PART XVI: THE SWAMP AND THE CASINO
Levels on this path:
Special items needed to beat this path: Gas, rocks
The Swamp is a helicopter pack level, which means you should bring some gas with you. If you don't have a lot, that's no problem, as you can easily stock up in Clock Tower. As for the rocks, bring at least 85 with you when entering the Casino.
Go to the BDC area and enter the lower left door.
This level is not too hard. The save function in here was used in classic Beyond Dark Castle to save your game, it doesn't work in RTDC.
First, kill the bats, then walk all to the ladder. Kill the rat before climbing up to the next level. Wait for the platform to shift, then jump across it to the middle of the screen. Do the same for the next one. When you take a running jump to get off, you can directly jump on the rope to your left.
Before going to the top of the level, wait for the laser to turn off. Then climb up. You can directly run through the level on Novice and Beginner, on later difficulties you have to wait for the laser, so duck down. There is a step in the middle which you need to jump over, so look out. By leaving the level, you'll reach the
Here, the first thing you'll notice will be the helicopter packs and the ropes in the middle. You can either fly to the Swamp or the Black Forest. When you decide to go to the Swamp, you can connect it with the Casino, like I do in this part. That means that we need to stock up on rocks as well. There is a rock bag in this level as well (if it is not there due to the random items, just go back to the Computer Room and reenter the level until it appears).
First, turn left and jump on the rope. If you don't have 99 gas, you can stock up on it on the left tower and in the right one. If you want to reach the right side of the screen, you need to climb over the ropes in the middle. Be sure to not face the gears when you are hanging on them, as they will kill you if you touch them.
When you have 99 gas and 89 rocks, we can go to the Swamp. Climb up to the top left of the tower and start flying with the helicopter pack. There are some bombs hidden behind the clock at the top of the screen, so if you need some, pick them up. You can fly above the vultures and leave the level, there is no need to kill them.
This is a really long level, but it is not very hard. There are two checkpoints along the way, which are marked by the signs at the bottom of the screen. As you can see, your goal is to reach the guard house. I'd recommend to fly at the very top of the screen, as flying into the trees will kill you. You can stock up on rocks and gas along the way if you need to.
The only enemies you'll encounter before the last mile are mosquitos and mutants. The mosquitos act the same way as they do in the Garden (part 4), which means that they fly in swarms of up to three of them (on Novice and Beginner). The maximum is five (Advanced). Just dodge them if they fly close to the top of the screen.
The mutants walk around on the rocks at the bottom of the screen. However, these mutants are a little different from the ones you know, as they throw rocks at you. Fly past them fast if they appear.
Then there is the Big Bird, which you will encounter after some time. You will hear a caw in the distance, getting closer. After the third caw, the bird will appear. You can kill it with one shot.
Getting through the Swamp it not too hard. Once you have reached the last mile, there is a purple eye in front of you. Flying past it is useless, as it will move with the screen, so you have to fight it. It takes a few hits to kill, which means that this will drain your rocks if you want to reach the Casino. If you have the Stoneball with you, one hit will take care of it. If you beat it and have less than 86 rocks left, fly back and grab the bag of rocks on the next stone, so you have 89 again. You might encounter the Big Bird again (it will appear from behind you!), but you really need all rocks you can get to beat the Casino.
When you have enough, fly back and just fly through the last mile (there are no enemies in this one) and land in front of the guard house.
The shovel henchman shouldn't be a problem for you. Just kill him and grab the orb in the chamber at the top. Don't go back to the Ante Room II yet. You might have noticed the boat at the bottom of the screen. Go back down and stand in front of it. Press your down key and you will climb into it and float to the
This is the absolute worst level imaginable. Beating it has really nothing to do with skills or something, but instead, this level is completely based on luck.
You will see six slot machines. At the top of the level, there is a treasure on a platform. The goal is to win on all six machines, which will cause the treasure to fall down. Your "money" are the rocks. Each try on a machine will cost you five rocks. The machines are, from right to left, the rock machine, the elixir machine, the potion machine, the bomb machine, the gas machine, and the key machine. You will get one of these items if you win. You can win on any machine as many times as you want, but you will only get the treasure if you win on all six. The rock machine is the easiest to win on. If you have less than 20 rocks left, you can use it to stock up again. The elixir machine is not too hard to win on either. The potion machine, however, is extremely annoying and only very rarely gives you the price.
If you got to the three machines at the top of the screen, be sure to kill the guard first. The three machines up here aren't easy to win on either. The easiest is the gas machine in the middle.
It is rumored that winning in the casino has something to do with the lights on top of the machines. However, I doubt it. You just have to be very, very lucky. That's all. Bring at least 86 rocks with you (one for the guard) and see what happens. That is my only advice. You will definitely need more than one try.
If you run out of rocks, quit the game and play the path again until you finally win. Good luck.
If you finally won on all machines and have the treasure, you can warp back to the Ante Room II and place your next orb on a pedestal. Then stock up on rocks.
16 - Swamp