|Aqua Lake Zone|
|Third level, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)|
|Number of Acts: 3|
|Level theme: underwater|
|Boss: Mecha Sea Lion|
|Underwater areas: Yes|
Aqua Lake Zone is the third zone in the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The level fulfills the Underwater cliché for this game. The surface areas sport an abundance of operational fountains and water features, while beneath the lake's surface, crumbling ruins provide the hedgehog with a dangerous obstacle course. The bubbles in Aqua Lake Zone are much larger than those in the MegaDrive games. Sonic can actually jump inside some of the bubbles and ride them all the way up to the surface; a gimmick which is featured prominently in Act 2.
The chaos emerald for this zone is a piece of cake. During act 2, blue tubes transport you multiple directions. The second tube you enter, hold down left until you reach the gem. Continue holding left after collection to obtain a secret life.
This is one of the more difficult levels, due mainly to the slowdown caused from being underwater, as well as the distance between air bubbles. The level is notable for featuring a gimmick that enables a spin rolling Sonic to bounce across the surface of the water like a pebble. The boss is the Sea Lion Mecha.
Pick up speed and skim the surface of the lake, picking up Rings as you go. When you go under, don't go for too long without air, or you'll lose a Chance. Take a deep breath from bubbles that float up from some of the blocks. Or when a big bubble comes your way, use it to float toward the top of the screen.
|Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)|