Overview

Cellblock is a game that you can play with the criminals and dastardly villains of the Darigan Citadel. Don't worry you will not be harmed or shanked; security is pretty tight. Keep an eye on your wallet though. One thing to know about Cellblock is that it is EASY. That is once you get a pattern down. It does offer a Neopoint reward, up to 5,000 a day, which can be earned quickly. It also offers an avatar
and some snazzy trophies for your lookup that can be achieved quite quickly.

Since the game is not a flash game, you can play from an iPod or mobile phone if a computer is not available.

Once you win the maximum amount of Neopoints, 5k, you can continue to play the game but will not win any more Neopoints and still have to pay the entrance fee.

Get to Cellblock by going to Meridell and clicking on the floating land of the Darigan Citadel or the link located to the right...you could also get there through the Games Room in the Card and Board section.

After you arrive, ponder for a moment how this land is floating and exactly why you're going to a prison to play a board game in the first place.



These are the worst people ever. I don't know what they did to be thrown into jail by the worst villain ever but it has to have been bad. I guess they have nothing better to do in jail so they all play board games. You will play against 5 prisoners, 2 guards, and the Warden each tournament.


Prisoner One-Clop AKA The Mute Goat

This is the first opponent and the easiest. He can't talk and is nasty looking, but you can win easily. You have to beat him 2 out of 3 matches to move on.



Prisoner Two-Barallus AKA The Bat with no Pupils

I'm really just curious as to how he plays in a straight jacket. You must beat him 2 out of 3 matches to move on.




Prisoner 3-Squire Meekel AKA The Mood-Swinging Squirrel

He looks like he's five and in jail. You have to beat him 2 out of 3 matches to move on.




Prisoner 4-The Yellow Knight AKA The Obese Yellow Guy

Watch out, he might sit on you. You have to beat him 3 out of 5 matches to move on.




Prisoner 5-Number Five AKA The Senile Old Geezer

He probably doesn't know where he is and is probably wearing adult diapers. You have to beat him 3 out of 5 matches to move on.




Guard One-Galgarrath AKA The Guy with Bad Overbite

He needs braces and is obviously mad about it. You have to beat him 4 out of 7 matches to move on.




Guard Two-Haskol AKA The One You Can Get Rabies From

He's upset. Hey, you'd be upset too if you were covered in leprosy and oozing green liquid from the mouth. You have to beat him 5 out of 9 matches to move on.




The Warden-Master Vex AKA Mufasa's Brother

He's monkey...that invented a board game...and runs a prison. The info on him says he has never lost a game but that is wrong because I beat him all the time and he's not that great at the game. You have to beat him 6 out of 11 matches to win the tournament.

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Rules

The objective of the game is to place 5 of your own pieces in a row either horizontally, diagonally, or vertically on a 10x10 game board. Your opponent's pieces look like and the pieces you play will look like . If the entire game board is filled up and no one has placed 5 in a row, then the game will end and count as a loss for you. To make a move simply click on a valid square and press "Make Move". While selecting, hovering over a valid sqaure turns the square white. After clicking a square, the square will turn red. After pressing "Make Move" the game board will reload showing your last move outlined in red, and your opponents move outlined in yellow.
  1. Win the game by getting 5 pieces in a row.
  2. You will always make the first move.
  3. In Tournament One, you can only place a piece if it is touching another piece. This changes after Tournament One. In Tournament Two to Tournament 10, you can place a piece anywhere on the board. In Tournament 11 and onward_ the game board will begin without any pieces on it and you can play a piece anywhere.
  4. You have to beat your opponent a certain number of times to move on to the next one.
  5. You can win only 5,000 NP a day.
  6. You must get exactly 5 in a row.

Playing the Game

When starting a new game of Cellblock, you will be taken to a page that looks like this:
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Hopefully, you can wipe that stupid grin off his face. You will make the first move and your opponent will follow you until someone has won or the game board fills. If you lose, you will see this screen:

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Try to control your anger because even if you can manage to take care of one of the prisoners or guards, you would have to get rid of the evidence and come up with a story as to why he is no longer there and the whole thing is just messy and complicated and you'd probably get arrested. You can, however, do the next best thing: beat him in a board game.

If you fail at that task, after seriously rethinking life, you will see this screen:


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If, after some serious soul searching, you decide you want to try again, never fear! You do not have to start the tournament over; you only have to begin that round against the same opponent again and pay the fee.

Should you win, you will see this screen:

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Now it's time for some hardcore gloating. I'll wait. Go ahead, scream yourself silly.

After rubbing it in his face and taking a lozenge to soothe your sore throat, you click "Play Again" to own him in a board game again. Yeah! You just beat a virtual character in a virtual children's board game! Your parents would be so proud. Now for some strategy...

Strategy

The best way to win Cellblock is to play in a way that you can make it where no matter what move your opponent makes, you can win. The best way to do that is to get a group of 3 pieces in a row and have at least two free spaces on either side. This way you can play on either end and regardless of where your opponent tries to block you, play 5 in a row. Sadly, you're opponents are not stupid and have picked up on this strategy and will even try to do it themselves. If you see your opponent try to do this, block him after he plays the third one or even before.

Another method is to play 2 pieces have an empty space and another of your pieces. _ _ X X _ X _ _ This way after setting it up, you can fill in the space between the two and be able to play on either side to win. You're opponents also know how to do this and will attempt it if you let them. Simply fill in the space yourself if you see them doing it.

The strategy that I have found works the best and the most is this one. Let the number of your move correspond with the number written on the piece.

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After making the sixth move, you should be left with at least one row of three that is clear by two squares on either side. Should he block the diagonal row of three created after making move #6, be sure to make your move 7 on the bottom of the vertical row and not the top. Playing onto that top square allows your opponent to block you on the bottom. Also, sometimes your opponent is really dumb and will play a square off on the other side of the board touching nothing. If he does that you will probably have a clear row of three before you have finished the pattern. I left that one square red because what he does each time is random. . What moves your opponent will do each time vary, and sometimes they will block you.

This is the only strategy I have found where the opponents block me the least and allows me to win the game a lot quicker.

One thing to note is that the game become a lot harder on Tournament 11 because the game board will no longer start out with 4 pieces already on it. There are also some rocks that some moron dropped on the board and then super glued down so you can't play a piece there.


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I'm pretty sure the rocks appear randomly each time and I do not know of any set strategy for the rocks. I have had some luck with attempting to recreate the pattern for previous Tournaments on the page. If you know of a good strategy for Tournament 11 please neomail




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