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Super Charged

VectorMan: Collect 500 photons

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The photons are the lovely white stars that net you points by running into them. Each stage has a set amount of them. They can be found out in the open, inside of TVs, and from killing enemies.
There's a way to "boost" for photons. In the first level, there are these little purple bugs that fly around near the very beginning. If you kill them, chances are that at least one of them will spit out 6 photons. Grab them, and then run away (left) and return to the spot where they were. If you ran away far enough, the enemies should've respawned and hopefully you can still get plenty more photons.
I didn't stick with strictly boosting, though. I played through the game normally and got to level 4. I then started another file from the beginning (different difficulty this time) and saved over my original file. After returning to level 4 on the new save, the achievement popped up. This leads me to believe that the achievement is attainable over multiple saves.
If you don't have the 500 photons by the third level, fear not. Level 3 has more photons to collect than level 1. Photons are plentiful and can usually be found in decent quanitities from the Antenae Guns (the spazzing "arms" that shoot you) and from the underwater O2 tanks (small things that attack in waves of 4 or 5).
SkelixJust do what you said, kill the flying enemies, move to right then back to left to let them respawn. Continue until you run out of time. Even though you lose lives when you run out of time, you will get so many extra men with score that you will get this in 1 game.

This way you won't have to worry about killing the first boss etc.

It popped for me in the 50-60k score range.
Posted by Skelix on 30 Mar 09 at 01:13
One Eyed TighThe achievement is stackable over multiple saves. It popped for me at the beginning of level 4 on a second save. I had collected about 240 on my first save and had over 250 at the beginning of level 4 on my second save. It popped almost immediately.
Posted by One Eyed Tigh on 25 May 09 at 23:30
GaTechGradIn Control Setup, setting the Rapid Fire setting to "ON" makes grinding enemies a little easier.
Posted by GaTechGrad on 18 May 11 at 03:34
D0NTMoCKMeidk which set of purple things you meant up top or the second set down low right after the first set. but the second set is easier.
Posted by D0NTMoCKMe on 05 Mar 14 at 17:28