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The Sonic the Hedgehog FAQ/Walkthrough
For SEGA MEGA DRIVE/GENESIS
By Gold Mage
Email: tjhunt@gmail.com
Created on: 11/7/03
Last update: 20/12/05
Version: Final

This document is the hard work of me. This document cannot be changed or altered
in any way, You are welcome to ask my permission if you would like this 
guide posted on your website. This document is for private use only. If you wish
to contact me about this guide please check the Contact Me section at the
bottom of the guide on details for emailing me.


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  1.    AUTHOR'S NOTE
  2.    VERSION HISTORY
  3.    CHARACTERS
  4.    CONTROLS
  5.    ITEMS
  6.    FAQ/WALKTHROUGH
            - Green Hill Zone         -
            - Marble Zone             -
            - Spring Yard             -
            - Labyrinth Zone          -
            - Star Light Zone         -
            - Scrap Brain Zone        -
            - Final Zone              -
            - Special Stages          -
 7.     S&K LOCK-ON
 8.     CHEATS
 9.     CREDITS
10.     CONTACT ME

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Welcome to the very first Sonic game for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. This
being my third FAQ/Walkthrough for a Sonic game so far. Welcome to Sonic the
Hedgehog, this is where it all began to go really great for the Sonic Team, so
lets thank them first.

Okay, now we get on to the guide. This guide (just like my other Sonic guides)
it doesn?t tell you how to complete the level but it tells you what to expect
in the level. Like secret places, things you should watch out for and dangers
of the zone. If I was to write out how to do it, I think it would be a little
too hard to read it in my opinion. So just read over the basics for the zones
then do your best to get through the level. But this guides does come with boss
strategies so you can defeat Robotnik.

Now that that has been taken care of. I would like to thank you for choosing
this guide to read and I hope it helps you.

- Gold Mage (Thomas Hunt)


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Version 1.0 11/7/03
I can?t believe I managed to complete this whole guide in one day. Well, I did
copy most of the info from my other Sonic guides. But hey, it?s done now.

Final Version 16/11/03
There isn?t anything else that the guide needs, so I?m finishing it up.


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Sonic the Hedgehog
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Our main man. The blue dude. Sonic is our true hero for this game. He is a blue
hedgehog who can run at incredible speeds. He has spoiled the plans of Dr.
Robotnik before. And in this new adventure, he has to do it all over again. So
let's go kick some giant butt!

Miles "Tails" Prowler
---------------------
Tails has been Sonic's friend since he can remember. For a young two-tailed fox
he is very smart. He can fly a plane. Cool. He also is a hero who looks up to
Sonic wishing he can be a hero like him one day.

Dr. Ivo Robotnik ?Eggman?
-------------------------
An evil dude with plans to destroy all that is good and cover the world in his
filth. So he turned Sonic?s friends into robots and has used them as an army to
stop Sonic, for Sonic is the only one who can stop Robotnik?s evil plans.

Animal Friends
--------------
Robotnik has captured Sonic's friends and roboticized some of them, turning
them into the evil Badniks. Some of Sonic's friends however, have been captured
in large containers and you have to free them at the end of some worlds.

Badniks
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These are Robotnik's minions who will try to stop Sonic, defeat one of these to
free an animal friend, which is trapped inside.


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A, B and C: These buttons make Sonic and/or Tails jump.

Left and Right: Make Sonic move.

Up: Make Sonic look up, hold it for a few seconds to see what's above you.

Down: Make Sonic crouch, hold it for a few seconds to see what's below you.

Start: Pause the game.


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Computer Monitors
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These are found all over the levels, jump on one of these to collect something.
- Sonic Face: An extra life
- A Gold Ring: 10 Rings
- Stars: Invincibility for a short time
- A Shoe: Super speed for some time
- Blue Bubble: Shield that takes damage for 1 turn.

Rings
-----
There are found all over the Zones. Pick these up as you go along. Collecting
100 will gain you an extra life. Beware though, if you get hit while holding
rings, you will lose ALL of them. Then when you get hit will no rings at all,
you die.

Giant Ring
----------
If you find a giant ring jump into it you will enter the Special Stage. Where
You have the right to obtain 1 of 6 Chaos Emeralds.

Star Posts
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There are a few of these in most Zones. These are Check Points, if you die, you
start at the last Star Post you ran through.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ GREEN HILL ZONE ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is a very straight forward zone. The only thing that you need to look out
ofr are the Badniks and the spikes that are everywhere. The only real problem
Badniks are the fish ones. Thos really annoy me. So just be careful when you
are going over a bridge. There are many secret passages in this game too. If
you go to the very bottom of the level in some areas use the spin attack (Press
down while running) and you can break through some walls, taking you to new
places in the game. The only other hazard are the spikes on the ground. Don?t
touch these, you will have to be very quick if you want to be able to dodge
these quick enough if you land on them. There are few trees in this level that
have hidden computer monitors and springs in them. Have a look at some of these
trees and you will be able to find them.

Boss: Robotnik?s Checker-Ball Craft ? 8 Hits
--------------------------------------------
As soon as the battle starts, jump on the floating platform on the side and hit
him before he gets his checker ball out. Then he will start to swing it back
and forth. This is all he does for an attack. So stay in the corner and when he
turns away to swing just hit him, then retreat to the corer again. Repeat this
until he cries to his mama.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ MARBLE ZONE ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is a level filled with lava. And while you are above ground you will run
into some many traps. There are platforms on the lava that when you stand on,
the lava creeps behind you, so make sue you jump to the next part of ground
quickly. Then when you get under ground it will be time for more traps. There
are moving pillars and move lava. Spikes and more lava. Floating blocks and
more lava and spike drops. So make sure you are careful. When you come across a
button that pulls up an a spike drop, then when you let go of the button it
falls. Use something around you that you can push onto the button to help you
get past.

Boss: Robotnik?s Lava Bot ? 8 Hits
----------------------------------
Jump up and hit Robotnik and he will fly across the lava. Stay where you are as
he will set fire to the platform on the other side, before heading back your
way. Hit him and jump away, over the lava, before he sets light to platform
because the fire would have gone out by now. Repeat this process and the battle
will be over soon enough.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ SPRING YARD ZONE ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This level is filled with nothing but bumpers, Badniks and springs, everything
that needs to get you off coarse. So do your best and get out of the way of the
bumpers. So pass all of these and you should do okay. Also when you come across
pink platforms, try not to get squashed on these because you will dies
instantly.

Boss: Robotnik?s Spike Dropper ? 8 Hits
---------------------------------------
This is a frustrating boss. Stay on the far left block and when Robotnik flies
above you he will make a spike appear and he drop, move out the way and he will
pick up the block below you. So when he is low attack him a few times. Then
when the block is gone. Go to the next far left and repeat this process until
Robotnik is defeated. Don?t fall or you will die.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ LABYRINTH ZONE ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

At the start of the level you will be on a never ending slide. So jump off on
the landing then you will be able to continue with the level. This is an
underwater level so get ready for some underwater traps. When you come across a
pile of bubbles on the ground while you are underwater, wait at it until a big
bubble comes from it and jump at it. This will fill Sonic?s lungs with air. If
you take air, a countdown will begin, when it reaches 0, you drown.

Boss: Robotnik?s Water Chaser
-----------------------------
You don?t necessarily have to defeat Robotnik for this one. You just have to
keep up with him. Chase Him past all of the obstacles. This can be very hard,
with the water rising as well. So do your best in chasing. When you reach the
top you can free you animal friends anyway.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ STAR LIGHT ZONE ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To me this looks like the launch base of NASA or something. Why? I don?t know
but I get that feeling. Anyways, this is a very basic level indeed. This is
filled with fans that push you back if you get close to them there are Badniks
here that will explode if you get too close or they will use their spikes as a
weapon. So try to keep away from these if you can. The thing I hate most about
the level is that everything looks the same. Ah well.

Boss: Robotnik?s Bomb Thrower ? 8 Hits
--------------------------------------
Robotnik will drop bombs on to the seesaws, and Sonic can attack him either by
standing on other end of the see saw before the bomb is dropped and being
catapulted up to Robotnik, or jumping on the see saw after the bomb is dropped
and catapulting the bombs at him. Repeat this until the battle is over.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ SCRAP BRAIN ZONE ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is a hard level. There are buzz saws, spikes, fire, anything you can
imagine is in here. Though it is possible to complete the levels. You will have
to be on your best guard through out this level. There are many paths you can
take, one being hard and the others being easier. At the start of act 1, make
sure you take the right path and not the down path. The right path is a LOT
easier than the down path. The down path is VERY hard. When you complete act 2,
Robotnik will take you to act 3, a place filled with pink water. So complete
this level and get ready for the final battle.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ FINAL ZONE ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Final Boss: Robotnik?s Crusher ? 8 hits
---------------------------------------
This is a bit easier than it looks. You will only have 1 chance in this zone
because there are no rings and no shields to help you. The boss works like
this. Take a look at the picture below.

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|___|_R_|____|_R_|______|
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||E                    E|
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|S_____________________S|
|_______|_R_|____|_R_|__|

On the picture you can see 4 ?R?s. These are huge pillars that come out of the
floor or ceiling and smash into the floor. Robotnik will be in one of these.
Now you can see where the ?S? are? These are Save Spots. If you stand here, you
can?t get hurt from the pillars. So stand at one of these spots and when the
pillars move, hit Robotnik if you can reach him. After a few triens of Robotnik
trying to smush you, electricity will build up between the ?E?. Dodge them as
best you can. Repeat this process and the battle will soon be over.
Congratulations! You completed Sonic the Hedgehog!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ SPECIAL STAGES ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

As you probably noticed as you were playing the game. When you complete a zone
with more than 50 rings. There will be a giant ring at the end of the level. If
you jump into it you will enter the special stage. This is where you have the
chance to get a Chaos Emerald.

The level works like this. It?s basically a rotating maze. You have to jump and
maneuver yourself through it and find the Chaos Emerald, which will be
surrounded by crystals. To get to the emerald you have to keep hitting the
crystals so they change colours. They will go from blue, to green, to yellow
and pink, then they vanish.

If you touch a block that has an ?R? on it, this will spin the maze the other
way round. If you hit one that says ?Goal?, you will exit the Special Stage.

There are 6 Chaos Emeralds you can get in Sonic the Hedgehog. So you sadly
can?t change into Super Sonic in this game. :(


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The game "Sonic and Knuckles" is the 4th of this story. If you have the
cartridge you know that on the top of the cart that there is a reader. You know
when you pen the little flap on the Genesis/Mega Drive and look where you put
the cart. The little thing in there is what reads the info on the cart. Well,
there is one of those of the top of the Sonic and Knuckles cart. So you can put
any Genesis/Mega Drive game on it. But what does that do to Sonic the Hedgehog,
well, it does the following.

Sonic the Hedgehog + Sonic and Knuckles
---------------------------------------
You will be placed in a random Special Stage that you use in Sonic 3 and Sonic
and Knuckles to get the chaos emeralds.


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Level Select
------------
After it says ?Sonic Team Presents? at the start of the game press: Up, Down,
Left, Right, A + Start and you can choose any level.

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Sega - For the great Sonic games of my time

Sonic Team - For the creation of Sonic

CJayC - For the site; GameFAQs.com

Myself - For writing this guide

You - For reading this guide

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If you have a question or you would like to correct a mistake you have found in
my FAQ/Walkthrough. Please feel free to email me at the address below. If you
have found a mistake, I will add your name to the Credits because you helped me
out.

Gold Mage's Email: tjhunt@gmail.com

+DO send intelligent or legitimate questions.
+DO send comments about the guide, maybe on improving, ECT.
+DO send mistakes or errors you have found in the FAQ. I will fix the problem
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