The best game of 2022 is finally here. Developed by BlueTwelve Studio, Stray lets players control a wayward cat that gets separated from its clowder and must explore a mysterious, desolate city. Boasting a mix of platforming, puzzles, and chase sequences, Stray is more than just wandering around as an adorable feline.
While you will spend a lot of time avoiding the dangerous creatures known as Zurks, there will be some moments where you just get to explore. One of these is in Midtown, where you’re tasked with finding both a Worker Jacket and Worker Helmet to sneak into the Neco Factory. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t outwardly explain how to do this, which can lead to players wandering aimlessly around the city.
Here’s how to get these key story items:
How to Get the Worker Helmet
To get the Worker Helmet, make your way to the large hologram in the center of Midtown. You should see a small delivery truck out front with a very angry-looking worker hanging around. Upon talking to him, you will learn that his co-worker is off getting drunk at the local bar.
Thankfully, the bar isn’t that far away. From the angry worker, look to your left down the street and go to the bar. This is the building with the red neon sign and an arrow pointing inside the door (shown above).
Go through the front door and head toward the back of the building. Beyond the counter, you should find a small room where a robot is sleeping on a table.
To wake him up, use the step ladder in the back right corner to climb up onto the shelf above the sleeping robot.
Approach the box filled with bottles and press Y (Xbox) / Triangle (PlayStation) to knock it over. This will spill the contents onto the robot, waking him up and causing him to back to work. Follow him to the delivery truck and listen in on their conversation.
Normally, you cannot get into the hat store since the owner won’t let anyone in. However, you can hop into one of the boxes the delivery workers are using and get carried in! Just approach the box between the two robots and press A (Xbox One) / X (PlayStation) to hop inside.
Now just wait until the worker sets the box down inside of the store and then approach the front window. You can have B-12 grab the Worker Helmet on the stand.
How to Get the Worker Jacket
To get the Worker Jacket, you’ll need to steal it from the clothing store on the main road. The problem is that when you go to knick it, the shopkeeper will catch and disapprovingly shake his head at you. You will need to distract him, so head back to the apartment complex and approach the robot teens.
After talking to them, you’ll learn they hate all the security cameras set up in the main courtyard. Let’s help them out, yeah? There are three cameras (locations circled above) you will need to knock down.
Climb up to the second floor and approach one of the cameras via the ledge. Hop onto it and wait for the camera to break off the wall before jumping back to the ledge — this causes the camera to fall and shatter.
Do this for all three cameras before returning to the robot teens on the bottom floor. Talk to Simon (the one sitting down) to receive a cassette tape.
Now go to the clothing store, which is located on the main road before the large hologram and directly across from the nightclub.
Head inside of the store and go to the back where the changing room is. Approach the boombox and toss the cassette tape inside to begin playing music. The shopkeeper will go check on the noise, allowing you to steal the Worker Jacket without being caught!