Frequently Asked Questions

What is the password to open the Hidden Door?

The password (a string of both letters and numbers) is unique to each DS, so someone else's password will not work for you

The password can be found by playing the sequel on your DS

You can see what's hiding behind the door here

What are the picarats for?

The picarats basically represent your score for the game

They also unlock (based on the number of picarats) art, music, character profiles, voice and movies in the Top Secret section

Don't worry about incorrect answers as you'll still have enough picarats to unlock everything even if you get every puzzle wrong

You don't receive anything extra (besides personal satisfaction) for finishing the game with a perfect score

Where is puzzle 012?

The puzzles don't appear in numerical order throughout the game

Puzzle 012 doesn't turn up until the start of Chapter Four

I didn't answer puzzle 070 and now it's gone

Don't worry, if you quit this puzzle before answering it, it will turn up in Granny Riddleton's Puzzle Shack near the end of the game

Can any puzzles be permanently missed?


If you're missing some puzzles after completing the story, you have the option of going back into town to get them

Any missing puzzles will either be in Granny Riddleton's Puzzle Shack or still in their original locations

Can any hint coins be permanently missed?


There are 31 hint coins that could be permanently missed

Do you get anything special for collecting all 200 hint coins?

No, only the personal satisfaction of doing so

Where is Granny Riddleton's Puzzle Shack?

You can see where this is here

Why do the letters I write keep turning into numbers

Read the puzzle question again, the answer will be a number

Why is Golden Apple's House locked after finishing the story?

After watching the end of the story, wait until the credits finish rolling then save when prompted to do so

You can see this in more detail here here

Why is Puzzle Master's House locked after 132 puzzles?

The game's puzzle index only shows those puzzles that have been found, so if the last puzzle in the index is number 132, this doesn't necessarily mean that you've both found and solved 132 puzzles

Open the trunk and look at the left side of the top screen to see exactly how many puzzles you've both found and solved

If the trunk shows, for example, that you've both found and solved 131 puzzles, then you have to very carefully look through the game's puzzle index to find the missing puzzle number

If you look through the game's puzzle index and don't find the missing puzzle, keep looking as some players have had to scroll through the index several times before they spot the missing number

Importantly, when you select the save slot to load, this needs to show 132/132 before the Puzzle Master's House will unlock