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#126961 - 06/06/04 03:15 PM Zanzarah
Jude Offline
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Betty Lou tried this a little while ago and posted her frustration here before she gave up on it. I was quite baffled by the walk thru I read to try to help her, there were so many instructions on the fighting aspect to learn.

By coincidence I have just traded for this game and decided to give it a go. It is ages since I played a PC game since I became a console freak.

Initially I didn't even get as far as BettyLou and spent ages wandering round the flat. After adjusting the monitor controls and restarting the game to watch the opening sequence again I got a little further.

I have to admit to being shocked by the fighting. Shooting does not come easily to me. However after lots of practice I am improving and am starting to get somewhere.

The sounds and graphics are amazing and I enjoy the fact that being adventurous is rewarded by so many little extras by exploration. I love this game.

To anyone else that is considering it you will find your perseverance very fulfilling. Although the combat is real time shooting it is very easy to learn and not as technical as a "proper" shooter, I seem to score hits when the cursor is in the general vicinity of the enemy. The cursor turns red when it is "on target". You just have to learn when to let fly with your spell. The save game came in very handy whilst I was learning the ropes!
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#126962 - 06/06/04 04:16 PM Re: Zanzarah
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Glad you're giving the game a try and enjoying it Jude. happydance
I found it enchanting.
I started to grow very fond of my little fairies and wanted to take good care of them.
Looney is playing this again I saw and makes about the 6th time; so she is the queen of questions and answers for Zanzarah. praise
If you train and treat your little guys well, they'll fight very hard for you. evil
Enjoy the game and graphics and music and story.
Don't forget to go back to London after you have over 5 of the little folks to see where they hang out..it's a riot. rotfl

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#126963 - 06/06/04 05:29 PM Re: Zanzarah
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It is an different game all right, but the jumping is a pain.
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#126964 - 06/06/04 05:57 PM Re: Zanzarah
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I'm sure glad you're sticking with it, Jude. Once you get used to the movement and the fighting, this game is so addictive. One of my very top favorite games - the graphics are absolutely enchanting.
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#126965 - 06/07/04 04:18 AM Re: Zanzarah
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The manual is not very helpful. Is it possible to access the item menu whilst in a battle? I want to stop my fairies from dying and so far can only do this by swopping fairies mid fight when one is exhausted.
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#126966 - 06/07/04 05:40 AM Re: Zanzarah
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Most useful screen is the one that tells you how fairies can fight against best and their weaknesses. Don't think you can access item menu in combat but if quick enough can use an item to scare off a fairy before battle starts. As fairies level up, get access to more spells. Be sure to check and see if your fairy can have a defense as well as an offense spell. When buying spells, if you get to pick one, go ahead and get one. You're paying for a selection and can use the extra spells to replace the spent ones.
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#126967 - 06/07/04 08:01 PM Re: Zanzarah
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Ah! Another Zanzarah player! yeah!!! wave
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#126968 - 06/08/04 07:15 AM Re: Zanzarah
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jude:
The manual is not very helpful. Is it possible to access the item menu whilst in a battle? I want to stop my fairies from dying and so far can only do this by swopping fairies mid fight when one is exhausted.
No, there is no way to heal up your fairies while in battle. Best thing is to change your fairy when it looks like losing all its health. This is what you have to do anyway, as you want all your fairies to gain experience during fights.
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#126969 - 06/08/04 07:37 PM Re: Zanzarah
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Jude, how are ya doing? I'm playing too (again hahaha!)!

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#126970 - 06/09/04 07:22 AM Re: Zanzarah
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Looney, I am in the swamp. The fights are getting harder but are very satisfying when they go well. I can't change fairies quick enough when one is nearly out of health. Just have to be more observant in future. Also I keep forgetting that I sometimes have a spare attack spell and simply change fairy when I am out of manna.

I like the runes as they can save time when travelling between destinations but the exploration side is lovely too.

I started off with the Nature fairy, she is nearly ready to evolve. I can't remember the types of all of the fairies I own but I love the little water fairy's attack of a spray of water. I think she is also the one that trills "la la laa" after winning a battle, which I love. Have great hopes for my stone fairy but he is sooo slow to level up. Have loads of spells for him that he cannot equip. I now have 7 fairies but have not visited the 2 spare in London yet.

There is so much to do right now that I am not very focused and keep switching between areas. Sometimes I try to level up a particular fairy then suddenly I want to explore a new area and quickly find myself out of my league during battle.

My poor character keeps dying, first I took her over a cliff ,just to see what would happen. Then she went into the swamp and ran out of air!


This game is on my parent's PC, I will probably visit quite frequently in future. I can see how there are a lot of replay possibilities too.

I keep saying that I am improving in battle, am always short of cash so I am working on picking up coins during battle.

I am now encountering "bewitching spells" during battle. I assume that if I cannot access the item menu during battle the spells may remain after battle has finished so I have to use medicine then. This thought has only just struck me...
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#126971 - 06/09/04 06:14 PM Re: Zanzarah
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Hi Jude! I'm so glad you're enjoying your visit to Zanzarah! Yes, lots of replayability here, between playing with different fairies and just the wonder feeling of coming back, keep me playing it over and over again! The water fairy you have, I think that would be Tadanna, isn't she sweet??? I have Tadanna with me in every game. I actually have 2 fairies that I use every time and they have their own names!

You are right, you can't use the medicine in battle so you have to give it to them after. Ya know what? I still forget sometimes to switch over to the second set of spells to! lol Too excited about the battle! lol

Money; if you go back to the village Endeva and go into the tavern there are 2 guys playing cards, if you try to talk them, they will tell you to go away and throw coins at you! I stayed there for a long time and got lots of coins!

You are doing great, keep up the awesome gaming!

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#126972 - 06/09/04 07:05 PM Re: Zanzarah
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happydance happydance
Looney and Jude found each other

Zanzarah alive and well <img border="0" alt="bravo" title="" src="graemlins/bravo.gif " />


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#126973 - 06/09/04 08:10 PM Re: Zanzarah
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Ingie! You should play again and meet Jude and I there! wink Of course I have the edge with Turtle and Poppy! laugh I'm just getting started again, so Jude is past me but then, I'm obsessed so I hope to catch up soon! lol

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#126974 - 06/10/04 06:00 AM Re: Zanzarah
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Jude, a fast way to level up a fairy is to put it in the first spot. Then when the battle is starting, just push the number of the fairy you want to fight. If remember right, they're number 1-5 and don't use the function keys. Also can pick up extra coins in battle by running the fairy into them. Took me until the end of the game to learn how to fly--need to keep pressing the right mouse button and was just pressing it once. If you don't know where to go, look at the map and should see red mark. Also once you get air and nature cards, put a fairy of one of them first and try out the air currents or clearing out bushes. Have you been in the pixie hunter's basement yet? Think you need to have given him 10 pixies to get access.
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#126975 - 06/10/04 06:42 AM Re: Zanzarah
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Hi Jude
Please CYE

Looney,
I have often thought whenever I see you post, I should play this again..I plan to one day..I love that place and the music ahh, such a good game.

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