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Desert Dazzle was a scrapped Round that was intended to be included in the 2011 remaster of Sonic the Hedgehog CD.


Desert Dazzle is a large desert-like area with a multitude of cacti and cow skulls, though the latter are only featured on the sides of cliffs. The salt flats in the background are a bright, sandy yellow, contrasting nicely with the darker oranges and browns that make up the cliffs in the foreground.


Desert Dazzle was coined by the head developer for the 2011 remaster of Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Christian Whitehead, who posted the information about the Round. According to Whitehead, the Round was cut so that the game didn't stray too far from its original form. However, an image of it is still featured in-game.[2]

It was revealed that the Sonic the Hedgehog CD levels were sorted in a folder and went through R1 (Palmtree Panic) to R8 (Metallic Madness). However, R2 was scrapped and R1 went straight to R3. Desert Dazzle was confirmed to be the replacement for R2.[3]


  • A screenshot of this level can be accessed in the Sound Test by typing the following code: PCM:32 DA:8.
  • Desert Dazzle was based off the pre-release images of Sand Shower Zone, a cut level from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • When looking at Little Planet in either the D.A. Garden or the Windows 95 version's loading screen, a desert area with a single cactus is visible. There is no other level that features this area, with the exception of Wacky Workbench's past, which shows that the factory was built in a desert-like area. Desert Dazzle would have likely fixed this disconnect.
  • Level assets intended for use in Desert Dazzle, such as the background, land tiles and objects, were incorporated into Sonic Mania's Mirage Saloon Zone.



  1. 1.0 1.1 YouArePwnedMan (4 May 2014). Sonic CD: Desert Dazzle (Alpha PC Port). YouTube.
  2. Oliver, Tristan (14 December 2011). Desert Dazzle Concept Art Found in Sonic CD Re-release. TSSZ News. Archived from the original on 17 July 2015. Retrieved on 2 April 2022.
  3. Bloom, Ryan (4 March 2013). More revealed about Sonic CD’s lost “R2″ level. TSSZ News. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved on 2 April 2022.