Spyglass Board Games Achievement Guide
Written by Pedle Zelnip
- easy: no problem, easy as pie
- medium: a little tricky, but definitely doable
- hard: more difficult, may take awhile.
Having said all that, it is certainly possible for anyone to get 200/200 in this
game, particularly if you have a boosting partner to help you. In fact, with a
boosting parter, most of the achievements are trivial. On to the tips:
- Player of Games (5 points, easy) - Play all four game types at least once each.
Pretty self-explanatory, just complete one game of Chess, Checkers, Reversi, and
- AI? Yeah, Right! (20 points, medium) - Beat the AI at all four games. This one
is the first of the slightly glitched achievements. Sometimes you have to beat
the AI in each game more than once. I had to win at Reversi twice before it unlocked
for me. For Chess, there is a trivial way to beat the computer every time, just
follow the following move sequence:
- Move your King's pawn forward two spaces.
- AI will do the same.
- Move your bishop on white three spaces to the left.
- AI will move the king.
- Move your queen two spaces diagonally to the right.
- AI will move their knight.
- Move your queen two spaces forward.
- AI will take a pawn.
- Move queen one space left, taking a pawn. Checkmate!
Thanks to LastFog for the tip!
Reversi is actually probably the hardest of the bunch, but one way to do it if you
can beat the computer yourself is to go to the website located at:
There's a version of Reversi you can play there. What you can do is go to this
site, have the computer start first. Then just copy the computers moves in the
website version in a 360 game, and do the 360 AI's moves on the web version. Since
the AI on the website is so much better, you'll win just about every time (the
one time I tried this, I also got a piece in all four corners as well).
There's no other (or at least none that I am aware of) trick for doing the other
- Game Swap (5 points, easy with partner) - Playing online, play at least one game
of all four game types in the same session. Only one trick to this one: you must
play one complete game of each of the four game types in one session in a online
player match. If you have a friend with the game, this is trivial. If you don't,
start posting messages in the various achievement sites' forums (for example,
http://www.achieve360points.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=51034 is a good one).
- Chess Champ (25 points, hard) - Play online and win 10 Chess games. This can
be done in either ranked or player matches, so again if you have a buddy, this
one's trivial. If you don't have a buddy, it can be hard depending on how good
you are at chess, as there are some very good players on XBL (of course, there
are also some very bad players as well). One thing to note: if an opponent in
a chess game quits before it's over, it counts as a win for you on the
leaderboards, BUT DOES NOT COUNT FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT. Hopefully this will be
fixed in a future patch, as unfortunately a lot of people will quit when they
know they're going to lose.
- Five Kings (10 points, medium) - Play Checkers and in any game get five Kings.
Self-explanatory. I don't know if you can get this in an online game, I got it
against the computer. No real trick to this, just play well, or get a buddy.
- Mancala Master (20 points, medium) - Win a game of Mancala with 27 pieces or
more. Note that you can get this one in an online game with a buddy, as I did
it in a player match. You just have to win with 27 points.
- King Me! (10 points, easy) - Get a king in Checkers. If you don't know how
to get a king in Checkers, do a Google search for "Checkers" and learn to play.
- Mancala Warrior (20 points, easy) - Play online with a friend and win 2
Mancala games as white and 2 as black. This one has to be done online. It
also has to be player match, as you have to play all four games in one session
with the same person. To switch sides, go into Help & Options and pick "Switch
- Four Corners (30 points, hard) - Capture all four corners in any game of
Reversi. I couldn't do this myself playing against the computer, but did
do it with the tip outlined in the "AI? Yeah Right!" achievement. It can also
be done online with a buddy in a player match. So again, if you have a friend,
this is trivial.
- Winner Of Games (30 points, hard) - Win a ranked match in all four game types.
In a way, this can be the hardest achievement. No trick to it, just win one
ranked match (no player matches) of each game type.
- Overkill (20 points, medium) - Win at Chess while taking every one of your
opponent's pieces except for the King. This can be done online with a buddy in
a player match or against the CPU. It's definitely doable against the CPU (that
was how I got it) particularly if you're good at Chess.
- Play 5 (5 points, easy or impossible) - Play online for 5 games. This one is
the seemingly famous achievement which appears to be glitched for some people
(including myself). Reports seem to indicate that it's just a matter of playing 5
games online (ranked or player match), but I've played well over 20 matches online
and it hasn't unlocked for me. One would think that if you have the Chess Champ
achievement, then you should have the Play 5 achievement, as you have to play at
least 10 games of Chess to get Chess Champ, but there are a number of people out
there with 195/200 for this game. Again, hopefully this will be fixed in an
update for the game.
Update: It is now Dec 13, 2007, and this still has not yet been fixed. Reports on
the xbox.com forums state that a fix is in the works, but has been for several months
now. This was posted by Aaron Fothergill a developer for Strage Flavour on the
"For most of the multiplayer achievements, I'd recommend playing
against friends who you know won't quit out on you until you've got
the achievements. Also pause to look at the game results for a few
seconds at least after each game. It won't solve the issue for some
of you who've played lots of games above the check points, but it'll
help a bit for some of them. (Note: We're aiming for the fix to
spot and re-issue the achievement if possible or at least let you
try for it again)."
As well, Aaron also gives this piece of advice to avoid having Play 5 glitch on you
(unfortunately this only applies to those who don't already have the other
"tip. don't quit early from your 5th online game if you want the
Play 5 achievement"
I am not aware of any confirmation of the connection between quitting your 5th match
and glitching Play 5 however, but obviously it wouldn't hurt to avoid doing so.
It has been rumoured that Aaron is the only person at Strange Flavour working on the
fix, and he is doing so in his spare time. As such, it would appear that a fix for
the problem is very unlikely.
Acknowledgements: this achievement guide was based largely upon information found on
the www.achieve360points.com and www.xbox.com
forums, so thanks go out to the posters
on there, especially LastFog who pointed out the Chess strategy.
This achievement guide was written by Adam "Pedle Zelnip" Parkin, and may be freely
distributed as long as the contents are unaltered
Created on ... December 19, 2007