|Spent like 3+ hours playing this today, following a guide to find my way to the 4th level, Twinkle Palace... This whole region is really confusing to navigate when you don't have the Harpy transformation yet... Mounty Point is full of slippery slopes and spikes making it so you can't easily explore with the monkey.. and it seems like you can't even get through to Twinkle Palace from the Archer Forest entrance... |
It seemed like I would've had to go through the desert/Oasis Town again to get there through Mud Bog and Eagle Wasteland... but instead I warped to Zombie Caravan, which just happened to be next to Mud Bog at that time. So I could skip the desert.
This level was really annoying... it has these spinny launcher things that you use to navigate through large rooms with spikes all around it, but sometimes you can't tell which way to go and you accidently launch into spikes and die. After I got the Harpy transformation, the rest of the level and boss was super easy. Still eeded the guide for most of the warp squids though.
Then I went around everywhere using the guide to gather the remaining fireflies, heart holders, and last 2 warp squids from levels 2 and 3... Oh and the transformation talismans which let me attack in the animal forms. Up until now I only had the monkey's attack (useful for small enemies that I'd normally have to duck and attack), and the elephant attack (useless except for certain breakable walls and a few specific enemies)... The Harpy attack isn't very useful since I find it easier to just avoid airborne enemies than attack them in midair. Haven't even tried the spider venom yet...
Also I bought the secret "Advance Genie" dance power, [Down, Down, Up], which transforms you into a bandit with a sword attack that I guess has better vertical range.
The 12 fireflies light up the shrine in Water Town, which allows Shantae to read the scroll to learn the health recover dance power, which costs just 10 gems to use... Also I went around to every town and got the warp song and talked to that town's named character one last time...
Now all that's left is to enter Risky's hideout, which is hidden in the sky in Ladies' Desert... The only in-game hint you get for this is Mimic telling you to search the skies... I guess I'll want to save up 900 gems and buy that last special move from Water Town... and also buy/try all the other different items I haven't tried yet... Then just beat the game.