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A-Train HX - Achievement Guide

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A-Train HX Achievement Guide:


1. National Conquest
Description: Clear all included game maps.
Gamerscore Worth: 80G
How to Earn: This will be the last achievement you earn. "Clearing" a map means having $10 billion ($10,000,000,000) in cash on hand. There are eight maps. Each map can be cleared in roughly 30-45 minutes by following the procedure outlined in the road map to build a resource center. If you are trying to get this achievement and nothing else, it would take roughly 4-6 hours, most of which involves waiting while each map earns money.


2. Railway Kingdom
Description: Total railway assets exceed the total of non-railway assets by over 15% when the game is cleared.
Gamerscore Worth: 60G
How to Earn: To earn this achievement, when you clear the scenario your railway assets have to exceed other property and stock by 15%. While technically cash is an asset, it is not counted for this achievement as such.

Start a scenario on Isolated Region and build a resource center on the north edge, east of the center-line marker on the map. You will be building a Maglev rail to the west of the center-line and blocking the one path on this map where a Maglev train can fit will cause difficulties. Wait until you have around $9 billion in cash, and save the scenario so you can reload if you make a mistake.

Open the Market menu and use Left Bumper to go to the Bank sub-menu. Use Y to change the loan amount. You will need to open multiple loans until you are at $9.99 billion. DO NOT GO OVER THIS AMOUNT! Once you have enough money, press B to close the Market and press D-Pad Left once to go to the Project menu. Press A, Left Bumper and then use D-Pad Left and D-Pad Right to line up the Maglev at a permitted spot (the line will turn blue.) Press A to build it, and unpause time by pressing the Start Button.

It takes just over 4 months to build it, so the only tricky part is to not exceed $10 billion while waiting. Once you are back up to $6-7 billion, open the Station menu and build Materials Yards over about 2/3 of your convenience stores. You need to watch your cash and aim for stability...you don't want to lose money, but you don't want to increase any more either. Your may have to adjust this several times while waiting for the Maglev to be constructed.

Once construction is complete, you are ready to clear the scenario. Open the Report menu and use Left Bumper to go to the Balance Sheet. On the right under Total Assets, look at the Subsidiaries line. These are your convenience stores, and are likely worth far more than your bullet train. Build Materials Yards on top of them until you are down to about $5 billion in Subsidiaries, then go to the Market menu and take out enough loans to reach $10 billion. The scenario will clear and you will unlock the achievement (it unlocks after updating the leaderboards if you choose to do so).


3. Railway Microstate
Description: Total rail length is less than 300 when the game is cleared.
Gamerscore Worth: 60G
How to Earn: The description is apparently slightly off. The achievement appears to unlock only if you have never exceeded 300 total rail length at any point in the scenario. As such, the map to play this on is North/South of the Mountains, where your starting rail is around 70. Build a resource center (which only adds 35 rail) and wait to hit $10 billion.


4. Harmony With Nature
Description: Blocks of trees exceed 300 when the game is cleared.
Gamerscore Worth: 60G
How to Earn: You can earn this on any map simply by building nothing but a resource center and waiting to clear the scenario. If you are following the road-map, you will get this on your first map, Clear River and Rice Paddies.


5. The Great Leap Forward
Description: Clear the game within 5 years.
Gamerscore Worth: 60G
How to Earn: You can earn this on any map simply by building nothing but a resource center and waiting to clear the scenario. If you are following the road-map, you will get this on your first map, Clear River and Rice Paddies.


6. Subway Mall Expansion
Description: Number of underground malls exceeds 100.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: The achievement description indicates you need 101 or more underground malls, but it unlocks when you reach 100. A subway mall is a passive structure, in that you cannot build it directly. Instead, your population builds them when the circumstances are correct. You need to have a large population, multiple tube stations (underground railway, essentially) and underground materials yards. Because of the population requirement, I recommend working on this simultaneously with Bustling Metropolis. It can be completed on any map.

This is likely the single longest achievement in the game, but can be completed while sleeping or other AFK activities. Start by building a resource center and reach around $5 billion. Build a second resource center, but instead of convenience stores build Flat 5 (under Construction, Housing) until you have 80-100k population. You can view your current population under the Report menu. It is the fourth line from the top on the City Info report, and is labeled as "Pop. Change/Year." The label really refers to the graph below as the number on this line is your current population.

You are going to build tube stations underneath your housing resource center, so start by pressing Right Bumper twice to select the Cutaway menu, use D-Pad Down to select the second level from the bottom, and press A and then B. The screen should largely be orange at this point, indicating you are underground. Proceed to build a two-line underground railroad that starts at the edge of the map and goes lengthwise underneath your housing resource center. Along the way, build 6 2-line tube stations, each one 3-5 rail away from the next. Try to keep all the stations close to the housing above, which means you may need to build the line in a U-shape.

When placing the tube stations, note they have a platform for people to walk on. This is the side that the subway malls will be built from. Place two Material Yards on the other side of each station, leaving the platform side free for the Subway Malls to be built. If you make a U-shape, make sure these sides are facing the outside of the U to avoid potential interference with each other.

Build two trains: a DC-4 with layout 2, and a Tube train (all the way on the bottom of the list when purchasing trains). For each station in the line, you need to set the DC-4 to Unload only. For the Tube train, you can delete the rail leading off the map to speed things up a little, so that it only shuttles between the stations.

At this point, you just have to wait. I set it to run overnight, and it took about 12 hours total over two nights for 100 stores to build. If you are following the road map, now is a good time to work on Top Trader achievement.


7. Tube Expansion
Description: Total length of rails in tunnels exceeds 100.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: On any map, simply build 100 lengths of rail underground and the achievement will unlock. Note that the achievement description is incorrect as it unlocks at exactly 100. To build rail underground, press Right Bumper twice to access the cutaway, choose the second box from the bottom, press A, B. Open the Rail menu, choose Flat Rail, and place 100 pieces. They do not have to touch each other or lead anywhere, although obviously it is quicker to place long strips of rail at a time.

If you are following the road map, this can be done on the first map when you are working on Public Transport King, or in conjunction with Subway Mall Expansion.


8. Bustling Metropolis
Description: City population exceeds 100,000.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: This can be done on any map. Start by building a resource center and reach around $5 billion. Build a second resource center, but instead of convenience stores build Flat 5 (under Construction, Housing) until you have 80-100k population. You can view your current population under the Report menu. It is the fourth line from the top on the City Info report, and is labeled as "Pop. Change/Year." The label really refers to the graph below as the number on this line is your current population. Note that on property tax day (May 1 in all but the first year of a scenario) the taxes on the number of flats required can be $3-4 billion, so be prepared and don't over spend.

If you are following the road map, you will get this while working on Subway Mall Expansion.


9. Station Expansion
Description: Number of stations exceeds 30.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: The achievement actually unlocks right at 30. This can be done on any map simply be accessing the Stations menu and building 30 stations. If you are following the road map, you should do this on the first map after you have cleared the scenario.


10. Public Transport King
Description: Total rail length exceeds 2,000.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: This achievement actually unlocks right at 2,000. You can see how much rail is laid on the map by checking the Reports screen. You can earn this achievement on any map at any time simply by choosing the Rail menu and laying flat rail. If you are following the road map, you should do this on the first map after clearing the scenario.


11. Industry Leader
Description: Total assets exceed 30 billion.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: You can earn this achievement on any map. Assets include cash, stocks, rail, factories, housing, etc. Basically anything in the game other than bank loans. Building a resource center as defined in the road map is the fastest method to earn this achievement. If you follow the road map, you will earn this on the first map before you have cleared the scenario.


12. Factory Head
Description: Number of factories exceeds 30.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: The achievement actually unlocks right at 30. This can be done on any map simply be accessing the Construction menu and building 30 factories. If you are following the road map, you should do this on the first map after you have cleared the scenario.


13. Leisure Industry Leader
Description: Number of leisure facilities exceeds 20.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: The achievement actually unlocks right at 20. This can be done on any map simply be accessing the Construction menu and building 30 spas (found under Leisure). If you are following the road map, you should do this on the first map after you have cleared the scenario.


14. Company Expansion
Description: Number of your properties exceeds 60.
Gamerscore Worth: 50G
How to Earn: The achievement actually unlocks right at 60. This can be done on any map simply be accessing the Construction menu and building 60 structures of any kind. If you are following the road map, you will get this on the first map when you are building a resource center.


15. City Expansion
Description: Number of other companies' properties exceeds 1,000.
Gamerscore Worth: 50G
How to Earn: The only way to have another company own property is to build something and then sell it through the Market menu. The challenge here is that the AI will start selling off its assets if it has a lot of one item. As such, the best way to earn this achievement is to build a resource center and separate out the convenience stores into 10x10 blocks. Build ten of those groups of 10x10, then pause the game. Save your game in a new slot as you will want to reload after this done. Go to the Market menu and use Left Bumper to scroll to Property, and use the D-pad to change the sub menu to your stores. Press A 1,000 times to sell them to the AI, unpause the game, and the achievement should unlock after about 10 seconds. If it doesn't, this was likely caused by not selling the full 1,000 stores, so pause the game again to prevent the AI from selling anything, sell more of the stores to the AI, and unpause again.

If you are following the road map, you should do this on the first map after clearing the scenario.


16. Top Trader
Description: Share trading profits exceed 10 billion.
Gamerscore Worth: 40G
How to Earn: This can take a while, but is pretty straight forward. If you are following the road map, do this on your second map after building the necessary tube stations for Subway Mall Expansion. The easiest way to do this is to start with $4-5 billion and open the Market menu. Use Left Bumper to go to the Stock Market and use the D-Pad if necessary to select Buy Shares. Change shares purchased to the maximum of 10,000,000.

To make money on stock market, as in real life, you want to buy low and sell high. The advantage of this simulator is that it has a cyclical nature that is only psuedo random. You lose 10% of the total price for each transaction, so you need a fairly wide margin to make money. I recommend anything under $8 as the purchase indicator, and anything over $12 to sell. While the game sometimes drops as low as $5 or $6/share, and goes as high as $20, that seems to be pretty rare. The general cycle was $7-14, so those cut offs work well to frequently be able to make money.

Anytime a stock price is in the purchase range, buy 10,000,000 shares. Anytime it is in the sell range, sell all the shares you have in that stock. It is easier to pause and scroll through all 50 or so stocks available so that you have the time to purchase or sell all appropriate stocks. Generally what will happen is that you will end up owning 10,000,000 shares in each company, wait a while, then sell each off as it rises above $12. You then wait until the market drops again, rinse and repeat. Not a fast process by any means, but it does work and depending upon the market cycles, should take less than 2 hours.


17. Property Baron
Description: Profits from property exceed 20 billion.
Gamerscore Worth: 40G
How to Earn: This refers to profits from anything except trains or the stock market. Simply build a resource center and wait for the achievement to unlock. If you are following the road map, this will unlock some time after clearing the scenario on the first map.


18. Sign of Success
Description: Bank interest paid exceeds 500 million.
Gamerscore Worth: 40G
How to Earn: The achievement tracks interest paid on loans. The amount you can borrow is based on your total assets, so this is easier to do later in the game. Open the Market menu, use Left Bumper to select the bank, and change the amount of the loan to the maximum of $1 billion. Take out the loan, repay it immediately, rinse and repeat until the achievement unlocks.

If you are following the road map, you should do this after clearing the scenario on your first map.


19. Top Taxpayer
Description: Taxes paid exceed 10 billion.
Gamerscore Worth: 40G
How to Earn: You can earn this on any map. Simply build a resource center as outlined in the road map and wait. Both income taxes and property taxes contribute toward this total. If you are following the road map, this will unlock on the first map shortly after clearing the scenario.


19. Take to the Skies
Description: Finished the 9th mission on Legendary with the Scorpion intact.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: This can be done on any map. Simply build an airport (found in the Construction menu) near any place with a Materials Yard. If you are following the road map, place it near a resource center at some point after clearing the scenario on the first map.


20. Port of Call
Description: Construct a port.
Gamerscore Worth: 10G
How to Earn: This can be done on any map. Simply build a port (found in the Construction menu) on any flat piece of shore. Note that the port building needs to be in the water, and the flat materials yard that is attached needs to be on the land. If you are following the road map, place it on a river after clearing the scenario on the first map.


21. Bullet Train in Service
Description: Complete the bullet train project to open a bullet train line.
Gamerscore Worth: 30G
How to Earn: This can be done on any map. It requires $600 million in cash and an unobstructed straight path across the map (no mountains). Open the Project menu, use D-Pad Left and D-Pad Right to align the Bullet Train path until it is yellow (red indicates it is obstructed and cannot be built there) and press A. You then need to wait 128 in game days for the construction to complete. If you are following the road map, this should be done after clearing the first scenario on the first map.


22. Maglev Train in Service
Description: Complete the linear train project to open a maglev train line.
Gamerscore Worth: 60G
How to Earn: This can be done on any map. It requires $9.9 billion in cash and an unobstructed straight path across the map (no mountains). Open the Project menu, select the Maglev Train using Left Bumper, use D-Pad Left and D-Pad Right to align the Maglev Train path until it is blue (red indicates it is obstructed and cannot be built there) and press A. You then need to wait 128 in game days for the construction to complete. If you are following the road map, this will be done after clearing the first scenario on the first map. You can also wait until the fourth map when you are unlocking Railway Kingdom as you will need it for that achievement.


23. Tourist Trap
Description: Construct all types of landmarks.
Gamerscore Worth: 50G
How to Earn: This can be done on any map. The landmarks are available in the Construction menu. Build a resource center if you don't have one, and then simply place one of each landmark around the edge. The achievement will unlock after the last one is built. If you are following the road map, this will be completed after clearing the scenario on the first map.

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