Aqua Lake Zone
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Revision as of 19:41, 26 June 2009 by Frozen Nitrogen
|Aqua Lake Zone|
|Third level, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)|
|Number of Acts: 3|
|Boss: Mecha Sea Lion|
|Underwater areas: Yes|
Aqua Lake Zone is the third zone in the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and gives Sonic his quota of drowning music for this game. The surface areas sport an abundance of operational fountains and water features, while beneath the lake's surface, crumbling ruins provide the hedgehog with a dangerous obstacle course. Bubbles in Aqua Lake Zone are much larger (and more resilient) than in MegaDrive games; with these bubbles, Sonic can actually jump in and ride all the way up to the surface.
This is one of the more difficult levels, mainly due to the chopiness from being underwater, coupled with the distance between air. It features a gimmik where a spin rolling Sonic can skim across the surface of the water like a pebble. The boss is the Mecha Sea Lion.
Instruction Manual Description
Pick up speed and skim the surface of the lake, picking up Rings as you go. When you go under, don't go for too long without air, or you'll lose a Chance. Take a deep breath from bubbles that float up from some of the blocks. Or when a big bubble comes your way, use it to float toward the top of the screen.
- Crabmeat — Crab bots that move back and forth in a small area. Every once in a while they pause to fire flashing projectiles in either direction.
- Tagataga — Weird crustacean bots that swim back and forth in a small area. When they spot Sonic, they pause briefly to fire off a couple of flashing projectiles, then dash off the screen.