February 28, 2021
Kakkara is a nice contrast to the Ice Country as the desert section of the world. The Kingdom of Kakkara, consisting of one town, is the only established residential area on the continent. There’s also the Fire Palace and the mysterious Moon Palace, surrounded by a huge void in the landmass.
In I, Kakkara was a blob, with only the town and the Moon Palace placed.
IIa has more terrain, and now The Fire Palace is where it is in the final game:
However, there’s no footpath to the Moon Palace. This was fixed in IIb, which reduced extra space north of the Moon Palace and added an entrance:
Despite this addition, there’s really no reason to access the Moon Palace by foot. Note the palette error; Kakkara looks more like the Ice Country here. In III, the space on the western part of the continent was excised.
In 2018, some dummy locations were added in on the bottom portion to give it more detail (IV):
I’ve been wondering for years what’s on the other side of a wall in Tasnica’s sandship. A look in the ROM reveals a huge area—either undeveloped, or removed. Or just part of the scenery, but I don’t deal in easy solutions.
A deleted or test area that resembles the Sandship:
A rough version of the Moon Palace, with Chobin Hoods: