- Estimated difficulty: 5/10.
- Estimated time to platinum: 20-30 hours.
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1.
- Trophy breakdown: 45 (34 , 6 , 4 , 1 ).
- Offline: All.
- Online: None.
- Missable trophies: None.
- Glitched trophies: None.
- Does difficulty affect trophies? Not applicable.
- Do cheats disable trophies? Not applicable.
- Special hardware required for platinum? Not applicable.
Jambo and welcome to Afrika!!! Here you will see and document some of the greatest splendors that nature has to offer. You will be tasked to research and record these splendors for various clients. To accomplish these tasks, you will be fitted with some top-of-the-line Sony (of course) photography equipment along with some safari gadgets. Although this is fairly fun and novel for while, the luster is lost after the 30th mission or so. (There are over 100 missions.) Pair this with some truly baffling development decisions (e.g. game modes that are only available from the title screen and the inability to quit to the title screen mid-game) and you may find yourself dragging to the finish line. That said, the game handles well enough, some of the visuals are truly outstanding, and you will get to see some fairly exotic creatures. The bottom line is this: your enthusiasm for the animal kingdom will heavily dictate how much joy you derive from this game. Now, as for the trophies, the assessment is very similarly torn: This game is pretty darn easy (provided that you have an appropriate guide ) but it will take a decent amount of time and patience. Lucky for you, there is a wealth of information on this game and I’ve taken the liberty to compile much of it here. So, without further delay, I give you the road map proper…
Step 1: Download and save the following mission guide: Afrika PDF Mission Guide Download. This trophy guide makes heavy use of the above mission guide. Big thanks to kyleripman for compiling such an awesome guide and letting us use it here.
Step 2: Play the game. Well, duh, right? This game is broken into about 120 little photography assignments and each of these “missions” is given to you in the form of an e-mail request. Some missions require that you accept them by answering “OK”. These are integral or main missions. All the other ones can be considered secondary. In the end, however, if you wish to obtain the platinum, you will have to do ALL of the missions, primary and secondary. Most of the time, you complete missions by taking a photograph of the desired animal and replying to the e-mail request with an attachment of your photo. While this is the basic game-play mechanic of the game, here are some “advanced” pointers that will greatly minimize the amount time you spend later on mopping up:
- You don’t have to worry about the rating of your pictures, since all they effect is how much cash you are awarded. In other words, you will complete a mission no matter how poorly your picture is rated, provided that it fulfills the given requirements.
- The first e-mail of the game determines those animals that are unlocked in your “animal encyclopedia”. In order for an animal to be recorded in the encyclopedia, you must reply to this e-mail. This means if a mission has you photograph a giraffe for the first time and you reply to the mission’s e-mail to complete it but do nothing else, the giraffe will not yet be record to your encyclopedia.
- The vast majority of animals in this game are directly tied to missions. However, there are some that are not. Among those that are not, there are some animals whose photos are required in order for later missions to become available (e.g. the hyrax). So, if you find that you are missionless but still have some missions to complete, start looking for animals in your encyclopedia that need to be photographed.
- While you can not teleport (during the day) to the various areas of the map, you can teleport back to the base camp whenever you want, except when being attacked by an animal. To do this, pull up the in game menu by pressing , then select “End Safari”. This will save you a ton of driving time.
- Save your game before you quit this game. The game has an autosave feature, but it does not always initiate when you want it to. The last thing you want is to have to reshoot some tedious photos because you didn’t save.
- In this game, animals typically appear in the same general location. However, there will be instances in which an animal fails to appear. They will eventually reappear in that location, but it may take many visits on many different (in game) days for this to happen. This is when your patience will be tried the most.
- There are some animals that won’t show up until you complete a given mission or perform a particular task. This can be especially annoying when you’re given a mission to photograph an animal that is never there. (This happened with the red-billed oxpecker mission for me). If this happens, try to advance the game by finding some other animal or completing other missions, or both.
- Use the mission guide as necessary to help you along your way. If you’re having a hard time figuring out which mission is which, just fail the mission (by submitting a picture without the objective) and the mission number will be revealed. You can use this number to find the mission in the mission guide.