After half an hour of searching, and finally resorting to watching the first part of a speedrun on YouTube, I eventually found somewhere I could reach but hadn’t been to yet. And so, I had opened up a huge new area!
In fact, my exploration status went from about 65% of the castle, to 102% in this evening’s play. No, that isn’t a mistake – it turns out there are two castles. Cripes.
Both are effectively the same layout, but with slightly different graphics and enemies. Sort of like the light and dark worlds of Link to the Past. Yeah, so not content with stealing Metroid‘s raison d’etre, Konami have nicked bits of Zelda too. ACE! 🙂
Anyway. I have killed loads of bosses now. There seem to be hundreds of them in this game. Got rid of a giant slime, a giant skeleton, a giant Peeking Eye, and a few other things which were not all giant things. Also pushed a huge Guardian Armour into a clock mechanism, mincing him and spitting out a load of Guardian Armour items I could wear, improving my stats considerably. I’ve also come across Maxim again, who is now slightly less scary than he was previously, and Death, who I couldn’t kill as he ran away.
I’m on about level 26 now too, and have collected a pile of items for Juste’s room. Yeah, he has a room in the castle. I don’t know why. It’s all a bit Pokémon, actually.