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W.O.R.L.D.S_ Win Own Reinvent Live Discover Sim 11_05_2018 10_17_38 PM

W.O.R.L.D.S: Win Own Reinvent Live Discover Sim • Perform reactions • 20G • 59.98% of gamers unlocked this

I thought I might have been able to get an achievement a bit earlier tonight, but the footy was on.

I’ll let you sit with that thought for a minute – pick your jaw back up off the floor before you keep reading.

This weekend, I have a whole heap of family about to descend – correction: already have started descending – on my house for a birthday party that we are hosting for an elderly relative tomorrow afternoon. That means that, while I haven’t vocally given any resistance, my TV is not my own … and I’m left either waiting until the end of the evening to get onto the console, or I’m left to find ‘other’ solutions.

Tonight’s solution came by way of the Windows store in a little free-to-play game titled, W.O.R.L.D.S: Win Own Reinvent Live Discover Sim.

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Firstly, don’t ask me what that means … I have no idea. It feels like they’ve wanted to use the word ‘Worlds’, and then they’ve slapped a whole heap of words together to get an acronym. Much like some dialogue in the opening episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D …

…It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out “shield.”

Titling aside, this isn’t actually a bad little game for the price you pay. It shares similar mechanics with the Doodle God series, which shouldn’t be surprising considering it’s made by the same developer – but it is packaged together in a way that you wouldn’t think a simple puzzler would deliver.

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My difficulty in this game actually had nothing to do with the game itself, but just the effort required to install it on my laptop. Opening up Windows 10 for the first time in a little while meant that there was 40 apps listed for update. Forty. Four-Zero. Sure, the mileage varied in the update size from app-to-app, but isn’t it so incredibly indicative of the world we live in today … nothing is permanent, everything is always transient. Often in the world of gaming, we lament the loss of cartridges, in which a whole game was finished, bundled, and sold.

Sure, there are benefits to the world of updates – but let an aging man lament the changing world for a while.

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Icons of History

Xbox

Age of Empires: Castle Siege • Unlocked any 6 heroes • 50G • 15.19% of gamers unlocked this

As promised, I went with a Castle Siege achievement today. I thought I might be able to keep this one in my back pocket and grab an iOS Minecraft achievement, but the closest thing that was on offer appeared to be was creating an enchantment table – and after a hunt around a Minecraft Wiki, I knew I was nowhere near assembling a table without some serious hand holding and, if I was lucky, a pre-prepared, achievement-specific world.

This achievement cost me a bit of in-game currency, which was fine – I still had some leftover from upgrading my archery tower last time I needed an emergency achievement, and in the meantime I have another three heroes to experiment with in-battle (I’d already unlocked a few others).

Right now, though? I’m enjoying a local beer from the Bright Brewery (for international readers, that’s in Bright, Victoria, Australia – at the foot of the Alpine region, and the gateway to our snowfields) and I plan on enjoying a few more before the night’s over. I very much doubt there’ll be any more achievements today.

Except, perhaps, in Untappd.

Transcendent

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Clicker Heroes • Transcend 1 Time

And so, we now arrive on the other side of the transcension barrier. There seems to be quite a few achievements on offer post-transcension, though, admittedly, none of them look like ‘quick wins’. Rather, the achievements are for completing anywhere between Zone 4,000 to 30,000 … so I don’t know whether I jumped on this one too early, or whether there is some meta game that I’m supposed to know about to maximise my heroes’ DPS, but either way, I’ve transcended and earned myself, at the very least, this achivement.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before the excitement of ‘starting again’ when it comes to a good clicker, and for much of my lunchbreak, this is exactly what I felt as I retweaked my game to be able to cope with an ascension.

The only thing I’m confused about now is the use of mercenaries, because it looks like they have been locked-away as part of the transcension (requiring me to ascend like a normal person).

Perhaps a bit of a read of some internet guides are in order to get a bit of a handle on techniques will help me.

Kleptomania resurges

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Insanity Clicker • Open 100 chests during all the playthrough

A little more clicker love today, but as it turns out, my pursuit of this achievement was way off. ‘Opening a chest’, it seems, has nothing to do with opening the suitcases that drop onto the screen at random intervals of play, but rather it relates to the defeat of a particular monster that is rotated through the enemy list with varying degrees of frequency.

Imagine my surprise.

The solution for this was dropping back a few levels and letting my … army? … smash through enemies quickly at around level 100 or so in order to rotate through to the ‘chests’ quicker and eventually unlock the achievement. Tracking the progress was easy enough via the statistics page (under ‘kills’) which makes sense when you work out what you’re doing, but considering I had managed to get this far in ignorance is a special level of dumb.

 

Heavy Cavalry

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Age of Empires (iOS) • Built a Stable • 50G • 24.14% of gamers unlocked this

What an absolute flustercluck. I absolutely pushed and pushed and pushed to get home, get in front of the TV, turn it on, load up The Wolf Among Us and grab a guaranteed achievement. But as I watched the clock tick closer to midnight, I decided at 11.57pm that I was going to have to make a decision – do I ride out the risk and hope that it all comes good in the end? Or do I use my one remaining emergency achievement from Age of Empires and lock it in.

It turns out that I made the right decision.

I’ve had an absolutely mammoth, mammoth day. It’s Good Friday here in Australia, and so I’ve gone from a morning workout to lunch to cooking for a pot luck dinner, to the pot luck dinner and then home again. I walked in the door a little past 11.30pm and was quick to turn the console on – but just not quick enough it seems.

Dear Phil Spencer – I am now out of last-ditch achievements on iOS since you’ve removed Halo. Send more please.

I’m going to bed with the expectation that The Wolf Among Us‘ story will carry on and tick-off the achievement I was going for. Still … spilt milk and all that.

It does mean that I’m sorted for tomorrow though!

Archaeology Student

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Clicker Heroes • Complete 5 Relic Quests

Another day, another ‘ascension’, or ‘amnesia’, or whatever your clicker-of-choice essentially wants to call ‘restarting’. It’s a clever little mechanic used to keep you in-the-game … or spending money on in-game currency – depending on where you fall on the optimist-pessimist spectrum. This achievement was actually for completing five of a particular type of mercenary quest, these ones for ‘relics’, but I suspect that I have a few other achievements for similar quests on the cusp of completion as well.

I’ve been playing Clicker Heroes for a long time now, but today I saw an ad to preorder Clicker Heroes 2! I’m fairly sure that I’m quite low on the list of people that would be excited for CH2 … but … well … I am! I had a look on the Steam page to see if I could preorder it, but it’s still showing up as ‘Available 2018’, so it’s a bit of wait-and-see. In the meantime, there’s still plenty of achievements to earn – so more waiting … and seeing … to go!

Neverending

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Clicker Heroes • Ascend the world 3 times

I got a bit confused with this achievement to be honest. I thought I was actually going for the first ascension achievement, but when I ascended and nothing unlocked, I thought it was glitch. It turns out that I already had it … so when, after 20 minutes, I was able to get back to a position where I could ascend again, I tried to do it to see if I could force the achievement unlock, and – as it turns out – I got this achievement instead!

I love clickers.

My Mac was running unusually slow today, so I didn’t get a chance to jump back and forth between my usual clicker assortment like I would normally do, so I really spent some time on Clicker Heroes – trying to work towards some particular achievements rather than just climbing through the levels. Indeed, most of the late-game achievements required you to reach a level after ascension, so in my ignorance, I worked on a bit of an achievement clean-up before going for the ascension. And, let’s be honest, ‘working’ on a clicker isn’t exactly going to cause you to break a sweat – but it’s a game, and games do what games do. They create fun … exactly what Clicker Heroes does.

I’m in two minds about whether to push on for five ascensions or just go for the levels again … but, if I’m perfectly honest, there’s something really satisfying about ascending, and it’s not without its gameplay rewards anyway. I’ll see how the mood grabs me tomorrow, but it might also be a case of showing one of my other clickers some love.

Time will be the ultimate master of my otherwise very, very, busy day tomorrow.

Pop! Pop! Pop!

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Adventure Pop • Popped 10000 bubbles in Adventure Mode • 100G • 6.44% of gamers unlocked this

It seems apt that I had both Pop! and Pop! Pop! as achievements on this blog, so when I went for this one this morning, I was fairly convinced that I’d be using this for today’s achievement. I wasn’t having much luck making general level progress on Adventure Pop, and I went back and tried to earn three stars on the first world as well just to see if that could be today’s quick win – but alas, neither was really working for me, but with each attempt at doing something different, I got a little closer each time to popping the magic 10,000 (see how I include a comma, Microsoft? Remember, when you want an Achievement Editor, call me). Sure enough, it took me half an hour (the slog from 94% to 100% completion is actually slower than it sounds), but I got there in the end.

If there was ever a game that was trying to will you to spend a few bucks on microtransactions, Adventure Pop gives it a red hot go. It is very tempting to grab a few crystals just for ‘five more moves’, and let’s be honest – if an achievement hung off it, I’d probably get it. But I don’t have the same affinity for Adventure Pop than I have for, say, Rocket League, so if spending money on frivolous extras doesn’t seem to have any nostalgic or practical purpose, I’m not going to do it.

Elsewhere in the gaming community, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the Overwatch League, and in the absence of a good Australian team, I’ve settled on barracking for Boston Uprising. My reasoning is simple, I love Boston. Love it. If I could live anywhere in the United States, I’m fairly certain it would be New England. It’s like the best bits of gentrified living wrapped up in a progressive mindset, plus it’s a beautiful part of the world … and – the most important thing – they have chowder in just about every pub. And it’s beautiful, beautiful chowder. I logged onto Overwatch this week and grabbed my one free skin for Bastion, and if I could get some sort of consistency about getting into games, then I might spend more money on it – but I’m looking at 3-5 minute waits each time I want a quick game, and, frankly, my attention span isn’t that long.

I’ve also spent some time today watching the Day 2 concerts at PAX South. If I could have the perfect holiday, it would be a trip to Boston to go to PAX East, but in the absence of time and money – a lazy Sunday afternoon listening to a band play the track to Zelda while someone does a speed-run on-screen is my idea of a good weekend.

No Man’s Land II

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Battle Islands • Remove 8 obstacles from your islands • 50G • 20.21% of gamers unlocked this

Sometimes the Gaming Gods are kind … earning an achievement after midnight on the weekend turned out to be a wise decision, after I had a not-insignificant fall yesterday and ended up in hospital with a dislocated shoulder. With a body full of morphine and less sleep than I would have liked, I suspect a decent gaming session in the evening was a bit of a stretch.

With that in mind, I did start my playthrough of Battle Islands last night, which, from memory, is a little free-to-play title from the Xbox store, and while half-asleep and resting on the couch, I earned myself the achievement for finishing the tutorial. There’s a lot of incentive to buy gold or resources and such down some microtransaction money from the player in this game, which I hate – but I was still concsious that there was an opportunity to earn another acheivement tonight, this time for clearing the island of eight objects, which I did without too much complaint.

Battle Islands isn’t a bad game, but I think it would benefit from slightly improved UI. Something like Age of Empires on mobile, for example, in which the cursor actually responds to things you click and interact with. I’m not entirely sure what the crosshairs do in this version, but they seem to offer nothing particularly exciting.

Right now, I’m tidying up the rest of this blog entry then I’m giving serious consideration to just climbing into bed. It’s felt like an incredibly long weekend (and a long Monday).

Join the resistance 

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Adventure Pop • Defeated the Pirate King • 50G • 8.19% of gamers unlocked this

I’ve never considered myself an ‘addict’ of anything illegal, so it’s only an assumption I make when I say that it felt like I needed ‘a fix’ for some gaming before I went to bed. 

Enter Adventure Pop. Easy to learn, impossible to master and hopefully possible to play without spending a single cent on boosters. It took a little bit a pushing to get to the Pirate King – but I did it without complaint. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m busting at the seams for a good nights sleep! 

Edit: Don’t post when drowsy folks … had to fix quite a few typos!