Submachine 5: The Root Walkthrough

Submachine 5: The Root (Walkthrough So Far)
Well there goes any hope of sleeping tonight!

Looking for the location of the secrets? Click here.


The Lab – 001
1. Click on the wheels to begin the game.
2. Pick up the NOTEPAD.
3. Go left.
4. Click the two handles and then click on the hatch to open.
5. Descend into the hatch.
6. Descend the ladder. (Note the number on the wall… 38C… I wish!)
7. Go left.
8. Press the power button on the computer.
9. Read about the wisdom gem and the coordinates for the root (552) and the machine (747).
10. Go right twice.
11. Press the button to open the door to the portal.
12. Enter the portal.
13. Go right and open the hatch.
14. Descend the hatch.
15. Descend the ladder
16. Go right.
17. Enter the coordinates for the root (552).


The Root – 552
1. Click behind the portal to climb down the cliff.
2. Descend the cliff.
3. Go right.
4. Pick up SECRET 1.
5. Climb back up the cliff to the portal.
6. Go right until you get to the cave.
7. Enter the cave.
8. Go right.
9. Pick up the LEAD CASING.
10. Click on the two clamps on the broken electrical plug. (click here for picture)
11. Click on the electrical plug to release it.
12. Click on the panel on the wall.
13. Click on the electrical plug to connect the power.
14. Go to the right.
15. Descend the ladder.
16. Go to the right three times.
17. Ascend the ladder.
18. Go left twice and enter the observation room.
19. Pick up the WRENCH.
20. Exit the observation room and go right twice.
21. Descend the ladder.
22. Go left and descend the ladder.
23. Go right and use the wrench to remove the bolts on the wall panel.
24. Take the RUSTY KEY.
25. Go back up to the room beside the observation room.
26. Unlock the panel and take the CIPHER PLATE 1.
27. Go right, down, left, left.
28. Put the cipher plate in the second (right) slot in the wall panel that has a button on it. (click here for picture)
29. Click the button on the wall panel (I’m going to call it a cipher panel from now on).

NOTE: at any time, press the button on an empty cipher panel (0,0) to return to The Root.


New Area – (0,1)
1. Descend the ladder.
2. Go left and pick up CIPHER PLATE 2.
3. Go right.
4. Descend the ladder(s) all the way to the bottom.
5. Click on the back wall to go left.
6. Move the metal panel that is lying on the back wall.
7. Use the wrench to remove the bolts.
8. Take SECRET 2.
9. Go right twice.
10. Look at the charger – you’ll need to remember where it is later.
11. Return to the cipher panel.
12. Put the cipher plate 2 in the first slot (left) on the cipher panel.
13. Press the button.


New Area – (2,0)
1. There are three pipes and a brick-covered doorway.
2. Go down each pipe and turn up the air.
3. Pick up the EMPTY COIL in the second (middle) pipe.
4. Take the coil to the charger in (0,1).
5. Turn the wheel three times to charge the coil.
6. Take the charged coil to (0,0).
7. Go right twice and stick the coil in the outlet.
8. Go back to the cipher panel and return to (2,0).
9. Go to the left twice and push the button on the wall panel.
10. Pick up SECRET 3.
11. Go back to the cipher panel and put the cipher plate 2 in the second (right) slot.
12. Press the button.


New Area – (0,2)
1. Go to the far left and turn the wheel.
2. Pick up SECRET 4.
3. Go back to (2,0). Wow! The brick-covered doorway is in smithereens!
4. Enter the doorway.
5. Take the WISDOM GEM 2.
6. Go left and up the stairs.
7. Take SECRET 5 from the chair.


New Area – (1,2)
1. A bit of a maze here – not sure what I’m supposed to do.
2. The wheels turn the arms on the three circles on the wall in the box room.
2. Each wheel corresponds to a different arm.
3. Use the wheels to line up the arms with the little claws.
4. Pick up the METAL BOX.
5. Look carefully at the lights on the wall. One of them doesn’t have a cage.
6. Pick up the LIGHT BULB.


New Area – (1,0)
1. What’s this? A bathtub of citric acid?
2. Put the metal box in the acid.
3. Pretty bubbles.
4. Uh oh. Now how do I get my wisdom gem?
5. Maybe I can figure out how to use the wrench to drain the tub.
6. Pick up the WIDSOM GEM 1.
6. Let’s go get that coil and put it in the outlet I saw on the way here.
7. Go to (0,0) and pick up coil.
8. Put the coil in the outlet in (1,0).


9. Go to (0,2) and read the symbols from the round displays on the walls.


New Area – (2,1)
1. Go up the ladder.
2. Use the buttons to move the grate.
3. Screw in the light bulb.
4. Enter the tunnel (left).
5. Go left.
6. Use the code from (0,2).
7. Press the circular button at the bottom.
8. Go down the ladder.
9. Use the lead casing to lift each block under the statue.
10. Go down into the hole.
11. Pick up the WISDOM GEM 3.
12. Go back to (0,0) and return to the portal.
13. Go to The Machine (747).


The Machine – 747
1. Put the WISDOM GEMS in the machine.
2. Pull the lever.
3. Off you go!


47 Responses to Submachine 5: The Root Walkthrough

  1. pachuco says:

    need moar! o_O

    stumbled upon your blog… interesting stuff here =)

  2. Rachel says:

    Light bulb is in area 1,2. look for a light without a covering on the wall. Hope you don’t mind me giving you hints.

  3. hfilby says:

    Awesome! Thanks Rachel.

  4. rocklobsta says:

    Can’t wait til Submachine 6!! xD

  5. nick says:

    im on 0,2 right now and im not seeing any symbols on the wall…….plz help

  6. jessica says:

    where is secret 4

  7. Geeezes says:

    hfilby, I followed your steps its just that when you say CHECK OUT CHARGER what does that mean?

  8. Crystal says:

    Wow, awesome walkthrough, much easier then the other ones I tried.

  9. ESDRTFGH says:


  10. Marlene says:


    São Paulo-SP

  11. hfilby says:

    I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to post your comments: I haven’t had internet at home since I’ve moved (the anguish!).

    Geeezes – “Check out the charger” just means look at the charger and remember where it is because you’ll need it later. You’re absolutely right – I should change that to make it more clear.

    nick – the picture would give you a better idea of where the symbols are. I’ll see if I can get the thumbnails to link to the full-size pictures instead of back to the post again.

  12. katya says:

    where’s secret 4???

  13. pete says:

    “New area 2.0 go to the far left and turn the wheel”. OK, but it does not do anything, no secret 4 nor nothing. Wondering what have I done wrong :) ?

  14. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation :) Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Accoutrements.

  15. Jack says:

    It Was Very Useful Please Do One For Submachine 6 When It Comes Out!!!

  16. Schwarz says:

    I turned the wheel and nothing happens – no Secrets nor smithereens

    can you help me?
    (coil in (0,0) already)

  17. Anonymous says:

    when i finish i pushed the main menu button and i dont know how to get back to the secret location

  18. Anonymous says:

    hey how do you get the metal box i can’t seem to get it :/

  19. nash says:

    secret 4 is behind the pipe with the wheel on it that u turn….just click on the left hand side of it til screen changes to show you behind the pipe and secret 4 is there….just figured it out lol

  20. Micah says:

    9.use lead casing to lift each block under the statue. WHAT STATUE?!?!?!!! WHERE?!?!?!!!! WITCH BLOCKS?!?!?!?!!!!

  21. Micah says:

    Schwarz, go to the far left of area 2,0. the brick wall is smashed.

  22. escape4x49999 says:

    hey, where symbols

  23. Micah says:

    Schwarz,if my last comment did’nt work,than go into each pipe and turn up the air.Than,turn the wheel again.

  24. nmb says:

    the code is right 1 down, center and left are each 1 up from bottem

  25. Jean Caldwell says:

    i could not get the secret 4 either…
    and this game is WAAAY too long, lol!
    it took me like 4 hours WITH the walkthrough :P

  26. Deidre says:

    Where do i screw in the light bulb in room 2,1 ? help?

  27. Malin says:

    I have played submachine whole night now (wow servers down as usual) and i love it and the walktroughs are helpful and i dont use them until im really stuck so its fun but what are u supose to doing at acid bathtube.. O.o totally lost..

  28. Malin says:

    nvm found that u could get another angle of the bathtub.. ^^

  29. Hey Great walkthrough.
    People if you get stuck with turning the wheel on the charger, there is a smaill handle on the wheel, its mot very visible because its naer the shadowy floor

  30. Micah says:

    Deidre, go right from the transporter. Than, go up and left. Click the bottom(/middle) button. go right twice. Do the same. Go left, down, right, (possibly right again), and down. then put the light bulb in the holder.

  31. omally says:

    i finished it you go to your demise you go into a machine and float off into nowhere then you go to get a prize and your in this room theres little glass windows you click on them theres the room where the tansporter plates where and the computer and i clicked a button and went back to main menu it was wierd

  32. RaiulBaztepo says:

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  33. PiterKokoniz says:

    Hi ! ^_^
    I am Piter Kokoniz. oOnly want to tell, that I like your blog very much!
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
    Sorry for my bad english:)
    Thank you:)
    Your Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia

    • hfilby says:

      Thanks Piter – I’m glad you like the blog. It’s just a hobby – I’ll add more walkthroughs when I get a chance.

  34. Kyu says:

    On (0,1)I’m unable to find CIPHER 2. Gone down the stairs and gone right, in the room with the chair and the orange cylinder with the symbol on it. And apparently I’m supposed to go down- I don’t see any stairs.

    Please help :C

  35. Adrik says:

    Hey thanks for the gr8 walkthrough. It was a good game and easy to follow. Peace yo

  36. Jitendra says:

    how can lineup the wheels in area 1,2 in Submachine 5

  37. duh ..... not telling.... says:

    hey coould u do a Submachine 6 walkthrough? yeah its already oout

  38. yeish says:

    i didn’t see the secret 4 where is it..

  39. Gill-E says:

    Thank you very much for your walkthroughs, they are very helpful.
    Regards from New Zealand :-)

  40. Grace says:

    i love this game! XD

  41. Grace says:

    Hey i didn’t actually play all the game cause i got freaked out when i was at 0,2 because when i took the ciber plates out it made a loud wired noise so i turned it off :/ im so embarrassed :(

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