I’ve been playing LINE Pokopang for quite a while now, and I did pretty good at this game. Among my peers, which most of them are avid gamers, I still able to be the 1st rank in the weekly leaderboard. For my current level of 30-ish, I can get 1,200,000+ score without pushing too much (aka. using bonuses). So, few of my peers started to ask about how can I get the score? An average score for new players usually among 300k, with top around 500-700k. So over a million score might sounds impossible. I assured them, they are not.
LINE Pokopang is one of the latest game lineup from LINE, by developer Treenod. As an early adopter, this game is no exception for me to play quite early. And I would also say this game is quite good, that I believe will be one of the game that may succeed after LINE POP. At first, I got difficulties to be the 1st of this game. I had my friends who scored 500k-700k, which I could only make 300k. So I started to play the game more carefully and learn more about the game to master the play. After a while, I understand more things and stay on top until today.
Here are my tips to maximize your play on POKOPANG:
- Maintain the COMBO!
This is the most important aspect of playing POKOPANG. Every time you make a successful swipe subsequently, you will build up a combo. If your next successful swipe takes too much time from the previous one, then you will break your combo, and that’s not good if you are looking for the great score. In one normal play, one may accumulate at least 40 combos (those are my minimum). The higher your combo level, the bigger is your multiplier when clearing out the tiles. This is the most important part. Failed to do so, will make your scoring suffer severely.
So no matter what, keep looking for possible lines, short (of minimum 3 tiles), or long (7 tiles and above). The advantage of short one is it’s quicker to build up the combo. The advantage of the long one is that we are collecting BOMBs. Keep swiping, and do both as much and as fast as possible. Wrong move will not break the combo.
- Know when to use your BOMB!
BOMB is essential to create a big score in one hit. But knowing when to use it will improve your score, greatly! Here are the tips:
1. Do not accumulate the BOMBs at the end of the game!
This is the basic trick on many games, such as LINE POP, Anipang, Diamond Dash, or such. We usually expect for extra score even when the time ends by waiting for the bonus to work. IT DOESN’T WORK! Because when they exploded at the end of the game, the COMBO multiplier has gone, so they didn’t get the advantage of the multiplier. Without COMBO, one BOMB may only score around 3000-ish. While with COMBO level 40, they may contribute for at least 20k! Use the BOMB timely after your COMBO level is high, my suggestion is after COMBO level 30, then it matters to use the BOMB.>
2. Trigger the BOMB in the middle of the field.
As we wait for the COMBO to build up, usually the bonus tiles accumulate at the bottom. It’s not bad, but less effective because we are losing additional tiles to blow. If it’s possible to get the BOMB in the higher COMBO level, try to make it in the middle, and just USE it. It can generate scores around 150% compared to in the bottom position. When you swipe a long line, try to remember to swipe it upward, so the bomb tile that you generate will end up at the top or center, and not at the bottom.
- Know when to use your RAINBOW!
It’s actually tricky, not easy, and rarely got the opportunity to maximize the effect. But rainbow tile might give an additional advantage when the situation is right. Try to use it to maximize the line length! In a situation that you have few separated islands of tiles with the same color, that’s the time to use the Rainbow tile, with the chance to connect those islands. The rainbow tile will maximize the possibilities to make a very very long line of the tiles. Again, at the high COMBO level, this will be more effective.
- Short line or long line? (the advance tips)
At first and most of the times, it doesn’t really matter to get a short or long line. To keep up the combo is the focus. But to get a big score, BOMB is an absolute essential. So, after your COMBO level reached 20-ish, the focus need to change. You need to keep looking for long lines (aka. BOMB).
Once you are able to create a BOMB in the higher COMBO level, just use it deliberately. Triggering it in the middle of the field is the most effective one. Clearing out the BOMB quickly also add you additional spaces in the board to increase the chance of long lines. Accumulating BOMB, RAINBOW, and ANIMAL will take up the board space.If you cannot find a minimum of 7 tiles line, try to hit the short line in between of longer lines (or use the RAINBOW, tips no 3). We tend to choose the longer line, but it’s actually better to save it until it build up to 7 or more tiles.
Those are the main tips to play POKOPANG. The rest is the speed of your fingers, and luck! Luck is required to create a good formation. And sometimes the animal may give you a LUCKY BOMB. If you can get them twice at the higher COMBO level, you will be guaranteed able to stay among the top of your friends.
The other factors would be your LEVEL and PERKs that you buy with the cherries. Any additional LEVEL gained, and permanent bonuses (PERK) that you bought, will definitely help the score really much. As other LINE games, the more you play and pay, the more you will gain advantage, and it would be hard for a newcomer to beat the high-level players or paid players.
There are 2 permanent bonuses that you can buy in the games: FRUITS (increase the attack damage), and ANIMALS (the one who will hit the monster animal). Both will contribute to your scores, and that would be a subjective strategy about where to spend your Cherries. Few of my personal tips regarding this:
- Get KODI! He is one of the strong animal that you can get for FREE, in exchange of inviting 50 friends. If you have enough friends to invite, KODI will be really really helpful to play the game. He will also give you a free BOMB tiles after each use of KODI.
- Open another monster slot! The Animal is quite helpful on beating the monsters. So additional animal slots will always helpful. But wait, it requires diamond! Should you buy it? For the second slot, it costs you 30 diamonds! But, when you level-up, you will actually get 1 diamond, which means, you can have the 2nd slot just before level 30, without spending any $.
- FRUITS or ANIMAL? Animal is a definite advantage; but they are random. If you are not lucky, that will be a waste. Fruits are more consistent, but contributes less. In the high level, we need to spend 10k+ for only 1-2 additional damages. My style, I go to whichever pay less, with higher advantage. I spent much on FRUITS in the earlier level, and play more jackpot in the higher level by spending more on ANIMALs, as it costs less with possibility of getting a better ANIMAL (power).
- DISCOUNTS! Or I will go whichever is on the sale to maximize the use of the cherries. As another online games, they will maintain our loyalty (and buying habit) by events. I’m using this as my advantage to get the most efficient use of my cherries.
Last, good luck! As eventually, this is a game of luck. Hopefully this article may help you to maximize your luck and put you on top of your LINE Pokopang friends!