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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 20th day of Collecting, Yr 19
The Neopian Times Week 37 > Articles > Taking Life One Chia at a Time

Taking Life One Chia at a Time

by foreverwandering

Ah, yet another happy-go-lucky game has been added to the Games Room. We begin in an abandoned circus-like scene, complete with silhouetted roller coaster, a few colourful tents, and nothing would be complete without a big pizza-pie moon... Blam!

There goes one demonic little Chia, staggering drunkenly back and forth, seeing as it no longer has any legs. Whoops, there goes his head, revealing a rather interesting dome of titanium steel. No, this is definitely not your ordinary Lupe chew-toy.

Carnival of Terror may seem rather... well (to put it lightly) sadistic at first glance. I mean, c'mon... what normal, innocent Neopian goes around blowing the limbs off innocent robots-of-death-and-destruction? They seem peaceful enough... look at those bright eyes, and that big, goofy clown smile. Of course, the little buggers don't seem nearly so cuddly once you've been hit by about a dozen cream pies.

However, despite its rather gory appearance, COT is an amazingly delightful game to play. It requires fairly advanced motor skills, hand-to-eye coordination, and the ability to keep a straight face whilst playing. Not only that, but it's a surprisingly effective way of reducing stress levels. =D Perhaps a few tips and pointers would be helpful...

The Basics:

More or less, it's Neopian deer hunting. Ah, but there's more than meets the eye. Each body part is worth a certain amount of points; the harder it is to hit, the more points you're likely to rack up. But, spend all your time picking apart each Chia limb by limb, and you won't get very far. Here's a run-through of what to maim, and how much you'll get for your efforts.

Cream Pies - 5 points - You have to be quick to get these. Remember; miss, and you'll get hit instead.

Clown Arm - 4 points - Always go for these when the clowns are close to you. Don't bother otherwise...

Umbrella - 3 points - Surprisingly hard to hit, but still, rather effective for getting your Chia down faster.

Clown Head - 2 points - These seem to get hit the most often, even when you're not aiming. It's like popping heads off dandelions... only a tad stickier.

Clown Legs - 1 point - Try not to aim for these. Really. If they come off, the Chia is likely to explode, taking away some more of your health. Though watching them waddle is kind of fun...

Clown Skeleton - 1 point - Once you hit this, your current victim is no more. Funny how the insides of both clowns and cream pies seem to be the same consistency, isn't it?

Also, you'll want to get the extra boxes o' Ammo, health boxes, and clocks... remember, the more prolonged the game, the more havoc you get to wreck!

Strategies

Well, this part remains pretty much up to you, depending on you style of... erm, destruction.

Old-fashioned Blow 'Em Up - I find this the most effective, personally. Something so much as twitches, shoot it. Immediately. I've never once ran out of ammo, but still, try to keep your aim relatively precise. Unfortunately, when doing this, things tend to get rather confusing, and you have a chance of losing more Health/Ammo/Time boxes than you should be.

One By One - Aim at a specific body part, fire, reload. Repeat! This works pretty well, especially when at close range. However, as you spend a bit of time aiming, a few pies manage to sneak their ways past your defences. When doing this, I recommend taking off the arm, the head, and then blowing the rest of the little bugger to smithereens.

Bit By Rusty Bit - This is for the professionals, no doubt about that. Pick off every single piece there is, then blow the whole thing up. First, take out the umbrella (if there is one) then the arm, which means you'll have to be pretty close-up. Then, pop off their little head cap. Very quickly, try to take out the legs and body structure; otherwise they'll blow up. No point in nursing unneeded wounds.

Tips & Tricks

If you're going for the legs, be quick about it. It's rather annoying to have them blow up unexpectedly, ruining your chance for a high score if you get struck one too many times.

Make sure you can move your mouse quickly and easily; having breakable objects obstructing your path is a bad idea. Hope mum doesn't notice that missing vase...

Play a few games before actually sending your score. It takes a few minutes to get accustomed to the way you play, but after that, it's smooth sailing. Erm... shooting.

Keep in mind that anything above 250 should most likely be considered a high score, and therefore, be sent. Of course, just because that's only as high as I can go probably says more about the shooter than about the targets.

Have fun with this! It's a great game, and will undoubtedly fulfil all your explosive wants and needs. :-)

(Remember, you can always send me Neomails on what you thought of this article. I take suggestions, thoughts, comments, and the occasional bit of serious criticism.)

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