When it comes to StarFox Adventures I am sure I have played the game to death. I played the game and checked every aspect of it. I looked into earlier version of the game which shows interesting changes not to mention the biggest being the swapping of some characters to ones from StarFox series and addition of few other StarFox stuff like Arwings. These are a few bits I found during my playtime or by looking at older version of the game. I was thinking of adding more but I feel this is already too much.
Playing as Krystal
When Krystal is at Krazoa palace the EarthWalkers there will actually warn Krystal of an Evil in the Palace which is referencing the Final Boss. Hidden behind some crates on outside of Krazoa Palace at the bottom part just before the entrance there is a ladder which leads to a hidden Bafomdad. In the Krazoa shrine the water where Krazoa is has been lowered so Krystal doesn’t swim. Also during the cut scene when krystal complete Krazoa test it’s possible a second Krazoa spirit will appear in background that was part of the test. Finally it’s possible to grab some of the explosives and destroy a patrolling SharpClaw that is one other side of water force field in same location as where first Krazoa is returned.
Princess Kyte was originally the sidekick for Krystal when game was previously called Dinosaur Planet. You can see her in some artwork and some videos do have her on. She is a baby CloudRunner and is similar to Princes Tricky. When StarFox Adventures was released many jumped to conclusion that Princess Kyte was changed to an adult male CloudRunner that helped Krystal at the start and later on Fox rescues him. This is incorrect. In one of the earliest footage shown of the game when Krystal arrives at General Scale’s Galleon she arrives on said CloudRunner then proceeds to question General Scales on where he is holding Princess Kyte. A text dump that emerged form the game full confirms the actual princess Kyte is the baby CloudRunner on the Galleon and later on is trapped at CloudRunner Fortress. If rescued on first save Fox can play the CloudRunner Flute to get a Bafomdad.
Good few players find Prince Tricky annoying because he talks too much however this may be caused by their neglect. Not feeding Tricky will cause him to moan about food.While palying with the ball seems like hard work actually the changes in colour can change how much he talks and what about. It also changes how close he is to action during a battle. Playing with the Ball can also trigger some weird stuff. Stepping up onto a higher platform when Tricky gets the ball causes him to freeze. Later some really high cliff like locations if you throw the ball down Tricky will take too long to get to the ball and as a result the ball disappears however if Fox remains more or less still Tricky doesn’t reappear. Strangest of all is that Tricky is pretty much invincible. Only Fox can actually deal him damage which can lead to Fox getting attacked by him. Barrels falling down on him will do no damage and there will be just red sparks.
When Fox first arrived on planet we are told about the helpful Pause/Start menu by General Pepper. During course of the game a grey circle appears in middle and there is a bleeping sound. Actually this is part of the game where it insists you look at Start?Pause Menu and in Particular Slippy’s Help which is what comes up by default during those times. You can also bring up Slippy’s Help during most of the game. Interestingly enough during the 3rd/4th Krazoa return Slippy will actually ask how Krystal is doing. Which explains how later on Fox was able to know who Krystal was. How Slippy knew is a mystery but it might have something to do with PDA. As during one point when Fox loses the staff it describes it as Krystal’s Staff as opposed to a Staff.
Fox Visiting Early
While a lot of the game’s story and game world is structured to prevent much deviation it is still possible to visit a location earlier. For example it’s possible to enter LightFoot village before the whole Fox gets tricked incident. The LightFoot tribe can be heard chanting. Another place is Moon Mountain Pass which you can visit before Dino Talk translator is fully working. The SharpClaws won’t talk in Dino Talk though. Fox can also travel back to Ice Mountain and another SharpClaw racer is waiting for him. You can have as many races as you want but as far as I know there is no reward other than watching disappointed SharpClaws. Likewise you can retake the LightFoot tests to beat your time and also travel back to earlier shards although only Walled City and Dragon Rock can be explored.
At the start of the game the ThornTail that is at entrance to CapeClaw is not there. The Mother ThornTail will comment on hearing girl’s cries coming from the WarpStone even Fox never hears that voice. Sometimes ThornTails will comment on a really bad storm and a flying ship. Both are references to Krystal. In the well is a crazy ThornTail. If Fox goes into well without the Lantern he will refuse to move out-of-the-way. If you have the Lantern and its empty he will still let you pass even though Lantern is useless. It is also the only tribe where all it’s members appear to be the same.
Very few of the tribes have balanced male to female ratio. The only tribe that has some sort of balanced is LightFoot tribe. The SharpClaw and HighTops have no apparent female members. Couple of other Dinosaurs appear to have no other tribe members at all. They would be the Shop Keeper and Gradabug. SnowHorn tribe is only tribe that has both a ruler type female and a minor one. If you’re wondering how the tribes built some of the locations on the planet they didn’t. It was built by the Krazoas. The Blue SnowHorn is an oddity for many reasons. Most strangest of them all is regarding the Golden Root. It was stolen by the Shop Keeper but the Shop Keeper says out loud now and then that been trying to sell the goods in the shop for 200 years. Which leads us to the question of how old to the Dinosaurs live for.
Most of the monsters you encounter have names. If you have PDA on item description you can see the name of the monsters so long as you can target them. Only a few remain nameless simply because can’t be targeted. The BribeClaw is only enemy Fox can’t attack however Tricky will react normally and can even use Flame command to attack them. It does no damage though.
On GreatFox is a poster on the wall featuring a female fox character. No clear shots can be had during game cut scenes or before starting the game. This is a little eye catch and has no purpose. It once caused a huge debate on what it actually was with many attempting to take a decent picture of it during the game. Now there is a high quality picture of it available around somewhere.
During the game Fox receives a Horn that when used on glowing pad calls forth a SnowHorn. Using the PDA to show item description rather than the map reveals the Horn can be used to summon EarthWalkers as well. A further description within the Start/Pause Menu describes the Horn as one used to summon friendly Dinosaurs. During the course of the game you never use it to summon anything other than SnowHorns. I can only guess the glowing pads where you mount an EarthWalker later on were intended spots to summon the EarthWalker.
All items Fox collects are automatically sorted in his inventory. This means regardless of order you get the items they are put into correct place straight away. Which actually leads to a bit of confusing regarding Cheat Tokens. If you want a specific thing to unlock you will need that specific Cheat Token. Most people who think it doesn’t matter collected them all before putting them into well. The Cheat Tokens aren’t sorted in order of which you collect first nor does the Well reward you based on number you put in.
One part of the game the ThornTails Beacons need to be relit. This involves getting some Fire Weeds. However this is only part of the game Fox need that item. Might be worried you end up having to carry them around with you entire game. However not long after said event if Fox has any extra in his bag they will simply disappear. There is no sign of them in inventory nor was there any point the items where Fox removes the items or any sort of clue as to what happened to them.
During course of the game Fox needs Fuel Cells to get to the Shards of the planet. There seems to be an unlimited amount of these you can carry. Some believe there is no limit to this amount. The limit what I have read (never actually reached it) is 255. Fox does need that many. Most of the other items he collects have a much lower limit.
Can only save the game at 99% complete at most. However it’s possible to miss out on Staff Power Upgrades which add to %. Which also explains the oddity of Fox’s staff power meter during intro trailer but some of the staff powers require more magic then beginning meter provides. Some say you can skip on the Goggles as well. Meaning you can finish at a lower %. Most of the other stuff you must get to complete the game. While general pepper does mention a bonus if you leave a planet shard before completion this isn’t the 1%. There is no bonus.
Planet + Shards
When on the Map screen before you head over to the Shards or the planet you can see where the Shards would fit on the planet. Some of the shards are in places you can view in-game or at least connects to. One of these places is at ThornTail Hollow which connects to Walled City. It is located behind Queen EarthWalker. CloudRunner Fortress’ location can be seen at Cape Claw. None of these places show signs of planet falling apart. The Shards themselves show no sign of being separate from the planet other than limited view range. Oddly enough you can see a moon at night.
The game has many different logos. Dinosaur Planet one which is before StarFox changes/swap overs. StarFox Adventures Dinosaur Planet which features the StarFox badge which is worn by members of StarFox team during the game. Then finally StarFox Adventures. Also a rare StarFox 2 logo featuring the planet not sure if that was fan made or not. The three logos are probably connected to at least 3 versions of the game. Dinosaur Planet for N64 then the version where StarFox was just added. This version had normal chests and Fox talking to EarthWalkers at Krazoa Palace. Then the final version.
Cheat Token Change
In the PAL version of the game the Cheat Token that unlocks Dino Talk was changed. It shows some text instead of unlocking the cheat. It goes something like “You two were meant to be together…”. I think it was referring to Krystal and Fox. I have no idea why the PAL version of the game had this mode removed.
If you grab Japanese footage of the game the game will still be voiced in English. The game official Japanese site also had a manga of what happened just before Adventures. The official site also revealed Krystal’s Telepathy although it was never detailed in Adventures and was later revealed in sequel game Assault. There was also a gag manga released for the game. Both have mangas fan translations.