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The stage is set in an ancient city, filled with all sorts of stones that have been carved into various shapes and designs. While this suggests that an ancient civilization once lived here, the only inhabitants at the time Wario explores the city are common enemies (mainly Bandineros) found throughout many stages of the game. As it is the first main level in the game (there is a training level before it), it is relatively simplistic in design, with the level's three treasures in locations which are quite easily reached, usually by manipulating nearby objects. When Wario eventually finds the caged Merfle, upon rescuing it the rush to the exit (same location as the start) poses very few obstacles for Wario to evade, due to the level being a post-training introduction to the general gameplay.
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