The last thing you'd expect to invade the Virtupets Space Station is probably malfunctioning clockwork Grundos who can only be disarmed by typing. Nevertheless, in Typing Terror that is just what happens.
Simply type the word on each Grundo's chest to short circuit it and bring yourself one step closer to saving the Space Station. The yellow bots are worth 5 points, red ones are worth 20 (since they're upside down!), and broken ones bag you a whopping 100 points!
It's also important to be accurate, as there is an accuracy bonus at the end: 100% accuracy earns you 200 extra points! Accuracy is simply your accurate keystrokes (how often you hit the right letter) divided by your total keystrokes.
In the bottom right corner of the screen is a hint box that simply shows you the word that needs to be typed. Look here if the word is obstructed above or you're confused which word you have started typing. Once you begin typing a word you must complete it before you can begin another.
After the fifth level, the boss faces you (just standing there). You need to accurately type 25 words on his chest in only 60 seconds or it's game over! However, the accuracy bonus is boosted for this boss battle: 100% accuracy earns you 300 extra points. Each word you enter correctly is worth 20 points. If you beat him, you get an additional 100 points for every life you have remaining. The maximum you can earn in the boss level is 1,100 points. Hence, if you're going for the avatar, you should enter the boss battle with at least 2,500 points (hopefully more).
|Level||# of Words Needed||Letters per Word||Tips|
|1||12||3||Easiest level. Aim for rarer Grundos if you can.|
|2||14||4||Just a bit harder. Same strategy.|
|3||16||5||And harder. Depending on your skill, you may want to abandon strategy soon and just type!|
|4||18||6||Try to keep all of your lives until the end...|
|5||20||7||Definitely the hardest for most. Type for your life!|
|Boss||25||8||Type a word every two seconds on average. Practice.|
Occasionally, a very large robot Grundo will appear on the screen. This may be a glitch (or a mean joke by TNT), as it always seems to end the game no matter how many lives the player has. There doesn't seem to be any way of avoiding it, so just hope you don't run into this beast!
The best way to get better is to practice. Try training mode if you wish, but remember that you can't earn any points, and it never ends. Accuracy is much more important than quick typing, but both help, especially in that dreaded 5th level.
Luck plays an important part in this game. If you only ever got yellow robots, you would be facing a measly max score of 2,300, whereas only getting broken robots would get you a max score of 9,900 points! Of course, the high scores don't reach even half that. Always seek out the 100 point broken robots if you can for the decisive advantage.
Here is a rough guideline for where you should be up to at key levels:
- Level 1: If you have less than 400 points, restart the game.
- Level 5: Anything less than 2,500 points will not get you the avatar. Restart the game.
It's important to keep all of your lives, as they give you a 100 point bonus for each life if you defeat the boss; if you lose one, restart the game. Accuracy is just as important! If you make a couple of mistakes, that's ok, but too many will decrease your score.
Destroy. Destroy. Cupcakes. Destroy.
In the first two or three levels, allow the yellow Grundos to march close towards you before destroying them. This allows more time for broken robots to potentially appear behind the normal ones. Keep a mental count of the words you have completed on each level, as you don't want to end the level before you have to (see the above table for the exact numbers). This gives you a greater chance of boosting your score and you are more likely to achieve the avatar! Just be careful that you don't let them get too close.
The words that appear on the robots actually come from a preset list for each level, where every letter of the alphabet begins exactly one word in the list. Which words you type in levels 1 through 5 will be randomly selected, but you will have to type all of the words shown for the boss round...so get practicing!
|Letter||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5||Boss|
This game guide was written by: Gisterre