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Downtown Dash is a track that appears in Sonic Forces: Speed Battle. It is unlocked in Tier 2, or upon reaching 100 Trophies. It was added in promotion of the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 film, along with Emerald Market Blitz and Big City Sprint.


Downtown Dash is an easy-difficulty racetrack located in Emerald City. The area is a large and modern seaport city set during nighttime in the middle of rainy weather, the sky being overcast by dark blue and purple clouds. In the horizon, one can spot various tall buildings and skyscrapers in dark-colors and with orange-glowing windows in them. Among these buildings are also Seattle's famous Space Needle.

The racetrack itself is a four-lane asphalt road with yellow lane markings on its edges and in the middle and a pair of broken white lines on it, dividing the lanes further. Sometimes though, the racetracks transitions into pale red pedestrian streets.

Next to the racing track are various cars, such as taxis, police cars with flashing sirens, passenger cars and trucks, potted plants, dumpsters, bus stops, city trees with green crowns, streetlamps, traffic lights with flashing lights, simple street signs, benches, and traffic redirecting equipment, such as traffic cones and barriers. Looming over the racetrack on the sides are also apartment buildings, shops with overhangs, and towers in various dull colors and with orange light shining out of their windows. Along the racetrack, one can also spot sideroads, which are closed off from the racetrack, that are cloaked in fog. Hanging over the racetracks are also lampposts on strings. When moving along the pedestrian streets, the player may pass through a market place marked with a large red neon sign saying "EMERALD MARKET CENTER". These kind of areas in particular are open spaces with pale red sett paving and feature outdoor furniture, like chairs, tables and parasols, food trucks, more city trees, and handlebars.


In Downtown Dash, the playable characters are stuck running down the level's road and can only move left and right between the road's four lanes (akin to the Quick Step). While running, the player can pick up Rings or power-ups from Item Boxes and utilize the gimmicks native to this track. Rings and Item Boxes in particular respawn almost immediately after a playable character picks them up from the track.

Downtown Dash has many environmental obstacles which the player can either jump over, roll under or move around. Running into one of these obstacles will result in the player taking damage and lose ten of their Rings. Falling into bottomless pits on the other hand forces the player to restart from an earlier point on the track.


Downtown Dash begins on a four-lane track that splits down the middle, only for then to remerge as the track takes a turn to the right. From there, the player will follow a straight section of the track until it eventually makes a turn to the right. From there, there will be a brief section where the track is straight, before it turns to the left. At the end of that turn, the player has to jump over a barricade. The track with then go straight ahead for a short while before making a turn to the right. After that, the track will be straight again for a while before turning to the left and assuming a straight direction again. In this section, there will be a barricade for the player to either slide under or jump over. At the end of this section, the track will then make a turn to the left before continuing straight ahead and then making a turn to the left again. At the end of this turn is a truck parked across the track that the player has to slide under. Once on the other side, the track will continued straight ahead again, but will soon after turn to the left. From here, the track continues straight ahead to the goal.


Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"Living in the City" (Instrumental Ver.) Richard Jacques 4:01

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