt is the flower
puzzle. You can only do the first half of the puzzle, at
this point. Read the flower note, which you can find after
getting Jessalyn's camera. It says to leave petals by
Grab a flower from below the stained glass window, then
leave it by the statue of Charlotte in the cemetery. Leave
the cemetery and return to find a flower sketch, in place
of the flower. You will get the flower plate, after solving
the Ethel's Grave puzzle.
To get into Charlotte's room, you need the numbers (which
you get from solving the bird tile puzzle in the crypt) and
both halves of the key (found in Jessalyn's backpack and by
solving the snake tile puzzle in the crypt).
Go upstairs and go to the door of Charlotte's room. Use the
key on the lock. You get a puzzle, which is just like the
one at the fountain. The key to this puzzle is to make sure
that no tile is adjacent to a tile of the same color.
- +-+ +-
+ +- -+
- - -
+ + -
+ +-+ +-
+-+ - -+
Solving the puzzle gives you access to Charlotte's room.
There are clocks above the fireplace in the room, and
Charlotte's desk is on the left, by her bed.
Read the diary on Charlotte's desk. It contains the clue
for a puzzle in the basement.
Open Charlotte's jewelry box. Inside is an invitation to
her masquerade party, at which she died. Also inside is a
key, which opens the box for the Ethel's grave puzzle.
At the bottom of the jewelry box is a tile puzzle. The
tiles for this puzzle are found in the basement, in the
bottom/right corner of the wine rack with the bottles. Put
the tiles on the jewelry box.
To solve this puzzle, you must first solve the stained
glass puzzle in the crypt. This leads Nancy to look at
Beauregard's tombstone. The color sequence on his tombstone
is the one you want to follow here.
In amateur sleuth mode, the sequence you want to follow is
purple, green, dark blue and light blue. You can go
down/right, down/left, down, down/right, up/right, right,
up/right, up/right, down, down/left, down/right, down/left,
down/right, up, down/right, up/right, up, up/right, up,
up/left and up/right to beat the challenge.
In master sleuth mode, the sequence you want to follow is
purple, light green, dark green, dark blue and light blue.
You can go down, down/right, right, up, down/right,
down/right, down/left, down/left, up/left, down/left,
down/right, right, right, up/right, right, down/right,
up/right, up, up/right, down, up/left, up/left, right,
up/right and up.
There are multiple solutions for both modes.
Solving the puzzle gets you a note about the clocks. They
must all strike twelve at the same time! To get this to
happen, you must solve the first part of the flower note.
Do this by getting a flower from the crypt, then leaving it
by Charlotte's statue in the cemetery. Leave and return to
get a flower sketch.
Once you have the flower sketch, Nancy hears eerie singing
when she enters the house. Go upstairs to find a new note,
next to Savannah's package. It says you must spy on
Go to the basement. There is a hidden passageway behind the
barrels. The picture on Jessalyn's phone is the clue that
leads you to this passage. Go through the passage, then
look through the cracks in the wall to see Wade. Something
scares him away, and he drops a key.
Go to the hallway and get the key. Now, go to Charlotte's
room. Use the key on the slot, under the fireplace mantle.
If you pull the large switch under the mantle, you see how
quickly the clocks move.
Clocks 3 and 5 move slowly. Clocks 1 and 4 move twice as
fast as them, and clock 2 moves twice as fast as clocks 1
There are multiple ways you could solve the puzzle. One is
10:00, 8:00, 11:00, 10:00 and 11:00. Another is 11:00,
10:00, 11:30, 11:00 and 11:30. Set the clocks to those
times, then let them go.
A hidden passageway opens, behind the portrait in the room.
Go through it. You end up near the parlor with Clara. Look
through the eyeholes to spy on Clara's phone conversation.
Jessalyn's phone turns out, fifteen minutes after you start
charging it. Pick up her phone to learn that it has a
Ask Clara if Jessalyn was here with anyone. Clara gives
Nancy the phone number of Addison Hammond. Call Addison and
ask her about Jessalyn's phone password. Addison says the
epitaph hunt hides the password.
Go to the T marker, near the gate by the front of the
island. If you haven't already, pick up the scavenger hunt
list from this location. The scavenger hunt list has
several tombstones, along with (W, L). W is for word, and L
is for letter. For example, if Charlotte's tombstone is
listed as (3, 5), you want to find the fifth letter of the
To solve this puzzle, you will have to look at all the
gravestones. You may need the help of the family tree in
Jessalyn's backpack. Two books inside Thornton Hall (one on
the mantle in the parlor, one on the couch upstairs) give
you information about the nicknames of certain people.
In both amateur sleuth mode and master sleuth mode, you
need to find a particular gravestone. To find it, you must
go upstairs and clean off the portrait of Clara (near
Charlotte's room) with the cleanser-soaked napkin. If you
don't have the cleanser-soaked napkin already, what you
have to do is get a napkin from the tea set, as well as
turpentine from the workshop. Use the napkin by the
portrait and use the turpentine on the napkin.
Cleaning off the portrait a few times reveals graves. Go to
the cemetery. Near the fountain, you can find these graves.
One is for fifty four souls. Wade can tell you more about
them, if you're interested.
Once you've seen all the tombstones, including the one for
fifty four souls, you should be able to unlock the password
on Jessalyn's phone (provided that you have the scavenger
hunt list and you talked to Addison about the password). In
amateur sleuth mode, the password is VWRMYFITS. In master
sleuth mode, the password is PRDRYRIW.
In both modes, Nana is Sarah, Grandma is Rosalie, Ghost is
Charlotte, Dodge is Roger, HT is Harper, VT is Virginia,
Karenina is Marianna, LA is Luther, RN is Ruby, and the
victims are the 54 souls.
On Jessalyn's phone, you can read her text messages and
listen to her audio messages. Audio message #3 indicates
that something dropped under floorboards. Go to the parlor
and check the loose floorboard by the tea set to find a
The first part of the puzzle requires you to spell out a
color. Do this by going right, up, right, right, right,
right, down, down, left, left, down, left, down and down.
The color you spell is yellow.
The second part of the puzzle requires you to go over all
the yellow spaces. Do this by going down, left, left, down,
down, down, up, up, right, down, right, right, up, left,
up, up, right, right, down, left, left, down, right, down
and right. You spell out "Ethel's Grave".
To solve the Ethel's grave puzzle, you must solve the note
which you get, after looking in the floorboards by the tea
set (which you can only do, after hearing the third audio
message on Jessalyn's phone).
You must also go to Charlotte's room and get a key from her
Jessalyn's camera indicates that there is something in the
passageway, behind the bottles. Go there to learn that you
need to dig. You can get a spade from the workshop. If you
are facing the entrance to the basement, the spade is on
your right. If you are just exiting from the basement, the
spade is on your left.
Go to the passageway behind the bottles and dig to find a
box. Open it with the key from Charlotte's room. This box
is the one that is picture, on the Ethel's Grave note.
Ethel's grave is partially covered in the cemetery, but
there's only one grave it can be. You want to move the
tiles here, to spell out the date of Ethel's death.
In amateur sleuth mode, you want to spell out 1 13 1933. Do
this by clicking left, right, left, right, left, right,
left and right. In master sleuth mode, you want to spell
out 3 14 1933. Do this by clicking right, right, right,
left, right, left, left.
Solving the puzzle gets you the flower plate. You can use
this in the crypt. If you haven't already, read the flower
note. It says that you can get the flower design, by
placing a flower from the crypt in front of Charlotte's
statue in the cemetery. The next time you visit the statue,
the flower is replaced with a design.
Go to the crypt and put the flower plate on the coffin in
the middle row, in the second-from-the-right column. You
can solve the flower puzzle. In amateur sleuth mode, stack
the two large triangles so one is above the other (as
opposed to putting them side by side), and in master sleuth
mode, put the two large triangles in the triangular petal
Solve the puzzle gets you a #6 button.
Solving the flower tile puzzle in the crypt (which must be
done after the Ethel's grave puzzle) results in you getting
a button. Go to the basement. There is a tunnel, left of
the generator and right of Harper. The door is locked with
a puzzle, and you can put the #6 button on the slot here.
The journal on the desk in Charlotte's room explains how to
open this door. In amateur sleuth mode, all four sides
equal eighteen. In master sleuth mode, the long sides equal
twenty five, while the short sides equal fifteen.
2 5 3 8
6 4 7 1
9 8 1 7
4 10 6 5
Solving the puzzle opens the door. Go inside to meet
Agree to help Jessalyn, and she explains what happened.
Jessalyn met Harper, and Harper has convinced Jessalyn that
Clara killed Charlotte. Now, both Harper and Jessalyn are
working together to find evidence to confirm Clara's guilt.
Their newest plan is to use Harper to distract Clara. That
way, you can break into Clara's briefcase and get
Charlotte's necklace. In order to do this, you have to
enter the parlor, by means of the hidden passageway in
Charlotte's room. When you do this, you overhear Clara
leaving the room.
Go to Clara's briefcase. The briefcase clue Jessalyn gave
you says how to open the briefcase. Go through all the
clues to get your solution.
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Nancy finds the necklace inside the briefcase. Go to
Jessalyn and give it to her. Jessalyn says that she needs
the locket to open the necklace. You can get this locket,
from solving the star puzzle in the cemetery.
Give the locket to Jessalyn. She wants you to open it. The
key to the puzzle was found in the fountain by the ruins.
Charlotte's key gives a letter to each button and three
clues: Mom, 1867 and Wright. Jessalyn's family tree says
those people are named Marianna, Hiriam and Emeline. Enter
those names onto the locket.
Jessalyn reads the note inside, then leaves to confront
Clara. Pick up the note and read it. Charlotte believed
that Clara could not be trusted.
At this point, you can go to the front porch and talk to
Colton for a clue to a puzzle in the tunnel where you found
Jessalyn. Go to the tunnel to notice that it's dark. Leave,
then go to the generator (which Jessalyn was standing by).
To solve this puzzle, move the ball bearing into the hole.
The trick is that when you go past a wall, it moves along
with the ball. There is a reset button, which lets you
start the puzzle over again.
Go right all the way, then down all the way. Go left, then
down twice, right, down twice, left, up and right twice.
Now just follow along the tunnel by going down all the way,
left all the way, up all the way, left all the way, up all
the way, and right twice. Go left to open up the gate,
where the ball bearing goes. Now go back through the tunnel
by going left, down all the way, right all the way, down
all the way and up all the way.
Here, you want to go to the hole. This time, you go left,
up, left, up twice, right, up, left three times and down.
Solving the puzzle gives you light in the tunnels. Colton's
note indicates that something is hidden behind a particular
symbol. The sequence of symbols are numbers, combined with
their mirror images. The sixth number is 6, so look for the
symbol which is a 6 next to a backwards 6.
This symbol is on the wall, near the handholds that lead
out of the tunnel. Use the spade here to find a safe. To
open the safe, you must move the tiles around to the
correct spots, then move the levers according to
Charlotte's note (found in the locket).
In amateur sleuth mode, the bottom row pieces are similar
to the top row pieces, which can throw you off. The way to
work around this potential problem is to work from the
bottom up. Get the bottom row in place, then lock those
pieces into place so you can't move them. Then, with the
two top rows, you can work either from left to right or
right to left.
I did this strategy:
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9
I found the piece for 9 and put it into place. I then found
7 and 8. I put 8 on 7, and 7 on 4. That way, I was able to
slide 7 and 8 into place, and complete the bottom row.
Then, I found pieces 1 and 4. I put 4 on 1, and 1 on 2.
That way, I was able to slide 1 and 4 into place. I rotated
the three remaining pieces, until they were in place.
When the pieces are in place, you want set the levers.
Charlotte's note describes them in clockwise order.
Top/left to top/right is 1, 3, 4, and 5. Top/right to
bottom/right is 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7. Bottom/right to
bottom/left is 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. Bottom/left to top/left is
1, 3, 4 and 5.
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16
This is much more difficult. Start by putting pieces 1 and
13 into place. There is only one piece which can fit into
those two spots. When you find the pieces, lock them into
place so you can't move them again.
Now, find piece 14 and put it into place. (This is easier
to do with Piece 1 already in place, because pieces 14 and
1 are very similar). Find Piece 4 and put it into place.
Here's where things get a bit tricky. Only one remaining
piece can fit in spot 5, but two pieces can fit into spot
9. Find both of these pieces. The piece you want is the one
WITHOUT a line on the bottom of the piece. Once you have
pieces 5 and 9 identified, get them into place.
With all the pieces you have in place already, there is
only one piece that can go in spot 15. There are two pieces
which can go in spot 16. The piece you're looking for has
two lines, touching each other, on the top side. When you
have pieces 15 and 16 identified, put them into place.
Now, find pieces 8 and 12. Slide them into place. Finish,
by sliding pieces 2 and 3 into place. The entire slider
puzzle should be done now, as it doesn't matter where the
three middle pieces are.
Hit the "reset levers" button, then start with the levers.
Charlotte's note, found in the locket, tells you how to
solve this puzzle. From top/left to top/right, use levers
1, 4, 5, 6 and 8. From top/right to bottom/right, it's 1,
3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11. From bottom/right to bottom/left,
it's 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. From bottom/left to top/left, it's
1, 4, 5, 7 and 8.
Solving the puzzle opens the safe! Inside, you find
Charlotte's codicil. She changed her will so Harper, not
Clara, inherits everything, including the Thornton family
After you read the codicil, a fire breaks out. Go back to
the basement to find that Harper is injured. Jessalyn asks
you to help.
You can finish the game, by choosing not to help Harper.
If you choose to help Harper, Nancy decides to make a
wheelbarrow. One wheel is on a brick shelf, while the other
wheel is on the blue armchair. Bolts are on the shelf
behind Harper, and a bicycle handle is on the ground, right
of the generator.
Use the handle and wheels on the cart, then use the bolts
to tighten them. Jessalyn will use the wheelbarrow to save
At this point, Jessalyn asks you to save Clara. You can end
the game, by choosing not to save Clara.
If you choose to help Clara, Nancy goes upstairs to
Charlotte's bedroom. Take the antique key from the mantle,
then use it on the hole under the mantle. The clocks in
here have been reset, and for some reason, they are moving
at different speeds now.
Set the clocks at 11:50, 11:35, 11:45, 11:40 and 11:20.
Another solution is 11:00, 9:30, 10:30, 10:00 and 8:00.
When you solve the puzzle, the door to the passageway
opens. Nancy and Clara then escape togeter.
005-Frequently Asked Question
Q: Where do I find the things needed for the bird tile
A: The bird sketch is found in a hole, on the right side of
the crypt. The bird plate is on the coffin in the middle
row on the leftmost column. Solving this puzzle gets you
numbers for Charlotte's door.
Q: Where do I find the things needed for the snake tile
A: The snake sketch is found on a column, as seen in a
picture on Jessalyn's camera. The snake plate is found by
solving the tile puzzle at the ruins. The plate is used on
the coffin in the bottom row, the second from the left
column. Solving this puzzle gets you half of the key to
Q: Where do I find the things needed for the star tile
A: The star sketch can be found in the ruins, after you
watch the film (also found in the ruins). The star plate is
on the coffin in the bottom row, in the second-from-right
column. The plate is used on the coffin in the topmost row,
and the second-from-left column. Solving the puzzle gives
you half of Charlotte's locket.
Q: Where do I find the things needed for the flower tile
A: The flower sketch is found, by leaving a flower from the
crypt at the base of Charlotte's statue. The flower plate
is found, after solving the Ethel's grave puzzle. The plate
is used on the coffin in the middle row, in the second-
from-right column. Solving the puzzle gets you a button for
the door in the basement.
Q: How do I get the key for the clocks in Charlotte's room?
A: Solve the flower note puzzle to get a new note. This
note tells you to go through the secret passage behind the
barrels in the basement, in order to see Wade in the house.
Wade drops the key you need.
Q: What are the achievements in this game?
A: You get achievements for pressing 20 bottles, making 7
cups of tea, using the cotton gin 11 times, learning all
about the Thornton family history through conversations,
examining all the graveyard epitaphs, finding an easter
egg, using the EMF reader 30 times, saving Clara at the end
of the game, using the incomplete key to Charlotte's room
on her door five times, not using any hints, seeing 15
ghostly encounters, and correctly answering the trivia
question at the end of the game.
Q: What are the easter eggs in this game?
A: One is found in the tunnel leading to the basement. Stop
at the screen with the high EMF reading, then look in the
wall there to get an egg. Another egg is found, by opening
and closing the bird tile coffin five times. The final egg
is found at the tile puzzle in Charlotte's room. From the
starting point, go down all the way, right all the way,
then up all the way. You can use the easter eggs in the
easter egg holder, in Charlotte's room, in order to get a
Q: What about the bonus edition of the game?
A: Everyone who preordered the game got the bonus edition,
which comes with seven phone charms. Collect them all for
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