Game Masters and Game Amateurs Are One And the Same
Have you become scared of the link on your sidebar to play games? Have the trophy
addicts made you want to give up hope of getting that trophy you have always dreamed
of? Don't give up. Just start with the logic behind the madness…
When Neopians talk about gaming, you usually hear a variety having to do with
gold trophies, score resets, and avatars along with the occasional, "I think
I'm better than you at (insert game here)" in the Game Challenge Room. Some
people even find it easier than others to win their Neopian income at the Game
Challenge Room over restocking and other various ways to make neopoints. Now,
is this you? Well, it could be. Over the 4 years I have been playing Neopets,
I have found that games either come easy to the specific player or not so much.
For those that struggle you can hear them ranting and raving, "Ohh!! I was
this close to getting that avatar!!" or, "Doh! Why did I have to lose
there!!! I would have had a trophy!" Then there are those fortunate few
that feel all games are one and the same just resulting in a lookup full of
trophies that make the rest of us think, "How? How did he get all those?"
The answer is simple. One step at a time.
When it comes to playing a game for a trophy (whether or not you are interested
in the avatar makes no difference), it all starts with one game, one
goal, and possibly one guide. With all the guides that can possibly
be found on Neopets, one must remember: they can be very helpful or the exact
opposite. And one must be careful in choosing what information is helpful and
what information is ridiculously false. When you begin to play, the controls
are always the first vital thing to understand; don't be lazy: read them! It
doesn't hurt and you might learn something. I have actually run into multiple
Neopians who never knew that space bar on Volcano Run was used to slow you down
or was the "brake" in the game. Hence reading the rules is definitely
a good thing.
The next item on the list when it comes to conquering a game is just another
simple question. "Are there any helpful tips that show strategies that would
make it easier for me to play this game?" The answer to that question for
most games is, "Yes! Definitely!" You just have to look around. Strategy
for many games can come from all different directions from many different people.
For example: For beating games like Cellblock, Sewage Surfer, Extreme Potato
Counter, Neoquest 1 & 2, etc. can actually become simple with just you, the
average Neopian, taking the time to read. When I first started to play, I thought
these games were beyond me. My friend called me a quitter. He also made me look
bad because he had all the trophies I wanted. All he ended up having to do was
push me into the game room with a few guides and my journey had begun. It can
be the same for you. You just have to take the time to read through the guides.
For those of you that repeatedly say, "I have spent hours playing and still
can't get a score higher than _____!!" I understand your frustration; one
reason could be because of the timing you picked to submit your score. If you
got the bright idea to try for a trophy towards the end of the month when all
the scores are ridiculously high, expect to fail miserably. A simple solution
to resolve this is to just try waiting for the first of the month. As hard as
waiting sometimes can be, practice your patience by doing something else to
keep you busy till the end of the month. For those that do not know, The Neopets
Team usually gives out trophies at X:XX AM NST, this being what many Neopians
call the "First of the Month Game Rush!" (You didn't think I would actually
tell you, did you?) If you wait till the first of the month, the chances of
you getting your score on the high score list becomes extremely more probable.
With any luck, you will be given the chance to feel proud and be able to show-off
a screen shot of your name on the high score list (without editing in your name
and cheating yourself of your own accomplishment).
Another solution (also number three on the list) is to find secret words that
give extra effects that help you out during game play. An example of this can
be found in the following games: Oh, I'm so sorry. I can't list them. You
will have to find them on your own, but believe me, they do exist and they do
I found for many games where it helped me to set goals at various point markers
in order to know if my game play was going well. If when game play starts, you
don't receive above the point marker you personally set, or you know you could
get more on that specific level, many master gamers would ask the questionl,
"Why not just start over?" The answer to that question is you probably
should. Wasting time to keep playing with a poor point spread over a game will
never get you the trophy or avatar, and will just make you discouraged. Don't
worry; just hang in there. You will get that dream trophy or that dream game
Another trick to any game is the concept everyone seems to hate: practicing
through repetition to create your own strategy. From my own experience, it sometimes
takes a few days to pick up on the tricks of the trade towards any game, but
once learned, I am usually on my way to a gold trophy and with any luck you
will be too!
In conclusion if you take the time to:
1: Learn every control in the game,
2: Find at least one helpful guide,
3: Pick the beginning of the month to send your score,
4: Start the game over if the point to level ratio is low,
5: Check if there are any secret words for extra help in the game and
6: Practice, Practice and YEP! More practice.
You could very well be on your way to a gold trophy to show off on your lookup
or that avatar you always wanted.
I hope you have learned a thing or two about the tricks to gaming, and hopefully
your trophy collection will be growing after reading this article!