Attack of the Slorgs
Newsflash! - Just recently in Neopia, farmers in the Meridell area have complained
of an infestation of ugly, slimey creatures!
-from the side- "N00BS!!!"
What? Oh.. no, it's not them this time, they continue to plague the chat boards..
but that's another Newsflash story! The critters in question are:
-collective gasps all around- AAHHHHH!!!!!!
That is no exaggerated scream! This is no small threat, readers. Slorgs
are on the loose and you know what this means?! Slimey salad, full of holes.
Yes, you heard correctly: salad; the way your grandmother makes it. It's horrific,
but there may be some hope yet.. in the form of jazz_invincible.
*insert cool superhero tune here* Over to you, Jazz!
Well, thank you.. err.. Newsflash Reader, and grave times are ahead, but follow
these tips, and we can battle this infestation and all will be well. I hope
you're all ready to play Attack of the Slorgs.
OK, as many of you have noticed, a game featuring Slorgs recently appeared
on the News Features. A Yurble farmer from Meridell has had some problems with
an infestation of Slorgs attacking his crops, destroying "the finest fruits
and vegetables in the whole of Neopia". This can not be pleasing King
Skarl at all, but then; What does?!
OK Neopians, time for us to help. Armed with our trusty Slorgeriser X4
we are going to tackle this situation head on. First, an explanation into how
this all works.
The Slorgeriser X4 is a completely over-the-top piece of machinery (I
mean, what happened to good old fashioned Slorg Pellets in a plastic bottle?)
that fires balls of Slorg-B-Gone of various colours. Green, Brown, Blue,
Red and Pink. There is also a Grey coloured Slorg-B-Gone which will become a
Grey Slorg. This is relatively useless however, seeing as Grey Slorgs do not
appear in the game (at least not up to level 12). it's best to just throw these
off screen, I'm sure nearby Pteris will pick up the mess.
Slorgs will only be repelled (or destroyed, seeing as they seem to explode)
when there are 3 or more in a row. If there are less when you fire, the Slorg-B-Gone
ball will become another Slorg of the same colour. This pushes the entire row
of Slorgs in front of it a little further towards the food. The Slorgs will
continuously come out of the entrance in the top, left corner at a steady rate,
following a preset line towards the food.
There are 6 different levels, which repeat. Levels 1-6 are exactly the same
as levels 7-12.. only 7-12 have faster Slorgs and you have to repel a lot more
of them to advance. I don't know what happens past level 12, as I haven't yet
managed it. They're very fast.
Level 1, 2 and 3 only contain Blue, Green and Brown Slorgs. Level 4 introduces
Red and Level 6 introduces Pink Slorgs.
Sounds simple, right? Well, there are a number of special Slorg-B-Gone balls
which can assist you, or ruin it for you. The powerups are as follows:
Slowdown - Fairly self-explanatory. When you fire this at the line of
Slorgs, they will all slowdown making their journey to the food a much longer
one. This gives you more time to think about where to fire. Be warned though,
if you fire ANY other powerup at the line of Slorgs, they will assume their
normal speed once more.
Slorg Block - Wherever you fire this ball, a concrete Slorg will be
created blocking all Slorgs before it. Any after will continue moving so you
should definitely focus your attention on those. If you destroy the last Slorg
in the moving row (the one at the back), then the rest will fly back to the
concrete Slorg, destroying it. This means they will all start moving again.
If you destroy ALL Slorgs in the moving line, the others will stay motionless
for around 10-20 seconds, until the game detects no movement, and the Slorg
Block is removed. (This is a handy tip which will be explained later)
MultiSlorg - This is a BAD powerup, more of a powerdown really. It will
create a number of Slorgs and push the line along by a large amount. Do NOT
use under any circumstances, unless of course you REALLY like Slorgs, and actually
want to help them... in which case, why are you here? Grr! Always fire this
powerup off screen, being sure not to hit the line of Slorgs.
Super Slorgenizer - This is a nice little powerup, it will destroy about
2-3 Slorgs each way, so it's best to fire it where there are a number of lone
colour Slorgs. It will destroy a nice little group, adding to your total. I
wouldn't use it if you have the Slowdown powerup in play though, since the Slorgs
will speed up again after using this.
Slorg Destruct - This is a powerful tool, so use it wisely. Make sure
you have on your protective goggles, and thick gloves. This powerup is a mighty
Slorg-B-Gone. When fired, it will destroy/repel EVERY single Slorg before it.
It therefore makes sense to fire this as near to the front you can, to insure
destroying as many as possible. A good tip is when this powerup appears, just
wait for the line to get really long, until they're about to reach the food,
then fire it as near to the front as possible, and destroy those pesky Slug
Puddlewater - The rarest of all the powerups. When fired at the Slorg
line, it will turn all on screen a random colour. Useful on later levels, as
you can then discard other colour Slorg-B-Gone until the one you need comes,
and BAM! you can destroy many of the Slorgs in one hit.
Now remember, you can fire any Slorg-B-Gone you don't want to use off screen
without penalty.. so don't use any powerup that isn't going to help you. Aim
it at the edge of the screen, make sure no Slorgs are in your way, and fire
it away. Again, I'm sure the Pteris will pick these off the fields, and have
So, that's the basics.. But you will notice that the Slorgeriser X4
was self built, and does not have the quality of the items you can get from
Neopian Stores. There's no 3 year guarantee here, and I'm afraid it shows. After
a short time on each level, the Slorgeriser X4 will start to malfunction,
and the laser which helps you aim will flicker, and eventually turn off completely.
The main thing to do here is remember where your last shot went, and adjust
accordingly. As you play a few times, this becomes much easier to judge, and
you'll stop relying on the laser line so much. There is nothing that can be
done about it. It will only come back when you complete the level.
Now for the slightly advanced tips. After you've gotten familiar with all
of the above, you'll find you're easily reaching level 10 or so. Your score
may be averaging the late 1,000's but this just isn't going to cut it if you
want a trophy. There are a few more tips that are going to be of great help.
Firstly, type "marrow" when you start the game. This will magically
create an extra life. Another chance to repel some Slorgs, and bump up your
score a little. This can only be done once each time you load the game. If you
want to use it again, you will have to close the game, and reload it. See? Your
parents were right. Vegetables are good for you!
Secondly, use combos to your advantage. This will take a bit of getting used
to, but they can greatly enhance your score. Example:
You have Slorgs in a row like so: R G G Br Br G R R
You get a Green Slorg (G) next, and your instinct is to fire it where the other
2 Green Slorgs are to get rid of them. Don't. Fire it off screen. Your next
Slorg-B-Gone ball is a Red Slorg (R), and again your instinct is to fire
it at the group of Red Slorgs on the right. Ignore this instinct, and shoot
the ball offscreen. What you want is a Brown Slorg (Br). Fire it at the two
Brown Slorgs moving along... they will disappear... bringing the Slorgs to this:
R GG G R R
That makes 3 Greens together, and BOOM! They will disappear and leave this:
R R R
That's now 3 Reds together. BOOM! They disappear, and you've gotten a 3x combo.
There are many other patterns to watch out for, and you will pick these up as
you go along. If you manage to clear the entire screen, then you get the Clear
Bonus which adds to your multiplier again.
Now, what happens if you don't see the powerup name? Or you missed it because
you weren't paying attention. You don't want to risk using a Multislorg
ball, but then, if you throw it away, you may have needed that important Slorg
Destruct ball. There's a simple way to tell. ALL powerup balls will be pulsating
slightly, and each powerup has its own colour.
Slowdown = Green
Super Slorgenizer = Brown
Slorg Block = Blue
Multislorg = Red
Slorg Destruct = Pink
Puddlewater = Grey
Got that? Good. You're well on your way to being an "Attack of the Slorgs"
Now, you've played the game enough and there's something still on your mind
bugging you. You're SURE you saw a frog appear just below the Slorg entrance
every so often, but when you checked there again, it was gone.
Fear not my friends, you aren't going crazy. This is the ultimate in bonuses.
This is the trick that will get you a score of over 3,000 (with a little practice).
When that guy pops his head up, and you hit him... you are awarded a 25 point
bonus. The Crazy Frog Bonus. The equivalent to repelling 25 Slorgs.
I know what you're thinking. He very rarely appears, it happens at random,
and it's only for a second. You're never going to be able to hit him if luck
isn't on your side.... WRONG!
This is one of the hardest tricks to master, but gives you the greatest score
increase. The Frog will NEVER appear in the first 15 seconds of play, so at
first, play as normal, and hope for a Slorg Block powerup. When acquired, fire
it so you block in all Slorgs except ONE. Leave this Slorg to move along towards
the food. Let him think he's gotten away. Now, aim your Slorgeriser X4
just below the entrance where the Slorgs come out... now hold the Space bar
so you continuously fire at this location. If the lone Slorg gets too close
to the food, destroy him... and the rest of the Slorgs will remain motionless
for around 10-20 seconds.
If the Frog pops up during this time (and in many cases, he will) you will
already be rapidly firing at him.. And you will be able to get 3,4 sometimes
even 5 or 6 hits on him. That's anything up to a 150 point bonus. A HUGE amount!
if you get another Slorg Block during this time, you can use it again and hope
for him to pop up for more points. On level 1, you will eventually be able to
do this 3 times with ease (and a bit of luck). That's a 450 point bonus.
Oh, and I have one final tip. It's the final tip because it's to be remembered.
It's the most important of all. DO NOT PANIC. You'll only end up messing
up shots, and making the game even harder for yourself.
Try it yourself. See what tactics work for you, and have fun playing one of
the best games Neopets has yet programmed. Good Luck. Do not show those Slorgs