Sonic the Hedgehog 2 & Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic 2
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Copyright 2003-2007 Brian McPhee

Author: Brian McPhee (Kirby021591)
E-mail: Kirby0215@aol.com
Most Recent Update: April 28, 2007
Originally Created: July 17, 2003
Version 1.0

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1.0: Introduction
1.1: Special Thanks
1.2: Navigation
1.3: Storyline
1.4: Characters
1.5: Controls
1.6: Enemies
1.7: Items and Objects

2.0: Sonic/Tails Story Walkthrough
2.1: Emerald Hill Zone
2.2: Chemical Plant Zone
2.3: Aquatic Ruin Zone
2.4: Casino Night Zone
2.5: Hill Top Zone
2.6: Mystic Cave Zone
2.7: Oil Ocean Zone
2.8: Metropolis Zone
2.9: Sky Chase Zone
2.95: Wing Fortress Zone
2.99: Death Egg Zone

3.0: Knuckles Story Walkthrough
3.1: Emerald Hill Zone
3.2: Chemical Plant Zone
3.3: Aquatic Ruin Zone
3.4: Casino Night Zone
3.5: Hill Top Zone
3.6: Mystic Cave Zone
3.7: Oil Ocean Zone
3.8: Metropolis Zone
3.9: Sky Chase Zone
3.95: Wing Fortress Zone
3.99: Death Egg Zone

4.0: Special Stage
4.1: Super Sonic
4.2: Two-Player Mode
4.3: Codes and Cheats
4.4: Options

5.0: Legal Things
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==============================1.0: Introduction==============================
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Note: This is the second walkthrough I ever wrote way back in 2003.  For a 
long time none of my walkthroughs were accepted until The Legend of Zelda: 
Four Swords Adventures and Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life.  Now I know why 
they weren’t: I didn’t format it correctly.  So now that I’ve established 
myself a bit and I know how to format walkthroughs, an old game returns!  
Remember, resilience is the key to victory.  Also, I apologize in advance for 
all of my various grammatical errors and corniness.  I knew far less about 
writing FAQ’s in 2003 than I do now... which isn’t saying much...

I love this game!  There are more zones and challenges than in Sonic the 
Hedgehog and you can play as Tails and Knuckles.  Normally, you cannot play 
with Knuckles, but if you unlock the game “Knuckles in Sonic 2”, you can.  If 
you own a Genesis, use the game “Sonic and Knuckles” to lock-on with “Sonic 
the Hedgehog 2” to use Knuckles.  Anyway, this is one of the most popular 
Sonic games of all time.  It also introduces a fun 3-D Special Stage.  There 
are also a lot more bosses and badniks (enemies), with some old favorites of 
course.  This has everything a good game needs and I give it a 10 out of 10.  
The Sonic Team did well on this one...

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=============================1.1: Special Thanks=============================
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I want to thank Sega and the Sonic Team for making the game, as well as 
myself for playing it, and writing about it.  I’d also like to thank Nintendo 
for recreating it on the game Sonic Mega Collection.  Also, GameFAQs for 
accepting this guide – amazing, isn’t it?  Thanks, one and all!

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This may sound complicated, but it’s not.  At the Table of Contents I 
assigned each section a number (This one is 1.2).  Hold the Control button 
and the F button on your keyboard and type in the name of the section you 
want (For instance, type in 1.2 to find this section.  It will take you at 
first to the Table of Contents, and then here, and wherever else the number 
1.2 is written in this guide).  Just click the Find option after typing and 
click it again to bring you to the next.  Real easy (Right…)…

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Miles “Tails” Prower has dreamt of being like Sonic since he was but a baby 
fox.  Sonic is his idol, and Sonic lets him tag along.  Even when Tails is 
left in the dust because of Sonic’s super speed, he tries to catch up.  Miles 
got his nickname “Tails” because of his two tails (normal foxes have only 
one, obviously).  He uses them to fly and propel himself when he’s running.  
Tails can even imitate Sonic’s Super Spin Attack!  Well, it looks like we 
could use both Sonic and Tails, because the dastardly scientist Robotnik is 
at it again (who would’ve thought)!  This time he is building the Death Egg 
(Star Wars anyone?).  He is capturing the poor animals of South Island and 
forcing them to build this technological terror.  There’s only one way to 
stop this doctor, and that’s the Chaos Emeralds!  Stop Robotnik with the help 
of Tails and experience Sonic the Hedgehog like never before!

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                        |    Sonic the Hedgehog    |
                        +--------------------------+

He’s back!  If you’ve played Sonic the Hedgehog, you already know all about 
Sonic and his efforts to thwart Robotnik’s evil plans.  Sonic has a lot of 
friends and it’s time to rescue them with Tails, his lifelong pal.

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                   |    Miles “Tails” Prower the Fox    |
                   +------------------------------------+

A fox born with a birth defect, he has two tails (Thus the nickname Tails).  
Tails is raring to go with his idol and role model, Sonic.  Tails is an 
invaluable team member in future games, too.  He can fly by twirling his two 
tails at top speeds, swim, run at high speeds by propelling himself with his 
dual tails, and is extremely mechanically inclined (His skills are only 
rivaled by Robotnik, who has much more experience in the robotic world).  
Tails can’t fly or swim in this game, but just wait until Sonic the Hedgehog 
3!

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                       |    Knuckles the Echidna    |
                       +----------------------------+

I realize that he is not supposed to be in this game, but in case you either 
unlocked “Knuckles in Sonic 2”, or have a Genesis and used the lock-on 
ability of the game “Sonic and Knuckles” on “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, you can 
use this guy.  He is my favorite early Sonic character.  He is on Robotnik’s 
side at first, but when he realizes that Sonic and Tails weren’t trying to 
conquer the world, but rather trying to save it, he turns on his false ally, 
Robotnik.  He can glide, climb on walls, and break through barriers that 
Sonic and Tails can’t even scratch.  His name is Knuckles and his name speaks 
for him.

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                           |    Dr. Robotnik    |
                           +--------------------+

A scientific genius with an I.Q. above 300, he makes more enemies than 
friends, but he does befriend Knuckles in order to trick him into thinking 
that Sonic and Tails are the villains in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.  He has an eye 
on the Chaos Emeralds and he won’t stop staring until he gets them (That was 
corny)…  He is called Dr. Eggman in future games.

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                       |    Metal Sonic Prototype    |
                       +-----------------------------+

The creation of Dr. Robotnik, he is quite possibly the best defense the Death 
Egg has to offer aside from Robotnik himself.  Metal Sonic is probably based 
on him.  He is not a main character, but Metal Sonic is in the future so why 
not him?

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                     |    Sonic and Tails Controls    |
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Control Pad/Stick: Move Sonic or Tails.
A/B/X Button: Jump
Hold Down on the Control Pad/Stick and press A/B/X: Charge up a Spin Dash
Charge up a Spin Dash and release the down button: Spin Dash
Move and press down on the Control Pad/Stick: Roll

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                         |    Knuckles Controls    |
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Control Stick/Pad: Move
A/B/X: Jump
Jump and while in the air press A/B/X: Glide
Glide into a wall: Grip
Grip a wall and move up or down: Climb
Hold Down on the Control Stick/Pad and press A/B/X: Charge up a Spin Dash
Charge up a Spin Dash and release the down button: Spin Dash
Move and press down on the Control Stick/Pad: Roll

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There are a lot more enemies than before, but most are found in but one zone.

Dr. Robotnik: At the end of each zone you fight this scientist.  He has a new 
weapon of destruction every time and is never the same.  He sometimes sends 
out one of his most hazardous creations to do you in, but usually he will 
finish you off himself.

Metal Sonic Prototype: One of Robotnik’s creations, it is probably the most 
powerful of them all.  I think the future Metal Sonic is based on it.  It is 
found only in the Death Egg Zone.

The Laser Turret: Extremely difficult to defeat, this is a slow-moving Laser 
Cannon that can blast you to bits.  It is only vulnerable when open.  It is 
only found in the Wing Fortress Zone.

Buzzer: A flying insect found in the Emerald Hill Zone.  These shoot a bullet 
at you and then retreat.  Usually found in groups.

Coconuts: Chimpanzees on trees that throw coconuts at you.  Jump to defeat 
them.  Found in the Emerald Hill Zone.

Masher: Fish that jump from the waters of Emerald Hill and try to bite you, 
quite simple to avoid.

Grabber: A spider that lowers itself and tries to squeeze the rings out of 
you.  Found in the Chemical Plant Zone.

Spikey: A small robot that shifts back and forth shooting bullets at you.  
Attack when the top is closed.

Whisp: A small insect that travels in groups.  Very simple to defeat, only 
attack is actually touching you.  Found in Aquatic Ruin Zone.

Chop Chop: A fish enemy found underwater that tries to chomp you.  Found in 
the Aquatic Ruin Zone.

Grounder: An enemy with a drill for a nose, it is sometimes hidden behind 
breakaway walls.  Found in the Aquatic Ruin Zone.

Crawl: The robotic guard found in the Casino Night Zone, it has excellent 
defenses with a bumper attached to its arm.  Attack from behind.

Rexor: A huge sea-based dinosaur that is found in the magma and lava of the 
Hill Top Zone, hit on the head before it shoots its bullets.

Spiker: Another prehistoric-based robot, Spikers launch their spikes at you.  
Found in the Hill Top Zone.

Orbinaut: This isn’t the actual name but I don’t know the real name and it 
was called this in the previous game.  These launch flames at you until they 
are out and then convert into a flame themselves.  Found in the Hill Top 
Zone.

Crawlton: A caterpillar that leaps out from a hiding place to try to ambush 
you.  Hit the heads to defeat them.  Found in the Mystic Cave Zone.

Flasher: Small insects of the Mystic Cave Zone.  Very similar to Whisps of 
the previous game except for their yellow force fields that they flash on and 
off.

Octus: An octopus that shoots bullets, simply jump to defeat it.  Found in 
the Oil Ocean Zone.

Aquis: A seahorse from the Oil Ocean Zone that shoots at you from a distance.  
Jump to defeat.

Slicer: A praying mantis that throws sickles.  Found in the Metropolis Zone.

Asteron: A starfish that explodes into five sharp spikes.  Found in the 
Metropolis Zone.

Shell Cracker: A crab that extends its arm for a piercing attack.  Found in 
the Metropolis Zone.

Nebula: Small robots in balloons, they drop spike-balls from above, found in 
the Sky Chase Zone.

Turtloids: Huge turtles ridden by smaller turtles, these are roadblocks as 
well as cannons.  Found in the Sky Chase Zone.

Balkiry: A high-speed bird whose only attack is one swift dive with its sharp 
beak.  Only found in the Sky Chase Zone.

Clucker: A chicken with a rifle and infinite bullets.  Jump to defeat them.  
Found in the Wing Fortress Zone.

The Decoy Robotniks: Simply smaller version of Robotnik used as decoys.  Jump 
to defeat them.  Found in the Metropolis Zone.

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There are capsules throughout the levels that you can spin, roll, or bounce 
onto.  Inside there is one of five items.

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                           |    Capsule Items    |
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Power Sneakers: Makes Sonic run faster than he already can.  Is that 
possible?

Super Rings: These are worth ten rings, get ten of these and get an extra 
life.

One-Ups (1-Ups): Gives you an extra life, very valuable.

Invincibility: The name says it all.  It makes you immune to pain and ring 
loss for a time.  You can still die if you fall prey to an instant death 
obstacle (Pits and things like that).

Shield: These help you by protecting you from attack.  If you are hit, you 
will lose your shield.  If you have rings while you have your shield and you 
are hit, you will not lose your rings.

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                              |    Objects    |
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Star Post: These were known as Lampposts in Sonic the Hedgehog.  I call them 
checkpoints because that’s what they’re called in the future games.  These 
save your position if you die; you return here after you die if you don’t 
have a Game Over.

Robotnik Sign: These mark the end of the level.  Run through, over, or under 
them to beat the level.

Capsule: these are also known as monitors but in later games they are called 
capsules so I call them capsules.

Zone Capsule: These mark the end of the zone.  After you beat the boss, 
you’ll see a large gray object with a yellow switch on it.  Jump on the 
switch and exit the zone.

Rings: Item or Object, I don’t know, but they’re not in capsules and so I say 
these are objects.  These are really important because if you are hit with 
none, you lose a life (Unless you have a shield).  If you have some and then 
you are hit, you lose all of them.  One thing I don’t like about the rings is 
that you only drop twenty even if you have two hundred.

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Okay, you probably saw up there in my Table o’ Contents that it says 
Sonic/Tails Story Walkthrough and Knuckles Story Walkthrough.  There is no 
difference in the story if you play as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles, just a 
different character (And with Knuckles some hidden areas).  The zones are the 
same, and only Knuckles has different controls.

If you don’t like Sonic or Tails, or can’t pick between them, I’ll tell you 
how to pick.  To have both, press start.  If you want one or the other, at 
the title screen, go down twice.  You’ll reach Options.  One of the options 
says Player Select.  When it is selected, move over with the Control 
Stick/Pad.  Move to the left for Tails Alone, or the right for Sonic Alone.  
When you have chosen, press start and begin to play.

There are advantages to having certain characters.  For instance, since Tails 
is so much shorter than Sonic, he is a smaller target.  If you choose Sonic 
and Tails, your chance of getting rings and hitting your opponents is nearly 
doubled since you have Tails to help you.  Having Sonic alone is the hardest 
and is sort of like playing the hardest mode.  Well you decide, not me, but I 
hope you like who you pick and try new ones out.

Up next are level walkthroughs.  They explain how to beat the levels part by 
part.  If I miss something, tell me about it, and remember, if I am not real 
clear on a certain part, then the part is pretty straightforward.  By the 
way, on each act, don’t take longer than ten minutes or you’ll lose a life.  
Enjoy!

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There are a lot of hills in this series; I mean it!  Anyway, you can beat 
these levels in under a minute and the boss is pretty easy.  It is the 
perfect place to hone your skills.  Good luck!

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                               |    Act 1    |
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Hello!  It is my first level walkthrough for this game and I’m so excited!  
Sorry, ahem, ahem.  Anyway, collect the six rings hovering in the air to the 
right.  You’ll meet your first enemies.  The one clinging to the tree is 
named Coconuts.  The hovering bee is called a Buzzer (These were called Buzz 
Bombers in the previous game).  Coconuts will throw coconuts at you (How 
original!) that you can avoid by moving to the side or jumping.  Buzzer will 
shoot bullets at you and then retreat.  These are simple to avoid and should 
not pose much of a threat.  To defeat either of them, jump into them.  While 
in your blue ball form, you can defeat most enemies.

Anyway, to the right of Coconuts, there is a platform moving from left to 
right.  Jump on and get the Shield ahead.  The shield is guarded by Coconuts, 
so watch out.  After getting that head right and off the ledge.  You’ll find 
a bridge, under which is an enemy called a Masher, a fish that jumps up and 
tries to bite you (These were called Choppers before).  Jump over them to 
avoid them and keep heading right.  Another Coconuts/Buzzer combo is ahead, 
as well as a lowering and rising platform.  Jump over the platform after 
avoiding the enemies and onto a ledge with a yellow spring.  Jump onto the 
spring and while in the air, move to the right to get some hovering rings.  
When you land, you’ll see a yellow spring ahead of you as well as a Super 
Ring Capsule.

If you want the rings, jump over the Masher before it and onto the capsule.  
After that, jump onto the spring and land on a Power Sneaker Capsule.  There 
is a Coconuts above that you’ll want to watch out for so be ready.  Run 
forward and up a half-loop.  Land on the spring and onto the moving platform 
to the right.  Use it to get on top of the loop to the right.  On top of it 
is an Invincibility Capsule.  Get it and drop down.  Run forward into this 
cool twisting loop and run forward from there up a half-loop.  Above the 
half-loop is a Super Ring Capsule and a Masher.  Get the rings and take out 
the Masher.  Jump up onto the next ledge.  There is a Coconuts to dispose of.  
Take care of him and run down the slope.  Keep going right and into the first 
checkpoint.

There is a loop to the right and a spring.  Spring yourself into the loop and 
the next loop.  Stop when you see a yellow spring.  Spring from there, to the 
higher spring, and to the next ledge.  Jump on the spring here to get some 
rings and land on the moving platform to the right.  From there jump to the 
next platform and from there the next and onto a loop with a checkpoint and 
some rings on it.

Bounce on the yellow spring and spring up the half-loop you land on.  
Directly to the right is the Robotnik Sign (This was the shortest checkpoint-
paragraph ever!).

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Get the three rings at the top and jump onto the ledge to the right.  Get the 
three rings on top and spring on the spring.  It is pretty likely that you 
land on a Coconuts, so try to stop when you reach the rings.  Take care of 
the dual Coconuts and jump onto the ledge ahead.  There is a Buzzer and a 
Power Sneakers Capsule.  Get the sneakers and run straight to the right.  
You’ll stop by some spikes.  Jump over them and onto a yellow spring.  Bounce 
up and run straight forward onto a loop with a spring on it.

Spring on it and onto a falling platform.  Jump onto the spring to the right.  
It will spring you to the left onto a spring that springs to the left.  Keep 
running through the two loops and a twisting loop, and then into another 
twisting loop.  You exit into a strip of land where you simply need to run 
forward, avoiding a Buzzer, and into a checkpoint.

Run to the right and prepare for the first boss.  He is so easy so don’t 
worry.  Don’t stand on the sides; stay in the middle.  Robotnik’s ship will 
enter a motorcycle-like vehicle with a spike on the front.  To win, jump on 
the top part of the motorcycle, where the cockpit is.  You know you hit him 
when it flashes white and Robotnik turns his head toward the screen.  Keep 
hitting him and you’ll win.  Watch out, because on the last hit he’ll launch 
his spike at you.  Jump over it and deliver the finishing blow.  Robotnik 
will make another one of his grand escapes, but at least you got through the 
first zone (All bosses take eight hits except for the last)!  Move to the 
right and jump on the yellow switch of the Capsule to free the animals.

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I hate this zone because of the second act.  When the water rises in this one 
part I almost always die.  This is a part where you wish Tails learned how to 
swim early.  This place has a lot of mazes and there is more than one way to 
win.  Prepare for an arsenal of new annoying enemies and purple water (How 
does Robotnik make it purple?).

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                               |    Act 1    |
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From the start get the three rings above and run up the half-loop.  Get three 
new rings and run straight down.  Roll into a ball when you reach high speeds 
and don’t stop when you hit a red spring.  It will bounce you back through 
the loop and into a secret area (Well not that secret…).  You’ll land on a 
Super Ring Capsule next to a tube and two Spikeys, the new badniks.  Time it 
right when the Spikeys aren’t firing and jump on top of them.  When you have 
the rings, jump on top of the gray barrier to break it and fall into the 
tube.  When you exit, there are two Super Ring Capsules to the right.  Use 
the red spring and onto a new ledge.  There is a Shield ahead and a Spikey.

After getting them, there is a hard to see obstacle.  There are blue bubble-
like chains that jump from the blue tubes.  Time it right to avoid the loss 
of rings or shield and pass through.  There is another set to the right, but 
above is an enemy called a Grabber.  These look like hands, but are really 
mechanical spiders (It’s funny if you have Sonic and Tails because it will 
grab Tails and he’ll start freaking out.).  It will drop down and grab you, 
tighten the grip, and squeeze your rings out.  Jump to defeat them when they 
are raising themselves.

After the Grabber there are four more blue tubes firing blue bubble chains 
and three rings.  Get the rings and avoid the obstacles.  To the right there 
is a half-loop, a Spikey, and some rings.  Charge up a Spin Dash and dash up 
the half-loop.  Aim to land on the Spikey and you’ll bounce pretty high (You 
could take him out the normal way but this way is cool.) and land on a black 
tread to the right.  It will give you a burst of speed and you’ll travel 
through two loops.  When you land, jump onto the other black tread and you’ll 
go through a loop and a half-loop, and to the checkpoint.

To the left of the checkpoint is a gray barrier guarding a tube.  Don’t go 
down it, charge up a Spin Dash and spin to the right through the loop and 
half-loop.  You’ll be back where you were only you got a checkpoint.  Go to 
the right and you’ll see a yellow platform that rises into a staircase.  Get 
on top and jump onto the platform above.  From there get onto the new ledge 
to the right.  Keep heading right and down the slope.  Wait until the floor 
flips and you drop down.  When you fall, go to the left and find a checkpoint 
and a Super Ring and Shield Capsule.

Once you get them, head right and past the blue tube firing bubble chains 
obstacle.  There is a new blue tube that fire the bubble chain from left to 
right.  Jump over it to avoid it and to the right, up the half-loop.  There 
is another tread to jump on, and a series of loops and slopes.  You will be 
deposited by a tube and a Spikey on the wall.  Take out the Spikey if you 
like, and go down the tube.  Where you exit there will be another Super Ring 
Capsule to the right.  When you get it, go to the left and down the slope.  
At the bottom is another stairway.  Keep running to the right (You should run 
over a horizontal bubble chain) and into the Robotnik Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

No, this act!  Oh well, I’ll do it.  Get the three rings and go down the 
slope.  After a half-loop you’ll find a Spikey to rid yourself of and a 
really long slope.  Roll in the middle of it and you’ll go flying upwards.  
Land on the loop to the left and enter the alcove to the left and get a 1-Up.  
Jump to the right and run onto the long red springs.  It will bounce onto 
another ledge with a long red spring and you’ll run up a half-loop.  Jump 
onto the revolving platforms to the left and onto the ledge (Still to the 
left.).  There will be a tube further to the left to enter.  Get in and get 
the two Super Ring Capsules to the right.  Bounce on the Red Spring and after 
a chain reaction you’ll enter a slope downward.  You’ll stop at a half-loop 
on top of which is a Super Ring Capsule.  Get it and keep to the left.  There 
is yet another tube!  Get in and go to the right.  Use the tread to gain 
speed and loop through the loops (How redundant!).  After a half-loop, get 
the checkpoint on it.

To the right is a Grabber over a Super Ring Capsule, quite deceptive.  Take 
out the supremely stupid spider (Alliteration) and get the rings.  Ahead is a 
door that closes and locks you in this sector of the act.  Go down the slope 
and bounce onto the next slope and bounce onto a stairway.  This is tricky, 
there are moving platforms on this conveyor belt-like thing.  Jump onto the 
first and from there to the second.  Jump onto the black tread and enter a 
sloping section.  You’ll land on a moving stairway, this is where the water 
rises.  Quickly get to the top while you still have air.  It is hard to do 
this underwater since your jump is slower.

After the stairs, there are moving blocks above.  Get on one and then jump to 
the next.  Now that this is finally done, head left.  More conveyor belt-like 
platforms.  If you fall, you’ll have to redo the stairway section.  There are 
two like before, and once you pass them, head left.  The platform you land on 
will dump you into the water, so quick jump onto the ledge to the left.  From 
here jump onto the revolving platform and onto the platform to the right.  
Run into the black tread and into the checkpoint.

Keep running and you’ll stop at a series of rising ledges.  Get up and run 
forward to the right.  You’ll enter a boss arena.  Stay in the center since 
the other tiles will dump you into your watery grave.  Robotnik will come 
with a new plan, and a much harder one than his motorcycle attack.  From the 
center platform, jump to hit him and bounce off his ship onto the platform.  
Repeat the process until you’ve won, however, Robotnik does have some 
offense.  Remember those blue chains of bubbles, he uses a similar attack, 
with a cannon that fires single blue bubbles.  They are hard to avoid on the 
tiny platform, so you may get hit.  On the his final hit, he will attack from 
a distance, without coming close to you.  Hit him and beat the Chemical Plant 
Zone!  However, there is one bad thing.  The platforms to the side will still 
dump you even after the boss battle, so be careful you don’t fall prey to the 
boss arena.  To the right is the Capsule, press the switch and move on!

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I really dislike this zone.  It is an easier version of a zone called the 
Labyrinth Zone from the Sonic the Hedgehog.  There is one of these in every 
early Sonic game (In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 it is called Hydro City Zone) and 
they are usually pretty hard.  Hope you pass, this is but the beginning…

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

First things first, I’ll explain some things.  You need air to live (Mario 
and Donkey Kong don’t need air…) and this can be gotten in two ways.  The 
first is through air bubbles.  This is the most reliable way since these are 
in most areas.  Under the water there are bubbles rising (Not the ones from 
you, the big ones) that when you touch, you refill your air.  The other way 
(Which may not be available in some areas) is jumping out of the water.  Good 
luck…

Collect the three rings at the start.  Below them is an arrow firing cannon.  
These blend in real well and I hate them!  These fire arrows at you and they 
hurt.  Keep going down and you’ll see a breakable pillar.  They’ll rise, but 
you can break them by jumping on top of them.  Keep going, collect the rings, 
and up the small hill.  There is another Arrow Cannon to avoid and a cool 
tunnel that serves as a tunnel and a log!

On top of the log is a Grounder (The former Burrobot from Sonic 1).  These 
are easy to beat, simply jump or roll into them.  They sometimes hide in or 
behind walls trying to ambush you.  There is another one ahead.  Take ‘em out 
and get the Super Ring Capsule.  Jump onto the ledge above head to the right.  
Spring yourself into a loop and a half and hit the checkpoint.

Another log/tunnel is ahead, as well as a breakable pillar.  Go through the 
first and on top for the second.  When you break the pillar, get on the edge 
of the platform and jump onto the higher ledge above (It will be out of 
view).  There will be an Arrow Cannon at the start, let it pass you.  Keep 
going to the right until you reach a long red spring.  Directly before it is 
a loop.  Jump to it and get the Shield Capsule atop.

Run into the red spring and onto the moving platform.  Don’t get onto the 
others, just drop below and move right.  Run into the wall (There is an 
opening inside) and into the water.  You’ll see some enemies called Chop 
Chops (They were red in Sonic the Hedgehog 1) and jump out of the water.  
You’ll reenter the water in a small pit with a Super Ring Capsule within with 
some Chop Chops; jump out.

Ahead there are flying enemies that are really annoying called Whisps.  
Destroy your pursuers and fall into the small pit below.  A Grounder will 
emerge out of the wall and might cause you to lose your rings if you’re not 
careful.  When he’s gone, hit the red spring and spring up into a loop.  
You’ll enter the water, but why stay in when you could be out?  Hit the red 
spring below and exit the water.  Head right while in the air and keep 
heading right.  You’ll reach the Robotnik Sign and beat the act.  That one, 
you avoided pretty much all water activity, but you won’t be so lucky next 
time.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Get the three rings floating about at the start.  It’s arrows ahoy here.  
Avoid the first, then drop down and avoid the second.  Reach the edge of the 
platform to the right and jump into the water.  Get the Super Ring Capsule at 
the bottom and rush to the right to get some air.  Keep going, avoid a 
falling pillar piece and hit a spring below.  You should outrace an arrow 
from an Arrow Cannon and jump into a lower level of water.  Keep going down 
below another red spring and get a Super Ring Capsule and some precious air.  
Get on top of the rising platform and jump down from there.  Run forward, 
avoiding all enemies and jump over a yellow spring.  There is a Grounder and 
some air ahead.  Ahead there is another falling platform and a Quadruple 
Arrow Cannon (Four of them).

Jump to avoid them and jump to the right.  You’ll find a red spring, spring 
on it, and you’ll land by a Grounder and some air.  Get them both and head to 
the right.  After three falling pillars, you’ll reach a red spring.  Spring 
slightly to the left onto a platform and use it to jump out of the water onto 
a platform to the right.  There are some Whisps to greet you to the right and 
an Arrow Cannon.  Avoid them and hit a red spring ahead to fly through a 
loop, the checkpoint, and into the boss arena.

On both sides, big Totem Poles rise out of the ground and Robotnik lowers 
himself in his new ship.  He has a huge hammer and he intends to hit the 
poles.  This is fairly simple, when he hits the pole, an arrow is fired at 
random from one of the heads and it lands in the mouth of the other, making a 
platform.  Get on top and then jump to hit Robotnik.  For a head start, at 
the beginning when the poles are rising, jump on one.  When you beat him, the 
poles lower and he leads you to the Capsule.  Free the animals and leave this 
zone!

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===========================2.4: Casino Night Zone============================
=============================================================================

How hard could a place called Casino Night Zone be?  It is a casino after 
all.  I think Sonic may be underage, but that’s not much of a problem.  You 
should have fun with this one; I like the background and the music (Well, 
sort of…).

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

Three rings right in front (Seriously, every act has three rings right at the 
start, really!) and a slope further to the right.  It is not very long, and 
there are three rings at the bottom (Upgrade over three).  Now in front of 
you you’ll see two flippers.  Get on one and press A to go flying (Now 
remember you only have ten minutes) and get some rings.  There is a Power 
Sneaker Capsule to the right as well as some more Pinball-related objects, 
bumpers.  Avoid them and fall down into the circular pit.  Hit the vertical 
flipper to the right to get out and be on your way.  You’ll land on a bumper; 
go right and you’ll see a large blue block.  When it rises, jump under and 
into the next pit.

Being on top won’t kill you; they don’t go up all the way.  After passing 
through the two block obstacles, there will be another below.  Get on it when 
it moves toward you, and ride it to the right.  There will be another 
slightly higher than the one your on that you’ll want to get when you move to 
the right so hop on.  Now this one’s the last; you’ll exit into a small 
passageway to the right.  Below is yet another blue block, ride it up and 
onto the next platform.  You want to be on the platform to the right, but 
with such a low ceiling, it is nearly impossible.  So do a cool trick to get 
over pits, that is, do a Spin Dash.

From here jump into the passageway to the right and get the Power Sneakers.  
Run forward and go down an elevator, and when lowered, get the Super Ring 
Capsule to the left.  After harvesting the rings, go right and into a Pinball 
Spring.  Hold the A/B/X button until the spring is all the way down, and then 
release.  You’ll go through a loop and then enter a small tube with another 
Pinball Spring.  Do as before to launch yourself and you’ll enter the bounce 
chamber (I happen to think it’s a good name!) and travel as far to the left 
as you can to get on a Pinball Flipper.

Press A/B/X when on it to send yourself upwards and try to land on the higher 
blue block hovering above you.  Move to the right and you’ll see a huge pit 
below you.  Play in it if you’d like (Get out by charging up a Spin Dash) but 
if you’d like to pass over it, get on the hovering bounce board (They’re blue 
and they move from left to right, you bounce on them) and juggle yourself on 
it until you reach the other side.  When at the other side, you’ll see a 
Pinball Flipper ahead.  Use it to get onto the higher platform and move to 
the right.  You’ll go up an elevator and head right.  Jump over the Pinball 
Flipper ahead and you’ll finally reach the checkpoint!

Directly after the checkpoint is a Super Ring Capsule.  Keep going right and 
you’ll see green plates that flash yellow hovering over a pit.  Jump on one 
to bounce upwards and use it to get on another plate.  Bounce from one to the 
other until you reach the end.  Fall down into the pit and you’ll find more 
green plates.  Keep bouncing on them until they disappear and fall down.  Run 
to the right and into a tube with a Pinball Spring in it.  Spring up through 
a loop and onto another spring.  Spring up again and get onto the Pinball 
Flipper to the left.  You’ll land near a Super Ring and Invincibility 
Capsule.  Get both and run forward.  You’ll run straight into a pit.  Get to 
the bottom and onto another Pinball Spring.  When you exit, you’ll land on a 
Pinball Flipper.  Flip it and fly for the Robotnik Sign!

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Well, well, well!  As I thought, once again, three rings at the start to the 
right.  Get them and (By way of red spring or green plates) get up the half-
loop.  You’ll see a new enemy (And the only type of enemy in this zone), 
Crawls.  These are invincible, unless you’re invincible, these can only be 
defeat from behind.  They have a bumper attached to their arm so all attacks 
are useless since he bounces you off of him.  Just jump over him and into a 
Pinball Spring Tube.  Spring up and run into the red spring to the left.  
After a half-loop you’ll encounter another Crawl.  Take him out if you like 
and move to the right.

Another trail of green plates, bounce from one to the next to cross.  Keep 
going right and you’ll find two blocks moving up and down.  When one moves 
up, get under it and fall down.  Be careful not to be crushed, and land.  
Move to the right and fall into a pit surrounded by Pinball Flippers.  Jump 
over the blue block when it come to you and move to the right.  There will be 
another passageway to the upper right you’ll want to enter, so wait for the 
blue block in it to pull out of the hallway, and jump in.

Keep moving right and you’ll ride up an elevator.  Above that elevator is 
another one; ride it up.  When here stop and get the Power Sneakers Capsule 
to the right.  Keep running to the right and you’ll pass through a few 
things, but if you run at top speed you’ll pass through the checkpoint.

Fall into the pit to the right and when you reach a layer of bumpers, bounce 
into the hallway to the right.  There is a Pinball Spring, so spring!  You go 
through an Elevator Shaft and into a small hallway with a blue block to the 
right.  Jump over the block and run up the half-loop to the right.  There is 
a Pinball Flipper at the end of the hallway.  It will send you on a bouncing 
session and onto a Pinball Spring.  Power it up about two-thirds of the way 
and you’ll enter the bouncing floor area and fall down onto a section of 
green plates surrounded by Pinball Flippers.  Break the plates and fall down.

You’ll enter a pit with half-loops on either side.  Spin Dash up the one to 
the right and after much bouncing you will enter a smaller version of the 
previous pit.  Go up the side to the right and enter a small hallway.  In the 
hall is an elevator, ride it up and then ride the other elevator above it up.  
There will be a Crawl to the right and an Invincibility Capsule to the left.  
Get the Invincibility and rush them!  Run into the pit ahead, fall to the 
bottom and get that checkpoint.  The boss is near.

Keep heading right and you’ll reach a giant Pinball Domain.  He is real easy; 
his only offense is dropping explosive spike balls, and trying to grab you 
when you get close.  There are Pinball Flippers and Bumpers in here that you 
can use to bounce up and hit him.  Another way to hit him would be by Spin 
Dash up the sides and then turn to the side and strike him.  I would like to 
point out that if you have it on pause and you look at Robotnik’s ship, it 
has a groovy new paint job that could rival the Mystery Machine from Scooby 
Doo.  Anyway, defeat him after some fun with the Pinball Arena and Spin Dash 
to the right in the newly opened passageway that leads to the Capsule.

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=============================2.5: Hill Top Zone==============================
=============================================================================

More hills!  Somehow, Sonic/Tails has gone from a city Casino to a plateau, 
and this is the fire aspect of the game.  I like the music and background, 
but not the zone.  Not the zone…

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

Run up the half-loop, collect the same old three rings and jump onto the blue 
platform hanging on the vines.  It will slide down and drop at the end so 
jump quickly.  Ahead is an interesting enemy to say the least.  They are 
called Spikers and they shoot the spike on their heads upward.  After this 
they are completely vulnerable so take them out.  There is lava up ahead, so 
jump onto and from the platforms bobbing up and down to cross it.  There is a 
breakable rock further to the right and a ball on a seesaw further still.  
Jump on the rock to break it.  As for the ball flashing red and yellow, jump 
on the opposite side that it is on.  It will bounce up, and you should move 
to the other side.  When it lands, it will send you up.  These obstacle 
originate from Sonic 1, in the Star Light Zone.  The further to the side you 
are when you land increases the height you are sent up to.  Get the ball on 
the right side.  When it lands on the left, you will be sent to the right.

There are spikes and a breakable rock ahead, break the rock and jump over the 
spikes.  Directly to the right of the spikes is a lava pit with a platform in 
the center.  It will rise and it will look like it will crush you but it 
wont; jump to the other side of the pit.  You’ll enter a tube and exit at a 
half-loop.  Avoid the spikes when you land and get on the seesaw and get onto 
the higher platform.  There is a yellow spring to the left hanging on a wall; 
spring on it and you’ll land on a breakable rock.  There is a seesaw to the 
right, fly up onto a ledge further to right, upon which is another seesaw.  
On the next platform further up, there is a spring, spring up and you’ll 
reach a Super Ring Capsule and the final platform.  There is hanging vine 
platform to the right, get on, and watch out for the fall.  On the new cliff 
you’re on, there are spikes to the right as well as a loop.  Avoid the spikes 
and then loop the loop (I had to use that somewhere!).

You’ll enter an underground area filled with spikes.  Go to the right to get 
a Shield Capsule, and then head left.  Note that since we are underground 
now, the lava is magma, not lava.  There is a pit of magma to the left with 
seesaws on it; bounce (Or jump) from seesaw to seesaw and get across.  There 
is a breakable rock to break as well as a hanging vine platform.  Be careful 
be cause there are Spikers above launching their spikes from the heavens, 
okay the ceiling.  Take the swing down and you’ll see a big purple robotic 
dinosaur, Rexon (Now we’re going to the right)!  He/She (How should I know?) 
is the new enemy and spit fireballs.  Land on the head to beat it and use 
it’s back as a platform.  After defeating Rexon, jump onto the spiky 
platform, over the spikes, and onto the breakable rock below.

Next to the rock are a hanging vine platform to go down and a hanging Spiker 
to avoid afterwards.  Keep going right, don’t take the red spring, and avoid 
the hidden spikes in the floor.  At the end of the passageway there is a 
hidden spring, spring on it and enter a secret hallway near the rings at the 
top of the hollowed out area in the roof to the right to get some rings and 
an Invincibility Capsule, then drop down onto the lower ledge and run 
forward.  The floor will start raising, so rush through (You can walk on the 
magma when you’re invincible) and exit through a door.  You’ll enter a small 
tube and be shot up on top of a loop, upon which is the checkpoint.

To the right is a Super Ring Capsule.  Get it, drop down and run forward.  
The Robotnik Sign is right ahead (Well that was a waste of a checkpoint!).

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Big loop!  There are three rings at the start, of course, as well as a big 
half-loop that requires a Spin Dash or fast running.  Get up and keep going 
to the right.  After a while you’ll reach a breakable rock and the end of the 
cliff.  At the edge, step back, run toward the edge, and jump to get onto an 
upper cliff.  Keep heading right and hit the red spring to go through the 
loop.  You’ll break through into the lower region of the upper cliff and find 
a red spring to the right.  Jump on and head left so that you land on the 
loop.  There is a checkpoint and a Super Ring Capsule.

After you get the rings jump to the right back onto the red spring.  Go right 
this time and land on a seesaw.  It will send you up to an even higher 
platform.  To the right of this platform is a rising platform, get on it and 
jump onto a higher ledge still.  To the right, for the final time, is a 
rising platform that takes you to an even higher ledge.  Get on the higher 
ledge and go down the hanging vine platform to the right.  There is a Rexon 
below that won’t bother you, and a seesaw to the right.  This is sort of 
hard, so read well.

On the seesaw, make sure the ball is on the left.  Jump on the right, let it 
bounce you up, and land on it again to send the ball even higher, so that it 
will send you high enough to get onto the platform.  Now, on the new 
platform, under the first breakable rock, there is a secret entrance to a 
secret shortcut.

Jump on the rock, and then jump on the land below it; it should break, 
opening a secret underground area.  In here, next to the spikes, under the 
breakable rock, there is another entrance, and to the right of here, there is 
another.  You’ll land near an enemy I’m not sure what the name is.  It was 
called an Orbinaut is Sonic 1, so why not that?  It will launch the flames 
orbiting it at you, after which it will be vulnerable.  Head right and you’ll 
soon find a Shield Capsule next to a hanging vine platform.  Get on and jump 
to the platform at the end with the checkpoint.

Jump up and run forward.  I really can’t help you here because it is so fast, 
but lava starts rising, so jump from platform to platform until you reach the 
door to the right.  It is at the top.  You’ll go down a bit and enter a 
cavern again.  There are some hidden spikes in floor and Spikers on the 
ceiling.  Reach the end of the hall; there is a hidden spring.  Spring up to 
the new platform and ride down the hanging vine platform.  At the end, jump 
to the other platform that heads left before it falls.  Do this again to get 
on the platform to the left, but there is no platform here.  I suggest 
jumping right as far as you can.

If you’re lucky, you’ll land on a Rexor.  Bounce off of it and out of the 
lava.  Climb the ledges to the right, get the Super Ring Capsule and watch 
out for the Spikers on the ceiling.  When you leave the cavern, hit the 
spring at the end and spring up to the new ledge, and to the new one next, 
and finally to the checkpoint.  Prepare for the boss of this zone…

By far the easiest boss of the game.  The arena is surrounded by lava, and 
Robotnik hides in it, and emerges from it to shoot you.  It is so simple, 
jump onto him when he emerges and juggle yourself on him (When you hit him, 
you bounce, bounce back on him) and when he is submerging, get back on land.  
After winning, move to the right, press the switch on the Capsule and free 
those animals!

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============================2.6: Mystic Cave Zone============================
=============================================================================

I seriously dislike this zone.  The music is terrible enough, but with all 
those new enemies and vines, this zone stinks!

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

There are six rings at the start in rows of three to the left of some 
crumbling platforms.  Jump on it very quickly and then jump to the higher one 
to the right.  Get on the new ledge and you’ll see a large crushing obstacle.  
THIS IS AN INSTANT DEATH OBSTACLE!  When it rises, go under it and avoid 
being crushed by it at all costs.  After this, you’ll see one our new enemy 
friends (That’s one twisted oxymoron).  They’re called Flashers, and they 
flash.  It looks like a small insect with a yellow force field around it.  
When the field of force lowers, attack!  They are vulnerable in every way.  
After the Flasher, you’ll find a half-loop followed by a half-loop.

Go up both.  Now after the second half-loop there is what I call an Extending 
Spike Platform.  Spikes from the wall will start to draw nearer to you; jump 
over them and use the new ledge as a platform.  There are three crumbling 
platforms above you; get on one, jump to the other, and finally to the left.  
There is a ledge directly above the third crumbling platform on which is a 
checkpoint and a Super Ring Capsule, get both.

After checking in with both on the platform, jump back down to the regular 
level (Where the Extending Spike Platform extended) and follow the trail of 
rings to the right.  They lead to a yellow spring, while normally I would 
take the rings, but you should take the vertical rings to the right down.  
What does this do?  You just get more rings, you’re bounced right back up.  
Use the yellow spring to get to the platform to the upper right and get the 
Super Ring Capsule.  An enemy will jump at you, hit the head to beat it.  
They’re called Crawltons (The former Caterkillers of a certain game...) and 
they surprise you by jumping out to hit you.

They are vulnerable on the head, so pick when and take it out.  Get the Super 
Ring and fall down below.  There will be a Flasher to defeat, as well as 
large rotating crates to the right.  Jump on the one on top and then jump to 
the new ledge to the right.  Jump over the yellow spring and over the spikes 
further to the right.  You’ll reach a vine hanging above a bridge; jump to 
the vine and you’ll lower yourself, opening the bridge.  There is a Super 
Ring Capsule to the left, and spikes below, so jump to the left, get the 
rings, and then jump to the right (Note that the spikes aren’t constant, they 
move in and out).  Get on the crumbling platform and jump onto the platform 
to the right.  Three Extending Spike Platforms will come out all at once!

You can’t make it up when all three are up, so wait until the second is up, 
then quickly jump up and over to the higher ledge.  There are some rings and 
a Flasher to concern yourself with.  Get the rings, destroy the Flasher and 
run to the right.  There will be another crushing obstacle.  Run under it and 
get the vine above the bridge.  When lowered jump to the platform to the 
right and go under the crushing obstacle there.  There will be a half-loop 
followed by some spikes with a Flasher thrown in the mix.  Defeat the 
Flasher, run up the half-loop and over the spikes, then go right and fall 
down to the lower level.

There will be an Invincibility Capsule to get as well as some orbiting 
crates.  Become invulnerable and jump over the crates.  Defeat two Flashers 
and keep going to the right.  Jump over the red spring and go up the half-
loop.  There will be a rising crushing obstacle at the top, only it doesn’t 
rise all the way; it’s safe to be on.  Use it to get to the left and onto the 
platform with the checkpoint on it.

Fall down to the lower level and go up the half-loop again.  Keep heading 
right and beware of a Crawlton.  Jump over the spikes and down into the lower 
level.  Keep heading right until you reach another half-loop.  Hit the hidden 
spring to the left of it, and it should propel you up onto a moving platform.  
Use it to get onto the crumbling platform in the upper right hand corner of 
the screen.  Use it to jump to the vine to the left and open up a vertical 
bridge.  Jump on it like a platform and keep heading left.

Get the Shield Capsule, then turn to the right and jump to a vine with a blue 
bar on it.  It will open up another bridge platform you must jump on, then 
jump to the vine above the platform.  Ride it up to the new upper level and 
jump over the rising crushers (These actually do crush you!) and head down a 
half-loop.  Jump over a pit with two crumbling platform on it, run to the 
right, and pass through the Robotnik Sign!

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Get the three rings at the start and run up the half-loop.  There is a Bridge 
Barricade/Platform that can be lowered by jumping onto the Blue Bar Vine 
above.  After lowering the bridge jump onto the moving platform to the right.  
Ride it to the right and jump over the crumbling platform.  Avoid the 
Crawlton and spikes overhead, and jump onto the swinging platform below.  I 
think this is sort of cool, it reminds me of those executive toys.  Jump onto 
it and then it will hit another one to the side, causing it to rise and yours 
to stop.  When it hits yours, you move, it stops.  When the other one stops, 
jump on it, and wait for the first one to send you up.  Jump from the 
platform to the yellow spring to the right and bounce up to a Blue Bar Vine 
and lower the Bridge Platform.

Spin Dash up the half-loop to the left and bounce on the yellow spring above 
it.  Bounce to the crumbling platform and jump to the main ledge.  Bounce up 
on the Long Red Springs (Just like our brother from Chemical Plant Zone) and 
get up.  Get the Power Sneakers to the lower right and jump onto the Blue Bar 
Vine above to lower the bridge.  Get on and jump to the vine above.  Lower 
yourself and jump to the left to get the checkpoint.  Run right, lower 
yourself with a vine and jump to the left of the spikes.  Get the Super Ring 
Capsule and head right.  There is a platform over the spikes you must ride 
across to get to the higher ledge.

There is a huge slow-swinging mace to the side; when the coast is clear, jump 
onto the platform it’s on and from there jump to the platform above it.  Take 
care of a Flasher and head down a half-loop.  There are two more Flashers 
ahead that need dealing with as well as some rings.  Get them and head right, 
jump over the pit with the crumbling platforms and jump onto one of the 
higher rotating and jump to the higher platform to the upper right.  Watch 
out for Extending Spike Platforms and head right.  When you reach an opening, 
fall down and head right.  There will be a vine over a bridge you should take 
down.  From here head left after getting a Shield Capsule and avoid a 
crushing obstacle.  Fall down and hit the checkpoint; the boss draws close…

This is quite an easy boss.  It is also a classic and is used in other games.  
Robotnik will use a drill to cause rocks and things to fall down.  Try to 
avoid them and wait for Robotnik to emerge.  The rocks will stop falling here 
and Robotnik will move toward you with spikes right on your level.  Here is 
where you hit him until he raises his spikes.  Hit him either on the cockpit 
when the spikes are horizontal, or the side when the spikes are vertical.  
You should beat him with a good amount of ease.  After winning, head right 
and hit the switch on the Capsule to free some mice and chicken!

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=============================2.7: Oil Ocean Zone=============================
=============================================================================

I hate water zones as you can tell by now.  So Oil Ocean is my dream come 
true.  In the Instruction Manual, it says that this is where Robotnik 
releases his waste.  I don’t see why he’d release so much oil, but then 
again, what’s a bit of fossil fuel to stop Sonic?  Anyway, have fun, if you 
can...

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

The oil is more like quick sand, it is easy to get out of (In Sonic, not in 
real life).  If you get stuck, just jump out.  Head right and get the three 
rings, same old, same old.  The yellow platforms crumble, so be on the watch.  
Now I think I going to introduce all three enemies at once, you know how lazy 
I am.  Anyway, the first is a robotic seahorse called Aquis.  The second is a 
robotic octopus called Octus.  Anyway/how, keep heading right and you’ll 
encounter an Octus, these simple enemies simply shoot bullets at you and can 
jump for close-range combat.  Knock them out on the head, side, or stomach, 
whatever you feel like.

After this you’ll find a half-loop followed by spikes.  Jump over the spikes 
and to the other platform.  Head right and you’ll find a Rising Platform.  
The pressure of some green spikes will force it up.  Get onto the green 
platform and jump to the left when it is at its peak.  There will be a Super 
Ring Capsule along with some rings.  Jump off it after getting your prize and 
onto a platform to the right (Two rings will be your guide.  Run to the right 
and jump at the edge of the crumbling platform.  You’ll land on another 
crumbling platform you need to get off of.  Run right and defeat two Octuses.  
Surrounded by spikes is another green platform, get on when the time is right 
and ride it up.

Jump to the right onto a crumbling platform.  Run to the main platform before 
it crumbles.  Run up a half-loop and jump to another crumbling platform.  
Jump over the spikes and onto the green platform.  When it rises, jump onto 
the ledge to the right.  There is an Aquis hovering above.  It will send 
pellets at you and circle about.  Jump into it and you’ll defeat it.  Head 
right and you’ll see another one; take it out and head right, it is guarding 
an elevator.  Go up and jump from the edge of the crumbling platform to the 
other ledge (We are currently moving left).

Head left and you’ll see a fan in front of an elevator.  Wait for it to stop 
and get on the elevator.  Now head right and over the spikes.  There is an 
Aquis and a fan to support you over a pit.  Jump over it and head right.  
Soon you’ll reach an elevator.  Head right at the top and you’ll find a pit 
you can jump over.  As you keep going, oil will be spread on the catwalk 
causing you to slide down.  At the end of the slide you reach a half-loop 
followed by a checkpoint.

Jump over the pit to the right and use the green platforms to get over the 
spikes.  The third one will take you to a crumbling platform.  Get onto the 
real one to the right and jump over the spikes.  There is a pit followed by 
yet another crumbling platform.  Jump onto the platform and Spin Dash up a 
half-loop to the right.  When at the top of the loop, head left and onto 
another crumbling platform.  Move to the real one quickly and from there jump 
to a higher ones to the left.  There is an elevator to the left of the third 
platform.  Take it up and avoid the Aquises to the right.

You’ll see a checkered block over a cannon, jump onto it to break it and 
you’ll enter a series of cannons that will deposit you next to a Shield 
Capsule.  Get it and head right.  There are two Octuses and some rings that 
are for the taking.  You’ll reach an oil slide and will slide onto another 
slide that exits after a half-loop over some spikes.  Avoid the spikes and 
jump to a crumbling platform.  There will be an Aquis to punish and an 
elevator further to the left.  Head right now and break the checkered block 
with a jump and you’ll enter even more cannons.

From where you land, head right, jump over the spikes, and go down the 
elevator.  Head left and jump over the spikes.  There are three Octuses as 
you go down and another cannon series.  Jump on the block and enter the 
cannons.  Head right, defeat the Octus, and get on the elevator.  Wait for 
the fan to stop at the bottom, then run to the right.  There are more spikes 
and a rising green platform.  Get on and ride it to the top.  Wait for it to 
reach the top and jump to the right.  Run ahead and you’ll reach the Robotnik 
Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Halfway done!  Head right and collect six rings over the crumbling platforms.  
There’s an Octus and two Aquises.  Defeat them and right for an elevator ride 
(All these elevators would make it extremely inconvenient for Robotnik to get 
around).  Step on the elevator then get off quick and fall down through the 
new opening.  There will be a Shield and Super Ring Capsule with a spring, so 
get them and spring back up.  Head back to the left until you reach the 
spikes, and then back, the elevator will be back.  Ride it up and head right.  
Jump over the yellow spring and keep moving until you reach a group of green 
platforms.  Take the second one and it will let you ride some cannons.  From 
where you land, head left and watch out for the slow moving spike-like thing.

When you are as far left as can be you’ll see a green spring.  Run into it 
from the left until it goes all the way back, release, and go for a ride.  
When you reach the top there will be another spike-like thing that I now dub 
the Mobile Spike below you.  There are actually two, so jump over them and 
destroy the Aquis afterwards.  Directly to the right is an elevator, ride it 
up and keep to the right.  You’ll enter an Oil Slide and exit at a half-loop.

As you move forward there are two Aquises and an Octus to beat, followed by a 
checkered block that must be broken to enter a cannon.  From where you land 
there is an Octus to the right.  Jump him and head right.  You’ll enter an 
elevator and move down.  There is a fan in front of the elevator; wait for it 
to stop and go down the elevator to the right.  The checkpoint is directly to 
the right of the elevator’s stopping point.

There’s a cannon entrance to the right; break the block and enter the 
cannons.  From where you land, jump to the left onto a crumbling platform and 
run onto the main platform.  To the left of there, there is an elevator; ride 
it up and head left.  Jump over  a pit and onto an Octus.  To the left of 
there, there is a cannon entrance.  When you land head right and jump over 
the Mobile Spikes.  After them you’ll reach an Oil Slide; slide down the 
first and second, but when you reach the third, enter the half-loop to reach 
the checkpoint.

Reenter the Oil Slide and exit at the next half-loop.  Defeat the Aquis 
lurking in the shadows and run up the half-loop to the right.  After a long 
stretch of land and a crumbling platform, you’ll reach the boss.  I’d say 
he’s pretty hard this time.  At first he rises in a submarine.  Hit him twice 
then get out of the oil.  Then a large serpent-like thing will rise and try 
to hit you.  It will rise again with a gun and try to shoot you.  Jump from 
platform to platform to avoid them and Robotnik will rise again.  Repeat the 
process until you’ve won.  After you’ve won, press the switch on the Capsule 
and you’ve won!

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============================2.8: Metropolis Zone=============================
=============================================================================

This zone has three acts in it rather than two.  The ones ahead have only one 
act.  I like this zone, it’s okay.  The music is pretty good, and while the 
background could use some work, it’s not terrible.  However, music and 
background score well, the levels are way too long.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

Get the three rings at the start and head right.  You’ll see some exhaust 
vents or something that releases deadly polluted gas.  Don’t touch it, but 
rather jump on top of the vent.  When it goes down then raises itself up it 
will bounce you up like a spring.  Take the first one and bounce onto the 
platform to the left.  There will be a Super Ring Capsule guarded by a new 
enemy, an Asteron.  These starfish separate into five different spikes and 
explode, sending each spike in a different direction.  This one is easy to 
avoid, so get the Super Ring and fall back down.  Jump over the Exhaust Vents 
and keep moving to the right.

You’ll see a Rotating Tunnel, these are great fun.  Run in and spin around; 
you can still move left or right.  Keep heading right and Spin Dash up a 
half-loop.  At the top, get the Super Ring Capsule and avoid the Asteron’s 
spikes.  Press the gray switch and a platform will appear to the left.  Get 
on and jump onto the real platform.  The platform will disappear after a 
while, so be quick.  Get on the Exhaust Vent and bounce up.  You’ll see a 
weird enemy called a Shell Cracker (Crabmeats were there name-o) that send a 
huge claw at you.  Roll into them on the opposite side of their huge arm to 
beat them.  Head right after the enemy and you’ll see what I call Crushers.  
When they lower, Spin Dash.  This is an Instant Death Peril, and should be 
avoided.  After the Crushers, there is an Asteron guarding a switch.  There 
are three Asterons near the switch so a hit is almost guaranteed.

Luckily there is a Super Ring Capsule below.  Anyway, press the switch and 
you’ll open an entrance to the lower level.  There is another switch below 
that one; press it and drop below one last time.  Move to the right, jump 
over the switch so you’re on the platform and jump into the yellow triangles.  
You’ll bounce up and onto the upper level.  You may crash into an enemy 
called a Slicer, green robots with sickles.  They toss the sickles, which is 
when they are vulnerable.  Beat it and keep going.  You’ll see brown blocks, 
out of which spears come.  Wait for when the spears lowers and then cross 
them.  On the fourth block, jump into the yellow triangles above and bounce 
into the first checkpoint of the first act.

There is a Slicer and three Asterons right to the right.  There is also a 
Screw and to get down Spin Dash to the left (If you go to the right you’ll 
crush and kill yourself).  There is another one to the right of the bottom of 
this one.  Don’t Spin Dash down however, fall down in line with the line of 
the screw (the spikes make it impossible to get on).  You’ll land in the 
center of some spikes; jump out and head left.  Run up the half-loop and beat 
the Shell Cracker, go down the elevator to the left and head to the right.  
Follow a trail of rings down into a tube and then go through a Rotating 
Tunnel and up a half-loop.  Jump into the yellow triangles to bounce up.  
Head to the left, and go up the screw.  Don’t go all the way; there are 
spikes at the top.  Jump to the next one and go up this screw.  The Asterons 
probably won’t attack; you are too far away.

Press the switch to the right of the top and get on the new platform.  Jump 
to the platform with the spring on it and bounce to another gray switch, then 
get on the platform and press the switch to get up to a new platform.  There 
is a screw to the right, get on and go up.  At the top, go to the other end 
of the ledge you’re on and go down.  There are two brown blocks to jump from.  
After passing them keep going right.  Fall through the pit (Don’t hit the 
yellow triangles).  Get the Super Ring Capsule to the right and head left.

You’ll enter a tube, from where you exit head left.  Go down on an elevator 
and head right on some brown blocks (The spear ones).  Travel across them and 
press the switch to the right, and enter the opening to the left.  Fall down 
onto a brown platform that moves to the right.  Ride it to the right and beat 
the Slicer.  Jump over the pit with the yellow triangles.  You’ll encounter 
one more pit, jump over it and run to the right.  You’ll finally reach the 
Robotnik Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Collect the six rings at the start and press the switch to the right.  Get on 
the platform and jump onto one of the blocks on the Conveyor belt.  Jump off 
at the bottom and onto the sinking platform.  Get off before it sinks and 
jump to the next Conveyor Belt Block.  Jump to the new ledge, defeat the 
Shell Cracker and enter a tube to the left.  You’ll race through a few 
obstacles and into a pit with giant sprockets above.  Go all the way to the 
left and Spin Dash up the half-loop.  Get the Super Ring Capsule, and then 
jump onto another Giant Sprocket to the right.  Ride up to the rising 
platform and jump to it.

Jump to the right and continue to the right.  You’ll enter another tube that 
will deposit you at a Super Ring Capsule.  Get the rings and head right.  
There is a Crusher/Conveyor Belt combo ahead, and it’s instant death.  When 
it raises, Spin Dash under it, you should be going so fast you’ll sprint over 
the pits.  Fall into the pit onto the platform.  Duck so you don’t hit the 
spikes and jump to the other side.  Directly to the right are a checkpoint 
and a tube.

Go up the tube and head right.  You’ll find another conveyor belt; pick a 
block, any block, and use it to get across to a ledge on the other side.  
Avoid a few Asterons and you’ll reach another conveyor belt.  Ride it down 
and onto a sinking platform, and then jump to the right onto the platform.  
Head right until you reach an Exhaust Vent.

Use it to bounce up and into a new section of the level.  Head left and 
defeat a Shell Cracker.  Use the Exhaust Vent to get up to a higher level and 
head right.  There is another Shell Crusher and a Sprocket over some lava.  
Ride it up to a brown block, jump onto it when the spear isn’t up and jump 
onto a sprocket to the right.  Use it to hit some yellow triangles above and 
bounce yourself up to the checkpoint.

There is a switch to the left of the checkpoint; jump onto it to make a 
platform appear below you.  Use it to get across and enter a Rotating Tunnel.  
Go through it and run up a half-loop.  Keep running and you’ll see a screw.  
Go up and take out a Slicer.  There will be another screw on this level, 
above which is another Slicer.  Keep heading right and you’ll find a Slicer 
and a Conveyor Belt.  Jump to the side against the left wall of the pit and 
you’ll find a 1-Up as well as a spring to spring you back up.  Spring back up 
and ride the Conveyor Belt up.  At the top jump from Brown Spear Block to 
Brown Spear Block until you reach a tube.  Enter it and head right.

You’ll soon reach a half-loop; Spin Dash up and get onto a rising platform to 
the left.  There is a switch in an alcove to the left of the platform; press 
it and jump to the right onto the newly extended platform.  Jump up and head 
right.  You’ll find some yellow triangles; bounce up and onto a Shield 
Capsule.  Get the shield and jump up to hit more triangles.  Head right from 
the top and you’ll reach a conveyor belt; ride it and another one to the top.

You’ll exit at a half-loop; Spin Dash up and jump off of it and onto a rising 
platform to the right.  Take it up and jump onto a yellow spring to the 
right.  Get on the new platform, avoid a Slicer and run to the right.  You’ll 
soon reach the Robotnik Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 3    |
                               +-------------+

Almost out of the city…  They’re just right to the point in this one.  There 
are three rings and a Slicer at the start.  Destroy it and head to the right.  
Wait on the platform (It will jerk to the right and left violently) and jump 
to a huge moving platform to the right.  Get the rings in the center and then 
jump into a hallway guarded by a Shell Cracker.  Enter the tube to the right 
and upon landing head to the right.  You’ll soon reach a Giant Sprocket.  Hop 
on and fight your way off.  There is another below; get off that one too so 
you’re on the main platform.  Keep going right until you see some Crushers.

Spin Dash over them and keep going.  You’ll soon reach a half-loop.  Spin 
Dash up and jump to the left onto either the main platform or a rising 
platform to the right of it.  Don’t charge up a lot because there are spikes 
overhead.  When on the main platform there is a Screw guarded by some 
Asterons.  Let them explode and then get up the screw.  At the top jump to 
the left and avoid a barrage of Asteron spikes.  Jump onto the platform above 
and from there onto the moving platform above.  Use it to jump to a platform 
to the right and bounce on the red spring there.  It should send you through 
some loops and half-loops and into the checkpoint.

Bounce on the yellow spring to the right.  Go to the platform to the right 
and keep going right (Did you know that in England the left side was 
considered wicked or evil, whereas the right was noble?  I wonder if they 
were right?  That was a pun, they were right or right-handed, see?  I hate 
puns…).  You’ll enter a Rotating Tunnel.  Go quickly so you are sent onto a 
hovering platform.  Jump up and into a tunnel to the right.  Keep to the 
right and you’ll see an Exhaust Vent.  Bounce up with it and hit the yellow 
triangles it sends you to.  You’ll land on a platform, above which are 
spikes.  Jump to the Conveyor Belt and keep going.  You’ll cross over two 
more; reach the end and head right.

There will be an Exhaust Vent to bounce up.  Head right from the upper level.  
You’ll reach some yellow triangles.  Bounce up and head right.  You shall 
find a lava pit above which are Brown Spear Blocks.  Make your way up (Keep 
to the left) until you reach a platform.  Head right from there and you’ll 
find a Sprocket.  Ride them up until you reach a tube guarded by a Shell 
Cracker.  Enter the tube and go down the slope.  There will be Slicers on the 
roof and on the floor.  Take them out and go up the Screw to the right.  
Asterons will be around this particularly long Screw.  At the top you’ll 
reach another Screw.  At the top of that one you’ll reach a tube to the left.  
Go up and head right.  Run forward to avoid the Asterons and hit the 
checkpoint.

Jump onto the platform to the right.  Ride it to a platform on the other 
side.  Head right here until you reach the boss.  This boss is pretty hard.  
You have some rings at least, but it won’t help.  He’ll lower himself and if 
you time it just right you can hit him.  He has a layer of stones orbiting 
him and Decoy Robotniks he releases from the stones.  Destroy all the Decoys 
and he’ll start sending lasers at you.  Hit him one more time and you’ve won.  
Head right and release the animals.  You beat Metropolis Zone!

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=============================2.9: Sky Chase Zone=============================
=============================================================================

For a one-act zone, this is pretty easy.  I like this zone because I like 
Tails and his plane, the Tornado, but this zone is somewhat hard.  It is real 
easy, but the constant barrage of enemies gets hard.  There are three new 
enemies here, all of which are introduced right off the bat.  I like the 
scenery and the relaxing music.  Also, this is the first time you view Tails 
as a mechanic.

                          +----------------------+
                          |    Sky Chase Zone    |
                          +----------------------+

There are no acts, just the zone, so this is not Act 1, but rather Sky Chase 
Zone.  There isn’t much to say here.  Stay on the plane at all times.  The 
first enemy you see is a Balkiry, a winged robot that flies, it zips forward 
and tries to hurt you.  The next you see is called a Nebula, don’t hit these 
from the bottom because of their chain balls, but anywhere else is fine.  The 
last is a Turtloid, a freakish flying turtle.  These are slow and I would 
avoid these.

As you fly you’ll encounter lots of enemies.  I stay in the upper left hand 
corner and avoid the enemies.  Nebulas drop bombs and Turtloids shoot 
bullets.  Balkiry and Turtloids have a one-way track, but Nebulas can move 
around.  When you jump you cause the plane to fall down.  When you press the 
up button, you rise, and down, you fall.  If you Spin Dash, you’ll move 
forward.  Remember rings aren’t everything.  They are very hard to collect if 
you lose them though.

You’ll fly at the side of Robotnik’s ship for a while, but soon will go back 
to the open skies.   When you defeat Turtloids only the pilot dies, the 
turtle is like a platform.  This is a very short act and is really easy.  Up 
next is the Wing Fortress Zone.  Follow my guidelines and you should get to 
the Wing Fortress Zone.

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==========================2.95: Wing Fortress Zone===========================
=============================================================================

I hate this zone.  Bad music, good scenery, and a really idiotic enemy.  
Well, you decide.  The boss is pretty hard too.  By the way, did you know 
that the ship is codenamed 29 Eggman-01.  This may be where the Sonic Team 
first introduced the name Dr. Eggman to Dr. Robotnik.

You start out in your plane, but are hit by lasers from the ship.  The plane 
goes down, and if you don’t act fast, you will too.  Get onto the red catwalk 
and speed down.  You’ll get lots of rings Go through the hallways until you 
reach a Propelling Platform.  It will make you float, so go through quickly 
and back onto the catwalks.  Head right and you’ll encounter your first 
enemy.  They’re the only breed of enemy here, and they are chickens.  
Actually, they’re called Cluckers.

They are robotic chickens that come out of holes and start shooting you with 
a rifle or something.  Easy to avoid, and easy to beat; just jump on them.  
Defeat him and jump onto his platform.  Use it to get to a platform on which 
is a Shield.  Get it and jump to the right.  You’ll enter an air current that 
will send you high up above.  This is a major shortcut.  Head left and you’ll 
see what I call Fan-Blade Platforms.  They change from vertical to 
horizontal; jump when they are horizontal so you can stand on them, and in 
this manner get to the top of the ship.  Run up the half-loop to the right 
and hit the checkpoint.

Go down the slope and defeat a Clucker.  Keep going to the right until you 
reach a red half-loop.  Go up and head to the left.  You’ll see rising 
platforms, get on one and ride it up.  Jump to the right and defeat all 
Cluckers in your way.  You’ll also see some Laser Turrets, pass under them, 
they are an easy obstacle.  You’ll be sent to a Clucker Platform by some 
weird gray thing that roams around the place.  Defeat the Clucker and fall 
down.  Defeat the Clucker on the catwalk you land on and then drop to the 
catwalk directly below you.  Walk into the wall to reveal a hidden hall and a 
gust of wind will send to an X block.

You’ll hang onto the block for dear life; press A/B/X to release yourself.  
Always release yourself where the trail of rings lead.  At the end you’ll 
enter another hidden hall blocked by the wall.  Go through and you’ll enter a 
catwalk.  Now here be very careful.  The ship below you can’t walk on.  
Instead, jump to the right onto the lowering platforms.  At the end of that 
one, jump to the one to the right, and again on that one.  On the third one 
jump to the platform to the right, but be warned that it will quickly 
disappear.  Jump from one to the other and you’ll reach the checkpoint.

Keep heading right until you reach another gray object I now call Speeders.  
It will take you across a large pit and onto a red catwalk.  At the end of 
the catwalk there is a conveyor belt up.  Take it and you’ll reach some 
orbital platforms.  Take them up to a pulley.  Ride it up and onto a catwalk 
to the left.  On this one, take another pulley up to reach a new catwalk.  
Head right and when at the edge, jump to the left and onto an even higher 
catwalk.  There is a pulley to be taken here.

At the top jump to a platform to the right and onto a pulley there.  Ride it 
up and defeat a Clucker.  Use the platform it is on to get to a Catwalk to 
the left.  On it is a Super Ring Capsule.  From here jump to the right as far 
as you can and you’ll land on a platform.  Head to the right through a hall 
hidden by a wall and head to the right.  You’ll fall onto a new catwalk.  Go 
through the wall to the right and you’ll enter another hidden catwalk.  Use 
the stepping stairs to the left to get on top of the ship.  Head to the right 
from here and jump onto the ship.  Head right and hit the checkpoint.

Hit the black block to the right to enter the insides of the ship.  Head 
right whence inside and fight the third to last boss.  He’s hard.  I had 
trouble figuring out how to beat him.  Robotnik is in the corner guarded by a 
yellow beam.  Meanwhile, you’re in a room where spike-like balls are being 
dispensed.  As well as this, a giant beam coming out of a Laser Turret is 
being charged above you.  It seems impossible.  The Laser Turret opens 
periodically, and that is when you must strike.  Before it release the beam 
of doom, get on a spike platform and hit it by jumping.  This is hard since 
not all the platforms take you there at the right time.  If you’re lucky you 
can pick the right one and beat the boss.  This is one of only two bosses in 
which you don’t fight Robotnik himself.

When you win, the yellow beam trapping you disappears and Robotnik flees.  
Where Robotnik was standing is a 1-Up, very valuable.  Get it and then pursue 
the doc.  Robotnik gets into a ship and flies, and what perfect timing, the 
plane is below you and Tails comes (Sonic if you are playing with Tails 
Alone), ready to meet Robotnik in the Ultimate Weapon, the Death Egg…

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================2.99: The Ultimate Weapon, the Death Egg Zone================
=============================================================================

Okay it’s really called the Death Egg Zone.  These next bosses are the 
hardest in the game.  The reason I numbered it 2.99 is because it is so 
short.  The same goes for the Wing Fortress Zone.  These bosses are beyond 
hard, they are for experts only.  I couldn’t beat them at first, I had to 
replay the game a few times…  Good luck, I hope you have a few Continues…

-----------------------------The Death Egg Zone------------------------------

                       +-----------------------------+
                       |    Metal Sonic Prototype    |
                       +-----------------------------+

Head right.  You’ll reach the first boss.  This is the boss I think Metal 
Sonic is based on.  I think this boss may be based on an enemy called Roller 
from Sonic the Hedgehog.  Roller is a copy of you that appears in the Spring 
Yard Zone.  Roller was rare and only appeared once or twice and was easy to 
beat.  It looked just like you and was only vulnerable when not rolling.  It 
was not a boss, but rather an enemy.  Well, this boss is far different from 
Roller.  It is incredibly difficult.  I named him Metal Sonic Prototype.  To 
shorten the name, I call him Robotic Sonic.  Trust me, he is no pushover.  He 
is easy once you understand his patterns, but during the first fight he is 
unimaginably hard.

You have no rings and you find a robotic version of yourself.  It does 
everything you can do and more (Plus he’s taller) with deadly precision.  His 
name is Robotic Sonic (Very close to a rhyme).  To watch your progress, 
Eggman has poked his head through a vent, to see how you’re doing.  The 
weakness is his head, but not the top.  Hit the side of his head, the face to 
win.  To do this, just tap the jump button.  He has a few attacks that are 
pretty effective.  The first he tests on you is his Spin Dash.  The second is 
his Charge.  He pauses for about two milliseconds in between his attacks, so 
good luck.  On his head there are spikes just like Sonic’s hairdo.  He may 
send them out at you during a roll, but he will only attempt this after a 
long, tedious battle.  By the way, his feet have jets in them so don’t try to 
hit them.  You can hit him by rolling into him, but this almost guarantees 
instant death.  Sometimes he jumps when he attacks, so he is almost 
unpredictable.  It is most vulnerable when it is charging, it makes the two 
shrill noises.  Go after Robotnik when you win.  Good luck…

                     +---------------------------------+
                     |    Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik    |
                     +---------------------------------+

After beating Robotic Sonic, Eggman will retreat to the right.  Chase after 
him (Surprisingly, when you chase him he runs faster than you do!  How could 
Robotnik run faster than Sonic?) and he will enter a huge robot.  This is the 
final boss of this game...

Much harder than Robotic Sonic and is arguably the hardest boss in any Sonic 
game ever made.  To make things harder, you must fight Robotic Sonic again if 
you lose.  This boss is a giant, robotic version of Robotnik himself.  It is 
very tall and very difficult.

Robotnik will step forward, then back, then jump.  Try to him above his 
spiked fists, below is a major risk that almost always result in death.  If 
he is walking, hit him when he steps down or when he pulls a fist back.  You 
can hit him below the fists and sometimes is the only way.  Touching him in 
general will kill you, but he has more deadly offense.  One for instance, he 
jumps up into the air.  He is homing you, so charge up a Spin Dash.  When a 
multi-color circle appears beneath a white circle release the down button.  
If you don’t, he’ll crush and kill you.

His next attack he throw his arms at you.  Avoid them and hit him, he’s very 
vulnerable in this form.  If you are Tails, the arms will pass right over you 
since you’re so short.  It is safest to hit him when he is standing still.  
If you are behind him he launched bombs at you, they will explode and kill 
you (Well duh, you have no rings) if you don’t avoid them.  When he lands, 
you can try hitting him, he is vulnerable for a time.  All the other bosses 
take eight hits; however, this one requires twelve.  Take your time, don’t 
risk a hit, and only attempt to hit when the conditions are right.  When you 
defeat him, run to the right and don’t stop.  There are explosion from behind 
that might kill you.  I don’t know if they do or not, but I don’t care to 
find out.  Don’t stop running, don’t ever stop.  At the end, you’ll escape 
the Death Egg and watch the ending cinema.

What happens in the end, well you’ll just have to beat the game yourself.  
Now then, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!  You beat Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with 
Sonic/Tails!  Now try beating it with Knuckles or getting Super Sonic.  It is 
a whole different experience.  My next walkthrough will be for Sonic the 
Hedgehog 3.  See ya!

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=======================3.0: Knuckles Story Walkthrough=======================
=============================================================================

So you want to play with Knuckles, huh?  Well here is how.  Either buy “Sonic 
and Knuckles” for the Genesis and use the lock-on feature on the game “Sonic 
the Hedgehog 2”, or if you are playing Sonic Mega Collection (Which this 
walkthrough was made for), play all the games excluding “Sonic Spinball” and 
“Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine” (That excluded other secret games other 
than “Sonic 3 and Knuckles”) fifty times each.  You can tell you played it 
fifty times when the message saying “Recording Game Log” stops showing when 
you start playing them.  You will unlock the game called “Knuckles in Sonic 
2” and experience the game from a whole new angle with new abilities and 
everything.

I’ll be writing a walkthrough for the Knuckles version just as I did above.  
The items are the same, not all the areas are, and the controls are 
different, but it is seriously worth playing.  There is a minor setback 
however, and that is that Knuckles can’t jump as high as Sonic or Tails.  
Still, gliding and climbing up walls makes up for it.  Enjoy as this is a 
good game, an improvement over the original.

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===========================3.1: Emerald Hill Zone============================
=============================================================================

Easy to say the least, this is the perfect place to master your controls.  
The boss is easy as is the zone, and it’s my kind of zone.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

Collect the three rings at the start and avoid the Coconuts and the Buzzer.  
Get onto the moving platform to the right and onto the cliff.  Get the Shield 
Capsule (Notice that the Shield is gray) and defeat the Coconuts to the 
right.  Defeat the two Mashers to the right under the bridge and keep going.  
There is yet another Coconuts ahead; destroy it and fall into the pit to the 
right.  Hit the red spring and get the Super Ring Capsule to the right of the 
half-loop you exit on.

Head to the right and run up the half-loop.  Avoid the Buzzers and the 
Mashers ahead.  Get the Shield Capsule ahead and keep heading to the right.  
When you reach a huge half-loop hit the yellow spring to the left of it and 
go up the loop.  The checkpoint is right to the right.

Hit the yellow switch to the right and go through the loops.  Keep heading 
right until you reach a bridge.  Jump over the Mashers to avoid them and keep 
heading right, jumping over any spikes in the way.  After the spikes, Spin 
Dash up the half-loop enough to enter an alcove to the left.  When inside, 
keep heading to the left until you reach a 1-Up.

Get it and head back to the right.  Fall back down, go up the half-loop and 
get the Super Ring Capsule hidden behind the bushes.  Keep heading right and 
go up a half-loop.  To the right there is a bridge with Mashers followed by a 
Coconuts.  Dispose of them all and keep going until you reach a yellow 
spring.  Spring on it and up a half-loop to the right.  Directly to the right 
of there you reach the Robotnik Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Get the three rings at the start and head over to cliff to the right.  Get 
the three rings to the right and hit the yellow spring on the edge.  You’ll 
spring through some rings and into a Power Sneakers Capsule.  Get them and 
dash to the right.  Run right without stopping and you should be stopped by 
running into the blunt side of some spikes.  Jump over the spikes while 
avoiding the Coconuts.  Bounce up to the higher cliff and head right.  Run at 
top speed and you should pass through the checkpoint on top of a loop.

Hit the yellow spring to the right and bounce up onto the higher cliff above.  
Keep heading right, jump over the platform above the waterfall; it will fall, 
and hit the yellow spring to the right.  This will send you to a spring to 
the left, which will send you to a loop to the right.  Go through the loops 
and a Twisting Loop after them.  After the Twisting Loop there is a regular 
loop followed by a Twisting Loop.  Run forward from there and you’ll 
encounter a checkpoint.  The first boss is up next.

Run forward and stop when you hear different music playing.  Stay in the 
middle of the fixed screen.  A motorcycle will approach along with Robotnik 
in his ship.  He will lower himself into the motorcycle and the battle will 
begin.  Robotnik takes eight hits to beat.  All the other boss except for the 
last, take eight hits, too.  To hit him, jump onto the cockpit where Robotnik 
is sitting.  He will flash white when he is hit and Robotnik will turn his 
head toward you in surprise.  Each time he comes out hit him as many times as 
possible.  Avoid the spike on the front of the motorcycle; it will cause you 
to lose rings.  Touching the enemy in general without attacking will cause 
you to take the damage.  On the seventh hit, he will fire his spike at you.  
Jump over it and deliver the final blow.  Robotnik will escape to the right 
when you beat him, follow him and you’ll find a Capsule.  Press the yellow 
switch on top to free the animals.  The Chemical Plant Zone is up next.

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==========================3.2: Chemical Plant Zone===========================
=============================================================================

I dislike this zone because I hate all water zones, and this isn’t a water 
zone, but there is a water part in Act 2.  This place has a good background 
and okay music, but that doesn’t cut it.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

Get the three rings at the start and head to the right.  Keep going until you 
go through a loop and hit a spring.  Let it spring you back through the loop 
and into a semi-secret area (Well it has to be semi-secret, I reached it by 
accident!).  You’ll land next to some Spikeys; take them out and head to the 
left.  You’ll find a Super Ring Capsule, and the entrance to an area only 
Knuckles can enter.  Glide into the wall to grip it and climb up.  Head to 
the left and after a while you’ll reach a hollow wall.  Enter it and you’ll 
find two more Super Ring Capsules.  Head right now back to where you 
encountered the Spikeys.  To the right of the first Super Ring Capsule you 
got is a gray barrier over a transparent tunnel.

Jump onto the barrier to break it and enter the tube.  These will be called 
Transport Tubes from here on out.  It will deposit you next to two more Super 
Ring Capsules!  Get them and jump onto the platform to the right.  This level 
loves me!  There is a Shield Capsule just a bit further; get it and head to 
the right.  There is a Spikey and a new obstacle to cope with.  Take out our 
spike-like friend and you’ll see an annoying obstacle.  These tubes emit Blue 
Bubble Chains.  These chains obviously hurt you; pass under/over them when 
they stop briefly from tube to tube.  Pass under/over the first pair to 
encounter a hand-like robotic spider.  These are scarce and difficult to see.  
They will lunge down at you and strip you of your rings.  If you are caught, 
press random buttons randomly and you may destroy it.  If it misses you, jump 
and defeat it while it heading up (By the way they’re called Grabbers).

There is another pair to the right and another pair to the right of that one.  
Pass them and head right to run up a half-loop.  There is a Spikey to dispose 
of next to a black tread.  Skip the half-pint if you want, then run through 
the tread.  This will boost your speed exponentially (A lot).  Hold the 
control stick/pad to the right and you’ll head through two loops and a half-
loop.  Hold it to the right and you’ll enter a passageway.  Head right and 
onto the gray platform (Beware the blue tile at the end dumps you after a 
while).  Defeat the Spikey at the top and get into the tube.  From where you 
exit, the checkpoint is directly to the right.

Another no-Sonic area!  Glide onto the wall to the right and climb up.  After 
much climbing you’ll reach a 1-Up.  Get it and glide to the right.  You’ll 
reach another wall; climb up to get another 1-Up.  Glide over one more time 
and above the Robotnik Sign.  You didn’t touch it, but it’ll still count as 
you winning.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

This one isn’t as fun (Even though with Knuckles it isn’t bad…  Just a 
thought) as our previous best friend act.  Get the three rings at the start 
and run to the right.  Defeat the Spikey and keep heading to the right.  
GIANT SLOPE!  Roll in the middle of it and you’ll enter a half-loop.  You’ll 
travel up pretty high up; Get onto the top of the loop to the left.  There is 
a 1-Up in a hollow wall; get it and glide to the right.  Whence on the 
platform, glide to the left onto the upper wall and climb up.  Atop the wall 
lies a checkpoint (Already?).

Glide to the right and you’ll reach a wall.  Climb up and hit the checkpoint 
(That was a useless checkpoint!).

Above the checkpoint is a Transforming Stairway, get on and get onto the 
platform to the upper right.  Get the Super Ring Capsule and drop down where 
the trail of rings leads.  It will lead you to a tread, which in turn will 
lead you to a humongous (Big) slope, which in turn leads to a tube.  Get in 
and ride the suction!  Hit the tread to the right and go up the slopes.  Yet 
another huge slope.  Get on and drop down (not taking the hall to the upper 
right this time).  There is a checkpoint at the bottom.

How many checkpoint will there be!  Head right and you’ll find a Super Ring 
Capsule guarded by a Grabber.  Kick that Spider’s butt and head right (Oh 
yeah, get the Super Ring).  Run to the right and into a yellow spring.  It 
will spring down an alternate path that springs you down an alternate path.  
You’ll stop at a Transforming Stairway.  Head down and reach a tricky part of 
the level.  There is a large conveyor belt with yellow platforms on it.  Jump 
onto the platform.  No pressure, but if you fall off you die.  This platform 
leads to another.  Jump to it and onto a black tread from there.

You’ll be sent toward the watery staircase that is easy now; get in and climb 
up before the water comes.  Get onto the platform to the left and out of the 
water.  You’ll find another conveyor belt, do the same as before to cross but 
this time if you fall you’ll have to redo the water part.  Run up at the end 
but beware the tiles at the end will dump you into the depths if you stay on 
to long.  Jump onto the gray platform to the left and onto the orbital 
platforms above.  Jump right from here and run through the black tread.  
During this long loop series, you’ll pass through a checkpoint.

At the end of the loop series is the boss.  He is real easy with Knux (Slang 
for Knuckles.  Neat huh?); he just drops blue toxic drops of water.  The only 
peril here is the arena.  The sides of the floor will dump you into the 
water, which will be your grave.  To win almost instantly, glide into the 
side of his ship while he is collecting the water.  You can hit him four 
times, and then avoid the drop of water by gliding off the center and back 
onto it when he leaves.  Hit him four times more when he collects on the left 
side of the arena and you’ve won.  Head right for the Capsule but beware that 
the arena will still dump you.  This time you free bunnies and eagles!

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===========================3.3: Aquatic Ruin Zone============================
=============================================================================

Can you say water zone?  Probably, but this zone is really evil.  I found 
ways to avoid the majority of all water activity, but still I can’t stand 
this zone.   With terrible music and really bland scenery (I’m practically a 
critic with the way I’m talking!), there isn’t much to offer here.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

My buddy and pal three rings are here to greet us (Just get them).  Head 
right and avoid the first of many obstacles.  It is a metal block that fires 
arrows (Robotnik really flatters himself with that picture) at you and it 
blends in real well.  Jump over the arrows and head down the slope.  There is 
another soon after followed by a hollow log tube on which is a new enemy.  
The former Burrobots of Sonic 1, these Grounders are simple to avoid.  Jump 
on the head to beat them and get the rings atop the log.  Keep heading right 
and beneath the grassy platform.  Get the Super Ring Capsule, and then get 
onto the platform above.  Defeat the Grounder and head to the side.  You’ll 
find a yellow spring next to a loop; spring on it and bounce through the loop 
and up a half-loop.  To the side is a checkpoint.

To the side of the checkpoint is log tube, pass through and you’ll see a 
disadvantage to Knux’s short jump.  There is a rising pillar that is too tall 
for your jump.  Get on the log to the left and jump onto it.  Break it and 
head down.  There is a Grounder to avoid, and nothing else for a while.  
There is a red spring, near which is a breakable wall behind which is a 
Grounder.  Defeat the Grounder and use the spring.  Be wary that there are 
two hidden Grounders.  You’ll enter a loop that leads, underwater.  Well, 
it’s short-lived.

Keep going across and exit the water to the right.  There is a Shield Capsule 
followed by some steps.  At the top there is a yellow spring as well as a 
Robotnik Arrow Cannon.  Use the spring to get up a half-loop.  Head right and 
you’ll reach a Grounder follow by a red spring.  Defeat the first and bounce 
on the second.  At an alarmingly rapid rate, you’ll pass through the Robotnik 
Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Easy huh?  Well, you were right, Act 1 is easy.  However, Act 2 is just as 
easy if not harder, wait.  Anyway, get the three rings above the Arrow 
Cannon.  Head down and avoid another cannon.  You’ll reach some swinging 
platforms, get on and take it to another to the right.  To the right is a 
platform on which is a Grounder.  Beat it and head right.  Jump over a pit 
and avoid the new bat-like enemies called Whisps.  Jump to defeat them and 
head right.  Take the upper platform and use the spring on it to get onto the 
stone platform to the right.  At the top is another red spring.  Use it to 
get across and onto a crumbling platform to the right.  Let yourself fall; 
there is a checkpoint below.

Use the swinging platform to cross the pit and defeat the Whisps.  There are 
crumbling platforms to the right hidden by a waterfall.  Keep going by 
avoiding an Arrow Cannon and a hidden Grounder.  Go through the loop and 
you’ll enter an underwater section.  Jump over the red spring at the end and 
out of the water.  Avoid a Grounder and jump from pillar to pillar above the 
water to the right.  After this, enter the water and you’ll encounter an 
enemy called a Chop Chop.  Defeat it by jumping and head right.  Use a spring 
at the end to get on top of a slope.  Head to the right and you’ll see a 
breakable pillar.

It is impossible to break unless you pass over with a red spring to the left.  
Pass over it and you’ll find Arrow Cannons galore.  Avoid them and get onto a 
swinging platform to the right.  Use it to get across and onto some crumbling 
platforms.  Rush over them and jump onto the top of the loop to the left.  
Avoid some Whisps and head right.  There is a breakable pillar; get onto the 
higher slope to the left and glide over it.  Get the Super Ring Capsule and 
then glide to the right.  Drop down to get the checkpoint; the boss is next.

This is a weird boss.  Giant totem poles (With what I think are Flickies from 
Sonic 3D Blast on them on them) rise from the ground.  Robotnik has a huge 
hammer and hits the poles.  This causes one of the Flickies to shoot out an 
arrow.  It will either hit you or the totem pole opposite it.  If it hits the 
totem pole, use it as a platform to jump on to hit Robotnik.  After eight 
hits, you’ve won.  With Sonic it was easier since he has a higher jump.  If 
it hit the top bird, you can’t reach it.  Also note that the arrows give out 
to your weight very quickly, so be quick.  If you can, juggle yourself on 
Robotnik at the top.  When you win the poles lower and to the right is the 
Capsule.

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===========================3.4: Casino Night Zone============================
=============================================================================

I like this zone.  There are hardly any enemies and it is pretty easy, long 
though.  Good music, nice background, this one’s a winner.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

Collect the three rings at the start and head right.  Jump onto the blue 
bumper in the center of the Pinball Flippers and use it to bounce across the 
gap.  Get the Power Sneaker Capsule on the platform to the right and jump 
over the Pinball Bumpers.  You’ll land on a pink conveyor belt.  From here 
jump over the Pinball Bumpers to the right and down a sloping platform.  
You’ll land on a small multi-color bumper and bounce into the passageway 
above.  Head to the right and onto the large rising blue block.  Take it up 
to a red spring to the right and bounce on it up to the ceiling.  When you 
it, move slightly to the right to land on the platform above.  Use the 
Pinball Flipper to the right by pressing the A/B/X button when on it.

Use it to get across the large gap and onto another platform, to the left of 
which is a Pinball Flipper.  Get the shield to the right.  To the right is a 
glowing green platform.  When it appears jump onto it.  To the right is 
another one; take it and get onto the large Triangular Bumpers to the right.  
This part is tricky.  Jump over the left side of the triangle.  If you don’t, 
you’ll be sent flying into the lower levels.  Get across and head up the 
slope to the right.  There will be a blue block; ride it up and into the 
first hallway (Don’t ride it up or you’ll be crushed and killed).  Head right 
and you’ll find a gap over which is a Pinball Flipper.  Jump over the flipper 
and up the slope to reach the first checkpoint.  To the right of the 
checkpoint is a Super Ring Capsule; get it and head right.  You’ll find Green 
Bumpers that flash yellow.

Jump on one to bounce to the other until you get across the gap.  On the 
other side of the pit is a Pinball Bumper.  Use it to bounce into a slot to 
the right.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get tons of rings, and if you are not, 
you’ll still get lots of points (Unless your luck stinks to bad that you lose 
all your rings).  You’ll drop down onto a Triangular Bumper, which will 
bounce you into a pit at the bottom of which is what I call a Chargeable 
Spring.  Hold the A/B/X button until the spring is completely down, and then 
release the button to go flying.  It will send you up to the left of a 
Pinball Bumper.  Hit it to bounce onto a platform to the right.  You’ll find 
an Invincibility and a Super Ring Capsule on the ground.

Get them and then get on the higher platform above them and glide forward.  
You’ll enter an area with the first enemy, and the only type of enemy.  These 
are called Crawls, and I think they are robotic crabs or some type of 
crustacean.  They have bumpers attached to them, which makes them 
unstoppable.  Well, not really.  Hit them from behind to defeat.  Do this by 
means of rolling.  Defeat this windbag and fall straight down into the pit 
below.  You’ll enter a Chargeable Spring, charge up and you’ll fly through 
the sky and into the Robotnik Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Get the same old three rings at the start and head to the right.  There is a 
red spring below, use it to charge up the half-loop and over a Crawl.  Go 
down a tunnel and into a Chargeable Spring.  Spring up and into a red spring.  
Spring up and over a Crawl.  Spring up, no wait, never mind.  Head to the 
right and bounce from green platform to green platform like before.  At the 
top, glide above the flipper and climb up the wall.  When you reach another 
flipper, glide in the opposite direction using the green plate to give you a 
boost.  Climb up this wall for a 1-Up.  Glide over again and you’ll reach 
another platform.  But that’s not all!

Glide up onto the straight part of this wall and climb up for a Super Ring 
Capsule.  Get it, fall back down, and enter the tunnel.  Charge up on the C. 
Spring and loop the loop and go up the half-loop.  To the right you’ll find 
some Pinball Bumpers.  Fall through them and onto another one of those 
glowing green platforms like before.  Use it to get across the gap and onto 
the Flipper.  Let yourself fall down and into a pit.  There is a Shield 
Capsule to the right and a red spring to the left.  Use the red spring to get 
back up and use the flipper to get onto a platform to the right.  Hit the 
yellow spring to get up the half-loop and onto a conveyor belt to the right.  
There is a checkpoint right after it.

Fall into the pit below and use the Flipper at the bottom to get into the 
hall right below an even higher flipper.  There is a C. Spring, so charge up 
and up the elevator shaft.  There is a blue block to the right (Don’t worry 
it won’t crush you, yet) that you’ll want to get on top of.  There is a tiny 
shaft above.  Jump from the block into it and climb up the wall.  There is a 
Super Ring Capsule to the left and a conveyor belt to the right.  After 
harvesting the rings don’t get on the conveyor belt, fall down the way you 
came.  Go up the half-loop to the right of the blue block.

Head right and fall below the flipper into a C. Spring.  Charge up and after 
a chain of bumper you’ll enter some green platforms.  Bounce on them thrice 
to break through and fall into the pit.  When at the bottom use a Spin Dash 
to get up the half-loop to the right and get into another filled with 
bumpers.  Use another Spin Dash and enter the hallway.  There is an elevator 
here; get on the blue platform to ride it up. There is another right above, 
take it up and get the Invincibility Capsule to the left.  Defeat the Crawl 
to your right and you’ll enter another pit.  Fall to the bottom and you’ll 
hit a checkpoint.  To the right is the boss.

This groovy boss is totally far-out.  Robotnik’s machine is swell.  This boss 
is totally tubular because of a wild paint job that makes Robotnik look hip, 
he’s out of this world.  Chill out, this early second half of the 1900’s 
slang is neat-o.  If you don’t catch my drift, Robotnik is dressed up like 
he’s from the 50’s-70’s.  You’ll see.  Anyway back in our time Robotnik’s 
Arena is a huge Pinball Machine.  Hit him on the top and avoid the bottom.  
Either use the flipper or Spin Dash up the half-loop to hit him.  He drops 
red spike-balls that explode to hit you or he uses a claw to grab you if you 
are up close.  After eight hits, an entrance will open to the right.  The 
Capsule is found here.

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=============================3.5: Hill Top Zone==============================
=============================================================================

When you think about a classic game like this, these zones aren’t what you 
think about.  I think about the first zone and the last zones (Metropolis, 
Sky Chase, Wing Fortress, and Death Egg Zone).  This is just another zone 
they put in like a fill-in to prolong the game’s end.  Oh well, this zone is 
okay.  I’ll let you decide for yourself this time.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

Go up the half-loop and collect the three rings at the start.  Now here I’d 
like to introduce the hanging vine platform.  Jump on and jump off at the end 
as it takes you down.  Seriously though you’ve got to jump off because it’ll 
fall.  Take it down.  Keep heading right and you’ll encounter your first new 
enemy.  These pug-faced robots are called Spikers and they shoot their spikes 
up, up, and away.  Either roll into them or jump onto them when they have no 
spikes on them.  To the right are platforms bobbing up and down in the lava.  
Jump from one to the other and collect the three rings at the end of the 
chain.  Keep going and you’ll find a blue rock.  These are breakable rocks.  
Jump on them to break them.  We’ll also find a seesaw on which is ball with 
eyes flashing yellow and red.  Jump on the left side and he’ll be sent up 
onto the left.

Move to the right side before it lands and you’ll bounce right up.  The 
further you are down when you jump, the greater the bounce will be.  When on 
top of the platform head right and jump over any spikes in your way.  There 
is a platform in the lava to the right, use it and head into the tunnel to 
the right of that.  You’ll jump over the spikes thanks to the half-loop and 
possibly onto the seesaw to the right.  Get to the top of the platform and 
jump to the left to hit a yellow spring on the wall.  You’ll bounce right 
onto a breakable rock.  To the right is a seesaw, but who cares?  Why not 
climb up the wall?  It fast, easy and free!  I loved it.  Sorry, but he’s 
right, try climbing.

At the top of two platforms is a Super Ring Capsule (Hurray).  Get it and get 
onto the hanging vine platform to the right.  Jump off at the end and over 
the spikes at your right.  After this, Spin Dash through a loop to the right 
to break through the ground and into an underground area.  There is a Shield 
to the right and spikes everywhere.  Then head left and over any spikes and 
glide over the lava pit.  There is a breakable rock at the end.  Keep going 
to the right and down onto a new platform.  There is an unfriendly purple 
dinosaur at the end called Rexor and he shoots bullets at you.  Jump on the 
head area to beat him.  His neck is destroyed but the lower body remains as a 
platform in the lava.

Use it to jump to the right and over some spikes, a breakable rock, and onto 
a hanging vine platform.  There is Spiker on the roof that will try to hit 
you from above.  Avoid the spike and send him to, well wherever robots go 
when they are destroyed.  Keep heading right, don’t hit the spring and avoid 
hidden spikes.  At the end is a hidden spring.  Use it to get into a hallway 
above the platform to the right of the many rings overhead.  There is an 
Invincibility Capsule here.  Get it, head down and run.  Run forward at high 
speeds, break the rock in your way, head over the lava and run before you are 
crushed.  At the end is a tube that will send you into the outside.  Keep 
going until you reach a seesaw.  Bounce or climb up and head right.  Spin 
Dash through the loop and into the Robotnik Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Wow!  That was crazy, no checkpoints (Okay, I’ll shut up).  Get the three 
rings at the start Spin Dash up the half-loop.  Head right and you’ll find a 
fork in the 2-D game.  Jump up, glide and climb up if you have to and get 
onto the upper level.  Keep to the right and you’ll find a red spring.  Hit 
it and roll to break through the breakable ground.  You’ll go up a half-loop 
and onto a red spring.  However, spring to the left on top the loop to get a 
Super Ring Capsule and the checkpoint.

Get back onto the red spring and bounce up.  Do it right and you’ll get up 
both platforms.  From the top glide onto the wall to the right and climb up.  
There is lava and a rising platform here.  Use it to get up and onto the 
hanging vine platform to the right.  At the end is a Rexor and a seesaw.  
Bounce up and head right.  There is a secret entrance to an underground area 
under a breakable rock, but it stinks, so head right.  I don’t know the name 
of this enemy but in the last game it was called an Orbinaut so why not?  The 
Orbinaut launches the flames around it at you and if he misses he turns into 
one himself.  Avoid him and get into the tube to the right.

Roll while you’re in here and you’ll land on a yellow spring.  It will bounce 
you into a secret cave in which is an Invincibility Capsule.  Glide over and 
into the underground area.  Here I really can’t help you, it’s confusing and 
everything is happening at one.  Basically, the floor starts rising and as 
Knuckles you want to climb the walls before you are crushed against the 
ceiling.  There are many Spikers on the roof trying to stop you, avoid their 
spikes and keep going.  At first head right, climb, head left, climb, and 
then head right and out.

At the end is a loop you must Spin Dash on to continue.  It will send you up 
half-loop.  Head right and bounce up on the seesaw.  Enter the cave and avoid 
hidden spikes.  Use the platforms over the lava to get across gaps and exit.  
At the end, glide onto the wall and climb to the top.  There is nothing here, 
so glide to the right and don’t stop.  This way you’ll go over some 
obstacles.

You’ll land on a wall; drop down and glide to a wall to the right of that.  
Repeat the process until you drop to a half-loop.  Run up it and head right.  
Jump over the gap and into the checkpoint.  Head right for the boss.
I hate this boss.  He is sort of easy but I thought he was so hard when I 
played him at first.  Robotnik has selected an arena surrounded by lava.  He 
will rise and try to scorch you with a flamethrower.  Juggle yourself on him 
until he lowers himself.  I would only attempt three hits, then bounce off of 
him.  Be careful, though, for when he sinks into the lava he splashes some 
lava at you and starts a fire on the grass.  For this retreat to the lower or 
higher platform until it stops.  After eight hits he is destroyed.  Head to 
the right to release either chipmunks or squirrels and some eagles from the 
capsule.

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============================3.6: Mystic Cave Zone============================
=============================================================================

The worst zone in all the game, hands down.  The music is so bad and 
background is so plain... I hate it.  It is long and boring.  Good luck.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

Get the three rings at the start and jump up on the crumbling platforms up to 
the upper platform.  Run under the crushing obstacle and you’ll see the first 
enemy of this zone, the Flasher.  It is a bug that has a yellow force field 
around it.  When it lowers the field attack and destroy, any attack will do.  
Head to the right and run up the two half-loops.  There are crumbling 
platforms above, climb up onto one and work your way up.  There is a Super 
Ring Capsule and a checkpoint.

Drop down and avoid an Extending Spike Platform.  This will extend and try to 
hit you.  You can use it as a platform however.  Keep heading right and jump 
onto the platform with the Super Ring Capsule.  A blue caterpillar called a 
Crawlton will jump out and try to kill you.  Jump on the head to defeat it.  
Get the rings and glide to the right.  You’ll glide onto a vine that will 
lower you and open the bridge below.  Jump to the left to get a Super Ring 
Capsule, then jump over the “hidden” spikes.  Head right and jump over the 
gap onto the platform.  Three extending platforms will extend and spike you, 
but to avoid them, climb up before the second is released.

From here head right and defeat a Flasher.  Keep going until you reach a 
crushing obstacle that I will call a Green Crusher from here on.  Defeat 
another Flasher lingering about and lower the bride with a vine above it.  
Jump to the right and under the Green Crusher.  Run up a half-loop and over a 
few spikes.  Keep going until you reach the end and glide across to a new 
platform.  Keep heading right until you reach some spikes.  Jump onto the 
blunt side and get the checkpoint.

To the right you’ll see a Green Crusher that does not crush all the way.  
Jump through and head right.  There is another hiding Crawlton at the corner 
of the lower level, defeat it and jump over the spikes to the right of it.  
Drop down and run to the left, get the Invincibility Capsule to the left of 
the half-loop if you wish.  Get the Super Ring Capsule on your way and hit 
the hidden spring on the next level below the capsule.  It is hidden behind a 
pole like the Invincibility Capsule was.  There is a Crawlton near the top of 
the half-loop you can easily avoid.  Use the yellow spring to the right of 
the Crawlton to reach a small platform below a vine.

Jump to the vine to lower a bridge to the left and jump onto the newly 
lowered bridge.  Head to the left and get the Shield Capsule, then head back 
to the right and you’ll find another vine with a blue bar on it.  Jump to it 
to lower another bridge and jump on.  There is another vine above that will 
take you up to the next level.  From the top head right and you’ll find a 
Green Crusher that crushes upwards, and this one will crush you.  With Knux’s 
low jump it is hard to do it, but jump over them and head right.  Jump over 
the gap with the crumbling platforms and run to the right to hit the Robotnik 
Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Get the three rings at the start and head up the half-loop.  There is a vine 
you must pull to lower the bridge to the right.  Pull it and get onto the 
bridge.  Glide over the gap and onto the platforms to the right.  Head right 
and get on the swinging platform.  When it hits the other to the right, jump 
on it and get onto the yellow spring.  Bounce up the yellow spring and onto 
the vine to the left to lower the bridge to the left.  Head to the left and 
up the half-loop.  Bounce on the spring and head left.  You’ll enter a secret 
hall, in which is the checkpoint.

From here glide out and climb up the wall.  Jump up onto the red spring and 
climb up.  Get the Power Sneakers in the corner and jump to the vine to lower 
the bridge to the left.  Jump down and upon landing head left for the 
checkpoint.

Glide over the spikes below and onto the platform.  Here is another setback 
to the lower jump.  Jump down and take the lower route.  Defeat the two 
Flashers and head to the right.  Jump down onto the vine and lower yourself.  
Jump to the left and get the Super Ring Capsule, then wait for the right time 
to drop down and get the Invincibility Capsule.  Drop down and jump to the 
vine to lower the bridge.  Head across and down.  Defeat any Flashers in your 
way and head to the right.  At the end of the hall there is a Green Crusher.  
Run under and hit the yellow spring to the right.  Bounce up and under the 
Green Crusher and then defeat the tons of Flashers here to see you.

At the end jump to the vine to lower the bridge.  Walk over it and keep on 
going.  You’ll reach a very slow moving spike-ball on a platform.  When the 
coast is not unclear jump to it and jump across.  Use the vine to travel up 
and get the Shield Capsule to the left.  Keep going until you reach a gap in 
the center of which is a vine.  Use it to get up onto the higher level and 
head right.  Head right until you reach some red springs.  Fall between them 
onto a bridge.  Use vine to lower yourself and get the Shield Capsule.  Head 
to the left and under the Green Crusher.  Drop down and get the checkpoint.

Head right and after a while you’ll reach the boss.  He is a classic, and is 
remade Sonic the Hedgehog 3.  Robotnik is a machine with large drills on 
them.  He rams the drills into the roof and causes stones to fall.  Only the 
sharp ones hurt you.  Hit him on the side when his drills are up on top when 
his drills are horizontal or on the bottom when he lowers himself.  Be sure 
not to touch the flames on his ship.  His only other attack is when he moves 
his drills toward you and tries to slice you.  Eight hits beats this boss.  
Afterwards, head to the right to release the animals in the Capsule.  You 
release chicken and mice (That’s a cowardly combination).

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=============================3.7: Oil Ocean Zone=============================
=============================================================================

My second least favorite zone is this one.  My least favorite zone is up 
next, but these are so long and boring.  Okay music and okay scenery, but 
little to no action.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

Spin Dash from the start and over the gap getting the three rings.  Keep 
going to the right and defeat the new enemy you encounter, it is called an 
Octus.  This pink octopus will jump up and shoot bullets at you.  Hit them at 
the top.  Go up the half-loop to the right and jump over the spikes as well 
as the gap.  There is another Octus guarding a green bouncer that bounces you 
up when you stand on it.  Stand on it and the lid will fly up.  Use it to get 
to a platform to the left and get the Super Ring and the rings on it.

Then glide to the right, you should land near some Octuses and another Green 
Lid Spring.  Get on the lid and use it to reach the crumbling platform above.  
Run onto the stable platform and head right.  Run up the half-loop and jump 
to the crumbling platform to the right.  Keep going until you reach another 
Green Lid Platform.

Use it to get up and encounter the second of two types of enemy found here.  
The yellow seahorse is called an Aquis and it shoots out black bullets.  Jump 
to defeat it and head right.  There is another one as well as an elevator.  
Get on the elevator after defeating the Aquis and ride up.  From the top head 
left and glide across the gap.

To the left there is a fan preventing you from reaching the next elevator; 
wait for it to stop, and then run past it.  From the top head right and 
defeat the Aquis.  Jump over the gap and ride the elevator up to the right.  
From here, head right and over the gap.  You’ll then reach an Oil Slide, walk 
onto it to fall down.  You’ll reach a half-loop and hit the checkpoint.

Head right over the gap and you’ll reach some Green Lid Platforms.  Use the 
last one to the right to get up onto the platform above.  Whence on top head 
right and over the spikes than over the gap and to the half-loop.  Spin Dash 
up the loop to get onto the platform to the left.  From here, jump to the 
platform to the left and onto the elevator.  There will be two Aquis to 
defeat as well as a Cannon Barrier.  These are like breakable stones from 
before, just jump on them to activate a sequence of cannons.  The barrier is 
surrounded by spikes and is green and yellow.  After many cannons you’ll 
reach a Shield Capsule.  Get it and head to the right.  Defeat any Octuses in 
your way and get onto another Oil Slide.

You’ll exit at a half-loop and jump over some spikes.  Head to the left to 
enter an elevator.  From there head to the right to break a Cannon Barrier.  
You may want to get the Invincibility Capsule to the right.  After the many 
more cannons than before, head right.  Jump over the gap and spikes and head 
down the elevator.  From here head to the left and jump over spikes.  At the 
end there will be three Octuses in a row.  Defeat them all and then break the 
Cannon Barrier.

After the cannons head right and defeat an Octus.  To the right of it is an 
elevator, ride it down and at the bottom there will be a fan.  Fight it until 
it stops and then head to the right.  Jump over the spikes and onto the Green 
Lid Platform to the right.  Climb the wall to the left until some fans catch 
you with their wind.  Use them to propel yourself to the right and into the 
Robotnik Sign!

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Almost Done!  Get the rings to the right and keep heading to the right.  
Defeat the Octus and Aquises in your way and reach the elevator.  Jump on it 
and then get off, and go under it.  Under it there is a Shield and Super Ring 
Capsule as well as spring to get back up.  Use the spring after getting the 
goods and head back to the spikes to the left and then head right.  The 
elevator will be back and you can ride it up.  Head right until you reach 
three Green Lid Platforms.  Take the second one in the center and you’ll 
enter some cannons.  At the end head left and avoid the huge slow-moving 
spikes I call Mobile Spikes.  Head left and you’ll reach a Green Spring.

Run against it until it is all the way back, then roll and release.  You’ll 
be sent up a half-loop and want to go to the right.  Avoid Mobile Spikes on 
the ground and Aquises in the air.  At the end you’ll reach an elevator.  
Ride up and then use the Oil Slide to the right.  At the end you’ll see an 
upper level with a crumbling platform on it.  Climb up the wall and onto the 
platform to the right.  Defeat the Octuses and Aquises.  After a half-loop 
and some Mobile Spikes, head right and down the elevator.

To the left of this one there is an elevator, take it and go down.  To the 
right of this one there is an elevator, take it and go down.  To the right of 
this one there is an elevator, take it and go down.  Finally race against the 
fan until it stops then pass it.  Jump up on top of the platform and defeat 
the twin Octuses.  Use the Oil Slide to exit at a half-loop upon which, is 
the checkpoint.

Head to the right and break the Cannon Barrier.  At the end head left and 
over the gap.  Get onto the elevator.  Head left and over the spikes.  Break 
the Cannon Barrier and head to the right and go down Oil Slide.  Head up each 
half-loop.  Get the Shield Capsule at the first and the checkpoint at the 
second.

Head down the half-loop and defeat the Aquis and head right.  The boss is to 
the right.  Just as a note, if you stay in the oil ocean too long you’ll 
drown and die.  Robotnik will rise from the oil in a submarine.  Hit him a 
few times and get onto the platforms.  Next he will unleash a small robotic 
snake or something and try to hit the platform you are on.  Jump over it and 
wait for the next attack.

He will then raise the same snake only with a gun.  He will attempt to shoot 
you, jump to avoid it, and then hit Robotnik when he surfaces again.  Repeat 
the process until you win.  By the way if the bullet hits the platform it 
will set on fire for a while.  When you win, head right to release the 
animals from the Capsule.

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============================3.8: Metropolis Zone=============================
=============================================================================

This zone is so annoying and long...  The music is okay, but it gets worse 
every minute.  The background is great, but this zone could stand to be a 
little shorter.  It is the only one in the game to have three acts.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 1    |
                               +-------------+

By the way this zone has three acts and the next three have only one.  It 
also changes because the next zone has no boss and the last zone has two.  By 
the way, the next zone is easy, the zone after that is semi-hard, and the 
next is hard as a rock.  Good luck!

Get the three rings at the start and head to the right.  You’ll find some 
Exhaust Vents.  These vents emit a deadly amount of polluted air.  However, 
they do make great springs.  Get on top the first and when it springs up 
you’ll spring up too.  Use it to land on a platform to the left.  Get the 
Super Ring Capsule and avoid the first new enemy.  These starfish called 
Asterons explode into five spikes and are sent flying in five directions.  
Avoid the spikes and get the Super Ring Capsule.  After that, glide over the 
next Exhaust Vent and run through this cool Rotating Tunnel.  Run fast enough 
to run up the half-loop to the right and avoid the Asteron at the top.  Once 
the starfish has been dealt with, get the Shield Capsule and press the switch 
it was guarding.  Press the switch to extend a platform to the left.  Jump on 
and head up the upper platform.

You’ll find an Exhaust Vent to the left; bounce up and watch the floor appear 
beneath you.  You are also introduced to a new, much more evil version of a 
previous enemy.  This Shell Cracker extends one arm to the left and tries to 
slug you.  Jump over him and roll into him from the right.  Keep going down 
and you’ll find a new obstacle, the Crusher.  Spin Dash over it when it is 
low and then stop afterwards.  There are Asterons everywhere from here on, so 
be ready.  Hit the switch to open an entrance to the lower levels and avoid 
one Asteron.  Move to the right to fall into the lower level and you’ll be 
the target of two this time.

Fall down and get the Super Ring Capsule and one will try to take you on.  
Press the gray switch to the right of the capsule and head down.  Now here 
listen closely.  Jump over the gray switch to the right and hit the yellow 
triangles in the pit above it.  You’ll bounce up to a higher level and 
encounter a Slicer.  These guys throw their sickles at you and they motion 
them up at first, then they fall down.

Dodge them and jump on the now vulnerable Slicer.  Keep heading to the right.  
You’ll find some brown blocks that have spears in them.  They move up, left, 
down, right.  Jump from top to top until you reach the end.  Jump up to the 
yellow triangles to the upper right and bounce up and hit the checkpoint.

Head right and defeat the Slicer.  Head right and you’ll find a Screw.  Run 
to the left while on it to reach the bottom.  On the next, just jump in line 
with the screw because the spikes prevent you from getting on the Screw.  
Head left and up the half-loop.  Defeat the Shell Cracker and fall down on 
the falling platform.  Head right and down the half-loop.  Go through the 
Rotating Tunnel and up the next half-loop to the right of that one.  Hit the 
yellow triangles and bounce up.  Head left and climb up the wall (Or use the 
Screw to get up).  Avoid the Asterons and go up the Screw to the right.

Hit the gray switch to the right at top to extend a platform and jump on.  
Jump to the yellow spring to the right from there and bounce up to a platform 
on which is another gray switch.  Press it and a platform to the left will 
extend.  However, because of the short jump, it is too high to reach.  Climb 
up the wall above instead and jump onto the Screw.  Avoid the Asteron Spikes 
and get up.  To the right is another Screw.  Take it down and you’ll reach 
some brown blocks.  Glide over them and avoid the two Asterons soon after.  
Keep going until you fall through a pit with yellow triangles and get the 
Super Ring Capsule at the bottom.

Head to the left and enter a Tube.  At the bottom head left and onto a 
falling platform.   Fall down and jump to another set of brown blocks.  At 
the end jump into the corridor and evade the spikes of the Asteron.  Jump 
onto the gray switch to open up a passageway and fall down.  You’ll fall onto 
a moving platform.  Duck down to avoid the many Asterons above and then wait 
to reach the end.  There is a Slicer to deal with at the entrance to a 
passageway.  Defeat him and keep going.  Don’t fall into any of the pits; 
jump over them and keep heading to the right.  Jump over the next gap and 
keep heading right.  The Robotnik Sign is to the right.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 2    |
                               +-------------+

Finally!  Now that that’s done, it’s time for another long act.  Get the 
three rings at the start and another on your way.  Press the gray switch to 
extend a platform and use it to jump to a conveyor belt ledge.  When at the 
top, jump and glide over to the right.  You’ll reach a wall under which is a 
Shell Cracker.  Defeat it and enter the Tube it is guarding.  It will cause a 
chain reaction that sends you flying into the sickle of a Slicer.  Defeat it 
and then jump onto the huge sprocket to the left.  Let it carry you down to 
the ground and then Spin Dash up the half-loop to the left.  Get the Super 
Ring Capsule and then jump to another Giant Sprocket to the right.

Get on the rising platform to the right and jump from it to the main ledge to 
the right.  Head right and you’ll enter another tube.  It will send you up a 
half-loop and onto a Super Ring Capsule.  Get the rings and then Spin Dash 
under the Crusher to the right.  Don’t worry about the gap; you’ll be going 
so fast you’ll go over it.  Head right and you’ll see a pit.  A moving 
platform moves under it, get on and jump off it to the right.  Keep heading 
to the right and you’ll reach the first checkpoint.

Enter the tube to the right.  Head right until you reach a Conveyor Belt.  
Glide through it and onto the platform to the right.  Glide to the right from 
here and climb up the wall into the upper hallway.  Head right from here 
until you reach an Exhaust Vent.  Use it to bounce up and head left (Finally!  
We are heading left and not right!).  Defeat the Shell Cracker in the way and 
get the Super Ring Capsule behind it.

Jump up to the higher ledge and bounce up on the Exhaust Vent.  Head right 
and glide when you see a trail of rings.  You should glide right over a Shell 
Cracker and onto a Giant Sprocket.  Jump onto the moving platform to the 
right and from there the brown block.  Jump to the Giant Sprocket to the 
right of that and when at the top hit the yellow triangle.  You’ll bounce 
right into a checkpoint.

Hit the gray switch to the left to cover a gap below.  Head to the left (Not 
right!) and go down a half-loop.  You’ll enter a Rotating Tunnel and go up 
another half-loop.  Head to the right and go up the Screw.  Defeat the Slicer 
at the top and get the Super Ring Capsule.  Avoid the Asterons when you go up 
this next one and a Slicer at the top.  Keep heading right and you’ll find 
another Slicer.  Defeat it, head right, and jump onto the Conveyor Belt.  At 
the top jump onto the brown blocks to the left and use them to enter a tube 
above.  Head right at the top and run up the half-loop.  At the top swerve 
onto the moving platform than climb up the wall to the right.

Avoid the Asteron and at the top get the three rings.  Keep going until you 
reach some yellow triangles.  Bounce up and get the Shield at the top.  There 
are more above this platform; bounce up.  Head right at the top and you’ll 
reach a Slicer.  Defeat it and jump onto the Conveyor Belt to the right.  At 
the top jump to the Conveyor Belt to the left and at the top of this one jump 
to the platform to the left.  Go through the Rotating Tunnel and up the half-
loop.  You may want to Spin Dash up and then jump from the side and onto the 
moving platform.  Ride it up to a yellow spring to the right that will bounce 
you into some Yellow Triangle Springs.  At the top head right and hit the 
Robotnik Sign.

                               +-------------+
                               |    Act 3    |
                               +-------------+

We’re not out of the woods, or the city, yet.  Get the three rings at the 
start.  Head right and you’ll encounter a Slicer.  Defeat it and get onto the 
platform to the right.  After a while it will violently jerk you over to a 
new platform.  Get across and jump to the platform with the Shell Cracker to 
the right.  Enter the tube and at the top head right.  You’ll reach a huge 
Sprocket.  Glide over it and the one below it and head right.  You’ll reach 
some Crushers, Spin Dash over them and head right.  Keep going to the right 
until you reach a half-loop.  Take it up to the next level by jumping to the 
left and use the Screw to get up.  Avoid the Asterons and head left.  Jump 
onto the platform above and use it to get onto the moving platform.  Jump to 
the right and use the red spring to the checkpoint.

To the right of the checkpoint is a yellow spring, bounce on it over to the 
right and go through the Rotating Tunnel.  If you go fast enough, you’ll run 
straight onto a platform.  Jump up from it and enter the tube.  Head right 
and bounce on the Exhaust Vent up to the yellow triangles.  Bounce up onto 
the platform and since the spikes are above, Spin Dash to the conveyor belt 
to the right.  Keep going to the right until you reach an Exhaust Vent.  
Bounce up and head right.  Avoid the Slicer and head right.  Jump up and hit 
the yellow triangles.  Head right from the top and jump to the brown blocks.

Jump from the first upward (The path that sort of leads to the upper left) 
and then onto the platform.  Head to the right until you reach some huge 
Sprockets.  Ride them up until you reach a Tube guarded by a Shell Cracker.  
Enter the tube and head right.  Defeat the Slicers in your way.  Run up the 
Screw and dodge the Asteron spikes.  At the top jump to the right and use 
that Screw to get up.  Head to the left and defeat the Slicer.  Enter the 
Tube to the left and head to the right.  Avoid the Asterons and hit the 
checkpoint.

Jump to the platform to the right of the checkpoint.  At the end head right 
and you’ll encounter the boss.  This boss is remade a couple times, sometimes 
it is slightly different, but the orbiting weights never change.  Basically, 
Robotnik is in his normal ship with capsules orbiting him.  Hit him on the 
black underbelly of his ship (Or the top) to cause damage to him.  When you 
hit him, he releases a decoy that can be defeated with one jump.

They are also very small.  Hit him seven times, each time destroying the 
decoy he releases from his capsule.  When he has no capsules left he will 
resort to shooting lasers at you.  He should stop midway on the screen when 
he fires his first laser; hit him there and head right to free the animals.  
Congrats, an easy zone is next!  Hurray!

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=============================3.9: Sky Chase Zone=============================
=============================================================================

This zone is easy, no boss, one act, and it takes about two minutes to beat.  
You are Knuckles and you are on the Tornado, Tails’s plane.  Tails is driving 
(I thought they hated each other…).  The music is good and so is the scenery, 
and I like easy, so enjoy.

                          +----------------------+
                          |    Sky Chase Zone    |
                          +----------------------+

There are no acts, just the zone.  Tails is helping you get through with his 
plane, the Tornado.  It would be pretty hard to guide you through this, so 
I’ll just tell you about it.  This level is a Scrolling Level, which means 
you cannot stay stationary.  There are three types of enemies the first being 
a Balkiry.  This bird is swift and after one rapid dive it will disappear.  
The next is a Nebula.  These robots hide in hot air balloons and drop spike 
balls onto that below it.

The third is the slow-moving Turtloid.  It shoots bullets at you.  To defeat 
them, generally, jump.  The Turtloid is vulnerable on top where the piloting 
robotic turtle is sitting.  The Nebula is vulnerable everywhere but I suggest 
hitting the top in case it drops a spike ball, and the many Balkiries are 
vulnerable everywhere.  I usually stay in the upper left hand corner myself, 
staying to the right is bad since it scrolls.  When you jump, the plane drops 
a bit.  To move down you can also press the down button.

Move up in the same way only with the up button, and left and right goes as 
well.  Nebulas are the only enemies that move off course.  Stay up to avoid 
them.  If a high score is what you seek, bounce from enemy to enemy.  You 
cannot fall off the course since Tails always catches you.  You will pass 
Robotnik’s ship after a while and then you know the level is almost over.  I 
don’t see why Knuckles just didn’t jump onto the ship.  Well enjoy while you 
can, a long, boring act is up next.

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==========================3.95: Wing Fortress Zone===========================
=============================================================================

Since this zone is so short I did not raise it a tenth of an integer.  This 
zone has one act and it is a really boring.  Tails is attacked by lasers, so 
it is exciting at first, but then it is just chickens with assault rifles.

                        +--------------------------+
                        |    Wing Fortress Zone    |
                        +--------------------------+

As you start, the ship’s laser cannons attack the plane.  Jump to the red 
catwalk before you go down and enter the inner working of the ship.  Well, 
not for long.  You exit the interior so you can get some action outside.  I 
don’t like the Knuckles jump since because it is so short a major shortcut is 
cut out.  When you exit the inside you’ll reach some fans that propel you to 
a catwalk.  Head right and you’ll encounter the only type of enemy here.  
Hello Clucker!  It is a chicken that shoots bullets from a gun.  Jump on top 
to defeat it and head right.

Before a huge pit, jump up and climb up the wall.  A fan will blow you up; 
head right and defeat two Cluckers.  This is a huge shortcut, so I lied there 
is a shortcut!  Head to the left and you’ll reach another fan.  Jump over it 
and head to the left.  Jump to the platform and jump to the new type of 
platform.  These are Fan Platforms; jump on them when they are horizontal and 
in this manner jump up to the upper platform.  Head right and you’ll see in 
big bold white letters “29 Eggman-01”.  Above that is the checkpoint.

Head right and you’ll go down a half-loop and you’ll see a Clucker.  Beat him 
down and head right.  Go up the red half-loop and head left.  Jump to the 
rising platforms and jump to the right and defeat the Clucker.  Head right 
and avoid more Cluckers and Laser Turrets.  You’ll be catapulted to a catwalk 
with a Clucker.  Defeat it and drop to the ground to the left.

Defeat the Clucker here and fall to the catwalk below and head to the left 
through the wall.  A gust of wind will send you to a block.  Press the A/B/X 
button to release.  Follow the trail of rings and at the end.  You’ll enter a 
catwalk.  Jump to the platform to the left, then the one to the right, then 
the one to the right, and then glide over the pit and hit the checkpoint.

Head right and with a boost of speed you’ll cross a huge pit to a red 
catwalk.  Jump immediately and head right.  Climb up the conveyor belt and 
jump to the orbital platforms.  Jump to the catwalk and take the second hook 
up to a new catwalk.  Head to the right and after an extreme boost of speed 
you’ll be sent through two walls and into a new catwalk.  Climb the platforms 
to the left up and head right.  You’ll hit a checkpoint; the boss is near.

Head right and you’ll see a gray-black switch.  Hit it and you’ll fall into 
the interior of the ship.  Head to the right and you’ll face a really hard 
boss.  This is the first of two bosses where you don’t face Robotnik himself.  
The doc is protected a yellow beam you cannot pass through.  As he laughs and 
grins, a huge laser which mounts an assault against you.  Another turret 
dispenses spike-platforms in the room, which makes maneuvering nearly 
impossible.

The Laser Turret is your target, but is only vulnerable when open.  It is 
also too high to reach.  You must jump on the randomly moving platforms and 
hit the laser eye when it opens.  After eight long hits the laser will go 
boom and the shields go down and Robotnik runs to the left.  Chase him and 
watch the cinema.  The ultimate test is near.

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==================3.99: The Ultimate Weapon, The Death Egg===================
=============================================================================

Okay, it is actually called the Death Egg Zone, and it is super hard.  It is 
just two bosses, but you have no rings and any hit will kill you.  It has 
pretty good music and background but it is too hard…

-----------------------------The Death Egg Zone------------------------------

Head right to encounter the first boss.  Methinks this boss is based on 
Roller from the previous game.  Roller was rare and appeared once or twice 
only.  It was a robotic duplicate of Sonic.  It was only vulnerable when not 
rolling, and it rolled at extreme speeds.  Well this boss is an advanced 
Roller, and is impossibly hard at first.  It is easy when you memorize the 
pattern it attacks in, but if not, you are doomed.

                       +-----------------------------+
                       |    Metal Sonic Prototype    |
                       +-----------------------------+

You’ll see Robotic Sonic (The name for short) hovering downward with the jets 
in his shoes in the right-hand corner of the screen.  It is a copy of your 
mortal enemy, Sonic the Hedgehog!  Robotnik is watching your every move from 
a vent behind you.  Robotic Sonic is taller than you, faster than you, and a 
whole lot sharper than you.  However, there is one thing Robotnik didn’t 
count on (Well of course; he hasn’t met Knuckles yet), and that’s Knuckles.

When he lands, hit him when you hear the charging noise he makes with his 
spiky hairdo.  Hit him on his forehead or face, not the spikes or you will 
die.  After charging it will first rev up a Spin Dash and roll to the left.  
Jump over it and hit him while he charges.  After that he will use the jets 
in his shoes to speed to the right then to the left.  You can hit him now as 
well.  After he charges again he will rev up another roll.  On this one he 
jumps though.  Dodge under him and hit him again.  These are his only 
attacks, but he does launch his spikes after a while when he rolls and jumps.  
After eight hits the enemy will perish, and Robotnik will run to the right to 
escape.  Chase him to the final boss.

                     +---------------------------------+
                     |    Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik    |
                     +---------------------------------+

This qualifies as the hardest boss of any Sonic game ever.  With no rings, 
this machine is invincible.  It requires twelve hits and each is a challenge 
in its own.  The battle arena takes up two or three screens and the weapon 
Robotnik uses is built to scale.  It is a giant machine modeled after 
Robotnik’s body.  It is an android only Dr. Robotnik controls it.  The 
machine has an arsenal of attacks for a Sonic boss, and even if you are 
Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles, it is hard.  Robotnik will take four steps 
forward, then one back, and then launch himself up.  Hit him when he steps 
back.  While he is walking trying to hit him is like suicide.  Hit him on the 
black part of the machine while avoiding his spiked fists.  If you die, you 
must reface Robotic Sonic.  When he is in the air a white circle will appear 
around you.  When a multi-color circle appears within that circle then run to 
the right quick.  He will land and lower his body, hit him once and retreat 
to the right.  He will then launch his fists at you.  Duck or jump to avoid 
them and hit him again before he launches himself.  Repeat this process until 
you win.  If he lands and you’re behind him, he will launch bombs at you.  
After twelve hits, run to the right.  Explosion will chase you; don’t stop.  
At the end, watch a cinema and be proud; you beat Knuckles the Echidna in 
Sonic the Hedgehog 2!

Watch the ending cinema and rejoice.  If you beat Sonic 2 with Sonic already 
than this game is about done, but stick around and read about Super Sonic, 
two-player mode and some other stuff.  If you didn’t get the Chaos Emeralds, 
then you have some playing to do!  I’ll see you at the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 
walkthrough.  Over and out…

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=============================4.0: Special Stage==============================
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The special stage can be accessed in every level.  If you collect fifty rings 
and hit a checkpoint, some stars will spin around the checkpoint.  Jump into 
them and you’ll be brought to the Special Stage.  The goal of the Special 
Stage is to get the Chaos Emerald at the end.  They will set goals for you; 
collecting a certain amount of rings by the time you reach a certain area.  
If you are successful, a Chaos Emerald is yours.

The Special Stage itself is a huge half-tube filled with rings and spikes.  
By hitting a spike, you lose your rings and getting rings is your goal.  The 
spikes can be in different formations such as diamonds or circles.  Each time 
you play the stage is different.  The Special Stage is even a course in two-
player mode.  But what is the purpose of these stages?

Well, not only extra lives and the sort, but also the Chaos Emeralds.  They 
come in a multitude of color and seven exist.  In Sonic 1 the Chaos Emeralds 
triggered an alternate ending, but not in this game.  To find out the true 
purpose of the Chaos Emeralds, see the Super Sonic section.

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==============================4.1: Super Sonic===============================
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Super Sonic is a golden version of Sonic that is constantly invulnerable and 
fast.  He jumps higher than the real Sonic and needless to say looks much 
cooler.  Sonic 2 introduced Super Sonic and he has been in many games 
afterwards.  From here all the way to Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (Where not 
only does he go Super Sonic but his rival Shadow goes Super Shadow as well) 
Sonic has performed this neat trick.  To get Super Sonic you must collect all 
seven Chaos Emeralds in the Special Stages and then in a level of the game 
you must collect fifty rings.  All that is left to do is jump and Sonic will 
embrace the power of the Chaos Emeralds.  He is golden and I think maybe 
slightly taller, but that is not the end to his abilities.

Super Sonic runs and accelerates much faster than in his normal state.  Also 
when he runs he seems to glide over the land and a silver star follows him.  
As well as all this, Super Sonic is constantly invincible.  He jumps much 
higher as well and Shield Capsules are blank, and do not affect him.  Even 
when you face bosses Robotnik cannot leave so much as a scratch.  However, at 
the end of the level, Sonic returns to his normal state.

Thanks to the magic of cheats, in future games you may also become Super 
Tails and “Hyper” Knuckles.  They have the same abilities as Super Sonic, 
only they have some changes.  Hyper Knuckles is still red, only he flashes 
pink.  Super Tails is the most interesting because four yellow birds orbit 
him and attack for him.  Well it doesn’t work in this game (That I know of…), 
but maybe Super Tails and Hyper Knuckles will find their way into a Sonic 
game in the future.

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============================4.2: Two-Player Mode=============================
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At the Title Screen you’ll see two options, 1 Player mode and 2 Player V.S.  
Well, if you select the second, it will take you to a screen where you are 
asked which course you’d like to race on.  The selections are Emerald Hill 
Zone, Mystic Cave Zone, Casino Night Zone, and the Special Stage.  Select one 
and (Other than the Special Stage) the screen will be divided into two.  One 
half is for Sonic, the other Tails (Knuckles in Sonic 2 has no two-player 
mode).  You can get a Time Over, which causes the player furthest behind to 
lose.  The goal is to reach the Robotnik Sign.

There are Capsules that are always random and the items are the same other 
than two additions, which are the Robotnik Item and Teleports.  Teleports 
switch the two players and the Robotnik Item is the same as taking a hit.  At 
the end, the score is given and one player wins.  They judge on score, time, 
rings, total rings, and the number of items you got.  You need 3 out of 5 to 
win the race.

In the Special Stage there are no items and the winner is the one who gets 
the most rings.  The race is simply the Special Stage with two players.

In another sense, if you want to play the actual game with two players, plug 
in another controller and activate 1 Player Mode.  Play with Sonic and Tails 
and use the second controller for Tails and the first for Sonic.  This helps 
a lot with bosses and things, but the view focuses only on Sonic and not 
Tails, so you’ve got to be fast.  Well, if you have a friend that loves Sonic 
2, too, then get a controller and play the day away.

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============================4.3: Codes and Cheats============================
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Most of you (Like me) just skipped here, but I think I should say that I 
don’t approve of cheating or manipulating codes.  However, this game is hard 
even for me to beat without the Level Select Code and all that, so here it 
goes.  I don’t know that many, but props to www.gamewinners.com for these.

               +---------------------------------------------+
               |    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Codes and Cheats    |
               +---------------------------------------------+

Level Select Code: Go to options and on the Sound Test and select 19, 65, 09, 
and 17 in that order.  The sound of ring being collected will signify the 
success of this code.  Press and hold the X button then press start and 
release.  The game will start back up starting with the Sega logo and now 
wait for the game title to load completely.  Then press and hold the B button 
and press Start.  You will be brought to a screen on which is the name of 
each zone and act along with the Sound Select.  Press Start when you have 
selected an act and you will be taken there.  If you are brought back to the 
title screen you can press and hold B and Start to access the Level Select 
Screen again instead of reentering the Sound Select.

Slow Motion and Restart Codes: Enable the Level Select Code and while in any 
stage press start.  For slow motion keep tapping the A/X button while on 
start and you can move around in slow motion.  To restart the game 
automatically, press the B button while on start.  The slow motion code is 
fun on bosses.

Debug Mode Code: Enable the Level Select Code and then go to the Sound Test 
on the Options Screen.  In this order, sound the sounds 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 
and 4.  A ring being collected will allow you to determine the success of the 
code entry.  Choose to play as Tails Alone and then select a level on the 
Level Select.  Press and hold B and then press Start.  You’ll enter the level 
in Debug Mode.

Start with the Chaos Emeralds Code: Enable the Level Select Code.  Go to the 
Level Select Screen and use the Sound Select to pick 4, 1, 2, and 6 in that 
order.  Then pick any stage to start on and you will have all the Chaos 
Emeralds.

Super Sonic Code: Enable the Start with the Chaos Emeralds Code and while on 
any act collect fifty rings and then jump.  In this way you need not go to 
all the Special Stages.

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   |    Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Codes and Cheats    |
   +---------------------------------------------------------------------+

Level Select Code: At the title screen press Up three times, Down three 
times, and then left, right, left, right in that order.  The sound of a ring 
being collected will signal that the code was successful, and then press and 
hold B and press start.  Release the buttons when you reach a Level Select 
Screen.  You may also activate the Sound Select from here.  Press start when 
you have selected the act you want and enter the level.

Debug Mode Code: Enable the Level Select Code and then in the Sound Test 
choose the sounds 1, 9, 9, 4, 1, 0, 1, and 8 in that order.  Select a level, 
and then press and hold A and then press the start button.

Start with all Chaos Emeralds Code: Enable the Level Select Code and go to 
the Sound Test on the Level Select Screen and select 1, 6, 7, 7, 7, 2, 1, and 
6.

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================================4.4: Options=================================
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In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, there are options to select that are hidden from 
view (if you press down on the control pad or stick on the main screen, 
you’ll see them).  Press the A/Start button when option is selected to go 
there.  Here you can do three things.

Player Select: You can decide to play with both Sonic and Tails (That is the 
default character combo if you just press start), or as either Sonic or Tails 
Alone.  Go left once for Tails Alone and Right once for Sonic Alone.  You can 
also move in all directions, but it will always have but those three choices.  
You may start the game here by pressing start when this is selected.

VS Mode Items: This is very simple.  In a race you may choose what items 
exist.  Either Teleport Only, or the default selection, All Kinds.

Sound Test: You can listen to either music or random noises by pressing A/X 
when selected.  Move either left or right to decide, or to skip ahead by ten 
integers, press B.

There are no extra options for Knuckles in Sonic 2.  Now that the walkthrough 
has been read, all of you who are going to try to pull a fast one had better 
read this next section too...

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==============================5.0: Legal Things==============================
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First off I’d like to state that I had no part in making this game, Sega and 
the Sonic Team did.  Furthermore, when I say I named something, it simply 
means I nicknamed it that because I don’t know the real name (Like Metal 
Sonic Prototype for instance).  I had no part in the creation of Sonic the 
Hedgehog himself or all related characters, ideas, concepts, etc.

Secondly, this document is Copyright 2003-2007 Brian McPhee.

Last but not least, this document may not be reproduced under any 
circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any 
web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written 
permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any 
public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.

Only GameFAQs and its affiliates have my permission to use this guide on 
their web sites.

See ya later.