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FAQ/Walkthrough by ASchultz
Version: 1.5.0 | Updated: 04/27/03
Lode Runner 3D(Nintendo 64) FAQ version 1.5.0. copyright 2003 by Andrew Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not reproduce this FAQ for profit without my prior consent. In the immediate future I don't think I want to give this document out to any site other than GameFAQs. Sorry. **** AD SPACE **** My web site: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Exhibit/2762 Very old classic Lode Runner stuff: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Exhibit/2762/loderunner/main.htm For people who discovered this game because of the good old times, or for people who flat out wonder what they were. ================================ 1. INTRODUCTION 1-1. THE GAME AND SERIES 1-2. GUIDE TERMINOLOGY/MAPS 1-3. ABOUT THE AUTHOR(BUT NOT TOO MUCH) 2. CONTROLS, TIPS AND WHAT THERE IS OF SCORING 3. OTHER STUFF 3-1. ENEMIES 3-2. EVERYTHING 4. THE HUB 5-1-1 THROUGH 9-5-5. THE LEVELS THEMSELVES To avoid repetitive obvious filler and to get into the "real stuff" quickly(and to warn off anyone who can't figure this rule of thumb out, as the game is much tougher than the reasoning below,) I note the outline number corresponds to the level as follows: (1st #) - 4 = world #. (2nd #) = level door you enter (3rd #) = sub-level therein, with 5 counting as the bonus level regardless of the sub-level where you find the gem to access it. Thus you can search for whatever level you want if you put dashes between the numbers. Giving repetitive headers seemed like filler and besides I give hints in the actual titles. World 4, difficulty 5 has *two* bonus levels as does 5/5. So 8-5-6 and 9-5-6 are valid to search for as well. 10-1-1 THROUGH 11-5-2(?). THE SECRET HUB LEVELS 12. MINIMALIST PATH THROUGH 13. ENDGAME 14. PER-LEVEL STATISTICS 15. VERSIONS 16. CREDITS ================================ 1. INTRODUCTION 1-1. THE GAME AND SERIES Lode Runner was created in 1983 by Doug Smith at Broderbund. It was a fairly simple game but managed to pack 150 levels into a one-sided 140KB 5.25" floppy disk(back when floppies were still floppy!) At 1 nibble per square and a 28x16 playing field that amounts to 33600 bytes for the levels alone. The rest of the memory concentrated on a level editor. It was a great game for the Apple and I suspect was a relative cinch to port to the Commodore. In the playing field you could fall, dig holes that eventually filled up(they would trap your enemies for a bit, but you could fall through if nothing was below) and climb up ladders and across ropes. There were various ways to make the enemy AI look silly, and they even fell half as fast as you did. However the game wasn't much of a challenge and many of the later levels were rehashes of earlier ones, maybe throwing in a pretty pattern here and there. It wasn't until Championship Lode Runner a year or two later that the intensive puzzling took off. You could even save your progress, although you could progressively lose guys from your maximum, and I did so after each level. The only downside: no level editor. But the later levels were whoppers and made for an intense puzzle. Level editors become less viable as the game gets more complex and the saving options/abilities go down(read: consoles) but the GameBoy port of Hyper Lode Runner, which had 50 levels at 20x16 resolution(the last 35 included a backroom of similar size) squashed into just 13600 bytes on a 32K cartridge was impressive for the puzzles packed into something so small. The control however was horrid and made some pleasantly challenging puzzles into nightmares. Perhaps some levels even had too much packed in. There has also been a release of Lode Runner Extra and Lode Runner: the Legend Returns to PlayStation and PC. Although PC editions seem to be rare, there is a PSX combination package of the two previous titles(~1998,) conglomerated into a Lode Runner title, out that can be gotten for $10-$15 in an online auction as of 2003. 150 levels each. PC also has Lode Runner 2, which has some dazzling graphics. It's on eBay for ~$10 as well. Finally there's this one. It's an odd trip of circular ramps, gadgets, and wire-type structures with even some beauty along the way especially in the ice world and the tropics. The action isn't fully 3-d given that there are very few actual plains you can walk across. It's not perfect and doesn't have the simple accessibility or extra-quick play of early Lode Runner(especially if it's emulated,) and there are only one or two combination-puzzles per level, which makes for relatively little replay value, but the process of finding what to do is still rewarding overall. I got this for $5 or so and it was well worth it. But any version of Lode Runner is great puzzling value for the money. While many other games just have you get quicker, Lode Runner actually manages to present different scenarios and, in later cases, different tools. Versions I know of Lode Runner are: 1-2. GUIDE PURPOSE/TERMINOLOGY/MAPS You don't have to solve 100% of the levels to get through the game. This guide does that, including all the ways to get extra lives and gold and solve bonus levels, and I plan to have a section stating the quickest way through the game. block or brick = something you can blast dig = blast (an artifact from my old Lode Runner days when it looked like you put salt on the pavement) dig three times = Push Z 3 times in a row. dig 4 times, then 3 = drops implied 3->2->1 = dig 3 times, drop, dig the two right squares, etc. 3-<2-<1 = same as above but dig the left squares, etc. [ go down = move controller down [ drop down = fall off the edge of a ramp/platform Note I may say 'drop left' as well or 'go left' and may substitute south for walking down and north for walking up. I will also often not tell you which way to drop if there's only one. bomb--well, it looks more like a mine from the top, but it looks like a bomb in inventory. Basically, it explodes to take out bricks, enemies, and if you're careless, all your troubles and worries--along with their source(according to the 'no-one else can can MAKE you worry' crowd, at least.) My standard FAQ terminology of U/D/L/R=up/left/down/right or a combination of the two meaning diagonal also applies. In this document there is a way to search for the level/scene you are stuck on if you want. It's mentioned in the outline, but just in case you overlooked it... Look at the world number you are on and add 4. That's the first number. Then see which difficulty level applies(1-5)--then take the sub- level(1-4) from there. You'll have three numbers a, b and c. Search for the text string a-b-c. 1.3. ABOUT THE AUTHOR(BUT NOT TOO MUCH) This is my first Nintendo 64 FAQ but not my first Lode Runner FAQ. Hopefully it will not be my last of either, although it's tough to find uncharted N64 waters without coughing up lots of cash(i.e. $10+, well lots to me) on a used game. Lode Runner is a lot cheaper. Not only have I made a small Lode Runner fansite and written guides for all the Lode Runner games I could get my hand on, but I also hold a certificate in Championship Lode Runner completion from the University of Broderbund(i.e. won the game on an Apple IIe and sent in a certificate) and spent long times creating and solving other levels. Even including my favorite Level of Death which required perfect timing and that gave you no points for getting any gold. Yay me. 2. CONTROLS, TIPS AND WHAT THERE IS OF SCORING I prefer to position my hands as follows: left thumb/index finger controlling the joystick, with right hand controlling the buttons and slipping under to hit the 'Z' button. Although I'm left handed it is probably best for a right handed person too: this way, you control moving with one hand and your character's manual activities with the other. The L1 button(left index finger) switches you around. It's not too useful, really, as if you need to turn around you can just tap the standard controller the other way. And I often hit R1 instead. The R1 button is annoying because it can be easy to hit it involuntarily when digging or dropping bombs, thus messing up your view. Its functionality should have been swapped with the L1 button, but oh well. Basically it toggles how you can zoom. The default is that the yellow buttons will cause you to rotate your view around your character, and once you release them, the view snaps back to where it started. A good grasp of what sort of magnification or view to use can make a level much easier and the surprises less unfair. You can adjust it while running, but usually there are plenty of hideouts where you can readjust. However, the game never seems to start you off well on later levels. Be warned that it shuts back down to default if you reset the console, and if you restart the level, it will keep the zoom mode but not the angle. Most importantly: if you mistakenly hit the R button and hit it to get your old view back, it zooms way in--no memory of your former parameters is kept. Keep your index fingers low on the controller if possible. The start button is incredibly practical. Push it during level play to see your status. You can use it to restart a level if you get trapped or even to go back to the hub or a different world. It isn't always perfect, though; if you try to restart in a bonus level, you hear maniacal laughter. If you try to return to a hub or a different world, the game cancels your bonus level. I don't think you get any extra lives either. So you'll need to reset if you want to get things perfect. But be sure once you hit the start button and move to your option that you don't hit start to select it. That sends you back to the game, a bad deal if you were trying to weasel out of imminent loss of life. Hit A instead. The Z button, which recoils you unless you're already against a wall, cannot be held down for digging holes, sadly. This would help in certain situations, with Z switching with B, but if you need to do a few quick digs, zoom in, fire, wait til your guy lands, and keep at it. If two bad guys come at you, and you blast right under one, you may recoil into the second if they are too close together. B drops a bomb on the square in front of you. If the square is blocked, it drops the bomb on your square. Bombs take out 1 square in each horizontal direction although vertically is a bit different as far as I know. Bombs will kill you if you are no more than one square away in all direction. Diagram below. * = bomb X = square it takes out LEVEL ABOVE THE BOMB BOMB LEVEL LEVEL BELOW THE BOMB X X X X * X * X X * X X X X X It's also possible to use the Z square on a brick where you've dropped the bomb. Don't worry, you won't ever hit it. It will just drop down to the next level. This is useful for dislodging bricks way down there. A allows you to take one of the various transport devices in the game or manipulate other tools. You can even hold it down so you tinker with something as soon as you touch it. Often when you run in a spiral you'll need to move the controller around the rim. There's also a point of contention with branching off. It's tough to do so sometimes, so if no monsters are behind you may want to inch out as you turn left/right to be sure you're going the right way. Levels are much, much easier once you understand what to do. Therefore I recommend hoarding extra guys as well as possible. Run ahead through a few levels, not worrying too much about life loss or even saving the game, then reset the game and retry. If you can't see how to get an extra life coin, don't worry about it, and in fact you may not want to worry about a gem the first time through since you only have one try for bonus levels. You can come back later and concentrate on one aspect. The more guys you have, the longer you can run on ahead and experiment in a tough level without your concentration broken. If you're having trouble solving a level, get the easy stuff to build up confidence. Then focus on the hard part, eliminating the easy stuff which wastes time. Remember that you usually have a margin of error when making long runs, and if things get tight you can reset the game if you're reasonably watchful. There are two camera angles to control: in calculus, they are called theta and phi. Theta is simply rotating while staying at the same vertical level. It is the more useful of the two and is controlled by the C-pad. Phi is comaparative to the sun rising and setting. It's how close to the horizon you are--the cross-pad controller uses this. It's useful for rooting out that last bit of gold, but the game generally gets a good value of phi for starting out. --** SCORING **-- You get an extra life for each level you solve, and if you go through a bonus level, you will have saved all progress through that level even if you die. You also cannot have more than 99 lives. Once you take a gem, you need to go through the gem transporter before leaving a level, or the game will chalk the gem up as found, with the bonus level off limits to you unless you reset without saving. The major weak point of Lode Runner 3-d is that you can't save branches of one game, and since there's no way to reset a level once you've been saved as solving it, the only way to revisit a puzzle is immediately after solving it, unless you know the cheat codes. Which doesn't quite feel fair. 3. OTHER STUFF The game gives neat descriptions of each foreign entity, but it doesn't give a lot of strategical tips. I'll note the game text here as well and give strategy. I'll also point out that if your gold is over 1000 you get ":74," for 1100 you get ";95" or such as total gold, a silly bug. If you look at the ASCII table you'll notice : is just after 9 so someone got a bit lazy with cute programming :). < = and > would be next. 3-1. ENEMIES Mad Monks, your major foes, all look alike, but they behave differently on different levels. It's up to you to figure out the details of the AI(unless I mentioned it in this FAQ--and I try to, when it can potentially trip you up.) Monks may surprise you by following you with relative degrees of closeness, turning unexpectedly when you try to fake them out around a circle, and some can back away if you blast the square in front. They can sometimes--and it depends on the level--sense that you've dropped down and turn around. So pay attention. Monks always stay in holes you created for a while, but if they drop in two in a row they die. Some puzzles it will be necessary to bomb them to get past, and they are also killed by lethal neutral elements such as cutters or ice leapers. Monks regenerate where they started the level off--which may be far above the playing field, to allow you some time to run under. You can also step on where they regenerate and they won't pop up right away. In fact this generally works until they've raised their faces from the floor. Blasting monks near you requires precise timing; you can take the floor out from under one, but remember you drill specific bricks, so you may actually blast past them and still get killed. You may need to blast some monks; if they get trapped in a hole you dug then they may cough up any gold coins they collected. Often they can even make your task easier(or in fact possible) by picking up a gold piece from a place you can't reach and bringing it down to you. They also follow the same falling conventions as you do, unless they drop through a hole you created. Then they always get stuck, but if there are arrows around the hole you can fall down. Unlike the original Lode Runner gravity affects them the same as it affects you. Levitating robots travel the same way mad monks do. However, they aren't as prone to switch direction, and you cannot dig holes to trap them. They aren't invincible, though, as a bomb can take one out. 3-2. EVERYTHING I transcribed the help you get from the console in each world and added my own notes. There's some pleasing science fiction rubbish but the only potentially misleading part is that monks can use the gadgets mentioned. 3-2-1. MONK: Mindless creatures of evil. The extreme levels of obedience demanded of them by their Mad Emperor has reduced them to a robot-like existence. GOLD: What this mission is all about. You need to collect htese to open a Portal. Gold is sometimes hidden in destructible tiles. FALLING GOLD: This type of gold has the same value as basic gold but is less spatially stable, and it will always fall until it lands on a pathway. [Often, you'll need to force it to. I don't know of any case where it will fall to a place where you can't reach it. Note how it's winged and standard gold isn't.] GEM: Gems float above the pathway or are found buried within a destructible tile. They open the Portals that lead to Bonus levels. [If you take a gem, you need to enter the portal or it's gone. But you can solve a level without getting a gem and in fact in some levels the gems are purposefully tough to get to. Two-gem levels also allow you two possible levels to enter. If you take a gem and return to a level, your gold-collecting progress is saved.] BOMB: Based on the Quantum-Imploder - these are capable of destroying the less stable tiles. [see separate section] PORTAL: Travel between the Monks' storage zones is by these Tansit Portals. Until a minimum amount of Gold is taken from the level it remains closed. The amount is shown by the number floating within the Portal. [In fact there's only one case where you can solve a level without getting all gold. The portal springs open once you've gotten all you need.] HELIX-LIFT: By using Phased-Helix energies, the Monks are able to create elevator-like contraptions. [Looks like a portal, only has weird purple lights. Monks can enter but not activate transporters. You can cross over a helix while it's still lit up or even put a bomb on it. You can also activate it without staying on it to sucker a monk behind you.] SHUTTLE: Energized Planar Force Effects are used by the Monks to create platforms that move between the scattered areas of their storage zones. [Pink wedges that provide a one-way transport. Strangely enough, MONKS CAN'T USE THEM. That's the case with all these devices, but oh well...] 3-2-2. CAPPED WELL: Plasma wells once vented off the magmic energy caused by the Monks' mines. Now, running wild, they are a constant hazard. Their plumes superheat anything coming into contact with them - which is quite fatal. [Actually you can't step over them after you activate them; I refer to them as PANELS and they tend to heat up metal above them and spread the heat to the squares around them over time. To turn one well off and start to cool certain squares, step on another and press A. Often you'll have to alternate quickly between them.] STEAM-LIFT: The monks' insane cleverness has led them to harness their mines' exhaust gases to serve as an elevator system in the storage areas. [Basically an elevator like the helix in the first world.] BIT LAUNCHER: A mobile robot drill capable of boring through the less stable areas of the pathways. Years of neglect have corrupted their circuits to the point where they are a danger to all. [Basically I refer to these as tops or drills. They have a predictable pattern--if two hit each other, one goes crunch, and they tend to go left at a T- intersection but otherwise either go straight or bounce back at a dead end. They can blast through ALL diggable squares and take out monks and can even be suckered into steam lifts. Platforms with bits hanging on a wire are used to activate them. Push A to do so and note in later levels you have a choice of launching one to the left or right.] CABLE DISC: As knowledge of how to build and maintain the Shuttle Discs was lost by the Monks - they took to building these cruder transport devices. 3-2-3. TELE-FREEZER: Molecular Transceivers are yet another mad device of the Monks. They use these to move about within their storage zones. [teleports you with a time delay. Monks often know when you've entered one, so the coast should be extra clear where you exit before taking them. The teleports are two-way.] ICE-LIFT: A monkish ice-making device, its columns can be used as an elevator. [standard elevator, different clothes] SNOW-MAKER: A robotic repair device of the Monks. Its poorly designed programming makes it dangerous to be around but it can repair some of the broken pathways found in a storage zone. [basically, it has a set path, and it dies when it runs into a wall, but you can dig the right holes to make it fall or place ice blocks to run over at critical locations.] SNOW-SLIDE: Another of the Monks' strange transport devices. Its rider is whisked from one part of a storage zone to another. [Like most moving platforms you saw before but here this has a rail to guide it.] 3-2-4. TELE-CLONER: The most bizarre version of a MOnkish Molecular Transceiver. This one is an outgrowth of their experiments with bio- mechaincs. [looks like a plant and there's a delay before you're zapped to the other one. It is two-way.] GROW-RISER: Hyper-growth hormones have let the Monks create bizarre creatures. This one is used to hoist a rider to great heights. [looks abnormal with weird teeth but give normal elevator functions.] ATTACK-BRIDGE: A mindless , poorly tamed guard creature. Whenever their attack mode is manually triggered, they become rigid and can be used to cross over to isolated parts of a storage zone. [They lash out very quickly if you're along a platform where they can 'see' you even if the platform is bent. But they retreat at the same pace you walk forward at, so you can fake them out. You can also stand on top of their base and extend or retract them.] 3-2-5. PLASMA: A simple torsion device that when coupled with nuclear waste results in a nasty booby-trap. [you see energy pulsing through squares, and this can destroy anything on them. It's set off by stepping on a tile.] SWITCH: this little device is used to remotely trigger some of the more nasty devices found in the storage zones. [This sets a rock rolling in motion.] ROCK: The monks' ability to use sophisticated equipment is vanishing. They are falling back on crude substitutes. Dropping big rocks on people is as crude as it gets - it also works. [Rocks are great for killing monks or blasting bricks you can't bomb. However they can also crush you. They are destroyed when they run into a brick or a wall. They also tend to slow down when killing monks.] RUBBLE-RISER: A crude device that extrudes quick-setting stone. It is used as a life platform to reach inaccessible areas in a storage zone. [Your standard elevator for practical purposes.] EMPEROR-MONK: The crazed being who controls the worlds of Pandora. Obsessed with the collection of wealth - he has drained uncounted worlds of their riches. [What a pisser this guy is. Fortunately his little giggle lets go that he's about to let loose an electric blast which would kill you or other monks, and it takes a while before the blast goes through his body and onto the field. Wooden bricks stop his blasts but are destroyed in the process--which can maroon you between holes or blast open an area you hadn't seen before. He moves faster than his monks and can horde gold pieces but can't seem to get out of a pit he falls in.] 4. THE HUB/WORLDS All the way forward, you have the airlock which leads to different worlds if they've been unlocked. The arrow to the bottom leads to the console, where you can see how much of the game you've completed. Off to the right, you have the five levels found in each world. Each one has a ramp leading down to the console area. The five worlds are as follows: blue/yellow themed intro world red fiery world white icy world tropical world technical world They have mountains and distant cities as far backgrounds and different colored blocks. Every world's hub has five levels, each named similarly: --CALM BEFORE THE STORM --DOES NOT GET ANY EASIER --NEED HELP? --BETTER HAVE SOME LIVES! --WHAT THE... Each of these has four sub-levels and one bonus level that's more annoying than the rest. For any standard level you can see if you've grabbed all the gold/gems/extra lives there. One thing you cannot see, though, is how well you did on the bonus room for the levels behind that transporter. You just have to hope and remember you got it right. The hub doesn't force you to do anything in any particular order. There are six pieces of the map per world so you can in fact skip a few screens. However it does make saving awkward. First of all, it doesn't show you your results for level four before it prompts you to save. This shouldn't do any damage, and you can check the console or each elevator individually to make sure you missed nothing on a world, but it is still annoying. Also remember you need to use the yellow buttons to switch through sub-levels 1-4...and it starts at level 4. I've wasted a lot of time picking the wrong level. You can also trick the hub out a bit. Let's say you want to concentrate on a bonus level separately. First of all, if you have to pick up the gem to get through the sub-level, then if it works you can discontinue that sub-level and go to a sub-level 4 in another of the elevators in the hub that you've already completed. #1 should be pretty simple to complete by just walking through to the transporter. You'll be asked if you want to save. If you fail, you'll need to reset your N64 and go through a few wait screens to try again. So those looking for 100% will have to plan well. You can also just leave particularly tough looking bonus levels or extra lives for later--even when you get to another world. One thing you can't do though is to return to the hub or another world after you've gone through a bonus level and haven't advanced and retry. You'll have to reset if you want to try again for perfection. The console is useful for fleshing some of the story out, especially if you wonder 'what is that thing chasing me?' It can also tip you off as to how many lives/gold pieces can be found in a level(i.e. if you found 4 lives and they're 57% of the total, there are 4/57%~=7 lives total in the level.) 5. WORLD 1 This is a pretty standard introductory world in terms of graphic feel. However, one thing they could change is how well you blend in with the rest of the game. This makes it hard to see at the start even if you do have the focus level set right. 5-1. CALM BEFORE THE STORM 5-1-1. SCENE 1 Run left. drop down. Run right. drop down. Run left. drop down. Run right and drop down repeatedly until you see the three ladder squares. Blast the center one(i.e. stand on the edge and face it.) If you blast an edge one then you can just blast again anyway. Fall through the hole you made and go right. Get the coin, back up and shoot the blue square. Go down and right, back up, shoot the blue square. Do this for the third time and you'll drop down to a platform with the dead end and the first level exit teleport. Take the helix(stand on it and push A) and then go right. Blast one blue square and drop through it. Get the extra life and blast two consecutive blue squares. Fall into the gap and blast again. Nail the six gold coins before falling to the left. Go down at the juncture, and you'll be kicked to the second level. This isn't terribly deep, as you really only have one way to go most of the time. But it does get tougher. 5-1-2. SCENE 2 Blast the square at the left edge of your platform then hit Z again to blast. Then circle around to the right(counterclockwise) until you're where the bricks were. Blast the brick below them and fall through. Go down and pick up the triangle that makes one fifth of the hexagon. Pick up the two gold pieces as you wish and then you get your first timing puzzle. Blast to the right on the edge. Then go right and blast left. You'll fall off but don't worry; back up the ramp and blast the center piece as you're facing down. Blast two adjacent bricks below and go through the one below that. Picking up the last few gold pieces is trivial. 5-1-3. SCENE 3 Get the bomb that fell to the left. Note there are two blue squares blocking your way; bomb the one leading to the gem(up) first. Remember to stay out of the way of the bomb. You'll have plenty of time to sneak in afterwards. Do so. Get the gem and then enter the bonus level transporter that appears to your left. (see section 5-1-5) Go back to get the bomb, but this time fall to the right. Go right to the blocking brick, drop the bomb, and go left. Go right after it explodes. Blast the edge square and the next one. Then drop down and blast that square. The next part is about the same except there are three squares to blast, then two, then one. Gold appears above solid tiles below where you blast so you get it automatically. The next part has four tiles at first but fortunately since you're kicked back after firing timing should not be an issue. 5-1-4. SCENE 4 Your first encounter with a mad monk! They get more prolific and guard more important spaces later, but you'll learn the basics of faking them out. Here the mad monk seems to go off to the left at first, so go to the right. If not then you can wait for him to circle back and forth. Blast the right blue block and fall down and wait for the mad monk to get near. Blast a hole in front of where you want to go and run over the monk--go around the circle to the other side. He'll be in the hole a bit, and you're much faster than he is. Go to the left and goad the mad monk all the way to the bottom left. Dig a hole and then run toward the center of the level's circular structure to get one gold coin, then run clockwise and when on the right, run left to get another. You should have time to do this but you can wait for the mad monk and drop him in a hole again if you're not sure. Now you can circle over the monk and go down towards the center. Pick up the extra life and run back up or, if the monk is a bit too watchful at the moment, blast the square below the extra life after you get it and then run the way the monk isn't going. At the top of the circle go up into the transporter! Note the monk regenerates at the top of the circle after he's trapped in a brick, so if you hear a scream, stay away from there. 5-1-5. BONUS LEVEL This bonus level is pretty easy, and it's low-risk too. Blast the leftmost edge blue brick. Then blast the rightmost edge brick and the one next to that. Run left and circle clockwise to get the two lives, then drop down to the left to get the third. Blast either edge square to get to the portal back to the level. There's no penalty for missing the encased one, but you should learn how to do it as it's part of the basic sort of strategy you'll see in upcoming levels. 5-2. DOES NOT GET ANY EASIER 5-2-1. SCENE 1 The tough part here is figuring out which platform goes where. The center bottom in the main section goes to the far left, which kicks you back to the second-left bottom platform. Keep this in mind as the mad monk paces back and forth so he doesn't trap you in there. The center left at the top is also necessary. Take it first, in fact. You'll go to an area above where you started and get an extra guy, too. Wait until the mad monk is stuck under you then run left. Dig him in a hole to buy some time and then take the center bottom to go to the isolated area. Pick up the bomb and return. Dispatch the mad monk by digging and drop the bomb at the far right. Note that the monk drops around the right if he's killed so you may want to set up the bomb and then dig a hole if possible. Drop through the open area created and go to the platform. Take it. Note that the mad monk may get stuck where you want to go when you're by platforms b/c. In this case just use the yellow arrow controls to refocus and go to where the mine was. Eventually he'll 'see' you and go back to the main walkway. b 1 2 3 4 5 | | | | | -+ +- +-+-+-+-+ | | | | | | | c 6 7 8 9 a d 2 -> 5 4 -> 1 6 -> 9 8 -> b a -> 3 c -> 7 d -> next area The next part is a circular area where it seems pretty easy to get all the coins. However the mad monk may meet you if you do it wrong. So here's what to do. Get on the bricks and move counterclockwise. Dig clockwise, pause, dig again, pause, etc. Now the monk will be trapped in an area but won't die yet. You don't want him to die because he'll just regenerate where he's guarding the coins and the teleportal anyway. With one-second counts between blasts all the way to the platform you should have no trouble at all making it through this scene. 5-2-2. SCENE 2 Two gold coins can be picked up just walking around. A third can be picked up falling off one ledge, and a fourth is taken if you zap the brick near the mine, fall down where it was, and get the mine. You'll have to blast the brick to the right to get out. Now take out what's to the right. Bomb the bricks above the mad monk, step away, pick up the bomb and drop it through the newly created hole. Wasn't that fun? Immediately when the bomb explodes, jump right into the hole and get all the gold you can. Go up the ramp to get the gold and dig where the gold was. Get the gold to the right and now if you want you can leave but the bonus level is fun enough, so why not give it a shot? If you do the bonus level, you need to pick up both bombs(easy enough once you've gone left instead of to the transporter) and then go to the two blocks next to each other. Put a bomb by the first, walk away, and put a bomb by the second. You can now jump down from where the blocks were and get the gem. To leave, bomb the monk again and circle around. [BONUS LEVEL IN 5-2-5] 5-2-3. SCENE 3 A bit of digging and waiting here, but nothing you can't handle. The helix isn't tough to use at all and in fact gives you an extra life the first time around. First you want to look for a chunk of bricks shaped like so from the side, with x=blue, .=undiggable. xxxx x.xx x.xx Dig the right three, then the two below them and the one below that that you can. Wait for the monk below to pass if he is close by. Note he pretty much goes in a circle and you can also watch shadows or change the view to see where he is before jumping if you're feeling paranoid. Take the helix up(push the A button) but watch out--the monk will follow you and go up it too. You can finesse by activating the helix, running off, leading the monk on a chase a bit and then entering, but it's easier to outwit the monk at the top. Don't run around the circle at the top unless you're sure he can't follow you. If he does, just blast a hole, walk over him, blast another and drop down. Dig as before. 5-2-4. SCENE 4 You start out by a brick at a crossroads. Blast the brick after you get the gold and then get the bomb ahead. Bomb the square ahead and get the new bomb that drops before circling back to the crossroad and taking a left. Bomb the bricks at the end of the path after you get the gold coin. Drop down. To the right is a piece of the path, past the helix-- it's a bit obscured. Get it, then take the helix. Go forward and wait until the monk's near the end of his patrol path before dropping down and digging a hole for him on the blue square. Don't worry about being exact, but don't sluff off totally. Drop down again and again to the area with the bombs, bricks and monk. Blast one square at a time so that the monk doesn't regenerate(if he does it's at the right end.) Pick up the gold and bombs and blast the T-intersection brick and jump where it was. Now to the extra life. You can leave now if you want but if you want to show your skillz dispose of the first monk as before, go up the ramp, bomb, run away, run to the end and dig. Drop into the hole you made and then drop down where you'll find an extra life. Get the bomb, use it, get its replacement, and go back down to the helix area. Use the transporter this time. 5-2-5. BONUS LEVEL Tap right to get the mad monks in motion. They aren't terribly tough to avoid. Just wait until they're in the half you don't want to be in (each way has a portal back to 1-2-2 so it doesn't matter which way you start) and then run away from them. Run up the ramp using the diggable brick if necessary and your main concern is that, if you zap a monk, it may regenerate in the middle just as you're running there. So dig just about as he'll reach you. This is good enough but in fact it's even easier if you drop just before they meet. Then you have to escape only one instead of two, which is not tough at all. 5-3. NEED SOME HELP? 5-3-1. SCENE 1 This looks easy to start! Blast through the brick and drop down...but the recoil knocks you off the small platform. Darn. Nothing to do but use use the helix to go back up on the other side. Go up and then onto the platform, which circles around. Drop down onto it. Drop the bomb at one edge and go to the other--this is easier than circling around twice and dropping the bomb from above, my original solution. Note a mad monk to the left when you get to the bottom, so go right. Dig a hole for the monk and get the bomb. Don't use it yet; make sure you have the monk under control(dig it in a hole or make sure it's run to the opposite side you're on) then bomb the brick you originally landed on. Run over to the other side and drop down that way. Dropping down around where you placed the bomb will let the mad monk below nail you. If you do fall off and survive there is a helix back to the top and you can repeat what you did. Otherwise there's no choice but to advance to the next level! 5-3-2. SCENE 2 If you're quick here you can blast the brick in front of you and the one below that and then go right and blast the end piece after picking up the mad monk's gold piece, but otherwise you'll want to dig, wait for the brick to reappear, fall left and start operations there, drilling right to let the monk drop and waiting until he's moved away before digging the one below that and starting operations. The best way to bag the monk and his gold piece in this case is to go to one end of the horseshoe at the bottom, dig a hole well before he's there, and drop down once he 'sees' you. Then he'll cough up the gold piece. If he gets out of his hole then he regains the piece and walks away. It's worth restarting the level if you're caught off guard since there's no penalty. Starting from the main horseshoe here is what you need to do. Go around clockwise and dig down twice to pick up the gold piece on the one-way ramp. Dig the brick to the right of the ramp and get the two gold and the bomb below it. Take the helix up. Wait until the monk has fallen off the ramp to the right and onto the bricks before going right. Catch him in a hole some way(he should be goaded into circling around if you stay at one edge or the other, but you can always dig at the bottom of the ramp to be sure.) Dig the leftmost square to get out. Take the helix back up and go forward, dropping down, for one piece. You should now be able to get the last few gold pieces with ease. If one is to the left of the brick at the end then shoot the brick if there's a monk below, wait and then pick up the gold piece. If there are any others to pick up(below the start, or the monk has one) follow the advice I recommended above. Now you can go back to the helix pretty easily, and the transporter is hidden behind it, but in case you want to go to the bonus level, put the bomb on the square to the far left of the ramp where the monk regenerates. Get the gem and note the transporter is below the two bricks at the bottom of the ramp in the horseshoe. Blast them one at a time and then enter. [SEE 5-3-5 FOR BONUS LEVEL] 5-3-3. SCENE 3 This is a very cat and mouse level. There's an invincible robot here and you may want to wait to jump down until the coast is totally clear. Don't go to the crescent at the top until you have a bomb and the rest of the gold pieces, and the enemies are well shaken off. The first objective is to get to the platform at the left. Eventually the bad guys will go off to the left, or one will take the passage below the upper crescent. In any case note there are three passages between each side and only two bad guys, so one should be open all the time. While on the small area right of the platform you will want to blast one end and go to get the bomb. Make sure that whichever end you blast, the bad guy is well away when you do so, preferably running towards the platform start or end. If both are on one side go to the other. Get the bomb and go forward. Place it down at the crescent top and drop down if you must to avoid bad guys, but if you can stay in the top that's for the best as you won't have any timing issues before the brick heals up. You'll have to use the moving platform to go back to the helix area and now the drop-down becomes especially useful in case both start chasing you--in fact you may want to wait for one to do so before moving, as that leaves only one with any chance of catching you. Once on the wedge dig either way and go down to the helix. 5-3-4. SCENE 4 Drop down and immediately go left or right(doesn't matter) and dig holes to trap monks. Climbing up is a bit tricky as there's a temptation to blast two holes on each side and stay in the center. Don't do so; it can be done but the recoil effect is risky and you don't want to wind up in a hole. Think ahead and leave 'presents' of holes well behind as you push to the top. Dig the very end square and go down for a complimentary extra life. Now what to do about those pesky gold pieces on the isolated platforms? Well, you have some digging to do. Dig on one side of the horseshoe, run around to the other side, and dig there. Now dig an edge and center square below them, then dig the square you can below that. One gold piece is down. Now go up the other stairs and pick up the gold piece on the ledge that you didn't. You'll want to watch for monks being too close--or on each side--as you drop down. If they are on each side run to one and dig him in. Don't let them surround you as the recoil will leave you trapped unless you restart quickly. There will be mad monks with gold pieces that comprise the rest of the challenge. Take them out one side at a time. Remember if two are close together or even three it is no problem to string them out, dig a few holes in a row, and run over them. In case all four are on one side you can probably goad a few over to the other side, blast, and run back over them. 5-3-5. BONUS LEVEL It's confusing how to sucker the mad monk into running around, but once you do, it's just a cherry pick. Shoot the left brick, then the right, then circle around and shoot the center one. The monk will be on his way. You can break at pretty much any time since you're faster than the monk, but he'll probably get trapped where you started. At the end of the ramp, blast the brick and go down for two extra lives. 5-4. BETTER HAVE SOME LIVES! 5-4-1. SCENE 1 Blast the square to the left, if the monks are not around, and drop through it. Before the transporter there are two bricks you can blast. Do so, facing right. This will trap the two monks. You'll want to do it in the far right and wait for them to avoid the outside chance one is killed and drops down. The main element of surprise in this level is that he monks when they regenerate drop from just to the left of the shape. Go to the right and blast the third and second from the right for the monks to come back. Just to make sure they're out of the way after you cross over, blast the fourth and fifth and sixth squares while facing right. Enter the transportation helix. You should now have shaken the mad monks, but if not, this is only the first time through, so you can just pick up the extra life by using the helix to the right, falling right, and getting the extra helix falling to the right again. You want to time this final jump down to the base so that you will be able to blast the 2nd- and 3rd- squares again, run over the monks, blast the squares to the left of those in order, and have another clear path to the helix. Now on the upper level, take the helix. Blast right. You'll fall off, but no big deal. Get back on and walk right. Activate the helix to the right of the three blocks, which goes up one less square. This helps you dig through all the blocks but makes the upper level a one way affair if you botch it or don't dig the top square. Wait a bit before you blast left--the timing is important. Again you'll fall off but now you can run across to the helix left of the blocks, wait for the helix to deactivate, and blast right. Hooray, you can jump down now! If the second block fills up too quickly then you need to be a bit more patient. Remember that there's a warning before most blocks regenerate. You can probably camp out and wait for the monks to be to the right of you before jumping. If they don't want to cooperate then you can probably fall right, dig holes for each of them, and run past them to the far left to complete the level. 5-4-2. SCENE 2 This is a mysterious level and it starts out looking rather stupid in fact. The key is that gold drops with timing. First it's to down/right of where you start then right around the perimeter to the top and then down. From there you can go left/right, fall down, and go back to the center for #4 and if a monk hasn't got #3 at the very bottom get that too. The next one is left and down--two monks should be wandering about now so don't be shy about blasting one if it gets too close. Be sure if you nail two though not to stick yourself between two pits somehow. Fortunately there aren't a lot of one-way passages here so you have little risk of getting trapped. The next one is in the upper right. Then there's one left of the start and one at the top again. The first monk also seems to have a gold piece so be sure to blast around in general. More monks will appear but fortunately they are mostly stupid; the last(fourth) one seems to have a gold piece. Your main bugbear here will be the bad point of view; zoom out so that the bad guys don't trap you, and if one seems to be just patrolling a certain area, watch for those that sneak from the other side. The smarter ones look the same as the dummies, though. The best way to complete this level in general is to go to the top part and then go down. Pause before you're about to jump and plan things out. The camera angle will catch you with mad monks coming in from all sorts of odd directions if you're not careful. The transporter is below the center part--it's tricky to steer into, so make sure monks aren't too close. Other tips for this level include noting that every other square is diggable. Be prepared to dig twice if a monk is close by. 5-4-3. SCENE 3 First of all: be careful here moving onto the semicircles below. Move incisively down or you'll just go horizontally--which is a bad thing as the three monks make the area a bit crowded. Also be careful with monks regenerating while you're on a helix. That's where they appear. If you dig one in a hole and need to get to a helix do so right away. Fall down either way from your starting platform--there's only one monk to the left, so it's safe immediately, but if you can nail two to the right you'll be safe after taking the helix to the top. You may have to use the circular brick areas to fake out the mad monks and get to the helices. Blast a few holes to leave them a trail where you went from behind as well. This also may delay their getting on the helix. Don't worry about getting the gem now. Just clear the top part of gold coins and you should have plenty of time to jump off the opposite way you went up. Try to sucker the mad monks down and especially into the semicircles-- they move a bit randomly here even away from you in clear view so there's no scientific approach. If you can get to the top with only one monk accompanying you, you can either get rid of him or just work around him to get the gem. Getting the gem requires two parts: first, put a bomb below the brick it's above. This will make it drop down to the center part below. Second part is going to the center to get it. The gem transporter is off to the right for the bonus level if you feel up to it. [SEE 5-4-5 IF YOU LIKE] Now you can clean out any gold pieces on the ground and also blast bricks to get leftover gold from mad monks. If they are not being cooperative in running at you(you have to watch for them--they don't always turn towards you when they're close. It's infuriatingly random) then you can visit the bonus level and on your return the monks will have coughed up all gold they are holding. Swoop in and get it and exit. This trick works best when you have 1 or 2 gold pieces left. 5-4-4. SCENE 4 Okay, the first part doesn't look to tough. But if you rotate you'll see more. Blast forward, jump, run on the ramp. It shouldn't be much trouble to get the next few gold pieces and the extra life--a simple matter of using the down-jump for the bonus life. The tough gold piece is the one below the ramp. For it, blast the three bricks at the end of the ramp. You'll have to step back and turn around to get the third one since there's a bend. If you mess up, no big deal, this part is very low-risk. Jump down, blast the brick, and jump on it. To the left you'll get the next gold piece and then you can drop back to the start. Go back up to the top of the ramp. Blast the three bricks and fall down. Go up/right around the slightly lower ramp and blast the brick at the end. Go left and blast the brick below it. You do not have time to swing around and drop down clockwise, but instead you can climb up and blast the block from where one of the three bricks in a row is--the other way you'll fall back to a place that's far from anywhere. Fall into the empty space where the brick was. Go left and fall down back to the start. Now you can make it through if you've been quick. Get the shape and get on the platform to the second part. Go forward, get the bomb, drop it next to the block, and retreat. Get the four bombs and climb on the platform, which floats around back to approximately where you were. The mad monks, who will have a gold piece each, are now released. Drop bombs so that they're on every third square as you float above the semicircle far below. Precision isn't necessary as you can always float by again for another bombing spree with little or no risk; just don't MOVE for heaven's sake while you're on the platform, or you'll fall where you can't drill. The monks get trapped again after being resurrected, and once all four are killed the rest is a cakewalk. If you want to pick up all four bombs for a strafe then you can get three bombs, bomb the wall you came in by, get the fourth bomb behind it and come back. But you should be able to nail at least one monk with three or even two bombs if you anticipate a bit. 5-4-5. BONUS LEVEL Here you start on a brick where you must jump down. The monk will go to the right. Wait until he stops and drop left. Go up the stairway to the platform. Use it. Note you get a bomb before you're on the platform. You can drop the bomb while on the platform and should do so. Note that the two platforms pretty much shuffle back and forth between each other. You'll want to drop the first bomb on your starting square(drop it one square after you're over it,) take the platform back, then jump down on the starting square. The timing works best if you move left while directly over that square as you run approximately as fast as the platform goes. Through all this you need to watch the mad monk. He's not terribly tough to decipher, but he can surprise you as you're coming back on the platform. The best bet is to take off only when he is getting close to you. This will cause him to follow you where the platform was and fall off, banging into the right part. The second bonus coin is less tough to time. Get the bomb and go on the first platform. On the second platform, turn around and drop the bomb on the brick. Take the platform. Boom. Wait a bit so the monk won't be hanging around, then go back to the second platform and drop left to get the second extra life. Now you can get the bomb, use the first platform, bomb the three bricks in a row, go back to get another bomb, and drop a bomb on all that mess. There's no chance to drop straight down, and digging only traps you, but you can drop off to the left and then go right--or you even have time to take the platform back, drop right, and leave that way. Alternatively you can get on the second platform, dig, drop a bomb and take platforms each way. You may have to re-dig here but whatever method you use should confuse the monk enough, You still get credit for the bonus lives even if you botch it at the end(and I did once) but--I want to describe the best technique I can! 5-5. WHAT THE... 5-5-1. SCENE 1 This level tests perseverance and attention to detail more than anything else. First thing to do is to get the bombs to the left and right; it's actually possible to drop down and dig twice, trapping the mad monk, and then the bombs below aren't ever going to explode, but it's riskier than the strategy I'm mapping out. I'm not sure if this alternate solution was intended but it is cool to note or try later once you've solved it the regular way. Pitch the bomb down the drop below and move away. But not too far-- immediately after the explosion you'll want to drop down before the mad monk is too far regenerated. Yay, an extra life! To the right is a helix up. Take it. Now you may need to duck in one at a time to pick up bombs, which you'll want the vast majority of. Run over one that isn't ready to explode and run back a few times until one side is cleared. Then go to the other. You can take all bombs that formerly exploded here. It's possible to get more than one if you move quickly but make sure you have a feel for the timing. Once you've got all/most of the bombs drop left to the next helix. Get on it and at the top wait a second or two before placing the bomb. Drop down and then get on the helix once it's vanished. The timing isn't too critical but don't bomb right away or you won't make it back up in time. Now get the gold pieces and dig the center brick, drop into it and go down to get the extra life. Bomb the mad monk as before. More bombs below may have appeared by now; navigate them as before. At the very top, at the right edge before you fall off, drop five bombs in quick sequence and walk away(there are nine bricks, and each bomb takes out two.) You should have plenty of time to jump down and go to the right and the transporter. 5-5-2. SCENE 2 Take the platform to the top(you don't have much choice.) Go right, dig twice, drop, dig. Get the bomb, blast the square under it, drop, and place the bomb down. Move away but pick up the new bomb which falls down after the explosion. Take the new platform available. Drop a bomb under the right brick and move to the left. Don't pick up the other bomb right now. The object is to get two bombs and the game replaces the one on the right first if you have two and need to use one. Wait a bit to drop left. The bonus level is here now, and it's not terribly risky but is painfully nitpicky about timing, and it forces you to work again to get your bombs back. [SEE 5-5-5] Now pick up the other bomb as before--well, get it twice, actually, and go back on the platform and around. Yay! You now have two bombs. Take the platform in the 't' part that you passed by before. Those two gold pieces look like freebies but what's below is tougher. Get the pieces, dig the left brick, and drop a bomb down there before retreating. Drop into the area, dig left, and drop left again before getting on the platform. You may have to do this a few times to get all the gold pieces. It's not too tough to get the ones in the top right. But it is repetitive. If you want to get the extra life that's hanging in space before getting the final gold piece and taking the platform to the second part, wait for the bricks to be about to regenerate and then if you want to get the extra life drop a bomb facing up. Timing is obviously important here. Too soon and you won't have time to get the extra life. Too late and you'll need to hit START. Now when on the platform you'll want to have the controller going right and blast right, jump down, and when above the area you bombed dig left twice, drop left, dig left, and sneak left. You'll make it just in time. Taking the platform to the top, dig the two right squares and then the one below that. Then get the gold piece and dig the one below that. Drop down and go down to the platform. Get on the platform. The tough part in the second phase is figuring when to jump. You shouldn't be on top of the monk all the time as the platform's a bit faster than they are and moves in the opposite direction. It's best to jump off just as a monk falls off a ledge. Fortunately the monk isn't too smart as he could just go to the ledge below and wait for you at any time. Sometimes he does but then if you just move around he'll eventually give up and turn away. Wait for him to be chasing you and then egg him on. Once you have all the gold pieces you can see you'll still need to extract one from him. Stay to the left of the only brick you can dig and do so once he gets close. Then lead him on another chase. Remember if you're down from the transporter the monk will go where you drop, turn around, then drop down to look for you. Sadly the brick is not 3-way so you can't go down when the mad monk is where it was and cut all this chase out. 5-5-3. SCENE 3 Drop down. Pick up the bomb. Activate the helix and run off. Put the bomb on the helix and watch it go up and go boom. But not too long. Go into the entrance to one of the culdesacs and after the bombs explode run back across the helix to get the two nearest ones to the center. They are rather tough to get otherwise, requiring you to use the loops anyway. Make sure you run away from the gold pieces as they have bombs under them. Pick up one of the next two gold pieces that fall. Now there's an interesting bomb avoiding/action sequence. It's always safe on the helixes and it's good to zoom away from them immediately after bombs explode as obviously you need to pick off gold pieces between explosions. The gold pieces near the edges are relatively easy to nip in and get, but beware of getting trapped on the bottom with bombs around-- they'll blow up half of the bricks. The loops are also good places to go to pick off unlit bombs, which helps clear up the board from distractions immensely. The key thing, though, is figuring out the right time to cross over. Preferably you can get all the bombs but if you don't see anything across the bottom then you may want to venture running across and getting on the opposite helix, especially since one fifth of the map is under there. Sneaking across to the transporter to the next level is not too bad once you've done that. The key though is to start--either in the helix or, for the items near the center, in the loops(also a great place to switch to the other side) and get the gold quickly before the bomb it's with is set off. You can also dig holes to disrupt the bombs' rhythm and possibly pick up a bunch of unlit ones but learning timing may ultimately be more expedient. 5-5-4. SCENE 4 Go up the ramp to the left, blast the brick, drop down, and blast the three bricks below it while facing left. Drop through to the left to get a gold piece, then drop left again. Get on the helix and push left as you're at the ramp. Get the bomb and push right back quickly. WAIT for the helix to disappear or you may be transported into a brick and crushed to death. If you don't have the timing right(and this one's pretty lenient) then you can just bomb although the replacement doesn't appear immediately so you'll have to start from the drawing board(drop down from right of the helix and take the platform back to the top.) With the helix deactivated, Go on it and drop a bomb left onto the Mad Monk. Now there are two things you can do here: 1. Wait for the mad monk to regenerate and fall into the brick's pit, then you can quickly pick up the gold piece to the right after the block's filled in. 2. Drop down immediately after blowing the monk to bits. You'll get to the very bottom and the transportation helix going up. Get the three bombs at the top, blast the right edge to drop down, and use one on the brick left of the ramp entrance(by where you started) before blasting the brick. You can now drop down to pick up an extra life. Drop left to get the gold piece in (1). At any rate once you've gotten to the very top and gotten three bombs, you can get the isolated bomb, bomb the monk again, and this will replace the bombs at the top. You'll be able to get a total of four bombs, which will come in handy, although strictly speaking only three are necessary. Go down from the start of level. Drop a bomb to the right and then blast four times in a a row--the first just recoils you but you don't have to do any running. Drop to get the first gold coin and set a bomb at the next blocking brick. Back up. Repeat until you're by two bricks on top of each other. You can bomb them and get out, picking up gold coins as you go down platforms, but first we want to pick off the three gold coins to the right. In fact if you are out of bombs you can still get one off to the right. To get the coins without getting an extra life you can dig the two squares at the end of the walkway although you'll have to turn a bit(watch the controller--it can dump you in the pit if you don't move up/left enough) to get the second. Drop down onto them, go right and dig left. Drop down there and go up the ramp to get the third gold piece. Now if you don't feel adventurous you can just wait, blast the top square, and run back across. But that's no fun! Of course you can also get the extra life and self destruct but I like trying to get out alive. Blast the very top square, then the three squares under it. Blast the two squares on the right, get the bomb and extra life, and set off the bomb next to the one brick you still can't nail. You may not have the time to do this so you'll have to resort to major double-dipping. With the blocks back in place, drop one bomb near the two blocks. Go back immediately(also you may want to be two squares away from the brick so you throw bombs here,) get the next bomb, and place it in what was the center of the bricks. Retreat for a bomb to use on the first two bricks, immediately retreat to get a new bomb(remember, you need one to get out of here) and then run back quickly. There's some window of time but the key is to remember to do the last bits in quick order. 5-5-5. BONUS LEVEL This level's a ramp that revolves around above itself. Get the first bomb and go clockwise. Drop it, but stand TWO squares away from the brick. This is very important as you'll immediately need to run back left, up onto the platform to get to the bomb, and back right. You'll just make it past. You need to swivel the controller pretty quickly to get on the ramp, so if you goof up a bit you may not want to risk getting trapped in the brick. Practice without the bomb available until you get the hang of it. Now you're boxed in a bit, so what you want to do is blast the blue square that's shadowed so you can't see it well(it's in the center) from the left. Go back to the square where you blasted it, face left, drop a bomb and go right. Get the bomb and go right, detouring up the side ramp for the other bomb which should appear just as you walk by. Run quickly past where the first block was You now have two bombs to take out the remaining two barriers. Congratulations, you've earned the extra lives you just picked up. 6. WORLD 2 Bricks are red in this fire world. The first part is not too bad but the rules for the new devices you face such as the cutter can be confusing. 6-1. CALM BEFORE THE STORM 6-1-1. SCENE 1 This level seems singularly pointless. Get two gold coins, dig the center square, repeat four times, drop below. There's no need to use the helix, unless you try to misplay and wind up falling off one of the center platforms. The recoil alone from the blast gets you the gold piece at the top. The teleportal is in the ring below. Take it. 6-1-2. SCENE 2 This one isn't too challenging either but has a neat new device to play with. Go to the weird thing on the left and push A. There'll be this spinning cutter that starts taking out bricks. It's lethal to touch(hey, if it nails bricks, you're nothing) but you can walk around behind it and pick up all the gold pieces you can find. The trick here is to use the helix when the cutter is well out of sight. Blast the end square and fall through as the cutter goes up. Instead of going in a circle the cutter will now go back and forth on the bottom if the helix turns off. However, if it is turned on the cutter will go in a figure- eight, taking out the bricks on the top as well. You may want to activate the helix and move up, and when it moves right and gets sucked up, follow it quickly. Get the extra life to the right of the transporter the first time around, and the next time take the transporter to the next level. 6-1-3. SCENE 3 You'll be unsighted at first here but the key is to remember to follow the cutter. Get the coin and when the cutter is pointing left, push A. Follow the cutter down to the bottom. Keep following until the path branches off into more than a dead end--if you can't, then use one of the dead ends to avoid it as it goes back and forth and follow it later. Get the coin on the brick bridge and take the transporter up. Drop left, blast the brick, drop right, drop left. Up the ramp to get the coin, take the helix, drop right, wait for the helix to go out, blast the brick and drop the bomb. Come around again to get the bomb. Now you can drop further down to another ramp and you have a bomb. Climb up the ramp and use the helix. Go left and fall down. Bomb the brick to the left to get to the bonus section. [BONUS LEVEL] Get down to the bottom(reactivate the cutter if you've done the bonus level) so now you can stay behind the cutter and then run past the helix to get to the transporter. 6-1-4. SCENE 4 Blast the three bricks that you can, then the two below them, then the one. Get the gold coin and the bomb. Go to the top and shoot the brick and get the gold coin above it. From where the brick was, go down and you'll drop and get an extra life. Now take the helix to the top again and fall into the gap where you started. Bomb the right blocking brick. Go where it was and then down. You'll get a piece of the map. Pick up the bomb and go back up to the gap. Blast three, drop, blast the middle brick, and now you'll go onto a ledge. Here's what you do. Wait until you're sealed off. Drop the bomb on the very right square, back up to the left, and blast right. Wait until the brick regenerates then make a beeline for the transporter behind the still-bombed brick. If you are too slow to dig the hole then just drop through, get the bomb, and try again. 6-1-5. BONUS LEVEL The monks will drop down and get stuck, so release the cutter when it's pointing along the path. You should just be able to follow it to get the first extra life and eventually it will hit a brick and drop through that so you'll need to wait to follow it a bit there. Beware that the mad monks regenerate by the level exits so you may get killed before then and get two lives instead of three, still a good haul. Also be aware there's a level exit near the bottom by where you started the cutter as well as the one you can see more readily--the second is tougher to reach from my experience. 6-2. Here you're introduced to braziers, which heat up the platforms above them to make them lethal. The way to handle them is to push A over where the other one is, as frequently if there are two braziers only one can be activated at once. 6-2-1. SCENE 1 You don't have to go left to get the two coins first, so just go right and dig left and drop down. Take the right helix and pick off the coin at the top. Dig the center square again and drop. Push A as you go to the right; the other brazier will start. Now pick off the left the same way you picked off the right. After jumping back down go left, down, right and up to get to the transporter. Note you can run over the brazier and still safely get to the top taking the helix next to it. This is an indication of how things will get harder. 6-2-2. SCENE 2 The bomb to the right seems to drop right away only after you've just lost a guy so you may not always be able to run over the brazier to the right and get the bomb before it explodes--the first time. If not, dig the square down from the hot square, jump down, and push A going up the ramp. Wait around a bit until the bomb square is cold(it's fun to watch your guy dance on a cooling square) and then get the bomb. Then dig the square south, drop through it, hit A and stand on the square at the start of the ramp. Wait a bit once you leave the square, then circle around to the very top of the ramp. Put a bomb on the brick there and then dig. Wait a bit--boom--and jump down. Push A to take the transporter. The next part would be much easier if you could take a bomb with you, but you can't. Note that there's a partially obscured transporter path two blocks to the left. It is important to get the bomb, but first let's cover the easy parts(in contradiction to my general advice, but I'm just showing how to do things to escape the level, not worrying about the bonus yet.) Dig the leftmost square. Go left and down. You'll fall to get two gold coins. Take the helix back to the top, dig the rightmost square, and drop to the starting point. Again dig left but now go left and dig right. Drop, go right and drop down to get one gold coin. Come back on the helix again and on the top face right to take out the center brick. Blast again and drop down. Go right then blast left. Drop down, go left, drop down to get the three gold coins. I highly recommend just getting through the regular levels before attacking the bonus level. Here's how to get to the bonus level. First get the bomb then the gem. Getting the bomb: Blast the rightmost square. Wait three seconds. Blast the next two squares. Drop right and then go right, blast the square left, and get on the transporter. Drop right, blast left, drop left, blast right, and now if you've been quick you are on top of three bricks(the right will close soon.) Blast the rightmost and center and drop and blast the left of this pair of bricks. The bomb is below. Getting the gem: once you see where to bomb you don't need to worry about timing so much. Take out the left two bricks at the top. Take out the left brick below that. Drop the bomb to the left, go left, dig right and go right just out of reach of the pyrotechnics. Dig left, drop, dig left. Voila! Enter the bonus level at the bottom. [SEE 6-2-5] 6-2-3. SCENE 3 Start the cutter on its way. Follow it around. It will drop down and go away from the gold coins. Sneak in and get them and, when the cutter drops down, the extra life. Follow it again past where you start. Don't worry about the gold coin you just missed yet. This next time you will want to get the piece of the map behind the block. This is easy enough. When the cutter turns left, you'll want to wait instead of going for the gold pieces like you did last time. When it crosses back right, go left and get the piece. Then go up the ramp and wait near the top, just before the brick at its end. You'll want to time this, here; you'll need to dig the brick, retreat and drop down to avoid the cutter, circle around, and follow it, before you have the cutter drop through without touching the top brick. The top brick regenerates; walk over it and drop onto the final gold piece. Before, you would have been trapped. Now with the bricks removed it's no problem. It's also no problem to go back up the ramp, to the right, and take the transporter. 6-2-4. SCENE 4 An easy level unless you want to detour for the two extra guys. Step on the brazier and activate it. Eventually a bomb will drop to your level. Use it on the brick in your way, then retreat to pick up the replacement bomb and run back through the brick to get a second bomb. With these two bombs you need to run to one brick, place the bomb, run to the other brick, place that one, re-collect the two bombs and then run past the far brick. It sounds easy enough but it's important to move quickly and also try to place the bomb next to the second blocking brick with a significant pause(1.5 seconds) after moving away from the first brick you dropped a bomb near. If you don't want to test your skills there, then just pick up the further along of the two bombs, run down the ramp, blast through the brick and enter the transporter. But if you do, you'll note that bombing too soon leaves a lit bomb at the bottom and bombing too late--well--you're just stuck. However, complete the timing and the rest is easy. You just have two blocks to blast through with the two bombs before the two lives on the extra ramp. Back right, and you have the transporter. Hooray! 6-2-5. BONUS LEVEL You can go immediately left and down to get one extra life. This suckers the mad monk into going right and possibly touching the fire.However time is of the essence here with all squares turning to fire, so you'll want to cut back up, right, up, right to get the second. Then go left for the third, and right/down and then counterclockwise to pick up the fourth. Clockwise to left of the transporter(which is where you started) and then to the transporter. This is MUCH easier said than done so I must reiterate: complete the levels, then come back for the bonus, to inconvenience yourself as little as possible. 6-3. 6-3-1. SCENE 1 Gold pieces: 8 Even though this is the first of four levels, it's rather nasty. You will get killed by the invincible guy, a new introduction(he glides over holes,) to start, if you aren't sharp with the controls. And there's not much elbow room. Also beware if the bad guy gets caught in the helix on the opposite side of the transporter. He can jump down the path to the transporter on top of you, which is particularly inconvenient given that's where the bomb is. You can destroy the monster with a bomb, which gives you a temporary reprieve, but if you're not careful the monster can sneak up through the helix instead of you. So what you'll have to do is to get a bomb, place it on the helix and activate the helix(bring the monster around so he doesn't surprise you-- push B then hold A just before you run through the helix and you should kill the monster too. Or if he's far away just feint to the transporter so he tries to chase you and run like crazy.) Once you're on top be sure to note which way the monk is and head the other way. You may want to dig in the center of the semicircle to give yourself time to dig to get a coin. Dig two squares, drop, dig a square and check for the invincible guy below. Then repeat the other way. Again don't worry which side the coin is on. Go away from the monk and dig in the center. Run over him if need be; he'll be in there a while. 6-3-2. SCENE 2 Gold pieces: 10(276) This is not too bad once you realize two things: first, for your safety, that you need to switch the fire from the left to right side every so often or the entire bottom will get hot, and you need to remember which platforms are lethally hot. The second thing is that, at times, you need to drop when the bad guy is at one edge and zap in the center so you don't fall off. You have a second or so in which to drop-- the helix is slow, but once at the top you have a second before it vanishes--so you should eventually have time to drop in. In fact you can even fall up in order to buy more time if you must I just go up the whole progression. Activate the helix, then go south and right, one square from the edge. Blast, run left, run and drop right. Drop left, and now you may want to push A as you run over the flame square. Take the helix again and go to the second level. Take a brief detour jumping up here to get an extra life, then push down when the coast is clear, run left and blast right(the quick turnaround should not be hard.) Run to the right edge then drop left to get the gold piece on the left sometimes-hot squares. You can change the heated side now if you're paranoid, but remember how everything resets once you've gone through the bonus level. So you can go back up the helix, get the gem, blast either way, get all gold pieces, and go north to the helix area. You may drop back down which is no big deal. Just take the helix up again and past the first level of the structure you can push up into the gem transporter. [SEE 6-3-5 FOR BONUS LEVEL.] You'll wind up back near the transporter to the next level, so take it. You're forced into the bonus level here, which is a bit of a doozy, if you want to clear the top. However because the fifth level has two pieces of the map, you can actually complete 1, 2, 4 and 5 and come back for this one if you are intent on a perfect score and don't want to dawdle right now. 6-3-3. SCENE 3 This is more a game of patience than of sleight of hand. Collect the thirteen gold pieces. Then collect the bomb that drops in front. Bomb the block and run forward; you won't get another bomb, so don't worry about trying for one. Hold down A to deactivate the main chute. At the edge wait for the structure above to cool so there are no more bombs going off. Then, drop a bomb on the brick and shoot it. Now wait for the bomb below it to explode and jump down. You'll always need to be two drops behind. It takes a while but eventually get there. 6-3-4. SCENE 4 Once you set the cutter in motion it's obvious you need to do something, but you need to get the gold pieces before you drop down to follow it. Activate the cutter and follow behind it to get the extra life just past the turn-off. Then run back to the T and take the turn to your right. Run quickly ahead of the cutter to get all the gold pieces above, then dig the end, drop and go down into the two-square-long corridor after you get the triangle. Wait for the cutter to come back and then follow it around the loop. You'll eventually see the exit to the screen bottom, so take it. 6-3-5. BONUS LEVEL Singularly nasty. I find that I cannot use the timing I think I need to get through the level. Here seems to be the solution: dig the square at the left bottom prong of the upside down U. Run to the other one and blast it, then blast the ones before it. You'll drop down after nailing the last one. Circle clockwise for the first life and go back along the dug part of the U to get around. Get the extra life and bomb. Dig the hole. Drop into it. Face left and drop down, then drop the bomb to the left and dig. All three remaining bricks get blown away; left and drop down to leave the level. In reality I seem to just miss the timing of the digs. I think that you need to 1)position yourself as far away from the end blocks as possible before digging and 2)get a perfect rhythm down. Any delay seems fatal. I don't think the bomb can be used to blast your way through the U(too long) and am offering this solution by process of elimination. Fortunately it's easy to get three lives; dig the right prong of the U, drop and get the bomb, and bomb/dig after you've dropped to below. 6-4. 6-4-1. SCENE 1 15 gold Start the level by jumping down and running right so that you can go down the ramps and collect a bunch of gold chests. But be careful getting the gold piece behind the fire as you can fall in there. Once you've gotten everything, blast the brick, drop down to get the three gold pieces and go back up the helix. You'll find gold and an extra life there. Get them and dig down. Now push A while on the rightmost of the three flame squares and you can get the gold piece that was blocked by the fire(actually, you can get that one first, but it requires exact movement--not too easy in this game.) Note you can fall down the back way. Now all that's left is to exit and for this, blast the brick and activate the left flame square before taking the ramp back up. The hot square that once guarded the path to the transporter is now cool, and so are you--for getting to the next level. 6-4-2. SCENE 2 (9 gold) There are three things to do in this level. The first two are about getting gold, and the third is about getting to the bonus level. Go left, activate the helix, go right, activate the helix, and wait for the cutter to face left before activating it. Follow it. It will drop to the left and eventually to the bottom. Use the niches to avoid it and get the four gold pieces as it goes back and forth. Then take the transporter on the right back up and drop left. Go right, activate the helix, and activate the cutter when it faces left. At the last part, you'll want to drop down when the cutter goes right again--as it will be going into the dead end by the teleportal. You can take the teleportal to the third level and save the gem for later or go back up via the transporter. I prefer the former just because the cutters will be gone when you return. The third thing to do is to get the gem, which you can do by taking the right helix from the start and when the cutter faces right, activate it and then follow it. The transporter is on the bottom level just to the left of where you wind up falling. [SEE 6-4-5 FOR BONUS LEVEL] Once you've done this it is easy to leave, because you'll be back at the start. Just go back up to the top and let the cutter go left. Follow it down one drop but wait for it to go back under before your second drop. The transporter is on the left end. 6-4-3. SCENE 3 The first thing to do here is to get the triangle. It's not too bad; activate the cutter, drop through the hole it blasted, and then get the bomb to the right. Wait for the cutter to come back around and then walk underneath the triangle. Make the view so you can see the cutter coming around and when it goes around the curve before the hot-squares you'll want to drop the bomb, move away, and circle behind the cutter in its path. It will now only take out one block, leaving the bottom block to regenerate first. You can then get the triangle and get another bomb on the way back. The rest of the level requires a bit of a back and forth but first you will want to follow the cutter until it bashes through the two blocks at the end of the potential hot squares and falls off the edge below. It's coming back below first, so don't drop down until it does. Then it will bounce again and come back. So wait again to drop, but when you do, head away from it to get two gold coins and activate the flame square behind them. Wait around just before you reach the cooling hot square. Wait for the cutter to come around again. Then once it runs past you and into the flame square, before it bounces back, run ahead of it. If you miss then go into the nook to your right or you'll get squished. Now the square it normally takes out is intact, so just run over it and pick up the gold pieces. Now you just have to get up the ramp. The first way, if you have a bomb, is just to go there, bomb the brick guarding the flame square, which you can then activate. I don't think you can make it up and across in time, but if you just sneak past the cutter once it hits the flame square and gets stuck, dig the square it would have taken out next, drop and activate the flame square in the corner, you can make it across the squares before they heat fully to get the last two coins. You can also let the cutter remove the brick guarding the flame square and then sneak in and start the process that way. (9 gold) 6-4-4. SCENE 4 You'll want to take a long range view of this level. It's pretty one- way, except for the early detour to get the extra life. To do so, make sure you can sucker the bad guy so that he is on the other side of the original circle when you blast the brick. The mad monk below will go left towards the extra man then right. Once he's on the right edge, drop and run left and off the edge. You'll have to fake the mad monk near you out again. This is not tough, but this time you want to run right and make sure the bad guy is all the way to the left, especially with the blast recoil. Drop down and then you're at another circle. For this one you will need to get on the platform with the cutter, but the cutter doesn't always face the way you want it to. Only when it's about to face the brick(it goes counterclockwise, so that means it faces up) should you attempt to get on after faking the monk out in the usual manner. Then let the cutter drop, and if the monk is nowhere near, you should be able to drop down after it--if not, you can always try again. Here it gets a bit confusing, but when you stop, quickly dig the brick and fall left through it. Then you'll need to fall right. You'll get to the bottom and a monk will be running around a square below. You'll want to drop quickly one way as the bricks above you will start filling up; just remember if he's on one side, drop to the other, and if you can't see him, drop down. Now you can put yourself in a corner and blast him whichever way he's coming. He should cough up his gold piece, and you can exit to the left. (16 gold) 6-4-5. BONUS LEVEL Key word here is pre-emption. Get the bomb, drop it on the brick below, and immediately run across to get the extra life. Make sure you get to the edge to avoid the bomb's range. Then run and fall where the brick used to be, get another bomb, and do the same thing(bomb brick below, run across to edge, get extra life) before turning around immediately on explosion and running back into the new gap. You won't have much time before the bad guys regenerate but you can sneak through the gap to get the third life. This will get you 100%, but perfectionists still have to contend with getting out of there. You can probably dig the two bad guys into holes and then use the bomb on where you came from in order to get to the bottom and the transporter out. The best bet is NOT to dig the leftmost hole immediately but instead to dig from the right on one side, circle the other monk around, dig on the other from the left, run left and dig right before placing the bomb and backing up. 6-5. WHAT THE... 6-5-1. SCENE 1 To start this level out I really recommend you tilt the camera angle so that the cutter is at the bottom. Then go left, up, down and right quickly. The mad monks here are smart so you have to dig right when they're close by. You also need to watch out for if they get too close. If the camera is too close in you can't see them all but if it's far away you need to guess at where squares are; it's possible to blast with a guy close by and he still gets you. So time them when they seem one square away. Make sure no-one has a gold piece left when you go to the cutter. It's possible that you can get all the gold pieces without using the cutter if you know where they're buried. But if not(and it's time consuming) just activate the cutter--make sure it's pointing up--and follow it around and then, once you've gone up a ramp and the square next to it has regenerated, back beyond it to the transporter. You'll have to watch out for a few things here: if too many bad guys are near, they'll wind up stepping on each other to get to you after you release the cutter. Also bad guys may fall between you and the cutter, or right on top of you, so be prepared to reset the level in that case. This is a treacherous introductory level and in fact is downright unfair in several ways, but the others in this group are not nearly as hard. 6-5-2. SCENE 2 Take the rail to the top. Go right. Blast over the coin, go down, blast over the coin, jump down. Get on the rail and after two seconds drop a bomb there. You'll leave before it explodes. Now a lit bomb will drop below. Wait for it, burrow in and light a bomb where the previous one created a cavity. Run back for where you got the first bomb and after the explosion run for the drop on the right. You should get a second bomb along the way and as you fall you'll get a piece of the map. Take the rail back up and now go up into each segment above and drop the bomb below the gold piece. The best way to do this is to stand on the passageway and throw it forward. The pieces will drop down and four bombs will be revealed. Take them all. Dig to get to the bottom(either square on the top will do it.) Back the view up to make sure you don't fall near monsters; you won't fall in the circle they travel in, but rather in a dead end where they may find you easily. Push down as you fall to avoid this. Fortunately the invincible guy here is stupid as he just runs around. But the bad guys may follow you and each probably has a gold chest. So circle around a bit and when you catch up to one from behind, or get close to it, he will turn around. Drop him in a hole then. Eventually you'll want to get out--the right square to blast for that is in the lower left. Zoom in for the last part. Drop the bomb on the monk below and down and run back, then run in and nab the gold. You'll need to do this four times, but don't worry too much about the mad monks; they fall from far above, so you can't dawdle, but the blocks refilling is more of a concern. As you drop the final bomb, check to see where the monk below is before you drop. He wanders around a tight circle. Give him the slip and exit through the transporter to the south. 6-5-3. SCENE 3 Drop left. Take the helix up. Get the bomb. Drop it right. Run left and wait for the explosion. Drop right and run across. You'll be using the above quite a bit as you go to get the gold pieces above. For the ones on the second platform to the right, do the above and then put a bomb on a brick and blast it. Move quickly through the hole to get the gold piece and then, for the brick to the right, drop down, but for the brick to the left, you'll want to dig a hole to the left and jump through it before dropping left, going up the helix and dropping a bomb to the right. This should wipe the bad guy out but go to the left(you'll get another bomb on the way up and dig a hole at the top just in case and leave a bomb over the helix(it'll reach him not you) before going left. That way the bad guy will fall in and get blown up. You want that bad guy trapped. Eventually he'll regenerate in the trapped part. Thirdly you can dig the three bricks to the far right, then two below that, then one to get two more gold pieces. Blast to the right and drop a bomb. This should kill the bad guy below, but sadly he will regenerate. So run quickly to the left of the brick, get a bomb, dig a hole for him and drop the bomb there. That should do for him. The last part is to get the gold pieces on the stairs. First of all you need to figure how to use the left helix. For this, bomb the brick between the two helices. Then wait on the right helix to get another bomb, step across the left helix while holding A, pull immediately right, drop the bomb on the left helix, and run to the right helix. Push A. When you get to the top you'll get your bomb back. Run left and now you can, to avoid the bonus level for now, dig the brick with the gold beneath it, drop down, go right and circle clockwise to get back to the right helix and do the last bit. If you feel it's time to go in for the bonus leve, though, drop a bomb on the brick beyond that and blast it. Drop down the hole created to get the gem and the gold, then circle clockwise to the right helix. You'll have to proceed as before, since the gem transporter is to the left of where you dropped the bomb to get the gem. So, bomb center, get new bomb, go left, A/B, go right, A, go left at the top, enter transporter. [BONUS SCENE: 6-5-5.] The last part is easy assuming you're back at the starting helix. Check to make sure one gold piece is required, and then go up, drop a bomb right, go left, wait, go right and collect the bomb, pause before the hole. Here you can drop the bomb down the shaft. Once it explodes, follow it down and go right to end the level. Note the Mad Monk doesn't regenerate near the transporter, so you don't need to time your jump before the bomb explodes. 6-5-4. SCENE 4 * detail two ways to start this level * Activate the cutter and run behind it. Then activate the helix as you step on it, and take it. Do this quickly, but watch out, the monk will get on it too. *-note, you can also activate the helix, continue left, and Run left throught the bombs and then activate the flame square. Dig left, drop, dig right, get the bomb and gold, dig right and you're at the bottom across from the transporter. Go over to it and blast the brick. Drop down and climb up the ramp. Eventually the bombs will stop. Meanwhile the cutter's going back and forth. Hit the helix as it goes away from you, then take the path off to the side. The cutter's stuck now. Take the rail back to the start and then release a cutter and take the helix. Loot the gold in the horseshoe at the top. Go to the left edge and drop a bomb on the bad guy below. Pick the bomb up from where you found it. If you've gotten every other piece on the second world up to now, you don't need to get this last one. 6-5-5. BONUS LEVEL This one starts out nasty but turns out relatively pedantic. What you'll need to do first is drop to the right. Then notice the three bricks. Stand on the center one and blast three times. Jump down in their area and activate the flame square--don't step all the way across it, just touch on it. Then hook back up/left/around until you get to the top flame square. Activate it. Now you're right back where you started, but with one flame square going instead of two. You can just go back to the bricks. Go right and jump down, then activate the flame square. Move quickly to the helix(down/right/up/left) holding down A as you do so. Move left on the helix so you'll get a running start past the hot square, which is past the first extra life. Follow the path to the top and now I suggest trying for the leftmost extra guy. Note that there is a drop as the passage curves down. I recommend nudging left until you circle a bit more over. Then you can drop down to get the extra guy. Now you'll just need to go to the flame square on the far left and activate it. Wait for the top to cool and activate the right flame square, making a tight run for the helix and picking up the remaining extra life. Activate the left flame square if you want and then head for the transporter. 7. WORLD 3 This is a world of ice. You'll learn to deal with weird leaper characters that create ice blocks for you to walk over, and you'll also have to navigate ice blocks that disappear in a chain reaction. Here we distinguish between ice blocks(like regular blocks you can dig) and frost blocks(chain reaction--they are whiter and have a frost coating on top. Ice cubes are just plain blue.) 7-1. CALM BEFORE THE STORM 7-1-1. SCENE 1 8 gold pieces Blast the first two squares, drop, and blast below. Drop again, blast, and run up the ramp created by removal of the frost squares. Blast the ice block at the top of the ramp. Jump down and now the squares you blasted first should regenerate. Three blasts to the right, jump down, two blasts, jump down, one blast, drop down to get the gold coins, and you can't miss the transporter. 7-1-2. SCENE 2 8 gold pieces, 1 extra life Again no monsters but this time you have to deal with chain reactions. Blast what's in front of you, run left, and turn down until you get to the non-frost square. After the previous frost blocks fill in(watch the recoil,) the next part is to blast the second loop and run around. Follow the frost blocks and turn off the oval to the right when you can, onto the dark square. Now you're at a more square ramp. Blast the square with the coin and go up the ramp as far as you can. The frost will regenerate on the left and run onto the new ramp of frost that reforms. At the top you'll find an extra life. Now blast that top square. You can pretty much just wait to drop down until you're on solid ground, then go back to the square between the loop and the final ramp. Now blast the square to the left. Follow the tunnel that is created. Eventually you'll be right before the second block to reappear. Once it does you'll have a frost ramp to climb up. Turn off at the top and you're back to the first ramp. Blast the frost before it goes under the knot and circle around the dark squares until you are before a drop. Wait for it to fill in and then again climb up the ramp of frost that reappears. You'll make it back to the transporter and can exit the level. Through this all your movement may not be perfect, but that's OK. You have a lot of room/time for error here. 7-1-3. SCENE 3 Here you'll deal with transporters. Instead of the helix you have a more sure method of transport. They look like barrels or rockets and entering one switches between two locations as a sort of hyperspace. This one's pretty obvious but you'll need to time later ones. Dig three times, drop, dig two times, drop, and dig once. Get the gold pieces below. Dig to the left two times, drop, dig once. Get the three gold pieces, again. Enter the rocket. Run up the ramp to the forced drop, and now you can exit if you want. The bonus level isn't too hard to get to, but you might want to save it for later. Run past the transporter to the top of the ramp. Drop down and get the bomb and run back to the top. Dig the top square and drop the bomb down. Boom! Drop down the two ice blocks and get another bomb; place it next to the lower ice blocks and take a few steps back. It will explode, and the one below will regenerate, leaving you free to get to the gem. [SEE 7-1-5 FOR BONUS LEVEL] 7-1-4. SCENE 4 That swiveling platform provides the first example of the ice leaper, and you'll want to use it right away. Now it's a bit tricky here; first, wait for the platform to turn left. Then push A and use the ice leaper as a lead blocker, but don't touch it. If you're lucky then you can take all the gold, but the monk in the twisty part at the top may hold one. If that is the case you may just want to go back to the start and dig a hole for him(this may require you to fake the monk out in the loops) and dig a hole for him near to the left. He'll cough up a coin but don't climb all the way over him or you'll fall in. You may just want to leave and come back here--a way of saving your work. The next part is not trivial. The first thing to do is to drop down and get two bombs. Do so just before the bad guy makes it all the way to the right. Now you'll want to go left into the transporter. As the monk runs away, set up a bomb by the transporter above. Then get back in the transporter and wait for the bomb to explode. Go back immediately and run past the brick that's killed. If the guy above falls into the brick you can try again although you may only be able to get one bomb while on the bottom. Now for the final gold piece you will want to drop the bomb off the edge to the left of the square that produces the ice leaper. It will explode and set the other alight. They will alternate and eventually you will see the mad monk get killed. He isn't well synched with them at first, which is good, because the variant cycles eventually match up, but after that he will be trapped in a cycle. Then go past the transporter to the top of the ramp. You should time when the mad monk is coming back so that you start running before he regenerates(you have a time window) and then when he blows up make a beeline for the transporter. You'll get the last remaining gold piece. 7-1-5. BONUS LEVEL Two loops of frost surrounded by a central ramp of frost. Each one has the same strategy, just mirrored. Blast the center square to start-- actually you can blast anywhere except where you'll recoil into the center, as that traps you. You'll drop onto one of the rings. Wait a second and blast anywhere there. Now note there's a hole in front of where the mad monk fell. Wait for him to fall in there, then run across him. Wait for the ramp to regenerate before getting the first extra life. Run back. The delay is important, as it allows you to run over the monk and back before the ramps reappear. However for the second monk you run over, you can just enter the transporter and leave the level. 7-2. 7-2-1. SCENE 1 Go right to start. Drop down. Get the bomb and all the gold coins you can before you ake the transporter back up. Let the blue arrow turn to the right and have the leaper put down a few squares. Now let the blue arrow turn to the left and watch the leaper go ahead. Dig the first frost block he puts down so he can twist around and go on a little while longer. Next you'll want to go back right and place a bomb while the leaper is climbing back up. Preferably just when he's to your character's direct right. Now you need to go left, drop down, and blast the frost square you fell on. The leaper will now bridge the gap to the other gold pieces and start to go in a circle. Once he's past, drop down to get the bomb. But use patience or you'll be trapped between him and an ice block! You can get rid of him by creating another that goes to the left to start, but in any case you can just run around and keep away from him. He's slow. Once you're practically behind him(and you should be, collecting gold pieces in his wake,) drop the bomb on the frost square, blast it, and walk away. Once it blows up, run right and down and quickly take the transporter. Next level! BTW if you do drop ahead of the leaper before he fills in the ice block near the level exit, then just duck into the canister. 7-2-2. SCENE 2 10 gold pieces Go to the left and blast the only square in front that you can. Now start running counterclockwise up the ramp. Here with the controller be prepared to time how to rotate it, and also note that if you get things wrong that the restart level feature is available and wastes just as much time--and fewer lives--than getting killed. No evil laughter either. All you have to do is run continually counterclockwise. The trick is to use the same motions when you CAN'T see your guy as when you can, i.e. move the controller 45 degrees in the same intervals, as you are traveling on two helices. You'll fall twice but hopefully when the frost squares right below the gold pieces come back you'll be to the right of them. If you wait for longer than one revolution of frost squares being taken out(1 second) it's curtains but on the other hand it just takes a few tries to get it right. Now stand to the left of the bottom part of the line bisecting the circle. Shoot it. (Standing to the north drops you in a hole.) Then go back to above the entrance. Eventually you'll just fall down back to near the start. Be sure to go south just before you fall onto the very bottom, though! Now for the right side. You'll need to blast and run forward as far as you can three times. However you'll want to delay a bit. Once you're on the top it's no problem to get all the gold. Wait for everything to form, get the loot, and now stand on top of where you entered so that you can blast the frost above the entry squares--you will need to do so three times, dropping down before the final helix comes apart. The very bottom squares will fall of their own accord if you blast the ones right above them--helices are wrapped so that each coil is three above the previous. 7-2-3. SCENE 3 Drop left to get the bomb. Place it on the ice. Move back and wait for the monk to fall in. He'll get to the other side where you'll get the gold he picked off from the top of the ice block. Then he'll get consumed. The next thing to do is to drop a bomb on the ice block to the right and shoot it. Then drop down after it to get the gold piece and climb onto the jet-plank at the bottom. Anticipation isn't necessary, just precision...the jet-plank flies around to get the two suspended gold pieces. Then there's another gold piece, and now you're at the most emotionally trying part of all, the slow elevator up. Unless you choose to make a detour for a few extra lives, which I really do recommend. The gem is behind the bad guy you wiped out. To get it, you'll need to dig on the left, wait three or four seconds, and drop the bomb there. If all goes well, it will explode before the brick you dug regenerates, leaving the bad guy to drop in the hole created beyond- -depending on timing he may also fall in the second hole, and you can run over him then too. Get the gem, and enter the gem transporter which appears right there. This is pretty low-risk since there's no way for the bad guy to get out, and you don't have to, but the timing of the bomb is important. Just remember to keep stepping away. Now for the piece of the map. Be sure to have a bomb and get on the cranky noisy elevator. Drop to the left at the top, dig, go left, and place a bomb to the right. Quickly drop left and run around to the right and take the elevator up. You should have time to drop left to get the map piece. The final part involves two gold pieces near the end. Get a bomb and get on the elevator. Go to the top. Go left and wait until the elevator goes down. Drop a bomb to the right, run left off the suspended ice, wait to get another bomb, and drop right. Go right from the elevator base and drop the bomb. Go left and wait for it to explode. Run right quickly or the mad monk will regenerate, and enter the transporter. 7-2-4. SCENE 4 There seems to be a lot going on in this level; it is a sort of scramble, but it's also one of the easiest you'll play. Simply drop left and then go down when at the center of the frost squares. You'll have to dig the "entry square" to the frost square grid a few times to get through this one. You'll want to go right and up and blast the frost at the end of the passage to drop and get an extra life as well. After taking it out you'll also take out the frost squares holding up the gold pieces, but wait a bit before jumping back on the grid. Now go back to the entrance and just blast away when the bad guys near the middle row. This will make it easier to get their gold pieces before they regenerate. You can do so after each time you blast the frost, or you can wait around and then collect it all at once. Either way is not too tough. If you should be so unfortunate as to let a mad monk escape, no big deal. Just go to the ramp by the transporter and blast the frost there and reenter the grid from the top. 7-2-5. BONUS LEVEL A very easy bonus level. Interesting Escheresque ramps with drops, but go to the penultimate top square and blast away from the top. You'll drop down from the recoil. Repeat three more times, and then head to the center. The trick here, I think, is that most people will just blast the top square half-reflexively and fall into the pits from the frost and die that way. 7-3. Here you start to see dark arrows on the blocks which indicate you can jump down. Unless you zoom in they're tough to see, so be warned. 7-3-1. SCENE 1 This is a really beautiful level both from the perspective of a puzzle solver and from just looking at it. I'll make a map below of undiggable squares, frost and ice from the side. The basic idea is to dig to the bottom and drop on a gold piece/extra life, avoid the monk, find the transporter, go back up, and repeat. But there are different paths down to each goodie. The point of view is a real problem here and I suggest that when you are at the top you set it so you can just barely see the top of the item you're trying to pick up. Otherwise you'll have too little detail for seeing the bottom, which you need--both the cannister and the ice blocks are tough to pick out. You may also get screwed by the timing and bad guy placement so I suggest making two passes through this: one to get the gold and the next to get the extra lives. Also once you are near the bottom, wait to dig the final hole to drop down until the monk and robot are away. Also be sure to dig ice and not frost. Because you can run over a monk if you trap him in one ice block but not one in a frost block next to a frost block you removed. Also the mad monk tends to know right when you've fallen, so don't panic and jump too early. You have plenty of time to wait--zoom out the camera if you must. frost = <> ice = . rock = X life = + gold = $ Map presented clockwise from the block at the top. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O XX XX $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>..<><><><>.. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>..<><><><>.. ..XX....XX..<><><>XX........XX..XX........XX.... ..XX....XX..<><><>XX........XX..XX........XX.... <>....<><>............XX......XX<><>....<><>..<> <>....<><>............XX......XX<><>....<><>..<> XX<><><>XX<><>XX<><><><>XX<><><>....<><>..<><>.. XX<><><>XX<><>XX<><><><>XX<><><>....<><>..<><>.. ......XX....XX<><>..XX..<><><>XXXX<>XX<><>XX<><> ......XX....XX<><>..XX..<><><>XXXX<>XX<><>XX<><> +1 $1T^ +2 $2 +3 $3 +4 $4 How to get everything: +1: Drop down on 3 after blasting it. Blast the two ice blocks below. Blast the frost when you drop down there. Drop down and blast the frost again. Blast the ice on the right. $1: Drop down after blasting the huge layer of frost on the top. Dig the ice at 6 and the frost at 7. Dig 3 ices below that and then the frost at 7 below that. Dig the ice at 6. +2: Drop down similar to $1, but the 3 ices you need to dig after blasting 6 and 7 near the top are 7, 8 and 9. Then dig the frost at 9 and the frost below that at 9. $2: You can repeat in the same area, after digging the 7-9 ice and the frost dig the C ice at the very bottom. +3: Dig around E or so. Then dig C, D and E ice, drop and dig D and E. After digging the frost at E, go all the way right, dig the frost at F, and drop down for the extra life. $3: From the left blast the frost at K, the ice at J, and the frost at I. Now dig I-K from the right, then dig the frost at I and ice at J. Below that you can dig the ice at H and I. There's frost below them and a gold piece below that. +4: Dig K/J/I as in $3. Then dig L/K/J, then L/K. Then dig K(frost)/L and stand on L and dig the frost at K. You'll automatically fall into the extra man. $4: Blast I and J from the right then O and N from the left. Now the whole top row is gone! Blast the ice at N, O, and 1, then drop and blast the ice at N and the frost at O. Blast the frost at N and the ice at O. Drop onto O and blast the frost to the left. That'll net the final gold piece. 7-3-2. SCENE 2 No distractions make this a low-risk level. 1. Send an ice leaper right. It will drop down after 1/2 rotation then make almost a full cycle before placing an ice block down and dying. 2. Send one left, circle clockwise and block the ice block at the ramp's end that would otherwise block it. It'll fall on the ice block created in 1, circle around, and make a block that will give a bridge to the three bottom gold pieces. Now dig the clockwise from the top. Drop right and get the three gold pieces and then drop right again and circle around. You can go up, blast left, and drop that way. Go down from there and then left to the transporter. Note if you mess up the canister back to the top is to the right. 7-3-3. SCENE 3 Get the two gold pieces on the u-shaped partition where you start and take the canister to the top. Drop to the right and blast the three ice squares and then one to drop down for the two gold pieces. Drop down from the left side to get out. The one below them will be dealt with later. Take the canister to the middle and then to the top. Now drop left and get on the spinner. If you zoom in you will note the bad guy is below you so make sure you don't fall. When the spinner faces left, push A. Now when the path is complete the mad monk will come chasing after you. He'll run into the ice leaper and then run after you. Note that if you run right behind you can pick up the gold piece he has- -then run back across the path to sucker the monk and run down. When the next spinner points down, get on it and push A, but lead the monk around until you can time it so. Kill the monk if the spinner is pointing left with the A button, but eventually you may have to lead him around the upper semicircle a few times. Once you get the spinner pointing down, run towards the ice leaper when it's near the end of its run and quickly get on the last spinner. Don't worry which direction it's pointing; you want it to be right, but the main thing is to synchronize the two bad guys so they are as one. To get the gem and to get to the bonus level, dig down from the canister. Wait four seconds, dig right, drop right and hold A as you fall. Down, face left, dig, fall through and hold A again. Go left and jump down. You can't see the arrow but it's there. You'll drop through the center of the U and right onto the transporter. [SEE 7-3-5 FOR BONUS LEVEL] Dropping down to the bottom is easy. To be far too flowery(wait, that's the tropical world, #4,) you have a veritable cornucopia of methods for your utilization. If any bad guys get stuck at the bottom go to the far right of the top structure and blast the frost. 7-3-4. SCENE 4 I recomend rotating the board so that the transporter has a path going down from it. Drop up to the transporter. Drop the bomb by the ice block and move away. The frost will get blasted away and now you just have to bootstrap your way between nooks to get gold pieces slowly. Note that there are always a chain or chains of about five frost blocks active. I call them the frost train. You'll want to sneak behind the train continually to get to the promised land, then climb on it. For the first piece turn off to head down from your original past chasing the blasted frost, and get a gold piece that way. For the next one circle counterclockwise and duck in left. Then for the next one wait for the frost train, follow it up, and take the first right to drop for another gold piece. Back down and left and then wait for the train to come by. Follow it, go up and around the quarter turn and down at the first chance you get. Take the right turn to get the two gold pieces and stay there. Note the frost train splits off above. Follow the one that goes down and take the first right to get two more gold pieces. Now the rest of the gold pieces are above the normal playing area, and you need to climb on the train for them. Go back left, up and right and go to the edge. When the train comes by, get on it, take the quarter circle path and go up for the first piece. If you fail(the curve is not easy to navigate) it's a short trip back to where you were. But with each further gold piece you get you'll take longer to start over. Still timing yourself to climb on the front of the train to start is not hard, so you have room for error. The next gold piece, go down onto the train, left and up. Move left quickly or you'll take the part of the train branching down at this intersection. Next: down, down/left quarter circle, left. Almost there! Go right and down/right on the quarter circle and be sure to stop at the first black square you reach. Wait for the unlit bomb to drop close to you and pick it up and retreat, then just walk in and get the other bomb. Now you can walk right and counterclockwise and down to get the remaining two gold pieces, but that ice block is in the way. Go back to the black square and blast the frost. Wait two seconds and then bomb the ice block. When the frost reappears, walk over it and up to the transporter. You're done! 7-3-5. BONUS LEVEL Tilt so you're above the transporter. Fire down so you land at the top square you can hit. Circle around to the top and go up the ramp that divides the level in half. Now there hould be time to jump down once the frost goes back and blast it again before the bad guys come up the ramp to get you. They'll fall down if you just hide under the ramp, and they'll be toast. Go back up the ramp and stand by the ice. Blast it and circle around to the extra guy and then to play it cautious wait for the ice to regenerate. Back up against it and blast and run towards the center and south. You can also blast so you recoil where the ice was if you do everything quickly enough. But you have more than enough time to make it and even if you mess up the turn down you can circle around, to the top of the ramp, and wait for the frost to reform, drop down, and fire. The key is to get a jump on the bad guys so you can blast the frost right after it regenerates and sneak under the ramp to hide. 7-4. 7-4-1. SCENE 1 Get the gold piece down the ramp, then blast through the frost. Then dig an ice square. Drop down to get the two gold and bombs. Wait for the frost to come back. Then dig two holes below and dig the frost. Run up the ramp and around. You will want to rotate the view to the left as you move up the ramp. After you make the first forced right angle turn, make another turn before the ramp descends(tough to do from the original perspective.) You'll go into a semicircle and go to the edge before you drop off. Now the frost will come back. It should form in front of you. First, get all the gold pieces you can along with the extra life. Push down(in the new view) and quickly go right. You'll be on top of the frost and can get the rest of the gold pieces. Now you can get the triangular piece as well. Rotate so that you see the structure's back corner. Blast the frost on top, go to the back corner--the one you couldn't see well before. Leave a bomb on the corner ice square and run away from where you originally blasted, then drop down and go down the newly created passage to get the map piece. Use the canister to get back to the top. Then blast the frost, go to the corner square again, place the bomb and dig. Drop down to get to the transporter. 7-4-2. SCENE 2 A maddening little level with the distraction of the invincible enemy. Your problem here is to figure how to bridge the gaps to the islands with gold pieces. Then the gem and extra life seem completely obscured, but you may suspect that the pivoting platform plays a large role in all this. If the invincible guy were not in the way, here would be the level plan: 1. release ice leaper when spinner is facing down(away from the canister.) It falls through a hole, comes back up the ramp, and drops an ice block where it fell previously. 2. release ice leaper when spinner is facing down. It won't fall through the hole but will go down the ramp and make a square to complete a semicircle. 3. Dig the first ice square created. 4. release ice leaper when spinner is facing down. It will fall through the hole, go up the ramp, and repair the hole while traveling left--in fact, it can now drop without being destroyed and repair the holes to the left. Yay! 5. Get the gold piece at the end of the left branch of the spinner's four-way intersection at the top, as now you won't fall into the trapped area with the inactive transporter and the mad monk. 6. If you want to get to the bonus level, dig the left of the two ice blocks you started on after you release an ice leaper when the spinner faces left. It will drop through the hole and won't repair it, but after dropping some more, it will come to the gap near where you started and in fact bridge the two squares. 7. To get down there, I don't recommend following the leaper even if it does kill the monk below. But once you do, the bonus level is very achievable the first time around. If you just want to have gotten the extra life, remember to stand on top of ice while blasting it, or you'll recoil into the gem. 8. Transporter is at the bottom left. You may want to redo the ice blocks so you can blast and then fall when the monk guarding the area is as far right as he can get. As it is, to get around him, wait a bit so he goes up the ramp, then drop right and onto the canister square. When he's very near, enter it. This will give plenty of time to try for (1). Enter the canister, go back down, wait for the bad guy to come down, re-enter and activate (2). Note that if you are lucky with timing you can get the arrow to turn right as the bad guy is near. Then the ice leaper will run over him, and he will start at the bottom. To dig the first ice square, let the bad guy come up the ramp and towards you in the curvy part from the right. Run down and follow the leaper's path, turning right and blasting the ice square. Then drop or run down the ramp to the canister. Wait again, kick yourself back up, then release (4). This may take a while so be prepared to use the canisters during the ice leaper's commute. After that, Should be plenty of time for (5)--in fact, if the bad guy is at the bottom you have lots of time to get the gold and extra lives across the created bridges at first, although when he comes back you may want to goad the bad guy into following you, otherwise he may be waiting for you on the other side. Blast the leftmost square on your trip around. If you're feeling brave then go for the bonus level by releasing (7) although you may need to play canister hide and seek in the meantime because the leaper's a bit slow. Drop through the hole you can blast in the third created ice square from the left to get on the level with the gem. Do not drop early to anticipate his going to the far edge as he will sense you. [SEE 7-4-5 FOR BONUS] Once you're back, you can time your jump down from above the transporter so the monk doesn't quite catch you. Otherwise you can play extra safe 7-4-3. SCENE 4 No bad guys, but plenty of challenge. It's not easy to get out of the starting spot to anywhere meaningful at first, but here's how you do it. Figuring what to do is also a bit tangly. First note that if you goof things up you can just circle around the ramp to your left and drop down to the starting area. Dig the two ice blocks to the left. Drop, go left and face right. Blast the ice, turn down, blast the frost. You'll drop to the next level. Face right and blast the frost. Congrats, you're now on the bottom part of the level. Go right and blast the ice to the south, run south, face north and now here is the running the gauntlet part. Blast the frost north. Push A to get in the canister. Push down and left, and now get out of the starting area the same way you did before. Run right and then up. Hold up/right as you are about to take the brief turn-off onto the ramp. Now get the bomb and place it against the frost, go back to the top, wait for a bomb to drop, and run like heck out of there. In the future I will describe this process as "get the bomb." You will need to get the bomb twice, and in fact on one of the occasions, when you place the bomb against the frost, you'll want to retreat just a little before you go down the ramp where the frost was, get the extra life, and climb back up. So now that you've gotten the bomb, I'll describe how to get the piece first. I found it easier, actually, but you can skip it if you want since you probably got one in the first scene. What you will want to do is to go back to the start and dig out as before...except you will want to place a bomb under the ice you can't dig. Then blast the ice to the south to get back to the start and dig the two squares to go down. Now there's a clear path to the piece across the frost. To get out of the mess back against the north wall and fire, dropping you down, go right and south and blast the ice to get back to the start. To get the final gold piece, get the bomb but as you turn off go hard left this time. Wait for the blasted frost to reappear, and then drop a bomb right by the frost. Hook right and down, blast the ice at the end, and return. Now dig the leftmost square, drop down, and climb up the ramp. You should have plenty of time to get the gold piece and drop back to the right, to the start as well. The canister leads you to the end of level bit easily. 7-4-4. LEVEL 4 Clockwise of the canister is where you want to shoot to start. There will be two frost squares, and below them a whole range. This will repeat several times until you get to the bottom. You'll get some gold and a bomb here. Take the canister back up. Now you're ready to tackle the extended cross-looking structure on the other side. Drop a bomb down on the one frost square and run away. Then run down, get the extra life(left,) run to get the bomb and drop it on the frost square. Wait for the next bomb to drop on you and then drop down. Now you can go to either side to get the extra life or bomb and then as you walk back across to get the other item you can drop the bomb in the center. Wait right near the explosion, drop down again, and repeat. Eventually you'll get to the bottom. Go left to get all the goodies and then go right. So far, so easy, but the rest of the level has a clever twist. You'll need to dig down the two-frost-square tunnel and then get the bomb. Get in the canister, face the block, and drop the bomb before getting back in to go down. This is a bit deceitful to the player with the graphics because they imply the bomb has gone in the canister. But fear not. Get the bomb that drops at the bottom, and when you go back up there's a path to the spinner. Once on the spinner rotate the view so the structure is behind the spinner. Send an ice leaper one way. Then step off to the other side, wait for him to dig four squares and send one the other. Follow the first leaper and when he disappears, drop a bomb on his last square. Run like heck around the circle and to where the ice block guarding the transporter was. If you did it right, only one half of the circle will explode--and you should be able to see if it's exploding from two sides(bad) or not. Hold down A as you get near the end and go through the transporter as it is easy to fall. 7-4-5. BONUS LEVEL This one's solution is easy to conceive, which makes up for it being ardudous to get to, and in fact you have a nice time window to get everything done as well. Starting from the right side, blast right eight times, drop right and go to the edge, blast right eight times, drop right again, and repeat twice more before you're at the bottom. Drop and take a detour down before coming back up, right and down to get the other two lives. 7-5. WHAT THE... 7-5-1. SCENE 1 Rotate so you're at the bottom of the S. You may want to rotate 180 degrees between each separate area. Get the bomb there. Go to the top, bomb diagonally from the ice block, run for the bottom, wait for the frost to come back, and go back up. Wait until the block is destroyed to pass it. It will be periodically destroyed by the alternating bombs. Enter the canister. Go forward and left and dig. Climb up the ramp and go down to get the bomb. Now the frost will reform and run up the frost ramp to get four gold coins. Shoot the frost then turn and shoot the square the bomb was on. Drop down onto the frost and go right. If you aren't able to time this well don't worry--go to the top of the ramp and then dig the ice square and drop down when the frost below forms. Now, off to the right. Bomb in the square where the frost would meet. Step back, dig the ice, and wait for it to heal and then run away. Later you will want to sneak in and drop the bomb where the frost starts. That will give you a clear run through the loops so you can get all the gold there--you'll have plenty of time to make it too. If you goof up then just get the bomb in this area first then get the gold by the S. The second part is the circle to the right of the bombs/ice block. Recharge your two bombs. Go around to either side of the ice block after you bomb the square to the right of the canister to knock off the circle's top row. I prefer the bottom because you'll see where you're going next. Drop the bomb and swing around to the other side of the block. When it explodes, step on it and then when the path left appears again climb up it, but not before or you'll fall in. Not much of a window here. But it's easy to pick everything off at the top. Blast any frost square on the outside to go down, but do NOT blast the square on the far left or you'll fall into a hole, and be sure to wait for the bottom frost to return before blasting. Return to the start and the transporter. 7-5-2. SCENE 2 Drop right and down. This is another level where you can't see the arrows but oh well. Take the elevator on the right and go up the ramp across the two ice blocks and dig down. Go to the right and up the elevator. Face left and dig the two ice blocks and jump down to get two gold pieces. Now go back up the elevator, left and up. Wait for the elevator to go down. Turn around and dig down, then drop there--if you dug from the right you could fall off unless you were quick. Dig the right square then the frost square below that--you'll drop but go right and up the elevator and left. Drop again and dig left to get a gold piece. Now go back up to the top but this time take the ramp to where it ends in an ice block. Blast the ice block. Then blast the one below it from the left. Go to the right frost square and blast left. Blast left again. Now there are two things to do--you'll have to come back around another time. 1. blast the ice square and standing on the left frost square blast right. Go left and blast the ice below to drop on the piece of the map. 2. Blast right and drop right to get the extra life. Now for the left side. Take the canister up for each example below. 1. to the right, dig three ice blocks and dig the left one below them for a gold piece. 2. dig three ice blocks to the right, then the two right below that, then the rightmost. Drop left once you land. 3. The 'chicken' way is to dig the two left, then the one below them, and get the coin and exit the level. But what about the lives? and the gem? 4. Getting the gem is a bit easier than getting the lives, so we'll start there. You'll be using the canisters on the left heavily. Go to the top, drop right and nail the left two blocks. Drop in there, dig left. Go left and dig right and drop right onto the canister. You'll need to move quickly and hold down the A button as you drop. Then when you're in the canister, hold left and blast right twice. Drop down and blast right three times and you'll happen upon the gem. 5. This is a bit trickier. What you need to do is to dig as before to drop to the right canister but this time instead of the final drop right and dig, drop right, go right and dig left. Timing is VERY important here so if you lose a beat you may want to restart--easy enough to dig to get to the ice block with the arrow, drop down, and go up the canister. Gem transporter is in the lower right. [SEE 7-5-5 FOR BONUS] 7-5-3. SCENE 3 Tilt this so that you can walk down onto the frost. Blast the frost and then run counterclockwise. At 9:00(left side) run to the center, drop down, and get a bomb. Run to 12:00 and blast. Take the detour down for the extra life and then run into the down/left loop. Bomb around the middle of it so you have enough time to duck back to the ledge where you dropped to get the bomb before--you certainly have enough time to get the gold piece down here although you can take a separate trip for that if you want. Now you'll want to walk around counterclockwise again(use the strip where you started as a shortcut and it should be no problem at all) and at the left duck to the center and go down when the frost starts to reform. This allows a clear passage to the top. 7-5-4. SCENE 4 A maddening run back and forth with a crazy twist at the end. Timing the bombs is everything here. Tilt so the bombs are at the bottom of the oval. Then zoom in for the first part. Go down and get the bomb. Stand on the center square and then blast and drop the bomb(either way.) Go back to where the bomb fell and pick it up and go back to the top of the circle, circling through where you blasted and then up through where the brick was, and to the top brick blocking progress. Drop a bomb by this brick, circle counterclockwise, blast the ice, and go right, quickly down, and right. This is the trickiest transition(here and back) to make but fortunately you have almost two seconds of error time to make your move. Bomb the block behind the extra life(yay) and go to the bottom. Zoom out. Now the nastiness begins. To make sure you bomb in the right spot you have to go ON the square you want. If you stand in the center you'll drop a bomb in the center, contrary to usual logic for this game. Bomb left, go onto the old ice square, wait five seconds, and drop another bomb. Now the tough timing part comes into play. Bomb one of the ice blocks to the side, go clockwise and bomb the ice at the top. Then go left, bomb the ice block there, drop down and enter the transporter 7-5-5. BONUS LEVEL First of all, to do this level right, you need to zoom in on your character fairly closely. Also note where the bad guys are or regenerate--you may be rotating around a bit but fortunately there are always two places you can drop in to get any one extra life. So if you want to remember where the bad guy(s) drop(s) then note where the level- exit transporter is and remember what direction they are from that. Also, you should note if you wait a bit at the bottom then one guy will drop down after you. This is a good thing. One guy is much more easily faked out than two, even if you have to do it twice. Don't worry about the middle parts of the structure. Just go up through the center, notice where the two bad guys are, and run away from them when on top. In fact you can intuit where they will be and push a direction away from them. There are four directions and two people--or one if you waited a bit. On the bottom the object is to run past the one guy--just get him onto the outer circle and then run inwards and you'll make it easily. As you go to the top you will want to rotate the view so you can see the next extra life you want to pick off, i.e. its quadrant is facing you. Zoom out if this doesn't work and then run around at the top and switch the view until you can see an extra life. All this is useful so you don't make a trip down in vain. Now what you can do is to trap the bad guy on the far side in a hole, then circle around and drop a bomb. If you like you can also dig the two squares closest to the trapped bad guy for protection before you drop the bomb--you have the space to do so. Then drop through the bombed area and be sure you go the right way to get the extra life. The question now is which square to dig in. There are four squares per ninety degree arc and you will want to use the extra life's shadow to determine whether to dig the ice on the second from the left or right. It should be clear which side the shadow is closer to. 8. WORLD 4 It doesn't get hellish right away, but there are a few immediate convenient ways to kill yourself. The purple plants are odd customers; they shoot out quickly at you, but they retract as slowly as you walk. The second part is useful for getting to areas you think are impossible. Often you'll want to push <z> while on them and you'll need to calculate the recoil so you land in the exact right place. 8-1. CALM BEFORE THE STORM 8-1-1. SCENE 1 Don't worry about the gold pieces on the wings yet. Your first order of business is to disarm the purple plants which shoot out at you when you get too close and force you to flee or die. While it's possible to get the gold on the edge, you will want to disarm the plants first. Below is a map from the side of the main area. There are two- hit(darker) bricks and one-hit(orange) bricks. You'll want to carve a path to the bottom at first. XX12221XX X11211X X11X11X 1XXX1 Do so as follows; dig the four leftmost squares from the right, then dig the remaining three leftmost. Drop down, dig the three leftmost, and dig the one remaining. Dig the two below and dig the one below them to fall through. Don't be distracted too much by the explosions. Now you have an opportunity to climb on a plant. Push A and it will stretch out. Run quickly down it because the other one will lash out but fortunately your guy doesn't slow down grabbing the extra life. Now there are two of what looks like a set of spikes i.e. more lethal than a lavender plant. Get on one and it will in addition to acting vaguely phallic make a decent elevator you can take to the ramp that goes to the top. You'll just have to climb across another plant and push A. Now you can climb back down and disable the other plant by climbing across. In fact once on one of the plants go to its edge and press B. You'll drop down and get the gold piece you can't dig for. Repeat for the other side and re-freeze the plants if you want but it's not necessary. Now dig the mirror image of how you started at first to get the final gold piece at the bottom and exit the transporter at the bottom. 8-1-2. SCENE 2 Go down the ramp to get the bomb and then back up. Wait until the monk is one square away from your ramp base and jump off the top. Go zap the square ahead, then drop the bomb. Circle back around quickly--watch the hot corners as those are where the plants jump out at you--and when the square looks about to come back, run at it and go to the plant on the side where the bad guy isn't. Hold down A and go across the tentacle, then walk away from the bad guy and go up the ramp. Keep an eye on the bad guy if you intend to go the other way as he may interfere with the plans if he is in the area when the bomb explodes--and it is pretty random whether he is, although you can perhaps sucker him down the path to the brick. If you have gotten all the gold, then the bad guy will only be able to block one path to the transporter. 8-1-3. SCENE 3 Getting through the scene isn't too bad. Go a square left, dig right, and climb down the staircase getting the gold pieces. Enter the flytrap and it will take you to the top. Then do a bunch of digs from the right. Five, drop, four, drop, etc. down to one. You'll land on the root of a purple plant. Push A and then go in towards the circle(probably up if you have your view adjusted so you face outwards.) This will get you back on the elevator. Go down and fall left and walk on the plant to the next elevator. For this one you'll want to drop right and then get back on and drop left--if you're shrewd you can barge into the plant and get all gold coins in one swoop. That should clear the level. The exit is clockwise. But given the bonus level has four extra lives it's worth a try to get to. Of course it's a little tricky here to get the gem. Dig the top 4 squares then dig the right two, wait a bit, dig the left two, fall right, dig the one below where you are and wait two seconds before digging the one below it. Transport to the top, go down, dig left, drop, go left, dig right, go right. Dig left when the wall appears, go north and dig south. Jump down, dig right twice, drop right, and dig right. Fall onto the bomb. Then at the top dig the 4 squares then the two left ones. Drop and dig right then face left, place the bomb, and enter the transporter after another drop. NOTE: Once you return, do NOT NOT NOT drop to the left. The board has reset, so the plant is active again. It will kill you. Blast the rightmost square and circle around to exit. 8-1-4. SCENE 4 My suggested angle of focus is with the transporter at the top. Zoom in though a bit as digging the holes is tricky work with fatal results if it goes wrong, and I know I've missed it a few times. This is a tough one with the loops and all. My advice is this: when in doubt, pick on the guy that's alone. There are two sides and three guys; therefore, one side has fewer than two. If you go over to this side then you can, with the two bricks on each side, dig one to hold the bad guy up and rob him of gold and the other to drop down and re-enter the central zone. Once gold pieces begin to get sparse you may have to deal with two guys at a time. For this I would recommend the following: if two guys are on one side then you can dig two holes and drop through the second one before the second guy falls in. Since the bad guys regenerate in different places, you can maybe even separate them into their original three compartments. Just be sure that one doesn't stick himself in the end of the loop. If you can goad him away even a bit(run towards him) then you can drop down and dig a hole to trap him. Otherwise dropping down through the near brick is trouble. And at this point I discuss how to start. Wait for the bad guys on the sides to tuck themselves into corners. Go up, blast the brick there, enter when the bad guy is at the top of his run, circle either way. Dig a hole and drop through it. Now you can pick on one side where there's just one guy once you circle around. Note that even if three guys are on the same side they will either be pushing the center block or in the corner. I should mention how to deal with guys pushing the center block(blast it, wait for them to run past, and sneak the other way shortly after, leaving holes in your trail that they will fall into) or in the corner(run at them, blast two holes and drop through the second.) If it doesn't look favorable you can wait for them to reshuffle and the center block to reappear. Jiggle around the center to see how to pigeonhole them where you want. If two guys are in the corner you can sucker them around, dig both squares, and go into the corner. Wait for the first guy to get out then run under. If you know which bad guy has the final gold piece(if not, use elimination reasoning and digging holes) then what you do is, if they're in three separate chambers, drag the top guy(who can't have one, you've already got the gold at the top) to the side with the monk with no gold. Dig a hole for him and run back over to the other side. Bingo, it's just you versus the monk. It's not easy to get this, though, and in the meantime you may have to try to bait monks from the corners they tail into and back around to the other side, digging holes to trap them and coming back around. Fortunately once you know how to escape the sides it's hard to get trapped--either dig two holes ahead and run back or run past the bricks, digging behind you, and falling through the second to escape(dig below that too if a monster was near the end of the loop.) Basically you'll want to isolate the final bad guy, and remember you can manipulate how he moves a bit, whether it's into the corner or into the block ahead of you. Leaving once you have all the gold is pretty straightforward. You'll also get a map piece as you do. 8-1-5. BONUS LEVEL The monks don't really seem to follow you here, and the key is to drop without getting killed. Fortunately they don't sense when you fall either so just be patient. Loop around the outside for extra guys when the coast is clear, but you can dig a few holes if you want it now. Be sure to get as many monks as you can to follow, and use the center of the cloverleaf frequently. There are enough T-intersections that you can wait for people to follow and take the safe path, especially with the monsters being slow. Dig in the center to drop down to get to the transporter. 8-2. 8-2-1. SCENE 1 If your timing is good then you can just go to the outside of the circle and quickly go onto the root of the plant. When a monk comes around, push A and then walk across. You can almost do this circularly but watch out for where the monks regenerate. If you have a problem making it across any one plant, then you can always move ahead by using the two walkways--note that the brick you can blast and drop through on the top one is a way to make a de facto 90 degree leap, and you can leap 180 degrees on the bottom. So you have a couple of ways to get bad guys out of the way. At the end of the level, the transporter is in the center on the bottom ramp. Often I find I can get through quickly if I just floor it in the up ramp and start moving clockwise. But I try to zoom out to make sure I know no-one's coming at me. 8-2-2. SCENE 2 Take the elevator on top, dig three quickly, drop to the center, dig right twice, drop, and on the right edge drop the bomb left. Dig to fall off then take the elevator back up. Push left and you'll drop down to get the gold piece over there. Go back up to the top. Push a bit left and drop the bomb onto the orange area where the gem is. Dig and drop three times then go back left and drop to get the gem and enter the bonus level, which is easy enough to get 100% even if you lose a guy. Of course you can just dig early and get the gold to the right. [SEE 8-2-5] Next time, drop down after taking the elevator and go all the way right. Dig a hole to the right to help the poor fellow that's trapped but be anonymous and don't introduce yourself. Once he gets stuck run hard right so that you'll step on him before he regenerates. Drop down right/left/right to get the gold. Now come back up and dig right/drop, etc. When you can't dig right at the next drop, drop the bomb. Then you can squirm through that opening and get two more gold pieces. From there you need to sucker the bad guy, which actually isn't too bad. Dig the two squares to the right and wait for him to go out a good ways before running right and digging to get the final gold piece. He may have one and you can just wait by the transporter and dig to nail him and his gold piece. 8-2-3. SCENE 3 1111111 2222222 2222222 X1X1X1X You'll need to repeat a similar process three times in a row to solve this level, but it's not particularly arduous. 1. get the bad guy out of his corner by digging down the big structure of blocks 2. wait for him to fall off 3. drop down and get near the edge 4. Entrap him in the winding maze and use the transporter to go back to the top of the huge wall. Digging each way is not too hard. Just be sure not to fall off when you do so--for this reason the leftmost guy, I start digging from the left and make 4 holes. There's plenty of time to double-zap the three below them(three zaps, back left, and three quick zaps again,) then the two below those and the final one. The rightmost guy, do a mirror image. For the middle guy, you'll want to be a little careful. You'll need to change the directions you dig holes but I have a sample way to do things below( . = my suggestions.) Start digging left, then switch to digging right when there are two left. Again for the top part do three zaps in a row, move, do three zaps in a row. 1....11 2...222 22..222 X1X.X1X The twisty maze is not so bad either. You just have to remember you need to dig twice, so keep the mad monk at arm's length and dig a couple of holes in a row. I recommend doing two zaps then moving back and doing two more. That will regenerate the bad guy where he can't do anything. Then zap the dark square above the transporter twice to drop down and get a bunch of gold as well. 8-2-4. SCENE 4 Here you'll have to take advantage of how the purple plants retract. There are three gold pieces it shoots out at, and you can get the right two by lining up on top of the third one and facing right and pushing Z. Floor the controller right. Now activate the bottom plant and use the flytrap to go up to the three-square platform, nipping left to get the xtra guy(move back quickly.) The bad guy will go up where the plant is, and now you can walk to where he regenerated all the time(lower left) and get the bomb, blast the square over it, and enter the transporter. Let's get the triangular piece now. Wait for the bad guy to be far away. Blast the square to the left, drop down, take the transporter up, make sure the bad guy's still irrelevantly placed, dig left and place the bomb right. Jump left and go down and left into the transporter area. Blast the orange square and enter the transporter, then drop left. For the last part you'll want to get rid of the bad guy. To do so simply goad him into the lower left and when he start to walk across the plant you can, while standing left of it, push Z and then the monk will regenerate continually in the lower left after you escape via the transporter. Now climb out onto the long plant after stretching it out. Stand above the middle of the three blocks, push Z and then B. Go back to the plant's beginning and push A. When the bomb explodes go to the middle square and push Z. You'll drop onto the final gold coin, and you'll be able to get out, too. 8-2-5. BONUS LEVEL The first extra life is easy to get. Take the transporter plant to the top. If you're lazy(as I am) then just drop to the right and enter the transporter and get killed for a net of two lives. I honestly see no way to exit, but you won't lose a guy if the mad monk gets you anyway, so why bother trying--this game makes you think enough :-). 8-3. Here you'll begin to explore the wonders of bombing blocks twice. It gets a little tedious but there are some interesting pizzles for those who can figure out what's going on. 8-3-1. SCENE 1 Wait for the monk to go up the spiral. Stay back and dig a hole for him, then dig a hole for the monk coming up the spiral. Leave some trailing holes if you like. Fall right at the top and then bomb the blocks to the right. Bomb the top of the spiral after getting past the bad guys. Climb up the path created for gold and drop down. Blast the block to the south. Climb up the spiral again and drop to the right. Stay a second to get your bomb back, then get the gold coins after you bomb to the right and then drop right after getting the bomb. Now to get the extra guy right of the transporter drop a bomb near the wall. When it explodes drop the second bomb next to the wall. The bottom block will regenerate before the middle one. Sneak by. Use the bomb when you're on top of the ramp. Then you can walk right for an extra life. You're done here. 8-3-2. SCENE 2 Get the bomb to the left and dig over the square. Drop through, place a bomb, and go away. Its replacement should fall through. You can bomb the monk that fell in the hole and drop through right after. There's an elevator back to the main area. Again get the bomb, dig, and place it to the left. Get the bomb but this time, though, run across the bad guy. Stay in the bottom of the ramp. Run onto the elevator if he chases you but back up top if he does not. Now drop right, drop the bomb one right of the brick, wait two seconds and drop left then quickly right. The plants will just miss you. Use the elevator if you like to get rid of the gold piece to the right of its top. Drop the bomb on the orange square to the far right. Wait until one guy comes into the playing field. Run onto the transporter, go up and left for the bomb then drop, take the lift, and go right to the edge. When the bad guy is on the elevator square, run right and drop the bomb on the orange square--try to drop it while you're one square away. Double back and circle around once. Let the bad guy follow you pretty closely, then make a break right to get all that gold and dig the far right square. Jump down and get the gem. You can also drop up or down after digging if you want to save the bonus level for later. [SEE 8-3-5.] You may have to bomb the right side once more to make the bad guys cough up the last gold piece. Also a problem: the last bad guy may be the one running around below you and not easliy vulnerable until you get the bomb. Drop it on the elevator when he's on the other side of the circle he potters around in. He'll die at the elevator, so get the coin and drop right. 8-3-3. SCENE 3 Run to the transporter, then run onto the block and quickly run back. Note there's a plant there--nasty. So run quickly onto the orange brick, go back, blast it when the plant zooms back by, and make a right turn and drop down the ensuing hole. Blast the brick below and then the one below that. Rotate the camera so you're at the right. Now you climb up a ramp, blast the left, and drop three times. Rotate the camera now so that the next path drops off to the left after the structure bends ninety degrees. Drop the bomb, move away, drop onto the mad monk after he falls, drop a bomb on him, turn left, wait a second and drop the bomb off the ledge. Once the first explodes move right a square. Repeat until you drop to the bottom of the three monks. Then just dig left and jump down. Get on the plant and push A and move down a bit so the monk doesn't fall on you. Go to the section of plant over the hole and face towards the orange brick. Push Z and then when you drop keep walking on the platform to get the gold coins. Be sure to start moving the controller once you are falling because you don't have much leeway--but on the other hand the movement doesn't have to be exact. Now you can, to play safe, enter the leafy transporter, fake the plant out, blast the orange brick, drop, and run back into the transporter, saving the piece of the map for later. However it's one of the easier parts of the level. Just blast the two orange squares to get to the bottom as before and take the elevator up. Blast the first ramp and walk up to the second. Place the bomb on it and blast it. Wait a bit then drop through the huge hole made to get the map piece. Don't be afraid to take a few seconds to switch views after getting the map piece just to stabilize yourself. 8-3-4. SCENE 4 This one is dreadfully confusing at first, but in fact there is a logic to it. First note that the structure at the very bottom is safe, as is the one at the top(unless you put yourself inside a brick) and in the middle you can always get a spare bomb, which is useful to use on the levitators. Nothing wrong with picking off gold one at a time here. You'll also note that if you dig one of the four isolated bricks and drop, you'll fall on gold. You'll have to fall through all four to solve the level. Still there's no set order to do things in, which isn't all bad. But the start is not too bad. Take the left elevator up and blast right. Drop south and take the elevator on the south. Blast north, go right and north, dig left. Fall through the center. To get the extra life, dig right. Hold A as you fall, go right, blast south, go left, blast right and then get the life(later you don't have to fall left as you'll take the elevator back up.) Blast the square that was revealed and drop down to get the bomb and back across. Now take the elevator up and go right and south. Wait for the right moment to come along before dropping in. Also note that to retrieve a bomb you can just dig the brick on the other side of the huge line as where you drop into the middle area, then fall through. So what is the right moment, then? At first you can shake the monks pretty easily so wait untol the two levitators are far away. they seem to turn around at random, so there may be a wait, but if you're really getting your feet wet just dig the square you fell on, jump in the hole, and go down. Dig the square right of where you drop to get an easy gold piece. Then you're put back on the left. Same criteria here for dropping down although you can also drop a bomb and hide in the transporter if there's just one guy in your way. And you can always kick yourself back to Home Base pretty easily. Be sure to zoom in a bit though to make your move to the passages to the right--from a distances it's easy to miss the turn offs a bit, which the game is mean about. Here it's easy to go to the passage to the left and drop to get that gold piece, then dig and drop through for another one on the very bottom. Just be sure to lead the bad guys toward you as some have a tendency to 'play prevent' waiting under where you drop if you time it wrong. Also watch for regenerating monks at the ends of the long brick passage. Move in too quickly and they'll be waiting for you. Eventually monsters will vacate the W/U at the bottom left and when they do, drop on the right side of it to get the suspended gold and go to the bottom, dig a hole, and get the third gold piece way below. If a mad monk happens to pick up a gold piece then your best bet is to shuffle around the top area with lots of bricks, dig a bunch, and observe how they fall and hope eventually one of the two leaves something behind. Again there are low risk ways to do this and get back to the top and get a bomb to destroy them, even. Basically there are a few save havens, and whenever you drop out of them you'll want to make sure none of the bricks are guarded from quickly digging and dropping down. And you can also use bombs in a few choice places. Once that's done you'll want to go back to the area where you dropped down to start. The higher of the two elevators is where you'll want to place a bomb; push B, run across while holding A, drop down, and wait for the elevator above to start coming down before you push A(1 second after the explosion.) Quickly run right while holding A. The transporter is to the left. Hold the pad that way when you get close. 8-3-5. BONUS LEVEL This is Old Skool Lode Running at its finest. I think you will want to go to the sides to get the extra lives first. The one in the middle is hardest because you can't dig anywhere. But first you need to get out of the center. Wait for the two guys to come in from below. Dig holes for them and run by. If they go different ways around your circle then blast on each side, but even if all three come you can either a) goad all three or b) pick on the one guy and run past him, digging behind to nail the two. In the stripey circles on the side, you may want to bring a bad guy all the way back, then run back to the center to confront any other bad guys you find. Dig something behind you and note that even if two guys come at once you can dig two holes and cross over; if they're spaced far apart then cross over one before digging the other. The above circle with no bricks is nasty, and although for practical purposes you can just get killed here, I recommend trying to trap bad guys deep in a circle and letting maybe one in--you can give him the run around. Let others in if you must but only when the bad guy is trailing you--you may have to wait a bit near the exit for this circle to sucker another guy in, then lead them very carefully or they will go opposite directions. Even if you can move to one of the other stripey circles, you'll have it made since those are relatively navigable. No need to get to the bottom in one swoop. 8-4. 8-4-1. SCENE 1 Two tips on how the game makes things tougher: --Bad guys may escape their regular places and start walking around in the main area. If this happens you'll want to use the leafy transporters to get rid of them. If you stand on one side of the center plant you can often get them to come over. Then blast the plant that connects them with the regular area. --Be aware here that if you enter one of the leafy transporters the view resets. Nasty introductory level here. Might as well get the easy extra life. Here on each side you will need to push A on the plant and run across and get the bomb--preferably after the bad guy has just gotten eaten by the plant. Once on the platform where the bad guy regenerates, drop a bomb, move back, push Z on the plant if the bad guy is near, then push A and run across, past the block, where you push A again and run to get two gold pieces. Do so for both sides. Also be sure NOT to run through the top center as that is where you will get killed by a plant. Now for the tough part--Even if you've got two bombs the second never drops where you want it to, as the object is to get behind the back corner block with two bombs, which you use to knock out the back three(don't forget to blast the plant in back as some bad guy may be coming from behind.) What's the solution? Perseverance seems to work for me. I try to go a bunch of different places and also try to shoot the plants at various times. Also when I enter I try to make sure there's only one purple plant connecting the bad guys' regeneration spot to the main area. That way if one is close by I can try to fake him out--also once the plant is activated you don't want to run down it as a bad guy could be waiting. Once you've gone and straightened out the center plan, dig the orange square at its end and drop down when the monk below is to one side. It's not hard to collect all the gold pieces he doesn't have(run by him and then go up/down and repeat) but to get the one he owns you'll need to run by him horizontally then turn up and face to the center quickly. Once you got him, blast the brick to the south. The transporter is below. 8-4-2. SCENE 2 Tilt the view so the transporter is to the right. Bomb, dig left, then wait for the brick to reappear. Bomb it and wait to get the bomb dropped and go left. Go up the platform and then move quickly onto the front of the plant then back right and up. That gives you an idea of what's to come. Move down/left then right/up then follow the end of the plant closely--if you're more than one brick away from it it will kill you on the rebound. Drop the bomb over the square that is blocking the platform below and hit Z but don't stop moving. You will want to go all the way to the left. Zoom in and when the bomb explodes go to the right and blast left, place the bomb on that square, and blast again. Go to the right and make three left digs. The bomb should explode around when you drop down, and from there the digging down is pretty clear. You'll have just enough space to dig the bottom square and run left to get the gold pieces. Now you'll be near an elevator, but it's easier to take out the gold pieces on the left first. You can come back for the piece later. Getting the piece is tricky, but you're helped by the very bottom block taking two hits; tough to tell by the color, but it does. If you have three bombs you can pour them down and just run after them. Otherwise there's some manipulation going on, but it's possible to do with just one bomb. 8-4-3. SCENE 3 It's a cinch to complete this level but you may need to focus on the gem later. Basically you can dig the two right squares and the one below that. Then drop onto the curvy ramp and dig anywhere there to get to the bottom. Pick up everything you can but run for the orange brick last. A plant will come around and try to nail you. Go right, dig left and while recoiling push left. Repeat, mirrored, and repeat re-mirrored. Now you can climb on the plants and make it back up to the area with the transporter. Of course getting the gem is a bit tougher. 8-4-4. SCENE 4 Not a bad idea to just wait around a bit at first here. Zoom in to avoid being unsighted and be sure you can see the U straight on--whether it curves toward you or away. Push A and then when you feel like it blast left and then hold the controller left until you hit the bottom. Whew, the plants just missed you. Now navigate the alternate brick/solid surface to dig a couple of holes near the lower left edge. Run past the mad monks that get caught and then dig four more holes. Bomb when at the lower right and move back--you may want to rotate so you can see yourself and not fall into a pit here. Drop through the hole you created but don't dawdle as a lit bomb is below. Collect that bomb once it's deactivated. By the way if a bad guy follows you into one of the side areas you can drop a bomb on him while on the transport as it descends. Which is fun. The general violence, not the side area. I like to have things so the extra lives are to the left here. Also I assume that once you drop back down you pick up the bomb if you need it. You can run left for the bomb and right for the piece of the map for your first outing. Next time go right at the lower part, drop a bomb on the brick and dig it. Jump through the hole you made for a gold piece. Next trip up straighten out the plant, walk across it until a shot will recoil you onto the nearest gold piece. Once you fall push away from the plant and then blast four or so holes. Then after you re-straighten the plant, next one up you will want to go right at the top. Quickly go left to get the bomb over there and back right--a piece of the map, pretty easy. Bomb the brick in your way and then take out the one guarding the other end of the U. Now you can make all three plants still, so you can determine where you will drop down. As before I always assume you take the bomb on the bottom before climbing up. Drop down and then shift the view so the transporter is on the left. Push A on the top one, dig left at its start, drop a bomb and step out on the plant a bit. Get the gold piece below. Then get on the next plant and let it cross. Dig left and get the extra life and then try again. Be sure you've got a bomb before climbing on the top plant every time after this. You're going to be dropping down into the blocked off area a few times, and you'll need to bust your way out. There should be four gold pieces left to fall on by now. One below the middle plant, three below the bottom one. All of these can be gotten by blasting in the right place and then falling away from the plant once it lashes out. Shoot the top plant and fall onto the middle one. Dig and recoil so you wind up on the only gold coin left. If you mess up here you can always drop from the top(from the fourth length to the third) and quickly move away from the middle plant. Now the three bottom ones can be nailed by 1. activating the top plant, bombing the bricks to the side and dropping to activate the bottom one, getting the bomb 2. dropping onto a platform with a bomb, if you have trust in your perspective skill or care to note that you got the first bomb digging under the square left of the center(with the U upside down,) pairing this with your position on the plant, and working out that every two squares must be a bomb. But only if the middle plant is frozen as well. ...and then digging the bottom plant and calculating the recoil. Of course you will have to dig your way out of a jam three times. If you're having trouble visualizing where to recoil then note that the platforms alternate above, below, etc. the plant. So just go below the platform next to/above the coin you want to get, face away from the coin, and fire. You'll drop a height below the plant so there's no need for evasive action. Observe which side the monks are on. If both away from the side with the transporter(the one that controls the lowest plant) just dig two holes to trap the monks and run over to bomb the block guarding that side. If both are over there, run to the other side, dig a couple of holes, and run back over them digging back as you go. Place a bomb that way. If they are on either side then run away from where you want to start. Dig on each side but don't cut it too thin. Leave some holes behind and run over to use the bomb. Remember that the reverse directions will apply once you have all the gold pieces and want to get to the top. The transporter's on one side, but the way to get there is on the other(through the two walls you can bomb.) Just inch forward when you're almost there and don't fall off. This isn't a particularly lethal level once you have your bearings, but it does require some pedantry. 8-4-5. BONUS LEVEL 8-5. WHAT THE... 8-5-1. SCENE 1 Back up the view a bit so you can see the two guys close to you. Dig the right brick and then the left brick. Wait until the third scream and drop onto the plant. Go left, push A, go to the edge of the plant and blast the brick before running left. Push A and run right. Get the three gold coins and nw dig the center square from the right. Drop through and immediately dig left. You should have time to get the gold piece, go back right and dig left twice. Then drop and dig once. In the second enclosed area, you will need to go left and dig right. Step over and dig left twice. Now when the bad guy is trapped in the rightmost hole run to the center--just as that hole fills--and make three quick digs left. The extra time you get by climbing over the bad guy before he's dead should allow you to fall down and dig twice, fall, dig once and get to the bottom. You'll need bombs to get to the extra lives so don't worry about them now. Climb up the ramp on the backside and after getting the gold drop the bomb where you found it. Head back down the ramp a bit and retake the bomb before you go left. Then dig the right square and pass by and dig the center square from the left. Place the bomb and walk away. Once it explodes dig the final hole and run away up the ramp. This should leave the bottom bad guy trapped. At the top of the second ramp place the bomb where you found it and go to the right. Run across the bad guy and this time wait to see if the bad guy regenerates on the left before you dig as you did below(dig to right, drop bomb to left, dig to right) to ensure he is a nonfactor. If he escapes it's not hard to time the explosion so he gets caught(when he's just past halfway up the ramp) but you'll need to hide in the corner and bomb again. The third guy is dealt with the same way as the first although again you may have to lure him up the ramp and bomb him there. Once at the top with no-one chasing you, bomb and step down the ramp, get another bomb, and bomb what's way on the left. Back up and when the released bad guy goes up the ramp, drop down where he was, take the elevator and go left to the next level. You'll need lots of bombs for the extra lives, so be sure to go down and battle the three monks and then up the three ramps. At the top one you'll want to dig down twice and then bomb the final wall to the left, getting a bomb to make three. 8-5-2. SCENE 2 Twist the camera so you'll be going left at the start. Bomb left, dig, wait for explosion, bomb the cavity. Now when the bottom squares regenerate they'll need two hits but the top will need one. So...just drop a bomb once everything's back, walk away, and remember to pick up your complimentary bomb before running across to the main course. The prospect of repeating this tedious start is good motivation to take precautions that you get everything right the first time around. It's tough to botch but puts a damper on the restart level option--as bad as the loading times! Go up the ramp(direction left/up, and your vision will only be blocked a little while) and go to the part that looks like a sort of double comb. The plan here is to blast the orange brick and drop, then for each one below move away from the brick and then back to the wall. The plant will shoot out at you, and you must retreat, blast and drop down. Fortunately there's a four extra life treat in it for you, making this less drudgery in waiting than the opening. At the bottom you have a bomb which you will also need. Take the elevator to the top. Now it's possible to solve this level if you run out of bombs in this area(bomb and go back to the start) but you can be exact with relatively little pain and planning, so why not do so? Run right, zoom out to see your whole course, and bomb the block in front of the ramp and cross it. Facing the next orange block, drop a bomb and then blast the block. Hook around again and as you cross the first brick again be sure to blast it after you cross it. This sets it back to the 1-hit block over the 2-hit block; otherwise you'll need to bomb it several times to get back. Drop onto where the second brick was and circle counterclockwise for two bombs, blasting the brick to the right and quickly navigating the curves although don't rush or worry; you can bomb the brick and go back into the dead end if you mess up. You're more likely to goof when you get the third bomb in the drop down with the four plants. With the three bombs, repeat the process to get to the second ramp as before, but this time instead of sneaking behind for the two bombs, take out the brick at the top of the ramp. The drop down into the last area should be easy enough to handle. You can just cut out without getting the two extra lives if you'd like, but on the other hand you can try to get them. Fancy footwork is involved, though. X.2X1++ 1b. The way to go about things is to bomb the square next to the right X and then get another bomb. Drop it on what was the 2-block and then run into the ex-brick square. You'll need to be pretty quick about this, but when the second bomb goes off, move away from the square where the brick's about to reappear, step around the hole for the two-block, and go get the two extra lives. 8-5-3. SCENE 3 This is a doozy. First thing to do is to focus the camera so you're north of the top brick. This'll help you see what you need get the row of gold pieces. In order to do so, dig the top square. Drop down, wait five seconds, and dig the two squares below it. Come around and dig the top square, drop, and dig the right square as quickly as possible. Climb back up to where the two blocks have reformed, count off a second and a beat, then dig and drop. The bad guy will have moved into where the block will regenerate. When the block starts to cover him up push right, dig left, then face right and dig as you fall. Climb up the ramp and drop to the left, and you should just make it. Go down the passage, rotate so you're to the left of the new area and drop. Now tempt the plant with a quick back/forth movement. As an aside, no, you can't just dig and drop. The brick won't let you move that way. You'll have to bomb it. So close, yet so far... Run towards it after that and dig the rightmost square and the next three quickly. Drop down and dig the three to the left, then two, then one. You'll drop to a small area where you can get a bomb. Place it next to the brick(be sure you're facing it. Don't drop it on the elevator) and take the elevator. Wait for the explosion, get the bomb, drop down the shaft and run right. Then take the elevator to the right and drop left at the top for five more bombs. Take it again and go right. Rotate so you are right of the blocks. Now you'll need all six bombs for this one. If you mess up, take the elevator on the right, get the bombs, then go to the left and get the bomb, then get the five to the right again. Also you can dig the far left brick if you get trapped inside the middle left. Place a bomb next to the rightmost block. Then place one where the lower right block disappeared. Sneak through the passageway. Wait for the holes to refill and place a bomb at the bottom of the ramp. This will take out three blocks. Now place one bomb each under the two remaining blocks. Go to the top of the ramp. The bricks on the bottom will regenerate first, and you can walk across and get on the plant. Climb and drop off the plant. Face towards the original area, drop the bomb, push Z, and run into the plant. Boom--you are barely unaffected. Run for it, and you'll make it down to the transporter. 8-5-4. SCENE 4 There are two clear parts to this level: the eleven gold pieces behind the mad monk and the one guarded by the plant. The one is substantially tougher to pick off, and you have to get it first as the eleven lead to the transporter and by themselves leave you--quelle coincidence--one short! What you need to do is note that the plant is stunned by bombs. So when it is recoiling you will want to leave a few bombs in the first square of the semicircle before activating the elevator. From here I like to have the view so the start of the plant it in the far background--if you get to the ground successfully. You'll want to drop from the other side of the plant on top, and you'll want to move out of the way of the semicircle. Taking the elevator back up doesn't give you enough time to avoid the plant, and besides, there's an extra life in the nook. If you go up the elevatorwhen the plant below is passing under the gold piece, it will lash out again and run into the bombs as its reflexes aren't quite perfect. Take advantage of this to run over the top plant and turn at the intersection. The plant below will in fact run through you(odd, must be disabled) and if you motor around you'll make it into the nook. Duck out to goad the plant and then take the elevator. This part was weird to figure out but I did so because straight out running just missed. The second part is much easier. Activate the top plant. Get all the bombs. Run to the end of the plant and place a bomb on its farthest square and then its second farthest. Move away. Boom, boom. Run over the carnage and take a couple of lefts, and you'll wind up at the transporter. 8-5-5. BONUS LEVEL 9. WORLD 5 9-1. CALM BEFORE THE STORM 9-1-1. SCENE 1 There's not much to do here, but it's obvious right away that you can't dig yourself below out of the structure where you start. Rotate the camera and you'll notice a trailing path that wasn't shown at first. Dig two left, drop, dig left, drop and go up. Wind around to the top of the structore. Ah, something to blast that will make your life easier. Now blasts to the right to take out as many bricks as you can will get you to the corners of this level. Run around counterclockwise and at the top mirror the procedure you used before. It's an easy trip to the transporter from there. 9-1-2. SCENE 2 Getting all four bombs in the square is a no brainer. Knowing what to do with them is tougher. Note that if you use all four in one area, two will appear close by at the corners of the side you're on, so it's more like you actually have six at your disposal long-term. At the tower of five bricks on the left, drop a bomb to the right of them and walk away. Dump one in the gap created and then dump one on the bottom. After that drop the bomb where the first one was. After a tense wait(why not collect the two bombs that have fallen to keep yourself busy?) you can run across. Dropping stuff ASAP after a bomb explodes works fine here. Now you don't have to repeat the bombing orgy if you are clever. Don't worry if you mess up what I mention below, but it is nice not to have to worry about heaving bombs everywhere. Top gold: dig a hole on the top square, wait two seconds and throw a bomb on there. Step back--boom, two squares below taken out. When the top square regenerates, turn left on it and then drop and turn right. Gold to the right: drop a bomb on the top square, back up for a huge running leap and then drop to the right and run back up the ramp. Gold in front: Dig the top square and run down and away from the top part. The bonus level has five count 'em five gold pieces, and it's pretty risk-free, too, so you really should give it a shot. Here's how to get that oddly suspended gem. Bomb at the bottom of the ramp, run up, and bomb the top. Drop a bomb in the gap. Wait for the bottom block to reform and dump a bomb in there. Then bomb the remaining(top) block and it will be the last one to reappear, allowing you to drop on the gem. Again you can pretty much go through the bombing without wait. [9-1-5 FOR BONUS SCENE] 9-1-3. SCENE 3 If those first three levels made you lonely then I'm glad to say there are mad monks in this one. And there's a new way to kill them too. Step on the platform and it releases a big rock that rolls down. You'll need to backtrack and step to the side, or you can dig a hole and watch the rock drop. Starting is easy enough. Go to the platform and press A until the machine in the background starts spinning. Then stand to the right of the middle square in the row of bricks. Drill it when the rock gets close. Two rocks will fall through it, onto a square they can't crash through and into a brick on the right. Follow the second ball, which creates a passage in the lower area. Get the bomb and gold, dig the brick(from the left) and jump down. Now you'll need to follow a rock to get into the back and upper areas. Every other one knocks out the block that separates you from the two monks. 9-1-4. SCENE 4 And the first part is so nice and linear...but quite honestly this level could be a LOT worse. What I recommend you do is to use as many bombs as you can to take bad guys out. There's a finesse for this to make the trip below relatively painless. Note that the bad guys follow a path directly counter to yours, although just under-ish, to get to the bottom, and only your bombs help them get by. Also note that you don't want to bomb everything in a row too quickly or the bad guys could really get too close to the bottom part too soon, moving two partitions at a time instead of one. What you need to do is bomb the blocks in your way and run past. Then you can jump down after going 3/4 around the square. Dig one of the last three squares and drop down to get the gold piece, go back up(center of the semicircle arc) and around again. That's the simple way of doing stuff. It may result in several monsters going to the bottom at once, which is already nasty given the levitator down there. You may have noticed, though, that you have no shortage of bombs. The way to go about using them correctly is to bomb one of the blocks and then you can pick up the bomb ahead, go back to where the block was, and bomb again. That will kill some guys below without removing the block that will get them that much closer to dropping down. It will kick the bad guys who regenerate near the end of your linear journey back there. This is very convenient. It's not critical, but it's risk-free, and it helps keep the body count down below. The more guys chasing you, the worse it is for you. Along the linear path you'll get the first triangular piece of the map as well. But crunch time occurs in the bottom. First note how the levitator moves--along the outer arc, back and forth. Monks also potter around in the corner and often you have to goad them out. On every trip down I strongly recommend wiping out all the bad guys that drop down as well before climbing back up. Of course once you stick one in a hole you can dig on each side of him to make sure he doesn't get out--just watch the way the levitator's going and exit the other way. A quick debriefing of how to do this: bricks in a row: 12345 Enemy gets stuck in 3. Stand on 3 and dig 2. Stand on 5 and dig 4--or the flipside is to dig 4, stand on 1 and dig 2. The nasty part here is that you need to see where you're dropping, but on the other hand you need to zoom in for the bottom part. The best angle to take so that the semicircle is off to the right of the screen and curving toward you. Anywhere else and you may be obstructed as you move around. Fortunately there are a lot of bricks around so you have a good defense against the bad guys. Even if a monk is behind a levitator, run at the levitator and dig a hole and run away. The worst thing to do is run into a corner and dig because as you turn the corner the monk may decide to change direction. The first time through you will also want to get all the gold you can. The gold in the nooks is easy to get when the levitator isn't around(just to be careful wipe out the monk before speculations) and then the suspended gold by the elevator is also pretty easy to get. Just get on the elevator and jump off. Trick the levitator into following you away from the suspended gold piece you need to get before getting on the platform. The platform is also a decent defense/attack tool. If there are several monsters on the board, getting on this thing lines them up in order. They'll likely gravitate towards the platform, and you don't need much time on it to be invincible. Plus you know how to bomb bad guys so the two in the very back don't come up again. Let multiple bad guys work as one...just be sure to drop off the platform before it lands, and if there are three or more enemies make sure there's a side free to drop off, i.e. two people are coming from the same side, or be prepared to drop back in with not the greatest of views to aid you. You can also dig holes next to the platform, which tend to get monsters stuck as they bang up against it looking for you--but make sure they are perpendicular to avoid falling. A bit of this level depends on releasing bad guys so they pick up gold pieces along their path to the bottom, so check the upper part for progress on that. Once you get the hang of dealing with 2 or 3 enemies, though, the level will not seem so bad. 9-1-5. BONUS LEVEL This is tricky--where to drop the bombs so that they open up all the holes? Collect the three bombs. Dig the right of the two joined bricks and drop two bombs down--one four seconds after the other. Go to the top of the ramp. Dig and fall. From that square, face left, drop a bomb(the square to the left should be regenerated by now because you delayed the second bomb,) and drop right. You've got a clear path down now to pick up all the bombs. Push down to leave the structure. 9-2. 9-2-1. SCENE 1 In my opinion this is the toughest of the scenes in the second phase. It's not clear what holes go where or what the weird squares are for. There are also some ways to dead-end yourself--with a monk bearing down on you or not. There's a way to cycle among the areas but it's a bit loopy to conceive at first. Ledger M = monk starts here T = transporter 3 = drop to area 3 2 = drop to area 2 1 = drop to area 1 ~ = heat blaster Starting area drops to area 1 Area 1 map: ^ ^ / \ / \ / \1/ \ (1 drops to transporter below) 3M M3 \ /T\ / \ / \ / 2 2 <- $ here Area 2 map: $ $ \ / \ / 3 X X 3 <- $ here \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / $ v $ Area 3 map: ^ ^ / \ / \ / \ / \ 3 1 1 3 <- 3 goes to dead end \ / / \ / \ $ 2 2 $ \ / \ / \ / \ / ~ ~ I like to view this scene straight on, so that it's symmetrical horizontally. This means some diagonal movement but otherwise you'd just be rotating everywhere. I go DL/DR and dig the hole I drop on immediately. If I am quick enough I don't have to scramble around getting a gold coin from one of the two guys guarding area 1. Then I take one of the drops at the bottom, to area 2. Whenever dropping from area 1 I try to sucker the bad guys over to the side opposite I want to go; if I wind up on their side I risk them pacing back and forth right under me when I get to area 3. But first area 2: the idea is to get to the top quickly, to the brick with gold above it. But if possible you will want to nip in to the dead ends with gold pieces if the bad guy is not around. Don't risk it, though; if you are on one side of the board in area 3 he will eventually take the gold himself, which is easier to deal with. On dropping to level 3 immediately go away from the dead end (up + towards edge) and instead go up and in, digging the brick there. Don't activate the heat square yet either. Now you can double back to get the gold and have plenty of time to activate the heating square which should make the bad guy in area 2 cough up a gold piece. Go to the top and dig a hole up there down to level 1. If the bad guys are clumping around there then maybe you can head back down, dig the drop to the dead end, let the bad guy fall in, go back to level 2 and cross to the other side. The whole process may need to cycle more than a few times times, and if you wind up with one gold piece left and it's not visible, it is probably with the guy in area 2. Try to evade him quickly and use the heat ray--cross over to the other side going back up to area 1. But remember to look before you leap and also to understand where you're leaping. 9-2-2. SCENE 2 I recommend waiting until you've solved the level to come back for the gem and extra lives. Go left and drop down to get the bomb. Come around and place it at the obvious blockade. Run left and down, waiting to dig the hole when the monk is about to drop. Circle around for his gold piece and then drop down. Wait until he tries to follow you until moving further--you don't want him regenerating where you just bombed him from! Dig the next brick once past it to get the gold coin. Then go in and bomb. On the square among the blocks you need to face down and blast the brick there. Walk down and get the bomb and take out the block up the ramp. Then get another bomb and sit where the block you just removed was. Count three seconds, drop the bomb in the center square, and run away. All the gold will be easy to pick off, and you can now escape. I recommend saving the bonus level for next time. For the gem, you need to collect the bomb, use it on the monk's chamber, run around to the left to get another, and then get the monk to follow you so he gets stuck on the crescent on the left. Use another bomb to get into the monk's chamber and then face south, dig, and switch directions and drop the bomb. Drop south and get the bomb to the right and then drop left, dig left and run around. It's tough to get the timing down, but when you do you can run north from the monk's chamber with two bombs and blow up the bricks to get the gem. [BONUS LEVEL ON 9-2-5.] 9-2-3. SCENE 3 This is an entertaining level with the pleasing detail that the gold coin on the top ledge is in fact tougher to get. Note the dark green arrows indicate you can fall down once you've got the gold coins, so no need to dig through the whole structure as I'd originally feared. Your first encounter with a heat ray that can actually kill you here is a tough one. What you want to do is step on the plate north of the bricks, then go south and left off the edge. You'll avoid the pulse. Push A to send the elevator to the top, and now note that the bomb in the lower right has dropped to the bottom and been lit because the bomb next to it exploded. This is great; the next bomb dropping will not be live. All you have to do is to dig the four top blocks, then the rightmost three and two below it. Pause until the bomb to the right explodes and make the final right dig. Get the gold and dig the southmost square and take the elevator back up. Now that you've got one precious bomb you shouldn't ever have to do THAT again. First order of business is to go up the ramp, bomb the block in your way, detour for the three gold coins and go back UR to get all the bombs. Blast the lowest square to drop for another gold coin, leaving only the two in the ledges in the structure. Note that if you botch things and the unlit bomb is on the bottom, go over the heating square below it by dropping onto the elevator and following the path. That'll bring things back to default. With five bombs getting the lower gold coin should be easy. Dig and drop two bombs in the gap you created, at half second intervals. Run left a bit, then drop right. Go left and down. Now bomb the block on the ramp and get your bomb total back up to five. This next one's tricky; a straight dig and bomb means you fall into a pit as you see the gold off to your side. Dig, bomb, bomb. Wait for three seconds and drop another bomb down the chute. Dig when the top square comes back(you may have to reverse the order here) and if the second-bottom square in the pit was destroyed, drop a bomb on top of the remaining mess once the second-top is rejuvenated. You may have to dig the top square again. The key is to time the third bomb so that it takes out the second- bottom square. Then the next bomb after you dig won't create the pit your very first bomb did. The best part of all this is that you now have one bomb left to make it to the transporter up the ramp behind the block. 9-2-4. SCENE 4 Run right and step on the panel. This will 'synchronize' the two levitators below. Your next task is to pick up the gold pieces to the left and right of the elevator that stepping on the panel raised. It is possible to get both in one trip, but the levitators tend to be able to get to you after the elevator starts rising--being levitators, they can cope with a surface a bit off the ground. So I recommend going it slow because the next part is a bit of a coup anyway. Drop when they're facing away from you and you should have easy picking. Once you get the second gold coin and take the elevator back up, step on the panel to the left of it. The bad guys are now trapped between the two elevators, and once the left one is at the top, run across it and fall down. Get the three gold pieces and activate the far left elevator. I'm not sure why the other two elevators are there except maybe as red herrings. People too beaten down by the bootstrapping nature of other puzzles may get caught out by this one! Go all the way up the ramp and then when all three monks are on the left side of the platform right below you, drop onto the elevator and take it. You'll get two gold coins, and the three monks will be joined together. Drop north. Wait for the platform to come down, and in short order all three monks will be to the right of it. Drop on the elevator again, take it, and immediately go left. At the left edge blast left four times in a row. The bad guy over there will see an opening and drop through it. You'll have time, after the holes refill, to dig the far left and jump down before the elevator stops blocking the three monks. Digging two squares, then one, below is pretty straightforward. The ramp is pretty one-way, so it's not hard to see what to do next. There's another wait for all the bad guys to go to the left. Here you can even afford to have one with a foot on the elevator--just hold down the A key until you're on! Take the elevator once again and drop north. Then pigeonhole them to the right as before and drop left. Drop a bomb on the rightmost square and dig it. Once the bomb explodes, drop through and go left where the transporter is waiting. 9-2-5. BONUS LEVEL * not done * This is a cool one. You want to jump UL to start and once you're on the plate note that two rocks will come at you. Duck to the right to avoid the first one then duck to the left and then the right. Now you're on the main concourse and can pick up two extra lives easily. From there you'll want to dig the left of the two bricks, from the left. Getting out is not too tricky but you need to get one ball to follow the others. The one coming from the long trips down is the one you'll rely on to help blast your way through. 9-3. 9-3-1. SCENE 1 This level is not so bad if you realize the right timing. Go to the top and stand on the panel beneath the rock. Just after the platforms flash, go down and clockwise and escape the next flash in the transporter square. Now you can walk across to get all the gold pieces, but the brick the block blasted will reappear shortly, so don't wait for the rock to knock out the brick that had impeded you before you run down. So step on the other panel and wait for the two flashes. You'll be able to run back into the transporter with ease. Just remember there'll be two flashes--one when the rock drops originally and the second when it is just about to hit the brick. 9-3-2. SCENE 2 Oddly there's nothing to getting the gem but that doesn't make this level easy. Three gold pieces are easy enough to pick up but to get anywhere you need to use the lift at the bottom. Jump down when the bad guy's to the left and push A. Run left at the first platform to the left, then hold A as you go clockwise up the ramp, pausing to make sure the panel depresses. That will cause a heat flash to the right, wiping out the monks momentarily. That's all you need to make it to the right side. Now there are three more gold pieces that are easy to pick up, but the tough ones are the one the monk on the far right is holding and the one over the heat ray. Let's get the heat ray one first. Activate the ray at the top of the ramp, then left/down/right to activate the heat ray at the bottom. Boom, explosions. The bomb will remain on the bottom, unlit, as it has fallen through a couple of times. So once both blocks are intact again activate the bottom heat ray and then go up to the top ray. This will destroy the lower of the two blocks stacked, then the higher. But it takes a while to walk around--which means you have plenty of time to go right and collect that gold piece and bomb. Sadly it's also possible to get the bomb stuck between the two bricks, and you'll hve to restart if that happens. Or enter the bonus level and come back. Put the bomb on the heat ray. Activate the heat ray and step away. The gold will fall. Get the bomb back; you'll need both of them to carve a path to the transporter. What you need to do after getting the upper right bomb is activate the top ray, then the bottom ray. If you go quickly enough you can drop down after the bomb that fell/regenerated explodes, go south all the way and quickly blast north before dropping--this eliminates the guesswork which always seems to fuddle me of if you're hitting the brick square when you zap or not. Oh yeah, the mad monk will also have given away his gold piece here. Armed with two bombs you can now go back to the transporter. Dig the brick to the left of the up-ramp that had the bomb and drop for another gold piece. Use the elevator and leave again at the first left. Climb all the way up. Be sure you have thirteen gold pieces before this trick; drop a bomb, wait a second, drop a bomb and retreat. Drop into the hole; had you dug you would have a gap before the bomb. Get the bomb and drop it on the brick and run left. Wait, then drop right to the transporter. 9-3-3. SCENE 3 Patience and watchfulness are important here. Seven of the gold pieces are hidden, and it should be pretty easy to remember where they are. Also remember the turn off when you leave the elevator may be necessary and is rather tough, so be sharp. I feel getting the map piece is the toughest part of the level so you may want to run through the first time without bothering. XXX XXX X X X X X X X X 1X2X3X4X3X2X1 I've labeled the gold pieces different numbers to indicate different methods of getting them. 1: you can either dig to trap the bad guy there and dig again to get him to give up the gold, or when the elevator on that side is down, jump down into the hole you dug and then off to the side. 2: you'll want to dig this hole from the center and then run off to the opposite elevator-drop. The bad guy that ran through the hole from the north and dropped below will come at you; dig twice in the alternating brick/hard ground to trap him back where he started before releasing anyone else. Keep track of which of these you've dug or you'll have an extra cycle to deal with a bad guy and no gold reward. Try not to dig these holes twice, and try not to let two guys down in the bottom at one time, either. This level can wear you down into a silly mistake. 3: the nastiest. You'll have either dig the square closer to the center and dig this, then fall down, or you'll need to dig here when the mad monk on the top is hot on your trail, then trap him with some more holes. You'll get trapped if you try to jump in to get the piece. You also will get poor results if you dig from one of the arcs. 4: same as 2, pretty much, except you want to leave this guy alone a bit. Why? Because when he's un-trapped, he guards the map piece. You'll want to drop to the bottom, sucker him over, and then take the elevator up. Instead of pottering back and forth under the map piece, he'll pace somewhere else, and the next time on top you can dig square 4 and drop south. The best way to lure the guy is to wait on the elevator and eventually he'll come around. If you need to dig holes to trap the monk, dig every other one starting one in from the ends. The levitator isn't much of a factor here. He basically even wanders around below some times if you stay down there too long. Once he blasts off the end it's a great time to go up and pick off the gold pieces in 3. However the mad monk above can be nasty. He may duck out of the way if you blast a hole right in front of him, so you may need to wait until he's right next to you. Also be careful about blasting a hole when on the far left/right and goading monks below over to the elevator especially when getting the map piece under 4. 9-3-4. SCENE 4 Only two pieces are actually tough to get here. They're the ones you can't reach by walking. Go north and east to get on the panel, then back to the three blocks where you started. Blast the right block and then the center, then loop around to get the left block that you fell off. The rock will roll by. Drop down and dig the two left squares, drop and dig left. Follow the rock as a lead blocker after it squashes the bad goy and get to the bottom. You'll find an elevator to the right and once at the top fall off left and dig the brick that's suspended. Get the rest of the gold pieces. That's it! 9-3-5. BONUS LEVEL The main problem with this bonus level is the terrible lighting. Fortunately there are no other distractions. Go to the bottom of the ramp. Step on the heat ray and get the bomb which falls through after the first one explodes. Go up to the top of the ramp, set a bomb on the brick, and DON'T blast it. Drop, go right for the extra life and dig left, then activate the heat ray. If you did everything right the bomb should drop onto the top of the ramp. Combined with the other bomb you have the ammo to get to the two in the bisecting corridor. Face the brick to the side of the ramp, drop two bombs and dig. Once you hear the explosions, drop north and go south. You'll fall back to the start as the arrow that allows you to jump is a nasty dark green. 9-4. 9-4-1. SCENE 1 This is a very annoying level--the sort where you see what you need to do quickly enough that the forced delays will distract you from doing it for several times unless you're very focused. The first part is really rather clever. Step on the panel to the left and move left. The first rock will drop. Then when the rock-holder is about upright, run back, depress the panel briefly, and run to the right. The next rock should fall. Blast the brick from the right and then step on the right panel. Step off. Follow the two rocks down. It takes a bit of timing but if you get stuck on the right just wait for the bricks to reform and drop one rock on the structure to restart. Be sure to move right quickly. Stay just left of the heat panel and after it activates run right by it and go to just before the second brick and blast it. Here's the tedious part. After two pulses of heat the brick will regenerate. Blast it, wait for two more pulses of heat, and run forward, blastink the next brick. You could wait a second or so and dig, but that is a bit subjective. You'll get to the top with the forward and dig/wait and dig. Be prepared to rotate while you wait. Once you're at the top of the ramp and have dug the final square, wait for the bomb to drop and then for the second shaft of heat to go up. Then drop onto the heat square. 9-4-2. SCENE 2 **redo slightly A slightly easier more straightforward level here. The main thing to note is that although you can do nothing right away there is a heat ray in the center. From it you an go straight down to the transporter and just make it before the heat swaths come by. Then you can enter where the blocks were in the way before, although you may want to duck in and get a few gold pieces and a bomb after you dig a hole for the bad guy. Now you may have a problem with the big blocking brick at the top of the structure, but just dig the brick furthest away, run up and drop a bomb there, and quickly walk away and dig the brick closest to it. You can make a run for the area with the gold and gems(the bonus level is pretty unintimidating) whether or not a monk is on the other side of the exploding brick waiting to fall in a hole for you to climb over. You'll have to do this for the other side too and you may have to watch for bad guys escaping. If they do a heat swath will take care of them, and the bad guy on one side(the one you first raided) won't return if you made the detour to get the bomb. 9-4-3. SCENE 3 An entertaining chase here, although you have to play exactly due to a nasty trap at the end you may not realize until it is too late. The trick is to keep ahead of the rock as it rolls down, blasting the way through for it. Then you get the gold that's suspended--carefully-- get another rock and follow it to the promised land. Step on the panel to the left. Hook UR, DR and D then drop right and dig left as you pick up the gold coins. Stand on the rightmost square on the platform until the rock below bounces back left. Run after it and turn down before the curve. Blast the brick at the end and continue to run ahead of the rock, dropping onto the lowered elevator. When the rock is four squares behind you take the elevator and then go to the next one. Take that. Go right when you see the gold. Get it all and start digging right when the elevator comes back down. Pause a bit, dig the three below, pause some more, and when the elevator is one length off the ground dig the two below and then the bottom one. Run ahead of the rock to the next elevator. Get on it, then drop left. Three seconds after the far right elevator is on the ground and the rock is rolling again, push A to start your elevator. Dig right at the top. This timing will allow the rock in the top right, activated by the rock you dropped to the teleport area, to run left and fall and eventually take out the brick under the bomb(don't sit back and feel smart yet--be sure to move north out of the way.) Too soon and the very top brick reappears for the rock to blast, rendering all your work useless, as you may note that if you get several rocks running around in the bottom circle by the transporter it can make things tough. So be sure to get the timing right. Now what to do about the bombing? First, bomb under either bomb, step away, and bomb a nearby square withe the replacement bomb. Get its replacement. You'll want to do this repeatedly. It's like a perpetual two bombs for the price of one which is handy since bombs are so scarce to get to start. Just remember to place the first bomb correctly and then pick off the next. LLLBLRBRRR XXXXXXXXXX Above is a map of the suspended gold and if you should pick it up with the left or right bomb. Obviously the gold on the edges affords the least time for error but in fact the worst screw up you'll make is bombing the wrong square. Remember: fourth in from either side works. And if you totally forget where you were you can see where one of the two bombs is; pick that one up and proceed from there. No need to do one side all at once. After that bit of fun you'll need to use the next rock as a lead blocker. Proceed as before to bring the rock down except now when you go up the far right elevator just wait to drop back down. And when the bad guy regenerates around you(he appears in the middle and the rock grinds up his regenerated body a few times first,) step on him until the rock has fallen to the transporter area. Time your jump carefully--there should be good space between the two rocks of a few squares--and don't bump into the rock ahead of you on the way to the fourth scene! 9-4-4. SCENE 4 This last level is pretty slick, too. You need to get a rock to roll down and knock out the block to the right of where you start. Note if you activate the heat ray you won't make it back to the transporter. Go to the top of the structure below the rock. Dig right to take out the left four holes. Wait two and a half seconds. Dig left. Dig right twice. Walk over the panel and make sure it depresses before dropping and climbing back up the ramp. From there dig the center-left and center bricks. Now jump right ahead of the rock. Get on the heat ray and hold A. When the rock busts the brick, go left/down and blast the brick that had connected the left side with the right. You can now drop through when the bad guy isn't patrolling. Place the bomb on the two bricks and then give the monk the run around to get an extra guy. Drop on the right and then go left. You'll wind up near an elevator after the gold pieces. You'll also get a piece of the map. Where does it lead? 9-4-5. BONUS LEVEL The bonus level is thankfully not up to much either. The first extra life, in the circle/ramp area, just requires that you dig the top, fall right quickly, and dig below. Even if a bad guy gets trapped down and to the right you can still go back, blast the top square, and run right and quickly blast the square at the intersection. The other two lives are long and tedious to get but hardly impossible. To get the bomb, just dig by one of the bricks around the big brick blocking and fall in. Then dig the brick below where the bomb was to get out--time your exit so bad guys are well away. Now go back up to the brick blocking your way, digging holes behind you as you do. Drop a bomb and then retrace steps and dig the brick you ran across before the bomb goes off. You'll be unable to run over the brick immediately but it will reform before the blocker will. Then all you have to do is run across and get either extra life. Fortunately the bad guys are dumb and even if one regenerates near you he may run away-- and you can drop down the square you dug anyway in an emergency and try again. Once you do this twice, you'll need to get out. Well, if you're a perfectionist--practically, so what if you lose a life on the bonus level, as that loss doesn't officially count. Get the bomb and drop it on the two-brick pile. Run away and dig the brick at the intersection. Move back forward to avoid being devoured by the regenerating brick, and wait for either a bad guy to drop in the hole in front or for it to regenerate just before the stack you bombed. Run through and out of the level. 9-5. WHAT THE... 9-5-1. SCENE 1 If you haven't said 'what the...' before this you will now. There's this insane GUY running around with the occasional burst of speed, and he even manages to pick up four gold pieces on the way down as he falls with you. This guy means business. If I'd gotten a new copy of the game I could tell for sure if he was the emperor. But first there's a sort of Old West faceoff. Note that you get four gold coins below you and the emperor gets all four below him too. You'll need to coax them out of him, and there are two ways of doing the level based on this. The first is to clear everything except the circle to your right first, and I like it better, because that part is tricky and if you trap the emperor in one of the holes created by blasting the wood, you'll have to go back around. The left area is much easier. In the middle circle you'll need to fake the emperor out to get to the gridland to the left, which isn't too bad. He'll go one way and you can go the other. Occasionally he'll pause to cackle and send an electric burst, but you should make it in time. Your mission here is simply to grab all the gold pieces you can find. I'd actually recommend digging the left of the two wood blocks before dropping down. The reason here is that the emperor, once he falls in a hole, can't get out. He also drops a gold piece each time he falls in a hole. So you'll need him to fall into four, and you might as well get started early. Don't worry about the emperor following you into the bottom part. It's rather easy to outrun him and in fact if he does make an electric blast you can run away--the blast destroys the diggable wood blocks but does not pass through them, which is a problem for him as he often falls in. You just have to run along the outside of the square. Now there's a minor possibility that the emperor, after regenerating, will fall left of the two adjacent wooden blocks and stay there, so you'll want to run up from the UL corner of the square and to the top of the ramp. The emperor should fall in soon. A good way to trap the emperor if he's in the left area and you're in the center is to dig the left of the two connected wood blocks. He'll frequently run into where it'll cover up. Dig it again to get gold and drop left--that should be another coin. This is also useful for the last part, where you'll need to bring the emperor back to the top. If he's stuck in the left land this is a nice thing to try to avoid having to go back down there and playing cat-and-mouse. Assuming you're both back in the right area, the trick will be to get the emperor to make an energy blast when close to the circle on the right. Note that if you almost let him catch up and then run away, he will pause to make a blast, and you can run. Stand two squares away from the intersection where the middle circle meets the right and be sure that the emperor's on the other side of the intersection. Then run away when he pauses. You may have to loop back around the circle, but you have more than enough time. Climb the right circle's ramp and dig the top square. It should be safe to fall, as the emperor goes to the very right. Then you can pretty much blast, drop, break left to the edge and down, and enter the transporter. 9-5-2. SCENE 2 Good lord this is an obnoxious way to start a level. Drop the bomb that's dropped on you and keep the second one. Wait to drop through, and what you need to do is keep bouncing back and forth between where both mad monks regenerate. Don't step squarely where they regenerate, but when they're pushed down head to the other side. Eventually bombs will rip up the barries to your entrance. You can only pick off the gold coins on one side of the starting structure each time through, and you'll also need to shuttle around until they do drop on one side. But you will have three chances to do so. Now a bit about gems and how they help you solve this level. There's also a danger you can get practically stuck in the game. Say you get the two gems without ever getting the gold at the beginning. Then if you try to re-start after enterting a bonus level, you have one chance to get gold on both sides. The way around this is to kill bad guys at the exact right time so that they drop down to get the gold pieces, but given how far they are away it's rather speculative to test the view. The point: get two gold pieces in each of your first two times through this. It may take a few extra seconds, but it will be worth it. Remember, once you've gotten one gem(don't get both before entering a transporter or you'll only get to visit one level) and returned to the start, you'll need to attack the other side from where you started. You'll also have a bit of a break from the hectic action and a sort of save point for your progress. You also must get both gems to get through this level since on each side you have gold pieces on ramps only accessible from dropping via the square with the gem on it. Enough just about gems; on to gold. There are eighteen gold pieces total. Keep this in mind and pause if you can't see the transporter--you will want to make sure you can view yourself, from 45 degrees above and with symmetry on each side. Part of the field will be blocked, and that is why I recommend, after ten gold, entering the first bonus transporter and entering the second after at least fourteen. The level is basically symmetric and with the long ramps you really have to make sure no one's at the other side. But when you start out and just dropped from the original structure you'll want to take either semicircular ramp up and fall down for the extra life when the coast is clear. This detour often buys you more time as if the Emperor comes by and decides electrify the brick to the south that is guarding the four bombs, he won't get you as well. If he is away, you'll want to bomb that brick to get access to the bombs, which are really the only way to kill the emperor. You'll need to if there don't seem to be any gold pieces although when you get a break you may want to tilt to a full overhead view. The very best way to sucker him may be to go south to the transporter, dropping on it from the ramp, and leaving a bomb there. You can also time how fast he's coming up the long ramp to the outside. The gems are useful squares for shaking off bad guys since they are virtually at four-way intersections. Just make sure if you want to traverse the long ramps leading up to them that no-one's there. If you see the emperor behind the mad monks in relation to you, let them catch up, because the emperor could wipe them out with a heat blast and make it a one on one situation until the bombs had their effect and the monks took the long walk down the pike. Oh yes. Note there's a triangle in the middle between the two next- outside ramps. And gold can get hidden in the ramps inside those too with the view I recommend. Given the large number of four way intersections in this level it is very hard to get trapped. Just remember to loot the bombs and leave one in your inventory and the rest as presents for chasing baddies. Having even one less pursuer can make scrambling around this level MUCH easier. 9-5-3. SCENE 3 This is the most difficult of the last levels. I don't want to get your hopes down by discussing the anguish I went through but I needed two sessions to get through it. The second one being much shorter after some planning. There are fourteen gold pieces here, and although the level is symmetrical, you need to grab the gold pieces and leave quickly, and in addition there are many spots where you want the Emperor to avoid blasting. He seems to blast a lot more when you stay still, so you will want to run around a good deal. I'll include some of these general strategies for running around and keeping safe, but first I'll relate the reason you run around and try to find some spare time and what to do with said spare time. The first order of business is to get a bomb. I'll concentrate on the left side for all examples here with the understanding the right side mirrors it perfectly. So tilt the look-down angle to 45 degrees and back up the view so you can see 3/4 of the board. Ideally you'll want it so that, if you are at the bottom, you can see if the Emperor is on the walkway connecting the two bombs or south of there. When between the two bombs or even where he regenerates(the crossroad near the top, south of the transporter outta here,) you'll want to know if anyone is going around the bottom. Because you can't see all this in one screen, some intuition is required. Account for the bad guys at the startas follows: --1 to left of the 3 suspended gold, should be blocked until you want that piece --1 to north of the 3 suspended gold, should be blocked until you want that piece, but this is the least difficult suspended gold to get --1 to right of the 3 suspended gold, should be blocked until you want that piece --emperor, regenerates near the top, and you can dig where he regenerates to trap him again and perhaps dig the monk out momentarily The coast should be clear for you to get a bomb, and you can make it that way by waiting for the emperor to make his move and then going to the other side. Assume you're on the left. Once the ramp straightens out and there's a brick to the outside, hold down A. This drops a rock on one of the lifts. Keep going north and hold down A as you go counterclockwise. This will raise the lift with the rock. The rock rolls in a nice circle the marble from Marble Madness would be envious of before taking out the brick at the bottom. Now that left walkway is nasty. A heat swath sets the bomb off, it explodes, and then you have a short window of time to get the bomb. What I recommend doing is running around until you can walk right in **just after** the bomb has blasted the brick. Get the bomb and gold piece and retreat. This requires great timing i.e. no bad guys around to spoil your concentration, especially since you need to stay out of the bomb's way and make a quick run. Fortunately the bomb keeps reappearing until you take it. Once you have the bomb I recommend going to the other side, depressing the bottom of the panels, and then going to the Emperor's crossroads, north, and dig south. Place the bomb between the two bricks and then drop to the right. You have made it quickly to the treacherous loop at the top where you can activate the rock. Do so. The Emperor will probably be trapped too long to react. Then use the other bomb to jump off to the left. Although bombs can be handy in blowing up bad guys, they are too tough to get, so I will relate other ways to can bad guys. The best way to do so is to let them chase you a bit and make sure the emperor isn't coming from the other side(i.e. run around the top until the emperor's near, he blasts the ground with his rod, and his pals are affected since they can't run as fast as you.) The mad monk trapped in the center is easy enough to release if you haven't already. He doesn't hang around dangerously like the other ones do, and once you've dug him out(temporarily, mwahaha) you can drop into the hole you made and go and fall south. Go off to the side here; this is a great niche for avoiding monks. Once the coast is clear you can circle back. For the monks on the left and right it's best to keep them trapped once you've dug to get the piece they're guarding. The one on the left can be had by digging the brick on the ground left of him, waiting a couple of seconds, U/R/D and digging the hole blocking him. Now usually he would pace back and forth and you'd need exact timing. You don't need to worry about that here--or the guy wandering around afterwards. He will get swallowed up by the hole he fell in if you were able to wait long enough. If the wait was short enough he'll get entombed as he tries to gain freedom from where he regenerated. It's best to take care of them last as you want as few opponents as possible for the last bit. --now for some general hints: If you stay at the top of the bottom circle a while the Emperor may tap his rod so that monks are released. This is bad news. You often need to blast a square on the edge right as the monks drop in or they'll turn away. The best place to get the Emperor to go is in the bottom curve. Then you can circle back around and perhaps even dig a hole as you leave and hope he falls in. Then dig a hole at the crossroads, losing him more time. I've no clue how to get the extra lives the game claims are here. Maybe next revision. After losing seventy or so(not counting restarts) I was just grateful when I managed to get through this one in one shot when I tried the next day. Playing at 9 PM vs. playing at 4 AM does make a difference. As does sleeping on the bus to/from work. And liberal introspection and planning at work, blocking out all visual distractionzzzz...heh. Not really. But again the important thing is to do a lot when the emperor is regenerating. And don't try to get the gold/bombs on the side too soon. 9-5-4. SCENE 4 Help! The exit transporter indicates you need twenty gold pieces, and only one seems to be visible! What's the deal? Roaming around the level you'll find that the others are encased in bricks. Since you have to dig all these bricks(bar one) to get out of the place, I won't recount where you find them all. Let's just say you can't miss them, and they're inside pretty much every important brick including the three at the end. That visible gold piece looks pretty high up but in fact it is a hint of what the elevator near where you start can do. The first part of this level is a timed obstacle course. You may want to break it into parts to see, okay, I can do this for sure. The last part is the cruelest so be warned. Fortunately with no mad monks and the emperor inactive on his throne(that's the blue area) you really have little to worry about in terms of getting killed. Unless you walk towards him--it is actually possible to touch him as he only blasts the ground at certain intervals when you get close. Drop down and go off to the right. Take the elevator up, wait for it to go down, and then dig the brick to the bottom right from the left. You'll fall down; go up and push A on the elevator. You'll need to step over it to get a bomb much later. Fortunately it takes forever to get to the top. The bad part about this is if you goof up it may take a while to reset the game so this elevator's all the way down. Holding A, run left and up and down, right, down right. You should have fallen where the brick was. Keep running right to the next elevator and take that. Run up and now the tricky parts begin. You'll need to make some sharp double-right turns and in fact if you goof up there are worse things to do than practice. Up, left, up, left onto the ramp, and up. Now go left and blast left at the end, drop left and go down. Turn sharply down, face right and blast. Up, right, down a square, and right. You'll go up the ramp and when just above the brick you can drop down and sneak left. This will cause the emperor to send forth a lightning blast. This blast will open a bunch of bricks up. Now you blasted the one brick so you can take the path down. There are zigzags right and down after this. You have to be careful here, because if you don't switch quickly, you'll fall to the bottom and have to start all over again. Eventually you'll get to the end of this and can go down onto the elevator. Quickly turn right(again, don't hold down or you'll fall that way) to get the bomb to the right of the blasted brick. Drop down. Run around to the elevator and take it up. Go fix something to eat while you wait for the whole thing--there's a gold piece at the very top here. The next part involves picking up three bombs. Once you know where to dig, it is not too bad. Take the two-story elevator, drop right, wait for it to drop, go down and blast right, then take the elevator up and R/D/drop R. Run right to the elevator and take it up. For this part you'll pick up gold coins along the way, which I won't specify. You'll want to go to the square right of the brick the emperor blasts. You don't even need to risk going on the brick. Then run right, circle U/R/D and blast the brick at the end there. Now quickly come back U/L/D and blast the brick at the bottom. Turn left and blast left twice. This will make you fall off. Circle around counterclockwise and you should have time to fall down and go left. Go to the edge and blast right. You'll drop left but can go clockwise on the ramp below and blast left--just be careful not to go too far clockwise or you'll fall. Then drop and blast left and take another semicircular run to where you'll find a brick in your way. That bomb you worked so hard for now reaps dividends. Place it near the brick and move away. Move in to get the bombs under there, placing one of them bu the far right brick. Step back, then get the gold piece in the far right(the only piece in the brick not blocking your way) and make sure you have three bombs before droppping down from the square where you laid the very first bomb. Now you can get a fourth bomb by retaking the one you originally got, but quite frankly it's useless for what you need to do next. You'll need to take the far right elevator back up and now go along the top ramp and then up and left. Blast left, drop left, go down and blast the brick to the right. Go clockwise back to where you just fell off and drop right, then down. You're now very close to the transporter. There should still be three gold pieces you need to get(i.e. you have 17)--fortunately each one lies inside the bricks you need to get past(just checking. We've got the time.) But less fortunatelythe path to the transporter is blocked by brick- brick-space-brick from left to right. The final bit of trickery and timing below: bomb the right brick. Step on its square and face the center brick. Wait for the little dot in the center to indicate the brick is about to reappear. Then drop the bomb left and run down/left. The bomb should now take out TWO bricks. The final one, I think you can guess where it goes. Next to the final brick. Hook around counterclockwise into the portal. By the way...wouldn't it be low if they had a green drop arrow to the left of the left brick? 9-5-5. BONUS LEVEL (RIGHT HAND SIDE) Three gems. Here's how to get two: if the transporter's on the bottom of the screen then start at 11:00 on your ramp and keep digging from counterclockwise. Then run in and grab the extra life behind there and run back down. The next time will be even easier; just grab the extra life you didn't this time around. 9-5-6. BONUS LEVEL (LEFT HAND SIDE) Lots of extra lives in the air, behind lifts, here. The trick is to distract monks to the other side and then run to a completely different lift and jump off. 10. SECRET HUB 1 After you enter the code and activate the option in the control menu, you'll note hub 1. 1 2 3 4 5 | | | | | +-+-+-+-+-+-+ | | +-----------+ | | +--to hub 2-+ 10-1. LEVEL 1 A couple of helical worlds. 10-1-1. SCENE 1 This is a really rough introduction, and it takes a lot of readjusting the camera to get through safely. You may need a bit of practice to adjust the camera so it can see the area you can run to after you take a transporter up. BTW here when I say 'left' I assume the leftmost as the camera is facing the screen so that you can be viewed moving reasonably. The first thing to take care of is the bad guy above. You can either run right to the transporter quickly and push A, or you can run left, wait for him to fall, and dig and run back over. But at any rate it's easier to get up the next transporter. Thee gold pieces are here; take them. Dig the leftmost square, fall through and continue to get a bomb and get on a pink platform. Get the bomb and dig. If the bad guy is there wait for him to walk in, get killed, and regenerate. Then dig again and get the gold to the left. Place the bomb on the brick below and dig that. The bomb will fall through. When it explodes, drop down into the hole you made and get your gold(important as a bad guy is below to the left, and he may trap you.) Dig right to get the bad guy. Then dig behind you once past him, go to the edge of the bricks, and if a bad guy's below dig that one(otherwise just fall and dig--he's stuck on the other side of the transporter and will come at you once he 'sees' you,) come back and dig several holes so the immediate bad guy is trapped. The brick will close on the bad guy below leaving you a path in. Here you should probably wait for a regenerating bad guy to fall and approach you. Dig and get past him and go up. Get another bomb as before. Now ascend to the top. Go right and place the bomb once the bad guy's on the other side of the block. Go left for a gold piece. Then fall right and dig a hole ASAP. Go until you hit a block, turn around and dig. This is an important square because it's where the guy regenerates. Now dig repeatedly behind you and be prepared to fall into the ex-blue square next to the solid brick. The guy below is smart and can see you falling from above, so be sure he's well out of the way when you fall, probably to the right but you can't be picky with a bad guy around(you can lead him on a chase by running against one block, digging, running against the other, but eventually you'll need to dig and drop down.) The bad guy below will probably have a gold piece so you'll have extra incentive to dig in his direction before you run away. Now for the last part--falling down--which is not as trivial as it would seem. 'Look before you leap.' If a bad guy is too close to where you're about to dive, dig somewhere else. There are enough places. At the bottom, the transporter to the next level is up from the helix and then to the right. The bend is tricky after all the curvy movement. 10-1-2. SCENE 2 Again you'll need to get used to rotating the camera continually, but here you have great big pauses of time where you're not threatened. Many of the gold pieces are in out-of-the-way locations, but given that there's only one bad guy to worry about you'll find your stumbles won't put you back as far. To the left of the helix, there are four gold pieces you have to drop down on. We'll pick them off from left to right and assume you've taken the helix up top, run left and blasted a hole, and let the bad guy run into the hole before going across. I'll also assume that the bricks are numbered 1-9 from left to right. 1st coin: dig 2. 2nd coin: dig 4. 3rd coin: go over to 2, dig 3. Then dig 4-7 behind you and dig below 6. 4th coin: the toughest maneuver. Go to 2, dig 3. Then dig 8/7/6 and then 4 and fall in--it's a quick maneuver. A 2-1 dig from there works. You can also dig 8,9 from the helix and work down(tricky timing) or even get the bomb(see later) and drop it on 8 and dig 8. For the 5th coin dig the three squares just right of the helix, from the right. Dig the two below and drop in. Take the helix back up. Now to get the bomb. Dig the rightmost square on your platform. Drop onto the helix, face left and activate. Push Z to blast the brick below. There's some luck with timing and you can try to drop on the brick, go right and face left and dig again quickly. It's tricky but low risk. Once that brick's gone, drop left and 3-<2->2-<1 dig to get to the bomb. Then you can either circle back around and once on the helix's base dig 3->2->1 OR you can make getting the extra life a lot easier overall. Drop the bomb over the helix. Go one left and dig left. Drop in, dig right/fall etc. and you'll walk onto the extra life before falling. But whatever road you take, when below the helix, you'll fall right and get two bombs. Getting past the walls here isn't as bad as it looks, but you have to be sharp; place one bomb against the wall and retreat left. Once you get the bomb back, run right, wait a half second, and place it against the next wall. Run back left and then place the third regenerated bomb against the wall. You'll have time to retreat for the bomb and run through. The transporter on the other side will kick you back under the extra life under the helix. Run right to the transporter and now dig right twice, drop, dig left and fall left for one gold coin. Then go all the way left(and before you beam into the floor above) after the next time you take the helix. Place a bomb and retreat. Go left, place another bomb, and retreat. The winged gold will fall, and you can drop left for the other. There's one more to get but you'll need to get the two bombs back first. One solution--which only uses one bomb--is to place the bomb on the helix, wait a second, and run right and activate the helix and run left. With this it may blow open a path to the brick over the gold but if not just get on the helix, run right, and place a bomb wherever the bottom of the hole you carved out was. Then go left and after the explosion drop in right. You should be able to dig or fall onto the gold even if your first bomb blew up at the top. Now after picking up the two bombs as before you'll want to go to the left this time and place them to blow away the two bricks there. Then get on the elevator and move right. You'll have to drop onto another elevator but the scene transport is down from the next area. 10-2. LEVEL 2 These two levels pretzel around each other, but you can almost be sure of solving them by trial and error. There are few ways to get trapped and eventually you'll step on the right panel. 10-2-1. SCENE 1 The main thing here is just to be expedient. If you wait around too long the metal areas will get too heated and you won't be able to bounce back and forth between the two panels and keep the squares you need to jump on cool. Go right, get the coin and then 3->2->1 dig to get out before the panels below heat up. Fall right. The platform below is shaped like 2 L's--walk along to the edge and open up the heating jet on the other end. Drop onto the transporter but don't take it yet. Rather get the gold, come back, and once the squares above are all cooled, set off the panel before you take the transporter up. Run left and dig right and drop in for two more gold--you'll get the bomb later. Fall down on the right square--it may be a close thing here. Zigzag to the other panel, set it off, and drop down. Now there's another transporter on this level but your view of it has probably been obstructed. It's a one way zig zag to it. Set off the panel as you run towards it and you should be able to go to the top of the grav-field and get two gold on that platform--you will also want to sneak in below their platform to get another gold piece and then go back into the grav-field's flow. Dig to the side at the edge and fall down. Set off the panel next to where you fall. For the last part fall back onto the transporter next to the panel-- set off that panel and go up. Then get the bomb and drop left. Here dig the top three squares and then place a bomb on the left side and dig there. After the explosion you can drop in, and be sure to go away from the teleporter to get the final gold piece if you didn't when you took the obscured transporter. 10-2-2. SCENE 2 Very tangled level with few opportunities to mess up outright until the end. Your tasks are: 1. get oriented. 2. find a panel to step on so the fire stops. 3. get the bomb and use it to blast your way to the suspended gold 4. step on the right platform, go back to the start, and enter the teleporter that was otherwise hidden from view. Rotate the camera so you can see yourself on the left of a platform. Right, up the transporter, left, down, left, up and fall. You can't see yourself now, but go left and up. Take the transporter to the left, go right, and go and fall down. Fall right off the block below--don't blast it as the recoil will land you on a hot square. Right, up, left, down, right. You can tell when you stop moving because the screen does the same. You should be on a panel now so push A. I'd turn the camera 180 degrees here. Right, down, left across two panels. Go up to get one gold piece and set the panel off as you go down. Right, up, and take the transporter. Push up immediately and then go right, down, and left to get a bomb. Retreat and next time take the transporter to the top. Place the bomb at the end of the platform and drop right from where it exploded--this bags you the suspended gold. Dig the block to get an extra life. You'll drop back to where you started. Reset the camera so you can actually see yourself and then take the transporter right and up. Left, down, left, up. Wait for a bomb to blow apart the blocks and run right and up to the 90 degree turn. Then wait for the next bomb to explode and run left and turn up to leave. 10-3. LEVEL 3 Two pretty snappy and very symmetrical scenes here. 10-3-1. SCENE 1 Go immediately up and dig the ice. Then retreat and blast the frost. Head to the left. Blast the ice so the monk goes right and traps himself. Wait for the ice to reform, go down, left and up and fall right. Dig left and go up the ramp. Blast the ice, drop and quickly go left. Then dig behind you and climb over the monk once he falls in. Go back up, right and down. Now you can save a little time by blasting right from the crossroads and blasting the crossroad square. Then blast the frost once the monk on the left is as far up as he'll go. Get the gold coin and get out. Go right and up and wait for the monk to come by. Dig him into a hole. You should be able to run back over him, down, right and up. Don't fall in yet; he's in a hole but his co-worker can run through him to get you. He'll regenerate in the center where he can't get you, leaving you free to take out the right ramp. The last thing you need to do is to get the gold the trapped monk on the left took. First you'll need to release him by digging left from the crossroads and going down and digging up twice. Then just wait by the ice block where you dug a monk before. He'll fall in. Go up the left ramp, get by the monk trapped in the center, and enter the transporter south of the frost. If you released both monks on the side early, then you'll have to do what's in the preceeding paragraph twice. 10-3-2. SCENE 2 The screaming you hear is from monks getting perpetually killed under the frost. Harden your heart and kill the sound effects to make this level a lot easier. Now there are two ways to do this: the elegant and inelegant. The elegant takes more practice, the inelegant more brute force bombing. Each requires some preparation. Basically you can get the four extra lives on top of the frost with no harm. Once you dig that frost the two bad guys pop up. What I do here is to dig left of where I start and then go up and dig down. Then I dig up onto the frost, run up for the gold and bombs and then retreat. By now the bad guys should have crossed into the holes, and you can nip into the right side and get more gold and bombs before going clockwise and then up the ice ramp. You can mirror this for the left side, and for the last part climb on the frost, go down, and dig either way. Then head down to the transport and the next level. Timing is tough here though and you need to nip in and out quickly for this to work. You shouldn't be ashamed to get stuck in the sides after looting the top; you can always bomb your way out. It may take a couple of bombs against the frost, but eventually the bad guy guarding you will escape and the other will come down the layer of ice at the bottom. He'll fall in a hole and you can walk past him, DL or DR, and up the ramp. Here patience works well. 10-4. LEVEL 4 Sadly there are no attack bridges in here and although the levels look neat, they aren't really all that tough. This is probably the easiest of the lot. 10-4-1. SCENE 1 The symmetry here is interesting, but that doesn't mean you can place the bombs any old place. The way to get around the top is dig, drop, 90 degrees right, forward, etc. The way to get rid of any of the four pillars 3-4-T | | 2-1 To get through the level you'll want to blast 2, drop a bomb down, go forward, blast 3, drop a bomb where it used to be, and circle around, digging twice more. You'll fall through and be sure to go right to get one gold before circling around. Up past 2 and right and drop the bomb by 4. Retreat; you'll have time to make it to the transporter although your view may show 2's pillar getting closed up. 10-4-2. SCENE 2 This level would be much more of a challenge if it forced you to save the bomb for the end. As it is it feels quite bland. Go left immediately and you should be able to make three blasts in a row--if not you can just blast once, walk over the bad guy, and make three blasts right. At any rate you can dig under the trapped monk to make a 3-2-1 dig and fall to the bottom. A bomb's to the right and an elevator is up. You'll need to fall down and dig to trap the monk(best to kill him) before bombing the block that's counterclockwise. Don't detour for the coins yet. You'll get them at level's end. Instead fall down the shaft after you go straight. The rest requires minimal timing and I assume you'll tilt the camera right as you move along so you're always running to your right. You'll need to be quick off the elevator but as there's no punishment for getting it wrong there's little problem with progressing eventually. Dig right, drop, dig right, drop, dig left, drop, dig right. Up the elevator to the right, dig left two times, drop, dig left, retreat for the gold and dig up. Fall in and 2-1 dig to get back to the elevator. Two digs right, get the gold, 2->1 dig and then dig right to get to the bottom. Left from the next elevator, dig left twice, drop, dig right and get the gold on the undiggable square. Dig up. Dig to get out and go right. Three digs right and then a 3->2->1 dig down. Take the final elevator, dig left, drop, dig left, back up and dig up, and then dig right to drop back down. Go right from the elevator. Now the bad guy seems to go to the right but if he were under it'd be a neat puzzle to either 1)use the bomb to take out the block guarding the portal, circle down for another, and run past(you just seem to get caught,) or 2) time things so the bad guy falls into the first elevator and can't get out. As it is you just need to get by him and 3-2-1 dig to get the bomb and then dig behind as you go to take out the block. Then get the final gold pieces and enter the portal. 10-5. LEVEL 5 Some great variety here in two snappy puzzles which don't look like they took long to think up. You may spend more time on them than you think. 10-5-1. SCENE 1 Here you need to either have a really quick hand with the camera or you'll need to visualize. I just keep the camera in place and remember: two digs per level for the top four, but you dig the square in the center of the fifth(bottom) to fall on the final gold piece. * = to dig X = don't worry X X X X X * * * * X X X * X * X X X X X X X X X X X * * X * X X X X X Note that if you fail to dig any of these squares, the area in the next level down is not continuous, and since there's no way back up, there's no way to really solve the level. If you like you can rotate the board 180 degrees after blasting the first two levels--you probably have the time--but I actually enjoyed doing this with an obstructed view. If you want the full view remember you'll have to rotate all instructions 180 degrees. So basically now that you know what squares to dig the question is how to do this efficiently. First of all, the top level is not too bad. Run to one edge, dig, and run to the other. Dig and drop down. Then dig below the first square you got, get the gold pieces, and dig the other way. The next level will be obstructed a bit but whichever way you dropped, go to the edge there. Assume you dropped to the UR. Then UR/DR for the gold, UL/DL and dig UR. You can tell how far you've gone if 1)the screen keeps moving or 2)you note that one step ~= 1 square. From there you can go UL DL UL DL and dig UR and fall in. Assuming the above you can go UL for gold then DR and UR a bit. Dig DL(this is the tough part--to dig the intersection) and go UR DR UR and then DL one and dig DL. From there you need to drop DR into the corner and then zigzag UL/DL before coming back UR and DR and digging UR. Tricking out the bad guy at the bottom is another matter. There are two short dead ends where you can get extra guys and two long ones. For any one of them, stay in the opposite corner and run at it once the monk makes it clear he's about to make it to one square away from you. Then run away from him. 10-5-2. SCENE 2 This required quite a bit of practice for me and after you figure how to get the top two golds and a bomb I recommend you just cut to the main part until you can solve it. As for the top--fall left to get the bomb, get the gold and dig right. Then fall right and place the bomb under the gold. Retreat to under where you dug. You'll need to do this quickly, as the point is to get the bomb that falls. You'll then have to wait for your bomb's damage to heal to run across and get the gold. Here's what the main part looks like from the side. XX...XX $b...b$ X...$...X X.......X X.......X XX...$...XX X$.......$X X.........X To start, dig right three times(well--you can go left too--as a mirror image solution) and then drop in. Dig right from the center, then back at the center drop the bomb left and dig left. You'll fall right. Get the bomb and gold and dig the two left squares. Drop in and once the bomb explodes it will set off a chain reaction. Dig left twice on your new platform and drop in. Dig left and fall. Get the bomb, place a bomb left, dig right and fall in. Get the gold. The next explosion will drop the winged gold on the left. Run to get it, dig left, drop and dig left again. Drop left and then get all the extra guys. Under the final gold to the right, place the bomb and get the gold once it's dropped. Dig the center square and go down. 11. SECRET HUB 2 I curled into a fetal ball after 10-1-1 and didn't bother with this...yet. Turns out though that it's just a cheap conglomeration of earlier scenes. Each level takes a scene from each of the first four levels of its respective world. 12. MINIMALIST PATH THROUGH You can avoid the fifth part of a world if you just skip through the rest. However you can also just solve the Calm Before the Storm(CBtS) levels and then solve every level up to where you get your first piece of the path. Often you'll get one in the first scene of the fifth part, so when you get one piece in any sequence of levels, complete the level, go back to the hub, and save your game after completing the fourth level of CBtS. I don't think you need to do any more than complete the very hardest part of level 5 in order to beat the Emperor, or at the very least you just need five pieces of the map, but I'm much too exhausted right now to play through it all again. 13. ENDGAME Nothing much special happens here--the most drastic thing seems to be that your game is saved after all this, so if you didn't get all the gems in 5-5-5 and 5-5-6 you may want to try again there until you do and then save. The emperor undergoes a huge violent electric shock, and his lightning rod cane falls to the floor. There are credits, and then you're given the secret code. It is for activating the secret worlds, which I've put just ahead. Hold down the Z key. Push the C-pad's down button(ie zoom out) and then hit the index-finger buttons in the following order: L R L R L R L R L R 14. PER-LEVEL STATISTICS (if I can be bothered) Ledger T = triangle, a+b=gold+lives. Summaries given at the end of the line with extra men totals in bonus lives before. 1-1 8?+1T S1-1 9+1, End of FAQ proper ================================ 15. VERSIONS 1.0.0 submitted to GameFAQs 01/23/03--so much for my numerology fetish as I got done 8 days of my target 1/31/3! Complete walkthrough but some bonus levels/gems/extra lives not covered. 1.1.0 submitted to GameFAQs 04/25/03--forgot to write up one critical level and also started chipping away at the bonus stuff. 1.5.0 submitted to GameFAQs 04/27/03--finished too soon mainly because bonus levels were much easier and less original than expected :(. But there are still some in the regular game to tune up completely. 16. CREDITS Whoever requested this--that much more motivation to write this guide, which I'd wanted to. Toys R Us for having the N64 at a bargain, Gamestop for having this game used as a bargain. The usual crew on AIM/ICQ/E-Mail and for this FAQ especially putting up with me treating this like there was a reason it was a secret project. Alphabetically asherdeus, bloomer, falsehead, daremo, MaxH(who mentioned this game in a chat of ours, good one, after which I Got Mysterious,) RetroFreak, Snow Dragon VGRevolution, and probably many more too! My co-workers for putting up with my grouchy side after I had a few all nighters with the later levels, lost 50 guys, and won quickly the next day to raise my confidence, save the game--and lose 50 guys exploring the next higher levels. Thanks to CJayC for hosting this on GameFAQs *and* making it one of five to win "FAQ of the month" in January! -- even if I let out part of one critical level :). It recouped my initial investment of $50 on a Pokemon N64 and made the challenge of writing this guide even more worth it.