As virtually any other game in the platform genre, Kid Chameleon keeps the Score for any game. (Nevertheless, notice that KC does not record highscores.) Aiming for the highest score is a good way to keep the game challenging once you have mastered its many levels.

The Point of PointsEdit

Every 50,000 points you get a free extra life, which you will probably need. Other than this, taking the 100,000 points trip, and possibly for honor and respect, aiming for high scores is just a matter of challenge.

Adding Up PointsEdit

There is no way to increase your score during the levels except for the highly rare 10000 points prize. The main way to get score is instead through bonuses, awarded for how well you handled the level. Perhaps for these two reasons, your score is not shown through most of the gameplay, except for the level finish animation after you touch a flag. (If you exit the level via a teleporter, you lose all the bonuses you would otherwise have been rewarded.)

In the order they are shown, the bonuses are:

Speed BonusEdit

If you get under the stage's predefined time limit, you get 10,000 points. The bonus is accompanied by a message reading Under XX seconds! The only way to find out what it is for each level is to beat it, or you could just check the Level Pars page.

The shortest time allowed to complete a level is 15 seconds in The Caged Beasts (Unless you want to include The Forbidden Tombs, or flagless levels, which are actually 0 seconds).

Path BonusEdit

The instruction booklet accompanying the original Sega cartridge mistakenly described Path Bonus as the extra score awarded for solving a level through the fastest way. Actually, the Path Bonus is rewarded in specific levels that are off the main path (with the exception of Stage 4).

What does it mean if a level is off the main path? For instance, The Pinnacle is the first level in the game to give an extra bonus of 10,000 points, because it is a secret level (accessible only through a teleporter in Dragonspike) and represents a long detour (you could have taken the flag in Dragonspike for Stormwalk Mountain, and instead you're taking the route through Pinnacle -> Hidden Canyon -> Stormwalk Mountain.)

In Stage 4, all levels offer a 25,000 points path bonus. The difficulty to collect it relies on the fact that the flag is very well hidden in all these levels.

The highest Path Bonus in the game is that of Frosty Doom in Stage 3: 50,000 points (= Extra Life) for the brave man who will go on to struggle his way through Bloody Swamp.

"No Prize" BonusEdit

Not picking up any prizes such as helmets, diamonds or clocks will net you 5,000 points. However, opening the prize block to see what's inside without picking up the prize is allowed. Prizes which are collected passively (10000 points and 10 diamonds) will also not cancel the bonus. An ankh or coin is a very good reason not to get this bonus.

"No Hit" BonusEdit

Not taking any hits during the level will also earn you 5,000 points.

Time BonusEdit

Every minute remaining on the clock gives you 1,000 points and every second gives 10 points. In the picture above, the remaining time on the clock was therefore 2:41. Clocks are essentially worth 3,000 points. Due to the nature of this system, note that there is a 410-point difference between 2:00 and 1:59.

Tips on HighscoringEdit

  • Go for the flag, whenever there is one.
  • Don't bother killing any enemies, unless safety dictates, to avoid losing the "No Hit" Bonus. You're working for free. And they're part of the ecosystem.
  • Try to collect prizes only in levels that don't have a flag, or have at least two clocks (see bullets 6 & 7).
  • When you do collect prizesCycloneand Skycutter are the best helmets for dashing through a level before your enemies even know what buzzed past them.
  • Go for the Speed Bonus in the fastest time possible in as many levels as you can.
  • If you know there is more than one clock in the level and you know for sure where they are, go get them. The No Prize bonus is only 5,000 points. Two clocks equal 6,000 points.
  • Be careful to avoid the strange speed bonus glitch. If you collect more than three clocks to give you 9,000+ points, the game will add 120 seconds to the total time you spent in that level, making the speed bonus impossible to get on most levels.
  • Take the path less traveled and play the levels that have 10,000-point blocks or really high Path Bonuses. The Path Bonus on one flag could be larger than the total bonuses of two flags!
  • Get lots of extra lives, as you may need them if you want to redo a level until you get a desired score.
  • Finally, for the most important tip of all, do the 100,000-point trip! It will start you off on the Woods of Despair 1 with 1,000,001 points!

Current RTA World Record HighscoresEdit

This is a list of the top 20 current real-time highscores for Kid Chameleon. If you wish to submit a score here, it must adhere to the rules.

Only highscores that show proof of score and no cheating are accepted here.
  • Cheating includes ANY save feature, TAS, game genie, code modification, etc.
  • Cheating does not include abusing glitches or pausing.

Here's a list of acceptable types of proof:

  • A full video of the run, from any available platform or even emulator, are acceptable.
  • For Sega Genesis only: one image or video that contains both the score and the console, which shows the cartridge plugged in and with no game genie attached.
  • A screenshot clearly showing it was done on a platform that does not have a save feature (ex. Sega Smash Pack 2, Blaze Handheld, etc.)
  • A screenshot from gameplay done on Retro Uprising
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High Score No 100K Trip High Score
1 1,817,001 by TheWinslinator 1,374,420 by Miles The Man
2 1,814,291 by Kitchengun 908,730 by Eep386
3 1,745,431 by Miles The Man 884,210 by William Link
4 1,728,111 by Skar800 817,740 by seanmegrey01
5 1,686,501 by Lord Molyb 748,200 by Hazenkain
6 1,580,081 by Tyadran 743,820 by Socknic
7 1,503,671 by jirka waggon 743,060 by TheWinslinator
8 1,391,321 by Bluslider 742,500 by Tyadran
9 1,383,521 by TRB_MetroidTeam 741,530 by gcarrillo
10 1,360,951 by BagelBros 738,360 by peaches
11 1,360,161 by Spellzapp 736,790 by BagelBros
12 1,357,491 by Chubbus 735,350 by bigsage85
13 1,356,711 by peaches 731,890 by Spellzapp
14 1,334,691 by Shazers 731,420 by Mindbot
15 1,324,301 by mostmol 727,480 by Midboss
16 1,306,621 by TheNumberScott 723,910 by SpiderPepper
17 1,291,131 by Cogumelando 721,150 by neskamikaze
18 1,264,661 by FinalCheetah 721,040 by rhode2nowere
19 1,242,021 by QuanticBlob 720,420 by Chubbus
20 1,032,321 by number juan 717,160 by KINGsamps0n

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