I'm at the end of Super Panda Adventures. If you just look at the store page, it probably looks like one of fifty million perfectly interchangable "old-school platformers," but actually it's a pretty great Metroidvania. The last boss, though. In the Steam forums, the developer tries to play the "this game is just harcore" card, but that isn't a magic formula to get you out of balancing your games. In particular, I strongly suspect that it's impossible to avoid some of his attacks, meaning that you need to block them with your shield. But I never bothered to upgrade any of my shield skills, because it was never necessary before*. I'll keep trying for a while, but this may end up having to be copy&pasted into the "games abandoned" thread.
* Coincidentally, I recently posted in the "Does anyone actually like boss fights" thread. One of my comments? That bosses shouldn't be designed to screw over previously workable builds.
edit: Haha, literally twenty minutes after my "this is too hard" post, I beat the game. There was an element of luck involved--you do massive damage by reflecting one attack back at it, and other attacks are easier or harder to avoid, so you really need him to use the right attacks and avoid others--but when I finally did beat him, it wasn't even especially close.
Post edited 13 hours ago by BadDecissions