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IonBall EX

IonBall EX Achievement Guide

Guide By: YIP YOO
There are 14 achievements with a total of 200 points.


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Overview
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10
- Offline: 14/14 (200 )
- Online: 0/14 (0 )
- Approximate amount of time to 200 : 4+ hours 
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No Cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
- Glitchy achievements: None
- Unobtainable achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed?: Windows 7 Phone

Introduction:
IonBall is a very nice glorified version of the classic Brick Breaker game. There are a larger variety of blocks and obstacles to destroy, plus abilities that you can upgrade for your ball. The time estimate is obviously dependent on skill, but even if you lose all nine lives, you can continue from your last level with new lives and a severe score penalty, so finishing the 35 levels in the game is relatively straightforward. 

Notes, Bug and Reset:
The abilities are bugged, if you start a new game you will reset your upgrades until you continue the game from the main menu, which will unlock all the abilities you have previously upgraded even though the continue is for your new game. The only way to fully reset your abilities to zero is to un-install and re-install the game.

There used to be a glitch that allowed you to be invulnerable, but it has now been patched. 

Level Replay Trick:
If you exit a level and then continue it will restart the level you are on with your score intact.

Step 1: Play the First Five Levels:
Play through the first five levels. Focus on upgrading the XP Multiplier and Grow Platform. You’ll get 50% more XP on a given level if you don’t die, so try to play as safely as possible, especially on these early, easier levels. Do not upgrade Ion Ball, Hit Power, or Chain Reaction. Along the way you’ll unlock I Am Spartacus for defeating the Centurion boss. 

Step 2: Level Six:
This is where you’ll unlock a number of achievements. Shoot the ball up the side and the fan will blow it into the box where it’ll bounce around, breaking the blocks. Without doing anything else you should unlock Hands Free and Eight Ball. This is also where you’ll want to focus on getting Double Time, Triple Threat, andRecord Breaker. Don’t finish this level until you’ve gotten all three of these achievements. When you’re down to only having two or three blocks left, hit the “back” button and return to the game’s menu before continuing the game. You’ll restart the level with your score intact. Doing this allows you to build up your score for Record Breaker with a very minimal risk of dying while also focusing on getting the correct sequence of mutators needed for Triple Threat and Double Time. Avoid picking up the red ball mutator (it blows up blocks without dropping other mutators), the green bomb (intantly ends the level), or the red bomb (costs you a life). In fact, if you haven’t gotten one of the mutators that you need in the first two or three that drop, I’d just go ahead and restart the level anyway. 

If you happen to accidentally end the level, it’s quite easy to just start up a new game and play the ten minutes or so it takes to get back to Level Six. 

Step 3: Finish the Game:
Once you’ve unlocked those three pesky achievements, the rest will be easily gained by just playing through the 35 levels of the game. Points don’t have any impact on your XP, so focus on ending the levels as quickly and carefully as you can, so you don’t die. Apply one upgrade to each mutator to unlock Spread it Out and then max out Grow Paddle, Hit Power, and Ion Ball to unlock Brass Balls, ION BALL, and Size Matters. With a little luck you’ll finish the game when you beat Leviathan at the end of Level 35. 

Objects:
You can view the objects in help and options -> help - Page 1.
Bouncer - Hits you ball in opposite direction fast.
Cog - Spins you ball off in direction cog is turning.
Portal - In one portal out the other.
Fan - Blows your ball in direction it is facing.

Blocks:
You can view the blocks to destroy help and options -> help - Page 2.
Coloured blocks range from 1 hit to 10 hits to destroy.
Electric block - Cannot be damaged from below.
Shrapnel block - When smashed it will throw out shrapnel that will kill you.
Shadow block - When hit it disappears for a short time .
Explode block - When hit will take out unbreakable blocks.

Pick-ups:
You can view the pick-ups in help and options -> help - Page 3.
Green Multi-ball - Gives you Multi-ball.
Green Bomb – Destroys all bricks completing level.
Yellow Ball – Speeds up ball.
Green Platform – Extra Life.
Blue Ball - Slows ball down.
Blue Orb – Hold ball to platform.
Red Ball - Ball cuts through blocks with bouncing back until it hits the screen border.
Red Platform – Makes you platform smaller.
Red Bomb – Instant Death.
Blue Shield - Adds defensive Shield to bottom of screen.

Upgrades:
CHAIN REACTION
1 = 75 = 30% Chance
2 = 150 = 50% Chance
3 = 325 = 75% Chance
4 = 450 = 100% Change

MUTATOR ENHANCER
1 = 100 = 1.3 x basic time
2 = 200 = 1.6 x basic time
3 = 400 = 2 x basic time
4 = 550 = 2.5 x basic time

SHIELD ENHANCER
1 = 150 = +1 shields
2 = 250 = +2 shields
3 = 400 = +4 shields
4 = 700 = +6 shields

XP MULTIPLIER
1 = 200 = 10% increase
2 = 300 = 15% increase
3 = 450 = 25% increase
4 = 800 = 40% increase

FORCE PROJECTION
1 = 250 = 5% Influence
2 = 450 = 12% Influence
3 = 650 = 22% Influence
4 = 900 = 38% Influence

HIT POWER
1 = 275 = +2 hit power
2 = 500 = +3 hit power
3 = 700 = +5 hit power
4 = 1025 = +7 hit power

GROW PLATFORM
1 = 350 = 12.5% Growth
2 = 650 = 25% Growth
3 = 1050 = 37.5% Growth
4 = 1450 = 50% Growth

ION-BALL
1 = 700 = 15% chance
2 = 1150 = 28% chance
3 = 1750 = 42% chance
4 = 2400 = 60% chance

SECOND CHANCE
1 = 800 = 5% chance
2 = 1350 = 10% chance
3 = 2000 = 15% chance
4 = 2850 = 25% chance
 

[x360a would like to thank YIP YOO and Andrew x360a for this Roadmap]


I Am Spartacus5
Defeat the Centurion 

He appears at the end of level 2 and fires red lasers at you, avoid the lasers while hitting him with the ball.

Once his damage bar is drained he explodes and this will unlock.

Serious Skills15
Play for 2 minutes without dying 

Stay alive for 2 minutes, you should unlock this on your 1st playthrough easily done when you have max GROW PLATFORM upgrade.

Hands Free10
IonBall is in play for more than 30 seconds without touching the bat 

On level 6 when you get the ball in the middle box it should bounce around for 30 seconds and unlock.

If not you can use the level replay trick which is to exit the level before it ends and hit continue to replay the level from the start.

Double Time10
Hold Fastball and Multiball mutators at the same time (1) 

Note you must pick up Multiball before picking up Fastball. If you pick up Fastball first, the Multiball cancels it out. Both balls from Multiball must be in play when you pick up fastball to count.
Thanks to eastx for confirmation.

Pick-up Multiball (green multiball pick-up) then Fastball (Yellow ball pick-up) and this will unlock.
Both balls from Multiball must be in play when you pick up fastball to count.

If you have HIT POWER and ION-BALL upgraded this will be very difficult as most of your blocks will explode not giving pick-ups.

An easy level to unlock this is level 4 but will take a good few replays using the level replay trick to unlock as the pick-up spawns are random but level 4 is high on Fastball and multiball pick-ups.

Hit the ball into the fan and it will take out blocks without you having to worry too much about losing the ball, keep the hole it can drop out covered and hit it back up if it drops down.

Wait for the Multiball and Fastball pick-ups to drop and pick them up to unlock. 

If the unbreakable blocks explode from your ball hitting the exploder exit the game and press continue to replay the level from the start.

Triple Threat10
Have three balls in play at the same time (1) 

You need to pick-up two green multiballs to have 3 balls on screen at once. 

If you have HIT POWER and ION-ball upgraded this will be very difficult as most of your blocks will explode not giving pick-ups.

Point Break10
Get x5 score multiplier 

Your multiplier increases as long as you are alive and the ball is in play, filling up a blue meter in the bottom left of your screen.

Everytime the blue meter fills it increases your multiplier by 1.

You can get this as early as level one but it will unlock at some point as long as you stay alive long enough.

Eight Ball10
Destroy 8 bricks in a row without the ball touching the platform 

On level 6 when you get the ball in the middle box it should bounce around and take out at least 8 bricks and unlock.

If not you can use the level replay trick which is to exit the level before it ends and hit continue to replay the level from the start.

Wipeout5
Destroy all remaining bricks with bomb mutator 

Collect the green bomb pick-up which will drop from a destroyed brick, pick-ups are random but you will get at some point on your 1st playthrough.

Brass Balls10
Max out the ball power upgrade 

You need to upgrade HIT POWER to level 4 to unlock.

1 = 275 = +2 hit power
2 = 500 = +3 hit power
3 = 700 = +5 hit power
4 = 1025 = +7 hit power

IONBALL10
Max out the IonBall upgrade 

You need to upgrade ION-BALL to level 4 to unlock.

1 = 700 = 15% chance
2 = 1150 = 28% chance
3 = 1750 = 42% chance
4 = 2400 = 60% chance

Size Matters10
Max out bat growth upgrade 

You need to upgrade GROW PLATFORM to level 4 to unlock.

1 = 350 = 12.5% Growth
2 = 650 = 25% Growth
3 = 1050 = 37.5% Growth
4 = 1450 = 50% Growth

Spread it out15
Apply every upgrade at least once in a game 

You need to upgrade at least 1 level for for each of the following to unlock:

 

  • CHAIN REACTION
  • MUTATOR ENHANCER
  • SHIELD ENHANCER
  • XP MULTIPLIER
  • FORCE PROJECTION
  • HIT POWER
  • GROW PLATFORM
  • ION-BALL
  • SECOND CHANCE
Record Breaker50
Score 1000000 points (3) 

You may not have unlocked this on your 1st playthrough, congrats if you did.

If you followed the roadmap you should have max abilities from you 1st playthrough except for HIT POWER AND ION-BALL.

If not it will be easier if you start a new game as you do not want HIT POWER and ION-BALL upgraded as they will reduce the amount of point you earn by taking blocks away too quickly for you to gain enough points. 

Tap continue or new game depending on above after finishing 1st playthrough.

Try not to die as you lose a lot of points (10,000+) and continuing loses masses of points. (100,000+) the later levels you lose even more.

If you have FORCE PROJECTION maxed you can get the ball stuck on certain levels like level 6 and level 24 and leave the game running and it will kill spawning bots for points.

Try not to pick up green bombs as they clear the level wasting points.

Once you reach 1 million points it will unlock, this is not cummaltive so in 1 playthrough. 
Thanks to DeviousD for confirmation.

Defeat Leviathan30
Defeat the final boss 

He appears at the end of level 35 and fires lasers at you, avoid the lasers while trying to hit him with the ball.

Tactic, stay directly under him and avoid his lasers and eventually he will fire a green ball which you can bounce back at him.

Can be a harder if you have a max GROW PLATFORM upgrade as the lasers are hard to dodge.

Once his damage bar is drained he explodes and this will unlock.


 
 
 
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Developer:
IronSun Studios
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Release:

US August 17, 2011

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