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Big Crystal fragment timeline



I decided a couple days ago to map out everything that happens in BLiNX 2, because so much of it is communicated in ways that are easy to just ignore without meaning to, eventually just passively going along with whatever the game tells you is happening.  This is especially true for the events described in text format during the actual levels, from which tons of concurrent events are described while Furball and Bombay are off doing whatever on their own.  Who gets which Big Crystal fragments when gained special interest from me, so I decided to put this together after keeping track of everything.  I may make less grandiose documentation of where each character is at each point in the story, too, as well as clarifying when the different levels happen in relation to each other (Sweeper Round 4, for example, is entirely before Tom Tom Round 4, but Sweeper Round 5 is entirely after Tom Tom Round 5, while others have varying degrees of overlap).

Shown by this analysis is that two fragments are actually unaccounted for.  One is presumably just a fragment that Team Pigtail acquired while out in the Ever Snow World before encountering Team NecoJi, but there's not even any mention whatsoever of the seventh fragment.  The time frame for its acquisition isn't even very tight, and more likely than not the devs simply forgot that the cats lost one of their fragments to the Tom Toms in Round 4 (the Time Factory invasion) or weren't able to produce additional cutscenes explaining how they got the fragment once they realized the issue.

It's nice to get such a tight grip on what actually happens in this game, though.  Its story is nothing great, but some effort demonstrates that there's more to it and more thought put into it than one initially thinks.  Just wasn't communicated to the player very well.

Also made some revisions in light of additional information given in the comments.  All fragments are now accounted for (so disregard all contrary claims earlier in this description), meaning that this is a nice complete timeline.  Good to know what's going on at every point.
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Dang, what are the fonts you used? I still can't identify them from the manual.

Liked that you used the design from the manual. Still think that its design is really pretty over a decade later.

Wasn't one fragment acquired by Blinx at the end of the World 3? Unless for some reason he's refering to the one Furball got from the Mandrake but I think this is the seventh fragment: