has returned, again bent on world domination. Join Sonic and his sidekick Miles ‘Tails’ Prower the fox as they
try to stop the demented scientist from discovering the Chaos Emeralds and completing the ultimate weapon, the Death Egg.
and Badniks as you guide Sonic and his sidekick Tails through ten different Zones on the trail of the mad scientist Robotnik.
You have ten minutes Game Time to clear each Act. If you go over ten minutes, a ‘Time Over’ message will appear
and you will lose one Life. In ‘1 Player Mode’ the controller must be plugged in Controller Socket 1.
Items and Objects
Staying alive will be tough, but by grabbing Rings Sonic or Tails won’t be hurt when attacked. If an enemy attacks,
you will lose all the rings you have collected. If an enemy attacks you while Sonic has no Rings, you will lose one Life.
An extra life is awarded if you collect 100 and 200 Rings. Rings collected by Tails (if you use both characters) are also
added to your total.
Star Posts – By crossing through a Star Post, your
present score and time will be recorded. It’s almost like a check point. Should you fail to reach the end of the Act,
you’ll be taken back to the last Post you touched. Touching a Star Post with over 50 Rings, you’ll see a Star Circle spinning above the Star Post. Jumping into it takes you
to the Special Stage.
will be withheld in a TV monitor. Smash open the TV monitors to get Special Items.
Super Ring –
Has a Ring on the screen. You receive ten Rings by smashing this at once.
Shield – Prevents
you from losing your rings or being hurt when attacked. If you get hit by an enemy wearing the shield, you lose the shield,
but keep your Rings. It has a grey sphere on the screen.
Power Sneaker –
Smashing this open enables you to run faster than ever before! Has a shoe on the screen.
1-Ups – Smashing
this open gives you an extra Life. It has Sonic’s face on the screen.
Smashing this open enables you immune to any enemy attack for a short period of time, though it won’t defend you from
drowning, falling or being squashed. It has stars on the screen.
the game, you receive points. Receiving points go towards getting an extra Life. You can get points by:
The number of Rings you have at the end of
How fast you made it through the level (the
faster you are, the more points you get)
Hitting pop bumpers in the actual levels (not
in the Secret Zone)
Hill Zone - The second tropical Zone is fast
and straightforward. The only new obstacle are the horizontal corkscrew twists which can only be crossed if hit with enough
Plant Zone - The factory is flooded with
chemicals, which have the same affect on Sonic/Tails as normal water, except that there are no air bubbles. Hop into a pipe
for a quick ride to another part of the stage.
Ruin Zone - Unlike most water Zones, Aquatic
Ruin is only halfway submerged, and the water level is constant throughout the entire stage. If you can keep high and dry,
it's a piece of cake. Get wet, and the irritating underwater mechanics kick in. The Eggman-faced panels on certain columns
will fire arrows at Sonic as he passes. Destroy columns in your path by jumping on top.
Night Zone - Bobbins are worth 10 points
a bop up to 10 times for a total of 100 points. Green bumpers are worth 10 points a smack, but they disappear after 3 hits.
Jump into the giant slot machines and try to line up three in a row for a Ring bonus. Line up three Eggmans, though, and you
get attacked with bombs that subtract 100 Rings from your total. Hold down one of the jump buttons in the Pinball Shooters
to send Sonic or Tails flying!
Top Zone - You're high above the clouds,
but fortunately, the thin air doesn't seem to bother Sonic or Tails too much. In act 2, you'll find yourself stuck in a shifting
chunk of stage: if you're up high, you'll be moving upward on rising ground; if you're below, you'll be chased upward by rising
Cave Zone - You're at the mercy of the machinery
in this rather spacious underground cavern. Hang onto vines to change your vertical coordination, and be extra careful not
to get squished around the rotating crates.
Oil Ocean Zone - If you fall in the oil, you can keep your head above the abyss
by constantly jumping. When you're falling down a slide, there's nothing you can do but let go and pray. Green buttons act
like springs, but they must first be pushed into the wall.
Zone - The Scrap Brain air chutes are back,
and giant rotating tunnels present a new obstacle. Conveyor belts and spiked blocks make getting around a bit tricky. On the
screw platforms, run left to descend and right to ascend.
Chase Zone - Eggman's
escaping to the friendly skies, so Sonic and Tails give chase in the Tornado. Your character rides the wings while the secondary
character pilots. No matter where you move, your partner will be sure to catch you, so don't worry about falling. Do worry
about the formations of aerial enemies that scroll by.
Fortress Zone - The character on the wings
leaps onto the Wing Fortress while the unfortunate pilot goes down with the ship. Eggman's aerial base is loaded with nasty
contraptions, but the biggest danger frequently proves to be falling off the screen. You can grab a lift on giant fans or
a quick dash on the aircraft accelerators.
Egg Zone - There's not a Ring to be
found and not too much stage, but the Death Egg's claim to fame are the two most difficult bosses in Sonic 2. In the first
arena, you'll face off against Silver Sonic. Beating him will lead you to the final showdown with Robotnik!
By recieving fifty Rings during a level, reaching a Star Post and jumping into the Star Circle, you get
taken to the Special Stage.
The goal here
is to try and retrieve a Chaos Emerald, by collecting as many Rings as possible. Speed around the chute, picking up as many
Rings as possible. Sidestep or jump over bombs to stay in. Finishing the Stage with all the required Rings means you get one
of the Chaos Emeralds.
You leave the Secret Zone should you not have enough required Rings when you reach a certain point in the
Stage or when you get the Chaos Emeralds.
Bombs – Small
dark spheres. These must be avoided or you lose Rings!
Rings – Golden
rings. Collecting these is incredibly important, as you need a certain amount to get past certain points in the Stage.
Stages that you need a certain amount of Rings to pass. They’re rather easy to spot.
Chaos Emeralds –
Reaching the end of the Stage enables you to find one of these multi-coloured jewels.
With two players,
Sonic and Tails compete to clear each Act in the fastest time while gathering Score Points, Rings, and Super Items. The game
has three Regular Zones (two Acts each) and a Special Stage. Player 1 moves Sonic through the Zone on the top half of the
screen, and Player 2 moves Tails through the same Zone on the bottom half of the screen.
Compete to obtain the highest score and to clear the Act in the fastest time. When one player finishes,
a timer will count down from 60 seconds. The other player must finish within 60 seconds.
are also receivable but you don’t know what they are until after you hit them. Special Items you can get in Multiplayer
1-Ups – Has
either Sonic or Tails’ face on it. Regardless of who uncovers it, the extra Life goes to whoever the face on it is (if
Tails got a 1-Up with Sonic’s face on it, Sonic gets the extra Life, not Tails)
Ring Loss –
Has Robotnik’s face on it. This causes you to lose your Rings.
Whenever these are hit, Sonic and Tails will switch places (Sonic will be teleported to where Tails was and vice versa)
Grab all the Rings you can. When you lose Rings,
rush to get them before they disappear. Not only will this help keep you alive, but it will increase your chances of getting
into the Secret Zone.
Watch traps carefully to see how they move.
This shall improve your chances of avoiding them.
Look for ways to get to places that seem impossible
Look for secret areas
Jump on levers, hang from vines, use the Spin
Attack to find any hidden items
Remember the Time Bonus. Don’t waste
Destroy enemies for bonus points!
By collecting Rings and improving your score,
you may be lucky and obtain a Continue worth three more lives after ‘Game Over’.
Don’t move too fast in the Special Stage,
you may miss some Rings!
Concentrate on your own screen in multiplayer.