Rama Math Help

These pages are to help people having problems with the alien number machines in the Sierra game Rama.

This page does not have the answers to the problems, it is to help you solve them. If you are using windows 95 there are instructions on how to use the calculator to do the math at the bottom of this page. Rama is to good a game to give up on because of the counting and math machines, that's why I made these pages.

The Sierra message boards for questions about Rama are:

http://www.sierra.com/messages/mystery/

http://www.sierra.com/messages/adventure/

Think of the different number systems like they are different languages, not all languages use 26 letters like English, some have more, some (like Chinese) use symbols to represent whole words or phrases. Unlike languages, different number systems all use the same math rules. I've included examples of normal base 10 counting and math below so you can compare them to the examples in the base 8 and base 16 sections.

If you're still looking for what the symbols and colors on the machines mean, examine all 3 displays on the other side of each room. You may have to adjust your monitor to tell the last few colors apart in the octospider area.

First let's review how our normal (base 10) number system works:

Now let's look at base 8, the number system used by the Octospiders.

Now for base 16, the number system used by the avians.

How to use the Windows 95 calculator to solve the Rama math problems:




If you spot an error or have a suggestion please Email me.

Marty Schultz (schultz@science.widener.edu)(http://science.widener.edu/~schultz)

Widener Science Division Home Page.