Her Story: Walkthrough Guide and Discussion (Game Spoilers!)

Her Story
By: Sam Barlow

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Warning: This guide has spoilers for the game Her Story. If you haven’t spent any time with the game, I suggest not looking yet. Instead, read my spoiler-free review and come back here if you get stuck or want to discuss the story with others.

If you’ve already played the game and want to see all the clips in order, you can do so here.

You can also see the full text transcript here.

***See my interviews with Sam Barlow and Viva Seifert here.***

What you’ll find here are some useful starting tips, including everything that’s on the screen when you first start the game. I also list some search terms that lead to important bits of information. Consider this also an open place to discuss the story, since it can be a bit ambiguous. If you want bigger spoilers, keep scrolling down.

I’ve posted some of my thoughts on the plot below all the tips so as to not spoil it for those who haven’t completed it yet. Also, for those who already completed the game or close to it, you can find videos of all the interviews in order here. If you didn’t play yet, I suggest waiting on them. There are also summaries of each interview, using the information we’re given and the most straightforward explanation. The further you go on this page, the more spoilers you’ll see! As I think about things more and discuss it with others, I’m adding more thoughts to the bottom. I apologize if they’re a bit of a hodgepodge of ideas at the moment. But I’ll likely keep adding and changing thoughts down there until I’m convinced one way or another of a plot point.

Starting Guide:

You can watch this little preview video I made of just the first four clips if you haven’t bought the game yet and are still on the fence about it:

The following are windows that are available from the very beginning of the game.

Readme.txt & REALLY_Readme!!!.txt:

The Readme.txt basically tells you how to play the game. It explains the search engine and user session.

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The REALLY_Readme!!!.txt explains why the videos are stuck in an old “mothballed” database. In this game, Y2K actually caused some problems with the PC. Something to ponder.

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Also, I think SB stands for Sam Barlow.

Query History:

All your keyword searches are saved in a list so you can go back to them at any time. But on my iPad, the list glitched out after a while and went black so I couldn’t see my search (query) history. The developer is aware of this, though, and working to fix it. Just be aware that this may happen to yours, at least on iOS devices. You may want to take notes elsewhere just to be safe.

User Tags:

You can also add your own keywords to each clip so you can find it again. You just need to type something in where it says “BLANK”. I used it to number them in the right order.

Database Checker:

If you move the archive window a bit to the right, you can access the Database Checker, which will show you how many of the 271 clips you’ve seen so far. The green spots are clips you saw and the brown ones are the ones you’re still missing. The yellow square shows the location of the last clip you watched in the entire 271-clip sequence.

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Delete Session:

Be careful about pressing the button that says “Delete Session.” It sounds like it would just clear your user session, but it actually wipes your whole progress. So don’t press it unless you want to start the game over from scratch.

Rubbish Bin:

If you open the Rubbish Bin, you can find the Hack.nfo file and the Mirror game.

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The Hack.nfo File:

Grace Hack? Anything to do with Grace Kelly’s death?

Cracker: Cyberghost
Supplier: The Legends
Stripper: You never seen us XXX
Packager: Illusionist

One for the moms here. Classic 2 Player strategy for lunch time gaming. Enjoy!

And is that picture of Grace Kelly?

Cracks with Class.

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And thanks to dayzydee for this much clearer image of the hack file:

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Mirror Game:

There’s also a little Mirror Game you can play. I imagine it’s more fun if you play with a friend than by yourself.

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Clock:

There’s a clock in the game that’s always set to the date 16/06/15 and the hour is always set to around 7. The minute and second hand go by the time on your PC/device. Notice there’s also a beach in the background, a theme in the story.

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Gameplay Video:

You can also watch this video for some ideas on where to start. But again, it will spoil things!

Tap / Knock / Morse Code:

There are at least two clips where she appears to to be using tap code. I’m not sure what she’s saying, but you get the clips if you search “Hannah Eve” and “Tap Code.” Reader George translated them in the comments section as “LOVE U” and “BYDHANNAN,” or probably BYE HANNAH.

This does lead to questions about who the messages were for. If it’s multiple personalities, they could be communicating with each other. But if they’re twins, how would they get each other’s messages?

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Ending:

There is an ending, but you can continue playing afterwards to find any clips you were missing. So don’t worry about ending the game too early.

Characters:

Simon
Hannah
Eve
Florence
Eric
Diane
Carl
Peter
Helen
Eleanor
Doug
Domino
Sarah

Search Terms / Keywords:

Mirror
Reflection
Attic
Suspect
Cheated
Fingerprints
Glasgow
Guitar
Tattoo
Diary
Glass
Glasses
Fairy Tale
Rapunzel
Princess
Stories
Pregnant
Miscarriage
Baby
Twins
“Yes”
“No”
Car
Cat
Sex
Affair
Cellar
Blood
Oxford
Conference
Camera
Princess Diana
Grace Kelly

Important Videos:

If you find clips that offer vital information, you’ll notice some flickering and sounds, brief changes to the screen, even a reflection. At some point, the game will decide that you’ve gotten enough info to see the ending. A Chit Chat icon will appear. If you open it, SB asks you if you think you understand. Type “Y” for Yes and “N” for No. You can accept it whenever you want, but don’t worry — you can always continue after to find more clips. But watching the credits will unlock some admin controls for you.

Sarah’s Reflection:

Those playing on an iPad might not notice Sarah’s reflection as much as other players. I barely did when playing on my iPad Air 2. So I was surprised to see how clear her reflexion is on my iPhone 5. It also shows up very frequently. I took a snapshot of it for those who can’t make it out:

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Chit Chat:

FYI, it doesn’t really matter if you answer SB’s question in Chit Chat as Yes or No — Yes basically takes you straight to the credits, while No lets you continue playing and watch the credits when you feel like it. But you won’t be able to use any Admin commands until you watch the credits.

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Admin Commands:

Make sure to watch until the end of the credits!
After you see the credits, you can enter “admin_random” for a random clip and “admin_unlock” to unlock the ability to view 15 clips instead of just 5!

(Someone also found an admin code that unlocks all the clips at once, but I think that ruins the game.)

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A reader also pointed out the command “admin_share” — this seems to email your search history to the developer, perhaps for a future “word cloud.”

There’s also “admin_delete” which will delete your progress — so careful!

I’m hoping that there’s another code that we need to find that will unlock some bonus footage or information. There are a lot of little details and inconsistencies that might be part of some elaborate in-game treasure hunt.

Videos of All Clips In Order:

I put all the video clips in order and separated them according to each interview. You can see them here, along with the guitar song, “Dreadful Wind and Rain.”

I also put the summaries/explanations of each video with them, and the lyrics to “Dreadful Wind and Rain” on that page to clean this one up a bit.

Continue reading for some more thoughts and many questions.

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795 thoughts on “Her Story: Walkthrough Guide and Discussion (Game Spoilers!)

  1. sho

    Hi all, here’s my 2 cents.
    Eve told how they played at dollhouse and how they killed moth with a book Arabian knights. That book was writen by FLORENCE Mary Anderson. So i think Florence isn`t real and i lean towards MPD. Also i think that window through which Eve looks at Hannah is actualy a mirror, not a window. That is how they copy movement and waving of eachother. Probably a large mirror in the attic.
    Also, same injuries, virginity and stuff like that. Same body, two persons.

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  2. Vemasu

    FYI, fingerprints are not affected by genetics. Family members don’t have similar fingerprints, even identical twins. She probably suggested her parents just because anyone else who might have been in their bedroom ( friends or workmen) could be fingerprinted.

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  3. C

    They’re two different people. As in the Mirror Game, red and blue are supposed to be different players but the strategy is aligned.

    The coffee accident and fake vomiting allow the twins to switch mid -interview. The police are trying to figure out who is who (only one plays guitar)

    The bruise was frome Hannah’s fight with Simon. What Sarah’s mother (Eve) did was to share her identity with Hannah (since she has an alibi). They are both Eve going forward, (this is represented by the white shirt) and Hannah no longer exis.

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  4. Jay

    ClipD161~A.MPEG and ClipD163~A.MPEG both have a date of 01/07/94 and both are in the 14th hour. The woman is wearing a different shirt in both videos.

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  5. Her

    This discussion is really interesting. I ruled out the possibility of multiple personalities at first, but reading some of the comments made me rethink. Still not sure though.

    But why does everyone think that Hannah or the “Hannah part of her personality” is the killer? To me it would make much more sense if Eve had done it. Just because she “confesses” at the end that Hannah murdered him, does not necessarily mean this is true. It could have been just the other way round: Eve begging Simon to stay with her and the baby, and turning angry when he says he loves Hannah.

    We already suspect Eve to have killed Florence and her parents. It wouldn’t be a big deal for her to commit another murder. She’s also the one who seems quite ruthless in the interviews and who sings the dreadful song. Hannah, on the other hand, has never harmed anyone before and she even seems truly sad about Simon’s death (“poor Simon”). The reason she does not immediately turn her sister in is simply because she also wants to protect Eves baby. Maybe she also realized that telling a story about a person that officially doesn’t exist would sound suspicious. At first, the plan was probably to create that alibi and pretend to be one person. But when Eve realized that they wouldn’t get away with it so easily, she decided to blame it on her sister.
    Eve being the murderer would also make sense for the comment to Sarah: “Do you understand now what your mother did?” To me this clearly implies that her mother is the murderer. She wouldn’t have been imprisoned for very long just for helping cover her sister.

    So my solution is:
    Twin theory: The police found out the truth and imprisoned Eve.
    MPD theory: The police also found out the truth and imprisoned Eve/Hannah. Years later, her daughter is authorized to look at the videos because she wants to understand the disorder of her mother.

    Anyway, in my opinion it’s still an open question as to why Sarah is authorized to look at the videos. I’m not sure about the legal situation here, but I doubt you can just ask and get access so easily.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      I’m already starting to forget the details. But it’s true — we only know what Eve tells us. It’s Her Story. So she could be lying, but I think we have to be able to trust *something* she says, or we have no story.

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  6. freezies

    Everyone thinks Hannah is the killer because she is. Simple as that.

    Hanna impersonated Eve. Got the mirror gift, got mad at Simon then he hit her before she killed him.

    You can see the bruise on Hannahs cheeks in the clips during the closing credits. Eve doesn’t have a bruise.

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  7. illyroo

    I’ve almost made it through all videos and leaning towards the split personality (despite the tattoo, different drinks and bruises). The one thing that really confuses me (more than anything else) is the video after the lie detector, on the last day (July 3). She says something along the lines of ‘What question did I fail? My name?…So these things do work” She already introduced herself as Eve on that day in previous videos. So if she failed her name that means it must be Hannah… She also says in a different video on the same day that her sister is gone or something like this.

    I don’t quite understand why would Hannah be pretending to be Eve in neither the twin or the split personality theories. If it is split personality, wouldn’t you fully believe you’re Eve and pass the lie detector? Or if she is fully aware that she is Hannah, how pretending to be Eve is going to help her case?

    SB’s note to Sarah from the chat says ‘I hope it helps understand why your mother did what she did’…Both Hannah and Eve say they’re pregnant throughout the different days.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Did you watch the videos in order? The lie detector will make more sense if you do.

      The pregnancy comments also make more sense if you watch everything in order. They were pregnant at different times.

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  8. Richie

    What can’t the split personalities ‘solution’ and the twins ‘solution’ both be correct?

    They have both spent so long swapping roles and impersonating each other (Swapping clothes in the bathroom on the first date with Simon, both wearing the blonde wig), its entirely possible that they are both have Eve and Hannah personalities.

    It kind of reflects the Mirror game in the rubbish bin as well. All the coins can flip and be Red or Blue depending on the other coins around them. To me this implies that they can physically impersonate each other but also psychologically.

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  10. no

    For five bucks, how could you go wrong?

    Well, I’ll tell you how.

    I watched about ten clips of some 270 and understood the story. It’s not freaking hard, when the only character refers to herself as two people.

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  11. goku

    Both loves fairy tales and there’s a moment when Eve talks about how they found simon, by playing ouija board of course. there is a chance of getting possessed or a neuroscience things in Hannah\Eve mind.both are same person, multiple personality , Duality like that. She did the worst thing and Eve is the ghost possessed in her.

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  13. David Shaw

    My theory is:

    We have twins, who have MPD about each other, Hannah much less so than Eve. We can there are two people due to the tattoo.

    I think the song ‘The Wind and the Rain’ describes the events of the entire murder. I think like the police think (they gave her a lie detector) that Eve is lying a lot. Eve said it was Hannah who killed Simon, but I believe it was her.. and this is correlated in that Sarah is Eve’s daughter.

    I think the portions where Eve talks about her and Hannah’s childhood are Eve’s delusion, perhaps their parents were cruel, I don’t know, but it seems unlikely someone could legally give their child away and then live across the road.

    I believe Eve killed Simon for rejecting her.
    I believe Eve killed Hannah before going to Glasgow.
    I believe there was only one mirror, and that Simon gave it to Hannah.
    I believe Eve pretending to be Hannah in a fit of jealousy killed Simon with the broken mirror.
    I believe the last time we see Hannah is on the 25th, and that night she died by Eve throwing her off a cliff.

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