This place can go die in a hole. (Or a whirlpool.)
Whatchoo talkin' bout?
In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, there's this Ice Lake that you have to get across while surfing on the back of an Empoleon.
Maybe I'm just a big noob when it comes to side games but that place makes me want to strangle about ten thousand Bidoof or so. There's tides that pull/prevent you from going to parts of the lake and icebergs that you need to smash through (you can only smash them when riding full speed on a tide). Plus there's whirlpools that bring you back to the start if you get sucked in. If you ride too quickly you can fall in one. If you go too quickly you might not break an iceberg and get trapped and have to go back to the beginning anyway. And what's more, the icebergs REFORM! Screw the Distortion World, this is hell in the Pokémon World!
In the Distortion World, however, you have to have conversations with Cyrus for the rest of your life. Now that is hell.
Dont. Remind me.
It took me forever to master that place!
Oh, that. God, it was such a big friggen pain! >.< And it gets worse - the slippery floors and holes of death will own you once you're in the Ice Palace.
Oh, and if you haven't finished, I suggest using a Shieldon as your partner Pokemon; Steel-types are total game-breakers.
Ah, thanks for the advice.