Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 21 [1000gs.png]
- Online: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 1000gs.png: 2-4 hours [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Missable achievements: 6 - collectibles and the miscellaneous HOP and minigame ones
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
 
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Introduction:
Welcome to Queen's Quest 5: Symphony of Death, another point and click adventure game from Artifex Mundi. If this is somehow your first one, they are first person point and click games with a heavy emphasis on puzzles and hidden object scenes. As with all Artifex Mundi games, there are collectibles to hunt down, many miscellaneous achievements, and then a handful of story ones. Strangely, this is the first Artifex Mundi game (on console, anyway) that is free to play, but comes with microtransactions for hints. There is also only one difficulty setting, which is a mix of some Expert and some Casual elements. From an achievement standpoint, they're actually slightly easiest because of the new approach. Let's get started.

Abbreviated Walkthrough:
As with all Artifex Mundi games, there are collectibles. There are also many points of no return, meaning most collectibles are easy to miss. As a result, I highly recommend keeping a collectible guide open while you play through the game (a great one can be found in Collector (100G)). Every scene has at least one collectible (a handful have two). Because of this, every time you come to a new scene for the first time, you should make it a point to find all collectibles in the scene first before proceeding with the story. They're quite difficult to find many of them on your own, especially the puzzle pieces that blend it well with the background, so definitely take advantage of the guide.

Aside from the missable collectible achievements, there are a number of miscellaneous achievements that are also missable, so you should be aware of them and, ideally, take care of them as soon as possible so you don't have to worry about them for the remainder of your playthrough. The requirements are:
 Especially if you've played other Artifex Mundi games, you'll notice a stark difference in this list of miscellaneous achievements: no achievements for completing any HOPs without hints, and no achievements for completing minigames without skipping them. In this game, hints and minigame skips cost real money, since the game itself is free. You get 5 free hints/skips to start with, and a free one every day. You can purchase dozens for real money, but you shouldn't need any. What this means, though, is that you can feel free to use those free hints/skips whenever you want to help you out (or, alternatively, you could pay real money to unlock a huge amount of hints/skips and use them liberally throughout the game). Either way, no need to worry about hints and skips in this game at all.

You should be able to knock out that short list of miscellaneous achievements within the first 15-30 or so minutes of the game, allowing you to play through the rest of the game without worrying about missing any achievements (aside from collectibles). If there are any you aren't sure of or confident about, jump to their solutions to get a better idea of what to do in advance.

Aside from the collectible achievements and some miscellaneous achievements above, all other achievements are story related. As a result, once you complete the game, you should have the full gamerscore. No playthrough of the bonus chapter is required for any achievements.

Conclusion:
Queen's Quest 5 definitely has a slightly different feel to it from other Artifex Mundi games with its new format. Depending on how much you relied on hints and button mashing in HOPs in recent titles, this one may feel a bit slower to you. Thankfully, the achievements are simplified as a result though, so all it takes is a little patience to get through all the HOPs and minigames. Enjoy another completion!
 
[XBA would like to thank Necrophage33 for this Roadmap]

Queen's Quest 5: Symphony of Death Achievement Guide

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There are 21 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • Complete a Hidden Object Puzzle

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Complete a Hidden Object Puzzle without mistake

    *MISSABLE*

    As the description says, you'll need to complete any HOP without making a single mistake. This achievement isn't anywhere near as difficult as it sounds. While you could do this the legitimate way (take your time to find every object, ensuring you don't make any mistakes), there is an exploit you can take advantage of to make this much easier.

    When you reach an HOP, pause and quit to the main menu to save your game right before you start it. Now, play the HOP, making as many mistakes as you want, until you find all but one objects, making a note of where every object is. Locate the final object but don't click on it. Instead, press the guide button and force close the game app (do NOT quit to the main menu, as this will save your game). Relaunch the game app, continue your game, and you'll be back at your save before you started the HOP. Now that you know where all of the objects are, carefully go through the HOP to find them all without making any mistakes. If you do make a mistake, you can always repeat the process of force closing the game app to try again.

    This is particularly easy to do on the very first HOP in the game, during the mandatory tutorial, and if you use this exploit you can easily unlock Fast Pace (40G) at the same time.
  • Complete a Hidden Object Puzzle in less than a minute

    *MISSABLE*

    As the description says, you need to complete any HOP in under one minute. Because you don't get a difficulty option in this game, and therefore the HOPs play as if you're on Expert (they blur and lock you out for around 10 seconds if you get too many incorrect clicks in a short amount of time), this may be difficult to do legitimately.

    However, if you'd like to guarantee this achievement, you can actually use the exact same exploit described in Unmistakable (20G) - find all objects but don't click on the last one, force close the game app, relaunch it, and now that you know where all of the objects, you should be able to quickly click them all in under a minute.
  • Complete three Hidden Object Puzzles

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Complete three Hidden Object Puzzles in less than ten minutes

    *MISSABLE*

    The wording here is a bit odd - what you need to do is complete three HOPs whose total completion times add up to under 10 minutes. For example, three HOPs that take you three minutes each will total nine minutes and unlock this achievement.

    There is no way to track your times (other than when Fast Pace (40G) unlocks, knowing you did it in under a minute), but if you play normally, you should be able to unlock this achievement naturally, because there are multiple easier HOPs where you need to find a set amount of a certain object, and every one is hidden behind an interactable item, making them easy to scroll over and find quickly (you don't need to click blindly).
  • Complete a Minigame in less than a minute

    *MISSABLE*

    As the description says, you need to complete any minigame in under a minute. Despite being technically missable, this achievement is virtually unavoidable. Three times during the game, you'll have to put together the puzzle pieces of the portal in the Throne Room, the first of which is on the third scene in the game. Each time it is only six puzzle pieces, and the shape of the piece is easily matched to the shapes shown on the grid. Unless your controller dies during this minigame, there's virtually no way it's going to take you longer than a minute to place the six puzzle pieces in place. If, however, you aren't confident in your abilities, the walkthrough in The Savior (50G) shows the solutions to all minigames. You can always check the solution there beforehand, allowing you to complete a minigame very quickly.
  • Complete all Minigames

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Complete five Minigames

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Find a Collectible item

    *MISSABLE*

    Refer to Collector (100G) for more information.
  • Find all Collectibles

    *MISSABLE*

    There are quite a lot of collectibles in this game: 16 puzzle pieces, 16 wands, and 8 ghosts. There are a total of 33 scenes in the game, meaning every single one has at least one collectible, but a few have two.

    The best way to handle collectibles is to keep a guide open the entire time. Because there are many points of no return, I highly recommend that every time you come to a new scene, you find the collectible(s). There is a great collectible guide HERE, complete with screenshots, courtesy of some Steam users. Keep it open while you play to ensure you don't miss any.
  • Defeat the beast

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Make your way through the maze

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Worthy

     

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    Free Piper from the prison

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Rescue the children

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    This achievement unlocks upon completing the game. As noted in the roadmap, this game works slightly differently: hints/skips don't void achievements, but you only get a set amount without paying real money for more. As such, feel free to use the ones you do have whenever you want (or pay for more, if you don't mind). The game itself, as well as the HOPs and minigames, are quite easy this time around, so I don't recommend paying any real money. On top of that, if you need any specific help or guidance, refer to THIS LINK for a full walkthrough of the game, courtesy of Big Fish Games, including screenshots and the solutions to all minigames.
  • Create your first potion

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Reveal the kidnappers identity

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Get the magic pipe

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Fix the elevator

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Give Ashe medicine so he can stop sneezing

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Discover the curse of the Silverclaw Manor

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.
  • Discover the secret lair

    Story-related; cannot be missed.

    Refer to The Savior (50G) for more information.

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