Tidal Plant Zone

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Tidal Plant Zone
Tidal Plant Zone
Fifth level, Sonic Triple Trouble
Number of Acts: 3
Level theme: industrial
Secondary level theme: underwater
Boss: Knuckles
Underwater areas: Yes
Non-English names:
  • JP: タイダルプラント Taidarupuranto
Robotnik Winter Zone | Atomic Destroyer Zone

Tidal Plant Zone is the fifth level of Sonic Triple Trouble for the Sega Game Gear. As with other stages in this game, Tidal Plant consists of two standard Acts followed by a shorter, third Act which contains the Zone's boss. The level comes after Robotnik Winter Zone and precedes Atomic Destroyer Zone.

Tidal Plant is Triple Trouble's underwater level. However, unlike most of its contemporaries: Labyrinth Zone, Aqua Lake Zone, Aqua Planet Zone, and so forth, the waters of Tidal Plant are not cluttered with decaying ruins. This zone appears to be exactly what it says on the tin; a tidal power plant, presumably constructed by Robotnik to fuel his electronic behemoth that is the upcoming Atomic Destroyer. Winding, submarine passages bristle with traps and electric eel Badniks. Pressing the large, pink buttons along the floor releases giant bubbles which Sonic and Tails can ride inside.

The particularly fun things within this zone, however, are the power-ups. Just as Robotnik Winter gave Sonic the opportunity to snowboard, here the hedgehog can pick up the Propeller Shoes, which actually enable infamously water-unsavory Sonic to swim, albeit briefly. Tails, meanwhile, gets to pilot the Sea Fox, his own personal submarine. This one-fox craft would go on to be a major feature in Tails Adventures, released the year after Triple Trouble.

The boss sees Sonic or Tails take on Knuckles's submarine.

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