Rusty Ruin Zone

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Rusty Ruin Zone
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Rusty Ruin Zone
Second Zone, Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island
Number of Acts: 3
Location: Flicky Island
Level theme: ancient ruins
Boss: Rusty Ruin Zone boss
Maximum rings, Act 1: 70 + 79 + 38
Maximum rings, Act 2: 89 + 69 + 60
Maximum rings, Act 3: 8
Flickies, Act 1: 2 + 2 + 2 3 + 3 + 3
Flickies, Act 2: 3 + 3 + 2 2 + 2 + 3
Non-English names:
Green Grove Zone | Spring Stadium Zone

Rusty Ruin Zone is the second Zone of Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Saturn, coming after Green Grove and before Spring Stadium. As with other stages in this game, Rusty Ruin consists of two standard Acts followed by a third Act containing only the boss fight. In Acts 1 and 2, Sonic must free captured Flickies from inside Badniks, depositing five of the birds into a Goal Ring to progress between sections of the level (usually three per Act).


The pause screen for this Zone in the Saturn version.

Rusty Ruin fulfills the ancient ruins trope for the game, and appears to be full of kelp-grass littering the stonework, as it was once the fabled ruins of Atlantis that had been dredged up from the seabed when Flicky Island was createdMedia:Sonic3D Sat US manual.pdf[3]. In his search for the Chaos Emeralds, Dr. Eggman has repaired the old traps of this long-dead civilization by outfitting them with modern machinery. Accordingly, this level is the first to have harmful obstacles. It features spiked balls, similar to those found in the 2D games. It's also the only one to use floating platforms, similar to the ones in the 2D games. Some of these move back and forth, some of them are static until Sonic jumps on them. Flamethrowers are present within the walls, though if Sonic moves fast enough he can avoid them easily. A few Fire Shields are present within the level, which, while conferring no special moves (unlike the Gold Shield, or the Fire Shield from Sonic 3), it can enable Sonic to pass through the flamethrowers and not receive damage.

Rows of fans set in the floor enable Sonic to perform a Whirl Attack - a kind of spinning pirouette which bears remarkable similarities to Espio's maneuver in Chaotix. While spinning like this, Sonic can break down otherwise impenetrable pillar obstacles, although his handling becomes much more difficult to control.

In Act 2, there are steep hills that require trampolines to climb. The trampolines come out of certain points in the slope. There are also breakable walls which, unlike the pillars that require a whirl attack, must be Spin Dashed through to break. They can lead to different areas in the Act. Sometimes they're the only way to get to a point earlier in the act, sometimes they lead to hidden places with power-ups Knuckles, and Tails. These walls look like the spot with the 1-up in the first Act, however they are cemented up. There are several of these hidden around, and some walls fit the description but do not break or open.


The ruins of the fabled continent of Atlantis were brought up from the depths when Flicky Island was created. Robotnik has fitted the ancient booby traps with modern machinery, making them more dangerous than ever! Dark and gloomy, some parts of the Rusty Ruin Zone are drenched in fog and rain, but Sonic has a job to do and nothing will dampen his spirits.

Sonic 3D US manualMedia:Sonic3D Sat US manual.pdf[3]


Rusty Ruin includes two different varieties of Badniks, neither of which are named in official media, but are named in development tools:

Bee — A bee-like robot. Releases a blue Flicky.
Crock — A crocodile-like robot. Releases a green Flicky.

In other media

Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW comics)

In the Tails' 30th Anniversary Special one-shot from IDW Publishing, Rusty Ruin Zone is the fourth location on Flicky Island to be visited by Tails. Here, Tails went up against Carrotia, and worked with the Flickies to take advantage of the fog all around the Zone to make her waste her ammo, then sneak up from behind to shut down her flying carrot vehicle, dropping her into a pit.


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