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[Saturday 28th November 2009 at 11:51 pm]

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It is very satisfying to conquer mini-games on the first attempt, especially when they're purely luck-based.

Ocarina of Time has some of these. The first one you usually come across is the treasure chest game in the town. It's a simple enough game: each room contains two chests. One contains money (increasing as you progress through the game), the other contains the key to the next room. You're only allowed to open one chest in each room. It's purely luck-based, unless you cheat and use the Eye of Truth to look inside the chest. On my current playthrough of Ocarina of Time, I got all the way to the end room on the first attempt, without using the Eye, and picked up the heart piece at the end.

The Minish Cap also has one of these, except it's more of a gamble. One chest rewards you double your bet (initially 10 rupees), the other gives you nothing, and after each pair you can choose to double your bet and try again. The first time I ever played it I won all the way up to the maximum bet on the first attempt. I've never managed to repeat that feat since.

Back in Ocarina of Time, there's another reportedly luck-based challenge: getting the heart piece that's buried in Kakariko Graveyard. I was using a guide to pick up the last few heart pieces, and according to it you need to watch the boy and note where he pretends to dig, then go back at night and one of those places will have the heart piece. He pretends to dig in about a dozen different spots, so I very carefully sketched a map and noted all the places to try. Guess what came out of the first one I got Dampé to dig at?

I managed a similar trick on some skill-based ones as well. As young Link I got all ten targets in the shooting gallery on the first attempt in this playthrough (which makes up for the hours my sister and I spent trying to achieve this when we first player Ocarina of Time, all those years ago), and as adult Link it took three attempts. Then there's the Gerudo Horseback Archery, which I've never tried before. So I decided to have a go, thinking that it'd take at least one attempt to get my eye in, and managed to score exactly the amount needed for the heart piece on the first attempt. Go me!
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[User Picture]From: omgimsuchadork
Sunday 29th November 2009 at 8:29 am (UTC)
I always save the luck-based minigames for last, because there's no way to doublecheck that you've cleared them later on in the game. I tend to forget which Heart Pieces or items I've picked up along the way. But yes, it's extremely satisfying to clear them on the first go! Less time wasted, fewer rupees spent, too!

There's the one luck-based game in the Village of Outcasts in ALttP where you pay thirty rupees, and you can open two treasure chests. I started the game and got the Heart Piece on the first chest! Ah, but I could open another chest. I opened the one right next to it; didn't really care, because I'd already gotten what I'd come for, and I might as well, it's no loss to me, and got a hundred rupees. :D
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Sunday 29th November 2009 at 11:40 am (UTC)
What I've started doing is I'll print out a list of where all the heart pieces/gold skulltullas/poe souls are, and then as I trip across them while playing the game I'll mark them on my list. Then, when I get to the end and I've got, say, three heart pieces still to get, I know which ones I've already found and so don't need to recheck everywhere.
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[User Picture]From: omgimsuchadork
Sunday 29th November 2009 at 3:42 pm (UTC)
That works, especially because, for example, Fanadi won't tell you where the Poe Souls are (I'd much rather she said that; you can sort of guess where Heart Pieces might lie). For games like ALttP, though, that I've memorized because I'm pathetic that doesn't work. XD I just have to keep playing and rely on in-game triggers to make sure I remember.
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