The Adventurer’s Guidebook
Any aspiring adventurer should make sure they’re prepared before they set out. And while it’s true there’s a lot of tiny tutorials in Kowloon High-School Chronicle, they’re often vague and can be easy to overlook. Hell, after the first introductory section, I was totally lost regarding quite a few details. So I thought to myself, why not help out folks in the same boat? Thus, here’s my vital rules to follow for any aspiring treasure hunter.
Don’t Assume Items are Equipped
This one might seem obvious, but it’s really not. Whenever you buy an item, you can choose whether to store it in your room or your vest. However, anything you find while dungeon crawling can only be stored in your vest. And since you only have 15 slots, space is at a premium. So make sure you always go hunting with 2-3 weapons and some healing items. It’s also vital to make sure your guns have bullets, otherwise the assorted monsters in Kowloon High-School Chronicle might get the best of you.
Always Stock Up at the Shop
While there’s a shop you can access from your room to order weapons and ammo, healing items are bought in the shop at the school. And since you go monster hunting at night, when the school is closed, you wanna make sure you’re stocked for whatever might await you. I learned this lesson in the second main section of Kowloon High-School Chronicle. I got surprised by a room full of monsters, and realized I was completely lacking healing items. Though you might find the stray bat wing or bone in dungeons for healing, nothing beats a good curry bun!
Take the Right Team With You
Hunting through ruins in Kowloon High-School Chronicle is a dangerous job. So it’s vital to make sure your partners have your back. Each one has different abilities, such as deflecting bullets occasionally or dodging melee damage. There’s a good number of partners at your beck and call. So make sure you take ones that help increase your chance of survival.
Don’t Jump From Great Heights
You can often tell that Kowloon High-School Chronicle was based on an older game. Games of the past had lots of unforgiving elements. One that remains in this version of the game is fall damage. I learned that the hard way very quickly when I accidentally fell from a tall height, and saw my health decrease accordingly. So make sure you’re smarter than me, and don’t kill your character accidentally.
The Synth Button Is Also For Selecting Items
This one really perplexed me for a while. I couldn’t understand why there was a Synth item button but no Use item button. Turns out, they’re one and the same. So if you need to heal by eating some delicious food, press that Synth button. If you need to Synthesize a compound, just select one item and then another that can be mixed with it.
Rely on the Mini-Map, Not the Big Map
I’m still frustrated by this element of Kowloon High-School Chronicle. You can bring up a huge map of your surroundings, but it doesn’t clearly show where you are on the map. By contrast, the mini map in the upper corner clearly shows your location, and even displays enemy locations during hostile encounters. Sure, it’s significantly smaller, but much more helpful.
The Wire Gun Is Amazing
One tool at your disposal is a wire gun. Not unlike Batman, it lets you reach lofty heights and cross dangerous surfaces. You also have unlimited uses of it. So if it seems you can’t cross a section, don’t forget to press Y and see if you can scale it with your wire gun. It’s also handy to grab onto hooks and get some vertical height.
Find and Exploit Weak Spots
Every single enemy in Kowloon High-School Chronicle has a weak spot. Hitting them there does increased damage, and makes it much easier to take them down. Often it’s less about a specific body part and more about what direction you attack them from. Some foes are weaker from the back, others from the side etc. Some foes also are weaker to certain weapon types than others, so be sure to experiment.
The Knife Is Your Best Friend
Sure, you have guns, grenades and more in the game. But much like in the survival horror games of yore, the knife is a lifesaver. It can’t run out of ammo, for one. For another thing, the knife can hit multiple foes if they’re close enough together. I really grew to love the knife, since I kept running out of ammo in early encounters. Just keep your distance and then get slashy slashy.
Keep Track of Your AP During Battle
Everything you do in battle costs AP, or action points. EVERYTHING, even using your knife. Hell, just moving around costs AP. So carefully managing it is a must in heated battles, especially against the epic bosses. On the plus side, your foes have AP too, so they can’t attack you repeatedly when it has run out. Use this to your advantage, and trick the foes to waste AP coming to you, then hit them hard once it’s your turn.
Always Check Your Status
So this one is vital. I wound up in a room full of foes. I was doing well, slashing them to ribbons, when suddenly I noticed I couldn’t attack. This despite having a full AP meter. But then I noticed a wavy symbol on my status bar, which I presume meant I was paralyzed. This totally devastated me. On a related note, if possible, have items on hand to cure status ailments. You can thank me later.
Refill Your Night Vision at Soul Wells
Soul Wells are essentially save points. While there, you can save your progress, access items in your room and more. But as a bonus, just visiting them fully heals your characters. It also refills your Night Vision battery. This might sound unimportant, but some areas of the ruins you explore are pitch black. It’s never good to have zero battery, especially since dangerous foes might decide to surprise you.
Don’t Forget to Distribute Skill Points
While it can be easy to forget Kowloon High-School Chronicle is a dungeon crawling RPG, it is. As proof, whenever you level up, you get points you can use to boost your character. I repeatedly forgot this, but it’s very important. Not only does this let you get stronger, but it also lets you jump farther and even heal while walking.
And that’s it for this Beginner’s Guide. Thanks for checking it out, and stay tuned for my upcoming review of Kowloon High-School Chronicle!