Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 12 [1000]
- 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

Introduction:
Mutation Nation was released on NEOGEO back in 1992 by SNK, and has been ported directly to the Xbox One by our new best friends over at the bizarrely named Hamster Corporation. As with most of the other games so far released in the ACA series, this is a pretty fast completion, requiring little skill to finish. Mutation Nation is a futuristic side scrolling beat-em up, that sees you fighting thugs, mutants and mechanically made foes over several levels. The score are fairly high, but with a few runs you should be there or thereabouts.

Step 1 - Original Mode
Start up in original mode. To make this mode stupidly easy, go into the settings with , and turn the difficulty down to 1. You only have one life, but this can be replenished by picking up orbs. You use your special by holding in and letting it go once the special bar is fully charged to unleash it. The game can be pretty tough due to the score you need to get to, so it is advised to use the “create interrupt save data” (press to get to the pause menu) to save the game periodically when you have decent health and before and after boss fights. To restore your save, exit to the title screen and go back into original mode, and try again if you got into trouble or died. You will need to get around halfway through the third level, maybe a little more. Once you get to 200k, let yourself get beat and unlock the two high score achievements. 5 achievements for 420.

Step 2 - Hi-Score Mode
In Hi-Score Mode, you have to test yourself against the computer at level 4 difficulty. You will need to get passed the second level, and perhaps a small way into the third. The game still isn't too hard, take your time and make sure you don't get crowded or sucker punched. A detailed walkthrough can be found below in the guide. 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 2, 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 will need to beat the first level, and maybe a small part of the second. Once you have the score related achievements, you can simply quit out. 3 achievements for 240.

Conclusion:
Mutation Nation had some new and creative ideas for the genre for the time, but it is not really groundbreaking. It plays nicely, and the gameplay is smooth and fun. If you don't mind the price point for not much bang for your buck, and appreciate an easy 1000, then this game comes highly recommended!

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ACA NEOGEO: Mutation Nation Achievement Guide

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There are 12 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • The score has been posted to the online rankings.

    Play the game on Original mode, with any settings, and set a high score. When you get to the game over screen, as long as you get on the high score board, you will get this. The lowest score is really low, you probably have to beat the first half of the first level for this.

  • High score has been updated.

    Play the game on any mode, with any settings, and set a high score. When you get to the game over screen, as long as you get on the high score board, you will get this. The lowest score is really low, you probably have to beat the first half of the first level only for this.

  • The score won 100,000 points.

    Refer to “The score won 300,000 points” for more information.

  • The score won 200,000 points.

    Refer to “The score won 300,000 points” for more information.

  • The score won 300,000 points.

    To get to 300,000 you will most likely need to get most of the way through the third level. To make things easier for yourself, before you start go into the settings with and turn the difficulty down to 1. You only have one life (although your health bar can take quite a bit of damage), so play through carefully and use your special sparingly. Use savestates to your advantage - press and hit “create interrupt save data,” this will save your progress. Do this regularly, especially before and after boss and mid boss fights. If you don’t do as well as you’d like, exit to the title screen and go back into Original mode to start off where you saved. See “HI SCORE MODE 200,000 points” for a walkthrough.

  • The score has been posted to the online rankings in the "HI SCORE MODE".

    Play the game on Hi-Score mode, with any settings, and set a high score. When you get to the game over screen, as long as you get on the high score board, you will get this. The lowest score is really low, you probably have to beat the first level for this. The game will ask you if you want to upload your high score. Press and your achievement will pop.

  • HI SCORE MODE 40,000 points.

     Refer to “HI SCORE MODE 200,000 points” for more information.

  • HI SCORE MODE 120,000 points.

     Refer to “HI SCORE MODE 200,000 points” for more information.

  • HI SCORE MODE 200,000 points.

    Hi Score mode starts you off on difficulty level 4 with a single life. The points are pretty straightforward in this game, you get points for defeating enemies and picking up orbs. There are no hidden items or pickups that you can miss, you just need to beat up everything thrown at you. Your attack button is , and your special is . You can jump with , but you don’t really need to jump and landing jumping kicks can be tricky. To use you special, hold until it is fully charged, then release to unleash it. The orbs you pick up replenish your health, and different letters on them give you a different special to use. Below your power bar you will see a number. This is how many specials you have to use, if you have none you will use your basic special and lose 2 health points. Be careful though, as getting hit while charging cancels it, make sure you are out of the line of fire first.

    The first level is fairly simple, the enemies aren’t too tough and there are plenty of orbs to collect. Take out the first five or six enemies, and you will get to your first mid boss. Charge your special and take him out by using it twice. You will pick up some orbs shortly after to replenish your health. Keep on moving forward, beating up all the goons and mutants. The next time you should use your special is against the three green reptile guys that burst in from the background. They have a fair bit of health and can easily get a hit in, but will all die from one special and again there are more orbs just after. The next mid boss you get to will have two yellow dogs with him which are hard to hit, so do the same as with the first one and hit him with two specials. In the next area, there are mostly regular enemies, but once you get to where the background is windows with curtains, stay to the right hand side of the screen. This will keep all of the enemies to the left so you can spam and avoid getting hit. This will move you onto the boss.

    The level 1 boss is a huge knight, and he can kill you fast if you don’t pay attention to his attacks. He is easy to walk up to and hit, but he will attack if he gets knocked down with one of three attacks. His first attack is two hard punches, just stay away from him when he gets up. The second is a jumping attack that is quite hard to dodge - just keep moving. His third attack is jumping and landing just in front of you, then charging. Keep an eye on his shadow, and move out of his path the second he lands to avoid getting hit. Hit him with combos as much as you can, they will take off a full health point. He has three sets of three health points to take off before he dies. If you have decent health, don’t worry about using a standard special or two if needed. Upon finishing the level, you should have around 80k points.

    You will encounter new enemies in the second level, mostly similar to the first. However, you will first encounter grenade guys during this level. They will run to the edge of the screen, firing a grenade to the other side. They are easily avoidable, but damage quite a bit, so watch out for them. At the start of the level, pick up the “D” orb last, as this will be more useful for you. Play through the level, trying not to get hit - it is advisable to use a special on the third group of four enemies, as another two enemies and two grenade guys will run in afterwards. Your “D” powerup will get rid of all of them. The mid boss in this level is pretty tough. Do not attack him from the front as he can do major damage. Use whatever powerups you have left, then just blitz attack him from behind until he goes down. Moving on, make sure you pick up the “C” powerup last, as again this will be more useful. Once you have beaten the female enemies, you will come to two banks of three bikes. As soon as you see the first bank, use your powerup and you should take out both rows. There are a few more groups of enemies before the boss - try to take them out without powerups if you can so you can save them for the boss.

    The level 2 boss is pretty tough. She spews little mutants out of her stomach that will damage you if they hit you, so stay clear of them. She fights quite like the mid boss, so apply similar tactics. Use any and all powerups you have left on her, then hit her will flurries of combos from behind if you can. Her attacks don’t really have a pattern, but if she is in front of you and within reach, she will hit you. If you can beat her, you will get a 50k bonus and should have your 200k. If not, you will be very close, so beat a few regular enemies on the third level and you will be there.

  • CARAVAN MODE 20,000 points.

     Refer to “CARAVAN MODE 80,000 points” for more information.

  • CARAVAN MODE 50,000 points.

     Refer to “CARAVAN MODE 80,000 points” for more information.

  • CARAVAN MODE 80,000 points.

    Caravan mode sees you playing the game on difficulty 4 with a single energy bar, and only 5 minutes to get the required score. To get to this score, you will need to beat the big boss at the end of the first level. You just need to dispatch the regular enemies as fast as you can to ensure you have enough time to beat him. See “HI SCORE MODE 200,000 points” for more help on getting to and defeating him.

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