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Resort Island, which fulfils the tropical island cliché for Sonic R, is the first level made available for play and the easiest of the five tracks. At the start of each race on this course, there is a flock of Flickies as they appeared in Sonic 3D, which was also developed by Traveller's Tales.
The track houses one Chaos Emerald, and after collecting the five Sonic tokens around the levels (and finishing in first place), the player can race against and unlock Metal Sonic.
One of the huts in this track sports a Christian ichthys, a religious Easter egg placed by lead programmer Jon Burton, a practicing Christian.
Instruction Manual Description
||It's a wonderful day for a race on this tropical island paradise. A nice blue sky, lots of greenery, a pretty waterfall...it's all here. Get too enchanted, though, and you might slip into the water or bump into a coconut tree. Take the time to hop around the smaller islands. Going for a little rock climbing is well worth the effort too.