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- Estimated trophy difficulty: 1/10 [Platinum Difficulty Rating]
- Offline trophies: 12 (0, 0, 11, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 30mins if skipping but 2hrs if reading everything [Estimated Time to Platinum]
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 1
- Number of missable trophies: 0
- Glitched trophies: 0
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No difficulty options available.
Lydia is a dark but wonderfully atmospheric award-winning game created by Platonic Partnerships. While it's often classed as a Visual Novel, the truth is that it's a story-driven adventure game with indie VN-style dialogue choices and scenes. It's a beautiful but haunting game in which you control the titular Lydia, a young girl who believes in monsters but, accompanied by her trusty Teddy, finds the bravery to face them head on. While it's already dark and interesting enough as it is on the surface, it is actually a lot deeper as it's all a metaphor for drug addiction through the lens of a child which just becomes clearer and clearer as she searches for the true monster. It's a story that will definitely resonate with a lot of people. While the story is excellent, many find the real gems in this game however are its visual style and its soundtrack, both of which will certainly have you engrossed for its (admittedly short) run.
CONTENT WARNING: Please be aware that there are certain events in-game that may be triggering for certain people, including drugs and addiction, car accidents and trauma, death and so on.
NOTE: Unlike many games in this genre, Lydia doesn't have any auto, fast forward or skip features. The only way you can skip through is by button-mashing the button. Thankfully the text is immediate and button-mashing will make it go by very quickly. In addition, there are no controls needed as the button is literally the only button used in the entire game aside from moving around with the joystick.
This is a very, very quick and easy Platinum; for one, the game is only 4 chapters long and, even without skipping anything, can be completed in 1-2 hours at most. Secondly, there's no combat and isn't much in the way of gameplay either. You'll control your character while she walks around in this twisted world, occasionally interacting with the things around you and speaking to lots of people along the way.
While Lydia does offer you dialogue choices, in truth it does not matter what choice you pick as, not only does it not substantially change the story, nor affect the trophies but in addition, you will always arrive at the same ending as there are no multiple paths or endings. With that in mind, feel free to make whatever choices you want. There is only one occasion where your choice matters as you need to find the right combination to provoke an event (see Princess tower for more information). There is nothing missable though so you shouldn't have any issues even if you were to play without a Guide.
The game is very linear so as long as you are interacting with everything you see, you'll be fine. There might be times where you're unsure of what to do next if you don't notice what to interact with. It should be obvious enough, though, as a will appear over the object/person when you get close. That said, if at any point you're stranded and you've tried interacting with everything in the area, I've included text walkthroughs under each trophy.
Step 1: Play the game!
Simple! This is the only step there is. Just play through the game, interacting with everything and going through the dialogue choices. As always, we recommend you play it without skipping to experience its great story and atmosphere, especially as Lydia is a very good game that's well worth the short time it takes.