If you have 2 buckets (or 1) at the start of level 7 (coming from level 6,) and the last three digits of your score is in the 307-313 range, you can gain a new bucket when you catch the next to last bomb (since you can score a maximum of 700 points in level 7, coming from level 6.)
Now intentionally DROP the last bomb in level 7, right after getting the free bucket. Voila!
The bomb will explode, you'll go back to level 6, but you'll still have all three buckets!
I figured out how to exploit this glitch so that you can theoretically play all the way to 1 million without EVER having to look at level 8! As long as you have all 3 buckets going into level 7, and intentionally let a bomb drop when the last three digits of your score is in the *079-*085 range, all you have to do afterwards is, catch all the bombs in group 6, then all but the last bomb in group 7.
Here's how it works...
1) Complete levels 1 - 6 (score will be 1,000)
2) Only catch 12 bombs in level 7 (score will be 1,084)
3) Catch every bomb in level 6 (score will be 1,312)
4) Do the trick (score will be 2,005)
5) Catch all bombs in level 6
6) Drop the LAST bomb in level 7
7) REPEAT steps 5 - 6
8)Catch all bombs in level 6 (score will be 4,075)
9) ONLY CATCH 1 BOMB in level 7 (score will be 4,082)
10) REPEAT steps 4 - 9!
Now, you'll notice something interesting if you can do this without flaw:
As you know, the last three digits of the target score on level 7, to set up the trick, is 079-085. This is the only range that will allow you to do the trick by catching all the level 6 bombs, and then all but the last bomb in level 7.
Doing the above strategy, you'll first hit *084. Afterwards, when you follow my plan, after step #9, you'll end up with *082. Then the next time you finish step #9, you'll have *080. As you can see, the score will count down the even numbers on the target range.
Now this is IMORTANT!
When you get back to step #9, you HAVE to catch 2 bombs in level 7, which will then put your score at *085. Then you'll notice that it will count down the odds in the taget range...*083, *081, *079. After that, again on step #9, catch 2 bombs on level 7 to get your score at *084.
From there, it will cycle endlessly, as long as you don't mess up!
It's a lot easier to do with normal buckets, but I still have trouble keeping it up with the small buckets. There is room for error correction though, depending on the situation.
Anyway, I am wondering what causes this bug to occur? I have a strong suspicion what when you activate the "free bucket" sound, it overides something in the line of code where it forgets to delete the bucket you just gained. I also think that when you get a free bucket, namely the 3rd, (bottom) bucket, the new bucket cannot catch a bomb till the "free bucket" sound is finished.
Has anyone else experienced this bug?
Edited by the 5th ghost, Sun Jul 9, 2006 1:30 PM.