BLACK DRAGON FORTRESS - Black Dragon Fortress|
You find yourself on a wooden walkway surrounding the entrance to the Black Dragon Fortress high above the clouds. Continue forward until you see the amazing view of the mountains then turn left and take the narrow walkway to the far end.
Pull up onto the waist-high roof edge and a movie will give you a panoramic view of this challenging level. Follow the peak toward the fortress and climb up onto the next higher section then angle to the right.
There is a lone guard patrolling the bridge. He is armed with a spear and quite deadly until you can disarm him. Feel free to use his own spear against him. The primary fire stabs while the secondary fire does large sweeping blows great for multiple attackers. Spears will eventually break so be ready to switch to a new weapon or pick up a fresh spear when you current one shatters.
Climb back down the ladder and drop through the floor, hanging to prevent taking damage, then drop down from the ledge and go through the hole in the wall.
Go around the corner to the right and out onto another wooden platform and turn left to face a vine-covered stone wall. Whip-swing to the far ledge (1) then make a running jump to the corner ledge (2). Pull up onto the next ledge (3) and climb the vines up and left to reach the high ledge (4). Note the crumbling wall (6) then grapple the post (5) and whip-swing across kicking the wall (6). It may take several attempts to knock out the stones enough that you can land inside. Defeat the two spearmen inside then slowly step out of the hole and grab the vines to climb up to the top ledge (7).
Starting with the lowest climbable ledge, start pulling up and climb the various scaffolding structures. Jump to new section as necessary until you reach the locked door high above.
From this ledge you could jump to the far vines and go for the previous secret artifact, but then you would have to climb all that scaffolding again. Hopefully, you've already obtained the artifact so you can simply climb the vines to your left.
Use the Water Fountain to heal and fill your canteen then start smashing the boxes along the wall for many useful items including; Throwing Knives, Tiger Strength Potion, Crossbow Ammo, and a Canteen. When you are ready, go through the next set of doors and fight the pair of spearmen, unless you fought them earlier back outside.
Open these doors and if the spearman is inside, kill him before pulling the gold ring on the right wall. This opens a floodgate and water shoots out of the wall below you. The doors open on the level below and a spearman charges up the ramp and attacks you as you exit this room.
Go down the stairs and smash all the crates on this level to find even more Crossbow Ammo then flip the lever to shut off the flow of water back outside.
Now that the water is no longer shooting out the wall you can climb down onto the wooden walkway and then whip-swing to the opening. Enter the tunnel to end the level.
Start wading through the waist-high water and turn either left or right at the junction. This area is symmetrical so it doesn't really matter which way you go. Climb out of the water at the low ledge by the brazier and prepare for a huge battle.
Try to kill the first group of guards quickly. One will try to run up the stairs and sound the giant gong, which will summon even more troops. These soldiers will come at you with spears and crossbows, and even if you disarm them they are experts at martial arts. They will do flying kicks and low sweeps to knock you off your feet and even attack you while you are down.
When the last guard is defeated you can head into the storage room to the left of the stairs (facing the gong). This was the room you saw in the previous cutscene and there will be one last spearman guarding the items inside. When he is dead you can get the Demo Charge, Crossbow Ammo x4, Healing Potion, and the Throwing Knives.
Pay a visit to the Water Fountain in the back room then start climbing up the scaffolding. Make some long jumps to make your way to the roof then double back toward some more scaffolding.
Go around the corner and look for a section of discolored wall. Use the demo charge to blast a hole in the wall - make sure to hide around the corner to avoid the blast - then go through the smoking hole to exit the level.
Check out the small room inside the broken wall for a pair of boxes you can smash. Collect the Crossbow Ammo and the Tiger Strength Potion then return to the ledge outdoors and do a double whip-swing across to the far ledge. Hug the wall and shimmy along the narrow ledge (3) then go around the corner.
Walk to the edge of this platform and make another double whip-swing and grab the rope. Pivot to face the wall and climb up until your feet are above the ledge then swing forward and jump to the ledge. If the guard are nearby or have spotted you quickly get into the corner to your right.
Climb up to the higher level and work your way around the corner defeating any guards that remain. There will be at least one more spearman near the scaffolding. Climb the scaffold and push the blocks off the edge to make the elevator rise.
Go around the corner and make a running jump to grab the nearest lift. Your weight will lower this lift and raise the next one. Make another running jump and pull up onto this left then use your whip on the lantern to swing across to the far ledge.
Enjoy the lengthy opening movie that shows Mei-Ying chained and shackled in a giant bird cage. When you are finally in control of Indy the two sexy Feng Twins will be advancing on you. These girls aren't as hard as you might think but you shouldn't try to fight them in hand-to-hand combat without using a potion or two for enhancement.
Your best tactic is to sprint for either side of the room and grab a Scimitar from the weapons rack. If the girls start to gang-up on you simply roll out of the way to put some distance between you and them.
When the final sister falls the movie will take over showing Indy approaching the cage with Mei-Ying. The floor opens up and you both plummet into the next level.