Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Mouse Swipe Strategy Guide

Time for the next strategy guide! If you've utilized my tips and tricks for Button Masher and Keyboard Masher, welcome back. And If you've ever felt like you've needed some extra swiping assistance, you've made it to the right place. So without further ado, here are the Mouse Swipe strategies straight from the game creator.

Achievement Star Requirements
  • Blue star - Beat one of the beat the creator scores.
  • Green star - Beat every single beat the creator score.
  • Bronze star - Reach 1000 swipes (Experienced Swiper).
  • Silver star - Reach 5000 swipes (Stunning Swiper).
  • Gold star - Become a prestigious swiper (10,000 swipes).
The green star overwrites the blue star, and the gold star overwrites the silver star, which overwrites the bronze star.

Tips and Tricks
  • Use one hand. This should be self explanatory, but in case you thought you should use two hands because of Button Masher's two finger tactic, that logic does not work here.
  • Relax your swipes. Some players think they should make the shortest swipes they can to reduce the total swiping area. The problem with this is that it tenses up their hand more quickly, sometimes causing them to miss the vertical line. So while it is important to make short swipes, you should make expand them to the point when your hand feels comfortable.
  • Mouse or trackpad? Find the controller that works best for you and stick with it. Personally, I find the mouse easier to use, but your opinion could be different.
  • Play fast-paced music in the background. I've noticed when I do this, it makes my hands want to shake to the rhythm, boosting my scores. Give it a try!
  • Square Mode Tips - Relax your hand, especially in hard difficulty. The less tense your hand is, the more likely you'll be able to slide through the squares with ease.
  • Triangle Mode Tips - Here's a little secret: the triangles are actually squares. Here's a screenshot of what I mean:

    As you can see, the orange area is all your cursor needs to hover at to score points. The triangle is just for decoration. Why did I make it like this? That's how the code works, and there isn't a way to restrict the hover spot to the triangle without some crazy scripting.
    So use this secret to your advantage. Instead of moving your cursor in a triangular fashion, make small circular movements near the center of the triangles. Once you get good at this, your cursor could never touch the left or right triangles ever again.
  • Motion Mode Tips - My advice is similar to Square Mode: relax your hand. Stay focused on your target, and remember that the squares speed up every 10 seconds.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

You can install KB3097877 now.

So Microsoft finally got their act together.

After reinstalling KB3097877, I can now confirm that my PowerPoint games are working again. Therefore, you SHOULD install the update now to get the latest security fixes.

Let's hope this fiasco never comes to us again.

*The above image was taken from Windows Update.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Don't install KB3097877 (Updated)

Has PowerPoint been crashing on you every time you try to open one of my games? That's because of a recent Windows Update, labelled KB3097877. Intended to be a security update for Windows Vista, 7, and 8, KB3097877 crashes not only PowerPoint but all supported versions of Outlook as well.

Until Microsoft gets their act together, please uninstall KB3097877 if you want to play my PowerPoint games. Here's how:

  1. Open Windows Update.
  2. In the bottom of the left side bar, click on Installed Updates.
  3. On the top right search box labelled Search Installed Updates, type KB3097877.
  4. Right click the update that shows up and select Uninstall.
To prevent KB3097877 from installing again, you'll need to hide the update. To do this, right click it in your list of updates to install and select Hide update.

If you don't see KB3097887 when searching for installed updates, that means it's not installed, and you should be able to open my PowerPoint games properly. If you're using OS X or Windows 10, you may disregard this entire post.

I'll update this post as soon as I get more information about the PowerPoint crashes. Let's hope Microsoft doesn't screw things up again.

UPDATE: Microsoft has fixed the crashing issues.