Shadow puzzles revolve around putting an item on a plinth in-between a projector and a painting to cast the correctly shaped shadow onto the painting to open up a secret nearby. Upon interacting with one, the player can select an item to use to cast a shadow, rotate it, and confirm to attempt to solve the puzzle.
There are four unique ones in the main game and one in the Bedroom minigame. The puzzles will only be solved if the correct item is being used and if the shadow is within the general area of where it can be fitted.
The Shadow puzzles will not activate under any circumstance in where any enemy is roaming around and actively chasing the player. It is required to defeat any and all enemies before attempting one.
Sky Hunter painting
Location: Main House 1F/Main Hall
The Sky Hunter painting, which resembles an eagle or hawk and its prey, is situated within the Main Hall of the house, and requires the Wooden Statuette. It is a simple painting of an eagle swooping down on its prey. It is require to solve on Easy and Normal but in Madhouse, it is an optional puzzle if the player can find enough Antique Coins to purchase the Scorpion Key within the main hall. Once solved, it will reveal a tight space that leads to the Drawing Room.
Venomous Predator painting
Location: Old House 1F/Gallery
The Venomous Predator painting, which resembles a long-legged spider, is situated within the Old House Gallery. During the main game the the Stone Statuette is needed to solve it to progress towards a bug-filled tight space that leads to both the upstairs floor and a crawl space to finding the Crank. During the "Mia" video tape it doesn't require an item to be selected and is required to solve to progress. The painting itself displays an image of a spider.
Location: Main House Attic
The Judgment painting is situated within the attic above the Kid's Room and does not require an item be set in it before use. The painting displays a group of people watching as a man brings an axe back, prepared to decapitate a kneeling woman. Once solved, the dollhouse next to it will reveal the Keycard (Blue) that is needed to progress in the game.
The "7" puzzle, is situated outside of the main house, and is very easy to miss since it is actually hidden from the player. To find it, it is recommended that the player go near the entrance where you insert the Keycards, turn left and head towards a patch of bushes, and eventually the player will find the board there and ready to be used. The Toy Axe is required for this puzzle, and needs to be fitted exactly to the size and shape of the "7". Once solved, a chest will open to reveal a Stabilizer. This puzzle is completely optional on any difficulty.
Medusa and the Serpent painting
The painting in the Bedroom DLC, known as Medusa and the Serpent, requires two items instead of one; the Iron Statuette and the Fork. It is located in the Storage room, and once solved, it will open up a cage that allows access to the Snake Key, which is integral to escape the Bedroom.
- While the player cannot see it at all, when they activate the Shadow Puzzles, the player is sent into a specific replica of the room that is actually far below the house . This was done to prevent the player from being attacked by enemies as they were doing the puzzles.
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