History & Background

Aim & Storyline

Starting Out







Rune Stones


Legend Weapons

Treasure Rooms

Tips & Hints





Tips & Hints



1. Basic fighting: Don't just simply bash monsters - you have three TURBO charged moves at your disposal. Look for the turbo bar above your stats box at the bottom of the screen. To unleash the turbos, just press FIGHT + TURBO when charged to the desired Stage.
2. Push: To push your way through a crowd of monsters, just aim your character and hit TURBO.
3. Magic use: To use Magic like a bomb, press MAGIC. Press TURBO + MAGIC for a Magic Wall. FIGHT + MAGIC plus will throw magic in the direction you aim.
4. Building characters: Each character has ratings for strength, speed, toughness, and magic. At the start, each of the characters has different best abilities: the Warrior is strongest, the Archer is quickest; the Wizard has the best magic, and the Valkyrie is toughest.
5. Passwords and Secret Characters: You can save your character with passwords. One password will save all four of your characters. A password is simply three letters followed by three numbers.
6. To Beat the Game: You must defeat the demon Skorne. To get to Skorne, collect all four KEYS. You can get one key by defeating each of the four world bosses: Dragon, Djinn, 3-Headed Chimera, and Spider Queen. To defeat Skorne, find and collect all 12 of the Rune Stones. These are hidden throughout the four worlds. Every time you acquire a rune, it is stored permanently in your password.
7. Secret Rooms: There are four secrets rooms, packed with cool freebies. These are hidden deep in certain Stages.
8. Suicide Bombers. Each Stage has "suicide" bombers, crazed underlings who have kegs of dynamite strapped to their back. When you see the other enemies running from this guy, you should too!


1. If you know a chest contains Death, use potion on chest before opening and you will turn Death into food (health).
2. A solo player may enter multi-player areas by standing on the trigger and waiting until an enemy steps on the platform, at which time you should use your turbo (push) to advance onto the platform. (Don't kill enemy on platform until you are on the platform)
3. In treasure rooms, always pick up extra speed ASAP and then go for the gold and silver coins for greatest treasure value.(You may even want to avoid bronze coins until you have extra speed)
4. You can avoid waking up some Golems by not stepping on a trigger or opening a gate.
5. In a multi-player game you can use the exit as a safe spot until all are on exit. (Your health will not run down and enemies will not see you)
6. The hot/cold meter will show up on Stages where you are trying to find the rune stone for the second time. The hotter the meter the closer you are to the trigger point of that rune stone.
7. When you are fighting a group of enemies you can save yourself a lot of work and health if you turbo push through them to the generator.
8. Always try to get turbo to Stage 3 before using. It's effects on enemies is vastly superior to Stage 1 or 2.
9. When entering Skorne's Cathedral, make sure you have a full complement of keys. You'll see why...
10. The Valkyrie is the best character to select from the start; she is well-rounded and her attributes total up to be greater than any other character.
11. When buying items in the shop, avoid buying objects and purchase attributes - this will give you the best value in the long run when your character gets to high Stages.
12. Always play through to the boss at the end of a Stage. If you don't, you are giving up valuable experience points and a chance to get the bosses' gold.



1. The Valkyrie is the most balanced character, but not necessarily the best. While she can be spectacular in the hands of an experienced player, she is generally outdone by the Archer/Tigress. The Archer is not very tough, and her hand-to-hand tools are subpar, but her rate of fire, running speed, and superior Turbo Attacks make up the difference and then some.
2. Save every time you return to the Tower.
3. Clear out all hazards before exploring for switches, goodies, etc.
4. Use a potion on poison food to turn it healthy. Also, if you know that a chest contains Death, using magic on it converts the Reaper himself into food.
5. Don't go after any of the bosses until you have their corresponding Legend Item. It's possible to beat them with raw nerve, but you're missing out if you try to do it the hard way.
6. If you forget something important on a level (an Obelisk, Runestone, or Legend Item), you'll hear Skorne's mocking laughter as you exit.
7. Your Turbo Level 3 is always preferable to its counterparts, especially if your Turbo Level 2 only works at close range, like Valkyrie's. The Archer is the exception as her Level 2 is quite potent.
8. Switch to Secret Heroes as soon as you get them because they get more benefit from level promotions than normal characters do.
9. Don't forget that you can throw magic as a grenade.
10. Shooting explosive and poison barrels is good unless you're too close--they damage anything nearby and can usually take out a generator with one blast. Shooting food is impossible, so don't worry about ruining any. Shooting magic potions causes them to detonate at less than full capacity.
11. Pay attention to the arrows on switches if you're wondering about their effect.

Enemy Specific:

1. Always target generators before all but the most immediately threatening enemies
2. When a generator is hit, the hit makes a specific sound; likewise, when a generator is finally destroyed, there is another unique sound. Get to know these sounds so you can attack off-screen generators.
3. Enemies get "darker" as you attack them, but they don't get any weaker. Always finish off a foe or he'll keep hacking at you until you notice him.
4. Bombers and Bowmen will retreat if you rush them, attacking as they go. Corner them to kill them from close range or try to snipe at them from a great distance. Move erratically to avoid their fire.
5. When you hear a Kamikaze roar, stop and inch forward carefully; they can come out of nowhere.
6. There's no dishonor in dismantling an enemy or generator from a distance, from behind cover, or from across a gorge. In fact, it's one of the most important strategies in the game.


1. Use your gold to buy character attribute upgrades rather than expendable weapons. If you have a character that is very weak in one category (Warrior's speed), load up on that attribute to balance him out.
2. If there is an item you never use, sell it to Sumner for gold to buy things you do want.
3. Once you've finished the game, you can begin a new one with a special advantage. Load your completed game and then start a new one. Your fresh character will come permanently equipped with an anti-death Halo.
4. Pay attention to your power-ups--confirm that you've turned them off when you don't need them or they'll go to waste.