Eye Of The Storm
If you've ever been intimidated by the idea of having to find one specific tile out of two hundred and forty of them, then this guide is for you! Really, Eye of the Storm isn't such a hard game. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that when fully understood, it's downright easy! Before I get into a rant, though, let's go on to how you can learn to master it.
See, the aim of the game is to click on a tile and see if it has one of the crew members of the Cyodrake's Gaze on it, pointing to where the ship is. Along the way you might find other types of tiles that may or may not lead you closer, but are still useful.
Two hundred and forty tiles? You've gotta be kidding me!
The most important part of the game would be all of the tiles. Actually, all the entire game consists of is clicking on one after another, some being of no help to you whatsoever and others saving the day. Pictures included, here's a list of all of the ones that appear in the game, no matter how useful they are. Take note of each direction the crew members point to so that you can head that way, and remember to hover over their pictures to reveal their names.
|Finding this is the aim of the game! In the first few levels it might be easy pickings, but later on you won't be so cheerful.|
|Although in the CG plot Hoban was the lost soul that everyone was searching for, in this game he's just one of the crew.|
|Shumi holds the position of first mate on the Cyodrake's Gaze and as such, why shouldn't he help out with the search?|
|Linae is the resident Kou-Jong expert on the Gaze, and she's just as useful as any other crew member when it comes to searching for the lost vessel.|
|Bonju, actually, was the person who shoved Hoban off of the Gaze in the first place. *cough* Fortunately, he's not a bad guy in this game.|
|Flipping over a Cannon tile means having it and the four tiles adjacent to it all blowing up. Don't count on them flipping back over. =P|
|The Loot tile, possibly the second best tile in the whole game, gives you twenty extra points! When it flips back over though, it'll become a normal tile.|
|The Storm tile is an odd one, though similar to the Cannon in its ability to flip over the four adjacent tiles for a short time (unless you're playing the Extended Mode). When it's done exposing them, it'll flip back over into a normal tile, just like the Loot tile does.|
|This is the one type of tile that appears before any other, because it flips over into all of the others. Take note that it comes in five different colors (red, blue, green, brown and white).|
|This isn't actually a tile so much as a lack of one; when you click on a normal tile, it'll flip over into nothingness. If your game is in the Brief View, though, it'll soon flip back over into a normal tile.|
Remember, though that just because you get, say, a Hoban tile, that doesn't mean that the Gaze is directly south of him. It can even wind up being one tile south and seven tiles west of him! If that's ever the case, just hope that you find a Shumi tile really soon after you find the Hoban one.
After playing Eye of the Storm for a while I've devised a strategy that, in my own humble opinion, isn't too bad. So, you start playing the game in, let's say, Normal Mode and Brief View (although the strategy works with the other modes and views also). That means that you'll be playing twenty levels, assuming you make it that far, and you'll have twenty seconds to the find the Gaze every level. At first it might be so easy that you don't even need bother checking this guide out, but pretty soon it will become much, much harder.
Okay, look carefully at that picture, starting at the bottom of it. Let's say that that Linae tile is the first one you click on at the start of a level; she's pointing north, so you should click two tiles north of her. Now you've clicked on another Linae tile, pointing the same way; do the same thing, clicking two tiles north of her. You've now clicked on a Bonju tile, pointing east; go two tiles east of him.
You continue in this manner until you reach Hoban, who's pointing back toward the direction you came. No problem, simply click the tile between him and Linae, and you'll find Bonju pointing east once more. Two tiles east of him is your goal. At last, you've found the Gaze! You can either go celebrate or continue your game trying out this marvellous strategy once again.
If you run into a blank tile in the midst of charting your path, don't worry. Simply continue two more steps in the direction you were headed and continue as you were doing. Similarly, if a Cannon or a Storm tile shows up, take in the direction of all the tiles revealed and average it out for your next move. (i.e., If all the tiles are pointing the same direction, go every other tile down the middle row of the three revealed.)
There are three modes in EotS: Normal, Timed and Zen. Although several aspects of the game are the same in each, they all have their distinguishing qualities. For instance, Zen mode is more of a stress-reliever than anything else; it gives you absolutely no points, although you have ninety-nine seconds to complete a possibly infinite amount of levels. It's great for practice, too.
In Normal mode, there are exactly twenty levels and twenty seconds in each. If you can't find the Gaze in that amount of time twenty times in a row, then you won't win the game. Of course, the idea of clicking on every tile you possibly can before the clock runs out may pop into your head, and at first that may seem pretty bright. Unfortunately, that would also seriously kill your bonus (talked about in the section below). Just try out my strategy (that you should have already read about).
It shouldn't be THAT hard to find a ship...right?
In Timed mode, you have two hundred seconds, or three minutes and twenty seconds, to complete as many levels as you can. That means that if you win the first level in five seconds, you have exactly five seconds less to use in the next. For the more skilled person at the game, this mode is a lot better for points than the normal one.
Score, Views & Penalties
Okay, let's say you just started up a game in Normal mode. There are twenty levels to get through, and at the start of every level there's a bonus at the bottom of the screen that you can get, starting at 105. If you have the option "Brief View" selected (when you click on a tile it turns back over), every time you click on a crew member tile the bonus will go down by six, going down by three for blank and special tiles. On the next level the bonus will be at 110 and on the next it'll increase by five points once again. That will go on throughout the game, and it's the same whether you're playing in Normal or Timed mode.
If you have the option "Extended View" selected (when you click on a tile it doesn't turn back over again), your bonus will go down by ten points for every crew member tile that you click on and five points for blank and special tiles. I recommend always using the Brief Mode as it gives you a better bonus and you shouldn't need to see what tiles you've already clicked on as, hopefully, you'll be lead away from them to the Gaze.
For every level you complete you'll get an automatic fifty point bonus, along with the regular bonus and a point equivalent of whatever your remaining time is (one point for every second). Of course, you can't forget those sweet Loot tiles that you might just come across and the extra twenty points they each give. (All of this is also the same whether you're playing in Normal or Timed mode.)
But even more so than all I've just said, the two really important factors of the game (besides finding the Gaze) are speed and how many tiles you click on in the level; you only have twenty seconds to find the Gaze and if you don't, it's game over (unless you're using the Timed Mode, which is actually better for going after a trophy score). Don't click on tiles as quickly as you possibly can or you might not click on the one you meant to, but try to go as quickly as is comfortable for you. You can't really help with how many tiles you click on to find the Gaze but my average would be about ten, so you can usually tell that you didn't do too well if you won with about eighteen clicks.
When you finish up a game of Eye of the Storm your score will be given a rating; like if you get only a few points the rating will be "Meagre". Here's a list of the rankings you can get and how you can get them:
- Meagre: Score 800 points or less.
- Good: Score between 801 and 1,600 points.
- Great: Get this by scoring between 1,601 and 3,200 points.
- Excellent: Get a score of 3,201 or more for this bad boy.
After reading this guide, you should be able to get to Excellent. Easy as pie! Then again, I can bake a pie in my sleep...
And that would be it! Good luck finding the Gaze quickly and efficiently with as many points as you can get; I guess I'll see you in the eye of the storm, searching for that poor, stranded ship like everyone else. Bye!
This game guide was written by: Daniel