There are 13 achievements with a total of 400 points.
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Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
Offline: 13 (400)
Online: 0 (0)
Approximate amount of time to 400: 3+ Hours (Dependent on skill/luck)
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 3 (NiGHTS (Claris AND Elliot) and Christmas NiGHTS (Claris/Elliot))
Number of missable achievements: None
Glitched/unobtainable achievements: None
Do cheat codes disable achievements?: Yes
Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
Extra equipment needed: No
Welcome to NiGHTS Into Dreams...! This game has 13 achievements for 400 and is a re-release of the fan loved SEGA Saturn classic! NiGHTS Into Dreams... is a game about well…dreams! You take control of dreamers Claris and Elliot as they embark through their dreams to confront their nightmares with the help of dream creature NiGHTS. The game is about flight and at its core the game is about score attacking. There are advanced things like tricking about in the air to score more points as well.
The music also changes with the mood of your Pians (think of them as prototype Chao for you Sonic fans out there). Make them happy and the music will become cheerful. Paraloop enough of them into oblivion and the music might become sad. Also anything in between or a conjunction of various moods will alter the music.
Also included is Christmas NiGHTS, which was a free game included in magazines back in 1996 but is pricey to get today. Also of note is that you can play the game with its original SEGA Saturn graphics if you so wish through “SEGA Saturn Dreams” at the main menu.
Step 1: Claris Playthrough
Pick either “Brand New Dreams” or “SEGA Saturn Dreams” and pick Claris. You will start off at Spring Valley. Once you get to Mare 3 continue on until you get to the trick rings. Get a “DREAMY” rating while in Acrobat Time to get DREAMY !!!. Finish this Dream to be taken to the boss, Gillwing. Paraloop Gillwing’s tail in one hit to get Paraloop Master as well as the IDEAL once your overall score has been shown.
Continue on to Mystic Forest and then continue on to Mare 4’s top down maze and lead the red car following you around into its green garage for Mystic Garage. Continue on and beat the Dream to get the POSSIBILITY.
Continue on to Soft Museum and finish it for the CONFUSION. If you have gotten at least a C overall for each stage while playing as Claris continue on to Twin Seeds. At the start, walk or jump forward to be flung to a piece of land. Jump off the land into the abyss below and you will rise up and be able to fly through the Dream as Claris herself. Beat this Dream to get the GROWTH. Enjoy her ending.
Step 2: Elliot Playthrough
Pick either “Brand New Dreams” or “SEGA Saturn Dreams” and pick Elliot. You will start off at Splash Garden. Finish this Dream for the AFFECTION then continue on to and finish Frozen Bell for the CONSCIOUSNESS. Stick Canyon is up next so complete this for the REVIVAL.
If you have gotten at least a C overall for each stage while playing as Elliot continue on to Twin Seeds. At the start, walk or jump forward to be flung to a piece of land. Jump off the land into the abyss below and you will rise up and be able to fly through the Dream as Elliot himself. Beat the Dream and enjoy his ending. If you got overall A ranks on all of the Dreams you will get the secret ending that involves Elliot going to see Claris.
If you have gotten all A ranks with both Claris and Elliot and you will hear adults singing the end song instead of children. If you also got A ranks on all Dreams you get into dreams… for your effort. Hopefully along the way you have also made a Mepian for Hello Mepian. If not, keep at it.
Step 3: Christmas NiGHTS Into Dreams
Christmas NiGHTS will unlock on the main menu for play after finishing all Dreams. Select “Christmas Dreams” and after the intro pick either Claris or Elliot. You will play Spring Valley during Christmas time. Beat the Dream as well as Christmas Gillwing and you get Merry Christmas! afterwards. Play the Dream again with the child you didn't pick to get the ending scene for Christmas NiGHTS.
Step 4: Miss Anything?
If you missed anything go back to the Dreams and try to get them, such as A Ranks, trying to hatch a Mepian, Dreamy ranks off of Trick Rings, or paralooping Gillwing’s tail.
NiGHTS is a game that can’t really be described since it has no real set genre, but people have loved it for 16 years regardless. The achievements seem to be easy but to get the full 400 will probably take some time for new comers. Those who can get the tricks down and score tons of points or have been playing since 1996 most likely won’t have any problems at all. None of the achievements are truly missable either due to the level select. Good luck getting all the achievements fellow dreamers!
[x360a would like to thank JaxTH for this Roadmap]
Soft Museum is the third Dream for Claris. The boss of this Dream is a first class Nightmaren named Jackle. Watch out for the cards that get thrown! The achievement will pop after your overall score has been displayed after the boss battle.
Splash Garden is the first Dream for Elliot. The boss of this Dream is Puffy, which, to the best of my knowledge, is a giant opera-singing balloon with rabbit ears. The achievement will pop after your overall score has been displayed after the boss battle.
Here is an A Rank playthrough of the Dream that also shows the hatching of a Mepian (Around 2:25):
Stick Canyon is the third Dream for Elliot. Be careful on Mare 4 as if you have less than 55 seconds left when you reach the first conveyor belt you will likely turn back into Elliot and get an “F” on the Mare. The achievement will pop after your overall score has been displayed after the boss battle.
The boss of this Dream is a first class Nightmaren named Reala. Reala is basically NiGHTS’ equal and anything you can do Reala can do as well.
To play this you must have at least an overall C rank on all the respective child’s Dreams.
Twin Seeds is the fourth and final Dream for both Claris and Elliot that hinges between dreams and reality. The boss of this Dream is the final boss of the game and created NiGHTS and the other Nightmaren, Wizeman the Wicked.
When you finish a Mare you will not be given more time like in other Dreams so watch the timer unless you want a Night Over. The achievement will pop after your overall score has been displayed after the boss battle.
To get this achievement you just need to get an overall A rank on the current Dream you are on.
Watch the videos of their respective Dreams and copy and improve on them. If you get a rank that is not an A on a Mare then don't fret, just make sure you have an A or a B before getting to the boss. If you get an A on all Mares then you still aren't safe as you can go down on your overall rank by taking too much time fighting/getting hit by bosses. If you get to the boss with a B do good and you just might come out with an A.
I got my last A rank with Elliot on Twin Seeds so the achievement unlocked after the credits for me.
To start Acrobat Time you must fly through the blue and yellow rings that are in the Dream. Once you do this, a yellow trail will form behind you and you must do tricks for more points. Pulling off 11+ combos will get you the “DREAMY” rating. This is best done in Spring Valley Mare 3 or Mystic Forest Mare 3.
To pull this off, rub up against the ceiling and start tapping the trick buttons ( and ) rapidly but alternatively to watch the score from your tricks skyrocket. Pressing both trick buttons at once will make you immediately stop and cancel the stream from the trick ring, so be careful. Here is a video on how to do this:
Gillwing is a dragon and also the boss of Spring Valley, which is the first Dream Claris will go through. If you attack Gillwing from the front you will destroy his head, which will then grow back until he runs out of segments on his tail. By paralooping his entire tail in one go he will instantly be defeated (21 links). Do this fast enough and you will 2.0 the boss and get lots of points added to your total. If you mess up then just highlight the level from the Dream Select and press to be taken to the boss after beating the Dream.
In Mare 4 of Mystic Forest you will soon come to a maze that will switch the view to a top down position. As this happens you will see a red car moving about. This red car is actually following your movements. Fly straight and you will go through a spike ring followed by coming upon a green garage. Circle around the green garage and the car will make its way into it followed by a little jingle. You will get the achievement afterwards.
A “Mepian” is the offspring of a Nightopian and a Nightmaren. When you latch onto a Nightmaren you will start to spin in a circle with it so you can launch it in whatever direction you please. If it hits a Nightopian they will leave an egg behind and a Mepian will be inside.
You will get your achievement while in the Dream after a Mepian egg is made.
To unlock Christmas NiGHTS for play you must first finish all Dreams. After that “Christmas Dreams” will be located on the main menu. Pick either Claris or Elliot and then get started. The achievement will pop after your overall score has been displayed after the boss battle. Beating the level afterwards as the other child will unlock the "Nightopian Collection" on the main menu.