Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 1/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 11 [1000gs.png]
- Approximate amount of time to 1000gs.png: 1-2 Hours [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Missable achievements: No
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
 
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Introduction:
Crypt of the Serpent King is a remake of an old Xbox Live Indie Game (the ones on Xbox 360 that sold for $1 and did not have achievements). The developer (a one-man studio from Spain) updated the game with Unity for Xbox One in 2016 and has updated it once again for Xbox Series consoles in 2022. It is a procedurally-generated dungeon crawler/Action-RPG. While it's not a terrible game, it's also not great. There are only seven different enemy types (one per floor of the dungeon) with unique bosses at the end of each level. A complete run can take under an hour on Casual, a bit more on the harder difficulties if you choose to try them. The graphics in the Xbox Series version are much nicer than the Xbox One version, but the game still plays exactly the same.

Playthrough: Complete the Game
Casual difficulty has tons of food and gold chests, as well as no health cap, meaning you can keep picking up health and go over 100 total HP. You also save any gold and experience you've earned if you die to apply to your character if you need to try again. I would suggest trying to get 1000 gold on the first floor and buying the mace, then saving enough money to buy the sword for 6000 gold. If you continue to loot every chest, buy the bow as well for 18000 gold but you can basically stop looting once you have the sword if you want. You don't really need the bow with how easy combat is, but it can come in handy if three enemies spawn near each other to give you some space.

Combat is extremely basic, and every enemy can be killed the same way. Either begin your attack and then walk toward the enemy so that your swing connects as you move forward (this will interrupt any attack they were beginning to use), or simply walk forward to bait them into attacking and then move backward quickly, then once they miss, counter-attack and repeat. Once you get the timing down of either method, you'll never take damage again. Be sure at some point you've opened a chest, grabbed a key, killed a goblin, and as mentioned before buy the sword - basically all of these things are impossible to miss - and once you beat the final floor of the dungeon, you'll have the full 1000 Gamerscore.

Conclusion:
For a measly $3 and an hour of your time, CotSK is a decent way to get 1000 Gamerscore. Outside of that, there's not much going for it. No replayability, no story, and no real reason this should have a remastered version... but here we are.
 
[XBA would like to thank The Pants Party for this Roadmap]

Crypt of the Serpent King Remastered 4K Edition Achievement Guide

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There are 11 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • Open your first chest.

    Chests are very plentiful in the game, and you'll need to open many to get enough money to buy the sword, so this will come without any trouble at all.
  • Collect your first key.

    You are required to obtain all the keys on a floor to proceed to the next, so this will come as you work through the seven floors of the dungeon.
  • Kill your first Goblin.

    You will first find goblins on Floor 2. Kill one to unlock another easy achievement.
  • Slasher

     

    100

    Unlock the sword.

    The sword costs 6000 gold to purchase, which should be no issue to collect before completing all seven floors of the game. It will also last you the rest of the game using the easy combat method described in the Road Map.
  • Collect all the keys and defeat the boss in Level 1.

    See Level 7 Completed (100G) for more info.
  • Collect all the keys and defeat the boss in Level 2.

    See Level 7 Completed (100G) for more info.
  • Collect all the keys and defeat the boss in Level 3.

    See Level 7 Completed (100G) for more info.
  • Collect all the keys and defeat the boss in Level 4.

    See Level 7 Completed (100G) for more info.
  • Collect all the keys and defeat the boss in Level 5.

    See Level 7 Completed (100G) for more info.
  • Collect all the keys and defeat the boss in Level 6.

    See Level 7 Completed (100G) for more info.
  • Collect all the keys and defeat the boss in Level 7.

    Start the game on Casual and complete all seven floors by finding the required number of keys, unlocking the final door with the boss inside, and killing it. You will then start the next floor and repeat this process. The only time I had any issues was on floor two with the goblin enemy (for some reason his attacks were the hardest to time), and on floor four trying to jump and get the keys (the island is shaped weird and I fell in the lava a few times).

    When you level up your character, focus on agility first. Since the game's combat is so simple, the extra speed and jump distance will help with the platforms on level four of the dungeon. Endurance only mitigates incoming damage, so if you've got the combat timing down, that is irrelevant. Strength will help kill enemies a bit faster, but one extra hit per enemy isn't going to add much time to your completion either. Throw just about everything into agility until the fourth floor, then start adding strength a bit.

    The combat tips in the roadmap will help you easily master this game and complete it quickly. Good luck!

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