Standstill Girl walkthrough, part 9: bonus bosses.

So it came to this.

You may stand still and witness your love punished – transformed – killed before your eyes and suffer.

Or sacrifice yourself, saving him and hurting him, for he loves you to.

If you are desperate and insane, if your relationship is more important than entire reality, you can also raise hand against avatar of Master, personification of Order itself that looks like younger version of whoever sees it. If you win, you both, finally together, can witness reality itself falling apart. This is true ending.

…yeah, this is that kind of game. There IS reason why it is covered on this site. Relive it from beginning or its last moments, if you wish. Before we go in eternal darkness while Master sleeps soundly, we have some last things to do.

Alice’s Backyard

You should drop in at least once. To do it, access menu, choose fourth icon (one with book) and on next screen move to third entry from bottom:

After pressing enter pick letters for… yes, you guessed, “Backyard” (capital B, rest letters small) and use <Done>.

Reflection upon the true ending. Be careful when destroying world.

Huh. Enter to… well…. enter. Screen pans to show…

Huh. Looks like Avatar of Order in true form is scolding our trio. Alice have only one reply: No. Gulinello stays silent. Tiska does not understand.

Uh, got the happy ending?

Order hits table with tremendous force, making everyone jump.

You LOST the happy ending!! Think with your puny brain! You DESTROYED THE WORLD?! Left all humanity to die, you INCLUDED?!

She is so indignant she shakes.

Are you heroes or villiains?!

Alice simply responds Neither. Order just hits table again.

It better be ONE of them!!

L-Lady Order, calm down…

There’s NOTHING to be calm about!

Look, just think about it. If it were either me being a Shadeling or Alice dying forever, the world’d have to be destroyed.

Another hit. Poor table.

That’s WAY too much of a leap!!

I have to agree with Order on this.

You accept punishment for doing something really bad! Because you disturbed Order!

This all just goes to show you the triumph of the human heart. God’ll understand. You agree, Gulinello?

Our favourite shadeling seems to be surprised, suddenly being under spotlight.

Eh? Oh, uh, you bet, Tisky.

This time it is Tiska that abused table.

You’re not even listening!!

Alice, however, decided to Sleep. Order bangs on table that probably is on it’s last legs.

AND you’re sleeping?!

Cutscene ends and you are in control of… some shadeling?

Walk around. Let’s ask Tiska.

Welcome to Bar Alice!

I thought it is Alice’s backyard, not bar…

If you’re here, that must mean you beat the game. Thanks for playing! The longuing Shadelings there can tell you some things about development. Take it easy!!

Why everyone seem to scream lately? Pester him again.

What’ll it be? I have beer and juice.

You can choose between Japanese sake, Apple juice and Nothing.

If you order Japanese sake, Tiska moves to shelf while quipping:

Japanese sake? As opposed to American sake?

And he is back by counter.

Here you are.

Shadeling that you control seems to ask something.

…Huh? About me? Well, let’s see… I was the biggest hurdle when it came to making characters.

Oh fourth wall, we barely knew ye… wait, this whole place is pretty much just elaborate dev-notes. Nevermind.

I ended up unpopular, not very manly, and subject to cruel treatment… Geez, I’m the poster boy, though…

Don’t whine, I am quite sure you are very popular with at least one female out there.

If you cheered for me anyway, though, I’m glad.

In immortal words of Alice, you betcha! Unfortunately, ordering apple juice gives you same dialogue (only difference is his comment about loving apple juice). Boring! Ah well, let’s move onto first red Shadeling at counter. Wait, there are three of them here!

The Seraph’s Six Wings item was actually originally meant for another ending split… You’d get the true end if you had them, but… after that long final boss? So yeah, it was scrapped. Now they’re just a semi-hidden item.

Second Shadeling sits happily on couch.

Each dungeon has a “strongest Shadeling in the area”. If you beat them all, there’ll be a slight change in Shadeling Town.

Gather courage to talk with Avatar of Order herself.

I am Order, the proxy of God who governs reason.

Wait, now it is God, not Master? I blame translator.

And you are… “Planter Girl.” You’ve harvested all the plants.

I am that gardener? Is this hint about why you became shadeling? Curious. Last Shadeling next to piano jumps in place.

Thought this game was never gonna get done!! Development hell is scary.

Last but not least, Alice. You can ask for Cheery or Gloomy music. Last choice is Backstor-y (also with separate music track). Now Planter Girl is the one to speak.

I’m glad that I was able to put in that her rel name was “Chronola”. She’s like wild black cat, thus “kiro nora”… la.

So… it is lame japanese pun? *groan* And I thought it is kuro neko whatmasitit?

It also includes “chrono” for time, so I like it. Though it barealy appeared. By the way, there isn’t any real romance between her and Tiska.

WHAT?! Then what point it was to all of this omnisuicide business?! I call bullshit.

Affection, if you insist. Love is all you need.

Uh huh. I know better.

…aaand that’s all for Alice’s Backyard! You can leave simply by walking out same way where you appeared.

Grinding hell

Let’s kill bonus bosses. Before you even can think to attack bonus bosses, you have to grind up yourself in Garden of Creation. Suggested loadout (note that only Self-Holocaust will be used, rest is for bonus bosses except accessory):

Skills:

  • Self-Holocaust: EC-1 / LP-40 Inflicts damage (A)
  • Guard: Halves damage taken
  • Aura: EC-2 Heals wounds (C)
  • Constellation Shield: EC-1 / LP-15 Prevents status aliments
  • Element Wall: Blocks attack next turn

Accessory:

  • Circlet: Earn 1.5 more Force

Tactic… for grind? What tactic? By now you know what to do. Again name of this skill hits me as well-named one. Endless holocaust to yourself. Forever. Well, almost. Grind is boring, after all.

Oh, by the way, if you lose boss battle now, you will wake up in your home.

Last tidbit: remember that “Do nothing” action from tutorial, back in the very beginning of game? Turns out there is very low chance that it actually does something.

Not that it does anything crazy, just low damage spell. Disappointing, considering visuals.

First boss

We will start with easier boss (not like you have choice). You should have grinded out those stats:

LP: at least 400

PSY: at least 200

AGL: at least 125

Loadout was given above, only change is accessory:

  • Dream Circuit Breaker: [Price of Soul] PSY-20% Take 1/3 less damage

So go to Farsdale Mental Hospital, make sure you read job poster outside at left of door and agree to part-time job.

Confirm.

Glad to see you. Alright, go inside. It is simple job, really.

Enter double-winged door.

Ask shadeling what is up with this woman.

This patient became pregnant with a demon child, and it broke her mind. We need to give her treatment to kill the child inside her, so please assist us.

So we are participating in abortion? I can’t fucking wait. Let’s talk with patient.

Nnno, I am not insane, I’m very much sane. Take a look, Doctor. My baby is dddoing very well. He’s here worrying by my side. Let’s return home soon, ssshall we? Father and Mother are anxious.

Shadeling comes closer.

She doesn’t have parents or her husband anymore… Only the monster he left behind.

Woman responds:

It’s not a hallucination. He’s here. Why do you have a syringe? Why are you looking at me like that?

Shadeling is next to her.

Alright, hold her down.

NO!!!

Oh dear.

Apparition Mother

Skills: Zig-Zag Trap, Earth Spider / AGL Down (weak), Physic Reverse, Fetal Movement / Star Fade, Dogra Magra

First skill, Zig-Zag Trap, is standard attack. Physic Reverse is similar.

Use of Fetal Movement moves you both… somewhere else and allows for Dogra Magra (she does not necessarily uses it right away). It is very powerful attack and you have to be able to survive it without Guard.

Tactic: You will need Self-Holocaust her 4 times (assuming you hit with max 999 damage), in meantime taking care of your health. Use Constellation Shield as first move. Self-Holocaust when you are able, Guard after Fetal Movement and heal yourself with Aura.

After that…

Please, wait. Wait… Very well, maybe I am insane… But please, don’t kill the child… He’s only thing I have left to treasure… Please…

Hm, seems she’s calmed down. But her baby is half-monster. It’s clear he’ll be unhappy, and live a life of sorrow. For her sake, it’s best to avoid a fate worse than his death.

Even if he’s enemy to all, I’ll protect him to my dying breath. I’m sure, so sure he’ll be happy… Please… Don’t kill him…

…If you insist, miss, then I won’t do it. Let’s return you to the asylum.

She vanishes from chair, presumably teleported away by shadeling.

…My best friend Tiscolet was the same way. Why did they have to leave me? Will I have to hear my daughter-in-law;s wailing again tonight…?

That’s it for first boss. Right now, receptionist will brush you off telling you they are busy.

Second boss

When you are ready (you CAN kill him with current loadout, just remember to heal up… but battle will be easier if you load up on LP), return to hospital and read poster on wall again. It is now slightly different.

Urgent Part-Time Job Offering

Just need to keep the patients calm. Experience preferred! Details inside!

Enter hospital lobby again – you will notice guy is nowhere to be seen. Receptionist will again ask you about part-time job.

If you are experienced, you’ll be fine.

Walk inside that little room of horrors.

Ask shadeling for guidance.

This patient is a decomposing corpse with no hope for life. We’ll try to do some things for him, so please knock him out.

Uh huh. Do it.

I’ve no hope for life… There’s no need for hope. All I am is not dead yet.

Shadeling comes to side of patient.

He was a former hero, but he’s decayed on both the outside and inside.

Just leave me alone.

Do you feel you’ve lost everything?

…What if I haven’t lost anything?

Then you just don’t know it.

Commence boss battle.

Long-Dead King

Skills: Chained Kringla, Touch of Death (weak), ?, Bloodthirst, Grimpgraphy / Sure Hit

On beginning he likes to cast Touch of Death that deals 10% of your LP damage every turn. Chained Kringla is double-attack (presumably with scythe). Bloodthirst will heal him by small amount.

Tactic: pretty much like first boss. First Constellation Shield to protect from Touch of Death and them shoot at him until he dies. Um, Self-Holocaust him (five times), but same idea.

During battle he will speak at certain moment (when you hit him for second time).

It hurts my heart so to see person like my daughter. I have killed man and beast to protect my lord, yet those eyes have ever haunted my dreams.

Screen flashes.

If I am to be honest, I must save her… The one my lord so loved!

End those delusions of grandeur.

Huh…? It can’t be… How could a little girl break my bewitched scythe…?

A corpse in cell doesn’t even know it’s rotting.

Don’t give me metaphors! Sigh… That was a thousand years old…

The more the world despairs, the more hope brims in your life. You should take notice. For my daughter-in-law, especially.

Yeah, sure. You gonna fix my scythe?

Well, let’s take you back to prison.

When shadeling teleports him away, one final message from hero turned criminal flashes.

Hey, hey…! You can’t just break it and run, I got that scythe from my lor-

A hero even now, isn’t he.

You are back to lobby.

Good work. Your payment is a password. Standstill Girl “Music Room”. We hope to have your assistance if we ever need more help.

There is no poster outside anymore.

Music Room

You activate it same way as Alice’s Backyard – go to menu, select book icon and move to last entry. Click enter and write password (as space you can use empty character at left bottom).

Enter to go.

Lets see description of every song.

Land of Time: Time Core

Lurching Doll / SILDRA COMPANY

A song that represents Standstill Girl’s world. There’s a clock sound in it, but… You absolutely can’t let yourself notice it.

Land of Time: Shadeville Town

Gentle People / SILDRA COMPANY

It’s the only townlike town, so I used a very warm and snug song.

Land of Time: Mr. Shadeling – Shop/Battle Tutorial

Talior / SILDRA COMPANY

Dumb, a little gloomy, a little black. Those Shadelings get this music.

The Hand Guiding Alice – Time Primer

Good Evening in Moonlit Woods / SILDRA COMPANY

I picked all my favourites for the town… Lot’s of 3/4 songs, huh?

Rotten Longing, Distant Home – Tukur Town

Sound of a Weather Vane / SILDRA COMPANY

The first dungeon, for most people. I hope it properly evoked an aimlessly drifting sorrow paired with this song.

The Cradle of Slavery – Departure for Malis

life stream / SILDRA COMPANY

A train going over water for some reason. Ooh, that sprinting feeling is good.

Shackled Affection Doll – Malis Residential District

Dusk / SILDRA COMPANY

I had a heck of a time making the map. You get lost easy in a big city…!

The Brunt of Seething Love – Magnolia, City of Scholars

Rusted Ramparts / SILDRA COMPANY

Claims to be a scholar-made city, but there’s not a single building to that effect, is there?

Farewell to a Broken World – Pit Beyond Town

seadragon / SILDRA COMPANY

The cog positions and the memory points don’t match up for the Pit ’cause I made the map first. Oops!

Passage for the Passing – Garden of Creation

Infinite Corridor / SILDRA COMPANY

The Garden of Creation was, in fact, created so I could use this song.

World’s Beginning – Magnolia, City of Scholars

032-Church01 / RPG Tkool XP

From the RPG Maker XP RTP. The solemness of the pipe organ made it a perfect fit.

Farsdale Mental Hospital – event

Dream / Ongaku Banzai

The two patients had only their consciousness drift in from another world… is a dumb detail I was going for.

Normal Battle

Pioneer / SILDRA COMPANY

A battle song I couldn’t imagine using anywhere else, it fits so well. The piano in the back owns!

Powerful Shadow – Blue Cog/Mr. Shadeling battle

Battle 6 / Ongaku Banzai

I only made special AI for the Shadelings, last boss, and bonus bosses.

Boss Battle – Hand Guardian battle

Metempsychosis / SILDRA COMPANY

Like fighting in a sea of stars, I’m a fan of how the background changes along with the intro.

Mad Farsdale – Apparition Mother/Long-Dead King battle

I won’t look back / Extra Ocean

A lunatic mental hospital battle. I went for a difficulty that’s too much for normal play, but I admint defeat.

Last Battle – Order battle

Last Battle 2 / Ongaku Banzai

Second forms are such a thrill!

Memories – Flashback

sweet / Ongaku Banzai

I was really surprised how well a cheery music box song fit. A warm song for a cold past – just right!

Time of Judgement – Event

Gospel / SILDRA COMPANY

Now it’s Tiska’s turn. It just screams finale!

The Worst Hypocrite – Land of Time (Endgame)

Red Bird, Blue Bird / SILDRA COMPANY

When you start to see people’s true colors. Full of criminals, that Land of Time.

Change the Outcome – Event

Contemplation / Ongaku Banzai

Maybe it’s the scene I used it for, but oddly, it sounds both sad yet positive.

Dream’s End – Game Over

lullaby / Ongaku Banzai

Actually planned it to play in the ending. Would it stick with you if you saw “END” with this song playing? …No?

Goodbye’ World – Ending

mirror in the sky / Extra Ocean

Song full of hope with the world ending in the background makes heartrending! Maybe.

Standstill Girl – Title screen

Heaven’s Ring / Extra Ocean

The ol’ title music for the final boss trick.

Farewell

That’s all. You can now fulfill your destiny and destroy entire reality. See you next time.

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The Talos Principle.

Puzzle game that belongs here? Why not. Welcome to world where even philosophers bleed.

The Talos Principle.

Frogs are people too

You are robot in some kind of virtual reality. Don’t worry, it is not spoiler, fakeness of surroundings and your nature is apparent almost from the very beginning. You are accompanied by voice in your head claiming to be Elohim (yes, that one). It demands solving puzzles and promises things that you can(not) do or have anyway. It also forbids you from going into Tower. Sounds familiar?

You will meet indirectly other poor souls like you (via barcode messages on wall) and read their musings, questions and sometimes death messages. Last, but not least, there is something lurking in terminals, something so nihilistic it gives Nietzsche run for his money…

We do it for fun

SiDon't blow yourself up, now.nce it is philosophical puzzle game, let’s talk about puzzles.

When you travel around this artificial world, you will encounter shitton of puzzles, both of marked (gates with pink forcefield and boards with sigil, looking like Tetris blocks) and unmarked variety. In them you will avoid bombs and machine guns, turn off forcefields, play with box HEXAHEDRON and even co-op with yourself.

Puzzles range from very easy (green sigils) to extremely hard (upper half of red sigils) – and if you want 100% completion (all stars and floors of Tower), you go all way up to “fucking inhumanly impossible”.

Example? In one puzzle between puzzles to get star you have to take advantage of little fact that when you land after jumping, your view lurches slightly down (no, your goddamn robot cannot crouch). It happens to be enough to reach certain item from down that otherwise is unreachable without using other item (and making it unavailable in process). And that other item is needed for getting star too.

It is madness, and puzzles for silver sigils (hardest of hardest and necessary to reach top of Tower and get best – for given value of ‘best’ – ending) are often just straight out unfair.

Laugh at pointlessnes of existence

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