Pro Tip #23
And lastly, it’s not about the size of your fingers, it’s how you use them.
Inaccurate cuts? One word: training. Different styles apply, but a stationary thumb and a quick index-finger flick is a good candidate.
You have the chance to put all the wisedom of these pro tips to use now. Go on, I know you can do it. Yes, surely you’ll be frustrated and the Kisau Veelas will hear some words which shall never be written, but no worries: they can’t hear you.
The two-finger pinch-out move is not the easiest to get accurate, especially on the rather small iPhone screen. But it is as accurate you train it to be. The hurdle is small – you just need to get used to where your fingers “touch the screen”, meaning, which part of your fingers the iDevice translates to the exact pixel on screen. The game is pixel-accurate, so you can miss by a width of a hair.
Last tip: all the Pro Tips are available behind the Pause button. COnvenient to browse through them when you need to pause the game.
This ends the Pro Tip feature. Good luck and see you on the leaderboards! (I’ll be the one on top 😉)
Pro Tip #22
Dropping these tips like it’s hot, a tip for when it’s appropriate for some quick action.
Cut it while it’s hut – when you got a good bunch on one side, quick cutting nearby Kisau Veelas will get you a lot of the same kind.
Most of the time you should take it easy, just do the cut when the moment is right – before the time runs out, naturally. But sometimes a slicing frenzy can make a ton of difference. One example is when you see a nice bunch of the same type, moving slowly in a corner. If you cut the others nearby, especially so that the new one’s won’t bump into the nice group, you can do several successive cuts, rather quickly, and hence gain a lot of the nice type. This works especially well on an iPad where the playfield is physically much larger, so it’s easy to spot these situations.
Pro Tip #21
The Collector knows all about this. Category “Observing, counting & tracking”.
Track the Kisau Veela types on the smaller side of your upcoming cut. It’s easier to keep count of a smaller bunch.
This is as basic as it gets. If you think the types of Kisau Veelas which pop into the field after a cut is random, you haven’t paid any attention whatsoever – I’ll be happy to challenge you in Game Center. For money.
If you see four blue and one orange Kisau Veela in the lower right corner of the playfield, and you cut the one nearest the middle of the screen (i.e. leaving the others in the corner), what type of Kisau Veela do you think you’ll get? Yes! Blue! Very good! If you cut three random one’s near those four, still so that you leave the four in the corner? You’ll get three new blue one’s! You also get three of some other kind, so you need to regroup for a few seconds to let the situation become one where you can again cut a bunch, but leave a group of the same kind on the small side of your cut.
Pro Tip #20
The Agile Coach brought this one in. On a post-it note. He stuck it on the whiteboard in the “To Do” column, and never bothered to stay until it was moved into the “To Be Verified” column.
Start collecting a Kisau Veela type early on, but be prepared to change your tactic if a great cut gets you more of the other.
The fact is, no-one has time to keep track of the Kisau Veela count at all times. Sometimes you hunt for the huge multiplier score, and when you do that cut, you’ll get a lot of certain types of Kisau Veelas. It might be that in this one singe slice the counts go berserk and another kind is now the most common, no matter how nice a setup you had collected before. Do what the Scrum guys do – execute some agility and change tactics – start collecting another kind.
Pro Tip #19
One of the best tips in the category “Level Up”, this justs spills all the beans on the de facto leveling-up strategy.
At Level Up time, cut a lone, uncommon Kisau Veela at the outskirts of the field.
I bet there’s going to be a few “A-HA!” moments when players start to understand the mechanics of the scoring and the leveling up. This tip bumps you ahead of everyone. As the rule for leveling up is that you need half of the Kisau Veelas to be of the same kind, and they need to be on the same side of the cut for the gate to open, you’d like to cut a lonely Kisau Veela who’s on the outskirts of the field.
Why? Well, if you do a cut either high up, or low down, you maximize the amount of Kisau Veelas being on one side of the cut. And cutting an uncommon type you will maximize your score, as you want to keep as many of the most common kind on the field at level up time.
Pro Tip #18
“That’s what the ladies always say”, huh? Is that even a category?
Take it slow at start. The Kisau Veelas will calm down, you’ve got enough time!
It’s an action game, alright, but the first mistake beginners do is to start slicing and dicing like the world is going to end. I’m sure you can get some nice results with that strategy as well, but I’m sceptical you’d climb very high on the high score leaderboard.
The secret is to take it easy, especially in the first levels. You’ve got around 20 seconds to make your cut, and there is no scoring related to the time itself. So let the Kisau Veelas calm down after they drop to the playfield (they’ll slow down pretty quickly), and then start looking for those monster multiplier scores – meaning, Kisau Veelas which line up nicely for a combo cut. It’s much simpler to cut them when they move slowly.
Pro Tip #17
From the Ministry of Awkward Playing Positions, this bulletin just in!
Tilt and twist your device and wrist for those perfect angles and long cuts.
Getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is part of the charm, eh? It’s a well-known fact that the playing position – having to cut horizontally with the two-finger pinch move – is not the most ergonomic of them all. However, the style is free: keep your device a bit tilted to either side – some play the game on an iPad in landscape mode altogether, even if the game does not support it. Whatever works for you! Some do the pinch move with the thumb and index finger, some with the index and the middle finger. Are you left-handed, right-handed? Does not make a difference, just find your preferred position. You probably need to tilt your device for those long, diagonal super-bonus cuts anyway – this game activates you physically as well! 🙂
I don’t find the playing position awkward – perhaps I’m used to it – but us lefties have a tendency of tilting our wrist in that “don’t-smudge-the-ink”-position, which makes the thumb+index finger pinch more or less horizontal. I keep my preferred gaming device, the iPad Mini, slightly tilted to the left when I’m going for the high score, slacking about on the sofa.
Pro Tip #16
Luckily we weren’t finished for good, just for the scoring stuff. Save this in category “Do’s and Don’ts, Mostly Don’ts”. The latter sentence describes one more of those sudden death situations.
Incorrect cuts gets you a visitor. Be extra careful when the Oggiput is on the field.
There’s just no room for errors once the Oggiput comes along. Concentrate, let the situation calm down – but only a bit, as the Oggiput likes to jump across the playfield when he gets bored. Make that pinch, squash him like the bug he is. Try not to squash too many Kisau Veelas in the same go, but sometimes there’s just gonna be collateral damage.
Just. Don’t. Miss.
Pro Tip #15
Rub, rub, rub. By now the “High Scoring” category is about full.
Smaller the Kisau Veela at Level Up, bigger the points. Sounds about right to me.
Hehe. I think we’re finished here.
Pro Tip #14
Here we really rub in tips #8, #9, and #13.
More Kisau Veelas altogether at Level Up means more points. If I recall correctly.
Seems to me like not only the most common kind of Kisau Veelas play a role, but also the general amount of Kisau Veelas you’ve been able to collect during the level has a say in how high you’ll reach on the leaderboard. If you combine this with the other tips… oh wow.