I was wondering how to complete this challenge, and I saw from ChrisHateZ answer to a similar question that you need to:

"...transport this postcard over your whole journey in the cave to return it right at the end.

Since this method is obviously tedious, I'm wondering if it would not also be possible to:

Leave the postcard on the ground somewhere in the lobby, then return it to the rack right at the end of the game.

Does my proposed alternative method work? Essentially the question boils down to whether the achievement is tied to the final object interaction, or whether it is tied to a process of steps that have to be taken in a specific order. I'm also interested if the steps for the "Shoplifting" achievement must be completed on the same run as the "Remorse" achievement.

Given the very long period of time it takes to get this achievement, it would be very helpful to me if someone could confirm the exact requirements before I attempt it.

  • fyi- updated my answer after trying it on my second play-through. It did not work for me.
    – Kip
    Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 13:50

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To get the achievement, you just have to make sure you have the postcard in your possession at the end of the game. You can set the postcard down at any time, as long as you pick it back up before you leave an area. (Otherwise some puzzles would be impossible because you need all three characters to hold a different item at the same time.)

However, for the trick you suggest (leaving it in the lobby at the beginning of the game): my guess would be that it would not be there when you return to the gift shop at the end of the game. I am going to do my second play-through soon, so I will try it and let you know.

It is not really a hard achievement if you still plan to play through the game again with other characters. It would just be a pain in the neck if you have already played through the game with all the characters because you would have to do another play-through just to get it the trophy.

Update: I tried your suggestion on my second play-through. I left the postcard on the floor of the lobby at the beginning of the game. At the end of the game it was not there still. I think you have to lug it with you.

  • I may be wrong, but I'm fairly sure other items I left in that room were still there - hence my suspicion. I'm midway through my second pass through, but one of the reasons I asked this question is because of the penalty if I'm wrong (rather time consuming).
    – EBongo
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 23:24

Shoplifting (5G)

This is one of the easiest achievements in The Cave, however many people pick up the postcard but miss out on it. Just make sure that once you pick up the postcard at the gift shop, you carry it all the way to the other side of the pool on the left.

Remorse (5G)

This is a continuation of the Shoplifting achievement and a bit of a bitch to unlock. Essentially you need to have a character carry the postcard throughout the entire game and put it back in the rack when you return to the gift shop. Good luck!

Both of these answers were gotten from this website: http://sticktwiddlers.com/2013/01/28/top-tips-achievement-guide-for-the-cave/

  • +1 Thanks for the answer @MaksimOrlovski , and welcome to Arqade. In this case I'm looking for a little bit more specifics. I see as you mention that it is possible to complete Remorse in this way. Since I find it plausible that the game doesn't track whether you have the Postcard with you at all times, I'm trying to determine if there is a shortcut.
    – EBongo
    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 16:30

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