3. Starting Out
I put the Miscellaneous achievements here before the progression-based achievements because most of these are easy to pop as you progress through beating all the levels in the different modes. I recommend that you play Smack Attack for your first round, as it's a simple deathmatch that allows you to get a feel of the driving. You don't need to actually get kills to earn points - or "smacks" - you only need to damage other vehicles with weapon pickups. Getting kills is the best way to earn smacks though, so never pass up the chance to finish off a damaged opponent. Once you've selected a character and Smack Attack mode, select the Wild Wooly West arena to begin your first match.
First up, the front flip achievements. Do a front flip with a upward tap on the right stick. It's a bunny hop of sorts, so it can be done on flat or downward sloping ground and can be used to leap over obstacles as well. Be careful about doing front flips while going uphill (you won't complete the flip) or off of large jumps, as you'll do more than one flip and risk not landing cleanly. There's no penalty or damage from doing so, but you're vulnerable until your car rights itself and you get moving again. Perform 10 flips in your first round to earn your first achievement.
Earn 10 boosts in one match by completing forward flips with the right stick
Next, the handy dodge. Press or to roll to either side. Useful for avoiding attacks and as a sharp cornering technique of sorts. If you're heading way to the left or right of where you want to be headed, a simple dodge can allow for abrupt changes. Perform 10 dodges - you don't need to actually dodge any attacks - and pop another achievement.
Complete 10 sideways dodges in one match by using the right stick or LB/RB
The final technique is arguably the most useful, at least in Smack Attack: the powerslide. Pick up some speed, let off the gas, then hit the brake while turning. If done correctly, your car will cartoonishly spin around. This enables you to attack players next to or behind you with weapons that otherwise couldn't. As an added bonus, you earn double smacks for attacks landed while you're mid-powerslide. When you pull this move off and do some damage, you'll earn another.
Earn double smacks by damaging an opponent in Smack Attack while powersliding with the brake
Grab weapons and try to land as many hits on your opponents as you can. When you win your first match you'll pop:
A win on Wild Wooly West will unlock the next Desert themed level, Death Valley. Select it and start up another round of Smack Attack.
There's an achievement that can only be earned in this arena you might as well take a shot or two at. Death Valley is a canyon that's open at one end. On the opposite side there's a large weight hanging over a narrow pass. The signs on either side will drop the weight if they are hit by a car or a weapon from the front. In order to earn this next achievement, you need to hit the target sign with one of your basic (unarmed) attacks and drop the weight on another player. It doesn't need to kill them - just land on them. I got this in my first round, but it may be trickier for new players who don't have the hang of the game yet. Feel free to postpone this achievement until you've got a bit more time and experience with the game.
In Death Valley, drop the 100 ton weight on opponent by shooting the target with your Basic Attack
With a win on Death Valley, you'll unlock one of my favorite arenas, Mesa Madness. After selecting your character and Smack Attack, go down to "Weapons" on the Event Settings menu. You should only have a few weapons unlocked, so click on each of them until the only blue tile is the one with the ! - Personal Weapons. If you win a round and only get Smacks from your Personal Weapon, it's worth an achievement.
As far as I can tell, you can hit enemies with your basic unarmed attack, but if you kill someone with it, you earn points and therefore violate the conditions of the achievement. Basically the game doesn't think that you've used your basic attack unless you get a kill because unlike other weapons, damage done with basic attacks isn't worth any smacks. I tried to pop this achievement earlier and even though I set the weapons to PWs only, other weapons still spawned. When I tried again later I had many more weapons unlocked and I didn't encounter the same problem.
Win Smack Attack while using only your character's favorite weapon collected from "!" powerups
After a win on Mesa Madness, let's work on unlocking the other arenas. Select Swamp Stomp (the first Jungle arena) and come in 1st place. Either continue on to the next Jungle level (Temple of Boom) or switch over to the Transylvania/Horror world and select Monster Mosh. Most people should have no trouble getting wins on Normal difficulty with a little practice, but feel free to set the difficulty to Easy if you want to grind out the wins with ease to get your achievements and other unlocks faster. The game is more fun when you have more maps and weapons unlocked after all.
At any rate, continue unlocking new arenas by getting wins on arenas as you unlock them. Feel free to try out different characters and find which one(s) you like most. There's no character-specific achievement or need to win each stage with a certain character. Once you've gotten a win on all 12 classic arenas in Smack Attack, you'll unlock a new arena that wasn't in the original game and an achievement.
Win all levels in Smack Attack mode
By the time you've unlocked all the stages you'll have quite a few different weapons unlocked as well. Start up another round of Smack Attack with the character and arena of your choice, making sure all unlocked weapons are on. The goal here is to win the match while getting smack points from 10 different weapons. You don't need kills with 10 different weapons, just smacks. Your Personal Weapon counts but I don't believe your basic one does. This achievement isn't so bad as long as you don't get too many points with any one weapon and end the round too early. One option is to set the number of smacks needed to 1,000 - which should give you more than enough opportunity to damage other players with 10 different weapons.
Win Smack Attack while getting points from at least 10 different weapons
With Smack Attack mode finished up, let's continue onto the other game types.
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