Welcome guest, to my comprehensive guide to Keyquest. For the remainder of the guide I will refer to it as KQ. I hope you enjoy this guide as much as I enjoyed making it. Feedback is always appreciated. If you want to provide feedback always feel free to neomail me HERE.
Okay, first we must GET to KQ. On the yellow bar across the top of your neopets page, locate the link: Games. When laying your mouse on it a drop-down menu will appear with several options. You will note that the bottom option is KeyQuest. Click it and it will bring you to the main KQ page. Or, you can just click
|Upon entering KQ you should come to a page such as this. Color scheme may be different depending on events going on at the site, but it will still be the same screen. Now let me explain what you are looking at starting at top. :)|
- Collector's Case: This is for all intents a purposes a list of all the different KQ tokens that you own. You can switch through these tokens before each game so that you can have a "unique" token.
- Vault: You will go here to use the keys that you have earned in game. I will explain this further later. Shall we proceed? ^__^
- Redeem Keyquest codes: If you have purchased a special plushie at the store, some of them come with codes. Instructions should be labeled on the toy I would imagine; however, this is where you will put those codes. In redeeming these codes you will be rewarded with special KQ tokens.
- Tutorial: If you would like to read a tutorial on how to play KQ, then click this link. It can be quite useful for beginning players.
- Keyquest Collectors Case: The same thing as the collector's case mentioned above.
- Play: As obvious as it seems. When you are ready to play KQ this is where you are going to want to go.
- Vault: Same as vault mentioned above.
- My KeyQuest Stats: In this box it allows yo to see how many keys you have earned and how many keys you have available to spend or unused.
|Okay, lets assume that you hit play. After going through a loading stage you should come to this screen. If your screen stays light blue you will need to refresh. Now what are we looking at now? Let me break it down for you.|
- Keys to Win: As simple as it sounds. Down the left side of the building there are different options. You have the option of playing game with anywhere between 2-5 keys. 2 keys being the minimum and 5 keys being the maximum. The fewer keys that must be gathered in the game will make games go more quickly, the more keys that must be gathered will make game go more slowly. I personally prefer 5-key games, but you will have to decided which games suit you best.
- Create Game: In the middle of the building there appears to be a door. You can just skip going to any specific "room", and just make the game as you see fit. Upon doing so the game will assign your game to the appropriate room. I prefer going the the actual room however because I prefer to join games when they are available rather than make my own. Personal preference.
- Games by Topic: Now this is more confusing. Really it doesn't matter which "topic" you go into, they are pretty much the same. These rooms are handy when you have somebody you want to play against. You can just say, "Meet me in fan clubs and I will invite you". Thats about the only use for these rooms.
- On the top right hand corner of the screen you will see what appears to be a speaker. This is a mute button. If you do not wish to hear the KQ music simply click this button.
Joining /Creating a Game
|So, we are ready to join a game? Well, let me explain how to do this then.
- Up at the top you will see a token(mine is appearing as a red meerca) with the words "quick list" underneath. This is the KQ token you will be using through the game. If you would like to change you token to some other available token you have, just click on quicklist and change your token. Pretty simple eh?
- If you look down you will see some games that are open to the public. The players name that created the game is listed, how many players are going to play, and how many keys you have to play for. Also if you drag your mouse over these it will tell you which map it is playing on.
- Upon scrolling through the available game, choose one that you would like to join. Once you have done this, click "join game" that is located under the listing of open games.
- You will also notice there is the option to create a game. This is a nice option if there are no games up and available to the public that you would like to join. If you wish to create your own game, click this button.
|Okay, There are no available games to join. In this scenario you only have one option. You have to create the game yourself. This is easier than you may think. So go ahead and hit the create game link. Either the create a game link on the building or the link in the individual rooms will work. It should bring you to a screen something like this.|
|Now, what are we looking at? Lets break it down.
- Number of Keys: This is where you will select how many keys you wish the game to be played for. For example, if you select two keys then there is only going to be two different colored keys you need to get before winning the game.
- Number of Players: How many people do you want to play against. Obviously there needs to be at least two player total, and the maximum is 4. I like two player games becuase they go quickly and I'm guaranteed at least a silver key. But I do enjoy more players when playing people I know. This being said, lets say somebody quits or gets booted. If its a two player game, the game is over. Done deal, end of story. You do not get your prizes or anything. If there is more than two players and one player disappears then the game continues on minus the one player. Its kind of like a cushion. Soooo...find what you like best. ^__^
- Game board: Okay, first I must throw it out there. Mountain, Haunted Woods, and Neopia Central boards my favourite and in my opinion the best. However people do have differing views on this. But to get back on track :o. This is a listing of all the different boards available for you to play on.
- Game Topic: This should automatically default to the topic room you are already in. IE: I got here through fan clubs so its already defaulted to fan clubs. If I wanted to have my game show up in general chat then I would switch it to that. This function is more useful when creating the game from the outside building option. I don't have to enter the topic of choice first before making the game. moving on...
- Chat level: To be honest I have never messed with this. :o I shall have to in the future and when I do I will have more info for you. I always just stick with scripted chat which means you have a list of available words or phrases you can say, and that is it. You do not have the ability to type out any kind of message. :/
- Now you have one of two options. You can either click done and it will make the game open to the public, or you can invite players to your game. I only invite when I have set a game up with somebody else.
|Now lets assume that you want to invite some players to your game. How do we do this. Its actually quite simple.
- On the right you will notice a box labeled neofriends. Inside this box you should notice some usernames are listed. The picture I'm providing isn't a very good example...but...the empty space circled in blue that is located right above neofriends online_ 0/6) is where the usernames of people on and in the topic room that you just chose. You can invite people from this list if you so choose. Below that it shows a small list of some of your neofriends. If they are online that tab will be brighter than the rest. You can select their name and invite them to your game. I've never done this so I can't tell you much about it.
- Once you have selected the people whom you wish to invite you will notice that their names will have popped up in the boxes labeled "Invited Players". At this point you can click OK and it will bring you back to the create a game screen. Once there click done and it will create the game and send an invite to all players you selected.
Playing the Game
|Now that we are ready to play and you have either joined a game or created one...this is the screen you should be at. At this point it is important to determine who goes first and where you will start out. Let me explain what you are looking at.
- In the opening where you see houses that I have cirlced should be a die. Click on it to roll the die. After rolling the computer will determine who rolled the highest number and subsequently goes first.
- Upon determining who goes first the houses will appear. I have taken the liberty in showing which starting positions I like best and in which order. NOW, this is based on the assumption that you are playing on the maps that I like best which are Haunted Woods, Mountain, and Neopia Central. If you are playing on any other map then my order of best positions is no longer valid.
|Okay, we are playing the game now. Omigosh, there is so much to take in! Okay, not really. At least not when you know what you are looking at. So let me explain.I have conveniently numbered what I circled there being so much. ^__^
And thats how you play the game. Easy Right? Well, There are some other details I would like to share with you. So we will just keep moving on. ^__^
- The number 4 you see here is how much I rolled on the dice roll.This means I can now move 4 spaces.
- Okay, this little dice you see up here in the little square is a powerup. You can have up to 3 at a time. If you collect any more while you have three you will be given the option to replace it with one that you have. You don't have to replace though.
- Think of this as X marks the spot. You must have a key to unlock this tile though. If you unlock the chest you will be rewarded with nps, a powerup, and a key. VERY good tile to land on. But it must be your last move when you land on it.
- This is a powerup tile. When you land or pass over this tile you will get a powerup. It is always random which powerup you will recieve.
- this tile will unlock a mini-game. There are different mini-games. When you win you will be rewarded with nps and a key or a choice of powerups. You do not get to choose whether its a key or powerup however. This is random.
- This is an element or attribute tile. Or something like that. Basically, each token has a different element or attribute associated with it. If you have a token whos attribute is light then you would recieve a bonus. Usually in the form of a *special* powerup which can only be recieved when landing on these tiles, and a bonus spell. These spells can be accepted or declined.
- This the map you are playing when looked at from the sky so to speak. It only shows the keys, and the doors. This is helpful when needing to look where you are and where you want to go. Especially when you can't count the spaces from the screen becuase parts are out of view.
- And the orange part that I circled and apparently forgot to number is how many nps you have won in game thus far. Remember though, you do not collect on these nps until somebody has won the game.
Mini-Games: How to play
| Okay, let me explain first before teaching you how to play these few mini-games I've selected to show. Well, for starters these are not all the mini-games, just the ones I find important to discuss for varying reasons. Some of these reasons being I want to teach you how to play fair. So...just to get that out there. We need to play these games fairly. Thats it on that. ^_^ Lets get on with the guide.|
|This is the planting Game. I'm exactly sure off-hand the actual name for the mini-game but when you play it you should know by this picture. I will also change the name here when I remember it. =P....|
Okay, The trick with this game is to water two seeds at a time. This picture shows you how to align your bucket with the grass blades to achieve this. Do you see the nozzle where I have two purple lines coming down? You will notice that those three blades of grass that fall within those lines. Try to visually line the nozzle of you watering can here and then click to water. If done correctly both seeds should sprout. You will then only have to water twice instead of four times, cutting the time needed in half. Now...onto the last two remaining seeds. ^__^
|Okay, the last two seeds can be grown two at a time as well. Follow the black lines down from the nozzle...you will notice those two blades of grass that line up with it. Again...just visually line up your nozzle with the blades of grass and you should be able to grow both seeds at the same time. Sooo...All in all this should cut down watering clicks from 8 clicks to four. Next all you have to do is bring you cursor over to the scissors, move the scissors over each individual flower and click to cut. First person to cut all four flowers wins. =D|
The idea of this game is to pick the fruit, and place them in your basket. The more fruit picked the better your score. ^__^ Pretty simple. you can see the circled region above the baskets. These fruit are going to be the easiest and the quickest to place in your basket. Then you will see a region that there isn't any basket underneath. Usually to the far right. Once you have picked all the fruit above your basket I suggest picking what is directly above your opponents basket first before going to this area. Since these fruit are not above any basket they are hard to get for both you and your opponent. Cripple your opponent first. ^__^...okay...now I want to make a point..|
Some people have the strategy to just clip all the fruit above their own basket without dragging them to the basket. They just let them all fall at once and hope most of them land in their own basket. I find this to be dirty play and I do not support it nor condone it. I understand the whole slower pc thing, but...we MUST play fair. Its just a game. And it needs to be enjoyable to both players. You may have a slower pc and may not be able to help that. But neither can those who play against you. However we all can help how we play. Rant done. =P
In this game you have to cirlce the petpetpets. Which petpetpet you have to circle is listed at the top market -target petpetpet-. This means this is the only petpetpet you can circle. The more you circle, the greater the combo and better points. Be quick though because your circle in progress will get reset if your opponent creates a circle. I just thought I'd explain this since I had trouble figuring this out at first. ^__^
Reedeeming your Keys
| Okay, you have played all the games you plan on playing. Now its time to collect prizes. Yay!!!! Okay, wait how do we do this? Well, let me show you. ^__^|
- You will need to click on the vault link I showed earlier. It should bring you to a page similar to this.
- You will note that it says how many keys you have redeemed out of the 10 keys you are allowed to redeem. Pretty straightfoward here. You are only allowed to redeem 10 keys per day. Meaning if you have played and collected 12 keys...you can only redeem 10 of them and then redeem the remaining 2 tomorrow. =)
- Doors that you can open should be lit up. I have these doors cirlce. Also at the bottom you will see a line of keys and a number. These are the keys you have to use. The colors that I have circled around both the keys and doors coincide.
Click on the door you want to open. It should open and reveal some prizes. Then click on use another key if you have more keys to use and do this over and over again as long as you have available keys to spend.
- IMPORTANT: As you use your keys the number of keys at the bottom do not decrease unless you exit and come back to this page. So, if you have say 3 silver to use and you use 2, obviously you will only have 1 left. But the number at the bottom will remain 3 unless you exit and come back. This being, don't get all excited if you click on a door thats highlighted and the key number says you have it, but no prize is revealed. This just means that you -lost count-...=D So obviously, know how many of each key you have and count down in your head as you use them.
- Omigosh! Thats about it! *faints* Finally! lol