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Everything Game Center (GC)
Even if you want to be a grumpy smurf and not have anyone as a friend,
you should absolutly check out the Game Center, because it is the best way to backup your game or play it on more than one device.
Playing the game through Game Center is the Smurf Village Friends’ GOLDEN RULE:
Always back up your game using Game Center (GC)
TIP: If you have an older device than the ones above or you cannot update a jailbroken device for fear of losing your other apps then you can still back-up your game by syncing to iTunes (remember the game backs itself up passively on your device as detailed in the Recover Village tip)
Advantages to GC
Using GC has three major advantages:
Creating an Account
To get started click on “Create New Account” as pictured above
Note: This is the GC Menu on an iPad. iPhones and iTouches look similar without the surrounding game icons. Examples using the iPhone/iTouch menu are forthcoming.
Just fill out your information to create an account. It’s easy and straightforward.
Your GC nickname will show in large letters with the number of Friends, Games, and Achievements below.
Note 1: There are no achievements for Smurfs’ Village but there may be for other games you play via GC.
Note 2: If you’re on an iPad, those game icons are active. You can click on Papa Smurf to take you directly to the game.
Playing Smurfs’ Village on GC
As promised, here is the iPhone/iTouch interface. Let’s play Smurfs Village!! Click on “Games”.
Click on Smurfs’ Village . . .
Tap on Play . . . .
TIP: Opening the game in this manner assures that you are playing via GC and hence, backing up your game.
The “Welcome back” banner at the top confirms that you’re synced to GC.
Note: You can only sync to GC if your device is connected to the internet since you are saving to their online server.
If you choose to start your Smurfs’ Village game directly from the app AND you’re signed in to GC, GC should recognize that you’re running Smurfs and the banner should pop-up as in the previous slide or . . .
. . . . at the top of your village.
You will see this pop-up if
1. You open Smurfs’ Village and you have never created a GC account (assuming you have GC) or
2. You are not signed in to your GC account
Go ahead and sign-up or sign-in.
Creating Another Village
Creating Another Village
If you want to create more than one village you can do so using GC. The easy part is creating the new account. Sign out of the current one by clicking on the “Account” banner with your email address . . . .
Tap on “Sign Out” . . . .
Now tap on “Create New Account”. You will need another email address for a 2nd account but you can use the same password. Once you’re signed in to the 2nd account . . .
*** DO NOT OPEN SMURFS WITHOUT READING THE FOLLOWING SLIDES!!!****
In order to activate the Multitasking function you must double click on your device’s Home button. You must have iOS4 to multitask
After double clicking the Home button, your ACTIVE apps will appear at the bottom of your screen with the most recent at the left of the multitask bar. If you are switching between GC accounts it is important to close your game so that one village does not overwrite (i.e. erase) the other. If you have used multiple apps since Smurfs’, you may have to slide your finger from right to left within the Multitask bar to find the game.
Now, place your finger on the Smurfs’ Village icon and hold it there until . . .
. . . the apps start to wiggle and appear with a red minus sign. Click on the minus sign of Smurfs’ . . .
. . . your game should disappear. You have now closed the game.
***ALWAYS CLOSE OUT YOUR GAME BEFORE YOU SWITCH TO ANOTHER GC ACCOUNT***
Just tap outside of the Multitask bar to exit it. You can also press the Home button once which keeps the bar open but removes the red minus signs. You can now open another app directly from the Multitask bar hence the name!
Friends on GC
The “Friends” button will show you all your GC friends. Let’s see what else you can do from this menu . . .
You can click on a friend’s name from the Friend menu. You will see all the GC games they play. You can also remove them from your GC friends by tapping “Unfriend”.
Let’s click on the Smurfs’ Village icon from here . . .
If you note below “SMURFS’ VILLAGE” it will tell you when was the last time your neighbor played
TIP: If you’re wandering why your neighbors’ crops are always withered and why he/she has been on the same level for a month you can confirm the date they last played here.
Thanks, Dawn, for pointing this out!
1. You can look through your current GC friends by dragging your finger downward on the screen. You will pull down the “Search Friends” bar. Tap in the bar and type in your search.
2. Add friends by clicking on the “+” sign in the upper right hand corner . . .
Enter a friend’s email or their GC nick name to send a GC friend request.
The “Requests” menu will show you anyone requesting to be your GC friend. Click on their name . . .
Note: You can also add friends from this menu by using the “+” sign in the upper right hand corner.
You can accept or ignore your GC friend requests.
OPENING YOUR GAME ON ANOTHER DEVICE
On your “virgin” device, log on to GC and then open the game from within GC as previously described. Since it’s the first time, the game will take you through the opening storyboards. Click through them until you get to the above sign. Choose your online village.
***NOTE***: If you’re having trouble with your game you may need to delete the Smurfs app and download it again. If you’ve been syncing to GC, you will get your old village back but will have to go through the above also!!
If you’re switching between devices back and forth you will also see this message. Preview the villages and choose the one you last worked on.
Note: there can be a lag between GC syncs. I’ve tried everything Capcom suggested and there are still lags that can be several hours long. I’ve recommended a “Force Sync” option. Cross your fingers!
This information is some of the most important you will need for saving yourself when something goes wrong. Definitely remember the information here and refer it to a Smurf in need.
See you around the village…
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