|I like how the Subrosia portals kind of act as shortcuts to get you around Holodrum faster. Although you have to know your way around really well to make use of this.|
There seems to be a good amount of sidequest content that you can do in both Holodrum and Subrosia in between each dungeon. There's also the big trading quest that spans the entire game... you can either do each little bit of it as soon as you can (which I did), or save all of it for later. Just like the trading quest in Link's Awakening though, you do need to complete it eventually to progress...
Wow this is cool, there's an overworld treasure map... I think this is like the first time a Zelda game has had a map that helps you find where the overworld treasure is.
Sunken City... found Gale seeds, a very useful item that lets you teleport to other gale seed trees... got a bit lost in this area... got to a fairy fountain just when I was about to die.... found the Zora Flippers that let you swim and dive underwater.
Another Subrosia portal... some Subrosian kids took my feather, and had to do a stealth minigame to get it back... Found the skeleton pirates' ship stuck in the sand... and another way into the Temple of Seasons, gained access to the Tower of Spring... Also explored a bit of the north side of Holodrum where the Temple of Seasons used to be... this place looks really cool.
Found Bananas for Moosh at Mt. Cucco... this place is a bit puzzley to navigate...
Level 4 - Dancing Dragon Dungeon... the middle floor is kinda similar to the nazi symbol dungeon in Zelda 1.
This level was pretty tough, but mostly just because of the enemies and obstacles. Those Stalfos and Wizzrobes are tough... Also, Agahnim from LttP is a miniboss here... what? And the main boss is Gohma. It's weak to ember seed slingshot attacks instead of the bow + arrow.
Got the 4th essence, Soothing Rain.
Bathed in drops of Soothing Rain, shoots grow into saplings!Found another way into the Temple of Seasons in Subrosia, and got the power of Autumn... then I was able to get to the next dungeon very easily... Wow, this "Eyeglass Lake" area, I'm pretty sure this is literally the same location as Level 1 in LoZ... the similarities are way too much... At this point I'm convinced this game was originally meant to be a remake of the first Zelda.
Level 5 - Unicorn's Cave... it's sort of shaped like a unicorn's head I guess...
The magnet glove... this was in Four Swords as well. I guess it originated from this game. The boss of this level is Digdogger, but he's a lot different than in Zelda 1... pretty tough too. I beat him on like the 3rd try, and that was still very close I was on like the last heart.
Got the 5th essence, Nurturing Warmth.
Balmy days build strong saplings with their Nurturing Warmth!