SYN-FACTOR Walkthrough

Episode 1: The Rident


Your essential task on board the Rident is to find your way off. The Rident's propulsion systems are

down, so you need to find another means of transportation. The answer is a craft you find in the shuttle

bay. The shuttle is not equipped for long distance travel, however, so in order to make it off the Rident you

must use the Rident to open a wormhole (something the shuttle is not equipped to do) and then fly the

shuttle into the wormhole. Although your shuttle is low on fuel, wormholes connect two points of great

distance in space. The wormhole will take you to the nearest space station (and the next episode).

Gaining Access To The Shuttle:

There's a shuttle on Level 2 in the bay which is your ticket off the Rident. The first thing you'll notice is the

shuttle's entrance is blocked against a window. On Level 1, among the missing passengers' items, you'll

find a suitcase containing a pair of explosives-the belongings of a would-be terrorist on board. Take these.

Returning to the shuttle observatory, place a bomb on the window. This will get you through the window.

Before entering the shuttle, access the panel next to it. You need to route the bay door control to the

shuttle. This system is locked out with an access code. You'll find this code in the next section.

Activating The Wormhole:

Wormdrive, the system that harnesses the power of a wormhole, has been taken off-line. First you must

activate the system. Wormdrive is locked out at the moment, due to the attack, so you must find the

code. This is found on the ship's computer in the flight room, which is also locked out. To gain access to

the ship's computer, you have to crash it. Go to Level 1 and access the panel opposite the elevator in the

hall. This is the environmental control for the ship. Find the code for the computer core (740) and using

the environmental controls, raise the temperature a bit. Eventually, you'll cause a fire in the computer core

and crash the system. Return to the flight deck level and access the ship's computer in the flight room.

You'll find the system has experienced a core dump. Reading through the muck you'll discover the code

for the wormdrive (2931). You'll also find the code for the shuttle bay door (5892). Make a note of it; you'll

need it later. Onto Engineering, you find the wormdrive system. Enter the code, and activate wormdrive.

Don't forget to re-route wormdrive control to the flight cabin (the system near the door on the way out). In

the flight room, access the panel opposite the ship's computer. This is a star map. Click on the nearest

object (other than the lifeboats) and your sym will record the coordinates. Go to the flight controls.

Access the Nav system. Next, access the wormdrive control. You've opened a wormhole. Access the

wormdrive control again to get the coordinates for the wormhole, so you'll know where to fly your shuttle.

Piloting The Shuttle:

You can now access the panel outside the shuttle using the second code you found in the stray core

data (5892). Route bay door control to the shuttle. Once inside the shuttle, you're ready to go. Access

navigation to register the coordinates, and hit the flight systems.

Episode 1: Things To Check Out:

Read the Senator's note in the passenger area.

Read the terrorists' journal.

Read the Weasel's journal (ITC undercover agent).

Try out the Fulscan scanner just outside the passenger area.

Read the shuttle pilot's note outside the shuttle bay.

Check on the computer core near the ladder on the lower level.

Link to the damage control system in the flight cabin.

Read through the flight recorder in the flight cabin.

Link to the propulsion status display in the engine room.

Episode 1: Database Entries:

Farlemite, Fellows, Fulscan, Gravity Unit, ITC, PDA, Plastex, Proctus, Spriet, Sym, Symbiont, Terrnop,

Terrorists, Wormdrive, Wormhole

Episode Two: Plasfo


Plasfo Space Buoy was the nearest outpost and the only place you can reach with your shuttle. Once

you explore the station, you'll learn that the vessels which attacked the Rident have just passed by. Your

task here is to fuel and arm your shuttle and to find out which way these ships went. To fuel your shuttle

you need to commit a minor fraud involving your credit computer. To get the vessel's coordinates, you

need to get to the station operator's booth.

Getting A Few Extra Credits Out Of Your Credit Computer:

With 100 rin., you'll learn from Rendel (the station's drone) that you need 105 rin. to fuel your shuttle. An

ancient station, Plasfo has some obsolete systems. An example of this is poorly shielded conduits on

Level 2. Your sym will remind you here that stepping too close to the conduits may cause your credit

computer to magnetize. To get an extra five credits, use your credit computer (found in your inventory)

with the conduits on Level 2. Some areas will actually deduct your credit total, so be careful. You're

aiming for the area just above the word "with" in the sentence "Use Credit Computer with what." Click five

times to increase total to 105.

Getting Into Rendel's Booth:

Rendel keeps a log of passing ships, but he's not volunteering his information. First, you need to get him

out of his booth. To do this, you must provide a distraction. Go up to the bathroom on Level 2. Attach the

other bomb you found in Episode 1 to the mirror. This will keep Rendel busy for awhile. Rendel, a

suspicious sort, has locked his booth. Before returning to Level 1, stop by the bridge. On the side on the

right of the stairs, you'll find a section of loose piping. Take this. Back at Rendel's booth, use the pipe to

break the lock. Inside the booth, read the log. Your sym will record the coordinates of the "dog ships."

From here, return to your shuttle and move on.

Episode 2: Things To Check Out:

Read Rendel's journal (on the table outside the booth).

Try to spot the Majestic passing by.

Chat with Rendel.

Annoy Rendel by: Trying to enter his booth, placing your explosive on his window and turning off the

station power from the conduits upstairs).

Blow yourself out the window with the explosive (in the little room with the window upstairs).

Read the fliers in the bathroom.

Episode 2: Database Entries:

Conduits, Dog Ships, Drone, Majestic, Plasfo

Episode 3: Carswell Colony


Apparently, the next place the dog ships hit was Carswell Colony, an uncharted colony of "rebels" from

the ITC. Your task here is to find out what happened to the colonists and to try to connect this mystery

with the missing passengers on the Rident. Unlike the Rident, there is one living survivor left on Carswell

(other than you). You can communicate with him via a monitor in the hall on Level 3. He'll need you to get

him out of the control room. To free him, you'll have to get the elevator on-line, but you can't get to the

utility room without figuring out a way past a barricade. Once you've "freed" the colonist, you'll have to

track down those pesky dog ships again.

The Barricade:

One of the colonists has locked out a room on Level 3 by disabling the conduits which control the doors

to the room. One of these doors is found in the bathroom. Here, you'll notice a section of conduit has

actually been removed, cutting off power to the door. Take the tool the colonist used to slice up the panel.

Go downstairs to the kitchen. Here, you'll have your first glimpse of an attack drone, left behind. He leaves

you alone. Apparently, he's been programmed to ignore you. Inside the kitchen, you'll find more conduits.

Using the tool, cut a piece out. Say Hi to the cat! Back up stairs, use your new piece of conduit with the

bathroom door's conduit. You can now enter the locked-out room.

Getting The Elevator On-Line:

The guy on the monitor in the hall on Level 3 tells you to get the elevator on line. He may be able to

answer some questions so you need to help him out. The utility room which controls station operations is

accessed via the vents in the room you just opened. Explore the vents until you find the utility room. You'll

also find a camera in the vents. Take this; you'll need it later. Inside the utility room (there's that annoying

drone again), link to the controls. You'll notice the elevator has no power going to it. Route the source

power from SL to the destination power for EV. The elevator is now on-line. Don't forget to talk to the guy

in the hall again before going downstairs. He'll need to take the locks off the elevator.

Finding The Next Destination Of The Dog Ships:

In the control room, you'll find the attack drone got to the colonist before you. Link to his sym to find out

some useful information. Now you need to track down the dog ships. Link the camera you found in the

vents to the computer in the control room. The camera has weeks of footage, and somewhere on it there's

some shots of the attacking dog ships. You don't have weeks to wait around, so you'll need to find the

exact time the dog ships attacked. To find the time of attack, go to Carswell's room. Ignoring the colony

leader's corpse, read the speech he was dictating. The attack struck while he was recording the speech

and at the top of the PDA is the time the speech was logged (2034.12.1). Back in the control room, link

the camera to the computer again. Jump to the counter entry matching the time on Carswell's PDA. From

the footage of the dog ships, your sym can calculate the vessels' trajectory. Apparently, their next target

is SYNSYM-the corporation which designed your sym implant. Return to your shuttle and take off.

Episode 3: Things To Check Out:

Read the residents list in the lobby.

Transfer some funds from the lost credit computer (main hall) to your account.

Read the news-wire link on the PDA in the main hall.

Link to the bulletin board at the end of the hallway upstairs.

Play with the Majestic model in Carswell's room.

Find Jack Reynolds' note to Carswell.

Pick up the noose in the sleeping quarters.

Link to the downed drone in the mess hall.

Visit the cat in the kitchen.

Jump down the elevator shaft a few times.


Carswell, CON22, Mittener, Padley

Episode 4: Synsym


This branch of SYNSYM, the original office, has long since closed, but for some reason the dog ships

were heading this way. First you need to get inside the building. To do this, you'll have to use the delivery

entrance. Once inside, the various office memos left by the partners, Reynolds, Lowery and Debrise, will

shed some light on the inner workings of the SYNSYM corporation. Someone also left you a hologram

message here, indicating you have an ally in all this. His identity will be revealed later. As you explore,

you discover Reynolds' log book is missing. Finding it will lead you to a hidden laboratory-a discovery

Reynolds made herself a few days before her "accidental" death. When you try to leave SYNSYM after

completing all this, you'll find the dog ships waiting for you.

Getting In:

The front door is locked, so begin by hopping over the wall on the right. Around the back of the building

you'll find another door to which cargo was once delivered. Search the cargo crates on the side of the

building. On top of one, you'll find an old clipboard once used to inventory cargo shipments. The delivery

computer which controls this door works on a basic principle: a shipment clipboard like the one you just

picked up tells the computer what cargo is being delivered (its description and weight) and a scale by the

door weighs the cargo to confirm the inventory listed on the clipboard. You need to pose as cargo.

Examine the clipboard in your inventory. You can select items on the list which together add up to various

weights. The magic weight you're looking for is the player's weight.-To find the player's weight, bring up

the STATUS screen. It appears you weigh 2.7 Pelists. Returning to the clipboard, select the items which

weigh 1.9 P, 0.6 P and 0.2 P. Together they weigh 2.7 P. Use the clipboard with the delivery computer

and step on the scale. You're in.

Memos And Finding Sandra's Missing Log:

Jacques Debrise and Christian Lowery both kept logs of their office memos. Sandra Reynolds, the late

CEO, has no log book, however. In Lowery's office, you'll find an "antique" computer in the corner which

Reynolds gave him. On the computer screen, Sandy typed a hurried note instructing Lowery to "check

out the Coleridge." In Reynolds' office, you'll discover she was something of an art collector, with a

particular focus on the artist Jolfoar. One painting behind her desk is especially interesting because your

sym will tell you that Jolfoar based the painting on the poem "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

On her desk, you'll find a button to release this painting, revealing a hidden safe. The password for the

safe has to do with her message and the nature of the painting hiding it. Both your sym's database and

Lowery's memos will remind the player that the poem "Kubla Khan" was about a magic place called

Xanadu. Enter "Xanadu" to open the safe.

Finding The Hidden Lab:

The log in Reynolds' safe speaks of a hidden lab she found one night, a laboratory she knew nothing

about. Repeat what she does in the log entry. First, go to the laboratory on the bottom level. Inside the

lab, there are some more work drones. Activate them with the computer behind them. You'll notice one

drone is down and appears to function on a different subroutine. You're going to need a routine disk for the

separate drone in the lab. You'll find one in the trash can in Debrise's office. Use the routine disk with the

dormant drone in the lab. A schematic will come up. Repeating the procedure outlined by Reynolds in her

log, connect E1 to A7, E2 to A2 and E9 to A5. This will activate the drone, who will open a hidden door in

the back of the lab. This reveals yet another keypad. To figure out this password, you'll have to remember

all signs are pointing to Debrise. The disk for the drone was in his office, and in her log Reynolds hinted

that Debrise knew about this secret lab. By reading through Debrise's memos in his office and Lowery's

logs, you'll learn that Debrise's favorite term was "monumental." Enter "monumental" to open the door to

the secret lab. Inside the lab, you'll find some curious and frightening equipment, including a bed with

hand restraints. Here, your sym malfunctions and appears to have "flashbacks" of some sort, presenting

you with some strange images that neither of you can explain. These flashbacks allow your sym to lead

you to a PDA, hidden in a nearby table. The PDA, a note from Debrise to an unknown person, refers to

"experiments" and "a secret base." From the PDA you get the coordinates for the secret facility.

Taking Out The Dog Ships:

Curious about the secret base mentioned in the note, you return to your shuttle to take off. Unfortunately,

the dog ships show up. You can't outrun the dog ships, so you'll have to stand and fight. Access your

weapons system. Firing on the dog ships produces no effect. Their armor is too strong. You'll notice

SYNSYM's power generator is in view, however. Fire on it. The chain reaction will take the dog ships

down. On your way, you hear a voice communication from the mystery ally who left you the holograms.

He's going to meet you at the facility-the final episode.

Episode 4: Things To Check Out:

Try going through re-packaging.

Read the corporate bulletin board and various messages on the lower level.

Read Sandra Reynolds' note to her husband Jack.

Episode 4: Database Entries:

Autofacture, Debrise, Ecalp-Tew, Jolfoar, Klosfor, Kubla Khan, Lowery, NOCR, Reynolds, SYNSYM

Episode 5: The Facility


Crash landing on the planet, you'll find an entrance to the facility. First you need to get inside, with a little

help from your sym. After bypassing a series of security drones you'll find kept here, you'll learn

SYNSYM's secret. With no where to go but onward, you have to bypass a PhysioScanner. At this point,

you meet up with your ally from Episode 4. Together, you and he will destroy the facility. Before doing

that, your sym will insist on having some questions answered, which leads to a confrontation with Debrise

face to face. Finally, you have to destroy the base.

Getting Inside:

Getting inside is relatively easy. Linking to the elevator controls, your sym will make some suggestions of

possible security codes. Although it might not seem so at first, your sym does have the right code.

Bypassing First Drone:

Once inside, you'll find a security drone (like the one left behind in Episode 3) is blocking your progress.

First, you need a blunt object. You'll find a section of loose piping in the utility closet. Take this. You can't

attack the drone just yet. You need to distract him. To do this, videotape him. After you make your movie,

use the camera with the panel near the video monitor in the hall. This will upload the movie and play the

footage you recorded. The drone, noticing the image, will fly toward the monitor. Quite taken with his

likeness, he'll keep his back to you as he watches the movie. Sneak up behind the drone and hit him with

the pipe.

Bypassing Second Drone:

Remembering that the drones run on a network, link to the downed drone in the hall. Apparently, there is

another drone waiting for you in the next room. You'll notice this new drone's batteries are low. Instruct

him to recharge. You're now free to enter the room on the left. A panel in the back, a doorway for the

security drones, will lead you to the drone recharging center.

Bypassing The Third Drone:

Stepping out into the hall off the recharging center, you find yet another drone waiting for you, and they

seem to be getting meaner and meaner. To take it out, you'll need to fight fire with fire. Link to the drone

you sent to recharge. From the local menu, you can select a target.

Don't select the target on the left-that's you. Select the target on the right, and you'll get the drone's

perspective as it flies off and shoots down the last drone. You're now free to explore.

Learning Synsym's Secret:

The most important information to find on this level is Professor Miller's log, found in the first room on the

left. From this log, you'll learn the fact that sym implants, like yours, are actually copies of another human

being's brain, and that in order to create a sym implant the person's life is taken. Also on this level, you'll

find one of the passengers from the Rident, Senator Fellows, who appears to have been prepped for a

sym implant.

Tricking Physioscanner:

At the end of the hall, there is a door locked off by something called a PhysioScanner. A PhysioScanner

scans your genetic profile to determine if you have access. Your sym reminds you that if you had a

record of some DNA of a person who did have access, the sym could trick the scanner. In one of the

rooms, you'll find a DNA sampler and a computer to identify DNA. Currently, a sample of Senator Fellows'

DNA is on the sampler. You need to find a sample of DNA of someone who has access to the rest of

facility, however. In another lab, you'll find a coffee cup. Scan the coffee cup with the DNA sampler.

Return to the lab with the DNA computer and upload the sample. Apparently, the beverage belonged to

Norma Miller, the missing professor and mastermind of sym technology. Back out in the hall, try the

PhysioScanner again. By tricking the computer into thinking you're the professor, you can now pass.

Getting Off The Dog Ship And Finding Some Answers:

After another nasty spill, you black out and have another flashback. Awaking, you find yourself inside one

of the dog ships. The voice of your ally from Episode 4 tells you you're safe, however. Apparently a busy

man, your ally left a PDA in your inventory explaining himself. Reading the PDA, you learn that your ally

is none other than Christian Lowery, Reynolds' other partner. Suspicious of Debrise's activities, Lowery

found out the truth about sym technology, too. His plan is to destroy the base. He won't admit it, but he

needs your help. After you leave his ship, you can explore a wormhole room and the reactor room. From

there, you can take another elevator (by entering the code Lowery gave you on the PDA, "conscience").

The only room you can get to via the elevator at this point is a room that contains a database of all those

victims who died to become a sym. Once inside this room, your sym will not let you back out the door

until you look up its identity. Check your status screen again to get your sym's ID number (SYM001103).

Enter it into the computer. Ironically, your sym was once Sandra Reynolds, the CEO of SYNSYM, whose

death was anything but accidental. Once she found out Debrise's secret, he had her eliminated. No

wonder Lowery, Sandra's long time friend, wanted to keep your sym implant safe.

Taking Debrise Down:

Now you can go to the observatory room. On your way in, you're nearly shot by Debrise who sneaks up

behind you. Hiding behind his desk, Debrise taunts you. Your only exit is over the railing behind you. It's

quite a fall, but luckily the gravity is low because the room serves as a shuttle bay. Having made your

escape, you return to the passage way, but find there's no where to run. Returning to the wormhole room,

you'll find Debrise waiting for you. You can't run, but you'll notice a control panel across the room. Thanks

to the ingenuity of sym technology you can link to computers over a great distance. Link to the panel and

turn on the gravity in the room using the code your sym gives you. That takes care of Debrise.

Leveling The Base:

To destroy the base, you'll need to sabotage the wormdrive. Like the Rident, this facility can harness a

wormhole, the only difference being that the facility can open a wormhole within the base, inside the room

where you smashed Debrise. There's a wormhole beacon in the wormhole room. You need to move it.

Return to the observatory room and access the panel on the desk. Release the beacon. Go back to the

wormhole room. Pick up the beacon, and take it to the reactor room across the hall. Place the beacon on

the reactor. Back in the observatory room, activate the wormdrive. Opening a wormhole in an improper

place will cause a reactor meltdown. Lowery's dog ship will show up and take you out of there in the nick

of time.

You've completed SYN-FACTOR, prepare to watch a useless ending. Games with bad endings piss me off!

Episode 5 Things To Check Out:

Get yourself shot at by the drones.

Active Jacques Debrise's hologram.

Examine the Drones' task list.


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