The Strategies of Movement

Published on Feb 14 2013

One of the things that makes this game special is the excitement you feel as you make the Phoneleks chase you around and crash into each other. It’s a lot of fun. But you’ve got to understand the way the Phoneleks move to be able to predict how they are going to chase you.

This is a turn-based game where you make a move and then the Phoneleks move and try to catch you. Their movement is simple–they chase you via the shortest possible path. If that’s straight or diagonally then that’s what they’ll do.

You can also choose to not move (by tapping once on the screen). Then the Phoneleks will move toward your position.

As a side note, you can use the whole screen to indicate your movement (swipe anywhere). You don’t have to start from the Doctor icon. This makes it easier to indicate moves when you are close to the edge of the board.

The goal is to get the Phoneleks to collide with each other. So it’s important to be able to predict their paths over multiple turns. Think about each step they will make and where their paths will cross.

When they collide you’ll get a cracked screen icon. And anything else that touches that square will be destroyed. Knowing that, it is also a useful strategy to get the Phoneleks to run into a cracked screen by standing on the other side of it from them.

Looking at a simple scenario, you’ve got to consider how many Phoneleks you can get to crash together with any one move. By moving to the left we can get three Phoneleks to crash together.

The more Phoneleks on the screen, the more you’ve got to think about what you’re doing. It’s important to think across multiple moves. Choosing the best move is usually choosing which move will set you up for better moves down the road, and strategically choosing where cracked screens will be so that other Phoneleks will crash into them as well.

Following a two-move analysis, moving up and to the right, the Phoneleks will chase in a very predictable pattern.

Now try a wiggle: down-right then back.

My hope is that when you understand this movement, you’ll be a better Phoneleks player. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys thinking ahead, the game is very rewarding, almost addicting. I hope you have fun with it.

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