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The Neopian Times Week 26 > Articles > Cheat!: A Thinking Neopian's Game

Cheat!: A Thinking Neopian's Game

by xyvandar

Hello! I am here to discuss one of the best card games on any side of Neopia Central. Yes, it's Cheat!, and it's a great game. In Neopia, the word "Cheat" has been synonymous with "easy trophy". But what people generally fail to realise is the potential of this innovative, fun card game.

First of all, the rewards. Obviously the trophy is one reward, but there are others too! For one thing, after each round you get a decent amount of Neopoints, and after some rounds you get a Battlecard. These Battlecards, which contain the ugly mugs of the Cheat! cast, can be tossed at your enemy in the Battledome to score damage. They come in three coloured versions; one is the normal red one, one is silver, and the best one is gold. Gold Battlecards are revered as powerful single use items. And some battle cards, like the Gold Spectre Battlecards, are worth a good deal of NP too! So the rewards are definitely worthwhile.

Now, I'd like to talk about accusation strategies. These skills are the backbone of my overall Cheat! strategy. The art and strategy or accusation is often forgotten. First of all, I'll explain what I like to call Normal Accusation. That is basically when the opponent plays a number of a certain card that you prove to be wrong by the cards in your hand. For example, say Brucey B plays 3 fours. Looks legit, right? Well, you look in your hand to see you have 2 fours in your hand! Now, there are only 4 of each number card in a deck, (including Jack, Queen, King, and Ace) so Brucey B has to be cheating. Accuse! Sometimes it's harder to figure out. Say Brucey B plays 2 Jacks and you have 2 Jacks in your hand. That makes four jacks. But then the other two players cannot have any Jacks! If they do happen to have a Jack, (there's no way to figure out if they do) then Brucey B is cheating. In a situation like that, I'd suggest accusing, but it's up to you. This is also related to the second strategy.

The second strategy is what I like to call Low Card Accusation. An example of this: Brucey B, Chuffer Bob, Kalora, and you are playing. Let's say Kalora and Chuffer have 20 cards each, you have 7, and Brucey B has 5. Brucey B plays 3 Kings. You look to your hand and you see you have no Kings. Legit, right? Don't be so sure. If Brucey B was playing a legit hand, then out of the 47 cards you, Kalora, and Chuffer Bob have, then there has to be only one King among you. Otherwise, Brucey B is cheating. I personally would accuse in a situation like that. Another more blatant example of cheating: Brucey has 4 cards and he plays 4 Jacks. It's almost guaranteed he is cheating. This is similar to another type of accusation, the Last Ditch Accusation.


I dare you...

This is when an opponent plays all of his remaining cards, whether it be 1, 2, 3, or 4 cards. For example, Brucey B plays 2 twos and gets him down to 0 cards. Now, the strategy behind the Last Ditch Accusation is to accuse no matter what once they reach 0 cards. If you are right, they are set back a turn or more in winning. If they are not cheating, you don't really lose anything, they'd win anyway. I ALWAYS take advantage of the Last Ditch Accusation.

Speaking of last, that brings me to my final and favourite accusation strategy, which I simply call the Strategic Accusation. The Strategic Accusation goes like this: say that Brucey B plays his card(s) right before you do. He happens to play 1 or more Jacks. Your last card... is a 5. Now, you could let Brucey B slide, and cheat that 5, but the computer has the uncanny ability of seeing through your cheating, no matter what sly poker face you put on. You might escape... but probably not. So what I like to do is if you won't be able to play your last card, like in the example above, then accuse! If you are right, then you get to choose any card, and put your last card in the pile to win the game. You may be asking "What if the pile is big and Brucey B is not cheating?" Well, even if you don't accuse, you'd be stuck having to cheat, and if you are caught, (which you probably will be) then you'll have to take the pile anyway, and miss that opportunity to get rid of one card or more. It is a double-edged sword indeed, but I prefer accusing over not.

Those are my accusation techniques I use to catch the cheaters. I follow that up by slowly but steadily getting my cards in the pile, and I emerge victorious. These accusation strategies have got me through a lot of heated matches of Cheat!. I hope these strategies will help you play a better game of Cheat!, and maybe even help you to dethrone Spectre yourself, just as I did, and become the reigning champion of Cheat!. Use these strategies wisely, and nothing can stop you! Good Luck, and Happy Cheating!

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