Don’t Take Wooden Nick­els and Other Good Advice

Here are some gen­eral strate­gies that will help you enjoy the game, get higher scores, and impress your friends:


Wait for the bugs to come to you: Besides sound­ing all Zen-​like, it turns out that the best way to smash bugs is to find a push that helps you strate­gi­cally, and wait for a bug to enter the line of fire.


Don’t push chips ran­domly: In fact, don’t push a chip AT ALL unless it fits in with a plan of align­ing and com­bin­ing with other chips. You can’t take moves back with­out burn­ing an Undo, and it’s easy to get car­ried away try­ing to smash bugs. But you can­not com­plete a level just by smash­ing bugs; you must com­bine chips and earn exe­cu­tion points.


Never cre­ate a block of four chips: The chips will become locked together and you won’t be able to push them, mak­ing it very dif­fi­cult or impos­si­ble to com­plete a level with­out burn­ing a Woz Kick.


Con­ce­trate on chips of one color: Decide to com­bine all of, let’s say, the white chips (these have the high­est point value) to make a cir­cuit board. Then, take a vaca­tion and study the screen for a new plan.


Take advan­tage of wrap-​around: If a chip looks blocked, don’t give up. Maybe you can move it to an advan­ta­geous posi­tion by push­ing it in the oppo­site direc­tion. Remem­ber that two chips at oppo­site edges of the screen are actu­ally touch­ing each other.

This is a debat­able tip… some peo­ple call it cheat­ing. But – I use the Super Tokens. A lot. If you tap the yel­low bar at the left, the Super Tokens win­dow will open and you can select any avail­able Undo, Mag­net, Glue or Woz­Kick tokens. You can also buy new tokens if you’re out. The Undo does what it sounds like, the Mag­net token merges all tokens of a given color, the Glue causes a mov­ing chip to stick to the glue, and the Woz­Kick blows up any chip you use it on – which is very use­ful for a stranded solo chip.


Nos­tal­gic Tip From the Apple /​/​Ver­sion:

DON'T SWITCH DISKS. YOU MUST SAVE IN-PROGRESS GAMES ON THE I. O. SILVER GAME DISK. Press the ESC key when you see "Hit ESC to save game" (at the end of a level only). Enter your name (or any word, up to eight characters), press RETURN and your game will be saved to the disk. (Be sure you have a good, DOS 3.3, non-full, non-write-protected disk in the drive, with the drive door closed. If you don't, you'll get a "Disk Error" message.) When you want to continue a saved game, choose item 4, "See Saved Games", from the main menu. Enter the letter of the game you want to play, and you will automatically enter the Arcade Workshop. That game will be deleted from the Saved Game list. Of course, you can save it again at the end of the next level.