There is no time to waste: this first direction is clear. Agent Price, Agent Morris, you, Commander Russo and his men make your way to the southeast side of the Colosseum. Unfortunately, this is still a massive area to search.
You quickly locate a nondescript door that is covered in vines. At a glance, it looks as if this door could have been left forgotten for a long period of time. Upon closer inspection, you notice that none of the vines cross the seam between the door and the surrounding wall. There is also a lock requiring a six letter combination that seems to be well-oiled.
You input the code and the lock slides open smoothly. Heart racing, you watch Russo and his men lead the way with guns drawn. You enter the door to find a network of corridors which seem eerily quiet.
You explore a couple of the corridors and find a large round room with a mosaic of Caesar on the floor - the input to the lock on the door. Strangely, there doesn't seem to be anyone around. Could Il Padrino have been tipped off? Or are you just not to the main section of the hideout? There is a door at each of the following directions: north, northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west, and northwest.
As you begin to walk down the corridor, you see a staircase leading outside, a bright shaft of light streaming in.
Around the next corner you reach a dead end with a door and another lock. There are some symbols burned into the door:
This appears to be the entrance to the hideout. The lock requires a five letter combination.
Use this Companion Guide to check your solutions as you play by selecting Check Solutions & Unlock the Story below. Sometimes, the story will progress as you check your solutions. The Companion Guide can also be used to view hints. Most players use at least a few hints to get through the entire game.
Below are the list of items you should have for each part. If you are missing anything from Codebreaker, click here.
To begin with, you should have a 'Read Me First' pamphlet for Codebreaker.
Codebreaker - Part I
- Envelope addressed to you, the Investigator, with a one-page letter inside dated July 27th
- Trifold brochure
- Map of Rome
- Five different photos of sculptures
- Gladiator games flyer
- Gladiator envelope with eight different gladiator cards
- Transparent sheet with a brief poem
- Catacombs poster
- Pantheon poster
The Takedown - Part II
- Envelope addressed to you, the Investigator with a one-page letter inside dated July 30th
- Large envelope with materials delivered by Agent Price. These materials include:
- A sheet with columns on it
- Opera flyer
- Set of four tiles
- Set of six paintings and an art studio card
- Medium-sized Open When Instructed envelope with five sheets of notes
- Small-sized Open When Instructed envelope with a pin
Recap of La Famiglia (Game I)
At the FBI's request, you help them determine that La Famiglia, a dangerous criminal organization based in Chicago, plans to assassinate the Chicago mayor's upcoming election opponent. With this information, the FBI is able to put the challenger into protective custody, just in time to save his life from a bomb set off at his home. After discovering the lengths to which La Famiglia would go to keep the current mayor in office, you surmise that the two must be working together. You further help decode messages to provide enough evidence for the FBI to arrest Chicago's mayor, William Thompson. Chicago is substantially safer thanks to you, but there is still more to be done.
Recap of The Takedown (Game II)
A month after Mayor Thompson's arrest, there was a major shootout at a warehouse in Chicago. Many members of La Famiglia were found deceased, and the FBI was called in. You aid them in unlocking the door to a secret room in the warehouse, where Vincent Milano, the supposed head of La Famiglia, is found dead. Within the secret room, you uncover that La Famiglia is in fact a global operation and that Vincent Milano was taking orders from "Il Padrino" who punished Milano and others for failing.
Your decoding skills have uncovered that Il Padrino is based in Rome. Agent Price informs you that you may be needed abroad in the near future.
Map of Rome Clue #1
Agent Price noted in her letter that the brochure seems to tie all the various components together. You'll need to use information in the brochure in addition to the map of Rome to solve this puzzle. If you are missing either of these components, click here.
Map of Rome Clue #2
Try following the walking tour directions in the brochure. There are several Italian words that can be translated using the back panel of the brochure. As you trace the walking tour path on the map, pay close attention to the letters you pass over.
Map of Rome Clue #3
The blue line in the image below shows the correct path as described in the brochure.
If you travel this path, you can see that the letters you pass over spell FOLLOW THAT WHICH CALLS IN THE MORNING. Is there something on this map that "calls in the morning"?
Map of Rome Clue #4
The compass at the bottom left hand corner of the map shows a rooster, which calls in the morning. If you follow the path of the arrow on the compass, you'll find that it points to another arrow, which has 3 letters next to it. Keep following the path to find your next step.
Map of Rome Clue #5
The path of the arrows leads to a final dot and is as follows:
The letters spell TEN HOUSES OF GOD EVEN THEN ODD. Can you find a series of ten numbered "houses of God"?
Map of Rome Clue #6
Churches could be described as "houses of God." The ten church locations are shown below:
Can you parse a meaning from the second part of the instructions: "even then odd"?
Map of Rome Clue #7
If you first use the letters from the even numbered churches, then use the numbers from the odd numbered churches, you reveal the phrase: EVERY THIRD OUTSIDE CITY. What could this mean?
Map of Rome Clue #8
Try looking at the letters around the outside of the map (outside the city). You may also want to translate the Italian word in the bottom left corner.
Map of Rome Clue #9
INIZIO in the bottom left corner translates to START. If you start from this corner and use every third letter, the phrase NAME OF THE RIVER CASTLE is revealed. Can you identify the river castle and its name?
Map of Rome Solution
The final answer is Sant'Angelo.
Sculpture Photos Clue #1
Agent Price noted in her letter that the brochure seems to tie all the various components together. You'll need to use information in the brochure in addition to the five distinct sculpture photos to solve this puzzle. If you are missing any of these components, click here.
Sculpture Photos Clue #2
The Trevi fountain section discusses sculptures. Can you identify which sculpture is which from the description? Try assembling the photos into one cohesive image.
An alternate method is to look up a photo of the Trevi fountain, or research its sculptures, but this is not necessary to solve the puzzle.
Sculpture Photos Clue #3
The photos can be assembled and identified as shown below.
Do you notice any connection between the symbols on the back of the cards and the sculpture names?
Sculpture Photos Clue #4
For each sculpture, the number of symbols with dots over them corresponds exactly to the number of letters in the sculpture's name. Are you now able to translate the other symbols?
Sculpture Photos Clue #5
Assuming each symbol under a dot is translated to the corresponding letter in the sculpture's name, you can translate the rest of the message as follows:
Reading these in the order of the numbers in the top left corner of each card yields: "Find missing letters in each fact". Looking back at the brochure, you can see that there are three facts about the Trevi fountain at the bottom of the Trevi fountain section. Can you find any missing letters?
Sculpture Photos Clue #6
Each fact contains all the letters of the alphabet, with a few exceptions. Try finding these exceptions.
Sculpture Photos Clue #7
The first fact is missing the letters H O W. The second fact is missing the letters I M. The third fact is missing the letters E F D.
Rearranging each fact's missing letters reveals the sentence HOW I'M FED. This isn't the final solution, however. Can you interpret the statement to get a final answer? Try looking back at the rest of the description in the Trevi fountain article.
Sculpture Photos Solution
The first sentence of the Trevi article says that the fountain is "Fed by aqueduct". The encoded phrase is HOW I'M FED, which refers to how the Trevi Fountain is fed. The solution is aqueduct.
Gladiator Games Flyer Clue #1
Agent Price noted in her letter that the brochure seems to tie all the various components together. You'll need to use information in the brochure to solve this puzzle, as well as the gladiator games flyer and eight distinct gladiator cards. If you are missing any of these components, click here.
Gladiator Games Flyer Clue #2
The brochure notes that this year's gladiator competition has the same first-round tournament matchups as last year's competition, so you can assume that the bracket this year is the same as last year's. Given this and the information on the flyer and gladiator cards, you should be able to determine the starting position of each of the eight gladiators this year. Determining the gladiators' initial positions is key to solving this puzzle.
Gladiator Games Flyer Clue #3
Here is a summary of the key facts:
- Each bout is 1 vs. 1
- In each bout, one fighter holds the center of the arena (designated by the circle in the bracket). In the first round, the fighter with the disadvantaged fighting style holds the center. Whether the advantaged or disadvantaged fighter holds the center of the arena in subsequent rounds is determined by the bracket.
- Holding the center of the arena provides a slight advantage but is not enough to outweigh a fighting style advantage. This means that if two fighters of the same style face off, the one with the center of the arena would be expected to win. In all other circumstances, the fighter with the favored style would be expected to win. You can find which styles are favored on the gladiator cards.
From the description of last year's event, we know that:
- Octaviatus beat Aruquintus in the finals
- Octaviatus never held the center of the arena
- Octaviatus faced Albanus in the first round
We can now fill out the following:
Gladiator Games Flyer Clue #4
We also know that Potens beat Commodus in the first round. We can deduce that their bout happened in either positions 1 and 2 or in positions 3 and 4.
Why not in positions 5 and 6? If that were the case, Potens would have defeated Octaviatus in the following round, which we know did not happen. (We know that Octaviatus won the competition, and also that no other bouts besides the final were considered upsets.)
Gladiator Games Flyer Clue #5
We know that Aruquintus was victorious in the second round (to get to the final round), and we now know that this bout was against Potens. Since these two are of the same fighting style, we know that Aruquintus must have held the center of the arena.
This means that Aruquintus must have started in position #4 since he must have had the favored fighting style in the first round, and then have entered the second round with the center of the arena.
This puts Commodus in position #1 as the disadvantaged fighter in round 1 and Potens was in position #2 as the advantaged fighter. Here is what our bracket now looks like:
Gladiator Games Flyer Clue #6
The remaining unplaced fighters are Funestus, Diocletius, and Primus. Of these fighters, only Funestus would be at a disadvantage against Aruquintus. This puts him in position #3. Diocletius has an advantage over Primus, so that puts him at position #6, and Primus at #5.
We now know all of the starting positions of the fighters:
Are you able to get a word or phrase from these starting positions? The italicized phrase below the bracket may help.
Gladiator Games Flyer Solution
The phrase notes that the character for each fighter is determined by the fighter's initial position. Commodus is in the first position. The first letter (i.e. character) of his name is "C". Potens is in the second position. The second letter of his name is "O". If you continue this pattern, the word CONQUEST is revealed.
Catacombs Poster Clue #1
Agent Price noted in her letter that the brochure seems to tie all the various components together. You'll need to use information in the brochure to solve this puzzle, as well as the Roman Catacombs poster, and the semi-transparent poem sheet. If you are missing any of these components, click here.
Catacombs Poster Clue #2
The bottom of the catacombs poster describes the deaths of several Romans. Do you notice anything about the skulls in the illustration of the catacombs that could relate to these descriptions?
Catacombs Poster Clue #3
Each cause of death would have caused some kind of mark to the skull of the deceased. For example, Phoebe's skull should have an arrow hole in the center of its forehead. Try looking in the illustration for skulls that match this description, as well as skulls that could be the other Romans. However, you may find more than one skull that matches each description. Is there a way to tell which skull is actually the person being described? You may want to look back at the brochure.
Catacombs Poster Clue #4
According to the brochure, the skulls at the catacombs are stacked such that the oldest are at the bottom, and the newest are at the top. Next to each person's name are the dates they lived. For instance, you now know that Phoebe's skull must be below Gladius', which must be below Adromicus'. You now should be able to identify one skull that corresponds to each person.
Catacombs Poster Clue #5
Below are the five skulls that correspond to the five Romans:
The transparency poem references being "laid to rest over unseeing eyes". Is there a way you could do this such that letters would be identified?
Catacombs Poster Clue #6
You can lay the poem over the catacombs poster in such a way that the letters are perfectly aligned over the skulls. The Roman skulls you previous identified correspond to the following letters:
- Phoebe: U
- Gladius: N
- Adromicus: D
- Saint Aleph: E
- Dagamon: R
This is only a partial answer, however. You may notice another visual item that lines up between the poster and transparency, which allows you to get the second half of the answer.
Catacombs Poster Clue #7
There is a hole in the transparency that aligns with the Roman numeral "I". There is a second Roman numeral, "II", at the bottom of the skull illustration. Can you realign the transparency to get another set of letters?
Catacombs Poster Solution
If you flip the transparency around 180 degrees and use the same skulls to identify five new letters, you get:
- Phoebe: W
- Gladius: O
- Adromicus: R
- Saint Aleph: L
- Dagamon: D
Putting these two sets of letters together yields the solution: UNDERWORLD.
Pantheon Poster Clue #1
Agent Price noted in her letter that the brochure seems to tie all the various components together. You'll need to use information in the brochure as well as the Pantheon poster to solve this puzzle. If you are missing either of these components, click here.
Pantheon Poster Clue #2
The description for the Pantheon in the brochure says you won't want to miss folding this site into your travels. Is there a way you can fold the Pantheon poster that would yield letters or words?
Pantheon Poster Clue #3
You'll notice dotted lines across the image of the Pantheon. Each dotted line has one or several Roman numerals at each end. Is there a way you can fold on these dotted lines to yield letters or words?
Pantheon Poster Clue #4
Find the two dotted lines with the Roman numeral "I" next to them. Fold on each dotted line so the paper is partially covering the "Within The Pantheon's Dome" text on the back of the poster. This should result in the "W" being the lone letter uncovered.
Front of folded piece when folding along "I" lines:
Back of folded piece when folding along "I" lines, which yields "W":
Try repeating this process with the other Roman Numerals.
Pantheon Poster Clue #5
The following letters and words should result from your folding:
- I: W
- II: H
- III: A
- IV: T
- V: THE PANTHEON
- VI: W
- VII: A
- VIII: S
This yields the phrase: WHAT THE PANTHEON WAS. Do you know what the Pantheon was in Roman times? The poster provides the answer, but you may also know it, or you can research it online.
Pantheon Poster Solution
In the top left of the poster it says "TEMPLE FLOOR PLAN". The Pantheon was a TEMPLE, which is the solution.
Brochure Clue #1
Agent Price noted in her letter that the brochure seems to tie all the various components together. Once you have solved the other puzzles, the brochure is a metapuzzle (i.e. it uses the answers from the other puzzles) that reveals where Il Padrino has instructed the US bosses to go. If you are missing any components, click here.
Brochure Clue #2
Underneath each of the attraction descriptions are a series of dashes, or blank spaces. These correspond perfectly with the number of letters in each puzzle's solution. Fill in each puzzle's answer and then see if you can deduce what phrase the images below the dashes create.
Brochure Clue #3
The vase and column images can also be found on the panel of the brochure with the crossword puzzle. The letters that were over the vases can be unscrambled and input into the left-hand squares of this panel to say "local". The letters over the columns can be input into the right-hand squares to say "tongue". With this hint, local tongue, can you now determine how to fill in the crossword puzzle?
Brochure Clue #4
You will notice that all of the answers to your puzzles that are in English are also included in the "Useful Italian Words" section. If you translate each answer into the local tongue, Italian, then your puzzle answers fit into the crossword puzzle (Sant'Angelo is already in Italian and needs no translation). Once you do this, can you determine what to do next?
Brochure Clue #5
The correct crossword puzzle should look like this:
If you use the small numbers in the crossword to pull letters, you get the phrase: Aemilius Inscription. Do you remember seeing Aemilius somewhere in this adventure?
Brochure Clue #6
The statue on the front of the brochure is titled Aemilius. There are also several roman numerals below his name. Can you figure out what to do with the numerals?
If you use the same small number-letter pairings from the crossword, you find the phrase COME TO COLOSSEUM, which is the final solution to Part I.
Now, enter COME TO COLOSSEUM as the answer to learn what happens next.
Opera Flyer Clue #1
This puzzle includes one sheet titled As It Begins, So Shall It End. If you are missing this component, click here.
Opera Flyer Clue #2
Begin on the side of the sheet with text. Note that the "Gong" operetta also has a traditional name. Under performances, notice that these are specified as "Traditional names", implying that they may have other names as well. Can you find these other names?
The title of the sheet and the markings below "Anastasia" and "Gong" provide hints of the attribute these other names should have.
Opera Flyer Clue #3
Each of the performances has a non-traditional name that begins and ends with the same letter (which the title of the sheet and the markings below "Anastasia" and "Gong" suggest). If you've found a few but are stuck on a couple, starting to look at the back of the page may help.
Opera Flyer Clue #4
The non-traditional names are as follows:
- The Sonorous Circle - Gong
- Zenith's Hour - Noon
- Arrow's Terminus - Target
- A Wafting of Scent - Aroma
- Melancholy Exhalations - Sighs
- The Lovers' Clasp - Embrace
- Distant Suns - Stars
- Winding Water - River
- A Fleet of Aggression - Armada
- Ceilings of Blue - Skies
Now look at the back of the page. Do you notice anything about each measure? You do not need any deep musical knowledge to solve this puzzle. You only need to identify notes, rests, and measures.
Opera Flyer Clue #5
Each measure has the same number of elements (notes + rests) as the words from your answers. Try using the title of the song and how the names are grouped on the front side to determine the final answer.
Opera Flyer Solution
The title of the song is "In A Place of Rest". Each measure has only one rest. If you take the corresponding letter, this will spell out a phrase (example: Gong is the first performance and the first measure has a rest as the fourth element, identifying "G" as the correct letter).
Continuing this yields the solution: GO TO SE SIDE. You're being instructed to go to the SE (southeast) side of the Colosseum.
Be sure to input this answer in the solutions guide to progress the story.
Tiles Set Clue #1
You should have four distinct, square tiles. If you are missing any of them, click here.
The tiles all look like they have a partial maze on them. Is there a way they can be assembled so that there is one entrance and exit?
Tiles Set Clue #2
Place the four tiles in a 2x2 square so that the edges with diamonds are all on the exterior. There should now be only one entrance and exit to the maze. Try finding the path through. If you cannot find a path, is there another way you could assemble the pieces?
Tiles Set Clue #3
There are six possible ways to assemble the tiles such that the diamonds stay on the exterior. Some have possible paths, others do not. Can you find the configurations that do and then find how to make words from these? The grids on the back of the tiles may help.
Tiles Set Solution
Four of the six configurations can be solved, and the correct paths trace the following words:
The solution is therefore FIND DOOR LEFT FORGOTTEN.
Paintings Set Clue #1
You should have six distinct paintings and one art studio card. If you are missing any of these, click here.
Look at the front and back of the art studio card. Do you see any significance to the green, dark blue, pink, purple, and orange colors?
Paintings Set Clue #2
The green, dark blue, pink, purple, and orange swatches of color on the back of the art studio card match the spots of color on the front of the card. Each patch of color on the front of the card covers one or two letters. You'll notice that there are a matching number of dashes under each of the colors on the back of the card. We can deduce that each color corresponds to each letter(s).
Can you figure out what each of the other colors with dashes under them correspond to?
Paintings Set Clue #3
There are six other color swatches with dashes under them on the back of the art studio card. There are also six paintings. Can you figure out which color corresponds to which card? And then what word each color represents?
Paintings Set Clue #4
The colors correspond to the following words:
- Gray: Fog
- Light blue: Water
- Yellow: Pot
- Brown: Cow
- Red: Thread
- Light Tan: Fungi
Can you now determine what to do with the following formulas that use the colors?
Paintings Set Clue #5
Each formula takes the words and letters you have discovered and adds and/or subtracts them to create new words. The new words are as follows:
- pot + fungi - fog = ptuni, using the boxes and arrows this unscrambles to "input"
- thread - tr = head
- fungi + o - fog - u = ni, using the boxes and arrows this unscrambles to "in"
- cow + thread - water + e - h = code
These words create the phrase input head in code.
If you have not decoded the Opera sheet or the tiles set yet, complete those now! You've made it as far as you can with this puzzle without completing the other two.
Paintings Set Clue #6
The combination on the lock you discovered (after inputting the correct answer to the Opera Flyer and subsequently the Tiles Set) requires a six letter combination. Is there a six letter word (or name) that could be prompted from this phrase using your materials?
Paintings Set Solution
The studio is called "Caesar's Studio", and there is an oil painting of Caesar's head on the front of the card. This is the "head" the phrase is referring to. The correct code to the lock is CAESAR.