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- Estimated trophy difficulty: 3/10 (personal estimate for single player or co-op) (Platinum Difficulty Poll)
- Offline trophies: 24 (7, 9, 7, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 5hrs (multi-tasking or co-op dependent) (Estimated Time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 3 or 4 (dependent on co-op)
- Number of missable trophies: All of them to a degree
- Glitched trophies: None
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No
- Additional peripherals needed: Yes, a second controller for Local Co-Op
The game requires at least one playthrough in local co-op but is easy enough to accomplish alone with a second controller. Playing the game with a friend can be quite rewarding and fun but nothing in 39 Days to Mars is restricted to cooperative play and all trophies can be achieved by a single player with two controllers (for the Co-Op run) or one (for single player).
This guide will focus on the quickest way a single player can achieve the platinum but all trophies (save for Nemo , which requires a playthough with only one player) can be achieved with a co-op partner. Some tasks may be easier with a friend if you can work together to do simple tasks but I have found the easiest method to be the single player format which is set up much like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons with the right stick and controling one cursor and the left stick and controlling the other. As such, the steps below are the fastest route using this method.
Step 1: Play through your initial single player run in one sitting, failing at every task you can, lose to the boss and crash on Mars
There is a slight learning curve at the onset concerning the controls when playing the game your first time in single player so I suggest allowing yourself to fail at every task you come up against initially and then trying your best to figure out how each task works to progress through the game. This can be done by simply hitting and selecting "Give Up?" and then "Yes" or try out each task to get a feel for what you need to do but make sure you fail each of the seven failable tasks when on the ship initially for the Drawing Board trophy. When you reach the final boss, let it best you and when you escape the special task that initiates, simply fly your small craft into the asteriods until you crash and fall to Mars for your final tea of the game. There are three missable trophies you can also knock out in this playthrough if you wish so take a look at [H] , Skeleton Key and Sepia to get those out of the way before your perfect run attempt. The game only takes about an hour even on your first run so don't sweat it if you miss anything.
If you have done all this in one sitting by yourself, you should, at the minimum, receive the following trophies:
Il Terribile Pescecane
Step 2: Play through the game getting every task completed correctly the first time, defeat the final boss and land on Mars safely
If you are playing with a co-op partner, this task may also be done in co-op to knock out the Aronnax trophy but if not, save it for your clean-up playthrough as you need to have a grasp on the controls to make sure you don't mess up some of the tasks on the ship.
Complete the map puzzle, the hat chest and the Volatile Heliscopic Password Generator, ignore the hydrant and board the ship. When tasked to make tea or a scone, make sure to make it to the specifications. When completing the randomly ordered eight tasks on the ship, try your best to get everything done correctly and in under the time if that is a factor. When collecting the baby krakens, try to clean up all the ink splatter and droplets before finishing.
Defeat the kraken without getting overtaken completely and try to use the small craft's awkward controls to land safely on Mars without completely crashing. There is room for error on most tasks. Just take your time, when available and work through the game attempting to never fail any of the tasks.
If you manage to accomplish a decent run without any failures, you should receive the following trophies:
Step 3: Play through the game quiting out or failing every task possible to quickly finish the game in under 30 minutes
This step also works well if you have an adept partner to speedrun the game in under 30 minutes but I found a little practice can mean a 30 minute speedrun is easily obtained by a single player and one controller. The game is set up to automatically activate the next randomly generated task on the ship of you fail the previous task three times in a row (four times for the Gardening and Morse Code tasks) and saves you from needing to make a new cup of tea or scone in between each task. Some tasks can not be failed or quit and the Kraken fight can be a bit of a time suck at the end so don't worry too much if your first attempt doesn't work out. It's just another 30 minutes until you get it in the next run!
When you succeed on completing the game in under thirty minutes, you will receive the following trophies:
Step 4: Clean-up in Co-Op
After getting Drawing Board for failing everything, Plain Sailing for not failing anything and the speedrun trophies, the only thing left to do is clean up whatever you have yet to get. If you have yet to play the game with two controllers, now would be a good time to do so. There are a number of cumulative trophies to consider so look at Morning Tea , Afternoon Tea , Edgeworth-Kuiper and Darwin for their information. You can also handle any of the other missable trophies that may not have naturally come to you in your first three runs. Take a look at [H] , Sepia , Skeleton Key and any others you were not able to get mentioned in the previous steps.
By the time you get all other clean-up completed, you will receive the following trophies: