I have in my possession a stick of gum that allows everyone in my party
to breathe underwater. As nonsensical as that sounds, my next statement
will make even less sense. I cannot figure out how to go underwater. Why
isn't this more straightforward? Plenty of water everywhere, there's
one continent surrounded by the stuff yet the buoyancy is such that
Based on this gum existing, I know my next step is to find a way to use it
to explore the ocean depths. Skirting the coastline doesn't provide any
notable features offshore, and trying to use the gum at random points
provides little insight.
With no other leads I headed back to the town where the gum was
created. One lone, random NPC mentions different colored water comes from the lake. I assume the Climatrol center is spilling lake water somewhere in the
ocean, which is noticeably different. I search again, this
time expanding my net to include areas of the ocean not visible from the
|How does the color of the water change?|
The whole expedition is hampered by the game's rubbery display that
only moves as I approach the edge, but centers once again after combat.
Combat occurs quite frequently. Maybe there's a better hint to follow,
but I'm determined to find it, there are only so many places to look. I'm
rewarded by locating a small whirlpool, an hour into playing... I suppose
the levels were worth the time.
|Certainly... (the game gives no more dialogue after this message)|
Here, I used the gum and found myself transported into a watery
tunnel, complete with parallax scrolling ocean sheen. Did no one
complain during play-testing?
|Let's blind the player as much as possible!|
This and the next few areas were linear, with only a couple branching dead ends. The false sense of security set in
nicely and I was woefully unprepared when I entered the main floors of
Climatrol. Paths branching everywhere, floor teleporters, loops,
redundant paths, and dead ends all made an appearance and threatened my progress.
My next foray into the tower went a bit better, as I broke down and
brought out my trusty paper and pencil. I drafted the layout of the
floors, not too concerned with proper dimensions, collected treasure
chests, and found a blue figure. She looked somehow familiar. As soon as
I spoke to her, the comparison was obvious.
|Nei? Does she remind you of anyone?|
Neifirst explained, humans tried to kill her when she was first created. In turn she wanted to kill everyone, so she turned the
biolab into a breeding ground for degenerate monsters. Nei split off
from Neifirst during this time, disgusted. Meeting here like this again,
Nei is overcome with rage and rushes to the fight, alone. I'm forced to
fight, one character down.
|Nei didn't last long, and would die anyway|
This is the first boss, and what a challenge. I was trounced,
even with what I considered over-leveling from extended exploration.
Having gained some wealth, I used it to upgrade Luke's weapon (Cannon
-> Laser Cannon) and give a weapon to Fera; I stocked up on healing
items as well. The second attempt went much smoother, yet Fera still
Arriving back in Paseo, I headed straight to the cloning lab. The
news wasn't positive; Nei can't be revived because the lab can only clone
humans. (If Nei dies from a normal battle, is there an issue cloning
her?) The game adds a nice touch by recognizing Fera died in the battle,
and seamlessly offers to revive her. I'm told there's a plateau nearby
to place Nei's body, never found it.
I returned to the command center and informed the commander/mayor of
what transpired. He relayed that Climatrol was now flooding the
world due to the spike back in power, and I am now wanted by robot
guards in conjunction with this event. Our only hope is to open the
dams; the attendant tells
me I need an access card for each, red, yellow, blue, green.
|Of course you hide emergency dam cards in a secret control tower!|
Where do I get them? I don't get to ask that question. My next step?
Speak with random NPCs again, and see if one has a hint. Maybe I'll run
across some robot guards with the first card. In preparation, I've
added Meta (the wrecker) to my group. His machine destroying abilities
will prove useful if there's a robot boss.
|Where were these robot guards when I was fighting Neifirst?|