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From: warpio | Posted: 4/22/2015 11:06:20 AMUpdated: 11/21/2017 08:25:36 PM
|This is the first of the Dragon Quest-clone spinoff RPGs of the Goemon series.|
Man, it's been a long time since I've actually sat down and played one of these 8-bit JRPGs. They aren't very thrilling or satisfying to play in the slightest. They don't require any real strategy or thinking at all. But I dunno still there's something really meditative/relaxing about grinding through them... I guess things like walkthroughs and emulation speed up tools go a long way towards making these games more playable. Like, without a turbo button I don't think I'd have been able to sit through this shit.
Unfortunately, my hunt for a translation patch for this game came up short. I guess I'll just rely on a walkthrough to figure out what little bits and pieces of the story I can. I also have to play the game with a notepad open containing all of the menu translations so that I can at least figure out the attacks and the shop items/equipment and all that. it kind of adds a huge layer of difficulty onto this, but whatever, I need to beat this to satisfy my ocd.
From what I can tell, Goemon has lost his favorite pipe, and Ebisumaru helps him go to look for it. Then you start journeying to other towns and get caught up in other unrelated stuff. At one point early on, they get a lockpicking wire which lets them get through locked doors.. They come to a town full of cats, and a cat throws them in jail, and while escaping, they join up with a fugitive cat who was also in jail.
There's a part where you go through a dungeon to get a large diamond as a reward, but the only use for it is to give it to a random NPC, who gives you a fish in exchange for it. That fish is a key item needed to get up a waterfall to get to this one town. Just as they're approaching that town, a giant female robot walks by...
This game also introduces Yae for the first time. Except here she has black hair instead of green, and she thinks Goemon is an enemy when she first meets him.
Then, almost immediately after Yae joins, you have to temporarily replace her with this other girl, Lynn, and go through a dungeon with her to get some medicine to save her sick friend. It's kind of weird that you have this party member for just one dungeon and have to level her up to fight a boss, and then you never see her again...
After you give the chief the banana, he gives you the "Woman's Face" in exchange.. this is used to disguise your party as female so you can get passed some ninja guards in the basement of a teahouse, and there you finally get an item that lets you get through the entrance to a castle.. There you fight a robot controlled by some old man.. the old man then turns into a dog.
Then you leave the castle and the giant robot woman appears again... it seems that this giant robot is connected to the main enemy in this game.
Goemon finds a flying castle, then gets a beanstalk seed from somebody and uses it to get up to the castle to where the rest of his team is locked up.
They go into this final underwater dungeon, and fight a bunch of giant robots and aliens. Then they go back to the first town, and the real final boss shows up in Goemon's house, and beating him starts the ending sequence.
I really liked the enemy designs, they're definitely something you'd expect to see in a Mystical Ninja game...