Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear

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Aspyr-Blair  [developer] Mar 7, 2016 @ 9:55am
A few tips for those seeking the Layers
We've really enjoyed watching the community figure out on its own that Layers of Fear is in fact a game about Layers and has multiple endings depending on how you play the game. Many of you have figured out the mechanics, but for those of you that are having some frustration nailing a particular ending, we thought we would post a few tips.

The path out of insanity is a tricky one. The default ending will have you stuck in a loop of constant madness, however you can break this loop by focusing on one of two most precious aspects of the painter’s life: his family, or his work.

The game follows your every move and allocates a hidden point score based on your actions. The points you get vary from action to action. To achieve one of the concluding endings you will need to gather a fixed number of points from one path without exceeding the same number in the other path.

Gathering 2D and 3D items will bring you simultaneously closer to two different endings. There are two exceptions: the painted rats and the letters/photos from the wife, which respectively give points to only one of the conclusive endings:

Family ending – put the focus on interactions with the apparition and never strafe from danger or risk; look for items connected to your wife, but do not pick up those which connect to the painter’s passion. Seek out hidden rooms and look for findable items there.

Selfish ending – seek out artistic work; look closer at the paintings; always follow the rats; gather rat posters; avoid death at all costs.

The items that you can collect which are stored in the workshop count to the sum of your points on each playthrough on the same profile. Events, as in choosing the ‘correct’ path, or finding alternate ways to leave a room are the most decisive in terms of obtaining one of the concluding endings.

We should note that you need to be thorough. There are a lot of opportunities to get points, but you need to find almost all of them to trigger one of the concluding endings.
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Smurky Turkey Mar 7, 2016 @ 10:16am 
Thank you for the information, I will try getting the wife/child ending on a new profile, since the full collection of rat pictures is probably making it impossible to get.
BT_Neptuned  [developer] Mar 8, 2016 @ 1:55am 
Originally posted by Smurky Turkey:
Thank you for the information, I will try getting the wife/child ending on a new profile, since the full collection of rat pictures is probably making it impossible to get.
It is not making it impossible - it's just a fragment of the total score - the most crucial element are the paths you choose - which corridor you take, which door you open (and how you do it), you just need to take caution on how many "neutral" items you pick up to avoid getting the loop ending.
Yazite Mar 8, 2016 @ 6:15am 
"At last I see! The secret is revealed!" - Gravemind

OT: My initial ideas were quite vaild then! I'm happy now :)
is this game full allready or not i mean you can beat story already?
Aspyr-Blair  [developer] Mar 8, 2016 @ 11:48am 
Originally posted by AceShadowXD:
is this game full allready or not i mean you can beat story already?

Yes this game is full...and you can beat the story in 3 different ways :)
Dent Belmont Mar 9, 2016 @ 10:08pm 
Hi, does the locked door beside the bedroom on second floor be openable? I mean it's the last one door that you cannot open in the normal ending, in other two endings it will directly go to the End CG.
BT_Neptuned  [developer] Mar 10, 2016 @ 1:40am 
You can open it only by finishing the game on one of the concluding endings.
Pogopuschel Mar 10, 2016 @ 8:46am 
Originally posted by BT_Neptuned:
You can open it only by finishing the game on one of the concluding endings.
Hey there,
I just finished your awesome game and got all the endings but in none I am able to open said door. Is there a trick to it?
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BT_Neptuned  [developer] Mar 11, 2016 @ 6:19am 
Originally posted by Pogopuschel:
Originally posted by BT_Neptuned:
You can open it only by finishing the game on one of the concluding endings.
Hey there,
I just finished your awesome game and got all the endings but in none I am able to open said door. Is there a trick to it?
Umm, you go there in the definitive endings.
Pogopuschel Mar 11, 2016 @ 6:29am 
Originally posted by BT_Neptuned:
Originally posted by Pogopuschel:
Hey there,
I just finished your awesome game and got all the endings but in none I am able to open said door. Is there a trick to it?
Umm, you go there in the definitive endings.
Strange, for me it was locked. Do you as well mean the door beside the bedroom? Not the one beside the child room.
BT_Neptuned  [developer] Mar 11, 2016 @ 6:32am 
Originally posted by Pogopuschel:
Originally posted by BT_Neptuned:
Umm, you go there in the definitive endings.
Strange, for me it was locked. Do you as well mean the door beside the bedroom? Not the one beside the child room.
You may be on to something here :) It's been a long week :P Yup the door near the bedroom cannot be accessed - they will remain a mystery.
Pogopuschel Mar 11, 2016 @ 6:33am 
Originally posted by BT_Neptuned:
Originally posted by Pogopuschel:
Strange, for me it was locked. Do you as well mean the door beside the bedroom? Not the one beside the child room.
You may be on to something here :) It's been a long week :P Yup the door near the bedroom cannot be accessed - they will remain a mystery.
Ok, now I don't need to stress myself anymore :-) Thanks for the clarification!
Lucathegreat Mar 11, 2016 @ 11:11am 
Originally posted by AceShadowXD:
is this game full allready or not i mean you can beat story already?

No, you'll probably just get the "neutral" ending like everyone else. True ending(s) can't be triggered even by following step-by-step guide, don't listed to them.
Don't buy it for now.
BT_Neptuned  [developer] Mar 14, 2016 @ 4:13am 
Originally posted by Lucathegreat:
Originally posted by AceShadowXD:
is this game full allready or not i mean you can beat story already?

No, you'll probably just get the "neutral" ending like everyone else. True ending(s) can't be triggered even by following step-by-step guide, don't listed to them.
Don't buy it for now.
Is that really so bad, that following a guide step by step might actually not give you the concluding ending, in stead you have to think on what you are doing and understand what's going on to actually get it? We have given lots of tips what to do to get them all, so I feel it's a little harsh to say that the game is unfinished, because it is.
doomsayer706 Mar 16, 2016 @ 6:11pm 
^^^^^
Excellent response! Funny how non developers of a game can make the call on if it is finished or not right?
Last edited by doomsayer706; Mar 16, 2016 @ 6:12pm
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