Sonic Mania/Bugs/Lava Reef Zone

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Glitches specific to Lava Reef Zone in Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Plus.

Act 1

Weird gliding

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If Knuckles attempts a glide on any ramp that launches the player across lava, he will enter a weird state in which he is still gliding, but is playing a different animation until he either lands or cancels the glide.

Interestingly, a similar bug was discovered with the bumper lampposts in Studiopolis Zone by the developers during the game's development and was showcased at the SDCC 2017 panel.[1]

Not fixed in any version.

Act 2

Heavy King intro with Sonic or Tails

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Using debug mode to cheat Sonic/Tails into the Heavy King boss arena in Lava Reef Zone Act 2 (located below and to the right of Heavy Rider's boss arena) results in the character glitching to Knuckles' sprites when remembering Eggman's theft of the Master Emerald and when demanding Heavy King to leave the shrine before attacking the claw-arm machine. The cutscene after the battle which sees Knuckles use a teleporter to reach Metallic Madness Zone is also skipped.

Fixed in v1.04/Sonic Mania Plus, due to the player having the option to fight the Heavy King with any character in Encore Mode.

Tails goes up and away

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After defeating the Heavy Rider at the end of Act 2 as Tails, the player must begin flying after breaking open the Capsule and fly above it. The player must hurry and skip the results tally by pressing buttons, then, as the tally goes away, they must fly higher or jump from the Capsule with good timing. This will cause Tails to defy gravity and float on upwards during his cutscene animation.

Not fixed in any version.


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