A volcano has begun to erupt in Tyrannia and the locals are in danger of being flattened by falling rocks. Fortunately for the Tyrannian citizens, an Alien Aisha has arrived with laser beams to destroy the rocks! Let's hope he's a good shot...
Shoot the rocks, don't shoot the people. Bad day to forget my glasses...
How to Play
When you begin Magma Blaster, you'll see a volcano in the center of the screen and Tyrannian citizens walking back and forth at the base of it. Rocks will begin to be hurled from the top of the volcano and, if not destroyed, will land on the Tyrannians below. To destroy the rocks, you will need to aim at them using your mouse and fire your laser with left click.
There are six different types of rocks and each type must be destroyed by a different laser, which are selected with the number keys (more on that in a moment). There are five levels in the game, each introducing a new type of rock and requiring you to destroy a certain number of rocks to proceed. Scoring above a certain amount of points on each level can also unlock bonus levels where instead of having a limited number of rocks you need to shoot, you're given 15 seconds to shoot as many rocks as you can.
If you miss a rock in any of the levels and it lands on one of the Tyrannian citizens, you will lose a life. Your total lives are equal to the number of Tyrannians still running around the volcano; losing them all means losing the game. If a missed rock lands on the ground without hitting a Tyrannian, you won't lose a life, though you shouldn't expect rocks to miss often.
There is no set time limit for each level, nor is there a set number of rocks that will appear on each level. The volcano will continue spewing rocks until you shoot your last required rock or you run out of citizens.
To change which laser you're using, press the number key between 1 and 6 which corresponds to the rock you are attempting to destroy. The dashboard at the bottom of the screen shows which types of lasers you can choose from and which one you currently have selected. The rock inside your cursor's crosshairs will also change to match the currently selected laser.
Points are earned in Magma Blaster for every rock you destroy. If you manage to shoot a falling rock while the majority of it is inside the crosshair's rock, you will be awarded 4 points. If you shoot a rock while only a little of it is inside the crosshair's rock, you'll receive only 2 points, but the rock will still be destroyed. This is the only way to earn points in the game, so racking up a high score just means shooting a lot of rocks.
Each level has a fixed number of rocks that need to be destroyed, which means there's a fixed maximum amount of points that can be earned in each level. However, because the level doesn't end until you destroy all the required rocks and there are no rocks left on screen, it's possible to get a few extra points: if you destroy the final required rock while it's close to the ground, this will give time for one or two more rocks to spawn before the next level.
If you manage to score the maximum number of points from the required rocks, you'll unlock a bonus level. Bonus levels spawn a random number of rocks in a short time frame, so your score in these rounds varies with luck (in addition to your skill with shooting the rocks that do appear).
|Level||Rocks Required||Base points||Points for Bonus Level|
|1||10||20 - 40||40|
|2||15||30 - 60||60|
|3||20||40 - 80||80|
|4||25||50 - 100||100|
|5||30||60 - 120||120|
Magma Blaster is a pretty simple game; it's mainly just point and click. The two aspects of the game you'll want to practice are selecting the correct rock laser and consistently landing good shots on rocks for the most points.
For the first few levels, it's fine to use just your index and middle fingers to press the number keys. But once you have five or six different lasers to select, it can become impractical. For these later levels, you should use your ring finger for keys 1 and 2, middle finger for 3 and 4 and index finger for 5 and 6. Keeping your fingers in these areas means not having to move a finger across multiple keys, reducing the chance of pressing the wrong one.
As for consistently landing good shots on the rocks, the trick is to shoot the rocks at the peak of the arc they are launched at. This is the point where the rocks slow down and spend the most time in one spot, making it really easy to line up the shot. You may find it helpful, if you have the time, to anticipate where the rock will peak based on its path, and then change your laser and set it in place in advance.
Hurrah for not being flattened into dust!
- If a rock falls to the ground, but doesn't hit a Tyrannian citizen, you won't lose a life!
- You will advance to the next level only after the screen has been cleared of rocks
- The number of rocks that spawn in bonus levels is random, so your scores can vary
- Any rocks remaining on-screen after destroying the required number are free points
- The score required to unlock a bonus level is four times the required number of rocks
This game guide was written by: Michael