3. Story walkthrough
The first two Cultural Insights 1/24 & 2/24 are unlocked automatically at the start: ‘A Living People, A Living Culture’ and ‘It Would Be Really Nice to Hear a Story’. Create a new game and continue.
After the opening cutscene, you will unlock another Cultural Insight 3/24: ‘Scrimshaw’. Once you’re in control, you will be being chased by a polar bear. Run to the right and jump over the gaps and ledges. Continue onwards until Fox makes an appearance.
Switch to Fox and run in the opposite direction. When the polar bear falls through the ice, you can return to Nuna. Continue to the right to unlock:
Unlocked by 45,958 tracked gamers (100% - TA Ratio = 1.00)
Continue to the right and you’ll find an owl that unlocks Cultural Insight 4/24: ‘Arctic Fox’. Keep going and you’ll learn how to scale a wall using Fox. As you go further, you will also learn how to brace against the wind. Shortly after learning this, you’ll find another owl and Cultural Insight 5/24: ‘Caribou & Clothing’.
As you make the next jump, immediately brace yourself against the coming wind. You will soon come to a sheer drop into the water. Stay still and wait for the Spirits to reveal themselves to you. Switch to Fox and use the Spirits to reach the other side. Here you’ll find another owl with Cultural Insight 6/24: ‘Siļa Has a Soul’.
Continue on and learn to wall jump with Fox. Land on the Spirit and it’ll lower itself to the ground. Switch to Nuna and jump up as well. From here, jump to the ledge and continue. Jump across the gaps, timing against the wind, and you’ll soon reach a blocked path.
Use Fox to crawl through the gap. You can now run up the wall and wall jump on top of the blockage, where more Spirits will reveal themselves. Jump on one of their backs and they’ll reveal a way up for Nuna. Jump over the gap to find another owl and Cultural Insight 7/24: ‘The Trapping Trail’.
This will unlock:
Unlocked by 43,487 tracked gamers (94% - TA Ratio = 1.02)
Continue to the right and you’ll meet three Spirits. Use Fox to reach the left-most Spirit and it will lower itself to allow Nuna to proceed. Remember to brace yourself against the wind. Keep going to the right and you’ll unlock:
Unlocked by 42,994 tracked gamers (93% - TA Ratio = 1.03)
Head to the right and a Spirit will appear. Jump on to its head with Nuna and it’ll carry you to the ledge. Fox can run up the wall to follow. You’ll soon come to a large gap. Brace yourself against the wind, then jump as the wind changes direction to be carried across the gap.
Next is another large gap and a Spirit just out of reach. Use Fox to wall jump up to it and it’ll lower itself to carry Nuna across. Continue on to meet the Owl Man. Soon after you’ll find another owl and Cultural Insight 8/24: ‘The Heartbeat of the Community’.
Continue on and use Fox to lower the rope for Nuna. You’ll reach some platforms with little people on them. Use the wind to reach the platform on the right, then time your jump when sliding down the hill to reach the platform on the left. This platform holds an owl and Cultural insight 9/24: ‘Little People’.
Walk up to the small cage at the bottom and drag it to the left. Use Fox to reach the high platform and lower the rope for Nuna. Soon, a large boulder will roll, breaking the platforms you’re stood on. Jump to the left, from platform to platform, until you’re safe.
Once you reach the final platform, stand on the far left of it and wait for the little person to throw a rock at you. Quickly run to the right to make the jump upwards to the next platform. Head to the right to find the Owl Man’s drum. Drop back down to the previous platform and you can now continue to the left. Drag the cage to the left and use Fox to jump up to the higher platform and lower the rope for Nuna to progress.
Once you are back in control, head to the right to find another owl and Cultural Insight 10/24: ‘Bola’. This will unlock:
Unlocked by 33,701 tracked gamers (73% - TA Ratio = 1.16)
Continue to the right again and this time the platforms will collapse, offering a different path forward. You will see a glowing light in front of you. Use your Bola to hit it to reveal another Spirit. Jump on to its head to continue to the right.
You will soon be blocked by ice, but you can break it with your Bola to continue. Soon you’ll reach another glowing light. Hit it to reveal a Spirit which you can use to cross the gap. You’ll come to another dead end, with a glowing light underneath you.
Squeeze through the gap with Fox and drop down. The light will follow you back up to Nuna. Hit it to reveal a Spirit that allows you to progress. The next Spirit you reveal gives you a platform from which to jump to the next ledge using the wind.
You will soon meet the man who destroyed your village. Keep running to the right, using your Bola to destroy any ice blockages along the way. When you make your escape, you’ll unlock:
Unlocked by 36,175 tracked gamers (78% - TA Ratio = 1.12)
As soon as this chapter starts, you will receive Cultural Insight 11/24: ‘Stranded’ as an owl flies overhead. You will soon reach a dead end, but you can break the ice blocking your path with your Bola. Quickly run to the right, jumping from platform to platform as the ice begins to collapse underneath you.
You’ll soon reach more ice blocking your path. Break through and continue on to find another polar bear to get chased by. Keep running, clearing your path with the Bola, and you’ll reach a ledge you can’t get to. Stand on the right-most edge and wait for the polar bear to jump on the left. You should now be able to reach the ledge and continue.
When you come to another dead end, after just passing over a cracked ice bridge, hit the polar bear in the face to provoke it on to the bridge. Once it does, it’ll fall through and your platform will collapse into the sea. Luckily some Spirits will rescue you and carry you to safety. Not so luckily, the polar bear can swim. Keep running to the right and jump to finally be free of the bear again.
Continue onwards to find an owl and Cultural Insight 12/24: ‘No More Thick Ice’. You’ll soon reach some more moving platforms. Be careful when crossing them as they can crush both Nuna and Fox if you’re not careful. After a couple of platforms, you’ll hear an owl. It’ll be set in an alcove above a platform that smashes into the ceiling twice in quick succession.
Change to Fox and stand on the far right of this platform. As the platform slams upwards, jump with Fox and you’ll be catapulted up to the owl, gaining Cultural Insight 13/24: ‘A Girl & Her Nanuq’. This will unlock:
Unlocked by 28,393 tracked gamers (62% - TA Ratio = 1.27)
Continue to the right, through the crushing platforms, to reach a higher ledge. Keep running and you’ll soon reach a cave. With a polar bear in it. Which will seal behind you. Run to the far right, jump up on to the ledge and stand against the wall. Switch to Fox and wall jump up on to the central platform.
Run across and drop down the other side. Approach the polar bear so he chases you. Run back and wall jump back up to the central platform. Quickly switch to Nuna, drop down from the ledge, hit the polar bear with the Bola (from a distance) and then quickly jump back up. Make sure to position yourself back up against the wall out of the reach of the polar bear.
A section will drop out of the platform above you. Repeat the same thing with Fox again, but make sure to jump across the gap in the upper platform on the way back. Quickly switch to Nuna and hit the polar bear again. This time, the left hand side of the platform will entirely collapse.
Now, jump up and over with Fox and goad the polar bear into chasing you. Run to the left and this time use wall jump to jump over the polar bear’s head. Quickly run back to Nuna and the polar bear will chase, crashing into the ledge. This will open the way forward.
After a short cutscene, you will unlock:
Unlocked by 32,949 tracked gamers (71% - TA Ratio = 1.18)
Swim upwards out of the water and head left. Break the ice here to reach an owl and Cultural Insight 14/24: ‘Subsistence Lifestyle’. Continue left, swim under the platform and jump on to it. Destroy the ice one the walls to either side of you and use Fox to reach the Spirit’s back.
Continue upwards and use the Bola to break the large ice blockage, releasing water into the cave. Backtrack to near where you started and you’ll be able to reach a new platform, above where you found the owl. Use the Spirit here to reach a higher platform again.
Head to the right and crawl through the gap with Fox. Use the Spirit’s back to wall jump your way upwards to find a glowing light. Reach the light with Fox and move it to the middle of the gap. Change to Nuna and hit it to reveal another Spirit.
Ride it with Fox to find another glowing light and bring it back for Nuna to hit. This Spirit will attach itself to the wall above Nuna. Stand underneath it and it’ll lower itself down the wall far enough for Nuna to jump and grab on to it.
Change to Fox and wall jump your way up to the upper platform. The wall Spirit will follow you, allowing Nuna to reach the top. Once you’re at the top, Nuna can jump to the left and reach the highest platform. Break the ice on the wall here and bring Fox up to you.
Fox’s presence here will reveal two new Spirits which you can use to reach another platform above with Nuna. Use the Spirits up here to continue upwards and you’ll reach a small slippery path. At the bottom, go stand on the lower ledge with Nuna and move Fox half way across the upper platform to reveal two more Spirits above the spike pit.
Nuna can use these Spirits to swing across to the other side. Move Fox to the far left without jumping upwards and a wall Spirit will reveal itself. Grab on to it with Nuna and then switch to Fox. As Fox climbs upwards, the wall Spirit carries Nuna upwards as well.
Don’t go to the right with Fox or the Spirit will disappear, dropping Nuna. You’ll notice a tiny ledge above you on the left that Fox can hold on to for a second. Once Fox is hanging on this ledge, quickly change to Nuna and have her jump to ledge above Fox. Nuna can now break the ice on the right to allow Fox to join her.
There is a swing Spirit up here that allows Nuna to reach a ledge high up on the left. Break open the ice blockage to flood the area so Fox can join you, then reach the owl for Cultural Insight 15/24: ‘Everything is Alive’. Now backtrack through the water, past the spike pit, up the slippery slope and to the upper right to find the water allows you to reach a new platform.
Use Fox to wall jump up the wall on the left to reach a platform above you. This allows Fox to bypass the waterfall and jump over to the far right. Here you’ll find an owl and Cultural Insight 16/24: ‘Sharing for Survival’.
This will unlock:
Unlocked by 29,791 tracked gamers (65% - TA Ratio = 1.24)
Now use Fox to bring the glowing light back to Nuna. This will create a wall Spirit, allowing Nuna to reach the upper platform and break the ice surrounding the source of the waterfall. This will unlock:
Unlocked by 30,375 tracked gamers (66% - TA Ratio = 1.23)
Head right and you’ll find another owl with Cultural Insight 17/24: ‘King Island’. Keep going and you’ll eventually reach a platform puzzle. Grab onto the rope with Nuna to lower a platform, then use Fox to run up the wall to reach it. Jump on top of the platform to lower it further. Nuna can now jump back up to the left and across both platforms to the other side.
Continue to the right and you’ll reach a platform that collapses under you. Jump at the very end of it to reach the next platform. Climb up the ladder with Nuna, head to the right and then drag the cage all the way to the left to make a platform for Fox to reach underneath.
Quickly switch to Fox and jump on to the platform. Quickly switch back to Nuna and jump on the cage as it begins to slide back down. Jump from this cage to the platform above you and across to the other side. Fox can run up the wall here to reach Nuna. If you can’t get the timing right, do it in two goes; Fox first, Nuna second.
Once you’re on the other side, you’ll find another owl and Cultural Insight 18/24: ‘Northern Lights’. Continue to the right, avoiding the heads and tails of the Northern Lights Spirits. Continue to the right until Nuna can’t go any further.
Switch to Fox and jump up the platforms. The first platform you reach will lower, allowing Nuna to use the rope under it to swing across to the next platform and climb up. Keep going left and, by timing your swing just right, you’ll reach another owl and Cultural Insight 19/24: ‘The Month of Night’. This will unlock:
Unlocked by 28,815 tracked gamers (63% - TA Ratio = 1.26)
Now return to Fox and continue to the right. You’ll reach another platform puzzle here. Drag the cage onto one of the platforms, tilting the platform above it. Run up the platform and over to the left. Use Fox to jump up to another cage, and lower a rope for Nuna. Climb up with Nuna and push the cage off to the left.
You can now drop down and push the new cage on to the other hanging platform, which will change the angle of the platform above it again. Run up it to reach another rope on the right. Climb up and jump to the next platform. Switch to Fox and quickly bring him up as well.
Continue to the right and time your jump on the swinging platform to reach the other side. This bit is tricky, but if you die here, immediately run to the right and you’ll find you can time the jumps without stopping.
You’ll next reach a collapsing building. Climb upwards with Fox and cause the platforms above to collapse in a way to allow Nuna to ascend as well. Time your next jumps against the wind and you’ll reach a section of building which collapses and carries you forwards.
Once it stops, change to Fox and jump across the upper platforms until the Spirits below appear. Switch to Nuna and jump from Spirit to Spirit until you reach the other side. When the evil man from earlier appears, hit him with your Bola to continue.
After the cutscene, you’ll unlock:
Unlocked by 28,873 tracked gamers (63% - TA Ratio = 1.26)
Head to the right and you’ll find an owl and Cultural Insight 20/24: ‘Animal Spirits’. Head right and use Fox to bring a Spirit closer to Nuna. Use the Bola to smash the ice on the right and use Fox to bring the Spirit close enough for Nuna to make the jump.
Head right and stop when you reach the edge. Fly to the right with Fox to reveal a Spirit. Time your jump with the wind for Nuna to reach it as well. Use Fox to coax the Spirit to the upper right so Nuna can break the ice and make the jump to the next platform.
You’ll hear an owl up here, but you won’t be able to reach it yet. Head all the way to the left, using the wind to make the jump and Fox will reveal a Spirit. Jump in it with Nuna and have Fox coax it upwards. You can then use the wind to jump to the right with Nuna.
Break the ice to the right and fly up with Fox to find a glowing light. Bring it to Nuna to shoot. Use the wind and Fox to make the jumps and manipulate the Spirits until you reach another glowing light high up to the right. Move it with Fox and shoot it with Nuna. Continue this and descend downwards until you hear the owl again.
Wait for the wind to die down and, instead of jumping to the right with the wind, jump to the left. This will break a platform, allowing you to jump upwards to reach the owl and Cultural Insight 21/24: ‘Rebirth & Naming’.
Now drop back down with Nuna and break the ice. Fly Fox underneath the platform Nuna is on and retrieve the glowing light for Nuna to shoot. Now use the wind to reach the Spirit and cross the chasm.
Continue downwards, using the platforms on the tree, and you can smash some ice to the left of you with the Bola. This will allow Fox to retrieve the Spirit behind it. Jump on the Spirit and have Fox raise it as far to the upper right as possible. Break the ice here to reveal another Spirit for Fox to bring to Nuna.
The tree you’re on will now walk its way onwards. You need to manipulate the branches with Fox as the tree travels so that Nuna can reach the branch on the upper left. Once there, Fox can manipulate the branch further so that Nuna can reach the next platform on the right, before the tree sinks into the water.
Smash the two ice blocks up here to continue. Use Fox to manipulate the branches and Nuna to break the ice to progress. You will soon land on another tree. Raise the branch as high as possible to make the jump to the next Spirit branch when you get to it.
Raise this branch as high as possible and use the wind to jump to the right. You should land on another platform with two ice blocks to break through to continue.
This time, use Fox to raise the Spirit branch upwards, making room for Nuna to use the wind to cross the gap. Be careful you don’t slide off into the water. Lower the next branch and use it to reach another walking tree.
Raise the branch on the tree as high as possible and you’ll eventually reach a Spirit you can jump to. You can now continue descending until you reach a massive chasm with a really strong wind blowing across it. Time your jump well to reach the other side.
Continue onwards and you’ll soon reach a branch on fire. Break it with your Bola to continue. It’s time to run like hell again. As you go, you need to use Fox to move branches out of Nuna’s way and the Bola to break burning branches.
You’ll soon reach an arena of sorts. Jump on to the branch in the middle with Nuna, and use Fox to move her around, avoiding the fireballs thrown by the evil man. Each fireball that misses Nuna will break loose a burning branch. Shoot the branch with Nuna to drop it on to the ice below. Do this three times to shatter the ice and drop the evil man into the water.
Continue to the right to find an owl and Cultural Insight 22/24: ‘Manslayer’. This will unlock:
Unlocked by 22,359 tracked gamers (49% - TA Ratio = 1.43)
Continue right to unlock:
Unlocked by 26,190 tracked gamers (57% - TA Ratio = 1.32)
Continue onwards, bracing yourself against the wind and timing your jumps in between. After the cutscene, jump onto the Giant’s leg and walk through it to the other side. Keep going to the right to find an owl and Cultural Insight 23/24: ‘Reading the Weather’. Now head back to the Giant’s leg and start to climb upwards. Use Fox to fetch Spirits along the way. Nuna can climb up the ridged walls as she goes. After a lot of climbing and jumping, you’ll reach the Giant’s arm.
Use the Giant’s elbow and the wind to climb upwards, and then time your run carefully left to avoid being crushed. Jump at the end of the slide to avoid the spikes. Reveal the wall Spirit with Fox and lower it as far down the wall as possible. Now time Nuna’s jump with the swing of the Giant’s arm to reach it. Keep going upwards and then head right across the Giant’s arm.
Use the ridges on the Giant’s arm to climb up to his hand, timing it to avoid the spikes. Once you reach his hand, you can use the wind to jump across the gap to the right and reach the ridges on the opposite wall.
Use Fox to bring down the wall Spirit then use it to climb upwards before you fall. Use the wind to jump on to the Giant’s pick axe. From here, break the ice on the wall to the right to get the Giant’s pick stuck, and then break the ice around the pick to free it again.
Run to the left and break the ice to free the walking tree. Jump on to its upper branch and keep breaking the ice that gets in its way. Use Fox to move the branch out of the way of other branches if needed. Eventually the tree will stop, allowing you to jump up to another branch and then across the gap to the left using the wind.
Keep running left, through the collapsing building, avoiding the Northern Lights Spirits, and you’ll soon drop down on to a Spirit. Use Fox to quickly raise this Spirit so you can continue, but be very careful of the Northern Lights Spirit here, don’t stand too far to the left.
The next gap has a glowing light below the ledge. Quickly bring it up for Nuna to shoot and then use the Spirit to cross the gap. Timing can be very tough because of the Northern Lights Spirits here.
Keep running left, jumping from ice flow to ice flow, using Fox to move the Spirits quickly when needed. You’ll soon reach the polar bear again. Wait for it to leave then quickly run and jump across the ice floes.
After the cutscene, you will receive Cultural Insight 24/24: ‘Kunuuksaayuka’.
This will unlock:
Unlocked by 24,863 tracked gamers (54% - TA Ratio = 1.36)
All that’s left now is to watch each of the Cultural Insights. You don’t actually need to watch them all the way through, but they’re pretty interesting. Once you’ve watched the last one, you’ll unlock:
Unlocked by 20,220 tracked gamers (44% - TA Ratio = 1.50)
Congratulations on your 1000G!
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