Without spoilers, it’s fair to say that it’s a game of discovery, but here’s how to discover without getting too frustrated.
Before to Getting Started
They recommend playing this game with a controller. This can get a little frustrating, but stick with it, it falls into place.
- For fast fast forwarding and rewinding, however, you’ll get better control with your arrow keys on your keyboard – tap forward twice to speed up a playback, for example, or back twice to go backwards at double speed. The controller is not always consistent.
- “Image mode”, where you select the hotspot to click on for your match cuts, appears to be a bit of a mystery at first. It’s not. Here’s a tip – the majority of the match cuts appear to be by shot/object category, e.g. “Chair.” If you click on a chair, it’ll take you to another shot of a “randomly assigned” chair (I suspect that they are not that random.)
- In image mode, if you hit lt, you can pick a picture icon (top left corner of screen). This will give little subtitles to each found shot where it tells you what the category was for the hotspot selected shots. Very handy.
- The tip that I would have killed to know earlier: in “image mode”, when the film is frozen and you’re trying to find hotspots to click on, if you use the left and right arrows on your 4 way controller, it will jump between the available hotspots. This very greatly speeds up selection. Like, a lot. I found this at hour 10 of my playthrough and it made me grumpy that I hadn’t seen it earlier.
- Turn your sound up. Listen for unusual sound cues during scenes. Use the tools at your disposal to explore when you hear them. Yes, I am being deliberately vague.
- Using Shift + Arrows, or gentle mouse drags, you can actually switch to the secret scenes, and not see them overlapped with the main ones.
- If you use the left and right arrows on your 4 way controller, it will jump between the available hotspots.