For achievement hunters, this game is torture 2022-04-28 12:21:00


The moment The Stanley Parable opens, while Stanley is sitting in front of his computer, waiting for instructions.

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2013 PC indie darling Stanley proverb Her revised, multi-platform and expanded chest Ultra Deluxe Yesterday, which in itself is a remarkably strange act. This version of the game, which can also be considered a sequel given how much is new, is the Möbius strip of meta within meta, which is as happy trolling its player as anything else. And this time it extends to her accomplishments. One of them requires that the person not play Stanley proverb: Ultra Deluxe for a decade. We spoke to one of the game’s developers for answers.

Stanley proverb It was, once again, a game built from the ground up around the concept of confusing its player. Always a few steps ahead of you, no matter how they try to trick you, developers William Pugh and Davey Wreden play with you like malevolent scientists pestering mice in a maze. So it’s only fitting that in this re-imagined version a decade later, there are accomplishments to the dismay of its new audience on consoles.

The game has the same 11 achievements across all platforms, be it PC, Xbox or PlayStation, and some of them are rather simple. There is one to start the game! Another to quit and play again. And one for setting all the sliders in the settings screen to every available number.

Then things start to get weirder. Players are rewarded for clicking on door 430 a total of five times, plus another for not jumping. Well, they tried and failed to jump, because they removed jumping from the game as a possibility. There’s also a quick feat there, to finish the game in under four minutes and 22 seconds. Apparently 4.1 percent of Steam players have already succeeded.

Stanley's Tale: The Achievements of Ultra Deluxe Steamers

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Another level of weirdness is the achievement named “8888888888888888”, with the description, “888888888888888888888888888888888888888888”. Thanks, William and Davey, thanks. Add to this, “Achievement Test Please Ignore,” described as “Achievement Test Description! Replace This!” and my personal favorite, “Commitment” that requires players to, “Play Stanley’s Tale for the duration of Tuesday.”

Then the last, and certainly the least, is “Super Go Outside”. This is where there is the most contention, an achievement that requires players not to play Stanley proverb for ten years.

What a cool elf for achievement hunters, lovable but weird people who put more importance on having a jpeg appear in the corner of your screen rather than enjoying the game you are playing. And console players are getting more and more interested in this, because some people have already scrapped the Trophy in some way. 1.5% of the very large audience on Steam have this in their collection, compared to 0.1% of the hardest-working players who actually played it mysteriously throughout the entire Tuesday. (Released Thursday.) Oh, and on top of that there is an achievement to get all the other achievements.

We found co-developer William Poe, hung it on the wall, and demanded answers. Why does he do this to people?

Pugh said, “Patience is a skill that must be learned and honed like anything else required” to achieve “something.” Kotakubetween breaths. So we asked what he hoped they would learn through the process?

How do you wait, and be comfortable waiting. How do you live with everything not being done exactly the way you want it right away, now. How do they bear the discomfort and knowing that just by waiting, they will finally get what they want. As the old saying goes “Good things come to those who wait.” or change the system time.

But what if someone dies during this decade wait? Is this really fair? “When we die we will all miss a lot of great things,” Pugh replies. “You could say the same about Ice & Fire books, Better Call Saul, or some other great media that only teens know about.”

Pressed, Bug suggested “they can put their will on, ‘Please open TSPUD after this date to get my achievement’.” He pauses, then adds, “But that’s kind of a hacked workaround.”

note. That clicks section 430 five times the achievement? Definitely try it out. Believe me.