Just had a quick go, working my way to one of the caves at the back of Perplexing Pool, and grabbing some treasure on the way. Got into a cave, seemingly set in a toy room. I’ve done three sub-levels so far, and it seems very easy. There’s not a lot of treasure to be had yet either.
Went back to Perplexing Pool today, and drained a large area of the level. This also provided access to another dungeon, which I went on to complete. There was a boss at the end (as usual) who was tricky to kill (again) until the method of doing so was found. That he was easy. After that, I wandered around Perplexing Pool for a bit, and then got attacked by loads of huge baddies (including the giant spider thing from another cave which just appeared from nowhere) and lost about 40 Pikmin to them. Found a bit of treasure, and rebuilt my Pikmin army then. Up to 78% debt repaid now.
Went back to this for an hour or so, and managed to gain another level. Still not powered up enough for my new axe, but slowly getting there. Made a fair bit of money (for someone on level 11!) too, and did a far-too-easy mission.
Got myself a bit more money, and then decided to see if I couldn’t upgrade some weapons and stuff. And couldn’t, as they’re all far too expensive. So I decided to try the Trade Skill functions, and make myself a weapon instead.
This involved more than I thought – I needed a recipe, a construction kit, and four items. I managed to combine the first two items, but then found my Computer Literacy wasn’t of a high enough level for the next one. Luckily, some helpful person in the shape of a Batmobile combined the last few bits for me. Meijong, I think their name was. Anyway, I have a shiny new axe-that-looks-like-a-sickle, but haven’t got the 1337 skillz to wield it yet. Still, it cost me a lot less than one of similar power, so when I go up another couple of levels, I can use it. Probably.
Finished the dungeon I was in, racking up to 64% debt repaid in the process. Collected loads of Bulborb Pikmin thingies whilst I was down there too, although when I finished the dungeon, they didn’t follow me out. Shame, since they’re everything-proof, it seems. Had a bit of a hard time with the boss of the cave; some huge great slug Bulborb Queen thing, that kept spewing mini-Bulborbs out of her arse, and rolling around flattening everything (mostly my Pikmin). She was defeated eventually though.
Not a great record for the day, sadly, with so many dead Pikmin. Made up for it a bit though by growing some 200 more. Also went over to the third level and did a bit of killing and exploring in the water with my Blue Pikmin.
Am working my way through another dungeon in the Valley of Repose at the moment. Have found some bulb-baddie thingies with leaves on them that seem to like me, and act like Pikmin. Very bizarre. Just as well I found them too – most of my yellow Pikmin got squashed by another rock-firing baddie, and I needed some electricity-proof Pikmin to get through some of the sublevels. Thankfully, these new allies are electricity immune too!
Managed to gain another level today, and a few nice bits of gear too. I took on one of the nasty Reptilian-Xindi-lookalikes (a Shadow) in the subway, who was two levels above me, and won. Loads of XP and a piece of chest armour that knocked my Melee AC up from about 10 to about 55. Which was nice. Killed a Vagrent, which gave me a weapon to go with my Kinetic Axe: a Vintage Red Wine Bottle. PH33R ME!
More fun today in the Valley of Repose. Realised I had some more treasures to find above ground, so set off to kill the two big baddies I hadn’t yet seen off. One was another rock-firing thingie that killed 10 Pikmin, and the other was a flaming thingie that I couldn’t kill with blue Pikmin (‘cos it was flaming), and couldn’t kill with red fire-proof Pikmin (as I had to cross water to get there). Coaxed the flaming munchy thing to the water, and the fire went out. Finished him off with blue Pikmin. Sadly, the baddie was hungry and chomped down 20 or so of them. Ah well – two more treasures got, and 47%-ish done.
I have now become a bit more, as they say in this game, UBER. I’ve bought myself a cheap healing nanoprogram, which has made things a LOT easier. Until I ran into six Shadows that some guy was fighting. He nearly died, so I healed him. And so they came after me instead. Run away! Managed to get out of the Subway of West Athen with just 3HP left. Phew.
Not doing so well on this today. Managed to get myself killed by a Level 5 Filth Flea. I mean, COME ON, that’s like banging a shin and losing all my health.
Finished what I started last night, and made my way into the Subterranean Complex cave in the Valley of Repose. First few floors were pretty easy, but then I had to kill some floaty things which dropped bombs, and some electric beetle things, and some spidery things, AND get rid of some poison clouds, all in the same three square millimetres. Lost a few Pikmin, but made it through.
Then had some big metallic thing that kept firing things at me to contend with, but managed, and picked up loads of treasure. By level 8 I was wondering when this dungeon was going to end. Stocked up on purple Pikmin from some flowers, and went down to level 9 to defeat (after a few attempts) a big metal spider with a laser. Erk. 45% of the way to repaying the debt now, which is the aim of the game.
I decided to go back to the Valley of Repose (the first level) today, now I’m armed with every type of Pikmin. Although I opened up a fairly large area (and killed another bodyless bird, and some other things), about 40 of my Pikmin got squished by a rock fired from a big baddie. Bah.
Waving my arms around in front of the TV is not something I generally do. Shout and swear at it, yes, but not pretend I’m actually part of a game by doing so. EXCEPT WAIT! I am part of the game! With the Eyetoy, you too can actually be in Virtua Fighter, Puyo Puyo, Super Monkey Ball and other Sega games. Almost.
Well, it was fun for a bit anyway. My arms hurt too. Some games work better than others:
Yes: Puyo Puyo, Samba de Amigo, House of the Dead
No: NiGHTS, Chu Chu Rocket, Crazy Taxi.
My Santa Hat and Suit are now off, and so it’s back to the gimp garb. I gained a level today, so I’m on Level 8 now. Or 9. Or forget which. It isn’t easy enough to level up, which is a pain, and there’s nowhere to make easy money. I’ve gained four levels now, and still don’t have enough money to buy a decent weapon. Bah. Anyway, I’m Chutney the Nanomage on Rimor if you want to find me.
So I found the blue Onion today, and merrily spent an hour racking up my Blue Army. Then proceeded to wander through one of the levels and kill no end of huge baddies, including one of those bird-head things. I have all the Pikmin colours now, but it does annoy me a little that you can’t grow more white or purple ones, but instead have to find flowers and convert five or so other colours at a time.