GAMES ROOM - A guide written for those who wish to destroy Magax, as they just
can’t seem to get the hang of the game.
Ahoy folks! Welcome to my guide where I shall guide you with careful guidance
through one of Neopet’s unfortunately less popular games, Magax: Destroyer.
Believe it or not, this cliché of a game is actually quite fun. Maybe after
you read this you will be possessed to go and give it a try!
Moving Around: Let’s begin. First and most importantly, you must know
how to move around. The one thing you never want to do is just go full force
ahead and shoot at everything in front of you. There’s no way you’ll ever get
anything accomplished this way, unless of course your goal is to kill yourself.
The best thing to do is to go forward in small bursts by alternating the left
and right arrow keys. Push either left or right (whichever way you want to go)
and when you feel yourself picking up speed, push the opposite arrow key to
slow yourself down. This will provide you with maneuverability at a slower pace.
The Map: I hate maps, and I’m sure many people will second that, but this
one is actually quite useful and easy to follow. You are the white dot in the
middle of the grid, and all the moving red dots are ghosts. As you fly around,
your dot will always stay horizontally centered. The ghosts’ dots will move
around you. Notice the bottom of the map is red? Yes? Good. This is why we don’t
travel at the bottom of the screen. You often won’t notice there are going to
be ghosts in your path because red dots do not show up very well on a red line.
Hitting Ghosts: It is difficult to hit a target while you are moving,
so to get the best aim, try to remain stationary. You can easily achieve this
by swapping left and right directions constantly. By adding in the up or down
keys to this maneuver you can move up and down the screen while not moving much
to the sides.
Scoring: Each ghost you zap is worth five points. Health orbs are also
worth 5 points. Simple.
Jubjubs: These balls of ectoplasmic fur are your best friends! Not
only do they just hover and wait to be zapped, but when you hit them, they turn
into three little Jubjubs! Since you zap four ghosts in total, that’s twenty
points for you. Glee! When the little ghosts do appear, it is best to zap them
straight away while they are still in a bunch. Hopefully you can get them all
in one hit. Two of the ghosts will usually stay together but the third has a
tendency to wander.
Aishas: Hmmmm, nothing special about these guys. Just zap them and
they’re dead, errr… again, I guess.
Chias: Ring the sirens because Chias are your worst ghost enemy. They
spit green slime that you must cunningly dodge and then for all your efforts
you only get five lousy points. If there are ever a bunch of ghosts on the board
at the same time, zap Chias first because they pose the greatest threat. Sometimes
they’ll spit multiple slime globs at you. Often they will spit them so fast
you can’t even react fast enough to dodge them. Moral: DESTROY CHIAS!!!!
Hubrid Nox: The evil master himself! He flies down every so often to
make things more difficult for you by doing one of the following three things.
Fire: Eeks! You’re on fire, literally. This will take away part of
your health bar. It doesn’t disable your movement in any way but does become
annoying if it happens often, as you’ll start to lose a lot of health.
Cackle: If you hear a menacing and evil laugh, it can only mean one
thing; the ghosts have grown! They’re still the same old ghosts but super-sized.
This makes things both easier to hit but also easier to run into. Fortunately
the Chia slime globs will stay the same size. It can be thoroughly amusing if
this happens more than once in the same level as they will just keep growing
and growing and growing…
Ice: One zap by Hubrid and you may become the Ice Wocky. This is probably
the most destructive of all his evil tricks. Basically, you become frozen and
fly at full speed in whichever direction you were going at the moment you were
zapped. Unfortunately, this in no way makes you invincible. You will run into
everything in your path, lose health, then reverse directions and go full speed
the other way! Then you might run into something else and continue the cycle
until you are freed. Yeah! This is most harmful if you’re in an area filled
with a zillion ghosts.
Health Orbs: Your ray of hope. Run into one of these floating green
balls and some of your health will be restored. It restores one ghost hit, either
flying into one or being struck by Chia goo. It also restores a little less
than two Hubrid fire blasts.
Level Change: Since you are now a master of the game, by this point
in the article, you are going to be moving up in levels. A word of advice on
that: stay in one place until all the ghosts are on the board. They appear slowly
instead of all at once. Being stationary helps minimize the chance that you
will accidentally run into an appearing ghost. However, as ghosts appear they
may be placed on top of you. Since our puny human reaction times don’t allow
us to react to something as instantaneous as a ghost being plopped on top us,
you will inevitably lose health for this. Yes, it is unfair.
Death: Such a thing is bound to occur eventually. * sniffle* There
are two ways of dying. First is obviously if you run out of health. Second is
running out of power for your gun. Every time you fire, your gun power will
go down. However, it will automatically restore itself. Don’t worry about this
too much. Unless you are constantly firing consecutive shots this will be an
Some Last Words: Once you have mastered moving around and shooting ghosts
you will actually realize that Magax: Destroyer is much more a game of luck
than it is skill. You can be an awesome player but how long you survive often
depends on how cruel Hubrid is. He can do anything to you and you have no way
of stopping him. That is usually the part where you want to smash your computer
with a large mallet.
Well I think that just about wraps it up. Remember the sacred wisdom I have
passed down to you today. Now, go play, have fun, and above all else, DESTROY