7.4.5 Level 20 Final Countdown
Sapphire: 2:30:40 My best time: 1:49:80
Platinum: 1:58:20 Best reader’s time: 2:11:10
---------------- Checkpoint Check ----------------
First: 10 boxes Second: 26 boxes third: 27 boxes fourth: 118 boxes Bonus: 44 boxes End: 134 boxes
Get the boxes in front of you, then jump on the ? box, and ride the boxes down. Go right, and double-jump over the nitro stacks. Take out the robot, and continue. Jump over the laser, and take out the UFO. Go right, and get another mask. Carefully jump over two lasers, while not hitting the one in between and above them. Double-jump right, and take out another UFO. Jump onto the rotating platform when it is safe, then hit the first checkpoint.
Take out the enemies, then use the arrows to go up. Get past another robot, and keep going. Take out two groups of TNT, and fall down the hole. Slide right, and KEEP down, lest you be victim of another nitroglycerin accident. Dart past the piston, and slide. Again, jump on the platform when it is time, and repeat until you reach solid ground again. Take out the enemies when it is safe, and jump over the lasers. Continue. Take out more TNT and enemies, and you will reach an arrow. Keep jumping up and down until the timing is right to go onto the platform to the right. Jump right, and take out the armored spike, if you can. Hit the second checkpoint.
Use the floater to cross over the armor, and slide under the low-hanging ceiling. Go past the piston, and slide again. Notice the 1-up above the nitro. We’ll be back, o yes we will. Fall down, but don’t shatter any of the bouncy boxes. Go past the pistons, and super-spin right. Continue right, and hit the third checkpoint. Stand as far to the right as you can, while being left of the iron and steel boxes. Body-slam, and you will take out the TNT without making one of Crash’s lives commit suicide. Get the 1 remaining box, and go right. Take the arrows up, and you will see the next checkpoint. Don’t get it yet. If you are going for the yellow gem, then read-on. If not, then skip ahead.
Stand at the very left edge of the platform, and you can see a platform spinning near the top of the screen. As soon as it turns red, jump over the checkpoint, and onto the spinner. Push left for the entire time you are in the air, and you will land on the platform when it is green. Quickly jump to the box to the right. From there, jump to an arrow. When you are on the arrow, hold jump to go as high as possible, and double-jump super-spin left. From that platform, slide-jump left, and you will get the yellow gem. Now go right, on the ground, until you reach the arrows. Stand next to the checkpoint, but don’t get it yet.
Instead of getting the checkpoint, wait for the spikes to the right to go out, then ride the spinning platform. By the time you land, the spikes will have retracted. Go right, and slide under the low ceilings, and jump over the lasers. Hop on the bonus track. BONUS AREA Get the boxes, and continue right. Get the 1-up, then detonate the TNT. Hit the next TNT, and it will activate a ! box. Jump right, and land exactly on the TNT. After that, go right. Jump over the nitro. Let the fruit be your guide, and jump. Go right, and take out the bouncy boxes. Slide-super-spin jump over the nitro. Take out the boxes, and jump over the exit platform. Get the nitro ! in the pit, then exit.
NORMAL LEVEL (BOX GEM)
If you are going for the box gem, then read on, if you aren’t going for it, then skip this paragraph. Backtrack past the lasers, and go up. Continue past the checkpoint, which should still be there hole. Go left, to the platforms that move. Double-jump, super-spin left, then carefully go past the pistons. Climb up using the bouncy boxes. Get the life-up, then go down, and shatter the bouncy boxes. Make sure not to fall off of the edge to the left. Go forward, past the pistons, and double-jump, super-spin right again. Go past the used up checkpoint, and use the arrows to reach another one. Hit it. Proceed right, back past the lasers, to where the bonus platform was.
Go slightly forward when you drop down, or you will fall in a pit. Jump over the laser, and destroy the bouncy box. Shatter the UFO, and jump over another laser. Jump to the next platform when it is level, then jump between the lasers to get the crystal. Jump to the next platform only when the spikes are retracted. Go right and exit, maybe with a gem.
TIME TRIAL Destroy two boxes, then hit the clock. Now it is safe to get the mask. Spin through the 1 second box, then go right. Double-jump over the nitro, then jump over the robot. Spin through the UFO, then get the box with the mask. Navigate through the lasers, then go right. You can just make it past the platform before it turns. Double-jump over the armored spike, and onto the middle arrow. Slide out the robot, and go through the UFO. Bounce over the armor, and fall down. Slide, and use up a mask on the nitro to save several seconds. Go past the piston, then ignore the 1 second box. In the time it takes you to get it, you will miss your opportunity at the platform.
Ride the first platforms, then use the arrow to quickly go right. Take out the enemies as needed, and continue right. Use the super-spinner to go over the armored spike, then slide right. Again, use a mask on nitro, then go down. Go past the pistons, and continue right. Super-spin-jump right. Do that again while standing on TNT to get across the nitro. Use the spinner to go over the nitro, then continue right. Jump over each of the lasers. Carefully jump over the lasers, and to the platform when it is safe. Continue to the end.
7.4.6 Boss 4 Neo Cortex
The final boss fight. As always, you are after N. Cortex. I think it is an easy fight. Cortex just shoots a laser at you, and you need to dodge it. When he powers up his shot, you need to move to a gem, which he will destroy, partially killing him.
In the first stage, Cortex will shoot many laser pulses across the screen, at the bottom, from right to left. Just jump over it. Then it will go from left to right, at medium height. Duck under it, or high-jump over it. When he reaches the other side, he will track you, and charge the laser. The platforms at the top are now level, so stand on one of them. You will hear the laser charging. As soon as it turns red, MOVE. He will miss you, and instead destroy a gem. If you miss the gem, then he will restart this stage.
In the second stage, Cortex will shoot again from right to left. This time he will alternate between medium and low height. Jump over it when it reaches you. Repeat when he goes from left to right. When he is finished, stand in front of the second gem. He will destroy it.
In the third stage, Cortex’s shots will alternate between low, medium, and very high. The easiest way around this problem is to stand at the far left side, and crouch. When he shoots very high just to the right, double-jump, and super-spin. All of the shots will go under you, then he will start going back. When he is finished, yet again, go to the final gem. Stand in front of it, and Cortex will let loose, killing himself, or so it seems. Run to the power-up, and it will reveal itself to be Turbo Run. Hold the L BUTTON to run very quickly.