Mad Mechanism is the second stage of Wonder Lilane in Canvas Curse. Mad Mechanism is similar in style to Machine Mansion, with both have black and white backgrounds and foregrounds in a mechanical art style. Kirby traverses this stage during his quest to break the curse cast upon him by Drawcia.
Mad Mechanism's first room is a small, empty, and calm enclosure. A portion of the wall must be broken by tapping it with the stylus. After falling through a tube to the lower portion, the area is never as tranquil as the entrance. Throughout the remainder of the stage, a gray floor will rise and fall, similar to the magma in the volcanic areas. When Kirby is squished between the rising ground and stationary ceiling, a life will be lost and Kirby respawns at a previous checkpoint. Small nooks in the ceiling allow for safe refuge, although they are somewhat difficult to reach as the automatically scrolling screen limits impedes travel. Halfway through, the nooks are closed with stone blocks, requiring a well hidden Bomb Block to be struck with the stylus in order to reach safety. Also the tight passageway becomes more treacherous as the floor spikes prevent Kirby from touching the ground to recharge the ink gauge.
Needlous are the only Copy Ability granting enemies present, giving the Needle ability. Shotzos, lasers, Bronto Burts and Gordos are the only other enemies in the area. Two Energy Drinks can be found, Point Stars seldom appear, and one medal for Medal Swap purchases is available.
Anti-ink fields dominate the second area of Mad Mechanism. A very small window without the staticy field can be used to draw an ink ramp for the dashing character to obtain the area's medal. Waddle Dee, Gordos, and Bouncy appear near the entrance; and Toppers show up midway through. This area is mostly devoid of enemy confrontations as the challenge focuses on Kirby's travel without the aid of Rainbow Lines. The layout is mostly horizontal with cranes used to carry Kirby over some portions and descending steps in others. The cranes carry Kirby over several open pits, all containing point stars, but with only one pit bypassing the pipe connecting the other pits. Falling down the wrong pit will merely pipe Kirby to a green pole and the crane for another attempt.
The area ends with a locked room challenge. Four switches are placed in nooks along the margins of the room. Stone blocks prevent access to them, but require the floating bombs to be pushed to them in order to destroy the blocks. Each switch controls a retractable shutter located on the floor. After all four are opened, the exit door takes Kirby the Mad Mechanism's final area.
This area also appears as the Time Trial of Rainbow Run. Medals are awarded for completion in under 1:00:00, 1:35:00, or 1:50:00.
The third and final area of Mad Mechanism employs enough devices to keep the stylus busy. Lasers found on the floors, walls, and ceiling often alternate points of beam origin. Green pads that limit Kirby's movements and occasionally transport him along a defined path are frequently encountered. Electrical Blocks and spikes also dominate much of the area, in addition to a large open pit. Reaching the final door requires another challenge, in which the door disappears and appears in another location. The portion of the challenge takes place in a large room lined with electrical blocks in every direction. Kirby must remain airborne and attempt to guess where the door will appear before running out of ink and falling to the ground.
As with the other Mad Mechanism areas, few enemies are present, although spear Waddle Dees appear near the beginning and Bronto Burts chase Kirby, if they are not defeated. A well hidden 1Up can be found in the upper right-most portion of the map. Point Stars appear near the beginning and seldom thereafter.
This area also appears as the Line Trial of Rainbow Run, with three medal rewards to acquire. The medals are awarded for 1300ml, 0600ml, or 0001ml of ink remaining.
- This stage uses a sped-up remix of the theme that plays in the fourth stage of Shiver Star of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.