When Monster Island (WP)
debuted for the Windows Phone last month, the response from the TA community was one of horror and anger. Turns out, the "Big Spender" achievement required users to spend $3 at the online store, which effectively increased the cost of the game from $2.99 to $5.99. More importantly, outright paying for achievements like that violates one of Microsoft's guidelines governing the usage of achievements.
As anyone that has been achievement hunting for more than a month knows, the actual guidelines for achievements tend to be rather fluid. Games have odd gamerscore totals (Condemned: Criminal Origins
), achievements tied to DLC that was never released (Hellboy: The Science of Evil
) or they require DLC since the DLC list is built into the original 1k (http://www.trueachievements.com/Alice-Madness-Returns-x....htm
Given all of the history regarding achievements, it's astounding that Microsoft had Monster Island
removed from the marketplace until it was compliant with the achievement guidelines. The new, approved and improved achievements are as follows:
As the names were not changed, everyone that had unlocked these achievements previously will not have to re-earn them. Monster Island
is available in the US marketplace. Developer Miniclip has stated that eventually, Monster Island
will be available in all regions.