Level 1 Analysis

By InfiariaInfiaria Last updated

There are six symbols in the game:
→ (Red symbol)
↓ (Blue symbol)
Λ (Green symbol)
V (Yellow symbol)
֍(Lightning - clears one symbol off each ghost on screen and used at the end of the final boss sequence)
Note I can't find a Unicode character for lightning but you know what it looks like.
♥ (Heart - restores one heart)

Every level has a set of waves. The next wave appears when all the ghosts in the current wave are dead. However, some waves have timings so ghosts at a certain time - there's no way to speed this up. (a quite clear example of this is in Stage 2 before the boss) Therefore, you should focus on the last ghost(s) of a wave to get a good time. As general advice, you should just spam the symbol that comes next (you can look at this guide) and then read the rest.

The first ghost(s) in a wave is named Ghost 0.0s. If ghost(s) comes at a set time after these first ghost(s), it will be named after their respective times (e.g. Ghost 0.5s, Ghost 1.0s). These times are rounded to the nearest 1/10s due to awkward 30FPS recording. After you clear a wave, it takes 1.7±1.0s for the ghost(s) of the next wave to appear, whose level depends on certain stages, being hit by the last ghost, and if there is an upcoming boss.

I also recommend you play the game several times before reading this - that way you don't have to look at the reference every step of the way.

[Tutorial]
Wave 1
Ghost 0.0s: →

Wave 2
Ghost 0.0s: ↓

Notes:
¤ Should be self-explanatory.

[Level 1]
Wave 1
Ghost 0.0s: →
Ghost 0.8s: ↓
Ghost 1.6s: →
Strategy: →↓

Wave 2
Ghost 0.0s: ↓
Ghost 0.0s: →
Ghost 0.0s: ↓
Strategy: →↓

Wave 3
Ghost 0.0s: Λ
Ghost 0.4s: →
Ghost 0.8s: V
Ghost 1.2s: ↓
Strategy: Λ→V↓

Wave 4
Ghost 0.0s: →↓
Ghost 0.5s: ↓Λ→
Strategy: →↓Λ→

Wave 5
Ghost 0.0s: ↓
Ghost 0.0s: ↓
Ghost 0.3s: Λ
Ghost 0.3s: Λ
Ghost 0.7s: →
Ghost 0.7s: →
Ghost 1.0s: V
Ghost 1.0s: V
Strategy: ↓Λ→V

Wave 6
Same as Wave 5

Boss
Stage 1: Λ→Λ↓ Λ→Λ↓
Stage 2: V→Λ→ V→Λ→
Stage 3: ↓→↓→→↓

Notes:
• The music cuts out if you skip the cutscene too fast. (at least on my PC)
• It takes 0.6s for the Level 1 boss to transition from one stage for the next.
• The time it takes to draw the final symbol to first ghosts appearing in Stage 2 is 18.6s.
• tSu_nAmi's mod note is no longer applicable now 😱

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