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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Wonderful 1237 Strategy Guides: Ben Carson

 By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The patient is in trouble alright... from YOU.

Welcome to another edition of the strategy guides for KoopaTV's amazing browser-based Flash game, The Wonderful 1237! The Wonderful 1237 features seventeen unique minigames, all from each of the seventeen Republican presidential candidates you will be competing with.

As explained in the Wonderful Wednesday article about those minigames, I'll be writing these strategy guides — one for each candidate, in a specific order. This one is about the guy who talks really slowly and doesn't know anything except for surgery: Ben Carson. However, despite being a one-trick dude, the people LOVE Ben Carson — so he actually has the second-highest average stats in the game. He's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Candidate Stats

Base stats and growth:
Beauty: 3 + (1–5)
Cool: 0 + (0–3)
Cute: 1 + (0–4)
Smart: 1 + (1–5)
Tough: 0 + (0–4)

Average untouched stats after 14 rounds:
Beauty: 45
Cool: 21
Cute: 29
Smart: 43
Tough: 28

Average likelihood of surviving Iowa if untouched:
Fairly likely. (Ben Carson will have 13 delegates on average; need 11 to clear.)
The Wonderful 1237 Ben Carson versus seek endorsements


Basic Information

Surgical Bisection.
Cut the patient's skin along the dots.
Approximate Time to Play:
10 seconds to play, and 40 more to listen to Ben Carson slowly give instructions.
Move your cursor and click when you're done.


Detailed Description:
“The patient is in trouble. Please grab the scalpel and cut all of the skin as designated by the dots. Please do it in as few, precise movements as you can.” In other words, move your mouse over the scalpel, move it to the dots in as little distance between the ten dots, and then click your mouse to finish.
The game has 250 possible points. You get 25 points for every dot your scalpel passes over. Assuming you pass over all 10 dots, if you make 150 different movements (different x or y value of your cursor from the position before) or less, you'll get a 100%. Any more and it starts getting subtracted from your score at a 1:1 rate.
Optimal Tactics:
You'll need to use your eyes and distance judgment to figure out the optimal path. You can map out what your route will be before you pick up the scalpel. Having very steady hands, just like a real surgeon, helps because jittery movements will count against you.
The Wonderful 1237 surgery bisection fail
You can see the scalpel just made an inefficient movement from the trail.
Random number generator can play a huge role in getting a good score.
Theoretically there's a scenario where it'll take more than 25 movements to get from the second-to-last dot to the last dot, in which case you should click and end the game because you'll get a net loss of points by going for it.
The ten dots are distributed randomly between the x-coordinates, and distributed non-randomly along the y-coordinates.
The Wonderful 1237 surgical bisection Ben Carson
Look at the RNG blessing on the right side!

Other Trivia

Skill(s) Tested:
Steady hands and distance judging between objects.
Ben Carson is known for having “gifted hands” (there's a book called that, about him), so it makes sense that his minigame is based off of that. Now, surgery is a very complicated thing, so I wanted a game based off of the gifted hands part and not making a mini Trauma Center because that wouldn't be a minigame anymore. If Ben Carson were doing the surgery, it'd be a clean bisection. When you do it, it probably won't be.

Play The Minigame Here!

Stay tuned for future strategy guides for the other candidates! If there is any more information you'd like to know, Ludwig would be happy to share it. Be sure to play the entire game! Ludwig also patched a game-breaking bug in the full The Wonderful 1237 file (and this demo, of course) that allowed the completion of Ben Carson's minigame before it began. That's... bad to keep in.

The guide before this one was for John Kasich.
The guide after this one is for JEB! Bush.


  1. I almost fell asleep before the mini-game even started.


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