Trace Memory for Nintendo DS (US Version)
FAQ/Walkthrough (version 1.0)
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1. First Things First
4. Getting Started
5. Chapter One: Ghost Memories
6. Chapter Two: The House of Edward
7. Chapter Three: The Memory of Frannie
8. Chapter Four: Family Reunion
9. Chapter Five: Retraced Steps
10. Chapter Six: Buried Truths
11. Epilogue: The Mircale of the Blue Moon
Appendix 1: Version history
Appendix 2: FAQs
Appendix 2: Credits
1. FIRST THINGS FIRST
Hi, I'm Lestor Wong. I post on GameFAQ.com/ GameSpot.com by the
username "neeker". This is my sixth walkthrough. Feedback can be
directed to lestor_wong at yahoo.com.
This guide consists of a walkthrough the Nintendo DS adventure game
"Trace Memory". It's written based on the US version of the game,
which was released on 9.26.05.
This section lists the early characters that appear in this game.
The information is (mostly) taken from the instruction manual of the
1. Ashley Mizuki Robbins
Our heroine. Ashley is a curious and independent 13-year-old-going-on-14
girl looking for the truth of her parents' disappearance. She has been
having a recurring nightmare that haunts her, and she knows that it
has something to do with the truth that she searches. A message from
her long-lost father brought her to Blood Edward Island, where the
2. Richard Robbins
Ashley's father. A scientist who was researching on human memories at
a governmental laboratory with his wife, Sayoko, when the two of them
disappeared. He contacts Ashley 10 years later to meet him at Blood
Edward Island. He's also the creator of the DTS, a small machine that
he sent Ashley for her birthday.
3. Sayoko Robbins
Ashley's mother. A scientist from Japan who came to the US to research
on human memories at the same governmental laboratory as Richard.
4. Jessica Robbins
Richard's younger sister. A high-school chemistry teacher. She was
entrusted with the care of Ashley. Jessica is a kind and generous
woman, but she seems to be hiding some secrets regarding Richard's and
The captain of the small ship that takes Ashley and Jessica to Blood
Edward Island. He's a warm-hearted person, and is always ready to
The ghost of a boy who died 57 years old on Blood Edward Island. He
lost all his memories. He meets Ashley when she's searching for Jessica
and Richard, and the two join up to find answers for both their
This section lists that controls for this game. Again, the information
is mostly taken from the manual.
A: Examine/ Speak/ Confirm item selection/ Continue a conversation or
message/ Speed up a conversation or message
B: Return to previous screen/ Cancel selection.
X: Open inventory.
L: Rotate DTS photo.
R: Take DTS photo/ Rotate DTS photo.
D-Pad: Move Ashley/ Move cursor/ Scroll through menus
Start: Open the DTS for pausing/ saving the game and checking
You can actually use the stylus for all these functions, but using it
to move Ashley around is quite clumsy, so I'd suggest you use the D-pad
for moving her instead. Apart from the above basic functions, the stylus
is also used for the following:
Dragging: Drag an item from one location to another.
Turning: Rotate certain items, like switches, dials, etc.
Scraping: Remove deposits on signs by scraping away age-old rust.
You'll also need to make use of the mic for solving some puzzles. This
is done by blowing into the mic.
4. GETTING STARTED
Some stuff you may like to know before you begin your adventure:
When you're is moving, the touch screen displays an aerial map view of
her movements. The top screen shows the backdrop of your current
location. When she stands somewhere you can examine, a magnifying
glass icon appears. Touch this icon to investigate the surroundings.
The DTS icon also appears whenever you're in the map screen, that is,
whenever you're moving. Touch it to open the DTS.
This appears when you tap a character on the search screen or place
the cursor over the character and press the chat icon (which shows
two persons talking). The conversation will happen on the top screen,
while you can speed up the process by tapping the touch screen, or
choose what you want to talk about by selecting the conversation
options. Touch the inverted inverted "U arrow" to go back to the
By touching the various icons on the search screen, you can do things
like take photos and use the items you've collected. To examine
something, simply point to the object and double-tap it. You can also
point to the object and click on the magnifying glass icon to examine
In this screen, you can view your items list, the photos you've taken,
view your DTS messages and save your game. Towards the end of the
game, you can activate the memories of Richard using an initially
locked icon in this screen.
As you play through the game, you'll pick up DTS Cards that contain
messages from Richard. These include his direct messages to you, and
journals that he wrote all these years. To read the contents, click
the "DTS" icon in the DTS Screen.
You can take photos of just about anything and view them by pressing
the "photos" icon in the DTS Screen. You can also superimpose photos
to solve some puzzles that you encounter during the game. There're
two puzzles in the game that make superimposing photos compulsory.
Whatever you pick up in the game will be included in your items list.
Expendables that are used to solve puzzles will be discarded.
You can save at anytime during the game, as long as the DTS icon
appears on the map screen. You'll restart from where you last saved.
5. CHAPTER ONE: GHOST MEMORIES
Watch through the painfully long introduction before you finally find
yourself in control. Your first task is to talk to Jessica. Go through
all available conversations with her. The talk basically gives you
the background of this game. During this process, you'll also
accidentally take a photo of Jessica.
NOTE: You can take up to 36 photos in your DTS. Photo-taking is
compulsory for solving some puzzles.
After you finished talking to Jessica, go back to the main screen to
find the captain informing you two that you're arrived at the dock.
NOTE: When you reach the dock, you can save your game at anytime by
pressing the start button to open the DTS, then selecting the save
Strangely, your father isn't at the dock. You begin to kick a tantrum,
and refuses Jessica's request to go look for him together. She'll then
decide to look for him herself, while you stay at the dock for a
conversation with the captain.
Talk to the captain, and he'll give you some information about this
island, etc. After you finish talking to him, return to the main
screen, and he'll tell you that Jessica has been gone for too long.
He volunteers to go find her, but you insist to do it yourself. He'll
then pass you some candies.
Candies added to your items list.
NOTE: From now on, you can move around the island. Try using the D-pad
to walk around the area if you want.
Walk straight, then turn slightly to the right to reach a bridge. This
bridge leads to the island. From here, you'll suddenly hear a scream
from Jessica. Before you know it, the bridge is raised. You'll need to
find a way to lower it so that you can get to the other side.
Examine the area around the bridge. You should find a machine on the
right side, just before the bridge. Examine it to find that it
actually has a handle. Examine the handle now to go into a close-up of
NOTE: To examine the area, walk around the area near the bridge until
the magnifying glass icon on the top right corner of the bottom screen
lights up. When this icon lights up, it means that you can examine the
This is your first puzzle of the game, and it's really quite easy.
Point your stylus to the handle, hold, and turn the handle in a
clockwise direction. You'll need to turn it two full rounds before you
can hear a jingle.
NOTE: When you're solving a puzzle, this jingle tells you that you've
successfully solved it.
Walk across the bridge now to reach a new area.
PATH TO THE WOODS
Follow the path until you find a stone marker. Examine it to find that
"Property of the Edward Family".
NOTE: When I mention to examine something, just do so, even if it may
seems to bring no impact. This is especially so if you're intending to
get the "good" ending for the game. I don't know which of these
examinations form the group that triggers the "good" ending, but I've
played through this game twice without getting it, and only got it on
the third time when I literally examined everything, and I mean,
Continue walking on the path until you reach a gate. A sign is just to
the right of it. Examine the sign to find that it's broken. This will
result in an opportunity for you to fix it. Fix it by pointing on the
broken pieces, and using the rotate left or right icons on the screen.
Once you're sure the direction of a piece is correct, drag it towards
the center piece to combine it. The end result of this is that you'll
get a sign that says:
| The |
| <-- Edward's |
| Mansion |
Now, examine the gate until you can find a lock on it. There're
buttons on the lock, but you seem to be missing a gear to unlock it.
Come back later when you find a gear.
Since you can't enter into the gate at this moment, take a right turn
instead and follow the path until you reach a new area.
Continue on the path until you find yourself blocked by a wall of
rocks. Turn right to go into the cemetery.
Before going anywhere else, go to the lower part of this area to find
two graves. Examine them to find they belong to two men called Henry
and Thomas. Examine these two graves in close, separately.
Walk all the way to the right until you're blocked by a wall. On this
wall is a stone slab, which blocks a hole in the wall. Fortunately,
you've done some training in your days, and you're fit enough to move
it away. Do so by pointing your stylus to the center of the stone
slab, then drag it to the right. Drag it until your hear the "success"
As the stone slab falls, you'll notice on the back of it is the word
"D". Before you know it, D will appear. He's a ghost, by the way. Talk
to him anyway.
It seems that D can read your mind, which is kinda spooky. Go through
the rest of the conversational options so that you can get to know
him a little better. Go back to the main screen after that, and he'll
ask you to help him recover his memories. You'll refuse, and will
inform D that you're looking for your father. The word "father" seems
to trigger some of his bad memories, and he soon disappear. Now is the
time to walk past the hole in the wall.
Continue on the path until you reach a new area.
Go left until you can't anymore, then head up until you reach into
yet another new area - the gold mine.
To the left of the mine is an old machine. Examine it to find that
it's totally rusted. There's a plate on the machine, but you can't
read anything on it. Try scraping off the rust, but you'll only end up
hurting your fingers. Looks like you'll need
Go to the right of the mine to find a water tower. Examine the area to
find a red tool box near the tower. Inside it is a metal brush.
Examine the brush to pick it up.
Metal brush added to your items list.
Now, go back to the plate on the old machine. Point to the plate, then
click the items icon to select the metal brush. Now, examine the
plate, and you'll be able to scrape off the rust by scraping your
stylus on the screen. It takes a while though, so have some patience.
You'll see this message on the plate:
"All gold found in this mine belongs to the Edward Company. Anyone
caught stealing gold will be severly punished."
Beside the message is a logo of the Edgward Company. Remember this
logo since you'll need it later.
Near to this machine, just beside a cart of rocks, you can find another
red tool box on the ground. Examine it to find a gear. You'll pick
this up for that lock on the gate you saw earlier.
Gear added to your items list.
Now, go back to the gate.
PATH TO THE WOODS
Use the gear on the lock. It works, but now you'll need the code.
Remember the logo you saw on the plate at the gold mine? Ok, never
mind. Just press the two buttons on the lock as stated below (in any
( ) ( ) (X)
( ) (X) ( )
This will form the logo on the lock, which opens the gate.
Enter the gate and walk forward until you enter into a new area.
PATH TO THE MANSION
Go forward, and you'll reach the mansion. The gate is locked though,
and you've nothing to unlock it. The left side of the gate has a hand
sculpture. Examine it to find that the hand is holding a sphere. The
right side of the gate also has a hand sculpture, but it's holding
nothing. Examine the hand until you say "This must be...". It seems
that you'll need to find some sort of sphere to place into this empty
Now, walk slightly down, then turn left to find a lodge. Walk towards
it, and you'll find that the door has a crack, which you can enter
through. You'll also find Jessica's glasses on the ground near the
Eyeglasses added to your items list.
Walk into the lodge. You'll find yourself standing on a white lab
coat. Examine the coat to find that a piece of paper seems to be
underneath it. Examine that paper, and you'll find that it's actually
a photo - a photo of mom and you!
Photo of mom added to your items list.
Now, examine the bottom left area of this room. Examine the fallen
books on the desk, and you should find a DTS card.
DTS Card 00 added to your items list.
Read the message of the card, and you'll find that your father is
waiting for you in the mansion past the gate.
Now, examine the briefcase, then examine the paper inside it. The
"Trace Findings. Authors: Richard Robbins, Sayoko Robbins."
Paper cover added to your items list.
Go to the top left corner of this room to find two crates. Examine the
left crate to find some iron spheres. Pick up a small one - the big
ones are just too heavy for you.
Iron sphere added to your items list.
Leave the room now.
PATH TO THE MANSION
You'll find D outside right away. Talk to him to find out that he has
regain some memories.
Now, examine the gate again for the hand sculpture on the right side.
Equip the iron sphere. You'll need to "throw" the sphere up so that it
lands onto the hand. Do so by dragging the sphere to the top of the
lower screen, then look at the top screen and hope that the sphere
falls nicely onto the hand. This is quite a frustrating puzzle to do,
but with some practice, you should be able to handle it.
Once you're successful, the gate will be unlocked. This leads to the
end of the chapter.
At the end of each chapter, you'll need to do some sort of quiz to
refresh your memory. The purpose is to heed the captain's earlier
advice to "repeat important things in your mid so that you wouldn't
forget". Here's the first one - please note that I'll only list the
answers to them because I'm too lazy to type all the questions (!):
ANSWERS TO QUIZ #1
3. Henry and Thomas
4: His father.
5: The cover of a research paper.
NOTE: The questions are presented in a multiple choice format. Simply
touch the correct answer to proceed to the next one.
6. CHAPTER TWO: THE HOUSE OF EDWARD
You'll begin at the entrace to Edward Mansion. Go forward until you
reach a flight of stairs. Go up to find a door. This is when D will
talk to you again. He mentions someone called "Wells", so talk to him
about this person. He also remembers visiting this mansion with his
father. Ask about this visit as well.
After you finished talking, examine the door to find that it's
unlocked. Walk through it to reach the foyer.
The foyer is a big, round room that has a broken statue in the middle,
as well as a door at the end. To the sides of this room are two
paintings. Walk past the statue, and D will talk to you, again. This
guy sure likes to talk. Anyway, he'll ask about Jessica", and you'll
show him the photo of her.
Once you finish talking, examine the door to find a keypad. Examine
the keypad, and you'll find that you need a four-digit code to unlock
Walk to the painting on the left and examine it. Once you get a
close-up on the painting, take a photo of it. It shows a bird facing
to the right, and two leaves on the right that says "1" and "8".
Now, walk to the painting on the right and examine it. Repeat the
process to take a photo of it. This shows a bird facing the left,
and two leaves on the left that says "1" and "2".
For these two paintings, examine them in close until D tells you
something about the hummingbirds and the secret of the painting. Talk
to him about whatever topics that arise now.
Open to DTS now, and click on the photo icon. Find any one of these
photos, and move it to the upper screen of your DS by pressing the
icon above the photo.
Find the other photo now, and click on it. You'll notice two icons
appearing below it. The left one is the "overlap" icon, while the
right one is "delete" icon. Click on overlap, and the second picture
will be super-imposed onto the upper screen.
Now, use your D-pad to move the photo left or right until the leaves
intersect. Your should now see a cluster of four leaves, like below:
( 1 | 1 )
( 2 | 8 )
Go back to the door and use the code "1128" on the keypad. Hey presto,
you've unlocked it. Walk through to go to the slate hall.
The slate hall leads to four rooms, as well as a painting at the end
of the hall. A rough sketch of these is as follows:
Music Room------------------Butler's Room
Silver Bird Room------------------Golden Bird Room
First, walk towards the potrait and examine it. D will tell you that
this is a painting of his great-grandfather, Lawrence Edward. D will
remember that his father brought him here to visit Lawrence, who was
very ill then. After this, you'll hear the sound of a piano playing.
So, what do you do? Go to the music room, of course!
NOTE: If you want, examine the painting in close until you say that
the man in the portrait "looks dignified". I'm not sure whether this
will help D further recover his memories, but if you intend to get
the "good ending", there's no harm spending an extra minute now
Go towards the bookshelf in the top half of the room, and you'll pick
up some papers. These are pages from Trace, the essay that your father
and mother are working on.
Part of an essay added to your items list.
Examine the bookshelf to find some white books on the top shelf. They
all have zodiac signs and alphabets on spine, and they're placed in
the following sequence:
H O H T R M A S
You can try to rearrange them in sequence, but you won't be able to do
it because you're missing three books.
Now, examine the display case just to the right of the bookshelf.
You'll find DTS card.
DTS Card 902 added to your items list.
NOTE: DTS Cards that are in the "900" series are mostly your father's
Go to the piano area now and examine the piano if you want, but you
can do so later, so we'll just leave it for now. Instead, check out
the potrait that's on the wall beside the piano.
You can leave the music room for now, and go to the butler's room.
Go towards the desk on the right of this room. Examine it to find a
drawer to the left, on the desk. Examine this drawer to get a DTS
DTS Card 901 added to your items list.
Now, examine the notepad on the desk. You'll find a DTS Card just it.
Pick this up as well.
DTS Card 01 added to your items list.
Read the message on this card to find your father telling you to find
him in a room deep in the mansion.
Go back to the notepad and examine it. You'll now get a close-up of
the pad, and find that the top page has been torn off. Use your stylus
as a pencil to shade the page so that you can trace what was written
on the page that was removed. Not long after you try that, the pencil
Walk towards the sofas in the lower half of this room. Examine this
area to find a fireplace. Examine the fireplace to find some
charcoal. Pick one up.
Charcoal added to your items list.
Go back to the notepad, equip the charcoal, and start shading the page
with your stylus. Do so until you heard the "success" jingle. You'll
see the message now:
"Bill will come."
Before you leave the desk, examine the bookshelf to the left. You'll
find a white book with the alphabet "Y" on it. One down, two to go!
Book with the Y added to your items list.
Walk to the upper part of this room to find a flight of stairs. Walk
up, and you'll see three wardrobes. Examine the left one to find a
letter from a certain Leonard Edward. D has no recollection who this
Examine the middle wardrobe next to find a family album. Flip through
it to find mainly photos of a pair of brothers - Henry and Thomas.
Now, examine the right wardrone. Three items are in here. Check out
the book first. It's the butler's notebook. Read through it to find
out more about the brothers. Also, it's mentioned in the book that
the keys to the bird rooms "are handed to the birds".
Next, examine the scroll next to the diary to find the Edward family
tree, which looks like this:
Lawrence === Helen
Leonard === ??
Mary === Henry Thomas === Jane
| ----- ------ |
Take a photo of this family tree if you want for future reference.
Also, click on all the names that are underlined in red on this
The third item in this wardrobe is a case. Examine it to engage a
puzzle. This is one of those form-a-picture-from-mixed-up-sqaures
puzzle. I don't know what I can do to help you on this, so just go
through it to form a picture. Once this is done, you'll get a silver
Silver medal added to your items list.
Backtrack to the foyer now.
Go to the statue in the middle of the room. Oh, it's a statue of two
birds. Remember the butler's notebook? Ok, examine it to find a slot
at the bottom. Perhaps you may want to try using the silver medal for
it? Yes, it works. The sprout key will drop. Pick it up and go back
to the slate hall.
Sprout key added to your items list.
Use the sprout key on golden bird room. The door will be unlocked, so
head right through.
GOLDEN BIRD ROOM
The upper part of this room has an area where you can examine. Do so,
and you'll find a bookshelf behind a sofa. Examine the shelf to find
another white book. Two down, one to go!
Book with the E added to your items list.
Next, head towards the lower right part of this room to find a desk.
Examine it to see some white dolls and a brown case to the right of
them. It's an empty gun case. D will now remember something about
seeing a gun inside this case the last he saw it.
Now, go to the upper right part of this room to find a flight of
stairs. Walk up to find a cabinet. There're eight windows on this
cabinet, as follows:
[ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
[ ] [ ] [ X ] [ ]
The window marked with an "X" has the golden bird glass inside.
Listen to D tells you about the glass, then examine it to find the
second sprout key inside.
Second sprout key added to your items list.
YOu can leave the room now.
Use the second sprout key on the door. Strangely, it doesn't open. Try
the sprout key then. No response too. Suddenly, you've got an idea.
The screen will now show both keys, one on top, one below. Rotate the
bottom key until the head of the key is facing the right. Drag the key
up and place it above the top key. Now, rotate the key until the teeth
of the key are facing the opposite direction of the other key. Next,
adjust the location of the key until the heads of the keys intersect
like a sprout of four leaves. Yes, the keys now combine into one!
A rough sketch of how the combined key looks like is as follows - note
that I can't really remember how many teeth are there on each key:
| | | ( | )
| | | ( | )
Drag the key into the keyhole. After it's slotted in, turn the key
clockwise until you hear the "success" jingle. You've open the door to
the silver bird room.
SILVER BIRD ROOM
Go to the top right corner of this room to find yet another bookshelf.
You know what to do. Your reward is the final white book.
Book with the N added to your items list.
Walk now to the bottom left of the room to find a rug that has blood
all over it. This will trigger more of D's memories. Examine the
birdcage in this area, and you'll get to know more about the death of
Now, go to the top left part of this room to find a flight of stairs.
Go up, then walk down to find a desk. Examine it to find a diary.
Read it to find a page being torn off. Conveniently, the torn page is
scattered just beside the diary, but they're in pieces. Examine these
pieces to engage a puzzle.
This puzzle is just like the one when you rearrange the broken sign
at the gate. Once you're done rearranging them, you'll read that Henry
was behaving in a weird manner after the war.
Head back to the music room now.
Go back to the book case and use any of the white books you found to
activate the puzzle. Rearrange the books in the following sequence:
H E N R Y T H O M A S
So, it's "Henry" and "Thomas". Take a photo of the spines of these
books. Now, go to the piano and examine it. D will remember his father
playing the piano, and telling him "play the piano and open doors".
You'll now need to play a "secret melody" to activate a secret
passage. This should lead to the room deep in the mansion that your
father was talking about earlier on the DTS.
Head over to the piano now and examine it. Examine the keys on the
piano to start a puzzle. The keys have zodiac signs on them. You
must press the key based on the sequence of how the white books are
placed. I can't draw the signs here, but if you've taken a photo of
the white books, the photo will appear on the top screen. It's really
easy just following the signs on the photo and just get it over and
Once you've successfully completed this puzzle, the bookshelf will
shift to the right to reveal a secret passage. This leads to the end of
It's now time for the memory quiz again:
ANSWERS TO QUIZ #2
1. The golden bird room.
2. The silver bird room.
7. CHAPTER THREE: THE MEMORIES OF FRANNIE
You'll begin this chapter at the bronze hall. This chapter has some
really intriguing puzzles.
The bronze hall, like the slate hall, leads to four rooms as well. At
the end of the hall is a dead end (which is not exactly a dead end). A
rough sketch of these is as follows:
(To hidden room)
Henry & Mary's Room----------
To Music Room
Walk forward a little, and D will remember something about his friend
Frannie. He insists that you visit the art studio. Don't aruge with a
ghost, just go there.
Go to the middle of the room to find an easel. Examine it for a sketch
of Frannie. Examine the sketch and D will regain more memories of
Frannie. He also remembers something about Henry. You may want to take
a photo of Frannie, but I'm not sure whether it'll help D in his
Now, head to the top right corner of this room to find a table.
Examine it to find a DTS Card.
DTS Card 02 added to your items list.
On the same table is a piece of paper with another sketch. Examine it
to find that it's a sketch of you, drawn by your father. Apparently,
he has been imagining how you'd look like when you grow up.
Go to the top left corner of this room to find a chest. Examine it to
find some items inside it, including a hammer and a roll of paper.
Remember about this hammer and roll of paper as you'll come back for it
You can leave the room for now, and go to the opposite room, which is
Henry & Mary's room.
HENRY & MARY'S ROOM
Once you enter the room, you should notice a dresser near the door.
Examine it to get a DTS Card.
DTS Card 904 added to your items list.
Go to the middle of this room to find a sofa and a coffee table. Check
out the table for a green bottle and a photo. Examine it for a visial
impression of a happy family. Now, Examine the bottle, and you'll
notice that there's something inside. You'll try to open the seal, but
it's too tight.
Leave the bottle for now. Go to the top right area of this room to
find two beds. Examine this area, and zoom into the nightstand in
between the beds. You'll find a music box with Some white dolls on it.
One of the slots for holding the white dolls is missing a, er, doll.
The dolls are all playing various musical instruments, but the little
drummer doll seems to be missing. You may remember seeing something
like this earlier in one of the bird rooms.
Go back to the golden bird room now via the music room and the slate
GOLDEN BIRD ROOM
Go back to the desk where you saw the white dolls and the empty gun
case earlier. Examine the dolls, and pick up the one that's holding a
Doll holding the drum added to your items list.
Now, go back to the bronze hall via the slate hall and the music room.
Before you head back to Henry & Mary's room, make a turn to the art
Go back to the chest with the hammer. Grab the hammer and leave for
Henry & Mary's room.
HENRY & MARY'S ROOM
Go back to the coffee table with the green bottle, and use the hammer
on the bottle. To literally hammer the bottle, simply tap your stylus
on it. A few taps and the bottle will break. A letter and the gold
bird key will drop out of it.
Gold bird key added to your items list.
Read the letter to find out more about Henry, and how Mary decided to
leave him together with Frannie. Sad.
Now, go back to the nightstand and use the doll holding the drum on
the empty slot. It's not opening though, and you'll realise that you
still need a key. D remembers something about the music box.
Go to the bronze hall.
Go all the way to the dead end at the end of the hall. When you tell
D that it's a dead end, he tells you that there're more rooms past it.
Notice the candle stands there? You wonder whether you've something
to light them.
Go to Frannie's room now.
Go to the bottom left corner of this room to find a teddy bear. Check
it out, and you'll recall seeing a teddy bear in your dreams.
Now, to to Frannie's bed, which is at the bottom right corner of the
room, and examine it. You'll find a ribbon on it. D remembers more
about Frannie as you check out the ribbon.
Just beside the bed, you'll find a child-sized desk. There's sketch-
book on it. Check it out and you'll find two pages of woodprints by
Frannie. The first is of a boy and a girl, looking happy. The second
is of a girl, alone, crying.
Now, examine the shelf on the left. There seems to be nothing on it
until you check out the bottom left compartment. You'll find a wooden
box. Examine it to pick up a pair of stamps.
Two stamps added to your items list.
Go back to the sketch book, and use the stamps on it. On the second
page of the sketch book, you'll need to do a puzzle to complete the
In this puzzle, the stamp will appear on the left side of the top
screen. The right side of the bottom screen is the print of the
crying girl. So, what do you do? Simply close your DS - yes, close it
tight - then reopen it to find that a stamp is already printed onto
the lower screen, on the left! Do it one more time to complete the
print - it's one of a scary looking one-armed man chasing the crying
girl. D will remember something now.
Before you leave the desk, check out the top drawer on this desk for
a DTS Card.
DTS Card 903 added to your items list.
When you're leaving the room, D will remember that his father is
Thomas - as if you still don't know.
Go to Henry's study now.
Another intriguing puzzle awaits you. Go to the middle of the room to
find some sofas and a table. Before you check out the table, examine
the record player and speakers nearby. After that, examine the table
and you'll find a picture frame. This will eventually lead to the
puzzle. The pictures on the frames will be found on both your screens.
The following is a rough sketch of the screens - they're not to scale:
--- TOP SCREEN ---
o o ---
--- BOTTOM SCREEN ---
/ B | |
| B | |
| K |
( A )
\ = No, this is NOT when you're thinking! This is a KEY.
B = Bird.
BK = Book.
A = Apple.
To solve this puzzle, half-close your DS. Take a peep of your lower
screen as you close the DS, and you'll find that the pictures on the
top screen will be reflected onto the lower screen! The end result is
that you'll see this the words "F3", as well as the key in the book.
This tells you that you'll need to find a key in a book. So, head to
the top part of the room for a large bookshelf. Examine the right side
of this shelf, then zoom into the third shelf from the top on the
column that says "F". Remember F3? It means the third row on columm F.
Examine this portion.
As you zoom in, you'll notice a book that is unusually thick. Examine
it, and you'll find the hidden key!
Hidden key added to your items list.
Now, go to the bottom left part of this room to find a fireplace.
Examine this area, and check out the painting above the fireplace. It
shows some angels playing musical instruments. The three prominents
ones are playing the flute, the trumpet and the drum. Remember these
instruments. Examine all three of them individually.
Go back to Henry & Mary's room now.
HENRY & MARY'S ROOM
Go back to the music box, and use the hidden key in it. The lower
screen will now show the key being slotted into the right side of the
box. Touch the key and drag it down a few times to "turn" the key to
fasten the spring. Do so until you can't turn anymore. Now, as the
spring unwinds, quickly touch the buttons of the dolls that are
holding the flute, the trumpet and the drum. The positions of the
dolls to touch, at a glance:
( 1 ) ( ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( )
| | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | |
| | O
| [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] |--
| | O
You'll now feel that something has moved. Leave this room and go to
Henry's study again.
The thing that moved is the fireplace. It reveals a secret room.
Head right in.
HENRY'S SECRET ROOM
The bottom right corner of this room has some crates. Examine this
area and zoom into the left crate. You'll find some matches inside.
Pick them up - remember the candles at the end of the bronze hall?
You'll also find two photos in this crate. Check them out, and you'll
find a photo of Frannie standing at the "dead end" of the bronze hall
and a photo of the butlet waiting at a table at the same "dead end",
this time through an opened door. Looks like it's not a dead end
You'll need to spot the differences in these two photos. Notice that
the photo with the butler shows that some candles are lighted. So,
point to both the candle stands to show the differences.
Remember the positions of these lighted candles for future reference.
The top left area of this room a shelf that has a suitcase on it.
Try examining the suitcase, but it's too high up, so leave it for now.
Just below the shelf, you'll find a wooden box that is covered by a
white cloth. Examine it to find a baseball. Pick it up.
Now, equip the baseball and point to the suitcase. This will begin a
puzzle that is very much like the earlier iron-sphere-onto-hand-
sculpture one. Hold and drag the ball upwards, and hope that it hits
the suitcase. Hit the suitcase three times and it'll drop, revealing a
single shoe inside.
NOTE: The trick to doing these throws is to hold, drag it up and
immediately release the hold to gain momentum on the ball.
Examine the shoe, and D will tell you that it's HIS shoe. He also now
remembers how his father bought the shoes for him, and how his father
promised him "better shoes". Take the shoe.
D's shoe added to your items list.
Leave the room now.
Last puzzle of this chapter. Go back to the "dead end" and exmaine the
wall. Now, equip the matches and point to either of the candle stands
to engage in the puzzle.
You'll need to light up the candles in the same sequence as shown in
the photo with the butler waiting table. If you can't remember it,
just light up the ones that have an "X", as shown below:
|| (X) || ||
(X) || (X) (X)
This will open the hidden room, as well as lead to the end of the
It's also time for a quiz again:
ANSWERS TO QUIZ #3
3. D's father's name.
4. A shoe.
8. CHAPTER FOUR: FAMILY REUNION
You'll begin this chapter in the dining room. In this chapter, you'll
finally meet your father (or is he?), and get reunited with Jessica as
This is a rough sketch of how the dining room looks like (not to
| | | |
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--- | | T a b l e | | ---
Fire | |Newspaper | | -->
| --------------------------- | Exit
Place | | ---
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From the entrance, head over to the fireplace and examine it. You
should find a piece of burnt paper inside. Examine this piece of paper
to find that it's a scrap of Trace. Pick it up.
Scrap of the Trace essay added to your items list.
Above the fireplace is a portrait. Examine ot. It's of two boys,
presumably Henry and Thomas. Examine the frame in close, then click
on both the boys' picture.
Now, go over to the dining table. Examine the bottom left corner of
this table to find a newspaper. Exmamine it to find the shocking
"Scientist Dies, Motive Unknown"
The newspaper is dated 9/22/94. It details the murder of your mother.
It also mentions that your father was a suspect then. Take a photo of
After reading this news, you'll be shaken. Go towards the exit to
trigger a chat with D. He'll encourage you, and with tears still
dropping from your eyes, you decides to press on.
Exit this room now to the lounge.
Once you enter the lounge, you'll hear some weird noise in the
background. Quickly go to the lower part of the room to find a counter.
Examine it to find a radio on it. The noise seems to be coming from
the radio. You'll need to turn the dials on the radio back to a normal
There're two dials near the bottom of the radio. Point and hold on
the left dial, and turn it to a "10 o'clock" direction. You'll find
that the noise will go softer. Now, point and hold the right dial and
turn it to a "6 o'clock" direction. The noise will now be replaced by
the soothing tune of "The Miracle of the Blue Moon". According to D,
this song is quite a hit during his time.
This is when a man enters the room. Walk towards him and talk to him.
You'll find that he's your father, Richard! Engage in a prolonged
conversation with him to find out more about almost everything.
You'll then be interrupted with a noise at the back. Your father will
decide to go check it out.
NOTE: Do not believe all he said, since he's, well, not really your
Go to the right side of the lounge now to find a table that is
partially covered by a cloth. Examine it to find an ashtray. Examine
the ashtray to pick up a lighter that has the initials B.E.
Lighter added to your items list.
Go to the top right corner of this room and exit through the door
there to the moss hall.
The moss hall leads to two doors. A rough sketch of this hall is as
----------------------------------------- Copper Hall
The door to the copper hall is locked, and you don't have the code to
open it now, so head towards the kitchen instead. Before you enter the
door to the kitchen, turn around and examine the portrait near this
door. Zoom into the potriat and you'll see a picture of a moonlit
bay. It seems to have a strange pattern on the right.
Take a photo of this portrait, then head towards the kitchen.
Go up, then left to find a flights of steps leading down to a door.
Examine the door to find that it's tightly fastened by some ropes.
It's impossible to untie this by your bare hands.
Walk to your right now, keeping yourself in the lower part of the
room. You'll soon reach an area with a sink and a refrigerator. To the
left of the fridge, you should be able to find a cabinet holding some
plates, etc. Examine the leftmost cabinet, and you'll find four
drawers near the bottom of this cabinet. Examine the drawer that is
second from left to find a DTS `Card.
DTS Card 905 added to your items list.
Still at this area, examine the sink to find a blood-stained
handkerchief. Now, exit this area and go further right until you find
another area to examine. Do so and you'll find an old oven here.
Examine it to get a rusty knife.
Rusty knife added to your items list.
Now, go back to the door with the ropes on it, and use the knife on
the ropes. To do so, just point your stylus to the ropes and start
doing an up-and-down movement to simulate cutting the ropes. After
a while, the ropes will be cut, and you'll gain access to the storage
NOTE: No, the lighter doesn't work on the ropes.
Jessica is here! She appears to be heavily drugged. Talk to her and
she'll tell you that she has been drugged possibly by a guy called
Bill. Sounds familiar. After you finish talking to her on all the
other options, go behind her and examine the area for a portrait.
The portrait is very dusty, and you can't see the contents. Zoom into
it, and blow into your mic to remove the dust.
NOTE: This may take some time to complete. I was so fed up with it
that I eventually used a hairdryer to do the job. Do not try blowing
if you've sinusitis or asthmatic problems!
This shows a picture of a bay. It also has a strange pattern on it,
this time on the left. Take a photo of it.
Now, open your DTS and do the overlapping function for the painting
you saw at the moss hall and this portriat. Use the new painting as a
base, and superimpose the moss hall painting onto it. Now, move the
moss hall painting to the left until the strange patterns on them
overlap. Rotate the moss hall portriant counter-clockwise now for
about 90 degrees, and move the patterns until you see quite clearly
that four numbers are shown: "2369".
Go back to the moss hall via the kitchen now.
Go to the door leading to the copper hall and use the code "2369" on
the keypad. Hey presto, you've come to an end of a chapter again!
Quiz time again:
ANSWERS TO QUIZ #4
1. The research paper on Trace.
3. He didn't kill Sayoko.
4. A rusty knife.
9. CHAPTER FIVE: RETRACED STEPS
You'll begin this chapter at the copper hall. Now, this is the chapter
that you'll meet your "real" father, as well as get a glimpse of
the mysterious "Trace".
This is a long hall with a locked door at the end of it, and another
room along the hall on the right, which belonged to Lawrence. You
should enter Lawrence's room for now.
To Research Lab
|---- Lawrence's Room
To Moss Hall----
NOTE: The locked door leads to the research lab. You'll gain access
to it later.
Go to the upper part of the room to find a potrait of three men above
a fireplace. Examine it to trigger more of D's memories. You'll have
to point your stylus to each different man to trigger the different
Now, check the bookshelf beside the fireplace for a DTS Card.
DTS Card 906 added to your items list.
Walk to the middle of the room to find an area with a round tin on a
table. Beside this table is a desk. Examine this desk to find that its
drawer is locked. Use the gold bird key to unlock it to find a
notebook. Examine this book to find that it's Lawrence's journals.
Read it to find out more about the Edwards.
Examine this round tin on the table beside the desk now, and D will
tell you that it's a zoetrope. This will lead to a puzzle, in which
you'll need to spin the zoetrope to see a picture. Unfortunately, it
doesn't work. This is when D remembers that you'll need paper to see
NOTE: To spin the zoetrope, simply stroke it to the right quickly and
Remember the roll of paper in the art studio? Damn! Backtrack all the
way there to get it.
If you've forgotten, the roll of paper is found in a chest at the top
left corner of the art studio - the same chest where you found the
hammer. Pick it up.
Zoetrope paper added to your items list.
Go back to Lawrence's room again.
Use the zoetrope paper on the zoetrope. Start spinning the zoetrope
until it opens fully to finally see the picture. What you can see is
a bird flying from flower to flower on the picture. Remember the
sequence of which flower the bird went to, as this is required for the
NOTE: If you're playing this game for a second time, you'd see a
"ninja" flying around instead of a "bird".
From where you're now, go to the lower part of this room. This is the
bed area of the Lawrence's room. Beside the bed is a nightstand, which
you should examine to find Lawrence's will. Read it - it seems that
Lawrence has named Henry as his sole heir.
Now, walk past the bed and you'll hear a noise. Is there a hidden room
somewhere in this room? Well, there is. Go towards the sofa near the
bed and examine the painting behind it. This will activate a puzzle,
which requires you to tap the sequence of how the bird you saw in the
zoetrope was flying from flower to flower. If you can't remember, refer
to the following:
( 2 )
( 3 ) ( 1 )
( 4 )
( 5 ) ( - )
NOTE: Ignore the flower with the "-".
A button will appear on the 5th flower. Click on it, and a door! Go
into this hidden room now.
A man is lying unconscious here. Tap his face a few times to wake him
up. Give him the candies, and he'll give you a chocolate. It turns out
that this guy loves chocolate.
Talk to him, and he'll claim to be your father, Richard. Now, who
should you believe? My guy feeling that you should believe this guy,
because he looks more... believable. But at this point of the time,
the game won't "allow" you to believe him, so you'll automatically
doubt him throughout the conversation.
Anyway, after the conversation, he'll be quite shaken by you not
believing him, as well as your question about how your mother died.
He'll then leave the room.
D will then talk to you. Notice behind D, there's a typewriter. Once
you finish talking, examine the typewriter for a letter from Henry to
Frannie. It looks like Henry has committed suicide after killing his
Before you leave this room, go right to an area with a safe. Examine
the safe for an account book. Notice's also a suitcase with a letter
on top of it. Read it.
Now, go back to Lawrence's room, then return to the copper hall.
You'll notice that the door to the research lab is now opened. Go
Walk all the way up to find another locked door. Examine it, and you'll
realise that you need to punch in a code to open it. Notice also that
the window on the door now appears on the top screen as you engage
this puzzle. What does this mean? Well, simply blow into the mic, and
you'll find the code for this door appearing on the window. It reads:
| 58198 |
| 31220 |
Key in these numbers onto the keypad to open the door.
NOTE: After entering this door, you'll can never go back to the
mansion. If there're things items you haven't collect or examined, do
so before you enter. This is especially so if you intend to get the
You'll be in an enclosed area in the lab. First, go to the bottom
right side of this room to find a bookshelf that has a photo and a
teddy bear on it. Examine the bear to find that it has a ribbon. It
Next, examine the photo to find four people on. Click on each of them
when examining the photo.
Now, notice there's a smaller shelf perpendicular to the one with the
teddy bear and photo. Exmaine it to get a DTS Card.
DTS Card 907 added to your items list.
Go to the left side of this room now to find some filing cabinets.
Examine the one on the left to find a memo about Trace.
Trace memo added to your items list.
Examine the shelf directly above this memo to get a DTS Card.
DTS Card 908 added to your items list.
If you've gotten all the "900" series of DTS Cards, you'd have
collected all of Richard's journals. Read them all if you haven't done
Now, go straight to the end of the room to find a desk with a computer
monitor on it. Examine the desk to find a photo on it. The photo has
a man, a woman and a baby in it. Click on the man to remember finally
that he's your father, Richard. Click on the baby to find that, well,
it's you. Then click on the woman, who's your mother, to unlock a slot
below the photo frame. You'll get a white DTS Card.
DTS Card 991 added to your items list. This card contains the first
protocol for triggering Trace. You'll also get a password from it:
Now, examine the monitor on the desk to find four icons. Click all
the icons to find out more about Richard's plans. The right most icon
has an information about the second protocol for triggering case. It
gives you another password:
The top icon gives you a hint to the location of this card. It
mentions something about a birthday present. Remember the teddy bear
with the ribbon? It was the birthday present you got from your parents
when your mom was murdered.
Go back to the shelf that has the bear. Examine it, and D will tell
you that the back of the bear has a slit. You'll find a red DTS Card
in this slit.
DTS Card 992 added to your items list.
It's now time to leave this room. Walk past the desk with the monitor
to reach the door. It'll open automatically. Go towards the end of
the next area to find another door. Examine the keypad on the left
wall of this door to find that it requires a password. Key in
| ASH853LEY |
| SAY919OKO |
to open the door.
Walk in to meet Richard and a weird looking machine. Talk to him, and
he'll tell you that the machine is non another than the mysterious
"Trace". Continue talking to him. He'll eventually tell you that he's
not sure whether he did kill your mom - even though he has a memory
that tells you that he did, he suspects the memory is not real.
He'll then ask you to help activate Trace with him as the subject of
testing. You'll be quite reluctant to do so at first. Now, walk to
the back of the room, and D will encourage you to help Richard. He'll
doso by asking you two questions. The answers to these questions are
ANSWERS'S TO D'S QUESTIONS
1. I want to know the truth.
2. No, he didn't kill her.
Walk back to Richard, and he'll tell you that you can don't do it if
you don't want to. You'll then tell him that you'll. After he prepares
himself in Trace, equip the white DTS Card and use it on the machine.
You'll find yourself in the DTS Screen. You'll also notice that a
previously locked icon in this screen is now opened. This is the
"memory" icon. Click it to trigger a memory that seems to suggest that
Richard has killed Sayoko, even though it doesn't look conclusive at
Now, use the red DTS Card on Trace. Do the same process in the DTS
Screen to trigger Richard's real memory. When Richard returned home on
that fateful day, Sayoko has already been shot. He didn't kill her.
Watch the cut-scene that follows. A voice will then appear from a
speaker in this room. It's from Bill. Apparently, he's asking the lot
of you to see him at the cave behind the mansion. As you leave the
room to find Bill, the chapter will end.
But before you go, another quiz to do:
ANSWERS TO QUIZ #5
1. Three men.
10. CHAPTER SIX: BURIED TRUTHS
You begin this chapter without the DTS, so it means you can't save
your game from now. It's not a big issue though, since this is a short
chapter that consists primarily of conversations.
You'll find yourself at the back of the research lab when the chapter
begins. You've earlier found that Richard wasn't the murderer of your
mom, so all is good. The only person left in the way of the truth in
your own memory is Bill, and you'll need to follow the only path to
the cave to find him.
Follow the flight of stairs down all the way until you reach the
ground floor. In the process of going down, there'll be some
conversations, so just read through them quickly.
A door is at the ground level. Walk through it to enter the cave.
There's only one way forward, so just continue on the path. Again,
there'll be some conversations on the way, and as usual, you can
just browse through them on the run.
If you've examined everything I told you to so far, D will tell you
that he has been in this cave before. Someone was chasing him then.
He also remembers what happened in the silver bird room, about his
father's alleged murder.
Soon after, you'll come across a shoe in the cave. Yes, that's D's
other shoe. Finding this shoe will trigger another memory.
NOTE: If you don't get these two memories, it simply means you
won't be getting the "good" ending.
Continue walking in the cave until you reach Bill.
A lengthy conversation follows. Just read through it until Bill
asks you six questions. You'll have to answer them all correctly
to find out the truth in the murder of your mom. After every two
questions, there'll be a break before he asks you two questions
again. By the sixth question, you'll get the truth. As usual, I'm
lazy to type the questions, so here are the answers to them.
ANSWERS TO BILL'S QUESTIONS
1. Someone came in.
2. She hid me in the closet.
3. I heard mom's voice.
4. "You can't have Trace!"
5. I heard a gunshot.
What follows next is that Bill will try to shoot Richard. This is
when Bill somehow manages to see D. The identity of Bill will also be
revealed - he's Frannie's son.
The fear of seeing a ghost will result in Bill slipping and falling
into down from a cliff. Richard tries to rescue him in vain.
As this comes to an end, Richard will go back to the mansion to look
for Jessica. He tells you to go to the beach and wait for him. Take
the bridge nearby to do that.
On the bridge, D will remember his final memory. This tells you how he
died. By now, you'd have succuessfully unlocked all his memories.
After crossing the bridge, go straight and exit the cave to end this
11. EPILOGUE: THE MIRACLE OF THE BLUE MOON
Nothing much to do here, except to walk around talking to people.
First, go to the top right corner of the area to talk to the captain.
Surprisingly, he manages to see D, which startles D so much that he
Next, go to towards the area near the exit of the cave to talk to
Richard and Jessica.
Before you leave, you'll find D at the top left corner of the beach.
Run towards there to talk to him for a final time to trigger a really
touching ending. In the process, you'll need to touch his hand on
the touch screen to send him to the next phase of his life.
NOTE: Once again, if you didn't recover all his memories, you won't
get this ending.
Now, go back to Richard and Jessica and finish off the last
conversation to watch the credits.
So, that's it! YOu've beaten Trace Memory!
THE STARRED GAME
After the credits, blow the candles, and save your game to unlock the
starred game - this game is only available if you get the "good"
ending. The starred game is essentially the same game, with minor
changes to some scenarios. When you play through the starred game and
get a "good" ending again, you'll get an surprise puzzle. Solving this
puzzle will give you a special message.
I won't spoil the puzzle for you, so you'll have to work it out for
yourself to find out what's the message about. :)
Let me first say that I really enjoy this game, even though it's way
to short. My last attempt (the 4th time) took me 2:25:15) to complete,
and that's with examining everything to get the surprise puzzle.
Still, games like this are getting lesser nowadays, and I'm just happy
to have a good old puzzle adventure game to play in the midst of
playing violent beat-'em-them ups all the time.
I hope you enjoy the game as much as me. I also hope that this guide
will be helpful to you in solving the mystery for both Ashley and D.
Meanwhile, if you'd like to check out my other works, please go to
Last but not least, I wish you all the best in playing this game.
APPENDIX 1. VERSION HISTORY
Version 1.0: Guide completed. (10.8.05)
APPENDIX 2. FAQS
Comments, feedback and questions will be answered here. If the
question is related to puzzle-solving, you should find it in the
walkthrough, so I'll only answer any questions that have not been
discussed in the guide.
APPENDIX 3. CREDITS
Cing: Nice effort, but we'll have a longer sequel, yes?
GameFAQs.com/ Neoseeker.com and the other sites who wrote and asked to
host my works: Thanks for continuously giving me the opportunity to
For those who has supported me over the past few guide: Thanks.
Copyright © Lestor Wong 2005.