From Sonic Retro
|Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
|Fourth level, Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
|Location: Mt. Mobius
|Level themes: lava/volcano, flying fortress
|Boss: Robotnik's Ship
|Maximum rings: 58
|← The Machine
- For the 8-bit version, see Final Showdown (8-bit).
Showdown is the fourth and final level of Sonic Spinball for the Sega Mega Drive, coming after The Machine. 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, Robotnik's Ship. In this stage, there are five Emeralds to find.
After Sonic destroyed the Veg-O-Machine in the previous stage, Dr. Robotnik detatched his self-imaged spacecraft from the launch base at the top of Mt. Mobius, attempting to escape to the stars. Showdown takes place both in the sunset scaffolding of the rocket's launch pad, and inside the hovering starship itself. At the bottom of the level rests the magma-filled caldera of the mountain; missing the flippers means instant, fiery death.
The bottom of the level has three tables, but to get out of these tables and proceed upwards in the level, the player must complete specific objectives. In the center table, the player has to hit the triggers to destroy the blocks and collect the Chaos Emerald behind them. Hitting the drop targets on the left or right sides of the table will activate their respective rocks, which will save Sonic from fiery death if he falls down the associated outlanes.
In the left table, the player has to hit a trigger to eliminate more blocks in order to open a lane to a windsock which will catapult the player into another Chaos Emerald, while the right table requires the player to reach a hook and pull it down to make a platform appear, then Spin Dash from that platform for another Emerald. Both tables have drop targets that will activate an eruption timer and will require the player to hit the other targets before the timer reaches zero to set off an eruption and get bonus points. The faster the player does this, the larger the bonus. Being catapulted by the windsocks will increase the Robotnik Bonus multiplier.
After leaving the tables, the player can then gather the remaining Emeralds and launch up to Robotnik's Ship. They can do this by using the flippers to launch themselves upward, use the balloons for a boost, or bounce on the bombs that are steadily dropped from the ship.
|The Veg-O-Fortress is caving in on itself! Grab the last Chaos Emeralds and fight toward Robotnik's escaping rocket ship.
You'll face a treacherous climb through the space hangar. Krondors block your way and Robotnik's cockpit is armed and dangerous!
— Sonic Spinball US manual
|Wasp — Insect Badnik that is an obstacle inside the tables.
|Krondor — Bird Badnik that blocks the escape routes, respawning until the tables' objectives have been completed.
|Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (16-bit)