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Better Off Dead

Get to a streak of 10 in I, Zombie Endless.

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Subliminal CutsSubliminal Cuts219,284
04 Jun 2012 20 Nov 2012
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This is an alteration of another solution and is very effective as it allows you to change/re-randomise the next level all of the way through the mode. So you can avoid expensive levels that are full of Munchers, potato bombs and squashes, or just generally hard levels

Creating checkpoints brief guide;;
Allow game to 'run under lock' can be changed in the options menu
1) At the start of the stage, hit the power button on your phone, this will lock it and turn it off.
2) Now turn it back on and unlock the phone. It will ask you to hit resume (this has just created a save point).
3) If you mess up, waste the rest of your sunlight in a lane thats empty. DO NOT hit retry, but the main menu button that's in the top right.
4) Navigate back to I, Zombie endless and it will ask you if you want to continue, select yes.
5) VERY IMPORTANT: as soon as you continue the game you will need to repeat step 1 to create another save. If you don't and then fail you will go back to level one.
-Selecting and playing other modes will wipe the checkpoint.

For a more detailed, easy to understand guide on these steps see Haxa Fox's solution; Solution for Better Off Dead in Plants vs. Zombies (WP)

A checkpoint can be made at any point in a level and as many times as needed, doing it at the end of a level means that if the next level is hard you simply go back to the checkpoint and repeat the process until you're happy with the level given

Note: I recommend you have your phone on charge or have high battery as if this runs out it will create a checkpoint wherever it runs out at (I got messed up this way)

This is worth a second mention as it's so easy to forget in the monotony of it all, every time you reload a game you have to go through the process again to create another checkpoint

I usually made the end of level checkpoint when my final zombie was about midway down the path to give me plenty of time to do this multiple times if needed, also the money bags that you collect at the end of a level can be left to create more time to repeat the process (I got 5 repeats from the money bags but I'm not sure how long it actually lasts)

When you are happy with a level a checkpoint can be used to keep it for multiple retries

Feel free to comment any suggestions
o SeduLOUs oThanks for this, I was using checkpoints at the beginning of new levels but it never crossed my mind to make the checkpoint at the end in case I got a crap level! Maybe I'll get this achievement someday after all!

OMG I just hit the bing button half way through level 10 and f**ked it up! D:
Posted by o SeduLOUs o on 21 Jun 12 at 10:01
Subliminal CutsThanks, yeah i was doing it that way for a while then just thought I would see if it did actually change the next level and thank god it did, Ouch bad times, when using all of the credits up to end the level so you can checkpoint again, my battery ran out on level 9 with 300 credits left lol, I was so lucky to get one of the rare hiding shroom levels within 6 or 7 reloads
Posted by Subliminal Cuts on 21 Jun 12 at 14:44
PiratonioDo you think that it is possible to get only hiding mushroom levels? Just by reloading the checkpoint?
Posted by Piratonio on 06 Jul 12 at 03:54
Subliminal CutsThey are very rare, the one I mentioned above was the only time I have ever seen this kind of level, that was in 100 plus levels, if you get one though you get a good amount of resources saved from them
Posted by Subliminal Cuts on 06 Jul 12 at 10:19
Epsilon ThetaThis does unfortunately not work on every phone!
Posted by Epsilon Theta on 14 Aug 12 at 07:02
liner bronsonDoesn't work on my HTC hd7
Posted by liner bronson on 16 Aug 12 at 12:51
TOBY 1K NO BELiner I have a htc hd7 and it does work... You must be doing something wrong
Posted by TOBY 1K NO BE on 18 Aug 12 at 09:55
o SeduLOUs oConfirmed I did it on HTC HD7 too, are you sure you changed the settings to run under locked screen? Follow the steps carefully, it does work.
Posted by o SeduLOUs o on 18 Aug 12 at 10:17
Lady TrediciI tried on my windows htc hd7 and it didn't work either. I must be doing something wrong then, :(
Posted by Lady Tredici on 21 Aug 12 at 23:00
Subliminal CutsThis solution works on any windows phone, you should be pressing the button that locks your phone, obviously, I don't know what button that might be on YOUR phone, google it or something.

Ok if people are struggling try and improvise, instead of the lock button hit the windows button is supposed to work. (if the instructions are followed correctly) To be honest if people can't follow the simple instructions in the solution you don't deserve a cheevo of this difficulty albeit reduced difficulty with this solution.
Posted by Subliminal Cuts on 22 Aug 12 at 22:56
Epsilon ThetaI know exactly where the button is and have done as you detailed. The solution does not work on a Lumia 800.
Posted by Epsilon Theta on 23 Aug 12 at 06:35
Subliminal CutsActually that is the exact phone I done it on so I can personally confirm that phone DOES work, make sure you have changed it to run under lock in the options menu, to test it out get a level going, hit the lock button which in below the volume buttons hit it again to unlock, working from my memory the game should take you back to the loading screen or back to the level directly, if it takes you to the loading screen simply navigate back to the game mode - I zombie endless and the checkpoint will load up from where you locked it
Posted by Subliminal Cuts on 23 Aug 12 at 07:40
Epsilon ThetaYes exactly. But once I mess up and do not retry, going back to the main menu instead, if I then try to resume, it plays the level from the start, not from where the "checkpoint" is supposed to be.
Posted by Epsilon Theta on 23 Aug 12 at 08:56
Subliminal CutsWell you're simply doing something wrong, I don't know how much info I can supply
Posted by Subliminal Cuts on 20 Nov 12 at 18:40
PHT999Would this work for vasebreaker endless too?
Posted by PHT999 on 26 Jul 13 at 23:12
PHT999nevermind, just checked and indeed it does work for the china shop achievement! smile
Posted by PHT999 on 26 Jul 13 at 23:20
xox POLAK xoxI have try the 'glitch' on lumia 520 : It works only once even if I create a 'new save' after using it ==> You can load only one save, on snd attempt ==> restart :(
Posted by xox POLAK xox on 06 Jun 14 at 16:07
Manb3arSquirrelFinally returned for this last achievement years later for my completion percentage and found it is really a rather high chance to get the scaredy shroom levels. I got one on level 2 and 3 after many restarts, and entered level 4 with about 4000 sun. I really hope I don't mess up this save :'(
Posted by Manb3arSquirrel on 16 Dec 17 at 01:11