Tripmine (Half-Life: Alyx)
For other uses, see Mine (disambiguation).
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As one would expect, they are used to prevent unwanted access to certain areas, and as traps. They are ovoid in shape, and much like the Hopper mine, feature three mechanical “claws” that they use to secure themselves to the surface they are attached to. Like the HECU laser trip mine, the laser they emit is blue in color. Alyx Vance can hack these mines to disarm them using her Multi-Tool by guiding a small blue sphere through a series of hoops, while trying to do so faster than small red spheres which, if they reach the end point before the blue sphere, will fail the hacking attempt. Like all other laser tripmines, when armed they will project a laser directly in front of them to the nearest surface opposite the tripmine. If anything should cross the laser, they will instantly detonate. They can deal heavy damage to Alyx should she stand to close when they explode, however they can be defeated through Hacking, or by throwing any kind of object into their laser from a safe distance. These tripmines can make use of electrical wiring of the surface they are attached to for power, or can use an internal power source.
Behind the Scenes
in Half-Life: Alyx, tripmines originally had two versions, a pre-placed version (such as the kind seen in-game), and a version that the player could carry and place themselves. However, the latter version was cut, most likely due to the fact that most areas in the game are too cramped to effectively use tripmines, and players would end up hurting themselves.
Several of these tripmines are used in a room filled with explosive barrels, as a reference to a similar situation in the Half-Life chapter Surface Tension, where Gordon Freeman must carefully make his way through a large warehouse full of explosive materials and HECU tripmines, risking setting off an explosive chain reaction. This is further evidenced by the name of the achievement the player gets - “Blast From the Past” - if they defuse all of the tripmines in the room.
|Use the multitool to hack a tripmine.|
|Blast From the Past|
|Defuse a roomful of explosive barrels.|