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Race around 360 degree loops and leap into the air as you run off of ramps in this waterfront region.


— United States instruction booklet, Sonic the Hedgehog 3[1]

Azure Lake (フゾコーレイク[2] Fuzokōreiku?, lit. "Fuzoko Lake") is a Zone that appears in the Competition mode of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, and the first Zone in Grand Prix mode.

Description

Azure Lake is an ancient ruins-themed Zone. Taking place at the water's edge of the namesake lake, the background features a grand landscape of forest and rocky mountains that are pristinely reflected on the water's clear surface. All around, the track is overgrown with plant life, and the skies are blue-colored. Azure Lake also has purple colored landmasses and light-colored trees.

Gameplay

In Azure Lake, losing a life makes the playable character return to the starting point in the Zone.

In this Zone, there are deep mud pits which function much like those in Marble Garden Zone. Items in Azure Lake also float above the mud-pits.

The only obstacle in Azure Lake is a white switch which makes a red Spring that blocks the way between two shuttle loops and launches the player backwards. It disappears after few seconds after being activated though. The switch itself is located on a small hill. If an opponent hits the switch, it may require that the player backtracks a bit in order to proceed.

Overview

Azure Lake in itself is a small Zone which has two shuttle loops at the start. Behind the ramp part there is also a mud pit. The player then has to run over the light-colored tree and end up at the starting point.

In other media

Archie Comics

Azure Lake Zone, from Sonic Universe #69.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Azure Lake Zone (known as the Azure Lake Oasis) was a body of water in the Sandopolis Desert, where the Dingo Regime regrouped in after being exiled by the fourth Enerjak.

After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote history, Azure Lake Zone became a Zone on Angel Island.

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Music

Name Artist(s) Length Music Track
"Azure Lake" Sega 1:56

References

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, pg. 20.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 29.

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