Duet Game: Top 10 tips and tricks!

Duet Game: Top 10 tips and tricks!

Duet Game strategy guide: Dodge obstacles quicker and get through all stages with these tips and tricks!

Duet Game is a strategy type game that requires you to navigate through all kinds of obstacles by circling and dodging in unison. Change directions and evade all the blocks and squares standing between you and the next checkpoint. Run into something and the stage starts over. Whether you're just starting out with Duet or are trying to figure out how to get past a particularly hard stage, follow along for our top tips and tricks!

1. Stay in the middle when you can

In many levels of Duet there are objects that simply pass you by. Typically moving around puts you in harms way so it's best to stay where you are and let danger pass you right by.

2. Memorize patterns, they don't change

Each small segment, or stage, in Duet Game stays the same no matter how many times you play it. So unlike games such as Smash Hit where levels continue to change each time you have to start them over, you can always count on the segments of Duet Game to stay the same. This makes is simple to memorize patterns, especially since segments are typically very short.

3. Remember what tapping each side does

It's easy to get your fingers mixed up and mean to move one way but move another. Your red and blue vessels are set to move clockwise and counter-clockwise. The easiest way to remember is that if you tap on the right side, you'd be moving forward in time on a clock. Tapping to the left and going backwards would move your vessels counter-clockwise.

4. Gauge moves carefully when passing spinning bars

Spinning blocks, the long rectangle kind that is, can be particularly hard to judge. I typically wait until I absolutely have to move so I know exactly what direction I need to go in and how far. The faster you start to move the more room for error there is. I sometimes use lighter taps to move around spinning bars since it gives me more control and allows me to change directions in a pinch.

5. Continuous spinning does the trick on repeated obstacles

If you come across a large stack of obstacles that are spaced the same distance apart and are all the same size, try just holding down on the screen in order to spin around them. Almost 99% of the time this works and is much easier than trying to pass them going slower or changing directions. That's typically how you get hung up on them.

6. Back and forth does the trick

In some instances a constant back and forth motion gets you past a lot more obstacles than you may think. The key is knowing when this principle applies. Look for objects that aren't necessarily the same size but have the same spacing in between them. These are the segments you want to use the back and forth method on.

7. It's all about timing

Typically how you tap the screen always follows a pattern so watch for it. If it helps, count it off in your head. If you see a bunch of obstacles coming at you all at once, they're probably spaced in a way that creates some kind of tapping pattern. Recognize it and learn it. This goes along with tip 2 about memorizing.

8. Don't overdo it on spinning blocks

It's very easy to time spinner blocks incorrectly. You get past the first portion of it but then the back end of it spins back up and you hit it. This is caused by rotating too far. The best way to avoid this from happening is to backtrack a bit before you see the right edge of a spinner block leave the screen.

9. Watch your splatters

The best way to learn from your mistakes is to pay attention to where you're having the most problems. The great thing about Duet Game is that you can physically see where you're having problems. If you see a lot of splatters in a specific portion of a segment, concentrate on getting by those obstacles first. Once you can, concentrate on the next section. This typically leads to clearing segments faster while learning patterns for future segments at the same time.

10. Duet is better suited on the iPad

If you have an iPad, try Duet Game on the larger screen. I've found I'm a better judge of distance and direction changes since I can see objects better without my thumbs occasionally in the way. Whenever I can pick up my iPad instead of my iPhone to play, I do. And I always end up getting further.

Your tips and tricks?

If you've been playing Duet Game on your iPhone or iPad, what tips and tricks have you found useful for clearing levels? Let me know in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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Love this game! I think it's is easier to play the game on landscape mode rather than portrait on the iPhone. Seems like it slows down the play just a bit.

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Nice read Allyson. Just a few things to add;

1. It's important to specify that Duet is truly made up of 3 different games; a daily challenge, finesse challenges, plus an endless mode. Each of these are found on the same download, so if you have Duet, you have all of three phases.

2. The daily challenge is just that; a simple, daily set of patterns that a user has to navigate through in order to pass. The pattern stays the same for that particular day. It is a great way to start out learning how to play Duet in a non-pressurized mode.

3. The Finesse levels----the part of the game that you exclusively referenced in your 10 tips article and the most popular aspect of the game to date---are a set of 50, golf course like patterns that a user is challenged to not only pass, but pass them perfectly in a precise number of moves. 48 of these 50 patterns, which fall under the titles of maddening phrases like Anger, Depression, etc., never change. Passing each pattern is the bare minimum of Finesse; perfecting each element is the key to reducing your score. How do you perfect the Finesse level? That's done by passing each pattern in the number of moves allowed, which can be found in top left green "gem" like icon. It displays how many overall moves a user is allowed to make in order to earn the perfect gem for that phase. If you are able to perfect a level, your overall Finesse score (found on GameCenter) will lower. So it's very much like a golf score; the lower the better.

4. Lastly, there is the Endless mode, which is arguably the most competitive and challenging phase of Duet's three modes. Endless features an ever-changing, constantly swarming barrage of patterns that can frustrate even the most patient of gamers. This mode is truly Endless; it would take 47 billion hours to reach its limit. Additionally, Endless features a worldwide leaderboard and a regenerating lifeline. Please be warned; the Endless mode will always leave a user tense and upset, unless you hold the record.