- Estimated trophy difficulty: 3/10 (personal estimate, for obtainable trophies) (Platinum Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 40 (23, 13, 3, 1)
- Online trophies:
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 20+ (personal estimate, for obtainable trophies) (Estimated Time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 2
- Number of missable trophies: 3 - Immortal, Nine lives, and The Reaper. Most others are acquirable through the game’s chapter select.
- Glitched trophies: For any version that's not 1.05 - Smart aleck and Billy Sorrows' Reading Club are unobtainable. Sports Illustrated is also effected.
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No Difficulty Settings
- Do trophies stack?: No
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheats available
- Additional peripherals required?: None.
Blacksad: Under the Skin is a point-and-click interactive, film noir drama. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the stories take place during the 1950's in New York City, with the exception that it uses anthropomorphic animals (whose species usually defines their role in the story) as characters and follows the titular character John Blacksad, a hardboiled private investigator, on his cases. As per usual in noir mysteries, not all is what it seems and everyone has something to hide.
GLITCH WARNING: Something to know right off the bat with this game is that it is very buggy. Glitches range from visual glitches to the UI ceasing to work and requiring a restart of the application, to audio not playing where it should 100% of the time to full on crashes, and more. It also seems that two of the trophies, possibly three, are glitched, which means the platinum for this game is currently unobtainable for any version of the game that is not version 1.05. At the time of editing, patch 1.05 is only available in European countries; North America is only at patch 1.03. The game also suffers from some performance and presentation issues. I would recommend that you back your save up frequently using the cloud or a USB as this game can crash frequently. I had it crash on me while saving, causing the data to be corrupted and losing a day’s worth of progress. There are a few ways to save time but this game is unreliable due to the bugs, so I will keep those suggestions to a minimum.
With that said, the mystery tale is pretty good and the characters' designs give this game an interesting look to the world, making it well worth playing despite the technical issues. As this is a mystery story, I will try to keep the roadmap and trophy guide as vague and spoiler-free as possible.
Step One: The Reaper and Immortal Playthrough
For the first playthrough, we will be focusing on unlocking The Reaper and Immortal, while also setting up to unlock The End(s). During this playthough, keep in mind that the two dialogue choices early in the story will greatly impact the ending and some of the other trophies. Niagara Falls and Zero tolerance are mutually exclusive with The Reaper. Refer to the trophy guide for more information.
Keep your eyes out for sports cards throughout your playthrough as these collectibles can be very frustrating; see Sports Illustrated.
Once you complete the ending with whatever outcome, playthrough the last chapter two more times with different outcomes, giving you 3 of 6 endings viewed. In order to make sure the game counts you watching each ending, you must sit through the credits and make sure the game autosaves by playing through a chapter until it autosave. Reloading the last chapter to go for the other endings works towards this but make sure you get an autosave following your third ending. Refer to The End(s).
By the end of this step, you will unlock:
Hitting a brick wall
Back to normal
You may also unlock:
The 400 Blows
Say no to bullying
The Quiet Lynx
Good cop or Bad cop
When angels fall...
The sweetest story in the whole wide world
Step Two: Second Playthrough for The End(s) and Not a detective
In this step, you’ll be focusing on making different choices to get the other variant endings for The End(s) and picking up the false endings for Not a detective, as well as any other trophies based on choices that are mutually exclusive to each other.
This playthrough should go quicker since you no longer have to worry about shutting the game down if you die. Once you get an ending, replay the last chapter and get the other two ending variables.
By the end of this step, you should unlock:
Refusal of the call
Good cop or Bad cop
Not a detective
Step Three: Clean Up and Glitched Trophies
Hopefully, by this step, you will have found all the sports cards and unlock all the trophies related to them. If not, you can replay chapters you suspect you may have missed a card and search for them. Worst case is that you play through the game again by starting a new game and carefully comb through each area as you play. Starting a new game with previous save data carries over all cards already found and ending sequences watched. At the time of writing using version 1.02, it seems that some of the sports card spawn points are currently glitched and may not spawn properly. Read Sports Illustrated for my observations on the sports cards.
Smart aleck and Billy Sorrows' Reading Club are currently unobtainable at the time of writing this guide. From what I gathered, these trophies were also glitched on Steam and Xbox. This issue has been addressed for both as of patch 1.04. The PS4 version is currently only at 1.02 although the Microïds’ website lists the European PS4 version at 1.04 with version 1.05 as an upcoming patch which will resolve the issue with the trophies and sports cards.
Update 7/10/20: It seems that the European region is now at patch 1.05 and these trophies should be unlockable now. North America only got patch 1.03 at the same time and these trophies are still glitched in this version. Hopefully, this means the issues with the cards has also been fixed.
With Smart aleck, there seems to be at least two deductions that should be possible to make but you will not be able to which is why this trophy is unobtainable. As for Billy Sorrows' Reading Club, this trophy is just glitched.
For the latest patch information on this game, see here: LINK
You may unlock:
Any Given Sunday
Sports Illustrated (Hopefully)
Hopefully, someday you may be able to unlock:
Billy Sorrows' Reading Club
Under Your Skin
[PST Would Like To Thank chapomon for this Roadmap]