|Finished the rest of this game.. the last few stages were actually a bit different... they get more complex in the latter half for sure, and if I didn't decide to use a walkthrough map here, I would've just resorted to making my own map...|
There was a huge mansion maze, with tiny 2 pixel pathways that lead to some of the hidden passages.. The 2nd last stage didn't have shops or passes or a maze, it was just a straight "find the exit" stage. from here on all of the hidden passages are merely rest areas where you might find healing items. money is worthless now...
The last stage does have shops and a maze, but no passes, and the maze is completely optional. I died on accident here because of the shitty graphics for the water.. and that made this last stage very difficult. The enemies are incredibly fierce in this stage. I found the best way to deal with them is to kill them as soon as they spawn, rather than letting them pile up... I admit, without a guide here this probably would've taken me a few tries. I pretty much had to just take the fastest path to the maze (this maze was of course the biggest and most confusing one yet), and then it was just a short path to the exit... however, the exit isn't clearly distinguishable like it is in all the other levels. There are a bunch of wooden windows all in a row and you have to walk directly in between two specific ones to reach the exit.. the enemies don't let up at all here either.
Finally, beat the game and saw the ending cutscene. I suppose the only difference if you beat all 8 difficulties is you get a black screen with text saying "The End" or something... if I wanted to 5-star this game I'd do that, but nahh.