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Walkthrough
Version 0.1
Written by Crisis
First Created : 15.07.2001
Last Updated :
E - Mail : Omikron_the_nomad_soul@hotmail.com
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Contents : 

- Disclaimer
- Version Info
- Introduction
- Anachronox Story
- Characters
- Genaral Info / Features
- Requirements
- World Skills
- Battle Skills
- Walkthrough

  0.1 Rowdys Bar / your Office
  0.2 Fountain Spiral Area
  0.3 Whackmaster Jacks Battle Tutorial
  0.4 Fountain Spiral Area Again
  0.5 Casinox Area
  0.6 JunkYard
  0.7 Tenements and Franks Flophouse
  0.8 Building 5 in Tenements
  0.9 Casinox Area Again
  1.0 Platform Area
  1.1 SideQuest Time

- About the author
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Disclaimer

This faq is made for personal use only.You can post this faq
to other sites if you ask for the permission first and as long as it remain 
unchanced and proper credit is given to me.This faq is copyright Crisis 2001.




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Version Info

- Version 0.1 , Document was created.


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Introduction

Hello everybody, It has been a long time since i wrote something,
i have been on holiday for while so i like to apologize that e-mail
questions have been answered so slowly..  

I wrote this walkthrough because i bought Anachronox and found out that it 
is one of the best adventure/rpg games available currently and the other 
reason was that there aren´t many walkthroughs on internet of this game...


For little misc. info this walkthrough is based on Anachronox version
1.1  
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Anachronox Story

The first artifacts were found about three hundred years ago. Left by some 
long-dead alien race, strange mysterious devices were found all over the 
galaxy. Dubbed Mysterium Technology (or "MysTech" for short), these ancient 
machines are considered prized collectables, even though their purpose has 
never been fully understood. 

Perhaps left behind by the same mysterious race, interstellar travel proved 
possible by planet-sized spheres in space called Senders. By flying toward 
one of the spikes on its surface, a ship is shot through a hyperspace tunnel, 
and can travel across the boundless reaches of space to another Sender. 
Senders have become the hubs of lucrative trade and galactic civilization. 
At the center of the universe lay Sender One, and inside the shell of this 
titanic Sender floated the city of Anachronox. 

Theory has it that Anachronox was once home to millions of quarantined aliens 
who slowly died of some sort of horrible plague (Anachronox literally means 
"poison from a previous time"), leaving this city to fall to ruins, to be 
taken over by the refuse of the galaxy as the center of their nefarious 
dealings. Here our story begins 

Sylvester "Sly" Boots sat in Rowdy's, a seedy bar on the seediest street in 
a section of Anachronox called "the Bricks". After being beat up for not 
paying off a debt in time, Boots realizes he's gotta get a job or he's dead 
meat. He gets work as a bodyguard, hired by an old man named Grumpos. They 
travel to a planet, which suddenly splits in half! Boots is thrown into a 
large galactic mystery of who is trying to crush our universe and why. Soon 
Sly is joined by his lackey robot, an old flame turned mercenary, his 
holographic secretary, and a renegade scientist on a journey across six 
planets, trying to find the answer....  
 

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Characters

Information in this section is taken from official Anachronox website.

Sylvester " Sly " Boots [ Main Character ]
===========================================

Age 29 
Weight: 195 
Height: 6'1" 
Eyes: Blue-green 
Hair: Dark brown 
Skin: Slightly swarthy-white 
Weapons: Guns. 
World Skill: PickLock

Sly Boots is a private eye with an office on the city-planet Anachronox. He's 
a regular at "Rowdy's", a bar in the seediest section of an already seedy 
section of the city called "The Bricks". If you ever need his services, check 
the storage room upstairs. It's his office. 

He's bold, brash, overconfident, and thinks everyone likes him. He fancies 
himself a ladies' man, but really isn't. 

He claims to have held a lot of jobs and be proficient at everything, but 
he actually learned just enough to get him into trouble. 

His main friend is a Personal Android Lackey he's had since age nine. PAL-18 
is the only one who can stand him, and that's because he has to. 

Sly's only other consistent "friend" comes in the form of a Cordicom 
LifeCursor, a floating mechanical arrow that accompanies him from case to 
case. Inside the LifeCursor lives his holographic secretary, Fatima Doohan. 
She keeps track of his quests and other day-to-day activities, all with a 
heavy dose of attitude. She was his real, flesh-and-bone secretary until she 
was killed in an accident two years ago. Boots digitized her, and now she's 
bitter about living the rest of her "life" in servitude. 

Boots ran away from home at age 17. He did odd jobs, playing mechanic, handyman, 
and ambulance driver before working as a photographer for a private detective 
on Cordica. He changed his name from Silvestro Bucelli when he started up 
his own detective agency in a ritzy area of Anachronox. When his practice 
went south, he wound up as more of a nefarious delivery/bodyguard agency, 
with the occasional detective job. 

But don't feel too bad for him. He's a jerk. 



Grumpos Matavastros
====================

Age: 71 
Weight: 250 
Height: 4'11" 
Eyes: Blue 
Hair: White-Gray 
Skin: Pale Gray 
World Skill: Yammer

Scholar, outdoorsmen, eccentric recluse, and renaissance man, Grumpos 
Matavastros is also one of the hairiest men in the galaxy. Former curator 
of the MysTech Museum on Anachronox, he now devotes his life to the study 
of MysTech--ancient alien artifacts mysteriously scattered across the 
galaxy. 

He's always cranky, and rarely laughs, unless something excruciatingly 
painful happens to someone else. 

Despite a chaotic upbringing, Grumpos never had problems defending himself 
against childhood bullies with his trusty staff. Given to him by his combat 
mentor, his great-grandfather Aloysius Matavastros, his staff has been by 
his side for fifty years. All manner of staffheads have graced the top of 
the weathered walking stick, which he cherishes like a member of his family. 

A notorious pack-rat, Grumpos pays for a roof-access apartment where he has 
constructed a corrugated metal workshop. Inside, he continues his obsession 
with MysTech. In his spare time, he plays mumblety-peg and tries to solve 
the mysteries of the universe.
 
Did we mention he's as hairy as a hound dog's patoot? 




PAL - 18
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Age: Activated 20 years ago 
Weight: 40 
Height: 3' 
Eyes: Glowing Yellow 
Metal: Gray-white 
World Skill: CompTalk 

On his ninth birthday, shortly after the death of his father, a wide-eyed 
Silvestro Bucelli ripped off the wrapping paper on his only gift. Inside, 
he found a gleaming PAL-18 unit. 

Built by Cordikids Toys, this Personal Android Lackey (Model 18) was to serve 
as his friend, servant, and baby sitter for the next twenty years. Despite 
suffering through Sly's tumultuous childhood, and misplaced adolescent 
aggressions, PAL-18 has remained his dutiful and loyal friend. PAL doesn't 
have a choice. 

Cordicom recently released a PAL-21 model. Toy enthusiasts agree that though 
the new features do make it a better all-around lackey bot, it lacks the bouncy 
charm and playful design of the PAL-18.

Nevertheless, PAL tends to feel inferior to the new models.
 
PAL-18 currently collects dust in a dark corner of Boots' office, out of 
batteries and out of mindshare in a detective's worldview gone sour. 


Doctor Rho Bowman
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Age: 28 
Weight: 135 
Height: 5'9" 
Eyes: Brown 
Hair: Dark Brown 
Family: Gerald Bowman, 65. Valeta Bowman, 66. 
World Skill: Analyze 

When Dr. Rho Bowman's controversial book, MysTech Awake!, first hit the 
SenderNet feeds two years ago, it was an immediate success. Eschewing 
technical jargon for layman aesthetics, its espousal of radical science with 
a subtext of spiritualism struck an immediate chord. The book was widely 
interpreted as a metaphor for the awakening of self by a generation of people 
looking for answers. 
The scientific community hated it. Not just for her particular brand of 
populist prose, but for stating her theories were proven based on one 
unreplicated experiment. 

Criticized for peddling bad science for profit, Rho was branded a "heretic" 
by the Scientifica Association and cut off from all her major funding. With 
her career in the scientific community was over after an effective smear 
campaign, she disappeared into obscurity. 
The daughter of an acclaimed astrophysicist and a respected mechanical 
engineer, Rho spent her formative years traveling wherever her parents were 
lecturing that given week. Her entire life, she has never felt that she 
belongs anywhere.
 
She is intelligent, well-spoken, compassionate, straightforward, and 
determined. 


Paco " El-Puno " Estrella
==========================

Alias: The Fist 
Place of Birth: Crystopolis, Krapton 
Group Affiliation: None 
Base of Operations: Casa de Rage, Krapton 
First appearance: Krapton Comics #12 
World Skill: RageMight 


Krapton Comics were a line of superhero comic books based on the exploits 
of real-life superheroes from planet Krapton. Rage of the Fist was their 
flagship title until lagging sales and a general disinterest in super heroes 
put Krapton Comics out of business. 

With his enormous fists, Paco was capable of busting through barriers, and 
clobbering opponents with his powerful RageMight punch. He also had the power 
of flight, although there have been rumors that he's recently lost the 
ability. 

Highlights include: Rage of the Fist #3 (First appearance of scientist 
sidekick, Dr. Hush-Hush); and Rage of the Fist #32 (First appearance of super 
villain Rictus, who would become his chief nemesis). 

Back issues available through Cordicom Comic Book Warehouse. 


Stiletto Anyway 
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Age: 25 
Weight: 120 
Height: 5'7" 
Eyes: Brown 
Hair: Dark brown (now dyed purple) 
Ethnic background: Chinese-Brazilian 
Weapons: Knives 
World Skill: ThrowLoonie 

Stiletto's past is shrouded in secret. This is all we know: She is bold, 
confident, magnetic, devil-may-care, and she travels light. 

Rumors have floated by -- some say she was seen on Sender Station. Last most 
folks knew, she was slumming around Cordica. 

Some say she was on Anachronox. Whenever someone knew for sure, she was gone. 

A steel glare and a shift of the hip convey she is not taking crap from anybody. 

A turn of sharpened heel, a tilt of a polished knife blade keep all at a 
distance. 

And that's how she likes it. 

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Genaral Info / Features

Anachronox ("uh-NAK-ruh-nox") is a 3rd person, 3D role-playing game (RPG) 
using the heavily-modified Quake 2 engine (32-bit graphics, particle system, 
spline-based camera scriptor, APE programming language). The player controls 
up to three characters at a time, from an eventual cast of seven, exploring 
the galaxy. Gameplay is exploration and interaction of the environment, melee 
with various galactic foes, and discovery of unique weapons and items that 
aid you on your quest. You can choose different characters to play and 
different ways to do things, leading you to different events and areas in 
the game. Each character has different Battle Skills with unique effects, 
and World Skills they can use to access places and info the other characters 
can't. For instance, one character can talk to computers, another can 
"Yammer" people, annoying them so much by blathering on that they provide 
the info you need!
 
Exciting features include the third-person camera; real 3D battle sequences 
in context; 2D and 3D mini-games; lipsynched dialogue and facial expressions 
(mesh-deformation) during in-engine cinematics; multi-source blended 
directional vertex model lighting; procedural models; procedural textures 
(interform, etc); environment mapping; specular highlighting; various 
multitexture effects (shaders, etc); robust, powerful particle system 
(editor shipped in box); epic storyline with a rollercoaster of emotion; and 
tons of amazing weapons effects.  



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Requirements


MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 
PII 266 MHz (or equivalent)  
Windows 95B/98/ME  
64 MB RAM  
12 MB 3D accelerator card with full OpenGL support  
DirectX 7 (included) 
4X CD-ROM drive 


RECOMMENDED 
AMD Athlon or Intel Pentium III processor  
Windows 98/ME  
128 MB RAM  
16 MB 3D accelerator card with full OpenGL support  
8X CD-ROM drive 
Sense of humor

NOTE: 3D accelerated video card with OpenGL drivers required.  
It may be necessary to update your hardware drivers before playing. 

 
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World Skills
=============
This  section has world skill of each character and the location
of their upgrades. ( this section is not ready )



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Sylvester Boots :  PickLock
You can pick locks with this skill , there are many locked
doors and treasure chests that require this skill.

Master Skill Upgrade : Not Found Yet
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PAL - 18 : Comp talk
You can " hack " some computers and security systems with this
skill.

Master Skill Upgrade : Not Found Yet
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Dr. Rho Bowman : Analyze
Can analyze some unknown stuff with this skill.

Master Skill Upgrade : At Sender Station use Rho to
speak to doctor who had the rose that you gave to 
woman near the clown.

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Grumpos Matavastros : Yammer
This skill can annoy / make crazy some people.

Master Skill Upgrade : Not Found Yet

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Stiletto Anyway
Can throw loonies to open secret passages,doors.

Master Skill Upgrade : Not Found Yet






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Battle Skills

This section explains each characters battle skills and where
to obtain them. ( this section is not ready yet ).I think every
character has 4 Battle skills.These are the skills i have found
so far.


Sylvester Boots 
================


Skill       : Fatima Screen 
Location    : You have this skill at the beginning of the game.
Description : This skill reduce damage made by the opponents,can be 
              very useful.

Skill       : FlashBlind
Location    : Detective Rukh gives it to you at Sender Station if you
              help him with his case.
Description : 


Stiletto Anyway
================

Skill       : Pain Pirouette
Location    : Her beginning skill.
Description : Deals some nice damage , useful until you find some
              other good skills for her.


Grumpos 
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Skill       : Yammer
Location    : His beginning skill.
Description : No idea what this skill does in battle.

PAL-18
========

Skill       : Windmill dash
Location    : PAL-18 beginning skill
Description : Deals bit more damage that PAL:s normal attacks do.

Democratus
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Skill       : TractorHold
Location    : Beginning skill
Description : Haven´t tested the skill yet.

Dr.Rho
=======

Skill       : PlasmaWall
Location    : Her beginning skill
Description : Deals nice damage to all enemies.

Skill       : Scanalyze
Location    : Can be bought from Mystek museum upstairs.
Description : Haven´t tested the skill yet.

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Walkthrough

Feel free to post any items , sidequests , or other stuff that
i have missed.



0.1 Rowdy´s bar / your Office
===============================
 
So the game begins , after beginning scene it is time to look
for some work.

Now head to upstairs in to your " office " , there you will find
your PAL - 18 but it is out of business , you will have to find a
new battery for it.So ignore it for time now.

Then pick the lock on the door and then inside the room , pick up money and 
there is a chest that requires higher picklock skill so be sure to come back 
later.

Before Leaving your office pick up your camera from the desk.

There is a strange looking woman in the bar near the stairs
to upstairs speak with her.You will need to remember her later 
in game.

Then back at bar talk to Valesta ( blonde girl on bar counter )
she gives you your first job for a long time. 

Now exit.


0.2  Fountain Spiral Area
===========================

On the passage to Spiral area speak to flying creature , it
gives you an advice to speak with his cousin in spiral area.

Go forward , here is your first fight only bad thing is that
you cant win it. After you get beaten up Fatima will instruct
you to visit WhackMaster Jack.

In the same room there is Healgrease on the ground , pick it
up and then continue to spiral area . There you should find
WhackMaster Jacks place.Go there....


0.3 Whackmaster Jacks Battle Tutorial
======================================

Here is not much to do, speak to the guy in red clothes upstairs 
of this place to begin your combat practice.Exit the place after
you are done with training.



0.4 Fountain Spiral Area Again
=============================== 

Now head to the route that has few elevators and use them to 
get to Casinox area.


0.5 Casinox Area
=================

After you have taken elevator you spot woman near a timeminder
talk to her and you will find out that she wants to know where
Simon Langer lives ( this is a small sidequest that gives you
75 bucks from completing it ) after you have spoken to her continue 
your trip to overlook on this area there you should talk to flying
creature after you have done this take the elevator up to the
real Casinox area..

In the way there is a guard that has a question for you , He shows
you a photo of a woman and asks you have you seen her.Do you remember
that lady on the bar at the beginning ? that is her.You can answer
either yes or no..

The Casinox area is mostly unavaible to visit since there is burning
man running there the Nox guards have sealed the place until the disturbance 
is over.. 

So continue your trip to another elevator and proceed to Junkyard area...

0.6 JunkYard
==============
In this area there are few diffent shops and routes to Tenements
and the actual Junkyard so you could either proceed with your mission
and go to Tenements or if you want to try collecting some cash and
experience then head to junkyard area from the ramp..

Remember the junkyard since you will have to visit there pretty soon
in the game..

0.7 Tenements and Franks Flophouse
===================================

In the Tenements you should head to Franks Flophouse , so go 
down by the elevator and then head to the flophouse that is 
located right next to the elevator..

Inside there you can picklocks of every room except room
B.Room C requires more skill, Room A is your main goal since
it is the place that you will find the person you are looking
for, every room has minor treasures.

After collecting the treasures from the rooms head to room A
and talk to the lady there also collect the item from the table.

Now you should head back to beginning of the game Rowdys Bar
and report Valenia that you have found her friend.After doing that
head to Building 5 in Tenements area .


0.8 Building 5 in Tenements
============================

Now head to the elevator C, then head to second floor
there search apartments :
05 apartment where Simon Langer lives
19 apartment where Grumpos lives

Some other apartment contain few minor treasures you can search them if you 
like, when you are ready head to apartment 19, After cutscenes
Grumpos tells you that he will hire you if you are enough skilled to
prove your skills you need to get noxguard helmet size 5.

At one alley you can see someone beating one guy and two noxguards 
guarding there , talk to the one and ask him about the helmet size 5
he tells you that platform area has one guard that has size 5 helmet.
So lets head there..

0.9 Casinox Area Again
========================

Now that the route is open head to platform area elevator here.

1.0 Platform Area
================== 

Now head to level 1 with the elevator and there you will find a
noxguard that has the helmet, you can get it in two diffent ways
either talking to him peacefully and finally he gives it to you
but you could also talk the agressive way to him and fight him
to get the helmet after you have gotten the helmet it is time 
to head back to Grumpos..


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