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Old 09-08-2011, 06:33 AM   #1
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The Penguins of Madagascar - Achievement Guide and Road Map

Road Map

Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 1/10
- Offline: 44 (1000)
- Online: 0 (0)
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 3 - 6 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Number of missable achievements: 0
- Do cheat codes disable achievements?: N/A
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: Yes (Operation Super Complete)
- Glitchy achievements: No
- Unobtainable achievements: No
- Extra equipment needed?: Kinect Sensor

Introduction:
Welcome to the Penguins of Madagascar for Kinect guide. Outside of the unfortunate name, the game is a simple "on-rails" adventure where you take control of the titular heroes as they try to thwart the dolphin's evil scheme. This is probably the easiest Kinect game to date and is perfect for a younger audience due largely to the simplicity of the controls and the games forgiving nature.

Step 1 - Story Mode Playthrough:
When you start the game you are thrown into the story on the easiest setting. Playing through the game only takes about 3 hours so I recommend running through the entire thing and completing as many of the "action" related achievements as you can. You should also try to pick up the lizards while you play. They are the games only form of collectibles and there are only 36 of them. None of them are too terribly difficult to find. If you do need help I have a location guide HERE.

Step 2 - Hard Story Mode Playthrough:
Once you finish the game the first time, return to the title screen and select options to change the difficulty to Hard. Now go to the mission select screen and start with level 1 and run through the game. If you skip the cut-scenes you can speed through the game in about an hour and a half. You can also attempt to complete any actions or pick-up any lizards you may have missed the first time through.

If you want you can combine steps 1 and 2 by changing the difficulty from the beginning. Hard mode is not difficult by any measure but this will make getting some of the other achievements more difficult. I'd get everything out of the way first, but it is up to you.

Step 3 - Mop Up:
At this point all that is left to do is complete any remaining actions, collect any missing lizards and play the two mini-games.

Conclusion:
There is not much bang for your buck for the regular gamer. This game really shines as an accessible entry for novice gamers. Young kids will enjoy it while everyone else should just rent it for the quick gamerscore fix.

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Old 09-08-2011, 06:35 AM   #2
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Chameleon Collector - 50
Find all chameleons in the game.

There are 3 stories in the game and each story contains 4 levels. Each individual level contains 3 Chameleons for a total 12 per story and 36 throughout the course of the game. They show up on-screen while completing the courses and are slightly faded but the majority of them are easily spotted.

If you are having trouble a guide to all their locations can be found HERE. It is important to note that you have to complete the level to save your progress. Don't just grab an item and quit out or the item you picked up will NOT register.

Most Recent Ultimate Lizards - 25
Find all twelve chameleons in the "Dr. Blowhole!?" story.

See "Chameleon Collector".

Dolphin Trainer - 15
Earn a Silver Peanut Butter Winkie on every level in the "Dr. Blowhole!?" story.

See "Treasure Hunter".

Dolphin Domination - 30
Earn a Gold Peanut Butter Winkie on every level in the "Dr. Blowhole!?" story.

See "Treasure Hunter".

Operation Complete - 80
Complete all levels in The Penguins of Madagascar.

Story related and cannot be missed.

Operation Super Complete - 120
Complete all levels in The Penguins of Madagascar on Hard.

You can change the difficulty of the game from the options on the main menu. There is only easy and hard and the only difference I could tell is that your awesomeness meter depletes faster and you don't have as much time to perform the "actions". Other than that it is a breeze to play through.

You can tell which levels you have completed on hard by going into the mission select screen, choosing a story and then selecting a level. If you see a gold star on the top left of the level icon then you completed that level on hard. If you do everything else first, the run through on hard only takes a little under 2 hours if you skip all the scenes.

If you want to knock this out in one playthrough, exit the game on level 1 and change the difficulty right away. This will make getting the action achievements a little harder though but only marginally. To do this hold your left arm out at a 45 degree angle and pause the game. Select Exit Level and say Yes to return to the Lair. Go into options and change the difficulty to Hard and return to the menu. Now go into mission select and select the first level and you're good to go.

Dr. Blowhole!? -50
Complete all levels in the "Dr. Blowhole!?" story.

Story related and cannot be missed. This unlocks upon completing levels 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Crystal Staff of the Lemurkhamen - 50
Complete all levels in the "Crystal Staff of the Lemurkhamen" story.

Story related and cannot be missed. Simply play through the first 4 levels to unlock this achievement.

Revenge of the Robo-Penguins - 50
Complete all levels in the "Revenge of the Robo-Penguins" story.

Story related and cannot be missed. Simply play through the levels 5, 6, 7 and 8 to unlock this achievement.

Archaeologist - 15
Earn a Silver Peanut Butter Winkie on every level in the "Crystal Staff of the Lemurkhamen" story.

See "Treasure Hunter".

Robot Wrangler - 30
Earn a Gold Peanut Butter Winkie on every level in the "Revenge of the Robo-Penguins" story.

See "Treasure Hunter".

Mecha Chameleons - 25
Find all twelve chameleons in the "Revenge of the Robo-Penguins" story.

See "Chameleon Collector".

Robotologist - 15
Earn a Silver Peanut Butter Winkie on every level in the "Revenge of the Robo-Penguins" story.

See "Treasure Hunter".

Treasure Hunter - 30
Earn a Gold Peanut Butter Winkie on every level in the "Crystal Staff of the Lemurkhamen" story.

These achievements are based on how well you perform during the level. You increase your score by getting snow cones, destroying objects, performing the "actions" quickly and finding the hidden chameleons. You get silver almost automatically and then just need a few more points to reach gold. There was little effort involved. I got gold on the first try for every level throughout the game except for level 12. That was the only level that I needed to replay for a better score.
  • "Treasure Hunter" is unlocked after getting all Golds on levels 1 through 4.
  • "Robot Wrangler" is unlocked after getting all Golds on levels 5 through 8.
  • "Dolphin Domination" is unlocked after getting all Golds on levels 9 through 12.
The Lizards of Lemurkhamen - 25

Find all twelve chameleons in the "Crystal Staff of the Lemurkhamen" story.

See "Chameleon Collector".

Having a Blast - 15
Get perfect on a Rico Explosive.

During the third level, you will come across the first opportunity to toss an explosive. Simple perform an arm motion like you are throwing a bowling ball and the achievement unlocks. Again, as with the other mini "actions" do the motion quickly to get the "Perfect". You should be able to do this easily during this first opportunity as it repeats the movement a few times.

Monkey Business - 15
Get perfect on a Monkey Match.

Monkey match requires you to align pictures by moving your arms and pointing to them. On the very first opportunity (which happens on level 3) you only have to match two items. Match the squirrel to the acorn and then match the other 2 remaining pictures and the achievement unlocks.

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Old 09-08-2011, 06:36 AM   #3
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Slip Slidin' - 15
Get perfect on a Belly Slide.

Once you see the Belly Slide side just immediately duck down to get this with ease. The first opportunity comes during level 3 and you have multiple opportunities if you don't get it on your first try.

Mad Knowledge - 10
Get perfect on a Trivia challenge.

If you did not change the difficulty at the beginning, the first trivia challenge is quite easy. Just answer "OK" and the achievement unlocks.

If you get some other random question you can still get a perfect score by simply making a guess. If you guess right you win. There are a couple of trivia questions throughout the game so you are bound to get this automatically.

Leapin' Lizards! - 15
Get perfect on a Jump.

During the third level you will reach a scripted section where you have to jump. You will see a sign and the screen floor will be green. Just jump straight up to unlock this achievement.

Penguins Can Fly! - 20
Get perfect on a Hang Time.

The first opportunity to get this occurs on level 5. Just hold hold both arms out and jump as soon as you are prompted on screen. Like all the "actions", the faster you do it will determine your score. Do the motion before the timer moves to far and it will unlock instantly.

Take Your Best Shot - 10
Play the first Rico Target Challenge.

Story related and cannot be missed. You will come to his first target challenge while playing through the first level. You just have to play it and the achievement unlocks instantly.

Trivia Dabbler - 10
Played Marlene's Trivia.

Story related and cannot be missed. You will come to the first trivia challenge while playing through the first level. You just have to play it and the achievement unlocks instantly.

Hacker Supreme - 20
Get perfect on a Head Maze.

The first opportunity to get this occurs on level 5. For the maze games, you need to pickup and move the top of the semiconductor to the bottom half without touching any of the lines. This is easily done on the first attempt because there are no lines in your way and you have a straight shot for an easy achievement.

Poser - 20
Get perfect on a Strike A Pose.

The first opportunity to get this occurs on level 5. Just hold a jumping jack pose (extend arms and legs out to make and "X") as soon as you are prompted on screen. Like all the "actions", the faster you do it will determine your score. Do the motion before the timer moves to far and it will unlock instantly.

Blast Off - 20
Get perfect on Rico's Launch.

The first opportunity to get this occurs on level 5. Just push both arms up as prompted on screen and like all the "actions", the faster you do it will determine your score. Do the motion before the timer moves to far and it will unlock.

Feeling Jumpy? - 10
Jump (non-challenge) ten times in one level.

During the course of playing through any level, simply jump straight up and your penguin will follow suit. Just do it 9 more times in the same level and the achievement is yours. This can be done as early as the first level if you like.

Perfection - 30
Get perfect on every challenge in a level.

This means that you have to get the "Perfect" rating (or equivalent) on every "action" challenge. You may get this naturally while you play through the game. The end of level result screen is slightly misleading. Instead of saying "Perfect" on the result screen, they should have called it "Completed" because it only tracks the number of events you completed which is not the same as getting perfect.

Basically every time you get to an action event, it puts up the icon on the right side of the screen and under that icon is a green bar that slowly shrinks. First make sure you are on easy as that will decrease the speed the bar shrinks. Now just complete the action before that green bar moves too much and you will get credit for a perfect. I think (although there is no way I can be sure) that as long as the word that pops up is blue, you get credit for the perfect. So Perfect, Excellent, Awesome, etc... count. I know Alright, So-So, Pretty Good, Nice, OK and Flubbed do NOT count.

If you do not get this through regular play to make this quick and easy, I'd recommend putting the game on Easy and then playing level 2. There are only 3 challenges in this level and they are easy motions to complete. You have a climb event, a throw event and a balance event. Just keep replaying until you get all blue comments.

Show Me How To Do That - 50
Get the awesomeness meter to x5 for 20 seconds.

Once you max out your awesomeness meter, just continue through the level collecting snow cones and other items. The achievement pops immediately once you have reached the required amount of time. It unlocked for me during the first level without any effort.

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Awesome Recruit - 5
Get the awesomeness meter to x5.

This will probably be the first achievement you get. Once you start the game, you will be moving side to side and collecting snow cones. Every one you collect will raise your awesomeness meter located at the top of your screen. Once you max it out, the achievement will unlock.

All Kinds of Awesome - 20
Get the awesomeness meter to x5 for 10 seconds.

See "Show Me How To Do That".

Kick It With the King - 10
Play King Julien's Dance Party.

After completing the story and skipping the credits (if you like) you will be at the main menu. Select "Dance" and the achievement unlocks once the mini game loads. See "Shake Your Rear End" for more information on the other achievement related to this mini game.

Balancing Act - 10
Get perfect on a Balance.

For the balance mini game, you just need to keep your marker in the fat portion of the meter. Once you get in the zone, just stay there until you are all the way across. The zone does not move while you cross so this is made pretty easy especially if the sweet spot randomly appears right near the middle because you barely have to move.

Right On Target - 10
Hit 25 Throw Targets.

This is cumulative and you should unlock this naturally while playing through the game. It unlocked for me while fighting the Robo Penguins during level 8. Just move your arm to target an item and then bend your arm and snap it forward to throw.

Over the Top - 10
Get perfect on a Climb.

While playing through the game you will automatically swap out to the correct penguin when he is needed. During the first level you will get a brief tutorial on the Climb ability. Simply put both arms out and up like displayed on the screen (basically making an "L" shape with each arm) and you should not have any problem unlocking this on the first try.

Shake Your Rear End - 20
Score a total of 1,000,000 points in any song in King Julien's Dance Party.

There are two options in Dance party: Match a Pose and Red Light, Green Light. You just need to accumulate a million points before the song ends.

I went with Red Light, Green Light and choose the Lemur's Song. All you have to do is run in place while swinging yours arms around as fast as possible (or any other movement you like) while you have the green light. This will rack up the points. As soon as you see the red light pop up, stop and freeze. You will lose points depending on how long it took you to stop and how still you stay while the red light is on. Just keep repeating until the song ends.

You should be able to get an average of 100,000 points (or more) per green light while losing about 20,000 points per red light and still score high enough for the achievement. I was able to get this on the first attempt so it should not be too much trouble.

If you do have trouble with this, NiteJokester came up with an alternative that you may try:

Take a small object (like the game case) and stand maybe 1-2 feet away from sensor and start waving it really fast. If you can get it to work, you should be getting 300,000-600,000 per green light and -400,000 per red light. Once you've finished, you should end up with over 2,000,000.

Say Cheese - 10
Play King Julien's Critique.

After completing the story and skipping the credits (if you like) you will be at the main menu. Select "Critique" and the achievement unlocks once the mini game loads. You don't even have to play it if you don't want to.


Secret Achievements

Marlene! - 5
Met Marlene.

Story related and cannot be missed. You will unlock this within the first level.

King Julien! - 5
Met the lemurs.

Story related and cannot be missed. You will unlock this upon completion of the first level.

The Robo-Penguins! - 5
Met the Robo-Penguins.

Story related and cannot be missed. You will unlock this toward the beginning of level 7.

Fred? - 5
Met Fred.

Story related and cannot be missed. You will unlock this while playing through level 10.

Dr. Blowhole! - 5
Met Dr. Blowhole.

Story related and cannot be missed. You will unlock this while making your way through the level 4 sewers.

Roger! - 5
Met Roger.

Story related and cannot be missed. You will unlock this during the third level.

Phil and Mason! - 5
Met Phil and Mason.

Story related and cannot be missed. You will unlock this during the third level. This unlock after you meet BOTH monkeys and not when you meet the first one.

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Great guide. game was easy enough but a couple achievements hung me up I found doing it a little differently helped alot.


Perfection - 30
Get perfect on every challenge in a level.

This was my last achievement due to it not unlocking after many flawless attempts.
What I ended up doing was starting a new save play to level 2. I skipped the large balancing challenge and went to the left of it to skip it. I then did the climb challenge that ends you up in the gator pit I did one lap around the pit to the balance act as soon as the cut seen starts assume the position for the balance. should only have to make minor adjustments. It made me do it only once. (May make you do it twice tho.


Shake Your Rear End - 20
Score a total of 1,000,000 points in any song in King Julien's Dance Party.

After trying your running in place 3 times and feeling like I was in military training or going thru 2 a-days for the NFL I got upset and took the packaging from my usb thumb drive and stood maybe 1-2 feet away from sensor and started waving it really fast. To my surprise I was getting 300,000-600,000 per green light and -400,000 per red light. I finshed with 2,890,000,000. Hope this helps others as it did me. Thanks again.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:59 PM   #8
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The Perfection cheevo is the only one I have left to do.

Tried level 2 as the guide says but although I get a blue remark on all the tasks it still does not pop the cheevo.

On level 2 I first get the climb wall task then on to the throwing at the cameras then a balance beam after going up a wooden ramp then another climbing one and finally another balance beam.

Like I say, 4 blue comments on the 2 climbs and 2 balance beams but the throwing one does not seem to give any comment.

Tried this a few times now but nothing.

Any advice from anyone please...
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