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Quotation1 Jump from springs and bounce off bumpers as if you’re in a real pinball machine. Quotation2
— Description from the Instruction manual.

Spring Yard Zone is the third Zone of the original Sonic the Hedgehog.


It is an urban level with many springs and bumpers, resembling a pinball machine. There are many secret areas in this zone. Act 2 has two Robotnik signs (goals) and as such, can be ended through two possible routes. This second route is accessed by jumping off of the ramp with the trail of rings on it.


Main article: Spring Yard Zone boss

The boss battle takes place at the end of Act 3. Dr. Robotnik attacks with a spike-equipped craft that slowly removes the blocks Sonic stands on.

Other game appearances

Sonic Drift

Drift Spring Yard

Spring Yard from Sonic Drift.

The Spring Yard appears as a track in the game Sonic Drift, alongside other Sonic 1 Zones.

In other media

Sonic X

Sonic X issue 11 page 1

The Spring Yard Zone in the Sonic X comic book.

In issues #10 and #11 of the Sonic X comic book series, Doctor Eggman trapped Sonic and his friends in a virtual world resembling the original Sonic the Hedgehog game. After making it through the Marble Zone, Sonic and Amy traveled through the Spring Yard Zone, finding Knuckles along the way.

Archie Comics

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Spring Yard Zone is a location on South Island. Its history is virtually identical to its game counterpart.


  • Spring Yard Zone was supposed to be called Sparkling Zone. It also was originally not an urban city with mountains, but rather a luminous place with buildings at night time with neon signs and shiny stars just like a typical casino level that would feature in later Sonic games.
    • This was originally intended to be the fifth Zone of the game.
  • Spring Yard Zone was the first Zone created and finished.
  • This is the earliest Zone by which all six Chaos Emeralds can be obtained in Act 2 of this Zone.
  • Game Land 4-1 of Sonic Colors is based on Spring Yard Zone Act 1.
  • The theme for Spring Yard Zone sounds similar to the 1987 composition " Lovin' You 'Sawako' " by famous Japanese jazz guitarist Toshiki Kadomatsu (background structure stripped of the solo/foreground instruments/harmony vocals part after solo in the early second minute mark is extremely easy to spot).



Prototype screenshots





Name Artist Length Music Track
Spring Yard Zone Masato Nakamura 2:10
StH1 Spring Yard Zone ~Mega Drive Version~


Spring Yard Zone Act 1 - Sonic the Hedgehog

Spring Yard Zone Act 1 - Sonic the Hedgehog

Spring Yard Zone Act 2 - Sonic the Hedgehog

Spring Yard Zone Act 2 - Sonic the Hedgehog

Spring Yard Zone Act 3 - Sonic the Hedgehog

Spring Yard Zone Act 3 - Sonic the Hedgehog

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