; edited by: Simon Hill
; updated: 5/25/2012
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Doodle Jump may be a top-selling game, but that doesn't mean it's the easiest experience to master. Should you rush to the top and go nuts or be slow and methodical? Read our Doodle Jump tips and tricks guide to find out!
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Doodle Jump? I need Doodle Help!
Doodle Jump is one of the top selling games of all time, as far as the app store and the iPhone is concerned. It has sold millions of copies and continues to do well, even with larger and perhaps more impressive titles available. In our Doodle Jump review, we covered the ups and downs of Doodle Jump and just what the game has to offer. Still, if you happen to be one of the lucky many to pick up Doodle Jump, either at our recommendation or previously, you may be looking for just a little more help in maximizing your potential.
That's why we're back with a Tips and Tricks guide for all you Doodle Jump addicts out there. In this guide we'll cover the basic, and not so basic, game mechanics and give you a few tips to really get the most from your experience. Let's begin!
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Basic Mechanics & Tips
As our review states, Doodle Jump uses one of the most basic game mechanics ever devised; you simply jump and your score goes up. Your character, affectionately known as the "Doodler" uses a number of different kinds of platforms to proceed higher and higher in the game world. If you fail to land on a platform, or if you are touched by any of the enemies scattered about, the game is over. How can such a basic formula be mastered?
Take It Slow - Despite making you feel as though the world is coming to an end, the actual Doodle Jump experience is not timed in any way. This is a very good thing, as taking your time will ensure you make the correct jumps and deal with enemies in a logical manner, rather than just plowing headlong into destruction.
Platforms Are Your Friends - Well, not all of them. Some of the platforms in the game are not static, and will move, disappear or blow up as you play. The platforms that you want to spend the most time with are the static ones. When you see a stationary platform this is your cue to take a moment to collect yourself and plan your next move. During the early parts of the game there are many stationary platforms, but towards the upper tiers they become scarce, so use them while you can.
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The Infinite Loop - Your Doodle Jump play field is actually an infinite loop. This means that if you go off of one side of the screen you will reappear on the other side, at the same height and at the same speed as when you left the screen originally. This can be very helpful when a static platform is just on the edge of the screen, as it can be used to launch yourself up and into the opposite side. Make sure you have your move planned out before attempting this, as it can be tricky to master.
Safe Shooting - Your Doodler has a weapon to dispatch the bad guys, a projectile shooter. This is controlled by touch, and if you touch the screen your character will fire in that general direction. What many people don't know is that if you touch the screen below the Doodler, he will still fire upwards, and in the direction you touched, even though you touched the bottom of the play field. This is helpful because it allows the player to dispatch enemies without disorienting themselves by touching the screen and blocking the action.