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Cryptic Castle
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Appearances and Overview
Game appearances

Shadow the Hedgehog
(First and only appearance)

Stage theme(s)

Haunted theme

Previous stage

Dark
Glyphic Canyon
Digital Circuit

Next stage

Dark
Central City
Normal
The Doom
Hero
Sky Troops

Characters
(story mode)
Level number

3

Number of acts

1

Cryptic Castle is a stage in Shadow the Hedgehog. Cryptic Castle is one of the three third stages and can be reached by completing the Dark mission of Glyphic Canyon or the Dark Mission of Digital Circuit.

Story

In the cutscene before the level, the President of the United Federation receives a call telling him about a data attack on the government mainframe - one perpetrated by Shadow himself if the player has completed Digital Circuit. Next, Shadow pops out of said computerized world from an Eggman terminal, unintentionally finding himself within the depths of Cryptic Castle. Shadow teleports/is teleported to a large computer-like object where Shadow catches a glimpse of Dr. Eggman. Wondering if the world's smartest man is probably a good person to interrogate about his origins, he races off to follow him. Shadow immediately runs into Amy Rose, who reports that Cream and Cheese have become lost somewhere in the castle. Finding the rabbit and her Chao, who have both somehow managed to get themselves stuck behind false walls, serves as the Hero mission. Alternatively, Shadow can acquiesce to the demands of Eggman's Drone and light five giant lanterns, which are in some unexplained way a part of the Doctor's defense strategy. The player can choose to chase Eggman, help Amy find Cream and Cheese, or help Eggman fend off the Black Arms. Whatever Shadow chooses, he and Amy exit the stage to find the grey Chaos Emerald abandoned on one of the battlements. The black hedgehog picks it up, only to be waylaid by Eggman in person, riding his newest killing machine. While Shadow protests that he has no quarrel with the Doctor, Eggman isn't about to let a Chaos Emerald get snatched right from under his nose and launches into battle with the Egg Breaker.

Missions

Dark

Light all giant lanterns!

  • Guide: Doctor Eggman
  • Objective: Light the 5 giant lanterns.
  • Trivia: Even though defeating Egg Pawns helps boost the dark gauge, Eggman will still tell you to stop.
  • Tips: Shooting Chao or Cream will boost your dark gauge.

Ranking:

A ≥ 14,000 points
B 12,000 points
C 8,000 points
D 5,000 points
E < 5,000 points

Leads to: Central City

Normal

Escape the mysterious castle!

Ranking:

A ≥ 18,000 points
B 16,000 points
C 12,000 points
D 8,000 points
E < 8,000 points

Leads to: The Doom

Hero

Find Cream!

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Shadow amidst a herd of Chao
  • Guide: Amy Rose
  • Objective: Find Cream and Cheese.
  • Trivia: Amy will ask you to not destroy and even help Eggman's robots. This is because for this level they are actually Hero enemies instead of Evil enemies.
  • Tips: Cream is behind a cracked wall on the left side of a room after the second balloon ride. Cheese is in a hidden room behind the room full of Chao.

Ranking:

A ≥ 18,000 points
B 16,000 points
C 12,000 points
D 8,000 points
E < 8,000 points

Leads to: Sky Troops

Behind the Secret Door

A shortcut through the level and a Magnetic Barrier to collect rings easily.

Trivia

  • Cryptic Castle is rather unusual in that both Amy and Dr. Eggman encourage you to kill the Black Arms and scold you for killing Eggman's robots. This means that going against the advice of a companion character (in this case, Dr. Eggman) will earn you more points for their mission.
  • At the very end there is a giant creature that cannot be killed. It is only found by taking the neutral path and it chases the player down a set of grind rails.

Music

Shadow The Hedgehog Music CRYPTIC CASTLE(02:47)


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