Arrow sign halfway through Croctopus Chase

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Arrow sign halfway through Croctopus Chase

Postby Gaz » September 23rd, 2012, 2:08 am

This is only in the Game Boy Color version that I know of, but I found a strange exit sign in the smack middle of Croctopus Chase itself.

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Why is this? Anyone have suggestions?
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Re: Strange Exit Sign Halfway Through Croctopus Chase

Postby Katastrophe Kong » September 23rd, 2012, 2:24 am

Isn't that a Halfway Through sign? And you said you found it "smack in the middle"? What's so weird about that?
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Re: Strange Exit Sign Halfway Through Croctopus Chase

Postby Gaz » September 23rd, 2012, 3:19 am

Halfway Through Sign? I never heard of that... I thought it was a misplaced exit sign.
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Re: Strange Exit Sign Halfway Through Croctopus Chase

Postby Katastrophe Kong » September 23rd, 2012, 3:28 am

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It's that annoying stick in the ground that tells you when the level is about to become extraordinarily difficult.
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Re: Strange Exit Sign Halfway Through Croctopus Chase

Postby Qyzbud » September 29th, 2012, 2:56 pm

Conker's Bad Fur Day wrote:This is only in the Game Boy Color version that I know of [...]
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Actually, the SNES version has essentially the same midway area configuration:

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Conker's Bad Fur Day wrote:[...]but I found a strange exit sign in the smack middle of Croctopus Chase[...]


That's not an exit sign, it's an arrow sign; exit signs (rather fittingly) have 'EXIT' written on them.

Here's the end of Croctopus Chase, with both the arrow and exit signs visible for comparison:

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So, although your terminology is incorrect, you draw attention to an interesting point - Croctopus chase has not one, but TWO arrow signs! I'll have to check my maps to confirm, but I think this might be the only level with two arrow signs. Fascinating. :D

I believe this is to prevent a player coming back at the star barrel and being disorientated. All other underwater levels use an arrow made of bananas to achieve the same effect - just with an additional boost to the banana tally. ;)

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As for why Croctopus Chase gets an arrow sign instead... who knows? Perhaps the designers thought it'd be cramped with the larger 'banana arrow' in place, so they opted to give this level an extra arrow sign for aesthetic reasons. :huh:
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Re: Strange Exit Sign Halfway Through Croctopus Chase

Postby Simion32 » September 29th, 2012, 3:44 pm

Could have been a sprite memory limitation? No idea.

Yes, Croctopus Chase does have 2 arrow signs, and it IS the only level with 2 arrow signs. I just scanned through the levels with RE to check.

Not to be left out, Slipslide Ride has the only left-pointing sign.
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Re: Strange Exit Sign Halfway Through Croctopus Chase

Postby Qyzbud » September 29th, 2012, 4:32 pm

Simion32 wrote:Not to be left out, Slipslide Ride has the only left-pointing sign.

I remember noticing this a while back... I think SsR might be the most unusual level in the trilogy, all told.
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Re: Strange Exit Sign Halfway Through Croctopus Chase

Postby Tailikku » October 30th, 2014, 11:49 am

Qyzbud wrote:
Simion32 wrote:Not to be left out, Slipslide Ride has the only left-pointing sign.

I remember noticing this a while back... I think SsR might be the most unusual level in the trilogy, all told.

In more ways than one:
1) The only Ice Cave
2) The only level with Ice Cave Chant
3) One of the few levels if not the only one, with ice ropes. :bleak:
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Re: Strange Exit Sign Halfway Through Croctopus Chase

Postby OneOf99 » December 11th, 2015, 3:27 pm

Tailikku wrote:1) The only Ice Cave


Uh what about all the levels in DKC 2? Black Ice Battle, Clappers Cavern, and that part of animal antics. :pointy-tuck:
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Re: Arrow sign halfway through Croctopus Chase

Postby spaceman2028 » December 12th, 2015, 6:23 am

I think he meant in DKC1, not in DKC2 or any games after.
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