A more challenging bullet heaven game, that spice up the formula quite a bit. Completion takes around 30h with no missable achievements. It is in EA, so more achievements might be added later on.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: 30h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: You need many runs, but those take around 40 min or so?
Is there a good guide available: You don’t need a guide
Multiplayer achievements: No, but you can play it in multiplayer
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: For me the achievement of killing X amount of enemies with a dash ability was a bit grindy. but that is just because I didn’t like that type of upgrade that much
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: You have to complete the daily challenge 7 days in total
RNG-achievements: Not really, maybe the” win 3 times on the hardest difficulty” can use some luck, but mostly skill
Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes, you have to increase the difficulty each time you unlock a new one for an achievement
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
If you’re familiar with my reviews, you might know that I just love the bullet heaven genre. And I had so much fun with Bounty of One as well. It does some things differently than in other bullet heavens. The most clear difference here your character only attacks when you stand still. No endless running around because then no enemy will die. (Okay, Okay… there are some upgrades that will give you ability while walking, but none will be as powerful as standing still from time to time and attacking them). However, standing still means that the enemies can come closer to you to attack and kill you, so it requires that you take more risks.
There are quite a few different characters that start with different starting weapons and stats. There is a rating of the difficulty that character has but I’m not sure I totally agree with that. My favorite one is the one where the weapon pierces through 5 enemies and they return to you. Getting some upgrades that increase the size of your skill and the damage and this character is so much fun. however, this isn’t listed as one of the easiest characters, and that might be because of less damage and low health, but that can be fixed with upgrades.
What I didn’t like about Bounty of One are the main bosses. There are 3 main bosses and the first one is one of the hardest in my opinion, while the second one isn’t that hard. You’ll always fight against the same bosses and they have so much health that it takes quite a while to kill them. Too long in my opinion and with always seeing the same, it because a bit boring.
What I did like is that the achievements will unlock new upgrades that can be found during runs. That way you’re rewarded for doing a little bit of extra effort and get the chance on even more powerful abilities.
This game is in early access, so there is a high chance that there will be added more achievements to Bounty of one later on, but most of them you’ll unlock while playing through the game and increase the difficulty as soon as you unlock a new tier. Also don’t forget to do the daily challenge (this can be done on the easiest difficulty), because there are 2 achievements that are related to the daily challenge. The most challenging achievement will be to win 3 times in a row on the hardest difficulty. This can be made easier if you have a friend who also plays the game and go for it together, but it is also doable solo with (in my case) a lot of practice and a little bit of luck.
This review for Bounty of One was updated on 16 June 2023, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 89 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.