We got another walking simulator/narrative experience, everybody. Fetch those achievement guides! Blackwood Crossing is the story of two siblings, Scarlet and Finn, whose train ride becomes a magical and emotional tale of love, life and heartbreak. As you do, of course. It happened to me all the time when I had to commute to Preston for work. The story is only around two hours long, but there are plenty of missable achievements on the way. I’d recommend you play the game normally first time, then use the second playthrough to test out the new game “Achievement Clean-Up Simulator 2017”.
Time: 3 hours Difficulty: 4/10 Worth it?: Not quite as good as other narrative experiences on this list, but enjoyable regardless.
We’re back to the block based puzzle games, though this one has more of a whiff of Portal than Cubot does. Q.U.B.E places you in control of an unnamed astronaut who wakes up on a mysterious alien monolith that’s heading towards Earth. Of course, you can stop this impending threat by solving coloured block puzzles, because video game I guess?! It sounds like I’m ripping on the game, but Q.U.B.E is engaging from start to finish. Like Blackwood Crossing, do a dry run first before you reach for those trusty video guides.
Time: 4-5 hours Difficulty: 7/10 without guide Worth it?: You bet.
13. Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
There are few games that are as immersed in history and culture as Never Alone. Created in partnership with the Alaskan Native “Iñupiat” People, players take control of the child Nuna and her Arctic Fox friend in a journey across the frozen plains. Along the way, you’ll encounter spirits and creatures that appear in the stories of the Iñupiat people, and unlock special video insights which teach you more about the culture. Who said achievement hunting couldn’t be a learning experience? The Foxtales DLC levels will also give a bonus 175 gamerscore, which is nothing to sneeze at.
Time: 4-5 hours Difficulty: 5/10 Worth it?: If you have nothing else to play.
14. Tennis In The Face
If you think the previous game sounded a little too serious, then perhaps Tennis in the Face is more your speed. A frontrunner for “The Most Accurate Game Title” award, the object of the game is to hit people in the face with tennis balls. Think Angry Birds but with 100% more white shorts. It’s less Wimbledon, more 7 Days in Hell with Andy Samberg. The achievements aren’t completely tied to level progression, so you could theoretically grab that 1000G without completing the game. It should keep you busy for an hour or so before you never touch it again.
Time: 1-2 hours Difficulty: 4/10 Worth it?: Yeah, if only for the novelty of smacking people with tennis balls.
Another one from the procedurally generated “dodge-the-obstacles-or-die” crowd, Spectra boasts a killer soundtrack from talented chip-tune artist Chipzel, a relatively easy achievement list and not much else. Whilst the difficulty does ramp up later on, as the pace quickens and the obstacles require you to master both the Force and the Matrix, a bit of luck and a bit of perseverance will see you through.
Time: 4-5 hours Difficulty: 7/10 Worth it?: It’s a finish and forget job. Only worth it if you’re super hardcore about achievement hunting.
16. NBA 2K17: The Prelude
2K’s decision to release the prologue to the popular story mode of NBA 2K17 as a “full game”, and for free, baffles me. Still, 1000G is 1000G. I won’t bite the hand that feeds me achievements all day. If you’re concerned that you’ll need to be some kind of basketball fan to net the full list, worry not. The gameplay is simple enough to get by at a passing level, whilst the list offers the same amount of challenge as turning the Xbox on in the first place. You’ll have it done in an hour or so and can move on to bigger and better things.
Time: 1 hour Difficulty: 3/10 Worth it?: It’s free and not terrible. Enough said.
17. Forza Horizon 2 Presents: Fast and Furious
Just like the previous game, Forza Horizon 2 Presents: Fast and Furious was released as a free, standalone title, except now you have to pay for it. The trouble with timed deals, eh? It was to promote that famous driving film. You know, the one with those cars in it? Baby Driver, that’s the one. Instead of the usual races, you instead tackled a series of stunt events and challenges whilst behind the wheel of the cars used in the movies. Despite being tied to a less than stellar franchise, the Forza Horizon games are always fun and this is no exception. Think of it as a demo for a much better game, except you’re still earning achievements.
Time: 2-3 hours Difficulty: 4/10 Worth it?: When it was free, sure. Now? Not so much.
I won’t lie to you here, this’ll be a pain in the ass for one achievement and one alone: completing the game without using abilities. That last level might have took a year off my life until I found a way to cheese it. Anyway, Clustertruck concerns a cluster of trucks getting into clusterfucks, whilst you’re Teen Wolf surfing on top of them. It’s a first person platformer that’s certifiably insane yet thoroughly enjoyable. Getting that 1000G might be tough, but stay with it and you’ll get there eventually.
Time: 7 hours Difficulty: 9/10 Worth it?: It will be when you finally get that last achievement.
19. 6180: The Moon
There’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to easy achievement games. If in doubt, go for narrative experiences and indie platformers. They’re the achievement hunting equivalent of a tax rebate; you’re essentially being rewarded for doing fuck all. 6180: The Moon fits that mold perfectly. You play as The Moon, platforming its heart away to get to The Sun, and perhaps you’ll learn a little something about your place in the Universe. Or you’ll take the gamerscore and run. Either one works.
Time: 1 Hour Difficulty: 3/10 Worth it?: Forgettable, but not offensively awful.
20. Sixty Second Shooter Prime
Where are the twin stick shooter fans at? This one might test your devotion to the genre. Sixty Second Shooter Prime is a race against time to destroy waves of enemies, and sometimes it’s a battle to actually see the bloody projectiles on screen. Half of your time will be spent wondering what errant missile sent you off to the great beyond. Though the game itself might be dogshit, especially when compared to genre stalwarts like Geometry Wars, at least Sixty Second Shooter Prime doesn’t include those Wax On and Wax Off achievements.