Central City (Shadow the Hedgehog)

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Central City
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Central City
Pure Dark Fourth stage, Shadow the Hedgehog (game)
Level theme: urban
Prerequisite: Cryptic Castle (Dark)
Dark mission: Set off the giant bombs (5 total)
Dark companion: Doom's Eye
Leads to: The Ark
Ending quote: "At last... revenge!"

Rank A 28,000 points
Rank B 26,000 points
Rank C 20,000 points
Rank D 12,000 points
Rank E Finish the mission

Hero mission: Dispose of the small bombs (20 total)
Hero companion: Knuckles the Echidna
Leads to: Air Fleet
Ending quote: "Such a cowardly attempt to take the

city... Unbelievable!"
Rank A 18,000 points
Rank B 16,000 points
Rank C 14,000 points
Rank D 12,000 points
Rank E Finish the mission

Central City one of five possible fourth levels of Shadow the Hedgehog; in the game's branching path structure, it follows taking a highly evil, Dr. Eggman / Black Arms-aligned path through the previous levels and has an 8 minute time limit on the entire level. As capital city of the United Federation, Central City is a priority target for the Black Comet's invading aliens, and Black Doom places Shadow at the head of the Black Arms reinforcements to entirely annihilate the metropolis.

Central City is a blasted warzone when Shadow arrives, faring even worse than Westopolis did. Red Fruits dot the landscape and entire districts have been flooded with toxic fluid. G.U.N. helicopters fly between the husks of ruined skyscrapers, while military roadblocks litter the streets. Black Arms city-buster bombs are counting down their last eight minutes to finish the city off; the black hedgehog can either facilitate their detonation, or aid Knuckles the Echidna in sweeping the bombs with vacuum guns.


The first of the 'Pure Dark' levels, Central City is only accessable by taking the evil route in Cryptic Castle - which, curiously, involves fighting against the Black Arms by helping Eggman defend his fortress. Nonetheless, Shadow's general behaviour up to now seems to have satisfied Black Doom as to his loyalties. Before the level begins, the alien leader tells Shadow that his past is "filled with hatred and contempt for the humans", and that he should take revenge on them with his own two hands. To this end, the hedgehog is told to detonate five giant bombs which the Arms have set around the city.

Standing in the Arms' way is also Knuckles the Echidna, helping out the human defenders as he did in Glyphic Canyon. Knuckles asks Shadow to help in defusing twenty smaller bombs, which can be accomplished by grabbing a Vacuum Pod (or Vacuum Egg from a special crate) and sucking the devices up harmlessly.

Secret door location

Moving forward from checkpoint three will bring the player through a tunnel and into an ooze-filled street that requires a car to get through. The door is right across the street to the left a bit. It contains an Air Saucer which is more maneuverable than the car.



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