Super Mario 3D All-Stars: How to find all 120 Stars in Super Mario 64

Course 14: Tick Tock Clock

Super Mario 64 Tick Tock Clock

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Not quite sure how to get to Tick Tock Clock? Here are some pointers. From the castle's front entrance, head up the stairs and go through the double doors. Next wind your way around the winding stairs. When you come into the room with the Wet-Dry World painting pull a u-turn and go up the stairs behind you.

You will come upon a double door with a large Star on it. If you have collected at least 50 Stars, you'll be able to pass through it. A large clock is in the room beyond. Jump up and enter the clock face to enter the course. By the way, there's a trick to this clock. If you'd like to know more, click the link below.

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Minute hand locationWhat it doesHeader Cell - Column 2
On the 3Gears and platforms slowly rotateRow 0 - Cell 2
On the 6Gears and platforms move normallyRow 1 - Cell 2
On the 9Gears and platforms quickly rotateRow 2 - Cell 2
On the 12Gears and platforms freeze in placeRow 3 - Cell 2

Keep reading to learn how to get the Tick Tock Clock Stars.

Star 1: Roll into the Cage

After dropping into the level, jump over the gap where the pendulum swings and continue to make your way upwards until you see a Star in a cage. Get on the rotating gear and long jump into the opening to collect your Star.

Star 2: The Pit and the Pendulums

Make your way up the level once more to where the caged Star was. Only this time, either double jump or use the block coming out from the wall to jump on top of the cage and continue onwards. Head up the pole with the electric Amp enemy circling it and then head left. Several places require skill and precision timing to make it further so, be careful.

Eventually, you'll see two pendulums swinging with a Star behind them. Carefully avoid getting hit and collect your Star.

Star 3: Get a Hand

Make your ascent up into the clock once more by first passing the swinging pendulum, but this time stop when you get to the Yellow ! Block. The hand of the clock rotates around in this area. Jump onto the arrow and let it take you to the star on the other side of the room.

Star 4: Stomp on the Thwomp

Head up the tricky clock once more. Get on top of the Star cage and continue going up. Get to the point where an electric Amp enemy is circling a pole and head up. Instead of going left like before, go right and make your way along the various platforms as you continue upwards.

You'll eventually get to a place with two Yellow ! Bocks next to each other. Wait for the clock hand to circle around and get on it. Be careful not to get hit by fireballs while you wait. Now ride on the arrow until you get to the other side of the room. Unfortunately, this is a very slow process so be patient.

Star 5: Timed Jumps on Moving Bars

Make your way up the clockwork parts once more. When you get to the caged Star, jump on top of it and keep going upwards. Head up the pole and use the elevator to go directly up. Then head right.

Jump along the various platforms until you see another caged Star. Carefully use the blocks coming in and out of the wall to jump into the cage and collect your Star.

Star 6: Stop Time for Red Coins

Before entering the level, wait until the clock's minute hand is on 12. This will make it so all of the gears will have stopped moving. This isn't absolutely necessary to get this Star, but it makes it a lot easier.

You'll need to collect all 8 Red Coins to get this Star. Instead of going up to the caged Star area like before, turn around and you'll see long, thin platforms with Red Coins floating over them. Head over that way and jump up these platforms to collect all of the Red Coins.

The Star will appear bellow all of these platforms next to the Goombas once you've collected all the Red Coins.

Star 7: 100 Coin Power Star

Here's how to get 100 Coins at Tick Tock Clock:

  • Jump on Goombas to gain one Coin each.
  • Jump and kick the Fly Guys to get two Coins.
  • Collect all Red Coins to add 16 Coins to your total.
  • Many of the Yellow ! Block in this course will give you 3 - 10 Coins each, so hit every block you find.
  • There are five Coins next to the pole with the circling Amp.
  • Up where the two pendulums are swinging near a Star, you'll find a Blue Coin Button. Ground-pound the button to make seven Blue Coins appear on the platform behind you. If you collect them all within the time limit it will add 35 Coins to your total.
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