Abracadabra Station is a mission in the Octo Expansion.
When the player begins the stage, they find themselves on a small platform looking at another platform divided by an Invisible platform. When they ink it and reach the other side, they have to use two non-parallel moving invisible platforms, and a stationary one on the left, to get to the other side. After the player reaches the other side, an Octotrooper spawns which does not notice Agent 8 because of an invisible block blocking the path. Climb over it and either splat or ignore the Octarian to reach the second checkpoint.
To the right, there is an invisible platform that connects to a regular platform. Walking upon it causes two Octocopters and one Octocommander to spawn, with the latter being out of reach. Follow an invisible platform that curves to the left with a ride rail that loops around the Octocommander. If the player decides to loop around, six balloons and a Squid Ring spawn, which can be splatted and collected on the way. To make progress, the player has to reveal an invisible platform and jump off the rail. When they land, an Octocopter and an Octotrooper spawn, which the player can splat while going across three non-parallel moving invisible platforms and two stationary ones to reach the Octocommander. Splatting this Octarian spawns a Launchpad which launches Agent 8 to the third checkpoint.
The path in front is invisible with only some crates "floating" in midair. Shooting in this direction reveals an invisible wall, but also makes five Octotroopers, which are located further ahead, notice Agent 8. Climb the wall to find a small platform and non-parallel moving invisible platforms that connect the other side, which might already be partially revealed by the aforementioned Octotroopers. Crossing these slightly sloped platforms activates the fourth checkpoint.
The player can look down to see three balloons floating around which cannot be splatted because of an invisible platform. Follow the platform, fall down onto another platform, and turn around to splat the balloons from that side. Going ahead makes three Octotroopers spawn on invisible platforms with one Octarian hiding behind an invisible wall. Hitching a ride on a vertical moving platform spawns another two Octotroopers. After climbing the aforementioned invisible wall, the player encounters the last spawned Octarian and the fifth checkpoint on the right. If the player wants, they can turn around to splat the hiding Octotrooper as well.
Moving down a sloped platform to yet another invisible platform has the player hitting the nearby Ink Switch to make the invisible platform move to the right and another one, with an Octotrooper riding it, to the left. When the player rides the first platform to the right, they encounter an Octosniper which makes trying to ink the invisible wall to the left difficult if they do not splat it. The player has to swim along the wall, with Power Eggs for collecting, to the other side and use Ink Switches to move the aformentioned platform. Hop onto another invisible platform to reach an invisible wall with a ride rail on top that leads to the sixth checkpoint.
From here the player has to use Ink Switches which move invisible platforms in position. Certain platforms have Balloon Fish on them which upon inking, explode and leave the Ink Switches spinning for a long time. Reaching the first next platform makes three Octocopters and one Octotroopers spawn, and behind them is another platform that the player needs to reach. Use another Ink Switch to move the invisible platforms into position and when reaching the second next platform, three Octocopters spawn. Splat them and ride towards two Octotroopers on another invisible platform. When the player reaches a grated walkway, Agent 8 is immediately targeted and shot at by an Octosniper. Taking cover behind a wall also activates the seventh and final checkpoint. Get to the goal by hitting an Ink Switch to the right to move an invisible platform with three Power Eggs. Reach the other side and ink another Ink Switch which moves a stair-like invisible platform, and use the Balloon Fish on top to ink them and splat the Octosniper so the player can, finally, reach the goal.
C.Q. Cumber's Quotes
|“||Please beware of invisible objects.||”|
|“||Beware of invisible walls also.||”|
|“||Stay calm and don't get flustered. Slow and steady is the key.||”|
Cap'n Cuttlefish's Quotes
|“||Shoot and shoot until you can see the path forward!||”|
|“||NO IT IS NOT!||”|
|“||You can't see the ground here, so take it slow and ink as you go!||”|
|“||Hey - a ride rail!||”|
|“||They get along so well...||”|
|“||Huh?! What is this?||”|
|“||That's a rule of the battlefield!||”|
- The subtitle is a reference to the phrase "now you see me/it, now you don't" which dates back at least as far as the 1960s.
- Much like subtitle, the title is also a phrase used by magicians and fits the whole gimmick with invisible platforms.
- "Abracadabra" might also be referencing the song with the same name by Steve Miller Band, released in 1982.
- The Japanese title's "Shakai-no-mado" (社会の窓; literally "Window of society") is slang for "zipper of the pants".
- Shinkai 6500, the submarine that inspired the design of the Autobomb, can be seen floating in the background of this mission.
- Freakazoid Station has the Shinkai 6500 floating around in the background as well.
Names in other languages
Add/complete Japanese and Russian translations
Michi o kirihirake! Fasunā wa tojiro!
Shakyi nomado ai teiryū
Michi o sagashinagara gōru seyo!
|Clear the path! Close the zipper!|
Find the path, and goal!
|Dutch||Houd je inkt op de baan
Zoek het pad dat naar het doel leidt!
|Keep your ink on the course[note 1]|
To build sky bridges[note 2]
Search for the path that leads to the goal!
|French||Attention où tu mets les pieds !
Trouve le chemin vers l'arrivée !
|Careful where you put your feet!|
Find the way to the end!
|German||Den Weg finden ist das Ziel!
Finde den Weg, der zum Ziel führt!
|Finding the way is the goal!|
Find the way, that leads to the goal!
|Italian||C'è sempre una strada!
Cerca il sentiero che conduce al traguardo!
|There's always a way!|
Find the path that leads to the goal!
|Russian||...Не верь глазам своим!
Найди путь к цели!
...Ne ver' glazam svoim!
Naydi put' k tseli!
|...Don't trust your eyes!|
Find the way to the goal!
|Spanish (NOA)||Más allá de lo evidente
Localiza el camino hasta la meta.
|Beyond the obvious|
Locate the path to the goal.
|Spanish (NOE)||Las apariencias engañan
Localiza el camino hasta la meta.
|Looks are deceiving|
Locate the path to the goal.
- Possible comes from "dat is van de baan", a Dutch expression meaning "it is off the table".
- Comes from "luchtkastelen bouwen", an idiom known in English as "building castles in the sky", and "bruggen" (bridges).
Octo Expansion Stations