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Egg! tips guide - Get eggscelent at Eggvolution!

How to play and be the best eggscientist you can be in Egg!'s Eggvolution minigame.

Egg! is so sugary cute I think I might be getting diabetes from playing it, and it's keeping me hooked with those minigames.

Minigames are the lifeblood of Egg!. Sure, you're trying to raise your eggs into creatures, but you spend a ton of time during the raising process playing minigames. You play them to get your eggs to rest faster, to get coins, and -- most important of all -- to have fun.

One thing that's undeniable is the minigames in Egg! are pretty hard outside of getting your eggs some rest. It's almost like the game really does not want to give you Charms. The second and third star goals for each minigame are hard to get, so hard, in fact, that it can seem impossible when you first start playing Egg!.

The most time-intensive minigame of them all is Eggvolution, but I have to admit it is my favorite because you can take your time with it. You can take your time with Eggstermind, too, but Eggvolution expects you to spend a lot of time with it to get a high score.

You need 2,000 points to reach one star in Eggvolution, 10,000 points to reach two stars, and 25,000 points to reach three stars.

Let's go into how to play Eggvolution with an example of how to start, and follow that with some tips to help improve your high score and hopefully net some extra Charms.

How to play Eggvolution

In this minigame you swipe left, right, up, or down to move all the tiles on the board at once. Your goal is to combine sets of two tiles of the same type to work your way up the Eggvolution ladder.

When you swipe to move the board, the entire board moves. This means you have to be careful which direction you swipe so you don't miss combination opportunities, or get the board filled with first-tier egg cells in spots where you don't need them.

To give you an example of how this works, below are the first few steps at the start of a game.

I'm starting here, where it's the third turn in this game and I've already combined two pink background cells to make a red dual cell (as seen at the top right corner)

After that I swiped right to move the pink cell at the bottom left to the right, in case I needed to combine it with the one under the red one.

And here I swiped up to combine the two pink ones to make another red one. 

I accidentally messed up the next screenshot, but as you can see I swiped up to combine the two red dual cells into a jellyfish.

And from here I swiped left to line up the pink cells to combine. As you can see a red dual cell tile spawned at the bottom right.

The basic gameplay is simple and there are several tiers of tiles to combine. The game is over once the board is full.

It's important you remember what tiles combine into. Here are the first nine eggvolutions you can combine, in the order they are combined starting with the pink cell and ending at the engineer (eggineer?):

Tips to eggcel at Eggvolution

In case it's not totally obvious, this is a tough minigame. It takes a long time to get a high score and you have to have a good combination of practice and luck.

Once the board starts to get full with higher-tier eggvolutions like the Egyptian-looking egg and the "normal" egg, it gets harder to work with the board because you can't get rid of those high level eggvolutions without some serious combining work.

Tip 1: Always be on the lookout for combinations

This is kind of obvious but when the board starts to get full, but it can be harder to pay attention to lower tier eggvolutions when they're stuck in a cluster of high tier ones.

Once you get to this point things get to be a lot more difficult because you have less room to work with, as mentioned above. This example board is a mess because I wasn't more careful when combining the jellyfish.

Tip 2: Don't do what I did in the example board above

Let's look at that board again -- see the prehistoric eggs and the jellyfish on the left, one after the other? You want to try to avoid doing this to yourself.

While it seems like a good idea because I might get to make a jellyfish next to one of the two there and combine it with the prehistoric eggs, it's highly unlikely this will happen. (Surprise: It didn't happen in this game).

Tip 3: Aim to make at least one combination per turn

One new tile spawns on the board per turn and generally you want to be able to remove at least one tile per turn via combining. 

Sometimes you get lucky enough to be able to combine two sets of tiles in one turn. You can do this more frequently if you pay attention to the board as you play and try to position your tiles to get more than one combination next turn.

Tip 4 : Don't blind yourself by only focusing on left and right or up and down swipes

Just a general tip: Keep your swiping options open.

It's way too easy to just think in terms of left and right or up and down, but that really limits your ability to see combinations.

Tip 5: Once the board starts to get full, take your time 

You generally don't want to make hasty moves in Eggvolution, but each move is precious once you start to rack up Egyptian eggs tiles.

It's recommended you take this tip and combine it with the others listed--take your time to figure out your moves, and if needed take a small break from the game to clear your head then come back.

It takes more than sheer luck to break the 10,000 points mark for those two Charms. You need to be able to manage your tiles once you start to get higher tier ones, which means paying attention to where they are now, where you want them to be, and where they'll be with the next swipe. And sometimes this means sitting back and really thinking about your turn.

Tip 6: If all seems lost, remember it's easy to reach jellyfish (and hopefully beyond)

Getting to the jellyfish eggvolution is actually very easy--it's only a total of four moves if you can easily swipe two sets of pink cells together one after the other, then two sets of red background dual cells. This is important to keep in mind if you only have four or five open tiles and are scrambling to clean house.

Two jellyfish make a prehistoric egg, which (if you get lucky they are all together) makes for a total of eight moves. Think about it like that and keep pushing -- the earlier eggvolution tiers are much easier to conquer than you might think when the board is full.

Hopefully these tips help you get better at Egg!'s Eggvolution minigame, which is much harder than it looks but is a worthy brainteaser for those with a penchant for puzzles. It may not give as many coins as some of the other games because it takes so long to play, but it is the most in-depth one of the bunch and gives you some time to think if you're not amazing at thinking on your toes.

Published Jun. 15th 2016

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