The Apogee Throwback Pack – How to Get All Rise of the Triad Bonuses
This guide provides a comprehensive walkthrough on how to obtain every bonus in the game, including the elusive Bonus Bonus.
If you have played the original Rise of the Triad, you may be familiar with most of the bonuses mentioned in the ReadMe. The developers have provided descriptions of how to earn each bonus, including the Bonus Bonus, which has piqued the interest of many players. While it may seem straightforward to obtain all the bonuses with the provided knowledge, some bonuses can be tricky to achieve.
In my experience, I struggled to obtain some of the bonuses, particularly Republican Bonus 1, which seemed to be broken or nonfunctional. However, I managed to obtain it in Crushing Defeat, Episode 4, and saved the perfect file to obtain most of the bonuses on one level. But to my surprise, when I obtained the Ground Zero Bonus at the exit, Republican Bonus 1 disappeared. I reloaded the save file and obtained Republican Bonus 1 again, and this confused me.
Further research revealed that the developers were not always accurate with how each bonus worked. Other guides I found had copied the ReadMe wording or provided similar information. As a result, I have written this guide to provide more accurate and helpful information on how to obtain each bonus in the game.
Note: This guide is based on the original Dark War version of the game, and I am not sure if any potential source ports have fixed any of the issues mentioned in this guide.
Here I will describe every level bonus in the order they are displayed on the end-of-level screen. Note that in the final level of a pack, regardless if it’s The Hunt Begins, Dark War, Extreme RotT, or any custom level pack, level bonuses are not obtainable; end-of-game bonuses are earned instead. See the next section for more information on those.
In this section, I will provide a description of every level bonus in the order they appear on the end-of-level screen. However, it’s worth noting that in the final level of a pack, such as The Hunt Begins, Dark War, Extreme RotT, or any custom level pack, you cannot obtain level bonuses. Instead, you will earn end-of-game bonuses, which I will discuss in the next section.
Skin of your Teeth
Points: 0 (you get full health instead)
Difficulty: 2-4/5 (depends on available hazards in level)
You have to have 1 dot of health left, right? Well, sometimes that worked, and sometimes it didn’t. It might be more helpful to have a percentage goal. Each dot represents 10% of your character’s health, so 1 dot remaining is 10% or less. It seems to only trigger at around 5% health or less. It’s easiest to accomplish this using flamethrowers or blade traps. The fire walls can work, too, but those can kill you very fast if you’re not careful.
Since this bonus doesn’t give any points, there’s no point in going for this, unless you can also get the Bonus Bonus.
Bull in China Shop
You must destroy every life point item in the level (the coin-shaped ankhs). The indestructible 1-ups and 3-ups don’t count, so feel free to pick those up. I’m sure you’ll understand it’s much easier to accidentally shoot a life point item while trying to collect them than it is to accidentally pick one up while trying to destroy them all. This is probably the easiest of the 10,000-point bonuses to obtain.
Something to keep in mind, though, is that the end-of-game bonus for extra lives is worth the same amount, so if the Bonus Bonus can’t be obtained, you’ll want to collect the life point items instead if there are more than 100 points worth of them. You also can’t get this bonus in levels without life point items, like Canyon Chase.
I’ve seen guides claim you only need all the god and dog modes, but you also need to pick up every armor, including gas masks. Thankfully, unlike a later, similar bonus, the random powerup does not cause this bonus to bug-out, so feel free to abuse them as much as you want.
Difficulty: 2-4/5 (depends on available hazards in level)
You have to use up every Monk Meal, Priest Porridge, Monk Crystal, and healing basin present in the level. Since there’s usually a ton of these per level, you will likely need the help of hazards, or, if there are no hazards, enemies that you leave alive in order to pick up everything.
I don’t know if the 1-ups and 3-ups count towards this, but since you’ll want to pick up all of them, anyway, it shouldn’t be a big deal. In case you’re curious, both ankhs can replace a 1-up with a full heal if you are at 75% health or less.
To successfully complete a level and obtain the bonus of having no enemies left alive, it’s not necessary to be credited with the kill for every enemy. It’s important to note that this bonus cannot be achieved on levels that include Ballistikraft, as they are indestructible, despite what some guides may claim. Fortunately, Ballistikraft only make an appearance in a handful of levels in Episode 3.
Difficulty: 3/5 (although can be more annoying than difficult)
Acquiring this bonus requires more effort than one might expect. You need to trigger every triggerable object, including push walls, push pillars, touchplates, and wall switches, as well as those that activate fire spitters, blade traps, and locked doors. Additionally, if the level has at least one elevator, you may need to activate the elevator song a specific number of times, though this varies from level to level. For instance, in Great Halls of Fire, you need to trigger the song a set number of times, while in Lair of El Oscuro, you must activate the song once per elevator. More research is required to determine the exact requirements for each level.
If you’re searching for push walls without a guide or map, it’s best to start with the easy difficulty. This setting makes some push walls appear darker than other walls, making them easier to spot. This is also true for other difficulties, including Crazy Man, but they’re much more challenging to detect. Additionally, opening the in-game map and searching for exposed corners in areas without catwalks can help you find secrets. However, keep in mind that there are only two instances where exposed corners are red herrings in Switched Around and In the Dark Nest. It’s impossible to obtain this bonus in Four-Way Chamber and Eight Ways to Hell because of a bug in the former and a level design flaw in the latter.
Ground Zero Bonus
Difficulty: 4/5 (on average; depends on the character used)
You have to hit yourself with your own missile. Splash damage doesn’t count (like from the wall of fire from the Flamewall); you have to get hit by the actual missile. It depends on which character you’re using whether you’ll be able to catch up with the missile or not, but you’ll also want a big, open straight path to make this easier. I did all my testing with Taradino Cassatt, and the only missile he could catch up to was the Flamewall, and that will kill you if you’re not wearing Asbestos armor. Regardless, Asbestos armor is highly recommended when going for this bonus. In addition, Lorelei Ni is the best character for getting this, as she’s the fastest character.
Be careful if you choose to put this off ’til near the end of the level, because it may affect your ability to get the next bonus…
Republican Bonus 1
“Get all rocket weapons in a level,” they said. The programmer in charge either chose to take shortcuts, or didn’t know what they were doing, because that’s not how it works at all.
So, how does it work, then? The game seems to keep track of the number of times you picked up rocket weapons in a level. When that count is equal to the number of rocket weapons in a level, you will get the bonus. Let’s say this count is 14: it doesn’t matter whether you pick up each weapon once, or you swap two weapons 14 times; you will get the bonus, regardless (shooting these weapons doesn’t matter; I did not test dropping weapons).
“Wait, did you say equal?” Yes, you can overshoot this bonus.
It gets even worse. You know the Bazookas that Lightning Guards can carry on higher difficulties? Those weapons don’t count towards the level total (I haven’t checked white-labeled barrels yet, but I’d imagine they don’t count, either). Since those weapons come with very little ammo, I recommend either getting the guards to expend it all or just avoid the weapons entirely, and just use up every other weapon completely before picking up the next one. You’ll definitely want to plan out the order you’ll pick these up, especially for situations where certain weapons block paths, or when you want to end the level with a specific weapon.
Republican Bonus 2
You have to destroy all plants in a level. Usually not a problem, although some plants can be hiding in secrets. You cannot get this bonus in levels that don’t have plants. Switched Around is the last level in Dark War, where you can get this bonus.
Democratic Bonus 1
Difficulty: 1/5 (3/5 for The HUNT Begins; 5/5 for In the Thick of It)
You can’t use the handgun weapons once. Using the MP40 is okay, meaning you should always get this bonus once you get the MP40.
In The HUNT Begins, the developers were nice enough to start you off with a Heat Seeker. Use it to take out the enemies in the first room, then open the nearby secret, and wait for the timed door to open. On the other end of the elevator, there is an MP40 to the right behind a guard. This makes it not too difficult to get Democratic Bonus 1 in this level.
The first level of Dark War, In the Thick of It, is a completely different story. You only have 2 handguns to start, there are several enemies in the first room, and the timed door only reveals more enemies. The only hope is the secret in front of the start with a Bazooka in it. You’d have to run past all the enemies, hit the touchplate, and duck in the secret before you die. Even if you can pull that off, you’d likely want to grind a High Guard for a random MP40 drop, as the first free MP40 doesn’t show up for a while.
To ensure you don’t lose this bonus by accident, I recommend using the built-in hotkey that always switches between bullet and rocket weapons (default binding is End).
Democratic Bonus 2
You have to consume all healing basins and pick up all Shroom Mode powerups. I did not get this bonus in some levels, which leads me to believe the random powerup might negatively affect this bonus if it gives you Shroom Mode. More research is needed.
After pressing any key on this screen, another message may appear depending on how well you did.
“You’ve done well. This level is toast.”
You will get this message for obtaining the Adrenaline and Curiosity Bonuses (no extra points awarded).
“Bonus Bonus – 1,000,000 points!” (not really)
If you managed to get every bonus, you will instead get the Bonus Bonus! Despite the game stating it gives you 1,000,000 points, it’s actually worth 100,000 points. Still, that’s enough points to be equivalent to 10 lives. There are very few, if any, levels where collecting the life point items are more profitable.
The following shows all the bonuses you can get when you finish the final level in the game. Only the Extra Lives Bonus is awarded in The HUNT Begins.
- D-Ball: 4/5
- I-Ball: 3/5
- P-Ball: 5/5
You get this bonus by ending the game with all three developer balls in your possession. The developer balls themselves don’t give any score, so they’re useless without all three of them. You can find them in Episode 2: Four-Way Chamber, Episode 3: Dead in Five Seconds, and Episode 4: Circles of Fire.
The D-Ball is located behind the Oscuro door past the third corner of the titular Four-Way Chamber, but the key is obtained all the way at the beginning of the level. To the right of the start is a seemingly-inaccessible area behind windows with a 3-up. You need to get to that room. At the triangle room where the path forks, take the right path to a dead end with two fire spitters hitting the same wall. A short distance in front of one of them is a touchplate that moves a wall to block the other. This allows pushing the wall that was originally getting hit from both fire spitters. The next hallway consists of a large group of enemies and two groups of deactivated fire spitters. A touchplate before the first turn will activate the first group of fire spitters, so be careful not to get hit. A touchplate in the corner of the second turn moves the pillar blocking the door in the 3-up room. A final touchplate before the same door activates the second group of fire spitters and opens a side area with a bunch of High Guards. Once you’ve dealt with everything, look for a push wall in the 3-up room. The Oscuro key is inside. Be careful once you reach the Oscuro room, because a touchplate in front of the D-ball opens the four corners of the previous, and enemies will flood in.
The I-Ball is much easier to find. At the start of Dead in Five Seconds, take the right fork into the maze area filled with mostly bots and some Ballistikrafts. There are two groups of Ballistikrafts in the maze: two going around a loop, and a lone one circling a dead end. You want the dead end area, because there’s a push wall back there, leading to a flamethrower-filled hallway followed by the I-ball guarded by three gun emplacements. There are two other secrets in the maze to help you survive that hallway: an asbestos armor to the north, or a dog mode to the south. I personally prefer the armor, so I can use rocket weapons to destroy the gun emplacements. All three secrets should be easy to find by using the in-game map, because they all have exposed corners.
The P-Ball is located near the start of Circles of Fire, but you have to hit a touchplate near the end of the level to open the way. In the room where all the combat takes place, there are two touchplates in the middle of the room: one below the brazier and one to the top-right of it. The top-right one opens up the alcove with the P-Ball, but it also closes the way out of the current room, so be ready to quickly bolt back to the door you came in. The next hallway will have expanded to reveal an asbestos armor and a 1-up. Collect the asbestos armor to make getting back past the moving fire walls earlier in the level much easier. Once you’re past that wall, you’ll find the north wall in the next room is gone. The P-ball is in the back of the new room.
Extra Lives Bonus
Points: 10,000 per life remaining
This caps at 99 lives. If you were to collect all life point items, you will hit this cap somewhere in the middle of Episode 3 as long as you always load your game after any deaths, so there is plenty of leeway with this one. Since Bull in China Shop is worth the same amount, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth more to collect or destroy the life point items.
Points: ????? per enemy type annihilated
To obtain the bonus of killing every single enemy of a specific type throughout the game, it seems necessary to be credited with the kill for every single one. However, I have never personally achieved this bonus, as it’s extremely difficult to pull off. This is partly due to the fact that enemies often end up getting themselves killed by environmental hazards such as fire spitters and moving blade traps. Additionally, the Lightning Guards can be problematic due to friendly fire.
To have the best chance of achieving this bonus, it’s important to plan your route carefully throughout the game and make sure you have a full supply of rocket weapons before entering the most challenging rooms. It’s also helpful to keep track of your score to ensure that each kill is giving you points towards the bonus.