Submitted by: David K.
How to Solve Puzzles:
Written by godamnsteemsux
This is a bunch of hints for the puzzles in A Tale for Anna.
The puzzles are in the order that you do them. Putting them in alphabetical
order would not be very helpful seeing as how it doesnt tell you the name of
a puzzle during play; you have to go to the Minigames thing to see their names.
1.Trapdoor (ball in a maze):
Find the path by working backwards. Remember that since each move (except the
last one) ends by hitting a wall, when you are tracing the path backwards, you
are always going AWAY from a wall.
2.Spellbook (4×4 wraparound slider puzzle):
It only takes 10 moves to solve it from the starting position, whereas I NEVER
figured out a way to swap 2 pieces and put everything else back the way it was.
So it you find yourself with every piece where it belongs except 2, you might
actually be better off clicking the reset button than trying to solve it from
the current position.
Big hint: Its obvious which pieces belong in the corners, so you might, say,
start by moving each corner tile up or down until its in the row where it belongs.
3.Panoptic Potion (pipe connecting puzzle):
Down below there are two pieces of paper showing you how the pipes need to be
If the left half is giving you trouble, try intentionally swapping the two
identical pieces (Especially if those pieces are not lit up. A piece thats in
the correct position will be lit up, and the two identical pieces are regarded
as different by the game.).
4. Fishnet (rings and strings):
You can only move the topmost ring on a stick. Since there are 9 rings, and
each stick can hold only 4, you cant ever move any of the bottom-most rings.
Intuitively, the ring that belongs in the center of the center stick should
be one that has lots of connections, and the corner rings should have few
connections. Intuition is correct in this case.
Big hint: Although the solution has no strings crossing over, the rule is NOT
that a string is red when it crosses another string. A string is white if both
of its rings are in the correct positions, and red otherwise.
5.Hidden levers (blue, green, and red levers):
You dont absolutely have to move all the pieces completely out of the way
before you begin moving a lever. But its a very easy puzzle either way.
6. Dark Hollow (frogs and mosquitoes):
In order for there to be a point to moving mosquitoes out of the way, youd have
to be able to move at least 3 out of the way, and you cant do that at the start.
So move 2 frogs out of the way, then move 2 mosquitoes to take their starting
places. Then move a third mosquito next to the first 2. Then you can start moving
frogs to take the places of those first 3 mosquitoes.
7.Magic Bean (ball in a maze, swapping acorns on scales):
This is not hard at all, its just kinda klunky, the way that you have to swap
acorns to rotate the maze, and how far it turns depends on how unbalanced the
8.Dreamcatcher (web with moths and gems):
Not hard. Its probably best to do the corners first.
Well, of course, doing the obvious shortest path for one color may cut off
another color completely. And of course, the only solution leaves no unused space.
Very easy. You can arrange the planets however you want as long as no two planets
of the same color are in the same horizontal or vertical row. Having all 4
planets of the same color in a diagonal line IS allowed.
12.Magic Barometer (the thing with the 4 elements):
Very easy, especially if youre like me and you wildly guess that all 4 columns
need to have the elements in the same order.
This is the easiest puzzle. Even counting the non-puzzles that come later. (Well,
maybe dont count Tails Cage.) Even counting the jigsaw puzzles. This puzzle
doesnt even allow you to screw up and lose progress. (Except, of course, by
clicking the reset button.)
Each button except the last one has a direction indicator showing you which way
to go for the next button, and 1 to 3 dots telling you how far to go. Very easy
by working backwards.
15.Bright Lantern (yellow, red, and green sliding gems):
The round red gem can get to its destination without help from the other gems,
so it seems like you should do it last. The squarish green gem can get to its
destination without moving the other 2 gems, so it seems like you should do it
first. The pointy yellow gem absolutely needs help to get to the yellow square.
There are two ways to help it, but they are NOT equally good.
This puzzle is actually hard. It starts with a random arrangement, and I had
trouble figuring out which pieces go where. Im pretty sure that there is no
sequence of moves that can swap two tiles and put everything else back where
it was. So if you wind up with all tiles in their correct locations except for
two of them, Im pretty sure that means youve been given an unsolvable
starting position. Maybe you should just skip this puzzle. This is the only
puzzle that I skipped.
17.Jafars Cage (reflecting beams of light):
Most of the colors can route very simply, bouncing off only one mirror.
This isnt really a puzzle; Its just a mindless and tedious hunt for matching
shapes. What advice am I gonna give you? “When a spinner covers three shapes
that have already been matched, theres no need to turn that spinner again”?
“Try not to drool on yourself”? “Remember to breathe”?
I started by putting the outermost stones in place, then worked my way inward.
This isnt a puzzle; its just a sequence-guessing game. If youre getting it
right, seaweed thingies light up, but when you click a starfish out of order,
the thingies go dark.