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Wood Zone is another Zone removed from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 before release. As it was never discussed in public and there's virtually no trace of it in the final game, its existence came to light when the Simon Wai prototype was released.

Only the very beginning of the Zone has been implemented in this prototype. The music played is ID $83, otherwise known as the theme for Metropolis Zone. The stage is also devoid of Rings and objects.

Act 1

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Final game

In the Simon Wai prototype, Wood Zone offers roughly ten seconds of gameplay. The player starts here.

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Final game

Sonic and Tails enter a tree.

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Final game

Sonic and Tails fall down a hole, then exit the tree.

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Final game

And the duo are met with this non-functioning ramp. If the player times it correctly they can squeeze through a hole at the top and fall to their death.

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Final game

With debug mode we can see there's a bit more to the stage. At the top, there are chunks of floating wooden blocks.

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Final game

There are also conveyor belts that have no effect.

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Final game

Shortly after the ramp, there is a large open area of nothingness, but at the end is a loopback to the start of the Act. The background stops scrolling properly at this point.

Map

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Final game

Act 2

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Final game

Act 2 is completely empty.

References


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Simon Wai prototype), prerelease version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)
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