4. Finishing Up
With Smack Attack finished, let's move on to the more complicated game modes. If you've been trying out different characters (or if you played the original Cel Damage) you probably have an idea as to which ones you like the most. Pick one character and stick with them for 12 wins across all the game modes for another achievement. You don't need to get the wins in order or without switching to another character, just 12 wins total will do.
Win 12 different matches with a single character
You can proceed onto Gate Relay or Flag Rally, although I recommend starting with Gate Relay - which is just a simple race mode. Make sure you don't bypass gates and you'll be fine, especially on Easy difficulty. As far as character choice is concerned, I recommend Fleming. Dominique Trix is also a decent choice, but Fleming's hovercraft is more manageable at high speeds. It also seems to have more wiggle room when it comes to landing front flips cleanly, a nice advantage in Gate Relay.
Speaking of front flips, they're basically the key to this mode. Do flips early and often so that you can maintain a steady supply of turbo boosts. And speaking of turbo boosts, there's an achievement for winning a round of Gate Relay while using 20 turbos throughout the race. Remember, you don't need to be going off a jump to do a front flip - as long as you're not driving uphill you should pull it off.
What I recommend is front-flipping down straightaways and saving your turbos for when you come out of corners. Boosting, then front-flipping out of the boost, will rocket you ahead and replace the turbo you just used. Try to save a turbo or two for when you get hung up on a gate and need to get some speed back. I say "when" because it will undoubtedly happen at an inconvenient moment during some races. At any rate, practice your flips and use your turbos to earn another achievement.
Win Gate Relay having used turbo boost 20 times
The other Gate Relay achievement is a bit trickier. You need to use your dodge move (performed with /) to roll over and flatten three different players. My first attempt I flattened Fowl Mouth twice and it only counted the one time. So keep track of who you flatten. It's possible to roll over two players at once, so if you can get alongside two adjacent foes, try rolling over both of them. You don't need to win the race but you won't pop the achievement until someone wins either. So don't expect it to pop right away.
Flatten 3 different opponents in one Gate Relay race by dodging into them with the RS or LB/RB
Continue through the different arenas, making sure to get a win on each one. As long as you time your front flips and boosts appropriately you shouldn't have much trouble keeping ahead of the pack. I never played Gate Relay much on the original Cel Damage so I couldn't remember any of the routes. I don't like not knowing the course so I didn't skip the cinematic before each race that shows the path through each gate. Remember that this game is in a world of cartoon physics - you can make very tight turns by simply letting off the gas. Using the powerslide move in a turn is likely to do more harm than good so stay away from the brake. With a little practice you'll have the hang of racing in no time and get wins on the 12 arenas.
Win all levels in Gate Relay mode
Just like in Smack Attack mode, you'll unlock the new boss stage, this time in Gate Relay mode. If you're in the mood for a long race look no further, but this arena doesn't need to be played in order to earn any achievements. Longtime Cel Damage fans might appreciate a new arena after all these years though. I think it's a little too big for only 7 players but the combination of themes is a fun idea.
Two modes down, let's tackle Flag Rally and get that completion!
Flag Rally is a bit like Capture the Flag, but with a few important differences. There are four flags that roam around the map, and they need to be taken to a certain part of the arena to earn points. Capturing one flag at a time yields just one point, but capturing two or three flags at once will earn you three or six points respectively. And if you manage to capture all four flags at the same time, that's worth ten points. Ten points is also the default/minimum score needed to win, so you can pull off quite the stunning win with a quadruple-capture. Usually what makes Flag Rally tricky is getting to the capture point. It's usually in one of the more out of the way sections of whatever arena you're playing on. Maps like Death Valley and Lunarchy can particularly difficult in Flag Rally because of the capture point location. If you refrain from skipping the pre-match cinematic you should be able to spot the capture location.
Although it may take a round or two on certain arenas to get used to the new game type, by this point you should at least have a passing familiarity with all the arenas. Now, onto the achievements. Unlike the other modes, there's only one gametype-specific achievement. You'll need to triple (or quadruple) capture at least twice in a round and win. Two triple captures are enough to win a standard 10-point match (6+6=12) but you can always set the point limit higher to give yourself more breathing room. I was able to get this achievement in my first Flag Rally match on the Babbling 5 arena. The capture point is on a ledge bordering the edge of the arena and there are teleporters that can be used to shake the other players. If you use the teleporter that's on the top of the skatepark-esque four sided ramp, it will spit you out of the teleporter on top of the ledge. Exit the teleporter carefully to avoid falling down, then drive around the perimeter until you spot the capture point. Bring three flags back two times and the achievement is yours as long as you finish in 1st place.
Win Flag Rally with at least two captures of 3 or more flags at a time
You certainly don't have to pop this in your first match, or even on Babbling 5. That's what worked for me, but play around on the different arenas until you find the one you're best at. Once you've found a stage you like it shouldn't be tough to get past the dimwitted Easy difficulty AI drivers.
Continue through Flag Rally mode, unlocking and winning on all 12 stages. You'll unlock the boss stage for Flag Rally, but once again you don't need to play a match on it for any achievements. If you're trying to pop achievements quickly, I recommend winning on the three Desert themed arenas as soon as you can unlock them. Once you've got a win on all three Desert maps in all three game modes, you'll unlock the boss character Whack Angus and his Personal Weapon, the Meat Cleavers. You'll also unlock an achievement:
Be The Boss
Earn a first place finish in each Desert level in Smack Attack, Gate Relay and Flag Rally modes
Note that this achievement, like every other achievement (except Finale) can be done with whatever character or combination of characters you wish. That best said, the game tracks your wins on each stage by character. So for example, if I win on 11 of 12 arenas in Flag Rally with Fowl Mouth, I'll see a green checkmark next to each arena I've won on when I've selected Fowl Mouth. But if I switch to playing as, say, B. T. Bruno, I won't see any checkmarks - unless I've been winning matches using Bruno in Flag Rally. However, if I were to get a win on that 12th stage I hadn't yet won on, I'd still pop the achievement playing as B. T. Bruno. Doesn't matter who you play as, you just need a win on every stage.
There aren't achievements for it, but beating all three stages in all three modes will unlock the other boss characters and their weapons. Win on all the Jungle arenas to unlock T. Wrecks and his Shrink Ray, win on all Transylvania arenas to unlock Count Earl and his Homing Missles, and win on all Space arenas to unlock Brian the Brain and his Nuclear Waste. When you have wins on all 12 Flag Rally stages it's worth another achievement.
Win all levels in Flag Rally mode
As long as you've finished the other two modes you'll earn yourself a whopping 200g.
If you've been following along that should have been your last achievement. If not, go back and pop whatever achievement(s) you missed. Honestly, there's nothing that can't be done with a little practice and while playing against Easy difficulty AI.
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