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Version: 1.1 | Updated: 07/02/15


Her Story
Her Story FAQ/Strategy Guide by Andrew Testa (andrew.c.testa@gmail.com)
Version 1.1 (7/2/15): Corrected bad spoiler tags in the "hard-to-find" section. Also, a general revision of the guide's text to correct awkward sentences and improve overall clarity.
This document is Copyright (c) 2015 Andrew Testa. All Rights Reserved.

Special Note: please try to complete the game on your own before consulting this guide for "answers." The whole point of the game, and its main entertainment value, is derived from you figuring out the story on your own, discovering the search terms and video clips on your own, and putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together -- yes, on your own. ;)

The sections marked with "spoilers" can ruin your gaming experience; only look at them after you've gotten your feet wet in the game and have a good grasp of the story already.

Again, the "fun" of this game comes from finding out the search terms on your own. Every person will play this game differently; this is where the fun is at and why the game has received almost universal acclaim from critics.

ONLY use the spoilers sections as a "last resort."

Guide Introduction

This guide was written to help people complete the "visual novel" video game Her Story. This FAQ is not supposed to be read verbatim, and the spoiler sections are not supposed to be read at all until you have understood the overall story but still desperately need guidance. Please do not use this guide unless you are stuck! The whole point of the game is to figure stuff out on your own. :)

I have written this guide so that the sections not marked "spoilers" can safely be written without spoiling the game too much. Even so, they still contain "strategies" which can change how you search, which can thus change your experience. You should try to figure out searching strategies for yourself first.

This guide is organized from least spoilers to most spoilers. The deeper you delve into this guide, the more spoilers you'll get. So for the sake of both of us, stay in the beginning unless you've found most of the clips already.

Game Introduction

"Her Story" is a remarkable, unique, amazing (but polarizing) video game. It currently holds an 86 on MetaCritic, and aside from one questionable review, every critic reviewed the game positively. Even so, the game has met some backlash by gamers, with some people even asserting that "Her Story" is not a game at all, but rather a movie. And I'll leave that one up to you. ^_^

I personally loved this game! It was unique, refreshing, and above all else, it was fun. It's an absolutely captivating experience to search for all the clips. At its core, the only "gameplay" element is typing in search terms to find more video clips. In that way, you can almost liken the game to repeated Google searches. But the game is just so much more than that.

The "story" is widely regarded as fantastic, but it is mostly due to the gameplay mechanic. Because you have complete freedom over what to search for, every player's experience is different. Some people might go from the original search term "Murder" and then proceed with typical crime words. Others may start by typing in names. And yet others may analyze the dialogue and search for keywords in the protagonist's speech.

Every player has a different experience in piecing together the story because there are so many directions you can go. This is not simply a "gimmick," but a central gameplay mechanic, and the main reason the game was reviewed so well. Viva Seifert also gives a believable, impassioned performance, especially considering it had to be acted one clip at a time. ;)

Overall, "Her Story" is a unique experience that you definitely don't want to miss out on. Even if you believe it is a movie and a gimmick, it is still a one-of-a-kind, refreshing, and captivating gaming experience.

Game Info
  • Game Name: Her Story (US)
  • Genre: Visual Novel
  • Platforms: PC, MAC, IOS
  • Release Date: June 24th, 2015
  • Mode: Single-player
  • MetaCritic Score: 86

Basics

This section contains the "basics" to get you started with the game. Essentially, in this section I'll explain what everything does and how the game work. I also delve into strategy a little, but only obvious strategy. To get the game's very own "basics" section (as well as some backstory), click on the "Readme.txt" file on the desktop. I have also included the text itself in the "Readme.txt" File section of this guide. It is important that you read it, either before you get started or after you've done a few searches. It explains really well what you have to do in the game. So don't ignore it like you normally would do for a readme file! :)

Using the LOGIC Database

The "L.O.G.I.C. Database" is the program that you use to search for video clips. You type in a search term in the single-line search box, press "search," and video clips appear below it. The number of video clips depends on your search; if you search for "Xbox," you will get 0 clips, while if you search for "the," you will get 164 clips.

The "goal," or the way to "beat" the game and see the credits, is to access all 271 clips. To do this, you need to use several different search terms. There are a myriad of strategies for which search terms to use. These strategies are described in the General Strategies (No Spoilers) section of this guide.

You are limited to only looking at the first five video entries. So, if you type in "the," it will show 164 clips, but you will only see the first five. And if you search "the" again, you will see the same five, so you can't just keep searching for "the" to find all the clips. Instead, you need to type in a number of different terms to try to find them all.

You can replay a video as many times as you like. Click (or tap) while the video is playing to show a time bar on the top of the screen and an X. You can use the bar to drag to earlier times in the clip, or press the X to end the clip early.

Search terms you haven't seen will have a yellow eye icon on them. Search terms that you have already watched will not have this icon.

Access Limited

You can only see the first five entries! So, if there are more than five entries, you can only watch the first five clips, no matter how many times you repeat the same search. So, for any given search term, you can only view up to five clips. I'm repeating myself again: five! This is important; you can't be too broad in your searches, or you will find way more than you can "access." It is always the first five in chronological order, so you will only see the beginning clips if you repeatedly use broad terms.

User Tags

You have the option to input "User Tags" for each video. The default user tag for every video is "BLANK." It is completely optional to type in user tags. In fact, I recommend that you do not type in too many user tags. Only type in words that were spoken in the clip. If you type in other things, it can ruin your searches because the video clip will show up even though the words are not spoken in the video. And if there are more than five results, you will be unable to see the later results because you typed in the user tag. Basically, if you type in user tags with words that are not in the clip, you can block yourself from viewing all of the clips.

For example, let's say Hannah talks a lot about video games (she doesn't, it's just an example). You search video games, you get 100 results, you look at the first five. She's talking about Nintendo a lot, but she has not yet talked about Mario in a clip. If you type in "Mario" in the user tag box, the same clip will show up when you search for "Mario," even though she never talked about Mario. And if there are more than five Mario results, you won't be able to see all the clips.

So, if you want to use User Tags, please only type in words that were said in the clip itself. If you want to write notes for potential terms to search for, either use a pen and paper or play the game in windowed mode and fire up Word or Notepad next to the game.

Add to Session

You can store videos to watch later if you click "add to session." If you do this, the clips will store themselves on the lower black box of the database. This way, you can look at a clip without having to re-search for it. Do not store every clip. You only need to watch the clips, you do not need to store them! Instead, store important clips, clips that are rich with search terms that you think you might forget.

Query History

If you click the clock button next to the search button, you will open up your Query History. Your Query History is all the terms you've searched for so far. This is somewhat useful at first because you can see what you've done already. As the game progresses, however, the history becomes far too long for you to "doublecheck" what you've searched for. Instead, you can use the history to see where your "train of thought" was at earlier, which could help you think of new terms.

For instance, back to the video game analogy, Hannah talks a lot about video games in general in my story, but there was one clip where she talked about a boy she played video games with when she was young. Now, you searched the boy's name and got a few clips, and it shows up in your history, but you didn't continue that line further because you searched for something completely different after seeing the clips. Let's just say the clips were focused on playing more "mature" games, so you decided to type in Halo and Call of Duty after the boy clips. But you neglected to type in more stuff about her playing video games with the boy. And so you see the boys name in the history, and you might think to search for more early childhood video games.

That is basically the usefulness of the Query History. Early in the game, you can doublecheck if you've searched for something before, and later in the game, you can see where your train of thought was at so you can think of more terms.

If you are stuck, it is also extremely useful to look at past clips and re-analyze them to think of more potential keywords.

Settings

The Settings button is the little wrench next to the clock button. This button pops up the settings menu, which has three options: (a) video subtitles, (b) Anti-Glare Filter, and (c) Delete Session Data.

Video subtitles are personal preference. I prefer them on so I can visually see the words, but it might be more fun (and maybe more difficult) with them off.

The Anti-Glare Filter is basically just the in-game graphics. With it on, the screen will have that '90s CRT TV glare and it will be a little more difficult to read stuff. It is also entirely personal preference. It can definitely add to the "feel" and atmosphere of the game if you leave it on, and that is what I personally recommend.

The last option, "Delete Session Data," is by far the most important. This is basically the "Play New Game?" button. When you press it, all your database work is deleted; basically, you start all over again. So if you've completed the game and want to play again from the beginning, press this button to start over. You might also be tempted to start over if you hit a roadblock with search terms, but I recommend against this; instead, look through previous clips, type in relevant search terms, or consult the guide. "Delete Session Data" is most useful if you've completed the game and want to restart.

Database Checker

On the desktop itself, there is a "DB Checker" shortcut with an icon of a filing cabinet. If you click on it, you will open the Database Checker. This is an extremely useful program which I recommend you have open at all times. You should place it side-by-side with the L.O.G.I.C. database.

The Database Checker shows you how many clips you've found so far and each clip's location in the chronology of the story. Red boxes signify clips that you have not seen yet, while green boxes are clips that you've already seen. Finally, the yellow box shows you the last clip you've seen.

The boxes are in order! The top-left box is the first clip in the story; the bottom-right box on the last line is the last clip. This is really important! After you watch a clip, you'll want to see where it was at in the footage, whether it was next to a clip you've already seen or not, or whether it was out in la-la-land in an area of red boxes you've not yet uncovered. This is all really important, and it can help you think of search terms and find more clips.

Rubbish Bin

The "Rubbish Bin" is basically the Recycle Bin. It's kind of humorous; inside it, you'll find the "Mirror Game," which you need to complete in a certain way to get an achievement. Other than that, the Rubbish Bin is only aesthetic. You do not need to add stuff to the Recycle Bin to complete the game.

Chat

As you progress in the game, a "chat" speech bubble appears on the top-left of the screen. If you click it, you are basically asked (without spoiling too much) whether you are done yet. If you haven't found all the clips, you are obviously not done, and so you shouldn't even answer. Instead, just close the box and reopen it after you've seen all the clips.

Readme Files

There are two readme files on the desktop. Even though people never read the real ones, it is recommended that you read them; they will help you get started if you're lost. The text of these two readme files is located below.

"Readme.txt" File

This is an extremely important readme! I recommend that this is the first thing you do (re: read) after starting the game. This readme succinctly explains the game mechanics and also alludes to the story.

"INTRODUCTION TO THE LOGIC DATABASE"

"Computer technology is the backbone of modern police work. The LOGIC Database is one of the many continuing efforts to digitise our workflow and preserve evidence in a manner which will allow you to work more efficiently. In the coming years, the computer will continue to be [the] most valuable item in your crim fighting toolkit.

"This database contains footage transferred from the existing Homicide & Serious Crime tap archive at Porsmouth. It has been automatically sorted using our ASR technology. Each statement made by the interview participants is stored separately so they can be tagged for submission to court. The audio has been digitally stenographed and the content of the testimony is attached to each clip.

"To retrieve a clip, type in a word (e.g. "robbery") into the search field. Click 'Search' and the database will return all clips in which the speaker uses that word. To narrow a search[,] use multiple words (e.g. "robbery supermarket".) If you are working from a printed transcript, you can be even more precise: use inverted commas to search for an exact match against the entire statement (e.g. "Yes, I was there".)

"To store a clip for later reference, click 'Add to Session.' Also, if you wish to add additional tags of your to help future searches, please click in the 'User Tags box and type in your desired tags.

"For any further assistance[,] please contact your department's Information Technologyu representative. --Police Information Technology Organisation"

"REALLY Readme!!!.txt" File

The second readme is more to develop the story and atmosphere of the game.

"Hey!

"Here's the database I filed a Freedom Of Information form to get you guest access. Everything seems to work. They transferred the videos off the original tapes in 1999 and then the Y2K thing hit and they got mothballed. No one has touched them since. I couldn't find the server with the detective's footage -- possibly those tapes got damaged when the old archives were flooded in '97 -- but figured this would be enough. Take your time. --SB"

Logging Off

"Logging Off" may seem like you are "giving up" and restarting, but you are simply quitting the game. All your progress is saved when you log off. The only way to restart the game is to click the settings button and press "Delete Session Data." Only this will delete all your progress.

To log off, you can either click the "Log Off" icon (it's an exit door) or click the X in the top-right corner of the LOGIC Database program. Again, when you log off, your progress is saved and you will return to your current place when you "log" back on.

General Strategies (Minor Spoilers)

This section contains general strategies for searching for clips. It goes over more general ways to search, and I use video game examples, and not "Her Story" spoilers, to explain the strategies. In this way, I'm not spoiling the story. Still, you'll have probably thought of some of these strategies already, and it is actually a core mechanic that you devise these strategies on your own. Even so, this section is for people frustrated with what to do, who simply do not know how to vary their searches, and who want some quick and dirty strategies for successful searches.

Here is a quick list of good strategies:

  • Search for nouns. A noun is a person, place, or thing. :)
    • Search for nouns that she says in her actual dialogue; that is, the more specific words she says.
  • Most of the time, she continues to talk about the same things in different clips, so simply search for every noteworthy word she talks about.
    • For example, she's talking about GameFAQs and FAQs in one clip. You might want to try searching for GameFAQs and FAQs to see if other clips show up.
  • She sometimes says the same words in different clips, but they have to do with something completely different.
    • For example, she's talking about the tangled cords on her old Nintendo 64 controller. You type in cord, and you get a few clips on umbilical cords.
  • Essentially, words are recycled in this game and key words are used over and over.
  • Names are important, places are important, people are important.
    • If the story was about Mario finding Peach but Bowser thwarting him, you would want to use the search terms Mario, Bowser, and Peach, right?
    • And if the story took place in the Mushroom Kingdom, you'd definitely want to use that in search to see if anything comes up.
  • Strong verbs are also important.
    • Did Mario kill the goomba, or did he butt-smash the goomba?
  • For search terms that are too broad, try adding another word to the search.
    • "Jump" bringing up too many results? Try "Mario Jumping," "his jump," and "a jump." They can sometimes bring up new clips.
  • Think about why she's there.
    • Mario is there to rescue Peach because Bowser kidnapped her.
  • Consider her body language and what's on the screen, but not too much.
    • Mario looking sad because Peach is gone? Not too out of the ordinary.
    • Mario wielding a wooden mallet? Definitely not as ordinary.
  • The story is out of chronology, but you should also try to guess what's said in the next clip.
    • For example: Bowser takes a deep breath and is ready to... *clip ends*
    • In the next clip, do you think he breathes fire? ;)
  • The detective dialogue is the "missing" volume.
    • Think of the follow-up questions that the detectives might say and then search for the same wordage. Remember that words are often recycled in the game!
  • Try to devise your own strategies.
    • And if you have a great one, be sure to send it to me so I can add it to the guide! :)

Searching

Searching is the name of the game (well, not really, but you know what I mean!). Basically the game's one big string of Google searches. So searching, as it were, is the most important topic.

What's really important is not only what you search but how you search; that is, the "how" is your strategy for searching. The strategies will widely vary per individual, and what makes this game so great is that any one person can search differently than another, and those two people will (initially) interpret the story differently.

For what to search:

  • Nouns, nouns, nouns. This means people's names, important locations, and important objects.
    • Going back to the Mario example, you would want to search for "Mario," "Bowser," "Peach," et al.
    • And after doing those searches, you might find the names of other people! Let's say when searching with the Mario keyword, you find a clip about Luigi. You'd then want to type in Luigi's name and search for him as well.
    • You can easily "chain" names for a long time.
  • Real-life locations are somewhat important, but general names of locations are more important.
    • Sometimes, the specific location -- let's say level 1-8 -- might yield a result. But this is somewhat rare in this game.
    • More often than not, more general terms for locations -- "mushroom pad," "overworld," "boss room" -- will yield many more results.
  • Names of objects are important.
    • This only applies to specific objects that Hannah talks about.
    • For example, if Mario starts rambling about mushrooms and jump pads and that time he bounced on the trampoline, those will all make good search terms.
  • Consider powerful verbs.
    • Verbs like "is" and "has" will get you the early clips, but the strong, more detailed verbs will get you the more specific clips.
    • So pay attention to the verbs that are used in dialogue. They, too, can be used in search.
  • You can net some early clips by just typing in normal words in dialogue.
    • Words like "a," "an," "the," "of," can all bring up clips, but you will only be able to access the early clips since it goes in chronological order.
  • You don't need to randomly guess any words.
    • The game is set up in such a way that you can "chain" search terms all the way through. Type in a search term, find some new clips, and type in more search terms based on what you found in those clips.

For how to search:

  • Always work off of what was said in the clips -- the nouns, the verbs, the stuff that was brought up.
  • Use the specific words that were said; you don't really need to overextend yourself.
    • For example, if we're talking about punching Bowser, then type in "punch." You won't need to type in "slugged," "hammered," "mauled." Punch will do just fine. :)
  • You should be "chaining" clips, meaning typing in words from previous clips to find new clips.
  • Look at each new clip that comes up before you search again.
    • Do not look at one new clip, with three other new ones still there, and then search before looking at all of them. The name of the game is finding all the clips, and it can be hard to go back after you go down another line of searches.
  • With that said, keep track of the new words you want to search for.
    • Basically, it's easy to forget what you wanted to search for after looking at three new clips. Write down which words you want to use as you go through each one.
    • As previously mentioned, the user tags box is a terrible place to write down new terms. Only type words that were said in the actual clip in the user tag area.
  • Save important clips by adding them to session.
    • They will show up at the bottom part of the database search program. You can then reference back to them later, but without having to find them again.
    • Only do this for important clips; do not store every clip below, or it will defeat the point of this mechanic.

Analyzing Videos: Dialogue is Key

In Her Story, dialogue is the most important aspect of the videos. Listen to what Hannah says -- the specific words that she chooses. If she uses a specific word, like a certain name, a certain object, or a certain place, sirens should go off in your head, and you should use those specific words to continue searching. She says Mario -- okay, search for Mario. She says mushroom pad -- search for mushroom, and then for pad. This will yield new results, which will in turn reveal more new results. Even the more general words that she says can sometimes be useful.

The clips are not self-contained; many specific words are shared in multiple clips, and sometimes these words aren't even used in the same context. For example, she's talking about guns and Halo. So you type in "gun" and you get a clip about her driving fast (gunnin' it) in a car. The game was built with this exactly in mind, that you can search for something in one clip and find the same word in another clip but in a completely different context. This is another way in which you can infinitely "chain" searches because you can go from one topic to the next.

With every sentence of each clip, you should be able to identify new search terms. Almost every sentence of dialogue contains at least one good search word.

Body Language

Although she is wonderfully acted, it's what Hannah says in each clip that matters, not how she says it (as far as finding all the clips is concerned). After you have a grip on the story, you can almost completely ignore Hannah's body language; in fact, you almost don't even need to look at the video; the dialogue, and not the video, is where you'll discover new search terms.

That said, you should definitely still watch the clips. But don't take too much stock into her body language. You do not need to over-analyze the way she presents herself after you understand the story. Basically, there's no point in analyzing whether she cocked her head one way, or blinked her eyes another way.

There are a few clips where her body language is absolutely crucial, where the only way you can find related clips is by looking at what she's doing. HOWEVER, it is made abundantly obvious in these clips.

So do not overanalyze the way she's presenting herself in the room and do not derive search terms from her body language.

Note: one caveat is that she wears different clothes on different days, which can be useful in understanding the plot.

Brute Force Strategies

You can "brute force" your way into getting some clips, especially the early clips. This is a great, simply, and easy way to find some clips if you're lost. Basically, the principle of this strategy is that when you search, your results are anything that Hannah says. And yes, there are words that you know she says in almost every clip, even if you do not know the story at all. These are words like "the," "a," "an," "with," "my," "but," "he," "she," and everything in between. These search terms are an easy way to net some videos without knowing the story. And it helps profusely if you do this towards the beginning of your searches as you'll be able to see the first sequences of clips.

Another straightforward strategy is to add words to keywords you've searched for before. So, if we're using the video game example, let's say when you search "PlayStation," you get 25 entries. So you can only look at the first five, and that sucks, right? Well, what if you search for "my PlayStation," or "the Playstation," or "her PlayStation"? Yes, you will receive different results, and sometimes you can even view clips you weren't able to see if you simply typed in "PlayStation."

Search Terms for "Hard to Find" Clips (Spoilers)

The short clips are usually the hardest to find. If you've gotten most of the clips, and you're just missing 25-30, then this section can really help you get the remaining ones, but without spoiling too much. :) Please consult this section first, especially if you are simply trying to "finish off" finding the clips.


Bottom-Right Clips

Your first roadblock is probably the clips in the bottom-right corner of the Database Checker; the clips on the last full row on the right. These clips are the lie detector test clips. These clips are hard to get because you have to search differently than you have been searching. Instead of just typing in a search term like normal, you have to use quotes in your search. More specifically, double quotes, or the " quote.

If you're searching this way and you are still stumped, think about the way in which people answer during lie detector tests. If you've ever seen one, such as in a movie or on a television show, you probably know that the answers are supposed to be short. And to just give it away: people normally answer lie detector test questions with a "yes" or a "no." This is absolutely pivotal to getting these clips! So, the "answer" to these is searching for "yes" or "no" with double quotes.


The First Clips

This can actually be another tough one. If you've been searching for more specific things, you might never find the first clip. So, to easily find it, use general words because clips are ordered chronologically. The "easiest" way to get the clip: simply type "a" in the search box.

You can also get the first clips by following the train of thought in the next section, or by thinking about what a policeman might offer you when brought in for friendly questioning.


"Meta" Clips

Some clips do not have to do with the past story, but instead the clips have to do with the present; simply put, the general state of things, the situation that she's currently in. So think about things she might say since she is being questioned about the death of her husband. If she's there a long time, wouldn't she get mad for being there, demand to leave, want to leave, feel sad? Answering these questions will probably net you some hard-to-find clips.


Really Random Clips

Some clips are just random. They don't have any specific keywords; instead, they are just normal conversation, just casual talk. If you haven't yet, just think about what two people might say if they are normally talking. This will definitely net you a few of the random clips.


Extremely Casual Short Clips at the Beginnings of Each Day

Some clips are extremely casual and simply have to do with normal pleasantries. These clips can be extremely hard to get because they don't have any "smoking gun" words in them like murder, destruction, or AK-47. Instead, they contain normal, casual words.

The key to these clips is to look at what Hannah is doing. More specifically, what Hannah is sometimes holding in her hand. Or, you could say: what is sometimes on the table in front of Hannah.

If you haven't guessed it, it's the cup, the beverage, that's in front of her.

Yes, that's right. Some of the clips only have beverage words in them.

So what do you normally drink in the morning And remember that we are not in the US here.

To give it away: you need to search for coffee and tea.

This will net you some of the extremely hard, casual clips. Yet to get others, you might have to search for what you need with the coffee and tea. So think about what you put in them or how you might like them. Remember, some people like their tea black and yet others enjoy a few more sugars in their coffee.


Downright Cheap Method

You can view ALL the clips, and even in order, if you type in BLANK in search. This is because all of the user tags have BLANK in them. You will receive the first five clips; after viewing each one, delete the user tag. This way, when you search again, it will bring up five new clips. Overall, this is an easy (albeit cheap) method to find all the clips.


Getting to the Credits

To get the credits to roll, first you need to find all the clips. After that, click on the "Chit Chat" speech bubble on the desktop. This opens up a chat window. Type "yes" twice and watch the credits roll.

Best Search Terms (Spoilers)

This is a list of some of the best search terms. It is not an exhaustive list, although you should be able to get 98% of the video clips by using these words. (For the other 2%, consult the section above.)

Every word has been spoiler tagged; thus, you need to highlight the text to see the words.

Proper Names

  1. Hannah
  2. Simon
  3. Hannah Smith
  4. Simon Smith
  5. Smith
  6. Eric
  7. Diane
  8. Princess Diana
  9. Eleanor
  10. Doug
  11. Eve
  12. Peter
  13. Susan
  14. Helen
  15. Carl
  16. Florence
  17. Rapunzel

General Names

  1. Policeman
  2. Police
  3. Family
  4. Baby
  5. Parents
  6. Barmaid
  7. Detective
  8. Blondes
  9. Boss
  10. Mother
  11. Mom
  12. Mum
  13. Father
  14. Dad
  15. Him
  16. Her
  17. Prince
  18. Princess
  19. Wife
  20. Husband
  21. Kids
  22. Suspect
  23. Child
  24. Another Woman
  25. Sister
  26. Cat
  27. Boyfriend
  28. Twins
  29. Lawyer
  30. Midwife

Places

  1. Glasgow
  2. Kitchen
  3. Road
  4. Attic
  5. Street
  6. Rock
  7. Bar
  8. Pub
  9. Conference
  10. Throat
  11. Room
  12. Glaziers
  13. Hospital
  14. Hotel
  15. Upstairs
  16. Cellar
  17. Bedroom
  18. Beach
  19. Oxford
  20. Park
  21. Room

Objects

  1. Glass
  2. Mirror
  3. Book
  4. Dollhouse
  5. Doll
  6. Wig
  7. Hair
  8. Hairs
  9. TV
  10. Paper
  11. Glasses
  12. Coffee
  13. Sugar
  14. Tea
  15. Watch
  16. Present
  17. Keys
  18. Lock
  19. Door
  20. Diary
  21. Cup
  22. Wallet
  23. Silver
  24. Money
  25. Ticket
  26. Guitar
  27. Fingerprint
  28. Blood
  29. Record
  30. Phone
  31. Number
  32. Body
  33. Window
  34. Fairy Tale
  35. Flap
  36. Bed
  37. Pillow
  38. Taxi
  39. Station
  40. Camera
  41. Mushroom
  42. Water
  43. Test
  44. Arrest
  45. Rights
  46. Garden
  47. Ouija
  48. Rules
  49. Ring
  50. Evidence

Numbers

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. Four
  5. Eight
  6. Nine
  7. Ten
  8. Fifteen
  9. Seventeen
  10. First

Times

  1. Childhood
  2. Saturday
  3. Friday
  4. Early
  5. Late
  6. Morning
  7. Year
  8. Summer
  9. Spring
  10. Age
  11. February
  12. Night
  13. Week
  14. Weekend
  15. Birthday
  16. Wedding

Adjectives

  1. Symmetrical
  2. Reflection/Reflect
  3. Clean
  4. Special
  5. Decorate
  6. Sick
  7. Magical
  8. Weird
  9. Different
  10. Identical
  11. Romantic
  12. Important
  13. Unique
  14. Ill
  15. Palindrome
  16. Guilty
  17. Innocent

Relationship Words

  1. Married
  2. Marriage
  3. Pregnant
  4. Pregnancy
  5. Miscarriage
  6. Love
  7. Hurt
  8. Affair
  9. Sex
  10. Sex Life
  11. STD
  12. Cheat
  13. Cheated
  14. Secrets
  15. Argument
  16. Argue
  17. Arguing
  18. Hate
  19. Accident
  20. Infertile
  21. Crying
  22. Date
  23. Lie

Other Important Words

  1. Cut
  2. Masterchef
  3. Bruise
  4. Tapping
  5. Sense
  6. Question
  7. Exist
  8. Framed
  9. War
  10. Inherit

Conversational Words

  1. "Yes" (with double quotes)
  2. "No" (with double quotes)
  3. Yep
  4. Fuck
  5. Thanks
  6. Sorry

Clip-by-Clip Search Terms and Dialogue (Spoilers)

There are 271 clips and 1 hour, 35 minutes, and 5 seconds of total video footage.

"Dialogue" and "Search Terms" all have spoiler tags because, well, they contain major spoilers! :) You need to highlight them to view the text.

For "Search Terms," I have put down all the general terms that you might come up with. The search terms work both ways. You can use them to "land" on the clip, or you can use the words as a "springboard" to find other clips.

Database Location is really important! It was listed this way so you can find "that" certain clip you're missing. To do this, however, you have to physically count the rows and the columns in the database checker. This is somewhat annoying, but it is unfortunately the only way. And even though clips are broken up by day, it's just one big red block in the database checker. The days help "break up" the information more, and you can tell which day you're on by looking at the time on the screen.

Day 1

Day 1 takes place on 18/06/94 (6/18/94) from 19:17:03 to 19:26:13 (7:17PM to 7:26PM). There are 26 clips from day 1. NOTE: You must highlight the text to see the spoiler words in the gray boxes.

Database Location: Row 1, Column 1
Length: 7 seconds
Real File Name: D101.avi
Dialogue: "A black coffee thanks. No sugar. I'm sweet enough as it is."
Search Terms: Coffee, Sugar, Sweet

Database Location: Row 1, Column 2
Length: 20 seconds
Real File Name: D102.avi
Dialogue: "My name is Hannah. H-A-N-N-A-H. It's a palindrome. It reads the same backwards as forwards. It doesn't if you mirror it though, it's not quite symmetrical. But, well, well, you get the idea. Hannah Smith. I live at thirty one Gladstone Street."
Search Terms: Hannah, Palindrome, Read, Mirror, Symmetrical, Smith, Street

Database Location: Row 1, Column 3
Length: 19 seconds
Real File Name: D103.avi
Dialogue: "Simon. Simon Smith. He works at Ernst Brothers Glass. They do windows, all kinds of glass. Simon does the more special work. Mirror making, feature windows. Artistic things. Really beautiful things..."
Search Terms: Simon, Smith, Ernst, Brothers, Glass, Windows, Special, Work, Mirror, Beautiful

Database Location: Row 1, Column 4
Length: 16 seconds
Real File Name: D104.avi
Dialogue: "A mobile phone? Yeah, well they have one for the glaziers but it's only for work. I can't remember the number. It's in the kitchen. I saw it plugged in to its charging cradle."
Search Terms: Mobile, Phone, Kitchen, Glaziers, Number, Work

Database Location: Row 1, Column 5
Length: 27 seconds
Real File Name: D105.avi
Dialogue: "Um, Simon is six foot. Darkish blonde hair. Average build. He's clean shaven. If his beard grows it goes ginger so he shaves it. I mean, not that there's anything wrong with ginger hair! Uh, I brought a photo. They said I should bring a photo. This was taken last year on holiday in Rome. It's the best one I have."
Search Terms: Simon, Six, Blonde, Hair, Clean, Ginger, Photo

Database Location: Row 1, Column 6
Length: 37 seconds
Real File Name: D106.avi
Dialogue: "No, he doesn't have any tattoos. He has a scar down here near his stomach. Past his hip. Cut himself with some glass. That was before... a long time ago. He looks just like the photo. He's not got his glasses on here though. He takes them off for the camera. But he needs them to see properly. You know when he has to read. A newspaper or a menu in a restaurant. Not books so much. Or watching TV. He likes TV."
Search Terms: Tattoo, Cut, Glass, Glasses, Camera, Read, Newspaper, Restaurant, Books, TV

Database Location: Row 1, Column 7
Length: 27 seconds
Real File Name: D107.avi
Dialogue: "He was wearing a shirt. A blue turtle neck shirt and jeans. He has a watch. It's a really nice one. That was a gift from his boss Eric. He had his coat. A long grey duffel coat like Paddington Bear. But he would have taken that with him. It's not in the house."
Search Terms: Eric, Boss, Shirt, Jeans, Clothes, Watch, Gift, House

Database Location: Row 1, Column 8
Length: 42 seconds
Real File Name: D108.avi
Dialogue: "So it was Friday evening. We had an argument. He left on Saturday. He didn't come back. I waited all day. He was supposed to go help Eric out with something on the Saturday afternoon. They had a job. He didn't show. So Eric was ringing on the phone. I checked at The Rock -- that's our local pub. They said they'd seen him on the Friday night but not since. He still wasn't back this morning which just isn't like him at all. Still not back by dinner time. It's getting dark again. So I decided to come see you. His parents haven't heard anything either."
Search Terms: Friday, Argument, Saturday, Day, Help, Eric, Job, Phone, The Rock, Rock, Morning, Dinner, Parents

Database Location: Row 1, Column 9
Length: 16 seconds
Real File Name: D109.avi
Dialogue: "It's the Rockington Arms. The Rock. It's run by a nice couple Peter and Susan. There's some other regulars there that Simon likes to drink with. And the barmaid they have in sometimes Helen. Peter said Simon had been in and had a few drinks."
Search Terms: Rockington, Rock, Peter, Susan, Drink, Barmaid, Helen

Database Location: Row 1, Column 10
Length: 12 seconds
Real File Name: D110.avi
Dialogue: "No. I think he spoke to Helen. She said he was upset about our argument but I'm not sure what else he said. He likes Helen. He likes blondes."
Search Terms: Helen, Argument, Likes, Blondes

Database Location: Row 1, Column 11
Length: 11 seconds
Real File Name: D111.avi
Dialogue: "It was married couple stuff. A stupid argument nothing specific. No one knows how to push your buttons better than those you're close to."
Search Terms: Married, Stupid, Argument, Close

Database Location: Row 1, Column 12
Length: 12 seconds
Real File Name: D112.avi
Dialogue: "No. I mean yes. We have arguments. But he never runs off. He always comes back we make up. It's always that way."
Search Terms: Argument, Runs Off, Make Up

Database Location: Row 1, Column 13
Length: 7 seconds
Real File Name: D113.avi
Dialogue: "A long time. We got married when I was seventeen."
Search Terms: Seventeen, Long, Time, Married

Database Location: Row 1, Column 14
Length: 10 seconds
Real File Name: D114.avi
Dialogue: "Childhood sweethearts? Something like that. Are you married detective?"
Search Terms: Childhood, Married, Detective

Database Location: Row 1, Column 15
Length: 11 seconds
Real File Name: D115.avi
Dialogue: "Suicide? No. He would never do anything like that. He's not the kind of person to do anything like that. To hurt himself?"
Search Terms: Suicide, Hurt, Himself, Never

Database Location: Row 1, Column 16
Length: 17 seconds
Real File Name: D116.avi
Dialogue: "No. Not drugs. I mean he drinks. But never very much. He goes to the pub and has one or two. Sometimes we go together. He has wine with food. But no he doesn't have any kind of drinking problem."
Search Terms: Drugs, Drinks, Pub, Together, Wine, Food, Drinking, Problem

Database Location: Row 1, Column 17
Length: 17 seconds
Real File Name: D117.avi
Dialogue: "Yes. There's a car that we share. A Cavalier. And a van he uses for work. It's owned by Eric but we look after it. Both of them are there now parked on the street. I'm not sure about the keys for the van. I can look for you when I get back."
Search Terms: Car, Work, Eric, Street, Keys, Back

Database Location: Row 1, Column 18
Length: 11 seconds
Real File Name: D118.avi
Dialogue: "No. I'm not sure what strange would be but he hasn't been acting odd. He's been busy at his work but nothing too stressful."
Search Terms: Work, Busy, Acting, Odd, Strange, Stressful

Database Location: Row 1, Column 19
Length: 10 seconds
Real File Name: D119.avi
Dialogue: "Sure. Yes. Of course. If that would help. Will you phone the house to let me know when you want to come around? Then I can make sure I'm there."
Search Terms: Phone, Help, House, Around

Database Location: Row 1, Column 20
Length: 33 seconds
Real File Name: D120.avi
Dialogue: "He has a wallet. A huge silly thing. Leather. Real leather I think. He packs it full of stuff. Business cards, receipts, lottery tickets. He always carries it in his back pocket. I think that's why he's got a bad back. Offsets the discs. I haven't seen it so he must have it on him. He always takes it out of his back pocket before. When he comes in if he's in the house."
Search Terms: Wallet, Ticket, Pocket, Back, Bad, House

Database Location: Row 1, Column 21
Length: 15 seconds
Real File Name: D121.avi
Dialogue: "Yes that would be in his wallet. It's a Visa. A silver one. He doesn't like to spend money he doesn't have so he usually pays with cash but Eric convinced him to get one."
Search Terms: Wallet, Silver, Spend, Money, Pays, Cash, Eric

Database Location: Row 1, Column 22
Length: 12 seconds
Real File Name: D122.avi
Dialogue: "Sure. I think. I do all the bills and paperwork and handle all the money stuff so should be easy for me to find. Do you want them dropped off to you?"
Search Terms: Bills, Paperwork, Money, Easy

Database Location: Row 1, Column 23
Length: 17 seconds
Real File Name: D123.avi
Dialogue: "Yes! There's an Amstrad one. No one uses it for much. There's a printer so you can write letters on it. Simon sometimes plays games. You know climb the tower save the princess. That kind of thing."
Search Terms: Amstrad, Printer, Write, Letters, Plays, Games, Princess

Database Location: Row 1, Column 24
Length: 24 seconds
Real File Name: D124.avi
Dialogue: "No, he doesn't keep a diary. That's my thing. I've kept one well as long as I can remember. Since I was a girl. Helps make sense of my day. When you're forced to put something into words. Just gives you perspective. Everyone's on the same page."
Search Terms: Diary, Girl, Since, Day, Help, Words, Perspective, Page

Database Location: Row 2, Column 1
Length: 18 seconds
Real File Name: D125.avi
Dialogue: "Simon isn't the type to run off or do anything crazy. Someone must have done something to him or there must have been some kind of accident. So what do we do next?"
Search Terms: Crazy, Accident, Next

Database Location: Row 2, Column 2
Length: 11 seconds
Real File Name: D126.avi
Dialogue: "Yeah, thanks. Please find Simon. I love him so much."
Search Terms: Find, Simon, Love