Swarm - The Bugs Strike Back - Guide
NEOPIAN PROTECTION ZONE 6B – With a sticker on the back of his tank that reads
“My other mode of transportation can also blow things up!”, one has to wonder
if he’s really onto something, or just plain nuts.
The thing that makes such a game as Swarm fun is its addictive nature and fast
paced action. With a great music track that loops the entire game and painless
controls; it’s easy to see why anyone can master such a game as Swarm.
The basis of the game is that you, a Wocky, have a job to do, and a swarm of
evil fire spitting bugs aren’t making your day any easier.
With a tank at your control, you must strafe left and right, behind large walls,
and return fire as wave after wave of disgusting creatures continue their assault.
Walls serve as protection for your tank, but can be effortlessly destroyed if
the enemy bugs are not dealt with quickly.
Power ups are dropped at random, and will either help or hinder your Wocky
hero. It’s best to memorize which power ups do what, as no one wants to be stuck
with a slow, bulky tank on the open field.
Speed Up (Green Cross) – A great item to have during the early parts of a stage.
With this, your tank will move much faster than normal, and allow you to cover
more ground. Just make sure to watch out and not to go speeding into oncoming
Shrink (Red and Grey X) – Another one of the must-have items that bugs drop.
This will cause your tank to decrease in size tremendously and form a much smaller
mark for the bugs to hit. Take advantage of your new shape and take out as many
of the enemies as possible.
Laser (Wide Blue Horizontal Line) – By far one of the best items any Wocky
can get. Our own Wocky hero makes sure not to leave home without one, as they
can destroy an entire row of bugs if timed and aimed carefully enough. Watch
out! Once the laser has been fired, you are back to your normal weapon!
AP Slugs (Slug Icon with Yellow Flashing Lights) – One of the other must have
power ups found in Swarm. When acquired, your tank will be powered up with five
much larger, and much faster slugs. Use them carefully, however, as you only
have five to work with.
Shields (Blinking Blue Circle) – These are helpful for when you’re down to
your last life. Shields will allow your Wocky to be hit once by an enemy attack
and have his tank remain intact. Once you’ve been hit though, the shield will
malfunction and you’ll be returned to your unarmoured state.
Wall Repair (Bricks) – This will completely fix and recreate any walls that
might have been destroyed any time during a stage. This is a great item to have
during the end of a stage in the later levels, as it will provide some greatly
Grow (Grey Vertical Line) – This will cause your tank to increase in size and
form a much larger target for the enemy bugs. Because of this, it is best to
avoid this power up at all costs. If you happen to pick up this power up, try
your best to stay behind the walls and fire only when not being fired upon.
Slow Down (Purple Horizontal Line) – This is another power up that will only
worsen your chances of making it to later stages. If you happen to acquire this
power up on accident, attempt to stay behind your walls and only come out when
the coast it clear.
The enemies in this game are evil fire spitting bugs. The bugs move in groups
and seem to have a dislike for Wockies and tanks. The enemies are classed into
two different groups, and are worth a different amount of points.
Drones (Red) - Drones move in groups and do most of the grunt work.
They are worth a randomly selected number each, and tend to score about 3 to
6 points (As the stages move on, and the number of bugs increase, the number
range that you are randomly scored will also increase). It is best to start
from the sides and work your way over, when dealing with large groups.
Fire Storms (Green) - These are the worst of the enemy bugs, and appear
erratically during each stage. They will move from left to right, and unleash
a storm of large fireballs. Their attacks are normally situated on one part
of the field, so timing is key when it comes to avoiding the attacks. These
bugs are worth approximately 60 points.
In each level the enemies are arranged in different ways.
Stage 1 – Drones attack in a 4 by 4 shape
Stage 2 – Drones attack in a 5 by 4 shape
Stage 3 – Drones attack in a 5 by 5 shape
Stage 4 – Drones attack in a 6 by 5 shape
Stage 5 – Drones attack in a 6 by 5 shape
Stage 6 – Drones attack in a 6 by 6 shape
Stage 7 – Drones attack in a 7 by 6 shape
Stage 8 – Drones attack in an 8 by 6 shape
Stage 9 – Drones attack in an 8 by 7 shape.
Stage 10 – Drones attack in an 8 by 8 shape.
Undeadfortune’s - The best way I have, and others have found, is to take out
a side of the drones, and work from there. This helps for later stages, when
there are more than fifty drones on the screen at one time, and you may or may
not be down to your last life.
After you take out an entire row on the side, the drones will move to fill
up this gap when they strafe left and right. When this occurs, move your tank
between the 2nd to last, and last wall on either side, and position yourself
so that your slug passes just along the wall and upwards. If you do not have
a wall, continue to move to the spot that the Fire Storm bug is not attacking,
and return fire.
Jeffc_7227’s - My personal favorite strategy, which I would argue to be better
than Fortune’s, involves taking out the central rows of bugs.
By doing this, bugs are not covering the whole screen, and tend to make things
better for finishing a stage. The rows bugs do not get any closer to other rows,
so the far left and far right rows will always be the same distance apart. This
gives much more area to move around, and you only have to avoid fire from the
Then when you have only the outside rows remaining, you can then shoot all
but one bug in either row. Afterwards, this leaves you to take out the last
bugs at your leisure, while racking up points by taking out the Fire Storm as
it passes by. All there is left to do now is shoot the final bug and move on
to the next wave.
We hope these strategies help you defeat the swarms.
The game of Swarm is an enjoyable game, while it is straightforward in its
game play. I am very happy that it was updated, and its graphics and layout
were improved from its original version. Now if only I could get this blasted
- Fortune / Jeff