Don't get confused!
|Map creator(s)||Shade Guy|
|Music||Mega Man 8 - Astro Man Stage|
|Based on||Mega Man 8|
Astro Man's stage takes place in a bizarre illusory dimension. Giant metallic sunflowers with clock hands and Escher-inspired staircases line the background, and the terrain itself ranges from molecule-like platforms to colorful checkerboard walls. In the "outside" of the map, strange events occur such as platforms appearing and disappearing based on the fluctuations of a polyhedron in the sky. Navigating them is the only way to the coveted Astro Crush. Luckily, all the Shururun bots from Grenade Man's Stage are only decorations in the background and won't get in your way.
The pink-and-green maze itself i the map's interior is a confusing place where paths are very similar, so anyone might get lost at any time, especially since holes players can fall through in dead ends seem to take them to the exact same place. However, just like the original Mega Man 8 maze, the layout proves to be very simple when you know where to go!
The "exterior" of Astro Man's stage is rather simple. Gyro Attack rests in the center, surrounded by high ledges. Tango Roll is on the western one, while the Astro Crush rests on a tall pillar on the other. Don't forget about the W-Tank in the southwestern corner!
Passages at either side of this area lead to the maze proper. The western part of the labyrinth contains Thunder Beam on the ground and Bubble Lead on a high ledge. The other eastern half on the other hand features Dust Crusher and Water Balloon. Holes to the edge of both maze sections connect them to each other.
Both "mazes" converge at a large chamber occupying the north of the map, which features walkways high above a giant pit of sinking sand in its center. Shadow Blade is at the north of this room, while Noise Crush is lower at the opposite end. Holes similar to the ones in the maze connect this room and the map's exterior.
The powerful weapons in Astro Man's Stage encourage quick fights. Try to surprise enemies with the Dust Crusher or Shadow Blade from the higher ledges of the maze sections, and then finish them off with Gyro Attack or Water Balloon. Noise Crush also works well, but only if your enemy is unalert to its signature noise! In crowded games, where many players crowd the bottom levels of the maze, Bubble Lead can also shine. Of course, if there's no competition for the Astro Crush, feel free to just go wild with it and ignore the rest!