Part 12: Hams gone wild.
What should we do?
What is it, Penelope? What? You saw a sign that said something about an aquarium?
Bijou, do you know what that is?
I heard that there are all kinds of fish swimming, and its a really pretty place.
Why dont we all go?
Im all for it!
So, since the boys are off on a pointless quest to find indigo seawater, were going to be spending some time with just the Ham-Ham ladies today! (Yes, it is indeed pointless. The game may have had shaved ice as an ingredient, but it isnt quite that silly. Glazius gets points for having more faith in the game than the rest of you. )
Theres now a minigame on the pier, but we never ended up getting the fishing pole back in Sunny Peak. Theres actually a few things like that which we could go and do in the old areas, but Im saving that stuff for later. Even if we did have it, Hamtaros the one who plays this game.
We cant actually examine the sign like Sandy suggested, so lets just head on in and check the place out.
Hey, I think we found where all the NPCs for the area are. Guess this is a pretty popular place!
What are you doing?
Im putting my heart and soul into this canvas called a wall!
In other words, youre painting a picture.
Thats right! Its almost done, so come back later and see it!
The jellyfish look pretty adorable already, Bob Ross-ham.
This place is so relaxing, right?
It seems like a pretty chill place so far, but weve only just arrived. Hopefully the fish are cool too.
This hamster does toss a ball back and forth, but it takes quite a while for the animation to loop.
Mainly because hes conducting the lesson by throwing the ball all the way over the top of this gate.
...Did he say indigo?
in this aquarium, right?
I sure did!
The indigo ingredient is in this aquarium!
Hmm? What is it, Penelo-
Well then, youll need to open the fence.
Theres a switch on top of the fence. All youve got to do is press it.
On top...of the...fence
Well, that didnt take too long. We know where a proper ingredient should be, and its time for our first minigame!
Fence Climb is basically the same as Boss minigame from back in Ticky-Ticky Park, except that Bijou doesnt have anything to knock balls aside with. Speaking of which, how many of those is Salia throwing?
Still, its easily done. Oh, and also theres this.
Thats great, Bijou!
Now, Ill open it.
Alright, lets get back to poking around and seeing where this seashell is.
You must be Salia. A relative of Snoozers, perhaps?
The hole just below Salia is the store for Sparkle Coast, which means
We can add The Girls to our collection of colouring-in pictures.
Aside from this five-star sticker were going to need Boss to get, the only other thing of interest is that blue pipe in the background.
Penelope must have gone through here Hopefully she hasnt gotten far.
Well, weve definitely left the part the humans are supposed to visit. Pretty dark in here, too.
What are you doing?
The lights went out, so I came to turn them on. Are you going in?
Penelope may have gone in already.
Is Penelope a friend of yours?
I see Well then, I guess you can go in, too. But can you turn on the lights for me?
Yes. There should be a switch up one of the pipes. I appreciate it!
Flick a switch, got it. Shouldnt be too hard.
Only two choices, but lets try the other scientist first.
Ahh! Its dark, and I cant see. There should be a pipe over here that I can climb.
How illuminating. ()
... It wont budge!
Maybe this switch can only turn the lights off!
Then, I wonder if theres another light switch.
Why would someone build two light switches, one to turn them off and the other to turn them on?
We must want to be up here by this tank instead.
Be careful! I dont want you to fall in.
I just saw Penelope over there!
See! Over there! Its so dark, and shes all alone She must be so lonely!
I know! Lets have the jellyfish in the tank help us!
That sounds unwise.
And yet, thats exactly what Pashmina is going to do. Its very similar to Teeter-Beaker back in Clover Elementary, except that the jellyfish sink if you stand on the same one for too long.
...Wow, that switch animation is speedy.
Thats a 0.2 second loop, by the way.
Theres only one way to go still, so lets head down to the bottom again.
Heading back to the left brings us to a ladder spot we are way too short on Ham-Hams for, and
Well, nothing aside from this extra little bit of dialogue. We should probably just go to the right.
Thanks! Youve helped us.
Did Penelope come running this way?
Penelope? You mean the short, little, yellow Ham-Ham? If thats who you mean, she just ran back there.
Not so much yellow as wearing a yellow blanket, but yes.
Lets go over there! Thank you so much.
Oh, if youre going back there, take this.
No, its an airplane.
Yep. If you run into any problems, all you have to do is show the letter.
Well then, be careful.
...The item descriptions in this game could not be less helpful.
Speaking of things that arent helpful Theres going to be plenty to investigate when I revisit this area for the flyer and such. For now, well just keep heading to the right.
As you can see, theres a rather large gap.
Hmm, that is pretty wide. Sandy could probably clear it with some sweet gymnastics, though.
How can we get to the other side?
Its designed so that when the hamster in charge turns the handle, the path is completed.
What if the hamster in charge isnt here to turn the handle?
Theres only one other way that I know. See that hole over there?
If you get in the hole, youll enter the tank. From there, get in the bubble to move yourself forward!
Sounds like fun!
When you mean bubble, you dont mean
Okay, sure. The game says to press A to float up and B to float down, but its actually adjusting your speed rather than having to mash a button. Just click A once, or youre going to rocket up into a seahorse. That means you only have to tap B once to brake, too.
Well, just look how cute you are! I never thought such a cute girl would climb this tank.
I need to get to the other side and connect the pipe.
I see. Well then, youre not quite there yet.
What do you mean?
Apparently Bijous decided to make up for her lack of minigames by having two in a row!
Theres a constant downward momentum to this one since we have to contend with gravity, but Bijou can slow her descent fairly quickly to avoid those steam vents. Still, bet she didnt expect to go parachuting today.
Once we reach the bottom again, its just a matter of walking over to the valve we need to turn.
And it was fun, too!
If you turn that wheel right there, youll connect the pipes.
OK! I got it!
Pictured: Something not intended to be done with the arrow keys of a keyboard. It also takes a fair while Probably about thirty seconds if you were doing it well.
Some time later
Thanks! Lets keep going!
East is where we landed after the parachuting, so the only way is south.
Im glad youre OK, Penelope. But from now on, dont go running off by yourself, OK?
What is it, Penelope?
Ha ha! For a while there, she was complaining! About what? About wanting to ride in the cups.
These cups take you down below. However, if you go down, you cant get back up.
If we go down, we cant get back up?
If you keep going to the right, youll go outside. But these cups are only for the hamsters running the aquarium.
That means its impossible to get down from here! Huh How are we going to find the indigo seashell?
Yes, but I really cant let you ride the cups.
Man, youre a bit of a buzzkill, arent you?
Thats more like it, bud.
The cups themselves arent too exciting, but I like their colour scheme.
...Thats just rude. Anyway, to the right!
Hey, some non-jelly fish at last! This must be where
Its really pretty.
Ah, now this is a much more suitable ingredient. Quite fancy-looking, too.
But...as long as its in the water, we cant get to it.
...Hmm. Pashmina raises a good point. How do we get it out of the tank?
Oh, right. The one hamster that can swim could just fetch it out of the tank by coincidence, sure.
Lets go ask him if we can have it. And why he and Barette moved their photo studio out of the clubhouse.
Just hop over here, and
Hmm? He cant have gone far.
Whats wrong, Penelope?
Did you hear something?
My...my leg! Its cramping BAD! Glug, glug
Oh, no! What should we do?! Weve got to help!
But how can we get it to him?
Leave it to me!
Great choice of minigame name there.
It is indeed just like the ringtoss game Pashmina played back at the festival, only with someones life at stake.
I need to repay you. Just name it, and Ill help!
There is one thing Were looking for an indigo seashell.
Ohhh! You mean that seashell? Ah! I just dropped it! Dont worry. Ill pick it up for you!
...Mmmmmph? Did you cram it in your mouth?
No, Im the one who should be thanking you.
Lets take this to Bo right away!♪
Id better get going. Ill be around here. Call me if you need anything.
Take care, Seamore. Say hi to Barette for us!
Alright, the rest of this should be a cakewalk. Just need to head north, and
How are we supposed to get to the other side?
Suddenly, penguin-hamster out of nowhere! (He leaps up from below.)
Im Tux. You all want to get to the other side?
Yes. Can we cross here?
Of course! Just watch!
Its used when giving the fish their food. Get on the glass to go across and reach the other side.
OK! Got it!
If youre worried, Ill show you the way. If you follow me, everything will be fine! Just follow me!
So, Tux is going to lead us across the tank bit by bit, the floor constantly fading in and out every few seconds.
Hes being a little bit too hand-holdy if you ask me, but hes a cool dude. Ill spare you most of his dialogue though.
Oh, thats not a very good shot. Lets take a clearer look at this sticker by showing off the collection page.
Alright, so the collection page allows you see all the stickers youve picked up, their rarity and where you found them. The latter bits of information are also shown on stickers you dont have, which means you know where to find them and how (based on rarity) but it also will spoil the names of areas we havent been to yet!
Oh, and see the Dream World and Holiday text on these entries? Every sticker has a mat associated with it, which are only sold in stores. Cover a mat with one of each sticker its grouped with, and you get a special Complete Medal sticker. There are even three mats for all the complete medals to go onto, because 451 is a lot of stickers.
Seriously, there are 33 of these mats. You need to find all the stores and their flyers to get all of them, of course.
Anyway, lets pick things up after the little maze. And for the curious, falling off the glass walkway just means starting the room over.
Thank you so much.
Lets play again!
Is again some kind of Linux game?
From here, you can go outside using the pipe-slide.
Yes, if you go...well, lets just say youll know. Youll find that you get out instantly.
By youll know, he means Ill yell at you if you try to slide down any pipe except this middle one.
It scared me, too, but it was also fun!
Oh! Its Hamtaro!
Presented: Strong evidence Boss hasnt got a snowballs chance in hell with Bijou.
Not good at all. The ocean water was clear no matter how far we went.
What were you guys doing, Bijou?
I know! I know! You were all digging for seashells!
Seashells?! If I knew Id be this tired, Id have gone with the girls!
Theyre wrong, right, Penelope?
We werent looking for seashells. We were looking for the indigo ingredient at the aquarium.
Thats right. We went and saw lots of fish.
Its a pretty seashell.
Hamtaro, this is indigo.
Then, all weve gotta do is show this to Bo?
You did great, girls!
We did it, Bijou!
Yes, it was definitely worth all the effort. Girls can do anything if they try!
And with a dose of good old-fashioned girl power, our rainbow of ingredients is almost complete!
Thats right! Lets get back to the Clubhouse!
Alright, time to cut back to the Ham-Ham Lawn!
How was the ocean? Im jealous. I wanted to go, too.
Sorry, Panda. Weve got a party size of eight to work around here.
Ive often been called a man of the sea.
Yeah, a sea monster!
One more left! Were almost there!
OK, then! Lets go ahead and make a rainbow color!
We have one more ingredient left! Lets keep going!
And with our time having fun in the sun at an end, its time to move on to the final ingredient and to our most mysterious location yet!