Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
Lyric's Tomb (古代の墓 Kodai no haka?, lit. "Ancient Tomb") is the first area in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. It is a dense forest area on an island littered with ruins from the Ancients. It is also the location of the tomb where Lyric the Last Ancient was imprisoned. It serves as the tutorial level for the game.
A thousand years ago, Lyric the Last Ancient was imprisoned here. In the present, Team Sonic came to Lyric's Tomb while chasing Dr. Eggman, but got trapped inside the tomb. While attempting to escape, they accidentally freed Lyric.
Lyric's Tomb is separated into two areas: the exterior of the tomb where Lyric was imprisoned and the interior. The exterior is a large and dense forest area in a slightly mountainous region, filled with lush, tropical and colossal trees at the size of skyscrapers. The forest's floor is a rocky surface of dirt and enormous roots that is covered in green flora, vines, rock pillars and chasms. It also includes a few rivers and waterfalls. Among the raw nature, there are ruins of some stone foundations originating from the Ancients and a giant statue.
The interior of Lyric's tomb is a dark, ancient and smelly stone structure (with a few metallic components). It is heavily affected by the hands of time, having grass and moss growing out of the floor and thick vines coming out of the walls. It contains five rooms in total: one large room in the center where Lyric was contained and four surrounding it. In each of the surrounding rooms there is a device shooting a light beam into a receptacle in Lyric's room which emitted a light that kept Lyric frozen.
A thousand years ago, the Ancients created a tomb to imprison Lyric in after he tried to destroy the world. In recognition of the help Sonic and Tails provided to stop Lyric, the Ancients depicted them on the tomb and equipped it with a lock only Sonic could open. To power the tomb, they used the Shock Crystal not far away.
In the present, on a regular day of thwarting Dr. Eggman's schemes, Team Sonic came to Lyric's Tomb while pursuing Eggman. As Eggman ambushed the heroes with Metal Sonic, Sonic and Tails going after Eggman while Knuckles and Amy went after Metal Sonic. After being ambushed by Eggman's Destruction Troops, Sonic and Tails reunited with their friends at Lyric's tomb whose depictions puzzled them. Attacked by the Destruction Troops and Metal Sonic, Sonic unlocked the tomb against his team's wishes and had them seek refuge inside. Though Eggman and Metal Sonic were locked out, Eggman was pleased that his plan to awaken Lyric was working. Meanwhile Shadow looked from afar.
Trapped inside the tomb, Team Sonic tried escaping by moving some receptacles in hopes of unlocking a door. However, in the central chamber, they found the frozen Lyric and got trapped. As everyone got anger at Sonic for getting them locked up, Lyric came to life since the team disabled the system keeping him frozen. As Lyric showed familiarity with Sonic, Sonic tried to spin attack him, but Lyric dodged him and tied them up with his shackles. Lyric then broke out of the tomb, but Tails freed them and converted their shackles into Enerbeams which they used to pursue Lyric. However, Lyric escaped, so Team Sonic turned to Cliff for help.
In Lyric's Tomb, the player passes through the forest and the tomb where Lyric is imprisoned. Here, the player is incapable of manually switching between all four playable characters.
As a tutorial level, the gameplay in Lyric's Tomb focuses on obligatory sections where the player gets to test out the basic game aspects and the playable characters' unique skills. Like other areas in the game, Lyric's Tomb includes speed level sections, where the player runs down a long path with speed-enhancing gimmicks while avoiding hazardous obstacles, and as well slower-paced areas for exploration and combat. The latter half of the area features different puzzles that must be completed to progress, which mainly involves the Button gimmick. Sometimes, rows of Rings also appear to guide the player.
Lyric's Tomb introduces the basic gimmicks for the specific character actions (most of which are introduced in the latter half of the game). This include Spin Ramps for Sonic, Climbable Walls and Ceilings for Knuckles and Balance Beams for Amy. Near the end, the player is also introduced to the Enerbeam, where it is used for combat and an Ener-Rail. Because it is a beginner area, Lyric's Tomb has few and fairly easy enemies. It also has nearly no environmental hazards, except for bottomless pits.
Lyric's Tomb begins in the forest on a speed section, where the player must avoid obstacles, falling objects and projectiles from Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic. Near the end of the speed section, the player takes control of Sonic and Tails, where they later have to defeat a group of Destruction Troops. The player then has to follow the path to the tomb where more Destruction Troops must be defeated. There, the player automatically takes control of Knuckles.
Inside the tomb, the player has to pass through four sections for each of the playable characters; first Sonic, then Tails, then Amy and finally Knuckles. Each section requires the character's unique abilities and skills to get through. At the end of each section, the player has to hit a Button on a light beam-device which will open up the path to the next section. After awaking Lyric, the player has to fight more Destruction Troops until they can throw one into an unstable statue and unlock an Ener-Rail. The player must then ride the Ener-Rail out of the tomb and reach another speed section while avoiding Lyric's attacks, until the player reaches the end and gets to Cliff's Excavation Site.
This level has the following total of collectable items:
- Because of Knuckles' "infinite jump" glitch, it was possible to bypass the fight against the Destruction Troops that takes place outside of the tomb and jump directly into the tomb. Using the glitch again, the player could skip activating the four receptacles segments of the level and directly confront Lyric.
- However, this glitch was fixed in January 2015 patch.