Whenever King Altador has some urgent messages or news to be delivered somewhere in his self-named realm, he always has one choice of who to send them: Yooyus. Besides being Altador's national petpet, Yooyus are fast little creatures with a lot of experience in flying. Not even birds can match them when it comes to flying all over the kingdom with the most important news of the day.
In Crisis Courier, you play a variety of Yooyus that are helping each other get through the levels in the game to deliver their news: a Fire Yooyu, its counterpart the Snow Yooyu, a Mutant Yooyu and a Faerie Yooyu. Each one has a different ability and must be used in different situations, but we'll get back to that soon.
All of the levels are centered around navigating your Yooyus under and over houses and temples, giant pillars and even squads of Minitheuses. If you even just touch a building or pillar, you'll lose one of your three lives; don't fret, though, because with a bit of practice this game is fairly easy. You control your Yooyu by moving your mouse around the screen, like in The Buzzer Game or Wicked Wocky Wobble. The left mouse button is used to switch between types of Yooyus.
The main points in this game are obtained by collecting Altador goodie bags. There are several dozen of these in each level, and you do not need to collect every single one in order to pass the level. If you're looking to get a high score or trophy, though, you'll probably need to collect close to every single one. If you're just playing for Neopoints, going through a few levels and missing a bunch of goodie bags is fine. One goodie bag is worth five points, though the red- and blue-colored ones that can only be collected by the matching or Faerie Yooyu are worth ten points.
Points can also be earned by "defeating" Minitheuses. You can do this by flying through them, but you must be using the correct Yooyu or else you will lose a life! You will earn ten points per Minitheus you defeat. This brings us back to the most important part of the game: the Yooyus. The two basic Yooyus, Fire and Snow, each correspond with the Red and Blue Minitheuses in the game: the Fire Yooyu can defeat Red Minitheuses and the Snow Yooyu can do the same for Blue Minitheuses. Remember, if you use the wrong Yooyu you'll lose a life, so be careful. Also note that whenever you lose a life or start a new level, you'll begin as a Fire Yooyu.
Hey, why aren't we in this game? We're Yooyus too!
However, as mentioned earlier, there are two more types of Yooyus: the Mutant and Faerie Yooyu. You can only become one of these Yooyus when you collect the corresponding item - a Wing Fruit for the Faerie Yooyu and a Fig for the Mutant Yooyu. These are not available in every level, and if you do manage to collect one you will only remain that species of Yooyu for a few seconds. You won't be able to switch species if you are Mutant/Faerie, you'll just have to wait until the time runs out, at which point you will morph into a Snow Yooyu. So what's the advantage? Well, Mutant Yooyus can defeat both colors of Minitheus, which is great for those giant piles of them. Conversely, the Faerie Yooyu will earn 20 points for each goodie bag collected, but it cannot defeat either color of Minitheus. If you run into a Minitheus while you are a Faerie Yooyu, you will lose a life.
Hopefully you're not confused, but if you are, here's a quick recap of each Yooyu's ability:
|Yooyu Type||Points Earned for Goodie Bags||What It Can Defeat||What Will Kill It|
|Fire||5 Points (Regular)
10 Points (Red)
|Red Minitheuses||Blue Minitheuses
Blue Goodie Bags
|Snow||5 Points (Regular)
10 Points (Blue)
|Blue Minitheuses||Red Minitheuses
Red Goodie Bags
|Mutant||5 Points (all types)||Red/Blue Minitheuses||Red/Blue Goodie Bags|
|Faerie||20 Points (all types)||Nothing||Red/Blue Minitheuses|
Still, though, the Minitheuses aren't just aimless enemies spread about the levels; in some levels, you'll find a few flying! Fortunately, the flying ones are always stationary and can still be defeated by guiding your color-corresponding Yooyu over it. Also a positive note, there are no special colors of Minitheus anywhere in the game; nothing so dangerous that it can be defeated only by the Mutant Yooyu, or anything like that.
The end of every level is marked by a huge, wide, empty space followed by a tall, stone pillar. Although this pillar may look like a final obstacle (and a difficult one, as it protrudes almost to the top of the screen), it simply marks the end of the level and you are free to fly through it. Think of it more as a goal post than anything else. Upon passing it, you'll go on to the next level and receive some bonus points. One hundred points are awarded for completing the first level, two hundred for the second, and so on.
Hints and Tips
Firstly, as you go through the levels the speed at which you move increases. Because of this, always have a finger ready on the left mouse button for pesky Minitheuses that will be appearing in different colors in quick succession.
Next, note that in later levels Red and Blue Minitheuses will general appear in mixed groups. This, of course, makes them much harder to defeat! Be sure to keep an eye out for the figs that usually precede these areas, and don't try and weasel into these groups without a Mutant Yooyu. Remember, if you're not able to get some of them don't worry about it (even if you're going for a trophy). The most important part is keeping your lives, which means sometimes not going for risky dives for a few extra points.
Too bad there wasn't a fig nearby; I could have gotten them...
Also, be on the lookout for trick Wing Fruit/Figs. Generally, these items are in places where they are of use, but sometimes they exist just to trick you. An example of this would be a Wing Fruit placed before a giant lump of Minitheuses. In this instance the Wing Fruit will only do you harm because you lose the opportunity to gain any points for defeating the Minitheuses.
As a last tip, typing "kingaltador" anytime during the game gives you one extra life. This is a one use cheat though, so choose wisely!
So, good luck playing Crisis Courier! There aren't many secrets to success other than getting lucky and practicing a lot, so keep playing. Have fun!
If you click the leftmost bottom window on the background of the main menu, you'll find a secret "level" which isn't part of the main game. It's actually a sneaky message from that mischievous game programmer named Weepit. Those staffers get everywhere!
This game guide was written by: Daniel & noileh