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Welcome to my Petpet Rescue Guide.

Before we begin, I should inform you that I made 3 different guides, to better fit your needs. There is a guide for those who want to improve their highscore, one for those who want the avatar, and one for those who want a trophy.

The more specific guides, for the avatar and trophies, might contain slightly different information, obviously based on what score you have to reach, and the best ways to make that happen.

If you should, for some reason, decide to read all of the guides, and follow the one you like best, then please be aware of the fact that the difficulty of what I tell you to do, varies from guide to guide.

But before we move on to the separate guides, the following general info is the same for everyone, and I would advise you to read all this carefully before you get started.
However, I know long explanations can get boring, so feel free to only click and read the topics that interest you:

Basics
Your friends
Your enemies
Secrets


The main character in the game (=you!) is Samuel. You are a scorchio with a very big heart for petpets, and you want to give them a better life outside the ruby mines. You control Samuel with your arrow keys, and pick up petpets by simply walking into them. You can only carry one at a time, so you will need to run back and forth quite a bit.
You will need to rescue a certain number of petpets per level. 4 petpets in level 1, 6 in level 2, 8 in level 3, and 10 in level 4.
You start each level at the bottom of the screen, the door. It is both the entrance and the exit, so go back there after picking up a petpet.
You have 4 lives. One that you start out with, and 3 extra lives, represented by the 3 little scorchio heads in the left bottom corner of the game screen.

Note: if you have a slower connection, play the game on low quality. It will make Samuel run slightly faster, while the time stays the same.

Your friends:
-petpets: There are about 10 different petpets in the game. Each one earns you 10 points if you successfully pick it up and bring it back to the door.
-gems: There are 4 different gems in the game. The pink ones appear in all levels and earn you 5 points each. The blue ones appear in level 2 and higher and earn you 10 points each. The green ones appear in level 3 and higher and earn you 15 points each. The red ones appear in level 4 (not very often, however) and earn you 25 points each.
-levels: After finishing a level successfully, you receive a 25 point bonus.

Your enemies:
-boulders: Big, lumpy boulders that move around in circles all the time and crush every single bone in your poor scorchio-body if you even remotely touch them. Touch a boulder, and you lose a life.
-lava: To get from one platform to another, you will have to take some boat trips occasionally. Fun! But remember: the boats float on lava. Put so much as your little toe in it and suffer more than you could ever think of. Fall into the lava, and you lose a life.
-stalactites: Pointy, sharp pieces of rocks that hang on the ceiling, start shaking a bit, and then fall down, hoping to pierce right through your pretty face. Get hit by a stalactite, and you lose a life.
-time: The only enemy you can never avoid, and never beat. Run out of time, and you lose a life.

Secrets:
There are not many secrets or special things to this game. No codes for extra lives, nothing to double your score, only one little thing.
In the guides below I will not mention this trick (if you can call it that?), because it is simply too hard to practise on and successfully use it while playing.
The game, as you know, has several platforms in it, with rows of boulders rolling over them again and again. Usually one row moves to the left, the next to the right, and the one after that to the left again, and so on.
What many people do is either wait below the first row, until there is a gap that they can run through, and pass all rows of boulders at once, or walk into the opening of one row, follow the boulders as if Samuel was one as well, and then move up or down into the opening of the next row, and so make their way through row by row.

However, I have on multiple occassions, without trying for it, found myself in a place where one row of boulders rolls over my head, and another row rolls over my feet. I am 'in between' two rows of boulders, without getting hit or losing a life.
I suspect this is caused by the fact that the boulders don't exactly touch when passing one another, and the line of pixels in Samuel's body that causes him to lose a life when it gets hit, is perfectly positioned on the line of pixels that is in between the rows of boulders.
But as I mentioned before, it always happens on accident, never when you try for it on purpose, and thus you should probably just read on now, thinking "cool, I didn't know that!", rather than "wow I am going to get the highest score anyone has ever gotten if I work on that a bit!"

I have not been able to get a screenshot of this situation yet. However, the following pictures should be enough for you to get the idea.

Edit: many thanks to elpedro10 for supplying a screenie.

Now that you know all this, it's time to decide which guide suits you best.

Click the link to the guide that is most appropriate for you and what you hope to achieve:

My highscore is rather low, but I want to improve it.
I just want the avatar.
My highscore is higher than 250, but not enough for a trophy.

My highscore is rather low, but I want to improve it.

Practice and experience are the two most important things if you want to achieve anything in petpet rescue. This is so because the entire game is based on a few simple patterns, which you should try to find, learn by heart, and act upon. I will explain this further in the next few paragraphs.

All petpets and gems are randomly positioned throughout the levels. This means that it is highly unpredictable whether you will get a good score or not. But it does mean that, after playing the game a few times, you will start to get an idea of whether you had a good level or not.

If at some point you feel that you just played a level with extremely little gems in it, or you lost too many lives, it's probably best to restart the game and try again.

In level 1, it should be perfectly possible for you to not lose any lives at all yet. In level 2, you will probably lose one or more lives, but try to rescue as many petpets as you can per life.

If you make it to level 3, the first thing you need to do, is walk all the way past the second platform, and count how many petpets there are before the next section with lava starts. While doing that, pick up all gems you can, and pick up a petpet from after the second set of boulders. You should do this because, at the start of the level, your time got reset, and you have the possibility to see how long it takes you to rescue a petpet from the back.

Now there are 2 options. Either there are 6 or more petpets in front of the second lava section, or there aren't. If there aren't at least 6, restart. You'll never make it otherwise. If there are at least 6 of them, take the one you picked up back to the exit and then rescue the other ones, starting with the ones closest to the exit.

All boats and boulders always move in the same direction, at the same speed, in the same quantity in every single game.
This means that, after playing a sufficient amount of times, you will be able to tell whether or not a boat or a boulder is going to appear, and thus whether you should keep on walking or get out of the way.

If you have read all this, and worked on it, and you notice your highscore has gotten better, then this is probably the point where I should direct you to one of my other guides. Even if you only want a higher score, and are not interested in an avatar or trophy, they might help you further.

Good luck!

Click here for one last note please.

I just want the avatar.

To obtain the petpet rescue avatar, you need a score of at least 250. Since you are looking at this guide, I suppose you know that but haven't been able to score that much yet.

I will start with a bit of maths.
This is the absolute maximum you can earn per level:

-Level 1: 4 petpets (10 points each), 4 pink gems (5 points each), a bonus for finishing the level (25 points).
Total for level 1: 85 points.
-Level 2: 6 petpets (10 points each), a combination of pink and blue gems that, from my experience, never surpasses a total of 40 points, the 25 point bonus for finishing the level.
Total for levels 1 and 2: 210 points.
-Level 3: 8 petpets (10 points each), a combination of pink, blue and green gems that occasionnaly adds up to around 50 points. (There is also the 25 point bonus for finishing the level, but most people never make it that far.)

This shows that, the more gems you find, the easier it will be to get a good score (as if you didn't know that yet). Of course, you will probably never get the maximum of gems in all levels. The average score that you start level 3 with is 180. That means that you will need 70 more points to get to 250.

So, the summarised basic plan for you to get the avatar is this:
-Play level 1, pick up all gems.
-Play level 2, pick up all gems.
-Play level 3, pick up all gems and rescue all the petpets you still need.

Now there are a few things that you should pay attention to, and which should help you quite a bit.

-If there are less than 4 gems in level 1, restart.
-If you lost a life in level 1, restart.
-If you lost more than 1 life before getting to level 3, restart.
-If you don't have a score of at least 150 before getting to level 3, restart.
-Try to keep track of how many petpets you already rescued, that makes it easier to know whether you should hurry for the last ones, or if you still have time to be extra careful.
-Practice makes perfect. If you don't succeed at first, try again.

Good luck!

Click here for one last note please.

My high score is higher than 250, but not enough for a trophy.

As you probably know, the best time to earn a trophy in any game is the first day of the month. The same goes for petpet rescue. What most people don't know, is what score you need to get a trophy. So, the best thing I can tell you, is this: 395.

Why 395, you ask? Simple: any score of 400 and above will have to be reviewed and approved by TNT before it goes into the highscore list. This means that the highest (legally achieved) score that could be in the highscore list for petpet rescue on the first day of the month, after the scores have been reset, is 395.
It is of course possible (and likely) for you to get a trophy with a lower score than that as well.

Seeing you have already managed to get a considerably nice score, and perhaps even the avatar, you have probably played the game quite a few times before, and know what it's all about. That also means you won't need a step-by-step lesson on every level, only a few things to keep in mind that will help you get a higher score. So here they are.

For beginners, I would advise to restart the game if there are not at least 4 pink gems in level 1. I personally don't always do that, because I know I can score a lot with less gems there. And of course, you're reading this part of the guide because you're not a beginner anymore. Whether you restart or not is your own choice.

It is perfectly possible to get to level 4 without losing any lives at all. I have done it before, and I am sure some of the other top players have too. This means that it is not unreasonable for me to say that if you have lost any lives at all before you got to level 3, you should definitely restart the game.

Obviously, the positions and quantities of the gems are random. Sometimes the petpets might all be positioned very close to the exit, but you will hardly find any gems. Since the positioning of the petpets only helps to maximise your time but not your score, gems are more important. If there are hardly any gems in the game, restart and hope for more. Do take into consideration of course, that there is a limit of gems per level, so you will need to decide for yourself what you think are enough gems for you to be able to get a decent score.

Never stand still. Not while waiting for an escape through the boulders, not while waiting for the next boat to arrive. At least walk towards whatever spot you need to get to.

See into the future. After trying again and again and again, you will start to see a pattern in everything. All boats and boulders always move in the same direction, in the same quantity, at the same speed, every game. Once you know whether or not a boulder or a boat will appear, and where it will appear, the game gets a lot easier. Especially on the boats, this comes in handy. Instead of standing still on every single boat, try walking through as if they formed a, slightly moving, bridge. Experience is your teacher here. Took a risk and didn't make it? Remember that for next time.

As I mentioned before, time is the only thing you can never avoid. The previous paragraph showed that all boats and boulders can be predicted, so they can also be avoided. Up until level 4, all stalactites can be avoided as well. See one shaking? Avoid walking under it for longer than one second.

Have only a few seconds left, and need to choose whether to take the gem or the petpet? Go for the gem. A petpet needs to be taken back to the exit, with the risk of you losing a life before you get there, before you get any points for it, while a gem adds up to your score as soon as you walk into it.

Don't look at your score, only your time. You already have to pay attention to Samuel, the petpets, the gems, the boulders, the boats and the stalactites. If there is one thing for which you should give up your eye focus for a fraction of a second, it's time. Want to know your score while playing? Ask a friend to watch and inform you every other minute on your score.

Count the petpets. If you only need one more petpet and you have more than 30 seconds left, take your time and be careful. Still need 3 petpets and have 20 seconds left? Hurry up and take risks. To know which style you should use, make sure you know how many petpets you still need to rescue.

If you're in level 3, go as far back as you can to pick up your first petpet. This gives you the chance to count how many petpets there are before the second platform with boulders. If there aren't at least five of them there, restart. Long distances and time limits don't go well together. It's very hard to rescue more than one petpet per life if you have to go past the second platform with boulders to go and pick it up.

Good luck!

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These are probably the most important things I could tell you about petpet rescue, and I hope they will help you.

My main account is natje001, so if you have any questions or comments about this guide, please neomail me there.

Feel free to let me know if my guide has helped you achieve your Petpet Rescue goal.

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