Kiko Match II

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NP Ratio: 0.41
1230 pts :: 1000 NP

Introduction

Kiko Match II is a matching game. The rules are very simple: flip over the cards two at a time and try to find a match. You must find all the matches before time runs out.

Instructions and Controls

Click the card to flip it over. You can keep it flipped over as long as you want, but after you flip another card over, they will hide their images again in a moment, and you'll have to click them again if you want to look at them once more.

Types of Cards

There are ten Kiko types in the game (see the picture below):

Kiko Match Cards

Each Kiko type can appear with any of the following background colors: blue, red, yellow or green. (In fact, there are only 6 Kiko types that can have a green background, but the other colors appear with all ten types during the gameplay.) Thus, there are 36 possible matches in total, and you'll have to find them all in the last level. It seems to be a lot, but it's not so hard, actually.

Levels

Level Time Limit Number of Pairs Pair Types
1 10 seconds 2 pairs 2 blue
2 15 seconds 3 pairs 3 blue
3 20 seconds 4 pairs 4 blue
4 25 seconds 6 pairs 6 blue
5 30 seconds 8 pairs 8 blue
6 55 seconds 10 pairs 10 blue
7 70 seconds 12 pairs 10 blue
2 red
8 85 seconds 15 pairs 10 blue
5 red
9 105 seconds 18 pairs 10 blue
8 red
10 155 seconds 21 pairs 10 blue
10 red
1 yellow
11 175 seconds 24 pairs 10 blue
10 red
4 yellow
12 205 seconds 28 pairs 10 blue
10 red
8 yellow
13 255 seconds 32 pairs 10 blue
10 red
10 yellow
2 green
14 255 seconds 36 pairs 10 blue
10 red
10 yellow
6 green

*Note: The numbers in the last column indicate the quantity of pairs with each background color in that level. For example, "10 blue, 10 red, 4 yellow" means that there are 10 pairs of cards with a blue background, 10 pairs with a red background, and 4 pairs with a yellow one.

Strategies

There are several different strategies you can use to score well in Kiko Match II. Test out each of the strategies and see what works best for you!

Eliminate by background color

You can't use this strategy in levels 1-6, because all the cards there have a blue background. But when you get to level 7, there will be some cards with a red background. To use this strategy, quickly click all the cards one by one, looking for the ones with the red background, and memorize where those are and what types of Kiko they have on them. When you find them all, match them to eliminate them from the game field, and then continue matching the ones with the blue background, just like in earlier levels. When choosing which color to start with, pick the one with the fewest number of pairs in that level. For example, in level 10, start with searching for the yellow cards, because there are only two of them to find. Then you can move on to either blue or red, because they both have 10 pairs of them.

Eliminate by Kiko type

This strategy is similar to the first one, but this time you search for a certain Kiko type instead of the background color. Click the first card and see what Kiko type it has, for example, the sad yellow one. Then, click each card one by one searching for other cards that have the same Kiko type (the sad yellow one) and match them. After that, choose another type and continue.

Eliminate by background color and type

This strategy combines the previous two. Choose a number of cards your memory can hold. Usually it's four or five, or maybe a bit more, depending on how good your memory is. Let's say you chose four. Click the first four cards and memorize what they are, including both the Kiko type and the background color it has. Then start clicking the remaining cards one by one, looking for the same ones you've memorized. After you've found all four and matched them, open the next four ones and continue.

Tips

  • Set the game quality to "low." It will help the game run faster, saving you precious seconds.
  • Choose your game size wisely. Each game size has advantages and disadvantages. Playing on "small" is saves time because you need less time to move the cursor around the game field, but you can have trouble understanding what card it is if you have a high screen resolution and/or your sight isn't that good. Playing on "large" helps you see things better, but you need more time to move the cursor from one card to another. Find out which works best for you by trying different window sizes.
  • Turn animation off. It will also make the game run a bit faster.

Game code/Glitch warning

There is a code, "ineedmoretime", which typically adds 15 seconds to the current level time limit. You can use this code once per game. Sometimes, on very rare occasions, this code gives more time. It's random, and you can get up to 2,000 seconds of extra time! (This is according to what some people claimed during the Daily Dare 2008, when Kiko Match was the game of the day.) That is how people get scores like 1,500 and trophies. No one knows for sure whether it's a glitch or not, so to be safe you may want to stop playing if you get more than 15 additional seconds after using the code. Getting the trophy is sure tempting, but keeping your account safe is better than that, isn't it? :)

Conclusion

Kiko Match II isn't hard. It just requires concentration. Remember, practice makes perfect! You'll master this game soon enough!

Written by Niki
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