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FAQ/Walkthrough (EU) by falsehead

Version: Final | Updated: 08/07/01


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******************************* VIB RIBBON **********************************
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                     Playstation Music Game released 2000 UK (PAL)

                          English Language FAQ (Final Version)

Author - falsehead (Sophie Cheshire). Contact me at falsehead@aol.com


vib ribbon is a music game that allows you to play any music CD as a game.
Inserting your music CD in when prompted will caue the sophisticated music
programme to analyse the music and created a line of shapes based on the
rhythm, tempo and melody of the song or instrumental track. The line is made up
of four basic shapes, block, pit, wave and loop, plus combinations of two
different shapes.  Along this line dances a rabbit called vibri, by timing you
button presses she clears obstacles on the line and increases your score.

This FAQ is being written for all of those people struggling with the Japanese
version and who may want to know what all the menu screens mean and just what
darling little vibri is telling us all! Plus some friends and me have attempted
to translate some of the songs so I hope you find our efforts at the lyrics and
inspiration for you to try and figure them out yourselves.

This FAQ is copyright Sophie Cheshire 2001.  If you want to use it you can but
email me first for politeness sake.

A big thankyou to Matt at http://cyan.askee.net for allowing me to use his
translations for the two japanese songs. Check out his site, its the best vib
ribbon site I've seen on the net!

Check out Sony Europe's Official Vib Ribbon site at this address (you'll need
Flash though)
http://www.playstation-europe.com/games/mini_sites/vibribbon/vibflash/english/vib_ribbon.html

I also have the Vib Ribbon songs as MPEGS email me if you would like them!!

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                                     FAQ

Q1:  What is Vibri?
A: Vibri is the rabbit you guide along the ribbon created by the music.

Q2: Argh she just turned in to a Frog, then a Worm!
A:  Make nine mistakes in one form and you will be devolved down into the next
form. Keep devolving and the game will end.  The evolutionary stages are evolve
up from rabbit to queen-angel vibri, evolve back down to rabbit, frog and worm.
 Make nine mistakes as the worm and it's game over.

Q3:  So I'm a stinking, dirty Frog then, how do I get back?
A: Clear twenty shapes without messing up and you will evolve up one level.
Behind you  is a circle of dots, each shape cleared adds to that circle.  Mess
up and the circle clears.

Q4:  Ok so what's so special about Queen-angel vibri?
A:  Your score goes up big time as the Queen.  Look at the shapes (coupons)
that swirl behind you, each shape cleared as worm, frog or rabbit adds only one
piece to the row of shapes.  Clear shapes as the queen and the shapes fill in
much quicker!

Q5: But what do the shapes mean?
A:  The better you do the more spectacular shapes you'll have when you finish.
These translate into your score.  You start off with thin purple crosses and
lines and these gradually build into bright yellow hexagons and double
triangles etc.  At the end these are added up to form your score.

Q6:  Whats this bonus about?
A: Depending on what state your in when you finish you'll get a clear bonus
added to your score.  If you are the Queen you get about a quarter of your
score again added on. Vibri gets about a fifth, the frog about a seventh and
the Worm a big fat zero.

NOTE:  In the Vib ribbon game songs there are two per level.  At the end of the
first song no matter what you state you start the next song as vibri.  However
your score coupons are carried over and your end bonus for finishing the
previous song is added to them.

Q7:  How else can I get points?
A: A few more points can be gained though freestyling.  If you perform a move
on the line before a shape that did not require that move to clear it you will
get a small freestyle bonus if you then clear the shape successfully.
Eg.  You see wave coming up, but do a move for clearing a block just before
then quickly clear the wave.  Just doing a wave move before would get you
nothing.

Q8:  Who is responsible for this madness?
A: The company are called Nana On Sha.  The fellow behind that company is
Masaya Matsuura who also gave us the brilliant Parappa the Rapper and Un Jammer
Lammy.

Q9:  Wibble, why didn't it come out in the US?
A: Well although it was critically well received on import in the US the poor
sales of Parappa and Um Jammer must have put them off making the effort to
market it over there.  Lucky old Europe won out this time usually we have to
put up with non-releases and look at America with jealous eyes.

Q10: I don't Understand what you are supposed to do on the Speed Courses?
A: Well this is not quite so clear cut.  You must have your own CD for this,
select
speed option and choose a difficulty.  Now the ribbon will only move towards
you at a slow rate from one direction.  You have to clear the obstacles to
speed
the ibbon up, the faster you clear the obstacles, the quicker the timer hand at
the
top moves towards the goal.  The line gest faster th more shapes you complete
with
out messing up.  To get really good scores yo must perform freestyle moves
inbetween shapes, that increases the lines speed futher.

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                                     MENUS

After the introduction you'll get a language menu (European version) and then a
second menu - GAME, HOW TO PLAY, LANGUAGE.

Then after choosing GAME you'll get four options:
- Play With Vib Ribbon Disc
- Play With Own Choice Of CD
- Options
- Back

1) PLAY WITH VIB RIBBON DISC.  Here you can choose three difficulty levels.
- Bronze (Easy) Songs are 'Polaroid' and 'Sunny Day'
- Silver (Normal) Songs are 'Laugh and Peace' and 'Universal Dance'
- Gold (Hard) Songs are 'Overflowing Emotions' and 'Roll Along'
- High Scores
- Back

HIGH SCORES (Vib Ribbon Disc)

BRONZE 1) 6000
       2) 4000
       3) 2000

SILVER 1) 6000
       2) 4000
       3) 2000

GOLD 1) 5500
     2) 3500
     3) 1500

* If you beat the 3rd score Vibri will sing a little song for you on completion
of the track.  Beat the 2nd or 1st score and her song will be a little longer
and congratulate you more.

FAILING A SONG WILL MAKE VIBRI UNHAPPY!!!!
She will cry, or feign suicide or even run at the screen yelling "GRRRRRR". So
don't let her down OK?  These apply to all high scores including the free plays
with you own CDs.

2) PLAY WITH OWN CHOICE OF CD. Insert any music disc and choose from the
following.

- Single Track (choose one track to play though)
- All Tracks (tackle the whole album in one go)
- Speed (take the speed challenge)
- Auto (let Vibri demonstrate for you)
- High Score
- Back (return to previous menu)

HIGH SCORES (PLAY WITH OWN CD)

SINGLE 1) 6500
       2) 4500
       3) 2500

ALL 1) 50 000
    2) 35 000
    3) 20 000

SPEED COURSE DIFFICULTIES AND HIGH SCORES

BRONZE 50/60/70
SILVER 55/65/75
GOLD 65/75/85

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                     LYRICS TO THE VIB RIBBON SONGS.

Well these aren't exactly the lyrics, sung as they are in slightly impenetrable
japlish.  But we've had abit of a stab at figuring them out.  The last two Gold
Tracks are in japanese but we have had translations very kindly supplied to us
(see tracks for details).

BRONZE TRACK ONE - 'POLAROID'

Walking by the ribbon
Up its spiny side
Raindrops falling me
I have no umbrella

Search in my car
Search in my house
I can't find just anything I want
Search in my heart
Search in my hopes
There's no rules so
Any time, any place

Walking by the ribbon
Up its spiny side
Raindrops falling me
I have no umbrella

Walk until I find it
Such a happy time
Please say "Good night" to me
I feel all alone

Ready for you
Ready for me
I don't know what I'm just looking for
Ready for life
Ready for death
There's no rules so
Any time, any place

Looking for my answer
Looking for my dreams
Starting over
Looking for my answer
Looking for my future
Hey, I gotta watch, I know

Step by step
Walk through mountains
Step by step
Walk through oceans
Step by step
Walk forever
I'll be running

Jumping down
Walk through mountains
Jumping down
Walk through oceans
Jumping down
Walk forever
I can guess everything

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BRONZE TRACK TWO - 'Sunny Day'

Sunny days every morning
I wake up and see it's so fine day
Whenever I hop out of bed
Greet you and always you're very kind

After a long time
I'll see you today
Over a long distance
Now you're coming to me much

There's no time
Hurry up
Everything's so fantastic
There's no time
Hurry up
Don't be late
Just be on time

Somehow I go up my house
There is smoke
It's too special
Like my bus still spin their wheels
So fast, so fast
Boy, I don't have time

Same town, same streets
Same shopping as usual
Anything and everything
Make me happy and tendentious

There's no time
Hurry up
There comes a time
We're growing up now
There's no time
Hurry up
Don't worry, I'll come soon

There's no time
Hurry up
Everything's so fantastic
There's no time
Hurry up
There will be someone
There's no time
Hurry up
You will play before you go, you
There's no time
Hurry up
Get up and be ready for your happy life

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SILVER TRACK ONE - 'Laugh and Peace'

Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen

Don't stop now
Don't stop now
Laugh at things that are really
Laugh and Peace
Stop now
Stop now
Laugh at things that are really unusual
Laugh and Peace
Shake it out

Yo, the beats are strong
Yo, the beats are strong
But the night is long
Laugh and laugh and laugh and
Things that are really there

Yo, the beats are strong
Yo, the beats are strong
But the night is long

Laugh and Peace and Peace and Peace and Peace
Laugh and Peace and Peace and Peace and Peace
Laugh and Peace and Peace and Peace and Peace
Laugh and Pe and Pe and Pe

Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen

Yeeeoww!

Don't stop now
Don't stop now
Laugh at things that are really
Laugh and Peace
Stop now
Stop now
Laugh at things that are really unusual
Laugh and Peace
Shake it out

Yo, the beats are strong
Yo, the beats are strong
But the night is long
Laugh and laugh and laugh and
Things that are really there

Yo, the beats are strong
Yo, the beats are strong
But the night is long

Laugh
Laugh
Really, really, really, wow!
And
And that are
Really, really, really

Don't stop now
Don't stop now
Laugh at things that are really
Laugh and Peace
Stop now
Stop now
Laugh at things that are really unusual
Laugh and Peace

Yo, the beats are strong
Yo, the beats are strong
But the night is long
Laugh and laugh and laugh and
Things that are really there

Yo, the beats are strong
Yo, the beats are strong
But the night is long

Waaaaaaaaaah

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SILVER TRACK TWO - 'Universal Dance'

One, two!
One, two, three, four!

I just want to shake my head
Can't get rest; stop hurting each other!
I just want to stomp my feet
Can't get peace; stop arguing!
I just want to shake my hips
Can't get rest; stop fighting!
I just want to clap my hands
Can't you see; go get some for me

Do you want to shake your head?
And get you hurting each other!
Do you want to stomp your feet?
And get bored; stop arguing!
Do you want to shake your hips?
And get bored; stop fighting!
Do you want to clap your hands?
And get big; don't stop for your

Don't stop now for all bitter and sad things
Don't do things that master didn't; it's spreading
Let's go home

You can love, baby; it's gonna be happy
You can give a friend reason so don't stop
Don't stop; don't stop; it's gonna be crazy
You can give a friend rhythm so don't stop
Some day, every day
Everything, anything, anywhere
We're having fun

Now's the time for all bitter and sad things
Now do things that master didn't; it's spreading
Let's go home

You can love, baby; it's gonna be happy
You can give a friend reason so don't stop
Don't stop; don't stop; it's gonna be crazy
You can give a friend reason so don't stop
Some day, every day, everything
Every life, everyone
Vib Ribbon
Everything has its day
Everything, anything, got to move!
We're having fun

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GOLD TRACK ONE - 'Overflowing Emotions'

translated by Mamiko Inoue and Matt Nitchie
cyan.askee.net
mnitchie@mail.smu.edu
(posted with permission)

YOU'RE NOT A BABY ON MY HEART.
I'M NOT YOUR MAMMY.
DO YOU KNOW? I CAN'T YOU SEE.

i am just kidding, but it comes true
it's blowing, chattering, i promise

when you get hungry, i give you milk
your sleeping face......so....

have fun, then get tired, lie down, and get up
you've never been spoiled, so i'll let you be spoiled
even if you feel lonely and want to cry, don't cry
you are really a baby

YOU'RE NOT A BABY ON MY HEART.
I'M NOT YOUR MAMMY.
DO YOU KNOW? I CAN'T YOU SEE.

YOU'RE NOT A BABY ON MY HEART.
I'M NOT YOUR MAMMY.
DO YOU KNOW? I CAN'T YOU SEE.

when you get hungry i give you milk
i'm glad to be with you.....so....

have fun, then get tired, lie down, and get up
you've never been spoiled, so i'll let you be spoiled
even if you fall down and want to cry, don't cry
you are really a baby

YOU'RE NOT A BABY ON MY HEART.
I'M NOT YOUR MAMMY.
DO YOU KNOW? I CAN'T YOU SEE.

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GOLD TRACK 2 - 'Roll Along'

translated by Mamiko Inoue and Matt Nitchie
cyan.askee.net
mnitchie@mail.smu.edu
(posted with permission)

let's walk with face up
walk with arms swinging

even if that way is ROUGH
don't give up, and go on
knock on the next door there
then go on the next step
go straight always

let's walk with face up
walk with arms swinging

walk over tall mountains
and big valleys, don't give up
go to the new place
without looking back, cross the bridge over there
make friends there
we'll get along

even if that way is ROUGH
don't give up, and go on
knock on the next door there
then go on the next step
go straight always

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VIBRI'S SPECIAL SONG

(If you choose "How to Play in the first menu Vibri will sing and demonstrate
the game, here are the lyrics for non-english version owning players)

la la la la
oh what fun
whoops that was close (jumps block)
Vib Ribbon is a game where you press the buttons
that match the sound generated shapes

WAAGH!! This is what happens when you make a mistake! (devolves)
Don't worry you can still make it (evolves back)

Vib Ribbon only uses 4 buttons
L1, R1, d-pad down and X

It's really simple!

Look out there's a lot coming this way
Press L1 and you'll jump right over it!

Here comes a block
Press L1 for Blocks
Press L1 for Blocks

Here comes a Loop
Press R1 for loops
Press R1 for Loops

Next comes a Pit
Press d-pad down
Press d-pad down

Next is a Wave
Press X for Waves
Press X for Waves

Phew, I'm shattered.

But it's not over yet.

Hang on..

Hey what's this shape?

It's a Block with a Pit so press L1 and d-pad down together

I see, Oh no there are loads coming!
Check the instructions for more

OK time to try the Bronze course

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So I hope you get a chance to try this excellent game. Any comments, should be
sent to me at falsehead@aol.com

Thanx to all at www.gamefaqs.com for being such a laff and giving me the push
to actually start contributing my own work.




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