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.
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.
He looks like he's five and in jail. You have to beat him 2 out of 3 matches to move on.
Watch out, he might sit on you. You have to beat him 3 out of 5 matches to move on.
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.
He needs braces and is obviously mad about it. You have to beat him 4 out of 7 matches to move on.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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...
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.
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.
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 gjpugh.
Should you wish to begin again from Tournament 1, start a game and scroll down and click "Start a New Game".
Another interesting thing to note is that you must get exactly 5 in a row, no more no less. I know this because I got 6 in a row in this picture and didn't win until I got the 5 in a row.
You can win NeoPoints for playing Cellblock. The maximum amount you can win is 5,000 a day. You will only earn NeoPoints when you complete a level. To find out how much you will win, simply multiply the entry fee by 4. Sometimes it is better to pause on a level and wait for the next day to complete to win maximum Neopoints. Note: You will always win the full amount of NeoPoints for completing a level unless you have already reached the 5k limit. In other words, say you were playing Master Vex and you have already won 4k from Cellblock that day, you will win the full reward from beting Vex even though that will put you over the 5k limit. You will not be able to earn any more Neopoints for the next Level you complete. You will see this if you have won the limit already:
You are most likely playing Cellblock to get the "Vexed" avatar. Getting this avatar is not random but it is unknown exactly how to get it at this time. TNT has answered a question about in the Editorial of The Neopian Times Issue 210:
TNT, can you make it where you can go back to tournament 1 on cellblock, most game avatars are hard to get, true. but dang this is just crazy, at least on flash games it dosnt just keep getting harder and harder to the point where you cant play it anymore, thats just crazy. it bugs about 30% of the people that play and arnt lucky couse you made the avatar random, i mean why does it have to be "SUPER HARD" AND "random". dosnt make it fair one bit for us unlucky ones.
After shivering at the unsightly and sickening grammatical and spelling errors, TNT responded with this:
We will look into a reset feature, however the avatar is not random. Not random at all. From what we've seen, not one person has actually figured out the real trick to getting the avatar. It may seem random, but it's not by any means. I think it's the only one we've ever really stumped people with. *cackle*
Aren't they awful? Would it kill them to tell us? Probably. Remember Bonju? Don't get me started on the Wishing Well. Anyways, they did install the reset feature and now you can start over if you feel you missed it somehow. Most people get it in Tournament 8-11. I have heard about people getting it in Tournament 3, but I assume this is very rare if it is true. Just play the game through normally and you will get it eventually.....hopefully. This is what you will see when you get it:
If my guide helped you get the avatar or a trophy or something, please let me know! My username is gjpugh.
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