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- For the 16-bit version, see The Machine.
The Machine is the third level of Sonic Spinball for the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System. As with other stages in this game, Sonic must bounce through the pinball-like level, acquiring Chaos Emeralds which are in turn used to access the boss, the Veg-O-Machine. In this stage, there are five of the gems to find, unlike the 3 required by the previous two stages.
The Machine is the rumbling, robotic core of the Veg-O-Fortress; the facility's entire raison d'être. It is here that Lava Powerhouse's electricity flows, and where Toxic Caves' pollution flows from, for the entire level is one giant Badnik production facility. Glassy industrial pipes riddle a stage of churning pistons, electrical arc furnaces, and massive electronics systems. The stage also comes complete with a giant prison for animals awaiting roboticization in the Veg-O-Machine; one of the Chaos Emeralds is hidden away in a cell, so ensure you break them all open!
The secret room is accessed by going through the wall in one of the pipes in the top left corner of the map. The Monitors found are a 1-Up and another cheat code hint.
||Spin into Robotnik's prison and robot manufacturing facility. Crash into gigantic padlock bumpers. Catch a ride on the conveyor belt. Feel the power surge from electric chambers. Don't get crushed in the grinding gears!
— Sonic Spinball (8-bit) US manual