And so, Wormeus had a great time, eating every apple in sight, surviving several close calls with the Pink Lady Stickotaurs, respawning after the occasional horribly squishy death, exploring different universes and making a name for himself within the Puzzling Stack Exchange community. After navigating several hundred similar mazes (not shown here), Wormeus had greatly improved his puzzle-solving skills and lived happily ever after … until one fateful day when he entered one wormhole too many and ended up in unfamiliar territory.
(Cue ominous muzak from Hero Wars MMORPG)
Wormeus glanced at the numbers tattooed on himself and all the other worms. Perhaps they were prisoner numbers and he was supposed to help them escape. On second thoughts the other worms were probably not his friends. Those with 4-digit numbers or higher looked particularly menacing.
Relax, deep breaths, think.
“Hang on a minute”, Wormeus thought to himself. “None of the other worms can move. Perhaps I might have a chance after all …” His thoughts were rudely interrupted by a guttural roar from row 1 column 9.
“Ah yes, the infamous Minotaur,” mused Wormeus. “We all know Theseus was a useless coward. Wasn’t even trying. All he ever did was run away. Perhaps this is my chance for glory – oh rot13(shpx) how am I supposed to do this?”
Normal Wormeus rules apply, but with the Pink Lady Stickotaur replaced with the Minotaur. The strength of Wormeus, the Minotaur and every enemy worm is indicated with a number in the same cell. Extra rules:
WORM BATTLE: If Wormeus moves onto the same square as an enemy worm then the weaker worm dies and gives all his strength to the stronger worm. Ties always favour the red worms.
BOSS BATTLE: If Wormeus and the Minotaur occupy the same square then the same rules apply and ties favour the Minotaur.
EASTER EGG POWER-UP: If Wormeus moves onto the same square as an easter egg his strength increases by X (where X is some value between 1 and 9), even if Wormeus’s original strength does not exceed the value of the easter egg.
Enemy worms and easter eggs never move and have no effect on the minotaur.
Wormeus needs TWO actions to move onto the same square as an enemy worm and defeat it. After the first action, fighting is mandatory. Wormeus only needs ONE action to move onto the same square as an easter egg and collect the power-up.
If Wormeus, the minotaur and an enemy worm all occupy the same square, the WORM BATTLE occurs before the BOSS BATTLE.
The Minotaur will always chase Wormeus, even if Wormeus has more strength than the Minotaur.
Your task is to kill the Minotaur in any number of moves. There is no special reward for quickest solution.