|Fifth level, Sonic the Hedgehog 3|
|Number of Acts: 2|
|Level theme: winter|
|Secondary level theme: underground/cave|
|Boss: Freezer Mobile|
|Sub-boss: Big Icedus|
|Maximum rings, Act 1: 172 + 10|
|Maximum rings, Act 2: 479 + 20|
|Underwater areas: Act 2|
IceCap Zone is the fifth zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Sonic and Tails enter from being shot from a cannon, while Knuckles comes in through a teleporter. All characters exit through a small, snow-filled tunnel.
It contains an outer "snow" level and an inner "cave" level, and uses a background-changing effect to switch between those.
The zone is theorized to have been based off of Sonic 2's Hidden Palace Zone, as numerous objects in this level including bushes, bridges, and glowing orbs underground strongly resemble those of Hidden Palace.
|“||Things will get pretty chilly as Sonic and Tails slide their way through this arctic wasteland. Be sure to smash open blocks of ice to reveal power-ups and hidden passageways.||„|
|“||While developing, we went snowboarding a lot at a nearby resort. People kept getting injured though… (laugh) Originally, this stage was planned to begin after zone 8 (Flying Battery Zone). Sonic was going to break down the door from the airship and make a snowboard out of it on the way down. The other characters can fly, so they wouldn't appear in that event.||„|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 3|