Smarter than the Smarties achievement in DuckTales Remastered (Arcade)

Smarter than the Smarties

Beat game on Extreme difficulty

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How to unlock the Smarter than the Smarties achievement

  • Hairy CabbageHairy Cabbage771,859
    15 Sep 2013 16 Sep 2013 04 Jan 2017
    100 5 42
    1. Introduction
    OK, so I'm going to try and keep this guide short and sweet, since I'm sure a lot of you guys reading it will want to spend less time reading and more time earning those achievements.

    Since you are here reading a guide for the expert difficulty achievement, I'm going to assume you already know the requirements to complete each level, so the only thing I'm going to be discussing in this guide will be some collectables and tips to help with enemies and bosses, as well as what I think is the optimal route through the game. I will be pointing out every 1-up collectable that i have managed to find, along with the two heart collectables available from the extreme difficulty.

    The guide will be split up into sections, hopefully making it easier to find everything that will help you complete the game, and descriptions will be given for each enemy, as well as tips on how to handle them. This format will allow you to pick and choose aspects of the game that you wish to learn about, and skip anything you already know. A map will be given for each area to help you pin point the location of each item/objective.

    The final thing i want to mention before we get into the main guide is the pogo. The extreme difficulty forces you to use the hard pogo setting, which in my opinion, is the hardest part of this whole achievement. getting used to using this pogo may take some time, so its worth practising with this pogo if you are reading this guide in advance to actually having completed the game on hard if you are considering going for the completion. Trying to kill enemies with very low head room above them is very tricky to do and also very dangerous, so try to avoid it when possible.

    2. The Vault
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    Extra Lives:
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    After saving the second nephew, you will climb a large rope. Once at the top, stop off to the left against the wall, and jump up until you reveal all 3 hidden small chests, using the rope to help you if you need it. The top chest will reveal a 1-up, indicated in the picture above with a yellow square.

    Beagle Boy - Not much to say about these guys. Simply bounce on their heads to kill them and don't run into them. These guys like to show up in many of the levels within the game, but all equally as easy as they are on this level so i wont bother mentioning them again.

    Boss Fight: Big Time Beagle
    The first boss in the game, and it shows, so don't sweat it. This guy only has one phase and requires 5 hits to defeat.
    The phase consists of him throwing an object at you. There are only two types of shots that he will make, so you dont have much to memorize:
    High Shots - simply pass under the globe/statue, then jump back over it to hit it with your walking stick.
    Low Shots - This attack requires you to jump over the glove/statue, then jumps back over it to hit it with your walking stick.
    After hitting the object, it will hit the safe suspended in the middle of the room, causing it to drop on

    2.5 Choosing Your Path
    Because the next section of the game allows you to choose which level to select, it would be wise to choose the two levels (Transylvania and The Himalayas) with the heart pick-ups in them, as they will be VERY useful when dealing with the rest of the game.
    The order in which you choose the next two levels doesn't really make much of a difference, although I would advise you to choose the level you are LEAST confident with first. This means if you do mess up and have to restart the game, you will have wasted less time.
    In my experience, i have found it better to do The Himalayas level first, as you collect two extra lives on this level. It also allows you to go into Transylvania with 4 hearts, meaning if you are comfortable with this level, you can save the heart chest until right before the boss just in case you need to fill your life bar.

    3. Transylvania
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    Its worth pointing out on this level, that you may want to leave the upper objective (accessible by the small portal outside the boss portal secret room) until last, as this is a VERY good location to pick up health items (ice creams) in preparation for the boss.
    Be VERY careful when running outside to the lower objective, as ghosts will spawn almost on top of you (a tiny bit ahead). it is very easy to lose a life to these guys if you aren't paying attention. They will also continue to spawn in the room of the final objective you to after you save the final nephew.

    The Heart Chest:
    The entrance to the room with the heart chest can be found on the floor below the entrance to the boss room. The picture below shows the hidden passage way to the chest. The level map can be used to get a rough area of this location.
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    Boss Fight: Magica
    This boss consists of three rounds, each one slightly harder than the previous. Each round is made up of the same attacks and are all dealt with in the same way in all of the rounds. Below is a list of her attacks in the order:
    Vertical or Horizontal fire beams - The vertical beams are slightly more luck based than the horizontal ones as all you have to do is move out the way, but it is easy to get trapped on the harder rounds when there is more beams. The horizontal beams are not luck based. Simply hop onto the rock to dodge the beam. Each round will increase the laser, so you will be required to jump one block higher each round. Once you have dodged three random laser attacks, she will offer you the chance to pogo on her head and move onto the next attack.
    Magic Mirrors - Simply attack the mirror with magica's face on it. If you are too slow, you will take damage. Once the mirror is destroyed, she will again, offer you the chance to pogo on hear head to move onto the next attack.
    Vulture - Directly after you attack her in the previous attack, she will turn into a vulture. She will fly over you head ONCE, and then swoop down to attack. It is at this point that you must land a pogo on her head to move onto the next attack. If you fail to hit her, she will continue onto the next attack, so technically you could just avoid her on this phase.
    Spread Shot - Directly after hitting her in vulture form, she will appear at the side of the map that she was travelling towards as a vulture when swooping at you. This gives you time to move far away from her to the opposite side of the room so you will easily be able to jump over the low ball shot, while not hitting the diagonal shot.
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    4. The Himalayas
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    The Heart Chest:
    The second and final heart chest can be found relatively fast on this level. head off from the start, and then head down. you can choose the first or second downward option, it doesn't matter. once the two paths converge, there will be another rope down leading to the room shown in the picture below. Head right through the secret passage and the second heart is yours.
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    Extra Lives:
    Directly to the left of the first objective rabbit, you will see three ice block in a small L formation (Shown below).
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    Jump on these to leave the screen and head left off screen as far as you are able to go. Then hold up and you will be climbing a rope to a secret area. Once at the top of the rope, look to the left and you will see a lone ice block against the wall. Jump on this to get some height against the wall and reveal the extra life.
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    Boss Fight: Yeti
    - Coming soon -
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    5. The Amazon
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    For this level, I found the easiest and most life friendly method to collecting the initial objectives was to drop down into the cave and collect the objective to the left and then to the right. Then double back on yourself and head back outside the way you came in as the underground is FAR harder than anything above ground, and since the final underground coin is accessible via the second rope down without any risk, it should be collected this way. If you do happen to take a hit while collecting the middle underground chest, don't worry, use the grace period to run as far as you can. its almost worth losing a life on this part to speed things up, since once you head back up the way you came and directly to the right, there will be a small chest with an ice cream in.

    Extra Lives:
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    Directly after the boulder chase section of the level, you will find yourself in the room shown in the picture above. Instead of continuing to the right, climb up the rope indicated in yellow. This will lead to Mrs. Beakley who will present you with a 1-up, along with 2 heart restores.

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    Shortly after the first extra life pick up (after the boulder chase) you will come to a rope. Climb this rope and you should see two small chests sandwiched between some rubble. The extra life pick-up is in the chest against the wall, furthest to the right.

    Boss Fight: Stone Head
    - Coming soon -
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    6. African Mines
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    Extra Lives:
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    Right after heading down the elevator, run through the gap shown in the picture above and you will find Mrs. Beakley, who will present you with a 1-up, along with 2 heart restores. Once you have collected the lives, run back the way you came and head down the rope, as there is nothing worth risking hearts for if you carry on to the right (unless you want gems).

    Boss Fight: Terra Firmie King
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    7. The Moon
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    On the bottom level of the spaceship, to the left and right, are one way ropes leading out of the ship onto the planet surface. I would advise you to use these when trying to get from one side of the large gap (the gap with the rope leading into the ship). Although it is possible to scale this gap, its really not worth risking a full life (or more) to do it, so head into the ship via the rope, and then head in the direction you want to go and use the one way rope down onto the surface.

    Extra Lives:
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    Located at the very top left of the map, hidden in the small chest shown above in the yellow square.

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    As you head up to the right side of the map, you will come across a section where you are able to climb straight up after just coming up from the previous floor. instead of heading up, which leads outside into space, head left and you will come across three red squid. Head up the rope in the picture shown above and you will run into Mrs. Beakley, who will present you with a 1-up, along with 2 heart restores.

    Boss Fight: Mutant Rat
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    8. Mount Vesuvius
    - Map Coming Soon -

    Extra Lives:
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    Right after the section with the boulders rolling over the spikes, you will end up in the location shown in the picture above, head to the left through the secret passage way and pick up the final extra life in the game. It will be hidden within the bottom right chest inside the secret room.


    Boss Fight: Count Duckula

    Post Boss Race:
    This section of the game is split into two parts, the first part being pretty simple. Just follow the ropes and platforms and don't take too long and you will do just fine.

    The second part is not so simple. Below is a video if me doing this method, after losing many lives trying the "legit" route.
    Congratulations! you have completed Ducktales Remastered on the hardest setting. Give yourselves a pat on the back and go enjoy that 75G achievement. :D

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    WereyGreat guide, however how the hell do people carry over their lives from stage to stage? I finish most stages with 2 or 3, and start the next stage with 1 or 2
    Posted by Werey on 20 Feb 17 at 19:09
    PrimeBigTimeIt would be helpful to explain what exactly hard difficulty is. You start with one life? Then what happens if you die?
    Posted by PrimeBigTime on 26 Sep 18 at 10:59
    Vitality GaugeThanks for the guide made earning the achievement that much easier. Thumbs up from me
    Posted by Vitality Gauge on 19 Aug 19 at 01:46
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    16 Sep 2013 19 Sep 2013 10 Dec 2019
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    What an amazing Guide by Hairy Cabbage.
    I just wanted to upload the below video to help with your awesome solution. The Video I have posted has the following

    - Extreme Difficulty
    - No deaths
    - Collect all Heart Containers
    - Collect every extra life ( 1-UP ) available
    - Best order of stages ( in my opinion )
    - Easy Boss Strategies
    - Fastest route's in stages while collecting the hearts and lives etc

    PS - Also just to note this is not a speedrun or a perfect run , its just a full playthrough getting all extra lives and completing the game without dieing. I make many mistakes on the way , but I manage to get the job done. Also remember this is only for your Extreme playthrough.
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    Thanks best extreme on my first run throughout of trying. Only 2 lives at last boss.
    Posted on 21 Jun 15 at 22:10
    RAINKINGX1Well done smile clap
    Posted by RAINKINGX1 on 22 Jun 15 at 10:29
    QuemandanteAmazing guide, got it first try with 1 life left lol, I recommend following this video until the very last part, then use the video on the other solution for a life saving shortcut. +1
    Posted by Quemandante on 19 Jul 16 at 01:52
  • magikman79magikman79249,294
    21 Mar 2015 21 Mar 2015
    2 1 0
    I used this speedrun to help me beat the game on extreme

    A couple of things to note...

    1. Extreme forces you to use Hard Pogo
    2. He uses a glitch trick to skip some rocks in the Mine & the door blocking the Moon (because he's speedrunning the game)
    I've found that on the Xbox 360 version it DOES work, but the rocks respawn... Because there are several you have to glitch away in the Mine stage, I can NOT get it to work (but it might still be possible), but Because there is only 1 on the Moon it worked easily. But it's not a visible change, you have to walk up to it to check.
    3. He does not get the 5th heart container because it was too far out of the way,
    I DID lol, I used RAINKINGX1's video to remember where it was in Transylvania & did that level right after the Himalayas so I had all 5 right away, I didnt make it a point to get EVERY free man, but I did get 1 or 2 he didnt, like the one in the pre level, just because I was standing right by it.

    4. I did not use ANY of the suicide strats he uses, because I was not in a hurry, each one only saves 1-3 minutes anyway.

    Video credit to AGDQ & Satoryu links to both their official pages can be found on the video.

  • sjpsjpsjpsjpsjpsjp583,920
    14 Aug 2019 14 Aug 2019 05 Sep 2019
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    The top solution made by Hairy Cabbage is decent, but as he himself admits, is incomplete and won't be updated anytime soon. I wanted to add a few more tips and things to be aware of.

    1. In my experience, Hard Pogo is easier if you use the D-Pad instead of the left stick for general movement (and cn_down+cn_X/cn_B for the Pogo.) Your mileage may vary but I found it was easier/faster to switch to Pogo this way with less risk of messing up switching to Pogo.

    2. Your Pogo move will stop if you land on a corner of an edge, which may result in losing a heart or losing a life. Be mindful when jumping onto smaller platforms.

    3. After the first level (The Vault), you are best to move to Transylvania then The Himalayas to get the extra heart containers. After that, go through the levels based upon your comfort level (in order would make general sense.)

    4. Get all the extra lives! There are 9 extra lives up for grabs: every level except Transylvania has 1-2 extra lives (including Mount Vesuvius - After making your way through a long spike pit with boulders rolling around in it, climb up the rope and in the next area, move left through a fake wall to find the extra life in a chest.) You will need all of these lives; unless you've had a lot of practice you will die between boss fights going bad and random deaths like falling into pits, as well as the race at the end of the game.

    5. Each level has reasonable checkpoints upon deaths, except Mount Vesuvius, where until you get to the boss (Count Duckula), if you die you start back at the beginning of the level.

    6a. The Post-Boss Race is really the most annoying and challenging part of the game, and whatever lives you have at the end of the Count Duckula boss fight will be consumed to some degree here. My advice is to watch a speedrun of the game to see how people get through the first half quickly, or practice this on a previous difficulty first so you know the rhythm of when to jump versus when to pogo. In any event the race will be tight.

    6b. The second half is actually easy if you make what is a very easy path skip, shown 12 seconds in this video:

    I got this achievement on my second attempt with 1 life left (and the first attempt I just restarted because I lost too many lives early on), so with a little practice it isn't that hard to complete, and will take you about 45 minutes to an hour for a full run.
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