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"Walkthrough" Guide for Anachronox
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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 ===================================================================== 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.... ===================================================================== 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 ========= 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 ================== 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 ================ 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. ===================================================================== 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. ===================================================================== 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. ===================================================================== World Skills ============= This section has world skill of each character and the location of their upgrades. ( this section is not ready ) ---------------------------------------------------- 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 ---------------------------------------------------- PAL - 18 : Comp talk You can " hack " some computers and security systems with this skill. Master Skill Upgrade : Not Found Yet ---------------------------------------------------- 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. ---------------------------------------------------- Grumpos Matavastros : Yammer This skill can annoy / make crazy some people. Master Skill Upgrade : Not Found Yet ---------------------------------------------------- Stiletto Anyway Can throw loonies to open secret passages,doors. Master Skill Upgrade : Not Found Yet ===================================================================== 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 ======== 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 =========== 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. ===================================================================== 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.. ===================================================================== About the Author Other walkthroughs written by me : Omikron:The Nomad Soul Character Version: Final [ 2.00 ] Language: English Next Update: N/A Available at: www.Gamefaqs.com DiscWorld Noir Walkthrough Version: Final [ 1.00 ] Language: English Next Update: N/A Available at: www.Gamefaqs.com Black and White Evil Guide Version: 0.9 Language: English Next Update: Not very soon Available at: www.gamefaqs.com