- Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
- Offline: 10 (160 ) (5 of them can also be done online)
- Online: 2 (40 )
- Approximate amount of time to 200 : 5-10 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements? No cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements? Yes. There are three different challenge sets, each with a different difficulty
- Glitchy achievements: None
- Unobtainable achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed? Not required, but up to 3 extra controllers may be used for the online achievements
Age of Booty is a real-time strategy game, where you control pirate ships and attempt to capture towns on small maps. It consists of several challenges rather than any lengthy campaign, and any challenge can be replayed at any time. The achievements are relatively straight-forward, but due to the sheer amount of luck required to beat some of the harder challenges it may take some time and effort to unlock the full 200 .
Now let's get going, I suggest you begin with Cartographer to get that one out of the way, then move on to the Challenges, starting with the tutorial to get a feeling of the game mechanics.
Step 1: Offline Achievements
The following achievements are challenge-related and cannot be done online:
Landlubber, On the Account, Freebooter and King's Pardon. These will all unlock naturally as you complete all the challenges.
The following achievements can be easily unlocked during the challenges, but can also be done online: Plunder, Bombs Away, Flushed Away, Cherry Picker and Boom Boom.
The only really hard challenges are the 7th on Medium and the 7th on Hard. A few different strategies for the 7th Medium can be found in this thread. Try one or more of them, eventually you should find one that works for you.
Refer to the General Advice section in the achievement guide for some good tips on the 7th Hard challenge. Good luck!
Step 2: Online Achievements
There are three ways to do the online achievements. The first option is obviously to play the game normally, and eventually accumulate 10 wins for Old Salt while getting Sea Legs in the process.
Another way is to find yourself a boosting buddy (achievement trading thread) and create a match where each of you include a guest account, and place the guest accounts on the same team, while you and you buddy stay on the other. This way, the guest ships will not pose any problems. Also, both of you will get the wins.
The third option is, if you can't find a boosting partner, to use this strategy:
"If you possess 4 controllers (can even be GH controllers) then all you do is go to set up a 2 vs 2 match. When it says searching for other players press X on another controller, you can then sign the other 3 controllers in as guests and the game will let you play with no one else needed.
Then you just use the 2 boats on your side to capture the towns."
While using the second or third method, you can unlock the non-challenge related achievements (see step 1) almost effortlessly, since the guest controlled ships will be standing completely still.
All in all a quite difficult game, due to the amount of luck required on some of the challenges. The AI partner is not very helpful, and sometimes even makes the game harder. Sadly there is no local co-op for the challenges, as this would eliminate the AI problem and make the game more enjoyable.
[x360a would like to thank David x360a for this road map]