| Chapter 3 : Toxic Tunnels|
|There'd better not be a crazy acid robot swimming around down here...|
Toxic Tunnels is a level in Chapter 3 of Make a Good Mega Man Level: Episode Zero. While in Tier X, Zero encounters an area very similar to Water Ducts from Make a Good Mega Man Level 2; however, instead of smashing water are Acid Waves that move at varying heights. This acid can't immediately kill Zero, but it will bounce him away on contact. Additionally, many areas completely submerge themselves in water after a certain trigger; usually, this happens by shooting a switch, but some areas have the water automatically turning itself on or off after a small delay. A number of possible pathways depend on whether or not the level is submerged.
Two Kerones and three Tadahous start off the level, before Zero drops into a hallway with acid on the bottom and a number of platforms/enemies floating above it. A checkpoint is reached not long after, with the adjacent screen having a Switch Ball and a wide Pontoon Platform blocking the way down. By shooting the switch, the level will be instantly filled with water, causing the Pontoon to float upwards. Underneath, a swarm of Metall Swims and M-445s float in a submerged corridor filled with stationary Saw Blades, before eventually reaching a split path, with a Switch Ball lying underneath a Destroyable Block weak to the Cutter Chip.
By going left, M-445s will drop from the top of the screen while enemies attack Zero. The water is used as an obstacle here, as floating Pontoon Platforms will prevent progress unless the water is turned off. Down below, the water is permanently turned off while Acid Waves move along the bottom, now overlapping the terrain itself and forcing Zero to keep moving with the waves to evade damage. One particularly large and fast wave of acid requires constant dashing to stay ahead of, and to unlock a Key Barrier, Zero has to go back past this wave to obtain the key.
Alternatively, destroying the Cutter Block leads to a room with a tall wall, which is too high to jump over without the Double Jump upgrade. Additionally, a Pontoon Platform will block the way forward if the water isn't turned off in the previous room. Despite the hassle in accessing it, this path is the shorter of the two, with the water now turning itself on or off periodically (indicated by a set of "dings"), although Switch Balls scattered throughout the corridor will still manually control it, resetting the timer. Coltons and M-422As also appear for the first time, while Pontoon Platforms serve as either help or hindrances depending on the water level. At the end of the path is a CD, as well as the point where both paths meet up.
After a battle with the Amoeba Droid, a single Switch Ball can be used to turn the water on or off allowing Zero to proceed how he wishes. To the right of a drop down is another Cutter Block. Behind it is a tall room with two Pontoon Platforms, one of which is immobile and parked above a CD. To collect it, Zero must ride the other Pontoon upwards after filling the level with water, while being sure to avoid Saw Blades and Baby Flies. At the very top is a long drop to the bottom, beneath the immobile Pontoon. On the main path, the current state of the water affects what path is available; if the water is active, the Pontoon on the right floats offscreen, leading to a section with slow Acid Waves on the ceiling. If the water is inactive, the left path will be open, leading to a long corridor with Acid Waves moving towards the left. Yambows will fly in and attempt to attack Zero while he jumps past the waves.
The final area of the level is a long corridor filled with tall Acid Waves on the bottom that travel left. The timer trigger for the water returns, now ticking down quicker than the timer on the CD shortcut. Tall walls are a common obstacle, many of which can only be jumped over while the water is active, though some can still be scaled with the Double Jump. The most common enemy in this last stretch are Metall Swims, with some being positioned in a way that makes avoiding them and the acid tricky (notably, one Metall Swim lies inside a slide passage). At the end of this long, acid-filled corridor, however, is a room containing the Energy Element.
- The level's rippling water background uses a shader that requires DirectX9 to work, meaning it won't run by default on most newer computers. The level would crash in v1.0 of Episode Zero as a result (rendering it unbeatable), but in v1.1 onwards, the level works regardless, though it is more difficult to tell when water is in effect or not. Additionally, an Acid Man NPC appears at the start with a download link to DirectX9 if the player's machine lacks it.
- On the left of the first Acid Wave hallway is a secret room, which contains nothing but an infinitely-splitting Baby Flies enemy.
- The Metall Swims in this level are custom variants that play the Mega Man 6 enemy shot sound effect when shooting, as they did in MaGMML2.
- InUniverse initially programmed the chip-sensitive Destroyable Blocks for this level, before making it a free asset for other level makers to use in their levels.
- Toxic Tunnels was originally planned to appear in Chapter 2, as a level on the path to the Psycho Chip. When the list of submitted levels was finalized, it was moved to Chapter 3 to keep the number of chip path levels at an even nine.
- This is the only stage in MaGMML: Episode Zero to be based on a Wily Star II level.
- The advancing wall of sawblades from Entity1037's room on Floor 3 of the original Null and Void was recreated by InUniverse as a gimmick for Toxic Tunnels, but it was never used in the final level. Like the chip blocks, he made the asset free for others to use, but no-one used it.
|Make a Good Mega Man Level: Episode Zero - Chapter 3|
|Entrance to Tier X • Ghouls n' Ghasts • Toxic Tunnels • Looping Growth Garden • Rainbow Ravine • Shift Posting • Psionic Space Station • Ice Breaker • Code Landfill • Lily Airpad • Null and Void|
|List of Bosses|
|SRARA Met • Chesder • Chesder's Revenge • Red Arremer Man • Amoeba Droid • Psionic Man • Giga Count 2.0 • Cloud Devil 2.0 • Toad Man|
|Null and Void Bosses|
|Alter Archive • Big Chungus • Dust Man • Elec Man • Elec Spine • Hatter Joe • Illumina Alpha • Magmatron • Mega Man 2 NETA • Pepsi Man's Revenge • Pico Shuffle • Quick Man • Trailing Zero|
|SRARA • Unununium • Trio|