Sonic Mania ‘s Green Hill Zone from Sonic The Hedgehog is an awesome song so today on Epic Game Music I get shifty into Sonic The Hedgehog & Sonic Mania. The OST was composed by Masato Nakamura. This is a remix of a song entitled “Green Hill Zone Act 1”. With Sonic Mania being an amazing game I had to do an remix of this opening theme.

Sonic Mania is a side-scrolling platform game developed by Headcannon and PagodaWest Games and published by Sega for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows in August 2017. It was announced in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The game is inspired by the original Sonic the Hedgehog games released for the Sega Genesis, and features 2D graphics and remastered versions of stages from previous games alongside new stages. The player controls Sonic the Hedgehog and his companions Tails and Knuckles as they venture to defeat their nemesis Doctor Eggman and his henchmen, the Hard-Boiled Heavies.

Development was led by programmer Christian “Taxman” Whitehead, who had previously worked on enhanced ports of early Sonic games. Art, level design, audio, and additional programming were provided by the independent studios Headcannon and PagodaWest Games, chosen for their work in the Sonic fangame community. Sonic Mania received generally positive reviews, with critics praising its faithfulness to the early Sonic games. Many viewed it as a return to form for the series following a number of poorly-received Sonic games released after the 1990s.

Sonic Mania is a sprite-based, side-scrolling platform game in the style of the earlier Sonic games released for the Sega Genesis. Players select one of three playable characters, each with their own unique abilities. Sonic can perform a “drop dash” which sends him rolling in a dash after a jump, Tails can fly and swim, and Knuckles can glide and climb walls. As with Sonic the Hedgehog 2, players can either play as Sonic and Tails simultaneously, or allow Tails to be independently controlled by a second player. The game features unlockable gameplay modifiers, including the option to use Sonic’s abilities from Sonic CD and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in place of the drop dash, and “& Knuckles” mode, which allows simultaneous control of any character and Knuckles.

Sonic Mania takes place over twelve levels, called zones. The game features four original zones alongside eight “remixed” zones from past games, such as Green Hill Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Each zone is divided into two acts, in which the player must guide their character to defeat Doctor Eggman and his henchmen, the “Hard-Boiled Heavies”, customized versions of the Eggrobo enemies from Sonic & Knuckles. At the end of each act, the player takes part in a boss battle. Similar to Sonic & Knuckles, the game’s story is told via short in-game cutscenes at the end of each act. Scattered around acts are golden rings, which serve as a form of health: players survive hits as long as they have at least one ring, but their rings will scatter and disappear. Television monitors contain rings, elemental shields, or power-ups such as invincibility and speed.

Giant rings hidden in each act, a feature of the original games, lead to pseudo-3D special stages similar to those in Sonic CD. In the stages, players dodge obstacles and collect colored spheres to increase their speed, allowing them to pursue a UFO carrying a Chaos Emerald; collecting all seven Chaos Emeralds allows players to use their character’s super transformation and unlocks the game’s true ending. Players’ ring counters slowly decrease during special stages and must be continually replenished; if the player runs out of rings before they catch the UFO, the special stage ends. The “Blue Sphere” bonus stages from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 also return, accessed by entering a portal that appears when the player passes a checkpoint while carrying 25 or more rings. Completing bonus stages earns the player a silver or gold medal depending on their performance; collecting medals unlocks features such as a debug mode and sound test. In the time attack mode, players must complete levels as quickly as possible, with the best times included on an online leaderboard; players can instantly reload a level to restart a stage and try again at any time. A split-screen competitive multiplayer mode allows two players to race to the end of a level, similar to those of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Players can also unlock “Mean Bean”, a two-player Puyo Puyo minigame based on the 1993 spinoff Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.

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