As it turns out, you can only use your ‘borrow a minion off a friend’ once a day, and so with a whole roster full of woefully underpowered heroes, I elected to mix up the path a little and head into the Forbidden Valley.
I didn’t think there was anything special about this fight – it was fairly evenly matched and both sides lost a person or two (though, obviously, I still had some standing at the end!), but my main takeaway out of this whole encounter was that I had completely missed the auto advance button on the left hand side of the screen. So, instead of trying to find the best attack/defend option on each round, I can increase the speed to 4x, let it auto-play, and I believe it’s going quicker than I’ve ever been able to get through a game that didn’t use an auto-clicker or a few player-friendly enhancements!
It’s been a few days since I last opened up Age of Magic, so imagine my delight when I logged on and got bumped to level 19 straight away. Lucky me!
Back into the throng of the fight, and this was a level that wasn’t shy about introducing quite a few enemies into the mix. The main antagonist for this level was a floating demon-like creature called an ‘Arekhon Shadow’, who was big, nasty, and did a good job of taking the focus – and the damage – off the rest of the group.
Of course, the whole fight was made a lot easier given I ‘borrowed’ a Level 41 Roland from a ‘friend’!
This is it.
This is the end.
This run is largely about both keeping on the path (to collect coins) and timing your jumps so that you turn-the-tables on Bowser, and throw his own bombs back to him. This part takes a little more practice than you would think, but once you’ve done it once or twice, you can smash through the level pretty quickly.
Step 1. Follow Bowser
Step 2. Throw his own bombs at him
Step 3. Save the Princess
Step 4. Live happily every after
And thus, we end our romp through the core levels of Mario, or the ‘Tour’ levels anyway. There’s plenty of other places to play and ways to indulge in Super Mario Run, but this brings me to the end of this adventure.
Still … plenty of other games to play!
In the wise words of President Bartlet, “What’s Next?”
This is the penultimate level of the game and it makes up with another boss run. This time, the only real difference is that the bad guy jumps more, but this is far from a challenge.
No, if anything, there was some minor challenge just getting to the boss with a bunch of wrench-throwing guys on the path.
Another ghost level – ghosts ghosts everywhere! This level involved a lot of jumping, back flipping and timing to get through platforms that either need to appear or reappear thanks to well-timed switches with no way to get around it.
It is absolutely evident that we’re getting near to the end.
It’s dry. It’s dusty. And it’s a desert … with guys who through spikey balls at you.
This level is largely dodging bullets, but there is some complexity in getting the coins if you want a completionist run.
This is a great level of jumping puzzles, which is a bit hard to work out in some places on account of semi-3D rings being in a 2D side-scrolling game, but nothing insurmountable.
The big boss is back to pseudo-Bowser again, who is easy enough to hit if you’re ‘big’, where you can just take the hit and walk on through.
Oh, and this time around – he turns into a turtle again.