Levels with a carnival/casino theme

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Carnival/casino theme
Casino Night Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is an example of the carnival/casino theme.

Levels with the carnival/casino theme feature bright lights, carnival rides, and casino games. This theme first appeared in Spring Yard Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog and later in Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Casino Night Zone. This level theme is notorious for being either the third or fourth level in several Sonic games.

Common features of this theme include many objects that keep the player in the air, like pinball bumpers, flippers, and springs. Casino variations of the theme contain bright neon lights and ring-yielding slot machines. Casino Night Zone includes both pinball flippers and slot machines. Slot machines allow the player to not only to gamble their Rings, but also award points.

Recently games in the Sonic series frequently use the carnival/casino theme as an archetype of Dr. Eggman's and Eggman Nega's bases. This possibly reflects the immaturity inherent in both characters. Examples of this use of the carnival/casino theme are in Circus Park, Sky Park Zone, and Neon Palace Zone. There are even elements of this archetype in Eggman's realized dream metropolis, Eggmanland. Eggman's fondness for theme parks is also foreshadowed in the living quarters of the Egg Carrier.

Levels with a carnival/casino theme