Sonic the Hedgehog 3/Printable version
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|Sprite (Sonic)||Sprite (Tails)||Name||Description|
|Walk||Press left or right to make your character walk in that direction.|
|Run||Keep walking in a direction and your character will start to run.|
|Look up||Press up while standing still to look up. After a few seconds the camera will pan upwards.|
|Crouch||Press down while standing still to crouch. After a few seconds the camera will pan downwards.|
|Push||Some objects in the game can be moved by pushing them. Walk in to an object and keep walking to push the object.|
|Spin Dash||While crouching press the jump button repeatedly to do the spin dash.|
|N/A||Insta-Shield||Jump and when in the air jump again, and sonic will gain a shield for a split second.|
|N/A||Bounce||With the water shield, jump and when in the air jump again, and Sonic will bounce.|
|N/A||Double jump||With the lightning shield, jump and when in the air jump again, and Sonic will do a double jump.|
|N/A||Fireball Spin Dash||With the flame shield, jump and when in the air jump again, and Sonic will do a fireball spin dash.|
|N/A||Fly||Only Tails can fly. To do so, jump and when in the air jump again. Keep pressing the jump button to go up and stop pressing it to go down. Tails can only fly for a short time before getting tired and falling back to the ground.|
|N/A||Swim||Again, only Tails can swim. This is done the same way as flying, except you need to be underwater. While underwater jump and when off the ground jump again. Tails can only swim for a short time before getting tired and falling back to the ground.|
Items can be found on all the levels. Items include:
Rings are the most common item in the game. They protect Sonic/Tails from harm. When Sonic/Tails takes damage they will lose all the rings they are carrying, if they have no rings then they lose a life. Every 100 rings collected earns your player an extra life.
Sonic/Tails must attack these to get the contents.
Angel Island Zone
A tranquil jungle island that is set ablaze by Dr. Robotnik after Sonic and Tails arrive.
1. Near the start of the zone, just after the first drop, turn left. Do a spin dash to break the rock blocking the entrance to a hidden room containing the special stage ring.
2. After the zone is set on fire, go down the first drop and break the rock to the left. In the hidden room is a spring. The special stage ring is above the spring.
The mini-boss is one of the hovering flame drones that burned the jungle.
1. After you go through the narrow shoot at the very start of the stage, just keep pressing right and you should break into the hidden room after you exit the shoot.
2. When you get to the waterfall with the rocks that appear and disappear, fall down into the pool below. Do a spin dash up the right wall to find the hidden room where the special stage ring is.
Sonic and/or Tails faces off against Dr. Robotnik's own flame-wielding vehicle at a waterfall. This is easier if you have the flame shield as Dr. Robotnik's fireballs are unable to harm you with this shield.
The inner workings of a complex hydroelectric dam. After tangling with a mini-boss that can spin Sonic and Tails in a whirlpool, Dr. Robotnik tries to stop them with his own whirlpool inducer as well as depth charges.
Marble Garden Zone
The marble ruins of an ancient civilization. The mini-boss uses a pair of drills to attack Sonic and Tails, both directly and by drilling into the rock above and raining debris on their heads (reminiscent of Dr. Robotnik's own vehicle in the Mystic Cave Zone of Sonic 2). Dr. Robotnik attempts to crush the pair under the collapsing ruins, and when Tails airlifts Sonic out of danger, charges at them directly with his drill. This is the only zone without any water to drown Sonic or Tails, though tar pits can still drag the heroes down and kill them.
Carnival Night Zone
Tails drops Sonic into a playful carnival filled with balloons, pinball bumpers, and cannons to launch from, although unlike Casino Night Zone in Sonic 2 there are no slot machines.Carnival Night Zone is the longest of all zones available in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (and Sonic 3 and Knuckles as well).
|Barrel||When Sonic/Tails stand on these you can make them bounce up and down by pressing up and down.|
|Balloon||Sonic/Tails can bounce off of these by jumping into them. When underwater they release air when burst.|
|Bouncer||Sonic/Tails bounce off these giving 10 points every time.|
|Wheel||Sonic/Tails can run around these when you jump on to them.|
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Halfway through this Act, Sonic must push a rotating cylinder down through a slot low enough for him to escape through. This is completed by pressing up and down on the D-Pad, without jumping.
Sonic and Tails face Dr. Robotnik, who this time drops a large sphere and uses it to create an electric storm that draws the pair towards its discharge.
Sonic is shot from a cannon and lands on a snowboard in the snowy mountains. The level contains vents that shoot out cold bursts that freeze and harm Sonic.
A snow machine that spins snow at Sonic or Tails tries to crush them.
Robotnik attacks in a machine that has a spiked platform drop down and fires the freezing bursts in a pattern at Sonic.
Launch Base Zone
Dr. Robotnik's site that houses the stricken Death Egg, with spinning elevators for facilitation of travel and alarms to keep out intruders. The mini-boss uses two flailing arms. Dr. Robotnik uses three different weapons to stop Sonic and Tails: first, a static projectile launcher at the foot of the Death Egg. When that fails, Robotnik flees to the Death Egg and Sonic chases after, leaving Tails behind. After boarding, Dr. Robotnik employs a rocket armed with lasers to fight Sonic, and then finally resorts to a large pair of arms (possibly inspired by his powersuit at the end of Sonic 2) to grab Sonic in a ball and slam him into the floor (as well as the rather impressive ability to damage even Super Sonic, though taking Super Sonic to the final battle is rare).
To enter a Bonus Stage you need to pass a Starpost with 50 or more rings. Stars will appear above the starpost. Jump into the stars to enter the bonus stage.
In the special stages, you must collect all the blue spheres while avoiding the red spheres. If you collect all the blue spheres you are rewarded with a Chaos Emerald.
|You must collect all of these to get the chaos emerald. When you touch them they turn red.|
|If you touch any of these you lose.|
|You bounce off these making you go backwards. Just press up to go forward again.|
Groups of blue spheres can be turned into rings by going around the outside of them.
A Simple ExampleEdit
There must be at least 1 blue sphere in the center.
Notice how only the spheres in the outline and the center turn into rings.
|This is the first of the special stages. You must collect 102 blue spheres to get the emerald. There are also 64 rings available. To collect the rings, go around the edge of the 4, 4x4 groupings of blue spheres.|
|There are 135 rings available on this level.|