Gerda: A Flame in Winter Cheats and Tips
Saves Are Few And Far Between
Being a narrative adventure, the game revolves a lot around decisions Gerda makes and the scenarios that unfold as a result. While it’s normal to want to be able to jump back in case you’re not happy with a choice, the game is quite strict about that. You will only save when you return to the map screen, in which you make a diary entry and choose where to go next.
If you’re unhappy with a decision or a chance outcome, you’ll have to restart from the very beginning just to have another chance. As such, make sure you think carefully about your choices or risk long-drawn-out repetition.
Conserve Mental Energies
Gerda’s personal strength takes the form of several Mental Energies, which could be a result of her medical training. She has three pools to draw points from: Compassion, Insight, and Wit. These are her most important scores as the more she has, the better chance she’ll have to succeed on skill rolls. She’ll also have more dialogue options to make if she has points to spare.
You’ll only be able to obtain points when Gerda writes a diary entry upon returning to the map screen. Do everything you can to always keep your points above zero and save them for interacting with important individuals.
Observe Gerda’s Expression
As is to be expected, Gerda will spend a lot of time talking to people. For the most part, she’ll have four options to choose from during conversations. Depending on circumstances, inventory, and Mental Energies, some options may be closed off. When given a choice, a portrait of Gerda will appear on the left side of the dialogue.
As you cycle through the choices, watch as Gerda’s expression changes in order to get an idea of what kind of tone the choice sets. This will be extremely helpful in determining whether the dialogue will upset someone.
Avoid Making Enemies
This is a very tense and volatile situation for Gerda that has everyone on edge in one way or another. As such, the amount of Trust you’re able to build will significantly affect the outcome of Gerda’s journey. As she speaks with people and takes action, their Trust in her will rise or fall, which will determine what they’re willing to do for Gerda.
People who have low Trust will be less willing to speak with or help her, which will greatly affect what Gerda has access to. So, try not to take sides when you can, and stay away from hostile and insulting statements.