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Special Stages in Sonic Blast are a hybrid of those from Sonic 2 and Sonic 3. Sonic or Knuckles must walk down a checkered path collecting rings, using springs and speed boosts while avoiding spikes. After one round of collecting the required amount of rings, the player will obtain a Chaos Emerald. The player cannot change directions like in Sonic 3's special stages, but he/she can jump.
In Tec Toy's Master System port of the game, the special stages are the only levels that do not benefit from the increased screen dimensions. Users are "treated" to massive borders instead.