Scorcher cheats and tips - Important tips for getting started

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Scorcher cheats and tips - Important tips for getting started

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Just keep moving forward. Not only is it something we all must do in life, it's also the main aim in the game Scorcher.

In Scorcher you'll be speeding across alien lands, destroying sharks and avoiding massive sand worms. It's easy to learn, hard to master.

If you're jumping into Scorcher you'll want some basic tips to ease you into the proceedings. And we happen to have just that. Aren't we good?

Strafe and jump


Your main two techniques in Scorcher will be to strafe and to jump. Well, it's pretty simple, since you'll be moving forward automatically.

You can strafe by tapping or holding on the sides of the screen to move in that direction. The ship has a fair bit of horizontal acceleration when you steer, so perhaps tap the ship across to aim it.

Jumping is a little bit more difficult to execute, which is why you'll be able to change the jump input in the options menu. A second touch to jump worked for me, but some players might prefer the option to slide down.

There are also options in there for your strafing, making it slower or faster, and changing the input methods. You can use a proper steering style, but since you can move in straight lines for much of it, tapping or holding to move is our recommendation.

Simple? Well it should be, but life is never that simple. The corridors you'll be guiding your ship down are narrow and only feel narrower when you're moving at speed, which you soon will be.

Add to the mix obstacles in your way, and the speed and control of your ship feel like minor problems.

Moving forward will quickly become easy, but navigating while jumping over obstacles will be the struggle, and should be what you practice the most, once you've found a control style that's comfortable for you.

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You'll find sharks throughout the passageways you ride through. They're gliding through the sand with only their fins visible. And these aren't obstacles - you've gotta take them down.

Smashing through sharks looks like it might do damage but it doesn't, in fact, you want to do it especially when you're damaged, as smashing through ten will replenish your health.

On top of that, they also add to your overall distance travel at the end as a bonus, and you can unlock ships and stages by smashing enough. Just go get them!


There are two main obstacles you'll be finding while gliding through Scorcher. The first is mines. This is the easy one. They'll just be sat there in your path, leaving you to either avoid or jump over them. Simple, right?

The sand worms are tougher. Long, winding and ready to destroy your ship, these can devastate you.

When passing by them, ride along the side and get ready to jump over them, watching for when they dip under the sand and you can pass over. It's tricky, but you'll get the hang of them.


New stages and ships

You're not just satisfied with one stage and one ship are you? Of course not, and you can work towards more.

The first method is simply by getting distance. Either go a long distance in a single run, or get a large cumulative total in one stage, and the next stage should unlock.

You can also unlock stages by destroying many sharks in a single run, which is good, since destroying sharks can also help you work towards unlocking more ship varieties.

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Dave Aubrey
Dave Aubrey
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