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Achievement Unlocked 2

Posted by Tracy Poff on April 4, 2013

Achievement Unlocked 2 is a 2010 platformer by Armor Games.

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Much like its predecessorAchievement Unlocked 2 is a commentary on metagaming. The player controls once again a small, blue elephant, and has no other goals than to unlock all of the achievements. Here, Achievement Unlocked 2 tops the original, featuring 250 absurd achievements, more than double Achievement Unlocked‘s 100.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a worthy sequel if you couldn’t unlock achievements just by starting the game, and this once again sets the tone for the whole game. There are plenty of achievements for things like clicking on interface elements, as well as the more ‘traditional’ sort for standing on certain squares or collecting all the coins in the game.

The main thing that sets Achievement Unlocked 2 apart from its predecessor is that it features multiple rooms. In a parody of the current DLC craze, though, you’ve got to buy the DLC to unlock the extra rooms, using the coins you collect in the game. In addition to the initial room, ‘Floor 1’, you have access to the elephant’s home, as well as four more floors and the roof of the building you’re in.

If you unlock all 250 achievements, you can see the ending… but is it really worth it?

One of the title screen’s messages is “Why risk it when you can just create a sequel?”, and the fake review quote in the shop for the second floor reads “If you like the first floor you’ll probably like the second.” These are certainly intended as parody, but they sum it all up pretty well. The second game in the Achievement Unlocked series is more of the same. If you’ve played the original, there’s probably no reason to bother with this one. If you’ve never played the first, you can take your pick; either game will do.

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Achievement Unlocked

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 15, 2009

Achievement Unlocked by Armor Games, published in 2008, is a flash platform game and parody of metagaming.

The player controls a small blue elephant on a single screen, which can run and jump and fall and die and not much else. The goal of the game is to unlock the achievements listed on the right, for which only the titles can be seen until they are unlocked.

By my count, 15 of these achievements can be unlocked simply by starting the game and standing still, although it looks like one of them shouldn’t be unlocked that way and is a bug. Most of the achievements can be unlocked just by stumbling around, and the way to unlock most of those that remain can be divined pretty easily from their titles and the nearby achievements. The last few that I got I had to look at the hint page for, but fortunately that’s an achievement, too.

The game ends when all 100 achievements have been unlocked.

Achievement Unlocked can be played here.

Gameplay: 8/10
The controls do what you’d expect. More importantly, achieving the achievements is pretty nice. I spent about fifteen minutes on it, which wasn’t long enough for me to get bored with it, so I’d say that the game is a success.
Graphics: 3/5
Even as flash games go, the graphics aren’t so good, but since that’s not really the point, only half weight.
Sound: 7/10
The music isn’t really annoying, but it is a bit repetitive. The sound effects are okay.
Personal Slant: 8/10
I enjoyed this, especially since I’m a spade, and it didn’t go on too long. Nice.
Total: 7.4/10
This game doesn’t take long, and it’s pretty amusing. We need to laugh at ourselves, so why not give it a shot?

Posted in 2008, Flash, Freeware, Full Review, Good, Platformer | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »