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I have encountered two kinds of pillars in the game: I've solved the vibrating type, but I'm having trouble solving the white or purple pillars (that have floating dots in their hollowed tops).

How do I solve these pillar puzzles?

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Can you be more specific? Nondescript isn't very...descriptive. Is it white or is it purple? Where are you, exactly? – user3389 Apr 14 '12 at 6:16
They're in several places throughout the game—flat, rectangular pillars maybe two or three blocks high with a floating dot in the middle. Those who have played the game will understand from these details. – Wolf Apr 14 '12 at 6:49
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Upon completing the game, you'll unlock New Game+, which transfers your stats and adds first-person view after the intro.

Near a purple or white pillar, go into first-person view and look for a string of white tetrominos (Tetris blocks). They can be converted to buttons with the tetromino cipher.

If the white string is vertical, read it with your head tilted to the right. Then convert the tetrominos and punch them in. The sequence should be about eight units long, and unique for each game. An anticube will appear above the pillar.

Lighthouse pillar and tetromino string Lighthouse pillar tetromino string Lighthouse pillar anticube Forest pillar and tetromino string

Here are the codes, if you're lazy:

  • Lighthouse purple pillar: ↑ LT RT ↑ LT ↑ RT ↑
  • Forest white pillar (first): → RT ← LT ← ↑ ↓ A
  • Forest purple pillar (second): LT A RT ↑ ↓ LT RT A
  • Forest white pillar (third, near temple warp zone): ← ← ↓ ↓ → → ↑ ↑

The U-shaped tuning fork pillars work differently.

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Thank you so much, very helpful ! How did you find this ? – Kami Apr 15 '12 at 0:08
Lots of looking around – Wolf Apr 15 '12 at 0:46

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