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A mockup of Dust Hill Zone.

Dust Hill Zone was the name given to a desert Zone intended to be featured in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Mega Drive.


Dust Hill Zone is a desert, decorated with cacti and assorted plants. The tiles were designed to at some point be used in a winter-themed stage, transforming the sand into snow and the cacti into Christmas trees. The player would navigate terrain both aboveground and belowground, where there were snow/sand tunnels.[1]


Dust Hill was created by Brenda Ross,[1] one of the final level artists added to the Sonic 2 development team. It was referred to in an early concept sketch as Sabaku Zone (literally "Desert Zone"). Time constraints kept the Zone from being added to the final product.





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Brenda Ross Interview. Sonic Research Zone (February 2001). Retrieved on 25 February 2015.

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