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No Point in Dying

Complete the game in one sitting with five or less deaths

No Point in Dying0
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ApatheticCobraApatheticCobra113,461
06 Aug 2011 04 Sep 2011
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You can unlock this achievement by selecting a New Game from the main menu and playing through to the closing credits in a single sitting (no dashboarding, no loading another save, etc.). Oh, also there's the minor point of doing it without dying more than 5 times in the entire run. Here are some approaches to this achievement that I found useful:

1) Don't let the "complete the game in one sitting" part scare you. Once you know the solutions to all the puzzles, this game probably clocks in at about 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete. It's not like Dead Rising's "7 Day Survivor" where you have to set aside an entire day of your life. You may not unlock the achievement until your 3rd or 4th attempt, but still, at least you're able to do that over a couple of days.

2) If you die at all before Chapter 10 (the chapter where you're trying to outrun the flooding water), just restart your run. Chapter 10 is only about 20 minutes into the game, and those first 9 chapters are some of the easiest puzzles in the game. Unless you were doing something silly, there's really no excuse for dying that soon.

3) Once you get into the Chapter 10 range or maybe a bit later, NEVER restart your run until you officially hit 6 deaths. First of all, you never know what might happen. You might die 4 times in Chapter 16, but totally luck out on those jumps in Chapter 23, and that'll end up being the run where you get the achievement. Even if you continue playing and don't get the achievement, the additional practice on the later levels will only make life easier for your next attempt.

4) Chapters 12, 23, and 24 all have timing based jumps that you may want to perfect through Chapter Select before you start a legitimate attempt. I personally found some jumps in Chapters 13, 14, and 18 tricky.

If you need any more help, here are some videos with annotated tips I've uploaded to YouTube of my 2nd "No Point in Dying" playthrough. You'll probably want to click on each video to watch them directly through YouTube, as the annotations can be tough to read through an embedded player.
CuteAzzgreat guide, good tips. thumb's up!
Posted by CuteAzz on 11 Nov 11 at 10:31
John CabooseGreat work =)
Posted by John Caboose on 21 Feb 12 at 17:57
Flauschetierthanks for the guide, the hint to train the hard chapters was the best solution for me :)
Posted by Flauschetier on 20 Nov 12 at 17:41
Broon43Thanks for the tips. I will be waiting a few days before trying this one.
Posted by Broon43 on 30 Jun 13 at 18:58
El Pot0 MagicI died on too much my first attempt. But I love the graphics in the game. And you make it look like a movie ;)
Posted by El Pot0 Magic on 08 Oct 13 at 00:49
Jibbermidget6th death on the second last jump of the game..........god damnit, this is frustrating.
Posted by Jibbermidget on 21 Jan 14 at 22:13
lI Majora IlFor anyone that has been trying to earn it, just keep practicing the chapters that give you the most trouble. If you're not doing a time-based puzzle, then take your time. I can't stress that enough. If you're really having trouble and you start to get frustrated, either play a different game to chill out, or wait a day. From personal experience, I can tell you straight up that frustration will ruin your chances of getting this achievement.

I started the game yesterday, played through its entirety, got 11/12 achievements, and then spent a good 3 hours trying for this one. It's not easy, and they may as well give you a warning in-game before attempting it. But don't let that stop you; it's certainly not impossible. Memorize what to do, practice, practice, and practice some more. If you're as persistent as I am (not always a good thing), you'll unlock this one eventually. Just keep working at it! :)

Excellent guide, ApatheticCobra. Thumbed up!
Posted by lI Majora Il on 21 Mar 14 at 01:23
KinectKid333Are you allowed to pause the game?
Posted by KinectKid333 on 18 Sep 15 at 23:05
lI Majora IlYes @KinectKid333
Posted by lI Majora Il on 19 Sep 15 at 08:31
KinectKid333Thank you. Attempt number 4 will be on Sunday (two days from now), however it will be my ninth overall playthrough.
Posted by KinectKid333 on 19 Sep 15 at 08:44
bryan dot exeI got the whole run in one video. You're welcome to use this as reference as well. https://youtu.be/gl4Z03XdXLQ
Posted by bryan dot exe on 23 Jul 17 at 19:01
EarthboundXVery helpful walkthrough.
Posted by EarthboundX on 19 Dec 17 at 10:27
MattiasAndersonGreat video guide! But on a few occasions it hurt me more than it helped. But most of it was perfect. On the end of the game you jump so late to hit a "magnet arrow" and almost miss it. I thought it would be good to jump from the edge when I saw you doing it and missed it on a run. lol I tried that as I somehow had missed the previous run on that jump too. Silly mistakes. The game is not that tough! But glad it is done now!
Posted by MattiasAnderson on 23 Aug 18 at 19:27
AbyssalOrc33This kind of sucks but YouTube removed the annotation feature from their videos some time ago. The option is still there but it seems like it no longer does anything.

The videos are still really helpful though.
Posted by AbyssalOrc33 on 22 Jun 19 at 00:39
SincereSeeker6You really only need to practice the very late chapters, 23 and 24 because those final jumps are very difficult if you are not used to them. Everything else you can time pretty well by just following the video guides. That is the best thing you can do, always follow them to see what is coming up so you don't accidentally die, and you can see how to time the jumps correctly. It will make the run probably over two hours, but it's better than dying just because you didn't know what was coming up and needing to start the whole round over.
Posted by SincereSeeker6 on 25 Jan at 16:45
Zeta SighProbably a silly question but if mis time a jump and fall down a hole, but don't yet die, and reload the chapter will it count as a death?
Posted by Zeta Sigh on 28 Sep at 21:16