Hints and Tips by JCrosss

Updated: 01/01/70 | Printable Version

Strategy for the Horde Taken From the 3DO Survival Guide by Jason Cross

        One of the most common mistakes that causes players financial
        trouble is NOT selling back items before moving on to the next land.
        When you dig up a cow, fence, pit, soldier, or whatever, you get
        back money equal to what it costs to place that object down in the
        first place.  So in the Shimto Plains at the winter of year 3, make
        sure you sell all your cows and stuff.  The Tree Realms goes to year
        4, so sell your stuff in the winter of that year.  Each "land" lasts
        one year longer than the previous one.

Shimto Plains:

        No hidden items.  Start off by chopping down trees and planting as
        many saplings as you can.  Repeat this for a few seasons until you
        have enough to buy a cow.  Place cows in the south of your town, as
        hordlings come mostly from the north.  Keep making cows and saplings
        so that you have 10 or more cows by the end of year 3.  Don't forget
        to pick them all back up in the winter before you go to the Tree
        Realms of Alburga!

Tree Realms of Alburga:

        Plant as many saplings as you possibly can.  Keep planting until it
        says "at max" in your inventory box.  After the hordlings come, plant
        more to replace the ones they destroy.  After a few rounds of this,
        the Dryad will give you the Boots of Boogie.

Fetid Swamps of Buuzal:

        Around the third year or so, your map will become large enough to
        show two "arrows" made of stones (apparent on the overview map).
        Dig at the intersection of these two invisible lines to find the
        magic flute.  This is probably the most useful (and annoying
        sounding) items in the game.

Kar-Nyar Desert:

        Keep making those waterways!  A tree will grow when you get water
        to an odd-looking bush, which grows in a random spot.  The tree frog
        wants the three foods you can find scattered around the desert--the
        Blue Fruit, Green Meat, and Purple Seeds.  Just set them down next to
        the tree and he'll give you his Trident.

Frozen Wastes of Vesh:

        Use bombs to blow away the snow in the preparation stage (this is the
        only land where you can use bombs during this stage), or summon
        Roscoe to melt away huge strips during the battle stages.  Be careful
        with Roscoe, though--he levels houses really quickly.