In We Happy Few, You get explore a retrofuturistic version of 1960s England. You get to explore the world through three different citizens in a world where everyone else is in state of perpetual and stifling joy. To survive, you will have to conform and keep up appearances of being a joyful citizen, and also make use of crafting and stealth. If you need help with any part of the game at all, then this guide is here to help you out.
If you’re ready, then let’s get started!
GENERAL TIPS AND TRICKS
Running Away Is Sometimes The Best Option
If you get caught out being a non-conformist, fighting a whole mob of enemies may not be a very good idea. In such situations, your best bet would be to run away as fast as you can and you’ll be none the worse for wear.
Organize Your Inventory
One feature you’ll immediately notice about this game’s inventory is that opening it doesn’t pause the game. Due to this fact, you would do well to organize your inventory in such that you can immediately access any items that you might need quickly.
Pay Attention To Food And Water
If you don’t eat food or drink water, you will soon start feeling the fatigue as your stamina takes a hit in the game. Beware of rotten food as this will just end up making you sick, and it’s not a good idea to drink water in citizens’ areas as this is spiked with Joy. If you do get sick from eating rotten food, you can cure yourself by drinkin some Sick Up tea.
Pay Attention To Weapons’ Durability
Your weapon can break at any time, so pay attention to their durability before heading out into combat. If a weapon breaks in the middle of combat, it can easily mean the end for you, as you can die in the process of opening your inventory to equip a new weapon.
Try To Avoid The Night
The can nighttime can be super scary because of all the plague-victims, bandits and other hostile creatures you may encounter. Unless absolutely necessary, you will be much safer off just sleeping through the night.
Learn To Block And Shove
Blocking and shoving are the bread and butter of your combat. Blocking will help reduce the damage you take, while shoving will help push enemies back which can help you control a crowd of enemies. Simply mashing the attack button isn’t a viable option as this would make you run out of stamina very quickly.
Stealth Is Most Important
Stealth is key in the game and in those situations where you can’t just sneak by an enemy, you can still blend in with the crowd by not acting abnormally or performing any weird actions like crouching, sprinting, or shoving. Combat can often lead to a quick death, so stealth is more often that not your best to survive.
HOW TO GET RID OF PERMADEATH
When you’re new to the game, you might want to explore the game at your own pace without dealing with the pressure of a permanent death in the game. You can disable permadeath just before you’re about to start a game. Just after you select to play a new game, you will be faced with a menu in which you will be given a few options regarding how you want to experience the game. It is at this point that you can choose to opt out of permadeath. If you didn’t disable this at the beginning, there’s no going back and the only option if you die is to start a new game.
HOW TO GET THE SECRET ENDING
Right at the beginning of the game as you start Arthur’s story, Arthur remembers his brother Percy and the tragedy he faced, and you can see how deeply affected he becomes when he remembers these details. As the player, you are given a choice to either let Arthur take the Joy pill or to forget about the pills and think for himself. If you do the latter, the game continues and you are able to play through a long adventure. If you choose to take the joy pill though, the game ends right there as Arthur goes back to a conformist existence, and you will see the credits roll.
HOW TO CURE FOOD POISONING
At some point in the game, you may have no other alternative than to eat some contaminated food. This can have adverse effects on your character even though it will eventually stop affecting you at some point. There is a higher chance of having to eat contaminated food in the poorer areas. When you do get food poisoning, you can cure your ailment by just drinking some Sick Up Tea. If you have enough Sick Up tea with you, you can eat some contaminated food to restore health and then immediately drink Sick Up Tea after to cure any negative status effects.
HOW TO GET SKILL POINTS
As you move along in the game, you will want to upgrade your character’s skills. To do so, you will have to use skill points. How do you earn skill points, you ask? Well, it’s quite easy. All you have to do is complete main quests and side quests and you will receive skill points, with main quests granting more of them. Of course, even though side quests don’t give as much skill points, the extra skill points will still help you in upgrading your skills.
HOW TO REPAIR WEAPONS AND ITEMS
In this game, a lot of items and weapons aren’t very durable and you can’t use them for very long before they get worn out. This can be disastrous if you don’t have additional items and equipment. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to repair items or weapons in the game. The best way to deal with the lack of this ability is to always have extra weapons and items on hand whenever possible. Furthermore, you should try and keep some essential crafting components with you always so that you can craft an item if the one you were previously using breaks. In general, it’s always a good idea to have some rocks, scrap metal, and at least a couple of Jimmy bars.
USING SECOND WIND
Right at the beginning of the game, when you choose whether to enable or disable permadeath, you also have the option to enable or disable an ability known as Second Wind. Basically what this ability does is that it gives you a second chance at survival at the point where you would have otherwise just died. It’s a great and useful option to enable if you’re having a really hard time staying alive in the game. Keep in mind that if you didn’t enable the option at the start of the game, you will not be able to do so in the middle of a playthrough, and the only way to get the ability then would be to start a new game.
HOW TO GET LOCKPICKS
If there are things locked off that you can’t access, you can choose to pick the lock. It’s a crime so if you’re spotted, you’ll invite a lot of trouble for yourself. Lockpicks can be found just by serachign through the many containers in the game and you can also loot these from NPCs whom you’ve killed or downed. You can also craft a lockpick using just a single Metal Bit. You will learn the crafting recipe to make lockpicks right at the start, so you will be able to begin your thieving adventures quite early in the game.
HOW TO SOLVE THE SWITCHES PUZZLE
At one point in the game, you will come across a puzzle that you have to solve at a train station. The first thing you should do is rotate the wheel in the are as to restore some power. You will notice that there is one switch missing. You can find the switch in a nearby room with a piano. Once you get the switch, place it in the missing space. Wondering what the clue to solving this puzzle is? Well, the answer is right there on a poster on the nearby wall. On the poster you can read the words “Always Do Be Careful.” The fact that the first letter of each word is capitalized may have suggested to you to try and press the switches in that order. With that in mind, press the switches in the following order: A, D, B, C. Once you do, the puzzle will be solved and the story will continue.
HOW TO GET THE GOLDEN KNOCKER
As we mentioned before, weapons and items are fragile in the game and you have no way of repairing them. An unbreakable weapons would solve a lot of the problems because you face of this, and that’s exactly what the Golden Knocker is. You will first be able to enter the Reform Club through a quest. Once inside the Reform Club, you can find the Golden Knocker on the third floor. One the third floor, you will see an old lady who will give you a quest to find her keys, and there is a container behind her which holds the Golden Knocker but you can’t get it right away.
First, find the keys in the same room on a couch. Once you get the keys, bring it back to her to complete the quest. Now, attack her while sneaking with a non-lethal weapon to down her and then take the key off of her body. Before opening the container on the third floor, press the button the desk and you will see that there is a security terminal. Disable it using a Shortspike and then proceed to unlock the container and take the Golden Knocker! That’s it! You now have an unbreakable weapon with you.
COMBAT TIPS AND TRICKS
In the early hours of the game, it might be best to just depend on your fists in combat as they do more damage than random sticks and they’re also better because they don’t break. A significant part of combat is actually just avoiding it. This means using stealth whenever possible. You can blend in with people by dressing appropriately and what this means is that you should dress according to your surroundings. Wear suits in the affluent areas and wear rags in the poorer areas so that you don’t stand out. If you ever come across traps, you can either choose to go around them or you can disarm them by using disarming tools which you can craft, and it’s up to you to decide how to deal with this.
HOW TO CURE THE PLAGUE
The plague is one of the worst afflictions to come in contact with in the game, and simply sleeping or resting won’t get rid of it. You will have to craft a particular item to rid yourself of the plague. You will have to find the recipe for the Phenocycline Syringe in the Safe House of Lud’s home. You can find the recipe on top of the chemistry station where you can craft the item. To craft the item, you will need the following items: 1 Empty Syringe, 2 Filtered Water, and 1 Antiseptic.
If you don’t know the recipe to craft the Antiseptic, you can learn it by just picking up a Rotten Potato. Once you’ve crafted the Phenocycline Syringe, you will be able to cure yourself of the plague, so try and craft the item as soon as you can and try and always have one on you.
CHEATS AND CHEAT CODES
Note: Please use the following cheats at your own discretion. Using cheats online or offline may lead to an immediate ban. GamingBolt or its staff members are not responsible for any problems arising due to their use.
If you want to completely bypass any challenge or difficulty in the game, or if you just want some particular bonuses like a boost in stats or some extra skill points, then you may be interested in checking out some cheat codes.
You will first have to get the cheats from this site (http://fearlessrevolution.com/viewtopic.php?t=7645). Once you do so, you can have cheats for some of the following effects among others:
- x99 Skill points
- Freeze Time
- Super jump
- Increase Stats
- Will not get overburdened
You can find below the full list of achievements you can earn in the game.
Now I Can Die Happy: Die while overdosing on Joy
Archipelagist: Set foot on every island
Shocking Biology: Kill a guy named Ryan Andrews
Don’t You Have Somewhere Else To Be?: Survive 50 days
Employee of the Month: Read all newspaper articles as Arthur, and redact only the uncomfortable ones
I Love the Smell of Chloroform in the Morning: Knock out 50 NPCs with the Atomizer
Bon Voyage: Complete Ollie’s intro
A Heavy Burden: Spread the message
The Toxic Ex: Complete speaking with Verloc at the Joy Factory
Enjoy the View: Correctly sabotage Clive Birtwhistle’s redactor work
Miss Byng is Indisposed: Complete “No Place Like Home” encounter
The Ollie Starkey: Finished Ollie’s playthrough
Downer: Complete Arthur’s Intro
Snug as a Bug on a Drug: Take the Joy at the very beginning of the game
The Importance of Not Being Seen: Finish Mystery House without being spotted once
The Great Lubricator: Deliver the cod liver oil
We’ve Come To The End Of Our Time: Unlock all other We Happy Few trophies
Not In Kansas Any More: Cross into the Village for the first time
Gimme Shelter: Unlock all of Arthur’s shelters
Cat Burglar: In Thomasina House – Collect all fake cats
Baby You’re a Rich Man: Gain £1000 from looting/bartering across playthroughs
Gotta Catch Them All!: Catch 40 butterflies with Sally’s butterfly net
Get the Float Out of Here: Complete “The Jack-o-Bean Club” encounter
Sugar Daddy: Inject yourself with glucose 10 times
The Sally Boyle: Finish Sally’s playthrough
Breaking Blackberry: Complete Sally’s intro
Resistance Is Futile: Talk to Johnny Bolton from the Secret Radio Room
The Arthur Hastings: Finish Arthur’s playthrough
You Do Know Jack: Collect all Uncle Jack Shows
Hot On Her Heels: Find all notes related to Prudence
The Saint: Complete the entire game without directly murdering anyone
Don’t You Have Somewhere Else To Be?: Survive 50 days
Remember, Remember: Find all collectibles
I Got Better: Contract and cure the plague
The Slaughterer’s Apprentice: Finish all of the butcher’s apprentice quests
Our Prudent Friend: Listen to all the phone calls in the phoneboxes
Mother Of All Victories: Complete “Band of Brothers” encounter
That Kind Of Game: Retrieve the credentials from the club
A Bit Of The Old Ultraviolence: Kill 100 NPCs in a single playthrough
Arthur Haste-ings: Take Phlash as Arthur
The Wyrd Sisters: Complete the Crones encounter
Lighten Up: Use 25 lightning rods, playing as Ollie