High Score Challenge S9 - R5 - Perplexity

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High Score Challenge S9 - R5 - Perplexity

Post by sydney » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:26 am

Stardot high score challenge
Season Nine: Round Five
Perplexity chosen by MatthewThompson



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RULES
:arrow: Round One starts at 9pm on Monday the 9th of April and ends at 9pm on Monday the 23rd of April
:arrow: The aim is to score as many points as possible
:arrow: Post scores and screenshots/photographs in this thread
:arrow: The rules are here
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:arrow: http://www.nomishooper.magix.net/Season ... exityP.ssd
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SCORING
:arrow: Points will be awarded using the following formula.
:arrow: points = (YS / BS * 50) + ((NOP - YP + 1) * (50 / NOP))
:arrow: YS = Your Score
:arrow: BS = Best Score
:arrow: NOP = Number of Players
:arrow: YP = Your Position
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HIGH SCORE TABLE

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Link to Overall High Score Table...viewtopic.php?f=46&t=14413

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Post by sydney » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:27 am

I'm posting this now as I may not have time tomorrow but don't forget - ROUND 5 BEGINS AT 9PM ON MONDAY!

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Post by barbarossa69 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:39 am

This is insanely hard, and pretty unforgiving as there's no "undo" move. But I guess once you've learned the levels.......

I got to level 2...
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Post by FourthStone » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:00 am

Long long game ahead, many foreheads will be slapped... got to level 2 and ran out of RL time with 4 lives left, will probably do a bit better but will need some quiet time to myself.

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Post by MatthewThompson » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:32 pm

It's been a long time since I played this one, still pretty difficult, was always billed as Repton meets Pacman , makes me think Pacmania could of been done on the BBC though.

Only managed to get level 2 so far.
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Post by CMcDougall » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:28 pm

had a copy of this on disc BITD 8-[ , music is good, so is the game!
don't have instructions for this one :(
what do the other items do, like the timer thing, something else, & I know what the 4arrows do :x :lol:
a quick go got me 4,610 8)
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Post by FourthStone » Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:29 pm

CMcDougall wrote:what do the other items do, like the timer thing, something else, & I know what the 4arrows do :x :lol:
The four arrows is evil :twisted: To finish level 1 I had no choice but to back track over the four arrows to reach the last key which needed to be manoeuvred into position using reversed keys, managed to do it but not without a few heart stopping wrong moves luckily though it didn't result in repeating the entire level #-o

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Post by FourthStone » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:14 am

Did a bit better, still stuck on level 2, it's so brutal when you've made 1 mistake #-o

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Post by MatthewThompson » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:23 pm

The hourglass gives you more time.

Collect 4 potions to give you an extra life.

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Post by CMcDougall » Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:33 pm

^ pity does not give you invisable walls :x

another few goes got me to level 2 :D
then it all went pair shaped! #-o

wonder how my highscore was better not even leaving level1 :-k [-(
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Post by FourthStone » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:31 am

Sometimes the key swap (four arrows) is unavoidable, sometimes it changes all the keys to opposite and other times either up/down or left/right are swapped.

The good thing is that if you find another key swap icon the keys appears to revert to normal, I've had this happen a few times now.

If I find a key swap icon I try to leave it in place if possible and then if later in the level you're forced to run over another one then you can head back to the first one to reverse the effects.

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Post by sydney » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:17 am

High score table updated.

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Post by chrisn » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:13 am

Nice game... Just getting started, up to level 2 so far. 4544
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Post by MatthewThompson » Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:19 pm

Managed to get to level 3 which looks even more like a Pacmania level.

Still just as hard too.
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Post by FourthStone » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:16 am

Made it to level 4, strangely my score was slightly less than my previous highest where I only made it to level 2 I think because I'd trapped myself a couple of times on level 1 and had to restart the level :-

Level 3 is a real brain teaser, lots of back tracking and setting up to do, level 4 looks even more puzzling :-k ](*,)

Good that the password option is available to practice the levels, once you crack them it just becomes a matter of not messing up the moves.

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Post by KarateEd » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:09 am

Made it to level 2 and completely lost my mojo...... 5,415 ......

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Post by FourthStone » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:00 am

Good to see you back Karate Ed.

Thought I'd post this score, it's a play through without all the dying (honest score though) on level 1 and I made it through to level 6. The first five levels I have cracked but level 6 is a real humdinger, such a long process it took about 1 hour :-|

Won't get much of a play at all between now and Monday so this may be my final go.

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Post by barbarossa69 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:21 am

This is a beautiful game and I love puzzle solving games like this but I just haven't got the time to play it at the moment, sorry!!

I will remember it and one day work my way through all the levels though. It's totally my sort of game :)

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Post by KarateEd » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:32 pm

High Score Tables Updated......

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Post by KarateEd » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:20 am

Ok, I guess in this one if you don't do well.... ie: get cornered and have to start the level again from beginning, it works in your favour score-wise..... I hate it when that happens..... 12,030 ......

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Post by richardtoohey » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:46 am

barbarossa69 wrote:I will remember it and one day work my way through all the levels though. It's totally my sort of game :)
That's definitely one of the objectives of the High Score Challenge, I think - finding some gems you missed from BITD, or new games like Richard's Centipede. It's not all about winning. :D

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Post by KarateEd » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:42 pm

richardtoohey wrote:
barbarossa69 wrote:I will remember it and one day work my way through all the levels though. It's totally my sort of game :)
That's definitely one of the objectives of the High Score Challenge, I think - finding some gems you missed from BITD, or new games like Richard's Centipede. It's not all about winning. :D
WHAT!!!! Blasphemy Richard...... well, ok, I guess it's not ALL about winning.

I agree, there are some gems I didn't even know about bitd. This competition is fun that way, you get to play something new and with luck, even get good at it.

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Post by MatthewThompson » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:31 am

New high score, I have sussed how to do level 3 now but ran out of time. Hopefully will have a chance to play again to beat it.
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Post by JoolsH » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:31 am

I remember reading a review of this in Electron User back in the day, but never really played the game until now.

Nice game! Scoring system does seem to be a little messed up, though, as previously mentioned. I spent a lot of time working out how to do level 1 here and having to press escape to restart it, it took about eight attempts before I managed it (but I kept getting extra lives because of the potions). Which means I get a really great score, better than someone who got to level 6, which seems a bit unfair. Not sure what we could do about this - we could ban level restarts, I suppose, although that makes the game even more unforgiving than it is already.

A slightly ridiculous 24,320 :?
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Post by chrisn » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:06 am

I'm now up to level 3, but not figured out how to do it yet. I cleared level 1 at the first attempt, but needed to restart level 2 a couple of times. Maybe there's a way to adjust the HSC points calculation so that reaching higher levels is given more weight? :-k

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Post by JoolsH » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:56 am

In case restarts get banned, here's a score without them. Annoyingly, I was literally one move away from completing level 2 here...

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Post by KarateEd » Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:06 pm

Just a note folks. Restarts are not going to be banned. We work on a trust system here. We don't purposely let our guy die just to pimp the points so let's just do our best and if we get a high score because we're inept at the game, it's just the way it is for this particular game.

I know it doesn't seem fair but we've had some games that don't always seem fair, this is just one of them when it is in regards to score. I don't really like it either but the game is almost done.

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Post by richardtoohey » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:11 am

KarateEd wrote:inept at the game
Eh? Did someone call for me? :lol:

Urk, where has the time gone, decided I was going to participate in Season 9, so time for a quick go!

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Post by richardtoohey » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:35 am

Not bad, is it? I was off in Atari-STland by the time this one got released so I missed it BITD.

Almost got off level 1 but rolled the boulders the wrong way, and the final boulder was because of the reversed controls :evil:

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Post by KarateEd » Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:34 pm

Atta boy Richard, knew you could do it.....

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