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Milon

Milon, Greek athlete: see Milo.

Milon's Secret Castle (迷宮組曲; Meikyū Kumikyoku, literally "The Maze Suite") is an action-adventure game released by Hudson Soft for the Nintendo Famicom (Japan) on November 13, 1986, the Nintendo Entertainment System (USA) in September, 1988, and the Game Boy (in Japan: ミロンの迷宮組曲; Miron no Meikyū Kumikyoku, or "Milon's Maze Suite") on March 26, 1993.

The NES game was released on the Wii's Virtual Console service in North America on June 4, 2007 for 500 Wii Points.

Gameplay

The main character, Milon (ミロン; Milon) from the Hudson brand, fights by shooting bubbles. The player starts out at the bottom floor of a four-story castle, named Castle Garland. Each story can only be reached by defeating the boss of the floor below. Although seemingly basic, the only way the bosses can even be reached is by discovering a host of secrets, some of which require sheer luck or a helpful manual.

The game has generally been considered extremely difficult and frustrating. There are no save points, and once a player runs out of life, the game is over, however, it is possible to continue after obtaining the first crystal. Unlike in most platform games of the era, Milon doesn't "blink" to become briefly invincible when he is attacked by an enemy, which means his energy can be sapped very quickly if he doesn't move away.

Each room of the castle contains secrets similar to those of the Super Mario Bros. series; the secrets are uncovered by shooting bubbles into invisible trigger objects.

An interesting cumulative side-quest involves finding music boxes. By touching a music box, Milon is transported to a mini-game where he attempts to pick up many musical notes as possible, with extra points given for sharps and negative points given for accidentally picking up flats. The first time the player reaches the mini-game, only one elf with a drum appears to play the music. Each time the player collects a music box and is transported to the mini-game, a new elf with a new instrument appears, and the song gets more interesting.

The Game Boy version of the game does include a password feature (otherwise it is mostly identical to the NES game).

Appearance in other games

In 1996, a Super Famicom sequel to the game was released only in Japan, known as DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure. In 2000, an English translation of the game was released as a ROM by a group of enthusiasts known as "Gaijin Productions of CTC", later completed by RPGONE. Recently, this sequel was released on Nintendo's Virtual Console download service for the Wii in North America on March 10, 2008. However, unlike other games in the "import" category, there is no English translation; all Japanese text is retained.

Milon also makes a cameo appearance in Saturn Bomberman. There are hidden Milon tiles in Star Soldier that can only be uncovered and destroyed for a 40,000 point bonus when certain score conditions are met.

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