Extreme Potato Counter
Not content with Alton's relatively boring form of potato counting goodness, one particularly rad Wocky took it upon himself to come up with a more exciting alternative. And so it was that Extreme Potato Counter came to be! Much like its inspiration, it is a game where you count potatoes. But wait! There's more! These potatoes don't just sit still and wait to be counted, oh no; they spin and fly across the screen recklessly with absolutely no regard for their own personal safety. Can you feel the excitement?!?
Count me! Please?
The controls are really extremely simple (extreme, get it?), all you do is sit and count the potatoes that fly across the screen. Then, when prompted, type in how many potatoes you counted. The only thing that stops this game being as mind-numbingly dull as its predecessor are the distractions. As you progress the potatoes on the screen will be joined by other vegetables; sweetcorn, carrots and aubergines to name but a few. You don't count these at all, they're just trying to distract you from counting. And they do a really good job of it... for vegetables I mean.
Potatoes can fly in any direction and may overlap, as shown in the screenshot below. Also, as you progress through the levels, the potatoes will move faster and there are typically more of them.
Now that the potatoes have done their thing, it's time to guess! When the box pops up enter the number of potatoes you saw on the previous screen. Do not include the potatoes in rounds before the current one, you only need to enter the number you just saw and not a running total.
If you got the amount right, you will score the amount of points equal to how many potatoes you counted (ex. If you counted 12 potatoes, you score 12 points for guessing correctly). You then have the option to send your score, or continue to the next round. If, on the other hand, you do not guess correctly, you do not score any points for that round and the game ends!
Here are quick some tips for extreme potato counting:
- I find it helps to focus on the centre of the screen and count them when they come in from the edges. It's less confusing than moving your eyes around but it can make it harder to spot if two overlap.
- If it helps you, count out loud.
- Avoid distractions; if you're talking to people on an instant messenger you might want to minimize the taskbar so active conversations don't draw your eye away at a crucial point.
- Check to make sure you entered your number correctly. You don't want to lose out just because of a typo.
- Mute the computer if you think the music will distract you.
- If you have somebody else nearby have them count with you and compare totals.
- Count the potatoes in pairs rather than singularly if you find that easier.
- The number of potatoes that can appear in each level is determined by specific criteria. In the first level, there will be 6-10 potatoes to count (in extremely rare cases there may also be 11); in the next, there will be 9-15; in the third, the minimum number of potatoes will again go up by three, and the maximum by five. This will continue for every level in the game. The following table gives you the minimums and maximums for the first 20 levels.
This game guide was written by: 1337