We Were Here Walkthrough

3. Story walkthrough

Full video walkthrough with commentary I made for easing the completion:

Before we start, I'm going to quickly explain the format of this written guide. Almost all of the instructions will be for the Explorer role. There are only 2 times that the Librarian is required to interact with something for a puzzle. Even if they are idle, they will get the achievements for assisting in the puzzles. I will specify when the Librarian is getting instructions as well as putting the specification in bold so it's harder to miss. If I don't specify anyone (though I probably will), assume it's instructions for the Explorer role.

Before doing anything though, find your partner and add them as a friend. Be sure that the person who doesn't get this achievement on the first playthrough starts the game and invites the other on playthrough 2 or 3 so you both get this achievement:

Everything is Better with Friends in We Were Here
Invite a friend to join your game!
  • Unlocked by 5,328 tracked gamers (70% - TA Ratio = 1.19) 7,568

Storage Room: Between The Eyes

As the Explorer, Turn left and walk to the other side of the room. In the corner will be a table with a radio. Interact with it to pick it up and begin the first puzzle.

Radio

Turn around and look to the left, and on one of the walls will be two pillars with colored eyes towards the ceiling. There will be chalk drawings of symbols between these pillars.

Between the Eyes Puzzle

Below is the key for this puzzle. Find the row with your matching eyes and press, in order from left to right, the symbols between the colored eyes (in the above picture, I would press the two symbols between the left red eye and right red eye).

Between the Eyes answer key

A door will open in the middle of the room and you both will earn your respective roles' achievements.

The Explorer earns:

The Answer Lies.. in We Were Here
Escape from the Storage Room
  • Unlocked by 5,812 tracked gamers (77% - TA Ratio = 1.14) 7,568

The Librarian earns:

...Between The Eyes in We Were Here
Assisted in escaping the Storage Room ..and no the answer is not a nose
  • Unlocked by 5,624 tracked gamers (74% - TA Ratio = 1.15) 7,568

If no mistakes were made, you will both earn:

Eye See You in We Were Here
Perfect play ‘Between the eyes’
  • Unlocked by 6,181 tracked gamers (82% - TA Ratio = 1.10) 7,568

Painting Room

As the Explorer, you will see a painting on the opposite wall of the new room, along with a board on the left wall with marked tiles. The answer key for this puzzle will be below. Find the exact match to your painting and place the corresponding tiles underneath your personal painting to solve the puzzle.

Paintings 1 & 2

Paintings 3 & 4

Paintings 5 & 6

Paintings 7 & 8

Paintings 9 & 10

Paintings 11 & 12

When put in correctly, you will both earn your respective role's achievements.

The Explorer earns:

Is that a.. in We Were Here
Escape from the Painting Room
  • Unlocked by 5,591 tracked gamers (74% - TA Ratio = 1.16) 7,568

The Librarian earns:

A face on its.. in We Were Here
Assisted in escaping the Painting Room ..and enjoyed fine arts
  • Unlocked by 5,388 tracked gamers (71% - TA Ratio = 1.18) 7,568

If no mistakes were made, you will both earn:

Myth Busters in We Were Here
Perfect play ‘Painting Room’
  • Unlocked by 6,090 tracked gamers (80% - TA Ratio = 1.11) 7,568

Submerged Hallway

As the Librarian, walk through the room with the table in the center and you will see red pipes leading past a newly opened door in the far corner. Walk through the door and all the way down the stairs, until you see a flooded basement and 3 colored valves. Wait for instructions from the Explorer.

As the Explorer, a door will open in your room. The next puzzle is timed, but it's more than enough time to finish the puzzle before death. Walk into the room and there is a staircase on the far left of the room. Walk down it and there will be a locked door with a color written above it. Relay what color you see to the Librarian, note that the answer is the color that is SPELLED OUT, not the color of the letters.

As the Librarian, turn the two valves that create the color that the Explorer relayed to you.

  • Red + Yellow = Orange
  • Red + Blue = Purple
  • Yellow + Blue = Green

When done correctly, you will both earn your respective roles' achievements.

The Explorer earns:

This is fine in We Were Here
Escape from the Submerged Hallway
  • Unlocked by 5,516 tracked gamers (73% - TA Ratio = 1.17) 7,568

The Librarian earns:

Antarctic Odyssey in We Were Here
Assisted in escaping the Submerged Hallway ..and became a qualified plumber
  • Unlocked by 5,324 tracked gamers (70% - TA Ratio = 1.19) 7,568

If no mistakes were made and the Explorer never died, you will both earn:

What ‘r you doing? in We Were Here
Perfect play ‘Submerged Hallway’
  • Unlocked by 6,216 tracked gamers (82% - TA Ratio = 1.10) 7,568

The Dungeon

As the Explorer, walk through the door, over the pressure plate in the middle of the hallway and through the second door. There will be the white gate in front of you with a white lever on the right wall. Pull the lever, step onto the other side of the gate and pull the lever again. Walk under the white gate to the compass on the ground. The red arrow on the compass points north. This small maze has gates of 3 colors (Blue, Green, and Red) with corresponding levers. One gate is open at all times, and pulling the lever closes one gate and opens the opposite gate. Below is a map of the maze:

Dungeon maze

  • Filled rectangles - Closed Gate (before starting)
  • Empty rectangle - Open Gate (before starting)
  • Colored X - Lever

Here is the outline of what we are accomplishing in the dungeon:

  1. Pull the Blue lever
  2. Pull the Green lever
  3. Pull the Blue lever
  4. Pull the Red lever (if you don't have the secret achievement, pull it repeatedly until confetti comes out)
  5. Pull the Blue lever
  6. Pull the Green lever
  7. Exit to the north

Here are in-depth instructions for completing the dungeon for people who would like them (if not, then skip to the end of the puzzle explanation):

  • From the compass (looking north), turn right and take your first right. Go downstairs and pull the blue lever on the wall opposite of you (it should be in plain view from the stairs).
  • Turn around and leave the room, heading up the stairs. Turn left, walk across the compass and down a set of stairs. In this room, immediately turn right and walk upstairs and down the hallway. In the hallway, follow along the right wall, going around the corner. Down the hallway will be an open blue gate, walk through it, and down a set of stairs. In this room, at the base of the stairs, turn right and you will see a green lever on the wall opposite of you. Pull it.
  • We are heading back the way we came. Turn around and walk to the other end of the room, turn left and walk up the stairs. Walk down the hallway, following along the left wall and walk down the stairs at the end. Turn left, walk up the stairs, and proceed forward. Take the second right, which should be at a staircase heading down into the room with the blue lever. Pull the blue lever again.
  • Turn around and walk up the stairs to leave the room. Turn right and walk to the end of this hallway, passing underneath another open blue gate on the way. When you get to the next staircase leading into a new room, follow along the right wall and you will come to an open green gate with a staircase leading down behind it. Walk down the staircase and across the room will be the red lever. If you need the secret achievement and are not going for the "Die Hard" achievement for a perfect run, this is where it is located (note that this should void the "perfect play" of this puzzle, subsequently voiding the Die Hard achievement along with it). Simply pull the lever repeatedly until confetti shoots out (again, only the explorer will pop this, the third partial playthrough should be dedicated to getting the other person this).

Happy Ending in We Were Here
Have some confetti (Secret)
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  • Make sure the red lever is pointing towards the floor before progressing. Turn around and leave the room, follow the left wall to the staircase you came from, and follow this hallway around to the end. When you come to your first left turn, take it and pull the blue lever in this room.
  • Turn around and leave the room, turn left and head down the stairs ahead. Turn right, walk up the stairs and follow the right wall. Walk under the blue gate and down the stairs, turn right and pull the green lever.
  • Facing the green lever, turn left and you will notice a staircase on the right wall. Walk up this, walking underneath a green gate, and progress forward shortly until getting to your first left, which should be a staircase and a red gate. Walk through the gate and the door ahead will open as you approach.

It is recommended you read ahead, as your vision becomes obscured the longer it takes you to complete this next puzzle, followed by death after a few minutes.

When you open the door at the end of the maze, you will both earn your respective roles' achievements.

The Explorer earns:

Dungeons and... in We Were Here
Escaped from the Dungeon ..and the dragon.
  • Unlocked by 5,299 tracked gamers (70% - TA Ratio = 1.19) 7,568

The Librarian earns:

Guiding Light in We Were Here
Assisted in escaping the Dungeon ..and didn’t skip leg day
  • Unlocked by 5,147 tracked gamers (68% - TA Ratio = 1.21) 7,568

If no mistakes were made (should be the second playthrough), you will both earn:

Dungeon Master in We Were Here
Perfect play ‘The Dungeon’
  • Unlocked by 5,927 tracked gamers (78% - TA Ratio = 1.13) 7,568

Frozen Courtyard: Chess

This next puzzle is a chess puzzle, which is pretty simple when you can see the pieces that need to move (granted you don't see them in normal circumstances).

As the Explorer, you will need to follow the path to the right and interact with a generator in the corner of this area. The point you need to interact with first is the gauge on the right. You need to stop a needle in the green to turn on 3 green lights above the generator to complete this minigame.

Generator

When you light up the three lights, look on the left side of the generator for a crank you can interact with to progress with this puzzle.

Generator crank

Now walk to the chessboard in the middle of the courtyard. I will walk you through this step-by-step below, and each direction is given AS IF YOU ARE FACING THE COLORS:

Move the White Pawn (front row pieces) that is 4th from the left two spaces forward.

Chess Move 1

Move the Black Pawn (front row of pieces) that is 5th from the left two spaces forward. The pawns should be directly in front of one another.

Chess Move 2

Move the left White Bishop (back row of pieces, 3rd from the left) diagonally to the right three spaces. It should be in the same row as the white pawn.

Chess Move 3

Move the Black Pawn (front row of pieces) that is 2nd from the left one space forward.

Chess Move 4

Move the White Queen (back row of pieces, 5th space from the left and is the tallest piece) diagonally to the left two spaces.

Chess Move 5

Move the Black Knight (back row of pieces, 2nd from the left) to the right of the black pawn in front of it (down two spaces, right one space).

Chess Move 6

Move the White Queen (same white piece as last, the tallest piece in front of the row of pawns) and move it across the board 4 spaces to take a black pawn.

Chess Move 7

This will be the end of the puzzle, so head through the door to the left of the generator.

When you complete the puzzle, you will both earn your respective roles' achievements.

The Explorer earns:

Ice Physics in We Were Here
Escape from the Frozen Courtyard ..and didn’t lose your cool
  • Unlocked by 4,802 tracked gamers (63% - TA Ratio = 1.25) 7,568

The Librarian earns:

Grandmaster in We Were Here
Assisted in escaping the Frozen Courtyard ..and learned some new tricks
  • Unlocked by 4,662 tracked gamers (62% - TA Ratio = 1.27) 7,568

If no mistakes were made and there were zero deaths, you will both earn:

Fools’ Mate in We Were Here
Perfect play ‘Chess’
  • Unlocked by 4,566 tracked gamers (60% - TA Ratio = 1.28) 7,568

Dark Hallway: Spike Hall

As the Explorer, you will see a book on a pedestal in the middle of the room. Further back is a 5x5 tile puzzle. On the book will be 1 combination of 6 different 5-symbol puzzles. Below is the key for each combination:

Spike Hallway key

Carefully proceed through the puzzle, following the given path, and when you step off the last tile the door at the end of the room will open.

The Explorer earns:

Is that another... in We Were Here
Escape from the Dark Hallway
  • Unlocked by 4,815 tracked gamers (64% - TA Ratio = 1.25) 7,568

The Librarian earns:

South Pole in We Were Here
South Pole32 (25)
Assisted in escaping the Dark Hallway ..and learned about cardinal directions
  • Unlocked by 4,675 tracked gamers (62% - TA Ratio = 1.27) 7,568

If no mistakes were made and there were zero deaths, you will both earn:

Vlad The Impaler in We Were Here
Perfect play ‘Spike Hall’
  • Unlocked by 4,537 tracked gamers (60% - TA Ratio = 1.29) 7,568

Haunted Theater

As the Librarian, if you haven't returned to the spawn room at the top of the staircase, then do so now. In the middle of this area, there will be a staircase with a white lever at the top. Walk up that staircase, ignore the lever and turn right and walk through the open door at the end of this path. Down the hallway will be theater with a stage in front of you. Walk through a door on either side to gain access to the stage. Face the audience and on your left will be a gramophone, interact with it. From now on, do not go towards the audience.

As the Explorer, head through the open door to see a panel of 6 cranks. Interact with it. The next puzzle requires you to turn cranks 5-6 times to fully extend props on the stage (just keep turning them until there is no scraping noise), then to press cn_B and pull the Scene lever located just to the right of the panel of cranks. There is a key below:

Crank puzzle

Remember to turn the prop continuously (5-6 times each_ until it is fully extended or retracted to be sure to get the "perfect play".

  • Scene 1: Turn 1 and 5 to the left, then pull the Scene lever
  • Scene 2: Turn 1, 2 and 3 to the left, then pull the Scene lever
  • Scene 3: Turn 1, 2, 3, and 5 to the left, then pull the Scene lever
  • Scene 4: Turn 4 to the left, and 2 to the right, then pull the Scene lever
  • Scene 5: Turn 2 to the left, then flip the Blood Light switch. Now pull the Scene lever

Once the Scene lever has been pulled, the trapdoor in front of the panel of cranks will open. Interact with it to enter the final hallway.

As the Librarian, there will be a trapdoor in the back of the stage (behind the props) that will open. Interact with it to enter the final hallway.

The Explorer earns:

Lights, camera... in We Were Here
Assisted in escaping the Haunted Theater
  • Unlocked by 4,455 tracked gamers (59% - TA Ratio = 1.30) 7,568

The Librarian earns:

Don’t Turn Around in We Were Here
Escaped the Haunted Theater
  • Unlocked by 4,372 tracked gamers (58% - TA Ratio = 1.31) 7,568

If no mistakes were made and there were zero deaths, you will both earn:

Killer Performance in We Were Here
Perfect play ‘Haunted Theater’
  • Unlocked by 3,531 tracked gamers (47% - TA Ratio = 1.46) 7,568

The End

There is a pressure plate and a gate ahead. One of you will have to stand on the plate to open the gate, while the other leaves. There is an achievement tied to each of these, so it's important to remember which one each of you gets so you can get the opposite for the second playthrough.

The person who stays behind will earn:

Why me? in We Were Here
Why me?130 (100)
Stayed behind, all alone
  • Unlocked by 4,473 tracked gamers (59% - TA Ratio = 1.30) 7,568

The person who leaves will earn:

Worst Friend Forever in We Were Here
Got out and left your friend behind
  • Unlocked by 4,428 tracked gamers (59% - TA Ratio = 1.30) 7,568

Playthrough 2 and Cleanup

The second playthrough should start with the person who did not receive the "Everything is Better With Friends" achievement. Make sure you two switch roles from playthrough 1 (in the lobby, press cn_A on the grey box with the role in it to swap) and proceed this time with the intent to complete every puzzle without dying or making mistakes. Save the "Happy Ending" achievement for a partial playthrough after this one, because if the Explorer decides to earn this achievement this playthrough, it will result in you two having to make the third playthrough a complete one. If you save it for the third run and beat the game without mistakes or dying on Run 2, Run 3 will only have to be up until the Dungeon.

Die Hard in We Were Here
Die Hard81 (50)
Play through the whole game without dying once
  • Unlocked by 2,888 tracked gamers (38% - TA Ratio = 1.61) 7,568

And that concludes the walkthrough! Hopefully it improves your gaming experience and congratulations on your completion!

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