Each Picture investigation and Puzzle game costs Energy points to play.
The number of energy points required varies between pictures/puzzles (with the pictures/puzzles you unlock at highest levels costing the most for each play) and also increases as the level of the picture/puzzle increases.
Pictures that contain anomalies cost additional energy points to play, unless you banish the anomaly before playing.
You can find your current number of energy points at the top centre of your Home Desktop (number 5 in the Home Desktop picture to the right).
Note: Energy Points are different to Strength points. Using weights that restore strength points will not increase your energy points. Strength points are used to charge your friends pictures and awards when visiting them.
Energy Level and Maximum EnergyEdit
Number 5 in the picture of a Home Desktop above shows your current and maximum energy points in the form: current energy points/maximum energy points. In the example in the picture, the player has 617 out of a maximum 290 energy points available (clearly this player hasn't been playing very many pictures!).
Your maximum energy points increase by 5 for each level you increase in the game. You can also increase your maximum by using a Dinner (restores all energy and adds 10 points to your maximum) or a Holiday event equivalent of a Dinner (restores all energy and adds 15 points to your maximum, e.g. the Gingerbread House from the Christmas Update).
Your energy points restore slowly over time and are restored to maximum every time you reach a new level in the game.
Your energy recovers over time at a rate of 1 energy point every 3 minutes. The clock under your energy points (number 6 in the picture of a Home Desktop) shows how much time is left before a new energy point is restored.
Once you reach your maximum, the clock stops and your energy will not start restoring again until your energy points drop below the maximum level again. However, you can still gain energy points from awards or by using Food items in your inventory, and these will still be added to your current total energy points, even if the total is more than your maximum (see the example in the Home Desktop picture above, the player has 617 energy points, even though their clock has stopped restoring energy since they are above their maximum of 290 points).
You can increase the rate your energy restores for a short period of time by using Talismans you can win in the game such as Winged Lightning (triples energy recovery for 30 minutes) and Super Winged Lightning (increases energy recovery rate by 5 for 90 minutes) or using Talismans you can buy in the shop for crystals such as Angel Wings (increases energy recovery rate by 10 for 2 hours). The Witch's Talisman Artefact triples the rate of energy point restoration like the regular Winged Lightning Talisman, but for 24 hours instead of 30 minutes. (This means that the Super Winged Lightning is still the best energy restoration tool available to win in the game). You can leave a Super Winged Lightening running at night while your device is on standby and energy will increase overnight.
Using Food to Restore EnergyEditAs you play pictures and puzzles your energy supply will be reduced by the cost of each play. Once you run out of energy points you must either wait for your energy points to restore at a rate of 1 energy point every 3 minutes (or faster if you are using Talismans/Artefacts) or you can use Food items you win in the game or buy using crystals to restore some of your energy so you can continue playing.
If you try to press the research button on a picture or puzzle investigation when you do not have the required amount of energy points you will be given the option to use a food item in your inventory, buy the food item you require in the shop for crystals, or given the amount of time you must wait to earn the energy required to play. You can use food items at any point in the game by pressing the inventory icon on your Home Desktop to open your Inventory and selecting the Energy tab. Pressing the icon for any food item you have in your inventory will bring up a box describing what the item does, which awards reward the item and how many you currently have in your inventory.
There are currently 6 Food items available in the game:
|Cappuccino||30 energy points|
|Ice Cream||50 energy points|
|Donut||100 energy points|
|Lunch Box||150 energy points|
|Energy Drink||250 energy points|
|Dinner|| Fully restores all energy points
and increases maximum energy by 10 points
During time restricted Holiday events added by certain updates there may be additional food items available to win in the game. There are usually 6 new food items which are holiday themed. These items restore equivalent amounts of energy as the normal food items, but each one restores slightly more energy than their non-holiday equivalent:
|Energy Item||Halloween Equivalent||Christmas Equivalent||Valentines Equivalent||Holiday Items Energy Value|
|Cappuccino||Potion of Cheerfulness||Eggnog||Cocktail||36 energy points|
|Ice Cream||Sugar Skulls||Candy cane||Cake||60 energy points|
|Donut||Candy apple||Gingerbread cookies||Zephyr cake||120 energy points|
|Lunch Box||Pumpkin pie||Christmas pudding||Roll cake||180 energy points|
|Energy Drink||Vampire drink||Christmas Punch (called Holiday drink 2013/2014)||Yogurt||300 energy points|
|Dinner||Basket of Sweets||Gingerbread house||Sponge cake|| Fully restores all energy points
and increases maximum energy by 15 points
During the Valentines update, the holiday food items only reward extra energy for the first 2 days of the event for iOS devices. After that, they only awarded 4 or 5 energy points. G5 games have reported that this move was on purpose, and the extra points the Valentines food items restored at the beginning of the Valentines Challenge was a time sensitive special treat to launch the event. However, this change in value of the items from standard holiday equivalent values to 4-5 energy points only affected iOS devices, all other platforms that received the update continued to receive the correct amount after the first few days of the challenge. Additionally, these items were restored to their original energy values by the following Tavern Update, and any left in an iOS player's inventory went back to giving the correct amount of energy once they updated to the Tavern update.
Collections that reward Food itemsEdit
|Collection Name||Item Created||Coins Earned||Rewards||Energy Earned|
|Chess Pieces||Chess Board||1000||Ice Cream||50|
|Windows to the World||Magnificent Picture||2250||Cappuccino x2||60|
|Psychic's Power||Psychic Orb||3000||Cappuccino x2||60|
|Historical Warriors||Collected Commander||3250||Ice Cream x1||50|
|Global Visions||Lucky Snow Globe||5750||Donut x1||100|
|Grandmother's Jam||Grandmother's Jam||6250||Cappuccino x3||90|
|Parade of Princesses||Portrait of Beauty||7750||Energy Drink x1||250|
|Bottled Boats||The Black Rose||9000||Dinner x1||Max + 10|
|Colorful Set||Colored Pencil Set||9250||Cappuccino x5||150|
|Voodoo Magic||Voodoo Doll||8000||Dinner x1||Max + 10|
|Animal Tracks||Pathfinder's Encyclopedia||15000||Lunch Chest x1||460|
|Data storage device||Hard drive||10000||Ice Cream x2||100|
|Art Supplies||Easel||11000||Donut x1||100|
|Magical Ingredients||Malachite casket||12000||Lunch Box x1||150|
|Strange instruments||Box of strange instruments||13500||Ice Cream x2||100|
|Police notes||Typewriter||14000||Donut x1||100|
|Flatware||Serving set||14500||Lunch Box x1||150|
|Magical amulets||Bag with amulets||15250||Energy Drink x1||250|
|Essential oil burners||Set of essential oil burners||N/A||Hand Fan x2, Ice Cream||50|
|Security system||Control unit||N/A||Energy Drink x1||250|
|Hunting traps||Animal traps||N/A||Mystic Mirror x2, Cappuccino x1||30|
|Magic crystals||Complete crystal holder||N/A||Holy Water x2, Ice Cream x1||50|
|Prophetic objects||Magical 8 ball||N/A||Hand Fan x3, Cappuccino x1||30|
|Paranormal investigation||Neutron cannon||N/A||Magical Lantern x2, Cappuccino x2||30|
|Ouija board||Ouija board||N/A||Mystic Mirror x2, Donut x1||100|
|Cornelius's personal belongings||Crumpled sheet of paper||N/A||Hand Fan x2, Donut x1||100|
|Cornelius's diary||Secret diary||N/A||Mystic Mirror x3, Ice Cream x1||50|
|Cornelius's decoding tools||Decoding monocle||N/A||Lunch Box x2||300|
|Lost notes||Secret note in the diary||N/A||Holy Water x2, Lunch Box x1||150|
|Substantial breakfast||Porridge||N/A||Donut x3||300|
|Overhead projector||Overhead projector||N/A||Magical Lantern x2, Lunch Box x1||150|
|Eastern sweets||Tray of sweets||N/A||Holy Water x3, Donut x1||100|
|Lullaby music||Hurdy-gurdy||N/A||Magical Lantern x3, Lunch box x1||150|
|Wind instruments||French horn||N/A||Energy Drink x2||500|
|Hair accessories||Tiara||N/A||Dinner x1||Max + 10|
|Symmetrical inkblots||Rorschach test||N/A||Dinner x2||2x Max + 30|
|Unique paperclips||Magnifier paper clip||N/A||Cappuccino x1, Scroll x1||30|
|Week of terror||Girl in white||10000||Ice Cream x1||50|
|Set of negatives||Familiar face in the picture||7500||Donut x1||100|
|Magical ink||Bottle of ink||N/A||Cappuccino x1||30|
|Christmas hero||Santa Claus||N/A||Cappuccino x1||30|
|Drastic Measures||Magical Key||N/A||Cappuccino x1||30|
|Holiday Traditions||Flower Petals||N/A||Cappuccino x1||30|
|Ornamental plates||"India" plate||N/A||Cappuccino x1||30|
|Caesar salad||Caesar salad||N/A||Cappuccino x1||30|
|Legendary plates||"Augean stables"||N/A||Cappuccino x1||30|
Talismans and Artefacts that increase EnergyEdit
Below is the list of Talismans and Artefacts that increase a player's Energy points (either through restoration or through Food items listed above).
|Winged Lightning||x3 energy restoration||30 minutes|
|Super Winged Lightning||x5 energy restoration||90 minutes|
|Angel wings||x10 energy restoration||120 minutes|
|Witch's Talisman||x3 energy restoration||24 hours|
|Valentine's Amulet||-10% energy per play||12 hours|
|Sakura Talisman||-5% energy per play||24 hours|
|Sea Amulet||+25% energy points added when using energy items||24 hours|
The following Energy Talismans could be won by players during previous Timed Challenge events and are no longer available to win in the game:
|Holiday Talisman||x5 energy restoration||24 hours|
|Golden Antelope||x5 energy restoration||2 hours|
|Holiday Talisman||x5 energy restoration||24 hours|
|Traveler Talisman||x5 energy restoration||24 hours|
|Solemnity Talisman||x5 energy restoration||24 hours|
|Halloween Talisman||x5 energy restoration||24 hours|
|Christmas Talisman||x5 energy restoration||24 hours|
|Mountain Skier Talisman||x5 energy restoration||24 hours|
|Talisman of Spring||x5 energy restoration||24 hours|
|Talisman of the Sun||x5 energy restoration||24 hours|
Collections that reward Energy TalismansEdit
Below is the list of collections that reward energy talismans such as Winged Lightning and Super Winged Lightning. See the List of Collections for a full list of collections and what they reward and the Artefacts page for details on the Witch's Talisman Artefact which also increases the rate of energy restoration.
|Collection Name||Item Created||Coins Earned||Rewards||Extra Energy Earned|
|Fragrant Flowers||Gorgeous Bouquet||2500||Winged Lightning x2||40|
|Wild Rings||Phoenix Ring||2750||Super Winged Lightning x2||240|
|Grandmother's Needlework||Trunk of a handy woman||6000||Talisman Chest x1||120|
|Fairy tales||Collection of fairy tales||10000||Winged Lightning x1||20|
|Ancient Legends||Hercules||10000||Super Winged Lightning x1||120|
|Legendary shields||Lancelet's shield||N/A||Angel Wings||360|
|Legendary armor||Wigar armor||N/A||Angel Wings||360|
|Mysterious gadget||Blocker||N/A||Angel Wings||360|