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ElleSkywire VIP Extended[Please Note: This game may take a while to load. Please be patient, and brush up on your tiny trivia while you wait!]
When fans love their games, nothing seems impossible. When a game developer appreciates their fans, magic happens. In this case, that abra cadabra turned out Skywire VIP Extended. This quirky, pixelated pop culture trivia game gives incredibly small yet surprisingly detailed characters and hangman-style word blanks as your clues for naming popular figures from the classics—you know, all those fab games, films, music, books, cartoons, commercials and TV shows from the 80s to present. If that isn't enough, click the hint spotlight for an additional description. When you think you know it, use your keyboard to type it in (spelled correctly) and bask in the fanfare while the next VIP is delivered to the stage via cable car.

While you will probably enjoy playing on your own, it's even more fun in teams so you can pool your knowledge. There are obscure-to-some references and if you're not totally hip to all that pop culture has offered, or if your bifocal lenses aren't helping with the visual clues, you might just grudgingly use a lifeline paying Google a visit. The game screen is limited to one size and zooming won't help (it might even mess things up bit, causing buttons to disappear into nether zones). One hundred seconds is often a generous amount of time, though, to mull over possible answers. And of course, being quick and using less hints is the surest way to score more points. Let me add, I commend and metaphorically crown Trivia Master anyone who makes it the full 100 rounds on the first go ahead.

It was not so long ago that we dropped mention of this fan-produced extension of Nitrome's original Skywire VIP. It all started when Max Schramp and Duncan Smith showed their Scratch project to Nitrome, impressing them so much that the duo was asked to make a proper follow-up. Schramp and Smith's talented artwork has been joined with the original artwork of Mat Annal, programming by Heather Stancliffe, and music of Lee Nicklen. Here is the result. Born out of collaboration and enthusiasm, Skywire VIP Extended has that certain unnameable something that makes it easy to pick up and very habit-forming. Is it the wee tiny characterizations of our beloved icons? The equally annoying yet catchy music? Or the deep satisfaction of finally finding an ego bumping output for all that time spent on GameBoy, sitting in movie theaters and watching Saturday morning cartoons? Whatever it is, if you weren't one already, Skywire VIP Extended has fanboy/fangirl maker written all over it.

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Skywire VIP Extended - walkthrough

  1. Winnie the Pooh

  2. Pokemon

  3. Peanuts

  4. The Cat in the Hat

  5. Monsters Inc

  6. Hello Kitty

  7. Alice in Wonderland

  8. Tom and Jerry

  9. Bob Marley

  10. The Cosby Show

  11. Snap Crackle Pop

  12. Dora the Explorer

  13. Doctor Who

  14. Kirby

  15. Alvin and the Chipmunks

  16. Angry Birds

  17. Minecraft

  18. Portal

  19. Frosty the Snowman

  20. The Big Bang Theory

  21. Calvin and Hobbes

  22. Disney Princesses

  23. Looney Tunes

  24. Twilight

  25. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  26. The Smurfs

  27. Donkey Kong

  28. Barney

  29. Enemy 585

  30. The Incredible Hulk

  31. Team Fortress

  32. Charlie Chaplin

  33. Where the Wild Things Are

  34. Captain America

  35. Teletubbies

  36. The Black Eyed Peas

  37. Megaman

  38. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  39. Animal Crossing

  40. Domo

  41. Iron Man

  42. Lockehorn

  43. Pink Panther

  44. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  45. The Nightmare Before Christmas

  46. Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy

  47. Power Puff Girls

  48. Arthur

  49. The Incredibles

  50. Dragonball Z

  51. The Adventures of Tin Tin

  52. Lord of the Rings

  53. Tarzan

  54. Bomberman

  55. Care Bears

  56. Justin Bieber

  57. Power Rangers

  58. Fault Line

  59. Elf

  60. Rugrats

  61. Mr Bean

  62. He-Man

  63. Bob the Builder

  64. Robocop

  65. Nyan Cat

  66. Sailor Moon

  67. Plants Vs Zombies

  68. Green Lantern

  69. Metroid

  70. Wolverine

  71. Elton John

  72. Men in Black

  73. Chisel

  74. The Gingerbread Man

  75. Madagascar

  76. The Easter Bunny

  77. Wall-E

  78. Betty Boop

  79. Silly Sausage

  80. Naruto

  81. David Bowie

  82. Yogi Bear

  83. Dennis the Menace

  84. Kid Icarus

  85. The Lorax

  86. William Shakespeare

  87. Avatar

  88. Canopy

  89. Charlotte’s Web

  90. Bananas in Pajamas

  91. Kung Fu Panda

  92. Little Bo Peep

  93. Nitrome Must Die

  94. Paddington Bear

  95. Peter Rabbit

  96. Sherlock Holmes

  97. Test Subject Blue

  98. The Three Little Pigs

  99. The Prisoner

  100. Wonder Woman

Thanks, elle, for the walkthrough!

17 Comments

Seriously? That's it?

Peering at tiny tiny graphics and trying to figure out what the heck they are supposed to be? That's a game now?

Since when is that fun?

I hereby dub this "Squinting, the Game".

Maybe if it had a full screen mode...

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dsrtrosy Author Profile Page • March 15, 2012 12:20 PM

I have to agree...what is the purpose of the tininess of the characters? My eyesight is fine, but I spend the entire day on the computer. I really have no desire to have to squint at a game just to be able to play. Too bad, too...I"m really good at this.

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If you look back to the first game, they did the same exact thing. I'm sure that's the point of the game too, trying to discern famous characters and people from 150 pixels.

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ThemePark Author Profile Page • March 15, 2012 1:46 PM

Awesomeness, ensue!

It would be no fun if the characters were bigger. And it's an impressive achievement to have made many of them so recognizable on such little space still.

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Username Author Profile Page • March 15, 2012 3:19 PM

Several of these I've never heard of, and I'm a 39yo male who has grown up and live in the USA.

Something to keep in mind, numbers (0-9) are allowed also. There was a puzzle (again, had never heard of this one) that none of the letters were working on, so I tried numbers. I suppose the review and analisys may have mentioned this, but I never do more than skim those (too long)

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dsrtrosy Author Profile Page • March 15, 2012 3:50 PM

It would actually be quite fun if the characters were bigger. As it is...meh.

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Username Author Profile Page • March 15, 2012 4:24 PM

The game seriously needs a pause button.

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Lizz Author Profile Page • March 15, 2012 8:16 PM

It was fun until I got to the self-referential one. The "other game by nitrome" I still have no idea what they're talking about, and I can't find the answer anywhere. :/

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It should not be necessary to use a hint system in a trivia game in order to play it without eyestrain.

If it is, then it's not really a hint system, is it? it's necessary clues that you hid in order to make life harder for no good reason.

Not my cuppa at all.

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zbeeblebrox Author Profile Page • March 16, 2012 5:00 AM

The first one I had to fall back on the hint system with was when it showed me a trio of three nondescript, generic sprites with no interesting features. With the hint's help, I was able to guess that they were the cast of Twilight.

Sounds about right!

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JDGA Author Profile Page • March 16, 2012 5:05 AM

Beat it after a while...
I used two hints, and timed over on only one puzzle.

Hint on Wolverine, Hint and Time Over on Canopy

Final score 17078, anyone beat me yet?

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rhed Author Profile Page • March 16, 2012 6:30 AM

I don't know what level this is, but there is a tiny (hahahahahah, oh yeah, they are ALL tiny!) blue person and the hint says

Capcom's video game character who started in the 80's

I have NO idea if it isn't

Captain Commando

which it isn't. Anybody know this one?

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Mike Author Profile Page • March 16, 2012 2:08 PM

Skywire VIP Extended - walkthrough

  1. Winnie the Pooh

  2. Pokemon

  3. Peanuts

  4. The Cat in the Hat

  5. Monsters Inc

  6. Hello Kitty

  7. Alice in Wonderland

  8. Tom and Jerry

  9. Bob Marley

  10. The Cosby Show

  11. Snap Crackle Pop

  12. Dora the Explorer

  13. Doctor Who

  14. Kirby

  15. Alvin and the Chipmunks

  16. Angry Birds

  17. Minecraft

  18. Portal

  19. Frosty the Snowman

  20. The Big Bang Theory

  21. Calvin and Hobbes

  22. Disney Princesses

  23. Looney Tunes

  24. Twilight

  25. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  26. The Smurfs

  27. Donkey Kong

  28. Barney

  29. Enemy 585

  30. The Incredible Hulk

  31. Team Fortress

  32. Charlie Chaplin

  33. Where the Wild Things Are

  34. Captain America

  35. Teletubbies

  36. The Black Eyed Peas

  37. Megaman

  38. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  39. Animal Crossing

  40. Domo

  41. Iron Man

  42. Lockehorn

  43. Pink Panther

  44. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  45. The Nightmare Before Christmas

  46. Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy

  47. Power Puff Girls

  48. Arthur

  49. The Incredibles

  50. Dragonball Z

  51. The Adventures of Tin Tin

  52. Lord of the Rings

  53. Tarzan

  54. Bomberman

  55. Care Bears

  56. Justin Bieber

  57. Power Rangers

  58. Fault Line

  59. Elf

  60. Rugrats

  61. Mr Bean

  62. He-Man

  63. Bob the Builder

  64. Robocop

  65. Nyan Cat

  66. Sailor Moon

  67. Plants Vs Zombies

  68. Green Lantern

  69. Metroid

  70. Wolverine

  71. Elton John

  72. Men in Black

  73. Chisel

  74. The Gingerbread Man

  75. Madagascar

  76. The Easter Bunny

  77. Wall-E

  78. Betty Boop

  79. Silly Sausage

  80. Naruto

  81. David Bowie

  82. Yogi Bear

  83. Dennis the Menace

  84. Kid Icarus

  85. The Lorax

  86. William Shakespeare

  87. Avatar

  88. Canopy

  89. Charlotte’s Web

  90. Bananas in Pajamas

  91. Kung Fu Panda

  92. Little Bo Peep

  93. Nitrome Must Die

  94. Paddington Bear

  95. Peter Rabbit

  96. Sherlock Holmes

  97. Test Subject Blue

  98. The Three Little Pigs

  99. The Prisoner

  100. Wonder Woman

Thanks, elle, for the walkthrough!

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BuenoCabra Author Profile Page • March 17, 2012 4:17 PM

Wow, that is a long game. I quit at #60 (only had no clue about 2 of them!). As someone else said, there is a serious need for a pause button here, or the ability to come back later and pick up where you left off.

I kinda get the complaints about the characters being so tiny, but I think that's the point of the game. If they were bigger, it would just be "What is this a picture of?"

Anyway, decent diversion, but 100 of them in a row non-stop isn't exactly casual, especially without letting us know how many there are.

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