Part 20: The picnic is next week.Update 19: The picnic is next week.
Hey, folks! Now that all the round-up work is done, its time for us to head on back to the Clubhouse and find out where our heroes are going next.
Harmonys conversation is still the same as ever aside from the fact that were going down to the woods today.
But first off, there are a couple of things we need to take care of. We havent been back here for quite a while, so we have two love boosts worth of Ham-Chats to learn.
Tran-Q, everybody. We earned this one way back when we matched up the blue-tailed soccer player with the slightly clingy girl.
This heroic pose was the result of seeing the Ham Rangers show with the little ghost, appropriately enough.
Just one more thing to do, now. We havent been back to the rubrub room for a while, and Hamtaro only has room for 50 rocks in his bag. So Time for a look at some new gems!
We actually bypassed the animation for having a yellow love meter while polishing rocks, which is the upper one here. The lower one is what we're up to now.
As well as finding three-star gems, we can also go past this third stage (blue->red->gold) and uncover the four-star stuff The top-tier gems will have to wait until we get the last of our love meter filled, though.
Theres a nice haul of precious stones to be had, and I managed to find a half-dozen pearls too. (Sidenote: Remember the five rocks we got from Ghost Night? Those are guaranteed to be diamonds. )
A couple of fossils managed to appear
As well as a few more of the odd stones. Storm Stones are actually quite hard to find, which can be annoying later. (There will be a point to these eventually.)
Anyway, enough of that. Lets go explore our new locale.
Ah, the Wildwoods. The music here may not be the strongest track this game has, but its nice and atmospheric.
Theres three different ways to go, right from the start, so Lets go east first.
Okay, seems like this is the way to where the locals live. That old hamster is blocking our way, though
Were having a wedding here today, and the village is very busy.
Ah, thats reasonable enough. Despite listening in on everyones romantic moments, our heroes arent quite at the level of random wedding crashers yet.
We cant begin the wedding until he arrives All we can do is wait-Q.
Ah-ha! A new problem to solve, nice and early. Perhaps Spat kidnapped them Hmm, who knows?
Still, were not going to find out by just hanging around here all day. Lets continue exploring.
Theres another place to look into right here, though sadly we cant read the sign outside.
Huh. Okay, not what I was expecting to find out in the woods.
My husband is always working on the oddest inventions
I take it you were a fan of his before you married him, then?
Still, seems this lady really is devoted to her husband. I bet shes the only reason he remembers to eat, and all that stuff.
Lets see what he has to say for himself.
the woods!! Im currently engineering a device that will hurl hamsters farther!
If I can perfect this, Ill be known as the Edison of the hamster world! Oohoho! What an honor! Mmmuahaha I must be going!
Right, hes obviously a little bit mad. Travel by hamapult? What next, travel by cannons?
Moving with our exploratory efforts, we head west off of the first screen
into another fairly nondescript piece of woodland. However, it does allow me to show something off.
You see, the Wildwoods are chock full of mushrooms, each of which has three possible reactions to a good Tack-Q. Some will throw out sunflower seeds to be collected
others will throw out purple powder that make our heroes cough
and the remaining ones send out spores that give them a good giggle.
If we move northward from our mushroom-sampling area, a bird cries out and makes Hamtaro look around.
There doesnt seem to be anything to do except lookie at some strange fruit, though.
Moving southward instead, Hamtaro and Bijou pass by a muddy bog
and into some-things living area, by the looks of things. Theres nobody here at the moment, but best not hang around and wait for whatever it is to come back. Theres an exit to the east, so lets head that way.
Oh dear This certainly cant be good.
Spats icon actually vanishes from the map screen after we see him and Cappy together, so hes left the Wildwoods for somewhere else. Curious
Oh, this is Cappy by the way. Hes one of the younger hamsters, and a big hat enthusiast.
His wide-eyed sprite is also a little weird. Im pretty sure that we shouldnt be able to see the upper part of his eyes through his hat, art team.
Oh dear. Please tell me Spat hasnt made our friend into his fanboy.
Cappy, quit being weird.
This really under-appreciated hamster says it. His names Spat. I think its catchy, so Im gonna say it, too, pfpth! Pffpptthh!
This is going to be an awkward one, I can tell.
I made a hampact to buy this really rare hat from Spat. Its an acorn hat. Do you know it?
Hmm Do we know someone with an acorn hat?
Ah, right! Seedric, back on Sunny Peak! This must be why we didnt do much with him before, despite him having a name
This agreement of Spats is starting to look incredibly suspect, somehow.
Quickly finishing up our exploration of the Wildwoods, we have two screens that lead back to the starting area but when youre standing close to the large rocks in each, music drifts in from somewhere up above.
Still, we can investigate the source of the music a little bit later. A quick trip to Harmony confirms that Spats moved to Sunny Peak, so wed better go check on Seedric.
Ah, its been a while since weve been here. Not entirely because of my update schedule slowing down, either.
The spot where Seedric was gathering acorns is a little different on this visit; theres a hole amongst the grass now. Lets investigate.
Spat seems to have a talent for knocking Hamtaro over.
Dont you have anything better to do? Meddling Hams, pfpth!
Foiling your dastardly schemes happens to be a very worthwhile pursuit, Spat.
And I definitely wasnt thinking about stealing Seedrics acorn cap to sell it! No, I wasnt. It never crossed my mind.
Oh, yes. Youre the very picture of innocence, what with the whistling and incredibly specific denial.
See ya soon, Spat.
Three two one
We should probably go check that out, since Spats already left the area.
Sweet, a hidden hot spring! Guess thats why Seedric is wearing that towel on his head.
I decided to take a dip in this hot spring, but then my acorn cap just disappeared!! Noooooooooooooo!
Yeah, we had better straighten this out. Somehow, I dont think Seedric will cheer up without his hat.
We can still enjoy a quick dip in the hot spring, though.
Oh, and we can do this.
Alright, then. Is there anything else in the hot spring?
Ah, much better. This Ham-Jam serves as the background music for this one area, and it sounds pretty cool to me.
The last thing we can dig up from the sands is a rock with a guaranteed Ammonite inside, so its time to head on back to the Wildwoods.
Seems that the deal is already done by the time Hamtaro and Bijou get there, though.
Cool, isnt it? Its unreal!
Yeah Somehow, Im not so sure about that.
Hmm, lets try Bizzaroo first.
This acorn cap? Heh heh This is made from real acorns! Spats undeniably cool to let me have a hat that is just so darn cool!
I wonder how Spat would feel about having Cappy look up to him like this. He didnt want to be friends with us before.
Now, how about we try mentioning how cherished that acorn hat must be, to have Seedric blubbering like that?
I love Cappys sprite right here, by the way.
finders keepers, right?
Im afraid not, little guy. Were trying to be nice here, remember.
I want you to do whats right and give it back to Seedric.
Mmm-hmm. Cmon, lets go clear up this mess.
Looks like weve got a runner, ladies and gents!
And indeed we do, although cutscene stupidity has us stop and let him run off with each new screen.
Until, well Things go a little bit pear-shaped.
Oh no What now?
If he was hunting for eggs using a cage, we may not be dealing with the sharpest tool in the shed here. Still, he did manage to catch one Not that he knows it!
He may not be clever, but just look at the guy. Hes got a big heart.
Ha ha ha! Sorry!
Its okay, buddy. We may be able to help you out
But first, we require a little jolly cooperation.
Oh, right. We need to explain things a bit more.
That hat was stolen from another hamster named Seedric.
Stolen!! Thieves bad!!
Oops. I get the feeling we may have just made a big mistake.
Well, at least hes enthusiastic.
And that, we can use.
Works for me, bud. Worked on Hamtaro and Bijou, too.
One chase around the woods later
Yes, Bog. You great.
Let me out! This isnt fair! Its mean! This hat is mine! I wont give it back!
Heh Alright, what should we do now?
Perhaps a more emotional appeal will work. After all, Cappy loves his hats too.
Thats right. Seedric Hes been bluhoo ever since Spat stole his acorn cap. Its true. We just want to return it to its rightful owner.
Umm Aww I guess youre right
Ok. Ill give it back.
Finally, weve made some real progress.
I know! Hamtaro, would you take me to meet this hamster?
Hmm, I dont know
Ah, one of those. Alright then, lets go.
Please let him out of the cage!
There we go Thanks for the help, Bog.
Im sure that Seedrics waiting for us!
Time to walk back over to Sunny Peak, I guess
Naw, only fooling. The games very good about its scene changes.
simply had to bring it back.
Smooth moves, Seedric!
Without this, I I Im at a loss! Anyway, thanks oodles and oodles!
You did a good thing, Cappy!♥
Heh, and he only took a little persuading.
Im glad I did what you asked me to, Hamtaro.
You got there in the end, buddy.
I love hats! How do you think I knew just how much you love this acorn cap?
You know, I dont really venture outside the Lets Play subforum for fear of what I might find. Is there a place on Something Awful to talk about nice hats?
I'm...I'm so surprised. You're Cappy, right?
Itll be a hamboree!
Better call everyone over, then.
Well, at least we managed to create another fine pair of friends today; even if they are bonding over a mutual love of hats.
This calls for a celebration, I think. Have a drink of milk on me, folks.
Hope to see you all next time, when we'll probably go give Bog his hot spring egg as a thank-you gift.
We're all about Tran-Q and Smoochie.