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02-29-2012, 09:49 AM
Heh if you want hard mode (more like nightmare mode) play the game on casual and start on one of the level 30 grids (currently ranked #4 in casual with 336,473)
02-29-2012, 09:51 AM
I don't want to jump ahead, I want to start from the beginning and have the game progress at a faster rate. That's more a pure high scoring challenge, IMHO. Start fresh each time. I just don't want it to take so long to complete.

02-29-2012, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by crunc View Post
I don't want to jump ahead, I want to start from the beginning and have the game progress at a faster rate. That's more a pure high scoring challenge, IMHO. Start fresh each time. I just don't want it to take so long to complete.
I see what you're saying, that option would be nice.
02-29-2012, 02:19 PM
Speaking of hard (and dang near impossible unless you get the right powerups) have any of you got past level 37 (on pure or casual)? I got to 38 once but I swear level 37 is brutal!
03-01-2012, 01:50 PM
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03-01-2012, 09:37 PM
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
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I think this is the best iOS game from Jeff so far.

It really hits the sweet spot between greed (trying to get every powerup) and danger (running into enemies and dying).

So good for high score runs, although it does tend to take ages to play a full game once you get above a few hundred thousand
03-04-2012, 02:30 AM
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5th on Pure and 7th on Casual muahahaha

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03-04-2012, 11:29 AM
So I gt this game because I like shooters and it was the game of the week etc..

The problem is I don't know what the he'll I'm doing, the controls feel weird, I don't know what to shoot, what to avoid, what to collect. There's no tutorial and not even a main scrEen. I don't get the appeal of thisgame I guess because I don't understand what I'm doing, I guess if there was atleast a help menu or options then I could figure it out. I mean I know to dodge the lasers things on the side and shoot the worm gurys... Is that it? Why ar the controls all weird like that it's not responsive enough its like touch but on a rotator or something so when I move the ship like slides. I really can't get use to the controls Is this game only good on iCade?
03-04-2012, 11:35 AM
I've been playing on my iPad with the Expert control setup for the last week..


and just now broke 200,000, and hit Grid 35 in Pure mode... DAMN IT'S CRAZY!!! Very impressed with it!

it took me a while to get use to the controls, but here's some little... tips... I guess you could call them..


Collect all those coin looking things that pop up then fly back down towards you... you'll notice they kind of follow you if you're close to them... those are power-ups.

You'll get more points if you let the yellow mines turn into the white falling bombs and then destroy them... I think you get 30 points for a mine, and 100 for a bomb...

Every now and again, you'll get a power-up that will make you big, and kind of transparent (and green) - this is the invincible power-up - go all over the screen smashing into everything you can - but watch your ship, it'll get smaller and smaller until the power-up goes away... don't want to keep smashing into things when you're not invincible. =oP

Every time you die - you'll start your next life in this invincible mode... it's a good idea to quickly clear out as much as you can before reverting back to your original state, especially in the later levels.

Other than that... I'd say just keep practicing... I can see how the controls might not click for ya... but I've found that, in the beginning, short swipes helped me get a grasp on the controls... oh yeah... and I started with the Novice control setting... and found that easier, especially on my iPod...

On my iPad, Expert controls are pretty much the only way I can play unless I want to kill my thumb. =oP

Good luck!

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syntheticvoid
03-04-2012, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Ronfar View Post
So I gt this game because I like shooters and it was the game of the week etc..

The problem is I don't know what the he'll I'm doing, the controls feel weird, I don't know what to shoot, what to avoid, what to collect. There's no tutorial and not even a main scrEen. I don't get the appeal of thisgame I guess because I don't understand what I'm doing, I guess if there was atleast a help menu or options then I could figure it out. I mean I know to dodge the lasers things on the side and shoot the worm gurys... Is that it? Why ar the controls all weird like that it's not responsive enough its like touch but on a rotator or something so when I move the ship like slides. I really can't get use to the controls Is this game only good on iCade?
- Basic Controls
The controls (especially expert) is really really good, but it takes time to get used to it though. I recommend just start with expert controls and get used to it. Think of it as a floating trackball, if you've ever used a trackball. The slower you swipe ("rolling" the trackball), you'll move less. The faster you swipe, the faster and more distance you move. You actually want to not have your finger on the screen unless you need to move. Its easy to accidentally run into things.

- Beginner Tips
The biggest tip when you first play the game is to move as little as possible, and just do short swipes to avoid things. When you get better, then you can start moving around more if you want. Keep track of the lasers. The top one shoots a laser down the grid from time to time. The side laser shoots obstacles (and different enemies at later stages). As I said, keep track of the lasers! And after you die, you'll come back invincible for a short time, so do crazy swipes for a 2-3 seconds and ram into everything to clear them out. And shoot everything.

- Misc Tips (enemies and power ups)
Follow what syntheticvoid said. Basically, each segment of the "centipede" enemies will leave an obstacle which will get in your way and other "centipede's" way, and over a short time, become a bomb that drops on you. You can use the obstacles to funnel other centipedes though if your good enough. From time to time, enemies will drop power ups (coins or "donut" things). Each power up has its own timer, but if you pick up another power up before the previous timer runs out, that timer resets and the power up stacks. It gets crazy if you manage to stack all the power ups (I did it a few times) and the ipod slows down like crazy like the old shmup games.


Basically, shoot everything except for the power ups and the 2 side lasers.

Sorry for the wall of text..hopefully the tips will help. I've only gone up to ~stage 34-35 so I don't know what other surprises is in store later on. =D


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Last edited by tops2; 03-04-2012 at 12:36 PM.