jennnej30 & Amylllia's Guide to

Have you been bitten by the World Challenge bug, but don't know where to begin? Well, read on, fellow Neopian! I have created the following guide to answer all of your questions about the World Challenges. Then, with a little luck and a bit of strategy, you can add a new twist to all of your favorite games, and win some great prizes along the way.

The World Challenges, or WCs for short, are hourly competitions that take place every hour of every day. The only real variable is the games offered. Games usually rotate daily, so if you can't find your favorite game today, be sure to check back tomorrow!

WCs are great fun and really easy, once you get the hang of them. Each competition starts at 3 minutes past the hour, and runs until the top of the next hour.





The main page of the World Challenges can be found here. There you will find pictures and links to the various worlds that offer WCs. Click on the link that says 'Games' under the picture. For example, I like playing the Virtupets games, so I will click there and be taken to a page like this:
All hail Sloth!



You can also get to the World Challenge by clicking on the World in the row of icons located at the bottom of your game page:



Now we can see what games are being offered for today, and how many users are playing this hour. If you see your favorite game offered, go ahead and click on it! You will be taken to a page like this:



Before you jump right in and start playing, take a look at the table. There are already at least 5 people playing this hour, so I know that prizes will definitely be awarded. I also usually take a look at the players' high scores for the hour. If I can consistently score better than those in the top 2, maybe top 3 places, then I know my chances to win and get a Map Piece are higher. Typing Terror is one of my favorite games, but to get a great score, you need a lot of luck to see those elusive red and purple robots. I know I can almost always get a score around 3,000. However, this hour, Boochi scored above that and still has 2 losses and a negative tally. So I probably won't enter this hour. I might get lucky and get paired with someone who doesn't send a very high score, but I don't really like my chances here. But that's just how I play, if you're feeling lucky or believe you will have an awesome game then go for it!

Enter and pay a 100 NP fee, then play your game as many times as you can (or want to) for the allotted 57 minutes. Don't worry if you have already sent 3 scores for the day. You will still send your score after playing a game, but you will not get any NP from it. Instead, you will get the following:



After sending your score, it is randomly matched up against another user playing that hour that has already sent a score. If you get a higher score than them, you win, and your tally increases. Have the highest tally at the end of the hour, and you win a Map Piece and a portion of the jackpot!

Some things to keep in mind while playing each WC:

*There must be 5 players any given hour for prizes to be awarded.

If there are less than 5 players for the hour, your score and tally will be rolled over to the next hour. This has saved me many times while playing Bumble Beams! Sometimes if your score has not been processed, you will have to pay the 100 NP entry fee for the next hour to get it to come up. If this happens to you for a few hours, or you're just impatient, check the Games board. There is usually a board where you can ask for more players. If not, go ahead and make one. A lot of people will generously take the time and 100 NP to help you out. Don't be afraid to ask!

*You must have a tally greater than 0 to receive a prize.

This is the key to the WCs and where a lot of people get confused. Let's say you send a score that gives you a gold trophy in a game. Congratulations! As long as your score doesn't go under review, your tally will increase. But if you play again and send a low score, you will most likely get your tally decreased. Do this too many times, and your tally will drop below 0, not allowing you to be awarded a piece.

*The top 3 places receive a prize in any of 3 categories: highest tally, highest score, and highest score total.

This is what makes the WCs interesting and where the strategy really comes into play. If you can't get the highest tally for the hour, keep playing! You might play a fantastic game and get one of the highest scores for the hour. Or, if you send enough scores, your score total might win you a prize. Just always keep in mind that your tally must be above 0 to win any prizes. Up to 9 pieces can be awarded at any hour! However, if there are only 5 players, this rule is slightly changed, and only the top 2 places receive prizes. Following is an example of what this rule is talking about.



OK, so here we have the results of an hour of Splat a Sloth. There were 11 players this hour and 7 received a Map Piece. Sloth (don't ask me why he was playing Splat a Sloth), Meuka, and Illusen each received a random Virtupets Map Piece for having the highest tallies. We then see that Jeran had the second highest score of the hour. Sloth had the highest, but he already received a prize for having the highest tally. You can only win in one category for any given hour. And, finally, Master Vex, Fyora, and Commander Garoo each received a prize for having the highest combined score totals for the hour. Notice that King Hagan had the highest combined score total for the hour, but his tally was less than 0, so he did not receive a prize.



Games are usually rotated on a daily basis. Sometimes I've gotten lucky and had my favorite game show up 2 days in a row or more. Other games, like Dubloon Disaster (another favorite of mine), stick around for a while. And still others, like Attack of the Revenge, haven't been seen in months.

Attack of the Revenge is a rare case. So, if you haven't seen your game in a few days, just keep checking back. Also, make sure you are looking in the right world for your game. To find out what world a game belongs to, open your game page and look for any of the following world icons in the upper left hand corner. You can also click any of the following icons to see all of the games available for your favorite world. Just remember, only Flash games will show up in the WCs.

Kreludor
Neopia
Central
Haunted
Woods
Lost
Desert


Faerieland
Krawk
Island
Mystery
Island
Virtupets


Meridell
Tyrannia
Terror
Mountain
Maraqua




By checking the icon, we now see that Typing Terror is a Virtupets Space Station game. If you click on the icon, you will be taken to a page that lists all the games available for that world. All of the flash games listed under each world should be available at one point or another. Currently, there are no WCs for Brightvale, Altador, Shenkuu, Roo Island, or Kiko Lake.



Now we come to the good part, and the great NP makers of the WCs, the Map Pieces. There are really no maps in the WCs, but it's just easier to say than 'Picture Pieces'. :) Plus, you collect the pieces in the same manner as you would for any of the Treasure Maps, so that's probably where the nickname came from.

Each world has 3 different pictures to complete. Each picture has 20 pieces to collect. You must complete the first picture to move on to the second, and the second picture to move on to the third. After completing the third picture, you can clear all of your galleries for that world and move back to the first picture.

I'm currently working on the second picture for the Space Station, and here's what my picture looks like right now:



As soon as I win a piece I don't have, I put it in my picture gallery. Pieces can also be sold, traded, or put in your gallery or SDB. If I have any duplicates, I usually put them in my SDB until I get close to finishing the picture. Then I check the Trading Post and trade them for the pieces I don't have. The prices of the different pieces can vary greatly, so you might want to check the Shop Wiz before you do this.

Whenever you win a WC, the picture piece you are awarded is random, so it is not uncommon to get many, many duplicates. While the piece is random, remember that you will only get pieces needed for the picture you are working on. So I currently will not receive any pieces for the Space Station gallery 1 or 3.

You can work on pictures from as many worlds as you like. For instance, I have just started trying to collect pieces for Krawk Island and Terror Mountain. However, you can only win 3 pieces per day. They can be all in the same hour (if you enter challenges for different games) or they can be won throughout the day. Remember, pieces can be bought or traded, so if you can't wait to finish your map, feel free to buy as many pieces as you need. While you can only win 3 pieces per day, there is no limit to the amount of pieces you can add or remove from your gallery or buy and sell. Just a word of caution when buying multiple pieces. You can go through a lot of NP buying even a few pieces, and a lot of the time the prize you win won't make up for that. So if you're trying to make NP off of the WCs, just keep plugging away at the games and try not to buy a lot of pieces.


After you have received all the pieces for any picture (whether by winning, buying, or trading for them), go to the corresponding gallery and click "Add/Remove/Convert Picture Pieces". If you haven't added your pieces already, make sure they are in your inventory, and then add them to your picture:



Once you have added all the pieces to your gallery, click on the 'Convert' link, and hold your breath!





Woo-hoo! 2,000 NP are given with every conversion, but the prize is random. Reported prizes are various paint brushes, petpet paintbrushes, petpets, and codestones.


So there you have it, everything I know about World Challenges. I hope you have enjoyed my page, and if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a neomail. Any and all feedback is also welcome.


Good luck and enjoy the WCs!!

Click on any of the Worlds below to see what WC games are available today.

Kreludor
Neopia
Central
Haunted
Woods


Lost
Desert
Faerieland
Krawk
Island


Mystery
Island
Virtupets
Meridell


Tyrannia
Terror
Mountain
Maraqua



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