Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Loop the loops, twist through corkscrew turns, find footing on hidden platforms, and spin the wheels to blast up vertical ramps. This Round promises plenty of action for a fleet-footed hedgehog! Hope you remembered to bring your mosquito repellent, 'cuz some of these enemies take a big bite!
— US instruction manual, Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Palmtree Panic is a tropical region with sharp mountains and scattered waterfalls in the background. It is located near Quartz Quadrant, Stardust Speedway and Tidal Tempest. Hence the name, palm trees adorn the region, as well as star-shaped plants that seem to litter the tropical coast.
The Past features a more prehistoric coast, with small, purple mountains and a turquoise sky. Palm trees may even or may not share a light bulb-like feature on top. Where the star-shaped plants would be there are instead vine-like growths sprouting from the ground.
The Bad Future has been completely mechanized. Palm trees are mechanical, but are broken down and feature an ominous red light glowing in each center, as well as a pink liquid in them. The star-shaped plants are dead, as seen by their orange tone, and share the pinkish-liquid the palm trees have. The air has been polluted by smog just as the waters have been by oil and chemicals.
In the Good Future, Palmtree Panic is a bright, vivid, colorful, clean tropical paradise. The star-shaped plants and trees are both mechanical and seem to act as water transporters. Pipes run water through the area, sometimes making tiny waterfalls of their own. Many plants adorn the area as well, and the region seems to be entirely water-powered.
In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Dr. Robotnik invaded Little Planet and its regions, which included Palmtree Panic. He installed robot teleporters in the past and infested the region with Badniks. He also put some Metal Sonic Projectors to terrorize the animals that lived there. With this, he managed to conquer the future of the planet and write history to his own image. Palmtree Panic ended up being victim of Robotnik's constant pollution in Little Planet. With lots of factories nearby surrounding it, water polluted by oil and chemicals, and mechanical plants, the region was devastated.
When Sonic the Hedgehog arrived on the planet, he started to re-write history on Little Planet, reverting Robotnik's effects in Palmtree Panic. Some time later, the doctor himself attacked the hedgehog in his EGG-HVC-001, although was quickly defeated.
Palmtree Panic is a rather speedy level, taking numerous cues from Green Hill Zone while also putting a unique spin on them. One of its most iconic level set pieces is a giant shuttle loop present at the start of Zone 1, which the playable character runs through in a pseudo-3d perspective before being launched into the actual level. Winding Tunnels also return, but now feature many different formations that snake around and even loop in on themselves, and in one instance in Zone 1 even send Sonic zooming through an unseen tunnel inside the foreground, before bursting out of a wall and leaving behind a Sonic-shaped hole.
In terms of level design, Palmtree Panic is relatively fast and straightforward, though often features multiple routes that shake things up. The Round features very tall hills of varying height that Sonic can climb up from the main path, often using small Emerald Blocks to ascend, and are occasionally connected via crumbling platforms.
Palmtree Panic features many gimmicks that make it stand out from other first levels in the series. Of note are the Emerald Blocks that are not only present in the exact same spots across all timezones, but also feature different properties depending on the timezone as well. Also featured are Spring Poles, as well as spinning turntables that rotate the player around when stood on. Arguably the most iconic "obstacle" present in the level is Amy Rose, who appears at the very end of Zone 1 following Sonic around and latching onto him.
Robot transporter locations
- Zone 1: A robot transporter can be seen on top of a mountain near the end of the Zone. To reach it, the player has to climb platforms, or use a Spring seen earlier in another mountain. A Tamabboh protects the machine.
- Zone 2: A robot transporter appears in the second half of the Zone. The player has to pass through a series of obstacles and Badniks to reach it. Like before, a Tamabboh appears to be protecting the device.
In other media
Sonic the Comic
- Palmtree Panic was originally named "Salad Plain" early in the game's development.
- With Debug Mode enabled, if the player goes below the boss arena after defeating the boss, three monitors are present, not normally obtainable, and two of them are unused. There is an extra life, the infamous "S" monitor, and a monitor with a timer on it- the "S" gives Sonic invincibility and super speed, and the timer freezes time and all objects for a few seconds, similar to Team Dark's Team Blast in Sonic Heroes.
- As with every other stage, the US and Japanese music for the past is the same track.
- The music that plays in this round during the Bad Future in the Japanese version of Sonic the Hedgehog CD was remixed as one of the boss battle music tracks in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
- In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, the music that plays in the stage's present time can be played in the Seaside Hill racetracks; however, it's based on the Japanese version.
- The same applies to Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, except 'Present' isn't in the name.
- The JP music of this round returns as an unlockable track in Sonic Generations, where it is listed as PalmTree Panic.
- The Japanese version of this round's music appears as one of the songs that can be purchased in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where it is listed as Palm Tree Panic. In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, it is listed as Palmtree Panic.
|Palmtree Panic "P" mix||Naofumi Hataya||2:57|
|Palmtree Party||Spencer Nilsen, David Young||1:51|
|Palmtree Panic - Bad Future||Spencer Nilsen, David Young||1:26|
|Palmtree Panic (US)||Spencer Nilsen, David Young||1:22|
|Palmtree Panic (JP)||Naofumi Hataya||1:46|
|Palmtree Panic "B" mix||Naofumi Hataya||1:22|
|Palmtree Panic "G" mix||Naofumi Hataya||1:19|
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) United States instruction manual, p. 12.
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 26.