#7 Larry's Castle
#7 Larry's Castle is a level in Super Mario World. It can be accessed through either the completion of the level Valley of Bowser 4, or through the secret exit of Valley Ghost House. This level starts with a moving Snake Block (which Mario must follow) that goes all throughout the first room. In the first room, the player will encounter Ball 'n' Chains and spikes. When the raft reaches the top of the level with a door on the right, the player may choose to take the door, or to stay on the raft. If the player stays on the raft, he will see a midpoint section, two Dragon Coins and a Super Mushroom. The door on the right of that section will lead to the same room as the door above. In the second room, the player will see Dry Bones, Magikoopas and a few Fireballs, or Podoboos. The yellow blocks are walls, and the player either needs to swing them with a Cape Feather, or allow the Magikoopa to break them. If the Magikoopa breaks a yellow block, it will turn into a Yellow Koopa Troopa, a Thwimp, or a 1-Up Mushroom. Before the final red door, there is a Green ! Block, which gives the player a Cape Feather.
The player fights Larry Koopa at the end. The fighting method is similar to that of Iggy Koopa in #1 Iggy's Castle, except there will be three Podoboos that rise up and go down. When this level is cleared, the player will gain access to Front Door.
Notably, the first part of this level can be heavily exploited in order to skip most of the difficult parts of the level. At the beginning of the level, when the raft moves horizontally after making stairs, if the player goes to the head of the raft, runs to the left then jumps when below the above platform, it is possible to land on this solid platform and skip close to half of the raft part of the level. Furthermore, standing on some of the upper independent Ball 'n' Chains blocks during the raft's first round of the level allows the player to remain on these blocks without taking damage and jump back on the raft during its second round of the level.
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