Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Evil Dr. Robotnik has created a nightmare of pumping pistons, walls of spikes and blade-wielding badniks out to slice and dice you. It'll take all your speed and skill to get through this stage. But once you do, it's time for the final showdown! The future is up to you....
— US instruction manual, Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Metallic Madness (金属の狂気 Kinzoku no kyōki?) is the seventh and final round in Sonic the Hedgehog CD. The boss of Metallic Madness is Dr. Robotnik in a floating machine protected by large rotating blades.
Metallic Madness is a green-tinted, technologically-ruled base owned by Dr. Robotnik. It is located in Little Planet, near Tidal Tempest and the Wacky Workbench. The floor has built-in turbines, so Sonic must watch out for death traps such as moving buzz-saws, cages with spinning bars, and spinning blades on wheels. There are also springs on moving wheels, which can make it tricky to reach higher places. Towards the end of Zone 2, Sonic gets shrunk down to 25% of his original size when passing through a laser, allowing him to fit into smaller passages and jump higher. At the end of the shrinking mini-maze, Sonic returns to his normal size.
In the past, Metallic Madness is under construction, though many of the machines and computers appear intact and functional with a lavender hue. Building girders are strewn about the ceilings and floors in many areas, construction cones can be seen on the ground and the metal shines with a soft, light purple hue.
In the bad future, Metallic Madness is seen foreboding and in a state of great decay, as if abandoned for years. The machinery and surrounding walls and flooring have a rusted brownish-green hue to them, with a pitch black background illuminated with multicolored mechanical pillars and countless computer consoles. Though functional, many of the surrounding mechanisms, if not the entire place itself, appears cracked, broken, and desperately holding on to whatever electrical power it can get, as if in danger of shutting down.
In the good future Metallic Madness has been turned into a botanic laboratory of some kind, with the metal walls and floors looking sleek and clean and with a bright blue hue. Mechanical plants and fountains adorn specific areas. Miles of forestry have sprung up all around it, as if nature is successfully reclaiming this particular area from its earlier metallic rule, and mechanized, palace-like structures sit in the far distance. The place looks almost like a sprightly, futuristic shopping mall where animals dance freely and victoriously amidst the corridors. Despite the lighter feel, though, many dangerous traps are still present.
In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, while on Little Planet, Dr. Robotnik built Metallic Madness as his base on the planet. While the complex was under construction, he installed robot transporters in the past to make sure his Badniks would still be there. However, in the future, his base would turn into a cold, rusty, abandoned base, although all its machines would still be working properly.
When Sonic the Hedgehog arrived on the scene, he started to re-write history on Little Planet, reverting Robotnik's effects on it. Unlike many other things the doctor had done in the planet, Metallic Madness was not removed from existence; instead, a remodel would takeover the base, turning it into some kind of botanic laboratory. In the complex, the hedgehog faced Robotnik in a final showdown. Sonic won, and an explosion erupted.
In Zone 3, the player has to battle the Metallic Madness boss, which is basically Dr. Robotnik in a sphere-shaped vehicle with four blades. Robotnik will use these blades in a creative variety of attacks against the player, including bouncing them, throwing them against the playable character, or even extending them. However, most of these attacks will leave the vehicle vulnerable, where the player should attack using a Spin Attack against it. One hit will tear apart one blade, so four hits are enough to destroy the vehicle.
In other media
Sonic the Comic
While Metallic Madness itself doesn't appear in the British Sonic the Comic comic series, the cyber-formed appearance of the Miracle Planet from "The Sonic Terminator" story arc (Sonic the Comic #24 to #28) was based on Metallic Madness, as revealed in the script for Sonic the Comic #26. In particular, the concept of Sonic being shrunk in size to fit through a small hole is based on an obstacle from Zone 2 of this level. Writer Nigel Kitching provided a video reference of the level for artist Richard Elson to work on.
- Metallic Madness' music had appeared several other times, being referenced or remixed.
- In Sonic the Animation, the present theme of this round from the Japanese version is used for when Robotnik wreaks havoc.
- The present theme is also Metal Sonic's All-Star move theme; Maximum Overdrive.
- The present theme also was remixed as the music for the Zoah Colony in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
- The past theme was used in the trailer for the 2013 mobile re-release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Metallic Madness Zone itself appears as one of the last Zones in Sonic Mania and its music got two remixes, one for Act 1 in which remixes mostly the past theme and for Act 2 which remixes mostly the present theme, but also with some Bad Future elements.
- In the Japanese version of the bad future theme, phrases like "Sonic, dead or alive, is m-m-mine," "You can't do anything, so don't even try it. Get some help," and "Don't do what Sonic does," can be heard in speech synthesis, which sounds like the "speech" synthesis program included in the OS for Amiga computers which were commonly used to develop Sega Mega Drive games.
- "You can't do anything, so don't even try" is presumably a twisted version of the lyrics of "Sonic - You Can Do Anything", the Japanese and PAL theme song.
- The past theme for Metallic Madness is a remix of the boss theme from the Sega Game Gear version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. This music was also arranged for the final boss theme in Sonic Chaos, the Laser Walker.
- Metallic Madness Zone 2's past is apparently almost but not impossible to complete, as a pathway later in the act seems barricaded to the actual/reachable exit. However, the start of Zone 2 is topless, making passing it easy. This issue is only present in the original Mega CD version of the game.
- All of the three Zones have different backgrounds, Zone 3 is a zoomed version of Zone 2.
- Metallic Madness Zone 3 is the only Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog CD that contains a bottomless pit.
- It is impossible to see mini Sonic traveling in time; if one turns Debug Mode on and travels in time, the screen will show the normal Sonic traveling.
- In the 2011 re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog CD, there is a glitch where the player can end up in the bad future version of Zone 3, even after collecting all of the Time Stones. However, this won't affect the ending of the game.
- Metallic Madness is the only Round in the game that does not contain any Metal Sonic Projectors
|Metallic Madness "P" mix||Naofumi Hataya||2:31|
|Metallic Madness (US)||Spencer Nilsen, David Young||2:49|
|Metallic Madness Bad Future (US)||Spencer Nilsen, David Young||2:08|
|Metallic Madness Good Future (US)||Spencer Nilsen, David Young||2:11|
|Metallic Madness (JP)||Naofumi Hataya||3:14|
|Metallic Madness "B" mix||Naofumi Hataya||2:52|
|Metallic Madness "G" mix||Naofumi Hataya||2:42|