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WANDERING HAMSTER Game Content age rating:7 and up The greatest RPG for the PC For the PC A walkthrough for the demo version Written by Chaz5000 AKA Chazdork E-Mail email@example.com (Warning-Big spooky spoilers included in this FAQ. If you don't want any of the "Suprise Plot elements" revealed, consult one of the many other good Wandering Hamster guides out there, HOWEVER) A note to the reader:In order to protect the reader from spoilers, some of the suprise plot elements will be obscured by asterisks. FAQ Statistics: Time spent on FAQ:13 Hours Kilobyte Total:19.4 Number of Sessions spent on FAQ:4 Number of times I listened to "Barry Manilow LIVE" on 8 Track during FAQ creation:6 Number of cans of SPAM eaten during creation:0 Version number:1.10(Post Crow-eating) Number of hours of sleep during FAQ writing:0(DUH) Guide content age rating:All Ages Legal Information: This guide is copyright 2001 Chaz5000. Wandering Hamster is copyright The Hamster Republic. SPAM is copyright Hormel. To easily browse the FAQ, use the windows "Find" function(Ctrl+F) and input the code at the beginning of the section. Be sure to check "Match Case" in the find box. TABLE OF CONTENTS AA Section 1:What is "Wandering Hamster" AB Section 2:The Walkthrough B1 Chapter 1-The First Fall of Broaste Ba Part 1:Flanat Village Bb Part 2:"On root" to the castle Bc Part 3-Levelleng...Levelling...Raising levels! Bd Part 4:The Final Confrontation until the rest of 'em B2 Chapter 2-Lord in the Tower, I need ya' now... Be Part 5:Rescue the king111!!!11!!111!1!! Bf Part 6:It's just another new save point, It's just a bit of new save time... Bg Part 7:Climbing down the stairs and saving. Bh Part 8:Dusty's Trail! Bi Part 9:Freeing Hasim Bj Part 10:Defeating Br**ste again Bk Part 11:Epilogue of section 1 B3 Chapter 3-Dusty go home, and crossing the mountains Bl Part 12-Napping on a dead cat, and other anecdotes Bm Part 13-Up the mountaintop Bn Part 14-Brief interlude Bo Part 15-Trolling about B4 Chapter 4-Thrice Slain, and goodbye James Bp Part 16-Bob the Hamster, Meet...Emperor Broa$te Bq Part 17-Bob and James lose their goofy costume Br Part 18-Goodnight Mr. Br**ste, where-ever you are... Bs Part 19-Adieu to James, and welcome...CATS! Bt Part 20-To Be Continued in the next update... AC Section 3:The Characters C1 Bob the Hamster C2 James C3 Dusty C4 Hasim C5 Skeppio and Rathmara AD Section 4:Parting Words from Chaz5000 AA Section 1:What is "Wandering Hamster", and where can I get it? Wandering Hamster is an RPG(Created by The Hamster Republic). It can be obtained at "http://www.HamsterRepublic.com"(The Hamster Republic Homepage). The plot of the game is quite fascinating-You are "Bob", a hamster(And a spiffy one at that!). The evil Emperor Broaste is attempting to take over your kingdom, and only one person can stop him:Bob(And company). The game uses a real-time battle engine, and posseses many of the popular elements of other modern RPGs. There are multiple bosses, many party members to get, and a bunch of weapons(Like a can of SPAM or a dead fish, or even a teddy bear). All in all, this is my favorite RPG for the PC(Until I discovered Neophyte 3! Read my Neophyte 3 guide today!!!), and maybe even my favorite for all systems(Except for Neophyte 3!!!!). Being a work in progress, the game has to stop at some point. To quote the Readme, "This is a Work-in-Progress demo of Wandering Hamster. This version is playable up to the point right after Skeppio and Rathmara recruit Bob" There are several "Secret Areas" and surprises in the game that I won't spoil for you. I leave you SOME work(But nothing essential to win the game) And finally-Anie mispeelings ar intenshunal :) AB Section 2:The Walkthrough A1 Chapter 1-The First Fall of Broaste Ba Part 1:Flanat Village My Levels:Bob-1(AND YOURS BETTER BE THE SAME!) When the opening sequence is over, head north into town. Bob will say that he needs to visit James in tht middle of town. Walk to Lew, the big tan hamster right north of you and talk to him. Yowser-Ten bucks AND a dead fish! Take note that this is NOT the dead fish mentioned in the introduction of this guide-but it does have a use. We'll get to that later, but for now, visit James in his house in the middle of town. Once you catch up to him inside, strike up a conversation. Oh no! Battle noises coming from the castle! You should check this one out, but not before some preparation(And playing Neophyte 3). Raid the two treasure chests and leave the house. Head North-east to the Inn. Head over to the walrus and talk shop. Unlike "Space Quest 6", you can ditch the dead fish early in the game. Sell it to Mr. Walrus for 5 gold and a Life potion. Leave the store. Head south to the house on the corner of the path and go upstairs. Yay, more free stuff. Open all the chests and head downstairs, then exit. Head west to the Weapon Shop, and buy Gloves and a Hammer. Walk over to the Anvil to get 3 carrots, and exit. Now get on the path to the Castle, and prepare to begin Part 2! Bb Part 2:"On root" to the castle My Levels:Bob-2 Follow the path, until it forks. Head west and enter the church. Talk to the Monk in the front room. Leave, and head east at the fork. Go up to the castle, get a scolding by the guards, and head back to the church. Talk to the Monk once more, and head back into town. Visit James' house, and talk to him. After the brief conversation, JAMES JOINS THE PARTY. It's time to level-up! Bc Part 3-Levelleng...Levelling...Raising levels! My levels:Bob-3, James-3 Leave town to the south. Head west to the other house, and enter it. Head north into the building, and climb the stairs. Enter the doorway to the east. Now comes time to practice your fighting techniques. On the last fight(#4), you will be facing many Plips. Though the game says to use the Smart Rock, effective management of James and Bob will allow you to keep this impressive item. March about outside a bit to level up, but I normally find that it isn't needed(Or as Micky Dolenz would say, 'ne3ded') Once you reach town, head to the castle, fight the short battle, and enter the castle. It is here where you will confront Lord Broaste and save the kingdom! Bd Part 4:The Final Confrontation until the rest of 'em My Levels:Bob-3, James-3 Enter the castle, and head straight north through the two rooms, until you're in the throne room. Walk forward to face your first real boss, Lord Broaste. BOSS:LORD BROASTE HP:Unknown(Should be in next update) Special Attacks:Lightning bolt, Soldiers attacks Weakness:BubbleWall Strategies:Lord Broaste is your first boss, but still isn't very easy. He's got a line of 4 soldiers in front of him, and though they don't block attacks directed toward Broaste, they do deal a goodly amount of damage by themselves. Be careful when attacking his soldiers however-once all four are defeated, a new set will appear in a few moments. Destroy all but one with normal attacks OR just use the SmartRock folowed by a couple of wimpy attacks, then pull out all the stops and crush Broaste with any Magic you have. Cure with carrots if needed. You get the Tower Key when you lick him(Not literally). A2 Chapter 2-Lord in the Tower, I need ya' now... Be Part 5:Rescue the king111!!!11!!111!1!! My Levels:Bob-3, James-3 Hmm...Broaste is defeated, all should be happy. What's missing? Aha! A king. Broaste must have locked him up in the castle tower. It'll be a simple matter to trek up to the tower, unlock the cell, and rescue the king, right. Oh, some guards are still loyal to Broaste. Blast. Well, let's head up the tower. Go south a screen, and through the western door. Open the chests and equip the items that you find. Head southwest a screen, then through one of the two inner staircase on your left or right. Now head either left or right, and fight the guards on either the left or right exit(Doesn't matter). Head toward the middle building on the roof, and save before entering it. Now head up the staircase in the middle of the room, grab the goodies on both sides of the stairs, and head in the middle room. Bf Part 6:It's just another new save point, It's just a bit of new save time... My levels:Bob-5, James-5(With about 7 exp. to new level for each) Ooh, Rolf is standing here! He sells carrots, and provides a good save point. Buy some carrots, and save. Now head up the eastern staircase, and open the two chests. Be warned though, one of the chests is a MIMIC. BOSS:MIMIC HP:Approx. 150-200 Special Attacks:Ability to hit all party members with fangs. Weaknesses:Unknown Strategies:All right, so he isn't as tough as Broaste, and you can easily beat him while only using physical attacks. I still think he deserves a mention here. So there. Use physical attacks, and cure with carrots if needed. Once he's defeated, you get a Mage Potion. Bg Part 7:Climbing down the stairs and saving. My Levels:Bob-6, James-6 Climb down the stairs and save. Bh Part 8:Dusty's Trail! My Levels:Bob-6, James-6 Head up the west staircase, and up the next one also. Walk up to Myrmidon (The guard standing in the door of a jail cell), and prepare for another battle! BOSS:MYRMIDON HP:Approx. 200-250 Special Attacks:Can do 3 hits of 15 damage each per turn, for a total of 45 damage. Weaknesses:Lightning/BoltStrike Strategies:Have Bob concentrate on his weakness-Lightning. 4-5 BoltStrikes will finish him off. Have James either attack with BloodBubble to heal himself, or Fizz to heal Bob. When Myrmidon is defeated, enter the cell and talk to the dog. The World-Famous-Weiner-Dog-In-Trousers becomes a member of your club. DUSTY JOINS THE PARTY Bi Part 9:Freeing Hasim My Levels:Bob-6, James-6, Dusty-6 Head to the cell next door, and open the chest. You get the Bone, Dusty's weapon. Equip it, and the gloves you got back when you first entered this building. Now climb the stairs to the east, then the ones to the west. Step forward to the cell, and free Hasim HASIM JOINS THE PARTY Bj Part 10:Defeating Br**ste again My Levels:Bob-6, James-6, Dusty-6, Hasim-7? Hmm...somebody's back form the dead again. Well, one thing to do-fight the BOSS. BOSS:ANGRY BROASTE HP:400-500 Special Attacks:Strong Sword attack, Knight's Jump Attack Weakness:Opugn Strategies:Bob attacks with Smite, James with Spam, Dusty with either Smite or Revenge, and Hasim with Opugn. Heal when needed-Hasim needs it often. Pretty easy actually, at least when your party is level 6 or 7. Lightning and Bubble magic are both ineffective. Save James' MP for Fizz. Bk Part 11:Epilogue of Chapters 1 and 2 My Levels:Bob-7, James-6, Dusty-6 Peace is restored to the kingdom, and Hasim takes his rightful place as king. To reward Bob and the gang, he opens up the dungeon so that Bob can choose ONE item as a prize. Go south a screen, and through the western door. Now head down the set of stairs in the middle of the room. This next part is one of the most critical parts of the game-all of the choices are good, but you only get one(Pfft-sort of like only being allowed to have ONE Oreo...). Anyway, here are the choices, what they do, and my opinion. Iron Hammer-It may be a 'powerful' weapon, but you'll outgrow it quickly. NEXT! Leprachaunish Staff of Oak-Money for each foe you beat...Hmm...Nice, but not needed-your pick. Sword-No instant gratification, but probably useful later. In my first version, I implied that Skeppio or Rathmara could equip the ancient Sword. As I mention below, I replayed the endgame, and discovered that Chazdork was wrong-neither of the cats can equip it. After feeling like a complete moron for a few minutes, I corrected this error. My review is now: Anything that you can't use immediately MUST be powerful later. You should pick this one up, really! Magic Book-Bloodburble for Bob:My second pick, if you don't take the sword, get THIS ONE! Head out the stairs to the east, then head west and out of the area. You can't catch the cactus...Is that a cactus? We'll see more of the Killer Cacti before the next section is over. A3 Chapter 3-Dusty go home, and crossing the mountains Bl Part 12-Napping on a dead cat, and other anecdotes My Levels:Bob-7, James-7, Dusty-6 After you leave town, head north, as Dusty suggests. He leaves you as you enter his house. Talk to him a couple times to get your stuff back, and take a nap on his stuffed cat. If you want, you can even battle the stress cat! BOSS:STRESS CAT HP:Infinite Special Attacks:None Weaknesses:None Strategies:As the name suggests, it is simply for relieving stress. Fight him with normal attacks 'til you're bored, then run. Leave the house and head west to the mountain range. Bm Part 13-Up the mountaintop My Levels:Bob-7, James-7 Walk up the mountain until you catch up with the man pacing back and forth. Talk to him, and buy a LOT of Glimmers. Not only are they powerful against Zombies, but they also are dandy healing items in a pinch. Now, before we start traversing the mountain, a small sidenote: There are a lot of goodies on this mountain. I'll let you find them yourself-I'll simply provide a path off the mountain. Head west across this first bridge, and north to the jar to get James' next weapon-SmokeySpam. Head south, then west twice across the next 2 bridge. Now move to the west side of this weird structure, and start climbing it. Grab the Glimmer and Carrot in the two eastern baskets, and continue climbing. *GASP* The Killer Cacti returns-wait-where'd it go? Oh well, continue climbing up to the campfire. Bn Part 14-Brief interlude My Levels:Bob-8, James-7 Take a nap, save, and head west across the bridge. When you finish crossing, you'll be ready for the next boss...er...bosses. Bo Part 15-Trolling about My Levels:Bob-8, James-7 BOSS:TROLL HODGEPODGE HP:40-80 each Special Attacks:Simply brute force-12 enemies each doing 10-30 damage! Weaknesses:BUBBLEWALL!!!! Strategies:Bubblewall and heal. Bob can heal or Smite, but James is key here-without Bubblewall you're toast. Once you beat 'em, you can pass. Head south a bit(But not across any bridges) and head across the west bridge, then the south one. Head west, then prepare for the next set of bosses. BOSS:PI TROLLS HP:40 Each Special Attacks:Punches Weakness:Bubblewall Strategies:Bubblewall once should do it, but they still count as a boss. Head west across the bridge, then south. Prepare yourself for the next BOSS. BOSS:ALPHA-DELTA-OMEGA TROLL HP:Alpha 1-100;Alpha 2-400;Omega-900 Special Attacks:Big punches, Painful punches, Multi-hit punches that take off 60 HP. Weakness:TriBubble Strategies-Fight with normal attacks during alpha 1 Phase, Some Level 1 Bob attacks during Alpha 2, and pull out all the stops during the Omega phase. You MUST keep James alive, so that he can do TriBubble. Be sure to ALWAYS keep your HP over 70 during this phase. After beating Alpha, leave the mountain. A4 Chapter 4-Thrice Slain, and goodbye James Bp Part 16-Bob the Hamster, Meet...Emperor Broaste My Levels:Bob-9, James-8 Enter the first building you see when you leave the mountain-Broaste's castle. You can buy Life potions and the latest armor in the western building under the castle's archway, and the eastern one is an inn. Sleep, buy a few life potions, and if you have the gold, buy the MimeSmack book. Now enter the middle building, and head straight north through the castle until you hit the throne room. *GASP*Broaste is alive...well, sort of. Run from the battle as soon as it starts-he's currently invincible. Talk to Broaste's mom. Now head through the western door, checking out all the rooms you go past. There's some gold in one, and a costume in another. Get in the costume, and go back to the central path to Broaste's room. Bq Part 17-Bob and James lose their goofy costume My Levels:Bob-9, James-8 Now head to the eastern door, and follow that path to a set of stairs, which lead to the basement. Go down the stairs, leave the costume, and open the treasure chest. This should be able to beat Broaste. Start walking back to the stairs, but before you reach them, you encounter a BOSS. BOSS:ARCH GUARDSMEN HP:500ish Each Special Attacks-Multi-Hit punch that knocks off 30-40 HP, Enraged punch that knocks off 40-50 HP. Weakness:Boiling Strategies:Boiling-multiple times. Bob heals or BoltStrikes, James MegaBubbles or Fizzmores. A very difficult boss, but not as tough as the one to come... Br Part 18-Goodnight Mr. Br**ste, where-ever you are... My Levels:Bob-10, James-9 Head back up the stairs, rest at the inn, save, then come back to the throne room to slay the next BOSS. BOSS:GHOST BROASTE HP:1500 Special Attacks:THE HANDS. THE HANDS! Flames, all sorts of nasty stuff. Weakness:MegaBubble, MimeSmack, Teddy Bear Strategies:In my first version, I was working from memory in order to finish up the guide before bedtime Tuesday. I went back and played through the endgame again, and, to my shock horror, the hands could NOT be attacked! After eating about half the crow population of North America, I rewrote this section to be much more accurate. The hands are heck, but you cannot hurt them. So, have James MegaBubble Broaste, then Bob MimeSmacks, James does a major attack, and Bob Mimesmacks. When Bob runs out of level 2 MP, have him attack like normal with the Teddy Bear-you'll get higher damage that way than with BoltStrike. Have James cure with Glimmers when his MP runs out Bs Part 19-Adieu to James, and welcome...CATS! My Levels:Bob-11, James-10 That's right. While James works on changing the official language of his country to Esperanto, Sir Bob the Spiffy must continue his normal work. His first job is brought to him by a couple of cats named Skeppio and Rathmara. They require help for a mission in the Galopeg forest, and Bob is their only help. This ends the current demo, as of June 11, 2001. Bt Part 20-To Be Continued in the next update... My Levels:Bob-Some, Skeppio-Some, Rathmara-Some AC Section 3:The Characters C1 Bob the Hamster:Main character of the game, and a self-professed Hamster Ninja. He has many useful techniques, but all but the first two must be aquired in Book form. A solid choice for a lead character, and not only that, he's the ONLY choice for a lead character. C2 James:The first supplementary character of the game, you get him near the beginning of the game. A bubble-mage by trade, he later le*ves the party to become k*ng of Br**ste's kingdom. He gets a great range of magic attacks, but is lacking in physical strength. He attacks primarily with Spam cans(SPAM and Smokey SPAM). I definitely missed him when he became k*ng. C3 Dusty:The World-Famous-Weiner-Dog-in-trousers is a good character, even if you have to fight a boss to get him. He is only around for a small amount of the game however-just past after you beat Br**ste for the second time. He has the "Refresh" and "Revenge" attacks, both of which are quite handy. His only weapon is the Bone, found in a cell right next to him. Dusty is definitely worth beating a boss for! C4 Hasim:With you for an entire ONE BATTLE. He has a nasty "Opugn" attack, where he takes 20-30 damage, and does 70-80! However, lack of techniques make him useful only against bosses...oh yeah. Never mind. C5 Skeppio and Rathmara:In the next update Acknowledgements: The only thing that gave me the stamina to complete this FAQ was my Barry Manilow LIVE 8-track, which I listened to heavily during the creation of this guide. My most sincere thanks to Barry and Arista records for making the 8-Track, and my local Thrift store for having it and a player in stock! Thus concludes the first in a series of FAQs for games that few people care about, the second being for Neophyte 3(Which was double-checked for accuracy before posting so the PETA People doen't hunt me down for eating half the crow population of the US).