Getting Started/Basics

Welcome to my Kiko Match II guide. This guide should hopefully help you improve your score, beat the game, and maybe even get a trophy. However, before you can achieve a good score in Kiko Match II, you must understand the basics:

  • The first thing you must do when starting your game is turn your animations OFF. This affects your score dramatically because it takes much longer to turn the cards over with animations. You can find the button to turn the animations off on the main page before starting your game.
  • I typically also play on low quality, since it makes the game a little faster.
  • You get points based on how quickly you finish each level. The points you receive are 10 round points PLUS 1 point for each second left on the timer.
How to Play:

Using the mouse to uncover two pieces at a time, find matches of Kikos to clear the board. At first, there are only a couple different types of Kikos to be matched, but as you get further through the levels, it gets harder, and background colors also appear. The Kikos and background colors that you will find in the game are below:





The Game Screen:



I. Score: It will show how many points you have. You only get points at the end of each round, so it will not change during the round.
II. Round Number: Shows which round you are on. There are 14 rounds in total.
III. Time: How much time you have remaining to complete a level before game over.
IV. End Game: Should be self-explanatory. If you click this, your game will be over, and you will not receive any points for the current level you were on.

Starting time/Number of Matches

On each level you start out with a set amount of time, and must find a specific number of matches. Here is this information, showing how much time you start with, accompanied by the number of matches needed.

Round Start Time (sec) Number of Matches
1 10 2
2 15 3
3 20 4
4 25 6
5 30 8
6 55 10
7 70 12
8 85 15
9 105 18
10 155 21
11 175 24
12 205 28
13 255 32
14 255 40


Strategies

I will list several different strategies here for searching for matches. Through practice and experimentation of each strategy, I have found that some work better than others. However, I will share all strategies that I know, so you can find the one that works the best for you.

  • Background Colors: The way that works best for me on the later levels is by searching for rarer background colors first. As the game progresses, red is added to the game, followed by yellow and finally green backgrounds. In the beginning of the game, when it is easier to remember the Kiko locations, just methodically move around the screen and get the matches as quickly as possible. Once the yellow backgrounds enter the game, start in one corner and find all the yellow backgrounds first, followed by the red, then blue. Same goes for when green backgrounds are added: find green, then yellow, then red and blue.
    -- In more detail, I remember which ones that I've seen have the background color I'm looking for. When I see that Kiko again, I go back and look for it.

  • Group Searching: Another common way of matching up Kikos is looking for several at a time, often a block of 4 different Kikos. As always, go methodically through the Kikos, starting on one end, and once you see a Kiko you're searching for, go back and match it up. This can sometimes be a confusing strategy, because you aren't looking for a specific background color. This might cause you to think you have a match, but have it be the wrong background color. Also, instead of searching for a block of 4, sometimes users search for an entire row at a time.

  • Central Kiko: A strategy I heard about on the boards is picking one central Kiko, and selecting all 9 surrounding Kikos to try to find a match. Oftentimes, there will be a match in close proximity to the Kiko. I've never tried this strategy, but I am listing it for those who might find it useful

Additional Tips

  • There is a code for this game: ineedmoretime adds 15 seconds to the time. I suggest using this at the beginning of level 14, or when you need it.
  • The above code rarely gives more than 15 seconds. I do NOT suggest sending your score if you receive such a high bonus, as it is a glitch.
  • Keep your distractions down. You need to be able to think in this game, and music, phone calls, and other distractions are sure to ruin your time.
  • If it helps, create names for the Kikos and say them out loud while searching. For example "red angry" or "yellow plaid" for an Angry Kiko with a Red Background or a Plaid Kiko with Yellow background.
  • Make sure to move in an organized pattern each game. The more you play, the more you will use this pattern automatically without thinking about it, which will increase your time.
  • If your arm gets tired while playing, take a break between rounds.
  • Not so much of a tip, but on Halloween and Christmas, some of the Kikos change to a holiday theme.

In Conclusion..

I hope this guide can be of use to you in achieving high scores in Kiko Match II. It is one of my favorite games, and I can score 800 points consistently after practice. Who knows, if you keep practicing, maybe you can get a trophy! :) If you have questions or comments about this guide, feel free to neomail me, justlilly. Good luck, and have fun matching!





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