It was released before 'Google' or any online tips. You basically had to beat it old school. Granted there were paper back gaming guides then but it was considered taboo to use them by any reputable gamer.
For all newcomers check the Wikipedia link for a complete history! I spent nearly 2 months trying to beat the underwater red giant. Have no clue what his name is now but he had 1 million hit points and I had to heal my party endlessly lol. -James