Since the game has basically no manual and the hint rarely shows up I figured I'd ask here:
How do you use the "proper" function of the Hot Rod (which is a speed boost, then at the end, a wave attack), almost every time I try to use it, the wave just comes out automatically. I've only done it "properly" twice and I have no idea how I did it.
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The item automatically boosts you once you use it, so don't hold down the item button. Now see the gauge on the back of it? When the arrow is in the red, hit the item button again (mine's set to X) and it'll release the wave of destruction! Don't wait too long, because it'll fizzle out and cause you to slow down.
Hope this helps!
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Press the item button to equip it and get the boost of speed. Press it again to detonate it, but if you wait too long, you slow down a bunch. No need to press the button quickly, unless you want to use it as a bomb rather than a speed boost...AND a bomb.
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It always blows up for me after one touch (this seems to happen to the AI as well). Maybe this is another bug in version 1.1 of the game?
Do you mean like right away?
The hot rot has a heat gauge on it, when it get's all the way around, past red, it blows up. If you hit the item button again any time while you're getting a boost, but before it blows up, it will blow up but you won't slow down. So what you do is activate it, wait till the gauge gets to the red, then use it again before it slows you down.