Gusworld's Muppet Race Mania Guide: The Courses

Racing!

Muppet Race Mania includes 24 main courses (two races, one battle and one stunt for each of the six Muppet Movies), plus four bonus courses which are awarded during the progress of the game, and six bonus courses which become available when the game is completed. Information on the structure of each course, plus hints on how to complete it and sarcastic comments from Statler and Waldorf, are outlined below. I've included the hints and descriptions (minus the millions of errors!) from the official site, as well as the maps found on the Traveller's Tales site.

The Muppet Movie: Swamp - Ghost Town - Canyon - Funfair
The Great Muppet Caper: Happiness Hotel - Mallory Gallery - Trafalgar Square - Restaurant
The Muppets Take Manhattan: Central Park - New York City - Theatre - Diner
The Muppet Christmas Carol: Old London Town - Graveyard - Chamber - Rooftops
Muppet Treasure Island: Dock - Treasure Island - Lagoon - Mountain
Muppets From Space: Secret Base - Cape Doom - Laboratory - Muppet Labs
Bonus: Studio - Arches - Fraggle Rock - Disco
The End: Speedway - Rally - Glacier - Volcano - Haunted House - Whatever

Swamp

Map

Race type: Race A
Token: Banjo (10)
Food: 66
Stars: 37
Description: This course is based on Kermit's home from the opening scnes of the Muppet Movie. It's got lots of twists and turns amongst the logs and lily pads. Be on the lookout for swampy shortcuts!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Hey, do you want to watch this race?" "I can't! I'm swamped!"
"So this is where it all began." "Too bad this isn't where it all ended!"
Hidden Muppet: Robin
Movie location: In the centre of the wooden hut just near the start line
Movie clip: Kermit singing 'The Rainbow Connection'
Hints from official site: A quick left turn before the second log tunnel can make the difference between the checkered flag or swamp gas.
Gusworld's hints: Be sure to take the shortcut just before the second wooden tunnel each time.
FRUIT COLLECTING: Follow a straight line all the way through the first tunnel and pick up the fruit on the first lilypad to be sure of getting a high enough total (since you'll skip a lot of fruit taking the shortcut).
Don't worry about getting a fast start -- you'll be able to collect more fruit if you let the others past initially.
This is a rather difficult course to begin the game -- it has several false turns and lots of water!
Launch point: Just after turning into the shortcut tunnel (this means you overshoot slightly, but it's safer than risking taking the long way round!)

Ghost Town

Map Race type: Race B
Token: Dynamite (10)
Food: 75
Stars: 33
Description: It's a showdown in the Old West as the Muppets race amongst the cacti and the catacombs of this dusty ghost town. Choose your path carefully in the mine and blast your way through the saloon for a refreshing shortcut!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "The race starts at high noon." "That's our nap time." "Good, then we won't miss anything!"
"Things here are really old and falling apart." "Yeah, it reminds me of you!"
Hidden Muppet: None
Movie location: In the last pool in the mountain (enter from the right-hand side)
Movie clip: Arriving in the Ghost Town
Hints from official site: Take the far left fork in the mountain or sharp shoot the targets in the saloon, and you'll home before the others.
Can't find all the fruit? Blow apart the boxes in the town!
Gusworld's hints: Taking the far left fork is a good hint, but don't worry about the targets. Instead, turn right (rather than the indicated left) as you exit the mountain, and follow the ramp up.
All the dynamite is hidden off the track (ie in places you wouldn't pass during a normal race) -- check the indicated spots on the map.
You can save time when you reach the first bridge by jumping over the railings and to the left, saving a sharp left-hand turn.
FRUIT COLLECTING: If you follow the indicated paths, you'll have fruit to spare.
Launch point: As you exit the mountain (this won't include the shortcut, but it shouldn't matter).

Canyon

Map Race type: Battle
Token: Barrel (10)
Food: 39
Stars: 30
Description: This battle of 'grand' proportions is set in Canyon country. Rev up on the ramps for a high-flying attack or sneak inside the tunnels to take cover.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "I could drive this track with my eyes closed." "Well, that's nothing new. That's how you always drive!"
"Do you think they would drive me?" "Drive you where?" "Drive me crazy!"
Boss Muppet: Sweetums
Movie location: In the side tunnel (near the Doozer)
Movie clip: Kermit and Fozzie fall asleep in the car
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: Forget hiding in the tunnels -- stay in the central area, and attack when other Muppets emerge from the tunnels.

Funfair

Map Race type: Stunt
Token: Ice Cream Cone (10)
Food: 101
Stars: 37
Description: It's the world's most thrilling ride! But take it slow; skill, not speed, is the key. A balloon ride can give you an aerial advantage or find a Warp Point to put you on the right track to finishing.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Have you ever seen a sideshow?" "Aren't we watching one right now?"
"Do you want to go to the Midway?" "No, I want to go all the way -- home!"
Hidden Muppet: Scooter
Movie location: At the end of the course
Movie clip: Piggy rushes to join the trip
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: The only really tricky part on this course is the Doozer over the pool (a cone is also hidden here) -- you'll need to launch off the track with some fruit boost to get this to work.

Happiness Hotel

Map Race type: Race A
Token: Alarm Clock (10)
Food: 96
Stars: 30
Description: If you thought this hotel seemed run down in the movie, imagine being run down by Muppet Racers crashing through its corridors! And all that fruit lying around in the halls is better than room service for the ravishing racer.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "This is the Happiness Hotel!" "Yep, does it make you happy?" "Yes, happy that I'm not staying here!"
"I thought hotels were for sleeping!" "Would you sleep here?" "Start the race!"
Hidden Muppet: Floyd
Movie location: Behind the second target to the right
Movie clip: Arriving at the Happiness Hotel
Hints from official site: Going Up! An elevator ride just past the starting line could make your stay on this track a pleasant one.
Gusworld's hints: The elevator ride is only a useful shortcut if the elevator is there as you drive past.
FRUIT COLLECTING: If you follow the indicated paths, you'll have fruit to spare.
When using the MegaBoost, be sure to hold down left as you come to the bottom of the main stairwell, otherwise you'll be pointlessly diverted around the room with the table in it.
To grab the clock near the bottom of the stairs at the start, you'll need to jump through from the balcony/lobby above.
This jump can also save you heaps of time during a reverse race -- try it over 10 laps and you should be able to lap the other racers twice!
Launch point: Halfway down the stairs (or halfway up the stairs, if you're thinking backwards and feeling especially Muppety).

Mallory Gallery

Map Race type: Race B
Token: Painting (10)
Food: 71
Stars: 45
Description: The fine art of racing is put on display in the Mallory Gallery, from the Great Muppet Caper. Race through the hallways or even through the paintings themselves! Your favourite canvas will be the checkered flag when you win.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Some of these pictures are really old." "You should know, you probably dated the models!"
"I really appreciate fine art." "You do?" "Yes, and this isn't it!"
Hidden Muppet: Dr Teeth
Movie location: Under the glass dome in the centre of the gallery; you have to remove the glass dome by activating the device hidden behind the target just before the start line
Movie clip: "Tuesday midnight at the Mallory Gallery"
Hints from official site: Some of the paintings in this gallery are not what they seem. You can actually jump into them for a short cut, but beware of the painting of the spinning checkered tunnel. This is a not-so-short cut!
Gusworld's hints: Going through the picture tunnels will not save you any meaningful time!
Many of the painting tokens are hidden in areas you won't access during a normal race, including three separate areas near the glass dome.
To access the painting hidden behind the glass frame, shoot the large picture of Miss Piggy which you'll find just after the long corridor. (There's a small picture of this painting with a target on it as a hint.)
FRUIT COLLECTING: If you follow the indicated paths, you'll have fruit to spare.
Launch point: Just after passing through the storeroom (the lowest point in the building, filled with target paintings)

Trafalgar Square

Map Race type: Battle
Token: Umbrella (10)
Food: 54
Stars: 36
Description: From the movie The Great Muppet Caper, a battle ensues in London's famous Trafalgar Square. You won't find any beefeaters here, but a healthy diet of fruit for a Special Weapon attack could win the battle just in time for tea!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "There sure are a lot of pigeons here." "Good job I brought my umbrella!"
"Do you enjoy riding the double decker buses?" "Yes, especially when they're headed out of town!"
Boss Muppet: Beauregaard
Movie location: In the bottom left fountain area
Movie clip: Gonzo stops a taxi
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: The easiest way to win this battle is to run a continuous circle between the two sets of tunnels -- this gives you continuous access to fruit and stars and means you can easily see approaching rivals.
Does it need to be said that this bears almost no resemblance to the real Trafalgar Square?

Restaurant

Map Race type: Stunt
Token: Bottles (10)
Food: 61
Stars: 37
Description: Welcome to the only New York hotspot that encourages 'dining and dashing'. Hop over tables, wine racks and furnaces like a waiter after a tip to finish faster.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "They're racing in a restaurant." "Boy, that gives a whole new meaning to drive-thru!"
"Do you want dessert?" "Yes, definitely." "I thought you weren't hungry." "Oh, I thought you said 'Do you want to desert?'!"
Hidden Muppet: Johnny Fiamma
Movie location: At the end of the level
Movie clip: The gang dine in style
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: Watch out for the lifts, it's easy to get trapped in a loop if you don't pay attention!
As the whole movie is set in London, why is this restaurant supposedly in New York? Looks like someone wasn't concentrating!

Central Park

Map Race type: Race A
Token: Newspaper (10)
Food: 106
Stars: 43
Description: There's nothing like a nice walk in the park -- except for driving at top speeds through the park! You can take the high road or the low tunnel, whatever gets you to the finish line before the rest of the Muppets.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Can't you ice skate in Central Park in the winter?" "No, but then again, I can't ice skate anywhere!"
"Are they racing again?" "No, they're looking for a place to park!"
Hidden Muppet: None
Movie location: In the tunnel to the right after the first hay bale
Movie clip: A frog and a pig in love
Hints from official site: Hay is not just for horses. The third bale you find, and its short cut, is for you! Also if it's a close race, cut off the last turn with a sharp left just before the brick wall.
The tunnel containing the film slate in Adventure Mode will aso greatly aid in a race!!!!
Gusworld's hints: Two out of three of the official hints are good -- but if you take the shortcut through the 'movie tunnel', you won't need the 'third bale' shortcut.
FRUIT COLLECTING: This is the only course where you can routinely collect enough fruit for a MegaBoost twice within a three-lap race, even when using the shortcut. Use the first one for a Special Power attack, and then use a MegaBoost for the third lap.
Launch point: When you reach the up ramp towards the end of the course (though if you use the shortcut and collect lots of fruit, it shouldn't actually be necessary).

New York City

Map Race type: Race B
Token: Music note (10)
Food: 90
Stars: 40
Description: Dateline: New York City. The streets are safe once more . . . until the Muppets Take Manhattan! Not only did they take it, they made it their raceway. Streets, sidewalks, alleys and buildings . . . all are fair game in this game!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "New York! The city that never sleeps." "Until the frog and his friends bore 'em to death!"
"Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today . . ." "Great, let's go!"
Hidden Muppet: Sal
Movie location: Down the escalator behind the gates.
Movie clip: Statler and Waldorf sunbake
Hints from official site: Cut through the bushes at the start and use the sewer steam to propel you way ahead faster than a New York Cabbie.
Short Cut: Go down the conveyor belt under the building. Drive through and come out the other side. Take a sharp left and find an alley that will put you in the lead.
Gusworld's hints: For once, the official short cut is actually useful! To make the left turn easier, jump left when you're about two-thirds of the way up the escalator.
When collecting the tokens and Doozer, you need to use the steam vent near the start, not the one near the Doozer Warp Point, to climb on top of the hedges.
FRUIT COLLECTING: If you follow the indicated paths, you'll have fruit to spare.
Launch point: After taking the sharp left into the shortcut tunnel (you can launch in the escalator tunnel, but it's hard to force the turn).

Theatre

Map Race type: Battle
Token: Poster (10)
Food: 50
Stars: 37
Description: From the Muppets Take Manhattan, the gang is battling for the spotlight on Broadway. When you take centre stage by sabotaging your opponents, you'll be more than a winner just waiting in the wings.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "What do we have to do to see a good show around here?" "Avoid the frog and his friends!"
"Have you ever done any acting?" "All the time -- I act like I want to be here!"
Boss Muppet: Bill, Gill & Jill
Movie location: On the ledge at the back of the stage
Movie clip: Statler and Waldorf see the sign for the show go up
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: Running a continuous loop around the back corridors and using lots of MegaBoosts is the best way of winning this battle -- just be careful when you're climbing the backstage ramp that someone doesn't hit you from the other side.
To collect the movie and fruit from the stage ledge, you need to approach from the ramp in the stage after blowing up the floor target.

Diner

Map Race type: Stunt
Token: Coffee Cup (10)
Food: 64
Stars: 41
Description: If you learn how to 'cook' on a 'Flying Pan' you'll eat this stunt track for lunch . . . man. Steam on the stoves will elevate you to the finish line.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Do you think I could get a decent cup of coffee?" "Sure, if you go someplace else!"
"Why would you drive through a diner?" "Because it's better than eating here!"
Hidden Muppet: Swedish Chef
Movie location: At the very beginning of the course (which, perversely, you access via a warp point at the very end of the course)
Movie clip: In the diner, we encounter a rat waiter
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: A relatively straightforward course, make sure you collect all the fruit and stars off the floor!

Old London Town

Map Race type: Race A
Token: Candy (10)
Food: 102
Stars: 44
Description: Merry old England's never seen so much madness as when the Muppets race through its snow-filled streets. Practice and the other Muppets won't have a ghost of a chance to beat you!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "So , here we are in merry old England." "I wish I were in my merry old bed!"
"The fog sure is thick today." "Great, it's the perfect excuse not to watch the race!"
Hidden Muppet: Clifford
Movie location: In the hidden tunnel just after the first barrel to the right of the
Movie clip: Gonzo and Rizzo sell apples
Hints from official site: Look for three target barrels side by side to find a short cut that will lead you under the track and a head of the pack.
Gusworld's hints: As well as taking the 'official' shortcut, follow the top path to the left of the icy tunnel, shoot the barrel and turn left. This means you barely need to travel on the icy tunnel surface.
Be careful at the start of the race; if you don't turn left quickly, you can waste any momentum you've built up running into a wall.
FRUIT COLLECTING: If you follow the indicated paths, you'll have fruit to spare.
This is perhaps the hardest course in which to collect all the fruit in Adventure mode; persist!
Launch point: At the end of the tunnel containing the movie.

Graveyard

Map Race type: Race B
Token: Top Hat (10)
Food: 38
Stars: 23
Description: You'll never find a graveyard more lively than one where the Muppets are racing through, motors roaring loud enough to wake the dead! The snowy track will make you best friends with your brake button. And of course, when you win, no doubt you'll declare "Bless us, every one of us, especially me!"
Statler & Waldorf gags: "This is the scariest part of this race." "The graveyard?" "No, the drivers!"
"Is that a plot over there?" "Not if we're talking about a Muppet movie!"
Hidden Muppet: Zoot
Movie location: In the graveyard to the left of the underground crypt
Movie clip: Rizzo rings the bells
Hints from official site: Stairs on the left at the start will lead to a Warp Point, cutting this race in half and burying the competition.
Gusworld's hints: Actually, there's two Warp points; the first takes you to the church roof, the second is at the back and takes you to the tomb in the crypt. You won't be able to use this the first time around, since you'll need a weapon to break into the church.
If you don't want to 'cheat' by using the Warp Points, be sure to take the archway that leads to the frozen lake to the right of the crypt entrance. You'll get more fruit this way and are less likely to get tangled in the crypt itself.
FRUIT COLLECTING: Not necessary if you use the Warp Points; a tad tricky otherwise (you need to get all the fruit on the lake to be in with a chance).
Launch point: Not needed if you use the Warp Point; otherwise, just before the icy lake.

Chamber

Map Race type: Battle
Token: Candles (10)
Food: 73
Stars: 48
Description: Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . except a bunch of Muppets in an all-out assault! So here's your chance to be Santa Claus and leave plenty of 'penguin presents' for the others to find.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "If it were up to me, I wouldn't let 'em drive in the bedroom." "If it were up to me, I wouldn't let them drive at all!"
"Where is the chamber maid?" "Probably the same place as the rest of the house!"
Boss Muppet: Marley & Marley (aka Statler & Waldorf)
Movie location: In the right hand side room (behind the target)
Movie clip: Marley & Marley describe their chains
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: You can win this by staying on the lowest level, collecting fruit and stars, and waiting until most of the other Muppets defeat each other.
The screen grab on the official site for this course is actually from the Graveyard level.
I still haven't defeated the bosses on this one -- or rescued the Doozer!

Rooftops

Map Race type: Stunt
Token: Bell (10)
Food: 108
Stars: 48
Description: It's a rooftop, it's steep, and it's snowing. Can you guess what makes this tricky? This rooftop race is a delicate balance of brakes and boost.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "You think they can fall off those rooftops?" "I sure hope so, I paid good money for these seats!"
"I can see a long way from up here." "Too bad you can't go a long way from up here!"
Hidden Muppet: Bean Bunny
Movie location: At the end of the course (hidden in a slide ramp)
Movie clip: Opening shot of Muppets at roof level
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: Fruit-boosted motion is essential to moving the Doozer on this level.

Dock

Map Race type: Race A
Token: Anchor (10)
Food: 92
Stars: 44
Description: Ay mateys! You'll not walk the plank, but drive it! Hopefully speeding over the bounding main won't make you carsick and seasick at the same time!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Is that the Jolly Roger?" "Maybe, but if it's in this game, it won't be jolly for long!"
"Look at this shipwreck!" "I don't see anything!" "No, I was talking about the game!"
Hidden Muppet: Link Hogthrob (on the roof accessed via the first warp point)
Movie location: In the tower off the bridge near the end of the race
Movie clip: Statler and Waldorf as figureheads
Hints from official site: Let the others sail around this track, while you back up at the start and take the short cut. You can take the short cut on each lap and you never have to cross the finish line until the end.
Gusworld's hints: It isn't worth trying to take the short cut at the start the first time, as you won't be able to get enough fruit to get through the water. On subsequent journeys, it's also easier to jump into the shortcut area to the left just after you pass through the first tunnel. To make effective use of the shortcut, you need to pick up as much fruit as possible.
FRUIT COLLECTING: There's lots of fruit on the final bridge, so you should be OK -- but if you have a full meter after the first round, you may as well use your MegaBoost straight away to get over the water.
Launch point: Just after jumping off the deck to the left of the first tunnel (this carries you over the water and drops you just before the hard left turn over the boat).

Treasure Island

Map Race type: Race B
Token: Treasure Chest (10)
Food: 82
Stars: 42
Description: Race the beaches of Treasure Island, in search of the greatest prize of all. No, not silver or gold, but black and white -- the checkered flag of the finish line! Hidden caves will help make the way 'round the island shorter and faster!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Are there any cannibals on this island?" "We can only hope . . ."
"Did you bring the map for the buried treasure?" "No, I brought a map for getting home!"
Hidden Muppet: Janice (in the hidden cavern below the moving pool behind the fence)
Movie location: As for Janice
Movie clip: The ship prepares to land
Hints from official site: Shiver me timbers! There's a tunnel on the right at the start or take the high road to aid you in your journey
Gusworld's hints: The tunnel isn't very helpful, since you'll be slowed up by the water. Stick to the main path unless you're on a token, fruit or star-collecting mission.
Be careful not to fall off the benches in the 'hidden' area when collecting fruit or stars.
FRUIT COLLECTING: No problem normally, but take the high path to the right at the start if you're running short.
Launch point: Just as you reach the first set of stairs

Lagoon

Map Race type: Battle
Token: Cauldron (10)
Food: 57
Stars: 41
Description: The sandy beaches from Muppet Treasure Island will have you clawing for traction if you choose the wrong vehicle. This bayside battle can be won with a surprise attack from a shortcut tunnel.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "You wanna fish?" "No, and I don't want a frog or a pig or a bear either!"
"It's a lagoon!" "Yeah, well I see a lot of goons!"
Boss Muppet: Pig Chief (Spa'am)
Movie location: On top ledge in side tunnel near Doozer
Movie clip: Benjamina is revealed
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: A fairly straightforward battle course, try not to get caught on the water!

Mountain

Map Race type: Stunt
Token: Treasure Map (10)
Food: 96
Stars: 45
Description: You're gonna have a whale of a time climbing this mountain, especially when they blow their top! Learn to leap so you can climb in time to beat the clock.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Is that the Jolly Roger?" "Maybe, but if it's in this game, it won't be jolly for long!"
"Look at this shipwreck!" "I don't see anything!" "No, I was talking about the game!" [Both gags are also used on the Dock level]
Hidden Muppet: Sam
Movie location: In the tunnel near the end
Movie clip: The ship sails across the ocean
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: Be sure to check areas you wouldn't normally visit for stars and fruit.

Secret Base

Map Race type: Race A
Token: Door In A Jar (10)
Food: 56
Stars: 30
Description: Race through the secret government facility that stumbled upon Gonzo's quest for his family. It's got steam vents and secret tunnels so you can get to the aliens' arrival before the rest of our opponents!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "We need special clearance to get on this base." "Great, let's go home!"
"Everything moves so fast here." "Then it can't be run by the government!"
Hidden Muppet: Bobo
Movie location: Behind the fan near the finish line
Movie clip: Door in a jar in action
Hints from official site: Two key secrets to find here. An open vent and a target near the wind turbine. Find both and the track becomes half as long.
Gusworld's hints: The second shortcut mentioned above isn't worth using, as you'll waste time trying to get through it. The first is more useful, but not essential to winning.
FRUIT COLLECTING: Can be tricky -- try not taking the tunnel shortcut on the second lap and collecting fruit that way.
Launch point: As soon as you get past the wind machine.

Cape Doom

Map Race type: Race B
Token: Flying Saucer (10)
Food: 76
Stars: 48
Description: While you're waiting for Gonzo's family to land, why not race a few laps around Cape Doom? Steer carefully around the lighthouse to keep from falling in the drink. But if you do, jumping from island to island will get you back on track the fastest!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Have we been here before?" "Yeah, it's just the lagoon lit differently!"
"Ah, sea air makes me feel young again!" "Sea air makes you delirious!"
Hidden Muppet: Pepe
Movie location: In the lighthouse (left side)
Movie clip: The talking sandwich
Hints from official site: Look for multiple tunnels throughout the mountain on your right and don't fret if you fall in the water, just use your boost to shoot you through, out and ahead.
Gusworld's hints: Only look for tunnels after you've passed the lighthouse -- the one beforehand drops you in the ocean!
Despite Statler and Waldorf's comments, this course is actually much more like Treasure Island.
FRUIT COLLECTING: Not a problem during normal play.
Launch point: Just after turning into the shortcut tunnel (this means you overshoot slightly, but it's safer than risking taking the long way round!)

Laboratory

Map Race type: Battle
Token: Beaker (10)
Food: 74
Stars: 44
Description: The CovNet laboratory has become an experiment in Muppet Battle-mania! No place to hide, but lots of places to run. Be inventive with the many levels and platforms to get the drop upon your opponents.
Statler & Waldorf gags: "What's the difference between this laboratory and Muppet Labs?" "Competence!"
"This place kinda looks like a hospital." "I hope so, because this game is making me sick!"
Boss Muppet: Dr Van Neuter
Movie location: At the middle of the top level
Movie clip: Dr Van Neuter in action
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: An easy way to complete this level is to circle around the middle, collecting fruit and stars, launching an occasional sally into the middle with weapons and then attacking with special power moves as needed.
Owing to the tight limit, I haven't yet rescued the Doozer on this course.

Muppet Labs

Map Race type: Stunt
Token: Rubber Ducks (10)
Food: 59
Stars: 22
Description: Muppet Labs has created a MONSTER . . . of a stunt course, that is. You'll want to stick to the magnets like a fly to Kermit's tongue to float to the finish line. And don't worry about being warped: teleport towards the end!
Statler & Waldorf gags: "Do they find cures here?" "What do you need to be cured from?" "Boredom!"
"Some of the chemicals in here can preserve things for years." "Oh, so that's your secret!"
Hidden Muppet: Bunsen
Movie location: At the end of the course
Movie clip: Bunsen shows off his gear
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: A straightforward course, though you'll need to be precise to get through some bits of it.

Studio

Map Race type: Race A
Token: Trophy (9)
Food: 45
Stars: 31
Movie location: In side area
Movie clip: Fake doctors (from 'Muppets From Space')
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: This course is unlocked when you have collected all the stars on all regular courses (or when you enter the cheat code). However, you can see it whenever you finish a normal tournament.
All the trophies and the movie are hidden in the outside area of the course, which you won't use in a normal race.
To collect the final trophy, you'll need lots of fruit and some precision boost launching to work your way around the benches.
Launch point: Just after the start line (in reality, it's rare to win this course with a MegaBoost).

Arches

Map Race type: Battle
Token: Trophy (10)
Food: 45
Stars: 34
Boss Muppet: None
Movie location: Bottom right corner of the map
Movie clip: The gang tour London on a bus (from 'The Great Muppet Caper')
Music: From 'Theatre'
Hints from official site: Go to the Secrets section of the Arches course to play the Doozer Battle. Four Doozers go in, only one comes out!
Gusworld's hints: This course is unlocked when you have collected all the food on all regular courses (or when you enter the cheat code).
Instead of the Boss Challenge and Battle As Boss options, this bonus course offers Dogfight (where everyone races in Sam's plane) and Doozer Battle (as described above).

Fraggle Rock

Map Race type: Race
Token: Hard hats (10)
Food: 66
Stars: 43
Movie location: In the first tunnel on the right
Movie clip: Kermit & Piggy discuss her acting (from 'The Great Muppet Caper') -- why not an actual Fraggle clip?
Hints from official site: Always take the right fork when racing this course.
Gusworld's hints: The official hint is (again unusually) actually useful.
This course is unlocked when you have rescued all the Doozers (or when you enter the cheat code).
Launch point: As soon as you enter the 'doughnut' near the middle of the course.

Disco

Map Race type: Race
Token: Unknown
Food: Unknown
Stars: Unknown
Movie location: Unknown
Movie clip: Unknown
Hints from official site: None
Gusworld's hints: This course is unlocked when you have fully completed all regular courses. I haven't done that yet, and there are no cheat codes for it, so it remains a mystery!
Speedway

Race type: Race
Description: This course is seen from a birdseye view, with lots of twists and turns.
Music: Original (the only overhead course so honoured)
Gusworld's hints: If you do collect enough fruit for a MegaBoost, it will carry you around almost the entire final lap.

Speedway

Rally

Race type: Race
Description: Also seen from above, race over sand, like an off road Baja race.
Music: From 'Ghost Town'
Gusworld's hints: Watch out for special move attacks -- they seem especially prevalent on this course.

Rally

Glacier

Race type: Race
Description: It's a nice time for ice, dontcha snow?
Music: From 'Graveyard'
Gusworld's hints: Try and keep to the centre of the course -- you move faster on ice than on the snowdrifts at the side.

Glacier

Volcano

Race type: Battle
Description: This hot location is a Battle-only course. Watch for warp points at the corners of the track.
Music: From 'Lagoon'
Gusworld's hints: The Warp Points are an interesting addition to a Battle course, and you can move through them even during a special move attack.

Volcano

Haunted House

Race type: Battle
Description: This scary Battle course has a large, central battle area and two smaller areas. Stay out of the blind spots caused by the roof that runs around the track. Or, use them strategically to ambush an opponent.
Music: From 'Chamber'
Gusworld's hints: For the most part, you may as well stay out of the smaller areas -- the battle can easily be won in the central area.

Haunted House

Whatever

Race type: Battle
Description: This is your chance to battle with in a birds eye view of the Laboratory from Muppets in Space.
Music: From 'Muppet Labs'
Gusworld's hints: Although the layout largely duplicates the Laboratory track, it doesn't include the access ramps on ground level to the middle segment. Also, for no obvious reason, the theme music is from the Muppet Labs level. On the official site, this level is called 'The Lab'.

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