Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game franchise created and produced by Sega. The franchise centers on a series of speed based platform retro games. The protagonist of the series is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog named Sonic, whose peaceful life is often interrupted by the series’ main antagonist, Doctor Eggman. Typically, Sonic usually along with some of his friends, such as Tails, Amy, and Knuckles must stop Eggman and foil any plans of world domination. The first game in the series, released in 1991, was conceived by Sega’s Sonic Team division after Sega requested a mascot character. The game was a success, spawned many sequels, and transformed Sega into a leading video game company during the 16-bit era in the early to mid 1990s. Read More

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    Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Sonikku za Hejjihoggu?, born 23 June[7]) is Sega's mascot and the eponymous protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is an anthropomorphic hedgehog born with the ability to run faster than the speed of sound, hence his name, and possesses lightning fast reflexes to match. As his species implies, Sonic can also roll up into a concussive ball, primarily to attack enemies.

    Ever since stepping into the battle against iniquity, Sonic has been the champion of peace and is renowned all over the world for saving it countless times. During his many adventures, Sonic has traveled from the ends of the world to the far reaches of space and time, facing countless trials that have tested him to the fullest, earning him many titles, allies and the scorns of several foes. Well-known for his legendary cocky attitude, easy-going demeanor and somewhat short temper, yet strong sense of justice, compassion, and love for freedom and adventure, Sonic uses his abilities to protect the innocent from his world and those beyond from the forces of evil, especially his arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman.

    Concept and creation

    While several people have been involved in the creation of Sonic, the artist Naoto Ohshima, programmer Yuji Naka and designer Hirokazu Yasuhara are generally credited with the creation of the character.

    In April 1990, Sega requested a game capable of selling more than 1,000,000 copies; a character who could compete against Nintendo's Super Mario, and a character to replace Alex Kidd as the company's mascot. Several character designs were submitted by its AM8 research and development department. These included an armadillo (who was later developed into Mighty the Armadillo), a dog, a Theodore Roosevelt look-alike in pajamas (who was later used as the basis of the design of the main antagonist Dr. Eggman) and a rabbit (who would use its extendable ears to collect objects, an idea that was later used for a separate Sega character, Ristar). Eventually, the mascot they selected was Naoto Ohshima's submission, a spiky teal hedgehog codenamed "Mr. Needlemouse", later renamed Sonic.[10] Initial ideas for names for Sonic included "Raisupi" and "LS", truncation and plays on the word "light speed".
    Sonic's color was based on the Sega logo, his shoe buckles based on Michael Jackson, his shoe color based on Santa Claus, and his personality was inspired by future-President Bill Clinton's "get it done" attitude, who Ōhshima felt embodied a modern sensibility of wanting to get things done right away, righting wrongs as they presented themselves instead of letting them linger. According to Yuji Naka, Sonic's color also serves to symbolize peace, trust, and coolness (which are the attributes of Sonic's character). His trademark speed is based on Super Mario Bros. World 1-1, with Sonic creator Yuji Naka stating in issue 260 of Nintendo Power that "I always tried to get through the level as fast as I could," which inspired the initial concept for Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic was created without the ability to swim because of a mistaken assumption by Yuji Naka that all hedgehogs could not do so.
    A group of fifteen started working on Sonic the Hedgehog and renamed themselves Sonic Team. The game's soundtrack was composed by Masato Nakamura of the band Dreams Come True. Sega sponsored the group's "Wonder 3" tour, painting Sonic on the tour bus, distributing pamphlets advertising the game, and having footage of the game broadcast above stage prior to its release.

    The original concepts gave Sonic fangs and put him in a band with a human girlfriend named Madonna. However, a team from Sega of America, led by Madeline Schroeder, "softened" the character up for an American audience by removing these elements. This sparked a heated issue with Sonic Team. Naka later admitted that it was probably for the best. Sonic's precise age, weight, height and other physical characteristics vary depending on the continuity in which he appears and the style in which he is drawn. In the video games, Sonic's original design by Naoto Ohshima was with short spikes, a round body, and no visible irises. Artwork featuring this design and drawn by Akira Watanabe was displayed on the package artwork for Sonic the Hedgehog, and most subsequent Sonic video games featured similar designs. When Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Mega Drive appeared, Sonic's proportions changed. The original 1:2 head to height ratio changed to 1:2.5.

    Beginning with Sonic Adventure in 1998, Sonic was redesigned by Yuji Uekawa as a fifteen-year-old character, with longer legs and a less spherical body, longer and more drooping spikes, and emerald-green-colored eyes. Sonic was also purposefully made more of a “bad boy” for Sonic Adventure, so that his character did not become too cutesy like so many other character mascots (Yuji Naka stated that Hello Kitty already owned the market in cuteness). Further changes to the character's design were made in subsequent games, namely in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Sonic Unleashed, adding visible fur, a more realistic design for a human world, and making him a bit lankier.


    Sonic is a thin anthropomorphic hedgehog with blue fur that covers most of his body, peach skin that covers his arms, muzzle and front torso, and emerald-green eyes. He has six long quills on the back of his head, two spines protruding from his back behind his shoulders, and a short tail.

    For attire, Sonic wears two light-weight, hyper friction resistant red sneakers with white cuffs around the ankles, gray soles, and white straps across the top, the last of which are held down by a golden buckle on each foot. He also wears a pair of white gloves with sock-like cuffs on his hands.

    Common features

    One distinctive feature of Sonic games are collectible golden rings spread throughout the levels. This gameplay device allows players possessing at least one ring to survive upon sustaining damage from an enemy or hazardous object; instead of dying, the player's rings are scattered. In most Sonic games, a hit causes the player to lose all of the rings, although in certain games a hit only costs a set number of rings such as ten or twenty. When the rings are scattered, the player has a short amount of time to re-collect some of them before they disappear.

    Some causes of death cannot be prevented by holding a ring, including being crushed, falling into a bottomless pit, drowning, and running out of time.

    In many games, collecting 100 rings usually rewards Sonic or any other playable character an extra life. Certain games in the series often reward the collection of 50 rings with Chaos Emeralds, access to the Special Stages in which the Chaos Emeralds may be obtained, or utilization of a character's super transformation.

    Rings have had other uses in various games as well, such as currency (Sonic Adventure 2), restoring health bars (Sonic Unleashed), or improving statistics (Sonic Riders).

    Chaos Emeralds

    The Chaos Emeralds are, in most games, seven emeralds with mystical powers; they are a recurring feature of Sonic games. The emeralds can turn thoughts into power, warp time and space with a technique called Chaos Control, give energy to all living things and be used to create nuclear or laser based weaponry.

    They are the basis of many of the games' plots, and the player is frequently required to collect them all to fully defeat Doctor Eggman and achieve the games' good endings, super forms, or both. The methods used to acquire the Emeralds and the end-results after collecting them differ between games in the series. Most early games require the player to find the emeralds in Special Stages, while some modern games implement the emeralds as a plot element. In certain games, such as Sonic R and the 8-bit versions of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the player is required to find the Chaos Emeralds within the zones themselves.

    The Master Emerald was introduced in Sonic & Knuckles as a plot element. It resides in a shrine on Angel Island and is guarded by Knuckles the Echidna, as only those of the Echidna Tribe are able to control it. The power of the Master Emerald is what keeps Angel Island afloat in the sky. It can control the power of the Chaos Emeralds, including neutralizing or amplifying their energies. In both Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, the Master Emerald becomes shattered, requiring Knuckles to find the scattered pieces during his levels.

    Special Stages

    Usually, Special Stages were employed as a means of earning Chaos Emeralds. Special Stages usually take place in surreal environments and feature alternate gameplay mechanics to the standard platforming of the main levels. The 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog consisted of a giant rotating maze, which many considered a major technical achievement. The most common special stages, however, were segments with the character running through a long tunnel to collect certain items. 3D "collect item" levels, as in Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, used the same perspective but had Sonic collecting all the blue-colored orbs on the surface of a giant sphere. Finally, Sonic Advance 2 employed a 3D ring-collecting stage, and Sonic Chaos (Sonic and Tails in Japan) used a variety of gimmicks for its levels. Since Emeralds of the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog were hidden in the main stages, the game's spring-filled Special Stages were merely used as a means of adding variety, increasing score and earning continues. Similarly, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, in addition to the main Special Stages, featured entirely optional bonus stages, one of which combined the rotating maze of Sonic the Hedgehog with the pinball gambling of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Sonic Heroes contained an alternate Special Stage for a chance of earning additional lives.

    Super transformation

    A super transformation is a state certain characters go into that gives them incredible speed, near-invincibility and a change in color. In some games, characters are still vulnerable to being crushed, drowning, falling into a pit or running out of time. Depending on the type of transformation, the condition to attain such a form is an individual making contact with all of the Chaos Emeralds, the Sol Emeralds, or the Master Emerald.

    Super transformations first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where Sonic transforms into Super Sonic if all seven Chaos Emeralds and fifty or more rings are held at the same time. While in Super Sonic form, Sonic gains invincibility (except from instant-kill obstacles) and has greatly increased speed. One ring is lost for every second that passes, and Sonic reverts to normal if the number of rings drops to zero. In Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Tails can also transform after gaining all seven Chaos Emeralds and Super Emeralds. Sonic and Knuckles can also transform into their hyper counterparts with the Super Emeralds. Hyper Sonic, Hyper Knuckles, and Super Tails all have unique abilities aside from invincibility and increased speed.

    In most 3D Sonic games starting with Sonic Adventure, Chaos Emeralds are collected in non-interactive cut scenes as part of the story, with Super Sonic and other super characters only appearing in the final boss fights. Most 2D Sonic platform games, like the Advance and Rush series, have retained the gameplay-based emerald collecting, but still have Super Sonic only playable in the "Extra" boss battles. Recent games such as Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Lost World once again allow players to play as Super Sonic during normal stages, provided they have all the Chaos Emeralds.

    Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Metal Sonic, Shadow, Blaze, and Silver are the characters that are known to be able to perform super transformations. Metal Sonic can also use the Master Emerald or Chaos Emeralds to turn Super, and Blaze, instead of using the Chaos Emeralds, uses the Sol Emeralds (her dimension's equivalent).

    Along with Sonic, Mega Man (fused with the Rush Adaptor) achieved the Super transformation in the Archie Comics crossover Worlds Collide so that the two could restore the damage to their worlds done by Doctor Eggman and Dr. Wily.

    Item boxes

    These are containers that hold power-ups and appear frequently throughout the stages. An icon on each box indicates what it contains, and the player releases the item by destroying the box. In the early games, item boxes resembled television sets and could only be destroyed with an attack; in later games, they became transparent capsule-like objects easily destroyed with one touch. Common items in boxes include rings, a barrier (or shield), invincibility, high speed (or power sneakers) and 1-ups.

    The barrier is a spherical energy shield which surrounds and protects the player's character from one attack; when hit, the barrier is lost instead of rings or a life. In Sonic 3, additional barriers were introduced which gave the player special abilities, such as the ability to magnetically attract rings and double jump, breathe underwater, or resist fire.

    Invincibility temporarily protects against damage done by enemies and obstacles, and allows the player to destroy enemies by touching them and not lose any rings. Death from crushing, falling, drowning and time-ups, however, are still possible.

    High speed boxes give the player character enhanced speed for a limited time.

    1-up boxes display the face of the player's character and give the player one extra life. In the event that a player loses a stage, this enables the player to restart the level at the starting point, or, if one has been passed, close to the last checkpoint. Multiple lives can be collected, generally up to 99.

    Other item boxes featured include a box with Robotnik's face on it, which cause damage to whoever opens it, a "teleport box" (Sonic 2's 2-player mode only), which swapped both players' positions, and a skateboard box (Sonic Generations only), which allows the player to ride a skateboard for a short time.

    Giant Rings

    Giant rings (Warp Rings) were featured in a few Sonic games, mainly from the 16-bit era. Rather than collecting them, as is the case with the smaller ones, they served as a portal to enter a Special Stage, where the player could collect one of the Chaos Emeralds. In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, if all Emeralds have already been found, touching them rewards the player fifty rings. In most games since Sonic Adventure 2, these giant rings serve as the end level marker, which ends the level upon touching it.


    Checkpoints are items placed throughout the stages in Sonic games which serve mainly as progress markers. If the player runs through one, their progress through a level is "saved". If the player then loses a life on the same stage, they will start over at the last checkpoint passed. Checkpoints also serve other uses in various games, such as entering Special Stages in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and leveling up in Sonic Heroes. In the 2D games, checkpoints take the appearance of posts, while in 3D games they are either small gates or pads on the ground.


    Springs are a staple in the Sonic series. They are scattered throughout the levels and serve to catapult the player at high speeds in a particular direction. Sometimes they allow the player to proceed further in the level, while other times they are used to hinder the player, usually by sending Sonic towards a dangerous area. Sonic Unleashed in particular features springs with Dr. Eggman's face on them that launch Sonic towards danger or hinder his progress. Springs serve as one of Sonic's special moves in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.


    In addition to anthropomorphic animals, the Sonic universe is also populated with more conventional animals. These small animals are often used by Dr. Eggman as "organic batteries" to power his robot armies. The trapped animals can usually be freed by hitting the robot and destroying its metal case. In Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, the small animals can be given to Chao, altering their appearance and attributes.

    A Flicky is one of the most prominently used animals in Eggman's experiments. This small bird's first appearance in a game predates Sonic. Flicky and its respective game were alluded to in Sonic 3D Blast.


    Numerous composers have contributed music to the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Masato Nakamura of J-pop band Dreams Come True was responsible for the music from the first two 16-bit games. Ys/Streets of Rage composer Yuzo Koshiro composed the tunes inspired by the first 8-bit game, except for what was retained from the 16-bit version. Sega's in-house music division, Sega Digital Studios, formerly known as Wave Master, have composed the majority of the music in later games. Jun Senoue, a member of the band Crush 40 and sound director of the series, has written and performed the main theme tunes of both of the Sonic Adventure games, Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Sonic and the Black Knight. Since the mid–2000s, the overall sound direction of the series has been handled by Tomoya Ohtani, who has served as the lead composer on Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors, Sonic Lost World, and Sonic Forces.

    On several recent games, other non-Sega musicians have contributed music to the series. For example, Bowling for Soup lead singer Jaret Reddick performed the main theme of Sonic Unleashed, "Endless Possibilities"; and former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman played on "With Me", the final boss theme for Sonic and the Black Knight. Cash Cash lead singer Jean-Paul Makhlouf performed the opening theme to Sonic Colors, "Reach for the Stars", as well as the ending theme, "Speak With Your Heart". Hoobastank frontman Doug Robb performed and wrote the lyrics to the main theme of Sonic Forces, "Fist Bump".

    Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

    DIC Entertainment's Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is an American animated television series that was first broadcast in September 1993, and ran in cartoon syndication for a number of years afterward. It follows the escapades of Sonic and Tails as they stop the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik and his array of vicious robots from taking over the planet Mobius. The plots very loosely followed the style of the early video games series, but focused very little on character development.Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)

    DIC and the Italian studio Reteitalia also produced the second cartoon series, called Sonic the Hedgehog (referred to as Sonic SatAM by fans to distinguish it from Adventures), which originally aired from September 1993 to June 1995. While Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is known for its bright colors and whimsical humor, Sonic the Hedgehog featured darker, more dramatic stories which still constitute a departure from the tone of most of the Sonic games. This adaptation follows Sonic and his fellow 'Freedom Fighters' who attempt to liberate Mobius from the grip of Robotnik, who plans to robotocise everything. The Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series by Archie Comics uses several characters from this series.

    Sonic the Hedgehog (OVA)

    A two-episode OVA adaptation was released in Japan in 1996. It was released in North America in 1999 under the name Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.

    Sonic Underground

    The cartoon Sonic Underground ran for 40 episodes in 1999. The last Sonic series from DIC Entertainment, produced by Les Studios Tex, the show has a similar premise to Sonic the Hedgehog, albeit in this version, Sonic is joined by two siblings, Manic and Sonia. Together they use the power of music to fight against Robotnik and eventually reunite with their mother.

    Sonic X

    Sonic X, an anime television series produced by TMS Entertainment, is the longest-running animated series based on Sonic to date, spanning a total of 78 episodes. Bearing much more similarity to the video game franchise, the series revolves around Sonic, his companions, and his enemies, being warped to the human world, where Sonic meets a boy named Chris Thorndyke, who helps him and his friends fight against Eggman. The series originally aired in Japan between 2003 and 2004, spanning 52 episodes, though an additional 26 episodes aired in France as early as 2005, and was licensed in North America and most other countries by 4Kids Entertainment. Saban Brands later claimed the license in 2012, but it was dropped in 2014.

    Sonic Boom

    In October 2013, Sega announced on its blog that a new computer animated series, Sonic Boom, is produced by OuiDo! Productions and will begin airing 11-minute episodes on Cartoon Network in Fall 2014. On February 6, 2014, Sega announced that Sonic Boom will become a separate franchise in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. The new franchise includes two new Sonic Boom video games to preclude the TV series, and it uses redesigns of all the major characters exclusively within the franchise. Cartoon Network began to air the series starting from November 8, 2014.

    Sonic Mania Adventures

    Sonic Mania Adventures is a five-part series of animated shorts released on the Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel between March 30 and July 17, 2018, promoting the release of Sonic Mania Plus. The series depicts Sonic's return to his world following the events of Sonic Forces, teaming up with his friends to prevent Eggman and Metal Sonic from collecting the Chaos Emeralds and Master Emerald.[100] The shorts are written and directed by Tyson Hesse, with animation production by Neko Productions and music by Tee Lopes.


    In August 1994, Sega of America signed a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Trilogy Entertainment to produce a live-action animated film based on Sonic the Hedgehog, which would tie in with Sonic X-treme. In May 1995, screenwriter Richard Jeffries pitched a treatment to Sega titled Sonic the Hedgehog: Wonders of the World. The treatment saw Sonic and his nemesis Dr Robotnik escaping from Sonic X-treme into the real world; Sonic would team up with a boy to stop Robotnik. The film was cancelled as none of the companies could come to an agreement. Jeffries, with permission from Sega, pitched his treatment to DreamWorks, but was rejected.

    On June 10, 2014, Sony Pictures originally announced a new live-action/CGI hybrid film based on the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is being produced by Neal Moritz on his Original Film banner alongside Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi. Toby Ascher is executive producing, and the film is being written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. With Terminator 6, & Deadpool director Tim Miller being the producer, and Jeff Fowler directing. But on October 2017, Paramount announced that they had picked up the rights after Sony Pictures (Columbia Pictures) put the film into turnaround. However, most of the production team remained unchanged. It is being produced as a joint venture between Paramount Pictures, Original Film, Sega, Paramount Animation, Marza Animation Planet, and Blur Studio. The film is set for release on November 8, 2019. Jim Carrey will be playing the role of Dr. Eggman, James Marsden will play a police officer named Tom Wachowski, while Tika Sumpter and Natasha Rothwell are currently in unannounced roles. Ben Schwartz will voice Sonic in the upcoming film.

    Sonic, Tails and Eggman appear in the 2012 Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph. In the movie, Sonic has a small speaking role and Tails briefly appears as an image, while Eggman makes a non-speaking appearance. Sonic also has a small cameo in the 2018 film Ready Player One as a character avatar, and returned in the 2018 sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet.

    Comics and manga

    The Sonic the Hedgehog manga series, published in Shogakukan's Shogaku Yonensei was written by Kenji Terada and illustrated by Sango Norimoto. The manga, which started in 1992, was about a hedgehog boy named Nicky who can turn into Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic fights Eggman, with Tails tagging along to help him.

    Sonic the Hedgehog was an American comic series published by Archie Comics, which has spawned sister series Knuckles the Echidna (discontinued) and Sonic Universe. All of Archie's Sonic-related publications take place in the same fictional universe, which incorporates aspects of the video games and Sonic the Hedgehog: the Animated Series in addition to elements unique to that comic universe. Archie Comics also published a Sonic X comic book that supplemented the animated series of the same name. It began in November 1992 and was originally meant to be a four-part series; however, due to the positive reaction to the series' announcement, it was extended to ongoing status before the first issue premiered. The comic borrowed elements from the animated series' first two seasons and characters from the Sonic Adventure storyline. Some comics were published in the Jetix Magazine, in UK, Italy and Poland. In July 2017, Sega announced that they had ended their partnership with Archie, ending the series of comics after 24 years. Two days later, Sega announced that IDW Publishing would be releasing a new series of Sonic comics, starting in April 2018.

    Sonic the Comic was a British comic published by Fleetway Editions between 1993 and 2002. Labeled "The UK's official Sega comic", in addition to Sonic the Hedgehog stories it also included comic strips based on other Sega games such as Ecco the Dolphin and Decap Attack. The main series of Sonic stories had their own unique storylines and characters in comparison to other Sonic media.

    Reception and legacy

    The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was awarded seven records by Guinness World Records in Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008. The records include "Best Selling Game on Sega Systems", "Longest Running Comic Based on a Video Game" and "Best Selling Retro Game Compilation" (for Sonic Mega Collection). In the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2010, the Sonic the Hedgehog series was listed number 15 out of the top 50 video game franchises. In September 1996, Next Generation ranked the Genesis installments of the series (but not the Game Gear or Sega CD entries that had been released up to that time) collectively as number 20 on their "Top 100 Games of All Time", calling them "the zeitgeist of the 16-bit era". In December 2006, IGN ranked Sonic the Hedgehog as the 19th greatest series of all time, claiming that "although recent 3D entries in the series have been somewhat lacking, there is no denying the power of this franchise."

    Neuroscientists studying the development of the embryonic neural system named a specific set of proteins, in charge of the differentiation of neural tube cells, after the main character of the game franchise.

    A common criticism has been that the variant gameplay styles found in recent 3D games have strayed from the formula of the original series. Specifically, the series' jump to 3D has been noted as a declining point.[ In late 2010, Sega delisted several below-average Sonic games, such as the notoriously disliked 2006 game Sonic the Hedgehog, to increase the value of the Sonic brand after positive reviews for the games Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Colors.

    A wiki is a collaborative web site that collects and organizes content, created and revised by its users. The most well-known example is Wikipedia. Wikis are a way to grow a knowledge base around a particular content area, They are used to create static Websites, manage online communities, connect businesses with their customers, and even write magazines.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog Walkthrough

    Green Hill Zone

    ACT 1

    Jump and get the game's first three rings, then hop up to the short plateau and jump on the 10-ring monitor. Kill the fast blue bee robot as it speeds by to shoot you, then jump to the nearby tree to your right. It's barely visible, but there's a yellow spring hidden in the treetop. Hop on it and you'll shoot upward to five more rings. Go forward past the fish jumping up out of the water and then jump in the top of the second tree past that bridge. You'll hit an invincibility monitor that's there but that you can't see that well. Run forward until you reach a yellow spring opposite a cliff overhang. Jump to that area, but watch out - the cliff overhang crumbles underneath your feet, as do all others that look like this one. Go past about two more of these falling edges until you reach a blue post. It will turn red when you run past it - it's a checkpoint. You'll start back at that point should you happen to die.

    Run straight forward from that goal point. You'll go through the famous dizzying loop-de-loop that mesmerized gamers in the Genesis' formative months and through a tunnel that takes a short break to make room for another checkpoint. You'll shoot up a natural half-pipe of sorts and get a couple of rings in a large trapezoidal formation. When you come down, there's a short way to go until you make the exit. If you have 50 rings or more when you get there, there will be a humongous ring above the sign and to its right. Jump into it as you pass the sign and you'll be taken to a rotating bonus stage where you can try for one of the six Chaos Emeralds. If you don't have fifty rings, pass on to the next act.

    ACT 2

    Grab the rings hovering horizontally over the bridge and vertically over the spring, then take a detour to the left. There are spikes to the left of that yellow spring, and if you control your jump right, you can sort of dive past them to a lower area holding twenty rings and a shield, which will allow you to take a hit without causing you to suffer any ring loss. You're now in thisbottom pit area then (if you made it past the spikes, that is - if you didn't then you more than likely died), and you have no apparent way to get out. To do so, start from up against the spikes (you won't get hurt by touching their sides) and run to the wall to the right, pressing Down before you get in front of it. If executed properly, you'll roll up into a ball and destroy the weak wall ahead of you, which opens up into a more expansive area where you can get a super-speed shoe. After getting that, ride the moving ledge above you to the waterfall with rings in front of it. Make your way to the half-pipe ahead, which plants you on a swinging ledge. Get the rings that are in the ledge's path and stop at the tree to the left for a shield if you've lost your other one. Some invincibility to the right will help you blow right through to a checkpoint. Go straight ahead from here until you reach the exit (and hopefully, another large ring!)

    ACT 3

    Hit the top of the second tree from underneath to reveal invincibility, then speed ahead with it. Use the spring to get up to the cliff edge that falls under Sonic's weight and keep progressing up the high road to a shield. Try to stay along this high road until you make a checkpoint. You have two choices here; get the super-speed shoe and speed ahead for a load of rings, or take the high road along the moving platforms and make it to another quick checkpoint. The high road reaps an eventual convenient reward, so take it.

    When you make the second checkpoint post, ride along the moving ledges until you get to one that just falls. Let it take you down; you'll be on the top of a loop-de-loop and right near an accessible 1-up (the small reward I was talking about). Jump down to the left to get a shield out of the palm tree below, then continue through the loop as normal and jump when you reach a small mound in front of the red springboard on the rock to get back on higher ground.

    Ride the swinging ledge that stops in front of a series of ledges that fall shortly after you land on them. Jump across them to a cliff, above which is more invincibility. Grab that and run with reckless abandon across the rotating spike log, which normally requires patience and good timing to get past. Continue forward to the platform on a chain swinging very low over a bed of spikes. You'll come to a short curve that will result in you uncovering a 10-ring monitor. Shortly after that, if you get a running start from way back near the bed of spikes and jump at the correct moment, you'll get your third invincibility of the level out of a very tall palm tree. This comes just in time for your first battle with Dr. Robotnik.

    His first contraption that attaches to his ship is a giant ball-and-chain. It swings back and forth as he moves in the same manner. With invincibility on your side, you can get in an easy three or four hits out of the eight that are required to send him running. For the rest of the time when you don't have temporary invulnerability, beat his ball-and-chain to the proper ledges and jump to get him, then outrun it back to the opposite ledge, and so on and so forth until his ship explodes. He will run in terror, and the screen will move to the right to a sort of containment device. Inside is a boatload of Flickys. Press the button on top to release them and go to the next zone.

    Marble Zone

    ACT 1

    To kill the caterpillars who are covered in spikes, roll in front of them so that you hit their faces. This will allow you to kill them without hurting yourself. If this fails, avoid them altogether and move on. At the first major slope, hit the brakes and go inside the room under it when the moving platform dips down. You'll find three monitors containing thirty rings. If you can hang onto them plus the others you get in this initial above-ground area until you get to the exit, you'll be able to play in one of those coveted bonus stages, so stay on your toes.

    You'll come to some humped ledges that catch fire when you stand on them. Commit their shape to memory so that you know not to lollygag when you hop on one and continue ahead to a shield that will aid you in keeping those fifty precious rings. Go down into the underground place and move slowly through the Plexiglas pillars that move up and down. When you come to a button, you'll probably stand on it to make the hanging spikes move up, but when you come off it, it will slam back down. Using Sonic's mighty pushing abilities, walk up against the marble block sitting on top of the hanging spikes and push it onto the button. It will be stuck there and allow you to move down under the spikes. Keep going down through the retracting spikes and hit the checkpoint to the left, getting the shield near it if you've already lost your other one.

    The bobbing blocks in the ceiling will drop as you approach them, creating a bridge of sorts that allows you to cross over the long river of lava there. Make your way across them and go up as far as you can until a hanging spike chain falls. Jump on top and up to the left to enter a hidden tunnel leading to forty rings and a 1-up. Backtrack through the hidden tunnel and go up the shifting marble ledges to a falling weight and spiked chain. Move quickly through those two objects and jump up to fresh air. Your biggest problem here will be a couple of spiny caterpillars and fire-catching platforms; other than that, it's smooth sailing to the exit.

    ACT 2

    Head down to the underground area as fast as possible and touch the button to make the clear column move down. Go left and push the block into the lava, then start using it as a boat of sorts to advance slowly but surely over the molten liquid. Take a detour up and to the right at the lava cascade to find ten rings and a shield. You don't have to rely on the marble block to get across the lava now; just go left and beware the devices in the wall that shoot fireballs.

    You are now at a long row of blocks that you have to push out of the way in order to reach the corridor below. As soon as your feet hit the ground, start running, because there's a wall of lava in hot pursuit - pun totally intended :) As soon as you get past that, you'll soon find swinging platforms situated in such a way that you can simply walk from one to the next. Be sure not to hit the red springboard ahead or it'll launch you right into the lava, maybe even at the expense of your rings. Touch the button, jump up, and get the shield before riding another block across another river of lava. Stay still as the lava that shoots up propels your block into the air. If you get to the end of the line, there's a hidden tunnel leading to 20 rings and a 1-up. Only get it if you feel it's worth your time, because after getting it you have to make a trip back across the lava (that thankfully moves pretty fast) to get back to the original block. At the final lava shooting, jump to the purple overhang sticking out of the wall and go up to the fresh air checkpoint, which is accompanied by ten more rings. Head right.

    Go through the barrage of fireballs, caterpillars, and bee robots to the slope, which you can again go under, this time for only twenty rings. Kill the bats in that small alcove and backpedal out of there, going right. Crush the blocks that are blockading your forward progress by jumping on them, and get the shield if you don't have one. To the left are spaces out of which huge pools of lava come crashing down. Skillfully evade them and go to the left where an invincibility screen is hugging the wall. Get it and wade through the lava as if it's a day at the beach. You can then make your way carefully through a series of rapidly falling spikes which eventually lead up to the exit.

    ACT 3

    Don't go in the area under the first slope this time. Instead, head to the right for ten rings and go down into the latter underground area. After dodging the crisscrossing fire-shooting wall devices, you'll have to hotfoot it (there I go with the puns again) over a series of alternating falling blocks and chained weights. Your travails over the magma are rewarded at the end of the line with a shield - that is, if you're willing to go past two of the gliding Plexiglas columns. Drop down through the greenish-gray blocks that fall when you stand on them and move immediately to the left. Touch the button to make the pillar go down and head right. Ride the block along the lava river until you get to the first deal of the fiery stuff that shoots up. Jump to the left and wait patiently for a lone block to ootch out of the wall. Use it as a stepping stone to the purple platform above and then go right.

    When you go right, you'll get to two falling spike chains. Go across them and into the wall which leads into a hidden tunnel, which reveals a 1-up - ah, but it does not end there, my friend, oh ho ho, no it doesn't! Keep going to the right through _another_ hidden tunnel and you'll be at the business end of another falling chain. Wait until it goes back up and then hop onto it when it falls back down again.

    You probably don't realize what a huge shortcut you just took, but trust me, you just made some major headway really really fast.

    Go up along the spiked chain to the left and up the steps to a 10-ring screen, making sure to watch out for the individual spikes that FWIP out of the wall on alternating steps. Continue to the right, jumping on the bats and across the weights chained to the ceiling that fall for you to jump on. You'll soon come back to the above-ground. Leap past the fireballs that leap out of the lava as they're headed back down to avoid getting hit. At the checkpoint, run and jump past the lava to the two purple brick ledges.

    Dr. Robotnik will appear once again, this time with a widget on the bottom of his cruiser that drops spreading flames. Hit him when he first appears and he'll go to the ledge on the left. His pattern is predictable and easy to force him into if you hit him as he comes toward you to set your ground on fire, and then jump to the opposite ledge after hitting him so his flames don't lick you. Repeat this yawn-inducing pattern until he is down for the count, then save the Flickys and move on to the Spring Yard Zone.

    Spring Yard Zone

    ACT 1

    At the first red springboard, shoot off it and press Down to roll into a ball, then veer to the left. You might catch a glimpse of a moving platform that sits next to an extra life and a speed-boosting shoe. Keep trying to get up there and get those items, then go through the narrow hall to the right. Bounce off the red springboard to get by the bumpers and go right (unless you want to get the rings behind you, in which case you should mess with the bumpers first). Go down through the shifting beige blocks and roll down the hill. Let yourself hit the spring (while holding Down) so that you kill the rolling robot that's on your tail.

    When you make it to the outside, you'll see a button. Hit it and immediately jump to the platform behind you before it goes up. It may look as though it's out of your leaping range, but it can be made in a single jump. At the top, jump to the edge of the half-pipe with the spiked balls creeping along it. To the far left are ten rings and a shield. Backtrack to the five-block platform that morphs from a left-facing staircase into a right-facing one. Ride along the top to keep from being pushed off and walk to the next one, then to the vertically-oriented moving platform that takes you down to safe ground. Stay along the high ground - if you slide down the steep hill onto the bumper that bounces you to the low road, use the yellow springboard nearby to get back up. Keep going until you reach a checkpoint.

    From there, go to the right and fall down at the shifting staircase for invincibility, then bounce back up via the springboard and go to the two crab robots on the very top ledge, getting any interim items below in the spring fields as you feel it is necessary. At that point, drop down to the 10-ring screen and get it, then make a controlled jump in to the button next to the yellow springboard. Get the boost off it and speed right ahead to the exit. If you're getting the bonus portal ring, be warned that it's positioned a little higher than normal, so you'll have to backtrack and reach it before the game forces Sonic to go forward without getting it.

    ACT 2

    Don't go off the red spring behind you, you'll just go back and forth in a dumb horizontal line. Instead, go down and let the half-pipe carry you, but don't go along the top row where the crab-bots are. Instead, take the low road that has the spiked balls moving slowly up and down. Go through the corridor until you make it outside and see two red springboards. Jump on the lower of the two, but hold right. You'll go through the wall and be able to travel through what is normally just background decoration. If you make it all the way to the end without getting crushed by the moving blocks, you'll be rewarded with a free extra life. Bounce out and make your way against the wall to the right amid the chaotic springs and bumpers. You're trying for the vertically moving ledge that will take you up to safe ground and eventually to a checkpoint.

    Jump on the red springboard just after that checkpoint and go to the right, staying along the horizontal platforms that move in and out and the shifting staircases. When you reach the stationary ledge with four rings, go down and to the right. Drop down past the bumper and JUMP when you get to the end of the ramp. You'll reach an alternate exit that holds more rings for you in case you didn't quite make the quota of fifty. Note that the bonus ring is positioned much lower than usual, but you still have to jump to get into it, so don't horse around or you'll be forced into going into the next level. If you don't make the ramp jump, just go to the exit as normal.

    ACT 3

    Go forward through the line of bee-bots, who are easier to avoid by rolling down the hill, and into the spring pit, where a shield is located between the springboard triads. Go up to the right and pounce the 10-ring monitor and go to the right through the spiked balls and turning mini-spikes. Ride the blocks downward and go inside the wall to the left for some rings. Backtrack back up them when you have those and go left. Get to the platform above the shifting blocks and touch the button to open the door. Kill the two crab-bots and get ready for major platform jumping.

    Don't bother to roll through the half-pipes with the spiked balls creeping through them, because you'll outrun them and ending up losing your shield, or worse yet, your rings. Make the careful jumps required when there's an opening. When you come to the next set of shifting blocks, you can go to the bottom quickly for three rings (if you're obsessive) and then go back up. This will look somewhat identical to the first area of this type, but at the top there's a robot that you should roll into to kill and a checkpoint.

    Keep moving forward and shoot down through the humongous half-pipe. There is a tunnel leading to the right, but go up to the wall above it and hold right. You'll find a secret compartment containing invincibility and a super speed shoe. Ignore the springboard that leads up and get the 20 rings and shield to your right. Continuing to go right will result in you going really fast and getting the final checkpoint before encountering Dr. Robotnik. Slow down at the shifting staircases and remember to go along the top of them so that you don't get pushed down into eternal abyss. When you reach a row of dark brown blocks immediately following that, you've reached the Bad Doctor himself yet again.

    He appears normal at first, but when he gets right above you, a spike will appear from his ship that takes out one of the blocks and destroys it, leaving a gap for you to fall in. The one mistake people make the most is running randomly around the place having him take out chunks in random spots, which makes for some haphazard jumping. Don't do that. Instead, go to the far left and wait for him to come down. When he ducks down, hit him. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can get in two hits at once. After having Robotnik eliminate the far left block, run to the far right and have him take out that one. If you keep going until you're enclosed on the inside, you won't have to worry about any making needlessly hazardous jumps to single blocks. Just be sure to keep hitting him or you'll eventually be down to one block and you'll be high and dry!

    As usual, eight hits will do him in. Kill Robotnik, then jump to the Flicky containment device and press the button to move on to the Labyrinth Zone.

    Labyrinth Zone

    ACT 1

    Go to the far right and get the shield, then go into the water. Unlike Mario the everyman and like the rest of us, Sonic only has limited breathing capacity underwater. Touch the button at the bottom of the pond floor and go in. Notice the little grouping of bubbles on the ground. Eventually one will rise that is large enough that Sonic can breathe in and extend his time underwater. If you're in the water too long, a 5-second countdown will begin, at which time you obviously have five seconds to find an air bubble or risk drowning. In any case, breathe in the necessary bubbles and get the 10-ring screen to the left.

    Go into the water and go all the way down and press the button to open the door on the right. You'll be pulled through in a current tunnel. Step off the ledge that goes up that you land on or you'll get crushed between spikes and die, even if you do have a shield. Go down and refill your oxygen at the bottom floor with the bubble group. When you go through to the right, fill up again at the bubble puddle on the right, even if you don't need it, and advance upward through the very fast-spinning spiked balls on the ring chains. If your countdown starts going, get out of the water ASAP. You'll be at a series of platforms on a conveyor going upward.

    Jump on one of them going up. You'll get crushed between the surface and some more spikes if you stay there, so jump to the next one in the series as you approach them. Hop to the button against the right wall to open up a floor below. Past the burrowing nose robots is a checkpoint. Get it and keep going right. Along the very bottom of the level, touch the button to open the door; it will close as soon as you enter. The water level will sink enough during your passing of the retractable harpoons that you can go up for air. Go up the steps and ride on the cork, which floats when the water level rises again. Jump to the left.

    When you drop back into the water, be careful. There are some retracting spikes and an enemy that is surrounded by spiked balls that he throws at you. Wait for him to get rid of his supply of four, then either jump on him or ride the moving ledges out of the water. Avoid the ornamental heads that blow fire and jump off to the right. The water level will now rise again; don't get caught between the corks and the ceiling. Open the door with the button at the end of the hallway and go up past the harpoon to fresh air, and then head right to finish out the level.

    ACT 2

    Go to the right and let the stream of water carry you down into the briny deep. When you land in the water, go to the right for some invincibility. Take the watery road to the left and get the 20 rings, then go down and to the right until you reach a tunnel with a current. Get some of the rings down here if you feel like it and then take the red springboard up. Ring screens are scattered about on various ledges throughout this area, and one of them is covering a button you need to touch to move on. After touching it, go to the right and hit the checkpoint.

    There is some invincibility to the right of the checkpoint. Get it and blow through the one-way path. It should last until you reach a block that you must stand on to make fall. Conveniently, there is a puddle of bubbles right there, so take a hit of oxygen off one before moving onward. Watch out for the circular enemies that throws his thorny barrier at you. The corridor is thin enough that you can get over each one with a single jump. Roll into him as opposed to jumping into him, because you could catch a bubble and lose your rings from stepping on him. Continue on until you reach some crisscrossing conveyors. Jump to the second rotating square before you get crushed between the spikes and ride the second set of them out of the water. Go to the right over the dry land tiles and to the exit.

    ACT 3

    Watch out for the drillbots that pop out of the ground at the beginning as you come to a stream of water coming out of a gargoyle's mouth. You can jump off the stream to shoot off at an angle and find a shield at one point, but you will keep continually looping unless you find a switch. Keep jumping off when you start going down to the left. With perseverance (or skill, one) you will reach the button, which is accompanied by a 10-ring box. Go to the immediate right, where a wall has opened up. Jump through the new passage.

    Touch the next button to open up the floor beneath you, which leads to another watery area. Kill the fishbot, but don't touch the switch to the right just yet. If you continue left, the floor will help you get the height needed to jump to a ring windfall. Get those and then find the button to the right. Go down and to the right, grabbing an oxygen bubble if needed, and then leap carefully through the field of harpoons in front of you. Don't fall with the block that collapses under Sonic's weight, but keep moving forward along the linear path. There should be enough air bubble groupings around to keep Sonic's lungs in good shape. When you come out into safe air, three spiked spheres will be swinging around at varying speeds. Proceed to the right, getting the 10-ring monitor if you feel like it.

    Ride the moving platforms to the right and jump to the right to find some invincibility (mind the spikes). Go down the line and get the lone ring box to the right, then ride along to the left and jump to the left when you see a passage in the wall leading to 40 rings and an extra life. Come back up for air, as you'll inevitably need it, then head down and touch the switch to open the door. You'll soon be at a wavy tunnel (no current); walk through it and get yet another round of temporary invulnerability before descending further into the depths. Make it to the checkpoint and go forward.

    There is a series of single blocks ahead, but worry not - it's safe to fall. 20 rings are located down in that hole, along with two different stops for fresh air. An opening floor to the right will help you avoid a pesky enemy that throws his spike shield at you. Get the shield that protects you and make the curve up to the left where ten more rings lie. Move carefully through the swinging spikes at left. If you get hit, it's a long fall, and you really don't want to make that trip again, so get it right the first time. Luckily, the surface is coming up. Make it there and ride the moving platforms as far as you can. The floor button at the top will reverse their direction. Take the new route to a plateau harboring a line of five of those drillbots. Get past them and cruise down the cascade that was behind them. You'll hit a checkpoint at the bottom.

    The water will steadily rise with you at this point. Move up through the winding corridor. At the top, you'll find a shield to the left. Get it and go to the right. Dr. Robotnik is there. He will now attempt to run away from you. Stay in hot pursuit, trying as hard as you can to keep at least the bottom of his ship in your sights as you make yourself upwardly mobile through the harpoons and gargoyle heads that shoot fire. To add to your troubles, the water is again rising. Don't worry about getting in the required eight hits to kill him; if you make it to the top, he will run scared. He got away clean this time, but there are still two more zones for you to get him good. Release the Flickys and head for the Star Light Zone.

    Star Light Zone

    ACT 1

    This zone starts with a nifty secret: 30 rings and invincibility right from the get-go. Just run forward and roll to charge through the wall. Some springboards will help you make it back out. Run like the wind with your state of indestructibility and stand on a series of four tiles. They will turn into a staircase that you can go down. Go to the right down the first hill, then backtrack. The staircase will have reverted to its original straight position, allowing you to get the 1-up that was before inaccessible.

    Cruise down the hill and continue running. You'll barely make it past the hole and go up a wall. Hit the red spring you see to your left. It will send you careening off walls and eventually into the path of a fan, whose wind current you cannot push yourself past (under normal circumstances - I will indicate when said circumstances are otherwise). Go forward and either roll under or jump over the spiked enemy, whose different color indicates that he will not throw his spikes at you and is ergo impossible to kill. Hit the flat edge from underneath to reveal a staircase. Go on the yellow springboard at the top and hold right. You'll just barely make it to the higher road.

    Keep going right through the rotating ledges that appear to be just floating in space. Go up the ramp with the fan (which is now facing left and turns off periodically) and roll under the spiked guy who just moves forward, staring blankly. From there, run forward until you reach a 10-ring screen. Backtrack to the floor that may have seen collapse in the corner of your eye and go down there. A fan will blow you right, so roll to get the twenty rings located down here. Jump out to the right and run to the exit.

    ACT 2

    Go forward as far as you can at the beginning. For some reason, you'll come to a halt immediately after the collapsing floor. Jump back and get yourself a running start, then jump and go up the half-pipe to where the fan is. Avoid the robots with the short fuse on the ledge above - when you approach, a timed fuse will begin and they will explode shortly. When they're eliminated, go up to where they were and take the high road by going on the yellow springboard. Roll slowly under the two floating spikeys, then run along the series of hills to two staircases that will lower themselves so that you might go ahead. They will lower themselves to a platform that falls on top of a spikey enemy - a clever trap, it is. Jump ahead and keep going right.

    When you go down the next automatic flight of stairs, you'll encounter a new obstacle: floating catapults. The spiked ball on the right will shoot up into the air when you hit the opposite end of the catapult. When you fire a spiked sphere into the sky, go to the other end of the catapult. When the ball lands, you'll be shot upward. The ball will fly higher and send you farther upward the harder you come down on the catapult, so use that knowledge to reach higher areas and hidden secrets. Go right along those until you reach more rotating sets of four ledges, then go down the wavy hills just past them which lead directly to the exit.

    ACT 3

    There are many rings to be had in this first area if you can move fast and not get hit by the slow spiked guys at the same time. Go to the right past the floor that falls and up the half-pipe with the fan at the top. You'll only be able to pass when the fan turns off, so keep walking up it until you're free of the fan's pull. When you walk up the next quarter-circle curve, you'll see a springboard to your right. Hit it and press Down to go into a roll. You'll fly up past a machine that shoots fire and get a couple of rings. When you land, proceed to your left.

    Use the two catapults to go up and to the left. The invincibility is tricky to get what with all the short fuse-bots right above your head, but just roll gently into the power-up and you'll not have to worry about getting hit by the debris from the many explosions. Jump down to the catapult below; you may have to get two boosts off of it to reach the top ledge that you need to get to. When you get to the top of the level where the fan is pushing you forward, jump to the opposite platform. Roll down the wavy hill to avoid the spike shield-bots, then roll through the next series of loop-de-loops. You'll land on a platform that takes you slightly up. Jump to the left after the ceiling walkers have exploded.

    There is a half of a spiked ball swinging along here; jump on the non-spiked part and get the rings that lie in its path, then head right to another ledge that takes you up. Another series of loops will take you to a lone catapult and a platform that takes you down just a bit. Beware the hill; it will lead you into a springboard that sends you back into enemy fire. Move slowly on it and descend the resulting stairs. Pray that you have a shield up ahead too, because the spiked moving guy combined with the line of fuse-bots is tough to get past. When you walk up the final half-pipe, you'll be met with a checkpoint. Touch it and proceed to Dr. Robotnik's arena.

    Using what you've learned about the catapults thus far (that when you get launched off of one you turn into a ball and that those things hurt when they hit you), you have all the knowledge you need to defeat the bad doctor in this match-up. Either you can launch the balls (which are now bombs) at him, or you can use them to propel yourself up to his ship's level and hurt him yourself. The best combination is to propel yourself up to him with the middle one and then use the bombs in conjunction with the seesaw on the left. If you aim correctly and are quick enough, he should go down in no time flat. Now it's time for the last zone.......

    Scrap Brain Zone

    ACT 1

    Beware of the trapdoors that open and shut at different intervals. You don't want to be caught on one and fall into the pit below. If you think you're man enough to get the rings, go ahead and do it, then go right (while avoiding the broken pipes that shoot fire) to the wheel with the button in front of it. The button reverses the wheel's direction each time you hit, and you see that there is a small round compartment for Sonic to fit into. Turn it so that it is going clockwise and fit yourself into it. Go on ahead when you come out the other side.

    There are ledges that spin here. When they are spinning, you can't stand on them. Find the time intervals and pattern and go to the top, stopping off on the left for a shield first. Go right along the high road and roll into the face of the caterpillar who is making a return from the Marble Zone. You'll then see some blocks that appear as if out of thin air. Use them to go up and avoid the fusebots from the Star Light Zone. It takes a while for the next series of appearing and disappearing blocks to pop up, but if you proceed long enough along their road, you'll be treated to ten rings and a shield in case you lost yours already. Fall off the left side of that ledge now.

    You'll be in front of a new series of line-guided platforms. They spin along the bottom half and are stable along the top. Follow the pattern as you go across the similarly shaped trio. Walk along the hill you are taken to and you'll soon find yourself at another rotating wheel. Make it turn clockwise using the button provided and hit the checkpoint, then return to the wheel and fall down into the tunnel below.

    Now you are at a series of platforms, each of which moves in the exact same pattern. Walk on top of each one, then go to the left up against the wall until it makes a wide enough gap for you to keep going down. At the bottom, a door will open for you and close behind you. It's relatively easy to beat the spinning ledges, as they twirl one right after another and make for an easily maneuverable platform. Just be sure to avoid the fire-blowing pipes at the end of each set. Fall straight down at the edge of the second one and ride the stable platforms along the line to thirty rings. Kill the pig that lets bombs out of his stomach and continue up along the path to the level's conclusion.

    NOTE: You won't have a chance for Chaos Emeralds in this zone. The bonus ring will not show up even if you complete the level with more than 50 rings in your possession. Tough luck!

    ACT 2

    Run along the spinning gears here and jump at the top to give yourself a good momentum burst upward. Go as far up as you can. You'll see one switch around the middle, but pass it and find another one even farther up. You'll know it by the floor that opens and closes on you, and there's a red springboard after it. Avoid both and head right. You'll find some robots with short fuses toddling along the ceiling. Get past them quickly and fall in front of the floating gear to the right to reveal ten rings. Sneak your way to the right and go up the gears (avoiding the swinging spiked ball) to locate a shield. Make your way through the series of swinging balls ahead as best as you can, although it's admittedly difficult when walking along opposing conveyor belts. When you clear them, you will happen upon a tunnel. Walk into it.

    After being transported through the tunnel, you'll have to go under a pair of pistons that has the ability to ruthlessly crush you. Roll under the thing that looks like one of those plasma lamps without the protective lid and you'll reach another tunnel that takes you straight down in less than a second. Alternating blocks will then start appearing that you have to jump to. Jump straight down off the third one of these and you'll land right smack dab on a 1-up. Leap deftly over the electricity generators to the right and you'll get 20 more rings AND you'll find a way out of this hole! Excellent! Continue right.

    Either roll or walk under the buzzsaws that come down out of the ceiling, but run quickly to safe ground when a renegade one starts buzzing toward you. The tunnel will protect you; walk into it and you'll head straight up. Be careful where you walk here, as swinging spikes and a fire pipe will attempt to cut off your ring count. A door ahead of them will open automatically - go through it. Go right, ignoring the pig stomach bomber and the two catepillars. After a swinging ball triad, you'll have reached the end of the level. Remember, no bonus stages!

    But it doesn't quite end yet. Dr. Robotnik lies ahead in his red button-up shirt and Mickey Mouse pants, and there's nothing stopping you from eliminating him! Except for that force field wall there. Trapped on a series of blocks, there's nothing you can do as he presses the button that destroys them one by one. All great heroes have to go through hell before they get to heaven, and Sonic the Hedgehog is no exception. You have no choice but to go through one final act before the game's denouement.

    ACT 3

    Since you're stuck in what appears to be a gray-shaded clone of the Labyrinth Zone, you don't have much choice but to touch the button that makes the stone lattice to your left move down its path. You don't have to ride along it, though you can. Wouldn't it be more exciting to go ahead of the path? Let's do that. Walk off to the left and wait for the moving ledge to come to a halt.

    Wade through the purple pond to the button that opens the floor, then go back in when it's safe to wiggle through the harpoons. This purple water is actually more chemical than anything, and Sonic loses his breath much faster in this violet liquid waste. As a result, you're going to have to wait on just about every air bubble mass you see to yield a bubble just as a safety precaution. The first one can be seen just below the floor you opened up. Grab the fresh air and move past the two swinging spikes, which are located on the same hub. Move forward through the gargoyle fire shooters, being sure not to get. Safe dry land is just up ahead. When you reach it, go to the farthest right water pit and fall straight down to find another grouping of air bubbles. Eat one and proceed to your right. From here, you only have to make your way up. Don't worry about your rings - you won't be needing them. A bed of red springboards is just ahead. Bounce on the central one to reach the Final Zone.

    Final Zone + Epilogue [SPOILERS]

    There are no rings to aid you in the final battle against Dr. Robotnik, who now has two tricks up his sleeve in his last desperate attempt to foil your good-doing plans. There are four columns in his lair, and two will move at a time. The evil doctor is nestled inside one of them, and you must hit the side of the one that he is in to score a hit. After the pillars retreat back into the ceiling and floor, you must then avoid an assault from four electrical charges that emanate from the red siren on the wall above you. There is usually a large gap between two of them, so locate it and use it to keep from getting fried. The column/electricity pattern carries on the same way for the battle's entire duration. The same eight hits are required as usual. Just make sure not to get hit by static or crushed by metal.

    At the end of the battle, Robotnik will make a cowardly getaway. Pursue him and follow him all the way to his one-man ship. You can either let it get away and watch him in his state of utter panic, or you can get in one final hit and watch him crash and burn.

    A movie now plays in which Sonic celebrates with the remaining Flickys in the Green Hill Zone, and another short film immediately follows it wherein you watch Sonic as he travels through all six zones. If you got all six Chaos Emeralds, the final screen will show Dr. Robotnik stomping angrily up and down on the words "THE END." Otherwise, it will say "TRY AGAIN" and will display Robotnik juggling whichever Emeralds you were unable to collect.

    Congratulations on beating the original Sonic the Hedgehog!



    The first Chaos Emerald is also, incidentally, the easiest to get. You start at the end of a corridor that is turning round and round, as all bonus stages in this game do. Make your way down it and take note of the some of the symbols that line the walls. Up and Down have little bearing on your direction, but you need to watch out for R (Reverse), which makes the stage turn a full 180 and can seriously throw off your sense of direction. Bumpers also contribute to the inherent chaos of the special stages, so watch out for them as well.

    In any case, head down the corridor until you come to a path that branches out in three directions. Two of those paths lead shortly to walls that read GOAL on the individual circles. If you want a Chaos Emerald, then DO NOT TOUCH THESE. They will boot you out of the special stage immediately and you'll have to wait for that particular bonus stage to come around again in the rotation to try for that Chaos Emerald.

    Avoiding the GOAL walls, you want to head into the pathway that has some circle that look like translucent peppermints. Shortly inside this room is the Blue Emerald, hidden behind a square barrier of diamonds. The diamonds start off blue, and you must touch them to make them change colors, blue being the strongest color of diamond and purple being the final color before they disappear and you're able to get through to the Emerald. Watch out for the GOAL walls that are in this small enclosed space or, like I said, you'll get booted from the joint. Make advantageous use of the Reverse pad if needed and break through the diamonds until you have the Emerald.

    Remember also that if you get 50 rings in a bonus stage, you'll earn a continue whether you get the Emerald or not.


    If you see a line of rings anywhere in this stage, it's most likely pointing you in the right direction. Stay along the proverbial bread crumb trail of those golden circular beauties until you reach the faded circles allowing you entrance into the Emerald's lair. There's still one GOAL wall in that final chamber, so be careful. More diamonds surround the Emerald, which this time is yellow, so make efficient use of your bumpers and R-pads. Get the Emerald (and hopefully a continue) and move on to the next stage.


    This special stage is one big Emerald lair. It dumps you right in the middle of the action, so take some time before tackling the diamond barrier to move around and collect 50 rings if you feel safe doing that. Wearing down the middle of the arena is slow goings, as when the stage turns fully around you're often dumped back at the very edge. Use bumpers and nearby Reverse icons to keep Sonic near the middle of the level so that he can continue to whittle away at the Emerald's defenses. If you get knocked back toward the edge, just lather, rinse, and repeat your previous strategy. Be sure to watch out for GOAL walls all the while.


    Unless you're trying to fail, you most likely won't fall into a GOALpost while making your way through the winding corridor. The GOAL walls are situated far from the rest of the action and aren't much of a worry until you get to the rotating bonus stage's central hub. Considering the centralized positioning of many of the rings, getting a continue out of this one shouldn't be too much of a task. Keep yourself in the safe alcoves in the central hub around the Green Emerald (finally, a stone color that matches the stone!) and you won't have too much trouble. Finally, keep in mind that the GOAL walls are far more concentrated in here than they were in the partially similar Blue Emerald stage.


    This stage is reminiscent of the Blue Emerald stage in that it is primarily directed along a single path and rings guide you most of the way. You should have no problem getting fifty rings for the easy continue here - in fact, there are sixteen in front of you right at the start! The forks in the path that lead to undesirable GOALs are quite easy to spot and stay away from. When you do get to the central area containing the fifth Emerald, just know that the only thing concentrated very heavily is bumpers. You'll have hardly any problem getting through the diamonds to the Emerald, as they are scattered a fair distance from each other, enough so that you can get through them before the stage flips you around and slams you back into a wall.


    Though this is the final Emerald, it looks awful easy to get. You start right beside it in a bonus stage reminiscent of the one where you acquired the Purple Emerald. However, the arrangement of the diamonds is a tricky one, and this stage rotates faster than most. Don't make it a point to consciously go for a continue unless you're that kind of obsessive freak. Keep plugging away and going for the sixth and final Emerald and you'll have it in no time. After getting this or whatever other Emerald constitutes your final one, a message will appear saying SONIC GOT THEM ALL, after which you can no longer access the bonus stages for getting 50 rings. Your game's ending will now also be slightly different as a result.



    At the title screen, before it goes to the demo, press Up, Down, Left, and Right. You'll hear the sound of a ring being collected. Now hold A and press Start to access a list of all the stages in the game - any of which you can start in, including the special stage*. There's also a sound test so that you can listen to your favorite tunes from the game, if you're in such a mood.

    * Choosing the special stage takes you to the one that gives you the Blue Emerald. Whether you get it or not, you'll be dumped into Green Hill Zone Act 1 after it's over.

    WHO'S THE IDIOT WHO SCREWED UP THE DEMO?If you hold the A, B, and C buttons, Sonic's performance during the demo will not be quite so much up to par as it normally is.

    This code also applies to the end movie displaying demos of all the zones Sonic travelled through.


    In the bonus world when you're trying to get the Chaos Emeralds, take time to move around and get 50 rings. Whether you successfully get the Emerald in that particular stage or not, when you come back into the real world you'll get a continue, which of course allows you to start back in the zone you were at if you lose all of your lives.

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