Well, it has been a very long road, but hundreds of special missions and tens of thousands of monkey dollars later, I finally achieved the Ultimate Specialist!
What’s achievements do I have left? Outside of the cheesy Co-Op challenges, I have three remaining Monkey Lab Upgrades to complete:
Starting Cash – Currently, Level 5/8, Remaining Tokens: 12 + 20 + 25 = 57
Starting Lives – Currently, Level 6/8, Remaining Tokens: 20 + 25 = 45
Sell Price – Currently, Level 7/8, Remaining Tokens: 25
Current amount of tokens: 18 (I’d like to complete the Sell Price Upgrade before the Starting Lives or Starting Cash Upgrades.).
So, the math works out to be: (57 + 45 + 25) – 18 = 109 Tokens Remaining.
So…. without purchasing any tokens, I would need to complete 101 rounds of any map 109 times to earn 1 single token per map…. Are you kidding me????
Do you find yourself in the same monkey boat?
Oh, and the Steeley Achievement is only 65% complete for me. Looks like popping 250,000 Lead Bloons is quite a laborious task….
Taking this analysis a bit further, I attempted a sprint to complete 101 levels as quickly as possible. So, I activated my Engineer’s Workshop Level 4 Specialist Building, started an EASY game of Monkey Lane and flew through 101 levels as quickly as possible – with No Lives Lost, of course. The result:
It took me between roughly 35 minutes to complete 101 rounds….
If I thought the Road to the Ultimate Specialist was too long, the road to complete my remaining challenges dwarfs all other challenges by quantum leaps.
Applying time to the remaining tokens works out to be:
108 x 35 minutes = 3,780 minutes / 60 = 63 HOURS / 24 = 2.63 DAYS!!!! OF STRAIGHT PLAYING TIME!!!!
That is an absolutely MIND BLOWING amount of time and dedication….. Are you up for that level of dedication? Or, are you going to give into Ninja Kiwi and purchase your remaining tokens? I would need to purchase $18.00 worth of tokens to purchase the remaining Monkey Lab Upgrades. But, I would still be short on completing the Steeley Achievement. I did notice my Steeley percent complete increased from 65% to 66% after I completed the 101 rounds on Monkey Lane. This would indicate that I would need to complete roughly 44 more 101 round maps to complete the Steeley Achievement. Therefore, if I wanted to complete the Steeley Achievement, I would still need to invest:
44 x 35 minutes = 1,540 minutes / 60 = 25.67 HOURS / 24 = 1.07 DAYS!!!! OF STRAIGHT PLAYING TIME!!!!
Somewhere within all of this investigation is an opportunity for ‘improvement’. I’ll leave it up to you to define what that opportunity is, and what you plan to do about it…..
UPDATE – I might be severely underestimating the time requirement to completing the Steeley challenge. To test my previously mentioned theory, I rant through the 101 round sprint again with a result of no increased percentage to the Steeley Achievement. I then ran through 140 rounds of Apocalypse and found my Steeley percentage increased a single percentage point. This could be a VERY, VERY long road…..
UPDATE – I finally realized the Co-Op mode is the key to completing the remaining Monkey Lab upgrades. Co-Op contains 23 maps, several of which are exclusive maps to Co-Op mode. All of the Co-Op maps allow for Tokens and Medals to be earned just the same as normal maps. But, here is the important catch – Co-Op is ‘fragile’. It is highly probable you will experience frequent disconnects while attempting to complete maps in Co-Op mode. This can come from a variety of different reasons, which I expand on in my disconnection post. But, expect the disconnects to happen at the worst times as well – yes, the round before you are about to complete the challenge… not very fun… I would estimate 80% of all Co-Op attempts made result in a disconnect for one reason or another. The highest rate of frequency I have in completing a Co-Op match is to start a “Quick Match”, select all Track Types, then select only Easy difficulty. Getting through 50 rounds is the highest probability for success. Once Easy difficulty is complete, move to Medium, then Hard. Good luck!