|Now I'm in this starry hallway... one path leads up towards Area 3, one leads down towards the boss, and the other leads back towards the Goal I've already been to. There's this one weird secret door that doesn't lead anywhere except a part of a room that I've already been to where I'm just stuck in a corner and can only go back through the door I came in.|
Found another pink switch on the way to the boss, but this one doesn't open a way back to the hub, instead I think it's just like a save point?
Woah, now I'm in a castlevania-like aesthetic... there's stained glass windows on an overgrown castle wall in the background.
Defeated the King Golem, this game's version of Whispy Woods, and gained the first of (9?) mirror shards.
Back in the hub... there is actually another hub door opened up... it leads to another section of Area 1 that I've never been to yet... so this is what that 2nd pink switch did. And now when I look at the region map of Area 1 it's much more complex. It goes all around in a circle from where I first walked through Area 1, with many branching paths among that circle... and there are a couple links to Area 2 on the right side, 4 links to Area 4 at the top and upper right, links to Area 3 at the bottom, and a bunch of Area Goals which I guess are just for hunting treasures or getting to certain hard to find copy abilities.
There's no save & quit in the menu, so I'm assuming it autosaves at every door or at least every region transition or every time you go back