"My story will become your own, and yours will become mine."
There was a time when I was just a fish woman in a crystal. I broke free. I sung songs to the fauna of Home Springs. I collected many recipes. I acquired knowledge of my past, not through ancestry.co.uk, but by slaying underwater manifestations of gods. I got laid in a clam.
I did this and much, much more.
Ahh crap. I'm dead.
I suppose it was only a matter of time...
If you remember, I was approaching the Sun Temple when I last saved. I enter the temple...though it looks more like a workshop with all these mechanical fish swimming around...
|Bouncing off the walls...|
Moving the gears lowers and raises the water in the level. If you've played Ocarina of Time - it's basically the water temple. I swim to the far right hand corner of the map and see a gem lodged in a movable...er...cup. I drag this to one side, then lower the water in the level.
What happens next is basically a series of events where I move the gem, raise the water, move the gem, lower the water, etc, etc.
My wrist is developing RSI.
I bring the gem to the surprised fish. The sunlight in the room hits it, and the gem begins to radiate. It then falls out of its cup for some reason. Now, I can drag the gem around and it lights up darkened areas. Magic! On my travels I find a recipe for Royal Soup! Excellent.
|By appointment of her majesty...|
|Sup fellas? Fellas?|
|Dance of Death|
|Take this, and that, and this!|
|I'M A MONSTER!!!|
|Ouch....get me the paracetamol..|
But now, I'm a sun fish! Which means I can explore the darken abyss place...if I can remember where it was...
|SUN FISH YEAH!|
There doesn't seem to be much to this place. Some musical notes, but nothing seems to happen when I play them. I swim up and find an area where I can leap out of the water. I launch myself gracefully and fly towards the left hand side of the screen. I crash into the water and my character gasps. I've just launched myself towards a massive crab...
After a bit of fishy firepower, the claw falls off, and like any unprofessional surgeon, or should I say sturgeon (I shouldn't) I move on to amputate the crab's other claw, without his permission.
|If I just remove your claw...|
|He was totally Armless....heh|
|Aww yeah. Li?|
I'm desperately low on ingredients, so I head to the forest in order to stock up on leaves. As soon as I enter the area, I'm greeted by the nutter sea horse. His attacks are pretty lethal, but there are so many leaves in the area, I just make poultices to my hearts content; though I realise this is counter productive. One of his mates turns up, so I switch to the fire daemon mode and spam the right mouse button.
|Easy fella!! Oh...and Li is back!|
|Back off buddy! (where is Li?)|
I can't make any more health items.
In fact, I can't make anymore items at all.
I stare at my recipe book for a while.
I return to game, fully aware of what happens next.
It's been a while since I had to write one of these up, and indeed I did actually convince myself that I would be writing a different summary in a few weeks time, after completing this title. I'm not entirely sure if the forest is one of the main areas of the game story, the monsters in here seemed incredibly powerful, compared to the rest of it, perhaps it's like a side-quest or challenge thing? Regardless, the constant high damage should have served as warning enough to leave that place.
What would I have done differently? For starters, I should have used the shield song more often. I found that after unlocking the deadlier abilities with the other fish forms, I tended to favor attack over defense. Had I remembered to deploy my shield at the end, I reckon I would have survived.
I should have been constantly on the look out for ingredients in each area too, as the whole reason I went to the forest was to stock up. If I had more items, and paid more attention to the recipes, I could have made better "potions" with what I had.
The start of the game is quite slow, and a bit boring, but it becomes something truly different after you unlock the fire daemon song. It's a decent blend of old school metroid/castlevania games, and if you are a fan of that genre, I highly recommend you pick it up.
Time until death: 7.9hrs (according to steam!).
Final recipe count: 16 (4 pages in my cookbook)