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Microsoft Solitaire Collection

 

 

  • DLC: Title Update
    • Difficulty: 4/10
    • Time to 160:gsicon:: 12 Months
    • Unobtainable: None

     

 

DLC: Title Update

 

Abbreviated Walkthrough:

The DLC adds Daily Challenges and the Star Club to the game. Finishing the DLC can be divided into three main steps.

 

1. Start at the beginning of a month and focus on completing at least one challenge every day with the goal of finishing all the challenges for that month. Along the way you will unlock "Came to Play", "Came to Win", "Gimme Five!", "Marathon", "Diamonds are Forever", and "Strive for Perfection". After that month, the rest of the Daily Challenge achievements have to be ground out over eleven more months of earning medals - seven more gold, nine more silver, and eleven more bronze.

 

2. Tackle a Star Club. Since there's no time frame on the Star Clubs, you can work on these over the course of many months. I focused on the Classic Collection because it was the first one available and it took me less than a month to complete.

 

3. Mop up and miscellaneous grinding. You'll need to play some normal games outside of the Daily Challenges and Star Club to earn "Flipping Out", "King of the Hill", "Good To Be King", "Classic Speed Run", and ""Board" Yet?". See those achievements for details on how to unlock them. Again, there's no time frame on them, so feel free to work on them whenever.

 

DLC: Title Update

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/4.jpg Flipping Out 10:gsicon:

Flip Over 10,000 Cards

 

This is a cumulative achievement. At this point, it's unclear if the Daily Challenges count towards this total. You may very well unlock it while working towards "King Of The Hill", especially if you focus on Klondike games. If you decide to grind it out, Klondike is easily the fastest way to do it. Set up the game so that you're flipping one card at a time and then simply continue cycling through the deck over and over again. There's no limit to how many times you can go through the deck, so continue until you get bored and then finish the game. Do not quit out. The achievement unlocked for me when I finished a game that I'd won, but I don't think that winning the game is a requirement for the flipped cards to count towards your total.

 

If you have a W8 PC, you can also record a macro that will allow you to automate this process. There are a number of different programs available, so choose your favorite.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/5.jpg Came To Play 5:gsicon:

Play your first Daily Challenge

 

See "Came to Win".

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/6.jpg Came To Win 5:gsicon:

Win your first Daily Challenge

 

The Daily Challenges are a series of scenarios that are released every day. Each set contains a challenge for each of the five play types. The difficulty ranges from one star (easy) to four stars (expert). For this achievement and "Came to Play", simply load up a one-star challenge and complete it. The easy challenges should be no problem whatsoever. If you're having trouble with one day, you can also go back to previous challenges from that same month by tapping the calendar icon to view all the challenges for that month.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/7.jpg Gimme Five! 5:gsicon:

Play the Daily Challenge 5 days in a row

 

This achievement simply requires you to play Daily Challenges for five consecutive days. You do not need to complete every challenge for every day or even win them - just log in and play.

 

Importantly, make sure the date on the start screen matches the actual date. I strongly recommend that you start up the program from scratch every day. If you don't, the tracker may not count your activity on the correct day.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/8.jpg Marathon 10:gsicon:

Come back each day of an entire month and complete at least one Daily Challenge

 

This is very similar to "Gimme Five!", but extended out for an entire month. Again, you don't have to finish every challenge on the day that it's released, but you do need to finish at least one on that day that it comes out, every day, for a month.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/9.jpg All Decked Out 5:gsicon:

Create and Save A Theme

 

Simply swipe over the "Theme" screen and click "Create a new theme". Adjust the style however you like and then click "Save". The achievement will unlock once the new theme is saved.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/10.jpg King Of The Hill 10:gsicon:

Win 100 games of Klondike, Spider, or FreeCell

 

This achievement is for winning 100 games of Klondike, Spider, OR FreeCell. Mixing and matching will not work. It has to be one hundred wins in a single category. You can keep track of your wins in each play type on the "Statistics" screen.

 

Daily Challenges do not count towards this total.

 

There are two easy ways to go about this.

1. Play Klondike. I think it's the easiest of the three game types and you'll almost certainly unlock "Flipping Out" along the way.

 

2. Find a particular FreeCell game that you can complete quickly and then replay it over and over again. Each win will count towards your total even though it's the same game multiple times. You can set your game number (appears in the top right corner of the game) by starting up FreeCell, bringing up "Settings", and clicking "Game Options". At the very top is a field where you can enter a specific game number.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/11.jpg Good To Be King 5:gsicon:

Play a game of TriPeaks and Pyramid in which a King is the last card you remove from a board

 

Again, Daily Challenges do not count for this achievement.

 

For Pyramid, you can see your deal and you'll immediately know if the top card is a King, so you can just redeal until you get a favorable setup. Once you have a deal, win the game, taking the King off last.

 

For TriPeaks, it's all luck. Keep playing until a King is the last card to come off the board.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/12.jpg Classic Speed Run 10:gsicon:

Get your fastest win times in Klondike, Spider, and FreeCell to add up to 10 minutes or less

 

You can track your win times in the "Statistics" screen. To unlock this achievement, the combined fastest win times for those three game types have to add up to less than ten minutes. You may unlock this without trying, but once you focus on trying to win as quickly as possible, you'll soon be able to finish games in under three minutes with a favorable draw. There's an element of luck here, but it's easily done.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/13.jpg “Board” Yet? 5:gsicon:

Clear 100 Boards from TriPeaks or Pyramid

 

Unlike "King of the Hill", this achievement is a combined total. I unlocked it with 12 wins in Pyramid and 88 wins in TriPeaks. Pick your favorite game type and keep playing until you've cleared 100 boards. Notice that you can clear multiple boards within a single game. You can track the number of boards that you've cleared on the "Statistics" screen.

 

Again, Daily Challenges do not count towards this achievement.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/14.jpg Go for the Bronze 10:gsicon:

Win 12 bronze Daily Challenge badges

 

See "Go for the Gold"

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/15.jpg Go for the Silver 15:gsicon:

Win 10 silver Daily Challenge badges

 

See "Go for the Gold"

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/16.jpg Go for the Gold 25:gsicon:

Win 8 gold Daily Challenge badges

 

These are the long achievements. As you complete Daily Challenges, you'll earn points towards medals. The exact number of points needed for each medal varies by month, but you'll need to complete around 60% of the challenges to get a gold medal. You can only get one of each type of medal per month, so it'll take eight months to unlock "Go for the Gold", ten months for "Go for the Silver", and a full year to get "Go for the Bronze".

 

You can track your unlocked medals by clicking on "Prize History".

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/17.jpg Diamonds are Forever 10:gsicon:

Win a diamond Daily Challenge badge

 

A Diamond badge is just like the Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals, but requires roughly 85% of the challenges to be completed to get the necessary points. Fortunately, you only have to do this once.

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http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/18.jpg Strive for Perfection 10:gsicon:

Complete every Daily Challenge in a month

 

A Perfect banner is earned by finishing every single daily challenge in a given month. If you're good at the game, you can do this on your own. Some of the Expert challenges can be quite trying, so I frequently found myself looking for solutions on YouTube. Just search for the challenge date. This achievement will unlock once the last challenge has been completed. At this point, it doesn't appear that you can go back and earn this retroactively for a previous month.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/19.jpg Become a Star 10:gsicon:

Complete an entire pack of challenges in the Star Club

 

The Star Club is another collection of challenges. You start with access to the Classic Collection. The Collection contains ten Packs, each of which has twenty possible stars available spread across ten individual challenges. Once you've completed all ten challenges in a given Pack, you'll unlock this achievement.

 

http://www.xboxachievements.com/images/achievements/2445/20.jpg Become a Superstar 10:gsicon:

Complete an entire collection of challenges in the Star Club

 

Completing a Collection means finishing all ten packs within that Collection. Since each pack has ten challenges, you're looking at completing one hundred challenges to finish an entire Collection. The first one you have access to is the Classic Collection and it contains challenges from all five game types. Again, some of the challenges can be tricky, but many of the harder ones have solutions available on YouTube.

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Congratulations!

 

This Achievement Guide and Roadmap has been reviewed by Guide Team Staff member THE DEADLY DOG and has been published as the Official XboxAchievements.com Achievement Guide and Roadmap! The link to the Official Guide is here:

 

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  • 6 years later...

I never loved the instructions manual because the theory isn't always the best and it's better to apply that in practice. For example, when I first started laying free cell, the instructions sounded to me like some high level maths. I'd thought it's the most stupid game until someone suggested I should actually try it. Of course, it wasn't all perfect from the start but after three or four tries I started to put the pieces together and understand it better. Now, I think it's the best game to relax you and detach you from stress and anxiety.

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