Special Stage (Sonic the Hedgehog CD)
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|Sonic the Hedgehog CD|
|Special level, Sonic the Hedgehog CD|
|Number of Acts: 8 (including a hidden one)|
The Special Stages in Sonic CD are slightly different from most others in the series, although they are accessed in the same manner of those in Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit): by collecting at least 50 Rings and jumping into the Giant Ring that subsequently appears behind the end-of-stage signpost. In each of these stages, Sonic must attempt to collect one of the seven Time Stones (Sonic CD's equivalent of most other series games' Chaos Emeralds).
These Special Stages use a pseudo Mode 7 effect, and parallax backgrounds. Rather than collect a certain amount of Rings or items, Sonic must destroy all of the UFOs flying around in the sky. Sonic is constantly moving forward, so the player must control him by using and to steer, and press any of the face buttons to make him jump. Each stage has a time limit, from which touching the water will remove 10 seconds, and even more time will be taken away for continuing to run in the water. When only 20 seconds remain on the timer, a blue UFO will appear; if Sonic can destroy it, 30 seconds will be added to the timer.
Once all UFOs are destroyed within the given time limit, Sonic will receive a Time Stone. If all of the seven Time Stones are acquired by the end of the game, all Futures automatically become Good, and as such the player will have achieved the good ending on completing the game. (The good ending can also be achieved by destroying Dr. Eggman's robot transporters in the past of each regular stage.)
Time Attack mode
Sonic CD also features a Time Attack mode for Special Stages. To unlock it, the player should simply get a low enough total time in the normal Time Attack, then hit on the Time Attack screen. In Time Attack mode, the timer counts up, there is no time limit, and touching water has no effect. Complete each stage fast enough to get the top spot!
In the 2011 remaster, achieving a low-enough total time for the Special Stages will unlock the Sound Test and Stage Select in the Extras menu.
|Chopper Block/Damage block (ダメージブロック): Cause Sonic to fall over and lose rings.|
|Fan Block/Senpuuki Block (扇風機ブロック): Send Sonic spinning into the air.|
|Spring Block (スプリングブロック): Send Sonic higher into the air.|
|Dash Zone (ダッシュゾーン): Cause Sonic to speed forward in the given direction.|
|Mini Dash Zone (ミニダッシュゾーン): Smaller versions of the above. The English manuals don't make a distinction between the two.|
|Bumpers: Cause Sonic to bonuce - the closest the Special Stages get to solid walls.|
|Water: Causes the timer to decrease rapidly.|
Three items are available in the Special Stage, each of which are hidden inside UFOs:
|Super Ring/Special Ring (スペシャルリング): Gives the player 20 Rings, or a multiple of 20 Rings if the player hits more than one Ring UFO in succession. (Identified by yellow stripes.)|
|Sneakers/Speed Up (スピードアップ): Makes Sonic run faster. (Identified by white stripes.)|
|Time Bonus/Time Up (タイムアップ): Extends the time limit by 30 seconds. This is only available in a blue UFO that appears in the center of the stage once the time limit drops below 20 seconds, and is not available in Time Attack mode.|
List of Special Stages
|Sonic the Hedgehog CD|