Sonic Mania, one of the most highly anticipated Sonic titles to date, is quickly approaching its release date. Coming off of an announcement on Special Stages at Comic-Con San Diego, Sega has also announced that Bonus Stages and time attack mode will both be featured in Sonic Mania.
The Bonus Stages will see the players navigating Sonic, Tails or Knuckles through a series of blue spheres in order to complete the stage. Those familiar with Sonic 3 will notice similarities. Once a blue sphere is touched, it turns red. If a player runs through a red sphere then the bonus stage goes uncompleted. Bonus Stages will differ from Special Stages in that players who complete Bonus Stages will be rewarded with medallions. Silver medallions are rewarded upon stage completion, while gold medallions are rewarded if the player successfully captures all of the blue spheres as well as the rings.
Time attack mode will allow players to compete for the fastest speed online. The times are globally ranked, so players from all across the world will be able to compare their speed.
The Special Stages differ from the Bonus Stages in structure and reward. The player will chase down enemy UFOs. Blue spheres can be collected along the way that will add to the player’s speed meter. Once the meter is full, the mach level will increase. The player will move a lot faster, but should take care not to fall off the stage. The reward for catching up to the enemy UFO is a chaos emerald.
Sonic Mania will be available August 15th for the Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC. This is one of two upcoming Sonic titles. Sonic Forces is a 3D and 2D platformer currently slated for release later this year.