I've been watching the number of 2-billion point games go up on the global leader board and I can't help but wonder whether there is some bug in the game that people are exploiting. I'm a pretty fair player and I just had a 213 million point game, in which I was surprised to learn that there are no extra balls after 100 million. I had up to that point assumed that people with scores in the hundreds of millions to the low 1 billions had just played well enough to score an average of 50 million points per ball to keep their games going. But now I know that they had to play exceptionally well with the 7 total balls that the game allots. But I'm dubious about 2- and now I see 3-billion point games. Four of the scores are identical and I assumed that this was because the it was the biggest number the buffer would hold, but now I see some even higher scores, making those four scores even more mysterious/suspicious. Thoughts/comments?
Yes, the ubiquitous 2-billion happens because when the game reaches that high a score, the load on the processor causes it to overheat and short-circuit, and it electrocutes the player and abruptly ends the game.
No, actually, some players have found a cheat (and we're talking n00b, not 1337), so any score you see with that magic 2-billion-something number is not from playing ability, unless a player really has managed to play so long that they've hit the maximum. The number itself is the maximum figure allocated for score (sort of like the old arcade games which 'flipped over' after 999,999 or whatever it was). I haven't seen the 3-billion yet, but I share your suspicion.