TYRANNIA - So, I’m sure you’ve tried the well known game Pterattack, right? I’m
sure you probably want to know how to improve your score. I know I did. So I went
right to the Pteri behind the game. It was an… interesting interview; I’ll give
you that. He did give me a few tips, so I guess I’ll share them with you.
It all started yesterday when I decided to go to the Games Room. I needed to
get some neopoints to fund my gallery, so I decided to give the Games Room a
shot. Pterattack was newly updated, so I decided to give it a try.
About ten minutes later, I walked out of the Games Room. How did I do in Pterattack,
you ask? To put it simply: I stunk. I got a score of 10. Yeah, I needed some
work. It hit me that the Pteri in the game probably has some awesome tips for
mediocre players like me! So I headed over to Tyrannia.
Many miles and Tigersquash Sandwiches later, I reached my destination; the
Tyrannian village where the anonymous Pteri lived. I shuffled past dozens of
huts before I saw the one that resembled the one of the Pteri’s. I knocked on
the door, and was greeted by a bored looking green Pteri.
“What do you want?” he inquired in a weary tone. I surveyed his appearance
to make sure he was the pet I was looking for. After confirming this, I replied.
“Are you the Pteri from Pterattack?” I asked excitedly. He rolled his eyes
at the wide grin plastered across my face.
“Yeah, that would be me,” he sighed in a blasé voice. I hopped up and down
as I asked him to give me a few game pointers. After much debating and persuasion,
he agreed to chat with me. I entered his tiny hut, which was filled with straw
and stone furniture purchased at the local shop. I sat across from him and pulled
out my notepad. The Pteri let out an audible sigh as I began the interview,
which went like this:
Me: So, what’s your name?
Pteri: What?!?! They don’t even mention my NAME in the game description? This
is an outrage!
Me: So, about that name…
Pteri: My name? Oh, yes, that would be Pteri_Flier44. You can call me Flier.
Me: Okay, next question. How do you get rid of those annoying pterodactyls?
Flier: Geez, no wonder you wanted some tips! All you have to do is shoot them.
Me: And how do you shoot?
Flier: With the space bar! My gosh, you really are a new player!
Me: Okay! Next question. I tried shooting one of the pterodactyls, but it still
came at me! Why?
Flier: What color was it?
Flier: There are 6 colors of pterodactyls: brown, green, blue, orange, red,
and silver. Brown ones have 1 hitpoint, and green ones have 2. These two colors
of pterodactyls appear throughout the entire game. Blue pterodactyls have 4
hp, and start coming in level 4. Silver ones have 12 hp, and swerve towards
you instead of flying straight. They begin to come in level 5. Orange pterodactyls
have 12 as well, but come in at level 6. Red pterodactyls are the toughest,
and come in at level 7 with 20 hp each.
Me: Erm… I think I get it. Wait; there is more than one level of weapons?
Flier: Yes. Each weapon has four levels. PterShots are blue lines of ammo that
stay exactly the same through all four upgrades. The power increases, but the
shot looks the same. You start with level one PterShot, but you can get it again
or upgrade by grabbing a blue bonus that an enemy leaves behind. On the first
level, its power is 1. Then 2, then 3, and the last upgrade, its power is 6.
FireBalls start as tiny red balls on level one. After you upgrade, you shoot
two balls. Next upgrade, you shoot three. After the final upgrade, you send
three yellow lines that spread across a large horizontal distance. The power
levels on level one are 1, next two upgrades have power of 2, and the last upgrade
has a power of 4. To get FireBalls, grab a red powerup that an enemy drops.
Next, we have PterPods. On the first level, you fire three shots; one from the
side, and one on either side of you. For the next two levels, you shoot two
green shots from the front of you that go in opposite diagonal directions. On
the final upgrade, you get a red laser beam that is about 4 Pteris long. The
power on the first level is 1, then 2, then 4, and then all the way up to 8
with the last upgrade. Get PterPods by snagging green powerups. Last, we have
the PterBoom. On the first level of this weapon, you shoot a purple crescent
shaped weapon. For the next two upgrades, you shoot two of these crescent shaped
shots. On the final upgrade, you shoot two giant crescents. The power on the
first level is 1, the next two upgrades have powers of 2, and the final upgrade
is 4. To get PterBooms, all you have to do is find a purple bonus.
Me: Okay, that’s a lot of stuff to remember! Which type of ammo do you recommend?
Flier: Definitely the FireBalls. On level four, FireBalls create a wall of
yellow that protects you from tons of pterodactyls. Unless you enjoy watching
me get mauled by pterodactyls, I suggest you get FireBalls.
Me: Okey-Dokey then! When I was playing, a big red grarrl came up from behind
me and hit me! How do I deal with those?
Flier: Grarrls are such a pain. It’s easiest just to stay out of their way
until they leave, but if you can shoot it, it will leave faster.
Me: Alright! Let’s see here… How do you progress through the game?
Flier: Two words: Get points. The more points you score, the higher the level.
As you get to each level, the number and color of pterodactyls increases, so
Me: Alright. Do you have any tips for new players like me?
Flier: Umm… Well, I guess I can tell you that if you fly me into the sides
of the canyon, you lose a life. So don’t do it, unless you enjoy watching Pteris
writhe in pain. I suggest you stay away from the walls. Hmm… I think that’s
Me: Okay, almost finished. Do you know any codes for the game?
Flier: Codes?!?! Now they have codes for games? What is this! Why in my day
we had no codes, we just had our own wits! We had to….
Me: Wait, hold up there. Exactly how old are you?
Flier: That’s it! Get out!
And that was the end of my interview. Who knew a Pteri could get so mad about
such a simple question? He kind of threw me out of his little hut and told me
that I should find a game guide somewhere. Boy, who knew that such a little
Pteri could have such a big temper! Oh well, I got some valuable information
out of that dude. The next day when I took his advice, I scored 3,510! Now,
I’m a Grand Master at that game, and 1000 neopoints closer to a new slorg item.
With these useful tips and a little practice, you too can go from a beginner
to a Grand Master! But remember: NEVER ask Pteri_Flier44 for some tips, unless
you want a nifty restraining order, like me.
Questions? Comments? Feel free to neomail me! I'd love to hear from you!