-Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
-Offline: 12/12 (200)
-Online: 0
-Approximate amount of time to 200: 10-15 Hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2 (1 for collectibles and score goals, 1 for beating time goals) Specific levels may require multiple playthroughs.
-Number of missable achievements: None
-Do cheat codes disable achievements? No Cheats
-Does difficulty affect achievements? No
-Glitchy achievements: None
-Unobtainable achievements: None
-Extra equipment needed? A second controller. (Online co-op will nullify this if you do it online). This arcade game costs 1200 Microsoft Points.
-Avatar Awards: There are two avatar costumes, 1 for a male avatar and 1 for a female. You get a Lara Croft jungle suit for female avatars, and a mercenary outfit for male avatars.

Lara Croft: Guardian of Light is an arcade game with easy achievements, and fairly simple collectibles. It is a cooperative-based game, but all of the achievements can be done by yourself, including the cooperative achievements. You may have to replay levels while searching for collectibles, as some areas close behind you. Difficulty does not affect achievements, so you can play the entire game on easy.

Step 1: Playthrough 1
I suggest first going through the game trying to collect as many collectibles, and doing as many challenges as you can as you beat the game. This will prepare you for completing time challenges and score challenges, which are much easier with better equipment. You will need to know the layouts of the levels in order to stand a chance on some of the various challenges.

For a guide on all levels to get all collectibles/challenges, go HERE.

Step 2: Score and Time Challenges

In order to gain all of the artifacts, weapons, and relics in the game, you will have to beat every level with the highest score goal(for the weapons), and complete all of the time trials(for relics/artifacts). Those are just on top of the other various challenges within the levels. Others include collecting ten Red Skulls, completing random challenges, doing puzzles in tombs, and finding them in the environment. Once you finish your first playthrough, you should have gained most of the equipment in the game. Now you must replay these levels, several times over depending on how well you do, trying to go for the best times and scores. Using your best equipment, as well as knowing each level will be a must.

Score Challenges: Do not die, or you will lose a lot of points. Get your relic meter high by collecting gems, which you should be collecting whenever you see them, and by not getting hit. Your relic meter reflects the points you gain for each enemy kill, as does the type of enemy you are facing. So kill enemies, but do your best not to get hit. Sometimes it's critical to have you relic meter up when facing numerous enemies in order to get the score needed for the level. A lot of the challenges are very easy, but there are a few tough ones.

Time Challenges: You will want to roll as much as possible. Dying will result in wasted time, because the game will count against you after reloading the checkpoint. Put on artifacts/items that increase your speed, which will help save a few seconds. Avoid as much contact as possible, and try to think outside the box on some cases. What's really the fastest way from point A to point B? Get creative. If you see a grapple ring, many times you can just use your spear to get over something faster.

Step 3: Cooperative Achievements, Finishing Up
The cooperative achievements can all be done by yourself, and even do all of them first before you even start going for all the other achievements in the game. Most of the coop achievements can be done very easily on the first level, by yourself using a second controller if you don't have anyone to play with. The only one you can't get in the first level is Return to Sender, which you must get on the second level shortly after the level starts.

Overall, this is a fairly easy game. The most difficult achievement will be Tomb Raider, since you have to collect all weapons, artifacts, and guns. Also, if there is a second account logged in, they will get all the achievements too, except for Return to Sender. The health and ammo upgrades are not tied to any achievements, but will be very helpful to obtain for the challenges.

 [x360a would like to thank Tyger7 for this Road Map]

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Achievement Guide

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There are 12 achievements with a total of 200 points

  • Play Co-op mode


    This is the easiest achievement. Start a cooperative game with a second controller, and you'll automatically get this without even playing. You can also opt to do this online with a friend if you have online access and have downloaded the update.

  • Catch Totec with the grapple while he is jumping over a death fall


    You must do this in cooperative mode, though you can do this by yourself with another controller. Move to the first area that you can die by falling. Have Lara stand close to the edge, and leap over to your pending death with Totec. Now with Lara, quickly press to grapple him. It will automatically target and save him for the achievement.

  • Reflect an enemy's projectile back to him using Totec's shield


    While playing as Totec, you must hold and to put your shield in front of you. This can be done as early as the second level, Temple Grounds, at the very beginning of the level. Time it right, and your shield will reflect the projectiles back at the enemy. You must reflect the projectile back at the enemy who fired it, killing another enemy will not count. You can start up a cooperative game having you be Totec, as only the player controlling Totec will get the achievement.

  • Kill 3 enemies with one bomb


    This can be done on the first level, but it's okay if you don't get it here. You'll have plenty of chances throughout the game to get this achievement, especially in the Spider's Tomb. You can get up to ten kills easily, using the Remote Bomb. To use the bomb, press in an area you want to lay the bomb down. Once more than three enemies are within the red circle it projects, hit again. At least three of the enemies must be killed by the explosion, or else the achievement will not unlock.

  • Jump from Totec's shield while he is jumping


    This must be done in cooperative mode, but can be done by yourself using a second controller right away on the first level. Hold with Totec, and have Lara jump on his shield. Now press to jump with Totec, and to jump with Lara as he is mid-air. It doesn't matter which character you're are playing as, as both players will unlock the achievement.

  • Activate all of the spikes at once in the Spider Tomb spike field


    This achievement can be done in the third level, Spider's Tomb. You have to run through the giant spike trap in that level so that all of the spikes are up. Follow the video below for a way to complete this, though it's not the only way. You don't necessarily have to end in the middle as shown in the video, you can leave through the side, as long as all the spikes are up.

  • Earn the top score objective in any level


    Every level has three different point objectives, with the top score being the highest score out of this list. A really easy level to do this on is the first level, the Temple of Light. Here is how the point system works:

    *Gems: 1,200 Points each. These are very important to collect while going for score challenges. Not only do they give you more points, but they help also help build your Power Meter. They are mostly found around in the environment, but can also be dropped by enemies. Be thorough, and explore every nook and cranny you can find.

    *Enemies: You get a base score per kill, and the score depends on the type of enemies you kill. When your Power Meter is halfway, you will gain twice as many points per kill. When your Power Meter is completely filled, you will get triple the amount of points per kill. If you get hit by anything, your Power Meter will begin to empty itself.

    *Survival: For each death, you lose around 5,000 points. Dying once or twice can hinder you from gaining the top score, so be very careful!

    It's important to visit the glowing tombs while going for points, as some have gems or enemies in them. If they don't have anything, just move on.

  • Collect all 10 red skulls in any single level


    Each level in the game has a challenge to collect ten red skulls, so you will be getting all of these done and this achievement through natural progression if you want to collect everything. A majority of the Skulls can be easily seen, but there are a few that are well hidden. The first place you can get this achievement, is the first level, the Temple of Light. See Tomb Raider for more information.

  • Complete any level-specific Reward Challenge


    Whenever you are playing the game, hitting the button will allow you to view all of your objectives. As well as your objectives, you will find the level's challenges as well. Throughout the game, you will constantly be doing these challenges, so you will get this achievement through natural progression. Complete any challenge, on any level, and you will get the achievement. The very first one you can do is in the first level, the Temple of Light. You will come to seven Spider Pots, they are not the seven urns you first see at the start of the level. Jump on each one without falling onto the ground to complete the challenge.

  • Collect all relics, artifacts and weapons


    Each level contains relics, artifacts, and weapons. You find all of these items by doing the challenges, and finding them throughout each of the levels. As well as that, doing the following will also unlock more of these items within the game.

    -Completing every top score challenge.

    -Completing every time challenge.

    -Find within levels.

    -Miscellaneous level challenges.

    Click on this guide HERE for more help on all of the collectibles and challenges in every level.


Secret achievements

  • Vanquish the summoned beast in the watery depths


    This is story related, and can't be missed. You will be running from this beast in "The Jaws of Death", which will be level eight. When you get to the end of the bridge, step on the pressure plate, and pull the handle on the right side quickly.

  • Regain the Mirror of Smoke


    This achievement will come with beating the game after you beat the final boss, Xolotl, in the level Xototl's Stronghold. The best weapon I found for this level, was the Golden Shotgun obtained from getting the max points on The Mirror's Wake. Ammo regen will help immensely, and so will items that give you +1 to weapons. Some people have reported this achievement not unlocking after watching the credits, but skipping the credits is guaranteed to work.

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