Jelly Mania – Power-up Guide

Using Power-ups in Jelly Mania

Jelly Mania is our brand new match-3 game. Play through hundreds of levels and match 3 or more jellies, but remember you have limited moves to make! To help you complete each level, you have several power-ups at your disposal. We’ve put together this guide to help you get the most out of them.

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The magic spoon will scoop up any jelly, or free jellies from ice. You can also use it to free cookies, although you’ll have to use multiple spoons.

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The cross rainbow will shoot cross-shaped rainbow beams across the screen collecting any jellies in its path. Pick the best place to use it for maximum effect!

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Combining sad and happy jellies makes them all sad and they won’t add to your collected jellies. This makes sad jellies happy so they add to your total when you collect them.

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Using this makes the jellies worth more so they add more to your total saved jellies. It’s really useful when you have a few moves left and need to make the most of the jellies you collect.

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This power allows you to swap two jellies without creating a match. Use this to get yourself into a better position to save some jellies with your next move.

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This is one of the most powerful boosts at your disposal as not only can it be used to save tons of jellies in one move, you may also trigger a chain-reaction of other jelly matches!

Protip: The more moves you have left at the end of a level, the longer Mania Time will be. So try to use as fewer moves as possible to complete a level.

Don’t forget – all the power-ups recharge over time, or you can use gold to get them more quickly.

Okay, you’re now armed with everything you need to know in order to be a superstar at Jelly Mania. Let’s play now now on iOS and Android!

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8 Ball Pool: Everything You Need To Know

So maybe you’ve just started 8 Ball Pool for the first time or just want to learn a few new tricks to improve your game, well we’ve got you covered. We’ve also included some questions we get asked a lot on our Facebook pages and on Twitter.

We’ve even got tips from the best: M A G I C C U E, Kunal908 and G A R Y have sent us their advice on how to become a top 8 Ball Pool player.

Click the links below to go skip straight to the specific section.

Game Rules
Common Fouls
Game Mechanics
Mini Games
Commonly Asked Questions

 

PROTIP: G A R Y says “The safety side of things is very important also. It’s very easy to clear 5 or 6 balls after the break but sometimes you may run into trouble. That’s where frames are lost. If you’ve messed up after clearing the table of most of your balls and left your opponent a nice easy table. You can avoid this by identifying the balls in awkward positions early on and try to break them up so you can pot them easily or play a safety game to force your opponent to make an error and take advantage of it.

 

Game Rules

  • Calling pockets
    • To call a pocket all you need to do is click the pocket you want to pot the ball into. Some of the mid-ranked tables require you to call the pocket on the 8 Ball and the higher rank tables require you to call a pocket for every ball.

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Common fouls

  • Fouls that will result in a ball in hand for the other player
    • Running out of time: you have a short amount of time to take your shot, so don’t take too long or play passes to the other player. Your time gets a little shorter with every ball you pot in a game.
    • Cue ball not hitting your own balls: if the white doesn’t make contact with one of your own balls before hitting your opponent’s balls, or it misses altogether, this is a foul.
    • No ball hitting the rail: if neither the object ball nor the cue ball hit the rail around the edge of the table, this is a foul. This is to designed to prevent negative play
  • Potting the 8 Ball: the following situations are fouls, and result in the win being awarded to the other player.
    • Potting the 8 Ball before all your object balls have been potted.
    • Potting the cue ball and the 8 Ball on the same shot.
    • Potting any coloured ball before the 8 Ball on the same shot.
    • In a tier that requires calling pocket on the 8 Ball, potting the 8 Ball into an uncalled pocket.
    • NOTE: Potting the 8 Ball from the break off shot is not a foul. The 8 Ball will be respotted on the table, and play passes to the other player.

 

Game mechanics

  • Breaking off
    • If you get to break off, you can move the cue ball anywhere in the space to the left of the white line.
    • If you pot one of more balls during your break you get another turn. However, the table will remain “open” so you can choose if you want pot the spots or stripes.
    • However, any spotted or striped balls potted during the break won’t count until you pot either pattern during your next turn.
    • If you pot the cue ball on your break, the opponent gets a ball in hand.
    • If the 8 Ball is potted on the break, if it will be placed back onto the table.
  • Having a ball in hand
    • You will be able to move the cue ball anywhere on the table. Hover the mouse over the cue ball and it will change to a hand symbol for you to pick the ball up.
    • On Mobile just swipe to drag the ball around the table.
  • Using spin
    • Spin can help you better position the cue ball after you’ve taken a shot, setting you up for your next one. You can also use it to snooker your opponent or stop you from potting the cue ball on your turn.
    • You can put spin on the ball by moving the red symbol on the cue ball with your mouse or using the arrow keys. That will cause the ball to spin in that direction after it’s hit a ball.
    • On Mobile, all you need to do is tap the cue ball in the top right of the screen and move the red circle to apply spin in that direction.

PROTIP: M A G I C C U E says “The key to being a great 8 Ball Pool player is positioning. Positioning of the cue ball is key and keeping a tight control on where that cue ball is at all times. Don’t smack the balls like your life depends on it. Use all of the time given to you and think about not just your first shot, but the very last shot you want to play.”

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  • Challenging/adding friends
    • You can challenge your Facebook friends if you’ve linked your Facebook and Miniclip accounts. Check our knowledge base to see how.
    • You can search for a user if you know their player name. NOTE: players will only show up in search if they are online.
    • You can search using user IDs (Mobile only).
    • You can add a player by clicking the “plus” sign on their profile picture.
  • How do I earn coins/cash for free
    • You can earn 25 coins every 30 mins on Web and 1 hour on Mobile. Tap of the Free Coins button to get the coins.
    • You can also watch short adverts to earn coins.
    • You earn 1 Pool Cash each time you level up.
    • If you get to play against Big Rob during Beat the Boss you could win 50 Pool Cash!
  • Experience points, levels and ranks

 

Mini games

    • Spin & Win
      • Spin the wheel to win a variety of prizes. The top prizes are pretty rare, but thousands of Lucky Cues are won each day! You get one free spin each day you log in.
    • Scratch & Win
      • Scratch the cards to match 3 and win big. Not every card is a winner, but the prizes tend to be higher than Spin & Win.
    • Hi-Lo
      • Guess if the next number will higher or lower – you can win up to 250k coins! You can cash out anytime over 500 coins.

PROTIP: Kunal908 says “The amount of power you use in your shot is always very important. If the ball is closer to the pocket, using a low power shot will be a better solution. Don’t try for longer shots with lot of power, otherwise there’s a higher chance the ball won’t go in. Practicing will make you perfect in deciding how much power you need to use in a shot”

 

Commonly Asked Questions

  • If your issue requires more help you can contact our super-friendly Support team
    • Support also have an extensive knowledge base where you’ll probably be able to find a solution to your issue.
    • You can also contact Support directly and submit a ticket here or email support@miniclip.com.
  • Using the Pool Shop
    • You can buy Pool cues, table frames, colours, patterns and chat phrases and Pool cash.
    • You can also buy Pool Coins and Cash.
    • Cues do not have any effect on gameplay – they’re just for showing off!

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  • How to turn chat phrases on/off, reorder phrases
    • Go into the settings menu, you can choose to ignore all chat phrases or not.
    • In the settings menu you can move your favourite chat phrases to the top of the list for easy selection during a match.
  • Beat the Boss
    • Open to all users. They can challenge Big Rob, the Miniclip CEO! If they win they get a special award and 50 Pool Cash. We will announce the event on our Facebook page so keep an eye out.
    • Check our FAQ to find out all about Beat the Boss.
  • Can I practice alone?
    • If you’re playing on Mobile you can practice for 25 coins.
    • There is no practice mode on Web but you can play our other pool game, Quick Fire Pool.
  • Can I send you a trickshot video?
    • Yes, you can attach it to a Facebook message, send us a YouTube video or email us at social@miniclip.com.
    • Check out the trickshot masterclass videos on our YouTube channel to see the best.
    • Check out our blog post on making trickshot videos.

  • Will you add free chat?
    • Sorry, but we won’t be adding unrestricted chat to our game. This is why.
  • I’m playing on PC, can I play my friend on Mobile?
    • Unfortunately not. You can only play against people using the same device e.g. both on PC or using iOS and Android devices. Note that you don’t need to have the same device: an iPhone user can play an Android user, for example.
  • Will you release 8 Ball Pool on Windows Phone?
    • There are currently no plans to release 8 Ball Pool on Windows Phone.

We hope that this has given you a great start to your 8 Ball Pool career, we’re looking forward to seeing you joining the ranks of the best players in the game. We’ll be continually updating this guide with new info about 8 Ball Pool. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments section or tell us on Facebook.

Let’s play some Pool!

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Soccer Stars Tips

Want to become a Soccer Star? Here are some of our top tips to help give you the edge over your opponent, in our new mobile game. Haven’t played Soccer Stars yet? You can download it on Android and iOS.

Two-touch control

Using one finger to control a player near the sides of the pitch can be difficult on smaller screens – so use a second finger! Tap and hold on the player you want to use, and then tap and drag with another finger to control aim and power. You can practice this in the Tutorial, which you can find in the Settings menu.

Use multi-touch control when using a player near the side of the field.

Use multi-touch control when using a player near the side of the field.

Don’t cross the line!

If a player crosses the goal line, they get automatically repositioned a little distance from goal. This is to stop players simply packing the goalmouth with players and stopping the action. So, if you’re repositioning your players, judge the power carefully so you don’t send them over the line and leave an open goal.

On the other hand, if your opponent has everyone on the line, send one of your own players smashing into them to clear them out!

You can put players on the goal line... but if they cross it, they'll be repositioned away from goal.

You can put players on the goal line… but if they cross it, they’ll be repositioned away from goal.

Don’t just blast it

A mistake that new players make is going for a max power shot, every single time. This can really work against you: the harder you hit the ball, the more difficult it is to judge where it’ll end up. Going “full power” could mean that the ball ends up running free and giving the other team an easy tap-in.

Unless you’re sure that full power is the only answer, try to gauge your move carefully instead.

Full power can cause you to lose control and give the other team a chance.

Full power can cause you to lose control and give the other team a chance.

Good positioning can win you the game

Just like real soccer, keeping your players in useful positions can be the difference between winning or losing. Soccer Stars is all about balancing attack and defence – and having your players bunched in one place, out on the side of the pitch, is going to lead to a quick goal for the opposition.

Here's what happens when you leave your goal completely undefended.

Here’s what happens when you leave your goal completely undefended.

You don’t always have to play the ball

Just because you can hit the ball doesn’t mean you have to. In some cases, the smartest move will actually be away from the ball, as you can use your turn to shift a defender into a good blocking position or bump an opposition player out of the way.

If the ball is safe, it sometimes makes sense to leave it there.

If the ball is safe, it sometimes makes sense to leave it there.

Kick-offs are important

You can’t score straight from the kick-off – it’s a foul, and your opponent gets the turn instead. However, you can get the ball very close to goal, and make it awkward for the other team to dig it out.

One thing to remember though: a match of Soccer Stars can be lost with a bad kick-off. If you play a poor shot, it can leave the other team with a clear line to your goal and you could be 1-0 down before you’ve even really got started.

There are lots of good ways to kick-off... but also some bad ones.

There are lots of good ways to kick-off… but also some bad ones.

Practice!

Soccer Stars combines strategy with physics-based play… and the best way to up your skills is to play lots of matches. Get used to the way the ball bounces off the side of the pitch, and experiment with different formations until you find one you’re most comfortable with. Practice won’t make you perfect… but it’ll certainly make you a lot better.

Got another Soccer Stars tip that you think should be in here? Add it to the Comments below!

Don’t forget to follow the official Soccer Stars Facebook page for all the latest news and tips on the game.

Download Soccer Stars now for Android and iOS

Brazil win this match... but who will win the World Cup?

Brazil win this match… but who will win the World Cup?

How to make an 8 Ball Pool trickshot video

We love trickshots, you love trickshots. We love that you send us loads of videos everyday, that’s why we do the Masterclass. What would be better is if we got even more videos from the rest of you!

We’ve got a few tips for how to create a great video and maybe one day you’ll get one of yours in a Trickshot Masterclass.

1. Recording software – you won’t be recording anything without the right software. Use screen-recording software like Bandicam or Camtasia. Just remember to hit the record button before you make your killer shot!

2. A (patient) friend or secondary account – you’ll need them/it to play against so you can position the balls for your trickshot. If you’re using two accounts, you’ll have to use different web browsers (Chrome/Firefox/Safari/Opera) otherwise you’ll only be logging into the same account.

3. Time – You probably won’t nail your trickshot the first, second or third time so you should be prepared to be retry your trickshots again and again until you get it right.

4. Creativity – not all trickshots are created equal. We’re always impressed when we see a 10-rail trickshot on the 8 Ball but if you could do that while not hitting any of the other balls on the table then we’d be picking up our jaws up from the floor.

Don’t just take it from me. Trickshot extraordinaire and all-round good guy Kilkiju has made a tutorial on how he creates the perfect trickshot video. He’s been in a few Masterclass videos (so he must be good).

Submitting your videos

So now you’ve gone through all of the steps to making your video and taken some tips from a Trickshot Grandmaster, how do you submit your video to us?

1. Upload your videos to YouTube and send the links to us on Facebook or in an email at social at miniclip dot com.

2. Email us at social at miniclip dot com or message us on Facebook on the 8 Ball Pool or Miniclip page and attach your video to the message.

 We can’t wait to see the awesome trickshot videos that you’re all going to create!

Motocross Nitro – Tips & Tricks

So you’ve started on your journey to become a Motocross Nitro champion… but unlocking all the tracks, bikes and achievements is tough! Fortunately, our in-house team of Motocross Experts have put together this tips and tricks guide to help you on your way.

1. Wheelies are key

Wheelies

Wheelies are the best way to build up nitro throughout a track. It’s a lot safer than trying to do a Can Can on a small jump! You can also do a standing wheelie by holding the left and down arrows at the same time, while your bike is stationary. This comes in handy during Freestyle events, especially if you near the end and you still have a bit of time left – you can balance a wheelie for some extra points.

If you can perfect the art of doing a wheelie on every bike, then you’re well on your way to being a Champion.

2. Don’t be afraid to use an older bike

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All the bikes have different stats, which makes them better (or worse) for certain events and for going after certain achievements. Just because you’ve unlocked a shiny new ride, doesn’t mean it’s going to be the ideal vehicle for the next event. The Spark bike is very light and easy to do tricks on, so it’s perfect for Freestyle events – but useless for higher tier races where you need a bit more raw power.

3. Use nitro tactically

Tactical Nitro

Nitro can be used to get the edge on your opponents: it can give you more height or distance on your jumps, and that oh-so-cool slo-mo effect when you’re pulling off tricks. Using nitro is essential to getting the bonus objectives on each level. The best time to trigger your nitro boost is just as you hit the top of a hill or ramp: this’ll ensure that as you leave the ground, your boost is fully engaged.

4. Don’t button mash

Button Mash

It may seem like you don’t have much time to execute the trick you want, but if you press the keys quickly (and in the right combination) then you’ll be able to put off a string of high-level moves without a fuss. It’s also good to be aware of how long each trick takes to complete… so you don’t end up face-planting in the middle of a Superman. Practice until you’re familiar with them all.

5. The “R” key is your friend

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Don’t be afraid to hit the “R” key if things aren’t going your way, and restart the level. Trial and error is the best way to figure out what techniques do and don’t work on a particular track or bike – even the experts won’t hit the jumps perfectly on their first run. Experimentation is a key skill of a Motocross Nitro Champ.

6. Use brake when pulling off a frontflip

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You would think frontflips would be quite easy, seeing as they’re just backflips in a different direction. Think again: a frontflip is a true pro move. Be sure to brake during the frontflip – accelerating will actually slow the flip which looks cool but you’re more likely to crash.

7. Control that skimobile

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With great power, comes great responsibility – and the skimobile has a lot of power. However, you must wield that power with a lot of control. When you start a race, lean forward (right arrow key) to steady the skimobile. This also applies after small jumps as the skimobile is liable to flip itself (and you) over if you jam down the accelerator without getting your balance right. Also, be aware that the skimobile is much bigger and heavier than a bike, so flips take a lot longer to perform.

8. Master the trick combos

Motocross Nitro has tons of tricks to learn and master. Some of them are straightforward, where others require precision timing and very big air. Luckily for you, we’ve put together this sweet video showcase of all the tricks. You’ll soon know your Electric Doom from your Hart Attack – check it out and get practicing.

9. Get the awards and pass the Challenges

Challenges

Passing challenges and earning awards is a great way to get extra cash and to unlock upgrades for your bike. Pay special attention to the challenges that are set for each track, and don’t forget that you can race a track as many times as you want in order to pass them. As always with Motocross Nitro, the better you know each track, the better chance you’ll have of getting that 90m jump distance, or pulling off a long wheelie.

These tips should be everything you need to unleash your inner speed demon on the courses of Motocross Nitro. All that’s left now is to get on your bike, hit that nitro boost and get some big air! Good luck – and try not to face-plant too spectacularly…

Got a top tip for other Motocross Nitro players? Post it in the comments below! We’ll pick out the best ones and add them to the list above.

On The Run: The Getaway – Tips & Tricks

Your Vegas contact has been busted and the Corporation are waiting for you. Rev your engine and make your escape in On The Run: The Getaway!

The Corporation are a tough enemy – they’ve got fast cars, machine guns – even an attack helicopter! But if you can keep your wits about you, and use these tips and tricks, you’ll be sure to outrun them and get the high scores.

Start your engines and let’s hit the streets!

1. Use your special weapon carefully

Special weapon

Your special weapon unleashes a devastating plasma blast that wipes out all nearby cars, in front or behind! However, its range is quite limited, so make sure that the Corporation goons are close to your vehicle before hitting X. And remember, the special weapon doesn’t work on helicopters!

2. Fight back

Fight back

Even if you’re waiting for your special weapon to charge, that shouldn’t stop you from fighting back against enemy vehicles. Don’t get bullied by the muscle cars – swing away to give you a bit of space, then ram into theirs sides. Time it right and you can send them into the path of oncoming traffic… BOOM!

3. Drive on the left

Drive on the left

This is a risky manoeuvre, but a useful one – if you’re getting bashed by Corporation cars, move over onto the left side of the road and hope that they’ll run straight into a car that’s coming the other way.

4. TNT can clear your way

TNT can clear your way

Each level has a couple of explosive TNT power-ups – look out for these as you’re on the run. Hit one, and it will trigger an environmental trap to destroy the enemy cars.

5. Keep your eyes on the sky

Eyes on the sky

As if the Corporation’s cars weren’t tough enough, later levels see them bring out the big guns. The really big guns. Keep your eyes on the sky, because attack helicopters will swoop in on certain levels and drop bombs in your path. Look out for the flashing red markers up ahead – they show where the bombs are likely to land.

6. Use brake to get round your enemies

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The Corporation will try and box you in and crush your car against the side of the road. There are times when you simply can’t out-run them – they’re too fast – so you need to use another trick instead. If the enemy is trying this move, just hit brake to slow down, then nip round the other side of them and accelerate away.

7. Top speed makes it harder to steer

Top speed

You’re making a getaway, we know, so the urge is to go as fast as you possibly can. But this can actually make it harder for you: top speed means you have less control over your car, particularly around corners. So, ease off the gas a little and you’ll find it easier to dodge other cars.

You now know everything you need to get away from the Corporation. Keep these top tips in mind when you’re making your escape in On The Run: The Getaway!