-Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10
-Offline 41/41 (1000)
-Approximate amount of time to 1000 15 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed 2
-Number of missable achievements 6 (see below)
-Do cheat codes disable achievements? No cheats
-Does difficulty affect achievements? No
-Glitchy achievements No
-Unobtainable achievements No
-Extra equipment needed? No
Gray Matter by Jane Jensen is a point-and-click adventure brought to the Xbox 360 which requires a lot of examining objects, problem solving, and dialogue mixed in with a mysterious storyline. What it also is, is a fun, at points challenging game with a slightly linear gameplay, but plenty of dialogue and slight jokes as rewards for exploring. Is it difficult? No. Is it fun? Yes? Are 1000 points achievable? Oh yes.
The majority of the achievements come from completing “puzzle sets” which in real terms means doing a series of steps to advance the game play. The easiest example is the “tutorial” puzzle at the very start where you have to find Sam’s pet rabbit to put in its cage, then feed it with a carrot from Sam’s backpack and then give it water first by taking the water bottle from the backpack, and then filling it up with water from a pitcher in the room. Then you “equip” the items one by one and select the rabbit to give them to it. Doing all of these will get you 640 plus 40 for completing the game normally.
There are a couple of non-story related achievements that are potentially missable, including one for finding all the “bonus points” in the game, and Fast Play for a speed run of completing the game in under 5 hours. However there is a great guide online HERE that covers the entire game, including all the points, and if you follow it through then you’ll get all of them apart from the speed run and the Chatty Mouth achievement. For that one, examine EVERYTHING that you can, and examine it again after an event happens (at the game start, examine the water pitcher before giving the rabbit water, and then after for two different things said. This gives you two items).
The missable achievements are Fast Play, Chatty Mouth, A Small Act of Kindness, He can be nice too, Divided and Conquered, The Beast Within so make sure you read the achievement descriptions for them.
Take your time, enjoy the game and explore around and you will find some pretty cool stuff. It is pretty much impossible to get the speed run achievement done in your first playthrough so just enjoy your first run and you should end up with a cool 950
This is your speed run. Now you know the game and what to do, rush through the main storyline, ignoring all bonus points and unneeded items to beat the game within five hours. The previous game experience will of course help, and you can check your time progress by saving the game and seeing how long you have left. You will unlock Fast Play to complete your 1000
A really underrated game and a fun 1000, but be careful when doing your speed run as it is easy to go over the 5 hour limit!
[x360a would like to thank Corrupt x360a for this Roadmap]