The Dark Photographs Anthology: Man of Medan — strategies and tricks for saving all five characters


This post is all about our strategies and tricks for playing the interactive horror story of The Dark Photographs: Man of Medan, exactly where your aim is to aid 5 young adults survive their journey on a ghost ship.

This will have distinct strategies you will will need to save just about every individual in the situations exactly where they can reside or die through the game. This is a living document, which I’ll update as I find out much more of the 69 various methods that the characters can die as they discover a floating wreck that dates back to just immediately after the Second Globe War. (Verify out our overview right here, as nicely as some other superior tip guides).

Hopefully, sufficient time has passed due to the fact the August 30 launch of the game that these strategies and tricks will not be viewed as spoilers, but as strategies to look at when you are stuck. Man of Medan is out there from developer Supermassive Games and publisher Bandai Namco on the Windows Computer by way of Steam, PlayStation four, and Xbox.

[This story has major spoilers. If you’re having a hard time with The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, you may want to look up specific advice on a character –Ed.]

Play the game numerous occasions

The five main characters of Man of Medan.

Above: The 5 most important characters of Man of Medan.

Image Credit: Supermassive Games/Bandai Namco

I hugely suggest that you play Man of Medan with no any strategies the very first couple of occasions. It is very replayable, and it is enjoyable to watch a pal who hasn’t seasoned it ahead of play it with you for the very first time. But if you are frustrated and seriously want to save a single character with no getting to go by way of the drill of playing the game once again, this post is for you.

I’ve played it to the finish a couple of occasions, and I’ve explored various alternatives in every single of the scenes (which you can replay immediately after you very first finish the game).

As with the predecessors Till Dawn from 2015 and Hidden Agenda from 2017, Man of Medan’s designers as soon as once again embraced the chaos theory of The Butterfly Impact, exactly where tiny events, such as a butterfly flapping its wings, can contribute to massive downstream effects like a hurricane that happens weeks later. You have to make a lot of little and huge choices in the game, and these lead to either salvation or death. You can get clues to how to save characters in the “dark pictures” that you discover, which show a short video of a future life-or-death scene.

But in some cases, the game appears extremely unfair. If you choose to hide alternatively of operating, your character might get caught and die. If two characters are not receiving along, a single character might select to enable an additional character to die at a essential moment.

At the finish, you can either emerge with all 5 characters alive, or you might finish with all of them dead. I suggest you attempt to save men and women for as lengthy as you can due to the fact that unveils much more clues and much more of the story. Also, you will want to save these characters due to the fact the developers went out of their way to generate an emotional attachment to every single character — except the annoying Conrad.

The game also has a co-op mode exactly where you can play with an additional player. You can also play in Film Evening mode, exactly where up to 5 players can join with each other, with every single playing a single of the big characters. The game requires about 4 or 5 hours to play. I played the game on a Windows Computer with an Xbox One particular controller.

The story

Man of Medan takes place on the high sea.

Above: Man of Medan requires location on the higher seas.

Image Credit: Bandai Namco

Man of Medan is a horror adventure that begins with a prelude set in 1947, when the freighter dubbed the Man of Medan runs into difficulty on the higher seas. Throughout a storm, water seeps into the cargo hold and mixes with a nasty chemical. It exudes a green gas that flows into the bodies stored in the hold. And it drives the crew mad. Throughout this aspect, you manage two soldiers who are thrown in the brig and healthcare bay for getting drunk. You study how to manage the game and make choices, but you cannot escape your fate.

Years later, a crew of treasure seekers heads out on a tour boat dubbed the Duke of Milan. 1st, they discover an underwater wreck of an old rescue plane. Then they run afoul of a trio of pirates and, amid a fierce storm, they are taken to the Man of Medan, now a floating derelict exactly where absolutely everyone believes holds a treasure: the Manchurian Gold. From there, the story proceeds in a non-linear way as you make selections about which characters to use.

Common strategies

We noted that the game is very replayable, but I know the excruciating feeling of getting to go by way of the entire factor once again just due to the fact of a single poor selection or a botched QuickTime Occasion (or QTE, exactly where you have to hit the appropriate button on your controller or keyboard ahead of a timer runs out).

One particular of the very best time-savers, immediately after you have played it by way of the very first time, is to restart a new saved game at a distinct chapter. If you can figure out the chapter exactly where you went astray from the appropriate path, start out at that point. You will not have to replay the entire game, but you could nevertheless finish up with all 5 characters alive.

Be ready for the QTEs. You have to hit the appropriate button at the appropriate time, or you will mess some thing up for a single of the characters. Obtaining the button mashes appropriate is a matter of life or death. So I hugely suggest that you do not multitask when playing Man of Medan. You in no way know when you have to mash a button. On best of that, in some cases you have to repeatedly mash a button such as the X important. You have to be ready to attack that important and maintain pressing it more than and more than. If you fail a lot of these, then it is going to be negative news for your characters.

You also have to master the breathing mechanic, exactly where you have to hit the A button at the appropriate time, sort of like playing Guitar Hero. This aids you keep hidden when the pirates are browsing for you. In the suggestions beneath, some characters might wind up in various pairs in certain scenes, based on the selections you have created.

What ever character you are playing, please note the job that you have to obtain. And bear in mind that the characters are prone to hallucinations. Points are not usually what they look as the name “Manchurian Gold” implies. Do not think that just about every monster you are attacking is basically a monster. And by no suggests need to you shed the distributor cap, which the Duke of Milan boat desires to escape Man of Medan.


You can assign a player to a character in Movie Night mode.

Above: You can assign a player to a character in Film Evening mode.

Image Credit: Bandai Namco/Supermassive

Sadly, you can not quit Conrad from getting annoying.

Conrad is the very first character that you can shed. When he pushes out the window of the boat and climbs out on the side, he has the alternative of stealing a boat to make a cowardly solo getaway or moving to the back to take on the pirates. If you want him to reside, you have to confront the pirates. He has a likelihood of escaping and then returning at the finish, but only if you get all the QTEs appropriate.

Conrad’s big encounter happens with a attractive lady who is an illusion. In truth, she is a decaying zombie. In fleeing from her, you have to hit the QTEs appropriate. You have to pass a breathing test if you keep in a area. If you do not pass that test, Conrad will panic and fall to his death. If you flee, you run out of space to run. You can jump, but then Conrad will fall to his death. If you confront the monster, you will discover that it is not a monster immediately after all.


Do you know Fliss well enough?

Above: Do you know Fliss nicely sufficient?

Image Credit: Supermassive Games/Bandai Namco

You have to safeguard Fliss from threats such as getting trapped underwater in a cage. You have to make confident you select to smash a hinge on the cage. She can also be overtaken by monsters in the water, and you have to hit your QTEs to stop her from drowning.

Fliss finds a ballroom with a lot of satanic symbols. She has to escape that ritual area and get some air. If she does not, she’ll run into a hooded figure. She can kill that figure, but it will turn out to be a single of her buddies.

And at the finish of the game, Fliss can be killed by a single of her buddies. The pal has to comprehend that they’re not seeing a actual demon.


Above: Brad is the nerdy brother of Alex.

Image Credit: Bandai Namco

Brad need to inform Alex to “go with his gut” on a big selection that Alex is going to make. Brad has to keep hidden on the Duke of Milan when the pirates are on the boat. It is extremely valuable if you discover the gas mask through exploration in the Obtaining Close friends chapter.

Whilst Brad and Julia are escaping from Olson, they need to pause lengthy sufficient to examine Danny, the seemingly dead pirate. Julia will discover her engagement ring in his hand.

Brad can be killed by a single of his buddies.


Decision point in Man of Medan.

Above: A selection point in Man of Medan.

Image Credit: Supermassive Games/Bandai Namco

Just after hearing superior suggestions from Brad, Alex desires to propose to Julia when they’re diving underwater. He offers her an engagement ring, and it would be extremely valuable for survival if she says yes through the dive sequence.

Here’s exactly where the QTEs seriously matter. You have to hit them as Alex and Julia run from Olson. If you do not, Olson will catch up with Alex at the final door and stab him. Alex can also die by receiving caught by a doppelganger chasing him and Julia.

Alex or some of the other cast members might wind up confronting Olson, the most important pirate, in the cargo bay. When Olson causes a flood, Alex has to escape. He has to inform the other pal, who is at the controls to hold off on dropping the gate. Alex has to escape, with appropriately timed Quicktime button pushes, and then the gate has to drop.

The rats who consume the pirate’s physique are basically a threat. You need to make confident that they do not bite Alex, who could shed his grip on the distributor cap. Alex need to not choose up the knife in the kitchen. If he does, he might extremely nicely use it, and that is not going to finish nicely. Even if he does choose up the knife, he need to not attempt to kill the terrifying vision in front of him. If he does, he fails. If you fail, this ending is genuinely a heartbreaker, as a secure escape is pretty much inside attain.


Above: Julia is a single of 5 most important characters in Man of Medan.

Image Credit: Bandai Namco

Julia desires to get a proposal from Alex and say yes through her dive. Whilst underwater, Julia and Alex see an explosion above on the boat. Julia desires to maintain her calm and make confident she decompresses ahead of receiving on the boat. This will quit her from receiving decompression sickness from increasing also rapid.

Toward the finish, when you discover the rebreather, make confident you choose it up and bring it with you.

Julia and Brad get stopped by Junior, a single of the pirates. He is freaking out due to the fact he has breathed in the green gas, and it is producing him see issues. He no longer trusts his eyes. Julia has to convince him that the rebreather the mist is inside him and you could take it out of him. Brad also has to say the appropriate issues. He has to be curious about Junior’s visions. He has to acknowledge that the “fog” exists. He can deny that he breathed in the mist. And Brad need to attempt to distract Junior, rather than go for the gun. If all goes nicely for Brad and Julia, then issues will not go nicely for Junior. It is not fairly, but it is a extremely intense scene.

If Junior believes other people are causing his visions, or if you dismiss his issues, he will shoot you. And if there’s a way to make Junior survive, that is a superior outcome. This includes Julia applying the rebreather against him when Brad goes for the gun. If they overpower Junior, he can survive the game.

In the corporation of Alex, Julia can inform Alex to quit drowning a single of the pirates. A chase will ensue. The doppelganger chasing them could extremely nicely kill Julia, either by breaking her neck or knifing her.

The ending

Do not trust the military. They’re maintaining this ghost ship a secret, and they are not your buddies. You can get in touch with for them to rescue you, but do not take them up on it. This suggests that you have to save the distributor cap for the Duke of Milan. If you shed it, you will be in deep difficulty when the military shows up.

If you get all of these issues appropriate, then you will leave the ghost ship and return to the Duke of Milan. Brad wonders what they seriously saw. Julia will show the engagement ring to Alex, and he’ll place it on her hand once again. Then the Duke of Milan flees the scene with everyone secure on board. Conrad will knock back a frosty a single, displaying that he hasn’t changed and that you in all probability shouldn’t have saved him.

And if you did inform the military your coordinates, there is a video in the middle of the credits that shows the consequences of that. The military shows up. Two soldiers search the ship. And when they are not paying interest, they run into Danny, a single of the pirates who supposedly drowned. He kills them each with a sledgehammer.

Even immediately after you get to this ending, you might want to play it once again and discover all the collectibles, as that will unlock goodies for you.

Tiny Hope

Welcome to Man of Medan, the first game in The Dark Pictures Anthology.

Above: Welcome to Man of Medan, the very first game in The Dark Photographs Anthology.

Image Credit: Supermassive Games/Bandai Namco

There is a way to get to an additional Easter egg by viewing the final premonition, or a single of the dark photos that give you clues to the future. You can discover it if Alex and Julia group up on the final mission, immediately after the radio get in touch with, and then you acquire manage of Conrad.

The premonition in the image depicts a scene from the subsequent installment of The Dark Photographs Anthology. It is referred to as Tiny Hope, and it shows a scene from the subsequent game. The Curator suggests that we’ll see every single other once again, “maybe in Tiny Hope.”


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