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Diamond Dust Zone
Fourth level, Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island
Number of Acts: 3
Level theme: winter
Boss: Diamond Dust Zone boss
Maximum rings, Act 1: 88 + 66 + 95
Maximum rings, Act 2: 64 + 69 (MD), 59 (SAT) + 64
Maximum rings, Act 3: 8
Flickies, Act 1: 1 + 0 + 2 1 + 2 + 1 3 + 3 + 2
Flickies, Act 2: 1 + 2 + 1 1 + 2 + 1 3 + 1 + 2
Non-English names:
Spring Stadium Zone | Volcano Valley Zone

Diamond Dust Zone is the third level of Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Saturn, coming after Spring Stadium and before Volcano Valley. As with other stages in this game, Diamond Dust consists of two standard Acts followed by a third Act containing only the boss fight. In Acts 1 and 2, Sonic must free captured Flickies from inside Badniks, depositing five of the birds into a Goal Ring to progress between sections of the level (usually three per Act).

Overview

This Zone seems to be heavily influenced by IceCap Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and features some great music. The level takes place in a winter environment, with slippery ice and snowy gusts everywhere. The boss of this level also seems to be heavily influenced by Sonic 3's IceCap Zone, with Robotnik trying to do nothing but freeze you.

The environment plays a big part in the level. Some areas are covered with ice that is very difficult to get around on. Snowblowers blast frost that will freeze Sonic instead of directly attacking him, though unlike in IceCap Zone, the freezing is harmless (though it will make him lose his Shield and Flickies) and is sometimes even required to progress; Sonic can even break free by jumping enough times. When Sonic defeats the Snowman Badniks, he will find that some of the Flickies inside them are frozen. He will have to open the block of ice before he can free the Flicky. Some snowmen are not Badniks, but are actually bombs that will explode upon close proximity.

Quotes

Did you bring your Sonic snowboard? The snowy mountains of Flicky Island are filled with icy snowblowers, frozen paths and rivers of slush. The occasional snowfall doesn't even faze Sonic, but watch out for snow-spitting snowmen and uncover snowy Springs to make your way through this Zone.

Sonic 3D US manualMedia:Sonic3D Sat US manual.pdf[3]

Enemies

Diamond Dust includes three different varieties of Badnik, none of which are named in official media, but are named in development tools:

  • Snowman — A snowman robot. Releases a (frozen) blue Flicky.
  • Bunny — A rabbit robot on a pogo stick. Releases a purple Flicky.
  • Pengo — A waddling penguin robot. Releases a green Flicky.

References


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