Balloon Buster achievement in Kinect Sports: Season Two

Balloon Buster

Score more than 25 points in Pop Darts

Balloon Buster+0.2
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How to unlock the Balloon Buster achievement

  • Izzy of AlbionIzzy of Albion623,030
    13 Feb 2012 14 Feb 2012 08 Apr 2012
    18 0 9
    This is one of the hardest minigame achievements. 25 points really is a very, very high score in this game and it took me a while to get the technique right to achieve it.

    The problem is the time limit is extremely mean so you feel that you have to throw fast. Throwing fast means you don't have long to aim, and a lot of the time you'll find that your throw goes wildly wayward. You can't really afford to miss more than once, twice at a push.

    So, here are my tips:

    Refine your throwing technique. If only for this minigame, you must avoid any backswing in your throw. It is the backswing that seems to either radically alter your aim or even "cancel" it altogether. So when you're aiming, your arm should be bent at less than 90°, your hand no more than 5-6 inches in front of your face. Get your aim quickly, pause momentarily to set it (less than half a second or so), and then throw by moving your hand in a direct line forward.

    You might also find it helps to use a tight fist rather than miming the throw of a dart with an open hand. Perhaps the sensor can track your hand with more accuracy like this.

    If you feel you need to tweak your aim as you throw (the balloon is moving or your aim was a little off) you can compensate as you throw by moving your hand in the direction you would like to adjust in. Throw at an upward angle for example to make the dart go slightly above where you aimed.

    When you have moving balloons, take extra time aiming. Aim just ahead of the balloon's position rather than exactly where it is, because they move quite fast. Compensating for it's movement in your throw is also a good tip for these. Take extra care though, because some of these are very small, and very close to the mascot. Hitting the mascot results in a 3 second penalty and that's game over as far as this achievement is concerned.

    When you have static (non-moving) balloons, you can afford to speed up your throw. Aim quickly, throw quickly. You will get used to the rhythm that the game can cope with after a few tries. Despatching 3 static balloons on one board should take less than 2 seconds. This is where you need to make up time.

    Using those tips, this is not as crazy a target as it may have seemed. I was stuck on 13 points for ages. I got to the dizzying heights of 20 once, and it had my heart pounding. 25 seemed impossible. But by altering my throwing style, controlling my breathing, concentrating, slowing down for moving targets, and speeding up for static ones, I have managed 26. And it would've been 27 or more if the achievement popping had not put me off my throw.

    So keep trying and good luck!
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    LethalDose76Your technique worked perfect! I even used the fist and I got it pretty easily on my second try. Thanks! Thumbs up!
    Posted by LethalDose76 on 21 Jul 12 at 07:49
    Izzy of AlbionGlad to be of service.
    Posted by Izzy of Albion on 21 Jul 12 at 15:51
    GlorixJimomg, I had this one marked as impossible.. but after reading this, I got the achievement after two tries... 22 and 31 :) Thanks a million!
    Posted by GlorixJim on 15 Nov 12 at 21:12
    Mike PitchNice tips... Got 22 the first time and 31 the second time!
    Posted by Mike Pitch on 23 Apr 13 at 13:44
    Cnacu6oThank you for smart solution. Having "refined my throwing technique" I got 31 at my 3d try and chievo popped up. If it was possible I'd put 2 thumbs up!
    Posted by Cnacu6o on 11 May 13 at 08:02
    Lazy with StyleAhem, first try: 17, 2nd: 19, 3rd: 25 (and even 1-3 more, but achievement popped up and screen froze 2 seconds, time still running down). 4th try: 29. This is very easy, just be fast,balloons are easy to hit... I did not even concentrate or try hard... Other minigames were harder...
    Posted by Lazy with Style on 08 May 15 at 17:08
    OPOSITOR 2This one was making me crazy, but with your advice made 37 at first try. Thank you very much!
    Posted by OPOSITOR 2 on 26 Aug 15 at 13:02
    SchiZoPHreNiikz37 third try
    Wonderful advice
    Posted by SchiZoPHreNiikz on 27 Aug 17 at 17:47
    MattiasAndersonI did not find this tough and got it 3rd attempt at 31 points and I relaxed after I got enough points. This was my last achievement in the game. So nice to be done with this shit game. lol
    Posted by MattiasAnderson on 14 Mar 19 at 20:55
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