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Creator Donker19
Map pack Solaris System
Difficulty Advanced-Expert
Soundtrack 01  •   Flake
02  •   DELETE
03  •   Moth to a Flame
04  •   So Below
05  •   Niko and the World Machine
06  •   Fates (Original Mix)
07  •   Astray in Silence

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Lunaris, the Dark Side, is the second map in the Solaris System. It was released in August 2023 in the Dark Side Update and contains a lot of (more intuitive) jelly juggling, a moon-themed setting (though not like Farewell), a few secret collectibles, and a story taking place before Solaris showing how Madeline ended up in the state she's in.

Story[edit | edit source]

Warning: The story featured in Lunaris contains a suicide attempt, self-harm, and drug abuse. If you are sensitive to these topics, you may wish to not play the map or expand the sections below.

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Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Start[edit | edit source]

Lunaris begins by reintroducing the various mechanics and techniques showcased in Solaris, now with a new look to fit the map's appearance. Zipper wavedashes, which have Madeline wavedash into a zipper while it's zipping, are introduced. The rest of the subchapter features difficult jelly juggling, which is more intuitive and less open than that of Solaris.

The Cassette Tape is located in this subchapter.

Confusion[edit | edit source]

This subchapter immediately introduces a new mechanic, reverse jellyfishes. These are orange jellies that have jellyfish-specific controls reversed (eg. getting thrown in the direction Madeline's facing away from, falling faster when up is held, etc). New zipper types are introduced as well, such as zippers that all activate at the same time and zippers that don't move back to their original position after being activated. Hyper bunnyhops are introduced and taught here. Due to all these additions, especially the reverse jellies, this subchapter's gameplay can get quite confusing.

Bound by Frost[edit | edit source]

This subchapter switches out the jelly juggling and lunar surface environment for a purple Mirror Temple-like structure with lots of bubbles and ice. Yellow bubbles start appearing, having been previously introduced in Solaris. Pink bubbles are introduced, which fly in one direction for a while before quickly reversing and launching Madeline in the other direction. Ice wallbounces with a setup from bubbles also start appearing. An ultradash-like technique which has Madeline throw a reverse jelly after hyperdashing in order to gain a forwards boost is introduced near the end of this subchapter.

Frozen[edit | edit source]

After exiting the temple, the setting becomes much darker and less colorful and the gameplay returns to difficult jelly juggling. The clouds that were orange in the first two subchapters now appear a light desaturated blue. Frozen jellies, which are turquoise-colored floatier variants of jellies that hover in the air after being thrown, are introduced here. The ice crumble blocks that started appearing in the temple continue to appear occasionally.

Euphoric[edit | edit source]

This subchapter consists of six flags, each significantly increasing in brightness and difficulty. The tiles and clouds in the background also appear bluer further into the subchapter. Flag 2 introduces a variant of ice blocks that crumble significantly faster. Flag 1, the final room, adds in a black hole in the background and contains some of the Bound by Frost mechanics. It is also significantly longer.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Donker19 has made several jokes about there being a dragon bossfight in Lunaris. While there unfortunately isn't a dragon bossfight in Lunaris, Stellaris has a secret dragon bossfight which even references the joke in the form of Jas H Dragon Form.