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Old 07-02-2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default Zingoz Pop Tutorial with pictures and videos

OK. It has been awhile, but I think it is time to post this.


First off, I want everyone to know that there are a lot of links to ************ videos on this post, and I encourage you to go to them and watch them. Generally speaking, I do not ask for things like thanks points and the like, but I am asking for people to go to my youtube videos and add a rating. In the past couple of days, I have had a few people spam the comments, and post low ratings. Generally, these are just immature teenagers who don’t like webkinz. I can delete their comments, but I cannot delete the rankings. So, I would ask you to show your appreciation by rating the videos (and showing people how strong the webkinz community is).


OK, with that out of the way, here is the Zingoz Pop tutorial.


First, my credentials. Many of you have read the other tutorials, so you know that I take these seriously. For this game, I have won quite a few trophies and currently hold the highest legitimate score of all time on the game. When the cheaters are removed, you should see Antigonus at the top of another game.


The first time I played a game like this was in 2002, when I loaded linux operating system on one of my computers, and it came with a game called frozen bubble – I think that was the name. It was similar to a game called bubble bobble. I really enjoyed the game, and probably spent more time

First of all, this game has two levels of play, easy and normal. The easy level is 10 levels, and is a great place for kids and inexperienced players to practice. The normal level is 30 levels. You can only win a trophy by getting by all 30 levels on the normal level.


The biggest difference on the easy level (other than it being easier) is that you get the aiming line at the beginning of every level.


After choosing the level, you get to choose your power. The options are the bowling ball, burst bubble (rainbow ball), super bubble (star ball) or line guide. There are some posts on this forum where people have commented on their choice, and the reason behind those choices. Personally, I think that novices should use the bowling ball or super bubble, but the experts will find that the rainbow ball is much more useful in the later levels. When I first started playing this game, I used the bowling ball and found that it got me out of a lot of jams. When I first started using the rainbow ball, I wasn’t sold at first, but after a few games, I found that most of the levels I could pick out a color early on that would be the best target for the ball.


My recommendation for the power ball is to just try them all and use the one you like the most. Again, some people have differing opinions on this – you can search this forum to see those.


One thing I have always been curious about is what causes a power ball present itself in the game – and I really haven’t figured out if a player’s activity activates the “sparkling” ball, that will give you a power ball if you break it. Maybe that is something I ought to look at.


Before I get into the levels, I want to talk about points. It's not really a secret - you just have to drop more balls.


When I first started playing, I was trying to go through the levels as quickly as possible, and would get through with several extra lives, but with scores less than 20,000. I had the same frustration trying to figure out how to get more.

Essentially, you just have to set the conditions to drop more balls by building cascading lines, and popping the connector. It makes for very risky game. See below for a couple of examples.


Click the image to open in full size.


Essentially, this sets up to pop 15 balls when the purple hits the 2 purples. That got 115 points. The more balls you pop, the more points you get (and it goes up at a faster rate for more balls).


Click the image to open in full size.


And, this one got 12 balls. I don't remember how many points it was, but probably around 80. Essentially, these extra points keep adding up.


So, when I play, I try on each level (as much as possible) to set up large combinations of balls. On the levels that I know pay off well (like level 5), I often die intentionally after getting the points (before popping the last ball), so I can get the most out of my points.


Again, it is very risky, because if you are dying intentionally, that might not leave any margin for mistakes later on in the game.


Let me give you some additional perspective on the points - when I got my high score (which is number 3 on the list), I got 700 points on the first level. Next time you play, see how many points you get on level 1, and you can get an idea of how much more has to be earned on each level to get to the leader board.

In fact, you can also compare how many points I had at the end of level 5 and level 6 in the screenshots above. Realize that I died twice on level 5 on purpose.

Note: I recently posted this tutorial with the YouTube videos embedded in the site (so you don't have to go to YouTube to see them):http://ant.igon.us/Content.asp?pid=55


OK, on to the levels.


Level 1 – 4 are pretty straight forward.


The video on level 1 is probably the worst quality because it was originally too big for youtube, but I wanted to keep it to show you how to get maximum points. Clearly, it is not an efficient way to work the level, but returned 726 points. I am not going to make any additional comments on this level.


http://www.************/watch?v=y77cVZjlHzs


Level 2 is also pretty easy. At its core, if you can remove the blue, yellow and orange that are connected to the top, you can get through this level without any problem. If you are going to use the rainbow ball in the middle, hitting it with a yellow ball is probably the best bet – unless you have removed 2 of the three colors attached to it at the top.


http://www.************/watch?v=VS2OAleKxjA



For level 3, I don’t have a video. When I add one, I will add it to this post. Again, fairly simple in the early going.


On level 4, all of the balls are essentially connected to the purples at the top, so if you can clear out the center, and get to the purple, you can pop a bunch of balls. You can see in the video, that I try to free a path to the blue line, then get rid of the whites connected to the top purple, and then work to those purples.


http://www.************/watch?v=jcq4JmYT5rQ


Level 5 is a great level to earn a lot of points. When this game gave out a silver trophy, this was the best level to get it on. The video for this level shows getting a trophy (and a bunch of points.


Another tip for reaching the higher scores is to die on purpose on level 5 - twice. Get as many points as you can, then die. Then do it again. If you get maximum points 3 times on this level you will score higher.


Of course, you also run the risk of dying later on and not having extra lives to fall back on - but to get the top scores in any of these games, you have to take risks.


The easiest way around this level is to clear out the purple and / or green in the middle, and then clear out the blue V – dropping a bunch of balls. At that point, you should be able to work through the levels.


http://www.************/watch?v=j7aRahsWAfo (wins a trophy)
http://www.************/watch?v=xnx77JEH-OQ (level earns 962 points)


Level 6 is not too difficult, but since the two sticky red balls lie in the middle, they can cause trouble. I recommend using the rainbow ball to get rid of them (if you have that option), or just quickly working to get rid of the balls around it (like on the video)


http://www.************/watch?v=zn9M_6rkICM


I don’t yet have a video for level 7. That will come soon.


For level 8, you really just need to take the first yellow to the right, the first green to the left, and remove the orange balls on either side.

Then you just have to angle to the right and left to get the ones that are holding the structure to the top.


Alternately, you can try to get one side first, and then work on the other side (using the first side you got to store extra balls).

http://www.************/watch?v=7rmpwSirxKA


Level 9 is also fairly easy to figure out. This is one level where you can use the rainbows on the screen to help shape the level – and one that you can get in trouble if you are unable to bounce off the side, or to shoot directly up the middle.


http://www.************/watch?v=kppTX3p1M2M


Level 10 is just like level 10 on the easy level (except there is an additional color). You can see in the video that I use the bounce bumpers to discard balls I don’t want.


http://www.************/watch?v=Y14iUHUuzV4


Level 11

Typically, I try to use the strategy on the video. Isolate the 2 white balls below the rainbow and then free up the bottom half of the level. Then, it is pretty straightforward. I know some people have troubles on this level. It is definitely one where you have to know where to discard balls.


http://www.************/watch?v=o3tt8eR1huc


Level 12 can be intimidating the first time, but is pretty easy. I just clear the levels from left to right, taking care that I don’t allow them to get connected with balls I shoot up.


http://www.************/watch?v=tSZcPB41xB0


For level 13, you want to clear out the pinks in the middle and the blue in the middle. You do not want the right hand column to get attached to the sticky balls. Then, use a white or orange ball on the rainbow to clear a good percentage of the screen.


http://www.************/watch?v=WitQU7_zopQ


Level 14 is one of the easiest to conceive how to get through it. I am not going to add any additional commentary.


http://www.************/watch?v=o6Q9JG08VMY


Level 15 is an example of a level where the rainbow ball can make quick work of the level. If you hit an orange ball, you can eliminate most of the screen. In fact on the video, I show that I am able to get out of a jam with the rainbow ball (a jam I don’t normally get into)


Otherwise, I just recommend trying to clear out the yellow as early as possible (to limit the number of different balls that you can get). Then working toward getting rid of the colors as you go. This level might take a bit of luck.


http://www.************/watch?v=1NeLUIoktUU


I do not have videos or commentary for levels 16 or 17. I will add them later.


Level 18 is one of the more technically challenging rounds.


The strategy I use is to try to get rid of the yellows on the left, followed closely by the pink above it, opening a path to the purples in the middle.


Then, using either the pink or yellow on the right, eliminate the large chunk in the middle.


After that, the screen opens up and you can use basic strategies to clear the screen.


http://www.************/watch?v=btyzU18FLIE


Level 19 is not too difficult – as long as your aim is good. First, get rid of the yellow and gray on the sides, and then you can work the colors to get rid of the blues on the top. Not much to say here.


http://www.************/watch?v=BdHOysocZR4


Level 20 is also not too hard. You just have to be able to aim the balls and pair up the colors. All colors are exposed at the start of the game, so you always have something to pair the balls with. When you get later on, if you need to use the bounce to discard balls, go ahead. I normally use the rainbow ball to get rid of the red sticky balls on this level.


http://www.************/watch?v=bQhJpGVzfyE


Level 21 is also not too terribly difficult, as long as you can aim and avoid the black sticky in the middle. You will see that in the video, I had died on the try before this one (the aiming line is present). That was because I went a bunch of balls without getting a green – and you have to get that to be able to get through the level. That was one of the very few times I died on that level, though.


http://www.************/watch?v=6nJPlBMEbQg


Level 22 is another level that I could easily get silver trophies on. You can see on the video how I built up the rows and dropped larger segments.


http://www.************/watch?v=z76Khdqp8HY


Level 23 is also a fairly easy level to comprehend. Just match up the balls.


Click the image to open in full size.


You can see how useful the rainbow ball can be in level 23 (shown above). Once I get the power-up, I can reduce to only 2 colors.


http://www.************/watch?v=mv4XXNYMzgE


Level 24 is another level where the rainbow ball can quickly clear the screen – if you hit one of the red sticky balls.


This is another level where you have to be a good aim.


http://www.************/watch?v=t6LH81dtQkY


Level 25 is one of my favorites. You can see how I use the bottom of the red stickies to put discards. This can be very dangerous, but tends to work out for me.


http://www.************/watch?v=TMvdykXrvAA


Level 26 is technically challenging. There are places to discard and places to pair up. You just have to aim true and steadily work through the level.


http://www.************/watch?v=NRftziTGBVc


For level 27, I normally try to get the purple and white that are in the middle first -- and discard balls until I get to the point where there are only 2 bumpers left.


To get the purple and white, you aim to the left or right wall, about halfway up. It might take some practice.


If I get a color other than purple or white, I discard it.


I will provide an interesting tip. When you have a ball that is sparkling - meaning that you will get a power ball if you can drop it, and you discard balls off of the bouncers, the power ball will not disappear as long as you are discarding the balls off the bouncers. There are a few levels where this can be very helpful.


http://www.************/watch?v=Aq_RdAS8p0M

Level 28 can best be finished by working toward getting rid of the pink, white and yellow balls as soon as possible. That leaves the green, grey and purple, which are all connectors.


Again, if you have the rainbow ball, you can it the purple and drop most of the screen out.


http://www.************/watch?v=QaQ_DAwZzUA


Level 29 is also very technically challenging. Typically, I try to keep the columns from connecting. This level is about proper aim, and setting up places to discard the colors you don’t need.

http://www.************/watch?v=VyCZHGB_3go


Level 30
Aahhhh, you are close now.

Sometimes there is luck involved, but not always. You just have to get rid of the yellow and purple first, depositing the pink and gray on the sides. Then you have to be a good shot about putting the pink and purple at the top center (as the screen comes down). There are 5 spots at the top that you can put the balls. 2 are at the very top row and 3 are on the second row. If you get down to the pink and gray, you put a gray one in the middle top right, a pink one in the middle top left, then put the next gray one on the second row, right, and the next pink on the second row left. Then, if you get a pink or gray, it goes in the middle and pops the 3. Then you go back to the top row.


It takes good aim and I can get it most of the time, but it is hard to do every time.


It helps to have the rainbow ball selected, because, if you get a powerup, you can get rid of one of the colors (always try to use it to get rid of the pink or purple).


The strategy is the clear -- eliminate the yellow and purple and then work the grey and pink in the middle. This run was a bit sloppy, and there was a chance that I wasn't going to make it at one point if I didn't get the right color (actually at 2 points) - so maybe I will do it again.


Here's the image of how you want to set the pinks and grays at the end (after you get rid of the purple and yellow).


Click the image to open in full size.


After you get it like this, you just put keep putting the pinks on the left and the grays on the right until all of the black disappear, and then eliminate the pinks and grays on the far left and right.


Here are two videos


One is without the powerup. The second is with.

http://www.************/watch?v=dwfBa_YgPPA

http://www.************/watch?v=fHE04EXxGsQ

I might come back and add information on the scoring later on. Let me know what you think. If there are levels you want me to give a more detailed account of, just let me know.


OK. There it is. Let me leave you with a screenshot posted the highest legitimate score in Zingoz Pop.



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Now, if they will get rid of the cheater scores, I will be at the top of another game.


Finally, just another reminder to have you go to those videos and give them a video rating that you think suits them. If it helps, give it 5 stars, and let’s show people that the webkinz community is strong.

Last edited by Hamlet; 09-18-2007 at 04:59 PM.. Reason: Added link to http://ant.igon.us/Content.asp?pid=55
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Old 07-03-2007, 12:17 PM   #2
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very cool. thanks! ill have to try some of this out. im at work and ranked some of the videos...theres alot of them..lol. ill rank the rest of them over the next few days.
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Old 07-03-2007, 12:20 PM   #3
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Wow!! you've outdone yourself yet again hamlet, i'll have to try all of this and watch them later!!
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:23 PM   #4
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thnkz for the tips!!! 143
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Old 07-03-2007, 03:19 PM   #5
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I have to say, thank you so much. I noticed a week ago you uploaded those videos and must be making a guide for it. Thanks alot for those videos, i've viewed just about everyone one and now i will *Hopefully* get a trophy.
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:58 PM   #6
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I have had to go and turn off comments on the youtube videos - well, actually, you can make comments, I just have to review them. Apparently, there was someone who really wanted to announce thier displeasure with webkinz and created multiple accounts to spam videos. In each case, I caught it quick enough to limit the damage, but it is easier to turn off the comments for now.

As I have asked, though, if you can rate the videos, that would be helpful. If you want to leave comments, I will let the nice ones get posted.
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Old 07-03-2007, 06:58 PM   #7
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thanks for the GREAT tips hope they work!!
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:05 PM   #8
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umm... idk what to say. okay here it goes.

YOU ARE MY HERO!

hope i'm not creeping you out or anything! you are insanely good at games.
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THANK YOU SO MUCH i have been trying to beat the game for a while.
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Thank you..the videos are quite helpful.
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