The Red Strings Club

The Red Strings Club

Year:  2018

Genre:  Mystery

Links:  Moby Games, Steam, Adventure Gamers, GOG

The Red Strings Club is a cyberpunk narrative adventure. A bartender and freelance hacker work together to take down a corporate empire, through social engineering, implant design and bartending. There are 19 Steam Achievements, all documented in the walkthrough below.

Welcome to the Club

Donovan

At the first bartending scene, open the notebook and click on the photo sticking out the bottom That doesn't sound unprofessional to me. Look through the rest of the notebook, which you can use during these scenes to remind you of your objectives. Now pick up and pour any of the drinks, and learn about the bartending interface. In this scenario, you can choose to serve a glass of Anxiety, Pride or Regret. An android will enter and Brandeis will enter its consciousness.

Akara-184

Open the door to the operating theatre, and 3 clients will appear, one at a time. Click on them to view their file, then click on the blue computer to set an appropriate implant design. Use the lathe to craft the module, then click on the client again to install it. The correct modules for the first 3 clients are as follows:

  • Camdyn Lashawn: The Temple
  • Martin G Witts: The Frog
  • Viktor Atomnoye: The Husk

Use the blue computer and then the lathe to craft the other 4 available types of modules. Click on the operating theatre door. Try to install any module in Ariadne. Once you regain control, use the blue computer and lathe to craft the new 3 types of modules. There is an achievement if you have crafted all 10 in total Creative Sentience. Now install these modules into the following 3 clients:

  • Adrian Ferguson: The Hippie
  • Johanna Sephtis: The Grandpa

Diana Meyes

Donovan

When Diana first enters the club, select any excuse for the greeting. Serve her a glass of Sympathy. There is an achievement if you do not spill a drop while you are making this or any future drink in the game Numen. Now select these dialog options:

  • (Feign worry about Brandeis' personality issues.)
  • Your work?
  • Tell me more about Social Psyche Welfare.
  • Won't SPW make you stop being you?
  • I wouldn't like to lose my sadness.
  • Don't you think it's all a bit unnatural?
  • This isn't progress, it's devolution.
  • I've had enough SPW for today.
  • Tell me about Ariadne's death.
  • What was she doing there?
  • Does it have to do with Akara?
  • What information do you want from me?

At this point, you should serve her a glass of Fear. Now continue the conversation:

  • Why do you want to know about Supercontinent's CEO?
  • What do you mean by 'AT ANY COST?'
  • What have you been working on lately?

Diana will now leave, and Akara-184 will ask Donovan a series of questions. These are the correct answers:

  • Yes.
  • No.
  • Yes.
  • No.
  • No.
  • Dr. Edgar Coldstream.
  • Bourbon.
  • I don't think so.
  • Supercontinent Ltd.
  • (Select any option)

If you get at least 7 correct you will receive an amnesia pill. If you get every question correct, you will receive an achievement Consultant Engineer.

Naima Cosse

Donovan

When Naima first enters the club, tell her that Diana is an old friend, then lie and say PROXYMA knows about the new CEO. Serve her a glass of Ambition, then select this dialog option:

  • Tell me more about Social Psyche Welfare's legality.

Next serve her a glass of Stress. Now continue the conversation:

  • Have you ever met Dr. Edgar Coldstream?
  • I know he's working on Project Akara.
  • Can't you tell me something more personal?

This time serve her a glass of Stress + Amnesia, then ask the following:

  • Have you ever met Dr. Edgar Coldstream?
  • I know he's working on Project Akara.
  • Can you tell him I want to meet him?
  • (Bluff.) Why didn't the CEO tell me about you?
  • What's the deal with Johanna Sephtis?
  • Why do you think she's missing?

Naima will now leave, and Akara-184 will ask Donovan another series of questions. These are the correct answers:

  • No.
  • To find Johanna Sephtis.
  • Yes.
  • No.
  • Yes.
  • No.
  • Yes.
  • No.
  • No.
  • (Select any option)

If you get at least 7 correct you will receive an amnesia pill. If you get every question correct, you will receive an achievement Corporate Lawyer.

Ariadne's Funeral

Brandeis

When given the option, select to take Ariadne's Knowledge.

Donovan

During your phone call, select the option to "Look for the director of the MNA."

Gost

Donovan

Try to make Gost his Non Paradisi, but you won't be able to reach it, so he provides you with a shaker - as instructed you can mix drinks together in the shaker to add their effects. Complete the Non Paradisi and serve it to Gost.

Larissa Robillard

Donovan

After your initial conversation, Serve Larissa a glass of Lust, then ask the following:

  • Any marketing ideas fro the Akara androids?

Now serve her a glass of Euphoria, before continuing:

  • How are you going to convince people to swallow SPW? And when?

Next serve a glass of Madness, before asking:

  • Are you aware of the "Johanna Sephtis" situation?

Finally, make a glass of Depression and ask one more question:

  • Have you met Supercontinent's new CEO?

After Larissa leaves, Akara-184 will set Donovan another quiz. These are the correct answers:

  • Marketing.
  • No.
  • Yes.
  • She doesn't give a fuck.
  • Herself.
  • Lust.
  • Tequila.
  • Yes.
  • Yes, but only because the marketing campaign would be ruined.
  • (Select any option)

If you get at least 7 correct you will meeting Irving now; if not you can skip the next section. If you get every question correct, you will receive an achievement Marketing Director.

Irving

Donovan

After meeting Irving, serve has a glass of Zen (made with just 2 ice blocks). Now say the following:

  • How long have you been torturing people?
  • Are your parents aware of this hobby of yours?
  • Is it even legal for you to be drinking?
  • 19 Underage Drinking
  • Pull that trigger already.
  • Come on. Shoot.
  • Shut up and pull that trigger.
  • SHOOT.
  • Come on, kid. Try to kill me.
  • (Select any option) Brought a cocktail to a gun fight
  • You know, torturing people isn't cool.

Shortly after this Irving will leave.

Gost

Donovan

Ask Gost any of the 3 questions, then agree to make him a drink. Serve him a Maleficarum, using the 2 new ingredients, then he will leave once more.

Edgar Coldstream

Donovan

You will now receive an achievement if you managed to contact Edgar using all 3 sources (Naima, Brandeis and Larissa) Player Ex Machina. Choose any option when talking about Akara. You now need to serve Edgar a Schizophrenia, but he doesn't want you to use tequila. Look in your notebook, specifically at the last entry about Pink Spirits. To craft this drink, you need to mix Red Secret, Blue Whisper and Green Absinthe Pink Tequila.

Next serve him a glass of Vanity and ask these questions:

  • Any thoughts on Supercontinent's new direction?
  • How surreal are we talking about?

Now serve him a glass of Vanity + Amnesia, then say the following:

  • Any thoughts on Supercontinent's new direction?
  • Is Radhika that crazy?
  • I'm dying to know more about the MNA.
  • How is this even possible?
  • What do you plan to broadcast?
  • Doesn't this sound supervillainous to you?
  • Hopefully you also included a self-destruct mechanism.
  • Ok, I've heard enough.
  • Any plans for Akara besides pottery?
  • How do Akara and the MNA fit together?
  • Let people be depressed!
  • This will end human evolution.
  • Why do you think you have the right to play god?
  • Can we skip to where you tell me about Akara?

You will now receive an achievement if you have completed all of the objectives in your notebook Information Broker.

The Bridge

Brandeis

During your conversation with Johanna, select these options:

  • Explain what's going on with her implants (Use Ariadne's Knowledge). Digital Heir
  • Step Forward.
  • Dialogue.
  • Your life could use a new direction, then.
  • Step Forward
  • Dialogue.
  • Step Forward.
  • Dialogue.
  • I'm a hero.
  • Step Forward.
  • Dialogue.
  • Bah, you give yourself too much credit.
  • Step Forward.
  • No. Come with me.

You will keep Johanna from jumping.

The Bar

Donovan

Select any options while you are talking to Akara-184. After Brandeis and Johanna arrive, select for Akara to provide you with Larissa's voice.

Office 56

Brandeis

Before getting to the main action of collecting voices, start by dialing 987-654-321 Honey Pot. Make sure you respond with Brandeis' voice if you want to get all possible achievements.

Next call 555-292-257, and walk all the way to the far right Basic Input/Output System. Look at the bouquet of flowers to learn the number for Karen in HR: 555-025-272, and look at the post-it note near the elevator to learn the number for the computer: 777-777-777. Contact 777-777-777, then try to use the computer, but you need a password.

Call Karen in HR on 555-025-272 using Johanna's voice and say you need to contact Adrian Ferguson. Call 555-693-030 using Johanna's voice. Try to log in to the computer with the password that Adrian provides, but it doesn't work. Call him back on 555-693-030 using Johanna's voice again and tell him the password doesn't work - he will end up giving you his medical ID. Contact Donovan by clicking on his portrait, and get Ferguson's voice.

Call Karen in HR again on 555-025-272 using Adrian's voice and say you need to access your computer. Now call Francis Cocanette on 555-464-032 using Adrian's voice to get your updated password. Log in to the computer using this information. Access all of the open profiles. Contact Donovan by clicking on his portrait, and get Diana's voice.

Call Naima on 555-068-158 using Johanna's voice and say you need to know where she got her implants. Contact Donovan by clicking on his portrait, and get Naima's voice.

Use the computer again and try to access Edgar's profile, then request access - you will need to discover the number of existing Akaras, and Larissa's former name. Call Karen in HR on 555-025-272 using Johanna's voice and ask for Dr Coldstream's phone number. Now call Edgar on 555-389-466 using Larissa's voice and ask how many Akara androids there are. Next call Naima on 555-068-158 using Johanna's voice and ask about Larissa's previous identity. Put these two bits of information together to get the next number to dial: 256-326-435. Use the computer again and access Edgar's profile now that it has been unlocked. Contact Donovan by clicking on his portrait, and get Edgar's voice. You should now have all 7 available voices Digital Ventriloquist.

Now call Francis on 555-464-032 using Johanna's voice, saying you need to make some modifications. Call Francis again on 555-464-032 with Edgar's voice, again saying you need to make some modifications - you will learn a new number. Dial 000-000-056 and the SRAID will lower from the ceiling. Contact Donovan by clicking on his portrait and ask him to forge Radhika's bio profile Did my homework.

Use the computer and select to compile Diana's Filesafe.exe. Use the SRAID to upload the virus. Ignore the phone when it starts ringing. Make any choices you like in the final conversations The Red Strings Club.

Final Achievements

You will need to play through the game a second time to receive the final two achievements, as they require different choices to be made at key points in the game.

At Ariadne's funeral, select to take Ariadne's Determination. During Donovan's phone call just after this, select the option to "Find the COO, Johanna Sephtis." At the bridge, Brandeis should select the option "Chill Pulse (100% loaded)" Brainwashing.

In the office right at the end, answer the phone when it rings. Do not hang up during the phone call, but instead choose to "Use Ariadne's Determination" I'll never walk alone.