Part 9: Games and grudge matches.
Howdy, what are you so excited about?
What? Cmon, Hamtaro! Todays the Ham-Ham festival!
Wow! Youre right! It is that time, isnt it?
There are booths with all kinds of stuff!
And all kinds of yummy things to eat!
That really sounds like a lot of fun!
OK! I guess Im going to the Ham-Ham festival as well!
Get your party hats on, people! Or perhaps your kimonos After all, this is a Japanese festival!
Before we go anywhere though, lets have a chat to all our Ham-Ham friends and see how hyped they are for this festival.
Of course! Do you want to go over there now? Thisll be great!
There are lots of yummy things to eat at the festival! Im looking forward to eating all of it!
But how do I ask her to the festival? Mmmph.
I make no apologies for choosing to show Stan mid-backflip and Sandy mid-twirl.
Im fixin to make a huge profit at this years festival!
Not so fast, Howdy! This time, Ill open a booth too.
Its a match to see whos better at getting customers!
Oooh, sorry Dexter. I dont think salesmanship is something you want to challenge Howdy on despite the Howdy Doll incident last update.
What shall we do? Ham-and-seek!
Hmm, I cant decide if Stucky and Cappy sounds more like a comedy duo or a childrens toy.
Im really busy getting ready!
So many...coming...to play Im so...excited. Zzzz.
Oh, I can totally tell. This is the most lively Snoozers been in ages.
There are all kinds of vendors, and its so crowded!
Ham-Ham festival? It has a fun ring to it! Im so excited, Im dancing and I dont even know it!
Have you heard what everyones saying?
Sure, we did the rounds. Sounds like were in for a nice bit of relaxation after all this running around.
Well, wed be kinda treading on Boss toes
Of course, Hamtaro would never refuse Bijou like that! Which is why this is a but thou must! situation.
...For a strong guy, Boss sure cries easily.
Dont stay up late tonight. Go to bed early so you can enjoy a nice dream.
The second luckiest one for today is...Libra. Talk to your pals. You just might get a great hint.♪
The luckiest one for today is...Capricorn. Playing sports today is a good thing. The popularity you experience just might be great!
Today will not be very good for...Sagittarius. You may be warned not to ditch. Your lucky game is tree climbing.
Penelope is Pisces (so she shouldnt be staying up late anyway), Dexter is Libra, Snoozer is Capricorn (which makes for a great mental image of him playing sports ) and Jingle is our Sagittarius. (Trying to stop him ditching the group would be wasted effort.)
Now that Hamstarr has once again read our horoscopes, its time to head to the festival Or as the map screen calls it, Tip-Top Fair.
Wow! Look at all the fun-looking booths!
Hamtaro! Look! Its Bo!
Hmm, looks like he flew straight past that guard. Wonder if that means we can just go in?
Once the gate is done, the stamp rally will start. Since its not done, Im not allowed to let anyone in! Im sorry to ask, but can you go look at the gate?
Ah, the police are just incompetent (still). Guess this is a good chance to just poke around, see the sights
...and make sure not to get sick.
The stall owners have plenty to say around here, and theres a lot of them! Expect plenty of chatter at the festival.
...Are these trading cards or sweets? Oh, maybe its the Ham-Ham version of Pocky. For just being breadsticks and chocolate, that stuff is incredibly satisfying to eat.
Also, maybe we should go look at the next stall before I sound any more like a weeaboo.
Like I said, I cant go! Ive got a booth I have to look after!
Whats it gonna hurt? Just come along with me.
Didnt Auntie Viv just say shed look with you? Youre starting to get on my nerves!
Im going to go look around the festival with Maxwell!
How many times do I have to say it? Ive got a booth to run!
So, uh That didnt go so well. Seems like we might need to find a way to stop Boss pestering Maxwell at some point.
The area to the right of Maxwells booth is where the dance contest is going to be held, so naturally Stan and Sandy are here.
Being their usual selves, of course.
Wow, that guy looks like his life is pure hell. Must be Sparkles manager.
Sorry, Im too busy right now. Make them wait.
Yep, shes a diva. My sympathies to that guy.
Im sure Panda knows what hes doing. I mean, being the guy who builds and/or repairs stuff is 95% of his character. (With a 5% margin of error.)
Heading north from the site of Maxwells torment leads us to finding a minor gimmick of this area. Instead of having sunflower seeds scattered about, there are these animal toys we can interact with to get some. The catch is that theyre based on a strength check, so we need more Ham-Hams for bigger toys.
There are a couple of minigames we can see around here, but they arent available until the stamp rally begins. Must be a big event
Ive called ahead, so the stamp rally should be starting pretty soon. Why dont you try going back to the assembly grounds.
Ah, excellent. And what do your workers have to say?
Sparkle is here at the festival! Work faster! HURRY! HURRY!
Were all big fans of Sparkle! Weve got to hurry!
Yes, all of the workers are identical. Must be more of that slide guys brothers.
Back at the entrance, weve now tripped the flag to get us into the assembly grounds but we have the left side of this area to see yet, so lets hold off on that.
I sure hope the Ham-Ham doesnt get a stomachache.
Gee, I wonder who that might have been.
Because of that, my sales are through the roof! Thank you!
Huh. The Ham-Hams are definitely some kind of famous amongst hamsters. Must be a weird feeling to see someone wearing a mask that looks like you.
Over to the west, two of the afro hamsters are performing the Boogie Down on stage. Oh, and theres this picture of Howdy and Dexter
...that responds to the code R, L, A, R, B.
One practical gift, one romantic. Kinda says something about those two, doesnt it?
Huh Attending a festival alone is...well, pretty lonely. Plus, my shoulders are really starting to bother me.
Well have to see if we can do something to help out Auntie Viv too.
The northwest exit from the starting screen leads to another seed dispenser, this soccer-related minigame and another gate under construction. The foreman has the same thing to say, but
Really, our boss treats us hamsters badly!
I just want to get done and go to the festival!
Im hungry! I want to get some food at the booths!
The workers have their own problems over here. Still, nothing we can do now but go to the assembly grounds and see what this stamp rally is all about.
Ah, theres Bo! Lets poke him a bit.
Anyway! Take a look at that!
Wow! Its huge! But, what is it?
Thats shaved ice! The red syrup looks really delicious!
...You have got to be kidding me.
Boys and girls!
The rules are easy! You need to clear all the Ham Games at this years festival! For every Ham Game you clear, you get one stamp! The Ham-Ham who gets all 12 stamps wins!
Well then, is everyone ready to begin?! Ready
OK! Were going to do the stamp rally, too!
So, yeah. Thats what our red ingredient is going to be. Shaved ice.
Just let that sink in for a minute.
Also, heres what happened after I told Leavemywife that the Ham-Hams were going to a festival.
Steam conversation with Leave posted:
Leavemywife: Is it...
Leavemywife: Oh, God, is it called takoyaki?
Yapping Eevee: The red ingredient is not Takoyaki, though it is food.
Leavemywife: Hell, I should know this. Swedish Fish?
Yapping Eevee: Only not a food that makes me think 'red'.
Yapping Eevee: Want me to tell you, or should I wait for the update?
Leavemywife: Just tell me.
Yapping Eevee: Shaved ice. With some manner of red sauce on it, but no, the shaved ice dessert as a whole is the ingredient.
Yapping Eevee: Exactly.
Yapping Eevee: It's so stupid.
Leavemywife: Goddamn, man.
Leavemywife: I would have never guessed that.
Yapping Eevee: Neither would I. I can't wait to see how the thread reacts.
Leavemywife: I'm what the fuck'ing so hard.
Also, apparently Bo is actually flying around and telling us how to play Ham Games? I dont even know whats going on any more.
Theres a couple of other hamster teams that plan to compete
...though none of them are half as cool as the Sundown Kid over here.
Anyway, we should probably start filling this thing in.
Oh, and also finish the gates ourselves on account of those six workers going AWOL. We cant really do anything about it with just Hamtaro and Bijou, though.
So lets focus on getting some stamps first.
Acorn Shoot n Score is a nice easy one to start off with, though you can get bonus points by having more acorns at the end, provided you can stop the meter in just the right spot to take out two cards. Its 10 + 6 per acorn, so you could make 40 points if you manage that twice.
After successfully completing a Ham Game, we actually get to see the stamp on our card, as well as a map of the area with all the Ham Game locations on it. The map is ever so slightly inaccurate, as the north most area does not exist. There is a north exit from that long starless room, but its for leaving and going back to the world map.
Weve only seen the bottom two rows of the festival though, so we still have plenty to explore.
If we return to Auntie Viv, her dialogue goes a little bit further after the stamp rallys started. Lets give her a hand.
Huh? Really? Then, I guess theres still hope for todays youth!
And just like that, Bijous off on her own! Of course, we know one Ham-Ham who might be interested in talking to her now
Boss, if its OK, will you look around the festival with me?
B-B-B-Bijou. Look around with you?
Uhhh I dont believe it! Of course Ill look around with you!
Great! Lets go get Hamtaro together!
Still, at least Boss gets a little bit of time alone with Bijou, just until we walk back over to Auntie Viv.
Great! Seeing the festival together is a lot better!
Heh At least hes settled down now. Still, those gates seems like more than a three ham job, so
Well, the obvious solution is recruit Panda. But first, I think we need to take a certain prima donna down a few pegs.
Everyone else is too scared to come on stage.
Oh, what is it? Are you a fan? An autograph? A handshake?
You bet your psychotic little butt we are!
Wow, how long has it been since Bijou had a minigame? Actually No, I think this may be her first! And thats despite being in the party for every area except Ticky-Ticky Park.
Heart Catch is a simple enough game, where you can move around and press A to gather up hearts, but is perfectly winnable by standing somewhere around here and just mashing A. Well, unless
Sparkle manages to body-check Bijou off of the stage too many times.
Successfully dodging her by jumping with B will give you plenty of free time to suck up hearts, so getting 50 points for a full meter shouldnt be difficult.
I really hope she doesnt hire someone to hunt us down over this.
Thats no fair! Next time, I wont lose! Youll see!
Lets just take our stamp and make a hasty exit.
Listen, Panda! The work on the gate is behind schedule.
What?! Really?! Thats terrible!
Uh-huh! Of course, Ill help! Take me to the gate!
And at long last, Panda joins our party! Thats all thirteen playable Ham-Hams thatve been with us at one point or another.
There is one last thing we can do before finishing off the gates, though. Lets give Boss a chance to flex his muscles!
Barbell Lift requires you to set the meter, then mash A hard enough to keep it in the sweet spot for a few seconds. Boss is a pretty strong Ham-Ham, so this isnt too difficult.
Even the second round shouldnt give you much trouble.
Alright, thats a quarter of the Ham Games done already!
Now, a little bit of elbow grease and this gate should be done in no time!
...Well, its certainly something.
By the way, its important to go to both sides and finish building the gates. If you dont do one side, you wont be able to use it to get around the festival!
The rest of the festival has plenty more booths and things to see, but I think well save that for later.
So for now, lets just enjoy this picture of Jingle riding his hog and playing some tunes, and Ill see you all next time.