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The Neopian Times Week 58 > Articles > Watch For Falling... Pianos!?

Watch For Falling... Pianos!?

by endro516

TERROR MOUNTAIN - According to Neopets, I'm an Igloo Garage Sale Grand Master. My score is pretty low compared to the best, but I consider myself decent at the game. That's why I'm writing this article-to help the rest of you get a bit better at Igloo Garage Sale - The Game.

Igloo Garage Sale is a game mainly won with good reflexes, not unlike Meerca Chase. However, you must be able to think quickly and prioritise if necessary. You play Mika, one of the two Chias running the Igloo Garage Sale. Carassa will drop items down to you and it is your job to catch them before they break and become useless. (Then you might have to sell them for half-price, and you make no profit!) Carassa drops everything from Chia Pops to Transmogrification potions all the way to the very rare and valuable Dubloon coin. However, Carassa will also drop pianos and bombs-watch out for these!

Basic Movements

To be a good player at this game, you must familiarise yourself with the movements of Mika. Get to know how to move quickly from one side of the screen to the other, and learn how to stop if necessary. You will notice Mika sliding occasionally, as should be expected since the floor is ice! However, it's fully possible to use the sliding in your favour. If, for example, Carassa drops an item at one end of the screen, and then rushes to the other side to let loose something else, you can snag the first item and then race across the igloo to the second. Taking the sliding effect into account, you can just hold down the arrow key and let Mika rebound off the wall, right into the falling item. It sounds complicated, but it's truly not.

In order to stop while sliding, merely cancel the movement by pressing the opposite arrow key. Don't hold down too much or too hard, though, or you'll end up flying in the other direction entirely.

Jumping

Another movement you must become used to is the jump. Jumping is a risky thing to do since you can't control direction in the air. You should only jump in extreme situations, as Mika takes a great deal of time to fall back down to the ground where you can control your direction again. One way that jumping is useful, however, involves running and jumping. While in a jump you have no control over your direction, but the momentum you get while rushing along carries you in the same direction while jumping in the air.

Prioritising

A VERY important aspect of the game is prioritising. You may have noticed Carassa defying some very fundamental laws of physics and dropping some items quicker than others at different places and so on. This is a very maddening thing. Warning: Playing Igloo Garage Sale might place you in a state of insanity. All the same, if you see an umbrella dropping at one end of the screen and a Dubloon coin falling at the other with only enough time to grab one, obviously you go for the coin. However, you should try at all costs to get all the items that fall, considering every time you miss one a two-point deduction is taken. If you are quick enough to catch all the items you get a bonus, which doubles the score you got in that round.

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

Dealing with dangers is rough in the game. There are two very basic objects that will put you out of the running: bombs and pianos. Avoid pianos at all costs. They will end your game instantaneously. Bombs will keep you from moving for a few seconds, and while you stay alive the risk of losing objects is great. (Apparently Carassa can't see what she's dropping up in the attic…) I recommend staying away from the bombs if at all possible-remember, they land on the ground if they don't hit you in the fall and explode shortly thereafter. However, if a Dubloon coin falls right by a bomb, well, I think you should take the risk. ^_~

I'm sorry I have no screen shots or anything to help you get a visual as to what I'm talking about, but I hope you can get a clear enough idea on how to win Igloo Garage Sale-The Game! Good luck!


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