Pet rescue saga – it’s a lot more involved than it looks!

image“I crush candy and throw pears around, If I wanted to rescue pets I’d head to an animal shelter” well that was something I do believe I may have once said. If you’ve ever embarked upon a King adventure then you may have some idea what you are in for….just dont be fooled by the cheery colours and cute critters of Pet Rescue…“It’ll be fun they said, join us they said! you are great at games you’ll love this”  ha! well yes it turns out it is fun, in an addictive ‘I can’t even remember if I even own real pets anymore’ kind of way!

imageSo if you’ve crushed your way through a tonne of candy and defied gravity to prove the aerodynamic aptitude of your Papa Pears and are ready for some more thrilling adventures then please join us on our voyage of discovery through the gnarly world that is home to the pet Rescue Saga. The aim of the game is to safely bring down pets to the bottom of the screen by clearing the coloured blocks beneath them. To clear the blocks you must click on two or more adjoining blocks of the same colour, the more blocks joined and cleared the higher the points, and the quicker your poor pets reach the bottom.

Each level has generally two objectives; rescue a certain number of pets and score a certain number of points, easy right! yeah that’s what I thought at first too! Now there are some funky boosters available that are definitely handy  in clearing unwanted blocks, but i’m not a coiner, no matter how I look at it there is no way I could justify paying to play a game and the good news is you dont have to, all levels are achievable without buying boosters…you may however have to resort to begging your friends for lives!

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Be careful not to let pets fall.

As you clear away blocks the screen scrolls down, the trick is any blocks (or pets) at the top of the screen when you run out of combinations to make fall to their demise, handy if they are unwanted blocks, not so much when they are essential pets needing rescue. Score enough points in succession however and in some levels you are rewarded with a firecracker that can clear an entire vertical column of blocks, very handy indeed! Pet Rescue saga is bottom line another game of strategy and skill with a few decent explosions thrown in for fun. Don’t be disheartened by my somewhat cruel introduction…I am admittedly stuck on an insanely difficult level at the moment..so there’s that!

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Things that go ‘Boom!’ ~ Pet Rescue Firecrackers

imageOne of the most handy tools you have access to in Pet Rescue is the Firecracker, If you look to the bottom right of your screen you will find a little meter that needs to be fed with points, the bigger the combinations the better. Fill this meter by clearing bricks and a little firecracker appears, this little gem is very valuable, simply point it at the column you need to clear (like the one with the doe eyed puppy on top about to be tipped off) and this column including any metal boxes or glass cases will be destroyed..except for caged or locked bricks, they require unlocking first.

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You can align your cracker with the correct column and select the green tick to fire!

The good news is pets apparently love fireworks and quite happily bounce through the explosion and scurry off to the bottom (*note this does not apply in real life, most dogs are severe pyrotechnophobes!). Learning how to create these firecrackers quickly and efficiently and knowing when to use them and when to hang on to them is perhaps one of the major skills of this game!

You dont have to use your Firecracker as soon as it appears, its not going anywhere but just keep in mind that you can only have one at a time, any further points you earn will not be stored in the meter. You can only start earning another cracker once the first one has been set off. Because of this I like to set off my crackers as they appear. If you have a pet suck on a ledge of earth or pipe you can bump him off by placing a firecracker up the column to its left (Don’t ask me why pets dont fall to the right!)

Setting off a cracker is simply a matter of either selecting the green tick, or if you change your mind and want to hang on to it just hit the red ‘X’. Keep in mind that the blocks dont always fall straight down, they have a tendency to cascade into the space, which can often spoil your groove if you are trying to set up some big combinations. If blocks are at the bottom of the board with nothing above them to fill in the space they scoot over (again to the left) and join up with any other remaining blocks . This is very handy to keep in mind especially when you need to clear a certain percentage of blocks out of the way to fulfil your objective.

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General Pet Rescue hints and tip

imageIf you’ve committed to the Pet rescue voyage here are a few hints, tips and tricks to help you along your way!

  • imageIf you want a little love you have to give a little love! –  Spending the time to send your friends lives every time you log in (or a prompted to do so) is the best way to ensure your own mailbox will be bursting with sanity saving helpful love. Give a little get a little!
  • imageDon’t do everything you are told! – its just no fun..but its also relevant in this case, when you open up your pet saga game you are often met with a screen prompting you to send lives, moves or invites to friends…DO NOT send invites, seriously if someone is not playing by now they dont want to be, either that or they live under a rock. Send lives and moves to friends who are already playing, but sending out invites is just advertising for King and it upsets a lot of people, especially those who are not too tech savvy as they usually receive every notification as an email too.
  • imageUse your moves!  – Unlike Candy Crush and Papa Pear saga any left over moves in Pet Rescue saga don’t get turned into a points bonus when your objectives are completed, once your pets are rescued and your points objective is met that’s the end..thankyou for playing, move right along now! so if you  really want to earn those three stars I suggest you work your last  pet to the bottom and sit it on top of a fail proof group of blocks that you can clear with your very last move or if you have a firecracker to use you can always go with that.
  • imageKnock your blocks off!  –  Metal boxes are pains in the neck! seriously cheers for that! there are only two ways to remove them from the board to; blow them up or knock them off. Using a bomb you can clear up to four boxes at a time or try to leave them at the top of a column to be tipped off once the screen moves down. There is nothing more frustrating than battling your way to the bottom only to find you have a cute and fluffy perched on a box!
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Level 69

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Level 69

In this level you are tasked with bringing four pets to the bottom for rescuing and to earn 20 000 points, except this level is so tricky that you are given six pets to work with, sad but true, you can drop two off the edge and still make it!

imageFor some reason the blocks in this level just dont add up to make great combinations, there is no firecracker to be earnt and about the only good news is there is no limit on the number of moves.

Metal boxes, cages and locked up rocks add a little spice to this already hot curry, the bombs are in glass cases that need smashing before you can use them and it is a good idea (read as ‘great idea, just do it!’) to smash your bombs open before unlocking your rocks..yeah as I discovered doing this in the wrong order can really dampen your fire!

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Drop your metal boxes around bombs to destroy them.

If you can try to gather your metal boxes around a bomb that has been broken open, this will help destroy them for once and for all. The other way you may be able to destroy them is to leave them at the top a column and let them get knocked off as the screen scrolls, this can be tricky though as there tends to be something sitting on them just as this is about to happen…or in my case when it happens, I have thrown so many pets off trying to pass this level!

But like all tricky King games it is possible! just aim to create blocks of colour and choose your moves wisely, remember every move has a consequence, figuring out the best way to open up more combinations is ultimately the key to this game. With a little patience, a lot of luck and a great deal of strategy you’ll be able to nut it out!image

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Negotiating Pet Rescue Saga and Facebook

imageSo by now you may have figured out that not everyone is a fan of these games, well their loss! Problem is many ‘anti-gamers’ enjoy a good old whinge but there are ways you can keep your appetite for lives and helping hands happily fed and the wingers happily silenced!

  • Find your allies, send out a shout out status calling upon all fellow gamers, anyone who plays any games on Facebook knows the value of a great mutually beneficial friendship. This is not just limited to Pet Rescue too, any hardcore farmers or candy crushers will be happy to scratch your back in return for a little in return!
  • imageimageOnce you have figured out who your real friends are add them all to a smart list. Then every time you post anything Pet Rescue just be sure to select this list as your audience. You can generally choose between public, friends, close friends and any smart lists you may have made. Get familiar with your privacy settings, it can’t do any harm to refresh your settings every now and then anyway!
  • Limit the audience to which the app can post on your behalf, we’ve all seen the results of an app gone wild, sending out requests to complete random friends left right and centre. Go into settings and then into app settings and select ‘only me’ you’d be surprised at how much these things post on your behalf, no wonder some people get a little cranky! they really dont need to know everytime you create a firecracker or pass a friend on the leaderboard…honestly I game (a lot) and the apps are even blocked from my news feed.
  • imageSpeaking of blocking apps it may pay to put out a little status every now and then if you are copping a little negative feedback about how much you post, nothing too dramatic just remind people that they can hit the little ‘X’ in the top right corner of any post to ban it from their news feed completely. The scariest thing about facebook is really the number of people who have no idea what they are doing!
  • If you are stuck on a bridge that you need help from your friends to cross and your friends just aren’t getting the desperate pleas for help (you know when its been like a whole hour and you only have two of the three passes) you can always disconnect from facebook and complete the tasks manually. this obviously only works when you are on a device such as a phone.
  • And finally not really a facebook tip but remember that you can have 5 lives on each device you have the game loaded on, so ipad, iPhone, laptop, desktop (parent/partner or childs phone!) image
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Level 27 – Pet Rescue Saga

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Level 27

So Level 27 starts off innocently enough, albeit a little ‘Matrix’ with the suspended blocks. There are a few handy hint and tips for getting through this stage with the correct number of rescued pets and a decent number of stars to boot!

  • First of all its good to know that pets only come down one at a time, dont bother trying to bring down anymore on the other side of the board if your pet is stuck, it just wont work. If your pet is in a pickle try and join blocks around it or aim for some big combos and use a firecracker!
  • Use your balloons wisely! There are quite a few coloured balloons thrown around on this board and they can be very handy. Use them to clear blocks beneath your pet or to join up banks of the same coloured blocks. The only thing better than using one balloon to make some big combos is to use two (different colours …obviously!)
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    Suspended blocks anyone?

  • Keep in mind this level has a limited number of moves, 60 in fact and you have 8 pets to rescue so keep the ‘dilly dally’ to a minimum, take care of business first, this is a game not playtime!
  • Firecrackers as always are your friends, if you earn one use it to bring down a pet, not much point in saving it or the ‘rainy day’ will be upon you before you realise!
  • Aim to remove all of one colour to score the big points, balloons are handy but not essential to do this. Scoring three stars is nice but keep in mind your priority is the rescue the poor little pets! Just work one column at a time and you will have this done in no time. If you have some moves left over this will add to your score or you can set your pet up then work on scoring some points. Keep you eyes open for multiplier blocks! they can make a big difference to your score particularly if you combine some together!

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    Removing all but one colour can make for some big points scoring!

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Level 59 – Pet Rescue Saga

Oh my, this sweet little game has gotten rather interesting lately! What cruel intentions do the King developers have in store for these poor unfortunate pets next? Level 59 is an innocent looking level, the pets actually get a break on this one as your objective is to clear 85% of the blocks and earn 15 000 points, what’s that you say? sounds easy…yeah its easy…easily the toughest level yet!

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Level 59

So what do we do? well the obvious thing is to take every ounce of luck you can squeeze out of each attempt and run with it! You ideally want to create big combinations, and while this sounds nice and simple the reality is you’re not going to be given big combinations. In fact the amount of combinations you are given at all is pretty pitiful. Every attempt I made (and boy there were many!) never resulted in a single firecracker being produced, very disappointing!

imageBut it is afterall possible, you just have to anticipate where your blocks will fall and carefully plan your attack this way. One very handy tip is that you can make combinations above diamonds before they smash. So if you briefly see a combination that will last only until the diamond’s box shatters and it hits the ground then by all means hit it before this happens.

Try and figure out what works best for you, some games I came close working from the top down and others went faster from the bottom up, but the key is how you visualise easiest…oh and did I mention luck? (*oh and of you have a couple of spare boosters left over from the freebies you were given at the beginning this may just be the level to crack them out on!)

The most frustrating thing about this level is that it looks so easy! you may need to rely upon blocks joining up once they have hit the bottom, in fact this proved to be a very valuable part of my success! ~ good luck! image

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Pet Rescue Saga – Level 29

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Level 29

Well judging by the pile of friends I have sprawled over the level 29 marker I’m going to make a judgement call and say its a tricky one. With an objective of clearing 99% of the blocks and earning 16 000 points I’m having flashbacks and remembering why this has become a pit stop of some length for so many.

Its not hard, its frustratingly hard! 

But If I can do it so can you, its just a matter of forward thinking and figuring out the consequences of our actions (wow I sound like my 10th grade teacher!)

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Getting the bomb on the left down to the blocks is your first priority.

First of all Burst all the balloons on the very left until the bomb hits the wire cages, then blow it up! this will give you some headway. Work your way along until you lower the key to the locked up rocks, and release them once the key is free. Try and save your remaining balloons, they will come in handy soon. Once you have unlocked the row of rocks and they spirit off into the ether you may start popping balloons. You’ll notice that bursting a balloon can unlock a few cages at a time, but only by blowing up adjacent blocks, you are not bursting the blocks inside the cages but the ones next to it! Don’t go too silly once you have dropped the screen enough start to break open the cages from below, preserve as many balloons as possible…they always seem to come in handy, but keep that screen moving down.

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Keys unlock bricks

This is not a level where your moves are limited so hit it, but dont forget about your firecrackers, use them wisely and remember that you cannot start earning another until the first one had been set off. If you have one on the board and a whole set up of big combinations ahead maybe just set it off and clear a little more. Remember the screen wont drop down if there are moves and blocks or balloons holding it up.

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Having a bomb on the bottom can be very handy!

There are more keys below and firecrackers are perfect for freeing them. Keep your objective in mind as you go, dont find yourself on the bottom of the screen with a licorice all sorts bag of colored blocks left over and thinking ‘where are the pets?’ your aim is to clear 99% of the blocks ….doh! This means you can only have 1 left! Aim to keep colours together and if you can save a bomb for the bottom I assure you this will come in handy, inevitably you will end up with two blocks…yeah, did I mention frustrating?

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Pet Rescue – Level 43

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Level 43

Now don’t freak out! Level 43 Looks intimidating but its all bluff, your little fishies will be safe before you know it! The two objectives here are to save four pets (the fish are all you get) and earn a minimum of 24 000 points, peice of cake! …well it is if you use your strategies, otherwise this could get very messy!

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The Ceiling opens up & more blocks arrive!

 

Now you start the board with 30 moves and only three colours and what looks like a very limited board, work from the inside out. So in the case here on the left work your blue, yellow and then red, clearing these block sets should earn you enough points (or kudos) to fill your meter and spark up a firecracker (ah-ha moment!) and that is how you will smash the metal boxes out of the way.

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So you will need four Firecrackers all up and the most efficient way to earn these is to hit the big combinations, the more blocks of the same colour cleared at a time will ultimately earn you more points. Once you have a firecracker on the board use it to take out a box under one of your fish. (they all should be one metal box away from the bottom anyway!)

Don’t go too fast on this level or you may find yourself running out of moves. Depending on what device or computer you are playing on it can take a little minute for the meter to collect and fill up with the floating sparkly stars that burst forth in celebration of you matching up some coloured blocks!…yeah seriously we get WE ARE AWESOME…now pass me the firecracker already!

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Top Pet Rescue tips and tricks

imageIf you are finding yourself stuck on a Pet Rescue Saga level find some solace in the fact you are probably not alone! The good news is there are some strategies available to try and crunch your way through some tougher times. The key to this game in my belief is consequence, every move you make will have a consequence and its up to you to firstly figure out what you need to do and how best to achieve this.

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Some blocks are in cages, these can be freed by destroying adjacent blocks …but not by balloons!

You first need to assess your board, have you a limited number of moves? or is a case of by any means possible? are there Balloons, cages, pet boxes, springs, locks requiring keys or bombs that need to be broken free? There are quite a few different elements in this game and figuring out how to capitalize on each one effectively is important!

  • Coloured balloons – pretty simple hit a red balloon and all the red bricks disappear, unless they are caged. Balloons do not need to be matched with any other bricks and can be handy to clear a board with few possible matches, just keep in mind if you blow them up with a bomb they won’t work.  Use balloons wisely to create bigger matches.
  • Cages – Some levels have bricks in cages, you have to hit these with an adjacent match to free the bricks to enable them to be destroyed. It is often important to focus on freeing these caged blocks otherwise you may find yourself out of moves.
  • Bombs – these little black beauties do what bombs do best..they go boom! just a little boom, nothing too dramatic here but the surrounding bricks will be destroyed, perfect for clearing the way for a lost little pooch, I like to save my bombs to be used at the very bottom. Note you can set off a bomb next to a pet quite safely, they really dont seem to mind! Some levels have the bombs encased in glass that needs to be smashed first.

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    Freed bombs can be saved until a pet is just above it.

  • Locked rocks! – you know how you get the urge to lock up a rock? no? well someone at King does, anyway the keys are hidden on the board, generally in a glass case that needs to be smashed open by either dropping to the ground or onto a solid rock, pipe, bit of earth or other random feature (not onto another glass box though) once the key is freed you dont have to use it immediately, it will hang around until you need to use it. Blocks or pets dont drop past locked rocks, which is why they need to be freed in the first place!
  • Double ended spring  – this little piece of geniusness once activated clears an entire line horizontally in both directions, they are particularly useful when faced with metal boxes!
  • Metal boxes – yeah they exist…I dont know why? just an extra added speed bump I guess. They cannot be matched with anything to be destroyed ..unless its a bomb or a spring! They can be particularly irritating if you manage to land your pets on them just as they get to the bottom, without something to knock them out they just sit there.

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    ever felt a little boxed in?

 

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