Log Post #5 of 7
Log Post #5 | From: warpio | Posted: 10/16/2016 08:12:00 PMUpdated: 10/16/2016 10:21:06 PM
|The desert level is very boring... just a straight linear path with no platforming or exploration at all... snake enemies that move toward you very fast, and scorpion enemies that take 3 hits and will shoot fireballs at you if you don't attack them right away (and even then you can block the fireballs with your shield)...|
Actually there was a couple side areas below ground on this linear path. The first one was just a long drop down to the bottom of a pit with bats flying around... there's nothing down here, it's just a punishment for falling. To get back up, you have to destroy all the bats which make some tiny moving platforms appear and get back up with those. The 2nd side area was a ladder going down to another underwater section. Switched to the trident and went down into the water to find the Sun key... oh and there's a door here that leads to a dead end room inside of a pyramid..
After a couple screens into the desert I get to the outside of the pyramid, which looks like it was taken straight out of SMB3... Further east of the here is just a dead end, with a cliff up above. There's a door in the middle of the pyramid that you needed the Sun key to get into.
The pyramid itself is surprisingly linear. There is literally nowhere for you to go but forward and no way to get lost. There are some ghost enemies and mummy that are taken out easily with the excalibur.. I found a treasure with the Moon key, then encountered some big shield/sword wielding mummy enemies. I just cheesed through them with fire storm because my health was getting low. then I encountered the 'boss' door... That leads to a talking sphinx, and instead of a battle it challenges you to a quiz. The first time I got here I answered all the questions incorrectly and got gameover just to see what would happen... it's not like it takes that long to get here again. The questions are all things relating to the towns, bosses, and NPCs you've encountered in the game so far.
Answering all 5 questions correctly, the sphinx lets me pass, and I get the Star key and an exit. Two more doors have appeared outside of the pyramid now, due to collecting the Moon key and Star key. The door on the right side of the pyramid is just a single room with a chest that had lightning magic... the left door leads to another path up the pyramid, and I find a warp pad that leads to the upper section of that cliff I encountered east of here.
This is just yet another linear, straight section with some easy enemies.. further right I get to the Dragon village... I went east of the village right away just to check out what's there, and there's a house with another door in it, and a dragon NPC who says I need the 4 pieces of Pygmy equipment to get through that door and into the volcano... and further right there's a tiny door I can't fit into... come to think of it there were a few tiny paths in the pyramid as well that I couldn't get through too.
I have 2 of the Pygmy items already but still need 2 more. All the shops in this dragon town are closed... the elder dragon says I need to go to the Ice World and get the Old Axe, and he gives me a bracelet that allows access into the Ice World.
oh yeah I remember that alternate sewer path that leads to a giant ice glacier... now I can get through that. there's another straight path with nothing but enemies, and no platforming.. just these giant penguin enemies that jump at you... easily defeated with two hits from the excalibur... and also these flying enemies that shoot a cold gust of wind at you and also turn the ground into ice.
the ice world village is full of magician people. the shop here has some more expensive equipment, but none of the Pygmy items I needed... I just went back and forth across that penguin path a few times to grind enough money to buy everything. The new spear weapon isn't even as good as the Excalibur, it's the same strength but with less defense.
anyway, one of the ice village people gave me a flying familiar thing for the ice castle level coming up. it occasionally shoots weak scythes at enemies..
The ice castle is entirely made of ice, that means having to deal with the ice physics that I was already introduced to by those ice shooting enemies before.
This level is more like what I expected out of this game. it's a Zelda 2 style dungeon with a lot of different ways to go, both vertically and horizontally. the ice yeti enemies here are really tough to avoid.. and sometimes I encounter giant yeti enemies at an optional area, and killing them rewards me with money or elixers or stuff like that... I'm using my magic attacks a lot more now in this level.
One of the rooms here has some platforming that makes use of the ice physics that make you go faster than normal. I found another one of the Pygmy items here and another heart container (it looked like I was already at max heart containers, but it squeezed another one in somehow)..
at the end there's a snowman boss that's pretty easy..., and then I got the old axe and an exit back to the village...
back at the dragon village, the shops are now open. I can get some new armor/shield.. the elder dragon gives me his grandson as a companion.. and the swordsmith dragon says he needs another item that he lost in order to make a sword from the old axe.
okay... damn now I'm stuck... still missing one of the Pygmy items needed to enter the volcano. No idea where to go from here.
Checked a guide and found out that I missed the Pygmy Sword at the ocean, near where I found the amulet. There was a land section I hadn't been to yet. okay fair enough...