The Grundo Snowthrow Guide
TERROR MOUNTAIN - *Sigh* It’s winter again and the Grundos are playing happily
in the snow….but wait what’s this? A snowball fight?!
Ah yes, Grundo Snowthrow. Those cute little Grundos having a bit of a game
against those yetis, yes, what fun. What?! Not fun?! Well hopefully by the time
I’m done rambling, this will be one of your favorite games ^_^
Okay, yes you’ve caught me! Grundo Snowthrow used to be on my top 10 hated
games list too. But I only hated it because I didn’t fully understand how to
play it. I had finally been shown the light….and then hit with a snowball for
staring at the light too long.
Well let’s start with the basics. You play 3 Grundos. Your enemies are a bunch
of yetis or snow beasts or whatever you feel like calling them. Perhaps you
could give them each names or something, but that’s up to you. What you want
to do to get to the next level is knock out all of the yetis on the opposing
side. Yeah it may sound brutal but *shrugs* it’s a snowball fight. As you can
probably tell from the name or from at least attempting it once, you do this
by throwing….. (Yes you’ve guessed it!).....snowballs at them. But they aren’t
just going to stand there staring at the light and be pelted. You’re going to
have to dodge their snowballs too.
So, how do you get them to throw a snowball you ask? Well, it’s very simple.
You just click and hold on the Grundo you want to throw a snowball and wait
for the meter to go up just a little (or the snowball won’t get anywhere!) and
then there goes your snowball hurdling off into space, or time itself or….that
tree. Okay, so you want to know how to aim, correct? Well, in Grundo Snowthrow
you’re probably going to want to use a little bit of perspective and see that
all of your snowballs don’t go off straight, but more so at a 45 degree angle.
And, of course, your enemy’s snowballs will do the same thing just at a downward
45 degree angle. So with this in mind, usually you want to be a little below
the yeti you are aiming for.
Now, (yes I know you want to get to the tips and hints) each one of your character
has two lives, or in other terms, it can be hit twice with the snowball. And
being the super huge yetis they are, you’ll have to take several whacks at the
yetis before they’re down for good. Each time you hit a yeti though and it isn’t
knocked out, there are three things that could happen. One, they could just
be temporarily stunned. Two, they could become dizzy and this is basically like
number one it just last longer (and you can laugh at them as the little stars
spin around their head!) And three, they could pretend to be knocked out which
is very evil indeed. They look just like they would if they were knocked out….except
they’re not knocked out, and will come back. This last the longest out of all
of them, and personally I think the most annoying because you’re like “Yay!
Level done!” and then all of a sudden you don’t get taken to the next level
even though all of your enemies are knocked out. And remember! When a yeti is
in any of these states, your snowballs will not affect them! So just wait a
second until they go back to normal. After you get in some practice for the
game you should be able to predict when they will come back, so you can have
a snowball flying their way as soon as they’re back to normal. This is helpful
because they can’t throw snowballs in this state, so if you can constantly keep
those snowballs flying, you won’t have to worry about dodging any!
Okay, because it doesn’t let you see what your score is, I’m going to quickly
run over how they come up with your score so during the game you can try to
compute it yourself. There are two main components of your score. First it would
be the points you get from beating levels. Each level you beat, you get five
points for it. I usually get to at least level 20, so that’s 20*5, which gives
me 100 points already. The second part of your score will come from your accuracy
of hitting the yetis. What ever your accuracy is, that’s how many points you
get. 98% accuracy? Well that’s 98 points. So, we currently have 198 points from
the first two parts. Now about those last few chances to get points that can
make the difference. You get 5 points for every time you beat a level in less
than 15 seconds. This usually happens on level One and Two, and on levels Eight
and Nine (and I’ll explain why levels Eight and Nine in the tips/hints.) So
you beat all of those levels in less than 15 seconds, so that’s another 20 points.
That puts us at 218. Now your final chance to get points would be knocking out
the golden yetis. For each one you knock out you get 2 points. So, we knocked
out four of them, that giving us an extra 8 points. We now finish the game with
226 points, which will get you the avatar during the beginning of the month,
and possibly a trophy. Later during the month, beating 4 more levels will get
you 20 more points (246), which should get you the avatar anytime.
Now that I’ve rambled enough to seriously bore all those people that already
know this, it’s on to tips and hints! (Before they all gang up on me and I am
pelted with tons of snowballs *looks around*)
Well, like I promised to tell everyone why you can get less than 15 seconds
on levels Eight and Nine, here it is. Every eight levels, the number of characters
will go back to one. This means on level Eight there is only one enemy. And
on level Nine there are only two enemies. And on level 16 there is only one
enemy, etc. This makes it easy to get under 15 seconds on not only level One
When you play, it is usually best if you try to control one instead of all
three at the same time. Put the other two you aren’t using down in the lower
left hand corner for protection. On some of the higher levels though all of
the yetis will crowd down to the bottom, leaving those Grundos you left there
open to attacks. In this case, it would be advised to put one Grundo up at the
top so that some of the yetis will move back up towards that one. If you are
trying to go for a 15 second bonus though, I suggest just leaving the Grundos
where they are and using one of them and just quickly pelting snowballs at them.
Keep your accuracy up! Like I said before in the points section, accuracy is
half of your score. So don’t just randomly throw those snowballs! And as usual,
there are exceptions to each rule. The only time you should just fire away at
the yetis would be when you are going for the 15 second bonus. Otherwise be
careful with your aim.
Remember about the perspective thing? Good, because it can be very helpful.
It seems for most enemies that there is this spot just a little below them that
you can hit them with snowballs, but they can’t hit you! A very helpful thing.
Another thing that I have found helpful to remember, and that I think I should
share with all of you, is that defense should come before offense! It doesn’t
do you any good to hit the yeti – and then loose the game because they hit you.
Make sure not too make the foolish mistake of hitting one of your own characters.
I know I have done this several times because I forget about the perspective.
So keep the perspective in mind! It plays an important part in the game.
The final tip I have to give you before I leave you would be about the yetis.
Even though I have no idea how to use this to your advantage, it seems that
if a yeti goes onto the other side of the ice divider line (your side) you can
control it. *shrugs* Use it how you wish.
Well, thanks for spending your time reading this article! I hope it helped
you gain some insight into it and possible helped you get the avatar or a nice
trophy. Or at the very least it made it off your top 10 hated games list. If
you have any comments, or would just like something to be explained a little
better, or anything, just give me a Neomail ^^ I’m off to frolic in the snow
with the Grundos, knowing that if I’m drawn into a snowball fight, I’ll be ready.