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Master Explorer achievement in Pid

Master Explorer

Find 60 secret areas.

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  • AwooAwoo
    08 Jun 2013 08 Jun 2013 08 Jun 2013
    This achievement can be a bit misleading, so I'm gonna try to clarify what it means, and give a few pointers.

    First off, ignore the achievement picture. Secret areas are both the kind hidden behind fake walls and just regular hard-to-reach spots with stars/items. Therefore it's hard to know just what counts as a secret area and what doesn't, which is why I gave up on writing a full guide for all of them, as I was only around 20 by my own count when I got the achievement for 30.

    I hit 60 areas by the end of the Catacombs, which is only about 3/5 of the way through the game, and after that I stopped looking for them altogether. I still ended up with 67 at the end of the game, so there is plenty of room to miss secrets and still get the achievement.

    Many of the secret constellations and probably all of the souvenirs count as secret areas, so if you get all of those, you'll be well on your way. Fake walls can be revealed by either shining the light of a gem beam on them, or simply passing through them. They're usually not all that hard to spot if you're paying attention (remember that some are small enough that you have to crawl through!) since they tend to look a little different from the rest of the wall they're in. Ceilings and rarely floors can also be fake, so don't ignore those either. Bombable walls are few and far between, so don't worry if you haven't seen one in a while. They always look the same, with big fat cracked bricks, so they're actually fairly hard to miss.

    But fake walls are only half the story at most. A lot of the secrets are simply normal areas, like climbing to a high place with items or dropping off a ledge onto a hidden platform, so if you see some transparent blocks in the sky or a few stars hanging below a ledge, investigate!

    Finally, in the open areas like the Rooftop City, make sure to explore both the skies and the ground as best you can. These areas can be confusing, but they often hold things like item carry upgrades, so they're worth it in more ways than one.

    If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message and I'll help you as best I can. Good luck! :)
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    MugenKairoRazor you always write excellent solutions but some gamers like myself might need a list of secret areas for a decent solution. I'm just fighting the final boss in the Stronghold and this hasn't popped yet meaning despite going and collecting ALL the collectibles I still won't have hit 60 areas and believe me I tried... Perhaps I'm just angry at the world because I'll have to play through the game yet again...
    Posted by MugenKairo on 10 Jan 14 at 11:15
    AwooThanks. Like I mentioned in the solution, it's very hard to write a list of secrets since it's impossible to know what exactly counts as a secret and what doesn't. I really can't offer any more advice than I already have for actually finding secrets, but I have been thinking of making a (video?) walkthrough for the game once I finish up the one I'm currently working on. That would take a while though, obviously.
    Posted by Awoo on 10 Jan 14 at 21:13
    MugenKairoNo that's understandable. I've restarted the playthrough and without the pressure of going for the souvenir collectibles I've found considerably more secret areas, I just wish their checkpoint/save system was a bit better.
    Posted by MugenKairo on 15 Jan 14 at 19:43
    MattiasAnderson10. The Sunflower constellation is where I unlocked the 30 secret achievement. I hope that I will find enough to get this one.
    Posted by MattiasAnderson on 15 May 21 at 16:59
    MattiasAndersonI got the achievement at the catacombs after the statue in another section were you have these black faces that are drawn to the light. I went up on "cloud" blocks and got some items and the achievement unlocked.

    I followed MasamuneGamer videos on youtube. Great videos!

    Here is one and just search the other ones up on his channel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0yZ_f1cPsM

    The secret around 11:40 is were I got this achievement.

    When you beat the game it tells you how many secret rooms you found! I ended up with 77 so there are room for a lot of missesl. Following the videos by Masamune and you be fine.
    Posted by MattiasAnderson on 17 May 21 at 14:07
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