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Coming straight from Sonic Mania Plus, is Encore Mode. An alternative gametype that aims to recreate the titular mode with a few enhancements and compatibility for mods & level packs.
This mod comes in two parts: The script and the level pack. Both must be added if you want the True Encore Experience™, otherwise you can have one or the other.
DISCLAIMER: This mode is only compatible with No Save Mode. Until we can find a way to make Encore progress save within save files, it'll probably be best that you don't touch save files period with this script active.
The script adds the Encore Mechanics into the game.
From the outset, you start off with one character (or two, depending on who you pick), and if you die it's game over.
That might seem dire, but luckily, popping a 1-up monitor will give you a buddy
You can swap between you and your buddy by pressing CUSTOM3 (Default keybind: RB/R/R1 for controllers, C for KB+M)
Any extra life monitors you get from here on out will get added to your reserve.
Once you get every character, the life monitor will then cycle through every other available monitor, similarly to Mania. (srb2 shields excluded)
Dying will result in you losing that character. Provided you don't have continues, the game is over once you lose every character in your party.
There are some new monitors as well to spice things up.
SWAP: Forcefully swaps you with your partner character, and makes the character next in your reserve the new partner character.
RANDOM: Shuffles your entire party! Who knows what you're gonna get.
Finally, the script isn't just compatible with custom characters, but as many custom characters as you can add! Make your enemies cower in fear as you build your Encore Army™.
BE WARNED: Adding too many characters *will* bug out the game. On top of that, there are a myriad of freeslot limits alongside the skin limit that you could potentially run into whilst adding said characters. Remember to be sensible and put a limit on the amount of characters you add.
On top of that the script is also compatible with the vanilla campaign and any level packs you may add. With Swap and Random replacing certain monitors at random.
THE LEVEL PACK
Now, if it was just the script, what's presented here would already be pretty neat.
So to sweeten the deal, this thing comes with a level pack.
This pack is a game-wide edit of the vanilla campaign, aiming to make it overall a bit harder without going too crazy. (for the most part )
On top of the increased difficulty, certain zones have new remixed gimmicks taken from other parts of the game.
And because this pack is emulating Mania, it'll also include:
- Reshuffled monitors
- Reshuffled emerald tokens
- Inclusion of the S3&K elemental shields into the campaign
- Alternative palettes for each act
- Harder special stages, with difficulty ranging from decently challenging to extremely brutal
Twins'R'Okay: Main Design & Visuals. Including but not limited to the various Sky Texture Edits, the Random Monitor, and the swap graphic
delf: Made a majority of the Main Script
(assets (including design and lua) from the old Encore mod from 2.1 and early 2.2 were used with permission)
DirkTheHusky: Designed ERZ1E, A majority of ERZ2E, and BCZ1E. Made the Swap Monitor graphic
Lactozilla and TripelTheFox: OG Lua from the old Encore mod
FSX/tertu: SeedRNG for SRB2
TelosTurntable: Enhanced ERZ Textures & Flats