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In order to become a Machine Ball Master, you will have to practice. Here I will give you playing tips to help you achieve your goal.
The tips are categorized into:
Some tips fall into one or more category. It will be placed into the one most appropriate, and a cross reference will be placed in the other category(s).
The most important thing in the game, is to know how to control your Machine. When you first play Machine Ball, you'll be like, "This thing is very difficult to control!" Practice driving around, and eventually you will get the basic hang of things.
Kicking is one of the most important things to master. It is the base of good Ball Control. Here are a few kicking tips:
Bounce Off Wall
Flip the Opponent (In Turbo Tips Category)
Precision Ball Control
Most people when they look at a Machine, think that it's a bulky thing and that you cannot precisely control a ball with it. They are wrong. Let's take a close look at a machine:
A few things you should notice:
When you kick, you are effectively moving your center of mass forward, opening up many posibilites. One way to take advantage of this is for balance. If get blown away, you can kick at exactly the right moment, to push your weight in the right direction so that you land upright. This is difficult but practice makes perfect.
If you need to make a sudden 90 degree turn, try kicking at the moment of the turn. This works because when you kick you move your center of mass forward, putting more waight on the front of the Machine. This is not good for full 180 degree turns because the change in momentum causes you to de-accelerate slower.
Each ball has different properties(size, mass, bouncyness, etc...), and therefore different play strategies should be used with each ball.
This ball is a classic, and should be used for official Machine Ball Tournaments.
At first glance, it seems that the shield can only be used as defense against explosions and Emp blasts. But there is much more too it.
Grab a Shield When Your Opponent has Emp
This one is pretty obvious, but still very important. A skillful opponent will easily be able to get a goal, if you are frozen.
The first thing you should know about the Turbo is that it is very difficult to control your Machine. Once you master using the Turbo, you will be able to easily make goals.
Flip the Opponent
Around the Corner
This is cruel, but it works :P If you have a mine and don't know what to do with it, then lay it down at the spot of your opponents "home" position. If he flips over, then when he get put upright at home, he will fall on the mine and get blown away.
If you need to accelerate fast and have a mine, then you can use this neat little trick: Lay a mine, drive forward a little - just enough to activate the mine, and then reverse into the mine. The blast will give you a boost forward. Obviously, make sure that you don't have a shield when doing this. This sometimes can backfire and send you flying out of control, so be careful. Also, remember that this is a tiny speed boost, and it really is only helpful if you are initially at rest.
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