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Chapter 1 - The Twin Cities
Chapter 1 will begin with a short cinematic to give you the background on your accident and catch you up to speed up to the present. Once it is finished, you will find yourselves in the Police Station.
Make your way through the left side of the room, and continue on the single route to the break room where you will face off against the broken PopTop Machine.
Note: This one does not count towards the "We're Just So Thirsty" Achievement.
Follow the tutorial prompts until you activate Twinsanity. Simply dodge the rest of the cans until Twinsanity runs out at which point the PopTop Machine will be permanently disabled. Listen to the chief talk, and then complete the final objective for the tutorial: Fist Bump.
You will now be loaded into the first section of the city, an intersection. Once you gain movement back (after hearing the police chief give you the current situation), your objective will be to take out the 5 Cheese Head Bad Guys shooting the grocery store, but first, shoot the PopTop Machine (1/30) just to your left and the PopTop Machine (2/30) to the right of the intersection in front of the Arcade building. Once they are spewing out pop cans, take out the 5 enemies on screen. The second wave of this area is 8 more of those Cheese Heads, so take them out as well. The third wave will be your first opportunity for the next achievement.
The third wave will spawn 3 bombs, and this achievement is easiest with the first bomb because there are no enemies around (enemies will still shoot you as you are disarming bombs if they are on screen). Run up to the bomb of your choice and have both players press to bring up the bomb. To get this achievement, you have to cut the correct wire on the bomb all 3 times all while the timer is at less than 5 seconds remaining. Check the text at the top to see what color wire you should cut. Move the scissors over to the WRONG color and cut the wire. This will reduce the time on the timer. Cut the wrong wire again. It will now take the timer down to 7 seconds (a lot faster than waiting for the timer to count all the way down). Once you see the time say 5 (and I would wait until it hits 4 just to be safe), move the scissors to the other side to cut the correct wire quickly 3 times.
Note: This can be attempted on each of the 3 bombs in the area if you mess one up, and there is also a second bomb section later on in the walkthrough.
Finish disarming the rest of the bombs if any are left, and then complete the next two waves of enemies where the Spinning Knife Bad Guy is introduced. You should be given an objective now to head to the next grocery store under attack, so run north. Before you can make it, you will be interrupted to face your toughest challenge yet: Crossing the street. Cars will be flying by with little regard to your safety, and with two people deciding when to go, you're bound to get hit. If you are hit by a car, power through. You should have enough invincibility time to make it all the way across. Just on the other side of the street, you will find your first Friendship Bracelet: Life Steal (1/8) which will give you 10% life steal when you shoot enemies. Run into the bracelet and then fight over it. Regardless of who gets the bracelet, it should still count for both players. Continue north into the next section.
In the next intersection, you will find the next PopTop Machine (3/30) to your right near the other grocery store. Shoot it while in this area. You will then fight two waves of enemies, with the Rocket Launcher Bad Guy now being introduced. The second (and last) set of bombs will now appear, so you have 3 more chances to get the "An Explosive Performance" achievement if you did not get it earlier. (You'll also be able to see one arm wearing the friendship bracelet just collected for the first time). Fight one last, large round of bad guys in this area, and then prepare to chase the drunkard.
The drunkard will run from you so chase him off the top of the screen. There is no point in shooting him or using Twinsanity, as he is invincible and does not slow down like other objects. He will take a hard left and then run back down through a little patch of grass and some benches, but do not follow him to the left. Instead, make your way to the bottom right to collect the second FriendShip Bracelet: Bullet Power (2/8) that will give you a 10% buff to your damage. Go left to continue following the drunkard. He will cross the street and move up. Cut through the left alleyway and then up again. You should corner him in front of the theater. After the dialogue sequence plays out, you will be attacked by a whopping 28 enemies, so now is especially a good time to be using character abilities when the enemies group up. While they are attacking, shoot PopTop Machine (4/30) and PopTop Machine (5/30) to the left and right of the theater doors. After all the bad guys are dealt with, it will be time to drive.
This is the first of two driving sections in the game, and I highly recommend you try getting both achievements (driving backwards the whole way and not hitting another car) for driving in the first section because it is easier, but either one will do. As soon as you have control of the car, DON'T GO. One player will need to use to turn the car around because the controls are like tank driving in that each player controls a side of the car. Once you have turned yourself around, both players will need to press for the car to move backwards in a straight line. The best strategy is to drive on or as close to the sidewalk as you can, but slow down once you get towards the intersections. It is best to let all of the cars clear out of the way before turning. Follow the arrow until the game takes control of your car and spins you back around and the objective is complete. You should be awarded with two achievements here:
Not A Scratch
Drive TwinCar to its destination without hitting any other cars.
Welcome to the grocery store. Before you head in, you should do two things. First, shoot the PopTop Machine (6/30) to the left of the door. It is important you do this now because it will make a later achievement very difficult if you try it then. Second, head all the way to the right of the parking lot, and then move up offscreen. You will reach the Friendship Bracelet: Twinsanity (3/8) that will increase the range your movement reticles can be apart and still count you both as moving together. Pick that up. Go back to the front and head inside.
Run to the top-left of the store to shoot PopTop Machine (7/30), and then go to the bottom-right to shoot PopTop Machine (8/30). There should now be 3 sets of enemies for you to fight. Do your best not to kill them right away. Instead, head over to the right of the store to the fruit stands. Move your arms over them to pick up a fruit (it will attach itself to your hand). Now, pressing will fire that fruit instead of your normal bullet, and they deal a lot more damage too. You now need to kill a total of 10 enemies with fruit (the last bullet that deals the kill must be a fruit bullet). Take it slow, and run laps if you need to heal, but try to not blast the bad guys with normal guns. After 10 have died a death by fruit, you will be awarded the achievement:
Kill 10 enemies in the grocery store with fruits and vegetables.
Finish killing any remaining bad guys and the remaining enemy waves inside the grocery store. Before you head back outside, run back over to the fruit stands and pick up two more pieces of fruit. Hold on to them as you walk through the door for another achievement. Also, build up your Twinsanity meter if it is not full because you will need it for the next section. Proceed back out to the parking lot.
The next part can be a bit difficult, so you may need to restart it a couple of times. Your car will be out of gas, so you will have to siphon off gas from the other cars in the area by standing in the circles that appear. Once you fill up the gas can, take it over to your car and stand in its circle to fill it up. During this entire section, you must take NO DAMAGE. While you are completing these tasks, enemies will slowly start flooding the screen, so take special care to dodge them or take them out from a distance. Use your Twinsanity carefully and as a last resort as you will more than likely only have time for one of them. Once you have filled the car up to 100%, you will load into the next driving section, and if you took no damage, you will get the achievement:
This is the second opportunity to try for the "Not A Scratch" achievement for not hitting any cars and the "'R' Stands For Really Fast" achievement for ONLY driving to the goal in reverse. Follow the arrows on the screen into the park (the parked cars and the trees will not damage you if you hit them)
As soon as you enter the park, you can find PopTop Machine (9/30) a little to the north on a tree and PopTop Machine (10/30) a little farther north on a different tree. In the first section of the park, you will fight two waves of enemies until you are told to proceed into the next area.
When you move north, you will enter the front of the PopTop factory and be locked in a tight space with several enemies spawning. On the north side of the arena, you will find PopTop Machine (11/30) and PopTop Machine (12/30) sitting by the factory door, but don't shoot them. After you defeat the enemies, the boss will spawn in: Mecha Pontoon! This boss fight consists of two waves.
- The boss will stay relatively stationary with the exception of rotating around to face you. You must destroy all four of the propellers letting it float. This is the perfect time to shoot both PopTop Machines as you circle the boss and shoot the engines.
- The boss will now use its back propellor to bullrush in a straight line, so get far enough away and don't stop moving perpendicular to the direction it is aiming. Once it rushes by, it will stun itself on a fence and slowly back up. Use this time to really lay into that back propeller. Enemies will spawn during this time continuously until the boss is dead, so only deal with them if you can't get to the boss quick enough. It does help that the boss can run them over as well and kill them.
Once the boss loses all health, it will explode. That fight will earn you the achievement:
After a brief dialogue section, make your way into the factory. You will then earn the achievement for completing the first chapter:
Chapter 2 - The Factory
Chapter 2 will take place inside the PopTop Factory. There is still fighting in this chapter, but there is a lot more puzzle elements and platforming in this area.
In the lobby of the factory, head up the elevator to your northwest. It will take you up on a catwalk where you CAN fall off, but you won't receive any damage from doing so (and is a much faster way to get down). Follow the catwalk and "push" the button at the top. Jump off the north side and shoot PopTop Machine (13/30). Head into the right room and travel along the conveyor belts into another room to the south where you see boxes of guns being disposed of. Instead of going right, go left around the boiling vats of PopTop and collect the Extra Ability Bracelet (4/8). Whoever gets it will have an additional charge for their abilities. Now make your way to the right across the gun conveyor belts into the elevator. Walk along the catwalk, being careful not to fall in the boiling PopTop, until you find the KeyCard. Jump off the left side back into the room where you started and head towards the northwest side of the room. Interact with the panel by the door and swipe the keycard (pay attention to the direction the arrow is pointing and swipe that way until it opens). Head through the door into the "Circle Room".
In the Northeast and Southwest corners of this room, you will find PopTop Machine (14/30) and PopTop Machine (15/30). The objective in this room is simple. Fight several waves of enemies and grab two keycards. The Grenadier Bad Guy is introduced here, and they will shoot a grenade up in the air that will land on your position and explode after a few seconds. They can be easily dodged by moving continuously. Once you have both keycards, go swipe them each in their own minigame. Be careful though. These keycard machines will start a countdown between each swipe, and if time runs out, you have to start that machine over again. Enter the "Carbonation Chambers".
Immediately, you'll notice a donut on the other side of a fence to your north, but it's actually another friendship bracelet! Navigate through the maze of firing cans (these hurt a lot), and use Twinsanity if you need to get through more easily. Head south and collect the Donut Bracelet (5/8). This one has a chance to cause enemies to explode on death. Head back up but ignore the PopTop machines in this are. They all say "Out of Order" and cannot be destroyed by you. Go to the left to the "Rapid Dispensing" room until you see the forklift. Get in the forklift and pick up one of the containers using . You'll need to drop it over in front of the firing machines in this area to not die from all the cans also using . Repeat the process with the second container. Now you can either get out or take the forklift up the conveyor belt to grab the KeyCard. Head back down and back into the "Carbonation Chambers" on use the keycard machine on the right wall. Enter the "Safe-Wast Disposal" room.
It's a trap!
You have been successfully trapped in a room that is quickly filling with poison. Head to the center of the room and get in the forklift. You'll need to block off the pipes on the walls quickly. There are two on the top wall and two on the right wall. The easiest thing to do is to grab a container on the long end, and drive it into the pipe and set it down. You will want to put it down when you no longer see the poison coming out of the pipe. On the LAST pipe, you can actually just drive into it and you will block it with the forklift. The door will blow off and you can go back once again into the "Carbonation Chamber". Head North to the next area, an unnamed laser room.
Here you will conveniently find in the center of the room, PopTop Machine (16/30), PopTop Machine (17/30), PopTop Machine (18/30), and PopTop Machine (19/30). Shoot them now, or wait for there to be a lot of enemies on the screen, because there will be soon. Battle through 3 waves of enemies (the 30 enemy wave is probably a good time to use some abilities), and do note that the laser firing speed will get faster after every round. Once they are all dealt with, carefully grab the Keycards from two of the laser intersection points. Use them on the machines and go into the "Swirly Mixers" room.
Head to the left and up and you will come across a terminal. You will have a chance to interact with it, but you can press anything since you don't know the combination just yet. Upon failing, you will be directed to the right to attack a computer screen. There was a shield on it moments ago, but is now down, and you can destroy the machine. Once you shoot it, 3 symbols will appear one by one in a loop. Remember the order of the symbols as well as the color each and go back to the terminal. Enter in the correct sequence by each player pushing the symbol that matches their color (orange or blue) in the correct order. If done correctly, you can now use the elevator. Take it up one floor and then head south. Go up another floor on the second elevator. Navigate around the catwalks and drop down one floor onto the catwalk with another bracelet. Collect the Electric Movement Bracelet (6/8) which will make you run slightly faster. Drop down safely, and go back to the first elevator. This time, go north on the second floor. Go up one floor on the third elevator. Jump back down to the catwalk leading to the fourth elevator, and get on it. Once you take it up a floor, grab the Orange Keycard that is up there. Drop all the way down. You will use this key to unlock the door in the top-right of this room. Go into the "Incinerator Room 1".
The trash room is pretty straight forward. There is an endless pit to hell, so if you fall over the edge, you die. You also take minor damage over time in this room, so be sure to move somewhat quickly. Traverse the catwalks, and when you get to the trash chute, wait for two bags to come out and then run so you don't get hit. Go up one floor and grab the Blue Keycard and jump down. Go back into the "Swirly Mixers" room. Head back towards the computer terminal you used when you first got into this room on the left, and then open the door with the keycard you just collected. Proceed into the "Incinerator Room 2".
This room can be a bit tricky, so take your time going through it. Before you get into the forklift, the the PopTop Machine (20/30) on the top wall. Now get into the forklift and grab the container. You will have to navigate a through a series of lasers using the containers to block the beams. Grab the container from the middle. Rotate counter-clockwise and move into the next beam (keep rotating so you end up facing the beam). Back up slightly while continuing to rotate so the back of you doesn't hit the beam. Follow this same pattern until you reach the last beam. You can get out of the forklift while the beam is blocked and shoot the computer. I would write down whatever symbols you see (and note that this one has FOUR), because if you die, you'll restart this section with new symbols. Heal first and then use the technique above to get back through the lasers, up to the terminal. Enter in your code; get on the elevator. Once you get into the next area from the catwalk, you'll notice that it is similar to the first incinerator room in that if you fall, you die, so tread carefully. Once you go up and left, before going up again, you can see some lower catwalks up and to the left, so if you run diagonally left and up, you MIGHT be able to make it to the bottom section, skipping about 20 seconds or so. If you would rather not, continue up and wait for two bags to come out, then go up and then left. Then wait for the single bag to come out, then go down. Finish off this section of elevators and catwalks.
In the first section, just continue taking elevator all the way, trembling as you see scores of PopTop machines beneath you. Go through the door at the top, and you'll have your first experience with the crushers. Crushers are a one hit kill, so don't let them crush you! Jump down onto the conveyor belt and run through the crushers. Up ahead, you will see PopTop Machine (21/30). I like to destroy this one, and then run through the series of crushers after it and see if I can dodge both. Then drop down and move left. The exit to this conveyor belt is a little hidden, but it is on the top of the screen just before the fire. You will probably then be squished between two giant pieces of metal. Just wait for the conveyor belt to move you along and take the exit on the bottom of the screen just before the fire again. Take the elevator. Run through the giant guns firing, but be careful as they deal a lot of damage. Go left and find PopTop Machine (22/30). Then fight the enemies that show up. Once you defeat them, take the keycard and open the door. Wait for the lasers to stop firing and move between them. When you get to the spinning fences, time it so you run all the way down through the middle and you should be fine. Take the elevator, enjoy some comedy writing, go into the room labelled "Think Tank".
Surprise, now you fight a tank. This boss fight is a little bit different from the Pontoon boss fight. First, it has a shield around it, so all you can do is dodge. Stay within the lasers and dodge the giant gun on top. Then it will narrow the lane you can move and start chasing as well as dropping bombs. After this finishes, it will break down. You have a progress bar on the screen that tells you how far along the tank is from recovering. Use this time to destroy the south computer and enter in the 3 symbols. Entering the correct symbols will bring the shield down, so you can shoot the tank. Once it goes down by about a third, the shields will come up and you will repeat the process. The only difference is now there will be minions, and the second computer (on the right) will have 4 symbols, and the third computer (on the left) will have 5 symbols. Upon destroying the tank, you will have in the process ripped a hole open in the universe where you can see the tank floating, as well as 3 of the 5 business men escaping to the north. Unfortunately, that disruption of spacetime is now bringing down the factory, so you have to also escape to the north before the fire kills you. You should be awarded the achievement for defeating PopTank:
Time to escape.
Escaping is fairly simple. Just keep moving fast enough for the fire to not catch you and you should be good. In the first area, you will have to dodge falling rocks that are telegraphed by a warning symbol. Hugging the right side of the wall will help in the first hallway. I would recommend using Twinsanity in the second part where there are many rows falling down. This will let you get to the other side of the falling rocks before they hit. When you see the group of knife enemies, ignore them, but shoot the PopTop Machine (23/30) before going into the next hallway. At the split, you can either go left or up, either way will take you to where you need to be. Just be sure to take the next opening with a green light illuminating the ground. You will come out of the hallway, dodge some falling rocks, and then shoot PopTop Machine (24/30) and PopTop Machine (25/30) next to the exit. Shoot these quickly as the fire will be coming quickly.
Things will get a little difficult in this second escape area. First, you will need to interact with the hose and extinguish all of the flames. Just keep the water stream on them until they poof. Then get into the forklift. Dodge the rocks by snaking through them. You will go left, right, left, right, and then left again around the corner. Pick up the container in the top left corner of the screen and drive down. Once you get past the lasers by blocking them with the container, you can either exit the forklift or take it down the south exit. After the Yellow Businessman is captured by the devil, first bump him. Both fists have to hit his at the same time. Shoot PopTop Machine (26/30). Continue south. In the next room, shoot PopTop Machine (27/30) and defeat two waves of enemies. If you have the forklift still, you can pick up the container with a laser and spin in a circle to make quick work of them. Enter the door on the right and put out another fire. Ignore all of the enemies and run to the next area (but shoot some abilities at them to make progress on that achievement).
In the third area, the fire will immediately start coming, so run left, and then run down through the compressors. You should be able to run through two safely before they close. When you run left, you will have to time going through the lasers to not get hit as they alternate. Get on the conveyor belt and stick to the top because you will be going up at the first opportunity. Move backwards on the belt to slowly inch towards the lasers but not hit them. Once you make it to the one-sided-compressors, you can use them to bounce up to the next one. Alternatively, you can press down and right and typically make it with enough momentum. On the very right of the screen will be PopTop Machine (28/30), so be sure to destroy it before going left. You will have to alternate from top to bottom to avoid the rocks, but watch the laser in the middle. Continue the path avoiding the compressors and the falling rocks and narrowly make it through the door. Talk to the Blue Businessman and choose his death. The walk through the back left waterfall to collect the Sponge Bracelet (7/8) that will reduce the damage you take. You will also shoot PopTop Machine (29/30). Upon walking through the fall, you will get the achievement:
Walk through the exit. After the chief talks to you one more time, you will have completed the second chapter.
Take a short drive with your other half and engage in some silly/meaningful conversation. Hold when you are done and progress to the final chapter.
Chapter 3 - The Highrise
Chapter 3 will start you off outside in the rain near the PopTop HQ building. Move up into through the fence to face a new enemy, the Laser Bad Guy. They will aim at you as they charge their laser, but they will stop spinning when they begin to fire, and the laser WILL hurt other enemies, so try to line them up. They also have a lot of health, so take your time and circle them! A second Laser Guy will join the fight accompanied by two Cheese Heads. Take them out. The next wave will be more Laser Guys and Spinning Knife Bad Guys. Stay in this section and take them all out.
Now, ignore any enemies in this next section unless they begin to stack up on you. Move up across the bridge, and take the left fork of the first 'Y' shape you see. Take a left, and go in the top half of the next fork and grab Keycard A. Go back to the right, and then go up. In the right fork, you can use the keycard to then open some doors and grab Keycard B. Head back down, and then down-right. At the next fork, go up-right. Use Keycard B to open the next set of doors and move through them. Turn up at the next fork, and then take a left at the following fork to grab Keycard C. Head back down, but make note that the D terminal is to your right. Take the next right and then down after that and use Keycard C to open the door to grab the final Keycard D. Make one last trek left and then up and then right and open the last set of doors. Go through them.
Finally, we made it out... or in rather.
As soon as you enter the lobby, run to the left to find the last friendship bracelet: It seems to belong to the unfortunate skeleton lying in a pool of blood. You should now have all of the friendship bracelets.
Find all of the friendship bracelets.
Move up and talk to the receptionist, then take the elevator to the left at the top of the screen. Surprise again, it's another trap. Avoid the lasers that will telegraph their attack pattern until you reach the top.
You are greeted at the end of the elevator ride with a swooping view of the skyscraper. Move north to confront Fortren in the final boss battle. Before actually battling Fortren, circle around him and destroy PopTop Machine (30/30)! Wahoo!
You were indeed so thirsty, but you must thirst... for JUSTICE!!
Destroy Fortren's propellers on his desk (what?), BUT make sure you take out the enemies that spawn after each one is destroyed or they will quickly get out of hand. Also beware of several saws that will spawn on the floor after each propeller is destroyed. Once you take out all 4, the desk will blow up, and he will be on foot. His next move will be to run to one of the 4 corners of the room and attack you with a swirling, money tornado. Get as far away as you can, but always shoot in his direction. He will always run to the corner of the room where you are standing, so after a couple rounds of you shooting him as he runs at you, you should defeat him... or did you?
Once defeated, Fortren will activate a special protocol on you to shut you down, but your bond has grown too strong for that! You must overcome it by fist bumping! Fist bump multiple times in a row and quickly. The spinning arms make it a bit more difficult but it shouldn't take too long. And as it turns out, your bond is so strong that it blows up the entire building. In this last section, you will have to fight Fortren to get the one parachute backpack flying about. Touching him will send you flying, so just hold and try to stay on it as long as you can. Once you fully grasp the bag, Fortren will fall to his doom.
After you land, the chief will tell you to search for Fortren and that he must still be alive.
But no. He's dead.
Take two steps forward and finish out the game for the final story achievement:
The remaining achievements should all be character based and the Twinsanity achievement. If you didn't unlock the achievement in the story for who you played as, head to the arcade mode where you can easily get large groups of enemies together to use your abilities and Twinsanity the longer you survive. Perform this grind with all the characters to earn their respective achievements, but remember that Xbox can be slow to send stats, so if you're checking your progress, check every 30 seconds or so.
Play and get the achievement for each character:
Line 'Em Up
Snipe 150 enemies with Angela's Laser Snipe ability.
And finally somewhere in all this, you should have gotten the Twinsanity achievement if you have used it constantly:
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