How to Play World Challenges
Have you ever wondered how to make the most out of playing games? As I’m sure you’re well aware of, playing game after game to make neopoints is incredibly time-consuming. It could take you weeks, months, or even years to reach your financial goals! The stock market takes time, and you’re simply not fast enough to restock. So what can you do? World Challenges, that’s what!
Now, I’m sure you’re saying, “But I’m not good at games!” All I have to say to that is nonsense! There are countless games World Challenges are available for, and you’re bound to be good at at least one.
Let’s get started!
First, you’re going to need to know how to get to the world challenge page. Click on games on the navigation bar. Choose any non-advertisement game. We’re going to use Ultimate Bullseye II as an example. Once you’re on the main page of the game, scroll to the bottom of the page. You should see an image that looks like this:
You want to click on that image. It will take you to the world challenge page for Meridell. You can either choose a game from that world or you can click the world challenges link at the top of the page. From there you can see what kind of games the other worlds have.
There are twelve different places in Neopia that have games for you to choose to compete in. Kreludor, Neopia Central, Haunted Woods, Lost Desert, Faerieland, Krawk Island, Mystery Island, Virtupets Space Station, Meridell, Tyrannia, Terror Mountain, and Maraqua are all participating places for the World Challenge. As for the other areas in Neopia, they simply aren’t ready to host World Challenges at this time.
Take your time and browse through the game selection each place has. I like to compete in Ultimate Bullseye II. Once you’ve chosen, remember to look at the time. Each World Challenge begins at exactly three minutes past every hour and then ends fifty-seven minutes later. That is to say, a world challenge will start at 12:03 P.M. NST and end at 1:00 P.M. NST.
If you think you have enough time to play, then enter! It will cost you 100 neopoints. Be sure to send the best scores you can possibly muster. But if it’s late in the hour, I highly suggest that you wait until the next hour starts. After all, you don’t want to have to rush to get a good enough score to enter.
How Scoring Works:
Once you’ve sent your score, you will need to wait for another Neopian to send a score and then for both of your scores to be matched up. The person with the higher score will earn a positive tally, and the person with the lower score will earn a negative tally. In the event of a tie, each user will receive a neutral tally of 0.
Though you may have to wait on someone to be matched up with, you’re welcome to continue sending scores. In fact, it’s encouraged! If you end up with the highest tally, you will win.
There are three possible ways you can walk away from the match with a World Challenge Map Piece.
1. You end up with a high enough positive tally to land you in an eligible winning spot.
2. Your high score for the hour is high enough to put you in an eligible winning spot.
3. Your combined scores total to be high enough to put you in an eligible winning spot.
To see if you qualify for either of these wins, you can click on the “tally,” “hour’s HS,” and “score totals” links. It will show you who is currently in the top ranking for each category. Don’t forget that your tally has to be at least zero to be able to qualify for the win. Even if you have the highest score of the hour, you won’t win anything if your tally is negative one.
What can you win?
If you manage to win a World Challenge, you will be awarded a World Challenge Map Piece. Assuming you follow my route and play Ultimate Bullseye II, you would win World Challenge Meridell map piece. There are twenty pieces in all. When you combine all of the pieces, you will win 2,000 neopoints as well as a paint brush, petpet paint brush, petpet, or codestone. Generally speaking, it is worth it to complete the maps. I’ve, personally, had good luck with them.
Or you could go another route and sell the pieces as you win them. They’re usually worth at least 15,000 neopoints, though there are many that are worth more.
You can win three pieces a day. You’re welcome to continue participating in world challenges after you’ve won your three pieces, but you won’t be able to win anything else.
About the maps:
There are three levels to each map. The chance of getting a valuable prize increases as the level of the map does. However, the neopoint prize of 2,000 remains constant.
To complete a higher level map, you first have to work your way up to it. You need to complete level one before you can start with level two and you have to complete level two before you can start level three.
Once you complete level one, you will automatically start winning level two map pieces from the World Challenges.
My last words of advice:
Study your competition.
By that I mean to learn what scores are considered good and what scores are considered bad for a particular game. It’s typically easier to play the games if you have a score in mind to shoot for. However, you will want to do what you can to go above and beyond that score to better your chances of winning.
Practice, practice, practice!
Remember that World Challenges are games, and to be successful you must practice. The more you play them, the better you get. It’s as easy as that.
I know this from experience. When I first started competing in the World Challenge for Ultimate Bullseye II, I was only mediocre in it. I didn’t have a trophy and my high score was only slightly over 100. Now I have a silver trophy and I can get well over 100 every time I play.
Now get going and win those challenges!