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Clockwork Pyramid

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Clockwork Pyramid[1] is a race track that appears in Team Sonic Racing. It is based on Sandopolis Zone.[1]


Clockwork Pyramid is a circuit located in Sandopolis, a desert region on Angel Island, and takes place in the middle of the night during an Aurora Borealis and an meteor shower. In the background of this track, one can see numerous sand dunes and artificial pyramids, whose peaks are disconnected from the rest of their structures and floating in midair. The track leads across the aforementioned mechanical pyramids, and passes through their interior and exterior. The track also has several clock gears and reactors along it.[2] Also present here are ancient buildings and sculptures of echidnas, and grandstands which has cheering Chao sitting on them.


Along the Clockwork Pyramid track are numerous spots with moving sand and splashed water that only Technique-Type characters can drive across without losing speed.

In addition to the moving sand, there are several moving clock gears that appear in various spots. These clock gears have holes in them, allowing the player to pass right through them if they time their passage through the clock gears correctly. If the player gets stuck in one of the clock gear's teeth or inside one of their holes however, the player will literally be flattened by the pressure, causing them to lose Rings and slow down temporarily. There are also exhaust pipes hanging from the ceiling along the racetrack that periodically release exhausts. Should the player get caught under the exhaust of these pipes, they will be flatten, take damage, and slow down temporarily.


Map of Clockwork Pyramid.

The racetracks starts out on a wide sandy route. Once the race begins, the player must race up the mechanical side of a nearby pyramid. Along this stretch are giant clock gears that the player can drive past or drive through (if they time it correctly). Eventually, the route will lead into the pyramid through the opening on the top of the pyramid, which has its peak detached from it and floating above it. Once inside the pyramid, the route takes a slight turn to the left, before turning sharply to the right. After this swing, the road will head downward and through an exit out of the pyramid. The player will then enter a wooden scaffolding that turns sharply to the right along the walls of the pyramid. Eventually though, the road will become metallic again and run straight along the side of the pyramid. However, along this road are two large clock gears in a row. The player can choose to either go through them or drive around them. After passing the second clock gear, the road will turn sharply to the right before turning sharply to the left afterward.

After a while, the road will transform into a left-turning sandy road which has moving sand spots on the left side of the road. After that, the road will head downward until the player gets underneath the pyramid. From here, the player will enter a section with damage-inducing exhaust pipes in the ceiling. In this section, the player has to make a sharp turn to the left, then the right, and then the left again. Worth noting is that the sides of the road in this section are covered in speed-reducing splashed water. After getting past the last turn, the player then has to pass through the holes in a giant clock gear gate. Alternatively, when first getting underneath the pyramid, there will be a wooden ramp that the player can use to reach another ramp which leads straight to the giant clock gear gate. These ramps significantly shortens the trip through this section.

After passing through the giant clock gear gate, the player will enter a simple pyramid corridor, which has moving sand patches on both the left and right side of the road every now and then. Eventually though, the road makes a turn to the left, from where it will head straight to the finish line.

Clockwork Pyramid also has its own mirror image version of it where the left and right sides are interchanged.


The Classic Knuckles easter egg sprite.

  • The teeth of the gears throughout the pyramid are inscribed with the same sun and moon symbols found throughout Sonic Unleashed, such as on the doors of Gaia Gates.
  • The mechanical pyramids in this track bear a resemblance to the structure of Arsenal Pyramid.
  • A hidden sprite of Classic Knuckles using Glide can be seen by driving in reverse nearby the start line.[3]


Promotional screenshots



Name Artist(s) Length Music Track
"Clockwork Pyramid: Intro Fly-by" SEGA / Jun Senoue & Sonic Adventure Music Experience 0:23
"Clockwork Pyramid: Lap Music" SEGA / Jun Senoue & Sonic Adventure Music Experience 3:27
"Clockwork Pyramid: Final Lap" SEGA / Jun Senoue & Sonic Adventure Music Experience 1:31
"Clockwork Pyramid: Goal" SEGA / Jun Senoue & Sonic Adventure Music Experience 0:31



  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Official - Season 3 Episode 3. YouTube. Sonic the Hedgehog Official Youtube (2 May 2019). Retrieved on 2 May 2019.
  2. I Drove SONIC in a SUPERCAR!. YouTube. DanTDM (17 April 2019). Retrieved on 2 May 2019.
  3. Team Sonic Racing - Secret Sprite Locations. rabidabi (18 June 2019). Retrieved on 18 June 2019.

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