Who Let The Petpets Out - Extreme Herder Tips
I am often asked how I get such high scores at Extreme Herder. I have no tricks,
no secrets, no cheats. Like with anything in life, being good takes practice,
perseverance, concentration and a bit of luck for good measure. I don't always
get high scores. Often my scores are between 180 - 250. Every now and then a game
comes up where the petpets are in easier positions to collect, and with concentration
and luck - voila! A high score is the result and maybe even a cool trophy.
Let me start by telling you that I have an older slower computer with a dial
up connection. This gives me a little more time to plan my moves. I play on
the 'small' size screen and 'high' quality. I like to position the game window
in the middle of my monitor screen. (Use the blue bar at the top to move it)
I am often asked if you can move the petpets. The answer is YES. To do this
pick up a petpet carry it to a safer place and then hit the space bar to drop
it. By doing this when there are not many petpets left you can work the petpets
closer to a gate and away from Balthazar.
Remember that the shortest route between 2 points is the fastest and the petpets
move. Often by the time you are ready to pick up another one you may not have
to go so far out of your way. If there are a few petpets along the left side
of the pen, I will go in a straight line to collect them. By the time I return
for the next one it will frequently have moved into a position where Samrin
can go in a straight line to collect it.
Work out the earliest part of the gate you can drop a petpet, then quickly
turn for your next pick up. You don't have to be right in the middle of the
gate to drop a petpet in. As soon as you hear that a petpet has been grabbed,
turn and start heading towards the gate. (Sometimes I accidentally miss a petpet
or start out with a petpet still in Samrin's arms - but not often) Each second
can make a difference in saving all the petpets.
I use the snowflakes to freeze Balthazar frequently, but rarely go out of my
way to get one as I have found that by the time I freeze him then get back to
the petpet, I have not really gained much time. The snowflakes are only available
on the first 15 levels of the game. For as high as I have played, the speedballs
are still available.
I rarely use the speedballs except in the high levels. You have less control
over Samrin once you pick up a speedball - and there are no snowflakes to freeze
Balthazar in the higher levels.
The 'All saved bonus' is only available for the first 6 levels, but the bonus
for the 'angel' pet remains and increases slightly the higher the level you
Did you know...? You can squeeze Samrin between the bottom side of the pen
and Balthazar if you hug the side of the pen. It is extremely rare that Balthazar
will turn his head and eat you. This again makes for a shorter distance between
2 points and can mean saving a petpet from 'sudden death' Sometimes you need
to be brave and dash in and snatch a petpet from under Balthazar's nose. Other
times you need to be patient - hold back and wait to see where Balthazar is
going to move. Try and stay as close to the sides of the pen as you can.
Don't be afraid to dart in ahead of Balthazar to beat him to turn a corner.
He is a little slower than Samrin. Practice will teach you when to hurry and
when to hold back. As you become more familiar you become with the game, you
will often be able to second guess which way Balthazar will go, and which way
the petpets will go, too.
I sometimes lure Balthazar away from a petpet. This gives me a little more
time to collect it. When there is a petpet on both the top and bottom sides
of the pen and Balthazar is an equal distance from them both, I will hold back
on picking up a petpet till Balthazar has moved right away from one of them.
This gives me time to grab, drop and dart back up the other side for the other
In the early levels I like to start with Samrin the Kacheek at the middle of
the bottom fence, near the gate there. From here, I find it easy to cover all
the game. Using the 'flip' doors when necessary. Don't panic; just go about
collecting the petpets and dropping them into the pen.
I rarely back track while Samrin is holding a petpet. I carry it to the gate
nearest to where I plan to collect the next petpet. Sometimes I find that I
need to carry a petpet past a gate to get to another one that’s in imminent
danger. I have found that dropping the petpet where there are other petpets
near a gate means that Samrin can pick them up quickly. This saves a precious
second or two.
Once the flip doors start to go, I start with the
Kacheek at the bottom left corner of the pen. I collect the petpets starting
at the left and/or top of the screen first then moving up to the petpets at
the right of the screen - after all they are the farthest away from Balthazar.
When the third gate is ready to disappear I make sure that I carry the last
petpet to the one remaining gate (left of screen) and drop it in there. This
allows me to start the next level from the top left corner of the pen. This
is the corner closest to where Balthazar emerges, and allows me to either collect
any petpets along the top side of the pen - the ones Balthazar goes for first,
or collect the petpets along the left side of the screen - Balthazar's 2nd choice
as these petpets are the closest for him to get to.
If you have to choose between 2 petpets and one has the halo, take the one
with the halo as it will give you extra points. If there are a group of 2 or
more petpets that Balthazar is going to eat, I will often sacrifice one of Samrin's
lives rather than lose ALL lives by Balthazar eating two or three petpets.
As you play I am sure you will work out your own strategy for this game. Striving
for a personal best will see you get better and better at any game but remember
the idea of all games is to have fun and enjoy yourself. Trophies are just an
Don't forget to make yourself comfortable before you start. :) I hope that
this helps you get a high score and maybe even a trophy for your cabinet. But
remember it takes practice, practice and more practice and a little bit of luck.
Good luck with your games.