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Getting Started– The game starts on the Castle Vicinity and you get introduced to Prof. Pinfeathers (the Crow). Each new day in the Castle starts at midnight GMT, so it will vary based on your time zone. When the new day rolls, you are presented with 3 gift boxes….you choose 1 and will receive coins, a diamond, or a unique stamp. These “gifts” are presented in increasing increments up to 5 days. Then it reverts back to the 50 coin increment:
50 coins / 1 diamond / 1 unique stamp
200 coins / 1 diamond / 1 unique stamp
500 coins / 2 diamonds / 1 unique stamp
800 coins / 2 diamonds / 1 unique stamp
1500 coins / 5 diamonds / 1 unique stamp
Prof. Pinfeathers will always be on the left of your screen with quests for you to follow. This is how you advance (level up) in the game.
As you progress in the game, you will periodically be presented with messages that you need to download the next part to continue. This is to accommodate those players who have a slow Internet connection, or have a limit to the amount of data they can download each day. It CAN be a bit annoying to be “into” the game only to be delayed a few minutes while the next “chunk” downloads to your device. However, if you have a strong Internet connection or no monthly data limit, you can download the entire game and it will just continue to play out until you reach the maximum game content that has been released (that is currently at Level 78, with 2470/6240 experience points toward the next level). If you want to download the full game content…..click on your gear in the upper right corner of your game, then select “Download Full Content.” It will tell you the size of the remaining content and you can either accept that download or X out of the screen.
Please try (it will be difficult) to go through the game at a steady, slow pace. There currently is no place to go once you reach game content end, so there is no real hurry to get there. Take time to enjoy all the animation and amazing graphics the Developers have incorporated into the scenes. And, take time to read the content above the Prof. Pinfeathers character quests because: As you advance in the game, the characters move around. The scenes also change, and reading the storyline will help explain some of these movements/changes.
However, if you forget to read as you go along, whitebutterfly54 created a marvelous document detailing the whole story line. She has graciously created a copy for this site and it includes pictures!!!! (See the "Midnight Castle Storyline" thread in this folder.)
User Interface – Some of the items will show on all locations/pages/rooms as you advance in the game. The Gnome will always be toward the bottom on the left of the screen……your pet will always be on the bottom left……The goal, inventory, laboratory, map will present along the bottom right of your screen. And just above these icons will be a “pull out” icon where you will see the icons for private room, tournaments, castle challenges, social (friends), mini-events, and amulets. During the Seasonal events, your Ghost Book, Snow Globe Album, or Egg Album will also be published to this area.
Some significant milestones:
Level 3: The Fortune Wheel (Castle Entry) is available
Level 4: Get Beginner’s pack with 10 diamonds; Gentleman and Lady avatars are unlocked
Level 4: Mini-Event feature is unlocked
Level 4: The Dice Table (in Tavern) is available
Level 5: Game directs you to open the Airship Tower -- of note, it CAN be opened earlier
Level 5: You will be introduced to the “Laboratory”
Level 6: Just John arrives to introduce the friends aspect of the game
Level 7: You get your first pet, Griffin (all others must either be crafted or achieved)
Level 8: You can now participate in Tournaments (currently this feature is disabled)
Level 9: The Amulet feature is introduced
Level 10: Daily Quest Gnome and Castle Challenges are available
Level 11: Puzzle feature is unlocked
Level 13: Trina and the private room are available
Hidden-Object Puzzles – These are the “scenes” or the main object of the game. You open the scenes to find the objects hidden in plain sight. There are “levels” to each scene…..the first time you open it, there will be 6 items to find. Gradually, more items will be listed for you to find, with a maximum of 22 items displayed.
As of June 13, 2016, update, there were 8 “levels” to each room:
*0 - 75,000 -- 6 items -- 10 coin -- 30 sec recharge -- enter early for free ----Note: Silhouette Mode is unlocked at 75,000 -- Bonus: 20 coins when level up
*75,001 - 150,000 -- 6 items -- 10 coin -- 90 sec recharge -- enter early for free ---- Note: Mirror Mode is unlocked at 150,000 -- Bonus: 30 coins when level up
*150,001 - 200,000 -- 8 items -- 11 coin -- 2 min recharge -- enter early for free ---- Note: ++Night Mode unlocked at 200,000 -- Bonus: 40 coins when level up
*200,001 - 250,000 -- 10 items -- 13 coin -- 2 min; 30 sec recharge -- enter early for free -- Bonus: 50 coins when level up
*250,001 - 500,000 -- 12 items -- 15 coin -- 5 min recharge -- enter early for 1 diamond -- Bonus: 100 coins when level up
*500,001 - 2,500,000 -- 14 items -- 20 coin -- 10 min recharge -- enter early for 2 diamonds -- Bonus: 150 coins when level up
*2,500,001 - 10,000, 000 -- 18 items -- 30 coin -- 30 min recharge -- enter early for 3 diamonds -- Bonus: 200 coins when level up
*10,000,001 is max amount -- 22 items -- 50 coin -- 1 hr recharge -- enter early for 5 diamonds
++Some people were physically bothered by the night mode feature of the game. The developers have allowed you to disable this feature by clicking on the gear at the top of your game page. Select “Additional Settings” then select the amber box next to “disable night mode” to put a check mark in the box and disable the feature. Click x in the upper right corner to close the boxes.
When you complete the scene, the Leaderboard or Statistics screen will show your score, your ranking in the player list, how far you are toward the max level, your coin reward, and what you have found. Your placement in the leader list does not impact your progress in the game. It is provided so you can see how you fair in relation to your friends on your social page. There are only 6 places that show, so if 5 of your friends have higher scores than you do, you will be in 6th place.
You can choose to go as fast as you can to find the objects, hoping to level up faster and get more coins. You can choose to go very, very slowly to stretch out the time it takes you to find things to slow down the leveling up so you can return to the room sooner. Or, you can do a combination of both. There is no right or wrong way to approach this ….. it is purely your own personal strategy.
Additional note about the "scoring" on the Leaderboard: When you are in the HOS, there is a slider bar at the top left of the screen. As you find the items, the indicator on the bar will move toward the left. To get a high score, you would want to find the items in a rhythmical manner so the slider bar does not completely go away (and the bar slides faster as you get toward the end of the item collection). You also need to find the items quickly......so a good score is a combination of rhythm and speed.
When you complete the HOS, you will receive coins (amount will depend on your level within the HOS), an airship item, and one of the following: 15 coins, shard, HOS item. Sometimes when completing the HOS, you will also receive a bag of pet food, a stamp, or a Gift for a Friend. Sometimes you will also receive an Energy Unit. Because the HOS is the source for your airship items, stamps, and pet food, it is important to visit them frequently to get these items.
The speed with which you complete the HOS has no bearing on what you receive (item, coin, shard) upon completion.
In addition to the HOSs on each location, you will also be opening other areas that are called Zoom Zones. These are areas that you use various HOS items to open and get another item from inside. Further into the game, some of the Zoom Zones (ZZ) will require one or more item located in a ZZ to open it. For instance, the Astral Lamp is one of the first ZZs you open in the game. It opens with a Winged Amulet (found in the Broken Carriage). Inside, you will find: Obsidian Whirlwind, Demonic Ring, Dragon’s Fang. The Dragon’s Fang is one of the items needed to open the Wooden Panel (ZZ) in the Elvyn Forest – Tree Top.
Several threads were created for where you could find objects, how much is each object worth, how many coins or shards you could get from crafted items, and a listing of all the interactive items in all the HOSs. Most of these threads have been copied and moved to this new location.
Questing – There are several types of quests in the game as you level up……they will be listed in the order in which they show up in the game:
**Prof. Pinfeathers quests – This is how you “level up” in the game. Prof. Pinfeathers will send you to various characters to assist them with finding items or crafting items. As you complete these quests, you receive coins and “experience points” that move you up within the levels. Initially, the levels go quite quickly and are very inexpensive. However, as you advance in the game, they become more complex and cost you lots of coins and inventory to complete.
**Daily Quests – These are the “Gnome” quests and they are explained in more detail further along in this Guide….under the heading The Archivist
**Trina’s Quests – Trina was introduced after the developers created their Tips and Tricks, so she is not addressed by them on that site. These quests will be explained later in the section titled Trina and the Private Room
**Side Quests – These are introduced in the game at Level 68/69. To avoid confusion, they will be discussed at the place in the Character Quest listing where they enter the game play.These are addressed in more detail when you get to Level 69 in the questing list.
The most important thing to remember about the various quest types is that only the Prof. Pinfeather quests will enable you to level up within the game. The Daily Quests, Trina’s Quest, and (to some degree) the Side Quests are purely optional and can be ignored.
Unlocks – At various stages in the game, you will be presented with a “bubble” indicating that an area/item needs to be unlocked. Sometimes only coins are required; sometimes you must be at a certain level; sometimes you need to be at a certain level, pay a designated amount of coins, AND provide an item from the game. These bubbles are presented so you will know that there is an area coming up where you will need a boatload of coins and possibly an item.
While you CAN click on the bubble when you have met the criteria, I have found that the game will go more smoothly if you patiently wait for the game to direct you to that area. Players frequently post that they are having problems opening an area when it turns out that they were trying to click on a bubble before the game sends them there. It is only natural to want to open a new area as soon as you can because the graphics in this game are absolutely amazing. But, learning patience early will go a long way to dispelling frustration.
Also, by opening one of these bubbles before the game directs you, you may run out of coins to continue with your current quests.
Crafting Items and Pets – As stated earlier, the Laboratory becomes available/is introduced at Level 5. On the left side of the page, you will see a listing of “Items” that can be crafted. Initially, some will be locked. As the game progresses and you level up, these items will be unlocked and made available to you. The right side of the screen will let you know what is required for crafting that item. Sometimes, an item will be unlocked, but will bear a ? in one of the fields. That just means that the HOS or Zoom Zone (ZZ) in which this item is found has not been made available to you.
When you have found all the components and click on the “get” button, circles will pop out on each side of the item you are crafting. Most of the items displayed in these bonus circles are “eye candy.” The only bonus items you will receive are coins, pet food, stamp, crystal ball, wand, lightning flash, or diamond. The amount of coins you receive increases in increments of 3 coins as you level up in the game. On Level 5, your bonus coin bundle is 12 coins. Level 6 yields 15 coins; Level 7 yields 18 coins, etc. until at the current max Level of 95, you receive 282 coins in your bonus bundle.
(The crystal ball, wand, and lightning flash are considered HOS "hints." The crystal ball will show you the location of every item in the scene. The wand will collect all six of the items listed to find. The lightning flash will revert the scene back to "normal.")
Also, on the left side, you will see another tab next to “Items” that will be a paw print. If you click on this tab, the pets available to be crafted will be displayed. As with the items, when you click on a particular pet, it will show you on the right side what components are necessary to craft that pet.
As stated earlier, Griffin (your first pet) is given to you at the beginning of Level 7. However, the remaining pets must be earned or crafted. So, not all pets are “crafted.” Most of the pet eggs come from the Fortune Wheel; friends can also gift one to you. But, you can get 4 of the pet eggs by completing a particular level of an achievement:
Egg for Flap-Eared Puppy -- Steer Clear, Level 2
Egg for Gold-Bearing Turtle -- Lucky One, Level 3
Egg for Hopping Tiger -- Dragon Fighter, Level 2
Egg for Pink Piggy -- Breadwinner, Level 2
Some pets have “eggs” and some do not. Some are regular/original pets, and some are seasonal pets. Also, there are 4 “exclusive” pets that become available when you reach Level 69 in the game. (These will be discussed when listing the character quests for that level.)