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Phoenotopia

Phoenotopia is a platformer flash game made by indie developer Quang H. Tran (more commonly known as Quells T.). By his admission, the game is heavily inspired by Cave Story and the Legend of Zelda series.

Phoenotopia revolves around a young farmgirl named Gale who goes on a journey across the world to find out what happened to all the adults in her village after they were abducted by aliens.

Links Edit

The game can be found here:

Guide Edit

If you need help getting through the game, the following guide contains plenty of helpful info:

Old Build Edit

There also exists an older build of Phoenotopia, back when it was still in development. It exists as a SFW file and can be played by downloading the file and then opening it with a web browser:

Gameplay Edit

Phoenotopia is very much a Zelda-esque platformer; it is an open-world game divided into several chapters, each of which has a series of quests that have to be completed in order to progress and unlock more levels. These quests usually alternate between infiltrating enemy-infested areas, some of which have a boss at the end, and more casual tasks that involve interactions with NPCs. Along the way, the player will also pick up plenty of new items and gear that makes them stronger.

Story Edit

THIS SECTION CONTAINS SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Prologue Edit

The game begins with an opening cutscene that shows the Earth in the distant future, plagued by a massive global war known as the Great War. As humans and aliens battled across the planet, a group of scientists managed to get their hands on a particularly powerful alien specimen which they called Adam, and began experimenting on him. They took Adam's DNA and spliced it with human DNA in an attempt to create a genetically enhanced supersoldier. After a few botched attempts, the scientists were able to create their supersoldiers, which they called Phoenixes. The Phoenix Weapons were released onto the world and saved mankind by destroying their extraterrestrial adversaries, but their sheer power also left the Earth in a state of irreparable damage. This led to the human race being split in half - one half went deep underground and lived out their days in secret bunkers while they waited for the Earth to become habitable again, and the other half, believing the Earth would never recover, built starships and took to outer space in search of a new planet to live on.

Chapter 1 Edit

Centuries after the events of the Great War, the Earth has become habitable again, though the humans now mostly live in a medieval lifestyle out of fear that reestablishing complex technology might lead to another Great War. The game opens in a bedroom where the main character Gale is sleeping. Suddenly, the ground shakes violently, waking Gale up. She exits the bedroom and enters the main room of her home, where it's revealed that Gale is an orphan living in the orphanage of her village, Panselo, under the care of the elderly Nana. Gale is then approached by her brother Kiter, who is on cooking duty and asks her to round up all the younger orphans for dinner. After searching the village for a short while, she finds out from an older orphan that all the younger ones, led by mischief-maker Alex, went into the forest. Gale searches a little more for her old wooden bat and brings it with her to the forest.

As she explores the woods, Gale manages to find the kids spread out all over the forest. The last ones she finds are Alex and two other kids named Ella and Shelby. They are all standing in front of the entrance to an old temple. Alex explains that he saw a meteor fall and land in the temple, and he rounded up all the kids to help him find it, but there's a large chasm in front of the entrance. Alex asks Gale to explore the temple and find the meteor for him; when she agrees, Alex gives her his slingshot, which she uses to operate switches within the temple that activate platforms to help Gale navigate through the ruins. She eventually reaches the heart of the temple, where she encounters a gigantic monster toad and is forced to fight it. Gale manages to beat the toad and proceed into the next room, where she finds the meteor. Upon closer inspection, Gale discovers that the meteor is actually a robot head, or "golem head" as her people describe it.

Gale takes the golem head and brings it back to Alex. However, as they're talking, a spaceship appears over Panselo, fires a massive laser beam over it, and leaves. The kids are shocked and decide to go back to see if everyone is OK. When they get back, it's discovered that all the adults are gone. Gale and Alex organize a meeting to try to keep the other kids calm and organized. After everyone else is asleep, Gale shows Alex the golem head, who suspects it's connected in some way to the spaceship that took all the adults. He suggests they try to find answers, and Gale agrees to venture out into other cities to ask for help.

Chapter 2 Edit

Gale sets off to the west to go find someone who can help with the situation at Panselo. She passes through Sunflower Road, fighting a bunch of giant bees along the way, and reaches the bridge to the desert city Atai, only to find that the bridge has been badly damaged. Some locals by the bridge say that it had been ravaged by a group of Desert Bandits and their Sand Dragons. Gale is able to make it across the bridge, though, and reaches Atai. There she learns that Atai has been under attack from the Desert Bandits for quite some time, the reason for this being that the Bandits are animal rights activists who don't approve of the people of Atai hunting and making a delicacy of Baby Sand Dragons as "Sand Dragon Bacon." She also finds that one of the Bandits was captured but interrogating him hasn't accomplished anything, and the city has put a bounty on the Desert Bandits' leader, offering a $5,000 reward for his capture.

After exploring the city a little more, Gale encounters Lisa, a childhood friend of hers, who somehow managed to rack up a huge debt to the mayor of Atai and is indentured to him. Gale tries to convince the mayor to let Lisa free, but he refuses to do so unless he is payed $5,000 to pay off Lisa's debt. Gale then asks Lisa about some of Atai's attractions and where she can find the house of Adar, an explosives expert who was visiting Panselo and got abducted along with the rest of the village's adults. She then goes back to the city square and visits a potioner, from whom she buys a truth serum called the "Talkinator Juice." Gale sneaks into the prison where the captured Bandit is being held, and gives him the Talkinator Juice, which causes him to accidentally reveal the location of the Bandits' lair, as well as the fact that it's impossible to get into the lair without explosives. With this information, Gale goes to Adar's house, finds some of his bombs, and takes them with her to the Bandits' lair where she fights her way to the Bandit Boss. After infiltrating the hideout, Gale encounters the Bandit Boss, who tries to get rid of her by feeding her to a fully-grown Sand Dragon. However, Gale defeats the Sand Dragon and then captures the Bandit Boss. She brings him back to Atai, after which the mayor expresses his gratitude and agrees to let Lisa go because he knew Gale wanted to use the bounty to pay off her debt. An ecstatic Lisa showers Gale with gratitude and comes back to Panselo with her. After filling her in on the situation, Lisa advises Gale to go find Thomas, another childhood friend who is now a brilliant scientist and lives further north in a private lab.

Chapter 3 Edit

Since the bridges connecting Atai to the northern parts of the country, Gale has to get to Thomas's lab by crossing through a swampy area called Misty Gorge. While there, Gale finds a shop that sells various aquatic products, from which she buys a floaty donut that allows her to swim. After making her way through Misty Gorge, she reaches Thomas's lab, but it's disguised as a tailor shop because Thomas is very paranoid about being assassinated due to his high profile. Inside the lab, Gale has to solve several puzzles in order to descend deeper into the lab, but just outside of Thomas's room she encounters a giant robot Thomas created to deter intruders, and is forced to fight it. She destroys the robot and goes to see Thomas. Thomas doesn't recognize Gale and panics, but he calms down after she reminds him who she is. Gale shows Thomas the golem head, and he manages to quickly fix it. The golem head activates and a voice speaks from it, introducing himself as Billy. Billy then explains that the Earth is in danger from an alien army on its way to enslave the planet, and he needs to speak with whoever is in charge. Thomas suggest they seek an audience with the king of the nation, who lives in the capital city of Daea and has a connection with Thomas due to his scientific brilliance.

The trio head over to Daea and approach the palace to request an audience. The guards deny it, though, saying that the palace is shut so no audiences are possible. Thomas tries to persuade them to let him in, to no avail. Defeated, the group decides to rest in a hotel and try again tomorrow. However, some soldiers break into the hotel during the night and abduct Thomas. The next morning, Gale and Billy discover that Thomas is missing and set out to find him. Gale stops by Daea's prison and asks the soldier there about Thomas. The soldier doesn't know anything, though; he tells Gale that she'd have better luck if she had an audience with the king. However, Gale is again denied an audience by the palace guards. Luckily, all is not lost; a girl sees Gale's anxiety and tells Gale to find Ruby, a woman who works in the sewers, so she can get into Daea's dungeon through them. After asking several people where to find Ruby, Gale eventually finds her working the sewers. Ruby lets Gale in, and she makes her way into the dungeon where she fights off the dungeon's guards and frees many civilians and soldiers who were wrongfully arrested. One of the prisoners tells Gale that Thomas is in Jail Block A, the last block in the dungeon. Once she's there, Gale is ambushed by a horde of guards, along with a strange wolf-like alien. She defeats them all, though, and proceeds to rescue the last remaining prisoners, including Thomas.

Thomas angrily asks Billy why the alien was there when he said the alien army hadn't arrived yet. Billy explains that this particular alien was actually part of a different group; it was a Kobold Mercenary, an intergalactic bounty hunter hired by someone else to invade Daea. An imprisoned soldier named Sir Max chimes in, saying that the entire palace of Daea has been taken over by Kobolds; he'd tried to stop them, but was subdued. In the meantime, the royal family is being held hostage at the top of the palace; Gale agrees to rescue them and Sir Max gives her his throwing javelin to help her climb the tower where the family is being held. Gale uses a secret passage to get to the tower, and then works her way up while fighting the Kobolds and avoiding their traps. At the top of the tower, Gale encounters the Kobold General leading the invasion and, after a tough battle, defeats him. She goes to find the royal family and finds that the king and queen are missing, but their child Prince Leo is still there, so she offers to take Leo to safety. Leo cooperates, but is embarrassed about being rescued by a girl. The duo reunites with Thomas and Sir Max in the dungeon, where they all decide to hide Leo in Panselo for his safety. They all head back to the village.

Chapter 4 Edit

The gang holds a meeting in Panselo where they discuss what their next course of action should be. Billy starts by explaining what's been going on. First, he reveals that he is a Stellanite, an intelligent race of aliens aligned with the Free Space Confederacy, which is one of the two main powers that govern the galaxy. For a long time, the Confederacy has had a rocky relationship with the other power, the Galactic Federation, and unfortunately this relationship has been getting much worse recently. At some point, the Stellanites had discovered that the planet Earth didn't meet the Federation's technological standards; as such, the planet and its resources and inhabitants were deemed free for harvesting, which the Federation plans on doing soon. The spaceships that were kidnapping people, though, belonged to a different group: the Collectors, a neutral race that collects endangered species for preservation; they've been collecting humans this whole time because Earth is about to be raided by the Federation.

Thomas asks Billy if he and the other Stellanites can do anything ti prevent this, but Billy explains that he can't do anything for the humans because Earth is Federation territory; if the Stellanites tried to intervene, it would be seen as treason and an intergalactic war would break out. Lisa asks why Billy came to Earth at all if he can't help, and he says he knows a way for the humans to defend themselves from the Federation: the Phoenixes, hidden far in the northern end of the country, hidden in an underground vault known as the Phoenix Lab. Leo is shocked that Billy knows this, as he was told that the Phoenixes were a top-secret subject, and immediately starts grilling Billy on how he knows about them. Billy assures Leo that, although his suspicions are understandable, Billy is only concerned with the fate of Earth. He then has the golem head show a hologram of his true form: a tall, humanoid figure with bluish skin and pointy ears. Billy then tells the humans about the Great War that happened so long ago, and he reveals that the Stellanites are the descendants of the humans who abandoned the planet after the war ended. Leo apologizes for doubting Billy, and offers his key to the Forbidden Lands (a small section of land so badly damaged from the Great War that it was sealed off from the public). This key, combined with the keys from the other nations, can become a powerful artifact that can grant access to the Phoenix Lab. Billy passes Leo's key to Gale, and Sir Max goes out to the Great Wall to tell the guards there to let Gale pass into the Forbidden Lands.

Later, Gale goes to the Great Wall herself, where the guards recognize her and let her through. After passing through some particularly rough terrains, including a wasteland filled with murderous robots and a mysterious cave crawling with giant beetles, Gale makes it to the Ancient Crater, where the entrance to the Phoenix Lab is located. Once there, she encounters some of Billy's Stellanite soldiers. They take Gale's key and fuse it with the other ones to assemble the full Artifact, which Gale then uses to infiltrate the Phoenix Lab and break through all its high-tech defenses. She eventually makes it to the core of the lab, but she first has to shut down the lab's security mainframe as it tries to eliminate her. After a grueling battle, Gale destroys the mainframe computer and finally makes it to the chamber where all the Phoenixes are stored. With the mainframe down, Billy and his soldiers are able to use their technology to teleport into the lab with Gale. Billy greets Gale with a warm hug for all the help she's provided, then proceeds to examine the Phoenixes. The Stellanites manage to open a pod and activate a Phoenix, who identifies himself as Unit 0066. After 66 shows off his power for a little bit, Billy laughs victoriously and then reveals that he had an ulterior motive for finding the Phoenixes: he wanted to use them to destroy the Galactic Federation. Horrified by this, Gale argues that this was not what they agreed upon, and Billy replies that she is correct, as he had bent the truth back in Panselo. He explains that he couldn't tell the whole truth with Leo and Thomas scrutinizing him, as he felt they wouldn't understand the severity of this "destroy or be destroyed" situation. Gale won't have any of it, though; she confronts Billy and asserts that she won't let him get away with his scheme. Billy, amused by Gale's efforts to stop him, decides to destroy her. He has one of his soldiers shoot her, causing her to fall down a pit, and then orders 66 to finish her off, which he does by blasting her with a laser beam so powerful it even vaporizes the wall behind her!

Billy laughs maliciously, presuming Gale to be dead. But suddenly, Gale emerges from the hole, flying and surrounded by an aura of energy, and punches 66, knocking him into the wall. A Stellanite reports that Gale is emitting a massive energy reading identical to that of a Phoenix, after which Billy commands 66 to get up. Gale tries to use an energy attack on 66, but realizes she doesn't know how to use her newfound powers. Billy orders 66 to finish the job, so Gale runs away through the hole that the Phoenix made. At this time, Kobolds had traced the warp signal produced by the Stellanites’ teleportation and proceeded to attack them. A Stellanite announces that the Kobolds have arrived, and Billy orders his soldiers to return fire. Meanwhile, Gale tries to outrun 66 by closing doors behind her as she runs down the corridors to slow him down, and eventually she makes it out of the lab. However, 66 catches up to her; with nowhere to run, Gale pulls out her bat and prepares to fight while he charges up another energy attack. But then, a Collector ship comes out of nowhere and captures both of them in a tractor beam.

Epilogue Edit

Billy, along with all the Stellanites who survived the skirmish with the Kobolds, is seen walking through their area where Gale and 66 had been abducted. The ground is littered with Kobold corpses. A Stellanite informs Billy that Gale and 66 were caught by the Collector Ship. Billy shrugs it off, as Gale will be trapped forever there and 66 was only one of hundreds of other Phoenixes still at his command. Another Stellanite tells Billy that the Galactic Federation's harvest ships are on their way to Earth, and advises Billy to activate more Phoenixes to prepare a counterattack. Billy does not take the advice, as he believes it is better that the harvesters spread terror through the lands, and after that, he shall make his appearance as a savior leading the Phoenixes. This way, everyone will see him as a hero and beg him to become their leader. Billy then laughs evilly at the thought of his idea.

The Collectors comment on their latest catch. They see 66 still struggling to stay awake, so they hit him with a suspension beam to knock him out. They're happy with themselves for catching 66, as they can see that he is special. They don't see the unconscious Gale as anything special, though, so they decide to "toss her with the others." She is dropped in a metal cage, where some of her friends who'd been abducted earlier are being stored...