Nailing Down That Shifty Shapeshifter Game
GAMES ROOM - Are you tired of that Ixi snickering at you? Of all his little snide
remarks like "You Lost! You need some practice!" or "You Lost! You need to spend
a little more time trying to solve the puzzles!" when you fail at his game? I
enjoy playing the games and acquiring trophies here on Neopets and I had noticed
that the Neopian Times has never ran a game guide on the great thinking game of
SHAPESHIFTER. Shapeshifter is a very fun game, but it takes some thinking out
. I think there are many of you Neopians who would love playing this game, if
you had a little bit of guidance in it. I have written an easy to follow guide,
that if done correctly, will show Sinsi you are good enough at his game to even
get a trophy in it!
To better help you understand the workings of this guide, I have provided several
Now I know that several people use checkers to keep track of moves while planning
out their moves and some just sit down and randomly place the shapes. Although
these may work fine, I found the easiest way for me to do it is to make my puzzle
pieces out of construction paper and cut them out. Then I make a game board
and I place a little sticker where the Wrong pieces are located. Take this level
7 puzzle for example in graphic #1
First off I make a little board and mark the wrong pieces that need changed
Then I cut out all the shapes I will need. It helps to use different colors
of construction paper for the shapes. After a while you get a good supply of
shapes and do not need to make as many. At least not till you get further into
the game anyway. To get an idea of the shape cutting, an example ...
After I get all the required shapes cut out and several game boards made,
I am ready to start placing them on the board. When I place a cutout piece on,
I either add a little piece of construction paper to the blank squares or leave
the squares that are 'Wrong' blank when I cover them up. Using pieces of old
' peel and stick' label pieces work exceptionally well also. You can get an
idea from viewing this picture:
As you can see, when I placed the first green piece over the wrong shapes,
I just left them blank. But when I placed the blue one on, I added a little
piece of colored paper to the square that covered the blank square under it.
By doing this, you can readily see which squares still need to be changed to
the correct winning symbol.
As you notice, sometimes there are pieces that either by themselves, as in
the pink and dark blue ones, cancel each other out ....or sometimes, it is a
combination of pieces, that when placed on top of each other, will result in
two exact shapes. Take for example the orange shape and the combination of the
red and purple ones. Those two, when pieced together, gives you the same shaped
piece as the orange one.
You always want to try to find pieces that cancel each other because that
will give you less shapes to work with. Sometimes it takes several different
tries to find which you need and which can be paired up and ignored for now.
When you do get a solution and have sets of identical shaped patterns left over,
be sure to place them on a little game board , all on top of each other. That
way you can look and see where to place them when you get to them in the order
that the pieces that are given to you during the game.
After you get the solution and all your placed pieces gives you a blank game
board, (Blank, being the correct symbol) you then transfer each piece to a game
board and tape it in place. Nothing is worse than getting the solution all worked
out and then losing it because you walked back to the computer under that overhead
fan! All that hard work just blown right away ! been there, done that. You will
need enough game boards so that you can easily see the shapes of the pieces.
This is shown here...
This way you are sure to get them placed right on the actual game. I found
this to be the easiest way on the higher levels. The game board increases in
size as you go along and the shapes get more complicated too. Make sure you
have a good supply of construction paper handy. This is one of the few games
that you can wait and save your game to complete on the first of the month.
You want to try and achieve your trophy by level 25. The reason is that on level
26 you have three different images to contend with and try to get them all to
the one correct image. you can see in this example of level 26.
As you can see, this is more complicated because the goblets have to be changed
twice to get them to the dagger. And any correct square you cover up becomes
a goblet and has to be changed twice more to get back to the dagger.
I am sure there are many ways to play this, but this is how I have done it.
I hope it gives you the help you need to get that trophy. The good thing is
you do not have to be at the computer to play this game.. You can do this sitting
at the table and even leave it and come back to it later on. This is a good
thing to do if you are stuck. Sometimes a break and a fresh look later helps
out. If for some reason you are really stumped and can not find a solution no
matter how many combinations you try, don't worry. Just go and do the puzzle
wrong and get a new one. But what ever you do, don't click to re-do a previous
level in the drop down list. This will cause you to lose the level you are presently
on and will have to re do the last level in the list. Been there and done that
also! Good luck and if this helps you to enjoy a great game and possibly get
that elusive trophy. Drop me a message so I can admire it if this achieves you