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Since Sonic 3 was released on Xbox Live Arcade today, I thought I'd give you a guide for getting every achievement on it and bagging yourself an easy 200G. Nearly half of the achievements can be bagged within the first level!

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Chaotic - 10G
Collect a Chaos Emerald

Extremely easy to get and can be done on any level if you look in the right places. You need to look for the giant golden rings, there is one within the first minute of the first level which is where you will more than likely get this achievement.

After the first encounter with Knuckles head to the right, after jumping over the rhino badnik and the spike traps drop down and then do a spin dash (Down + A) against the left wall, it should break and reveal a giant ring - simply jump into it.

You will be transported to a '3D' special stage full of red and blue sphere's, your aim is to collect all the blue spheres in order to get an emerald. Collecting a red sphere will cause you to leave the special stage empty handed so avoid these.

A trick is that if there is a square box of blue sphere's, collecting the outer ones will cause the inner ones to be automatically collected once you go around it. It will also turn them all into rings.

(You might want to check out the Points I and Points II achievements too as these can be unlocked along with this achievement)

(Check out the Complete Chaos Achievement for the first 7 Giant Ring locations)


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Halfway There... - 10G
Collect 50 rings

Another easy one to get, simply collect 50 rings - it can be done on the first stage.

If you are struggling then just take your time and try to avoid the badniks and traps. There is a save feature that you can use to save your progress at any point in the game so if there's a section that you think you're going to lose your rings by getting hit, save it and then attempt and if you fail, re-load the game save.


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Goodie Gumballs - 10G
Get a blue gumball

Another easy one (this game is full of easy ones), it can be earnt on any level, including the very first.

Whilst playing the game you will undoubtedly come across a little sign post with a star on it which, when crossed, will cause it to spin and make a noise (and save your progress in that level).

All you need to do is be sure you have 50 or more rings when you do pass it and it will make a ring of stars appear above it, jump into it and you'll be transported to a bonus stage in the form of a gumball machine.

Your aim is to get to the top using the springs on the side and activate the machine, it will drop a sphere with different letters and colours - you need to keep doing it until you can collect a blue sphere which will give you a bubble shield.


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Points I - 10G
Score 20,000 points

I got this one during the very first special stage by making sure I got a perfect by collecting every ring. (See the Chaotic Achievement for details).

However if you don't get it then, destroying badniks will award you with points as will completing the level with a certain amount of rings or time left... these will award you with lot's of points.

You will undoubtedly get this achievement through just playing the game normally.

(See Points III for a good way to net some points)


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Points II - 15G
Score 40,000 points

I also got this one during the very first special stage by making sure I got a perfect by collecting every ring. (See the Chaotic Achievement for details).

However if you don't get it then, destroying badniks will award you with points as will completing the level with a certain amount of rings or time left... these will award you with lot's of points.

You will undoubtedly get this achievement through just playing the game normally.

(See Points III for a good way to net some points)


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Points III - 25G
Score 80,000 points

I got this one during the second special stage by making sure I got a perfect by collecting every ring in both the first and second special stages. (See the Chaotic Achievement for details).

However if you don't get it then, destroying badniks will award you with points as will completing the level with a certain amount of rings or time left... these will award you with lot's of points.

You will undoubtedly get this achievement through just playing the game normally, however if your struggling and haven't got it by the beginning of the Launch Base Zone Act 1, there is a method you can use to get lot's of points.

When you start move to the right through this little trap which will set an alarm off and cause these flying badniks to attack you, simply camp in that area and spindash (Down + A) and the badniks will keep spawning and you will automatically kill them - netting you points along the way!


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Wet Feet - 15G
Run across water

During the Hydrocity Zone Act 1 or 2, there will be moments where you are propelled at high speeds across the surface of the water, all you have to do is run on the water to get this achievement so it will be yours during the first 3 or 4 levels of the game if you just play through as normal... easy!


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Wet and Wild - 15G
Finish the Hydrocity Zone

The 3rd and 4th levels of the game are the Hydrocity Stages and because they are mostly contained with water, some find stages like this a little difficult so just take your time. You have the advantage of a save feature that you can use to save your progress at any point in the game so if there's a section that you think you're going to die, save it and then attempt and if you fail, re-load the game save.

Simply complete these two acts to get this achievement.


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Marble Finishes - 15G
Finish the Marble Garden Zone

The 5th and 6th levels of the game are the Marble Garden Stages and they are a bit high and low, it is also very fast and sometimes tricky so just take your time. You have the advantage of a save feature that you can use to save your progress at any point in the game so if there's a section that you think you're going to die, save it and then attempt and if you fail, re-load the game save.

Simply complete these two acts to get this achievement.


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Fast Freeze - 25G
Complete the Icecap Zone

The 9th and 10th levels of the game are the Ice Cap Stages, these aren't that hard but take your time anyway. You have the advantage of a save feature that you can use to save your progress at any point in the game so if there's a section that you think you're going to die, save it and then attempt and if you fail, re-load the game save.

Simply complete these two acts to get this achievement.


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Complete the Game - 25G
Finish the game

There are 6 levels in total each with 2 Acts (Angel Island, Hydrocity, Marble Garden, Carnival Night, Ice Cap and Launch Base).

You need to complete the last stage of the Launch Base and defeat Dr Robotnik in his machine with the giant hand.

You have the advantage of a save feature that you can use to save your progress at any point in the game so if there's a section that you think you're going to die, save it and then attempt and if you fail, re-load the game save.


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Complete Chaos - 25G
Collect all seven Chaos Emeralds.

This is probably one of the hardest achievements to get albeit completing the game. You need to find 7 Giant Rings scattered throughout the game to have a shot at collecting all 7 Chaos Emeralds (See Chaotic Achievement for more details).

It is possible to get this achievement during Act 1/2 of the Hydrocity stages if you have found all of the giant rings in the stages before.

You have the advantage of a save feature that you can use to save your progress at any point in the game so before you start a special stage, save it and then attempt and if you fail, re-load the game save. Then save after you complete it just to make sure.


This video will show you where the first 7 Giant Rings are:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo1ZdW0R ... r_embedded


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