Pleased to announce I've completed stage 5 and am currently working on the Stage 6 cemetery. Things aren't going very well with the cemetery though. I have assets, I just can't figure out how to go about placing them.
edit: decided to throw in a few teasers before I go to bed:
This scene's supposed to be a continuation to the MMPR - Forest stage/Mr.X's Garden Area. This is supposed to be deep in Mr.X's back woods. Originally, the stage was going to be much smaller in terms of tree size but I made a little mistake with resizing everything. While it wasn't the way originally intended, it turned out unintentionally better as I ended up with a cliff and a nice two layered scrolling background. So it looks rather nice despite the sprites being horrifically stretched. I was going to fix this but once I saw it, I kind of fell in love with this unintentional cliff effect so I kept it despite the fact I made everything too big. May not look like much, but you need to be playing the level to fully appreciate it.
This is the interior of the Syndicate Mountain Facility in Stage 5. Stage 5 will feature a boss that appears repeatedly, slightly stronger each time. He'll attack you at the end of each scene and his appearance will be signaled by a change in music. I'm not going to spoil the surprise. You're going to have to play the game to find out more.
Yet another part of the interior of the Mountain Facility. I decided to experiment with a non-isometric stage here again where it's simply straight forward and not a whole lot of room. Not as happy with the way this turned out as the room in the previous screenshot.