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                       MOON CRYSTAL FAQ version 1.00
                            by Wilson Lau <darktoshi@yahoo.com>
                            for NES/Famicom

Copyright  2000 Wilson Lau

This FAQ is best viewed in Courier, 10 point font.  This FAQ may be 
distributed FREELY so long as it remains unaltered AND is the latest version 
(see below for where to obtain the latest version).  It is intended for 
PRIVATE USE and may NOT be reproduced for commercial purposes by mechanical, 
electronic, or any other means.  Do not try to sell it even if no profit is 
made off this work.  In addition, this FAQ may not be used for personal gain 
by submission to game magazines, web sites, etc.  Email any changes, typos,
etc. to me at darktoshi@yahoo.com.

Moon Crystal is copyright  1992 Hector.


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   CREDITS
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AWJ
   for translating the ROM
Anonymous GameFAQs visitor
   for requesting that a FAQ be made on the game.


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   CONTENTS
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I.         FAQ History
II.        Story
III.       Controls
IV.        Gameplay
V.         Items
VI.        Enemies
VII.       Walkthrough
VIII.      Credits
IX.        Disclaimer


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 I.  FAQ HISTORY
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Version 1.00 (10/14/00)
     Initial release


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 II.  STORY
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You mustn't go out during a full moon.  That's when the dead walk the woods.  
If they catch you, they'll drag you into their graves...

(In a field)
Merle:  It's an old story in this village.
Ricky:  But Merle, it's just a story right?
Merle:  I dunno...Some people say they've seen it actually happen.
Ricky:  Hmm...

(At Ricky's home)
Dr. S:  W-Who are you!?  Ricky!!  Ricky, run for it!
Ricky:  Dad, who the-
Dr. S:  They're after the Moon Crystal!
Ricky:  Moon Crystal!?

(View of the town)
That night, everyone in Cirrus Village was taken away by the mysterious 
abductors.  Except for one boy, Ricky Slater...


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 III.  CONTROLS
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Up      :  climb up when hanging off a ledge
Down    :  crouch
Left    :  move left
Right   :  move right
B       :  attack
A       :  jump.  Press again while rising to double jump (need wing boots)
Select  :  not used
Start   :  start game, pause/resume game


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 IV.  GAMEPLAY
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The screen is split up into an action field and a status bar.

+----------------+
|  Action Field  |
|                |
+----------------+
|   Status Bar   |
+----------------+

On the status bar will be your current life total (starts at 3 but you may 
earn up to a max of 5 hearts), your remaining lives, the stage number, and 
the stage name.  There is no time limit nor score so you won't have to worry 
about getting points or dying by time.  An exception to this is stage 7 (See 
walkthrough for more details).

Whenever you run out of lives, you will have the option to continue or quit.  
You may continue as many times as you like.


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 V.  ITEMS
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1-up            Gives you an additional life.
Big Heart       Restores up to 4 hearts to Ricky's life meter.
Clear Heart     Increases the life meter's maximum by 1.
Dagger          Extends the range of Ricky's attack.
Diamond         Temporarily makes Ricky invincible to enemy attacks.
Small Heart     Restores 1 heart to Ricky's life meter.
Wing Boots      Allow Ricky to double jump.


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 VI.  ENEMIES
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Main characters
---------------
Ricky Slater :  The hero
Merle        :  Ricky's friend
Dr. Slater   :  Ricky's father
Count Crimson:  Abducts Dr. Slater in hopes of using the Moon Crystal
Rosina       :  Living clone of Count Crimson's daughter.  Kept alive by the 
                moon crystal.

Enemies
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Archer
Armed Guard
Bat
Bird
Flame
Flying machine
Gargoyle
Guard
Mudman
Pirate
Rock Thrower
Rotating Cannon
Skeleton
Strong Man
Tarantula
Tentacle

Bosses
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Axe man
Knife man
Fake Crimson
Pirate Captain
Boulder Thrower
Blue Armor
Count Crimson


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 VII.  WALKTHROUGH
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This walkthrough will guide you through the entire game.  I will guide you on 
how to obtain all items in the game.  Use as much/little as you need.  Feel 
free to deviate from my walkthrough at anytime since I don't always take the 
optimum path.  However, whenever possible, I'll take the best route and still 
grab every chest along the way.

**Note--I based this guide on the translated rom by AWJ but you can also use 
it to beat the original Japanese version as well.


Stage 1:  Evil Forest
Chests :  12 (1 1-up, 1 big heart, 3 clear heart, 2 dagger, 1 diamond, 2 
          small heart, 2 wing boots)

Ok, the adventure has started.  Take the opportunity now to get used to the 
controls.  You can attack, jump, and crouch.  You can also climb and hang 
from ledges, but we'll get to that later.  You can also double jump once you 
obtain the double jump item.  Now this next point is very important.  When 
you turn to face the opposite direction, there will ALWAYS be a delay in 
turning if you don't lightly tap the directional pad.  This happens even if 
you are standing still and then turn around in the other direction so it 
doesn't matter if you're moving or not.  All that matters is how hard you 
pressed the pad.  While this isn't a problem for most of the game, problems 
will arise when you have to make some jumps back and forth in which case, 
this delay will cause your jump to fall short of the distance required to 
clear the ledge; a jump that you would have made if had you waited for the 
delay.  While this goes against your logic, do not forget this point 
otherwise you will be falling into pits when you try to jump.  Therefore, 
whenever turning around just do nothing until Ricky is stationary again or 
just tap the pad but you'll probably press it too hard so stick to the first 
rule instead.

Now that you've got the essentials down, let's walkthrough the game.  First 
go right and take out the guard there.  You'll notice that the trees have 
branches.  You can jump and hang or stand on those branches.  You should 
practice grabbing them to get the hang (no pun intended) of it before moving 
onward.  When you're ready, go right and you'll see a pit.  You can jump 
across it in two ways.  The first way is to jump and attack while you're 
still airborne.  This will take care of the guard on the other side.  The 
other way is to jump onto the tree branches and use them to cross.  The only 
thing you'll have to worry about doing it this way is the bat on the other 
side.  Anyway, now go right and take out the guard guarding the chest.  Open 
the chest by attacking it.  There's a dagger powerup inside.  Grab it and 
your attack range is now extended.

Now go right and you'll run into a wall.  Just stand against it and jump.  
You'll grab on to the top of the higher ground.  Press UP to climb up.  Now 
go right and there is a chest on a tree limb.  Take out the guard next to the 
tree.  Then grab the chest (small heart).  Now jump over the first pit to 
your right.  Wait for the guard to the right to walk away from the edge a 
little before jumping over the second pit.  Go right and you'll see a 
tarantula.  Just attack it and go right to get the chest (diamond).  You'll 
be invincible for a short time.  Wait for the moving platform to the right to 
come close enough.  Then jump and hang onto it.  Then climb up and jump over 
to the right.  Quickly take care of the two guards you'll run into.  Then go 
to the right some more and you'll encounter an archer.  Crouch to avoid her 
arrow.  Then she'll jump over you and fire another shot.  Look for an opening 
and attack.  Then grab the chest (clear heart) and head on to the next 
screen.

Now you'll be at a waterfall with several ledges in it.  A chest is directly 
above you.  This will be your first test in jumping.  Remember to wait for 
the delay when you turn around after each jump otherwise you'll fall short of 
the next ledge as you try to jump.  Jump up to the chest (wing boots).  Now 
you can do a double jump by pressing jump again while you are rising in the 
air.  Now jump on to the upper right ledge.  There's a guard to your right.  
Stand on the ledge and attack.  You'll hit the guard.  Now go right.  You'll 
see an orange platform.  This type of platform will begin to crumble the 
moment you step on it.  Do a double jump on to the platform.  Then double 
jump off of it before it completely crumbles.  Jump off the second platform 
before it completely crumbles too.  Grab the chest (small heart) on the 
ledge.  Take care of the guard.  Now use the moving platform to climb up the 
steps.  Before you leave the screen, be sure to take a note of the chest in 
the lower right portion of the screen.

Once you're in the screen above, there will be a small moving platform above 
you.  Double jump onto it.  Then take care of the guard on the ledge.  Now 
you'll see another waterfall.  Walk off the edge (trust me) and as you're 
falling, quickly press LEFT so that you are brushing against the wall.  Then 
as you fall down to the next screen below, rapidly attack.  If done 
correctly, you'll drop down and defeat the guard below.  Now grab the chest 
(1-up) that you saw from before.  Double jump over the pit and kill the 
tarantula on the other side.  Go to the right some more and you'll see three 
small pits.  Double jump over them and kill the tarantula that's guarding the 
chest (big heart).

Head back to the left and jump onto the small moving platform.  Jump onto the 
first step.  Now jump and hang from the next step.  Climb up and move to the 
left but whatever you do, don't jump.  That's because there's an archer to 
your left.  You won't have to crouch to avoid her arrow.  If you want, you 
can kill her but she'll just jump into the pit if you wait.  Once she's gone, 
double jump to the chest (clear heart).  Now double jump to the moving 
platform.  Then jump to the next ledge.  Wait for the guard on the ledge to 
the right to leave you some space to land before you jump across.  Attack 
while jumping to be on the safe side.  There's a tarantula on the ground 
below you.  Leave it alone and jump over to the right.

You'll now be on a new screen.  Go right and kill the tarantula.  Get the 
chest (wing boots).  Go to the edge of the pit.  Wait for the bat to pass 
before double jumping across.  You should land on the tree branch.  Kill the 
guard below you and get the chest (clear heart).  Now go right and there's 
another pit with some crumbling platforms.  Quickly double jump across them.  
Once you've cleared the pit, move to the right and quickly kill the archer 
before she fires her arrow at you.  Grab the chest (dagger) and go to the 
right to fight the boss.

Boss:  Axe man (6 Life)
This boss is very easy.  He'll begin to move toward you.  When he gets close 
enough, he'll try to swing his axe at you.  When the fight begins, jump onto 
the left most tree branch.  Now crouch on it and keep attacking.  As the Axe 
man gets closer to you, he'll get hit by your attacks which the dagger 
powerup has extended.  You should be able to hit him six times before he can 
even swing his axe at you.


Stage 2:  Waylaid Street
Chests :  13 (3 big heart, 2 clear heart, 3 dagger, 1 diamond, 2 small heart, 
          2 wing boots)

Go right and take out the two guards and the archer in your way.  Go on to 
the next screen.  Take out the guard to the right.  Now climb onto the 
platform between the two windows.  Grab the chest (clear heart) on the 
platform to the right.  Now walk to the right.  Keep walking until you drop 
back down to the ground.  You'll be in front of a rotating cannon.  Quickly 
jump and attack it before it fires at you.  Then continue to the right.  
Don't try to jump over the pit to your right.  Use the platforms instead to 
cross.  When you get over the pit, there will be a chest guarded by an armed 
guard below you.  Jump onto the platform above the chest.  Wait for the 
guard's back to be turned.  Then quickly drop down to the chest.  Immediately 
crouch to avoid the bullets from the guard's machine gun.  Then attack.  Grab 
the chest (dagger).  Climb up the platform to the right.

Jump over to the next platform.  You'll see a chest on a lower ledge below 
you.  Walk off the platform you're standing on.  You won't fall in the pit 
but land on to the ledge.  Kill the guard and get the chest (small heart).  
Jump over the pit and you'll see another rotating cannon.  Either attack it 
first or wait until it fires before attacking.  Then use the platform above 
the pit to the right to cross it.  Now you'll see another armed guard on a 
ledge below you to your right.  Walk off the ledge you're standing on and 
you'll fall and catch onto the ledge the guard is standing on.  Wait for his 
back to be turned before you climb up.  Crouch to avoid his shots.  Then 
attack.  Go to the right to the next screen.

You'll see a chest above you.  Walk to the right and kill the guard in your 
way.  You'll soon reach a high wall in your path.  Turn around and climb up 
the platforms.  Go to the left.  Kill the guard and then grab the chest 
(small heart) to the left.  Go back to the right until you see the platforms 
that lead up off the screen.  Climb up them to the next screen above.  There 
will be a guard on a platform above you.  Position yourself on the left edge 
of the platform you're standing on.  Then jump and hang on to the platform 
the guard is on.  Climb up and attack when his back is turned.  Then grab the 
chest (clear heart).  Be careful to not jump while you're under the ceiling 
spikes since they can hurt you.  Jump over to the left platform.  There will 
be another guard.  Wait for his back to be turned.  Then walk off onto his 
platform and attack.  To the left will be a chest (dagger) that you can get 
but since you already grabbed the dagger powerup, you should skip it.  
However, if you choose to grab it, you'll have to jump and hang onto the 
platform to the right to climb back up.  That jump is hard to time so you 
might miss.  Don't worry if you miss though because you'll just fall back 
down to the screen below.

Anyway, just climb up the platforms leading up off the screen.  On the next 
screen will be a chest (wing boots) above you.  Grab it.  You'll see two 
mudmen to your right.  Stand at the edge of the ledge and do a double jump 
over them.  Turn around and attack them once you land.  Go right and grab the 
chest (big heart).  Double jump onto the armed guard's platform when his back 
is turned and crouch to avoid his shots.  Kill him and then stand on the 
platform's right edge.  Do a double jump off to the right.  Keep pushing to 
the right while you're falling and you'll land on a roof on the screen below.  
Go right to the next screen.  Grab the two chests (wing boots, diamond) that 
you see.

Double jump over the pit and just walk past the guard.  Then double jump over 
the next pit.  You'll see a mudman above you.  Lure the mudman to the left by 
standing on the left side of your platform.  Then quickly double jump onto 
the platform above you.  Turn around and attack the mudman.  Walk down to the 
chest (clear heart) below you.  Then climb up to the chest (dagger) above 
you.  Double jump to the roof on your right.  Walk to the right until you see 
the guard across the pit.  As usual, wait for his back to be turned before 
jumping across.  Kill him and get the chest (big heart).  Now stand to the 
left of the chimney above you.  The mudman on the roof above you will not be 
able to pass the chimney.  When its back is turned, do a double jump.  Then 
attack it before it attacks you.  Head to the right to fight the boss.

Boss:  Knife man (8 Life)
This boss will jump around until he gets near you.  He'll then stab you.  You 
can jump around to try to avoid his attacks but the easiest and quickest way 
to win is to just get in his face and attack.  When the fight begins, move to 
the right until you are in "front" of the roof in the background.  The Knife 
man will have to jump twice before he lands on the ledge you're standing on.  
When he jumps for the second time, try to anticipate where he'll land.  
Before he lands, sneak in an attack.  You should be able to hit him 4 times 
before he can stab you once.  He'll jump at you but just keep attacking and 
turn around if he manages to jump over you.  He might jump and land on top of 
you.  In that case, don't bother turning around but just keep attacking.  
You'll still hit him.  You'll kill him before he kills you.


Stage 3:  Count' Castle
Chests :  11 (1 1-up, 1 big heart, 3 clear heart, 1 dagger, 1 diamond, 2 
          small heart, 2 wing boots)

You'll be in a forest.  To save yourself time some trouble, climb up the tree 
branches now.  As you climb up, you'll see a mudman on the ground below.  
Don't worry about him and go to the rightmost tree branch.  You will see a 
gray ledge to hang on.  Stand on the edge of the branch and jump toward the 
ledge.  Grab on and climb up to the next screen above.  Jump to the tree 
branch on the left.  Then jump to the next branch.  A flying machine will be 
coming at you now.  Jump and attack when it gets in range.  Now jump across 
the branches to the left some more to get a chest (clear heart).  Then jump 
back to the right.  Get on top of the upper right tree branch.  Then jump 
onto the Count's castle.  A mudman will be to the right.  Take him out and 
enter the castle.

Inside the castle will be a guard to the right.  Kill him and grab the chest 
(dagger) on the platform above.  Drop down and kill the other guard.  Take 
the stairs down.  Once you start descending, don't stop.  Just keep running 
down them.  At the foot of the stairs is an archer.  Get within range and 
attack her before she can fire at you.  Now you'll see two sets of stairs, 
one on the right and one on the left.  Take the left stairs.  Downstairs, 
you'll see a chest (big heart) to the left and a switch to the right.  Grab 
the chest.  Then go to the switch.  A flame will approach you.  Jump and 
attack it.  Stand next to the switch so when you do a stationary jump, you'll 
land on the switch.  You'll have to be fast now as the switch has raised the 
closed gates on the screen above for a VERY short amount of time in what I 
call the "switch and run."  Therefore, after hitting the switch, be sure to 
quickly go back upstairs.

On the next screen, immediately jump to the right and crouch.  The archer 
will fire at you, usually two arrows.  When she jumps over you, quickly move 
to the right.  Skip the set of stairs to your right.  Run under the opened 
gate instead.  Jump over the pit and run under the second gate before it 
closes.  If you fail to make it in time and find yourself trapped between the 
two gates, just fall down into the pit.  You'll find yourself on the screen 
below.  Climb back up and you'll notice that you're at the stairs that you 
passed by before.  Head back to the left stairs and repeat the "switch and 
run" again.  If necessary, take a hit from the archer in order to save some 
time and run through her while you're invincible.  If she fires an arrow 
while you're running away, you can jump over it and let it pass under you if 
you time it correctly.

Take the stairs down after you pass the gates.  Get the chest (wing boots) to 
the left.  Then jump back onto the platform.  Go to the right.  You'll see a 
blue platform.  That platform is a rotating platform.  This means that it 
will rotate if you put too much weight on any one side of it.  The exception 
is the middle.  If you stand in the middle, the platform will not rotate.  
Therefore, do a double jump onto the platform.  Try to land in the middle if 
you can.  If not, just double jump off to the ledge on the right before you 
fall off.  Watch out for the flame and the skeleton on the ledge.  The 
skeleton takes two hits to kill.  You can either kill the flame by standing 
on the rotating platform and then kill the skeleton or you can charge in and 
kill both at once.  Afterwards, there will be more rotating platforms to the 
right.  Just double jump over them.  When you double jump off the second 
rotating platform towards the ledge, be sure you land next to the tentacle on 
the ledge.  If you feel that you can't time the jump to do so, just take the 
hit and land on the tentacle.  It may hurt but at least you won't lose a life 
by falling into the pit.  Kill the tentacle.  Then grab the chest (small 
heart).  Climb upstairs.

You'll see a switch above you.  We'll come back to it in a minute.  Go to the 
left for now.  Kill the guard by the stairs.  Climb up.  There will be a 
flying machine coming towards you.  Jump onto the platform to the left.  Then 
stand and attack.  The machine will fly right into your attack.  Grab the 
chest (clear heart).  As you probably noticed, the gate to the right is 
closed so head back down to the switch from before.  Hit it and hurry to the 
left up the stairs like before.  Jump over the guard since killing him wastes 
valuable time.  Hurry up the stairs (don't forget to jump on the stairs to 
climb them).  When you appear on the next screen above, immediately jump to 
the right.  Run and jump past the two open gates.  Jump over the next pit in 
your way.  You'll see a flame to the right and possibly a flying machine.  
Jump and attack it so that you land on the small ledge.  Quickly jump through 
the third open gate or else you'll have to repeat everything again.  Head to 
the right to the next screen.

Kill the guard.  Grab the chest (diamond).  Now run to the right, ignoring 
the enemies along the way.  Once you're inside the castle again, keep moving 
past the first rock thrower.  You should still be invincible so continue to 
the right until the ledge the second rock thrower is on prevents you from 
moving any more.  Now attack repeatedly.  The rock thrower's rock will fall 
just short of hitting you but your attack will hit him.  Now go downstairs.  
There will be an archer at the foot of the stairs.  Kill her and grab the 
chest (wing boots).  Go to the left and kill the guard on the ledge.  Grab 
the chest (small heart) on the platform.  Then go downstairs.

There will be a rotating platform to the right.  There's also a skeleton on 
the ledge to the right.  Walk off or jump onto the platform.  Wait for the 
skeleton to leave some space for you before you jump over and attack it.  
Jump to the next platform.  You'll see two more rotating platforms.  Jump 
onto the middle of the first platform.  A flame will come at you.  Stay on 
the platform and attack when it gets near.  Jump over to the middle of the 
second platform.  A skeleton will be guarding the ledge to the right.  Jump 
over and kill it quickly.  Now there will be a ledge above you and a rotating 
platform below you.  You don't need to go to the rotating platform, but if 
you want a 1-up just jump onto it and then over to the chest (1-up).  Jump 
back over and then up to the ledge.  Climb up and kill the guard.  Grab the 
chest (clear heart).  Then go to the right to fight the boss.

Boss:  Fake Crimson (11 Life)
He'll do two things.  If you're far away, he will jump in the air and throw 
three knives down at you.  If you're nearby, he will teleport to you and try 
to hit you with his cane.  If you have 5 hearts, just start attacking when 
the fight begins.  Don't move and just keep attacking.  The Fake Crimson will 
jump at you but your attack will deflect the knife that is coming at you.  
Once the Fake Crimson lands, it's an all out slugfest as you both hit each 
other.  You should be able to hit him twice for each hit he lands on you.  As 
long as you attack fast enough, you will win.


Stage 4:  Pirate Ship
Chests :  14 (1 1-up, 2 big heart, 2 clear heart, 2 dagger, 1 diamond, 4 
          small heart, 2 wing boots)

Jump on to the portholes to the ship.  The ship will leave the docks once 
you're aboard.  There will be a pirate coming towards you.  Wait for him to 
get to you.  Don't move.  He'll swing his sword at you.  It will miss.  
Attack him when he raises his sword again to hit you.  You'll see an opening 
in the deck above the porthole.  Do not try to jump over it or a bird will 
hit you as you're jumping, causing you to fall to your death.  Walk onto the 
porthole instead.  The bird will fly harmlessly over your head.  Now jump 
straight up to get back on the deck.  Take a step forward and attack.  
Another bird will fly at you but since you attacked early, it will not hit 
you.  Now walk to the right.  Don't stop at all.  Just keep walking, even off 
the deck.  You'll fall but hang onto the double porthole.  By doing this 
instead of stopping, you'll avoid the cannon's shot.

Climb onto the porthole.  Then walk to the right onto the next two portholes.  
As you walk onto the first one, a bird will fly just above your head.  Walk 
on to the next double porthole.  Climb up.  Then take a step forward and 
attack.  You'll kill the bird that will be flying at you.  Jump to the next 
porthole.  Then walk off onto the next one after.  Climb up and jump to the 
next porthole.  As you jump toward the next porthole which is just under the 
chest above, be careful of the bird.  The bird won't fly at you until you 
land on the porthole.  Once you land, immediately attack but don't attack 
until you've landed because you might miss the jump if you attack early.  
Jump onto the last porthole once the bird is dead.  Grab the chest (small 
heart).  Kill the pirate and then head over to the next screen.  There will 
be two openings in the deck.  You're probably expecting more birds but there 
are none, at least none here anyway.  Jump over to the chest (dagger).  Now 
the way forward is blocked by the ship's mast.  Therefore climb up the mast.

Treat the mast as if it were any other platform.  Just go to the edge and 
jump to hang on and then climb up the mast platforms.  Climb up to the screen 
above.  Immediately kill the pirate to the right and without hesitation, jump 
and hang but do not climb up the platform above you.  The reason you 
shouldn't climb up is because of the strong man above you.  He will punch the 
mast causing you to drop one platform down if you're either not hanging from 
a platform or if you did not jump when he punched.  It's easier to hang than 
to jump.  Wait for the strong man to punch again as you're hanging.  Then 
climb up and kill him.  Grab the chest (small heart) above.  Climb up the 
remaining platforms to the screen above.

You'll be at the top of the mast now.  You can attack the pirate to the 
right.  Your attack will reach through the mast and kill him.  Now jump on 
and over the top of the mast.  Don't stand on the mast top for too long or 
else a bird will hit your feet.  Just jump off to the right from the top of 
the mast.  Your jump should be enough to clear both birds that fly at you.  
Once you've cleared the birds, stop pressing RIGHT on the directional pad and 
you'll fall straight down.  You should land on a platform with a chest (wing 
boots).  There is a strong man to the left and one below you.  You won't have 
time to get the chest without him knocking you down so jump and hang on the 
platform above.  Wait for him to punch before you drop back down to kill him.  
Grab the chest now.  Wait for the strong man below you to move away from the 
mast platforms edge before you walk off to the screen below.  Once you're on 
the next screen, continue walking to the right until you land on the double 
portholes.  Wait for the strong man on the right to have his back turned 
before you jump over and attack.  Grab the chest (big heart).  Double jump to 
the screen above.

There is a strong man who will punch the mast here.  Ignore him and continue 
double jumping up to the screen above.  There is a pirate to your right but 
you can't hit him from where you are.  That's not a problem.  Jump onto the 
blue platform.  Then crouch and attack to kill the pirate.  Grab the chest 
(diamond).  Now double jump off to the right.  Go through the door to the 
ship's interior once you land.  Now you're inside the ship.  You should still 
be invincible so run past the pirate.  Don't take the stairs down.  Jump onto 
the three stacked chests.  From there, jump onto the platform above.  You'll 
see an armed guard below you.  Wait for him to turn his back before you drop 
down to the chest.  Crouch after you land.  Grab the chest (clear heart).  
Wait for the guard's shots to pass before you attack.  Fall down the narrow 
pit.  You'll be hanging from a ledge at the top of the screen.  Wait for the 
strong man to move away before you drop down.  Then go right and get the 
chest (small heart).

To your right will be three stacked crates.  Get on top of them.  Look above 
you.  You'll see an opening in the ceiling.  Double jump from the top of the 
three stacked crates.  This is most easily done by waiting for the ship to 
lower all the way down and double jumping before it begins to rise.  You'll 
grab onto the ledge above.  Climb up to discover a hidden room with two 
chests (1-up, small heart).  Now go back down.  There's a strong man to your 
right.  Wait for his back to be turned before you attack.  Go to the right.  
Climb on top of the crates and attack the strong man.  Now go to the right 
and double jump over the pirate and onto the platform above.  Climb upstairs.  
Go to the right to get out of the ship.

Kill the pirate.  You'll see some openings in the deck.  Jump over the first 
opening.  Then take a step forward.  Now crouch to avoid the bird that flies 
out at you.  Alternatively, you could have attacked the bird but that is 
riskier to do.  Walk on to the porthole with the chest (dagger).  Grab it and 
jump to the next porthole.  Jump one more time to the next porthole.  Now 
walk off to the porthole below the chest.  Jump over and grab the chest (big 
heart) on the double porthole.  Stand below the cannon above you.  Double 
jump up to get back on the deck.  You'll be safe from the cannon here.  To 
get the chests (clear heart, wing boots), first move to one side to lure the 
cannon to face in that direction.  Then move and grab the chest in the 
opposite direction before the cannon can recover.  Go to the right to fight 
the boss.

Boss:  Pirate Captain (13 Life)
This boss will fire 3 bullets from his right hand if you're far away.  He'll 
attack with his sword when you're close.  If you have 5 hearts, just do a 
full frontal assault to win.  When the fight starts, get as close to the 
captain as possible.  He won't be moving for a second or two.  Take this 
opportunity to jump and attack him.  You should be able to hit him 4 times 
before he starts to attack you.  Once this happens, you can just attack him 
from the ground.  You should be able to win before he kills you if you attack 
fast enough.


Stage 5:  Maclonna Mine
Chests :  15 (2 1-up, 4 clear heart, 2 dagger, 5 small heart, 2 wing boots)

There's a gargoyle to your right.  Walk over to the edge of the ledge.  Wait 
for the gargoyle to dive down at you.  Then attack it right when it is about 
to hit you.  Go to the right quickly.  There's a rotating cannon.  Kill it 
before it can fire at you.  Go right and kill the other rotating cannon.  
Then stand on the right edge of the cannon's ledge.  You'll see a gargoyle to 
the right.  Like before, attack it the moment it is about to hit you.  Now to 
the right is a conveyor belt.  Jump on it but don't move.  Let it move you to 
the right.  You'll see a guard on the ledge to the right.  Wait for him to 
leave you some room before you jump.  Try to get a running start from the 
conveyor belt so you'll have enough momentum to make the jump.

Walk to the right side of the ledge.  You'll see another conveyor belt to the 
right.  Boulders are falling from a hole in the ceiling.  Notice that as long 
as you don't stand directly under the hole, you will be safe.  So jump on the 
conveyor belt.  Keep tapping RIGHT to prevent it from causing you to fall 
into the pit.  Wait for the boulder to fall from the conveyor belt.  Then 
walk past the hole in the ceiling.  You'll see a guard on the ledge below.  
You'll have to wait for him to move out of the way before walking off the 
conveyor belt so just stay on the belt for now.  Drop down and kill him once 
you have some room.  Now get the chest (small heart).  Then go right to the 
next screen.

Don't move.  There will be a flying machine coming at you.  Don't worry.  As 
long as you don't move, it can't hurt you.  Now you should have noticed the 
hot steam rising from the floor cracks.  Note where they are and walk over 
them when it's safe.  Make sure you don't get hit by the flying machine's 
electricity either.  Grab the chest (dagger).  Then go downstairs.  Don't 
stop moving until you reach the foot of the stairs in order to avoid the rock 
thrower's rock.  Kill him and grab the chest (clear heart) to the left.  Kill 
the guard below.  See the ledge to the right?  You'll have to jump from the 
edge of the platform and onto the ledge.  Don't let the platform above fool 
you into thinking that you'll hit your head.  Get a running start and jump 
over to the ledge.

There will be conveyor belts and boulders falling from the ceiling.  Keep an 
eye on the rotating cannon below the right conveyor belt.  Now position 
yourself under the middle of the left conveyor belt.  Wait for the boulder to 
fall off the screen.  Then run to the right and kill the cannon.  Climb up 
the platform.  Wait for the boulder to drop before you jump onto the conveyor 
belt.  Go to the left side.  Now this next part is tricky.  Stand on the 
middle of the conveyor belt.  This is as close as you'll get to the platform 
above without getting hit by a boulder.  Wait for it to pass.  Then jump to 
the platform and walk onto the right conveyor belt.  You have to be fast or 
you'll get hit.  Walk to the right and there will be a guard.  Wait for him 
to get out of the way.  Then kill him.  Now walk to the edge of the ledge.  
You'll see a conveyor belt, boulders dropping, and a gargoyle.  Wait for and 
kill the gargoyle first.  Killing it makes the jump to the conveyor belt a 
lot easier.  Wait for the boulder to fall and jump across to the chest (1-
up).  Then go downstairs.

There's another gargoyle here.  Stand at the foot of the stairs.  Then wait 
for it to dive at you and then attack it.  Grab the chest (small heart) to 
the right.  Head down to the ledge below.  Jump onto the conveyor belt.  Wait 
for the guard on the ledge to the right to move out of the way before jumping 
over.  Kill him and stand on the edge of the ledge.  There's another conveyor 
belt to the right and there are boulders falling down.  Wait for the boulder 
to pass and then jump onto the conveyor belt.  Without stopping, continue to 
jump to the next conveyor belt.  Then walk on to the ledge with the chest 
(small heart).  Now wait for the gargoyle to dive down before you jump and 
attack it.  Now wait for the 2 boulders to the right to fall before you jump 
on the conveyor belt.  Then jump to the last conveyor belt.  Walk off from 
there onto the ledge.  Go right to the next screen.  On the next screen, walk 
to the right and the rock thrower's rock will pass harmlessly over you.  Kill 
him before he can throw another rock.  Go to the right.  There will be a 
guard and a rock thrower.  Kill the guard first.  Then climb up and kill the 
rock thrower.  Grab the chest (wing boots) to the right.  Now go downstairs.

Kill the guard at the foot of the stairs.  Then go left and avoid the steam.  
Kill the flying machine and go downstairs.  Once downstairs, go left.  Jump 
on to the rocks behind the staircase.  Climb up and you'll be on the screen 
above.  Walk to the left and drop down to find a hidden chest (clear heart).  
Then backtrack to the stairs from before.  Walk past the steam and you'll see 
an archer to the right.  Walk onto the stairs and quickly go down them, 
ignoring the archer.  You should make it down safely.  Kill the tarantula by 
the stairs.  Go left.  Keep you eye out for more floor cracks.  Kill the 
other tarantula to the left.  Go on left to the next screen.  Kill the 
tarantula.  Grab the chest (wing boots) behind it.  Don't jump or you'll hit 
the ceiling spikes.  To the left will be two tentacles.  Crouch attack to 
kill them.  Jump over to the left ledge.  Kill the skeleton there.  Grab the 
chest (small heart).  Now jump into the left wall to find a hidden passage to 
a room with 2 chests (1-up, clear heart).  Kill the tarantula in the room.  
Then backtrack out and go down the stairs.

Kill the tarantula.  Go left and you'll see a chest (dagger) at the edge of 
the ledge.  You'll also see a gargoyle.  Jump over to the chest.  Wait for 
the gargoyle to dive in and then attack it.  Jump to the next ledge.  There's 
a tentacle on the ledge to the left.  Walk off the ledge that you're on now.  
You'll hang onto the tentacle's ledge.  Climb up.  Take a step forward and 
attack.  Jump across to the left.  Grab the chest (clear heart) and kill the 
skeleton.  Go left to the edge.  There's another gargoyle here.  Wait for it 
to dive and then jump attack it.  Now there is a platform far to the left.  
This is one of the more difficult jumps in the game.  You'll have to double 
jump over to the platform.  If you jump too early, you'll hit the ceiling 
spikes.  You won't double jump if you wait too long.  In both cases, you'll 
fall to your death.  It won't be a problem since you'll start off not far 
from the chest with the 1-up so you basically have unlimited tries to make 
the jump.  To make the jump, you'll have to time your double jump carefully 
then.  Get a running start and jump once.  Wait a split second after you 
jumped so you can clear the lower ceiling spikes before you press jump again.  
Once you're on the platform, jump one more time to the final ledge.  Grab the 
chest (small heart).  Then go left to fight the boss.

Boss:  Boulder Thrower (15 Life)
This boss will walk towards you holding a boulder in his arms.  He'll throw 
it at you when you're close.  It will hit the ground and break apart into 4 
smaller fragments, each of which can hit you.  This fight is another 
slugfest.  Just run up to him until he's within your attack range.  Then just 
attack him until he's dead.  Don't get too close or his body will get on 
"top" of yours and hurt you faster that way.  You should win without too much 
trouble.


Stage 6:  Laboratory (part 1)
Chests :  11 (1 1-up, 1 big heart, 2 clear heart, 2 dagger, 1 diamond, 2 
          small heart, 2 wing boots)

Go right.  Jump and hang on the ledge that the armed guard is on.  Wait for 
his back to be turned before climbing up.  Crouch and attack him when he gets 
near.  Go to the right and there will be two electric barriers in your way.  
Watch their timing and walk through after the electricity disappears.  You 
should only go through one barrier at a time but in this case, go through 
both.  Don't stop until you've cleared the second barrier or you'll get hurt.  
Now grab the chest (dagger).  A flying machine will come at you.  Jump and 
attack it.  Jump to the next ledge.  Retracting spikes will be in your way.  
Wait for them to retract and then pass over them.  Walk over the floor spikes 
and crouch under the ceiling spikes.  You can walk over 2 floor spikes if 
they're close to each other.  One is safer and easier to pass than two 
though.

After you pass the spikes, jump to the next ledge.  Pass the electric barrier 
and walk down to find a rock thrower.  Kill him and grab the chest (small 
heart).  Jump over to the next ledge where more retractable spikes await.  
Pass them and go right to the next screen.  You'll see steps going up but you 
can't reach them.  So jump on the moving block instead.  Then jump up to the 
next platform.  The next platform to the right looks different from the from 
the others and there's a reason for this.  That platform is a crumbling 
platform meaning it will begin to break apart once you step on it.  However, 
if you want the chest (1-up) above you, you'll need to walk onto the 
crumbling platform and immediately jump upon touching it.  If done fast 
enough, you'll hang onto the ledge of the chest.  Climb up and get the 1-up 
that you earned.  If you're slow though, you'll lose a life.  It's a risky 
gamble.

Anyway, land on the platform to the right.  A flying machine will come at 
you.  Climb up the platform to the right.  This will put you in a good 
position to attack it.  Jump on the next few platforms to the right.  You'll 
see an armed guard guarding a chest (clear heart).  As always, wait for his 
back to be turned before dropping down to kill him.  Grab the chest and climb 
up to the screen above.  Quickly get the chest (wing boots).  Then double 
jump up to the other chest (diamond) and attack the flying machine before 
getting the chest.  If you want to take it slow then grab the first chest and 
after the machine gets close enough, double jump to the left platform and 
attack it from there.  In either case, after you've destroyed the machine, 
grab the diamond and double jump to the left.  Ignore the two guards and 
climb up the first ledge above you.  Then jump to the second ledge.  Double 
jump straight up from there to the screen above.

A rock thrower will throw a rock and it will hit you but you should still be 
invincible.  It doesn't matter if you're not though.  Just quickly climb up 
and kill him.  Then get the chest (small heart) to the left.  Now to right.  
The floor slopes downward to some floor spikes.  Get a running start down the 
slope and jump to the ledge before you hit the floor spikes.  Climb up and 
repeat the process for the next ledge.  Then go to the next screen.  Walk to 
the end of the ledge.  Jump over to the armed guard's ledge when it's safe to 
do so.  Kill him and get the chest (clear heart).  Jump to the next ledge.  
Pass the electric barrier.  Then walk to the bottom of the slope.  A flying 
machine will come towards you.  Wait for it to get within range and jump 
attack it.  If you don't kill it, it will make passing through the 
retractable spikes to the right more difficult.  Now pass the spikes.  Then 
jump over to the next ledge.  Get the chest (wing boots).  Wait for the armed 
guard to leave some space before jumping to his ledge to kill him.  Jump over 
to the final ledge.  Kill the guard and get the 2 chests (big heart, dagger).  
Go to the right to fight the boss.

Boss:  Blue Armor (10 Life) part 1
This fight consists of 2 parts so you'll need to conserve energy, namely all 
of it.  The Blue Armor will walk towards you.  When you're sufficiently 
close, it will swing its sword and create a ground shockwave.  It will do two 
if you're just within range and three if you're closer.  This fight can't be 
won by slugging it out so you'll need to use a strategy to win.  To win, 
first get close to him.  He'll swing his sword.  Jump over each of the 
shockwaves while avoiding touching the sword.  After the third shockwave 
passes, attack him once.  If you feel confident, you can attack twice but 
this requires more precise timing than just one attack.  Now jump back a 
little and avoid the shockwave.  He'll attack again.  Jump over the 
shockwaves and attack once.  Repeat this process until he's dead.  If you 
start to find yourself running out of room to jump back with, just double 
jump over him instead of attacking after you jump over his shockwaves.  Once 
he's dead, you'll face the second part.

Boss:  Blue Armor (10 Life) part 2
He'll attack with an extendable arm if you're close.  He'll just jump towards 
you if you're far away.  The key to winning this fight is to keep away from 
him.  Unlike other bosses, touching this boss while he's in the air will not 
cause damage to you.  Therefore, keep away from him so he jumps at you 
instead of using his extendable arm.  Double jump when he jumps and attack 
him in the air.  When you land, walk far enough away so he'll still jump at 
you.  Then double jump and attack again.  Repeat this until he's dead.  Try 
to synchronize your movements with his, turning around when he does and 
jumping when he does.  This will make the fight end even faster.  After he's 
dead, you'll have to go through the second half of stage 6.


Stage 6:  Laboratory (part 2)
Chests :  11 chests (1 1-up, 1 big heart, 2 clear heart, 1 dagger, 1 diamond, 
          3 small heart, 2 wing boots)

Go right to the next screen.  There will be a gargoyle to your right.  Defeat 
this one like all the others.  Walk to the edge of the ledge.  Then wait for 
him to dive at you.  Then jump attack him.  Now climb up and get the chest 
(small heart).  Then climb up to the next screen.  There's a gargoyle here 
too.  Ignore it and walk to the left until you're right against the spikes.  
Wait for the gargoyle to dive past you.  Now jump to the chest (wing boots) 
and jump over to the right ledge.  Stand at the foot of the steps.  Then face 
left and jump up.  Climb up to the screen above.  Jump to the left.  Now 
you'll see spikes pointing left and spikes pointing right.  You can safely 
stand on top of these spikes.  Jump onto the spikes to the right.  Then jump 
onto the next platform.  There's a guard to the right.  Wait for him to leave 
you some space.  Jump down instead of walking off the spikes or you'll get 
poked by them.  Kill the guard.  To the right are two crumbling platforms.  
Jump on the first one.  Then quickly jump to the second one.  Walk to the 
right as it's falling.  From the rightmost section, double jump to the right.  
If you did it correctly, you'll grab on to the ledge.  Get the chest 
(diamond).  If not, you'll either fall on the spikes or land on the stairs.  
Go down.

There's a gargoyle to the left.  Attack when it dives at you.  Drop down to 
the ledge below.  Jump over to the ledge on the right.  Now slowly walk off 
the edge of the ledge to the screen below.  You'll fall straight down and 
land on a hidden ledge with a chest (1-up).  Double jump up to the right 
ledge above from here.  Climb up and kill the guard.  Then walk over to the 
right edge.  Wait for the gargoyle to dive and attack it.  Then double jump 
to the ledge above.  Climb up the stairs.  Get the chest (small heart).  Now 
kill the flying machine.  Jump to the platform.  Now walk off it and on to 
the spikes to the right.  Go right to the next screen.  Get the chest (wing 
boots).  Now pretend that the moving block wasn't there and jump on top of 
the spikes pointing left.  Now you can pass this part in two ways: the hard 
way where you don't get hurt and the easy way where you get hurt.  To do the 
hard way, jump on the moving block.  Crouch to avoid the ceiling spikes.  Now 
watch how far it goes to the right.  When it reaches this spot, just walk off 
the block and hang onto the crumbling platform.  Climb up and walk to the 
right and jump off the second crumbling platform before you fall.  The easy 
way is to step on the floor spikes which will hurt you but it also makes you 
temporarily invincible.  Now walk off to the right and hang onto the 
crumbling platform.  Climb up and walk to the right and jump off before you 
fall off.  Jump over to the ledge above and climb upstairs.

Jump onto the moving block.  Watch and memorize how far it moves to the right 
which will be the fifth spike from the left.  When it reaches this point, 
double jump to the right ledge.  Then jump up to the ledge above.  Jump up to 
the screen above.  Kill the rock thrower.  Grab the chest (small heart) 
above.  Then go right to the next screen.  Wait for the flying machine to get 
near and then attack it.  Get the chest (clear heart).  Jump to the next 
ledge.  There will be both retractable spikes and electric barriers here.  
Get in front of the electric barrier.  Time it so that both the spikes and 
the electricity disappear at exactly the same time.  This should take about 3 
passes for both to synchronize.  Then pass through quickly.  Repeat this for 
the second barrier.  Kill the rock thrower.  Get the chest (dagger) to the 
right.  Now do a double jump to the right.  Don't do it too fast or you won't 
jump far enough.  Kill the guard and the rock thrower to the right.  Go to 
the right and grab the two chests (clear heart, big heart).  Then go right to 
fight the boss.

Boss:  Count Crimson (10 Life) part 1
He has 2 attacks.  The first is to shoot 4 fireballs from his mouth which 
will hit wherever you last stood the moment they were fired.  The fireballs 
will ricochet off the ground or the left edge of the screen.  Crimson's arm 
will glow and he'll fire an armwave at you.  To win the fight, you'll have to 
stay on the ground to lure him to shoot his fireballs downward at a 45 degree 
angle towards you.  Double jump over them at the last possible second so that 
all of them are fired at a 45 degree angle and crouch to avoid the armwave.  
Then double jump and attack his head once.  Then move back a little to lure 
him to shoot the fireballs at the same 45 degree angle as before.  The proper 
distance is around the "orange machine" in the background.  Jump over them 
and crouch again.  Double jump and attack his head afterwards.  Repeat the 
process until he's dead.

Boss:  Count Crimson (10 Life) part 2
A wave of fire will move back and forth across the floor at regular 
intervals.  Crimson will also shoot 4 fireballs that will fly around.  This 
fight is just a slugfest so get near him and use a combination of jump 
attacks and double jump attacks to hurt him.  Try to jump attack as much as 
possible since it's faster than a double jump attack.  Double jump to avoid 
the flame wave.  If you can lure Crimson to shoot the fireballs upward, 
they'll take longer to leave the screen, preventing him from shooting any 
more until one goes off the screen.  After he's dead, don't touch his body or 
you'll get hurt.


Stage 7:  Laboratory (Escape)
Chests :  none

The lab is falling apart and you have only 80 seconds and 3 hearts to make it 
out alive.  There are neither enemies nor chests here so you'll only have to 
avoid falling into pits and the spikes.  If you die or run out of time, 
you'll have to start over from the beginning.  If you're ready, go left until 
you reach the left edge.  Jump to the left.  On the next screen, jump onto 
the left platform.  Then walk off to the left pit.  Drop down 2 screens.  
Then go left.  Jump down below.  Walk off to the left ledge.  Climb up and 
jump to the next two ledges.  Go left until you reach an opening.  Then drop 
down a screen.  Go left and you'll be at the room where you fought the Blue 
Armor.  You should have about 53 seconds of time left.  Go left.  Jump over 
the first pit.  Walk off the ledge for the second pit.  Jump over the third 
pit.  You'll be at the retractable spikes now.  This will take a lot of time 
if you only pass each spike one at a time.  Try to pass 2 floor spikes if you 
can to save time.

After you pass them, keep going left to the next screen.  Continue going left 
and then go down the stairs.  Go down the next set of stairs again.  Go left 
and pass through the retractable spikes.  Keep going left and then pass the 
last set of retractable spikes.  Then go left until you reach the exit.  If 
you rushed through, passing 2 floor spikes at a time, you should have about 
15 seconds to spare.  If you passed one floor spike at a time, you should 
have about 5 seconds left.  Exit and watch the ending.


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 VIII.  CREDITS
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AWJ
   for translating the ROM
Anonymous GameFAQs visitor
   for requesting that a FAQ be made on the game.


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 IX.  DISCLAIMER
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for where to obtain the latest version).  It is intended for PRIVATE USE and 
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Copyright  2000  Wilson Lau.