You start at the inn of the town Middlegate with 6 prerolled or your own characters. I myself used the characters that came with the game and put them in this order: Sir Felgar (knight) - Terwin III (paladin) - Sure Valla (archer) - The Hermit (robber) - Gene Eric (cleric) - Cassandra (sorcerer). When I got hirelings I put them in slots 3 and 4 unless clerics and sorcerers which I put in slots 5 and 6.
M&M2 contains 60 16x16 square mazes, which are divided in 5 towns and their caverns, 20 outdoor mazes, 4 castle mazes, 6 castle dungeon mazes, 16 caves and the 4 elemental mazes. To help you get around and raise your character's abilities, be sure to take advantage of the secondary skills. When you get hirelings, take notice of their skills, so you can change those of your characters if you want to. Remember to MAP everything and write down any hint you get during your progress plus the exact location of these. Also note, that drinks and food recipes can sometimes offer much help if you use them properly. Remember to check in at an inn to save your status if you get new vital information or complete a task and so on. Some hints are more important than others like hints on special battles, interleaves, keys and a few more.
1. Middlegate - the beginning.
Start exploring Middlegate. Go to the blacksmith and equip your characters. Be sure to equip the fighters first. Find the locations of the tavern, Otto Mapper, Track and trail, Edmund's expeditions (the last three provide some vital secondary skills), Lock and key, the temple, the mage guild, the training hall and the Arena. Raise your characters up to level three by fighting and then visit Nordon at 10,2. Accept his quest and go to the cavern at 8,15. In this cavern are many clues and hints, but to solve Nordon's quest you need to go to 0,7. Return the goblet to Nordon and get your reward. Follow his advice and visit his sister Nordonna at 1,2. Accept her quest as well and resque Sir Hyron and Drog in the cavern at 0,15. Return to Nordonna to learn about your first hirelings and the secrets of the well at 15,15. Follow her advices. It is up to you if you want to take the hirelings before or after donating at each of the five temples (don't forget the temple at Middlegate) but note that if you rest with the hirelings you have to pay them. After getting the castle key (which is vital to get into the castles, give it to your robber) you are ready for next town. Of course you should finish exploring Middlegate and its cavern first.
Here you should begin finding the usual places - the blacksmith, the inn, the tavern, the training hall, the temple and the mage guild. Here are also good secondary skills for your robber. Explore the slums carefully and note hints about Nature's day (of course you can spare a dime for some poor beggars, don't you). Don't worry about the graffiti at 11,3. You can explore the cavern at this point if you like but perhaps you'll need more strength to finish it. When you have had enough of this town for now its time for Tundara.
Start as usual finding the same places as before. A little wall-bunching is needed to find all the locations. You can try your strength against the frozen animals if you like but don't go to the region between the inner and outer wall yet unless you are suicidal. Of course you can try your luck at the cavern.
Here are some good secondary skills for your fighters. As before, this is mainly an exploratory trip but don't forget the statues at the town square. If I were you, I wouldn't go to the cavern without the Levitation spell.
Don't waste your hard earned money - this is an expensive town! Later, when you have earned so much that you don't know what to do with it you can take advantage of some fine secondary skills and so on but at this moment you should look at the statuaries located at the east and west walls. The cavern is not meant for beginners!
6. Your first trip to the outer world
Now you are ready to start exploring the outer world. I strongly recommend you start from Middlegate with 2 characters equipped with the secondary skills Mountaineer and Pathfinder. A crusader and a navigator could also come handy. When you leave town you will first meet your guardian pegasus and hopefully will discover his name later (it is not vital but try to take a linguist to C3). If you have done as I told you and written down all hints you will be now know what you want to look for this time. (Later on as your party gets stronger, you will of course explore every single square in every single maze in the game). You will by now have heard about Castle Xabran, Lloyd's Beacon, Castle Pinehurst, Queen Lamanda and many more. So lets start heading north to find Corak's cave at C2-5,11. You can go there through the woods if you have 2 pathfinders but try to find the path. Enter the cave and get the spell Lloyd's Beacon. You should be able to finish off the northern half of the cave this time but unless you've got admit 8 pass found in the cavern below Sandsobar you cannot enter the southern part and its not to be bothered with this time anyway.
Back to the surface, go back to the main road and walk north to Castle Woodhaven. Enter if you have a crusader and visit Lord Hoardall at 9,11. Accept one of his quests if you like but note that if you do, you must complete it to be offered other quests at Castle Woodhaven or Castle Hillstone. So, I wouldn'd bother with any other but the Lord's quest, which you have plenty of time to solve.
Now leave the castle and find your way to Tundara. (This first outdoor tour is very much like the guided tour around the towns; you are learning your way around). Trail your way back to C1 and try visiting 1,1 to get another quest, which as most of the quests in this game, can be solved anytime you like. Go back to Square Lake and take the trail that crosses the river below the lake. Follow the river soutwards until you find a weird dude walking on the river. You should be able to get the spell Walk on water by now. Go back to the trail and head east until you see a sign pointing north to the Luxus Palace Royal (queen Lamanda). Don't go there yet. Instead backtrail to C2 and take the path that leads south at 14,4. Follow that path to the woods and turn east. Walk on to D3 and turn at 13,3 to the south. At the end of this road is Castle Hillstone where you find Lord Slayer at 5,2. If you accepted Lord Hoardall's quest you can do nothing here by now, else you can accept Lord Slayer's quest. Go back and turn east at 13,10 (D4), which will take you to Sandsobar. Now go back to the Square Lake and explore the east side of the lake. You will find castle ruins and later you should be able to determine which castle this is and how to get there. Now it is time to find the way to Vulcania (maybe you will have some nice fights on the way, I will wait meanwhile...) Ahh, back already? Now we will take the road that leads to castle Pinehurst on the west side of the lake (come on, you know which lake). Don't bother with the circus until between days 140 and 170 (see part 11 of this walkthrough). At 14,7 at A2 you will find some wagon tracks; this is the way to Sarakin's Mine, a good place to get rejuvenated - but only when you are a lot stronger than now. Go on to Castle Pinehurst and find Lord Peabody at 4,3. Accept his quest (and this is a vital one for the solution of the game).
7. Getting stronger
If you think I forgot about the road to Atlantium you're wrong! As you grow stronger, I expect you to find your way to the island. Now it is time for you to raise your character. This you do by exploring the rest of the town caverns, the outside world and the three castles already located. Remember to take every hint and every location of anything you learn about. Battle in the Arena, The Monster Bowl and the Colosseum if you like using the appropriate tickets. As I told in the beginning, take special notice to hints on keys, queen Lamanda and the triple crown battles. If you stump upon new hirelings or information about those, you should free them and change hirelings as they will almost certainly be stronger (and more expensive) than Nordonna's sons. Don't miss the location of Mount Farwiew at D2-7,0. Also, on your way you will find some encoded messages in three colors; green, yellow and red, and the three clues to these messages, the green, yellow and red interleaves, are located at three different places. If you have problems decoding these messages, the solution is written at the end of this walkthrough.
8. Lord Peabody's quest
Worried about day 93? Well, there are two ways to to get Natures Gate. To have your own clerics learn it go to C3-1,9. Note the old druid's food and let your cleric order it at the proper tavern. Go back - and you've got it! The other way is to free the two captives at Native's Cove at B4. Explore the area and don't give up until you succeed. These two hirelings will probably be your best so far (after I got much stronger and freed the prisoners at Sarakin's Mine, I used them mostly throughout the end of the game). Go back to Lord Peabody and get your reward, the license to use the time machine!
9. Queen Lamanda
Now you should be ready for Queen Lamanda. Go to Luxus Palace Royal defeating Mandagaul on your way and visit the queen at 7,13. By now, you should know that you have to win the triple green key battle, the triple yellow, the triple red and the triple black. Start by buying three green tickets at Middlegate and the green key at Lock and Key Ltd. Win the three battles at the Arena, the Monster bowl and the Colosseum. Then go to castle Woodhaven and free the bishop of green battle from his imprisonment with the green key and collect your reward. Repeat this process for the other color battles. The bishop of yellow is in Castle Pinehurst, the bishop of red is in Castle Hillstone and the bishop of black is in Luxus Palace Royale. Now go back to the queen to find out that she still demands some more deeds to be done before you can get an audience. Time for more strengthening.
10. Castle Xabran
This is a good time for exploring this castle from the last century. You know now where it is and how to get there, don't you? In this castle, you should be able to find complete information about the locations of all spells and all hirelings. Here are also 4 vital objects for completing the game, the four elemental discs. Also, in each of the other four castles, is a vital object for your main quest.
11. The circus.
By the way this is not a necessary task. Go to the circus, then to D3-7,13 with a cupie doll. Follow the old man's advice and then return to the circus to raise the ability you like.
12. The druid's cave and Murray's Resort Island.
To get most out of the island, you should buy at least one guided tour from the agency at Middlegate. But go first to the Druid's cave to get a lot of information, much strength and at least one spell. Don't forget to finish off Horvath and only then go to Murray's island. Explore the cave (if you have problems defeating the stone golems, then just skip them for now) to find the power oil and some information on your quest and then try to visit Murray. To do this, you must head the signs on the way to his room. He will offer you a quest, accept it and return after finishing it for your reward.
13. The plus quest.
Now you should be ready for the long and somewhat tedious quest of the jurors on Mount Farwiew. If you, for instance, start out with the knight's quest, you go to Middlegate Inn and get rid of all other characters but knights and robbers (remember, robbers can help in all quests). Then go to all inns and collect all hirelings, knights and robbers. Equip them and take off to defeat the dread knight. After that you go to the mountain to confirm your deed and then back to Middlegate to train your characters some 10 levels! Repeat this process for all the characters you plan to use in the final quest. If you are not using barbarians and ninjas, you don't have to finish their tasks.
After you have had all your favorite characters gain their plus, you gather them together again and visit queen Lamanda. She will accept them as the stalwart band to rescue her father from the battle with the mega dragon, which happened last century. Remember, all your characters visiting her must have won the triple battles and finished their plus quests to get her goodwill.
14. Some more training and money-making.
Now you are almost ready for the elemental planes but I assume you are getting low on money. No problem anymore! Your characters are so strong by now that they will have an easy ride in the dragon's dominion at D1, where a lot of money can be collected (I'm talking millions of gold each time you visit the cave). Just don't bother with the ancient dragon until you have discovered the secrets of the desert at E2. Underways, don't forget to visit the nomad's cave at E3 for a lot of information. And the gemmaker's cave at E1 should also be visited at this time.
15. The elemental planes, the orb and king Kalohn.
Now it is time to get the four elemental talons. To do this you must have
the four discs from castle Xabran. I will not give you the excact locations of
the talons but don't leave the elemental planes until you have found the
red messages as well (3 of those at earth plane and 2 at the others).
After collecting the 4 talons, you go for the elemental orb. It is located in
Dawn's cave (D4 3,8) at 10,15. On the way you must defeat the orb
guardians and to get the orb, you must possess the fluxer, the todilor, the
radicon and the capitor. To escape from the cave with the orb, you must
give it to a hireling and then dismiss that hireling. He will return to the
inn you last checked into and wait for you there.
Now you visit your friend, lord Peabody, and use his time machine to get to era 8. Go one step north and voops! You are watching king Kalohn the vanguished preparing for the battle with the mega dragon. The king will ask you for the talons and the orb. Accept his request and you have changed history! The dragon is defeated and the king thanks you and asks you to see him at Luxus Palace Royale. Go there and get information on your final quest.
16. The final quest.
The Square Lake Cavern is a very difficult one and you should by all means have finished off the dragon's dominion first to get get a BIG raise on your hit points (defeat the ancinent dragons, then explore the upper right half and then the lower right half of the cavern). When you at last after a great effort have killed the evil threat, you'll have to solve a cryptogram in 15 minutes. This changes each time you get there but the solution is always the same:
WE, THE PEOPLE OF TERRA, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE...
The answer is always PREAMBLE as stated, so encode PREAMBLE according to the cryptogram and its solution ... and you have saved Cron!!!
When you arrive at Middlegate, don't forget to train your characters a LOT for the sequel.
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For each individual to become true, see the jury which resides at Mount Farview. Travel in groups of the appropriate class. A Robber can aid all others with their task.
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If personal statistics you'd like to enhance, with circus games you should take a chance. Win dumb prizes, but don't feel bad, you can offer these toys to an old man who can be had. A tree dwarfs his hut in the wilderness. For the toy, he gives you a tip for free. Drink from the Inner Limits pool. Though once it was acid, now it is cool. With thirst now thoroughly sated, go back to the Cicus and play games to raise those statistics which you truly hated.
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To right ancient wrongs, the solution is very long. The Triple Crown must first be done, with Arena, Monster Bowl and Colosseum to be won. Next, the party must split individually so that each may fulfill their personal destiny. Request an audience with the Queen so the Chosen One can be seen. Travel through time with Talons and Orb. Save the dead King from destruction and get the password. Then visit the lake geometrics to find passage to that which you must hurriedly fix. JVC