Islands

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The title screen for Islands

Islands is a multiplayer minigame in Game & Wario for the Wii U. The game can have up to five players, all sharing the GamePad having to fight for the highest score. The stages feature Fronks as the main (and the only playable) characters.

Gameplay[edit]

The minigame supports 2-5 players. The players can choose the color Fronks at the start. They obtain a random color of Fronks from the following: Blue, Red, Green (from 3 players onward), Yellow (from 4 players onward), and Purple (only with 5 players). The order is randomly chosen at the start, but after the first turn, the one with most most points start first, the second in place plays second and so on. There are four different stages. The player's five Fronks are all launched at the same time. The number of turns, though, vary from the number of players. if there are five players, they have three round; if they are three or four, there are four rounds, while a two-player match compries five rounds. It is impossible to play only as one player (though one can play as more characters). The Fronks are supposed to remain in the platforms and not move at all in the future, though, if an external force makes them move, the score may increase or decrease depending on where the Fronk is (if they land in water, they are lost forever and are worth 0 points).

Amount of Turns for Number of Players[edit]

The number of turns vary from the number of players.

  • Five players mean three rounds.
  • Three or four players mean four rounds.
  • Two players mean five rounds.

Also, there can't be one player, unless the single player plays as more characters.

Obstacles[edit]

Falling islands[edit]

Sometimes, when an island has too many Fronks amassed in one place, it will dangerously incline, causing Fronks very close to the water to fall down. The island can either return normal when it gets more balanced or completely collapse, and the color of the Fronk who make it fall is automatically in last place, ending the whole game (in this case, the precedent points are counted as all Fronks will be in the water).

Seagull[edit]

In Seagull, the seagull is the main hazard in all the stages, causing various problems to the Fronks (or even helping them) depending of what it does. The seagull thus adds suspense and luck to the game. The seagull usually acts when all the players have launched.

Hazards in Roulette Rock[edit]

Bonus Roulette: The seagull usually drops this after the first turn, first with a ?. When a Fronk touches the section of where it is, it will spin around the island, likely dropping the Fronks in water through the process. When it stops, the display of it will spin, causing to the section where it stands to double (x2) or even quadrupling (x4) its value or dividing it by an half (x½). It never passes on the 30-points zone, thus making that section the safest.

Fronk management: The seagull may take a Fronk and release it in water, thus making it worth 0 points.

Hazards in Arrow Atoll[edit]

Fronk management: The seagull may take a Fronk and release it in water, thus making it worth 0 points, or dropping a random colored Fronk in a random island, thus making it move.

Hazards in Tippy Tower[edit]

Special cage: Usually at the first turn, the seagull drops a liquid in a cage, making it worth 100 points (10 times higher). The hole placed up to it has now a golden flag nearby, signaling to get there to get a lot of points.

Fronk management: The seagull may drop a random colored Fronk in the island, thus making it incline dangerously.

Hazards in Salty Scales[edit]

Fronk management: The seagull may take a Fronk and release it in water, thus making it worth 0 points, or dropping a random colored Fronk in a random scale. The balance will then vary.

Stages[edit]

There are four unique stages. While the gameplay is the same, there are different ways to score better.

Roulette Block[edit]

“A revoloving island that tests both skill and luck.”
Stage description

For a list of hazards regarding this stage, go here.

Roulette Rock

This stage is a round platform that comprises various sections of various points. Four big sections are worth 10 points, marked by a light blue color. Two other slightly thinner sections are orange, worth 50 points. Other two very thin sections are purple and worth 100 points. For a safe shot, the player can aim to the middle, which is deep blue and worth 30 points. The platform moves around, making harder to center the high-points sections.

Arrow Atoll[edit]

“A set of islands that bumps the action in new directions.”
Stage description

For a list of hazards regarding this stage, go here.

Arrow Atoll

In this stage there are four little platforms (the player hasn't to care about balancing) that are all worth 10 points at the start. There is a red arrow printed on them that slowly spins stationary with the island: when a Fronk lands on an island, the arrow will stop. When all the launched Fronks landed somewhere, the islands touched (usually one) will emit a strange sound and move. When an island hits something or gets hit, its value will change randomly like a roulette from 10, 30, 50, or 100 points.

Tippy Tower[edit]

“A wobble island designed to really shake things up.”
Stage description

For a list of hazards regarding this stage, go here.

Tippy Tower

This island is very dangerous to manage, and will likely collapse in a turn or two, so the players have to be careful. The islands have three floors (the highest being the smaller) which score may automatically vary from 30 to 50 to 100 (score can't be changed) and three little cages, one in the middle floor and two in the lowest, worth 10 points. The players usually are safe in these. The island will always dangerously incline, and too many Fronks in one place means total collapse.

Salty Scales[edit]

“A balanced island perfect for back-and-forth battles.”
Stage description

For a list of hazards regarding this stage, go here.

Salty Scales

This island is unique in its gender. The players has to balance the number of Fronks in every side (how many Fronks are in both platforms is shown at the top) to vary the value of the platforms. For preventing amassing Fronks, the platforms are donut-shaped. The score varies as the following:

  • 5-7 Fronks of difference: 10 the left, 100 the right
  • 1-4 Fronk(s) of difference: 50 the left, 30 the right
  • 0 Fronks of difference: both 0 (white zone)
  • At least 8 Fronks of difference: The lower zone's Fronks will go in water. The balance then returns at 5 Fronks of difference automatically.

The player may choose instead to launch them in a little beach at the base of the building, always worth 10 points, which is completely safe.

Trivia[edit]

  • The sound that makes after touching another platform in Arrow Atoll is the bell sound that the cow bells make in Moo Moo Meadows.