Sonic Mania Gameplay Walkthrough
Sonic Mania Walkthrough
(Last Updated On: August 16, 2017)

Sega and Pagodawest Games have finally made Sonic Mania available, which is easily one of the most highly anticipated games to release this year. If you’re interested in a gameplay walkthrough, there’s one made available for the newly released throwback side-scroller.

YouTuber CGInfernoBlast has a seven hour playthrough of the game that covers the various game modes, how to unlock Super Sonic, how to get to the secret ending, and all the other features of the game. You can check it out below.

If you choose to play as Sonic and Tails, the game starts with Sonic and Tails on the plane taking a sweet ride toward Angel Island. They encounter Dr. Robotnik’s forces as they attempt to excavate a Chaos Emerald, but a time-warp takes place and Sonic and Tails are transported back to Green Hills Zone from the original 16-bit outing of Sonic The Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis.

Simply follow the the pathway through the level and if you get more than 50 rings and hit a light post checkpoint you can get a special Sonic coin. The special stages consist of running around the blue spheres on the outer edges until they turn into rings. Collect all the rings to get a perfect and get a continue. Once you collect all the spheres you’ll unlock a coin.

At the end of the first stage you’ll have to fight a sub-boss. Simply dodge his attacks and hit him several times once he stops flashing.

If you have more than 50 coins you can hit a lamp post shortly after the first sub-boss fight and get another coin. Just above that lamp post is another lamp post where you can get yet another coin if you can complete the special stage.

In order to get to the real special stage, you’ll need to use Tails to fly you down beneath the platform where the lamp post up top is located. This will take you to a secret area where the giant ring is located. Enter the wall and hop through the giant ring to get into the special stage.

You can only earn a Chaos Emerald by completing the special stages. This involves collecting blue spheres to increase Sonic’s speed to catch the UFO, and collecting rings to raise the timer. Get fast enough to finally catch the UFO.

For the boss fight against Dr. Robotnik, he will have the mech he used at the end of Sonic The Hedgehog 2. You cannot attack him where his arms are. Instead, use Tails to fly you up overhead and drop down on his head from above. Additionally, use the platforms as the screen scrolls to jump up and attack his head.

The second stage is Chemical Night Zone. Simply follow the pathway toward your right until you get to the end and fight the sub-boss at the end of Zone 1. The boss will have a water shield around him most times. Wait for the full shield to go away and for the rotating shield to appear and bop him from underneath. Rinse and repeat until he dies.

For Zone 2, at the very start you’ll need to go over to the injector and stand on it until it turns the chemical jelly green, and then jump on it to bounce up to the top platform.

Follow the pathway moving right until you reach the area where there are two sets of rotating block platforms. To the left of those rotating blocks there is a secret wall you can enter that will take you to a special stage where you can earn another Chaos Emerald.

If you need help completing the Special Stages in Sonic Mania, YouTuber InbetweenGamer has a 10 minute video that covers each of the special stages and how to complete them below.

After completing the special stage you’ll have to fight Dr. Robotnik in a duel of Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine. It’s a match-4 game so use your Bejeweled skills to outwit him.

In the next stage, you’ll need to run through and collect coins as usual. You won’t be able to progress further at one point until you ride some slow moving platforms that will take you to the top. The stage is very similar to Carnival Night Zone.

Continue through the level until you reach the sub-boss who identifies as an attack helicopter.

For the boss, he will shoot shoot several missiles at you. Do not attack the red missiles. Instead, you’ll need to attack the bluish gray missiles and they will reflect back at the Studiopolis sub-boss.

Sonic Mania - Studiopolis Boss

Continue to follow the designated path in Studiopolis Zone until you reach an area where you come out of a tube that automatically activates a lamp post. Go to your left and keep going higher and higher until you get as high as you can and then move back left again until you land on some spikes – run further left until you reach a part with a circulating ring of bumpers. Jump through and keep going left until you reach the special stage.

The final boss will be a fight against a weather-machine Dr. Robotnik. Watch the chicken for the weather changes and bop the egg machine when openings present themselves.

In the Flying Battery Zone, proceed through the stage and before you reach the area where you first go outside, there is a flame shield tucked away in the corner of the ceiling of the walled area just before you step out onto the platform.

Continue through the stage and when you reach the area with the rotating spiked balls, you’ll need to reach the far end of the are and wait for the missiles to blow a hole through the floor. Back in the olden days with Sonic & Knuckles, it was a frustrating part of the stage where you could easily get stuck there.

There’s also a special stage you can get to in the area where you fall down into the area just before the boss fight. There’s a hidden area in the wall to the left you can enter.

Fight the sub-boss and it will take you to the next part of the stage. Follow the pathways and the platforms through Flying Battery Zone 2.

There’s one segment that is kind of tricky: a chicken commando will pop up and shoot at you. Kill the chicken and instead of proceeding to your right across the fan, proceed left and rev up really fast and then ride the ceiling to get across the spikes on the right that are blocking your path.

Further up ahead you may need help from Tails but there’s another special stage so you can get two Chaos Emeralds from Flying Battery Zone.

Once you get to the end for the boss fight, you’ll have to use the spinning poles to whip yourself into Dr. Robotnik, which in turn will force him to hit the spikes. Rinse and repeat until he dies.

Sonic Mania - Dr Robtnik Flying Battery Boss

Once you complete the stage, you’ll end up at Press Garden Zone, which is about a printing press set in a garden. Only in Sonic.

The stage is very similar to Marble Garden Zone. The stage is very fast, and so long as you keep moving it’s pretty easy. You’ll find another special stage ring just after one of the twisting corckscrews, which will lead you toward a ramp. When you pop up, you’ll need to head to your left and there will be the ring.

When you reach the end, Dr. Robotnik will transport you to Stardust Speedway. The stage is very fast, and also borrows a few elements from Marble Garden Zone as well.

Follow the pathways and avoid the a lot of the tricks and traps along the way. Also, don’t be afraid to use Tails to get to hard-to-reach places.

After you defeat the first sub-boss you’ll head even further up into the galaxy of smooth, running along the Stardust Speedway Zone 2.

The boss in the stage is Metal Sonic, who will be in a chair where you’ll have to zip into the clone hedgehogs and force them to bounce back toward Metal Sonic.

After you defeat Metal Sonic the first itme, you’ll have to race to the top of the structure and then fight him again. Just keep running away from him until he floats in front of the wall of spikes, and then you can bop him on the head. It might be wise to have a second player bop him while you use Sonic to outrun him.

Once you defeat him this will take you to Hydro City Zone.


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