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    Scoring Guide by CaliginousMind

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                            SUPER MONKEY BALL: BANANA BLITZ
                                    SCORING GUIDE
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                        by Edward Foley (a.k.a CaliginousMind)
                                Version 1.12, 2/12/07
    
    I. Who this Guide is For
    II. Why this Guide?
    III. Scoring Mechanics
       A. Time Score
       B. Stage Score
       C. Clear Score
       D. Other Point Sources
    IV. Stage Reference
       A. World 1: Monkey Island
       B. World 2: Jumble Jungle
       C. World 3: Smooth Sherbet
       D. World 4: Detritus Desert
       E. World 5: Pirates Ocean
       F. World 6: Cobalt Caverns
       G. World 7: Volcanic Pools
       H. World 8: Space Case
       J. World 9: Sinking Swamp
       K. World 10: Ultra Heaven
    V. Acknowledgements
    VI. FAQs
    VII. Contacts
    VIII. Legal Stuffaroo
    IX. Version Updates
    
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    I. Who this Guide is For
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    This guide has been designed for those either who are curious about the way the
    main game scoring system works or for experienced players who are aiming to get
    as many points as possible in each world.
    
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    II. Why this Guide?
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    When I first played Banana Blitz, I noticed that the scoring system differed
    greatly from previous Monkey Ball installments. The exact way it was done was
    not detailed in the instruction manual, so I decided to figure out the point
    system for myself. As I became more and more experienced with the game, I often
    found myself wondering how to maximize my final score for each world based on
    the scoring mechanics. Most fortunately for you, I've decided to share my
    knowledge. Trust me-the game's scoring is more confusing than you think. ;)
    
    Those who strive to maximize the number of points they can get per world have
    to balance the number of points received from bananas compared to their Clear
    and Time Scores, constantly asking themselves, "is getting this banana a good
    investment in time or life?" This guide will help to answer.
    
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    III. Scoring Mechanics
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    The score one gets for completing a level is split up into three different
    components: the Time Score, the Stage Score, and the Clear Score. In addition,
    there are other means of raising one's score spread about the courses. Below
    are some rule-of-thumb ways to figure out how each category is scored. For the
    actual values, look at the Stage Reference.
    
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    A. Time Score
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    The Time Score is determined by multiplying the number of seconds left on the
    clock by 100. In other words, if there were 26.53 seconds left on the clock,
    one would receive 2,653 points for the Time Score.
    
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    B. Stage Score
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    Numbered Levels
    ---------------
    The Stage Score usually follows the following formula:
    
    (Level # + World # - 1) * 100
    
    Another way to think of this is that the first level in a given world will
    award 100 points multiplied by that world's number, and each subsequent level
    in the world will award 100 points more. For example, Stage 1-7 will award 700
    points and Stage 3-2 will award 400.
    
    Bonus Levels
    ------------
    The Stage Score is usually equivalent to the world number multiplied by 10. For
    example, Bonus Stage 4 will award 40 points, and Bonus Stage 6 will award 60.
    The score is only attainable if all bananas are picked up on the stage.
    
    Boss Levels
    -----------
    For boss levels: The Stage Score is usually equivalent to the world number
    multiplied by 1,000.
    
    Exceptions
    ----------
    Strangely, levels in Worlds 9 and 10 appear to be treated as extensions of the
    8th World. 9-1 acts as an imaginary "8-9"--its Stage Score is 1600 and not 900
    as might be expected, for example. The Bonus Levels in Worlds 9 and 10 are also
    strange in that their Clear Scores are swapped with other numbered levels' by
    what appears to be a programmer's error. Furthermore, the swapped values would
    be incorrect anyway. Finally, World 8's boss awards 10,000 points when
    defeated, instead of the expected 8,000.
    
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    C. Clear Score
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    This one is a tad difficult to explain, so bear with me. Your Clear Score is
    determined by the following formula, where C is the number of non-bonus levels
    consecutively completed on the same life in a single world without having lost
    on its bonus stage in that streak:
    
    World # * 100 * (C - 1)
    
    For example, if one completed three numbered levels consecutively in World 4,
    the Clear Score would be 800. To clarify, The Clear Score is neither
    incremented nor awarded in a bonus level; however, if one fails to collect all
    its bananas, it will be reset for the following stages.
    
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    D. Other Point Sources
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    Bananas
    -------
    Every banana that is collected will immediately add 100 points to your running
    score. Banana bunches will logically add 1,000. While bananas are a great
    source of extra points, each one can only be collected once per continue.
    
    Boss Hits
    ---------
    For whatever reason, every time a boss is damaged, 100 points will be added to
    your running total.
    
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    IV. Stage Reference
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    Below is a list of every level in the game, the time allotted to complete them,
    the number of bananas on them, and their Stage Scores. A Stage Score marked
    with a "<" denotes a score that breaks the expected pattern.
    
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    A. World 1: Monkey Island
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    Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----   ----   -------   -----------
    1-1     1:00       7         100
    1-2     1:00      25         200
    1-3     1:00       8         300
    1-4     1:00      17         400
    1-5     1:00      16         500
    1-6     1:00      28         600
    1-7     1:00      20         700
    1-8     1:00      15         800
    Bonus 1 1:00      50          10
    Boss 1  2:00       0        1000
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 100
    
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    B. World 2: Jumble Jungle
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    Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----   ----   -------   -----------
    2-1     1:00      51         200
    2-2     1:00      38         300
    2-3     1:00      30         400
    2-4     1:00      12         500
    2-5     2:00      75         600
    2-6     2:00      30         700
    2-7     2:00      39         800
    2-8     2:00      44         900
    Bonus 2 1:00      50          20
    Boss 2  2:00      49        2000
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 200
    
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    C. World 3: Smooth Sherbet
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    Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----   ----   -------   -----------
    3-1     1:00       7         300
    3-2     1:00      25         400
    3-3     1:00       8         500
    3-4     1:00      17         600
    3-5     1:00      16         700
    3-6     1:00      28         800
    3-7     1:00      20         900
    3-8     1:00      15        1000
    Bonus 3 1:00      50          30
    Boss 3  2:00       0        3000
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 300
    
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    D. World 4: Detritus Desert
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    Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----   ----   -------   -----------
    4-1     1:00      26         400
    4-2     2:00      46         500
    4-3     1:00       8         600
    4-4     1:00      19         700
    4-5     1:00      42         800
    4-6     2:00      32         900
    4-7     2:00      32        1000
    4-8     2:00       7        1100
    Bonus 4 1:00      50          40
    Boss 4  2:00     134        4000
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 400
    
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    E. World 5: Pirates Ocean
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----   ----   -------   -----------
    5-1     1:00      51         500
    5-2     2:00      33         600
    5-3     1:00      21         700
    5-4     1:00      22         800
    5-5     1:00       5         900
    5-6     1:00      48        1000
    5-7     2:00      57        1100
    5-8     2:00      53        1200
    Bonus 5 1:00      50          50
    Boss 5  2:00       0        5000
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 500
    
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    F. World 6: Cobalt Caverns
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    Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----   ----   -------   -----------
    6-1     1:00      47         600
    6-2     2:00      70         700
    6-3     2:00      78         800
    6-4     1:00      49         900
    6-5     1:00      25        1000
    6-6     1:00      50        1100
    6-7     0:30      35        1200
    6-8     2:00      59*       1300
    Bonus 6 1:00      50          60
    Boss 6  2:00       0        6000
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 600
    
    *Listed as having 41, but 59 present.
    
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    G. World 7: Volcanic Pools
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    Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----   ----   -------   -----------
    7-1     1:00      77         700
    7-2     1:00      38         800
    7-3     1:00       6         900
    7-4     2:00      59        1000
    7-5     1:00      51        1100
    7-6     1:00      42        1200
    7-7     1:00      24        1300
    7-8     1:00      15        1400
    Bonus 7 1:00      50          70
    Boss 7  2:00       0        7000
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 700
    
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    H. World 8: Space Case
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----   ----   -------   -----------
    8-1     1:00      34         800
    8-2     1:00     149         900
    8-3     1:30      34        1000
    8-4     1:00      46        1100
    8-5     1:00      24        1200
    8-6     1:00      14        1300
    8-7     1:00      42        1400
    8-8     1:00      76        1500
    Bonus 8 1:00      50          80
    Boss 8  2:00       0       10000<
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 800
    
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    J. World 9: Sinking Swamp
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    Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----   ----   -------   -----------
    9-1     1:00      69        1600<
    9-2     0:20      29        1700<
    9-3     1:00      51        1800<
    9-4     1:00      27        1900<
    9-5     1:00      21        2000<
    9-6     1:00      24        2100<
    9-7     1:00      26        2200<
    9-8     0:30       8        2300<
    9-9     1:00      35         160<*
    Bonus 9 1:00      50        2400<*
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 900
    
    *Notice the anomaly in the Stage Scores here--it appears the programmers
    swapped the two by accident.
    
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    K. World 10: Ultra Heaven
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Stage    Time   Bananas   Stage Score
    -----    ----   -------   -----------
    10-1     1:00      73        2500<
    10-2     1:00      40        2600<
    10-3     1:00      51        2700<
    10-4     1:00      69        2800<
    10-5     1:00      74        2900<
    10-6     2:00      92        3000<
    10-7     2:00      34        3100<
    10-8     1:00      33        3200<
    10-9     1:00      39         250<*
    Bonus 10 1:00      50        3300<*
    
    World Clear Score Factor: 1000
    
    *Again, the two values appear to be reversed by accident.
    
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    V. Acknowledgements
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    *  Sega -- Of course, this guide would be impossible without them having made
       the game to write about.
    *  GameFAQs -- They gave a home to this guide.
    *  Ricardo Alvarez (SuperYoshiMaster) -- He indirectly gave me some ideas on
       how to format this guide.
    *  Brian Ehlert (Tsunekazu) -- He pointed out that the banana count on stage 6-8
       was incorrect. Also, I made reference to his Hidden Bananas Guide.
    
    Anybody else who contributes to this guide in the future will be credited here.
    
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    VI. FAQs
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    Below are some questions that some might have...
    
    Q. Why don't you have descriptions of every level in here?
    A. This is considered an "in-depth" FAQ. In this case, it focuses on the
    scoring system of the game. There are a number of fantastic general guides
    available, though. Check them out.
    
    Q. Why aren't the hidden banana totals in the guide?
    A. Admittedly, this may have improved it a bit, but I didn't want to
    continually cross-reference Tsunekazu's guide.
    
    Q. Why is that number incorrect?
    A. Hm? Which one? Please tell me through my contacts section if something is
    incorrect in the guide.
    
    Q. What's the point of including the allotted time, the number of bananas, and
    the Clear Score for every level?
    A. As stated earlier, it makes it easier for people to balance out the number
    of points they'll get if they try different level-completing strategies.
    
    Q. Was that last question really necessary if you had already answered it
    earlier in the guide?
    A. No.
    
    Q. So, you're running out of useful questions?
    A. Yes.
    
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    VII. Contacts
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    I, CaliginousMind, can be reached at nicklegends [at] yahoo.com. Please do not
    hesitate to offer a suggestion for the guide or correct a mistake of mine.
    
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    VIII. Legal Stuffaroo
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    This guide was written entirely by me, Edward Foley, and so I have a natural
    copyright on it. Do not use any part of it anywhere without my permission,
    which you can seek by following the address in the Contacts section. This guide
    is only to be posted at GameFAQs.com, with no exceptions unless they are added
    in a later update.
    
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    IX. Version Updates
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    Version 1.12, 2/12/07 - Fixed the date in header.
    Version 1.11, 2/11/07 - Corrected 6-8 banana total, fixed note about bananas
                            not counting in bonus levels, credited Brian Ehlert.
    Version 1.10, 1/15/07 - Minor formatting updates; added this section to index.
    Version 1.00, 1/14/07 - Guide Begun. All Worlds present, but possible mistakes.
    

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