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The Special Stages (also called Special Zones) are an important feature of the Sonic the Hedgehog video games. They are separate in location from the usual setting of those games (either Earth or Mobius), in which characters can find the mysterious Chaos Emeralds. The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega starring their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a cultural phenomenon. ... Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ... Mobius is the planet that the Sonic the Hedgehog characters are from in the comic book series made by Archie Comics (United States) and Fleetway (UK) , and in all three American cartoons, including the light-hearted Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the ABC cartoon Sonic the Hedgehog (known as SatAM... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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In the games

16-bit games

Sonic 1's Special Stage.
Sonic 1's Special Stage.

The Special Stages first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog, in which it was depicted as a somewhat psychedelic rotating maze, with the Chaos Emerald ready for collection in the center, guarded by barriers. It was accessed through a giant Zone Ring, which appeared at the end of an Act if the player had collected 50 or more rings in that Act. Image File history File links Sonic_Special_Zone. ... Image File history File links Sonic_Special_Zone. ... Sonic the Hedgehog is the platform game that launched the career of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Team. ... The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega starring their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ...

Sonic 2's Special Stage.
Sonic 2's Special Stage.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 altered the game mechanics of the Special Stages, though the psychedelic backdrop remained the same. Whereas gameplay in the Special Stages in the first game had been similar to the original game, in this game it was a mini-game in which characters ran along a curving half-pipe tube, collecting gold rings while avoiding bombs, which would lose 10 rings. There were 3 sections, and a character had to collect a sufficient number of rings in each section to advance to the next. In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Special Stages were accessed via Star Posts, which had previously only been used as save-points. Image File history File links Sonic_2_SpecialStage. ... Image File history File links Sonic_2_SpecialStage. ... Sonic the Hedgehog 2, or simply Sonic 2, is a platform game developed by Sonic Team in collaboration with Sega Technical Institute, and published by Sega for the Mega Drive/Genesis. ... A minigame is a (usually short) segment of a video game that uses a different style of gameplay than the rest of the game. ... The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega starring their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... A Star Post from Sonic 2 In the video game series Sonic the Hedgehog, lamppost-shaped items called Star Posts (named by the distinctive star design) were used as save points/checkpoints - whenever a character lost a life, he would return to the last Star Post he touched. ...


Sonic CD saw the return of the first game's end-of-act Giant Rings. In these special stages, Sonic ran across a Mode 7 style track. To obtain the stage's Time Stone (the game's equivalent to Chaos Emeralds), Sonic had to destroy six UFOs hovering across the track within a time limit. Hazards like bear traps and water would often slow Sonic down or speed up the timer (or sometimes both). When time ran low, a seventh, differently-colored UFO would appear in the center of the stage; breaking this one would not count towards stage completion but would restore 30 seconds to the timer, giving the player more time to hunt down and destroy the remaining UFOs. Sonic the Hedgehog CD or Sonic CD (as it is known in Europe and North America) is a platform game that is still well acclaimed by Sonic fans. ... The term Mode 7 originated on the Super NES video game console, on which it describes a simple texture mapping graphics mode that allows a background layer to be rotated and scaled. ... The Chaos Emeralds, as depicted in Sonic the Hedgehog. ... UFO can mean: Unidentified flying object United Future Organization, a Japanese-Brazilian electronic jazz band UFO, the rock band that previously featured Michael Schenker UFO, the Gerry Anderson TV series United Farmers of Ontario, a political party that formed the government in Ontario from 1919 to 1923 U.F.O...

Sonic 3's Special Stage. Sonic & Knuckles's Special Stages are the same thing, but different colors.
Sonic 3's Special Stage. Sonic & Knuckles's Special Stages are the same thing, but different colors.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles once again returned to using Giant Rings as the entrance to the Special Stages. However, in these games, they were scattered throughout the acts rather than left at the end, so a player could play multiple Special Stages in each act. Once again, the format of the Special Stages changed. This time, the characters had to run along the surface of a planet-like sphere, collecting blue spheres and avoiding red ones. If locked onto eachother, the games became Sonic 3 & Knuckles. After completing the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 part with all Chaos Emeralds, the giant rings in the Sonic & Knuckles part started flashing in the Emerald colors. If entered they took you to the Hidden Palace Zone, where you could enter the special stages. Image File history File links Sonic3SpecialStage. ... Image File history File links Sonic3SpecialStage. ... Sonic the Hedgehog 3, often abbreviated and officially known in Europe as Sonic 3, is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series for the Mega Drive/Genesis. ... Sonic & Knuckles is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Sonic Team in collaboration with Sega Technical Institute, and published by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis in 1994. ... Blue Sphere is the secret easter egg game created by locking on Sonic & Knuckles to Sonic the Hedgehog. ... The Hidden Palace Zone refers to two levels in Sonic games, one being an unfinished level in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the other being a level in Sonic & Knuckles. ...


The obscure 32X game Knuckles Chaotix featured a strange type of Special Stage. Though it had the same basic formula as the Special Stages of Sonic 2, it had many odd quirks that made it very different. Accessed in the same manner as Sonic the Hedgehog/Sonic CD, these stages featured a hexagonal tube that the player ran down. The player could run across all six sides of the tube. The object was to collect a certain number of Blue Spheres scattered across the tube in order to reach the Chaos Ring at the end. Unlike Sonic 2's Special Stages, reaching a checkpoint without having all the required Spheres would not end the stage, but would simply repeat the section. The catch was that your Ring count steadily depleted as you remained in the stage (in a manner similar to Super Sonic), and the stage would end once you ran out of rings. You could find some rings in the stages, but the primary source of rings was those you had brought into the Special Stage. This made Chaotix's Special Stages unique in the respect that the more rings you were carrying upon entering the Special Stage, the easier it was to successfully complete. However, no matter how many rings you held, if you fell out of the tube through one of the stage's many pits, the stage automatically ended. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Knuckles Chaotix on the Sega 32X Knuckles Chaotix, also known as Chaotix is a Video Game in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe, released for the Sega 32X. The game was released in North America in March 1995. ... The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega starring their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Sonic the Hedgehog (character). ...


8-bit games

In Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Game Gear and Master System, the special stages were to get extra lives. Sonic Chaos however featured a unique brand of Special Stage. Accessed simply by collecting 100 rings in the main game, the Stages were little more than labyrinthine versions of the game's main stages, with the Emerald hidden somewhere within. The player had to find the Emerald within a strict time limit. These stages are notorious for their difficulty; except for the first stage, in which the emerald is simply at the end of a long void crossed by using the game's Rocket Shoes, the emeralds were always hid in obscure or subtle ways, making it nearly impossible to find them without the aid of a game guide. Also, though the game featured Sonic and Tails as playable characters, only Sonic could access the Special Stages. Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed and published by Sega for Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. ... Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a side-scrolling platform video game released by Sega for their Master System and Game Gear formats. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... Sega Master System The Sega Master System (SMS for short) (Japanese: マスターシステム), was an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console manufactured by Sega. ... Sonic Chaos (known as Sonic & Tails in Japan and Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos in Europe) is a video game for the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System, developed by Aspect and published by Sega in 1993. ...


Sonic Triple Trouble's Special Stages were accessed by hitting an item monitor displaying a Chaos Emerald whilst carrying 50 or more rings. The game's five Special Stages came in two varieties: the first, third, and fifth were remarkably similar to those of Sonic Chaos, in which the player had to navigate a labyrinthine maze in order to reach the Emerald within 90 seconds. Though the Emeralds were hidden less obscurely than in Sonic Chaos, the mazes were much harder to navigate, as there were springs and invisible ledges that could only be crossed through a process of trial and error. The second and fourth stages featured Sonic/Tails in the series' trademark biplane, the Tornado, collecting 80 rings in a short flying course. These stages were remarkably easier than the 2D mazes. What sets this game's Special Stages apart from all others, however, is the fact that at the end of all but the first, the player had to fight a mini-boss in the form of Nack the Weasel (called Fang the Sniper in Japan). Usually, these battles were incredibly easy, as Nack always seemed to have no clue how to pilot the vehicles at his disposal. Unlike Sonic Chaos, both Sonic and Tails had access to these Special Stages. Sonic Triple Trouble is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Aspect and published by Sega for Sega Game Gear. ... Hs123 biplane. ... The Tornado, as seen in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie. ... Fang the Sniper, also known as Nack the Weasel, is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. ...


Sonic Blast featured a rather horrid take on Sonic 2's Special Stages. Accessed by finding a giant ring hidden within the first and second acts of each zone (similar to Sonic 3/Sonic and Knuckles), the player had to navigate a short obstacle course, collecting 50 rings before reaching the end. Like Sonic Heroes, the first acts were for extra lives, while the second acts were for an Emerald. The problem with these stages lied in the awkward pseudo-3D perspective and the fact that there were hardly enough rings in the stage itself to meet the quota. Also, you only got one shot at each stage, so if you messed up, you couldn't retry the stage. This led several people to simply bypass this game's Special Stages. Yellow Desert Zone Sonic Blast is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Aspect and published by Sega for the Sega Game Gear. ...


In the Neo Geo Pocket game Sonic Pocket Adventure, the Special Stages are almost identical to that of Sonic 2 for the Mega Drive. Neo Geo Pocket (Monochrome) The Neo Geo Pocket was SNKs original hand held system. ... Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure is a game from the Sonic the Hedgehog series for the Neo Geo Pocket Color handheld game system. ...


New games

Sonic Advance used Special Stages where the player's character fell down an apparently infinitely deep hole while standing on a board. The player had to collect rings and avoid bombs much like in Sonic 2, and there were also special rings that could boost your speed. The stages were accessed by finding a large hidden spring in each stage and jumping on it. Ice Mountain Zone Sonic Advance is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Dimps, published by SEGA (in Japan), by THQ (in North America) and by Infogrames (in Europe and Australia) for Game Boy Advance. ...


Sonic Advance 2 featured an odd take on Sonic CD's Special Stages. Taking place in the same Mode 7 style arenas as the aforementioned game, the player was required to collect 300 rings within 120 seconds. However, because each stage barely held that amount, the player was required to collect several rings in rapid succession; doing so would steadily raise a multiplier that would increase the worth of the collected rings (so a ring collected while the multiplier was at x4 would make that single ring worth 4). All the while, the player had to avoid Sonic Adventure's ZERO, who patrolled the stage and would cause the player to lose rings if he hit them. These stages were infamous not because of the stages themselves but because of the method of accessing them; the player had to collect seven Special Rings hidden in each act. These rings were often hidden in out-of-the-way locations, so finding them was almost impossible without the help of a strategy guide. Sonic Advance 2 is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Dimps and published by THQ for the Game Boy Advance. ... The term Mode 7 originated on the Super NES video game console, on which it describes a simple texture mapping graphics mode that allows a background layer to be rotated and scaled. ... Left to right: E-100 series robots Gamma, Beta, Epsilon, Delta as seen in the anime Sonic X. The E-Series is a fictional group of robots in the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games. ...


Sonic Advance 3's Special Stages were very similar to the ones from Sonic Advance, and also to the biplane stages from Sonic The Hedgehog 2. In the stages, the character is standing on the wings of Tails' biplane, the Tornado 2, which has to be flown around while the character walks back and forth in order for the character to collect a number of rings within a time limit. There are also special rings that transform the plane into its speedy X-shape, boosting forward quickly. To get to the Special Stages in Sonic Advance 3, one has to find all the hidden Chao scattered across each Zone's multiple stages, and once they are found also collect a special key that appears at a random location in any Act of the Zone. While the Chao are permanently stored, the keys can only be used once each and both dying or failing to collect the Chaos Emerald will mean that the key will have to be found again. The keys, once found, are used to activate the "golden springs" on each Zone's overworld, which boost the player off the top of the screen (it is assumed that these bi-plane Special Stages take place in the sky above the main Zones). After defeating G-Mel in Nonagression, the game unlocks a 'Special Stage' mode, in which the object is to collect as many of the 7 Emeralds as possible. Route 99 Zone Sonic Advance 3 is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Dimps and published by THQ for the Game Boy Advance. ... The Tornado, as seen in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Sonic Heroes marked the return of the Special Stages in a 3D Sonic game (as mentioned earlier, there are no Special Stages in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2). The player needs to collect a Special Stage key (which is lost if you get damaged) in a particular stage to enter a Special Stage. Getting a Special Stage key in odd-numbered stages (Stage 01: Seaside Hill, Stage 03: Grand Metropolis, etc) opens up Bonus Challenges, where you try to beat the timer for points and 1-ups, linking spheres to add time to the clock. getting a Special Stage key for even-numbered stages (Stage 02: Ocean Palace, Stage 04: Power Plant, etc) opens up Emerald Challenges, where you race against time and chase for the Chaos Emerald, powering up the Power Dash by collecting spheres. Sonic Heroes ) is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. ...


Outside the games

As the game lines gave little in the way of an explanation as to how such a strange dimension could exist, spin-off media and fans developed theories as to the nature of the Special Stages.


Fleetway's Sonic the Comic grouped the Special Stages into a single "Special Zone", depicted as a complete parallel universe, complete with planets and cities, although the bizarre cosmology of the games was adhered to. This Special Zone resembled Sonic's home planet of Mobius, even with similar anthropomorphic animal inhabitants, and the two planes had a great deal of communication due to the Star Posts and the intervention of the Omni-Viewer. The Special Zone's largest city was called New Tek City, capital of Planet Meridian, and it was protected by the Chaotix team. Notably, the UK fiction presents the Special Stages of the first Sonic game to be not a natural part of this universe, but a series of sub-orbital space warps created by Doctor Robotnik to keep the Chaos Emeralds out of Sonic's hands. In the fan-made Sonic the Comic-Online webcomic, the echidna scientist Dr. Zachary theorises that the Zone was formed by a Big Bang of excess Chaos energy from the formation of Mobius. Fleetway, also known as Fleetway Publications and Fleetway Editions, was a publishing company, mainly producing comic magazines for the U.K.. Fleetway began life as Amalgamated Press, the company owned by Alfred Harmsworth, who were based in Fleetway House. ... Sonic the Comic, known to its many readers as STC, was a UK childrens comic published fortnightly by Fleetway Editions (the merged companies Fleetway and London Editions, which progressively became integrated with its parent company Egmont until it became known as Egmont Magazines) between 1993 and 2002. ... Mobius is the planet that the Sonic the Hedgehog characters are from in the comic book series made by Archie Comics (United States) and Fleetway (UK) , and in all three American cartoons, including the light-hearted Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the ABC cartoon Sonic the Hedgehog (known as SatAM... A Star Post from Sonic 2 In the video game series Sonic the Hedgehog, lamppost-shaped items called Star Posts (named by the distinctive star design) were used as save points/checkpoints - whenever a character lost a life, he would return to the last Star Post he touched. ... Team Chaotix, as seen in Sonic Heroes. ... Team Chaotix, as seen in Sonic Heroes. ... Doctor Zachary is a white cyborg echidna, who first appeared in Sonic the Comic #65 as an enemy of Knuckles the Echidna, and has featured more prominently in the online continuation of the series as leader of The Syndicate. ... According to the Big Bang, the universe emerged from an extremely dense and hot state (bottom). ...


 
 

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