Crimson Dragon: Side Story
-Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
-Estimated time for 200
: 25+ hours AND $30+ in MSP
(if not buying MSP, 1500+ hours)
-Minimum playthroughs: N/A
-Missable Achievements: 0
-Unobtainable Achievements: 0
-Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
-Cheats disable achievements: No cheats
-Glitchy achievements: 0
-Extra equipment needed: Windows Phone 7 or 8
Crimson Dragon: Side Story is a side-scrolling shoot em' up game which has you controlling a flying dragon on the mysterious planet Draco. You are tasked with tracking down the cause of a disease that is rapidly spreading across the planet. Unlike traditional shoot em' ups, you only control the up and down motion of your dragon, while the game automatically transitions your through the level, dodging enemy attacks and executing some of your own. The game offers more than 170 unlockable attacks which can be chosen strategically to make your dragon a lethal, killing machine. The game boasts several difficulties and a loads of missions to add lasting value. For a more in-depth review of the game from WPCentral, click HERE
. Currently the game is listed at $0.99 in the Marketplace.
Step 1: Complete Story and Mission Mode
Play through Story Mode. It is quite short and only involves completing 5 levels. Once you complete this mode, Mission Mode unlocks. Continue completing all levels in Mission Mode until no more unlock.
Step 2: Unlock all skills
Keep playing through Mission Mode and Story Mode to unlock all skills related to each mission.
Step 3: Awaken all skills
Awaken all the skills you have unlocked. You will need around 3,200 jewels to be able to awaken all skills. See "White Reaver Unleashed" for more information.
Step 4: Mop-up
Finish any achievements you may have remaining. You will likely have to grind some Dark Phantom kills to earn the "Dragon Master" achievement.
Crimson Dragon's many missions sound good on paper, but unfortunately they are just recycled versions of the same 10 or so levels, with only the order or the difficulty altered. The game offers some good shoot em' up action, but because of this, it gets old fairly fast. The five boss battles become particularly repetitive. The road to completing this game is long, somewhat tedious, and occasionally can be challenging / glitchy. If you want to complete the game in less than 1000 hours, you will almost certainly need to spend around $30 in Microsoft Points, which is a shame.
COMPLETION ACHIEVEMENTS (4 for 35
The following 4 achievements are earned simply by completing missions.
First Flight - 5
Defeat the Glyrin!
The Glyrin is the spider-like boss at the end of the first story mission. You must beat him to complete the level. As long as you have some spare jewels, you can keep continuing if you run out of lives.
Skylord - 5
Eliminate the Dark Phantom from the Crimson Dragon world.
The Dark Phantom is the boss in the fifth and final Story Mode mission. Kill him to earn this achievement and unlock Mission Mode. As long as you have some spare jewels, you can keep continuing if you run out of lives.
Boss Killer- 10
Complete "Planet Draco's Masters."
Just complete the level in Mission Mode called "Planet Draco's Masters." This mission consists of defeating all five bosses on hard difficulty. This level does not unlock until you complete the first 15 levels in Mission Mode. As long as you have some spare jewels, you can keep continuing if you run out of lives.
The True Crux - 15
Complete "The Ultimate Test."
Just complete the level in Mission Mode called "The Ultimate Test." This mission consists of beating the last portion of each story mission and all five bosses on true difficulty. This level does not unlock until you complete the first 21 levels in Mission Mode. As long as you have some spare jewels, you can keep continuing if you run out of lives.
SKILL-RELATED ACHIEVEMENTS (7 for 90
The following 7 achievements are related to the many skills in the game.
Taking the First Step- 5
Unlock a skill.
See "I AM LEGEND!"
Defy Death - 10
Unlock 10 skills.
See "I AM LEGEND!"
Aerial Acrobatics- 10
Unlock 40 skills.
See "I AM LEGEND!"
I AM LEGEND!- 30
Unlock all skills.
There are 171 skills in the game and unlocking all of them is quite a challenge and time consuming. You can look in the Skills Menu to see what the requirements are for unlocking each skill. Sometimes they are simple and only require you to complete a mission or do so using a specific skill. Other times they are more difficult and require you to achieve a high score or rank on a mission. Unlocked skills appear brighter in the Skills Menu, while locked skills appear dim. Skills with a question mark are only obtainable on a mission that you have not available yet. Complete more levels in Mission Mode to unlock more missions to make all the skills visible.
Take Up Arms- 5
Equip yourself with a new skill.
This achievement requires that you awaken at least two skills in one category (Action or Sub). Once you awaken them, enter Story Mode or Mission Mode and in the next screen, select the skill category for which you just awakened those two skills. One of the skills will have been automatically equipped for you. Just equip the second skill you awakened and this will unlock. Equipping a different main skill does not count.