BYV started with the Christmas event in December of 2020 for their Catapult 2 game. It was the first of such events presumed to occur every year. What is the Christmas event? In this post, I am going to break it down and also make a comparison of the 2020 and 2021’s.
In 2021, the event went live at midnight of IST, 1:30 pm EST and 6:30 am GMT.
For the uninitiated, The Christmas event in The Catapult 2 is a first-time event launched by BYV, giving you in-game Santa’s goodies and some surprises. For more info, please check out this video.
I suspected that the event would start at midnight on 11 Dec proved wrong, as most of you guys following the event may have already realised.
There is a stickman in a sleigh with a countdown timer in days. It is nice to keep the gamer posted on how much time the gamer has to play the event.
It works like this: In 2020, the Christmas event lasted for 15 days from the 12th onwards – you have to play levels like you traditionally do in the game. Level progression increases in difficulty as you move ahead. Do not take these levels lightly.
There are two kinds of levels: the regular and the fire levels. The ‘regular’ levels – like any other levels you traditionally come across to play.
You can progress up to the fire levels. If you lose at any fire level, then you must restart the entire event from scratch i.e. from level 1. I think this was a very crude way of them, but I guess this is the essence of the event.
I had posted several unscheduled videos in 2020 – not longer than a few minutes on my channel. The idea was to keep my audience posted about how it goes.
I was not surprised, but it was unexpected that I could not complete the event. My idea was to do my best to complete the levels, but I was not hell-bent on achieving that. I wanted to understand what the event was and break it down. You could say I did not take it seriously. From what I remember, playing a level was not easy.
What I realised was, it is supposed to be challenging. It is designed for a small number of deserving and persistent gamers. Those gamers who can whether it out till the end seemed suitable to play. If you play The Catapult 2 continuously, it goes without saying that it is for you.
In 2020, 15 days was too little time for a decent level progression for a hardcore gamer. I knew that I could not reach level 30. In 2021, however, the event lasted barely eleven days. Perhaps. it should have started early. I am in two minds here regarding the duration of the event. The essence of any event – be short-lived.
Let’s take a closer look at the levels. Every level may have four or five different ‘patterns of attack’. Unlike the ‘regular levels’ – it is not the case.
You lose the level once – it is ok as you are just learning how to play. Lose ten times – it is a learning experience. You can be persistent up to a limit. Add a time frame to it – you tend to lose hope. When you arrive at that point – you are so demoralised that you play the game only for the heck of it.
At one time, I was stuck at level 13 for a long time. On the last day, I chose not to invest any additional efforts. Honestly, I had been doing that for the past few days. I still have a long way to go, so I found it better to let go.
The event seemed as though it was designed only for gamers who were ready to invest real money. I had already declared earlier that I had no intentions of doing that. Perhaps, this is where I suspect of losing out.
Now, if I rate the event out of 5 on how challenging they were where 5 is the hardest and 1 is easy, then out of 5, I will rate them 4 out of 5.
To put things in perspective, I rate most of the boss levels on the level 3.5 out of 5, day-night levels 3 out of 5. Only the boss at level 390 I will rate it as 4.5 out of 5. The level of challenge introduced in the event seemed way above normal. Correct me if I am wrong.
Remember, I do not use hacks nor do I look for solutions elsewhere when making videos.
If you are among those who completed the Christmas event, please do comment about your experience below in brief so that not just me but others would know as well.
The second such event promised to give us many things. Good things that we will love. What are those good things? You get them at the end of every five levels. This event is grand and time-intensive. Be warned, if you fail to complete any fire levels, you have to start over. This was also applicable last year. I know that does not sound good.
I don’t like starting over. But I guess that’s the main essence of the event and other games alike. The first few levels are easy to complete, no doubt. I failed to finish all the levels last year.
The event is meant to be easy and challenging at the same time.
How does the game compare to its first release last year? The levels are simplified enough to get to the fire levels. Once you reach there, then that’s where the challenge begins.
I did not find it easy the last year. So, I am not sure how does it fare this time around.
Why should you play the Christmas event? Well, this year – 2021, you get two surprise armours as the final reward. That’s another reason besides the other things you get gradually.
What do I think of the event:
Events are much more fruitful if the developers try to cash on geographical festivities. Christmas is the most significant event. However, it would not hurt if they came up with a Diwali event. If they prefer to focus on non-religious occasions – that can also be a welcome sight.
For example, the age of their core audience and geographical locations could define the events. They could come up with at least 2-3 of them per year to make the events more viable and mainstream at the same time.
BYV can either change the rewards or bring in any new ones they choose. They could come up with an anniversary event of the launch of The Catapult 2 game, world environment day, world gaming day. That wouldn’t hurt.
It will also help new and old players enjoy these events. What do you think? How does at least 2-3 events a year sound to you? Let me know in the comments.
Until next year, i.e. in 2022, let’s see how it goes.
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