Monday, May 9, 2016

Jelly Blobs of Doom: the trophy guide

This is a Neopets game

My high score is 10,198, which got me the first place trophy. Here's what it looks like:

The basics:

I would recommend checking out Jellyneo's guide for that, since mine is aimed at somewhat experienced players.
However, here's a quick summary:
  • You're a dinosaur made of jelly, who eats jelly and can get eaten by jelly.
  • You can eat anything smaller than yourself, anything bigger will eat you. The more you eat, the bigger you get.
  • Use the arrow keys to move.
  • The "floor" is slippery. This means you can drift (fun!)
     Also means you can lose control and slam into a giant blob of jelly,(not as fun as it sounds).
  • There are no "walls" - try to run off the screen in any direction and you'll come back in from the opposite side, Pac-Man style.
  • It's best to stay in the middle of the screen - a big blob might quickly and unexpectedly show up at an edge. Also, if you run off the screen, you may hit such a blob on the opposite end.
  • There is no time limit. 
  • Type fishnegg or rainbownegg to make these neggs appear on the screen. When collected, they grant 50 and 20 points respectively.
  • Button mashing can summon a giant blue jelly, which takes up most of the screen.

How you win the gold:

This game is a classic example of "easy to play, hard to master". How do you get to the top of the high score table? Easy:

Eat the biggest blobs you can.

Seriously. That's the only way you'll get that first place trophy. 

Why? Simple.

There's a limit to the amount of blobs you can eat.

Some guides suggest starting to eat big blobs only when you yourself become pretty big. This approach might be better for your nerves, but I'd suggest stepping it up a little:

When in doubt, avoid a blob if you know you can eat bigger ones.

So what's so nerve-racking about always going for the biggest piece possible? Well... from what I understand, the blobs don't have set sizes they increase or decrease to. They change colour as they get bigger, but you won't see 3 recognizable sizes for each colour, for example.

Here's what I mean: the two blobs in the picture look about the same. However, you can eat the lower one. The one higher up will eat you. It can be pretty hard to eyeball. So I'd say see how much you're willing to gamble.

You can play it safe to a degree and still get the top score. For example, both of these blobs are safe to eat. The top blob here is too small to be worthwhile, while the one below it isn't a bad choice for your current size. If the difference isn't too obvious now, it will be after you've played a while.

Bonus tip:

The less space you take up, the easier it is to dodge blobs. And you take up the least space in front view. You turns this way when going down.

The view doesn't affect which jellies you can eat. It's a pose you might want to strike when you get pretty big and can hardly fit the page. Which isn't the case for the little guy below, but still.

And that's pretty much it. Enjoy the game and good luck with getting the trophy!

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