Cheers for the effort, pkt_paladin
. I actually loved the challenge that Secret of the Stars provided, since it didn't baby you with a multitude of enemies which can be killed in one-hit or a whole group with a little spell (I'm looking in your direction, Lufia!). I couldn't care less about the negative reviews this game got; I quite enjoyed it! I wouldn't mind making a slightly harder version of this game, at least when it comes to boss battles. Regular enemies wouldn't need much tweaking, but I can't get enough of enhanced challenges for games I've mastered in the past. I'm currently working on a Hard Mode for Lufia thanks to JCE3000GT's editor, and considering you've found all the relevant data I might look at making a Hard Mode for this game too; since it wouldn't take as much effort since the challenge is pretty good already. Obviously it would be for RPG-veterans only. >_> I'm sure your work would appeal to much more people, but this could be an optional trial by fire.
Here's a copy of some lengthy hints and tips I wrote for the original version of this game a while back: (Part 1)Secret of the Stars---Hints and Tips:1---]
Starting the game, the first thing you want to do is begin searching through all the drawers/pots in your house where you will acquire an Antidote, 50 Gold and a Plum Plum (healing item), and then talk to Ray’s mother. Next you should head outside and talk to the farmer with a hat two times to receive as many Plum Plums. Interestingly enough if you talk to the man before taking any of the items in your house you can get three Plum Plums from him, however the 50 Gold normally found inside your house in a pot magically disappears. Bastards.2---]
Note that you can rest for free in any open/unblocked bed, such as the one at your house or in the nearby town which will recover all of your HP. Later, once you gain the ability to use magic and thus MP, aside from the bed in Ray’s house every other bed will only restore HP. To recover MP you either need to visit an Inn or a Star Shrine (which you’ll learn about and understand later in the game).3---]
When you get to the world map for the first time, make things slightly easier on yourself and go to the nearby town rather than trying to engage in any battles. Locate the armour shop and purchase a ‘NomalHat’ (Normal Hat). Now go back to the world map and fight battles until you reach level 3. It won’t take very long at all (although your slow progress hinders this a bit; try and battle in forests for quicker encounters) and more importantly you’ll gain money in the process. Just be sure to return to your house or one of the open beds in the town of Likado (whichever is closer) once you sustain a few injuries. If you come across a pair of Pig Man foes right off the bat, it will be a close call but you should be able to beat them and gain an instant level-up. 4---]
In the town of Likado you can also find a further 50 Gold and an Anti-Stop item; keep this in mind as you next try to aim to possess the 120 Gold necessary to purchase the strongest sword at the point, in the form of a ‘ShrtSwrd’/Short Sword. You should easily have enough by the time you reach level 3. Remember that you can sell your knife for 15 Gold, so you really only need 105 Gold extra.5---]
The foes you come across in battle at the start of the game and their respective possible item-drops are as follows: Bad Slime (Antidote), Hedgehog (NomalHat), Pig Man (Knife), Red Slime (Plum Plum) and Slime (Plum Plum). The drop rates are relatively low, but if you happen to score an extra NomalHat or Knife you can sell them to speed you on your way to having enough funds to acquire a HardSuit (320 Gold; tough against poison) which will serve you well against some later enemies during the first several hours of the game. 6---]
Once you have reached level 3 you should then thoroughly explore the town of Likado and engage in your first (mocking) Boss Battle against CatBoo; which might even drop another Plum Plum. You’ll easily best the little beast, but by then you’ll still be far from the funds required to purchase a HardSuit; so when you are ready and have met David (the first Kustera party member), travel to the northern caves (the set of mountains on the left) and fight a few battles near the entrance until you reach level 4. Early on in an RPG is always the time where such things are a ‘necessary Grind’. You should then progress through the small cave until you become ‘Pennon’, so you gain the magic ability ‘Heal’ which will save you trips back to town for healing.7---]
Keep in mind that you should make sure to save one of your Plum Plums rather than using them all or selling them. Later in the game you can sell one in an ‘antique’ shop for 500 Gold (as opposed to the usual 4 Gold); quite the tasty bonus for hanging onto one!8---]
Travel to Jeep Volcano and fight battles near the entrance until you finally have enough money to purchase a HardSuit for Ray, remembering that you can sell his ‘ClthSuit’ for 40 Gold. Keep in mind that a ‘Bad Slime’ is a priority kill in battle since it can Poison you. Some new encounters in the Jeep Volcano also include: Bat (ClothRobe), Quill (Plum Plum), Stun Rat (Dagger). Return to town when you need free healing otherwise use your limited MP, and when you run out return to the Crest Shrine or the bed at Ray’s house (any other bed only recovers HP) to top it up once you are done leveling up and have purchased a HardSuit.9---]
Now, when you get your second character in the game (Tina) you won’t be able to buy some of the better equipment available to you in Likado. You might consider purchasing a spare Short Sword now, but you can save your money since Ray will come across enemies that drop MidSwrds (Middle Swords), so once he has one you can give his Short Sword to Tina when you meet her. You will find the more expensive HardSuit for her near the end of the first ‘dungeon’ equivalent you go to with her, so save yourself the bulk of the money by not buying any additional armour.10---]
David (your first Kustera team member) will already have a HardSuit and ‘MidSwrd’ which makes things easier, but gain a few easy levels with him at the entrance of Jeep Volcano, and if you don’t score a free NomalHat in the process (from a Hedgehog on the way or outside) you can easily afford to purchase one at Likado since David starts with a ‘whopping 500 Gold. You can also witness some optional dialogue if you speak to certain townsfolk in Likado or Ray’s home village. If you gain a few levels where you first gain control of David, keep in mind you can get free healing when you step on that gold crest/tile; possibly gaining aforementioned NomalHat from a Hedgehog in the process. Don’t stick around there any longer than it takes to achieve level 4 though, since you’ll gain more experience/Gold inside Jeep Volcano. Purchase him some Bread and an Antidote just to be safe.11---]
Once Ray has his HardSuit, he will no doubt have attained level 6 by then (and hopefully likewise for David, since it’s good to keep them around the same level; although David will not be able to progress deeper into Jeep Volcano hence level 6 for him is a good goal). Recover your MP at Ray’s house or at the Crest Shrine, and then it’s time to pass the first yellow gate (which David cannot pass, although be sure to pick up the two items past the green gates which only a member of Kustera can access) and head deeper into the volcano.12---]
When it comes to enemy item-drops, it is only the last enemy killed which will bring with it the possibility. For example, if you face a Slime and a Hedgehog, and you are hoping for the NomalHat drop from the Hedgehog, be sure to kill it last. If you are using an emulator, you can save yourself some time and annoyance (so to speak) by saving right before you are able to kill the last foe in one hit. If you don’t get the item drop you were after, simply reload and try again. This will still take many tries to achieve what you are after, but in the end it is generally quicker than fighting dozens of battles with the foe trying to get what it drops. I consider this an annoyance-prevention technique, but it shouldn’t be overused lest one’s sanity be at risk.
(I can't post part 2 right now; exceeds 15,000 characters and won't fit in one post >_>)