Stuck in a game? Plenty of sites on the web offer guides and walkthroughs, but here are the best ones you should probably check out first.
Whether you’re looking for a classic text-based walkthrough or a detailed website full of screenshots and videos, knowing where to look can save you a lot of time. The following sites have reliable information that’s organized well, so you can get past whatever’s got you frustrated and get back to enjoying your game.
GameFAQs: Text-Based Guides For Basically Every Game Ever
This has been a go-to destination for gamers since the Clinton administration, and it’s not hard to see why: they’ve got user-contributed guides on almost any game you can think of. The search bar at the top of the homepage makes it easy to find the game you’re looking for, and you’ll usually get multiple walkthroughs for a given game alongside a few guides with specific tips for different aspects of a game. These are usually the sort of text-based walkthroughs that gamers know and love.
Expect obsessive attention to detail and tips for just about everything. There are guides for the latest and greatest games to be found, but retro gamers will find lots of information here to (which makes sense, seeing as the site was already active when many now-retro titles were released).
Basically, if you can think of a game, there’s a good chance you can find a guide or two for it on GameFAQs.
GamePressure: High Quality Step-By-Step Walkthroughs
If you want detail without having to go through a bunch of text, GamePressure is well worth checking out. Guides on this site feature all kinds of details, and are well formatted. And unlike the text-based guides, there are screenshots every step of the way.
Guides found here are complete, well-written and well laid out. You can follow step-by-step, or use the sidebar’s table of contents to jump to a particular section. Retro games aren’t offered here, but the guides for newer titles are top notch.
IGN Wikis: The Graphical Approach
For a long time IGN FAQs was among the main alternatives to GameFAQs, and it was more-or-less similar to GameFAQs in that it offered user-contributred text-based walkthroughs. In 2014, however, IGN shifted to a wiki-based system – allowing for more than one user to contribute and for more graphics.
If reading textfiles in 2015 just doesn’t seem modern to you, IGN’s approach is worth checking out. Just don’t expect the massive back-catalogue of guides offered by GameFAQs – this site simply hasn’t been around long enough for that (the old IGN FAQs is a better bet). But if you’re mostly playing new releases, this is a great site to check – just know that some of the guides aren’t going to be complete, because wikis are ongoing projects.
Strategy Wiki: A Variety of User Contributed Guides
IGN is hardly the first site that lets gamers compile information on a wiki: Strategy Wiki has been doing just that for a long time.
In our checks there are a bunch of great guides here – anything related to Nintendo seems particularly complete, but a number of titles are going to lead you to wikis that need work. It’s nothing a few dedicated fans couldn’t fix, of course.
JayIsGames: Great For Indie Games
If you’re really into indie, online or mobile games, you might not always find your favorites on the above sites. JayIsGames’ selection of walkthroughs includes all sorts of games that aren’t walked through elsewhere, so check it out if you can’t find your favorites on oth
I found a guide for Treasure Adventure Game (a free indie side scroller everyone should really play) here, and I couldn’t anything anywhere else. Walkthroughs are laid out in a way that makes it easy to find only the tip you need, avoiding spoilers for other parts.
YouTube: For When You Need To Figure Out That One Thing
It’s really hard to overstate just how much gaming content there is on YouTube, and nothing proves this faster than using YouTube whenever you’re stuck in a video game. If the game is even decently popular, you can just search the part of the game you’re stuck at on YouTube and find a video showing, or even explaining, what it is you’re supposed to be doing at a particular part of a game.
If you’re stuck, just head to YouTube, search for the part of the game that’s got you stuck, and odds are a video showing exactly what you need to do will show up.
Still Stuck? Google Works
The above sites are all excellent, but if they aren’t helping the simplest thing to do is just to search for the title of your game along with the word “walkthrough”. That’s because plenty of fan sites, populated by people obsessed with a particular game or series, host the best walkthroughs for particular games – and there’s no way I could compile all such sites here. It’s a cliche, and usually not worth saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: Google it. Just make sure you know all of the gaming lingo, so you’ve got a better idea of what to search for.
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