A guide about achievements and the puzzles in The Timeless Child.
Required Walkthroughs: 2 at least, as you can unlock Emily or Chris related achievements based on the character you playing.
Chapter Select Avaialble: Yes, you can select a start point, so you don’t need to start from zero if you wish.(require to finish previous puzzle at least once to unlock the possibility to start with the new one)
Expected Perfection time: Even if it require to replay the game from the perspective of the other character (and probably twice again for each of you for the perfection achievements), these extra walkthroughs means just like extra ~1h as you already familiar with the puzzles and the solutions. Therefore perfection is about 4-5h, but if you use a guide from start then I believe it can’t take more than 1-2hours.
Screenshot for the solution:
Achievements to get during this puzzle:
As Emily: Help Solve Books Puzzle
As Chris: Solve Books Puzzle and Man of Culture
Office Room / Clock Puzzle
Chris needs to find 2 clock arrows in the room and use it on the big clock, one each time. The bigger represents the minutes, the smaller represents the hours. Some shapes are projected via the projector and you need to tell about these shapes to Emily, who can translate these symbols to hours and minutes. DO NOT use both clock arrows on the clock at the same time, as both symbols, related to both the hour and minutes will be shown.
Chris also needs to set the time on the leftern clock.
Emily needs to translate the given symbols to numbers and then set the time on the middle and the right clock.
As Emily you should see the solution for the shapes on the wall, using that just get the hours and minutes for the 3 clocks and set up the time on each of them. Solution is randomized.
Inside the school room there is a 5*5 grid, which activated once Chris using the VHS and playing it via the VHS player. It tells the rules of the grid puzzle: You can go straight and you can turn ONCE while trying to reach your target, but only ONCE, if you change direction twice, then the puzzle is failed and you need to restart it.
Solve School Puzzle without ever making a mistake
Finish the school puzzle without a single mistake with the grid. If you failed you can just start a new game from that puzzle.
Emily should navigate Chris and tell which grid he need to go.
Chris should see some icon on the school table, this determinates which puzzle is active. Emily can see the solutions on a board:
These are the solutions how Chris need to move based on the icon he see on the school table:
Tree (The Circle of Life)
C3 -> E4 -> A2 -> C4 -> D2
Treasure Chest (The Treasure Hunter)
B4 -> D3 -> A5 -> C2 -> D5
Caslte with pink flag (Save the Princess)
B2 -> C5 -> D1 -> B5 -> E2
Pizza (How to make Pizza)
B5 -> C1 -> D4 -> A2 -> C5
Chris has access to a book which provides information about some flowers. There are 4 pots in the greenhouse, each has a name plate next to them. The user controlling Christ Hunt needs to provide information about the location of the pots and the details from the book. What kind of details are those?
Lets see that in this example, Callosita Viridi.
First you need to share the liquid colors and amounts, then you need to find from the description the keyword, in this case they are: parasite and poisonous. Then you need to set up the solution using the index at the robot controlling terminal. Both character can see this index, more details at the solution part.
Emily need to control the robot and use the required colors in the required order at each flower pot.
Help solving Greenhouse Puzzle without ever making a mistake
To get this achievement you need to solve the Greenhouse puzzle without any mistake. This is the only “perfection” achievement which is earned as Emily.
As you can see on the index each keyword has a color combination. The keywords combined together that way, that the last color is shared with the first color of the next keyword. Callosita Viridi, from the example, is very easy, because it has only 2 keywords, each keyword consisting of 3 steps, but because of the merging of first and last colors it ends up as a total of 5 steps instead of 3+3=6!
Fortunately, this part of the game is not randomized(if that changes please tell us:-D), so the solution is same on every single walkthrough, and these are the following:
Purple -> Blue -> Purple -> Green -> Yellow -> Green -> Red -> Yellow -> Yellow
Red -> Yellow -> Purple -> Blue -> Purple -> Green -> Red -> Green -> Red -> Yellow
Purple -> Green -> Red -> Green
Green -> Red -> Blue -> Green -> Red -> Yellow -> Yellow
The position of the nameplates on the table is randomized but the sequence is always Emily Wells -> Edward Mitchell -> Olivia Mitchell -> David Sandberg -> Lucy Finnick -> Simon Wells -> George Wells
Explanation for the sequence: James Pill doesn’t drink, so we will skip him, Emily Wells is his first one, she goes first, David Sandberg is a Don Juan, on the portrait he is accompanied with 2 ladies, the only remaining ladies are Olivia and Lucy, but Olivia and Edward are inseparable, that makes the order Edward -> Olivia -> David -> Lucy, Simon is a gentleman, that’s why he is near last and George is last because he puts the guests’ needs before his own.
Achievements to get during this puzzle:
As Emily: Help Solve Paintings Puzzle
As Chris: Solve Paintings Puzzle and Alcoholics Anonymous
No Singleplayer mode, so this achievement unmissable.
Ring the Time Bell for the first time
As Emily use right click with your mouse to release some bell music. As Chris you will see some purple/pink animation at the location where Emily used the bell, and if you doing it at the first time you will also get this achievement.
Open the map for the first time
Use the map for the first time with any of the characters. The map is on the table, in front of you, next to the stairs.
Complete the prologue playing as Chris Hunt
Complete the prologue playing as Emily Wells
Self explanatory, finish the game with both characters.
As Chris you will see that the Basement door slightly open, interact with it for the achievement.
Find and read all sheets
There are only 3 which required for the achievement as only those counts to this which are not relevant to puzzles. Emily and Chris can both find one note inside the office room and the third one is in the library room, inside the fireplace.
Listen to all George Wells tapes
There are 2 tapes only, one character can found one.
As Emily you can find it at the entrance of the basement:
As Chris, first you need to pick up a key, just outside of the office room:
Then you need to find the secret keyhole, which is inside of the office room and use the key on it:
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