|Carnival Night Zone|
Fourth level, Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Carnival Night Zone lives up to its name — it's a theme park! In the fourth zone in Sonic 3, everything's pretty much the same, except that there are many more hidden areas than in other zones and a few more toys. There's the cannon, which will launch you in the direction of your choice. Of course, don't forget the anti-gravity pads and balloons to bounce off. There are large, black wheels to get dizzy on, and the unforgettable rotating barrels. To get barrels to move, try shifting your weight UP and DOWN (i.e. use the D-pad). Not all barrels move very far. Sonic and Tails enter the zone by flying from Marble Garden, while Knuckles comes in through a tunnel in S3K. At the end of the Zone, Sonic and Tails are launched out of a cannon to IceCap, whereas Knuckles will use a teleporter to change zones.
At the near end of Act 2 (just after the player has turned the power back on to the zone), Sonic will run into a small area with a barrel that gates itself off, preventing escape. Unknown to most players of the time, the trick is to stand on the barrel and press UP and DOWN on the D-pad to shift the weight of the barrel. This was a large complaint from the community, as the lack of prior knowledge led to most players giving up from frustration of attempting the various, less-successful methods of passing the barrel (such as jumping on it) or simply letting the time run out. In the Sonic 3 & Knuckles version, Knuckles completely bypasses the barrel (and the boss).
|“||Night life on the Floating Island is exciting. Bounce and flip your way across this colorful Zone which is filled with anti-gravity platforms. However, beware of many traps that are set along the path.||„|
|“||While developing in America, we would see these portable carnival rides come in around shopping centers, and that was the idea we went with for this stage. When you think of carnivals of course there are Ferris wheels and teacup rides, but it seems like generally there were a lot of things that just pushed and spun you around really fast (laugh), my main memory was that they were unusually scary!||„|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 3|