Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Achievement Guide - Every Point Counts

There are 41 achievements with a total of 1000 points.
 Cyan Crystal Collector (25 points)
Collect all 16 Cyan Crystals


See Dedicated Collector.

 Purple Crystal Collector (25 points)
Collect all 16 Purple Crystals


See Dedicated Collector.

 Amber Crystal Collector (25 points)
Collect all 16 Amber Crystals


See Dedicated Collector.

 Red Crystal Collector (25 points)
Collect all 16 Red Crystals


See Dedicated Collector.

 Blue Crystal Collector (25 points)
Collect all 16 Blue Crystals


See Dedicated Collector.

 Dedicated Collector (90 points)
Collect all 5 sets of 16 crystals


Click Here for my full guide to all crystal locations.Thanks to Jusme2001 for writing them down as I narrated.

 The Early Bird (15 points)
Complete Sid's Early Start


Nice easy tutorial level which will also net you 3 cyan crystals automatically. Just follow the onscreen instructions and nab as much fruit as possible to increase the size of your health bar and buy crystals when they appear. Take note of the rings of stones on the floor as if you slam attack these, they will unearth a circle of apples to collect.

 Baby Proofer (15 points)
Complete Baby Proofing


Simply sling mud on the spikes,throw leaves on the rocks and melt the icicles. After that, dig up the tree trunks with the mammoth and then ride the rhino's into the rocks. Again, follow the onscreen instructions and you can't go wrong.

 Pursuit (15 points)
Complete The Pursuit


This level can be over on or just before the timer hits 1:19 if you're quick. However, make the chase last till you've picked up all 3 crystals otherwise you will have to replay the level. Jump the water and powerslide the tight corners to make this a breeze.

 Egg Hunt (15 points)
Complete Lonesome Sloth


This level has you lighting torches,burning spider webs, killing bats and spiders. The usual platform fare. Just follow the wisps and you'll be through in no time. Also shoot the spider cocoons for pears.

 Egbert, Shelly and Yoko (15 points)
Complete Egg Roll


These levels may seem tough to some at first but are really easy once you get the hang of things. For story mode, take it steady on narrow ledges. When you have to fight the birds, lure them to you near an edge and let their own momentum send them to their doom as you step to the side. To get up to the left side of the hole tunnel in Egg Roll 3, roll left and right till you gather enough momentum to get up.

 Escape! (15 points)
Complete Run Sid Run!


One of those awful "run into the screen" levels. If you've played Ratatouille, you know the score. Just run as fast as you can and jump and dodge a lot. Following the pattern of fruit will save you from dropping down holes.

 A Nutty Rival (15 points)
Complete Nuts About Scratte


A cool side scrolling level with 2 squirrels. Nice and straightforward. Just make your way to the right and jump a lot. All controls are explained via an in game tutorial so you'll be fine.

 Meeting Buck (15 points)
Complete Buck to the Rescue


New character for this one. Imagine Indiana Jones as a weasel and you have Buck. Only real peril on this level is the spiked vines. Simply jump over them while crossing the vines and you'll avoid a nasty prick in the bottom (ooer).

 Keen Gardener (15 points)
Complete Flower Power


This level introduces you to a new gun for Buck. A water squirter which makes dead things live again (well leaves anyway) and also cleans branches. Again, it's a straigtforward level. When you have to face the beehive, just strafe side to side from a distance and blast it with your pollen gun.

 Rescue Operation (15 points)
Complete Root of all Evil


Start by strafing and shooting the spitting plants and vines. Once that's done,use your lychees on the seed pods. Next phase you need to shoot the petals till they droop down then grab on with your whip as prompted and yank them off. Make sure to stand a little back so you don't get hit on the head. Avoid the acid by rolling and destroy the vines that appear.

When the game says to cover yourself in goop, run back to one of the small blue and yellow flowers in the background and press Y to coat yourself in crap. Then run up the vine and jump into the flower to kill the boss.

 Helping Scratte (15 points)
Complete Scrat's Jungle Jive


Same as the previous level really, just a little longer. Same rules apply as last time. Make sure to smack the rock circles on the floor for pears and a nice fruit boost.

 Always follow the Rules! (15 points)
Complete Expect the Unexpected!


Another beehive on this level and the same rules apply. You also get to ride a Pachysaur which can smash breakable walls just like the rhino. It can also stomp enemies but you're better off whipping the sods. Much quicker.

 Protect the Babies (15 points)
Complete Noisy Nightlife


Best level in the game IMO and THE best place to farm for fruit if you need some cash. Just mash the fire button and blast all the dino's as they appear. If you take damage, make sure to shoot the strawberries to replenish your health. Also note, the big dinosaurs are worth a lot of cherries (and also a crystal each) if you take off all their health.

 Ace Shooter (15 points)
Complete Flight of the Pterodactyl


A neat little take on side scrolling shooters here. Make sure to pick up all the power-ups as they are scattered conveniently along the level. Use your ground bombs to take out ground enemies and shoot everything for fruit. If you've played R-Type, you'll breeze it.

 Pterosaur Troubles (15 points)
Complete Saving Sid


Another different level. Just shoot everything. Plant pods hold lots of fruit and health. When you fight the beehive, use your homing missiles on it to deal a lot of damage fast. For the end section, again use your homing missiles and try and shoot as many pterosaurs as possible while you are killing the plants and riding through the cloud rings.

 Rescue Sid (15 points)
Complete Rudy's Revenge


Just like Run Sid Run! but dino seems a little hungrier this time. Not so many holes this time so stick to the centre most of the time and jump like a flea to save you singing your tootsies on the lava.

 In Love (15 points)
Complete Scrat's Tar Pit Trouble


The final side scrolling scrat scenario (say that 5 times without messing up). Just like the other two so nothing more to add. Just watch out at the tar bubbles part as this can be a little awkward.

 A Sticky Situation (15 points)
Complete Grave Danger


Hardest level in the game, if only due to the crappiness of the wall jump about halfway through which 50% of the time spins the camera around and makes you drop into the tar. Just take it steady and remember on the final boulder roll section to take the last part slowly else you will fall and die.

 Final Showdown (15 points)
Complete Skeleton Bridge


Last boss of the game. Very very easy. Use your bazooka to blow up the flowers then use your whip to pull down the stalagtite onto the dino's head. After each successful smack, keep running round to the next section and reapeat till cooked.

 A Chilled Breeze (50 points)
Complete the Ice Age Levels


This will pop after finishing the Nuts About Scratte level and marks the first set of levels complete.

 Escaping from the Unknown (50 points)
Complete the levels below the Ice


This unlocks after the Skeleton Bridge level and concludes the levels.

 Going Home (90 points)
Complete the Game


After finishing the last boss, skip through the screens and you will get the game complete screen and your achievement.

 The Development Team (10 points)
View the Credits
Easiest achievement in the game. Simply go Extra's at the main menu and then view the credits. You don't need to watch all the way through, just till you hear the ding.
 Diego's Challenge (25 points)
Complete Diego's Challenge in under 45 seconds


This requires you to complete the Pursuit! level under 45 seconds. Very very easy. Just make sure to use LB to powerslide the tight corners and jump the water. You should be able to grab him at around 1:19 on the clock.

 Rescue Egbert (25 points)
Complete Egg Roll Challenge 1 in under 40 seconds


Certainly the easiest egg roll challenge,you should get this easily. The time to beat is 40 seconds. Don't ever stop moving and with a little level memorization, you will be fine.

 Rescue Shelly (25 points)
Complete Egg Roll Challenge 2 in under 1 minute 15 seconds


Certainly quite a challenge at first. Time to beat is 1:15. The real time sink is killing the birds. However, just bait them to the edges and roll out of the way as they roll at you. If you keep moving at full pelt and pass the birds quickly, just be careful on the last ice section as at full speed, you will slide all over. If you are sliding towards the holes in the ice, jump and this will often save you.

 Rescue Yoko (25 points)
Complete Egg Roll Challenge 3 in under 1 minute 45 seconds


Hands down toughest achievement in the game. This will take a few attempts and is pretty bloody annoying. You need to do the level under 1:45 and that's no mean task. My best time is 1:37 and that took a LOT of attempts. You want to be dropping down the hole at around 27-28 seconds. You then want to try and get up onto the left side of the hole tunnel in one go. Swing to the right and then straight to the left. If you get it just right you will save a lot of time here. Bait the first 2 birds and hopefully be at around 1 minute or under. Ensure you have enough snow in the snowball to cross the twig bridges and bait the next 2 birds off the edge. Roll down to the ice where they spawn and then dodge to the side. They should both be down at around 1:30-1:34. That gives you just enough time to roll to the exit.

Stick with it, this is tough but once you get the rhythm of things, it's not as bad as it seems.

 Scrat's Time Challenge 1 (25 points)
Complete Nuts About Scratte Challenge in under 1 minute


The same rule applies for all the Scrat challenges. Memorize the level and they are a total breeze. Just keep moving right and jump, jump, jump. Target time is 1 minute.

 Scrat's Time Challenge 2 (25 points)
Complete Scrat's Jungle Jive Challenge in under 2 minutes 15 seconds


A little tougher than the first level. Time to beat is 2:15. Quite doable once you know the level layout well enough. Just don't waste time in the vents. You want to be in them as little time as possible. You'll find this really helps your times.

 Scrat's Time Challenge 3 (25 points)
Complete Scrat's Tar Pit Trouble Challenge in under 2 minutes


The hardest of the three but still not too tough at all. Only part I hated was the tar bubble part as I was always too fast for them to be at optimal height. My advice is to wait till they are sensible height and then jump. Being brash here will end your challenge fast. You also want to get up the treetrunk with the hornet in it in 1 go. Ignore where the hornet is and immediately wall jump and you will leap over him and save valuable seconds.

 Pterodactyl Assault (25 points)
Complete Saving Sid Challenge in under 2 minutes 50 seconds


This is also quite a tough one with a tight time limit. You need to finish the 3 mission objectives in under 2 minutes 50. When I did it, I did it with 3 seconds to spare. You really want to try and learn where the majority of the plants are and while going for them and the cloud rings, make sure you are taking down pterosaur's too as you don't want to be playing catch-up with those once everything else is done. If you can, pick up the homing missiles to save you a couple of seconds here and there.

 Momma's Challenge (25 points)
Score 350 or more in the Run Sid Run! Challenge


No time to beat on this one. Now you need to collect enough fruit to total 350. Even if you miss a lot of fruit, you'll still probably get this easily so don't sweat it.

 Quiet Time (25 points)
Score 700 or more in the Noisy Nightlife Challenge


Easiest challenge of them all. You only need 700 but you will almost certainly be hitting over 1000 by the time its out. To make sure,completely decimate the large dinosaurs for a big score boost.

 Dino Fighter Pilot (25 points)
Score 700 or more in the Flight of the Pterodactyl Challenge


Score of 700 needed here. If you make sure to shoot all rock mounds, fruit in the trees and enemies you'll easily have enough. Basically, if it moves, shoot it. If it doesn't, shoot it anyway.

 Rudy's Challenge (25 points)
Score 450 or more in the Rudy's Revenge Challenge


This one is much tighter than the last one. You need a score of 450 meaning you need to be grabbing a lot more fruit. Make sure you are grabbing almost all the apples and pears and you should be good. Might take a couple of goes to learn placements.


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