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Iron Jungle

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Iron Jungle
Neutral Fifth level, Shadow the Hedgehog
Level theme: jungle
Secondary level theme: industrial
Boss: Egg Breaker
Prerequisite: Mad Matrix (Dark); Sky Troops (Normal); or The Doom (Hero)
Dark mission: Eliminate the GUN robots! (28 total)
Dark companion: Eggman's Drone
Leads to: Black Comet

Rank A 30,000 points
Rank B 25,000 points
Rank C 15,000 points
Rank D 10,000 points
Rank E Finish the mission

Normal mission: Find the entrance to Eggman's base!
Normal companion: None
Leads to: Lava Shelter

Rank A 30,000 points
Rank B 26,000 points
Rank C 20,000 points
Rank D 15,000 points
Rank E Finish the mission

Hero mission: Shoot down Eggman's airship!
Hero companion: E-123 Omega
Leads to: Cosmic Fall

Rank A 28,000 points
Rank B 24,000 points
Rank C 15,000 points
Rank D 10,000 points
Rank E Finish the mission

Iron Jungle is one of five possible fifth levels of Shadow the Hedgehog; in the game's branching path structure, it follows from taking a more neutral, non-aligned path through the previous levels. Set on the approach to Dr. Eggman's Lava Shelter, this stage involves more than its fair share of set-piece fighting, with Egg Pawns and Shadow Androids guarding doors and elevators; Shadow is required to take them out before proceeding on.

The mission structure is the reverse of Air Fleet; the Dark Mission is to kill all the enemies and the Hero Mission is to shoot down a vehicle.

Story

Chaos Controlling into the level from either Mad Matrix, Sky Troops or The Doom, Shadow drops onto the steel-plate floors to find himself faced with... himself. The Ultimate Lifeform has popped up right in the middle of a squadron of Shadow Androids. While existentially hazardous, this at least means Eggman doesn't spot him while lecturing the troops on his Egg Mobile. After the Eggman Fleet has been dealt heavy damage by the Black Arms in Sky Troops, Eggman is falling back to his base to formulate a new strategy. However, the Doctor finds himself pursued by G.U.N. forces, not wasting an opportunity to attack the Eggman Empire while Eggman is on the back foot.

The vanguard of the G.U.N. forces is accompanied by E-123 Omega, likewise determined to kick the Eggman while he's down. Omega wants Shadow's help in shooting down Eggman's personal transport, the Egg Balloon. Shadow can help Omega, or abet the fat man's retreat by knocking out the G.U.N. forces. The neutral option is to ignore them both and just hasten inside Eggman's base. Whatever route Shadow takes, they face the Egg Breaker as the boss. Before the fight, Shadow asks Eggman if he is an android just like those from the start of the level, to which the Doctor has no compunctions in lying "Yes".

If Shadow is being accompanied by Eggman's Drone during the level when fighting some of the heavy G.U.N. mechas, the Doctor will remark "That's just like the Big Foot from Prison Island!. Robotnik is apparently getting confused with the B-3x HOT SHOT, a similar mech which actually was faced by him and Shadow on the island.

Gameplay

Secret door location

The door is right after the second Checkpoint when the player goes through the door and drops into the room with some Eggman robots. Once inside the room, they should look behind themself. Behind the door are three tank turrets. These things can be a significant help in shooting down the Egg Balloon.

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