Tips to become a WWI war hero in Valiant Hearts: Coming Home

An impressive title most befitting for Netflix Games.

Netflix Games delivers another gem on its premium gaming platform: a sequel to the stellar Ubisoft hit Valiant Hearts: The Great War. In Valiant Hearts: Coming Home, you’re thrown into an emotionally turbulent split narrative that re-tells the events of World War I. Playing through this sequel puts you in the shoes of wartime heroes and what it means to survive difficult times.

Tips to become a WWI war hero in Valiant Hearts: Coming Home

However, even if Coming Home is a work of fiction, it doesn’t fail to tug at your heartstrings while making significant historical callbacks. So if this is your first time playing a game like Valiant Hearts: Coming Home on your trusty Android phone, we’ve put together a handy beginner’s guide to run down the title’s primary mechanics, as it’s easily one of Android’s best games.

How to play Valiant Hearts: Coming Home through Netflix Games

Netflix Games’ Valiant Hearts: Coming Home can be best described as an interactive narrative featuring actual historical events. Players will exclusively use touch controls to maneuver characters, complete puzzles, and play through minigames.

The game features auto-saves between sections, and you can replay any completed chapters/episodes by choosing them from the start screen.

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Swapping character perspectives

The story unfolds in episodic installments featuring a central character in each section. There are three chapters in total: 7 episodes for Chapters 1 and 2, and 5 for Chapter 3. After finishing an episode, the game auto-progresses you to the next.

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Playing the minigames

Completing the minigames in each section moves you to the next story arc in that chapter, encountering minigames such as a music rhythm game where you tap on-screen notes and dodge obstacles while piloting a plane. Even if you fail the first time, you can just re-start the minigame — Valiant Hearts: Coming Home is a forgiving game.

Puzzling your way around Valiant Hearts: Coming Home

Each puzzle section can be completed in a specific order; NPCs often give you a hint about the direction and item required for the puzzle’s solution.

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Some puzzles require collaboration to access items; you see this with Anna and the dog during Chapter 2 (episode 2). Stand by the area and tap on the dog to access areas you couldn’t otherwise.

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Tip: If you’re ever stuck, say you can’t reach an item, try moving a block (like a crate) to climb and jump to the item’s location. Otherwise, try finding a stick to fix a switch or throw it at the hanging object. Some puzzles use mechanisms to get the object in the right place.

Finding collectibles

Every episode offers collectibles you can pick up: objects and facts. In addition, characters have diary entries that add to their story. The collectible facts and objects outline true, non-fictional events and props used during World War I. So if you’re here to brush up on your world history, Netflix’s Valiant Hearts: Coming Home might be the title to load up.

Tip: Obtainable items will have a shine/gloss, so before moving on to the next area/objective, try to reach those shiny/glossy items — it’s likely a collectible.

Valiant Hearts: Coming Home replayability

Coming Home has only one definitive ending, and it only takes 3 hours to finish the main story. Since the game features a collectibles system, you can replay these chapters to focus on finding these items; though, we recommend just keeping a lookout during your first playthrough — as none of these items become difficult to find and collect. All-in-all, you only need to play through Coming Home once.

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Netflix’s Valiant Hearts: Coming Home is a superb sequel everyone should play

Netflix Games adds another fantastic entry, bringing a narrative-driven puzzle game about wartime friendships and survival to its library. And if you missed the boat on playing the first game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, you don’t have to worry about experiencing an incomplete storyline.

Fortunately, the sequel is self-contained and only shares a few characters/themes between both games. So if you’re eyeing to see some of the juiciest exclusives Netflix Games offers, grab the download below or head on to Netflix Games to begin installing the app.