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Construction Zone is a game mode which allows the player to create and save their own levels. It is introduced in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, and returns in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, where in the latter it is known as the Workshop mode. Players can also utilize a Wi-Fi connection to distribute their own levels online.
There are two types of levels:
The concept for the Construction Zone dates back to the "Design" mode of Wrecking Crew and was going to be in the original Mario vs. Donkey Kong, but it was replaced by e-Reader support in the final game. In Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, a similar mode called "Create & Share" makes its debut.
After opening the Construction Zone the player can enter one of it modes:
Creating a level
To start creating a level, the player should tap Edit Level then choose an empty slot then choose a kit for the level.
When selecting the kit, the player can press the Template button before continuing to create a sample level instead of a level with only one Mini Mario and the goal gate.
The player can change the mode by clicking on the blue button.
Reset is not a mode but it clears the level (if Template is set to off) or resets the level back to the sample level (if Template is set to on).
The icon next to the blue button will show the current mode. No icon selected means that the player is in Inserting mode.
Once the player taps on the green Mini Mario button, a list of objects will appear with two columns. The left column has bricks and inanimate objects and items, while the right one has enemies and other objects and items (including a Mini Mario). To insert an object the player should tap on an object, then tap where the object should be placed. For some objects, like Pink Blocks, the player should drag to draw the size of the object.
To remove an object, the player should active Erase mode, then tap on the object. To remove multiple objects at the same time, the player should tap and drag the selection rectangle around the objects. The goal gate and/or the one Mini Mario cannot be removed, however.
Move and Resize Objects
To move an object, the player should active Move mode, then tap on the object, and then drag the object to another location. To move multiple objects at the same time, the player should drag around the objects and drag them to another location. While in Move mode, clicking on the edge of some objects (like Pink Blocks) and dragging them lets the player change the size of that object.
To flip an object, the player should active Flip mode, then tap on an object. Mainly Mini Marios and enemies are flip-able and most still objects aren't.
Testing the level
To test a level the player should press the red button on the Toolbar then choose "Play Test" then play the level. To pass the test, the player should make all the minis reach the exit.
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