I had some time to play a few games early this morning. I finally got to the pink shield!
Although it looks more beige to me. Anyway, my top score this morning was 150,908!
What I wasn't expecting is the swirl to chase me UP the screen! I thought it only chased on the way toward you - I didn't know it could literally shift position and move straight UP.
Well, the swirl killed off my last two guys easily in that last round. I was not prepared for it at all. Now I know. But it seemed to shoot out very quickly in that last round - not much time to get to the top or bottom to wrap to the other side when it shot out.
After that, I tried another game. I was amazed that I was mastering the shooting the swirl in mid-flight trick and I got a total of 7 guys at one point!
I thought I was going to make at least 200,000 in this game!
But... the swirl had other plans for me. It killed off my guys quickly - 4 of them in one round. All my guys were dropping off like flies! And the dash-o-death got me a couple of times too. I was getting sloppy and let it get too close while I was munching away at the shield. Oh well.
It was a blast finally getting to the pink shield though!
I also found that traveling like a light cycle helped a lot. By traveling only straight up and down, or left and right, Yar moves around a lot faster than diagonal. So I purposely tried to avoid any diagonal moves at all and it helped a lot.
I'm getting there, guys - slow, but I'm getting there!