Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 10 [1000gs.png]
- Approximate amount of time to 1000gs.png: 10-15 Minutes [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 3
- Missable achievements: Yes
- Does difficulty affect achievements: N/A
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
- Extra equipment needed: No
 
  • DLC: Title Update
    • Difficulty: 1/10
    • Time to 1000:1gs:5-15 minutes
    • Unobtainable: None
  • DLC: Title Update 2
    • Difficulty: 1/10
    • Time to 1000:1gs:5-15 minutes
    • Unobtainable: None
Introduction:
Explore the mysterious castle full of monsters and secrets in a quest to collect all the treasures (that will also protect you from the curses on your way) and crush the main boss. The game won't let you exit the castle, no matter how you try. Technically you can win, but there is no end.
 
Understanding the Game:
The first goal of the game is to figure out how to play it. There is no tutorial or explanation of what anything does, so it can be very confusing when you start. First thing to know: your Strength stat is your health and Intelligence is your mana. Dexterity acts as it should, determining if you will dodge an attack or not. Each time you start the game, you will have six floors (strangely taking the "up" stairs on the sixth floor returns you to the first) and the placement of any items, monsters, vendors, etc. will all be randomized.
 
The ultimate goal to complete the game is to find Nikolai, a large red enemy that has 999HP, and defeat him. He can appear on any of the six floors, and should not be fought until you have explored the rest of the dungeon. Your main hope will be to find the Lantern item, which will illuminate the squares around you. Every square starts as a question mark and can be empty, have a flare or coin, book or chest, enemy, gem, etc.
 
I'd suggest running from every enemy possible. To do this, simply move off their square. They have a chance of hitting you on the way out, but it's generally low especially with the Bandit class' high dexterity. Enemies only drop coins and you get enough from pickups and chests that fighting anything but Nikolai is not necessary to complete the game, and there's an achievement for taking no damage from enemies that we'll be going for on each run anyway.
 
Use flares whenever possible, but try to maximize their effectiveness. If you get one and have a set of stairs available, use those to go to a new floor where you can hit an entire block around you. Flares will extend to the other side of the floor across from you, so take that into account as well. Whenever possible, grab a gem, coins, or more flares. Ignore everything else until you have all five gems. The gems protect you from curses that can hit you when you read a book or open a chest. Once you have no fear of curses, open all the chests and read all the books to increase your stats and get some equipment.
 
Once you have successfully obtained all the gems, opened all the chests, read all the books, and found a vendor to max out your stats (go for intelligence first, then dexterity, then strength) - now we fight Nikolai. Chances are you know where he is by now, so return to whatever floor you saw him on and engage him. Cast the Web spell to trap him and stop him from attacking, and attack yourself. As soon as Web runs out (it can hit for 0-3 turns), cast it again. Doing this, you should never get it.
 
Abbreviated Walkthrough:
The Xbox One achievements in this game require a lot more work, such as beating the game with every character, beating the game without taking damage, etc. On Windows 10, it's ridiculously easy and can be finished in less than ten minutes.
 
Start with one of the characters (doesn't matter which) for your first achievement, then do nothing for ten seconds for your next. Continue moving around the map to find at least two chests, the random NPC (Trader), evade an attack, and use an orb without and then with an item in your inventory. Boom, you're nearly done. If you manage all that in your first run, you can quit that run and then start the game with the other two characters to get your completing. Yup, that's right - you don't even have to complete the game a single time!
 
Title Update DLC
 
In this title update, Xitilon has added five achievements, all for reaching certain floors of the dungeon. All that needs to be done is to navigate through the dungeon and find the stairs to progress to each floor.
 
Title Update 2 DLC
 
In this title update, Xitilon has added more five achievements. To earn the 1000:1gs:, all that needs to be done is to walk around the dungeon grid and pay attention to what’s written at the bottom of the screen.
 
Conclusion:
This was quite a fun little game. The RNG and lack of any direction could put some people off, but after a few deaths I knew exactly what strategy I should be employing and it was just a matter of executing the best moves and hoping for the best. If all goes well, you could even have all the achievements in as little as three runs.
 
[XBA would like to thank The Pants Party for this Roadmap]
[XBA would like to thank bLaKgRaVy for the Title Update DLC Roadmaps]

Castle of no Escape Achievement Guide

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There are 20 achievements with a total of 3000 points

  • Start the game as a champion

    Refer to Papers of pain Jr. (100G) for more information.
  • Start the game as a bandit

    Refer to Papers of pain Jr. (100G) for more information.
  • Start the game as a shamaness

    All that is required for these achievements is to start the game as each character. You'll want to work on the other achievements as best you can on your first run, and each subsequent run try to polish off some of the others. You should be able to complete everything on your first attempt though.
  • Meet the friendly NPC

    The friendly NPC, or Trader, can show up anywhere in the dungeon, and he can appear multiple times per run. He kind of looks like Ralph from Wreck-it-Ralph. The achievement will unlock immediately upon discovering him.
  • Successfully evade an attack

    When you land on an enemy, instead of choosing to stay on that square and fight them, simply move off to another square. You might get hit by the enemy as you run away, or you'll be able to dodge it. You have a higher dodge chance with the bandit, but you'll likely get this easily with any of the three.
  • Find and use an orb

    If you land on a space with a crystal orb, press :1a: to gaze into it.
     
    There are two messages that will appear on the screen, if you 'see numbers' or if you 'see nothing'. If you see numbers, you will unlock this achievement (you will also lose stats). Orbs look like this:
     
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    Keep pressing :1a: until you 'see nothing' and you will unlock I know the way Jr. (100G).
  • Open the first chest

    Refer to How about a weapon? Jr. (100G) for more information.
  • Open the second chest

    When you randomly find chests in the game, the first time you will be rewarded with armor and the second time you will be rewarded with a weapon. You must find two chests in a single run to unlock this achievement, with the first chest awarding you with How about an armor? Jr. (100G).
  • Try and fail to use a crystal orb

    If you land on a space with a crystal orb, press :1a: to gaze into it.
     
    There are two messages that will appear on the screen, if you 'see numbers' or if you 'see nothing'. If you see nothing, you will unlock this achievement. Orbs look like this:
     
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    Keep pressing :1a: until you 'see numbers' and you will unlock What's next? Jr. (100G).
  • Don't do anything for 10 seconds

    You can do this as soon as the game starts. Simply stand still for ten seconds to unlock the achievement.

DLC: Title Update

There are 5 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • Reach the 2nd floor

    When you start the game, select one of the three characters; it really doesn't matter which but selecting the Champion will give you more health.
     
    The dungeon is laid out in a 6x6 grid. Moving around the grid will uncover chests, monsters, vendors and stairs. We are going to ignore everything except spaces that have stairs. Pay attention to the text below the grid. When it says 'you can go upstairs (or downstairs)', press :1a: to change the floor. 
     
    If you go upstairs, the floors progress from lower to higher, and if you go downstairs, they progress higher to lower. So, if you go up (to Level 2), keep finding stairs that go up on each floor. But if you go down first (to Level 6), keep finding stairs that go down. For each new floor reached, you will unlock an achievement.
     
    It is likely that you will die while looking for stairs, but the game is randomized so while you may encounter a lot of monsters in one run, you may not in another. If you happen to have flares, you can press :1b: and it will reveal the surrounding spaces around you before moving to them.
     
    Note: If while playing the game previously and you accessed other floors, the achievements will not retroactively unlock. Everything will need to be done again.
  • Reach the 3rd floor

    Refer to Reach the 2nd floor (200G) for more information.
  • Reach the 4th floor

    Refer to Reach the 2nd floor (200G) for more information.
  • Reach the 5th floor

    Refer to Reach the 2nd floor (200G) for more information.
  • Reach the 6th floor

    Refer to Reach the 2nd floor (200G) for more information.

DLC: Title Update 2

There are 5 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • Read the book

    When you land on a space that says ‘You Found A Book’, press :1a: to read it and the achievement will unlock.
  • Find some gold in the chest

    When you land on a space that says ‘You Found An Ancient Chest’, press :1a: to open it. If it contains gold, the achievement will unlock. If not, keep walking around until you land on another space with an ancient chest and try again.
  • Drink from the pool

    When you land on a space that says ‘You Found A Pool’, press :1a: to drink from it and the achievement will unlock.
  • Find some gold

    When you land on a space that says ‘You Found Gold’, the achievement will unlock.
  • Find some flares

    When you land on a space that says ‘You Found # Flare’, the achievement will unlock.

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