Coinbox Hero


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DoraCoinbox HeroIf there was ever a game best described by a series of inarticulate, baffled sounds and some helpless gestures towards the screenshots and a link to play for yourself, jmtb02's latest action arcade game Coinbox Hero might be it. Use the [arrow] keys to jump and batter yourself against a floating coinbox in Germany while polka music plays and collect the coins that fly out to purchase upgrades at the shops with the [spacebar] to better facilitate your coinbox beat-down. Why? Because coinboxes are lame (... apparently... ) and need to be destroyed, but this one isn't going to go down so easily. There's only one thing that can really destroy a coinbox, and it takes more than a little pocket change, so if I were you, I'd get jumping. And maybe hire some workers while you're at it. After all, he who hammers his head against bricks alone gets avoided at parties and on the subway for dribbling onto his collar. That's an ancient Chinese proverb, you know.

Coinbox Hero is one of those games that kind of makes you ask yourself, "What am I doing with my time?", but still find yourself playing ten minutes later. It's simple, weird, entertaining and queerly addictive, but at the same time is more than a little repetitive since it winds up playing itself after a while. Mike Shadow: I Paid For It had essentially the same concept, but with considerably more flash and flair in its upgrades. Coinbox Hero, by contrast, goes more for the absurdity in its presentation, and takes a while to really get anywhere, but if you stick with it and are clever with your upgrades you'll soon find the screen a veritable whirlwind of coinage. You might wonder if the payoff for all this, which comes after you finally save up enough to purchase a nuke, is worth it. You might wonder if this game could possibly get any weirder. More importantly... you might wonder if your health insurance covers all this head trauma.

Please note that there are still some minor glitches in this game. During my play I discovered it would pause randomly during prolonged machine-gun fire, and it does appear to be possible to actually force the coinbox off the screen with enough bullets from one over-powered source.

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I don't think the pausing is a glitch. It happens if you don't interact with the game for a while, and just holding the mouse button down doesn't count as interacting.

Incidentally, the simplest path to victory seems to be (does this count as a walkthrough?):

  • Hire a worker right away and buy him a crossbow. Run around and collect $340.

  • Hire another worker and buy him the second level of collect. Congratulations, you can now sit back and let the game play itself (pushing P every so often to unpause). But to speed things along...

  • Spend $100 on a higher coin cap. 50 is way too low.

  • Purchase your shooter the next ranged weapon on the list whenever you've saved up enough.

  • When you buy the Uzi, you'll hit the coin cap again. Go ahead and spend the $500 to raise the cap; he'll hit it again, but your worker will be collecting more on each pass.

  • When you reach $1,180, buy another collector worker with second-level collect.

  • Save up to $4,000 and upgrade one of your collectors. They should be able to keep up with the coin flow now.

  • When you hit $4,000 again, you can upgrade the other collector. Or you can buy a new max-level collector at $7,200. Or you can wait until $10,000 and get that machine gun for your shooter. Up to you. You'll want to do all three in some order or other.

  • With three collectors, the cash is flowing in nicely. Save up $15,000 and upgrade your gunner to the second level machine gun.

  • Hooray for blue coins! Your collectors are probably struggling again, so spend $10,000 to raise the cap a bunch. $11,500 will get you a fourth collector at max level.

  • What's your next target? How does $36,450 grab you? It's a big number, but it'll be worth it when you raise your gunner's Power to maximum.

  • Not impressed yet? Another $36,450 on his Dexterity will make him all he can be.

  • Whoa. Black gold. His coin output seems to have slowed down, though. No matter. Save up $40,000 and give him the perfect weapon.

  • The only way to increase your coin output at this point is to save up $40,000 and give one of your collectors another gun. So go ahead and do that.

  • Collectors struggling now? Save up the $36,450 to upgrade one's Power to maximum, and follow that with another $36,450 for maximum Core, and he'll turn into a veritable blur.

  • From here on out, it's up to you. Remember to upgrade your second gunner's Power and Dexterity (don't bother with anything melee-related) and upgrade your remaining collectors. If you hit the coin cap, buy another collector; if you're not hitting it, convert a collector to a gunner. The cap you're at should be fine, but you can bump it up if you've hired all the people you can and are still maxing out.

  • Once you hit $1,000,000, buy the tactical nuke and win!

Also, a general tip: buying upgrades in order doesn't save you any money. When you can afford to, save up for the most expensive one.

Also also: am I the only one who was glad the ending wasn't some sort of mockery of how long we spent just getting to the ending?

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I liked this OK in terms of gameplay and fun, and it is easy (very easy, lasted me about 30 mins, and this is from the guy who took 39 hours to beat portal 2), but I DID NOT think the ending was funny or relevent.

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Cyberjar88 Author Profile Page August 27, 2011 10:08 PM

And I was just going to submit this, too...

Great game!

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Time consuming senseless fun!
Pause glitch be annoying though...

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Managed it in 19:47:73.

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Anonymous August 27, 2011 10:50 PM

Lol, so

Nyan Cat is reborn from the dead soul of a coinbox?

[Spoilers added. -Jay]

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Pixelated Author Profile Page August 27, 2011 10:50 PM

Argh, not this again!

Has anyone else had this problem? A lot (actually , perhaps all) games hosted on JIG that require use of the arrow keys cause an issue for me. The arrow keys don't actually do anything ingame, and just scroll the screen. I'm using Google Chrome. Any help, please?

[I can play this game in Chrome on both Mac OS and Windows 7 and the arrow keys do not scroll the screen. I wish I knew what to tell you, but I've only ever heard of this problem happening with IE. None of the browsers scroll with the arrow keys for me when a Flash game has focus. Maybe you have some accessibility feature or StickyKeys enabled? -Jay]

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GOOD GAME.

BEST END.

That's...that's really all I can say without spoiling everything for everyone else forever.

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@Pixelated - Try clicking on the games playing area and then use the arrow keys to make sure the game has focus.

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Fred M. Sloniker Author Profile Page August 27, 2011 11:29 PM

I don't think the pausing is a glitch. It happens if you don't interact with the game for a while, and just holding the mouse button down doesn't count as interacting.

Incidentally, the simplest path to victory seems to be (does this count as a walkthrough?):

  • Hire a worker right away and buy him a crossbow. Run around and collect $340.

  • Hire another worker and buy him the second level of collect. Congratulations, you can now sit back and let the game play itself (pushing P every so often to unpause). But to speed things along...

  • Spend $100 on a higher coin cap. 50 is way too low.

  • Purchase your shooter the next ranged weapon on the list whenever you've saved up enough.

  • When you buy the Uzi, you'll hit the coin cap again. Go ahead and spend the $500 to raise the cap; he'll hit it again, but your worker will be collecting more on each pass.

  • When you reach $1,180, buy another collector worker with second-level collect.

  • Save up to $4,000 and upgrade one of your collectors. They should be able to keep up with the coin flow now.

  • When you hit $4,000 again, you can upgrade the other collector. Or you can buy a new max-level collector at $7,200. Or you can wait until $10,000 and get that machine gun for your shooter. Up to you. You'll want to do all three in some order or other.

  • With three collectors, the cash is flowing in nicely. Save up $15,000 and upgrade your gunner to the second level machine gun.

  • Hooray for blue coins! Your collectors are probably struggling again, so spend $10,000 to raise the cap a bunch. $11,500 will get you a fourth collector at max level.

  • What's your next target? How does $36,450 grab you? It's a big number, but it'll be worth it when you raise your gunner's Power to maximum.

  • Not impressed yet? Another $36,450 on his Dexterity will make him all he can be.

  • Whoa. Black gold. His coin output seems to have slowed down, though. No matter. Save up $40,000 and give him the perfect weapon.

  • The only way to increase your coin output at this point is to save up $40,000 and give one of your collectors another gun. So go ahead and do that.

  • Collectors struggling now? Save up the $36,450 to upgrade one's Power to maximum, and follow that with another $36,450 for maximum Core, and he'll turn into a veritable blur.

  • From here on out, it's up to you. Remember to upgrade your second gunner's Power and Dexterity (don't bother with anything melee-related) and upgrade your remaining collectors. If you hit the coin cap, buy another collector; if you're not hitting it, convert a collector to a gunner. The cap you're at should be fine, but you can bump it up if you've hired all the people you can and are still maxing out.

  • Once you hit $1,000,000, buy the tactical nuke and win!

Also, a general tip: buying upgrades in order doesn't save you any money. When you can afford to, save up for the most expensive one.

Also also: am I the only one who was glad the ending wasn't some sort of mockery of how long we spent just getting to the ending?

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@JIGuest There are spoiler tags for a reason.

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Yes, as others mentioned there's a 45 second timeout for not responding to the game frequently. This was so people didn't set up a machine gun and ran out of town for the weekend. It's a bit sensitive, it seems you triggered it. Coinbox off the screen is a bigger issue, I'll be patching that one soon.

I laughed several times over the course of reading this review, many thanks for writing :).

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To everyone who has trouble getting the keys to respond in Chrome:

First off, check your Chrome version. (Click the wrench, then About Google Chrome.) If your version is 13.0.782.215 -- the latest -- you're likely seeing this problem. It's an issue between Chrome and the way Adobe Flash has its security set up. Here's the fix until the next update:

  1. In a new tab type ‘about:plugins' without the quotes.

  2. On the top right click ‘+ Details'.

  3. Now the first entry on the left you will see the expanded Flash (2 files).

  4. Disable the flash plugin that is Chrome-specific. (it will most likely be the first entry of the two, called gcswf32.dll)

  5. Restart Chrome.

The spoiler tag's just to keep it short for the people who don't need this.

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That was fun. But I know polka -- that was not polka.

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Wonder how many hours it would take to hit the US deficit in this game?

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I got a complete freeze up at around $940k :(

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illustral Author Profile Page August 28, 2011 1:16 PM

It glitched on me. I hired all the workers possible and gave two of them (and myself) level 3 machine guns with 100% dexterity and power. The rest of the workers were on pickup duty. After I exited the shop screen, my workers' bullets just pushed the coinbox off-screen and the bullet trails wouldn't disappear, the coins froze and became uncollectable, and my workers stopped moving.

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ThemePark Author Profile Page August 28, 2011 3:13 PM

Is it bad that I find the ending music incredibly catchy?

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Nathan Burkes August 28, 2011 3:48 PM

This game explains everything!

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Anonymous August 28, 2011 4:21 PM

I like coins.

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masozravapalma Author Profile Page August 28, 2011 7:37 PM

I found that Melee is probably better than ranged. You don't need as much collectors and as high cap. Just buy as much workers with max mega hammer max power and max strenght. And you can stand directly under the coin fall with cca 1000 cap. Or one collector for some excess coin.

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gah, my keys are sticking, however, I'm using safari. This has happened before, however, pausing and unpausing usually fixed it. Also, does this game save your progress?

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Very fun. I found the melee weapons a little useless though, rather there had been more cool ranged ones.

I found it much better than I Paid For It, personally. Especially the tone of the whole thing. IPFI is too Newgrounds-y.

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"Coinbox Hero is one of those games that kind of makes you ask yourself, 'What am I doing with my time?'"

LoooL
Very, very true..

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I just spent about an hour of my day (im slow) playing a game in which you repeatedly beat a box to collect coins which you use to buy things to beat the box. What has become of my life???

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I did think the pointless reveal ending was a little annoying, but I did dig

that Hedgehog Launch dude floating around in the background

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MisterThou Author Profile Page August 29, 2011 4:46 PM

I found this pretty disappointing for a jmtb02 game. There wasn't much to the game, I found the interface confusing (I spent a lot of upgrades on the wrong person usually myself). And the pause thing was annoying, although I can see the reasoning behind it.

The ending made me lol though, so not a total waste.

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Game froze on me when I decided to switch to mass hammers from mass machine guns. apparently it didn't like all but 1 worker hitting the box with hammers at the same time.

It stinks that there isn't an auto-save system or anything. Most armor games like this usually have them.

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Pixelated Author Profile Page August 30, 2011 9:27 AM

I guess I'm a little late to reply, but no, the game is definitely in focus when I play, and yet, the arrow keys only scroll.

I'll try it in Firefox and see what happens.

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Pixelated Author Profile Page August 30, 2011 10:28 AM

Yeah, it worked in Firefox, and worked just fine. Beat the game, took me like 40 mins.

HeroForge, didn't see your comment until now! Damn. I'd try that now, but it's half past twelve and I have school in the morning. Another time then. Still, definitely much appreciated.

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It took me roughly 70 mins to complete it...but that's because I bought every single upgrade before saving up for that 1 million. lol

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Having a big problem with lag, it takes about 5-10 seconds after I hit a key before my character does anything, and I keep getting the "wait" wheel instead of my cursor. I'm using Firefox 3.6.21 and Flash 6.1, and not having these problems with any other programs. Anybody else having this problem?

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Haven't beaten it yet September 24, 2011 3:59 PM

Can you save the game? I never have enough time at once to beat it.

Also I don't mind the pause thing cause I'm always running back an forth collecting while I'm shooting.

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