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Volcano Run 2 Guide

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In Volcano Run 2, you guide Glubgar the Scorchio through a volcano while avoiding obstacles and collecting gems. If you touch the wall, ceiling, or any obstacles, you lose a life and have to start all over.


Controls

Hold the left mouse button to flap Glubgar's wings and make him rise to the top of the screen. Let go of the button to make him float down towards the bottom.

Hit the C key to make Glubgar come to a complete stop (you can't stop indefinitely, because the game auto scrolls, so once you reach the edge of the screen, you'll be pushed forward.)

Hit the V key to speed up Glubgar.


Obstacles

Rocks: Some rocks are stationary, others move slowly up and down the screen, and others move quickly up and down the screen.

Fire Balls: Fire balls come towards you from the right side of the screen in a straight horizontal path.

Lava Geysers: Lava geysers shoot up from the bottom of the screen, totally blocking your path for a few seconds. They start appearing once you reach 500 meters.


Bonuses

Bubble: Occasionally you'll see a bubble floating around. If you collect it, Glubgar will get a protective shield around him for a few seconds. During this time, if Glubgar hits an obstacle he will pass through it instead of dying, and the bubble will disappear. Otherwise, the bubble will disappear on its own after a few seconds. Because it lasts for such a short time, it's pretty useless and not worth going out of your way to get.




Gems: Collecting gems gives you bonus points. Gems always come in sets of three. Yellow gems are worth 10 points and red gems are worth 20 points. Once you reach 450 bonus points, no more gems will appear.





Scoring

This game has a unique scoring system. At the end, your total score equals your best distance plus your bonus points.

This means that if you get 200 meters on your first life, and 100 meters on your second life, your total distance score at that point will be 200. The 100 meters you got on your second life doesn't count for anything, since only your one best distance counts towards your final score.

However, your bonus point score is the total of all the bonus points you've collected on each life. So if you collected 200 bonus points on your first life, and 100 bonus points on your second life, your total bonus score will be 300. Add your bonus points to your best distance, and that's your final score.


Here's a screen shot showing several of the things that have been described:




Codes

Type glubgar for an extra life. You should do this as soon as you start the game because there usually aren't any obstacles for the first few seconds, so you have some time to type it in.


Tips

Notice that speeding up makes Glubgar slightly thinner vertically, and slowing down makes him thinner horizontally. This means that speeding up will help you get through a tight space, such as a small space between a fire ball and the floor.

Normal Speed
Fast
Stopped


Lava geysers always come in sets of two. (Of course, it's possible that you could get more than one set of two in a row.) The lava geysers make a loud sound, so you'll always be warned when they're coming up. When you hear the sound, immediately hit the V key to speed past the first geyser, then hit the C key to stop and wait for the second one to go off. Once the second one is finished going off, hit the V key again to speed past it. If you get two or more sets of lava geysers in a row, just continue the pattern of speeding past the first one and then stopping to wait for the second one to go off before speeding past.

Sometimes, when you're in a fairly long, open corridor with no rocks, two fire balls will come at the same time. Otherwise, the fire balls will only come one at a time. For the first 1000 meters, the single fire balls will only come when you're on the same screen as a set of gems. So when you see a set of gems, get ready for a fire ball!

However, once you've reached 450 bonus points (meaning there will be no more gems), the fire balls start coming three at a time and at random intervals, which makes things considerably more difficult.

Because of this, on your first life, you should try not to collect any gems. This way, you can get your best distance without having to worry about unpredictable groups of three fire balls at a time. It's really not a big deal if you do collect some gems, though, as long as you don't get up to 450 points. So don't get yourself killed trying to avoid the gems or anything.

Once you've gotten your best distance, you can use your remaining lives to collect all the gems. Gems come up fairly often, and they'll keep appearing until you reach 450 bonus points, so it's not a big deal if you miss some gems. So also don't get yourself killed trying to get every gem. If you miss a set, just wait for the next one.

Because gems always appear in sets of three, it's possible to get more than 450 bonus points. You should stop collecting gems at 440 points. Then you can collect the next set of three gems and end up with 470 bonus points. Occasionally, two sets of three gems will appear at the same time. So once you get 470 bonus points, keep going for a little bit to see if another set of gems is ahead. If it is, you can collect another set of three gems, giving you a total of 500 bonus points. Your bonus points can be even higher if one or more of your next gems happen to be red. If you stopped at 440 bonus points, and then two sets of gems spawned at the same time, and ALL six gems were red (which would be unbelievably lucky) you could end up with 560 bonus points.

Once you reach 1000 meters, things change. The corridor narrows considerably, and now you've got to deal with lava geysers in this small space, along with single fire balls which now come randomly instead of only coming on screens with a set of gems. Often, a fireball will come right down the middle of the corridor, and you won't have any possible way to avoid it because the corridor is now so narrow. So this part is mostly luck- you just have to hope an unavoidable fireball doesn't come along. I believe the corridor ends at 1051 meters, so that's the highest distance you could possibly get.

I find the game is easier to play when the game window is larger, because you can see where you're going better. For some insane reason, they removed the "large" option from the game size choices. Now the largest size you can choose is "regular," which gives you a small box embedded in the page. If you'd like a larger game window, copy and paste this link directly into your browser:

http://www.neopets.com/games/play_flash.phtml?va=&game_id=761&width=700&height=700&quality=high

You can edit the width and the height in that link to be whatever you want. Now you have a large game window that is not embedded in the page.


Rewards

Volcano Run is sometimes a World Challenge game for Tyrannia, so if you can consistently get 1400+ points, you can probably win Tyrannian map pieces in World Challenges. The Volcano Run avatar is earned at 1500 points. You should also be able to get a trophy on reset night by scoring around 1500 points.




Check out my World Challenge gallery by clicking here!


Hidden Stuff

Sometimes you'll see a rock that has "Weepit was here" written on it in glowing lava!




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