Ashley: The Emptiness Inside Ashley: The Emptiness Inside

Year:  2020

Genre:  Horror

Links:  Steam

Ashley: The Emptiness Inside is a third-person psychological horror game set inside the ruins of a destroyed restaurant. You play as Ashley, a girl trapped inside the restaurant, trying to unravel what happened through a series of diary entries left by inhabitants of the building when it burned down. There are 13 Steam Achievements, 11 of which are documented in the walkthrough below. Two achievements are broken at the time of writing this walkthrough.

Entrance

Head through the door ahead into a second room. Look at the first desk to find a newspaper, then at two other desks to find a message from Catherine, a camera and a flashlight. Using the camera, go back along the corridor and find a small symbol above a high shelf. Take a photograph of this, and another doorway will appear. Go through this doorway Seeing the Unseen.

Turn right and follow the dark passage to the end to find a locked door. Turn around and go back along the passage, where a new doorway has opened. Go through here and collect a page of Catherine's Diary (1/8) and an Entrance key. Return to the far end of the dark passage and you will be able to go through with your key.

Vestibule

Pick up a page of William's Diary (1/8) from a table here, then follow the hallway into the next area. Ring the bell on the reception desk 3 times Is Anybody Here?. Turn around and take the phone manual from the small table. Go into the small area to the right and slide open the box in the shelves so you can collect another page of Catherine's Diary (2/8). There is a telephone here, but you don't know who to call yet.

Return behind the reception desk and look at the stand to the left that should hold 4 objects - 3 of them are missing for now. At the other end of the area behind the reception desk there is a locked box that requires a 4-digit combination. Explore the area off to the left from where you got the phone manual, and you will find somewhere you can save your game.

Continue forward into a coat check area. Around the next corner to the right, there is a small corner table. Look at this through your camera and take a photograph, then pick up object 1 for the stand. Continue around behind the large bench and pick up the next page of Catherine's Diary (3/8). Further into the coat check area, go through a door and proceed to find another page of William's Diary (2/8). Keep going and you will find object 3 for the stand. Turn around and try to leave, but the passage will now be blocked. Turn around again and head towards the light. Keep following this path and you will return to the coat-check area.

Go back out to the main part of the vestibule and head over to the right. Open the box on the table here to find a letter. There is a small empty open cardboard box on a side table here. Look at the painting on the wall above it through your camera to see the name Ashley and a symbol of a telephone. Go out to the telephone and dial the numbers corresponding to the name Ashley according to the phone manual (274539) Phone a Friend. Go back to the empty cardboard box and take object 2 from inside it.

Return to the stand behind the reception desk and insert the 3 missing objects. Now look at the stand through your camera to see the word COLD. If you convert this to numbers using the phone manual you will get the code 2653. Enter this into the locked box, then open it and take the Vestibule key. Return to the door in the area with the cardboard box, and you will be able to go through with your key.

Restaurant

Straight ahead there is a gate that is locked. Turn left and go along the hall. At the end grab a page of Catherine's Diary (4/8) from the left, and a newspaper from the right. There are 3 display cabinets here. If you look through the first with your camera you will see 3 hieroglyphs highlighted (hand, water, stool). The next needs cleaning before it can be seen properly, and the other needs breaking open. Ignore these for now and go through the open door ahead. Follow this passage left and down the stairs The Empty Restaurant.

Look at the tables in the restaurant to find a glass box that needs breaking, an ink drawing and a newspaper, and look at the main bar to find another letter. The door behind the main bar is locked, but there is an open doorway opposite that you should head through next. On the left in here you will find another letter. The door to the right needs a combination to open, so head up the stairs to the left instead. Search the shelves up here to find a battery, some wire cutters, and a page of William's Diary (3/8). Head back out to the restaurant.

Go straight across to the right tiled area, and through the door ahead into a bathroom. Look at the left sink to find a bottle of cleanser. When you turn to leave the bathroom you will find another dead-end. Explore the tiled passages in the back of the bathroom, where the tiles have a strange moving appearance The Dark Place. Keep searching and you will find another small symbol using your camera. Take a photograph of this, and you will be able to go back and leave the bathroom. Turn left and go past a sign to the Banquet Hall. Look on the small wooden table on the left to find another ink drawing. There is a small box on the bench ahead that you cannot open yet. Further along, there is a large symbol on the wall and another locked door.

Return out to the restaurant and go around to the other tiled area you haven't visited yet. Enter the small room on the left to find another ink drawing and another glass box that needs breaking. There is also a strange machine on the wall here with 5 handles, which is missing 2 components. Leave this room and go to the end of the hall, where you will find an elevator that isn't currently working.

Return to the restaurant and head back up the stairs where you came in. Use your cleanser on the dirty glass case, then look at it through your camera to see 3 more hieroglyphs highlighted (bird, feathers, hill). Go to the locked gate and use your wire cutters on it. Head through the opened gate and down the stairs Into the Darkness.

Basement

Head around the corner and a gate will close behind you. Head around to the right and pick up the next page of Catherine's Diary (5/8) from a chest of drawers. Look to the left here with your camera and take a photograph of a small symbol. Now go back and take the other path. You will see a small grate here that needs a screwdriver to remove, and another path will be blocked by hot steam. Keep going around to the left and use your camera to photograph another small symbol. Straight ahead you will see the next seal on the wall, and pinned to the wall is a message from Catherine. Find a small side passage back to the right and push the blue trolley out of the way. Look up to see the final small symbol to photograph. Explore the new small room to the right to find a page of William's Diary (4/8) and a screwdriver.

Return out to where you saw the seal, and you will be able to take some ashes (1/3). Go back to the grate and open it with your screwdriver, then turn off the valve. You can now continue past where you were blocked by steam. Follow this passage and open the electrical box at the end. Pull the lever down to turn it green. Now go back out towards the seal and a new set of stairs will be accessible. Go up here, unlatch the door and head through.

Recognising where you are, turn right and head back down to the restaurant again.

Restaurant

Head behind the main bar and you will find a small locked box on the wall. Use your screwdriver on it, then open the box and take another battery from inside. Go to where you found the elevator previously. Open the box on the wall to the left of the elevator. Insert both of your batteries, then pull the lever down to turn it green. Press the button on the wall near the elevator, then get inside and use the elevator to go up.

Elevator

Open the box on the small shelves just to the left and take a letter. Look through your camera here to see an image of a clock-face. There is another large seal on the wall behind you. Keep going to find a duplicate page from William's Diary, then another ink drawing. On a wall here you will find a strange painting. Rotate the 3 small circles so their spokes align with the surrounding pattern, and they will light up.

Backtrack and find an old clock on the wall, and set its time to 6:10. Go through the unlocked door just to the right to find another letter and a Cabinet key. While you are in here, use your camera and take a photograph of a small symbol. Explore the dark area upstairs to take a photograph of a second small symbol. Now return to the elevator and use it to head back down.

Restaurant

After exiting the elevator, go straight and you will be able to unlock the door to the left with your key. Pick up the hammer in here. Go into the side room while heading back out to the main restaurant, and break the glass box to get a strange circle (2/3). Back out in the main restaurant, find the glass box on a table and break it to get another strange circle (1/3).

Go up the stairs from the restaurant and use your hammer on the other glass case here. Now turn the dials to line up symbols in the middle (hand, water, stool) and open the right compartment to find a page from William's Diary (5/8). Turn the dials to line up symbols in the middle again (bird, feathers, hill) and open the left compartment to find a strange circle (3/3).

Go back to the elevator and use it to go up again.

Elevator

Head around to the strange painting and insert your 3 strange circles, rotating them appropriately The Secret Passage. Head left to a new area and pick up the sticker with code, and another page of Catherine's Diary (6/8). Go through to another tiny room and take a photograph of another small symbol. Look at the seal on the wall near the elevator and take the ashes (2/3). Return to the elevator and use it to head down again.

Restaurant

Go to the room near the main bar and enter the code 1242 to enter the freezer.

Freezer

Look on the bench to the right to find a knife and the next page of Catherine's Diary (7/8). There is a malfunctioning door behind you here. Press on and move the trolley out of the way. Approach the electrical box and use the knife to cut the tape, then open the box and pull the lever up to turn it red. Now you can go through the malfunctioning door. Open the small box in here with the knife, then take the rope (2/2) from inside. Head back out again.

Restaurant

Go down the hallway past the sign to the Banquet Hall. Open the small box on the opposite counter and take another rope (1/2) from inside. Go to the side room near the elevator and approach the strange machine with 5 handles. Attach your 2 ropes, and you will see there are now 5 symbols on discs that you can raise and lower with the handles. Consult your ink drawings, then arrange the symbols as follows:

  • Person: Just above the top of the wooden board
  • Tree: Level with the person
  • Sun: Right at the top
  • Boat: Right at the bottom
  • House: Just above the person

Once you have them in position, the middle compartment will be unlocked A Strange Dream. Slide this open and take the Kitchen key. Go around to the door behind the bar in the main restaurant, and you will be able to go through with your key.

Kitchen

Pick up another page of Catherine's Diary (8/8) from a bench here The Hollow Girl. A little further on, slide open a glass cabinet and take a page of William's Diary (6/8). Further ahead there is also a newspaper, and another message from Catherine. Go through the next door and open a gate with your wire cutters to find another seal.

Go back through the kitchen and use your camera to take photographs of 3 small symbols, then come back to the seal. Pick up the ashes (3/3), then head back out to the restaurant.

Restaurant

Follow the tiled floor past the Banquet Hall sign and look at the seal on the left wall just before the door. Insert your 3 boxes of ashes here Ashes to Ashes. Now you can head through the door.

Banquet Hall

Pick up another message from Catherine on one of the tables, then go through the opposite door. There is a table here that is missing 3 objects. Keep going to find another message from Catherine, and the next page of William's Diary (7/8).

Continue forward and you will eventually see the same table in the distance. Go through an open door to the left to find another page of William's Diary (8/8) Shards of Memory. A side table here also contains a radio and a locked box. Use your camera to look up at the wall for a clue, then set the radio to maximum volume and tune it to 96.6FM. Open the box and pick up the murder weapon (3/3). Go and put this on the table.

Continue around again, and this time when you see the table in the distance, go through a new open door on the right. Approach the table at the end and take a photograph of the knife, then pick up the murder weapon (1/3). Go past the table and follow the corridor again Over and Over.

After you come down the stairs, go through the door on the right. Use your camera to look at the symbols on the wall to read BURN IT. Convert this to a phone number and use the telephone here to dial 287648. Now look in the open box on the corner table and take the last murder weapon (2/3).

Turn around and go through the gate, which is now open. Go down the stairs and along the corridor Burn Them All, then through the final door.