The trophy that almost escaped
Have you ever had that final trophy or achievement, just at your fingertips, before you finished? One last goal to complete before you can erase a game from your hard drive without any weird remorse?
I have. I had many. Here's a recent example that might save some headaches.
The last self-inflicted thorn in my side was a trophy called all you can eat – the final trophy I needed to unlock platinum in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, an intriguing and twisty survival game about the evolution of proto-humans. I had no intention of winning all the trophies – some of them are way too grumpy – but after finishing my exam and taking a (much needed) break, I couldn't resist.
That's what I did during the quiet winter holidays. I spent an unreasonable amount of time raising human-like monkeys, feeding them mushrooms, eggs, fish and meat until they got sick, and forcing their young to watch and learn so they can grow up and pass on these essential skills to their parents.
To become an omnivore in the Ancestors, you cannot just endlessly eat all types of food. You need to get sick – enough to have an upset stomach – then actively recover, most easily by drinking plenty of water. Do this enough times (and lock in some crucial genetic mutations), and you'll fully assimilate.
If I had known this treat was coming in, I would have saved so much time. I wouldn't have cut up dozens of snakes and saber-toothed cats and god knows what else just to keep the midnight meat train going.
There's no shortage of guides, tips, and how-tos these days, except sometimes.
This turned out to be one of those cases where even a deep dive into the subreddit couldn't get me there. I had to start a custom endgame bloodline and strategically kill my great apes to keep the clan from making too much evolutionary progress while chasing that Dang trophy.
Was it worth it? Well yes. Most.
When there's only one trophy left to get, you're going to think of all the excuses in the world to keep destroying it, no matter how stupid the task. Outraged. I've done much worse.
Ancestors is a weird game for weird people, and I love it, but I doubt many of you would be able to relate directly to that specific trophy in this game that isn't exactly mainstream. Still – I'm sure you've all gone to great lengths before spending more time in a video game than you weren't yet ready to give up.
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