Watch For Falling... Pianos!?
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!
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.
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.
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!