- Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 12 
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 2-3 hours [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 3
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed: None
NOTE: All ACA games have a tendency to not unlock random achievements. If this happens, just hard reset your Xbox and attempt again and it should unlock
Magician Lord was released on NEOGEO back in 1990 by Alpha Denshi, and has been ported directly to the Xbox One by our new best friends over at the bizarrely named Hamster Corporation. This side scroller sees you jump, shoot and climb through levels defeating enemies and collecting treasure. Being one of the launch titles, the game is pretty poor and the enemies get really annoying and cheap. You only need to play each game mode once, but will most likely may take few more tries.
Step 1 - Original Mode
Start up in original mode, and change the difficulty to 1 and change players up to the max, which is 9. You have to get 150,000 points in this mode, which is actually quite far in the game, so you may need to abuse the save state system. When you get to a point you are happy with, press to bring up options and hit “Create Interrupt Save Data”. If you die, or are not happy with your progress, return to the title screen and go back into Original mode to carry on from where you saved. Continue playing until you have the required points.
In this game, due to the points needed and the fact that if you continue you start on zero points, Original mode is much harder than the other two modes to get achievements in, so you may want to do Hi-Score or Caravan mode first.
Once you have them, let yourself run out of lives and unlock the two high score achievements. 5 achievements for 420.
Step 2 - Hi-Score Mode
Hi-Score mode has you playing on default settings, which is difficulty level 4. Fortunately, you only need to get to 30k points, which is basically finishing the first level and part of the second, so it isn’t too bad. Once you have the score related achievements, let yourself get beat and upload your score for the related achievement. 4 achievements for 340.
Step 3 - Caravan Mode
Rinse and repeat what you did in step 3, this time in Caravan mode. As well as not being able to change the difficulty, you have only 5 minutes to get the high scores. However, this should be plenty of time in this game. You only need to beat the first level, which should take under three minutes. Once you have the score related achievements, you can simply quit out. 3 achievements for 240.
Magician Lord isn’t the best of games, and the achievements in Original mode make it tougher (or annoying if you abuse save states) completions in the NeoGeo collection. If you don't mind the price point for not much bang for your buck, and appreciate an easy 800-ish, then this game comes highly recommended!
[XBA would like to thank Corrupt. for this Roadmap]