First released during the Atlas of the Ancients Plot, Cloud Raiders calls YOU to captain a flying ship travelling from Faerieland to Terror Mountain. Using air currents to guide your ship, navigate through the sky avoiding trees, clouds, birds and enemy ships to reach your destination safely.
This game is played entirely with your mouse. In order to steer the ship, you will need to make air currents by clicking and dragging your mouse in the direction you would like the ship to go. The steeper the slope, the faster your ship will move. However, if the slope is too steep then the ship will come to a complete halt. This can be helpful in avoiding certain obstacles, but we would only suggest this as a last resort.
Above your game screen you will also notice a toolbar. This tells you all the important things that are going on in the game.
- The bar next to the heart is your health. If your health runs out your ship will crash and the game will be over.
- The blue bar concerns your air currents. Note that you cannot draw a continuous line. This bar tells you how long you have left before your air currents run out. They will start to replenish either when they run out completely, or you take your finger off the mouse button.
- The numbers next to the coin indicate your points
- The blue button is VERY useful and turns off extra scenery and animation to avoid distraction.
- The red button is the 'end game' button, but can also act as a pause button.
How To Play
Though the controls may take some time to get used to, once you do gameplay is fairly simple. The game consists of three levels which are the same every time. Thanks to this, being an expert at Cloud Raiders is hardly difficult, the more you play, the more familiar you will be with the level construction. There are, however, a few more things you should know before you begin.
Points are scored by collecting coins, which is done by simply running through them. You will only collect coins if the body of the ship catches them, not the sails. This is the same with enemies; they will only decrease your health if they touch the body of the ship.
Air currents work best if directed from close to your ship. It makes the ship easier to control. However, if you happen to be a super-speedy-air-ship-piloting-machine, you can draw your currents in advance. This is only recommended for air-sailing experts as it gives a lot more room for mistakes and makes them harder to correct.
|Coin||Coins are the game's sole providers of points|
|Double Coin||Doubles your points for a period of time|
|Health||Increases your health bar.|
|Destroyer||Removes all enemies that are currently on your screen. Don't get too comfortable though...they'll be back.|
|Shield||Gives protection from enemies for period of time. It will not protect you from obstacles such as trees or towers. (see below)|
|Reduce Speed||Slows your ship. It can be sped up again by using steep air currents when steering.|
|Morph||Morphs all enemies that are currently on your screen into coins.|
Enemies and Obstacles
|Clouds||Clouds slightly reduce your health when hit, then disappear.|
|Thunder Cloud||These clouds are darker and denser. If you hit them, they will reduce your health and not disappear. You need to move out of the way quickly or you will stop completely.|
|Birds||Act in the same way as clouds, when you hit them they will reduce your health and disappear.|
|Large Pirate Ship||These pirate ships remain stationary and shoot small cannonballs, which decrease your health. You can remove these cannonballs from the screen by clicking on them.|
|Small pirate ship||This pirate ship will fly towards you and follow your movements.|
|Large cannonballs and Missiles||These cause severe damage to your ship. Avoid them at all cost.|
|Trees and Towers||These pesky obstacles are unbreakable. Once you get behind one it is very difficult to get out and unless you are very quick, they will stop you and take your health.|
- It is more important to keep your health bar full than it is your pocket. Focus more on collecting health than coins, they will come much easier.
- To keep the best control of your ship, try to keep it centered. Hitting either the top or the bottom of the screen will make you lose points. Also, if your ship remains in the middle of the screen it will be easier to dodge the trees and towers.
- In exception to the previous rule is level 2. Towards the end of this level there is a mass of pirate ships, all shooting missiles. In this instance there are also no trees or towers. Therefore we suggest staying low with a continuous line of air above you in order to block the missiles.
- If you are aiming for a high score, the age old rule applies. Try to get as many points as you can in the first level when they are an easy catch.
- Make use of the scenery button. It is much easier, and much less distracting if you have the scenery turned off.
- You may notice getting hit by enemies gives you points. Despite this, we do not encourage kamikaze pilots. It is best to refer to tip number one in this case.
- Always choose a regular cloud over a thunder cloud. Thunder clouds do a lot more damage.
This game guide was written by: Meimei