Down the Drain
| 81st : Down the Drain|
|Beware of drain blockages.|
- "[sounds of choking on Venus Waterfalls]"
- ―Scott Bacconant, Make a Good 48 Hour Mega Man Level
Down the Drain is the 81st place entry in Make a Good 48 Hour Mega Man Level. It is a level that makes extensive use of Fan Fiends that blow Mega Man around, and Bokazurahs that are needed to clear away bricks blocking the path ahead. It is also the first level (going from last place to first place) to use Venus Waterfalls, a gimmick infamous during submissions for its buggy and glitchy behaviour. While the gimmick was recoded to be more stable during MaG48HMML's development, the revised version would completely nullify the player's collision detection if a Fan Fiend was onscreen; thus, the original janky version of Venus Waterfalls was kept for this level, as it would otherwise be unbeatable.
The level starts with a Metall K1000 next to a Venus Waterfall, which forces Mega Man to be washed off to the screen below. The rest of the level's box assets are introduced almost all at once, with Bokazurah blocks needing to be removed while Fan Fiends blow Mega Man around. Following this is an outdoors section with Venus Waterfalls washing down onto the stage at set intervals. Touching one as it's pouring down will push Mega Man into the ground and off the bottom of the screen (if he doesn't get stuck), so try to avoid them. Enemies on lower elevations can be easily killed with the Rain Flush, Homing Sniper, or Beat to avoid the risk of coming close to a waterfall. After a few more Bokazurah puzzles and waterfall evading is the first checkpoint.
Use the Flame Mixer while falling down to the next screen, as a pair of Metall K1000s try to ambush Mega Man with their spreadshots, and he will fall right next to them in between a pair of Venus Waterfalls. After destroying the Biribaree standing atop the bricks on the left, avoid the waterfalls and use the Bokazurah to clear them away. Below another Bokazurah room is an enlarged Metall K1000, which has 10 HP and drops a key for a Key Barrier. Beyond it is another outdoor area with pits, enemies, and Venus Waterfalls. After fighting his way through, Mega Man will come across a long stretch of ground with Fan Fiends blowing towards the right. Don't destroy them, as they are needed to get through the area quickly before multiple Venus Waterfalls come pouring down from above. Although there are spikes in the ground, most of them actually lack collision and won't kill on contact, making it easier to rush through to the other side.
After being washed down by a waterfall, Mega Man will arrive in a room with Bokazurahs on either side, while a pair of Fan Fiends blow him towards the left. Shooting either Bokazurah will free both a Fan Fiend and a Biribaree as its shots clear space, so be ready to deal with them. Hidden within the bricks are spike balls, so try to stay within the two centre tiles for safety. At the very end is the boss door, with a giant Metall K1000s and two normal ones ready to attack from the left. Run into the boss door as quickly as possible, and encounter the boss, Toad Man. His arena contains a Venus Waterfall in the centre and a Bokazurah on the right, while two layers of bricks stand above a bed of spikes. To avoid triggering the Bokazurah and eroding the ground, avoid shooting multiple times while Toad Man stands in front of it, lest a shot passes through his iframes and hits it. Mega Man should also stay as far away from the centre waterfall as possible.
Because the level was forced to use the older, buggier version of the Venus Waterfall gimmick, Down the Drain was given a Skip Teleporter by the devteam due to the ease with which a player can get stuck in the level terrain with no way out.
|ParmaJon : 71 / 100|
|PKWeegee : 54 / 100|
|M-Jacq : 25 / 100|
|Freems : 38 / 100|
- In older versions of MaG48HMML, the sign explaining the issues with the Venus Waterfalls was placed in the Skip Teleporter room. It was later moved outside to the start of the level, as many players didn't read it.
- As the bugs with the Venus Waterfall object were endemic to the gimmick itself and not the fault of the creator, the level wasn't given a Functionality penalty (though both M-Jacq and Freems gave it middling Functionality scores).
- Down the Drain was 17 minutes late after its 48 hour deadline, but its final score was too low for the -17 score cap to affect it.
|Make a Good 48 Hour Mega Man Level - Tier 3|
|The Bouncy Octa Boom • The Abyss • Obligatory Enemy Spam Level • Tower • Hopping High Above Danger • Forest Castle • Megatroid • The Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room • Down the Drain • Deep Dark Temple|
|List of Bosses|
|Spark Man • Komuso Man • Punk • Bomb Man • Rounder II • Mother Brain • Toad Man • Pharaoh Man|