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Party Animals achievements hide gamer in-jokes


We're not sure exactly where to file this story. We've got "sneaky developers" and "sneaky marketers." We're pretty sure it should go in one of those files. We're just not sure which. Microsoft has sent out a list of the achievements available in Viva Piñata: Party Animals, and they contain a few surprises for the older gamers out there. There are a few pop culture references in there, such as the "Coulda Been a Contender," "Do You Feel Lucky, Piñata?" and "Int'l Piñata of Mystery" achievements. What really surprised us, however, were the handful of gamer in-jokes. First up is the "Classic Gamer Reward" which states, "Enter the classic gamers code while on the START screen. For a hint, go right into your manual..." We can only assume it refers to the Konami Code. Then there is the "All Your Game Are Belong To Us" achievement. Then there is our favorite achievement, "So Awesome!," the text of which reads "You, the master of unlocking." A Penny Arcade reference and a Resident Evil reference in the same achievement? Wow. Considering Party Animals is aimed squarely at younger gamers, we're betting these achievements were tossed in to bring a smile to all the dedicated gaming parents out there.

1. All Your Game Are Belong To Us
Play all Challenge Events.

2. Game Guru
Win the game.

3. Whirlm Streak
Win 3 Challenge Events in a row.

4. Kittyfloss Streak
Win 5 Challenge Events in a row.

5. Chewnicorn Streak
Win 8 Challenge Events in a row.

6. Hi-yaaaa!
Destroy 10 objects in a single race while playing as Petunia Pretztail.

7. King Roario Award
Win all Challenge Events and races in a single game.

8. Int'l Piñata of Mystery
Use each power-up at least once in a single game.

9. Coulda Been a Contender
Win 1 race.

10. Get to Know Everyone
Finish the game in any place with each of the 8 characters.

11. Girl Power
As a female character, finish a game while never losing to a male character.

12. Boy Band
As a male character, finish a game while never losing to a female character.

13. Rashberry Gluttony
Collect more than 1,000 pieces of candy while playing as Fergy Fudgehog.

14. Popularity Contest
Complete a game with all 4 characters playing as Hudson Horstachio.

15. Think Fast!
Never get hit in an entire contest by a Fiesta Missile while playing as Paulie Pretztail.

16. No Wipeouts
Never fall down in a single race while playing as Franklin Fizzlybear.

17. Mama's Boy
Lose to Fergy Fudgehog while playing as Francine Fudgehog.

18. Bear Hug
Never use a power-up on Franklin Fizzlybear while playing as Florence Fizzlybear.

19. Scene Stealer
Beat Hudson Horstachio while playing as Hailey Horstachio.

20. Classic Gamer Reward
Enter the classic gamers code while on the START screen. For a hint, go right into your manual...

21. Keep Your Friends Close
Complete a multiplayer game offline.

22. Pacifist
Win a race without using a Fiesta Missile, Colored Water Bomb, or Smoke Bomb.

23. Scenic Route
Win a race without using any shortcuts.

24. Artful Dodger
Avoid the snowball in Snow-bowl Dodgeball.

25. Catch It if You Can
Play a game with anyone who has this achievement to earn it. Then, you can "spread" it too.

26. Making Friends
Play a game over Xbox LIVE, or invite someone to an online game.

27. Share and Share Alike
Play a game with someone who hasn't unlocked a Challenge Event you have unlocked.

28. Eaglair Eye Award
Find and use all the shortcuts in the races.

29. Sticky Feet
Use the Buzzlegum Honey Slick power-up 10 times.

30. Flutterscotch Quickness
Use the Flutterscotch Wings power-up to overtake an opponent.

31. Quick Like a Bunnycomb
Hit 3 speed strips in a single race.

32. Redhott Racer
Finish every race.

33. Stuffed!
Get more than 99 candies in any single Challenge Event.

34. Professor Pester Award
Hit every player with a power-up in a single race.

35. Squished!
Jump and ground pound each of the other players at least once in Raisant Stomp.

36. Seeing Double
Finish a game while playing as the same Piñata as at least 1 other opponent.

37. Loaded Bases
Hit the target 4 times in a row in Swing for the Stars.

38. Aiming Artist
Hit the farthest target at least 3 times in 1 Launching Loathers game.

39. Tricky Treats
Destroy at least 25 pumpkins in a single game of Messy Mayhem.

40. Do You Feel Lucky, Piñata?
Win a game of Short Fuse! without the Loather ever detonating in your hands.

41. Strike!
Get a strike in Bouncy Bowling.

42. Gassy Gusts!
Get your ship all the way to the finish line in Burps Ahoy!

43. Don't Be Left in the Dark
Knock each of the other players out of the light in a single game of Spotlight Mania.

44. Megaton
Use the Fiesta Missile power-up on each of the 8 characters.

45. Social Flutterscotch
Finish the game in first place with each of the 8 characters.

46. Rainbow of Piñatas
Play each of the 8 characters in 1 of their alternate colors.

47. Practice Makes Perfect
Play the game for 5 hours.

48. Host with the Most
Host 3 games over Xbox LIVE.

49. Party Crasher
Win 3 games over Xbox LIVE where you are not the host.

50. So Awesome!
You, the master of unlocking.

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