How to Start a New Game if your "New Game" Button is Glitched
Okay so you might have already played through Anodyne. If you're interested in the speedrunning/collecting acheivement, but didn't make it the first time around, you'll need to start a new save file to try again.
Here's how to do it on Windows 7: Disable Cloud Sync
Right Click on Anodyne from your library and go to properties. Disable Steam Cloud Sync. If already checked, but not highlighted, go FIRST to Steam overlay settings --> Cloud and uncheck Steam Cloud Sync.
Either way, you will need to uncheck both.
Delete Your Old File
Next, go to the Start tab on your Desktop.
Search for .Anodyne
It should appear as a folder.
Open the folder. Delete the backup save file (probably ends in file extension .swf).
Leave the README file.
Search for anodyne sav
You will need to delete the save file named anodyne_save_123
Prepare to Start a New Game
Go to the Steam overlay and restart in Offline Mode.
Start up the game
Adjust they keybindings
Save and Quit.
Re-Sync your Files
Go back to the Steam and Anodyne settings and re-check Steam Cloud Sync.
Eventually, Steam may notice a conflict in save files upon starting up Anodyne.
If this occurs, you should probably upload the newer-dated file.
I do this with a lot of games whose default settings are...awkward to use on keyboards, and there isn't an option on the menu screen to select keyboard versus gamepad OR the keyboard settings are rubbish. I write simple guides reminding people where might be a good place to put their fingers on the keyboard. 'Nuf said.
What to Change to
From in-game, go to the menu by pressing Enter.
Basically you will need to open the menu in-game and as you put in a new control, the game will automatically scroll down AND and apply the new control. Keep going down the list until the screen says "Press......" a key to change settings or press another key to exit. Redo the controls if needed or just EXIT
The following is a list of Classic Keyboard settings:
Up = W
Down = S
Left = A
Right = D
Jump = Space (sorry it's a spoiler, but really. It will appear as ??? when you start)
Attack Command = Enter
Menu = Tab
Number Keys 1-3 or 8-0 (easiest to use from full-size keyboard)
Backspace (for an attack command)
Arrow keys (for movement)
Bonus Speedrun Tips
-Use "Return to Entrance" - "Return to Nexus" These two options will save you monumental travel time, especially in areas with distant portals or checkpoints. Be sure to activate portals when you enter an area, otherwise they will be inaccessible via The Nexus.
- "Continue?" Selecting, "No" will basically take you back to the title screen from your last save. Thus, not adding to your timer or inventory for that matter.
-Alt F4 to Soft-Reset (be aware of when you last saved and which items and bosses you defeated!)
Some of these guys on Steam made amazing walkthroughs for this game, which I must thank profusely for my speedrun time of approximately 2 hours 20 minutes (rounded up about 2 minutes)
Bonus Boss Tips (minimal spoilers) with strikeout text, for your convenience....
Shield Boss: When the shield starts ramming the walls, it generates dust. Use that dust as a barrier against his strong horizontal beam attack
Wall Boss: Attack the Wall, not the hands
Red Sea Monster: Tidal waves deal knockback, tentacles do damage. Aim for the head
Haunted Apartment Boss: When surrounded by clones, first keep moving either up or down to avoid damage. Then, move left or right to avoid damage
Acrobats: The broom will put out the flames
Hotel Manager: Attack the eye. During Phase 2, consider the broom extender.
Sage: Focus on the pros and cons of your broom extender OR widening...thing?
Briar: Don't move much, or thorns will seek you out. You can actually stand still, if done near a corner while waves of thorns and projectiles go by.
Ice cannon - deflect with your broom. Play ping pong with the fire cannon.
Fire cannon - place dust strategically near the ice cannon or set off a chain reaction to damage the ice cannon when it starts leaking