Pro Tip #13
Together with tip #9, this one is a real gem in the “High Scoring” category.
More Kisau Veelas of the most common kind at Level Up means more points. I think.
This starts to tie all those ideas about collecting a certain kind, and not cutting more than twice, and so on. Could it even be so ingenious that the most common type plays a special role in the scoring at level up?
Pro Tip #12
In category “Hidden Features”, this one’s for the real pros.
Are Kisau Veelas stuck at awkward places? Try a quick shake of your device. Not too much, though, or you’ll get a visitor.
If you play for long, and you got a good thing going, you might notice that the Kisau Veelas have a slight tendency to flock. If you got a lot of small one’s around the big one’s, which you still want to cut, it can be tricky to not hit the small one’s. You want to keep those small one’s around. Get them off the big one’s by shaking your device quickly – not much, not often, just a flick! Going pinball-machine-berserk on you iPhone might have negative impacts – both on your game and on your iPhone¹.
¹ Sneeweis is not responsible for damage brought to your surroundings due to shaking, slipping, and launching your iDevice as a projectile into your brand new widescreen TV.
Pro Tip #11
And right from the “It’s Not Over Until The Fat One’s Are Gone”, this explains why the Level Up seems to be so random.
You need to cut each Kisau Veela at least once to be able to Level Up.
The Level Up rule is the most confusing and the hardest one to get, I’ve heard. I concur it’s not the simplest and most logical rule, but it’s not that bad. The tutorial explains it. You need the majority of the Kisau Veelas to be of the same kind before you can level up. Simple. And to open the level up gate, you need to cut so that this majority is on the same side of the cut you are making. Simple, unless you miss the cut, or have miscalculated the amount of Kisau Veelas. But that’s on you, not me.
You need to cut every Kisau Veela at least once, otherwise you would level up way too easily, and most annoying, too early – at a time you would still keep on collecting those points. Mathematical fact, trust me.
Pro Tip #10
“Handle the situation at once!”, the game designer said. “Aye, captain”, the player said.
You cannot Level Up when an Oggiput is on the field.
Hand in hand with tip #6, this one is pretty obvious when you think of it.
Pro Tip #9
Still in the “High Scoring” category, this one’s pretty precise. If you like to climb the leaderboards, please leave those small buggers alone!
Cut each Kisau Veela twice to maximize your points at Level Up.
In line with the previous tip, this one gives a hint about the state you want the game to be in, when you slice that final poor Kisau Veela just before leveling up. You see, and ancient tale tells us the size of the Kisau Veelas at Level Up time has something to do with gaining a lot of points.
Pro Tip #8
But don’t get too excited with the previous tip, there’s a limit to everything fun! One more for the “High Scoring” category.
Don’t cut the Kisau Veelas more than twice. They won’t like it. Neither will your score.
Not very original, but then you cut the Kisau Veelas, they split and diminish in size. To keep the game from being only a Veela-popping slicing-frenzy, there is a limit to how many times you can cut them. Two, to be exact. Cut them a third time, and poof, gone, to never return. You can try it if you don’t believe it, but say good-bye to your high score!
Pro Tip #7
One more in the category “High Scoring”, heed this advice!
Cut several Kisau Veelas in the same go for bonus points.
Well, you knew this already, right? Very good cuts are marked by multiplier bubbles, and your score is digging it. Some high scoring theories even say that you should chase these large multipliers and forget all about collecting Kisau Veelas. I wouldn’t know about that.
Pro Tip #6
This is one of the reasons you’d like to throw your iPhone into the wall, but it’s a rule of the game. Sorry.
Squash the Oggiput immediately when he’s on field. You cannot make a cut nor a miss at that time.
Plain and simple. If you made a mistake, take care of it immediately. Give the Oggiput a good accurate pinch and it’s gone! But continue quickly to look for that all important next cut, it has to happen quite soon. Remember tip #1? The timer does not reset when squashing an Oggiput.
Pro Tip #5
In category “Do’s and Don’ts, Mostly Don’ts”, there are a few sudden death situations looming in the game. This is one of them.
You cannot cut an Oggiput. He is too tough for that – tougher than a Game Over.
The Oggiput has been described as one grumpy bug-like creature, who comes in and messes with your game. You can think of him as the penalty of making a mistake in Oggipital – when you do an illegal move, like miss all Kisau Veelas, or cut vertically (i.e. your cut hits another border than both the vertical borders of the playfield), an Oggiput jumps into the field. He does not end or destroy the game, but he certainly wreaks havoc: he bumps into the Kisau Veelas, and when so, the Kisau Veela changes its type. Hence your Kisau Veela collecting gets messed up, unless you quickly squash the Oggiput.
All this can happen three times before Game Over – the Oggiput represents your “lives” in the game. Originally I planned the game to be a one-shot game, where the first mistake would end it. This would have taken the game more towards the “hard but simple” category, but after a few weeks of playtesting and with some other game mechanic tunings, I decided there is room for the “lives” feature. The “Level Up” feature was one of the driving choices – initially the game was planned to be just one level. As in play it perfect and get a score, or die and retry.
Anyway. When you make a mistake, the rule of the game is that you need to redeem the situation immediately. Alas, you need to squash the Oggiput before the time runs out, and before you can make another cut. If you try to cut it, game over. Simple.
Pro Tip #4
Continuing with the “Level Up” category, a bit more precise than the previous tip,
Use the timer color to prepare for Level Up. When the bottom half is of the same color, you are close!
Also explained in the tutorial, you’ll level up once you have collected enough of the same kind of Kisau Veelas. As the timer shown you the amounts, you can keep an eye on the bottom half of the timer. Once it’s of the same color, you might level up with the next cut. But beware, the sliding colors of the timer are not super precise – even if it looks like it’s more than half of the same color, perhaps the actual count of the Kisau Veelas on the field is not yet fulfilling the 50% rule.
There are other prerequisites than this 50% rule to be able to level up. I bet there are some Pro Tips on those.