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The Spark Cup Pack (V2.5) (Very Very Long K shut up)
Version: 2.4, by Starman91 (Aka Star) Starman91 is offline
Developer Last Online: Oct 2020

Category: Version: SRB2 Kart Rating: (7 votes - 4.00 average)
Released: 10-12-2019 Last Update: 06-08-2020 Favourites: 8
Multiplayer Levels Scripts Sprites/Graphics Is in Beta Stage


Introducing: The Spark Cup!

The Spark Cup is a map pack intended to be balanced around both RA and netgames alike, containing five tracks (Spark Cup), two experimental tracks (EX) and a battle map. These levels are inspired in their concept by the music that plays on them. If it exists, and you like it, thank the music! That's the main building block and inspiration for the entire map in the first place. The first five tracks (Spark Cup) are meant to give you a traditional SRB2K experience while the experimental tracks (EX) attempt to push the game to its limits and explore new ways of racing!

The map pack features:
  • Five regular tracks + Two experimental tracks (WIP) + One hell map based on a regular track
  • Record Attack ghosts submitted by the community
  • Encore Mode versions for all tracks
  • Compatible with Easy, Normal and Hard difficulties (shortcuts only guaranteed for Normal and Hard)
  • One Battle Map, Battle Plus supported!
  • Compatibility with Daytona Kart!
  • Easter eggs (???)

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Spoiler: Spark Cup (5 race tracks)

Spoiler: Magical Monolith Zone (MAPVA)


It's magic!

Magical Monolith Zone (MAPVA)




My first map for SRB2 Kart, Magical Monolith Zone is a 2-lap race that takes you through a detour in a road in the middle of a meadow, in order to take a trip around the nearby mountain. Drift fluidly through the uphill slopes until you reach the top, jump over a pit into a cave, visit the ruins of an ancient civilization, and finally reach the highlight of the track - a weird set of rocks in peculiar formation inside a strange alcove... Before reaching the main road again.

No one knows the nature or the reason for these monoliths to exist... Especially the huge one in the center and its clearly unnatural shape. Don't let that distract you, though - it may give you an advantage in the race if you are brave enough...


(6 RA ghosts)



Spoiler: Sweet Wonderland Zone (MAPVB)


Wait, how can a cookie ever work as a starting line?!

Sweet Wonderland Zone (MAPVB)




Sweet Wonderland Zone brings you to a small, yet colorful place filled to the brim with chocolate, ice cream, cake and candy! Explore this 5-lap track by going under a birthday cake tunnel, driving through the heart-shaped loop, drifting through a hairpin surrounded by candy canes and blasting over frosting paths and cookies under the gaze of the ever present unicorn cakes!

The heart-shaped loop even includes bouncy lollipop borders at one point. Use them to your advantage! If you have a sneaker, you may even take a shortcake through the shortcut. Wait... The other way around, that is...


(5 RA ghosts. Uses Custom Sky Texture 424!)



Spoiler: Submerged Shipwreck Zone (MAPVC)


Going down!

Submerged Shipwreck Zone (MAPVC)




Drift through land, sea, and fly like a cannonball in Submerged Shipwreck Zone, a 3-lap track with mostly underwater physics. Jump from the docks down to a sand pile with its landmark sandcastle, enter an abandoned ship and its abandoned dining hall and museum, make sure not to fall off the deck of the sunken galleon, explore a pirate cave full of treasure and fly back to the comfortable piece of land, where Chao gather to... Play beach volleyball??

The pirate cave entrance marks the start of a steep descent. If you were to make use of the ledge carefully, you could scratch valuable tenths of a second in RA mode... Maybe even without the need for a sneaker! Be risky and gain an edge over your rivals! And most importantly, make sure to speed capture the huge jump section for a last-second advantage. Few tracks send you through such crazy jumps!


(6 RA ghosts)



Spoiler: Cerulean Riviera Zone (MAPVD)


Just in case you didn't have enough Monaco!

Cerulean Riviera Zone (MAPVD)




An adaptation of the famous real-life Circuit de Monaco / Côte d'Azur, Cerulean Riviera Zone takes you through a coastal principality with its famous recreational center / casino, allowing you to take into the pretty sights of such bustling city! Drive uphill towards the casino, and leave it through the tunnel leading to the harbour zone, full of dangerous chicane turns. Don't get distracted by the copious amounts of advertisements, even if yours is always open to be there! ;) Make sure not to crash into the walls in this highly technical 3-lapper.

This track, just like its real-life counterpart, has a pool! Except this one allows you to jump over it! Be careful, though, as the tight layout will not give you a break, especially on the latter half of the track. Make sure to polish your racing line! In Record Attack, all major shortcuts are disabled - so learn to take those turns!


(6 RA ghosts)



Spoiler: Ironbed River Zone (MAPVE)


"evo gfs lets go" - Ibuki 2020

Ironbed River Zone (MAPVE)



With more than 20000 FU of height difference between Start and Finish Line, Ironbed River Zone is one of the tallest maps in SRB2K, surpassing even Downhill Jam Zone, which served as inspiration for its verticality and variety of locales. This is a sprint map that follows the River from its source until it ends at the sea! You will travel through many different changing places - a fountain cavern, a lake, an emerald mine (which may be the source that powers those boost panels?!), beautiful rolling hills and donut-shaped mountains, and the idyllic and peaceful Cyclades-based town!

All major shortcuts are disabled in Record Attack - but don't fret! An EXTREME waterskipping section is mandatory. Will the river send you through the upper or the lower path? React accordingly - but be ready! The race continues through a dizzying minecart section!


(5 RA ghosts. Uses Custom Sky Texture 300!)



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Spoiler: Sound Insanity Zone (MAPVF) (Battle Mode)


It's the entire circus!

Sound Insanity Zone (MAPVF)




Sound Insanity Zone comes along this pack as a Battle Map, featuring elements and music based on the Panel de Pon / Tetris Attack series. Don't get crushed by the blocks, which conveniently move up and down along with the theme's tempo. Take profit of the wacky elevator in the middle of the stage, which also moves up and down frantically to the rhythm, and use it either as an ambush route or an escape route! And (don't) slack off in the totally (dys-)functional piano sections! Although they are filled with items, they are slippery!

Starting at the 16-second mark, music bars will appear on what are otherwise death pits. Are you feeling brave? Then you can use your spring item to take a risky jump and style over your opponents! The music bars also move up and down to the rhythm. This might also be one of your best ways to escape in a pinch!



Battle plus mode supported!


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Spoiler: Submerged Shipwreck Mini (MAPVG) (MAP HELL)


I swear this plays differently than Baby Park.

Submerged Shipwreck Mini (MAPVG)




A very short and quick 7-lap round on the island featured in Submerged Shipwreck. Ever wanted to know what was in that tunnel? There you go! Mind the weather getting slowly more violent as the race progresses! By lap 5, the weather becomes so dark, you may not see a thing at all - so be careful! Inspired by short tracks with varying weather like Thunder Circuit by BMongrel as well as my need of including at least a short / long complex of tracks. You can blame Gran Turismo for that.


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Spoiler: Spark Cup EX (2 experimental race tracks)



Disclaimer: Some of these tracks may not be optimal for extra modes. Details:

MAPVH may be non-optimal for play in: Combi (due to player starts), Local Splitscreen (due to narration overlap)

Spoiler: Sloppy Sludge Zone (MAPVH)


Welcome to the world of Sega Rally! It's slippery when wet!

Sloppy Sludge Zone (MAPVH)



In a remote location on a mountain ladder, a small town witnesses brave racers participate in a rallycross course... The stadium roars as the racers get set on the finish... Lines?

Welcome to Sloppy Sludge Zone, a 4-lap track (or 2-lap, depending on how you see it) that runs parallel to itself on two lanes, akin to the Super Special stages in Colin McRae Rally and the Head2Head mode in DiRT! You'll drift through a muddy jungle, a set of very slippery caves and a lush mountainside village in a course based on the Muddy tracks from Sega Rally 2 (for Dreamcast and PC)! Certain sections of the track will be filled with slippery mud - so be ready for a really technical and challenging course that is difficult but satisfying to master! If you see an orange partition with thin red-white barriers, items can traverse through it. Watch out for flying orbinauts, sneaky Jawz and bouncing Ballhogs, and use those sections to your advantage for sick lane-to-lane shots!

The Sega Rally inspiration does not end there, as this map contains a brand-new lua functionality, courtesy of Eldog, that replicates the navigator voices and indications from the original game! Looks like we got ourselves an old-fashioned Sega Rally Championship!

Finally, do check out Encore Mode for a really "cool" twist on the track!


(10 RA Ghosts. You can use the command ss_shutup On to silence the announcer and ss_shutup Off to keep it working.)





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Dynamic Music Pack (Most recent version: V2.3)

As all of these tracks start as an idea based on music, it is fair that Dynamic Music would be supported. Alongside the maps, you can download a .pk3 including:
  • Final lap music
  • Encore Music (with its own final lap music)
Ready to pack into your Dynamic Music wad file or load by itself, and enjoy the netgames with the added quality of life changes! Please enjoy. This music pack is up to date with Version 2.5 of the Spark Cup.

Spoiler: Music creds + Encore


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Spoiler: Spark Cup Changelog


V2.5 - Current
  • General
    • GFZROCK has been purged from the entire map (Hopefully.)
    • Lowered opacity of all known sneaker panel highlights to 20%
  • Magical Monolith
    • Widened the Monolith loop and the turn after a bit more
    • Made the checkpoint on the Monolith loop a bit more forgiving
    • Fixed slope and alignment issues with fences at the start of the map
    • Minor visual improvements, and removal of useless linedefs
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Added pink patch of road to mark shortcut a bit better
    • Removal of slope physics on the heart loop
    • Some small visual upgrades and alignment fixes, and removal of useless linedefs
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • Made some signs easier to read with OpenGL by separating them from the walls a bit more.
    • Widened the S-Turn near the sunken ship remains before the jump a little.
  • Cerulean Riviera
    • Fixed a track mistake
  • Ironbed River
    • Minor visual improvements
    • Software glitch at the start now appears in a less egregious place - thus it shouldn't affect gameplay as hard
    • Changed Encore Palette
  • Submerged Shipwreck Mini
    • Fixed contradicting directioning of arrows around the track
  • Sloppy Sludge
    • Now has a client-side variable: ss_shutup. Off by default, turning it on silences the announcer on turns to make the experience more straightforward. Does not silence the announcer on voicelines near the finish line.
    • Minor visual improvements to both Normal and Encore versions

V2.4
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • Fixed usually unreachable GBJs inside the ship
  • Cerulean Riviera
    • Added more ads
    • Some small visual upgrades
  • Ironbed River
    • Fixed usually unreachable GBJ at the start of the map
    • Added more sneaker panel warnings on the two major shortcuts in the map
    • Minecart section is a bit wider on some turns
    • Small visual upgrades throughout the map
    • The exit of the "donut hole" shortcut now has normal driveable grass instead of a death pit for players that barely make it through. Lowered grass on the inside for slightly better visibility
  • Submerged Shipwreck Mini
    • Has a new layout to make the track even less like Baby Park
    • Race is now 7 laps long instead of 9 laps
    • Has a new lighting effect that makes it super dark starting on Lap 5. True map hell energy! Use the lightning strikes as visual aid!
  • Sloppy Sludge
    • Fixed some of the jank (unwanted air time) on one of the turns on the outer section of the track
    • Made inner loop slightly wider (and thus shorter) to balance time between both sides
    • Visual upgrade to the skybox to make the outer loop less boring
    • Small changes to already existing voice lines
    • Narrator now says "Checkpoint!" and "FINISH!" when reaching the finish line depending on the lap. Works both in Normal and Encore mode.
    • Spawns have been flipped for RA to pit you against the ghosts on different lanes, rather than on the same lane.
    • Fixed RA ghosts (shouldn't break anymore!)
    • Slight change to the finish line banner and ads
    • New thumbnail

V2.3
  • Sloppy Sludge - Map Release
  • General
    • Custom game data is now called "customtracks.dat" to attempt everyone's custom game data to fall under the same file name!
    • Added more RA ghosts on all maps
  • Music Pack - Updated to include final lap music for Sloppy Sludge (Normal and Encore)
  • Magical Monolith
    • Fixed GBJs on the map
    • Increased width of the second half of the monolith loop (where the stone hole shortcut is) and raised the death pit there
    • Increased width of the turns on the wooden planks leading to the finish line
    • Added "secret behind the waterfall", same secret as Ironbed River Zone
    • Visual upgrades to certain sections, like the cliff section and the finish line
    • Shortened music loop to save space
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Very slightly reduced size of the first off-road patch so as to be less punishing for being sent there
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • Raised death pit in the pirate cave area
    • Lowered lip on the landing docks area to remove even more potential for bonks
    • Added banner
  • Cerulean Riviera
    • Fixed a problem with the linedef executor - Shotgun Kiss (Last Lap version) should now play for everyone
    • Some small visual upgrades to the skybox and other places, and one more ad
    • Improved minimap
  • Ironbed River
    • Fixed the two known instances of GBJs in the map
    • Added sneaker panel warnings on the two major shortcuts in the map
    • Added chevrons on a certain part of the minecart section to avoid people driving the wrong way
    • Reverted rail next to the yellow springs to a midtexture again. Grind the rail!
    • Lowered the "donut hole" at the shortcut in the second section (River Section) to make going through it when using invincibility and lower-speed attempts slightly easier
    • Extended platform at the start of the third section to avoid fallouts especially when using Grow
    • Minor visual changes to the wood used in the track, including fences at the start
    • Added pillar at the end for the end signpost to stand on
    • "Secret behind the waterfall" now has a kill plane if you bonk on it for quicker return to the track
  • Sound Insanity
    • Map has now more item sets on the banked sections of the map
  • Submerged Shipwreck Mini
    • Now occupies MAPVG, leaving room for the next maps to come after it

V2.2
  • General
    • Daytona Kart time variables have been adjusted.
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Updated ads on the track to the latest version (V4) of Eldog's Community Resources
    • Increased size of the first set of springs slightly
    • Added instant kill sectors to the heart section of the course and the outsides to reduce punishes for rare out-of-bounds situations and avoid major skips
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • Moved track boundaries to help a little with software performance
    • Updated minimap slightly to reflect the layout changes
  • Cerulean Riviera
    • Updated ads to their most recent versions
    • Fixed small lighting bug
  • Ironbed River
    • Updated minimap
  • Sound Insanity
    • Map is now 10% smaller using Mobjscale
    • Reworked circus roof to make it easier for the eyes
    • Ice physics on the piano keys reduced from -25 to -15
    • The piano keys are now functional and emit sounds!
    • New Thumbnail
  • Submerged Shipwreck Mini
    • New Thumbnail

V2.1
  • General
    • Pack now contains variables that make it compatible with Daytona Kart
  • Magical Monolith
    • The U-Turn signs should not appear half the size anymore when loaded with other packs
    • Added U-Turn sign on one of the turns on the last portion of the track
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • The U-Turn signs should not appear half the size anymore when loaded with other packs
    • Added slightly longer barriers in the ship entry jump to reduce number of people missing the blue springs
    • Minor fixes
  • Cerulean Riviera
    • Added death pits around the track to fix GBJ issues
    • Added advertisements around the map - do check them out! If you have any ads you wish to see there, do send me a DM.
    • Adjusted the skybox slightly to make the casino building cleaner.
    • Changed fence texture in the first turn mini-shortcut to clarify track bounds easier.
    • Added Horizon Effect linedef
  • Submerged Shipwreck Mini
    • Added weather and lighting effect in a similar vein to Melon Pack's Thunder Circuit
    • Removed instances of GBJs in dock zones

V2.0
  • Ironbed River - Map Release
  • Submerged Shipwreck Mini - Map Release (in Map Hell)
  • General
    • Map slots changed from 92-97 to VA-VI (and onward) to avoid conflicts with other maps
    • Spark Cup Banners sprawled across the maps
    • All Easter Eggs have been moved to places where they can be spotted by purely driving
    • Music Pack updated to v2 to accomodate the new tracks
    • New thumbnails on all tracks
  • Magical Monolith
    • The second turn has been completely reworked and now has no off-road
    • The main pillar shortcut now has strong off-road. It can still be taken without a shoe, but it's even riskier than before and the time gain is negligible without one.
    • Changed finish line banner
    • Small visual upgrades over the track, including the addition of U-Turn signs (Thanks SoupBowler!)
    • Landing zone after the red spring panels is now wider
    • Completely new minimap (slightly more optimized)
    • New Encore Palette
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Springs are now lollipop springs! They play a jelly-sounding sound effect when stepped on. Otherwise they work exactly like red spring panels.
    • Added a banner warning of possible jank involving firmsneakers
    • Added some gravity at the end of the shortcut to avoid flying off and nerfing the drift store slightly.
    • Minor visual upgrades, including a bigger fence and better unicorn eyes
    • Changed some death pits into instant kill sectors to avoid ultra major skips
    • Increased height of the final jump to reward speed captures
    • Added off-road on the left side of the finish line to reduce number of deaths per bump
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • Adjusted the platform at the huge jump and removed a solid midtexture to make it more accesible to firmsneaker users, while keeping it safe for grow users.
    • Those same docks are now intangible from the bottom to avoid further issues
    • Extra gravity has been added at very end of the landing zone to make respawns faster and avoid going too far
    • Added a banner warning of possible jank anyway
    • Adjusted some checkpoints to extend over the off-road
    • Signing in the ship has been changed to U-Turn signs (Thanks again SoupBowler!)
  • Cerulean Riviera
    • Widened the turns on the latter half of the track, while attempting to retain the technical challenge
    • Small visual upgrades to the casino and tunnel area
    • Added glue to the pool shortcut to make it impossible to take with a miniturbo
    • Moved the floor arrows back a notch to improve readability
    • Added banked inside on the first casino turn to improve readability
    • Initial sneaker panel is now sloped correctly
    • First turn cut now has the same flat as the rest of the tiled off-road
    • RA Mode now has the major shortcuts cut off. Want a good display of skill and time? NO FREE CLOUT.
    • Final lap music for this course has been fully integrated without the need for Dynamic Music. Because Shotgun Kiss is godlike.

Spoiler: V1.x Changelog


V1.7
  • Magical Monolith
    • Reduced the difficulty of the Monolith turn by adding rails and improving visibility slightly.
    • Made the monolith shortcut easier by raising the track road.
    • Small visual changes, including the initial area, the cliff area, and some turns in cave sections.
    • Added solid rails at the finish line to avoid frustrating bumps against pillars right before the finish line.
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Small visual upgrade to the outer parts of the track. (Lighting, candy sticks and oreos!)
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • New thumbnail. Again. Hopefully the last change in a while (until the ship zone is overhauled once more...)
  • Cerulean Riviera
    • Fixed non-solid wall before the first chicane and the resulting chance of a GBJ
    • Added a solid FOF to attempt to avoid major skips.
    • Fixed a skybox error that caused a visual mistake close to the turn before the pool.
    • Added a visual panel to show the pool shortcut.
    • Small visual upgrade to the tunnel and pool sections.
    • Moved some floor arrows around to make the track even more readable.
  • Sound Insanity
    • Removed all instances of GFZROCK around the level.
  • General - The file should not load with warnings anymore.

V1.6
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Fixed a very small regal wall at the turn after the boost panel.
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • Using Grow at the jump should no longer kill you. Docks extended and another set of boost panels added to help Grow users catch up quickly.
    • Increased width of the first turn. Hopefully, no more bottlenecks!
    • Cave entrance slope slightly altered.
    • The shortcut / ledge on the cave is slightly more powerful in order to accomodate for accel characters. It's also now more visible and has had a few cosmetic changes to make it stand out more.
    • Tiny cosmetic changes to the cave section.
    • The sea floor (as in, how the skybox handles it) should be much cleaner when approaching the springs, and the visuals should be a bit less jarring.
    • Waypoint fix - the second ship hairpin (Treasure Room) was not working properly and has been fixed.
    • Easter egg is on a different location now. Oops! Can you find it now? It seems she doesn't like water too much.

V1.5
  • Sound Insanity - Map Release
  • Magical Monolith
    • Increased sneaker panel visibility
    • Improved visibility of blind turns in caves by adding more scenery
    • First cave turn has had its slope tweaked to make it less steep, but longer
    • Major texture changes in the outside areas
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Increased height of the shortcut to avoid sneakerless attempts
    • Increased sneaker panel visibility
  • Submerged Shipwreck - Slight visual upgrade to the cave section
  • Cerulean Riviera
    • Added Sneaker Panel on the uphill section
    • Increased width of the chicane shortcut after the tunnel
    • Floor arrow before said chicane moved back a few meters to make it more visible
    • Cleaned water textures
  • General: The map now supports custom replay data (look for the SparkCup folder to see your replays!)

V1.4b
  • Magical Monolith
    • Adjusted the checkpoints in the monolith part of the track to make it less punishing
    • Added light blocks around the torch area
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Improved cake shortcut, turning it into non-capped springs, and increased cake height to avoid jumping out of bounds
    • Adjusted positioning of item sets so taking the shortcut on the first turn doesn't make you skip the items anymore
    • New batch of RA ghosts to compensate for shortcut change
    • Better Encore palette
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • Skybox tweaked to make water effects more polished
    • Slight visual improvement to the inside of the ship, the ship's nose, and the pit in the cave
    • The sneaker panels at the docks now should point in the right direction
    • Better Encore palette
  • Cerulean Riviera
    • New redesigned lighthouse (Similar to the one in Sunbeam Paradise Zone)
    • New thumbnail
    • More audience and decorative items have been added

V1.4
  • Cerulean Riviera - Map Release
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • Landing zone after the first turn has been made slightly bigger
    • Changed some of the ceiling heights in the first section
    • Added more plants before the big jump
    • Death barrier added near the last turn to avoid huge punishes. Horizontal death plane has also been slightly increased.
    • Added another boat to make the first turn more readable.
    • Minor texture alignments

V1.3c - Music compressed, reducing all file sizes considerably. Final lap music for MAP92 added (It was missing due to a mistake!)

V1.3b
  • Submerged Shipwreck - Hotfix solving some problems with the finish line and a new death barrier on the ship deck turn!

V1.3
  • Magical Monolith
    • Second turn is harder to lawnmower
    • Slightly adjusted ramp after second turn
    • Added skybox! General visual upgrade to outdoor zones
    • New light effects in the torch area
    • The other warning sign on the cliff zone is now also solid
    • New thumbnail
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Shortcut now only doable through the intended route
    • Sneaker signs do not change color in Encore Mode
  • Submerged Shipwreck
    • Lighting is darker in inside zones, like the ship and the cave
    • Fixed some broken geometry in the cave
    • Modified skybox, now simulating the bottom of the sea
    • Crossing the finish line is now possible even outside of the poles (for clutch finishes!)
    • New thumbnail
  • General - Compressed music should make the pack just a bit smaller.

V1.2
  • Sweet Wonderland - Improved Encore Mode palette
  • Submerged Shipwreck - Map release
  • Music Pack - Released. Added Encore + Final Lap + Encore Final Lap music to all maps so far.

V1.1
  • Magical Monolith - Added Easter Egg.
  • Sweet Wonderland
    • Added Easter Egg.
    • Added set of bouncy ground under the tunnel to let players know that red = bouncy.
    • Someone ate part of the cake?! And as such made the bouncy ground on it easier to traverse through.
    • Changed texture to indicate a sneaker is necessary to go through the shortcut.
    • Visual upgrade: 2nd set of frosting on the road is now orange. Candy canes added on the side of the road, finish line textures fixed.
    • Record Attack Ghosts updated.

V1.0a - Changed map slots from >91 to >92 so as to not collide with other maps.

V1.0 - Sweet Wonderland Zone released.



Spoiler: Old Magical Monolith Changelog
  • MM V1.3
    • Track changes:
      • You can now no longer access the ledge when entering the cave section - an invisible wall will bump you right on the track instead.
      • Removed invisible walls in the final section - you can now spectate and snipe with items through the bridge onto the road below!
      • Added boost panel on the second hairpin in the climbing section.
      • Reshuffled item boxes on all sets except the first one to improve viability of Eggman boxes. Also added some more items in the second and third sets.
    • Visuals:
      • Brightness in the first cave increased from 160 to 172.
      • Texture on the finish line fixed.
      • Small visual upgrade in some of the caves.
  • MM V1.2
    • Track changes:
      • Added handrail to the bridge in the rocks section to prevent confusion.
      • Added boost pad in the climb section to benefit lighter and accel characters slightly more.
      • Offroad in the rocks section has a tiny slant towards the track.
      • Cave entrance has been lowered, reducing the vertical distance between yellow springs and floor.
    • Visuals:
      • General brightness in outdoor areas increased from 180 to 192, shadows from 160 to 172.
      • Cave section has received a graphic upgrade.
    • Other:
      • Record attack ghosts upgraded with the new track.
      • Updated thumbnail.
  • MM V1.1b - Name fixed in online rooms (Hopefully)
  • MM V1.1
    • Visuals:
      • Visual upgrade: The balloons in the climb section actually look like lanterns now! New lantern also added.
      • Very minor graphic bugs fixed.
  • MM V1.0 - Initial release




Known issues:
  • MAPVA:
  • MAPVB:
  • MAPVC: With boost stacking and some misfortune, you can land right on a death pit on the left side of the massive jump. Will be fixed next patch.
  • MAPVD:
  • MAPVE: Software users may experience a visual glitch around the first item set. However, it shouldn't affect gameplay.
  • MAPVF (Battle):
  • MAPVG (Hell):
  • MAPVH (EX):
  • General:

Spoiler: Used freeslots
  • 2361 - Sloppy Sludge Tree
  • 2362 - Sloppy Sludge Minitree
  • 2363 - Sloppy Sludge Bush
  • 2364 - Sloppy Sludge Palmtree
  • 2365 - Sloppy Sludge Orbinaut Launcher
  • 2366 - Sloppy Sludge Snow Tree
  • 2367 - Sloppy Sludge Snow Pine


Spoiler: Credits


This map pack uses textures from the Community Ressources Pack by Eldog and other people from the KartKrew Discord Server. Thank you kindly for the work!

Some Custom Objects have been ripped from Ninferno's Nightmare Pack (with permission), namely from Hadal Trench Zone.

Thank you so much to RoyKirbs and Eldog for helping me create the skybox in Submerged Shipwreck! Also thanks again to Eldog for the help with Battle Plus and the AMAZING new lua functionality present on Sloppy Sludge ^~^

Also, thanks to FaytxStay for helping me with skyboxes in general, as well as general map knowledge and textures, and helping with final lap music implementation and Encore remappings!

Big shoutouts to Mr. Logan for telling me a very simple way to reduce file sizes for music!

Lua code provided kindly by Chaobrother and Callmore!

U-Turn signs used with permission from SoupBowler.

The giant Daytona Sonic used in Ironbed River is an edit of the one used in Three-Seven Speedway by Bluegen!

Creation of the variable in Sloppy Sludge (and the lua required for it) done kindly by Yoshimo!
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And finally, thanks to everyone who submitted RA ghosts for all tracks! Plus everyone who gave feedback and helped make these tracks better, and more accessible! Also, thanks to all the people who sent their advertisements for Cerulean Riviera - please do send me a DM if you have an ad and you want it in!



Have fun! Any feedback is highly welcome and appreciated!

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Old 10-12-2019   #2
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Welcome to releases. Though, I will say I seriously thought that big opening in the pillar on this one turn was a shortcut, and was dissapointed when I just died in midair instead...
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Old 10-13-2019   #3
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Updated to V1.1 with some minor graphic additions!

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And 1.1b to fix online room names

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Old 10-15-2019   #4
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I like this level. It's relaxing and the turns are well read. You've got some wide open road in some sections. I'd suggest placing boost pads in said sections. That way there's more comeback potential for racers who are recovering and also gives acceleration focused characters more of a fair shot because as it stands I feel like Metal Sonic and other heavy speedsters can easily frontrun and dominate the race on this track because they have plenty of room to steer and catch red drift sparks combined with the fact that there's really no noteworthy stage hazards to avoid aside from falling off; it makes it perfect for frontrunning with Metal Sonic.

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Though, I will say I seriously thought that big opening in the pillar on this one turn was a shortcut, and was dissapointed when I just died in midair instead...
It is a shortcut. To go through it you have to go over the bridge and drift down a little. Though, I agree it can be a little misleading. I'd recommend the creator put a rope fence on the bridge.
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Old 10-15-2019   #5
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Updated with V1.2, improving some graphical and track features. Might update later with more visuals and boost pads depending on testing.
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Old 10-23-2019   #6
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Updated with V1.3 with some minor bug fixes, graphic fixes, and new item box placement! Record attack ghosts have not been updated, which should make them easier to beat with the new boost panel in one of the turns.
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Old 10-25-2019   #7
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Changed the thread from just "Magical Monolith" into The Spark Cup!

Sweet Wonderland just got released, and I hope I can slowly add the remaining tracks in the future. For now, have fun!

EDIT: Added version 1.0a so as to not collide with Monochrome Rift Zone from the Aparte Cup

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Old 11-15-2019   #8
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Version 1.1 added with some Sweet Wonderland fixes, and easter eggs! Next patch will have a new track.
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Old 11-29-2019   #9
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Version 1.2 with a new map, and a new music pack thought for netgames! (Obviously, on the client's side, making use of DynMusic!)

Please let me know what you think here or through the KartKrew Discord!
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Old 12-21-2019   #10
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Version 1.3 comes with mostly graphical upgrades and new RA ghosts from the Kart Krew Discord! Thanks a lot for your support <3
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Old 12-27-2019   #11
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There was a bug that prevented a lap from being counted in MAP94 when driving too fast under the SRB2 banner. That, among other things, should be fixed now in this recent patch. Thanks for your feedback!

EDIT: 1.3c also reduces file sizes A LOT. The music pack especially, going from 15MB to less than 7MB.

All other feedback, suggestions and patches, unless necessary to avoid game-breaking issues, will be pushed to V1.4 along with a new track!

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Old 02-02-2020   #12
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Version 1.4 has been released with a new map, Cerulean Riviera Zone! Feedback is highly appreciated.

Next big patch will be one of fixes... And maybe a hell map or two? We'll see! Until then, enjoy!
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Old 02-07-2020   #13
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Cerulean Riviera is a very solid tech track with nice, flowing corners. I do wonder how heavier characters will fare on its switchbacks, but it seems like the ghosts were handling themselves just fine.


Submerged Shipwreck has a super chill feeling, nice corners again, feels very smooth. The inside of the ship, namely the long hallway leading up to its u-turn, is a little barren; maybe some paintings or glowing objects (crystals, jellyfish) would liven it up a bit?


Sweet Wonderland is a visual riot, but it's still not overwhelming. I do wonder if the shoe corner cut should have red spring effects on the second bounce instead of a yellow spring's; it feels like I barely gain time at all if I hit them.


Magical Monolith is, again, a very solid track, with a few decent cuts.


Overall, these are all perfectly fine tracks. That said, I feel like you're missing a real homerun pulse-pounder. None of the tracks feature a super high-technique section, extreme speeds (at least where the player is in control), or a race-shaker shortcut. This is reflected even in the music, which while pleasant, isn't exactly making me white-knuckle my controller as I pull stunning drifts and death-defying jumps. Still, in consistency and quality, these tracks are all very solid and would work well in pretty much any server :)
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Old 02-15-2020   #14
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Thank you for the feedback! While not all the points mentioned in the post above have been fully adressed (the ship can always get prettier with more touches, for example), I'll do my best to make the tracks better with each iteration.


V1.4b is out, featuring a better cake shortcut, checkpoint fixes, some changes to Encore palettes, and general visual upgrades to the tracks (check the changelog for details). Thanks to everyone who submitted new ghosts too!

Version 1.5 will come with a new Battle Map (Map 97). Map 96 is planned to be a Sprint Map, and because of that it shall take longer to finish.

Also, Maps 98 and 99 shall be experimental maps which may or may not need to be relegated into Map Hell in the future, but which attempt to do stuff still not seen before. I'm calling them "Spark Cup EX" and will NOT be variations of previously existing maps, but just something new overall.
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Old 03-08-2020   #15
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Version 1.5 is out! Includes a Battle Map [Sound Insanity Zone], custom game data, and small QoL changes to previous maps.

If the file loads with warnings, don't worry - it's a result of the battle map supporting Battle Plus. Load the Battle Plus add-on first, and no warnings will appear. Racing and game states are unaffected, and RA can still be played fine thanks to the custom game data.

This will be the current version for a while! The remaining maps will come at a later date.
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Old 03-25-2020   #16
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Sending out a (late) emergency patch 1.6 that fixes some of the more jarring issues. Check the changelog for full details!

Highlights of this patch are a small regal wall fix in Sweet Wonderland, and the last jump in Submerged Shipwreck, which should now be impossible to miss even when using Grow during the jump!
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Old 04-18-2020   #17
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Sending another patch that fixes the dreaded GBJ that was messing up players in Cerulean Riviera, as well as the warning that played when loading the map pack without Battle Plus (my b!). Check full changelog for details!

Next map maybe next patch. Maybe, though - it will still take a long while, and if enough issues pop up / I feel inspired to keep improving the current tracks, perhaps another patch will come out first.
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Old 05-02-2020   #18
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A good red spark at the last cut on Cerulean Riviera allows you take it without needing a shoe.

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Old 06-08-2020   #19
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It's been a while, but Version 2 is out! And with that, the main 5 tracks of the Spark Cup are complete.

There are lots of changes! Please check the changelog and error log!

Thank you to everyone who has helped me go this far. Please enjoy and don't forget to keep leaving feedback!

Among the changes, better support and less jank for firm sneakers is also included. Please consider hosting this new version if it was too jank earlier!

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Old 06-16-2020   #20
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Version 2.1 out of the blue! Highlights are added compatibility with Daytona Kart, GBJ fixes, and lots of new advertisements (some of which you may see for the first time!)

Should there be a demand for more ads to be added to Cerulean Riviera, do let me know and I may release an emergency patch just for that.

Otherwise, this will be last patch in a while. I will take a break from mapping and playing for personal reasons. There are still two maps to be release, and I shall return! But for now, this version shall stay as it is. Thank you all once more for the massive support and the >10k views! Much love to you all.
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