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The Neopian Times Week 124 > Articles > A Guide to Winning Trophies #11

A Guide to Winning Trophies #11

by solidus_snake

GAMES ROOM - Hey everyone, I’m back this week with more tips and strategies. This week: Gadgadsgame, Escape from Meridell Castle, and miscellaneous words.

Gadgadsgame
This game requires some good reflexes, some logic, and some luck. This game resembles another popular game, but all of your pieces are in vertical bars of three’s. The object is simple, destroy the fruits with the fruit bombs. You can tell when a fruit bomb is coming because it kind of glows and it has a fuse on it. The bombs always explode when you put them down, so be careful if you don’t want to blow up your fruits. You can get extra points from your fruits if you make 2x2 or 3x3 squares with them before you blow them up. Your next piece shows up in the top left. When the bar on the left fills up, you will get a row of fruits added to the bottom of the screen. You can slow the bar down by putting your pieces down faster. You can play Gadgadsgame here.

My strategy: I always try to make 2 3x3 squares at the beginning, and 2x2 squares when it speeds up.

Escape from Meridell Castle
This game requires a lot of skill. You control the Draik and you have to try to get to the door at the top of each level. On the way to the top, there will be various enemies and traps. You can fly up and hit a block with a question mark to earn points. You can earn up to 500 points from one block, but it is very rare. Collecting stars also gives you points. It is possible to get all of the stars in every level. There is also a counter showing how many stars are in the level and how many you have collected. Destroying enemies also gives you points. You get an extra life for every 100 stars, so make sure you don’t miss them. Now I’ll explain the traps and enemies.

Grarrl – These walk around on the ground and turn around when they reach a ledge or hit a wall. You can defeat these with a swipe of your sword.
Purple Flying Thing – These fly around and will turn around when they reach a wall. You can defeat these with a swipe of your sword.
Spikes – You see these everywhere. They can hang from ceilings, sit on the ground, or sit on walls. You will have to avoid these.
Spike Ball – These spike balls move like the Grarrls but cannot be destroyed.
Dripping Poison – You will see these as red blobs attached to ceilings. They are stationary and will drip red blobs. The drips will not always fall in the same place and the speed of the dripping is random.
Cannons – These cannons can rotate and fire at your. They can fire two types of shots, one that is rocket propelled and will go in a straight line, and another which is not rocket propelled and will fall after being fired. Attacking cannons will give you points but will not destroy them.
Splykes - These guys are a pain. They move sporadically and can make themselves invincible when they turn into a whirlwind. You cannot be hurt when they’re in whirlwind form so try to attack and run through them at the same time.
Flaming balls – These guys are not too hard to avoid. They move up and down. Note: on the level where there are 2 guarding the door, just fall between them.
Wizard – This is the boss on level 20. He will shoot fireballs at you so watch out. He is invincible while in the air so attack him when he falls to the ground.
Golden Doors – When you reach these, press up to go to the next level.
Red Doors – These doors bring you to a bonus level where you fall and collect stars.

My strategy: First of all, instead of holding the up arrow to fly, tap the arrow slowly, you can fly higher and can reach places that are otherwise inaccessible. Whenever I try to hit an enemy, I wait until they are moving towards me, then I run/fly towards them and swing the sword. When I’m navigating around spikes, I try to stay as far away as possible from them, sometimes they will hit you even if it looks like you are safe. When I’m flying up, I try to go slowly so I can see what is coming up. I also try to avoid hitting ceilings because they will make you fall a bit. When I try to reach something by falling, I always slow down my fall by tapping the up arrow. At the end of level 11, fly upwards instead of going to the next level. You will see a pulsating circle of magic. When you pick it up, it will refill your energy. Keep flying up and you will find more and more of these. At the end, there will be a red door on the left side of the screen. On level 19, go down the middle passage, then when you get to the four holes with stars in them, take the far right one down to a red door. At the time of writing, there is a bug and this bonus level doesn’t end. You can get about 80 stars each time and you get an extra life for every 100 so you can play this level quite a few times before sending your score. You can play Escape From Meridell Castle here.

Miscellaneous Tips
Remember, you have to be patient when you’re going for a trophy. Don’t get frustrated when things don’t go your way. Things are a lot easier to do when you are relaxed. Remember, no one can just wake up one day and be a great game player. It takes a lot of practice to get good at anything. If you get tired of a certain game, switch to another and play that one another time. If you think a certain score is out of your range, try setting lower goals and keep trying until you reach them. One last thing: Never give up.

Well, those are all of my tips and strategies, I hope you can get higher scores and trophies now. I may consider writing more in the future if the demand is high enough.

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