- Guide/Roadmap work in progress. Last update: June 21st. Note I haven't had time to sit down and play this lately. I will continue working on the game and this guide sometime this AM (Sunday, June 20th). Did confirm a few things, however.
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
- Offline: 12 (200http://tinyurl.com/gicon)
- Online: None
- Approximate time: n/a
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 3
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect Achievements? Cannot alter difficulty
- Unobtainable achievements: None
- Avatar Awards: n/a
- Unlockable Gamerpics: 2
Welcome to Space Ark, a cutesy version of games such as Arkanoid. Five planets have broken down, and you have to use your Arkonauts to gather enough tokens to gain points and put the planets back together. Each planet is divided into various Arkonauts to resemble stages. At the same time, these arkonauts, which are in time capsule-like eggs, unlock after you complete the egg before it. When you play as one of these arkonauts, you then enter a group of stages, typically 6 per Arkonaut, that you have to play through all of in order to complete the stage, and unlock the next arkonaut.
When playing, your arkonaut starts off on a "pad", which you move around the stage to keep the Arkonaut off the tainted ground. If it hits the ground, you lose a life and have to scramble to gain the combo chains you had at the start of the level. You also can collect power ups, which give things such as a machine gun to gain the tokens on the stage, and even a shield to keep the Arkonaut from hitting the ground. Through the stage you also gain fruit which ups your multiplier total score, as well as can collect more of these in bonus stages you unlock by collecting all five letters in the word bonus by hitting the power-up bricks.
In Game Controls:
The controls to this game are beyond simple.
:ls: Controls the pad which bounces the Arkonaut.
:rs: Moves your Arkonaut around the stage.
:abut: Causes your Arkonaut to bounce off the pad and start the stage.
:ltbut: Fires your weapons you gain from power-ups, such as Machine Gun.
There are three different modes of play for Space Ark in single player.
Mission Mode: This is where you will obtain the most of your achievements, and you have to play this mode before moving on to the other modes, as the stages unlocked here become playable in other modes. unconfirmed: It should be easier to unlock all the achievements, including Multiplayer, through the Multiplayer Mission Mode instead of Single Player Mission Mode, so that is what this road map will be set up to reflect.
Time Attack: You simply have to complete stages in traditional Time Attack glory, by beating the stage in the given amount of time. This is just an added bonus and there are no achievements set up around this mode of gameplay.
Survival: In order to advance in this mode, you need to complete Mission Mode in either Multiplayer or Single Player since stages unlocked in there will be reflected in this mode as soon as they are unlocked. This mode acts like mission mode except a time limit is imposed on you, there is no fruit, and when you get combos in this mode, you obtain more time to complete the next stage.
First Playthrough: Single Player Mission Mode
You will need to complete Mission Mode before you can really move on to the Survival Mode based achievement. Here you can unlock 9 of the achievements just through regular play. In order to get 100% perfect in the stages, I had to complete each stage without dying or restarting and collect all the pellets on the screen, as well as get all fruits, all power-up blocks (and get the power-up). Please note that while Multiplayer Mission Mode is the exact same thing, You need to play Single Player to unlock all 100% achievements.
If you miss anything, you can go back and choose a specific level to get the perfect needed. If you do not hit 100% for the planet, at the planet select screen, you can check what sections you did not get a Perfect on by pressing :ybut: to bring up the Stats screen.
As a side note, if you are playing with an actual friend, both first and second player will unlock the achievements when meeting the necessary requirements.
Step Two: Multiplayer
Unfortunately, you must one again go through Mission Mode, but this time you have to do it in Multiplayer Mode. The good news in it's local co-op so you don't have to worry about people on-line crapping out on you or giving up since on-line play is not included in the game. Bad news is if you have no friends or a spare controller, this is going to be rough. The achievement Multiplayer says you only need to play all the levels again, but since you can't do stage select anymore, you will have to complete each stage. I'm unsure if you need to complete all six for it to count, however, or if you can reach the last stage of the Arkonaut, quit, and have it count. I'll get back to you with that as soon as I find this out.
Step Three: Survival
Survival mode has only one achievement to unlock, called Survivor, and all you have to do is finish each stage in Survival mode. Once you go through every one of the Arkonauts, you will unlock the last achievement of the game. This is by far the hardest part of this game, and the main reason why I rate this game a 5 out of 10 as there are bound to be many people out there experiencing as much trouble as I have with this mode of the game.
The first gamerpic can be unlocked by playing single player Mission Mode, so simply play the game in single player Mission Mode and it will unlock when you return to Arkonaut select screen for the first time.
The second gamerpic is done in the same fashion, however you need to play the game in Multiplayer mode instead of single player Mission Mode.
So, there you have it. That's all you need to know about this game. Obviously most of your time will be spent in Story Mode, and if you expect this to be a quick 200:gsicon:, you'll be sadly disapointed. This seems to be an easy game, however, so if you do decide to give it a go, just have fun with it! Hopefully these guides will help you at obtaining 100% on this game, and I wish you happy hunting.
I will work more on the achievement guide tonight, but I will include some notes about achievements I've unlocked shortly.
Starting Point (10http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Complete a single level.
This achievement will unlock once you complete the Tutorial arkonaut on the first planet.
Life Preserver (10http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Accumulate 9+ lives.
Simply accumulate 9 or more lives for one Arkonaut. This is easy to accumulate during the first Arkonaut's fifth stage of Planet Ice. Try to enter the bonus stage here, and obtain all the fruits that drop during that bonus stage for an additional life. Then, when you come out, break all the bricks. After the bonus stage, each brick will give you an additional life power up. There's enough on this stage to give you nine lives. If possible, try to get the "s" of bonus on stage four, and exit the stage through the hole just as you collect "s", this way you start stage five right at the bonus stage. You'll know they are the extra life power ups by their yellow color.
Bouncertama (10http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Achieve 100 uninterrupted bounces.
Simply bounce on the pad 100 times without bouncing on obstacles such as clouds, bricks, or hit the tainted land below the pad. Can be unlocked anytime. You are able to pause while going for this achievement.
Rookie (15http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Complete 100% of Boot Camp.
This is the first planet of the game. You need to collect every item on screen for each arkonaut, including fruit, break each block, and all fruits during bonus stages. Do not complete the stage without doing this. If the stage complete screen does not show "perfect", you need to redo this stage, which you can do at the arkonaut choice screen.
Icicle (15http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Complete 100% of Planet Ice.
Jungle Master (15http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Complete 100% of Planet Jungle.
Savannah King (15http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Complete 100% of Planet Savannah.
Farmer (15http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Complete 100% of Planet Farm.
Multiplayer (20http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Play all levels in multiplayer mode.
Multiplayer mode is exactly like Single Player mode, and what you unlock in one mode is playable in the other. Simply play all the levels. I cannot confirm whether you need to finish the level or not though. There is no on-line, this mode is split-screen local only.
Combo Master (20http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Finish a stage with a 300+ combo chain.
Can be unlocked during world 1, stage 5, but easier during world 1, stage 6 if it does not unlock there. On the left and right hand sides are clouds with bricks and
fruits. Get the bricks, which are machine gun power ups. Once you get one machine gun power up, move your animal to the pellets and shoot them with the machine gun
power up while the animal collects them too, shooting as many as you can as quick as you can to up the combo counter.
Survivor (20http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Complete all levels in Survival Mode.
Simply play Survivor Mode and complete all the levels in the game once more, the only difference in this mode is a time limit is imposed on you and if you fail to beat the stage by that time limit, you need to restart. Try to create combos, as it gives you more time to complete your Arkonaut's stages.
Sky High (35http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/site/gp-g.png): Achieve a score of 100,000,000 or over.
This achievement is cumulative. As soon as you acquire 100,000,000 points or more total from the moment you start playing the game in Story Mode, the achievement will unlock.
I doubt I need it but here's another empty space is needed for the achievement guide.
Nice job on the guide! I love the demo for this but I can't tell from the demo - is the multiplayer online only or can you play split screen at home?
I was going to download the trial for this on xbox.com and I accidentally bought the game...oh well.
- You do not need to get every fruit in the bonus levels to get perfects.
- You also can't die or restart a level when getting perfect. You'll know you're on track for a perfect because the animal will have a rainbow trail (instead of a plain white one).
- You DO NOT need the Gold high score rocket to 100% a planet. You just need to terraform and get perfect on all stages.
- Terraforming a stage only counts if you're doing a full mission run (starting from stage 1). But perfects count even if you use stage select.
- Thus, your first time playing a mission, restart a stage if you're ever going to fail to terraform it. You can always mop up the perfects afterwards, using stage select.
- Looks like "multiplayer" can be done locally? I'm not even sure there is online multiplayer.
There is no online only local
To the previous two posters, I barely even started really playing the game, I went by what my experience with the first planet was and getting 100% completion on that. I wound having to get gold on it before it gave me 100%, which if you guys didn't have to do that I find kind of odd.
As far as multiplayer goes, yes, I'm aware there is no multiplayer on-line. I was going to include that I would have to rewrite the entire guide, which I simply didn't have time to do when I figured this out as messing around with it. I actually am about to re-write the guide now to reflect this.
If anyone can confirm for me (as I won't have a second controller handy until Friday afternoon) whether or not you can earn all the 100% completion achievements in multiplayer or not too would be a big help at this time.
Just a quick note about the gamerpic. I unlocked a gamerpic the very first time I loaded up the game, without ever playing anything.
you do need to at least bronze and perfect to pass each pod without "fail"
i got perfect on all of the first six in the first pod but only got like 3.5 million and it said i failed (need 5 million for bronze), i went back and tinkered around
and found u have to get as many blocks (over 3) for the fruit then catch them before they fall...i think the more u get the more fruit u get, then try to get as many as u can for multipliers before they hit the pad (hit the ground with fruit and perfect is gone)...u don't get a multiplier for every fruit and i don't know how many u need...tuff little game but fun!
got 9.8 million for the silver gonna do a pod a day to keep my sanity intact.
always leave a block out of the way of the door to clear your fruit or you'll get sucked in the door! then when u got the fruit go get that last block, just don't leave more than 2 or u will get another fruit and may get sucked into the door...no perfect if u miss that last fruit
You don't fail for having a low score. You fail for not hitting the "Terraforming" goal on each stage. Every time you get 3 or more blocks of the same colour in a row, that is added to your combo total. So if you get too many single colours by themselves, you'll fail that level (it will be obvious because the screen will be red and there will be a "no terraforming" symbol in the upper left). If this happens, you should restart the stage.
are u sure u don't have to get all fruit?
i had a level with 3 blocks and had the rainbow, got the 3 blocks and a cherrie showed up as i got sucked into the door...no chievo
i'll try it today to clear this up unless someone beats me to it
I just went through Boot Camp kicking its ass other than level 3-4 where I didn't get my perfect. I went back and replayed the level this time attaining the perfect rating, but the achievement didn't pop. Checked the stats and I was at 100%. So I played the 6th stage of that mission again (getting perfect, but I doubt it matters) and it popped. Because I played only the last stage and didn't get the requisite 3.5M points for the overall mission, it said I failed - but the achievement still popped.
So, it seems the game may only check for 100% Planet completion at the end of a mission. If you have to go back to get perfect on something else, you might need to replay the last stage to get it to unlock.
Every time you make a combo of 3, a fruit will appear. If you make fruit frenzy and mega fruit frenzy the likelihood of fruit falling is next to nil, since a water melon stands in place. You run the risk of fruit falling when you have too much hang time and touch the fruit that was created from a combo made.
You do not have to catch the fruit as its' falling to produce a perfect. You can also catch the fruit in your POD. It may look like you caught fruit, but sometimes your pod may be just enough to the right or left of the fruit that gave the illusion of "catching" fruit.
Also - if you are going o get sucked out the door and don't want to, hit the A button on your controller and hold it - your animal/avatar will drop away from the door and you'llbe able to bounce again and catch the remaining fruit or what have you.
Can also confirm that yes, you need to do a run through each level, passing all screens, as well as then going back and getting them all perfect, in order to get 100% (as well as catching all fruit and breaking all blocks)
This is a great game - very challenging. I've started on the jungle and savannah levels after finishing Icicle World - a couple of levels in there were really tough.
Sorry for the delay on updating this thing, I've been kind of out on injury the past few days and haven't been able to get near the 360, just the lappy. I'll be back to normal soon and should be able to hack away at the guide more. I think it's pretty much done, but I'm sure more people advanced further then I did and I see there's more posts from when I left off so I'll check those out when I update the guide. Again, sorry for the delay.
Needed the break anyhow, the game started to get a bit tedious haha
Not that anyone cares at this point, but I just tested it 5x and missing a fruit in a bonus level will prevent you from getting a perfect for a level. I recommend not picking up bonus letters when going for perfects as some of the bonus levels were kinda crazy.
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