Great Migrations – Game Introduction

Welcome to the strategy guide for Great Migrations. Great Migrations is a line-drawing strategy game from National Geographic played on PC. This guide includes tips and tricks, helpful hints for how to complete Great Migrations.

The primary goal of Great Migrations is simple: Get as many of your migrating animals to the Safe Zone without losing all to the predators – the higher the animals’ health when landing in the Safe Zone, the more points received!

Selecting a Leader

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The primary goal of Great Migrations is simple: Get as many of your migrating animals to the Safe Zone without losing all to the predators – the higher the animals’ health when landing in the Safe Zone, the more points received!

Health

The difficulty of the level will determine how much health your animals have and how hard the predator hits. The health of your migrants are indicated by both the health bar and appearance.

Damaged – Great MigrationsMonarch Butterfly follower andGreat Migrations Monarch Butterfly leader. They are not as colorful as healthy monarchs and the holes in the wings indicate damage.

Drawing a Path

After selecting a leader, draw the path line around the starting point in a circular or figure 8 pattern to attract as many followers as you can. Be careful! If too many followers are collected it will slow down the leader and make you more vulnerable to attack!

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Circling Path

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Figure 8 Path

A leader can have a maximum of 10 followers but it cuts the overall speed of travel by 50%, allowing predators to catch up and attack. Once you have collected a healthy number of followers, direct your leader away from predators, along a safe path. In the early waves, this usually means the outer edges of the play area, but predators get smarter and more aggressive as the levels progress, so a path that WAS considered safe may become a nasty trap later in the game! You’ll have to adapt to survive!

Method 2 – This method requires more agility than the first but also does not yield as many points. Select a leader and run a quick path in front of the starting point (collecting any other followers that spawn) then take off toward the safe zone.

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Straight Path

Predators

Dealing with the Moving Predator

Monarch Migration –Great MigrationsSpider, and Great MigrationsBig Spider

Salmon Migration –Great MigrationsYearling Bear, Great MigrationsBear, andGreat Migrations Big Bear

Zebra Migration – Great MigrationsLioness, and Great MigrationsLion

Red Crab Migration – Great MigrationsYellow Crazy Ant, and Great MigrationsAngry Crazy Ant

Finding the best path around the wandering predator can sometimes get a little tricky but there are some general methods you can try. There are only two spiders in wave 1 of leg 1 of the Monarch Butterflies migration, so you can ease into a strategy that works for you. One suggestion is to use the stump in the middle (by the starting area) as a blocker – determine which side the spider commits to and take the butterflies around the other side.

The two safest paths to travel are along the upper back rock wall (let the wind help you!) and the other is along the bottom edge of the pond. If the spiders get too close, re-route your group by clicking on the leader again (thus deleting the previous path) and setting a path that steers clear of the danger!

Dealing with the Pop up Predator

Monarch Migration – Great MigrationsPraying Mantises

Salmon Migration – Great MigrationsOtter

Zebra Migration – Great MigrationsHyena, and Great MigrationsStriped Hyena

Red Crab Migration – These do not have a pop up enemy. Instead, there are Great MigrationsCars.

These predators hide in the environment and surprise unfortunate animals that have come too close. The best way to deal with them is the simplest: Take note of where they are and stay out of that area! You may have to sacrifice a few animals to keep the rest of the group safe, so pay attention!

Dealing with the Path Predator

Monarch Migration –Great MigrationsOriole, and Grosbeak

Salmon Migration – Great MigrationsOsprey, and Great MigrationsHawk

Zebra Migration – Great MigrationsCrocodile

Red Crab Migration – Great MigrationsSeagull

These attackers follow a set path around the map. You can see the path drawn on the game background and can either avoid it altogether (and deal with the other predators), or cross over the path at just the right time. It will take some practice to know just how many of your followers you can sneak past, but often the payoff is worth the risk!

Helpers

In Great Migrations there is not a single best way to use helpers. The best advice is to experiment with placement and use the combination that works for you. Some suggestions:

  1. Great MigrationsSpeed – Place these to either help you fly by predators or get past obstacles (wind or currents) more quickly.
  2. Great MigrationsHealth – Place outside a high traffic area or possible attack area.
  3. Great MigrationsSlow – Affects predators, not migrants! Predators start moving as if they’ve had a big meal! Slow them down and move quickly around them!
  4. Specials –
    1. Great MigrationsMilkweed – Protect the monarchs, poison the predators! Use sparingly – works only when monarchs are attacked.
    2. Great MigrationsBee Hive – Place in areas that are heavily patrolled by bears (will distract bears but will not affect other predators).
    3. Great MigrationsMean Disposition – Stuns predators who attack zebras. Like milkweed, only works if zebra is attacked.
    4. Great MigrationsCall of the Queen -Will cause ants to move back to the hive. Be patient! Check out predator tendencies and place wisely

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Example – In the picture above there are two Helpers in use: Speed and Slow. The swing set obstacle slows the monarchs down, making them more vulnerable to attack. Speeding them up here can give them a better chance of getting through to the safe zone. Cutting the speed of the predator bird with the “slow” helper increases your chances of getting your migrants to safety!

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Tips & Tricks

  1. General
    1. While collecting animals to migrate, watch for any pop up predator spots that should be avoided.
    2. Make sure to have the migration path as green as possible: Red, Orange and Yellow colors = slow migrants, making them easier for the predators to capture and kill.
    3. Watch the wandering predator for the direction they’re moving to make sure they are not walking toward a path.
    4. Any time the player needs to hold a line of migration animals because of a predator, use a circle pattern (as long as it does not put the animals in a path of another predator).
    5. When more predators are added, paths change. Use Speed and Health Helpers to mark where the path is.
  2. Monarch Migration
    1. Using the wind to the player’s advantage – Collect the highest number of butterflies and move along the gust of wind that blows toward the safe zone. This will give the player a speed boost at no cost.
    2. At the end of the Monarch Migration there is a larger spider. This spider will appear around the right rock formation. Avoid this one as best as possible with speed or health helpers. Or, wait until the last moment and change your path!
  3. Salmon Migration
    1. Around the waterfalls use the speed boost
    2. There are three different bears, each one is tougher.

i. Yearling Bear – easy to avoid and does little damage.

ii. Bear – more challenging to avoid and does moderate damage.

iii. Large Bear – hard to avoid and inflicts major damage.

  1. Zebra Migration
    1. Striped Hyenas may not attack your first migration party, but don’t count on that path remaining safe forever!
  2. Red Crab Migration
    1. The spawning of the car is random so you have to time your street crossing just right. And watch the number of followers you have – cars do real damage to the last in the line!