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Video Game: Alundra 2

Alundra 2 is an Action Adventure game for the Playstation One, released in 2000. Set in the kingdom of Varuna, the story focuses on Flint, a young man famed for his pirate hunting abilities. The backstory reveals that the king has recently been forced to abdicate in secret; the evil Baron Diaz has taken over over and replaced the King with a literal puppet.

As the game opens, we see Flint sneaking aboard a huge airship. On board, he encounters a crew of strange mechanical men with wind up keys in their backs, along with a trio of pirates, who, while ostensibly in league with the baron, are more than a little uneasy about it. Flint's presence results in a scuffle that wrecks the airship and sends it down; Flint bails at the last second, plummeting into the sea and having a very strange encounter with a sperm whale before washing ashore near the tiny village of Paco.

In Paco, Flint is introduced to the Princess Alexia, who has been seeking him int the hopes that the "famed pirate hunter" can help her defeat the baron (though she was Expecting Someone Taller). Hearing rumors from the villagers of a great bird that passed over recently, they set out for Mt. Sparrowhawk. There they find the crashed remains of the airship, along with definitive proof that the baron is working with the pirates. Unfortunately, they are interrupted by the arrival of former court wizard Mephisto, and a platoon of mechanical men. Mephisto is revealed to have power over bizarre magic wind up keys that can turn normal creatures and people into cyborg monstrosities. After narrowly escaping him, Flint and Alexia begin a journey to figure out how all these pieces fit together, and hopefully save the kingdom before something truly terrible happens...

This videogame provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The sewers under Mileena's mansion.
  • Asteroids Monster: Hitting the jelly-like enemies makes split into smaller versions of themselves.
  • An Axe to Grind: The dwarves of Kindra Forest want to axe you a question.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Mephisto's wind-up keys can turn people into soulless workers or into weird monstrosities.
  • Beastly Bloodsports: The town of Toroledo has a bullfighting ring as a Betting Minigame. The twist is that the fights are bull vs bull rather than bull vs matador.
  • Block Puzzle: There are lots of these.
  • Boarding Party: Despite the game being full of pirates, only one instance of this is seen at Flint's flashback.
  • Cartoon Bomb: There are two types of these: ones with a normal fuse and ones with skull emblems and very short fuse. Oh, and they're all pink.
  • Chain of Deals: Starting with the key you find at the airship and ending with best sword in the game.
  • Charged Attack: You will learn one when you find all the toilets in the world. All three of 'em.
  • Clark Kenting: The Pirate Queen's Bodyguard is so obviously Flint's father, but he never realizes this.
  • Critical Annoyance: Tambourine chimes will constantly remind you of your low health.
  • Damsel in Distress: Princess Alexia for about 1/2 of the game.
  • Difficulty Spike: Once you reach Star Key the game gets more harder.
  • Dragon Rider: Flint becomes one once you finish the Draconia Bomb Factory, where he frees a captive dragon that agrees to help him in his quest.
  • Electric Jellyfish: Prevalent in the underwater levels. They must be hit when they start charging their attack, as it is the only way to avoid it.
  • Epic Flail: Red Fang boss' weapon of choice.
  • Evolving Attack: Swordmaster Jeehan teaches you to prolong your combo attack as you find the puzzle pieces for him.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Mentioned by name when Flint and Alexia meet the first time.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Zeppo has one.
  • Faux Action Girl: Alexia talks tough, but she always gets knocked out and kidnapped when she actually tries to fight.
  • Fetch Quest: After Alexia gets kidnapped (for the last time), you are sent to a series of these.
  • Frictionless Ice: One of the puzzles in Seagull Ruins.
  • Gang Plank Galleon: Puerto Medusa, a pirate town.
  • Giant Eye Of Doom: Mid-Bosses of Underwater Cave are big floating eyes that throw bombs at you.
  • Giant Spider: The boss of Dunn Webb is a giant spider with mechanical attachments.
  • Going Through the Motions: Flint gets a lot of stuff across despite being unable to speak. All he does is shrug his shoulders or do triangles with his hands.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Jeehan's puzzle pieces.
  • Hailfire Peaks: The insides of Demon Whale, which is a mix of Womb Level and Eternal Engine.
  • Heart Container: Hearts provide health upgrade. They come in two sizes, big ones that give +100 HP and are rewarded after boss fights, and small ones which give +25 HP and are found in stores and dungeons.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Alexia is wearing a helmet in her first appearance, but then she removes it and it is never seen again.
  • Heroic Mime: Flint is mute, and commucates through hand gestures.
  • High-Class Glass: Baron Diaz wears a monocle. It's on even when he is turned into a mantis-monster.
  • Hook Hand: Zeppo has one.
  • In Name Only:
    • This game has nothing to do with the first Alundra, except for sharing the same music composer.
    • More than that, in the original game Alundra is the main character. In the second game, that character, that scenario, that world, and everything like it is completely absent. Even the company that produced it was entirely different.
  • Indy Escape: Before you fight Mutox, he turns himself into a giant ball and a minigame starts where you have to run away from him in this fashion.
  • Religion of Evil: Church of the Key, which is actually a ploy of Mephisto's to recruit more mooks.
  • Ring of Power: The Summon Magic rings.
  • Ring Out Boss: The Gian Spider in Dunn Webb doesn't take numerical damage like the rest of the bosses. Instead, it has to be struck several times, first to make it destroy the railings on the elevator where the fight is happening, and secondly to knock its opisthosoma into the depths.
  • Running Gag: Everyone expects Flint to be taller when first met.
  • Shields Are Useless: Flint's shields are very small which makes them useless in actual combat. However, standing still in the face of oncoming projectiles will allow Flint to deflect them.
  • Ship Tease: Practically every main female (even previous enemies) has shown an attraction to Flint at one point or another
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Ruby is quite similir to her mother Mileena.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Zeppo and Mileena.
  • Under the Sea: The sunken ship level, which accessible once you find the water ring, which makes able to breath underwater.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: The aforementioned orange shark.
  • Use Your Head: Zeppo's melee attack is a headbutt when you fight him for the first time.
  • Verbal Tic: People with Mephisto's wind-up keys on their backs tend to end their sentences with 'Gi'. It is actually a sign of their impending dehumanization, since the fully transformed Mecha-Mooks are shown to only say "Gi."
  • Waddling Head: Birdlike ones are encountered in Mt. Firedrake. For some reason, they spit cannonballs.

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