A Ghost Whacker's How-To
If it has been a dream of yours to take full advantage of the phrase "misplaced
anger" by whacking the snot out of something without technically killing it, I
do believe this is the game for you! In this game, somebody's dearly beloved Petpet's
ghost pops out of the ground, and you whack it with a headstone. Vicious and possibly
disrespectful to the dearly departed, but nonetheless thrilling! I'm here to assist
you in your oxymoronic ghost killing fest. Now, let's get to it.
First, I suggest turning the music off. For some reason the smacking of the
gravestones turns into a jingle inside my head and I get distracted... *cough*
Anyway, also make sure your "num lock" key is on, because you'll be using the
keypad on the far right of your keyboard to play this game. Each number on the
keypad corresponds to a grave plot on the screen. For example, if a ghostie
were to pop out of the middle grave, you'd hit the number "5" to smack him.
Get it? Good! You have 10 lives at start, and 30 seconds to whack the mess out
of those ghosts! At certain points during the game, the keypad rotates. And
it always rotates counterclockwise. If you notice, the first time the keypad
rotates, the back row is now "9 6 3", the middle row "8 5 2" and the front row
"7 4 1". Simply turn your keyboard counterclockwise and play this way. While
it may be awkward to have your keyboard jutting off your desk in this manner,
it's a LOT easier.
Levels & Ghosties & Whack... ies... (oh my!)
In this section, I will explain the levels and the ghosties you are ... "killing".
Oh and take note; however many whacks it takes to smack the ghost back into
its grave is how many points you get. So a petpet with 1 whack gets you 1 point!
Level 1: Greebles! They only require one whack. Creepy little frog wannabes... *shudder*
Level 2: Faellies now get restless and join their Greeble buddies. They require
Level 3: Skulls are now introduced. You lose a life if you hit these. So DON'T
Level 4: Controls are rotated and treasure chests are introduced (explained
Level 5: A "lost pet" (aka extremely stupid/brave Kacheek doing some grave
robbing or something... ) wanders into the cemetery, and if you smack him (which
I think he deserves it, living creatures shouldn't be popping up out of graves... )
you lose a life.
Level 6: Deavers are introduced and they require 3 whacks! Persistent buggers.
Greebles pretty much don't appear anymore.
Level 7: Keypad rotation! For this one, I find it easiest to return to the
keyboard to a normal position and just do it backwards. For example, if a Faellie
pops up in the front middle position, instead of hitting "2" I'd hit "8". Or
you can just use the keypad guide on the right side of the game screen. Whatever
works for those of you who never took a computers class ^_~
Level 8: Onas are introduced, and these ghosties require FOUR whacks!
Level 9: Max # of lives limited to 10 (though really that's the highest amount
you could have before. So... no change really. Silly TNT ;D)
Level 10: The controls rotate AGAIN- if you have your keyboard in the normal
position, move it clockwise for maximum easy access whackability!
Level 11: No change, just a sarcastic question about whether or not you're
dizzy. By this level my eyes are practically bleeding. Thank you for mocking
my dried out contacts.
Level 12: No change, just a friendly reminder not to whack those scary looking
skulls (who'd want to get close enough to whack those freaks anyway?) or the
grave robbing Kacheek.
Level 13: FINAL LEVEL! Woohoo! Aren't you proud of yourself? This level is
tricky. The keypad is at its normal state again (Finally!). Besides having to
hit regular ghosties, there are skeletons popping up and they flash a number
at you. Instead of hitting the number corresponding to their grave plot, you
hit the number they hold up. Try to memorize your keypad because the better
you know the location of the numbers on your keypad, the faster you can smack
'em. If you can't seem to memorize it, there's always that nifty little guide
on the right hand side. After this level, you have defeated the game! Congratulations!
Treasure Chests: Starting around the third level, you can smack treasure chests
and either claim extra points (in the form of coins) or an extra life (in the
shape of, naturally, a heart). But you have to smack the chest twice to get
the goodies within. Hitting it once opens it, hitting it again claims the points
Random Floating Coins/Hearts: Sometimes when you kill an enemy, extra points
or an extra life will float up. Smack it!
Keypad Guide: If you ever get confused as to what ghostie is where, there is
a little keypad guide on the side that tells you where the numbers are currently
Not So Helpful Things:
Smacking The Ground: Um... yeah. Why you would just randomly smack a plot of
dirt with a dead petpet underneath it, I have no idea. But if you do, you lose
a life. Just... keep that in mind.
COME BACK HERE!!: Er... yeah, that's what you'll be yelling if you're not quick
on your toes (or, er, fingers) and smack that petpet back into the ground. If
you take too long hitting it, it'll float away into the sky. Same with coins
Skulls/Grave robbing Kacheek: Okay okay so it's not proven that the Kacheek
is a grave robber. But I have my suspicions... ANYWHO, don't forget not to smack
those skulls and that Kacheek, or you'll lose a life.
Well, I hope this guide has helped you. Remember to whack fast - you only have
30 seconds! Now, GET WHACKING!!!!
PS-If you're reading this, I've made it into the Neopian Times! Hooray!