FAQ by raymath

Version: 4 | Updated: 04/29/05 | Printable Version

Yoshi's Touch and Go FAQ  
by raymath

3/30/05 - Ver. 1
3/31/05 - Ver. 2 - wording change for what walls pop bubbles,
Enemies section added.
4/02/05 - Ver. 3 - All sections basically complete, barring corrections.
Added enemies I missed, clarified bubble popping further, 
added different types of bonus areas in Marathon mode,and the Bonuses 
section.  Egg capacity of the Yoshis added.  Added the Clouds section.
4/29/05 - Final - Added an enemy, info on additional colored Yoshis.

This is the final version of this FAQ, barring corrections or

Any questions, comments, suggestions or corrections may be directed
to: deathduelist@yahoo.com

Thanks to Jonathan Edwards for info on the additional Yoshis.

Table of Contents:

I. Introduction

	1. Overview
	2. Techniques

II. Gameplay Modes

	1. Score Attack
	2. Marathon
	3. Time Attack
	4. Challenge
	5. Versus

III. Miscellaneous

	1. Yoshis
	2. Bonuses
	3. Enemies
	4. Secrets

I. Introduction

1. Overview
	Depending on which mode you're playing, the objective of the game
changes slightly.  However, the basic premise is the same.  Navigate
Baby Mario and Yoshi through various traps and hazards, with only the
Touch Screen at your disposal.  Draw clouds to guide Baby Mario to
safety. Draw paths, leap, hover, stomp and throw eggs at enemies to
safely navigate the side scrolling area with Yoshi.

2. Techniques

a.  Egg aiming

	Shooting an egg is fairly simple.  Tap the Touch Screen and Yoshi
will launch an egg towards the crosshair.  Eggs will dislodge
floating fruit, pop bubbles, or destroy enemies.  Aim properly, and
you can hit multiple enemies with a single egg, garnering a bonus to
your score.  Hitting five objects at once is the minimum for a bonus.

	In Marathon mode, every several hundred miles you may encounter a
screen that is relatively free of objects in the lower screen, but
has multiple objects to hit in the upper screen.  Practice, and find
the best place to aim in order to hit the most number of objects.  

	Inclined ledges or walls can alter the direction of the egg.  E.g.,

* - coin
/ - wall


	Launching an egg straight at the third / will propel it upwards,
thus hitting all five coins at once.  

b. Bubbles

	Drawing a circle using the stylus will make a bubble.  If an enemy
is on the lower screen, it is generally better to encase it in a
bubble to save eggs.  Bubbles will also give bonuses easier than
shooting, requiring only 2 enemies encased in bubbles for the bonus. 
Coins and fruit do not count.  

	If a large coin or a piece of fruit is inaccessible, or you want it
right away, encase it in a bubble and drag it to Yoshi to immediately
collect or eat it.  

   Bubbles may be tossed in the Sky portion to the upper screen for 
Baby Mario to collect.  Bubbles will put him slightly off course when
hit, except bubbles containing a star.  
	Cloud-made bubbles will pop if touched by spiked enemies, certain 
surfaces, or Yoshi.  Surfaces include the little diagonal ledges that 
often appear in Challenge mode, the large leaves at the end of Sky 
portions, and others.

c. Super Baby Mario

	Collecting a star in the Sky stages of Time Attack or Challenge
will change Baby Mario into Super Baby Mario (SBM) for a short time. 
SBM is invincible and floats down faster.  Collecting another star as
SBM will extend the duration of the effect.

	On the Ground stages, you can get a star by collecting 100 points
in Marathon mode.  Yoshi will then disappear and you will control
SBM.  SBM behaves differently on the ground.  He runs very quickly,
and yu can tap him to make him jump.  You can also shoot an unlimited
amount of stars, which behave like eggs.  

	SBM will run across clouds, but when he reaches the end of a cloud
path, if there is no nearby cloud path he will run onto the bottom
part of the cloud path he is on.  Be sure to draw paths in advance
for SBM.  If SBM gets stuck behind a cloud wall for long enough, he
will blow away all clouds on screen, so be careful.

d. Enemies

	There are numerous types of enemies that you will encounter.  In
the Sky stage, three hits from an enemy will end the game, and on the
Ground only one hit will end your game.  Enemies have distinct
movement patterns.  Some just walk, or float.  Others will run/float
directly towards Baby Mario/Yoshi.  Most can be blocked in using
clouds, but some can break through them, so be wary.  Specific
information on enemies can be found in a following section.

	Eggs pass through some enemies, and stop at others.  Keep this in
mind when going for combos.

f. Clouds

	Clouds are your primary means of guiding both Baby Mario and Yoshi.
In the Sky portion, Baby Mario will slide along cloud paths you've 
drawn.  However, he will never be on the lower screen, so you need 
to predict his path and draw clouds to guide him accordingly.  He will
slide along a path, and go down whatever way it is sloping.  You can 
also draw clouds to block enemies' path.  

	On the Ground, Yoshi can use clouds as paths over gaps.  Block his 
way by drawing clouds like a wall in front of him.  Some enemies can
break through your cloud paths.  In a particular section of Marathon Mode, 
winds will randomly blow, blowing away your paths.  

	If Baby Mario or Yoshi gets stuck in a cloud nook for too long, the 
clouds will begin to break apart one at a time until they find a way 


II. Gameplay Modes

1. Score Attack

	The objective in this mode is to gain as many points as possible. 
Points you gain in the Sky Stage are part of the total score.  The
initial High Score for this mode is 300 points.

	The Score Attack stage, both Sky and Ground is the same every time
you play it, along with coin, enemy and fruit placement.  Practice
often to get the best score.

	The Sky stage is fairly easy to navigate.  Draw cloud paths along
the coin lines, avoid the spiked enemies, and bubble as many enemies
as you can.  

	The Ground stage has numerous opportunities for combos with egg
shooting, so look for the spots to shoot and aim carefully!  Most
people will not have to worry about running out of eggs in Score

2. Marathon

	Marathon is an 'endless' mode.  After guiding Baby Mario towards
the ground, you will progress the rest of the way as Yoshi.  Every
thousand yards, Baby Mario is passed onto a Yoshi of the succeeding
color, which means you will have a bigger egg capacity.  

	The placement of the various sections is random, though the
individual pieces of each section are static.  Think of it as a
jigsaw puzzle arranged differently each time you play.  Thus, you can
replay Marathon mode and practice navigating the stages, even if they
are somewhat random.

	As mentioned, every few hundred yards you will encounter a 'bonus'
type area, where you can aim at objects in the upper screen, usually
encased in obstacles.  Aim carefully and use the lay of the land to
your advantage.  If you need some time to think about your approach,
block Yoshi's way with clouds to have him stop for a little while.

Marathon 'Bonus' Portions

a. 10 floating apples around a small diamond shaped rock

- bounce eggs off the walls and try and knock off as many apples as

b. 3 rows of coins arranged in a pyramid, with a watermelon floating 
over a hole to the right.

- if you knock off the watermelon, bubble it quickly and drag it to 

c. 2 rows of shy guys, and a row of red and blue coins at the top.

- you can get a very good combo score if you manage to get an egg
to bounce all the way to the top row.

d. 3 columns of coins and fruit, ending with a Red coin and a

- as always, use the terrain to your advantage and get as many bounces
as you can.  Bubble the fruit that falls and drag them to Yoshi.

e. Coins floating with green arrow bumpers.  

- aim carefully and avoid the bumpers, as they are positioned to
divert your shot.  And don't count on a ceiling to bounce your eggs,
since there isn't one.

f. Rotating green arrow bumper, with coins and fruit to the side.

- pretty tough to get what you want here, if you get anything at all.

g. Shy guys along a diagonal slope, with a small opening into a 
row above filled with coins.

- use the diagonal walls to your advantage and try and get an egg
into the small nook with the coins.

h. Three nooks in the roof with coins, and a watermelon in the middle 

- fairly easy to get three eggs into all three nooks.  If you're lucky 
one will bounce into all three.

3. Time Attack

	One of the two modes in which you are put under time pressure.  You
must be able to navigate both Sky and Ground stages as quickly as you
can.  Both stages will not change with every play.  

	The Sky stage is filled with bumpers, which can hinder you from
progressing speedily.  Try and avoid these, while collecting as many
stars as you can.  Getting a Yoshi other than green will also help
you greatly in the Ground portion.  

	On the Ground stage, try and keep your Yoshi running on clouds
rather than on the ground.  If the cloud color is yellowish, your
Yoshi will run faster on it.  Killing enemies except the ones
carrying Baby Luigi will not be of much use, so unless you must, just
concentrate on avoiding them instead.  

	Keep running for a bit and you will soon see the enemies carrying
Baby Luigi.  Hit them a few times, and one should be separated from
the others.  Hit that enemy one last time to send it away for good. 
Repeat with the others.  

	Unless you're running low on eggs, try not to eat the fruit strewn
about the path, since it slows you down some.  

4. Challenge

	Another timed mode, but only for the Ground portion.  After
completing the Sky portion, Yoshi is given an initial 100 seconds. 
Killing enemies will give him more time.  Reach 3000 yards before
time runs out to beat the minimum High Score.

	Eggs are a vital commodity in this mode.  Get a Yoshi that can
carry as many as possible.  

	Be wise with your shooting.  Wait until the spiked enemies' spikes
have retracted, then shoot.  Eggs will then pass through them.  

	The POW block will turn all enemies on screen to coins.  If the POW
block lands on the ground, it is activated instantly.  If not, Yoshi
needs to touch it first.  

	The further you go, the less fruit there will be and the more
enemies there will be on screen.  Conserve your eggs and shoot
wisely.  Running out of eggs as you get farther is almost certain

	The small pink bubbles will not pop even if hit by a wall or enemy.
If you are in dire need of fruit, drag it over quickly without
worrying about popping it.  If you use a cloud bubble to get fruit,
make sure the path is clear before trying to get it to Yoshi.  

5. Versus

	Information will be added as soon as I play a few multiplayer games.



III.  Miscellaneous

1. Yoshis

	Depending upon your performance in the Sky stage, you will get a
particular colored Yoshi.  

Green Yoshi    Default                       Holds 20 eggs
Azure Yoshi    60 points in the Sky portion  Holds 25 eggs
Pink Yoshi     80 points  "  "   "   "       Holds 30 eggs
Blue Yoshi     100 points                    Holds 35 eggs
Yellow Yoshi   120 points                    Holds 40 eggs
Red Yoshi      140 points                    Holds 45 eggs
Black Yoshi    160 points                    Holds 50 eggs

Purple Yoshi   0 points in Sky Challenge     
L. Azure Yoshi 0 points in Sky Time Attack

Bronze Yoshi   Gain a distance of 10000 yards
		         in Marathon mode

White Yoshi    ?

2. Bonuses

	You can also get bonuses for encasing more than one enemy in bubbles.  
Coins or fruit do not count.  Every 2 enemies encased is a +2 bonus, 
and for every enemy bubbled in addition to that is another +2.  I have 
not been able to bubble more than 4 enemies at once, so I am unable to 
test this formula for more than +6.  

	Help with deciphering the formula for egg shooting bonuses, or 
Baby Mario coin collecting is appreciated.  Contact info is at the 
beginning of the document.

3. Enemies 
	This is a list of the enemies encountered in the various modes, a
short description, and their behaviors/characteristics.
Unless stated, they do not break through clouds and can be encased
bubbles.  If I missed any or you know their proper names, please
contact me.

All enemy projectiles can be destroyed by tapping them with the

1.  Blusty (small, fast moving white cloud like object)

2.  Gusty (similar in appearance to a Blusty, but move in a pattern
in a small area)

3.  Shy Guys
	a.  Green Shy Guy - moves about in a small area

	b.  Blue Shy Guy - Stays in the upper screen, and swoops down on
Yoshi when he gets close

	c.  Red Shy Guy - may either fly or walk, usually in a straight
line, until it comes to a cliff face

	d.  Flashing Shy Guy - hides in the ground, then accelerates
straight up.  May not be bubbled.(?)

	e.  Brown Shy Guy - flies in and throws a round projectile, then
flies away.

4.  Toady (similar in appearance to a Green Shy Guy, but has a

- goes toward Yoshi / Baby Mario once they appear.  Eggs do not go
through them.

5.  Brier (spiked circular red/green, green without spikes) 

- stationary.  The spiked variants retract and extend their spikes. 
Hit them with an egg while their spikes are retracted to it go
through.  Spiked variants can't be bubbled, and pop any cloud drawn
bubbles that touch them.  Variants without spikes may be bubbled.

6.  Spiked Fun Guy (small yellow/grey moving along the ground) 

- moves in a straight line.  Hitting it with an egg causes it to roll
backward for a short period, destroying enemies in its path.  Will
resume walking forward once it stops rolling.  Can only be killed by
rolling it off a cliff, or it hits another Spiked Fun Guy.  
Cannot be bubbled.

7.  Cheep Cheep (red/blue fish) 

- Jumps out of the water straight up or in an arc.  Red ones can be 
bubbled, blue ones cannot.  Blue Cheep Cheeps break through clouds.

8.  Mole (a brown mole) 

- Jumps out of the ground and runs toward Yoshi.

9.  Lakitu (Koopa that throws spineys) 

- Usually hides in the background, and pops out to throw spineys.  
Cannot be bubbled.  Eggs do not go through them.

10. Monkey (a brown monkey) 

- either runs around, or clings to a tree trunk and throws non-spiked 
Briers.  Eggs do not go through them.

11. Bat (small purple bat like creature)

- flies forward in a transverse pattern.
12. Red Toady (a slightly larger Toady with a red cloak)

- found only in Time Attack Mode, carries off Baby Luigi.

13. Pirannha Plant (plant with a mouth, may spit out spineys)

- the ones that grow out of the ground only bite.  takes three hits 
with eggs to kill, but stationary.  

14. Baby Stork (bird that flies on the upper screen)

- hit it once with an egg to make it drop to the ground, then
  again before it rolls off screen.

15. Skeletal bird (either carrying mines in Challenge mode, or other enemies)

Point Rewards - either for hitting them with an egg, or the value 
of the coin that appears in the bubble

1. Blusty - 4 points (Red coin)

2. Gusty - 2 points (Blue coin)

3. Shy Guys
  a. Green Shy Guy - 2 points (Blue coin)
  b. Blue Shy Guy - 2 points (Blue coin)
  c. Red Shy Guy
    1. Walking - 1 point (Gold coin)
    2. Floating - 2 points (Blue coin)
  d. Flashing Shy Guy - 4 points
  e. Brown Shy Guy - 2 points (Blue coin)

4. Toady - 2 points (Blue coin)

5. Brier 
  a.  Spiked (red/green) - 2 points (Blue coin)
  b.  Non-spiked - 1 point (Gold coin)

6. Spiked Fun Guy - 4 points, 1 point per hit if hit by a star

7. Cheep Cheep
  a. Red - 2 points (Blue coin)
  b. Blue - 4 points 

8. Mole - 2 points (Blue coin)

9. Lakitu - 2 points

10. Monkey - 2 points (Blue coin)

11. Bat - 2 points (Blue coin)

12. Red Toady - no points

13. Pirannha Plant - 1st two hits, 1 point
		               3rd hit, 2 points

14. Baby Stork - 4 points

15. Skeletal bird - 2 points

4. Secrets

	Attain the 1st rank in the High Score of all 4 modes.  There will
be balloons floating in the background of the Main Menu.  Tap one to
go to a balloon popping mini-game.


This FAQ was written with the wonderful voice of Sakamoto Maaya in
the background.

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