Rambler achievement in ARCADE GAME SERIES: DIG DUG


Dig 1000 spaces! (1 space is the same size as 1 character)

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How to unlock the Rambler achievement

  • DwaggieniteDwaggienite2,441,779
    20 Apr 2016 20 Apr 2016 01 May 2019
    66 4 13
    This must be done in one game/playthrough. This achievement is NOT a cumulative achievement.

    The game grid's spaces is 14 columns wide and 15 rows deep. This means that, on a full grid with no tunnels, you'd get a maximum of 210 spaces per level. Obviously there are tunnels.

    You will need to be a pretty good player at this, so I recommend trying to get down to two enemies on each level quickly, and then trying to dig as much of the play area out as possible. This is a very hard achievement, but can be done!

    Other advice is if you try and leave the small 'passages' that the enemies spawn in at the start of the game unbroken (i.e. you don't go into them), if the enemies start coming towards you through the walls, you can get them to re-appear in the caverns, trapping them for a few seconds as you dig through more blocks before they start to go through the dirt again.

    Another idea is that every second column or row, you do long straight passages, so that they will always be a good tunnel away from you and can't really phase through directly towards you, their 'ghost phasing' will always get them to reappear and stop them from phasing again for a few seconds.

    Another tip is that if you only have one enemy following you, and there's another enemy in the round, just keep pumping the enemy following you up to its maximum size before popping, then digging a few more spaces. This will get you much needed extra squares towards your count! When you have both enemies following you, just pump one up a few pumps, turn away quickly to break the grip of the harpoon, then turn back to hit the other enemy with your harpoon, and make him pop as the first enemy deflates. When the second enemy is dead, hit the first again, and kill him, OR, if he starts to evacuate immediately, go and dig any remaining squares you can whilst he evacuates.

    Remember, you can set your lives to 5 in the settings before you start the game.

    For anyone wondering, I tried to clear as much as possible of each round, and the achievement popped for me in Round 7.

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    DwaggieniteI'm glad to help.
    Posted by Dwaggienite on 30 Sep 17 at 10:46
    Paw McCatneyI must not have been as patient as everyone else - I didn't end up getting it until Round 13. In my case, I think it helped that I had been trying to get the Centurion one for so long, so I ended up getting good practice at playing through those first 13-14 levels.
    Posted by Paw McCatney on 12 Apr 18 at 23:31
    Mr GranstaffUpvoted. Probably be revisiting this soon -- tired of seeing it incomplete, lol.
    Posted by Mr Granstaff on 05 Jul 18 at 16:04
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  • PalesiusPalesius1,428,850
    02 May 2016 02 May 2016 05 May 2016
    17 6 2
    You can abuse the save system to make this achievement very easy (if a bit time consuming). Sorry if this is a little long, I'm trying to make the instructions as clear as possible.

    This must be done in one game, it is not cumulative! As far as actual play suggestions (rather than just how to manipulate your saves), I would start by killing all but 2 Pookas. While digging you do NOT want to clear the board in a methodical pattern. That will connect a lot of tunnels together. What works a lot better is to try to avoid connecting tunnels whenever possible, going back and forth and staying within an uncleared section. This will really mess with the enemies pathing. Of course there will be times you have to bust through your walls in order to escape, and this will unavoidably connect your tunnels. You can also slow the enemies down if they are chasing you down by quickly turning around and pumping them up. You can do up to 3 pumps if you have time, and the more, the longer it will stop them for. This will even work if both enemies are following you, although you will spend most of your time pumping and will not have much time to dig. When running away, you will also make better speed in a tunnel that has already been dug and the best speed of all on the surface.

    Play the game until you feel like you've made a good amount of progress towards the achievement. Then save and quit and follow the directions below to get a reusable checkpoint. Then keep playing from your checkpoint and try to get a little further and make a new checkpoint. If you mess up, or aren't doing as well as you would like, restore your previous checkpoint and try again. N.B. Your achievement will not actually pop until you go back online.

    Personally I cleared each level completely, then saved my progress. It's a personal choice of how much risk vs hassle you want to put up with. You can save your progress after every level. You can even save it every level. You don't need to restart each time you die, you could allow yourself one death every level if you like.

    NB: Going offline is optional, it provides a little bit of extra insurance against a fast sync as well as against operator error. You can just delete your local copy of the save whenever you want to restore your checkpoint. There is a very small chance it will synchronize your save while you are playing. Also if you are online you will have the ability to delete your save from the cloud as well (which you definitely do not want to do).

    To “back up” a new checkpoint.
    1) Go online if you are offline.
    2) Save and quit.
    3) Quit the game (hit xbox button, then menu/hamburger button and select quit)
    4) Wait a while for it to synch up to the cloud (I would give it 10 to 15 minutes).
    5) Load the game.
    6) Go offline (OPTIONAL- If you are sharing your content via swapping home xboxes, you should still be able to play for a certain amount of time even offline, as long as you launch it first. Since the levels in the arcade collection are all pretty short, you should either be at the point where you are ready to go online again in just a few minutes.)
    7) Continue to play

    To restore your checkpoint
    1) Xbox button then menu/hamburger and select manage game.
    2) Go to the saved data for your gamertag and hit A, then select “DELETE FROM CONSOLE”. DO NOT SELECT “DELETE EVERYWHERE”.
    3) Go online again (OPTIONAL).
    4) Load the game and after the launch screens it will sync your save from the cloud.
    5) Once it does this, go offline again, and give it another shot.

    To go offline
    1) Settings
    2) All Settings
    3) Network
    4) Network settings
    5) Go offline

    To go online
    1) Open sidebar
    2) Go to settings section
    3) Select connect to xbox live
    4) Go online
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    Gs4sPlease ,Can you explain these steps in a video. smile
    Posted by Gs4s on 31 Aug 16 at 10:53
    CryptCoreI tried this method, and it didn't work (unless there is a delay with the achievement unlocking after going online). I cleared the first five stages completely (which should add up to more than 1000), and I went on to clear a lot of dirt in stage 6 as well. But I didn't get anything. Is there anything I did wrong here?

    EDIT: It unlocked! I guess there was a delay. Thank you so much! Positive vote from me!
    Posted by CryptCore on 28 May 18 at 06:57
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