Since getting our games all in our newly converted garage into a dedicated game room, I’ve spent more time with our games. Today, after several years of trying - I finally melted her. Ding dong, the witch is dead.
I’ve been so close on many, many occasions (1 or 2 shots) away; but, it always felt like luck instead of any bit of skill that got me there.
Since the new room was put into service and it required all of the games to be re-leveled (and some the steepness increased), I took this opportunity to relearn many of the games in my collection. WoZ has proven to be no different. Previously, my tactic for Battle the Wicked Witch was all about getting the balls immediately under control and then trying to be very meticulous with my shots. While I felt that my time in the battle mode was decent, a bad sling bounce or hit off of the Glinda target would be my undoing.
Since the new room move, my re-evaluation of my tactics caused me to realize that although I could potentially lengthen the elapsed time in the mode cradling up right away - I was wasting the potential of the ball saver. So, I adjusted my style to immediately take whatever I had in play and try to hit as many shots as I could.
This seemed to be making a difference as in the last several days, I have been within 2-3 shots several times. Today, I played exactly 3 games. Game one got to 2 shots away. Game two was a bust. Game three… started great. Got to the witch on my last ball and got to the last shot and proceeded to miss the shot off the right playfield and hit too late and the ball went into the forest. Needless to say, I was frustrated and decided to refocus. I took a deep breath and started to chop away again.
Still on my last ball, I got Rescue MB going (still the hardest of the 4 requirements for me to get consistently because of the loop resets of the target). With Rescue MB going, got the locks for Emerald City and then with it running, got Munchkin. Then it was just a matter of Fireball and the next thing I knew - she was lit again.
This time, I got 3 shots out of the way all before the ball saver was off. Then got things under control and hit the last requirement and then kept my cool as it took 3x of Castle locking before I could get a clean shot up the ramp. I then missed again too late on the shot. Locked up on the castle and this time, a clean ramp shot and a conscious “shoot early” mandate in my mind made all the difference.
So, this was my journey to the easy wizard mode. Now, I can aim a bit higher and shoot for the rainbow.
If anyone else is struggling out there - stay with it. It’s obtainable. Just keep plugging away.
I still need to get better with hitting the crystal ball and throne room. I also need to finally solve where I’m getting all my air balls on the ramp. Some are from Glinda; but, others are I think from the right side. I’ll need to get the phone out on high frame rate on a tripod and see if I can capture it and fix it once and for all.
What an amazing game. It’s still rewarding after all this time. There is nothing like stacking a few modes and watching the points come exponentially.