Minty Fresh Adventure!


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DoraMinty Fresh AdventureDestiny? Who needs it! Colgate's Cutie Mark might signify powers over time and space, but all the perky blue pony really wants is to be... a dentist. Which means that hourglass has got to go. Fortunately, everyone's favourite rhyming enchantress Zecora has a solution; if Colgate can track down the ingredients for a potion, she'll be able to "undo" her Cutie Mark. The problem? It's located deeper inside the dangerous Everfree Forest... and inside the mouth of an enormous monster! Colgate does what any good unicorn dedicated to good hygiene would do; she sets out with her enormous toothbrush (don't ask questions) for a platform adventure... Mark Sprague's Minty Fresh Adventure, that is!

Use the left and right [arrow] keys to move around, and the [Z] button to jump, while [X] attacks with Colgate's toothbrush, as well as interacts with nearby characters. To perform a long range attack if Colgate has enough magic in her blue bar, double-tap the left or right [arrow] key and quickly press [X] to hurl your toothbrush, sending it spinning out in front of you Darth Maul style to take out any enemies. When her magic bar is full, press and hold [X] and [C] at the same time until she begins flashing to "Clock Up", unleashing a spell that temporarily freezes all enemies as well as allows you to move even faster. Colgate can also draw a little inspiration from a certain Italian plumber and take out foes by jumping on top of them. Beating baddies adds to your high score, which is spent at a shop run by a certain someone, where you can pick up items to improve your abilities or provide... other effects. You can move back and forth between areas to build up points if you need to. If Colgate takes three hits, she'll have to start over from the start of the area you just entered, so make sure to chow down on any apples you find to replenish health. Oh, and you might want to steer clear of any Poison Joke flower you come across. And cockatrices. And timberwolves. And... well, let's just say we hope you're not just putting on a show when it comes to collecting that ingredient, my little pony.

Minty Fresh AdventureAnalysis: Packed with references, surprises, and humour galore, Minty Fresh Adventure is not only a great silly homage to the source material, but a vibrant and enjoyable game in its own right as well. Mark Sprague reaches impressive new heights in his Pony Platforming Project with this installment, which is impressively animated and considerably more complex than the first few trials. While players who have "joined the herd" will probably get the most out of it by recognising certain characters and references, Minty Fresh Adventure is fun and bright enough to be enjoyed by anyone looking for something light and silly. With multiple endings and secrets to uncover, it's a simple to play but surprisingly robust little game that can keep you occupied longer than you might think at first encounter.

The controls, unfortunately, are a little awkward at times; triggering Colgate's long-range attack can sometimes be accidental, or difficult to pull off in a pinch, making you wish it were bound to a separate key. It's also disappointing that for a pony, she's not particularly fleet of hoof, and as such the platforming and combat in general doesn't feel as smooth or natural as it might otherwise be. Fortunately, the developer is still working on this game as of this writing, and you can look forward to even more tweaks (and some new surprises) in the next big update. As it stands, Minty Fresh Adventure is still an extremely impressive example of fan-born dedication, and speaks very well indeed for Mark's future prospects as a developer. So come on... who needs semi-phenomenal, nearly cosmic powers over time itself when you can satisfy Equestria's need for fresh breath and shiny teeth?

Play Minty Fresh Adventure!

[Thanks to an anonymous reader for sending this one in, and to Mark Sprague for allowing us to host it!]

Walkthrough Guide


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Walkthrough Time!
(Game's got a lot going on so this isn't 100%--but hopefully a good 95% start.)

Game only sometimes works on Chrome for me, but consistent on IE 9. Huh.

Basics, Enemies/Obstacles, Items

BASICS

  • Health/Mana: To replenish your three hearts (health) and mana bar, eat apples (red = health, green = mana; knock ‘em out of trees with X).

  • Colgate's controls: LR arrow keys, Z/C jump, X attack/knock/scrub

  • Look up/down: Up/down arrow (also useful for swinging the toothbrush around to attack)

  • Spinhit: Double tap L/R, + X. Good for taking out timberwolves and/or a whole screenfull of enemies, but requires some mana.

  • Clock Up: X+Z or X+C until mana bar fully charged and flashing, then release. Pauses all enemies while you continue to move, for about 10 sec. (Disappearing platforms pause, too.) Requires full mana bar. You can jump higher and move faster in Clock Up.

  • Lives: Unlimited. Every death, you regenerate the beginning of level/area (forest, cave, each boss). Money is halved each death; cleaned teeth, purchased/found items/characters are unaffected. (But no save function after you close browser/refresh page.)

    ENEMIES/OBSTACLES
    Killing enemies brings you points/bits. Killing a lot in one go (ex: using spinhit) gives temporary score multiplier (shows in bubble next to your score).

  • Poison joke: blue flowers; turns you into tube of toothpaste that can only walk/jump.

  • Cyclops spider: Shoots fire as you pass under. To kill, three jump-X jabs, or a single, carefully timed directed jump+X (jump + arrow L/R, + X).

  • Timberwolves: They crouch, then dash at you. 1-2 spin hits, or a lot of jabs. You can jump on them but they don't take damage from this.

  • Little green dragon: Very fast. Easy kill by jumping on them; otherwise, trickier.

  • Cockatrice: Don't actually follow you. Can turn you into stone if you're toothpaste.

  • Skeleton pony: Shoots bones at you. First jump/hit stuns it; you have to keep attacking a few times. (Exception: spinhit does the trick by itself.)

  • Big green dragon: Slow, good use of a spinhit (attack and run, repeat).

    STORE
    At the first poison joke field you find, a series of ledges leads up. Hop up, stand on the ledge closest to Trixie, X to talk. Arrows/mouse scrolls purchase options; X to select/buy; select Exit to leave.

  • Milk: (150) restores full health, undoes Poison Joke. Buying equals using --can't keep it in reserve.

  • Heart Armour: (12000) halves the damage you take for rest of game, even after you die.

  • Green Crystal: (5000) slowly regenerates mana without requiring apples.

  • Magical Tooth: (8000) immunity to Poison Joke.

  • PNN: (free) hilarious, 2 different “programs.” (Trixie throws her table into jokebushes at end of first—useful.)

  • Some store items are secret/not yet released. Apparently you can access these by pressing numbers (1-8) on the keypad while at the store. I haven't gotten this to work, but maybe you can.
    It's hard to get back to the store without getting joked. To get through, jump from tree stump to Trixie’s table sticking out of the jokebushes.

  • Simple Walkthrough
    There are many paths through life, my little pony; this is just one (straightforward/easier) way.

      Part I: Forest

      Find Shop. Go right to moving platform; ascend to Shop.

      • Listen to PNN (at least once). Now there's a table in the jokebushes below, so you can come back this way without becoming toothpaste.

      • Exit via the red X screen and land to right of jokebushes.

      Grinding for Items (optional). Continue right, fighting enemies/eating apples, until you see poison joke field with ledges rising from it. Turn back for now, keep grinding until you have enough.

      • Getting points quickly: just past the first apple tree after the jokebushes, you’ll see a string of 8 owl bears and two cyclops spiders. Retreat to the right of the apple tree (so you don’t run into the spiders when you jump), and jump on all 8 owlbears in succession. If done right, it’s nearly 20,000 pts. Thank you score multiplier.

      • If you get turned into toothpaste, you can:

        • Go back to Zecora's for a potion fix,

        • Go to Store and buy some milk.

        • Note that you can't do anything fancier than jumping while in toothpaste form. (I.e., timberwolves are impossible to kill now--just leap them as best you can.)

        When you have at least 5000 pts, return to store; buy Green Crystal to get regenerating mana.

        • Unless you're a master of the platformer genre, consider also getting Magical Tooth and Heart Armour--useful later on (esp. for bosses).

        Find Cave. Go right, back to the field of poison joke. Cave entrance is on the other side.

        • If you don't have Magical Tooth, watch the timberwolf in the jokebushes...it crouches, then dashes at you. Jump on its back to get onto the ledges without touching poison joke (the only way).

        • If you're not at full health/mana when you enter, you can immediately exit and reenter cave to recharge to full.

      Part II: Cave

      Stone Molar 1. Go right from entrance, fall into first gap. You're at stone molar (#1) and a tree.

      • Polish the molar with X (dialogue screen appears when you've polished enough), eat your apples, etc.
        Continue right, across platforms. Don't fall here; it's death!

        • See the first "staircase" of platforms leading up/left? FYI, that leads back to the cave entrance. Ignore it and keep going right.

      • Climb the cave-hill with a skeleton pony on top. From its top, jump right/up platforms, to long flat ledge with a big green dragon. Use your spinhit to vanquish.

      Stone Molar 2 & Derpy. Continue right; follow next clump of ascending ledges up. At the very top, go left and you’ll find stone molar #2, and also Derpy Hooves (grey flying pony). Clean those teeth! Talk to Derpy if you like.

      • You’ll pass an apple tree on your right on your way up to Molar/Derpy. Detour if you need an apple fix.

      Stone Molar 3. From Molar #2, go back to the right, up/across/down the ledges. At the apple tree you passed on your way up, leave the platforms and head right.

      • Pass three little green dragons and a peskily placed skeleton pony. Continue down/right, pass two more little green dragons.

      • Keep going until you see an impossible-looking jump (a big green dragon up on that ledge you can’t get to).

        • To find Stone Molar 5, stand on the middle platform in the impossible jump, use Clock Up, and make the jump! Pass the big dragon and keep going right/up—there's Molar #5.

      • Otherwise, try and fail the impossible jump—you fall onto Stone Molar 3. (You can also stand on the middle platform and step off the right.

      • If you need apples, go right from Molar #3 (you’ll pass another skeleton pony) until you get to an apple tree.

      Stone Molar 4, Minty’s Sock, Disappearing Platforms, & Dr. Whooves. From Molar 3, go left (glimpse a ledge to left/down). At a flat spot (big and little dragons to the right), keep going left off he edge. Continue left and down (have faith), dropping onto one ledge, then another to find Molar #4.

      • When you're done scrubbing the tooth, go right/down onto a platform. Walk off the right side of it--you'll land on another platform.

      • If you go to the right, you’ll find Minty’s sock, a scrap of white/green on the ground. (See next section.)

      • To the left are the disappearing platforms. You can stop these with a timeshift and easily get across with your souped-up jump. Watch out for cockatrices.

      • To find Dr. Whooves, cross the vanishing platforms, continue right, up a big hill, and go left at hilltop, crossing to a flat area. Hey, TARDIS!

        • If you go left and down the hill that leads to Dr. Whooves’ ledge, and keep going left forever, eventually you’ll arrive at the ascending platforms that lead back up to the Cave Entrance—or you’ll arrive at Molar #1, if you’ve overshot. This is an easier way to get to Dr. Whooves, if you don’t want to deal with the vanishing platforms.

      Saving Minty. From Minty’s sock, fall into the gap directly to the right of the sock. You’ve found Minty!

      • Beat the guard (easiest way is spinhitting). (Note that you can jump onto the broken pillars, but that he can also (sometimes) reach you up there.)

      • Grab the key. When you’re done, you’ll teleport back up to where you found the sock.

      Boss Hill. From Minty’s sock, continue right until you get to another big hill. Climb it—there will be three total skeleton ponies stationed up there. Keep going up. At the top, a flat ledge and a little green dragon. Go right. At the far end: sign says "Boss". Jump in. At the bottom, go right into another cave entrance.

      Boss 1

      Boss 1 is Ursa Minor.

      • It's mostly transparent: only the eyes, teeth, and claws are solid. Focus on these. The transparent parts won't hurt you. (Also, Clock Up doesn’t help us much here—it resets after every hit.)

      • General strategy:

      • Jump-X before it starts roaring to bonk it on the nose/eyes (you can also experiment with swinging the tootbrush handle using up/down arrows+X). That makes it rear in pain and back up, revealing its belly (only place that takes damage).

        • Spin-attack, or jump forward attacking (jump-X), avoiding claws and teeth. Back up as you hit, because Ursa shuffles forward while standing.

        • After it takes enough damage, Ursa rolls onto its back. You can't do damage now. Just watch out for its claws--when it comes back down on all fours, try to jump to avoid being smashed by its claws/teeth.

        • One possible rhythm: immediately run toward Ursa, bonk its eyes, run forward as it rears up and hit its belly then quickly start backing up, still hitting. When it rolls onto its back, aim to stand just a hair outside of its rear haunch, so when it gets up you don’t get smashed under its feet. (This takes some tweaking.) Jump toward its belly as it gets back up; then repeat (bonk eyes, etc.).

      Boss 2

      Boss 2 is Ursa Major. (Twilight Sparkle moment, anyone?)

      • Watch out for those claws.

      • Camera pans backward. Ignore it. You need to start running to the right as soon as you can, jumping up onto the stones and ledges before Ursa Major sweeps them away with a single swipe.

      • Stay ahead of her, get high enough to reach/leap into her mouth. This is a good thing!

      • Once you're in the mouth, use X to attack/scrub the rotten molars at either end before the mouth closes. (Finally, a use for the up-arrow!)

        • Spin-attack isn't the most helpful here, it’s too slow.

        • Poke the uvula to keep the mouth open longer if you need to.

        Ta-da!

      Extras

      Ancient Shrine/Mana boost. To get to the shrine, you need to freeze the flock of cockatrices flying toward you to form a stair to a ledge high on your right.

      • Start charging your clock up as soon as you can as you walk into the cave. (Walk no further than the intro animation forces you to.) Let it go about half a second after you reach full. You won’t see the cockatrices at this point; they’re offscreen to your right.

      • Go right and try to jump up the cockatrices to the ledge. Adjust timing as needed. Sooner or later you'll figure it out...

      • Once you get to the ledge, keep platforming up until you see it (can't miss). X to interact with the shrine. Hello, superfast mana recharge! (Goodbye, green apples. :( )

      Annoy Zecora. Unless you're toothpaste, just standing outside Zecora's door doesn't do anything. But if you jump-X to knock, she'll answer. Keep bugging her—it goes on for a while—until she realizes that nothing rhymes with “orange.”

      Toothpaste warrior. If you haven't bought the Magical Tooth amulet, you can find some poison joke, turn into toothpaste, and complete extra-minty versions of the missions (save Minty, talk to Derpy, talk to Dr. Whooves). Dr. Whooves and Minty will each turn you back to normal pony.

      Turning into stone. If you're toothpaste and you touch a cockatrice, you turn to stone. Shake it off by jumping/X.

      Jet pack. I am told that if you press numerals 1-8 at Trixie's store, you can bring up items that you can't otherwise scroll to, like Jet Pack (#5). Haven't been able to get this to work, but passing it on.

    Cutie Marks/Achievements

    (Thanks to the discussion thread at ponychan!)

    Blue Maple Leaf ("Never Give Up"): beat game with a whole lot of dying (in other words, the Canadian Pony award)

    Three wrapped candies ("I Didn't Put These in My Bag"): don't buy anything from Trixie (apparently Bon Bon didn't, either)

    Stopwatch ("Clockwise"): beat game without using Clock Up

    Starman ("Invincible"): beat game without taking any damage

    Captain Scarlet: beat game without dying.

    Mega Man ("Master Platformer"): get across the Vanishing Platforms

    Three mints ("Minty Fresh Heroine"): save Minty

    "Tube of Pure Awesome": save Minty as a toothpaste tube (you have to really do it--doesn’t count if you die in the guard battle and turn back into pony, then save her)

    Sonic screwdriver ("Plot Device"): talk to Dr. Whooves as toothpaste (he turns you back to a pony with it).

    Red apple ("Healthy Eater"): eat lots of red apples.

    Green apple ("Magically Delicious"): eat lots of green apples.

    Three apples ("Fu- Forget You Ah Can Eat All These Apples"): eat a whooole lot of apples, period.

    Tooth ("Dedicated Dentist"): polish all five stone molars. Brushie brushie!

    Crossed-out scroll ("No Poet's Society"): knock on Zecora's door until she gets to “orange” and can’t rhyme it.

    Compass ("Archaeologist"): Go up the cockatrice ladder to the ancient shrine. (see Extras in Walkthrough, above.)

    Pony silhouette/statue ("Me Got Kicked in the Head Backstage"): Touch a cockatrice while toothpaste, so you fall into a gap as stone.

    (Note: Sprague has said there are 17 achievements, with perhaps more additions; here are 16 that have been found so far.)

    Endings

    All endings begin with the same couple scenes of very nice animation. (Does Colgate fulfill her dreams and open her very own dental clinic? You bet she does.) But at final scene (depicting dental clinic opening), they diverge charmingly, depending on what you’ve done before finishing your quest.

      1. “It’s all thanks to you!” (Talk to neither Dr. Whooves nor Derpy—or talk to them but without reading the letter.) Colgate breaks the fourth wall at the clinic opening, to which Pinkie objects.
      2. “The Most Punctual Receptionist Ever!” (Don’t talk to Dr. Whooves, but talk to Derpy and read the letter.) Colgate runs into Minuette before the clinic opening and hires her on the spot, after warning her to definitely send the resume tomorrow lest she cause a paradox.
      3. “Derpy Knows What She’s Doing!” (Talk to both Dr. Whooves and Derpy, including reading the letter.) Dr. Whooves and Derpy chat at the clinic opening,.
      4. "A strange object that fell from space." (Complete the game after talking to Dr. Whooves AND either talking to Derpy as toothpaste, or not talking to Derpy.) Dr. Whooves and Colgate wonder where Derpy could’ve gotten to, since she was never found. Then Derpy reappears…and does what Derpy does to new buildings.

    27 Comments

    Jim Gamma Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 2:25 PM

    Safari also not working...

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    So how long has jay been a brony?

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    Jay Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 2:39 PM replied to Jim Gamma

    Hi Jim, I just tested on Safari 5.0.6 and the game loads fine. All our content is hosted on a content delivery network, and it may be having issues in your area. Would you please tell me what datacenter you're hitting when loading this URL in a browser?

    http://debug.netdna-cdn.com

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    Jim Gamma Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 2:42 PM

    The NetDNA Amsterdam Datacenter apparently; do any of the game files get downloaded from anywhere other than jayisgames? I could try deleting my blocked site list (auto-populated by AdAware) - if someone can tell me how!

    [Where the files are actually hosted should be completely transparent to you, meaning that your browser believes the files are coming from jayisgames.com even when they're hosted elsewhere on our content delivery network. You shouldn't have to configure anything else. I've got the exceptional support crew at NetDNA looking into it right now. Should be fixed soon! -Jay]

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    fledeye Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 2:47 PM

    Won't load for me either. I've tried in Firefox and Chrome. My browsers and Flash are up to date, but I can't get anything to load.
    I'm getting the Amsterdam datacentre too if that helps.

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    Jay Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 3:05 PM replied to fledeye

    Sounds like the Amsterdam datacenter is having issues. I'll contact NetDNA and get someone on it ASAP. Check back in a little bit. Sorry for the trouble.

    Update: The problem should be resolved now!

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    Lizz Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 6:18 PM

    Pretty great! I came across a few glitches (like when I bought PNN and the game just froze so I had to restart), but for the most part it's great!

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    sonicscrewdriver Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 6:20 PM

    I am getting an advert, then nothing, on all of your games.

    Also, your images are not loading on your main page.

    I am using Linux Mint and Firefox and am in the UK.

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    sonicscrewdriver Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 6:22 PM

    I am in the Amsterdam datacenter too.

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    The problem should be resolved. Try emptying your browser cache and reload the site. If you still are seeing issues with the site after that, please let me know.

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    Pseudonymph Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 6:53 PM

    This was amazing, far beyond my expectations. Witty, fun, challenging at times. The combat system was a little shallow and the brush throw was unreliable or sometimes happened when I didn't mean it to, but those are my only complaints. It had so many little extras, so much flavor and atmosphere. So many pony games are being worked on all the time, it's so exciting to have another fully realized. Thank you!

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    sonicscrewdriver Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 8:16 PM

    Jay: I cleared my cache, refreshed and just the same. No games or pictures.

    [Thanks, I'll have the CDN guys take another look at it. Sorry for the inconvenience. :( -Jay]

    [Update: I think we finally solved it now. It wound up being a combination of issues. If you or anyone continues to see any missing images or game files, please let me know. -Jay]

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    Kniggit Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 9:06 PM

    I got past the first area, went in the cave, and it loaded the next area, then I tried to go back through the cave to the first area again. The first area kinda loaded? I saw the pony, and some of those plant things, but that's it, then the pony touched the plant, turned into a tube of toothpaste and "fell downward". At that point, I couldn't see anything, I could jump and move the screen, but couldn't tell if I could move left/right or not.

    We know Mark is working on an update to the game, and we'll upload it here when it's ready. Perhaps this glitch you encountered will be fixed in the update. Sorry you had trouble with it. -Jay]

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    I got ending 2. What's ending 1?

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    Haydn Author Profile Page • April 7, 2012 11:52 PM

    @ganondorfchampion

    Well that would depend on what you got as the second ending.. and what you did through the game itself.

    I

    didn't open the letter

    and I

    finished the game by beating usra minor and cleaning away the bad teeth in ursa major's jaws

    and I was handed the first ending.

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    I meant what was the bad ending, as I didn't feel like beating the entire game again right now.

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    xxerox Author Profile Page • April 8, 2012 11:52 AM

    OMG Best game EVER XD Really liked the second ending, and got some of the achievement, few bugs though but whatever, game is nice. Haven't seen recently games with such EPIC bosses and nice endings.

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    New version now up! Changed: added onscreen instructions, as well as (hopefully) finally fixed that infuriating loading bug when exiting the cave.

    Just reload the game page to get the new version.

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    GOTR44 Author Profile Page • April 8, 2012 10:37 PM

    I keep turning into a tube of toothpaste when I touch those blue flowers but I have no idea how to turn back! (which means I can't use any special and only attack by jumping on the enemy)

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    GOTR44:

    While a tube of toothpaste, you can still jump up those platforms. Maybe something at the top can help you?

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    Quim Author Profile Page • April 9, 2012 12:37 PM

    GOTR44:

    Hop back to the witch Zecora, at the far left of the level, and she'll turn you back into a pony.

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    nikolas.dahn Author Profile Page • April 9, 2012 4:51 PM

    Hi there!

    I really love the game, but I encountered three bugs which prevented me from finishing the game.

    1) When I bought an item from trixie (it was either the crystal ball or the tooth charm) I pressed c or x while purchasing (a bit too eager to play ^^). Afterwards I couldn't select or buy any item anymore (locking me in the shop), not with the mouse either.

    2) When I went into the chasm leading to the boss I didn't jump downwards, I just walked down. The viewport didn't follow me to the bottom and I couldn't do anything anymore (I think I still was able to jump and walk).

    3) When I jumped down to the boss I first went to the left until I reached the end (old habit, maybe there are hidden treasures :P ). When I wanted to go right again the viewport didn't follow me anymore, preventing me from going further than barely outside the screen. After I was outside the screen I couldn't go back into the screen either.

    Albeit the game was really good this was kinda annoying, especially after giving it two more chances :/ Will try it again after the next update...

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    I am assuming this is some sort of viral marketing campaign for presidential candidate Vermin Supreme who's campaign platform is mandatory tooth-brushing laws and a free pony for every American. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d_FvgQ1csE

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    vyrastra Author Profile Page • April 14, 2012 1:10 PM


    Walkthrough Time!
    (Game's got a lot going on so this isn't 100%--but hopefully a good 95% start.)

    Game only sometimes works on Chrome for me, but consistent on IE 9. Huh.

    Basics, Enemies/Obstacles, Items

    BASICS

  • Health/Mana: To replenish your three hearts (health) and mana bar, eat apples (red = health, green = mana; knock ‘em out of trees with X).

  • Colgate's controls: LR arrow keys, Z/C jump, X attack/knock/scrub

  • Look up/down: Up/down arrow (also useful for swinging the toothbrush around to attack)

  • Spinhit: Double tap L/R, + X. Good for taking out timberwolves and/or a whole screenfull of enemies, but requires some mana.

  • Clock Up: X+Z or X+C until mana bar fully charged and flashing, then release. Pauses all enemies while you continue to move, for about 10 sec. (Disappearing platforms pause, too.) Requires full mana bar. You can jump higher and move faster in Clock Up.

  • Lives: Unlimited. Every death, you regenerate the beginning of level/area (forest, cave, each boss). Money is halved each death; cleaned teeth, purchased/found items/characters are unaffected. (But no save function after you close browser/refresh page.)

    ENEMIES/OBSTACLES
    Killing enemies brings you points/bits. Killing a lot in one go (ex: using spinhit) gives temporary score multiplier (shows in bubble next to your score).

  • Poison joke: blue flowers; turns you into tube of toothpaste that can only walk/jump.

  • Cyclops spider: Shoots fire as you pass under. To kill, three jump-X jabs, or a single, carefully timed directed jump+X (jump + arrow L/R, + X).

  • Timberwolves: They crouch, then dash at you. 1-2 spin hits, or a lot of jabs. You can jump on them but they don't take damage from this.

  • Little green dragon: Very fast. Easy kill by jumping on them; otherwise, trickier.

  • Cockatrice: Don't actually follow you. Can turn you into stone if you're toothpaste.

  • Skeleton pony: Shoots bones at you. First jump/hit stuns it; you have to keep attacking a few times. (Exception: spinhit does the trick by itself.)

  • Big green dragon: Slow, good use of a spinhit (attack and run, repeat).

    STORE
    At the first poison joke field you find, a series of ledges leads up. Hop up, stand on the ledge closest to Trixie, X to talk. Arrows/mouse scrolls purchase options; X to select/buy; select Exit to leave.

  • Milk: (150) restores full health, undoes Poison Joke. Buying equals using --can't keep it in reserve.

  • Heart Armour: (12000) halves the damage you take for rest of game, even after you die.

  • Green Crystal: (5000) slowly regenerates mana without requiring apples.

  • Magical Tooth: (8000) immunity to Poison Joke.

  • PNN: (free) hilarious, 2 different “programs.” (Trixie throws her table into jokebushes at end of first—useful.)

  • Some store items are secret/not yet released. Apparently you can access these by pressing numbers (1-8) on the keypad while at the store. I haven't gotten this to work, but maybe you can.
    It's hard to get back to the store without getting joked. To get through, jump from tree stump to Trixie’s table sticking out of the jokebushes.

  • Simple Walkthrough
    There are many paths through life, my little pony; this is just one (straightforward/easier) way.

      Part I: Forest

      Find Shop. Go right to moving platform; ascend to Shop.

      • Listen to PNN (at least once). Now there's a table in the jokebushes below, so you can come back this way without becoming toothpaste.

      • Exit via the red X screen and land to right of jokebushes.

      Grinding for Items (optional). Continue right, fighting enemies/eating apples, until you see poison joke field with ledges rising from it. Turn back for now, keep grinding until you have enough.

      • Getting points quickly: just past the first apple tree after the jokebushes, you’ll see a string of 8 owl bears and two cyclops spiders. Retreat to the right of the apple tree (so you don’t run into the spiders when you jump), and jump on all 8 owlbears in succession. If done right, it’s nearly 20,000 pts. Thank you score multiplier.

      • If you get turned into toothpaste, you can:

        • Go back to Zecora's for a potion fix,

        • Go to Store and buy some milk.

        • Note that you can't do anything fancier than jumping while in toothpaste form. (I.e., timberwolves are impossible to kill now--just leap them as best you can.)

        When you have at least 5000 pts, return to store; buy Green Crystal to get regenerating mana.

        • Unless you're a master of the platformer genre, consider also getting Magical Tooth and Heart Armour--useful later on (esp. for bosses).

        Find Cave. Go right, back to the field of poison joke. Cave entrance is on the other side.

        • If you don't have Magical Tooth, watch the timberwolf in the jokebushes...it crouches, then dashes at you. Jump on its back to get onto the ledges without touching poison joke (the only way).

        • If you're not at full health/mana when you enter, you can immediately exit and reenter cave to recharge to full.

      Part II: Cave

      Stone Molar 1. Go right from entrance, fall into first gap. You're at stone molar (#1) and a tree.

      • Polish the molar with X (dialogue screen appears when you've polished enough), eat your apples, etc.
        Continue right, across platforms. Don't fall here; it's death!

        • See the first "staircase" of platforms leading up/left? FYI, that leads back to the cave entrance. Ignore it and keep going right.

      • Climb the cave-hill with a skeleton pony on top. From its top, jump right/up platforms, to long flat ledge with a big green dragon. Use your spinhit to vanquish.

      Stone Molar 2 & Derpy. Continue right; follow next clump of ascending ledges up. At the very top, go left and you’ll find stone molar #2, and also Derpy Hooves (grey flying pony). Clean those teeth! Talk to Derpy if you like.

      • You’ll pass an apple tree on your right on your way up to Molar/Derpy. Detour if you need an apple fix.

      Stone Molar 3. From Molar #2, go back to the right, up/across/down the ledges. At the apple tree you passed on your way up, leave the platforms and head right.

      • Pass three little green dragons and a peskily placed skeleton pony. Continue down/right, pass two more little green dragons.

      • Keep going until you see an impossible-looking jump (a big green dragon up on that ledge you can’t get to).

        • To find Stone Molar 5, stand on the middle platform in the impossible jump, use Clock Up, and make the jump! Pass the big dragon and keep going right/up—there's Molar #5.

      • Otherwise, try and fail the impossible jump—you fall onto Stone Molar 3. (You can also stand on the middle platform and step off the right.

      • If you need apples, go right from Molar #3 (you’ll pass another skeleton pony) until you get to an apple tree.

      Stone Molar 4, Minty’s Sock, Disappearing Platforms, & Dr. Whooves. From Molar 3, go left (glimpse a ledge to left/down). At a flat spot (big and little dragons to the right), keep going left off he edge. Continue left and down (have faith), dropping onto one ledge, then another to find Molar #4.

      • When you're done scrubbing the tooth, go right/down onto a platform. Walk off the right side of it--you'll land on another platform.

      • If you go to the right, you’ll find Minty’s sock, a scrap of white/green on the ground. (See next section.)

      • To the left are the disappearing platforms. You can stop these with a timeshift and easily get across with your souped-up jump. Watch out for cockatrices.

      • To find Dr. Whooves, cross the vanishing platforms, continue right, up a big hill, and go left at hilltop, crossing to a flat area. Hey, TARDIS!

        • If you go left and down the hill that leads to Dr. Whooves’ ledge, and keep going left forever, eventually you’ll arrive at the ascending platforms that lead back up to the Cave Entrance—or you’ll arrive at Molar #1, if you’ve overshot. This is an easier way to get to Dr. Whooves, if you don’t want to deal with the vanishing platforms.

      Saving Minty. From Minty’s sock, fall into the gap directly to the right of the sock. You’ve found Minty!

      • Beat the guard (easiest way is spinhitting). (Note that you can jump onto the broken pillars, but that he can also (sometimes) reach you up there.)

      • Grab the key. When you’re done, you’ll teleport back up to where you found the sock.

      Boss Hill. From Minty’s sock, continue right until you get to another big hill. Climb it—there will be three total skeleton ponies stationed up there. Keep going up. At the top, a flat ledge and a little green dragon. Go right. At the far end: sign says "Boss". Jump in. At the bottom, go right into another cave entrance.

      Boss 1

      Boss 1 is Ursa Minor.

      • It's mostly transparent: only the eyes, teeth, and claws are solid. Focus on these. The transparent parts won't hurt you. (Also, Clock Up doesn’t help us much here—it resets after every hit.)

      • General strategy:

      • Jump-X before it starts roaring to bonk it on the nose/eyes (you can also experiment with swinging the tootbrush handle using up/down arrows+X). That makes it rear in pain and back up, revealing its belly (only place that takes damage).

        • Spin-attack, or jump forward attacking (jump-X), avoiding claws and teeth. Back up as you hit, because Ursa shuffles forward while standing.

        • After it takes enough damage, Ursa rolls onto its back. You can't do damage now. Just watch out for its claws--when it comes back down on all fours, try to jump to avoid being smashed by its claws/teeth.

        • One possible rhythm: immediately run toward Ursa, bonk its eyes, run forward as it rears up and hit its belly then quickly start backing up, still hitting. When it rolls onto its back, aim to stand just a hair outside of its rear haunch, so when it gets up you don’t get smashed under its feet. (This takes some tweaking.) Jump toward its belly as it gets back up; then repeat (bonk eyes, etc.).

      Boss 2

      Boss 2 is Ursa Major. (Twilight Sparkle moment, anyone?)

      • Watch out for those claws.

      • Camera pans backward. Ignore it. You need to start running to the right as soon as you can, jumping up onto the stones and ledges before Ursa Major sweeps them away with a single swipe.

      • Stay ahead of her, get high enough to reach/leap into her mouth. This is a good thing!

      • Once you're in the mouth, use X to attack/scrub the rotten molars at either end before the mouth closes. (Finally, a use for the up-arrow!)

        • Spin-attack isn't the most helpful here, it’s too slow.

        • Poke the uvula to keep the mouth open longer if you need to.

        Ta-da!

      Extras

      Ancient Shrine/Mana boost. To get to the shrine, you need to freeze the flock of cockatrices flying toward you to form a stair to a ledge high on your right.

      • Start charging your clock up as soon as you can as you walk into the cave. (Walk no further than the intro animation forces you to.) Let it go about half a second after you reach full. You won’t see the cockatrices at this point; they’re offscreen to your right.

      • Go right and try to jump up the cockatrices to the ledge. Adjust timing as needed. Sooner or later you'll figure it out...

      • Once you get to the ledge, keep platforming up until you see it (can't miss). X to interact with the shrine. Hello, superfast mana recharge! (Goodbye, green apples. :( )

      Annoy Zecora. Unless you're toothpaste, just standing outside Zecora's door doesn't do anything. But if you jump-X to knock, she'll answer. Keep bugging her—it goes on for a while—until she realizes that nothing rhymes with “orange.”

      Toothpaste warrior. If you haven't bought the Magical Tooth amulet, you can find some poison joke, turn into toothpaste, and complete extra-minty versions of the missions (save Minty, talk to Derpy, talk to Dr. Whooves). Dr. Whooves and Minty will each turn you back to normal pony.

      Turning into stone. If you're toothpaste and you touch a cockatrice, you turn to stone. Shake it off by jumping/X.

      Jet pack. I am told that if you press numerals 1-8 at Trixie's store, you can bring up items that you can't otherwise scroll to, like Jet Pack (#5). Haven't been able to get this to work, but passing it on.

    Cutie Marks/Achievements

    (Thanks to the discussion thread at ponychan!)

    Blue Maple Leaf ("Never Give Up"): beat game with a whole lot of dying (in other words, the Canadian Pony award)

    Three wrapped candies ("I Didn't Put These in My Bag"): don't buy anything from Trixie (apparently Bon Bon didn't, either)

    Stopwatch ("Clockwise"): beat game without using Clock Up

    Starman ("Invincible"): beat game without taking any damage

    Captain Scarlet: beat game without dying.

    Mega Man ("Master Platformer"): get across the Vanishing Platforms

    Three mints ("Minty Fresh Heroine"): save Minty

    "Tube of Pure Awesome": save Minty as a toothpaste tube (you have to really do it--doesn’t count if you die in the guard battle and turn back into pony, then save her)

    Sonic screwdriver ("Plot Device"): talk to Dr. Whooves as toothpaste (he turns you back to a pony with it).

    Red apple ("Healthy Eater"): eat lots of red apples.

    Green apple ("Magically Delicious"): eat lots of green apples.

    Three apples ("Fu- Forget You Ah Can Eat All These Apples"): eat a whooole lot of apples, period.

    Tooth ("Dedicated Dentist"): polish all five stone molars. Brushie brushie!

    Crossed-out scroll ("No Poet's Society"): knock on Zecora's door until she gets to “orange” and can’t rhyme it.

    Compass ("Archaeologist"): Go up the cockatrice ladder to the ancient shrine. (see Extras in Walkthrough, above.)

    Pony silhouette/statue ("Me Got Kicked in the Head Backstage"): Touch a cockatrice while toothpaste, so you fall into a gap as stone.

    (Note: Sprague has said there are 17 achievements, with perhaps more additions; here are 16 that have been found so far.)

    Endings

    All endings begin with the same couple scenes of very nice animation. (Does Colgate fulfill her dreams and open her very own dental clinic? You bet she does.) But at final scene (depicting dental clinic opening), they diverge charmingly, depending on what you’ve done before finishing your quest.

      1. “It’s all thanks to you!” (Talk to neither Dr. Whooves nor Derpy—or talk to them but without reading the letter.) Colgate breaks the fourth wall at the clinic opening, to which Pinkie objects.
      2. “The Most Punctual Receptionist Ever!” (Don’t talk to Dr. Whooves, but talk to Derpy and read the letter.) Colgate runs into Minuette before the clinic opening and hires her on the spot, after warning her to definitely send the resume tomorrow lest she cause a paradox.
      3. “Derpy Knows What She’s Doing!” (Talk to both Dr. Whooves and Derpy, including reading the letter.) Dr. Whooves and Derpy chat at the clinic opening,.
      4. "A strange object that fell from space." (Complete the game after talking to Dr. Whooves AND either talking to Derpy as toothpaste, or not talking to Derpy.) Dr. Whooves and Colgate wonder where Derpy could’ve gotten to, since she was never found. Then Derpy reappears…and does what Derpy does to new buildings.

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    Rygar Author Profile Page • January 9, 2013 9:29 PM

    Okay, I jumped off the ledge before the first boss (the one with the sign on it), & now the game seems to have frozen on a mainly empty screen (except for the status bar & point readout). What gives?

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    tigerlilymaynard Author Profile Page • February 4, 2013 7:29 PM

    i was playing before, lost my game, and thought about how i kept getting lost in the cave. When i restarted my game, i bought the map, but idk how to use it

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