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    For Sega Genesis
    FAQ/walkthrough by William Walker
    This FAQ/walkthrough is copyright William Walker, all rights reserved, begun June 21, 2003.
    This is its first, and so far only, version. The information in this FAQ/walkthrough comes solely
    from playing the game Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and reading the manual. I wish to give credit only to
    Sega for making such a splendid game.
    1. Introduction
    Well, I had no idea things would move along so quickly! Just two days after completing my
    FAQ/walkthrough for Sonic 1, here I am, beginning my next one! I can say with a reasonable
    degree of certainty that coming after this will be FAQ/walkthroughs in this order: Sonic 3, Sonic
    & Knuckles and Sonic 3D Blast. I do have other Sonic games (Sonic CD and Sonic Spinball) but
    I am probably going to move on to another series of games after completing FAQ/walkthroughs
    for the 'main' Sonic games, since almost all the games I possess have my FAQ/walkthroughs on
    the Internet that sorely need updating. No guarantees, mind you.
    Well, Sonic the Hedgehog is the premier series of games for Sega, and no less than seven games
    were released for the Sega Genesis starring this rolling blue hedgehog. There are also at least
    eight Sonic games for Sega Game Gear (a small, portable system that resembles Game Boy) and I
    have posted FAQ/walkthroughs for six of them. Sonic games also exist for the PC, Sega Saturn,
    and Sega Dreamcast. There's even a remake of all seven Genesis games in one cartridge with
    bonus features out now for the GameCube. Put simply, Sonic is all over the place. Though these
    games I am writing FAQ/walkthroughs for are over eight years old and technologically obsolete,
    GameFAQs is still posting FAQs for them, and I love FAQ writing, so here I am. I hope believe I
    already have a FAQ/walkthrough by myself on GameFAQs for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and I want
    this one to replace it.
    Now, all the Genesis games were great, but in my opinion, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the greatest
    of them all. It eliminates most of the problems Sonic 1 had and still has that feel of a Sonic classic
    Sonic 3 and later games lack a little bit. Plus it's got many things Sonic 1 did not: a sidekick
    character for Sonic, more levels with better graphics, an ever-increasing array of enemies, bosses
    and secrets, and even a Super Sonic character that allows you to play as a superhuman version of
    Sonic. The only thing I find annoying about this game is its lack of a save feature. This is
    annoying because this is a long game, and the technology certainly existed for one when it was
    made. But I have a few things to say in defense of Sonic 2. One, the save feature was first tried in
    Sonic 3. I think the games that really need a save feature are Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic 3D
    Blast, since these games were made AFTER one that did have a save feature. Also, this game
    does have a level select code, like all Sonic games.
    I write this FAQ/walkthrough assuming you are playing Sonic 2 normally, either from the
    cartridge or from an emulator. I do not provide any special information if you are using Game
    Genie codes or other codes with the game. If you are playing Sonic 2 from another cartridge, that
    is fine too. I am actually playing it from the Sonic Classics cartridge, which has on it Sonic 1,
    Sonic 2 and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (a tetris-like game loosely related to Sonic). If
    you are playing with the Sonic 2 cartridge locked onto the Sonic & Knuckles cartridge, you are
    playing Sonic 2 as Knuckles the Echidna. I do not have any information here for such players; for
    more info you must look in my Sonic & Knuckles FAQ/walkthrough when it comes out.
    If you would like to use any part of my FAQ/walkthrough on your site, ask me a question about
    this game, or mention something I have missed, please do so! I love getting e-mails from other
    Sonic enthusiasts, if anything just to remind me that some people still play these old video games!
    Please feel free to send in your e-mails and I will reply to them as long as they are understandable
    grammatically (I need to know what you're talking about to write back) and don't contain any
    garbage like ads, strong language, etc. My e-mail address is j-d-walker@worldnet.att.net . I'm
    Sonic 2 has a story not much different than Sonic 1 (the lack of a story actually makes the game
    simpler and lets you concentrate just on the levels). In Sonic 1, Sonic the rolling, speedy blue
    hedgehog halted the efforts of Dr. Robotnik, the mad scientist, from taking over his homeland.
    But all villains never stay dormant for long, and now Robotnik is back, up to his old tricks:
    turning animals into robots and building fortresses and traps all over Sonic's homeland. This time,
    Robotnik is trying to build an enormous space station called the Death Egg which he plans to
    conquer the world with! Sonic is back in action, this time with a sidekick: Tails the two-tailed fox.
    Can he halt Robotnik's evil plans once and for all? Or will Robotnik make him taste the agony of
    final defeat? We shall soon see...
    2. Basic Information
    Sonic 2 is divided into eleven zones. Each zone has 1-3 acts, or individual levels (the first seven
    zones have two acts each, but then the numbers of acts get a bit mixed up). Each act has gold
    rings, power-ups, enemies and obstacles. Gold rings are what you need to stay alive in this game.
    They are found everywhere, in the air or on the ground, usually in groups. If you get hit by an
    enemy or a trap, you lose all of your rings, Some rings will fly out away form you and you can try
    to grab them again - if you're quick! Always try to have some rings in your possession, because
    you can get hit an infinite number of times and be fine as long as you have at least one ring each
    time. The spikes bug that existed in Sonic 1 has been corrected, so spikes now pose no more
    threat than any other obstacle. If you get hit with no rings, you die. You also die instantly from
    any of the following: falling off the screen, drowning, getting crushed or running out of time.
    (You get a full 10 minutes, usually plenty of time, to complete each act). Any act that is not the
    last act of the zone ends with a turnstile that you simply run past to complete the act. The last act
    of a zone usually ends with a battle with Dr. Robotnik and one of his evil inventions.
    When you lose a life, you return to the beginning of the act you died in unless you activated a
    Starpost, in that case you return to the last Starpost you activated (with no rings and the same
    time on the clock as when you activated the Starpost). Starposts look like lampposts with a star at
    the top. Once activated they flash. They serve as checkpoints in case you die but unlike Sonic 1,
    but they also are important in entering the Special Stage (see next section). You begin the game
    with three lives, and can get an extra life by getting a 1-UP power-up, obtaining 100 rings, 200
    rings (though additional 100s provide no more extra lives) or by scoring 50,000 points. (See
    scoring at the end of this section). If you run out of lives, you game is over and you must start
    over unless you have a continue. You get a continue if you score at least 10,000 points in end of
    act bonuses at the end of any one act. If you see a picture of Sonic dancing with a tune playing
    after the tally, you got a continue. If you run out of lives and have a continue, press start before
    the countdown reaches zero at the continue screen to resume play in the act you lost your last life
    in, with three lives, but your score reset to zero.
    Also, there are a few power-ups in this game. These look like monitors. Jump on them or roll into
    them to break them open and collect them.
    Super Ring: Looks like a ring; worth ten rings.
    Speed Shoes: Looks like a red shoe; gives you extra speed for a short time.
    Invincibility: Looks like three stars; makes you immune to most attack (but NOT things that kill
    you instantly) for a short time.
    Shield: Looks like a blue energy pulse; activates a blue, pulsing sphere around you that remains
    until you get hit. When you get hit you lose the shield but don't lose your rings - it provides an
    'extra hit'.
    1-UP: Looks like Sonic's face; worth an extra life.
    Now, how to control Sonic. It is still quite simple, though there is one new move in this game that
    did not exist in Sonic 1. Use the directional pad to move, duck and see what is above or below
    you. You need to hold down or up for a second or so to make the camera shift. Press start to
    pause/unpause the game, and A, B or C to jump. Those are the main controls. Press down while
    running and you will roll into a ball (this is sometimes called the Super Spin Attack, but I just call
    it rolling). This is one way to defeat enemies. The other way is to jump into or onto them. It
    doesn't matter if you don't land on an enemy, just that you are rolling when you touch it and
    don't hit it at a dangerous point (such as spikes).
    The new move in this game is called a Spin Dash or Spin Dash Attack. To execute this, stand still
    and duck. Then jump while holding down on the directional pad. Instead of just jumping, you will
    begin to rev up like an engine in place. Press the jump button repeatedly to build power. When
    you are ready, release down on the directional pad and you will shoot off in the direction you
    were facing. This is a very handy move that allows you to build up speed quickly without having
    to hit a spring or get a running start. It allows you to ascend vertical walls that are curved at the
    bottom, get up enough speed to go through loops, or smash through enemies or barriers. It is a
    really good move you should get used to.
    A little bit about Tails, Sonic's sidekick. Tails tags along with Sonic in the regular game. If you
    have two controllers attached to the game system, controller 2 can be used to control Tails.
    However, you will find this is very frustrating for the second player, as Tails is not Sonic's equal.
    He cannot get power-ups or really do much, and he always has to keep up with Sonic. If Sonic
    runs off the screen and Tails is left behind, he will reappear after a while. This often happens when
    you play with just Sonic and Tails being uncontrolled. If Tails dies for whatever reason, he also
    reappears after a while. If you want to play two-player I recommend the 2-player mode, where
    each character can control themselves in their own right. Occasionally Tails will help out by
    defeating an enemy or getting some rings you missed, but nearly always he's just tagging along
    and can actually distract you from the action. He also occasionally causes you harm in a boss
    battle by hitting the boss so that when you hit him just afterward, you fall through him and get hit
    yourself. If you are going for all the Chaos Emeralds, I recommend playing as Sonic alone (see
    the Special Stage section for the reason).
    You can decide to play as Sonic and Tails (in which case a second controller can control Tails;
    otherwise he just tags along, controlled by the game) Sonic alone, or Tails alone. To select which
    mode you want to play, you must go to the Options screen. This is the oddest secret in any Sonic
    game. At the title screen, press up (or down two times) and the selection 'Options' will appear
    instead of 1-Player Game and 2-Player Game. Press start to go to the Options screen. Press left or
    right to cycle between Sonic and Tails, Sonic alone or Tails alone. Tails plays exactly the same as
    Sonic so in my walkthrough, whatever I say for Sonic applies to Tails as well. If you really like to
    play as Tails, go ahead, but be aware that there is no Super Tails like Super Sonic. Other than
    that, they are no different from each other. The Options screen also has two other options, power-
    ups in 2-player mode (see Section 4, 2-Player Game) and Sound Test (see Section 5, Cheats and
    That's about all you need to know except for scoring. Here is how you score points (keep in mind
    that you get an extra life every 50,000 points):
    -You get 100 points for each enemy you defeat. If you defeat several enemies in succession (on
    one roll or on one jump, or on a combination of the two) you get 100 points for the first enemy,
    200 for the second, 500 for the third, and 1000 for the fourth and each thereafter.
    -You get 1000 points for each boss you defeat.
    -You get 100 points for each ring in your possession at the end of each act.
    -You get a time bonus at the end of each act depending on how quickly you completed it. You
    get either 50,000, 10,000, 5000, 4000, 3000, 2000, 1000 or 500 points depending on your time.
    Unfortunately, I cannot tell you the exact scheme of which times yield you what. They are the
    same as in Sonic 1. If you take five minutes or longer, you get nothing.
    -If you collect every single ring in an act and have them all in your possession at the end (a nearly
    impossible feat) you get a bonus of 50,000 points, or one free life.
    3. Special Stage
    This is one of my favorite aspects of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It is one reason this game stands out
    from all the other Sonic games for Sega Genesis. Not only is the Special Stage in Sonic 2 not too
    difficult and fun, it also is what I think of when I think of a Sonic Special Stage. When you play a
    Special Stage from Sonic 1, Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles or Sonic CD, your general reaction is 'I
    don't get it'. Sonic 3D Blast also has good Special Stages similar in design to Sonic 2, but not
    quite as good. Anyway - Special Stage is the Sonic the Hedgehog term for a bonus stage in which
    your objective is to obtain a Chaos Emerald. These awesome gems are the source of incredible
    power and in the story, you must get them before Robotnik does at any cost. But in reality, the
    Chaos Emeralds are an extra, not necessary to complete the game. But unlike Sonic 1, when
    getting all the Chaos Emeralds just gave you a slightly better ending, in Sonic 2 it actually makes
    the game easier.
    There are seven Special Stages, one for each Chaos Emerald. However, unlike Sonic 1, Sonic 3,
    Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic CD you do not rotate through them. Instead, every time you enter
    Special Stage, you play the first one until you get the first Chaos Emerald. Then you move onto
    the second Special Stage, and so on. You cannot advance a Special Stage without first collecting
    the Chaos Emerald. Now, you enter Special Stage with Starposts. If you first activate a Starpost
    with 50 rings, a ring of stars appears above the Starpost. Jump into the ring of stars before it
    disappears (you have plenty of time) to be teleported to a Special Stage. You can't use an already
    activated Starpost, which means you can only use each Starpost to enter Special Stage once - if
    you have 50 rings. But there are a lot of Starposts in this game, which is a big improvement over
    Sonic 1, since in Sonic 1 you could only enter Special Stage if you had 50 rings at the end of a
    non-boss act, which severely limited the number of opportunities you got to collect Chaos
    Each Special Stage is the same in layout. You will be running down the center of a half-tube (each
    stage's tube is a different color). Your controls are left and right on the directional pad to run up
    the sides of the tube, and A, B or C to jump. You cannot fall out of the tube - if you run up to the
    top of one of the sides, you will flip over and land on the other side. Your goal is to collect as
    many rings as possible avoiding bombs. Rings and bombs are usually found either on the tube or
    occasionally in the air. You need to run to collect the rings, which are usually in groups. Avoid
    bomb - each time you hit a bomb, you lose 10 rings. Sometimes the tube turns or goes over a rise
    and you can't see what's ahead. You need lightning reflexes and good luck to get enough rings,
    although over time you sometimes develop a memory of what comes after what and can steer
    toward rings and away from bombs more easily. At the beginning of the stage, you're told to get a
    certain number of rings. At the first checkpoint, if you don't have that many, the stage ends.
    Otherwise you move onto the next section. There are three checkpoints, each with a certain
    number of rings required, and if you pass the third checkpoint, you get a Chaos Emerald.
    If you do really well in one section, the other sections might be a little easier since you'll be
    starting them with more rings and consequently won't need to collect as many to meet the quota.
    The first few Special Stages are relatively easy. The later ones have fewer rings, more bombs and
    rings placed so it's harder to get many of them. Good luck. At the end of a Special Stage you
    score 100 points for each ring you have. If you got a Chaos Emerald, you score a 10,000 point
    bonus as well. After Special Stage, you return to the Starpost you entered it with, but with zero
    rings. Be careful you don't get hit and lose a life immediately. The Special Stage can be quite
    frustrating but I don't think it's quite as hard as the Special Stages in Sonic 1, Sonic 3, Sonic &
    Knuckles or Sonic CD. Sonic the Hedgehog games in general are known for ridiculously hard
    Special Stages. But in Sonic 2, this isn't quite as much of a problem, both because the Special
    Stage is not as hard, it's also easier to understand what to do (that can be a real problem in Sonic
    1, Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic CD) and you get plenty of chances to play it, assuming
    you are careful with your rings and hit plenty of Starposts.
    If you want the Chaos Emeralds, I recommend playing as Sonic alone (or Tails alone, although
    nothing happens if Tails gets all the Chaos Emeralds). This is because several of the ring
    requirements are lower for Sonic alone than for Sonic and Tails. Although Tails collects a few
    rings just by standing where he is, he also constantly crashes into bombs, which make him lose all
    his rings. Unless you have two players, one reasonably good at Special Stage and willing to
    control Tails, getting all the Chaos Emeralds with Sonic and Tails together is very hard.
    That's about all you need to know about the Special Stage. If you are lucky (or skillful) enough to
    collect all seven Chaos Emeralds, though, you get to become Super Sonic in the regular game!
    This is another great aspect of Sonic 2, since in Sonic 1, Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic CD, there is no
    Super Sonic even if you get all the Chaos Emeralds. To become Super Sonic, you need all the
    Chaos Emeralds, of course (once you have them all, Special Stage is inaccessible). Then collect
    50 rings in any act, jump, and ta-da! You morph into a yellow, superhuman version of Sonic. You
    are now invincible to all normal attack, can run super fast and jump twice as high! This is cool,
    cool! But do not get too pleased. Super Sonic CAN still die from anything that causes instant
    death (such as getting crushed) and his super speed can be a detriment when you need to jump
    accurately onto small platforms. Also, Super Sonic loses one ring every second, so he must
    constantly get more to at least replace the ones he's losing. If he does not and runs out of rings,
    he returns to normal Sonic, and with zero rings too (but you can become Super Sonic again by
    collecting another 50 rings)*.
    *BUG: At the end of an act, you always revert to normal Sonic. But if you have 50 rings or more,
    and jump before your point tally appears, sometimes you'll return to Super Sonic for a second,
    then return to normal and start running in place in midair, unable to move while your points are
    tallied. This may seem cool, but I highly recommend against doing it (be very careful not to jump
    after you complete an act) because, although it is very rare, sometimes your point tally never
    appears and you get permanently stuck which means you have to RESET THE GAME!
    4. 2-Player Game
    This is the most forgotten feature of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but it's interesting nevertheless. The
    only other Sonic game for Genesis, Game Gear or PC I know of that has a two-player system is
    Sonic 3 (and Sonic & Knuckles when locked onto Sonic 3). Sonic the Hedgehog just isn't meant
    for two players. But Sonic 2 does have a 2-player option, and it's better, in my opinion, then that
    of Sonic 3. You can fool around with this if you'd like, but it certainly isn't an important part of
    the game. To play a 2-Player Game you must select that option at the title screen and have two
    controllers plugged in. Your first screen shows four pictures: Emerald Hill Zone, Casino Night
    Zone, Mystic Cave Zone and Special Stage. You must play each of these once (and only once)
    during one 2-Player Game. Select the one you wish to play. In all the zones, Controller 1 is Sonic
    and Controller 2 is Tails.
    In all three 'normal' zones, the game uses a technique that was advanced for its time to separate
    the two players: a split screen. Sonic plays on the top half of the screen, Tails plays in the bottom
    half. Both characters are visible when they are close together, but they cannot interact each other
    or impede each other in any way. However, everything in the zone can only be collected once: if
    Sonic collects a power-up, Tails cannot collect the same power-up. The players play both acts of
    the zone, which are exactly the same as the corresponding acts in the regular game EXCEPT:
    Entering Special Stage is not possible (though Starposts still exist), all power-ups have a ? on
    them, and there is no boss, the boss in act 2 replaced by an end of act turnstile. Also no end of act
    bonus points are awarded.
    You have two power-up options for a two-player game. The normal option is random power-ups,
    meaning that a power-up's identity is completely random for each one and unknown until one
    player or the other opens it. On the Options screen, on the second selection down, you can set it
    to 'Teleporter Only', which means if you then begin a 2-Player Game, all power-ups will be
    Teleporters. There are three new power-ups, as well:
    Different character 1-UPS: The face on the 1-UP tells who gets the extra life. For instance, if
    Sonic opens a power-up with Tails' face, Tails gets an extra life, even though Sonic opened the
    power-up (but Sonic still gets credit for the power-up - see end of act evaluation later).
    Robotnik: A nasty and unavoidable trap that has foiled many a player in the 2-Player Game,
    Robotnik causes you to get hit like if you hit an enemy if you collect a power-up with his face on
    it. There's nothing you can do to avoid it. Thankfully he isn't in the regular game!
    Teleporter: A really weird power-up that can really turn an act around, I can't describe what this
    power-up looks like. It causes Sonic and Tails to flip locations in the act (though they remain on
    their respective screens). This could be disastrous or terrific for one player depending on the
    current situation. You can play with all power-ups as Teleporters by selecting it on the Options
    screen (though oddly enough, they retain their ? marks).
    If one player dies, he returns to the last Starpost he touched or the beginning of the act if he
    hasn't touched any Starpost. If one player has a game over, the other player automatically wins
    the zone. Once one player passes the turnstile and completes the act, a 60-second timer appears
    on the other player's screen. If he does not complete the act within 60 seconds, he dies. This does
    not, however, count as losing a life. It simply prevents one character from prolonging the game
    unnecessarily by refusing to complete an act. After each act, the players' performances are
    compared in the following categories:
    Score: The ONLY way to score points is by defeating enemies. Look for ways to beat several
    enemies in a row to score more points. The player with the highest score wins the act.
    Time: Whoever finished the act first wins this category.
    Rings: Whoever had the most rings at the end of the act wins this category.
    Total Rings: Whoever collected the most TOTAL rings in the act (rings lost when hit still count
    for total rings) wins this category.
    Items: Whoever collected the most power-ups wins this category.
    Whoever won the most categories wins the act. If a category is tied, it remains so. If the act is
    tied, it remains so. After both acts have been played once, whoever won the most acts wins the
    zone. If tied, the players play a Special Stage playoff to decide who wins the zone. Unfortunately,
    I don't know exactly which Special Stage you play after each zone if tied. If the playoff Special
    Stage is tied, the zone is left as a tie.
    The Special Stage area is unique. You will play two Special Stages that are colored differently but
    are otherwise exactly the same as Special Stages 5 and 6 in the regular game. Your goal is to
    collect more rings than the other guy. The stage begins with Sonic in front. Whoever is in front
    collects rings if the two characters are right next to each other. When either character jumps, the
    characters switch places. So Tails could jump and land in front of Sonic, but Sonic could jump
    himself to counter and remain in front. But if Sonic is in the air, even if he's in front, Tails could
    be on the floor getting rings. This makes for some neat battles. It can get rather insane playing a
    2-player Special Stage. Hitting a bomb not only makes you lose 10 rings, it also puts you in the
    back if you are in front. Whoever has the most rings at each checkpoint wins that checkpoint.
    Whoever wins the most of the three checkpoints wins the stage. Ties are allowed to stand, both
    for checkpoints and for the stage itself. If tied after the second Special Stage (usually because one
    player won one stage and the other won the other) you move onto a third stage, which is the same
    as Special Stage 7 in the regular game, to decide who wins the Special Stage area.
    Whoever wins the most zones wins the 2-Player Game after you've played them all. If tied, I
    don't know if the game is left as a tie, or if you play a Special Stage playoff to decide the winner.
    5. Cheats and Tricks
    Sonic 2 can be a challenging game, or you might just want to rip through it ASAP, so here are
    some codes to help you if you want them. There may well be more codes then I have listed, but
    here are the most useful ones and the only ones I know work:
    Chaos Emerald code: This is a code that is beautiful in its simplicity. Simply collect at least one
    Chaos Emerald and reset. Now restart the game (preferably, if you're going for the Chaos
    Emeralds, as Sonic alone) by going to the Options menu first, then beginning play. You'll notice
    that your Chaos Emeralds you collected you still have! Repeat as often as desired, always going
    to the Options menu before beginning play to keep your Chaos Emeralds. This is how to become
    Super Sonic in the first zone. If you don't want to bother getting the Chaos Emeralds in the
    Special Stages, use the Auto Super Sonic code.
    Level Select: Go to the Options menu and scroll down to Sound Test. When on Sound Test,
    button A advances ten sounds, left and right move ahead and backward one sound, and buttons B
    and C play the sound you've selected. Play the following sounds one time each: sound 19, sound
    65, sound 09, and finally sound 17. You should hear the sound of a ring being collected. Now
    press and hold button C, and press start. You will return to the Sega logo. Wait for the title
    screen to appear, press and hold A, and press start. You will be taken to the Level Select menu.
    Select the act you wish to begin playing at. If you select Special Stage, you will play the first
    Special Stage, then begin play at Emerald Hill Zone, Act 1.
    Auto Super Sonic code: This is for those of you who want to skip collecting the Chaos Emeralds
    and just play as Super Sonic. First you need to be at the Level Select menu. Go there by entering
    the Level Select Code. Now go to Sound Test (below Special Stage). You'll be at sound 17. Play
    the following sounds in order, one time each: sound 04, sound 01, sound 02 and sound 06. You
    will hear the sound of a Chaos Emerald being collected. Begin the game on any act and you will
    have all the Chaos Emeralds (just collect 50 rings and jump to become Super Sonic).
    There are other codes I know, but those are the ones I think are the most important. If you would
    like more, please check out the GameFAQs list of codes for a game (which is where I found the
    above codes) for more. Don't e-mail me asking me to put more codes in my FAQ/walkthrough
    please (I am open to e-mails about a lot of suggestions, but not that).
    And now, put in your cartridge or turn on your emulator, enjoy the awesome new music of Sonic
    2 and begin the game! Without further ado, the walkthrough!
    6. Walkthrough
    This is a walkthrough for every act and zone of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It does not cover every
    single secret or possible path, but rather ushers you down what I consider the path that is both
    easiest to access and easiest to traverse. Secrets are mentioned if finding them only requires a
    slight deviation from your normal course, but not if they are on an entirely separate path that
    would require a complicated explanation of how to reach them. I try to cover as many of the most
    important secrets (1-UPS and to some extent, Starposts) as possible. You can explore each act
    more and find other paths and secrets if you'd like, but you are on your own if you try that. If you
    find secrets not mentioned in my walkthrough please e-mail me about them only if they are fairly
    important and not too difficult to get. I have played this game many times, so I may know about
    more secrets than you think, but I didn't put them all in the walkthrough.
    In my walkthrough for Sonic 1 I advised you to take the high road whenever possible. In Sonic 2
    this advise is not as important since the low road is perfectly acceptable except in some zones. I
    often have you take the low road simply because it is the easiest to follow. Finally, this can be a
    long and challenging game: please do not get frustrated or unnecessarily stressed!
    6a. Emerald Hill Zone
    Act 1
    There are three different enemies in this zone: robot monkeys in the trees that drop coconuts on
    you, bees that fly back and forth and shoot fireballs down at an angle, and piranha fish that jump
    up at waterfalls or from beneath bridges. All these enemies are abundant in this zone, so I will not
    mention them specifically unless they are situated in strategic locations. Begin by heading right
    until you see a ledge above the main path. Jump up there for a Shield, then continue right and
    cross the bridge. You come to a gap with a platform moving up and down in it. Jump over the
    gap with the help of the moving platform (the lower path is perfectly okay but has fewer rings).
    Watch out for the bee flying overhead. After this is another gap with another moving platform and
    a yellow spring to the left of it. Use the spring to propel yourself into the air where some rings are
    if you wish, and cross this gap. Go right to a series of waterfalls with a yellow spring to the left of
    them, pointing up and right. Get the Super Ring on the first ledge (be careful not to fall) and hit
    the spring. It will propel you up to the higher ledge, but also has an annoying tendency to knock
    you right into a monkey. Hopefully, this won't happen though.
    Get the Speed Shoes on the ground and run right up the curved wall. Hit the yellow spring at the
    top and bounce left to a floating ledge with a Starpost (although you probably don't have enough
    rings yet to play a Special Stage, even if you didn't hit the monkey). Drop back down and go right
    to a loop. Climb to the top of the loop via a moving platform to find an Invincibility if you want.
    Getting through loops is no problem in this game, because you can spin dash. To the right of the
    loop is an odd, brown walkway in the shape of a corkscrew. If you run onto this walkway with
    sufficient speed (use a high-powered spin dash to achieve this easily) and hold right you'll run
    across, but if you just walk onto it or jump onto it, you'll fall through it.
    On the other side of the corkscrew walkway is a Super Ring and a waterfall. You see a higher
    ledge with a yellow spring pointed up and left at the edge of it; it is barely possible to jump over
    the spring onto the ledge from the ground but very difficult. If you do make it up there, you can
    get two Super Rings and an Invincibility but it's not worth trying for a long time. Go right, cross
    the bridge and pass the Starpost. Next comes a yellow spring that propels you through two loops;
    after the second one is major secret. If you are running too fast you'll fly up the ramp and be sent
    back down by the red spring on the overhang above. However, hit the spring and run right
    through the loops without spinning, and hold to the right hard after the second loop. You should
    run up to the right of the red spring, and if you keep holding right, you'll enter a secret
    passageway in the cliff. Run right through the tunnel and get the 1-UP inside it. At the right end
    of the tunnel drop out, and get the Super Ring to the right. Proceed right a ways and eventually
    you'll come to the goal.
    Act 2
    This act is similar to act 1. Go right, crossing the first bridge you see and hitting the spring if you
    want to get some floating rings. Collect the first power-up you see, a Speed Sneaker. Whether
    you take the high or low road matters little as they link up again in short order. Then comes a
    Super Ring, a moving platform and another high/low road choice. This time take the high road.
    Jump over the spikes and bounce up the cliff on the yellow spring. Cross the bridge and go right.
    You come to the top of a loop on the lower path, with a yellow spring on it. You can bounce
    onto the moving platform using this spring when it moves into range. There are some floating
    goodies high in the sky you can access from that platform - 29 rings and a Starpost. Back on the
    top of the loop, go right and jump down and right to the top of another loop where a Starpost is
    (there's a moving platform between the loops). Hit the yellow spring on the right side of the
    second loop to bounce up and right to another area. Be very careful not to fall.
    On this new piece of land go right to a waterfall with a ledge situated on top of it. The ledge will
    drop down the waterfall shortly after you touch it but fall with it. Halfway down the waterfall is a
    1-UP. Grab it and exit out the tunnel to the right. Beware, there are spikes on the ground below
    where the tunnel lets out. Bounce up on the spring and go right. (There is a secret tunnel in the
    cliff but it's very hard to access). Cross the bridge and you come to a Starpost and a very nastily
    positioned monkey to your right. Below him are some spikes. I recommend jumping on him after
    he drops a coconut, but it's tough to do with the way to ground affects your jump trajectory.
    Whatever you do, don't fall down the waterfall below and left of him. That will kill you. Once
    past the monkey go right, taking the low path, but being careful of two bees positioned in a
    narrow space. Get the Super Ring in plain sight and watch out for spikes on the floor and ceiling.
    To the right are several waterfalls you will pass through in an underground tunnel, then a spring
    that bounces you up. Go right and eventually you come to a corkscrew walkway like the one in
    act 1. Charge up a spin dash and roll across it, then proceed right to the final Starpost. Run right
    into a low area, listen to the too-hip boss music and get ready for your first boss!
    This guy is very easy. When the battle starts an armored car will roll onto the screen from the left,
    as will Dr. Robotnik in a helicopter. Neither one can harm you until Robotnik lowers his
    helicopter into the car and begins rolling back and forth across the arena. It's easy to hit him; just
    jump on him or spin dash into him from behind. Avoid the spike at the front of the car. You can
    get in up to three hits each time he rolls across the screen if you're daring. Beware, for after seven
    hits he may shoot the spike at you. He will take eight hits to beat, like most Sonic the Hedgehog
    bosses. Once he is defeated, run right and hit the button on top of the animal prison to break it
    open and free your trapped animal friends. Congratulations, you have completed the first zone!
    6b. Chemical Plant Zone
    Act 1
    Wait a moment to take in the GREAT music, the high-tech foreground and the great city in the
    background, along with the polluted river. Then go right, until you come to an open area with
    three moving platforms and a place with a Super Ring situated on top of a tunnel. You can go
    right either from the ledge the Super Ring is on or go through the tunnel; which way you go will
    determine where you come out of the criss-crossing walkways. This walkthrough has you go right
    from where the Super Ring is. Go right a long ways and eventually you meet the two enemies in
    Chemical Plant Zone. The first is a robot spider that hangs from the ceiling and attempts to grab
    you when you walk below. If he succeeds, you will be squeezed and take a hit unless you're
    playing with Tails and Sonic, in which case sometimes Tails will knock out the spider before he
    damages you. If you have a second controller, you can use that. Defeat the spider by hitting him
    from above or the side when he drops down (it isn't safe to hit him when he's on the ceiling). To
    the right are two robots that slowly creep along the floor. They often launch energy balls out of
    the hatch on top of them. To defeat them either spin dash through them or jump on them, timing it
    to avoid hitting an energy ball.
    After this continue right. Go through the loop and rapidly go down and up the blue walkways like
    a roller coaster. After running up a curved wall, you land on a spring. Bounce up and go left, and
    walk past the blue blobs flying between the tube segments without touching them. To the left
    bounce up on a spring (you can't enter the tube below it, but you can come out of it here if you
    took another path) to a higher ledge, and go right. By the way, on the lower level a door shut
    behind you to prevent you from backtracking. On the higher level defeat two crawling enemies,
    then go right and descend a series of blue walkways via springs on opposite sides of walls. The
    fourth spring is not a spring but a black speed booster, and it will send you running right like mad.
    Hold right and you go zipping through two loops, past another speed booster, eventually winding
    up at a dead end with a tube in the floor guarded by a crawling enemy on the wall to the right.
    Defeat the enemy if you wish, smash open the tube's cover by jumping on it and enter the tube.
    You'll be transported to a different location in the act (for future reference, some of these tubes
    may take you to one of several locations randomly, but this one does not). When you come out of
    the tube get the Super Ring to the right and go left to a snake of four blocks that extends down
    like a stairway to the level below when you step on it. Go right on the lower level, watch out for a
    jumping blue blob that goes between two tube segments, and continue right to the goal.
    Act 2
    Go right until you come to a crawling enemy. Shortly after him is a long blue walkway that goes
    down. Spin dash down it at great speed, and at the bottom you'll be sent flying into the air. As
    soon as you go flying, hold to the left. You'll miss some of the floating rings, but land on a small
    ledge on the left. This ledge seems to be pointless, but jump into the left wall to enter a secret
    tunnel with a slightly concealed 1-UP on the other side. Get this secret then go back out, and
    attempt to jump right over the gap. If you make it, you will take a shortcut; if you fall you must
    climb up. That is somewhat difficult because you'll have to navigate a shaft with two block snakes
    that move on their own, and can crush you. Try to make the jump to the right ledge, then jump
    over the next gap with help of a springboard that acts like a weak spring. Spin dash up the curved
    wall to the right, and go right to find two Super Rings and a Shield guarded by two ceiling
    spiders. Then go back left, to two platforms rotating in a circle. Jump on one of them to reach the
    ledge to the left. Go left and enter the tube.
    This tube can release you in one of two locations, so my walkthrough must go one way or the
    other. My walkthrough follows the path you take when the tube sends you through the lower
    branch at the first junction (right after you enter the tube). The higher branch you don't go on as
    often but has more rings. If you take that branch, it is possible to end up back at the area you've
    already visited by going down soon after you leave the tube, but I'd recommend continuing on
    your own in that case. If the tube sends you down the lower branch, you'll come out next to one
    Super Ring on your right (on the higher branch, you come out with two Super Rings on your
    right). Get it and also the rings above the spring at the exit of the tube, then roll down the long,
    steep hill to the left. At the bottom you hit a speed booster and zip through two loops. After this
    ride go left and descend the shaft via two moving platforms.
    When on the second one you need to be very careful not to fall into the purple chemical. The
    chemical is not inherently toxic and you will be submerged in it later, but here falling in will kill
    you because you'll fall off the screen. Note that the blue walkway to the right has at its end two
    tiles that flip over. When the tiles are on the top of the walkway you can stand on them, when
    they are on the bottom they are no more than empty air. Avoid a fatal fall by jumping or spin
    dashing over these tiles and heading right. Enter the tube after defeating the crawling enemy on
    the wall if you wish. This tube takes you through the purple chemical. When you come out,
    bounce up on the spring to a Super Ring to the left. Then hit the speed booster and zip right. The
    other path (if the first tube sent you on the high fork) rejoins this path here. You'll zip through a
    loop and fly high into the air, where there are some rings. Drop back to the floor and touch the
    Starpost. Go right, get the Super Ring and watch out for the spider on the ceiling. To the right,
    hit the two springs ans let the block snake lower you to the level of the purple chemical. Now,
    things get really hard.
    To the right the blue walkway stops being solid because the orange surface disappears. However,
    two moving platforms are moving across the wide gap. Use them to cross by carefully jumping
    from one to the other, and cross the gap. However, falling into the purple chemical will not kill
    you here, because there is land underneath it. In fact, if you drop down and go right, you can find
    a 1-UP. This is only for the daring player, though, because on the drop down if you are unlucky
    you may drop into a spike pit. Also, the 1-UP is situated on the edge of a death pit. Also, you will
    need to get out of the chemical (which can only be achieved using the springboard on the left)
    quickly, before your air runs out. The purple chemical is not toxic but you can drown in it. It also
    makes you move and jump slower when you are in it. If you stay under it for about 25 seconds, a
    countdown appears next to you and you hear 'panic' music. If you do not jump out of the
    chemical (which restarts the timer) before the countdown reaches 0, you drown and die.
    After crossing this first gap, go right on the walkway ignoring the other walkway that comes
    down from above. Eventually you come to a shaft with several four-block snakes that move on
    their own. This is the hardest part of the game up to now. As soon as you enter this shaft the
    purple chemical rises quickly and swamps you. You must climb up to the top quickly before you
    drown. To do this you must use the shifting blocks, which can be very tricky. The bottom two
    block snakes are comprised of four linked blocks, but the top two are only two independent
    blocks, the two blocks in the middle having been removed. The blocks move horizontally, shifting
    sides of the shaft, then vertically, then horizontally again. You must jump to the next blocks up as
    they move. It's very tricky. A fall will likely seal your doom unless you can recover quickly, since
    you have only thirty seconds in which to do this.
    Once you finally make it to the top of the shaft and out of the chemical, you still have more
    obstacles ahead, but the worst is behind you. Go left to find two moving platforms over a large
    gap like the ones before. A fall will almost certainly be fatal since you'll fall back to the lower part
    of the level, which is now permanently flooded, and almost surely drown. So be VERY careful as
    you leap from one platform to the other. Keep in mind that the platforms will move as you jump.
    Once over this gap to the left, you find four tiles that flip over. They are only solid when they are
    on the top of the blue walkway. Wait for them to flip to the top, then run across them and jump to
    the ledge on the left. Now there are two moving platforms rotating in a circle to your right. Jump
    to one of them (they move slowly so it isn't too difficult) and jump to the walkway to the right.
    There's a speed booster at the beginning of it. Hit it and run right past a Starpost but SLOW
    DOWN QUICKLY. If you just run haphazardly you'll topple into the chemical and die (from now
    on there is now ground below the surface of the chemical, so falling in will kill you). Go through a
    loop and bounce over a gap using the springboard. Continue right and you come to a gap spanned
    by a single moving platform. Don't even worry about it - just hit the red spring on the left and
    you'll fly right across, going so fast you don't fall into even that huge gap. Go right to a low area.
    There's a long blue walkway but proceed slowly. Eventually you come to some tiles that flip over.
    Jump over them to the solid walkway in the middle. Prepare to face the boss.
    This can be a hard boss. The battle takes place on a blue walkway with a solid section in the
    middle and flipping tiles on each side. Falling through the tiles when they are flipped down will kill
    you. Robotnik appears on the right in a machine that begins sucking chemical from the pool below
    and dropping it into a beaker. Hit the main part of his vehicle (the beaker doesn't block you) but
    be very careful to bounce back to the center of the screen where the floor is stable. Never walk on
    the flipping tiles at any time. First-time players may only want to go for only one hit for every time
    Robotnik fills his beaker but it is fairly safe to hit him twice while he does so, though you must get
    the hits in fairly quickly and more than two is not safe. Make sure you get your second hit in
    before Robotnik fills his beaker up because when he does he drops it on you.
    Stand at any point on the floor and duck. Oddly enough, the chemical Robotnik drops on you will
    not hurt you if you are ducking. Be sure you are ducking and not rolling (rolling provides no
    protection). Also the chemical bomb when it hits the floor will shatter into pieces; these can still
    hurt you so continue to duck until they fall off the screen. Robotnik will switch sides of the screen
    not; repeat the same pattern as before. Getting hit will probably kill you since you stand an
    excellent chance of being knocked onto the flipping tiles, so be very careful. After eight hits,
    Robotnik's machine will be destroyed. Reaching the animal prison, though, is actually a bit tricky
    since you must leap over four flipping tiles.
    6c. Aquatic Ruin Zone
    Act 1
    This zone is fairly tranquil, including its music. The most important general advice I can give you
    in this zone is: always take the high road! The reason is that the low road of this zone is inside a
    large lake. There are places you can fall into this lake, but it is hard to get out. Not only is the lake
    bed treacherous, you must get air periodically from air pockets on the floor. Stand next to one of
    these for a second or two and a large air bubble will float up; touch it to restart the underwater
    countdown. If you don't do this or jump out of the water the countdown begins like with the
    purple chemical in Chemical Plant Zone. The best solution is to stay out of the lake in the first
    place, if you can.
    Start act 1 by heading right, as usual. You first encounter a gray panel on a pillar in the
    background with Robotnik's face on it. Avoid these like the plague: they are your biggest threat
    in Aquatic Ruin Zone. When you approach one, it begins flashing. When you pass it, it shoots out
    an arrow to the right. Avoid those arrows, though often they get you anyway somehow. Keep an
    eye out for these obstacles. Next comes a large gray pillar in the foreground; just jump on it to
    destroy it and continue. Run past two waterfalls with another arrow panel between them. There's
    a log spanning the second waterfall, and a red enemy who resembles an upright tank on top of the
    log. This enemy is usually not very dangerous, as he just rolls back and forth. After this you come
    to a Super Ring. Take it and take the high road (where the red enemy is). Hit the spring and go
    through the loop. Pass the Starpost, run through the log (some rings are inside) and smash the
    gray pillar.
    Continue right past another red enemy. You come to a red spring but before hitting it and
    speeding right, take out two more red enemies, who pop out of burrows in the wall behind you to
    attack. Then hit the spring, zoom through the loop and go down into the lake. As soon as you
    stop moving, JUMP! The platform you stop on will immediately drop down carrying you into the
    depths of the lake unless you jump off quickly. Go right on dry land, getting a Shield. Climb some
    steps. Hit the yellow spring to run up the curved wall. Be careful of the arrow panel near it, and
    the red enemy at the top of the wall (who is partially concealed by the foliage). Go right and wait
    for the arrow from the arrow panel to fly by before hitting the spring and zooming through the
    loop. From then on just keep going right until you reach the goal.
    Act 2
    The trickiest part of this act is at the beginning. Go right, past two arrow panels. The first one
    poses a significant threat but the second one does not since it is above ground level (but don't
    jump). You come to a sheer drop with a platform swinging back and forth in a half circle. Avoid
    falling here at all costs; you'll fall in the lake and be on your own. I recommend simply walking
    from the edge onto the platform as it moves next to it, since if you jump the platform may swing
    out of your way before you land. From the first swinging platform jump right onto another one
    with a shorter chain. From this platform jump right onto the ledge you see, taking out the red
    enemy on the ledge as you do so. Be sure to jump as soon as you come in range since the
    platform's chain will break and it will fall if you stay on it too long. This is a tricky spot, so I hope
    you make it through all right.
    Once on the ledge go right and jump over the gap. You see some red springboards leading up but
    ignore them and take the low path. About this time you may be attacked by a fly enemy from
    above. This is a surprisingly annoying enemy who can pop out of nowhere and get you.
    Remember these always come in batches of three: when you take out one, expect more to come.
    Their erratic movement makes it tough to hit them. Go right, smash the gray pillar and take out
    the red enemy when he emerges from his burrow (which is easy if you see the burrow but can be a
    nasty surprise if you don't). Hit the red spring. You zip up a wall and land on a yellow spring.
    Don't bounce up to the highest level, but go right from the yellow spring and hit the Starpost. It's
    on the edge of a ledge with a swinging platform to the right. Jump onto the swinging platform
    very carefully and deftly when it comes into range.
    Jump onto the ledge to the right. Some flies will attack from above (and possibly from below).
    Defeat them and go right. You come to two gray pillars that, when you come near, the bottoms of
    which fall to the floor trying to crush you. As if that wasn't nasty enough, they are camouflaged
    behind a waterfall, so you may not see them at first. Don't rush and you'll have no trouble getting
    by them. After this go right and down, until you see a red enemy pop out from a burrow below
    you. Defeat him carefully (the low ceiling makes it awkward). Concealed behind the pillar is a red
    spring. Hit it and zoom through the loop. Spin so you don't get hit by a red enemy who pops out
    from a burrow just under the surface of the lake. After you take out the red enemy, jump so you
    don't slam into another red spring pointing the other way. There's a springboard on the floor you
    passed which has no real point.
    Jump over the aforementioned red spring and go right. You see a gray pillar floating on the
    surface of the water. Rather than try to deal with it, drop down into the lake. Beware of blue
    piranha fish in the lake who charge at you if they see you. Go right on the lake floor, spin dashing
    to go quickly and defeat any fish in the way. You drop down to a lower level. Go right through
    the red area and under a gray pillar on the ceiling (beware; this one also tries to crush you). You
    come to an air pocket on the floor. Stand by it until a large bubble appears, then gobble it up to
    refill your air before continuing. Spin dash right from here. You'll roll under two more pillars that
    attempt to crush you, then at last you come to a springboard.
    This springboard is a high-powered one that will propel you out of the lake. Bounce on it a few
    times but hold to the left. Beware that the springboard doesn't bounce you into some flies waiting
    above to get you. By bouncing up and left you not only avoid the flies, you also bounce into a
    completely invisible passage in the wall to the left above the surface. You can also access this
    passage by jumping from the right but the springboard below is easier. Inside this tunnel go left to
    a secret room with a 1-UP. Then go right, being careful of nasty flies. Once you defeat all three,
    go right. Spin dash past the arrow panel. Wait for the arrow to go off the screen before hitting the
    red spring. Run through a loop, past a Starpost, to the boss arena.
    The moment the battle starts, two gray totem poles rise from the floor, one on each side of the
    screen. Jump onto one of them if possible. Robotnik will fly slowly back and forth in a machine at
    the top of the screen with an enormous mallet attached to it. The mallet won't hurt you but do
    NOT stand on a totem pole when he hits it with the mallet (you'll get hit). The best place to be is
    on top of either totem pole. From here you can hit Robotnik freely and bounce back to the totem
    pole. To do that, jump and hold the button down. By doing this, you should rebound quite far
    when you hit Robotnik's ship, and if you press in the other direction, you should easily land back
    on top of the totem pole, even if Robotnik is on the other side of the screen. When he moves to
    your totem pole, time a hit so you are in the air when he hits it with his mallet.
    If you fall off the totem pole (or don't jump on at the beginning), you have to climb back up using
    the arrows provided to you. Every time Robotnik hits a totem pole, an arrow flies out from it
    across the screen at one of four heights, sticking in the other totem pole. Do not touch an arrow
    while it is moving. Once it sticks in the other totem pole, jump on it and use it as a stepping stone
    to reach the top of the totem pole. Be aware that it will drop off the screen shortly after you jump
    on it. Also be aware that an arrow at the lowest possible height will not allow you to jump onto
    the totem pole since you can't jump high enough, though you can use such an arrow to hit
    Robotnik from below. If all the arrows seem to be too low, try jumping when an arrow is fired -
    that may lure it to go higher. The best strategy is to stay on top of the totem pole as long as you
    can and take few risks since it's hard to get back up. This battle is really pretty easy so I don't
    know why I'm going on about it so much. Eight hits are necessary, as usual. Break open the
    animal prison and get ready for one of THE coolest zones in Sonic the Hedgehogdom!
    6d. Casino Night Zone
    Wow! This is my favorite zone of Sonic 2 - perhaps my favorite of any Sonic game. Everything is
    so colorful and lit up! The river and the city in the background are great too, as are the red floors,
    neon signs and palm trees and panels in the walls that flip over to show Sonic and Tails' faces and
    names. Also, this zone is very easy. The only things you must watch out for are running out of
    time (this zone can get very addictive) some blue blocks which can crush you, one enemy who
    moves very slowly and is protected by a shield from above and the front (he poses no threat to
    you, but if you want to defeat him spin dash into him from behind) and a few odd spikes.
    Everything in this zone is pinball oriented. There are flippers, pop bumpers, and plungers. Much
    of the zone is in large 'pinball tables' you can bounce around in, and there's loads of cool gadgets
    you can fool around with. The music is awesome.
    Best of all, you get to gamble in this zone! To gamble you need to flip yourself into a slot, usually
    found in the middle of the 'pinball table' areas, that has three pictures below it. Every time you
    land in this slot, the pictures rotate among several pictures (bars, Sonic and Tails' faces, rings,
    jackpots and Robotniks are the main ones). These aren't like normal slots in that the pictures
    nearly always come out to be three of the same, or at least something that makes you win. I'm not
    sure what the prizes of each possible result are - there are innumerable results, some rarer than
    others. Usually you end up getting rings, from two to TWO HUNDRED with three jackpots. But
    beware, if you get three Robotniks (which happens annoyingly often) you LOSE 100 rings (but
    you can never go below 0 rings or die, even if you have zero rings entering the slots). These are
    so, so addictive.
    There are other kinds of slot machines that don't have pictures next to them. These give you 800
    points every time you land in them. This is great if you want a high score, or if you have the
    patience to try to turn them into 1-UPS. Also, pop bumpers with stars (btu not other kinds of
    bumpers) give you 10 points a bounce for about 10 bounces before stopping to give you points.
    There are also bonus tiles, which look like flat, floating hamburgers. These almost always come in
    batches of three. If you touch one in changes from flashing green and yellow to solid yellow.
    Touch it again and it becomes red. Touch it a third time and it disappears. Each touch is worth 10
    points, if you destroy a whole set you get 500 points.
    Lastly, I need to explain about flippers. There are two kinds, green and orange. Orange flippers
    are found at the bottom of depressions or half-pipes and don't need any activating - just touch
    them and they send you flying into the air. Green flippers look like normal pinball flippers. When
    you land on one, press button A, B or C to make it flip you into the heavens. To use plungers,
    once on the plunger press and hold button A B or C to make it compress and gather energy.
    Release to be sent flying, like a spring you need to compress. Obviously hold down longer for
    more power. Just be careful not to run out of time (it's happened to me upon occasion) and watch
    out for the blue blocks that can crush you.
    I am not going to write a walkthrough for either act of this zone since half of it is just bouncing
    around madly anyway, and as long as you keep a cool head, you should be alright. I won't
    mention any secrets either - I want you to find them for yourself. Both acts are very easy if you
    follow my advice above. Explore and have fun! Good luck with the slots! Oh, there is one more
    thing I need to explain...
    Casino Night Zone might have been a piece of cake, but the boss nearly makes up for it. He is the
    hardest boss, in my opinion, until Metropolis Zone (zone 8). The most important thing is to keep
    control of yourself! The battle is fought in an sealed room with four flippers above the floor, a
    bumper between the middle two, and some pop bumpers near the ceiling. The walls are curved so
    you can roll up them. Robotnik will be in a casino machine with an electric field at the bottom,
    flying back and forth above the flippers. Whenever you are directly below him, he stops and drops
    a red mine out of the bottom of his ship. The mine falls to the floor and shatter into two pieces
    which fly a little bit to the side. He is only vulnerable from above (not where the electric field is).
    It is very tempting to just zip around the room at random and try to bounce into Robotnik, but
    that strategy is futile because the objects in the room bounce you around too randomly. Also, if
    you get hit, especially near the side, the shape of the room makes it difficult to recover rings.
    The best strategy is to stay on the floor as much as you can. Stand near one wall (near where the
    floor curves upward) and aim a spin dash at the wall. Charge it up. Wait for Robotnik to come
    across the screen and move above you. The moment he stops moving, release your spin dash and
    roll up the wall. When you are just below his level, jump off and hit him from the side. You must
    time this well or you'll fly over him or hit his electric field. Your goal is to hit him and roll back
    down the wall and out of danger. But, if you time it wrong, you may smash into the mine he
    dropped as you roll down to the floor or its pieces. That is why you must spin dash as soon as he
    stops moving (to roll below the mine before it lands). After you hit him you may run up the
    opposite wall; don't worry about this, just slow down quickly and don't do anything fancy. Do
    not go flying around the room or use the objects in it if you can at all help it, since that almost
    always gets you hit. Try to stay on the floor as much as possible, remain in control of yourself, set
    up each hit carefully and run back and forth to dodge mines. This is a very hard boss, so do not
    get frustrated. He takes eight hits to beat.
    6e. Hill Top Zone
    Act 1
    Yet another cool and fun zone. The music's a bit strange at first, but I've seen worse. The red
    mountains and clouds in the background (which you're above) are very cool. Begin by heading
    right, to a platform suspended from a vine. Jump on it and it slides down the vine to another
    ledge; jump off before it drops. Beware that falling down will kill you (though it never does again
    for the rest of this zone). Go right further to a red enemy with a large gray spike on his back. This
    fellow slowly moves back and forth; move next to him to cause him to launch his spike into the
    air, leaving him defenseless. These guys usually walk on the ceiling. You have to get
    uncomfortably close (or jump over them, but be careful of the spike) to cause them to release
    their spike, so watch out. Cross the lava pit (lava is a major obstacle in this zone, but it doesn't
    kill you - it merely hurts you) via the two vertically moving pillars. Further right is a small mound
    of rock; there are many of these in this zone and you can destroy them by jumping on them, but
    this has no real point.
    You come to a catapult with a flashing red ball enemy on the right side. These catapults work
    exactly like the ones in Sonic 1. Jump onto the side without the enemy and he'll fly into the air.
    He can fly up one of three different heights, depending on how much force you land on the
    catapult with. To fly up really high, you usually have to use the catapult several times (bounce up
    and then land back on it). He always lands on the opposite side from where he started from, so
    once you send him up, walk to the other side and wait to be catapulted up. Avoid touching the
    red ball enemy, who is unbeatable (this takes practice but you'll get used to it). Use the catapult
    to bounce over the short wall, then continue right. Jump over some spikes, than a small lava pit
    and go down a curving tunnel. To get over the spikes on top of the small ramp, it's best to spin
    dash rather than jump. Continue right to another catapult; catapult up and cross the next lava pit
    by means of the yellow spring pointing up/right or the moving pillar in the middle of it.
    Climb the cliff to the right via two catapults (the second located on a ledge in the cliff) and a
    spring. Get the Super Ring at the top and ride the moving platform over the lava pit. Continue
    right to a loop; spin dash through it with sufficient speed and you burrow through some weak
    ground and enter a tunnel. Now that you're underground get the Shield to the right and go left, to
    a lava pit with two catapults floating in it. I recommend using the catapults as stepping stones
    rather than actually springing up on them, although you'll have to jump quickly (before the red
    ball enemies come back down). After crossing this pit cross two more lava lakes by means of
    moving ledges suspended from vines. Avoid enemies on the ceiling who drop spikes and purple
    dragons who spit fireballs in some lava pits. After this you come to a red spring with two floor
    spikes that appear and disappear to its right.
    Being very careful of the floor spikes, go right and you'll bounce up high on an invisible spring at
    the foot of the wall. There's an obvious passage to the right, but above it in the wall there's a
    secret passage (concealed by a false wall) that leads to an Invincibility. (Below the obvious ledge
    is another false wall but it contains nothing but rings). Get that Invincibility and run out of there.
    Hook your fall around if you can to land on the ledge below that leads right without having to
    bounce on the spring again. Running right, some one-way doors close behind you and an
    earthquake occurs. The floor and ceiling begin to rise. When the path ahead opens enough, run
    through it. Now make a mad dash to the right. You'll run across a rising lava lake (if you're still
    invincible; if not avoid the lava) and should make it into the next tunnel before the lava seals it off.
    The lava will promptly go back down (it constantly rises and falls) and there's a moving pillar in it
    to help you cross without invincibility. After this part go right, down a curving tunnel.
    Now that you're outside again, go right to a catapult. Bounce up really high (by bouncing several
    times) and fly to the right. You want to try and land on top of the loop to your right where a
    Starpost and a Super Ring are. If you don't make it, try again. You can just spin dash through the
    ground through the loop but you'll miss the Starpost. To the right of the loop is the goal.
    Act 2
    Spin dash up the curved wall at the start. Go right, over a small lava pit and go down the tunnel.
    Ascend another, taller curved wall by means of a yellow spring. Go right to find yourself face to
    face with a purple dragon in a lav pit. Make a blind jump over him, hoping to land on a small
    ledge sticking out of the lava pit behind him. The ledge drops when you land on it so quickly jump
    to the other side. Go right, spin dash through the loop and break through the ground. Spin dash
    up two curved walls. At the top of the second one is a rare enemy. He is yet another kind of red
    ball enemy, surrounded by four flames, which he launches at you. The flames protect him until he
    launches them, so the first time you spin dash up, don't go after him. Instead, avoid hitting a
    flame, go back down and wait a few seconds. Spin dash up again and while you were waiting, he
    will have released all his flames, so go ahead and defeat him.
    Go right, get the Shield and ride a moving ledge over a lava pit. Hit the Starpost and go right. An
    earthquake starts. This is a tough section, though not really that hard - you need to climb a long
    way up by means of moving platforms, stationary platforms (which drop when landed on) and
    stable ledges staying ahead of slowly rising lava below. Near the bottom right corner is a Shield
    but it's not worth getting. About halfway up, go right through the wall to find a secret
    Invincibility - that helps. Climb slowly if you can, being very careful not to fall, and hopefully
    you'll make it. There's a Super Ring and the exit in the top right corner. After escaping this area
    go right, back outside for a time, then back underground. Jump over the two yellow springs
    pointing at each other (which have no purpose). Avoid the floor spike that appears and
    disappears. Get the Super Ring but don't make a full jump; there's a spike on the ceiling just out
    of your view. Look up to see it if necessary.
    To the right is a tall wall, but an invisible spring will help you ascend it. Jump on the ledge that
    slides down the vine. Cross the lava lake below by means of three such ledges. But, when you
    come to the end of the second ledge's vine, don't automatically jump to the third ledge. Drop
    down to the far left instead. This seems crazy since there's lava below, but you'll find a 1-UP in
    the bottom right corner and a spring below it to bounce you back up! Grab this secret prize, then
    ride the third ledge down. Get the Super Ring and proceed right, watching out for ceiling enemies
    who drop their spikes on you. Go back outside, and bounce up on two springs to a Starpost. Go
    right to the boss.
    You could take this guy out in ten seconds if you tried. You're fighting in an area with two lava
    pits, one on each side. Robotnik first comes out of the lava pit on the right. As soon as he does,
    jump on him. Do not hold the jump button down so you don't bounce high - just sit there,
    bouncing on him repeatedly, using the directional pad to ensure you don't bounce off. As long as
    you jump on him as soon as he appears you can get in all eight hits and defeat him before he goes
    back into the lava. The catch is, you'll fall into the lava after you defeat him and take a hit.
    Quickly jump out and run right to the animal prison. If you want to defeat him without taking a
    hit, follow the same strategy, but do hold the jump button down. Bounce high off him two times
    before you bounce back to solid ground. He shoots a fireball from the small gun on top of his
    machine, but this never hits you unless you're standing on the ledges. As he goes down into the
    lava, he shoots out two fireballs that cause two of the ledges (the two on his side) to be covered
    with fire briefly. Every time except the first, the side Robotnik comes out of is random. It is easy
    enough to beat this boss without getting hit, it just takes a little longer.
    6f. Mystic Cave Zone
    Act 1
    Wow. What a change of environment. You go from the top of the world to underneath it - the
    caverns of Sonic's homeland. The music and background of this zone are rather spooky, but just
    plain awesome (especially the music). Begin by going right to two orange wooden ledges. These
    collapse as soon as you touch them. You can take the high road or the low road. Take the low
    road by dropping down and get that concealed power-up - it's a Shield. Then continue right. You
    come to two wooden ledges situated over some spikes, and a green hanging vine. These vines are
    common in this zone and usually cause a wooden walkway to shift positions, allowing you to
    proceed. Jump onto the bottom of the vine and wait a second for the walkway to move into place,
    then jump onto it and continue. In the ceiling ahead is a blue glow worm. This is a nasty enemy
    since he extends out of nowhere and tries to hit you. It is impossible to tell if one is there until it
    extends. He also can only be taken out with a hit to the head. Enemies in Mystic Cave Zone are
    rather tough.
    Keep going, jumping over spikes. Drop into that gap below to find a Shield if you lost your first
    one. The vine that looks different from the earlier one will carry you up if you grab onto it. Just
    beware that a wooden block with spike on the end of it will slide out from the left wall at the
    bottom of the pit. There's a red spring which you can use to bounce up to a ledge with some rings
    and a Super Ring. Beware that inside the ledge is a glow worm to defend the rings. You again can
    take the high or low road, take the high road this time to miss that moving pillar that tries to crush
    you. You come to three crates moving in a circle but ignore them and drop down. Go down two
    ramps to a Starpost. Activate it and grab the vine above. It lowers you down through the wooden
    bridge (which parts to let you through). Jump off and get the Super Ring to the left, then go right.
    You meet the other enemy of Mystic Cave Zone here: a lightning bug who floats around from one
    position to another, and periodically stops and flashes yellow. He is invincible when he is flashing.
    Patience (and not hurrying to avoid bumping into him) is the key to safely taking him out.
    Go right to find two horizontally moving platforms. Avoiding spikes, use the platforms to climb
    up to the next level. To the right is a short wall. Three blocks with spikes will come out from this
    wall. Jump onto the top of the first block, then the second block in succession. Use these blocks
    to climb the wall. If you fall, leave the screen and come back after going far enough away - the
    blocks will reset. Once atop the wall go right to encounter a nasty obstacle: a green moving pillar
    that constantly moves up and down, trying to crush you. Walk or spin dash under it (being very
    careful of the lightning bug) and grab the vine to be lowered down (don't bother with the path up
    and left). Rather than tangle with the pillar to the right, drop straight down to the lowest level.
    There are two red springs on this level that serve no purpose. Go right and get the Invincibility.
    You now have to get past three orange crates that move in a square formation. They cannot crush
    you if you get entangled in them unless you get between one and the floor. Watch out for that and
    jump over them. Again you can jump to a high ledge but keep going on the low road. Ignore two
    more red springs pointing at each other. To the right, spin dash up a curved wall. The moving
    pillar at the top cannot crush you; it just makes it a little bit harder to get over the wall. Be sure to
    jump to the ledge to the left - there's a Starpost there. Then go right (beware of a glow worm
    who waits in ambush) until you find the path right blocked by a wooden walkway. So drop down
    and get the partially concealed Invincibility. Go right, get the Super Ring and hit the red spring.
    You fly up a curved wall into the air - try to grab the vine hanging from the ceiling. This will make
    the wooden walkway to the left extend, opening your path left. If you don't grab the vine on the
    first try you can try again, either by jumping from the collapsing wooden ledge or bouncing up
    with the red spring again.
    Once on the walkway go left and when you see another vine above, go left and get the Shield
    first. Beware; it's guarded by a glow worm. Then grab the vine and jump onto the walkway. Grab
    another vine to by carried up. Then jump off, onto the ledge. Ahead are two pillars that move up
    instead of down, unlike the earlier one these CAN crush you, so be very careful. Carefully jump
    over them when they go down, and once past them, drop into the gap to grab two Super Rings.
    Bounce up out of the gap and head right to the goal.
    Act 2
    As in act 1, the low road in this act is perfectly acceptable and the easiest to follow. Begin by
    going right, grabbing the vine to open the way ahead, then dropping down instead of trying to
    cross the moving platforms. On the bottom, go right and grab another vine to open the path.
    Continue right past a crushing pillar (be careful) and a lightning bug. Get the Invincibility in the pit
    below (watch out for spikes) and continue right (don't use the spring to bounce up to the higher
    path). Beware of the glow worm dead ahead. Spin dash up a curved wall, defeat a glow worm, go
    up another curved wall, then tangle with a pair of lightning bugs. Then ride the vine to the right
    down and go left to three moving crates. They aren't as hard to handle as they appear. You need
    to go in a counterclockwise direction to get by them, so do that, getting the Super Ring and
    Invincibility on the way. Getting out from the Invincibility is a little tricky - after one crate goes
    by, run out and hold right hard to get between the crates without being crushed by the next crate.
    Drop down past the crates and go left. Grab the vine to proceed, continue left, drop down and
    then go right. Go under some ceiling spikes and a crushing pillar. Jump over the spikes to the
    yellow spring, and instead of grabbing the vine above, head right in the narrow corridor with the
    pillar. Carefully run under it, then get past some lightning bugs. Go slowly. When you come to a
    vine grab it and wait until the walkway stops moving before you jump on it. Be very careful since
    if you fall in the gap, you die since there's no way out. Continue right and purposefully drop into
    the next gap (the one with three wooden ledges on its sides). There's a 1-UP and a spring to
    bounce you back up in the bottom right corner! Grab them and continue. The next gap also has a
    spring in the bottom right corner, and has a ledge in the middle, to which a slowly rotating spiked
    ball on a chain is attached. Jump over carefully and slowly. Continue right to a yellow spring and
    a vine.
    Use either one to go up, go left, grab a Shield and climb the steps. Again use the vine or yellow
    spring to go up to the higher level. You can now go left or right. Go right and when you come to
    a high road/ low road fork, take the low road. Next comes a pillar that is even harder to get under
    than normal ones; I recommend spin dashing underneath when no lightning bugs are in the way.
    Get the Super Ring and drop down. Go right and drop down to a Starpost. Be wary of this
    Starpost. If you hit it and then die at the boss, there's no way to go back from the Starpost to get
    some rings, so you'll only have rings during your first try at the boss. Unless you're confident you
    can defeat the boss on your first try, I recommend avoiding this Starpost if you can. Going all the
    way through the act again shouldn't be that bad, since there's a 1-UP on the way. Whatever you
    do don't use this Starpost to play a Special Stage since that leaves you with zero rings. Anyway
    from the Starpost go right a ways to the boss.
    This boss is somewhat difficult. When the fight starts the room shakes and rocks and spikes fall
    from the ceiling. Rocks do not harm you but spikes do. Dodge the spikes and wait for Robotnik
    to come down from the ceiling in a drill machine. You can hit him from below at this point even
    though his thruster is there. I wouldn't recommend it, though, because if you do this and a late
    spike falls at the wrong place, you're likely to get hit. You could also get trapped under Robotnik
    if you try for too many hits. When he lands, Robotnik switches his drills to point horizontally and
    rolls across the floor. Now jump on him once, perhaps twice in succession if you're daring. When
    he stops and begins moving back up to the ceiling, hit him from below one or two times before he
    goes back into the ceiling and the pattern repeats itself. It is possible to defeat him on one
    sequence but very hard and dangerous. I recommend taking your time, especially if you're
    inexperienced. Put staying safe and dodging spikes as your first priority. Eight hits as usual.
    6g. Oil Ocean Zone
    Act 1
    Now the game starts heating up. This zone is all a gigantic oil refinery, with a lake of oil floating
    on the bottom of all of it (hence the name Oil Ocean Zone). Falling in this oil will not kill you but
    sinking too far in it will. You need to jump continuously to stay afloat in the oil and try to find a
    way to jump out. Stay out of the oil if you can. The music here is a bit slick and eerie. Begin by
    heading right over two gold floors. Be aware that these (and all gold floors that look like them)
    will collapse. After these you meet a pink enemy who looks like a weird alien or octopus. He
    hovers above ground when he sees you and fires a small energy ball sideways. He isn't much of a
    threat because unless you jump, the ball flies over your head. After one of these you come to a
    depression slippery with oil, which prevents you from ducking and makes moving tricky. Jump
    out of the depression and continue over a small gap with a fan. Fans periodically turn on and off.
    When on they make you float above them.
    Defeat another pink octopus and you come to a green cover on a vent that periodically gets
    blasted up into the air and comes back down again. Obviously jump on the cover to continue, but
    beware of the spikes on either side of it and don't touch the vent when the cap is off, of course.
    When the cover flies up, jump to the floating ledge on the left you see to find 20 rings. Then go
    right, over the gold floor. Cross a wide gap via two more gold floors (try really hard not to fall
    here, as it's very hard to get back up). Then climb the steps and defeat two octopuses. Jump over
    the green cover and get the Shield to the right of it. Then jump onto the cover and fly up, and
    jump to the gold ledge to your right. Run right and up a short curved wall. You come to a gap
    with a fan below it. To cross this one just run across when the fan is on and you will make it if
    you hold right.
    Use a green vent cover to ascend a wall. Next you meet the other enemy of Oil Ocean Zone, and
    he is much nastier: a flying sea horse (?) who appears out of nowhere and shoots black bullets
    down at an angle. Try to avoid his initial attack and knock him out as fast as you can. Always
    watch out for these around corners, especially in awkward positions. Continue right and watch
    out for another sea horse. Ride the pink elevator up and go left. Cross the gap by just running left;
    two fans that always remain on will airlift you across. Next comes a fan that's blowing in your
    face blocking your way; run by after it turns off. Ride another elevator up and go right. Watch out
    for a sea horse up ahead. Cross a gap via a fan, ride another elevator and cross another gap
    (beware; this fan turns on and off). You come to an oil slide. When you jump on one of these
    there's very little you can do but enjoy the ride. You come off the oil slide at a Starpost.
    To the right of the Starpost is a gap with an oil slide below it; jump over it. Go right to find three
    green covers that blast up at different intervals, with rings above them and spikes between them.
    As long as your jumping skills are fairly good, you should have no trouble with them. At the third
    one you'll have a choice of taking a high road or a low road. Take the high road by jumping onto
    the gold ledge above when the cover blasts up. Go right to a gap with a gold ledge on the other
    side; jump across and quickly amble to the right. Spin dash up the curved wall and land on the
    gold floor above. Go left jumping up the ledges, to an elevator. Ride it up, and go right but watch
    out for two sea horses. To the right is a green object that is not a green vent cover. Jump on it
    and you get propelled into a floating green checkered ball. The ball launches you through a
    sequence of balls while you have no control over yourself. You get launched out and land next to
    a Shield.
    Grab it and go right, defeating two octopuses. Go down an oil slide. After going down the second
    one turn around and try to climb back up it. This is a very tricky thing to do but the hard part is
    not climbing back up the oil slide - you can do that with some quick jumping. The hard part is
    getting over the wall to the right where an octopus is. It's a tough jump and the oil below
    prevents you from spin dashing it. Just keep trying until you make it or give up. If you give up go
    to the left; you'll rejoin this walkthrough shortly. If you do make it, defeat the octopus and get the
    Super Ring, and drop down to the right. Be careful NOT to touch a ball (that'll take you
    somewhere else) and get the 1-UP to the right. Then drop off the ledge to the left, and ride the
    elevator down. Go left, but after a ways turn around and go back right. The elevator should be
    gone if you walked far enough, and below it is a Starpost.
    Go left on this walkway, jumping over spikes. Descend some steps, defeat three octopuses, and
    hit the green thing to be propelled into another series of transport balls. When you come out go
    right, defeat the octopus and ride the elevator down. Run past the fan when it switches off, and go
    right to a green vent cover. Ride it up, then jump off and go right to the goal.
    Act 2
    Go right over two gold floors. Beware of the spring right after the second one that could knock
    you back into the gap. Defeat an octopus and two sea horses, and go right to an elevator. Trigger
    it and then walk off. Drop below it to find a secret alcove with a Super Ring, a Shield and a spring
    to bounce you back up. Then run to the left far enough for the elevator to reappear, and ride it up.
    Go right past a yellow spring to a series of four green covers. The second and fourth ones will
    both send you into weird devices that propel you into two different transport ball sequences. It's
    up to you which way to go, but for this walkthrough, enter the first one (the one above the second
    green cover). After you come out of the balls go left to a green and gold walkway that has a nasty
    gray spiked thing moving back and forth across it. Jump over it and go left to a strange spring. To
    use this spring press against it holding right, then release right and press down at the same time.
    You should roll up the wall.
    On the higher level go right over another walkway, this time patrolled by two spiked things. They
    pose little threat, though, compared to the sea horse positioned right above the end of the
    walkway - he nearly always gets me. Take him out if you can without getting hit and go right to
    an elevator; ride it up. Go right down an oil slide. After this continue right being very careful of
    two more sea horses above the ramp down. Defeat an octopus and smash the green thing to go
    into another series of transport balls. After you come out, go right across another green and gold
    walkway with two spiked things moving back and forth. You see an elevator to your right; go
    down it. If you want the Speed Shoes above, there's a hidden spring to the left somewhere in the
    pipeline (feel for it). Speed Shoes, though, may cause more harm than good here. After riding the
    elevator down go right past a fan to another elevator; ride it down to a Starpost. Go right and
    enter another transport ball sequence by smashing the green thing.
    After you come out of this to your right will be an oil slide; ignore it and head left. Jump over to
    the gold ledge and run across it. Ride the elevator and continue left. Jump over the gap, whack
    the octopus and smash the green thing to enter more balls. When you come out of these go right
    over the last green and gold walkway with two spiked things. Go right and down three oil slides.
    To the right of the second one (if you can get over the wall with a quick jump) is a Shield guarded
    by an octopus. To the left of the third slide is a Starpost. Make sure to activate it, jumping back
    up the slide if necessary. After these slides one last sea horse waits in ambush. Defeat him and go
    right to the boss. Yes, I know I skipped most of the act and all the secrets, but I can't explore this
    whole act (it's huge) to find the best path to find everything when the path I gave you is perfectly
    acceptable. Sorry. Anyway, here's how to beat the boss...
    This boss is easy (though this is NOT a harbinger of things to come). The battle is fought on two
    ledges with a gap between them, with oil in it. Robotnik immediately pops out of the oil in the
    middle in a submarine. Jump down and hit him. Do not hold down the jump button so you just
    keep bouncing lightly off him. You want at least four hits now, the more the better. After he
    retreats back into the oil you can do one of two things. I recommend getting UNDER either ledge
    and staying in the oil. Robotnik launches two attacks, but both are aimed at the ledges since that's
    where he assumes you are. This evades the attacks but you must jump continuously to avoid
    sinking in the oil. If you have a turbo controller, use it. Otherwise just keep hitting the jump
    If you decide not to do this for some reason, you'll have to tangle with a long harpoon Robotnik
    shoots at the ledge you're on (only the claw at the end of it can hurt you; the rest is harmless) and
    a laser gun that fires three lasers at the ledge, of varying heights, that must be ducked under or
    jumped over depending on their height. As the laser gun goes down, if you're in the oil, jump out
    and back onto a ledge. You want to be on a ledge when Robotnik pops back out again in his
    vulnerable form since that's the best place to hit him from. Hit him as before and hopefully you'll
    get in the remaining hits needed. If you don't the pattern repeats. After busting open the animal
    prison, you've off to Robotnik's fortress itself!
    6h. Metropolis Zone
    Act 1
    Welcome to Robotnik's fortress. This zone is quite a bit harder than any you've encountered
    before, so take it slow and expect to lose some lives here. The music sounds more like a city than
    a fortress, though. Isn't that background just AWESOME? Start out by going right. You first
    encounter two brown steam pistons on the floor. By jumping on them they can bounce you up
    like springs, to some rings and a Super Ring to the left. Beware that you don't touch the steam
    they emit to the sides, though. Also, more importantly, the Super Ring is guarded by a spike star -
    a very nasty and common trap in this zone. These are found in walls and when you come near,
    they move a little, then explode sending spikes in five directions. Avoid them at all costs. After
    this go through a red tube that rotates you as you go through it. It's bit weird but harmless. Spin
    dash up the curved wall and get the Shield. There's a spike star in the wall to the right. You'll
    grow to hate these things, I know. Hit the gray button to make a red bridge extend to the left, and
    go left. Use the steam piston to bounce up to the next level.
    You now encounter one of two very nasty enemies in this zone. This one is a red crab who
    attacks by lunging his large claw forward. That claw makes him immune to frontal attack; you
    must jump over him, which is made tricky by the low ceiling, and then roll or spin dash into him
    from behind to defeat him (if you want to bother). Now go right SLOWLY. You encounter two
    black pistons that move up and down in unison. They are out to crush intruders and getting by
    them is very simple - just spin dash over them when they go down. But don't be too hasty (here
    or anywhere else). After this comes a red bridge that is in your way. Move it with the gray button.
    WATCH OUT FOR SPIKE STARS - there are FOUR around here. Get the Super Ring on the
    next level and move the next bridge out of your way. Move a third bridge out of the way with a
    switch and drop down (don't touch the yellow bumpers in the shaft above - that leads to a
    different path).
    Get the Shield to the right by spin dashing under the spikes. Spin dash back and drop between the
    two moving red platforms. On the lower level is a yellow spring; use it to bounce up the curved
    ramp and head right. Drop down but don't slide to the left; slow down quickly and spin dash up
    the curved wall. Continue right (a one-way door shuts behind you) and open the bridge and drop
    down. Go right slowly - another pair of crushing pistons is up ahead. Spin dash over them, and
    you come to a half-pipe in the floor filled with rings. Stand in the middle of it and spin dash left.
    You'll hit the red spring and fly up the other side, bouncing up a shaft of yellow bumpers. At the
    top a bridge closes below you. Left is a dead end so go right through a rotating red tube. Spin
    dash up the curved wall and you go up to another level above you. Bounce up the yellow bumpers
    and run left.
    You come to a large gray nut on a tall screw leading up. You now have a new skill to learn:
    moving nuts up and down screws. To do this stand on the nut and run right. If you're standing in
    the center of the nut you won't run off; you'll run in place and the nut begins moving up the
    screw. Running left moves it down. Ignore the spike stars in the wall to the left - they only
    activate if you begin moving down, for some reason. When you see another nut to your right,
    jump on it and move it up. Watch out for the spikes at the top of the first nut's screw (don't go so
    high you crush yourself against them). Ride this second nut up to a ledge and jump off. These nuts
    are a bit weird at first but soon become easy to handle. On the ledge hit the gray button to make a
    bridge come out; jump on it and bounce on the yellow spring above. Climb up two more
    extending bridges by extending them with gray buttons, and go right.
    You see a nut positioned on a screw above you but within jumping range; jump to it. The jump is
    somewhat difficult. Run up and jump off. Head right under a screw leading up with no nut in
    sight, to another screw. Ride this nut down. Jump off at the bottom and you encounter another
    obstacle: two red blocks with spears that periodically thrust out of them. Between them is a gap
    you must jump over; just time it so you don't hit the spears. The spears' movement is easy to
    predict after observing them for a while; they thrust out of the blocks in four directions, moving
    clockwise. After jumping the gap go right quickly to run past two spike stars in the floor. Drop
    down and get the Super Ring, then go left to a transport tube. Enter it and when you come out
    the other end, continue left, get the Super Ring here too, and ride the platform down.
    You see a series of floating spear blocks to your right. Rather than try to cross them just drop
    straight down (time it to avoid hitting a spear). Then go right to a nut. You have a choice of
    going down or up; go up and on the ledge above, go right. Drop down into the area below to find
    a Starpost. Then spin dash back up the curved wall and go right. You come to a very confusing
    shaft which repeats itself constantly if you fall down. There are several yellow bumper shafts here.
    Just go right at every opportunity you get. Eventually you should get clear of this section, and the
    goal is just beyond it. Do NOT hang around here any longer than necessary. It is possible to
    bounce between two yellow bumpers in such a way that you get permanently trapped. This is a
    rare occurrence but it happens more often when you stick around this shaft. Congratulations, one
    act of this place of pain is behind you!
    *BUG: Super Sonic may have trouble getting through the transport tubes in this zone. I'm not
    sure why, but sometimes he falls out of a tube as he's going through it. If this is a problem,
    holding up as you go through the tube may help; otherwise you may have to avoid becoming
    Super Sonic.
    Act 2
    Go right to a large lava lake (lava too??). Press the button to extend the bridge, and you see a
    conveyor belt moving small platforms on a belt that goes above and below the lava. Jump on it
    and you see a small platform floating in the lava to your right. Jump onto it, then immediately to
    the next conveyor belt as it drops instantly. From the conveyor belt jump right to the solid ledge,
    where a transport tube is guarded by a red crab. My advice is to get hit by him on purpose and run
    by him while you are flashing. Once you go through the tube you'll bounce up a shaft lined with
    yellow bumpers (and get some rings, luckily). Once at the top you'll bounce in one direction or
    the other; slow down quickly. Waiting on either side of the shaft are two green mantises. Stay
    away from these guys; they have a pair of fangs which they shoot at you when they see you
    (which semi-home in on you). Once their fangs are gone they're defenseless but they regain them
    if you leave the screen and come back.
    From the yellow bumper shaft you can go left or right. Go right and jump over the fangs the
    mantis shoots at you, and hit him or jump over him. This is tricky because of the low ceiling so
    you may take a hit. To the right is a large rotating orange gear. It is a bit tricky to maneuver on
    but poses no threat to you. Go past it to another gear partially in a wall. Get the Shield below it
    and go right to some lava, spanned by two blocks with thrusting spears. My advice is to jump
    onto the first block (time it so you don't hit the spear) and then to the other side without using the
    second block. Continue right and jump to the ledge above you rather than riding the platform
    down. (Riding the platform down will take you back in the act). Go right to a nut on a screw.
    Ride it up a little but then jump into the right wall. It is false (the rings inside the wall are a tipoff).
    Run through it and on the other side, drop down the screw. You'll land on the nut; ride it down
    almost to the end of the screw, but not so far it falls off the bottom.
    Now jump off the nut and hold right hard. Make it a short jump since there's lava below, and the
    corridor you're trying to enter to the right is a small one. If you're falling too fast you'll miss the
    corridor and land in the lava. Hopefully you'll make it without getting hit, and you'll find three
    Super Rings waiting for you. Go right to a small lava pit, with a yellow bumper shaft above it and
    a platform floating in it. Go up the bumper shaft and hit the Starpost at the top but then
    immediately turn back around, drop down the shaft onto the floating platform, and jump into the
    corridor to the right. (If you're wondering why I'm steering you along this hard path, I'll tell you:
    there's a 1-UP on it). Go right across a bridge, but slowly. Jump over the crab you see when you
    meet him. Then you come to a rotating gear over a lava pit. Jump into the gear and rotate with it
    until you see a moving platform to the right. Jump to the platform.
    To the right will be another gear, with a spear block between the moving platform and the gear.
    Jump onto the spear block (time it to miss the spear) then onto the gear. This gear rotates
    counterclockwise and will push you off into the lava unless you are careful. So quickly jump from
    the gear to the yellow bumpers. Bounce up to another Starpost. Activate it, press the button, and
    go left to a rotating tube. Go through it and spin dash up the curved wall. You come to a nut.
    Ride it up VERY SLOWLY. As soon as the ledge above comes into view, stop. You see a mantis
    on the ledge and it's almost impossible to get by him if he gets a chance to shoot his fangs. But
    stay low on the nut and he won't see you and will turn around. That's your cue to ride up and hit
    him from behind (beware, though - the way you jump off nuts, you sometimes jump over him
    rather than into him).
    To the right is another nut, with the ledge above so low you can jump to it without moving the
    nut. This ledge immediately has a mantis and a spike star. The spike star isn't much of a problem
    since if you run full speed to the right once you get on the ledge and jump over the mantis, you'll
    be out of range of the star before it explodes. Leap over the mantis and go right to another
    mantis. Jump over his fangs and defeat him. Now instead of riding the conveyor belt up, drop
    straight down on the far left. There's a lava pit below - but in the far left corner is a 1-UP, just
    like in Hill Top Zone! Grab it and bounce up to the conveyor belt with the spring below it. From
    the top of the conveyor belt jump left to a series of three spear blocks. Remember the spears
    shoot out in clockwise order. Don't be in a rush - don't jump unless a spear is about to thrust up
    below you. The blocks are timed so you can make it across if you're careful. Once you cross these
    three blocks enter the transport tube to the left.
    After coming out of the tube, go right to a curved wall. Spin dash up the curved wall and land on
    the moving platform. This is kind of tricky since you have to do it when the moving platform is at
    its lowest point, but it can be done. If you aren't rolling high enough, power up your spin dash.
    From the moving platform jump to the left and hit the button to extend a bridge, but watch out for
    a spike star lurking in the corner. Climb up and go right to some yellow bumpers. Bounce up
    them and cross your fingers that the many spike stars lining the shaft don't get you. At the top of
    the first shaft, nab the Shield and immediately go up the second one. Then run right to escape
    flying spikes and defeat the mantis. You come to a conveyor belt; this one has no1-UP below it,
    though. Ride it up and jump to the second conveyor belt. Ride it up (beware of spike stars) and
    go left through a rotating tube. Spin dash up the curved wall and leap off it to land on the moving
    platform. Bounce on the spring; climb the yellow bumper shaft. At the top go right to the goal.
    Act 3
    When you ended act 2 without a boss but a goal turnstile, your first hope was probably that it was
    final fight time. Alas, no - the Sonic designers decided to complete your suffering, they'd make
    you go through yet another full act of Metropolis Zone. Your first encounter in act 3 is with a
    mantis. Jump over him (mantises are fairly easy to jump over if you know they are there and there
    isn't a low ceiling or other impediment). To the right are two rotating wheels moving a giant
    bridge-like thing between them. You need to get onto the bridge either with the platforms to the
    left (which move rather wildly when you stand on them and jump) or the steam pistons on the
    floor below (beware though - there is a mantis down there). Once on the slowly rotating bridge
    stand on the far right side. You'll see a ledge to your right with a crab on it. Wait for the crab to
    move to the edge of the ledge and begin lunging at you, then jump over him and enter the
    transport tube behind him.
    On the other side of the tube go right to two gears, one with a quarter of it in a ledge. Below
    these gears is an Invincibility. Grab it and get to the right of the gears. But go slowly - two
    crushing black pistons are ahead (you'd think you'd want to speed ahead while invincible, but that
    would get you crushed - nasty trick by the designers). Spin dash over the pistons and up the
    curved wall. Ride the nut to the left up. If you're still invincible, the first few spike stars won't
    hurt you. Otherwise you must position yourself on the nut to stay out of the flight path of their
    spikes. It's very tricky. If you get hit and fall, go far enough away and come back - the nut will be
    back at the bottom. After riding the nut up run left as fast as you can to avoid spike stars in the
    floor. Once at the left wall, jump to the long moving bridge above you like the one at the
    beginning. Then jump to the moving platform above it and to the red spring on the right. You go
    zipping along a level and stop moving at a Starpost and a yellow spring.
    Bounce up on the yellow spring to a rotating tube. Ride through it and on the other side, drop
    down and ride the platform down. Go right through a one-way door. Do NOT jump to get those
    rings or you'll activate three spike stars in the ceiling. Ride the nut up. Ignore the corridor to the
    right you see, but about that point, jump into the left wall - there's a hidden room in it with a
    Shield. Continue riding the nut up, then jump to the other nut and ride it up. Then go right over a
    part of floor with spears continually thrusting up through it. Wait on the nut until the spears pop
    up then jump off and run over the floor as fast as you can. Then jump to the bridge above rotating
    between two wheels, but watch out - if you stand on the center of this bridge, you will be crushed.
    Jump to the left side if this bridge, then jump to the horizontal conveyor belt above (don't worry,
    you can jump through the conveyor belt). Go left from here to a steam piston. There's a transport
    tube to the left but it's one-way the other way.
    Bounce up on the steam piston and go up the yellow bumper shaft. Avoiding the ceiling spikes,
    go right across three conveyor belts. Then bounce up on another steam piston. A bridge closes
    beneath you. Go right to a nastily situated mantis. Jump over him if you can, and bounce up the
    yellow bumpers. Then go right to a very hard section: a long series of spear blocks over a lava
    lake. I hope you've mastered these blocks by now. The way out is the top left, but to the right
    there is a Starpost. This Starpost can be a mixed blessing - if you touch it and then die, you'll
    return to it and have to go back through these blocks with no rings. I feel it's worth it, though.
    Try to touch the Starpost and then climb up the blocks to the next ledge. Be very careful and
    observe the next block to make sure it won't thrust its spear up (which is the only position the
    spear is likely to hurt you in) when you land on it. Also be aware of the block you're on.
    When you finally get past these blocks, go right a ways over a flat area to two intermeshing gears.
    These gears cannot crush you, so don't worry. You can't jump from the first gear to the second
    gear because the second gear rotates counterclockwise, but there is a rd spring below the first
    gear. Use that to run up the left wall, and land on the moving platform. From there jump over to
    the third gear. Before jumping to the ledge on the right, be sure to drop down. The intermediate
    ledge (above the red spring) has a Starpost and a Super Ring. Then bounce back up the red spring
    and jump from the third gear to the far right ledge. Be very careful of the crab guarding it (it may
    be best to lure him to the left before jumping over him) and enter the transport tube behind him.
    Okay, almost done! Go right to two mantises, one on the floor and one on the ceiling. Defeat the
    one on the floor and ride the nut up a long way. Ignore the spike stars in the right wall - they only
    activate if you turn left. When you come to a second nut, ride it up. Go very slowly, always
    holding right to avoid setting off spike stars. When you see a ledge to the left, stop and wait.
    There's a mantis on that ledge, and because of the low ceiling it's almost impossible to get by him
    unless he's facing left. Stand still, facing right, until the mantis turns around. Then climb up and
    jump to the ledge. Defeat the mantis and enter the tube. Hit the final Starpost and ride the moving
    platform to the right. Beware, falling below it will kill you. When you come to the end of the
    moving platform's run, go right and you're at the boss.
    It stands to reason Metropolis Zone should have a pretty tough boss, doesn't it? This guy takes
    some figuring out how to beat and takes quite a while to beat (about 2 minutes). When the fight
    starts, Robotnik comes down in his ship which is surrounded by seven white orbs flying around it
    like Saturn's rings, at close range. These rings protect him from attack. There are, however, some
    ways to hit him at this point. One, of course, is to get hit yourself and then hit him. This is a bad
    idea to do regularly but if you get hit use it to hit him (but put recovering a ring first). Another
    way is to try and hit him at a point where the orbs don't cover him - such points do exist, but only
    for split seconds. This is very risky and I don't recommend trying it until you've destroyed all but
    one orb. It is nearly impossible at the beginning. A third, more sneaky, way is to use Tails (with a
    second controller) to hit him since Tails can take an infinite amount of damage without losing
    rings or dying. This, of course, requires that you're playing as Sonic and Tails and have a second
    controller. I have never tried this strategy to confirm it works, but I theorize that it could.
    In any event, to proceed normally, Robotnik will move back and forth along the floor, and you
    must jump over him twice. This is harder than it looks because it seems you can't jump as high in
    this battle for some reason. You need to clear both him and his orbs - it's difficult. I recommend
    staying in the corners so you can get a running start. After successfully leaping over him twice
    he'll move to the center of the screen - stay in a corner. He'll expend the orbs to cover the entire
    room except the corners, so make sure you're in one. Then he'll move the orbs back to rotating
    around his ship, but this time, leaving the bottom of it unprotected. So hit him from below and h
    immediately moves up out of range, and one of the orbs transforms into a miniature version of
    Robotnik. Destroy that and repeat the process until all the orbs are gone. This takes quite a while
    and is very taxing. Then he moves to the side of the screen and starts firing lasers sideways - just
    hit him once from below to defeat him. Crack open the final animal prison and leave the ground
    for good!
    6i. Sky Chase Zone
    Now the game changes the rules a little. The last three zones all only have one act. You no longer
    receive any end of act bonus points either. Also, you now play as Sonic alone if you're playing a
    Sonic and Tails game. This zone is pure bliss. The music and background are awesome - you're
    flying above the clouds, running on the wings of a red biplane flown by Tails. Tails is such a good
    pilot the plane always remains under you wherever you move, so you can never fall off. You can
    jump, move left or right (in general it is best to stay as far left as possible to see what's coming
    up) and use up and down to change your altitude. Your only problem is with three kinds of
    enemies patrolling these skies. One is a large red plane that looks like a bird and charges across
    the screen from the right - stay out of their way or spin dash into them. Another enemy looks like
    a turtle in a cockpit that floats up and down and drops mines down if you fly below it, so jump
    and take it out. This guy also usually appears in groups. The third enemy isn't much trouble - it's
    a robot standing on top of a turtle who is stationary, and occasionally makes the turtle's mouth
    spit a fireball. The turtle cannot hurt you in any way and once you defeat its rider you can stand
    on it temporarily.
    There are rings you should try to collect. The only caution I can give you is try not to get hit since
    it's very difficult to recover rings with the way you move. Also moving around - especially down -
    is sometimes a little awkward. Nevertheless this zone is very easy, compared to what you just did
    and what's to come. The zone forces you to move forward with forced scrolling, though the pace
    is fairly slow and tranquil. About two thirds through, you fly through a huge battleship. You'll
    fight on that battleship in the next zone. At the end of the zone there is no boss - you just run off
    the screen and it's off to...
    6j. Wing Fortress Zone
    This is the last normal level of the game. It's pretty tough - it's a very long act - but I know a
    couple of shortcuts that'll make it much faster. There are a couple of very aggravating sections
    though, so don't expect a cakewalk. It begins with you flying on your plane and lasers are firing at
    you. Just as a red ledge comes into view, a laser hits you and you begin losing altitude. As soon as
    this happens, jump onto the red walkway. If you don't, you will die. Tails will be OK. Now you
    are on Robotnik's giant flying battleship. Head right but jump over the little metal slider you see
    on the floor - that will limit the number of rings you get. Drop down a level and run left. Drop
    down again and go right, collecting rings. Run over two platforms that make you float above
    them. You soon come to the only enemy in this zone: a chicken robot who pops out of holes in
    the floor and shoots bullets sideways. Defeat him.
    Now you are at the first shortcut. To your right is a metal slider device that will zip you right, but
    above you is a metal walkway that seems out of jumping range. From the chicken's hole (which is
    actually slightly elevated from the floor) jump up to it. It may take many attempts to reach the
    walkway. Just keep jumping and holding right and be persistent. When you do make it go right
    and get a Shield. Then jump up and right. Above you is a fan that, if you jump up and hold right,
    will usually suck you up to a higher level. You will crash into one of two enemies immediately and
    lose your Shield, but it's well worth it (defeat the enemies immediately). If for some reason the
    fan does not suck you up, it's probably because you didn't jump far enough right and you'll have
    to jump up to the walkway again. On the higher level the way you should go is left, but instead go
    right. Run quickly over the fan that gives you a lift, and the swiveling gun above it will miss you if
    you're going full speed. To the right defeat another chicken facing the wrong way. Then jump
    down onto the four metal platforms rotating in a circle.
    Now comes the second big shortcut. Jump to the ledge to the right of the platforms. You see a
    large propeller to your right. Run into it and you'll get hit. While you are flashing, run through it.
    Right behind it is the end of the ledge - jump AS FAR AS POSSIBLE to the right. You'll see two
    belts of moving platforms that continuously move down, disappearing into the wall at the bottom
    of the belt. You don't want to land on the first (higher) belt because the platform will disappear as
    soon as you land on it. You must land on the next belt to the right, even though it's farther away.
    Hopefully you will make it. Falling at any point along here will kill you.
    Now for the most aggravating part (in my opinion) of the game. To the right you'll see a small
    ledge that blends in very well with the background that appears and disappears. To avoid falling
    when the platform you're on disappears into the wall, jump continuously to keep jumping to the
    next higher platform. Observe the ledge to the right and when it comes out of the wall, jump to it.
    Now you need to jump across a series of about eight ledges like this one to the right. You must
    go very quickly because they will disappear and you'll fall if you're not fast enough. They are
    supposed to be timed to make it possible to get across, but sometimes the next ledge you must
    jump to isn't there like it's supposed to be. Hopefully, this won't happen. To avoid losing time in
    your jumps make short jumps by just tapping the jump button (that are still sufficient to get you to
    the next platform). When (and if) you do finally make it across, you'll come to a solid ledge with a
    Starpost. Breathe a sigh of relief - the worst is over, and you've skipped past over half the zone.
    To the right of the Starpost is a metal slider. Touch it and it will zip you right sending you over a
    bottomless pit. However, right on the other side is another metal slider that will send you back, so
    as soon as you land, JUMP! If you hit the other slider by accident you'll be sent back - don't
    panic, the first slider is waiting for you and will send you over again. You can keep going back
    and forth until you finally jump over the slider on the right ledge. Then go right and run up the
    conveyor belt. Jump to the rotating platforms and then to the hook above. It carries you up. Jump
    left and ride another hook up. Go left and grab a concealed Super Ring, then go right and touch
    the metal slider. It zips you right and you land just right of another slider. Touch it as well and
    when you stop moving, go back left, and climb up to the next left. Then go right onto brown floor
    instead of metal floor. Go right to the final Starpost. Touch it, then jump on the gray bump in the
    floor to open the path inside of the battleship. Go right to the boss.
    This is a really hard boss. You're trapped in a room by two lasers, and Robotnik is behind the
    right laser. On the ceiling is a slowly moving laser eye. You need to hit that eight times to beat
    this boss. The catch is, it begins closed. After a while it opens and turns red. Then you see it flash,
    and after a few seconds it fires a blue laser beam down at you. Then, after a few more seconds, it
    closes again. The only time you can hit it is after it opens but before it fires. But it's out of your
    jumping range, so you have to make do with three tiny platforms (about as wide as you are) with
    spikes on their bottoms that fly around the room. It's very difficult to position yourself on the
    correct platform as it flies under the laser eye WHEN it's open. The platforms' movements are
    very erratic. To make matters worse, one controller error when jumping onto a platform could
    make you hit its spikes instead. By all means, TAKE IT SLOW - you have plenty of time, and you
    should certainly wait for good hitting opportunities rather than make do with fair ones. Get used
    to the platforms' movement, keep track of where each one is and will be and avoid the spikes
    (which cause more hits than the laser) and avoid risky moves like hitting the eye right before it
    fires. And expect to lose a couple of lives before you get the hang of this boss.
    After winning at last, Robotnik goes down and the lasers sealing you in the room disappear. Don't
    follow Robotnik just yet - first, jump over the hole where he was, and run into the area to the
    right. In there, invisible, is one last 1-UP. Make sure you grab it, then drop down. You
    automatically run right to see Robotnik escape in a small flying shuttle. Tails shows up with your
    plane fixed up, and you jump on the wing to pursue Robotnik. You automatically grab onto his
    shuttle and are escorted into space to Robotnik's secret weapon...
    6k. Death Egg Zone
    This isn't much of a zone. Just go right and you face Robo-Sonic.
    Remember that in this and the next battle, you have no rings, so any hit will kill you. That's what
    makes these fights so hard. Robo-Sonic - a slightly larger metallic clone of yourself - will come
    down on the right first. Hitting him is rather tricky. You must make a very short jump - by just
    tapping the jump button - and hit him in the forehead. Spin dashing into him won't work, nor will
    hitting him where there are spikes on the back of his head. You can get in up to two hits by
    bouncing twice on his forehead before he turns into a spiked wheel and zips across the floor at
    you. Obviously he is invulnerable when in this form. After this he'll stay himself for a moment in
    the left corner, then jet across the room without becoming the spiked wheel two times. The
    second time he turns into a wheel he jumps as he rolls across the floor. You can try to stand in the
    right place and he'll jump over you, but I prefer standing in the right corner and jumping over him
    as he comes down from his jump. After these first two times I don't know his sequence of normal
    dashes, jump dashes and jets in normal form, so you'll have to react quickly and position yourself
    well (usually in the opposite corner from him when he's in wheel form). A ways into the battle he
    may even shoot his spikes at you but hopefully you'll defeat him before then.
    I don't know why most people think Robo-Sonic is easy - I found him to be quite hard, since to
    hit him you need to make a very short and very accurate jump. You are going to have to take
    some risks to win here, so try to hit him whenever he waits in a corner between attacks. Avoid
    those spikes on the back of his head at all costs. Just keep hitting him, master the short, accurate
    jump necessary, and stay on top of his attacks and you should be okay. He takes eight hits to beat.
    After winning run right and pursue Robotnik through a hallway. He jumps into an enormous robot
    that rises from the floor and becomes about four times as tall as you. Time for the final fight.
    Final Battle
    What final battle music! This is fought in a room about two and a half screens wide. Robotnik's
    robot will take four steps toward you, half a step back, then launch off the screen. How he can do
    that when he is obviously so heavy I do not know. You have to jump and hit him, but the trouble
    is he has two spiked fists about halfway up his body. Touching these or his legs will kill you (and
    force you to fight Robo-Sonic again). You must jump and hit him ABOVE the spiked fists. This is
    very difficult to do at any time, but the safest times to do it are when he is standing still and not
    taking a step. You CAN try to hit him when he is walking, but it's considerably more risky
    (although the only way to win the battle quickly). I recommend only hitting him when he stands
    still a moment before he launches and right after he appears or lands. Don't hit him when he takes
    his last step forward since one of his fists will be extended forward (that's what makes hitting him
    when he's walking so dangerous).
    After he launches (you should have two hits at this point) run to the far left and charge up a spin
    dash to the right. A white target circle appears on you and follows you wherever you go. Just sit
    tight, revving up for a spin dash. When a smaller circle appears inside the larger one, it means the
    target has locked on (and won't follow you). Be very watchful for this and immediately spin dash
    right. Robotnik will come down (with a crash that shakes the whole room) where the target
    locked on. He will then shoot both fists at you, one at a time. But, the fists don't fly all the way
    across the room. Since you made him land on the far left, and your spin dash carried you over to
    the far right, you are perfectly safe if you stay put. Robotnik will, after launching his fists, launch
    again and another target circle appears on you. This time don't rev up a spin dash. Instead, when
    the target locks on, step to the left so Robotnik won't land on you, then quickly turn around and
    hit him as he lands. When he comes down he bends down (as if he's bowing to you) and this
    means you don't have to jump as high to hit him if you time it correctly. But doing this requires
    you react quickly when the target locks on and that you turn around nimbly and at the right place.
    If you got behind Robotnik (you didn't - he should have landed at the far right) he'll stay
    stationary and launch two mines at you. The mines fall where you were standing when they
    launched and explode shortly after they land. Robotnik is not, to my knowledge, vulnerable from
    behind so this is to your disadvantage. If you are in front of Robotnik he will repeat his initial
    sequence of walking toward you. Stay away until he takes half a step back, then hit him once
    above his fists before he launches. Repeat this pattern over and over. It's slow (unless you get
    additional hits in by hitting Robotnik when he's walking) at two hits per sequence but it works
    and is as safe as you can get. You have loads of time, but don't let the pressure of delivering those
    last few hits break your nerves and cause you to mess up. Deliver each hit and do each maneuver
    with the same precision and alertness. I hope you have plenty of lives - that will take some of the
    pressure off if you do. Robotnik's robot takes TWELVE hits to destroy instead of the usual eight.
    After victory, run right and you'll find a hallway opened for you. There are explosions behind you.
    Just keep running and don't roll. I don't know if the explosions can kill you if they catch up but I
    never wanted to find out. At the end of the hallway run out of the Death Egg. Congratulations -
    you have completed Sonic the Hedgehog 2! Enjoy the ending!
    7. Conclusion
    I hope you enjoyed Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It is, in my opinion, the best game ever released for
    the Sega Genesis. If you want more Sonic or get tired of Sonic 2, fear not - there's Sonic the
    Hedgehog 3, which I'm planning on starting a FAQ/walkthrough for next. There are several other
    Sonic games for Sega Genesis too. I hope to have it out possibly within two weeks. I have more
    time for writing now than I used to, and I've caught the Sonic bug again.
    Once again, this FAQ/walkthrough is copyright William Walker, all rights reserved. It was
    completed July 7, 2003. Check with me before you post it on your web site, and don't do any
    illegal activities with it (such as selling it for profit). Thank you. And once again, I am very open
    to most e-mails with questions, comments or additions. Drop me a line at
    j-d-walker@worldnet.att.net . I'm waiting for your e-mails! Good luck and Enjoy Sonic the
    Hedgehog 2!

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