As narrative gamers dive into the fun that is Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical, one of the most confusing hurdles they might face is trying to save their game. It’s hard to find a button or a prompt that makes sure your progress is protected. So what can you do to make sure you can load your game of Stray Gods later?
Where is the save button in Stray Gods?
A little bit of a surprising answer here: in Stray Gods, there isn’t a save button. Despite the fact you start the game by choosing a save slot, the game doesn’t offer a save button. Instead, the game autosaves in between conversations. So, you can’t just pause mid-scene, save, turn off your computer, and go do something else for an hour. You either need to leave your computer on and come back later or accept you’ll have to start a scene all over again.
While it may be more convenient for players to be able to save at any time — and certainly makes things like save-scumming easier — this decision does make changing your decisions a little more difficult.
When to know your game is saved
If you’re nervous about whether your game of Stray Gods has been saved recently or not, don’t worry. There is a trick. Similar to the blue save icon in games like Borderlands, you’ll see a pink laurel appear in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. This means that your game has saved itself. If you head to the main menu, you should be able to access every autosave point in the game and use that to alter decisions, go back to an earlier point in the game, etc.
Word to the wise, though: this might be the kind of game where you should try to beat in one sitting. Yes, all five or six hours. That, or at least leave your computer on and the game open between sessions. We say this because when one of our staff played Stray Gods, they got five hours deep and then took a break. But when they opened the game again their save file had disappeared.
The game has a few hard-to-deal-with glitches like that. For example, our staff also experienced the same scene twice in a row, just at different locations. So, while the game is tons of fun, be wary of some troublesome bugs.