SEGA has published the first gameplay footage of the new Special Stages in Sonic Mania — as well as previously unannounced Bonus Stages and a Time Attack mode.
Previously, only details and a music track had been announced for the new Special Stage format, accompanied by a single image. The Bonus Stages — fittingly dubbed “Blue Spheres” — are exact callbacks to the Special Stages from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, except for the rewards given for completion.
Here is the summary of each new detail from SEGA:
- In “Blue Spheres”, players navigate Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles through a series of blue spheres to clear the stage. But be careful! Once touched, the blue spheres will turn red. Touching a red sphere instantly ends the Bonus Stage. Silver Medallions are awarded to players who complete the Bonus Stage, while collecting all the blue spheres and rings awards players with a perfect score and a Gold Medallion.
- Time Attack was also revealed to be a new mode in Sonic Mania. Prove you’re the best of the best in Time Attack, which lets players compete for fastest speed in the world by recording their time in the game’s online leaderboard.
- In Special Stages, players chase down enemy UFOs to secure various Chaos Emeralds. Collecting blue spheres along the way will give their character an added boost of speed to their meter. Once the meter fills up, the Mach level increases. Just watch out and don’t speed off the stage!
Sonic Mania is scheduled to speed onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on August 15. Last week, we reported on the release of a new OST track for the game — one for the remixed version of Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1.
Source: SEGA PR