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So you want to play Yooyuball?

When Altador was first created, the citizens wanted to celebrate their new city by inventing a game unlike any that Neopia had ever seen, thus Yooyuball was born. Over the years the game has evolved into to a full out tournament, a battle between 1 different teams to be crowned the champions. So what are you waiting for? Join a team and start playing!

There are four different games in which the teams compete; Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, Make Some Noise and Shootout Showdown. This page was created to provide Neopians with information and guidance about the core game of the AC, Yooyuball.

Click for the AC home page!

News

Last update: May 27th, 2013.

This page is now, for the most part, updated for the new AC. There still are some tweaks to be made here and there, but please mail me if you see anything that is off.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Corrections?

Neomail me!

Join a Team

Click for the Team page!

Until the tournament starts you will be practicing (as in the scores don't count) against the Jelly World. When the tournament starts on May 31st, you will be playing Yooyuball against a predetermined opponent.

In a technical sense, it doesn't matter what team you join, as all the teams function in the game seemingly identical. However, there are many other reasons users choose a particular team: chatting groups on the boards, certain teams are thought to do consistently well in the standings, a perception of a 'free ride', loyalty to the same team year after year, etc... Do your research! Find out what team is best suited to you :)

Sit down for an hour and play all of the AC games. If you think you have the drive to do this almost every day for a whole month (mind numbing repetitiveness XD ), then join on up. Prizes at the end are awarded by participation. Even if you are on the winning team, but only play one game, you will get nothing.

The Playing Field

This is the field if your team is going from right to left. If you choose to go from left to right the labels would be swapped to the other side.



There are 10 players on the field. 5 of your players (ones you can control) and 5 opposing players (will try to score on you). Two of the 10 players are goalies that can't leave their boxes. The formation of the opposing team is random for each match you play.

Controls

Arrow Keys or
Mouse:

Used to move your players around the Yooyuball pitch.
Space bar: If you have the ball, press the space bar to shoot. Hold down the space bar to throw the ball farther. When you're not in control of the Yooyuball, you can hit the space bar to steal the ball from your opponents.
Shift Key: This key gets your team to run back in its original formation.


Note: currently there is no way to manually select or lock onto what player you have control off (silly yes, but that how it is for now :( ).

Formations

3 : 1

It is easy to win the initial ball, however, the automatic player selection may lead to unwanted switching around the opponent's goal area if too many players are present.
1 : 3

It is easy to win the initial ball and you can use the other players for defense if your attack fails. The automatic player selection may lead to unwanted switching around your goal area if too many players are present.

I play using this formation for this guide :P
2 : 2

It is a bit harder to win the initial ball; you will be in control of the forward towards the top of the screen. This formation usually requires more field play than the others.

Intro to Yooyus

There are 7 different Yooyus available for play:
Normal Yooyu:
No surprises, travels in a straight line at a normal speed.
Fire Yooyu:
Moves faster than the Normal Yooyu.
Ice Yooyu:
Moves slower than the Normal Yooyu.
Faerie Yooyu:
These Yooyus ark when shot or passed.

Darigan Yooyu:
This Yooyu moves towards the side where you are aiming, but at a opposite angle from what you shoot forwards (So slightly behind you, instead of in front). Be very careful with it when you are in front of you own goal.
Mutant Yooyu:
These Yooyus act as random Yooyus. They can go straight (Like the Fire, Normal, and Ice Yooyu), or ark (Faerie), or even go the opposite direction (Darigan). Each shot/pass is may be different.
Clockwork Yooyu:
This Yooyu behaves the same as a normal one, but explodes after a certain amount of time. It will glow red right before it detonates. The game will continue as usual after a goal is scored or it explodes; the blast will not hurt your players.

Scoring Methods

These techniques are to help you score right after the ball is put into play. The new Yooyuball game is much more dynamic, and you will have to practice your in-field play in case the attack does not work.

Initial tip off:


Be prepared to move in the direction of the opponents goal as soon as the game starts (move only horizontally, no vertical movement). The other team's forwards will immediately start traveling towards the ball.
Try to time your approach so the opposing player is almost at the ball, while you are slightly behind.
Then press the space bar to blow by the forward, picking up the Yooyuball as you pass. You can then proceed one of two ways (see method 1 and 2 below). I usually use method one, but see which one works the best for you :)


Method 1:


Hold down the space bar to start powering up a shot right after you obtain the Yooyuball.
You can then avoid the defenders by moving downwards about half way towards the goal (as seen in video). It may take awhile to get the timing down, but I find this to be the easiest method.
When you are no longer inline with the goalie, let go of the space bar to shoot the ball into the goal.


Method 2:


Hold down the space bar to start powering up a shot right after you obtain the Yooyuball.
You can then avoid the defenders by traveling in a triangular path (as seen in video).
When you are no longer inline with the goalie, let go of the space bar to shoot the ball into the goal.

Defending

I can't really give you strategies for defense, but I can give you some tips.

Tip 1:
The new automatic player selection makes timing your goalie's moves difficult. The switch is very abrupt and can result in an easy goal if you accidentally move your goalie out of the way. Be prepared to suddenly switch/stop pressing keys.

Tip 2:
Once your goalkeeper manages to get the ball, hold down the space bar to power up a shot; the ball will travel further down the field once released. Warning! The other team has the ability to steal the ball from your goalie. If one of them approaches, pass the ball immediately.

Tip 3:
Keep trying! It is not the end of the world if the other team scores a goal. The field to reset and you can try again.

Power-ups

These power-ups can make scoring easier if used wisely. here is the run down of the different types.

Mystery Power-up:
Makes your team bigger for a limited amount of time.
Speed Boost:
Makes your team faster for a limited amount of time.
Goal Expansion:
Makes the opponent's goal larger for a limited amount of time.
Freeze Opponent:
Freezes all opposition players for a limited amount of time.

FAQ

None for the moment, give me a mail if you have any questions.

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