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Hang Castle is the eleventh stage in Sonic Heroes, before Mystic Mansion and after the second Team Battle fight.

Overview

Hang Castle is a large yet mysterious and spooky area filled with many towers under a large moon in the background. The stone hallways outside of the towers are filled with torches and sometimes contain dull-colored plants to the sides. Some tall, round platforms contain a notable illumination marks on the surface resembling spiders. Throughout the level, the castle seems to have red banners with an eye embedded on it. Mist seems to also be present in some parts of the stage. Towards the end of the level, there is a large tower is crafted in the image of Dr. Eggman on one side and Neo Metal Sonic on the other.

Story

After the second team battle, Team Sonic infiltrates the castle to find Eggman and Shadow. Team Dark enters the castle while Shadow ponders over his identity and what exactly Sonic is. Team Rose finds the haunted castle and continue after Amy reminds Cream and Big of Chocola and Froggy. Team Chaotix are off to find the keys located in the castle (presumably to get into Mystic Mansion). Following Mystic Mansion, the next stage, the teams all pass through the Hang Castle area again to fight Robot Storm before moving onto Egg Fleet.

Gameplay

Hang Castle is the first of two stages that contain the mysterious orb switch (the other stage being the next stage Mystic Mansion) which seemingly flips the stage upside down. The player must tread around the floating platforms cautiously especially if they are used to carry the player across bottomless pits. Some of the floating platforms that move up and down do not move until the player stands on it.

Because of their unique Light Dash ability, Team Sonic and Team Dark can find trails of rings in this level. Also as Team Sonic and Team Dark, they will need to run vertically down along the surface of a tall tower, avoiding obstacles and gaining points via Rainbow Rings in the process. The player cannot backtrack in this section.

The stage introduces stone walls that can be destroyed with Power Formation attacks which conceal Item Boxes, switches or passageways necessary for the player to proceed. Also new to this stage are the torches which can be used to score points by extinguishing the flames, though if the flame is touched, the player will take damage. Some torches are simply flames formed on platforms and in midair, though with the latter they serve to create some sort of an invisible hallway the player can walk on.

Every now and then, pumpkin ghosts will pop out in unexpected places. The Egg Magician/Egg Bishop enemy also debuts here.

Rank requirements

The following is a list of requirements to attain a rank for each mission with each team.[1]

Normal Missions

Rank A Rank B Rank C Rank D Rank E Mission 1
Team Sonic 45,000 40,000 35,000 30,000 <30,000 Infiltrate the mysterious castle!
Team Dark 65,000 60,000 55,000 45,000 <45,000 Enter the spooky castle!
Team Rose 45,000 40,000 35,000 30,000 <30,000 Enter the haunted castle!
Team Chaotix 35,000 30,000 25,000 20,000 <20,000 Find the keys inside the haunted castle.

Extra Missions

Rank A Rank B Rank C Rank D Rank E Mission 2
Team Sonic 45,000 43,000 40,000 38,000 <38,000 Get to the goal ring within 6 minutes!
Team Dark 11:00 11:30 12:00 13:00 >13:00 Defeat 100 enemies! (Time in minutes.)
Team Rose 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00 >5:00 Collect 200 rings! (Time in minutes.)
Team Chaotix 23,000 20,000 18,000 15,000 <15,000 Collect the keys without being detected by the enemies!

Trivia

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The statue of Eggman/Neo Metal Sonic in Hang Castle.

  • If the Eggman statue is looked at while upside down, a statue of Neo Metal Sonic can be seen, foreshadowing that Eggman is not the real villain after all. (Seen only in Team Sonic, Team Dark, Team Chaotix and Super Hard Mode versions)
  • This is the only stage in Sonic Heroes to have two musical tracks: one for when the castle is right-side up and another one for when it's upside down.
  • If Team Sonic and Team Dark are played during this level and reached the end, while going up towards to the roof of the castle (down if upside down) the moon is shown to have a face with a creepy smile
  • If Team Sonic and Team Dark are played and start at the beginning of the level, if one pauses on the gap at the beginning, the buildings are shown to be stretched and falling is shown to be a never-ending void if somewhat hacked.
  • Hacking reveals the orb switches don't invert the level, but warp the characters to a different part of the level made to appear upside-down.
  • The riff in Hang Castle's music is the same as that in Mystic Cave Zone's music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but slowed down.

Music

Sonic Heroes Soundtrack HQ - Hang Castle02:04

Sonic Heroes Soundtrack HQ - Hang Castle

Sonic Heroes Soundtrack HQ - Hang Castle Reverse02:04

Sonic Heroes Soundtrack HQ - Hang Castle Reverse


Videos

Sonic Heroes Hang Castle (Team Sonic)06:13

Sonic Heroes Hang Castle (Team Sonic)

Sonic Heroes Hang Castle (Team Dark)08:22

Sonic Heroes Hang Castle (Team Dark)

Sonic Heroes Hang Castle (Team Rose)02:41

Sonic Heroes Hang Castle (Team Rose)

Sonic Heroes Hang Castle (Team Chaotix)04:37

Sonic Heroes Hang Castle (Team Chaotix)

Sonic Heroes - Hang Castle - Super Hard10:34

Sonic Heroes - Hang Castle - Super Hard


References

  1. Guess, Gerald (6 January 2004). Sonic Heroes: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. p. 159. ISBN 0761544496.



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