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Shadow arrives at Circus Park searching for the fourth Chaos Emerald. As he approaches the carnival, he spots Tails flying overhead in the Emerald-powered Cyclone. For an unknown reason, Tails crashes his plane (the fox is most likely shot down in the crossfire between Eggman's defenses and an attacking force of G.U.N. troops, bailing out and leaving the Cyclone to spiral away into the distance), and it is later revealed that he came to retrieve the rings that Dr. Eggman had stolen. Undaunted by his violent arrival, Tails suggests to Shadow that they should team up and recover all the rings Eggman has collected in the park. Further in the level, Shadow runs into the Egg Monitor, who conversely asks Shadow for his help in defeating the "G.U.N. geeks". The player can choose to help Tails recover the rings, eliminate the G.U.N. robots, or simply find the white Chaos Emerald.
The following weapons can be found in Circus Park:
Defeat all 20 of the G.U.N. enemies in Circus Park.
Many of the G.U.N. Beetles are off the beaten path, so you may need to explore to find some. Four should have been defeated by the time you reach checkpoint #2, 10 by checkpoint #3, 13 by checkpoint #4, and 15 by checkpoint #5. The last five lie after checkpoint #5.
Although initially there are not actually 400 Rings in the level, there are special ways to earn bonus rings. These include:
Shooting Gallery - To begin, shoot one of the large disks that looks like a clock. Balloons will then rise around Shadow, which he must shoot to earn rings. There is also a green bonus gauge which fills as balloons are hit; filling it completely earns Shadow an extra 50 rings. Shooting purple balloons, however, causes the gauge to decrease and Shadow to lose rings.
Being launched into a nose that looks like Eggman - This becomes very helpful, when approaching one of these "noses" and later, the checkpoint after it. Use it to travel back to the checkpoint before the "nose", then replay it. Shadow will get 50 rings each time.
Flaming Hoops - Jumping through a fire hoop earns Shadow 5 rings.
The beginning cutscene to this stage contains the now infamous line, "Where's that damn fourth Chaos Emerald?"
This stage contains a gimmick that is exclusive to it, that being the Shooting Gallery.
When playing this stage in Expert Mode, by using Save Points to warp to earlier parts of the stage, it is possible to farm many rings by hitting the "noses" shaped like Eggman. If the Ring count goes beyond 999, the counter rolls over to 0 and the player is instantly awarded 10 extra lives. This tactic works because Expert Mode does not contain the Hero Mission that ends the stage when the player has reached 400 Rings.