Stage 7 is an important stage. It is in this stage that you will find the first crystal ball. Getting it will not be easy, but if you do, you can also pick up a couple of Secret Coins along the way, and you will bypass Stage 8 and 9 in the process. The trouble is worth the effort, as you cannot receive the best ending without both crystal balls. If you warped here from Stage 4, you will start out in Section 3, right before the stage exit, and you will be unable to collect the crystal ball.
There are four valuable secrets stored up in this section, but even more important is the secret that allows you to access the first Crystal Ball chamber in the pyramid. Follow the steps below to learn how to access it.
Obtaining the first crystal
The top of this section may look like a blazing wall of fire, but the flame on the far right side of the wall is actually an illusion. It's safe to land on it! And when you do, you can jump off of it a number of times until it disappears. Note: The screenshot displayed is the Japanese version. The American version gives a slight hint by having the bomb collection path angled downwards with the last bomb resting on the false flame block. The block below is also an illusion and contains a hidden treasure chest with a Sphinx in it. Collect the Sphinx, and you will open an invisible door on the left side, across from Point C, that grants you access to hidden Section 4, and will start you on your way to the first crystal ball.
At the end of this section lie four treasure chests under the tree. In the American version, they are four Mighty Drinks, not what you really need at the end of a stage. In the Japanese version, they are four Mighty Coins, a bit more useful. Either way, you have to be very careful and watch out for being too greedy and being sent to the torture room.
You've chosen to collect the first crystal ball, but they're not going to make it easy for you. You'll have to make it across a lake of fire. You may be tempted to get quite close to it due to the Secret Coin hidden in the section. If you're playing the Japanese version, you can also find a second coin at the end of the section! But you'll need to be at power level three both times to collect them.
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IMPORTANT! If you are playing the Japanese version, read the following before proceeding to the next section:If you want to access the Crystal Ball room beyond Section 5, you must leave Section 4 and enter Section 5 while the tens digit of your score is 7! That means if you don't have a 70 at the end of your score, keep jumping off the ground until you do. Then simply walk into the next room. If you don't do this, the door to the crystal ball room will not appear. If you walk in, and that is the case, the only other way to make the door appear, is to kill yourself when you get a 7 in the tens digit of your score. When you begin your next life, the door should open. Players of the American version need not worry about this, as the mechanism to open the door is easier.
As mentioned above, if you plan to access the crystal ball room at the top of the room, you must meet the correct conditions. The Japanese version is a little complicated, but the American version is much easier. Just below where the door is supposed to appear is an invisible treasure chest which contains a Sphinx which, naturally, opens the door for you. Just jump into the upper right corner, and you'll land on the invisible chest.
The Crystal Ball Room
Welcome to the very first crystal ball room. You've worked very hard to get here and now it's time to reap the reward and collect the ball. Of course, you'll have to get through those rows of treasure chests first, and then jump off the block to the left of the one above the crystal ball. After you collect it, you still need to get out safely. If the way is open, jump out immediately and head for the door in the lower right corner. If not, you can attempt to turn your enemies into coins by activating power level three (green). Otherwise, you'll have to take your chances.
After all the recent activity, you may be relieved to hear that there are no secrets to discover in this sections.
In this last leg of Stage 7, you are on your way to the final section of Stage 10. Along the way, however, is an important Treasure Room that you won't want to miss out on.
During your climb up this section, you will encounter a wall to the left of some flames. The top bricks of this wall can be removed by enough jumps (more in the Japanese version than the American version), until they ultimately reveal two treasures hidden beneath, a Mighty Drink and a 2000 point slave.
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In addition to the secret coin hidden in the treasure room, there are four other treasure chests hidden in the right side of the room. Their locations and contents are revealed in the picture to the right.