Stray safe codes

Stray Safe Codes: Slums & Midtown

Stray is the newest video-game sensation developed by BlueTwelve Studio and Published by Annapuma Interactive. Released in 2022 for the Playstation 4, Playstation 5 and Windows, it follows the journey of a stray cat.

This cat falls into a dystopian futuristic cyberpunk city filled with robots, machines and viruses, and the cat’s efforts to find its way back to its family. There are many puzzle items in the game, among which are the safes which require special Stray safe codes to open.

Slums Safe Code

Once the player meets and joins forces with the B12 robot and reaches the slums, they must speak to the Guardian. After speaking to the Guardian, they must go past the garage of meditating robots and take the stairwell on the left. Go past the magician named Morusque into an alleyway. This alleyway is found to the left of a gate that blocks the entrance to the sewers.

In the alleyway, they will find a mysterious safe that is positioned near Morusque. On the safe is attached a little note, but the robots in the city are of little help in deciphering it.

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The cryptic note on the safe, courtesy PC Gamer

The note says “Follow the numbers” along with some binary numbers, but the player is unable to decipher them. As such, the player is told to “find a real geek” that is capable of understanding the code, since it is apparently extremely old.

This-so called geek can only be found inside the building called Elliot Programming. To find this building, the player must translate the signs around the Slums that will point towards this direction. 

After reaching the building, go to the door with binary markings on it. The player will be prompted to do a “stray scratch” action, which is the cat’s way of knocking. After doing so, the door opens and the player can enter. Journey up the stairs to the second floor, and it is here that the player will meet Elliot.

Show Elliot the “Safe’s Mysterious Password” item, which he will take and get to work deciphering. The result of the deciphering gives the word “DUFFER BAR”. This Duffer bar is thankfully nearby.

Head outside of the building and find a building with red neon signs; this is the bar that the player is supposed to go to. Inside the building is a glowing DUFFER BAR sign, which the player can interact with. Interacting with it will cause it to fall off of the wall, giving the player the code to the safe. This code is 1283.

Now the player can easily unlock the safe. To unlock the safe, simply enter the password 1283, which will open it and reveal one of 8 different music sheets. This sheet can be given to Morusque, who will perform a beautiful song for the player. Moreover, the player is now a step closer to collecting all the badges in the game, as well as gaining a Music pin.

Midtown Safe

The Midtown safe can be opened fairly easily. Once the player enters the Midtown, they should follow the main road into the main city, walking away from the subway and the elevator.  Eventually, they will reach an area where they will see an angry robot near a store. They must enter the store by jumping up off of the counter and through a hole.

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The code for the safe

Once inside, the player will find a note that their companion robot, B12, must translate. Once translated, the code is revealed to be 8542.  The player can then unlock the safe.