Originally Posted by MikeyL
I must find out how to beat 9000.. i always get stuck at the stage where the blocks are in a big metal U shape thing..
I HATE IT
My U Shaped Strategy:
The key to beating the U shape is having enough lives to commit suicide once the bricks start to fall more than 1 or 2 levels. If you do this right, you only need to kill yourself 2 - 3 times, which is a heck of a lot better than loosing 8 lives the conventional way and only having 1 left to complete the next board.
If you recall, after you die, the bricks stop falling for at least a few passes through, where which you have the opportunity to clear more bricks. As they will eventually fall a little, once you are more used to working with the metal bricks close to you, but not on top of you, you'll be get better at being able to get the ball back up when the metal bricks get right on top of you. Kinda like training wheels, you know? After that level or maybe 1 or 2 more, it gets easier. It is almost strategy than quickness. You need to pause the game and decide how you will attack the board.
I came 1 hit of the last brick away from beating level 34 on my 7290 and since I upgraded to an 8700, I've gotten to 28000+ and 26000+ I don't think that the 8700 is easier though. I actually think it is harder as the bounces are less consistent and some of the strategies I used on the 7290 don't work. I think I just got better.
The worst part about beating the game is there is no fanfare - no princess coming out like after beating the Legend of Zelda or Super Mario. You just GO BACK TO LEVEL1!!! How unceremonious! The bricks start to drop A LOT faster. One time I got into the high 20s or early 30s for the second time. Whoever posted that it gets slower after clearing it for the 2nd time - would be interesting to see. Now I have another reason to play...