Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal
A beautiful coastal area filled with rolling hills and an everlasting feeling of summer, Splash Hill Zone is the embodiment of an adventurous paradise. As Sonic races through the smooth slopes and crisp rivers, he will also witness a spectacular sunset view from the top of the hills.
— Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Website
Splash Hill Zone is the first Zone of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I. It is a beautiful coastal area filled with rolling hills and an everlasting feeling of summer, making it the embodiment of an adventurous paradise. As Sonic the Hedgehog races through the smooth slopes and crisp rivers, he will also witness a spectacular sunset view from the top of the hills. The first Act takes place in early day, but Act 2 and onward take place during late afternoon. Many Badniks from the previous games return in this Zone, as well as a revised version of Dr. Eggman's first mobile configuration.
Act 1 - The Adventure Begins
Sometime after surviving the fall of the Death Egg, Sonic sets out to have vacation time as he runs and relaxes on the lush coastal environment he stumbles on: Splash Hill. Running through loops, looking at the sea, and taking it easy, the hedgehog feels right at home until he crosses paths with some too-familiar Badniks. It's at this point that he realized that a certain bald, belligerent egghead had returned. Just like old times, Sonic knew the party's only just begun, and started his investigation elsewhere to find traces of the doctor and stop his plans.
Act 2 - High Speed Athletics
Further into Splash Hill Zone, Sonic discovers vines. Sonic grapples one and swings to heights unknown. He uses them to find secret areas and the like, while being mindful of the traps below and ahead.
Act 3 - Sunset Dash
Glancing at a beautiful sunset on the horizon, Sonic won't slow down yet as Sonic finds pulleys to get to his next destination. He'll just have to ignore the scenery as he hops over the spike traps, the collapsing platforms and the swarm of baddies to confront his assailant shrouded in mystery.
Boss - Showdown with Dr. Eggman
After exploring enough of the hill, Sonic comes across floating platforms in a familiar formation, followed by a hovering contraption housing a bald head, a mustache about two feet long and a wardrobe seaming with bad taste. None other than Dr. Eggman himself had come to exact his revenge personally, but Sonic knows how to handle the evil scientist and prepares to send his ancient toy back to the scrap heap.
Episode Metal Act 4 - In Pursuit of Sonic...
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal
Arriving at the checkered emerald hills, Metal finally reaches Splash Hill Zone, and the robotic copy searches high and low for his organic double. However, though he manages to locate his organic counterpart, he reaches the end of the Zone only to find Sonic and Tails taking off on the Tornado, heading for Sylvania Castle Zone. Metal quickly notices the Tails' rocket that Sonic used to get to the E.G.G. Station Zone standing not too far from an open Capsule. Metal unleashes his special attack to scare surrounding animals away as he then takes the rocket for himself, flying off to trail the duo until he meets them again at the White Park Zone.
The Act is a reworked "Act 1 - The Adventure Begins", with more enemies and traps in the area than when Sonic began his adventure.
- The first Zone of Sonic games 1-4 (Green Hill Zone, Emerald Hill Zone, Angel Island Zone and Splash Hill Zone) spell SEGA when put together. This is likely a coincidence.
- Splash Hill Zone Act 1 is the only Act that is playable in the Trial version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I. The Trial finishes right when the player finished the Act.
- Splash Hill Zone highly resembles Green Hill Zone, the first Zone of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- In Act 1, there is a small elevated area that looks similar to the one from Green Hill Zone Act 1 of Sonic the Hedgehog, and the one in Act 2 looks similar to the one found in Emerald Hill Zone Act 1 of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- Splash Hill Zone follows the path of a mandatory "Hill" level that the three main classic games have (Green Hill Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog, Emerald Hill Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Mushroom Hill Zone from Sonic & Knuckles).
- During the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Splash Hill Zone remix is heard when Sonic appears. It was also played again in the 2012 Macy's Parade.
- A remix of Splash Hill Zone's music is available as a track that can be heard during events in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was also remixed in Sonic Forces as part of the music for Green Hill (Classic Sonic's stage).
- A portion of Act 2's music can be heard as part of the theme of the Egg Heart from Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II.
- On 5 December 2019, an official remix medley by Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue was released on the official Sonic YouTube channel. It was later included in Sonic the Hedgehog Throwback Collection Vol.1.
|Splash Hill Zone Act 1||Jun Senoue||1:24|
|Splash Hill Zone Act 2||Jun Senoue||1:38|
|Splash Hill Zone Act 3||Jun Senoue||1:22|