Hello there, AmbiGaming readers!
LightningEllen here and happy to be babbling on the Goddess of Wisdom’s wonderful website. One of the few writing gigs I try to take very seriously, eh. Athena is taking a break from the blogging world presently, but she made the mistake of leaving me with author level access to her website… so here’s an article! Mwahahaha 😈
Ahem. Anyway, have you heard of a graphic adventure game called Life Is Strange?? I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t yet. Few games have a story delivery that good, let me tell you. Lots of drama, plot twists, time manipulation, paradoxes, and beautiful BFF/romance moments… your choices really do matter in this game!
And on that note, I should definitely get this outta the way first:
⚡Minor-ish Spoiler Warning⚡ – I won’t be talking about any story elements or character details in this post (just optional woodland creature moments). However, the less you know about this game the better (probably) so please feel free to skip this post if you’re worried about that spoiler-y stuff!
If you’re still with me (hi there!), the only optional side thing to do in this episodic narrative game is triggering various photo op moments where the aspiring photographer protagonist, Maxine Caulfield, snaps photos of neat stuff she sees in the environment. During my binge playthrough one weekend, long ago, I got all of the photo ops for PlayStation Platimum trophy purposes. Woot!
The most memorable optional shots for me? The squirrels!! You’ll find some form of nutty squirrel goings-on in each one of the game’s five episodes, and always in the outdoor area in front of the dormitories. Never mind the critter cuteness and gamer achievements, Max’s sarcastic remarks alone are enough of a reason to go after these photos.
Here are my screenshot memories and locations of the furry little fellas!
The squirrel in Episode 1 is easy enough to find. He’s cutely chilling by a can under a tree.
You’re not gonna get this squirrel to pose for free! You’ll need to bribe Episode 2’s squirrel to a bench using bread.
Now Episode 3’s squirrel is a clever little bugger… You’ll find him swatting at fireflies on a bench after Max exits her dorm. If you go near him, he takes off and you’ll miss the shot. Pffft! Nice try, squirrel. Rewinding time is the key to snapping this shot.
You’ll need to enlist the help of Samuel, the nature loving janitor, to get this squirrel pair’s photo. Once you ask Samuel for his epic advice about squirrels, (excuse me if I yawn a bit there) he’ll feed one. Do the same thing and a pair of buddy critters will be available for the photo op.
No spoilers, but Episode 5 has some nightmare-ish themes for sure. On Max’s bad trip through this part, you’ll notice the window is open near the dorm washroom. Take a peek outside to be horrified by the giant squirrel menace (actually, they seem quite peaceful). Seriously…. what was in that food Samuel was feeding them?? Yikes.
And that’s all for this nutty article about squirrel shenanigans in Life Is Strange! I love it when game developers add little things like this to discover. Nothing to do with the plot or anything serious… just something fun to take in during this intense story journey.
How about you, internet? Have you played Life Is Strange? Did you notice the squirrels? Am I crazy for writing an article about squirrels in a video game? Lemme know in the comments section thingy below!
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