I finally got through Grandia and I’m about to complete Link’s Awakening as well. Since I started Tomba! months ago, I decided to stick with it and complete it, before going to anything else. It’s a fun game and I’m in danger of burning out on RPGs. The problem is, I can’t remember a thing!
Everything I wrote about below happened on my train ride on May 5th, 2013.
I Was Lost and Confused
Tomba! is basically a theme park of quests. You aimlessly walk around, pick up tiny, bite-sized quests and then, when you get around to it, you complete a few of them, which unlocks more quests you can complete. It heavily relies on your memory for those “Hey, I know how to solve this” moments.
I loaded up the game and found myself in the Forest of 100 Flowers with no idea where to go next. I spent about 5 minutes catching Leaf Butterflies and getting hit by pigs, before I decided to go to the area with the creaky bridge. From there, I found a new passage which lead me to Charity Square.
I Got Advice in Charity Square
Charity Square had a pair of Charity Wings and a bunch of fruit to pick up. It also had several locked chests and a heap of dwarves giving me hints on where to go next. It was basically perfect for someone in my situation.
Eventually, I realized I could go to the mountains. Charity Square just happened to wrap around to the mountains through a brand new, alternative route. From there, I went to the Mushroom Forest, or at least I think that’s the name of the place. In there, I found a wannabe dwarf actor who wanted me to use two mushrooms to first show him how to cry and then how to laugh (or was it the other way around?). Once that was done, the way to Phoenix Mountain opened, but those mushrooms ended up being important later.
Phoenix Mountain was either an Evil Pig Lair or there was an Evil Pig Bag somewhere in the area because it was extremely windy and the game told me stuff like that happens when Evil Swine are near. I couldn’t find either of the two, though. Instead, I got to the top, tried to fly on a Phoenix and I crashed into the Mouse Town.
I Helped the Mice in Mouse Town
The Mice in Mouse Town are actually people under the Evil Pig’s Spell. They had a bunch of quests for me, including finding a real baby mouse (not a baby human under a spell) and fixing the pump at their vineyard on the lake. After I took care of those things, I got a locked chest as a reward and I was able to explore the nearby haunted house.
I Started Dealing with the Haunted House
The trick with the haunted house is that it’s a clustersomething of rooms, doors and rotating cameras, purposely making it extremely confusing. The goal there was…
- Use a laughing mushroom to open one of the doors – CHECK
- Use a crying mushroom to open one of the doors – CHECK
- Collect five pieces of the Big Key – CHECK
- Open the Big Locked Door – UNCHECK
- Find the 1000 Year Old Man – CHECK
- Rescue the 1000 Year Old Man – UNCHECK
- Find the Small Key – CHECK
- Open the Small Locked Door – UNCHECK
- Find the Fire Jewel – CHECK
To rescue the 1000 Year Old Man, I need to find and defeat the local Evil Pig. I found the Big Door previously, but I can’t find it now, for some reason. The fire Jewel replaces my attack with a fire skill, which I used to burn a bale of hay, blocking the way to some cheese which a mouse in Mouse Town wants. The five key pieces took a while to find, but at least I explored most of the area during this.
Also, the Mouse Village is actually called Baccus Village, probably because of all the wine, but “Mouse Village” is easier to remember.
Overall, there’s a lot of open and unsolved areas I need to deal with now, but I think I’m getting close to the end of the Haunted Mansion, though I’m not sure if I’ll find the Evil Bag for the Evil Pig before I find the Evil Pig.
In any case, this is where my train ride ended, so I had to stop.
Also, I knew it! I knew I can’t be wrong. The game was called Tombi!, not Tomba! in this area.