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# CvW: Tips & Tricks Countdown...

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In contemplation of the upcoming [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][color=#b22222][i]Carol vs. [b]The World![/b][/i][/color][/font] championship, I thought I'd prime the pump by counting down each day with a game tip. So watch this space, as I'll post a new tip each day until [i]December 1st![/i]

They may start as general helpful hints, but will become more specific as we count down the days. Feel free to post your own helpful tips on this thread.

Heed these tips, for the fate of Christmas may depend on it.

[center][i]The championship is...[/i][/center]
[center][color=#ff0000][font=times new roman,times,serif][size=8][b]ON[/b][/size][/font][/color][/center]

[color=#008000][size=5][font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][u][b]Tips & Tricks:[/b][/u][/font][/size][/color][list=1]
[*]The [i]Frost Fairy[/i] will take pity of those in need: If you lose two lives on the same cave, or are on your very last one, she will provide an extra [i]Snowflake[/i] if none are left.
[*]Observe the effects of a [i]Magical Snowflake[/i]: The [b]Snowman[/b] switches directions, and targets the [b]Ghost[/b] momentarily. Use this knowledge to your advantage.
[*][i]Magical Snowflakes[/i] are strategically placed. In most caves, there's usually two covering a dangerous spot: one to enter and one to escape. Use them wisely.
[*]Every cave can be solved by following a particular pattern of movements. It doesn't have to be an exact path, just a [i]general strategy[/i]. Study each cave layout and the position of the items to discover its solution.
[*]If you pick up a present while the [b]Ghost[/b] is moving, he will run towards you. Try to pick up presents when the [b]Ghost[/b] is [i]stunned[/i] or when he [i]stops[/i] to look around.
[*]If the [b]Snowman[/b] is on your tail, you can often shake him off by [i]zig-zagging[/i] quickly. He'll sometimes get confused and turn a different way.
[*][color=#ff0000][b]Snowflake Gardens:[/b][/color] Hop from [i]Snowflake[/i] to [i]Snowflake[/i], like a bee does on flowers. Only in this way can you take advantage of their very short effects.
[*][color=#ff0000][b]Freezer Burn:[/b][/color] It's fast, but you're still in control! Clear the [b]Ghost[/b] pen early and remember the previous tips to keep the [b]Snowman[/b] away--Oh, and use those [i]Snowflakes![/i]
[*][color=#ff0000][b]Twisted Toyland: [/b][/color]Rolling [b]Snowballs[/b] are not as strong as [b]Snowmen[/b], so they don't hit as hard. Note the color of your Lives Counter, it changes as you get hit. [color=#ff0000]Red[/color] means [i]imminent frozen Carol![/i]
[*][color=#ff0000][b]Twisted Toyland: [/b][/color]The [b]Bad Toy[/b] will hunt you relentlessly and shoot you with his laser, zapping the life out of [b]Carol[/b]. If you're losing steam, eat a [i]Magical Snowflake[/i] to regain your vitality.
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And with that, we conclude our 10 tips and tricks. Now, [i]go play![/i] Edited by DZ-Jay

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Updated with hint #2.

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Updated with hint #3.

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1 - Play until you lose your lives.
2 - Go to practice mode and pay the last stage you got in step 1 until you can complete that stage.
3 - Go to step 1.

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[quote name='Liduario' timestamp='1354025134' post='2646802']1 - Play until you lose your lives.
2 - Go to practice mode and pay the last stage you got in step 1 until you can complete that stage.
3 - Go to step 1.[/quote]

That is a good tip, Liduario!

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Updated with tip #4.

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Don't forget to update the number of days left!

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I did... it's now 5, including Dec. 1st.

Whoops! I haft learn how to count!

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Wow, I really suck at counting days. Fixed.

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Due to the proximity of the contest (and the fact that I miscounted the remaining days), I'll release [b]TWO[/b] tips a day for the next three days, starting today.

Updated with tip #5 & #6 (and I finally learned how to count days).

-dZ. Edited by DZ-Jay

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With respect to hint # 5......The ghost will get me in a corner and instead of waiting, I keep trying to get the same present and the ghost keeps running into me. After about 5 times in a row, I finally learn to just hold still or walk away from the present

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[quote name='JasonlikesINTV' timestamp='1354236331' post='2648524']
With respect to hint # 5......The ghost will get me in a corner and instead of waiting, I keep trying to get the same present and the ghost keeps running into me. After about 5 times in a row, I finally learn to just hold still or walk away from the present
[/quote]

Exactly! But don't worry, I programmed it that way, and I still do the same once in a while!

-dZ.

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Updated with tips #6 & #7. [b]ONLY ONE DAY LEFT TO PRACTICE[/b] and then it's [i]GAME ON![/i]

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Updated with tips #9 & #10. Practice time is over... [b]IT'S TIME TO PLAY![/b]

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:bump: Bump for the new guys, while the contest is still running.

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Snowflake Gardens tip: you can take Evil Snowman out of the middle of screen in a safe way.

Use the upper side tunnels!

You enter the tunnel to the other side. Go back to the tunnel and enter it again!

When timed correctly Evil Snowman will let the Gardens and you will be in the other edge with a free path to take all presents.

If you can't get all presents at once, fear not.

You can always leave the gardens and do the trick again!

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Snowflake Gardens tip: you can take Evil Snowman out of the middle of screen in a safe way.

Use the upper side tunnels!

You enter the tunnel to the other side. Go back to the tunnel and enter it again!

When timed correctly Evil Snowman will let the Gardens and you will be in the other edge with a free path to take all presents.

If you can't get all presents at once, fear not.

You can always leave the gardens and do the trick again!

That's a great tip, Liduario! :)

Perhaps you can post a video to show how it's done.

-dZ.

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Quoting my tip in another thread.

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I gave a tip for Snowflake Gardens. I guess I could explain that well...

For Icicle Lane, you first need to lure Snowman to the upper left corridors.

You escape using the upper left tunnel right in front of the corridors, you must escape while distance to snowman is big enough so he won't follow you but enter the corridors.

Once snowman is in the corridors you can pick almost all presents and candies. Snowman won't leave the 'prison'. Just don't go southwest area...

To get the final presents, two in the center of screen and on the bottom left, watch snowman movement. Go when he's entering deep into corridor, going away from the entrance/exit.

You can grab your present and snowflake, then wait in the red X Wait spot.

When Snowman reaches the X - GO! mark. Go left and enter the tunnel!

You'll have a great safe zone.

Presents outside safe zone can be picked if you follow snowman's movement and don't show yourself when he's approaching the corridor exit.

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Snowflake Gardens tip: you can take Evil Snowman out of the middle of screen in a safe way.

Use the upper side tunnels!

You enter the tunnel to the other side. Go back to the tunnel and enter it again!

When timed correctly Evil Snowman will let the Gardens and you will be in the other edge with a free path to take all presents.

If you can't get all presents at once, fear not.

You can always leave the gardens and do the trick again!

Now I have a video for my confusing words:

[spoiler]http://youtu.be/kvIC5KGPzCY[/spoiler]

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My final tip.

Everything I know in a loooong video. With a little teaser at the end...

[spoiler]

http://youtu.be/6kDsa4km8P8
http://youtu.be/jFBppob5K80
http://youtu.be/YsmLM6nPF8Y

[/spoiler]

A very big THANK YOU to Dz-Jay. :thumbsup:

May all Efl save Christmas just once more!

Edited by LidLikesIntellivision

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