THE BIG FORTRESS
Level by Bibi Phoque
Walkthrough by Dutchy
Again a very good-looking level, nice to play, although not too hard.
From the place you stand, jmp over the rock N and shoot a Wild Boar in the next place. Go up the ledge W and stand on the S side of the pillar, facing it and backflip to the sloped rock behind, jmp/grab the top of the pillar and get the Ammo, turn to the S and runjmp to the path leading W.
The 3-Way Pit.
Get into the CS (crawlspace) and R, hit the "look" key and go into the dark CS to the R, get Secret #1, the Shotgun and Flares inside. Go out and to the N side of the pit, slide and jmp/grab the crack in the pillar hanging over the pit. Shimmy L and drop to the path there. Go N and drop into the hole in the next cave, follow out to a Lake. Go L and up the steps, stop in front of the deep pit and standjmp to the sloped ledge behind the R hand rock. From there a standjmp/grab to the NW ledge across the pit, pull up and climb up R side, turn L and go up, jmp up to the grassy area and proceed inside the building. Get the Lasersight R of the entrance and shoot 2 Wild Boars, go to the NW corner with the Flares.
The Hathor Effigy.
Enter the passage here and see the Boulder up the slope, when standing
on the Spike Tile. You have to trigger the Boulder so it will crash the wall at
the end of the slope, but you will have to avoid being crushed by it. The trick
is to go up the slope backwards, aimed at the NW point of the Tile. It will
start to burn, but when you run onto the very corner you will be safe from
burner and Boulder; it will take a few tries, though. Walk back to the grey
Tile on the slope and this will trigger the Boulder. Run back and wait in the
corner for the Boulder to crush the wall, jmp over the pit and go get the
Hathor Effigy and a MP inside.
Go up the slope where the Boulder came from and jmp over the pit, get the Ammo and Revolver and go into the CS in the SW corner. Get the Torch and throw it out, get it and hop over the pit to light it. Go to where the Boulder was and burn the rope, (never found out why, but the Torch is there so I just did). Go down to where you shot the Wild Boars and look for the gate with the padlock. You can actually shoot it with the pistols, but you can do it with the Revolver if you want. Go in and L, shoot the Skeleton behind you into the pit in the passage, or ignore it. There’s another Shotgun and some Flares inside and you have to take notice of the Eye Symbol on the sloped block. Go back to the 3 way pit, runjmp over the gap S and go to the R. Outside, follow the path up the steps and where the camera changes, hit the "look" key and see the passage into another building. We go there later; first we have to pick up the Ornate Handle.
The Ornate Handle.
From the stairs, look down into the lake below and see the 2 pillars on the S wall. Jmp there, landing in the water and find the small hole between the pillars. Swim in and get out on the bank fast, shoot the Croc and enter the passage R of the gate. Be careful not to go too close to the Fire Bucket. Go R and get the Ornate Handle inside, duck to avoid the Darts and go out, a Wild Boar is running around somewhere. Go into the other passage at the 2nd Fire Bucket and take the Ammo and ½ MP, see the second Symbol, the Bird. Go to the gate between the Fire Buckets and up the ladder, backflip from the red light into the passage there. Go up to the Spikes and runjmp/grab the rope when they go down, swing over to the other side and grab the edge. Stand on the L side when you go down the next passage, as Darts will fly through the centre. Go L in the end to reach the 3 way pit.
The Portal Guardian.
Go L and outside to the path to the lake you just jmped in, and on top L into the building. Combine the Ornate Handle and Hathor Effigy and place the Portal Guardian next to the gate.
The Symbol Room.
Enter and here is a raised floor with Symbol Tiles, remember the 2 you saw. Step on the Eye (in the 1st row) near the entrance and jmp to the Bird (3rd row L), then to the Eye (4th row R), walk onto the Bird next to it and jmp to the Bird in the 2nd row. Jmp to the entrance and go N, follow to a ladder, climb up and go to the gates E, shoot the Wild Boar. Get the Crossbow, Gem and MP and run past the Skeletons to climb back down to the Symbol room. When you did the Symbol puzzle, a wall went down in the S, go in there and R in the end, up the passage to a room with symbol blocks. Climb the L hand pile and enter the dark passage behind them after you took some flares, step on the Tile and see another room. Get out, down the passage and straight at the crossing, into the Treasury. Get some Ammo at the window and in the SW corner. Now enter the S passage and reach a room where you can see the Pharos Knot on a block in the centre.
To the Catacombs.
I tell you that you cannot get it now, try if you want, better go backwards onto the bridge and grab as soon as the bridge crumbles, drop and grab once more, and slide into a deep shaft. Drop into a pool, get out fast and shoot the Croc only when it bit you. Take the MP and Ammo there and go out N. Get into the CS to the R and open the gate with the Gem. Time to get Secret #2, but it is not easy. Run into the L passage over the corner of the pit and get some Ammo at the Darttraps, get back and L again, up to the Boulder and L, runjmp through the Spiketrap and get Ammo and Uzis. Go back out as the MP in the pit will release the Boulder without time to climb out, let it be. Go out the CS and to the NW passage and reach a room with Spiketraps and Skeletons, just keep on the blocks to go over to the other side, the grenade Ammo is booby trapped, leave it.
The Boulder Run.
Go into the E passage by jmping over the Spiketrap and reach a small room with a pit in front of the passage. When standing in the pit, you can see 2 Boulders up in it. Climb in the passage after you saved and hop back, sprint down the newly opened passage and in the end you will have to wait a short while till the Spikes around R corner are down. Sprint through the next passage (never look back) and into the R hand passage in the end. Slide down 2 slopes and backwards from the 2nd, grab the edge and wait for the Boulder to go overhead. Pull up and backflip, slide/grab and pull up, jmp/roll/grab the rope behind you, swing to the other side and grab the ladder.
The Deadly Pools.
Go up through the steamblower (watch the health) and grab the Ammo and find the CS in NW in the room with the deadly pool. Follow to a room with a pool, wade to the ledge with the Tile and step on it to turn the water in the other room clear and in this room deadly. Jmp over the blocks to the exit and crawl back to the 1st room, through the water and get Ammo L, go up the ladder R and reach a deep room with Darts everywhere.
The Darts Room.
Runjmp/grab forward to the W and jmp to the ledge at the passage with the Spiketrap in front. Turn L and see the ledge with the Ammo, jmp there grabbing and get the Ammo, jmp back and hop over the Spiketrap to the exit. Look up this passage with the Binocs and see the Boulder and a CS in the R wall. Aim for it and sprint in, hit Alt a bit before you reach it and you will roll in. Follow the CS and reach Spiketrap alley.
Stand with your back to the wall and standjmp/standjmp/standjmp (only slide a bit every time) and slide into a pit just in front of the ledge with the Spiketrap. Turn L and run to the CS, runjmp/grab and get in fast as the Boulder is coming. Up the ladder in the next room and get the Ammo in the alcove. Shoot a Skeleton into the pit and go up to the other end, notice the Crowbar gate R and climb L ladder, get the Ammo and ½ MP in the alcoves and go up the slope to reach a beautiful outside area at the Big Fortress.
The Big Fortress Lake.
Go to the Arch in the Lake and from the beach runjmp to the block under it. Turn L and see the ridge on the R side of the arch, jmp/grab the edge and shimmy R to a flat ledge, up and jmp to Secret #3, the Grenade Gun, Ammo and ½ MP. Go back through the Arch and to the beach, swim under the beach, into a tunnel there, follow to a cave, shoot the Crocs and go into the R hand cave. See the Bird Symbol, at the shallow pit, remember this place. Now go to the L cave and climb up the SW block, up SW ledge, turn and jmp to the opposite ledge, walk around and runjmp/grab with a slight L curve the E wall with the roots, climb R and up, backflip to the ledge and turn, jmp/grab the edge of the W wall and go R, pull up, turn and standjmp/grab the roots on the block. Go over to the passage where you can see the Boulder hanging. There are several ways to do this, but this is how I did it: run diagonally over the corner into the passage and hop back, so you stand on the ledge outside again, the boulder will just go past. Go in and run past the Skeleton, hop on the block with the Crowbar.
Look up NE and see the hole in the ceiling, jmp/grab in and get the Crossbow and explosive Ammo. Hey, Mr. Skeleton, watch out! Take the ½ MP after you blew up the Skeleton and drop from the passage, slide and land on a flat ledge, turn R and run onto the slope, slide back to the ground and go to the Lake. Climb up the beach and go back into the Catacombs, down the ladder, remember the Crowbar gate? Open it with the Crowbar and step on the Tile, see the Bird Symbol in a screenshot, the shallow pit is now open. Go back to the Lake and into the cave below the beach again, R side and climb in the pit at the Bird, get Secret #4, Ammo. Follow to a pool, get more Ammo and follow the cellar to get all the Ammo and the MP in the end. Stay close to the R hand wall, the water is shallow there, arm with the Grenadegun and shoot the Croc as you head back to the Lake. Go through the Arch again and L into a tunnel in the W wall, just before the ledge where the Grenadegun was. Swim in and R, up and into a room with the Golden Star, walk up to the Star and turn, shoot the Skeleton and pry the Star from the wall. Go back to the beach and up to the base of the Fortress W.
Into The Fortress.
Follow the path up to a square, shoot the 2 Wild Boars and go into the Fortress behind the Pillar NW and runjmp to the ledge in the NW corner. Use the monkeyswing to go over to the S and drop onto a slope, slide back to a flat ledge, go E and into the passage to a hall where you can use the star in the SE corner. It will open the 2 gates on the other side of the hall, get another Crossbow along the N wall and enter the gate, climb up and backflip to the 1st floor. Arm the Crossbow with explosives and go up to the Arrows you can see on the terrace. Run around a bit to collect all 4 Skeletons and get them teamed up nicely. So to shoot them with one Arrow, great sport! Plenty of Ammo, but I always like to do it this way. Head over to the far NE corner of the terrace and drop back from the edge, hang and see the crack below. Drop/grab and go R, pull up in the CS, go through to a passage with several alcoves with Skull Tiles above. Ignore those, even if they hold Ammo. Go stand in front of the one with the Scarab Symbol, save and take a Flare. Hop in backwards (strangely enough you will turn around to look forward) and jmp over the Spikes, slide to the room with the Pharos Knot. Runjmp over the sloped part and get the Knot. Turn R and see the Eye Symbols next to the passage there, runjmp/grab the ledge in front and go in and end the level.