Some insects require extra effort to trap.
- Clusterfly: Requires a strong web for capture.
- Dragonfly: Can escape your web if they are not stunned first. Jump at them and tackle them into your web to stun them long enough to eat. If you leave them on the web too long, they will escape. You can keep jump-tackling a dragonfly to move it across a room if desired.
- Fire Ant: They are aggressive, and will charge you when spotted. A fire ant hit will will reduce your silk total. To capture them, jump at them before they see you, or after they miss an attack.
- Flying Ant: Almost always appear in overhead levels. When approached, they will fly to a different location. They can be captured by tackling them just after they land. Follow them as they fly away, then jump on them as soon as they land again.
- Gnat: Cannot be trapped in webs. Tackle them in mid-air.
- Grasshoppers and Crickets: Will hop away when you get too close. Guide them towards your web by walking and jumping at them. They can also be juggled by jumping into them. To capture one into a web placed high, jump into it from below to knock it directly upward.
- Honey Bee: Similar to hornets, except they must be hit twice. Start by tackling them to knock them out of the air. They will become stunned and fall down. Jump on them to eat them.
- Hornet: Cannot be trapped by webs and must be tackled in mid-air. You will then fall with it until you hit a surface, where it can be eaten.
- House Fly: Cannot be caught in webs. They must be tackled when stationary on a surface.
- Inchworm: Hang from silk threads during rain and build a web beneath them. Then, jump through their threads to cut them. The inchworms will fall into your web. You cannot trap an inchworm while it is on its own thread, and they will not become trapped if they crawl into your web. They must fall onto a web to become stuck.
- Junebug: They are extremely bouncy. You can knock them into webs and each other by jumping at them.
- Ladybug: Will not fly into your web unless another bug is already trapped there. Use another insect to bait them. When a ladybug investigates, eat both of them. When a ladybug is interested, it will hover with its wings open, facing the bait.
- Mosquito: Mosquitoes are very scared when you get close. Build a web, then herd mosquitoes into it. Move slowly toward the mosquitoes. Do not jump at them or they may fly in the wrong direction.
- Red Hornet: They are aggressive. Captured by dodging their attacks then tackling them when a question mark appears over their head. Tackling them at other times will result in a loss of silk.
- Scorpionfly: Cannot harm you but can damage your webs. They can only be captured with strong webs. Consider capturing them first or avoid their flight path.
- Snakefly: Will not fly into existing webs, even if spun in their flight path. Create a web around them as they fly by.
"Strong webs" are large webs that are capable of capturing larger insects, such as scorpionflies. To make them, try making webs with obtuse angles to get a larger area.
Level Clear Message
The "Level Clear" message indicates that all the insects on that stage have been eaten. This will always appear with the portal opening or afterwards. It is not possible to run out of insects to eat and not score enough to open the portal.
- Tip 1: When a level is selected on the Estate Map, a grid with the four possible weather conditions (clear day, rainy day, clear night, rainy night) will appear. If the icon is a minus sign, it indicates that you have not completed that level under that particular weather condition. If the icon is a checkmark, it indicates that you have completed the level under that weather condition and have also found all available secrets or clues. If the icon is a question mark under a magnifying glass, it indicaes you have completed the level under that weather condition but have not found all the secrets or clues.
- Tip 2: Sometimes a level will be marked with a question mark on multiple weather conditions. This indicates that a secret or clue is undiscovered that can be found in any of those conditions; or there are multiple secrets to be found in each weather condition. If it was the first possibility, playing the level under any condition and finding the missing secret or clue will change all icons to a checkmark. If it was the second possibility, getting one checkmark will not change the others. You will have to replay during that weather condition. Keep in mind that certain secrets can only be discovered during particular phases of the moon. If you are having difficulty finding a secret, try again during a different moon phase.
- Tip 3: Disable the location services option when waiting for rain. The in-game "weather machine" can only be used to change either the time or weather for a short period of time with every phase of the moon. When waiting for rain between weather machine uses, disable location services from "Advanced Settings" menu, exit the game, then start it again. This will change the weather to "Blackbird Estate" which may be different than your current local weather.
Secrets and puzzle solutions
Secrets are not used to solve a puzzle. Instead, they can provide hints to find clues or puzzle solutions, or give additional information about the events at Blackbird Estate. Secrets are not saved anywhere.
- Tip 1: Clues are different than secrets. Clues are used to solve Mysteries, which in turn unlock buildings. When you find a clue, the game will identify it as such and save a snapshot of it under the "Mysteries" tab in the menu. Clues may contain passcodes or other information that must be used later.
- Tip 2: You do not always have to find all the clues to solve a Mystery. Most Mysteries have a single Puzzle Object, which is the clue that you actually have to interact with to solve the Mystery. Returning to find clues after solving the Mystery will still trigger a notification and add them to your clue board.
- Tip 3: If you find a clue then exit the level, the clue will still be added to the clue board. However, you will not get a checkmark on a level, even if all of its secrets and clues are found, until you actually finish the level by eating insects.
- Tip 4: Most clues are found within the building which Mystery they help to solve. However if you find a clue and the "clues found" total on your current Mystery does not increase, it indicates that the clue is used for a Mystery in a different building. In
- Tip 1: Portals will open based on your score, and not the number of insects eaten. To complete a level and move to the next stage through portal, you must pass a minimum score. If you get a high score multiplier, you can eat fewer insects and still open the portal.
- Tip 2: Score portals will only open the next level in a building. In order to move to a new building, you must solve a Mystery. Note that individual levels are the rooms you play in, while buildings are groups of levels in the same general area. After a portal is opened, you can move to the next level within the building. After completing all levels in a particular building, the next building will be revealed. However you can only access stages in that next building if you have solved the related Mystery.