- For other uses, see Star Light (disambiguation).
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Speed through the stars like a roller coaster in a world that twists like a corkscrew.
— Description from the Instruction manual.
It is a rather peaceful Zone set in an urban environment at night, under the stars and containing many loops, accompanied by beautiful music. This Zone contains many roller coaster-like sections in which Sonic is hurled along paths at great speed; it is possibly the game's strongest showcase of Sonic's speed. Other city-based levels took similar roles in later games, such as Stardust Speedway in Sonic the Hedgehog CD and Speed Highway in Sonic Adventure and its remake in Sonic Generations.
There are few enemies here, most of which cannot be destroyed by Sonic. The most prominent foes are smart walking bombs that will explode a short while after Sonic approaches them. The greatest hazards are the bottomless pits into which Sonic can fall to his death. Fans, descending stairways, and see-saws hanging in midair make navigation harder.
Act 2 of this Zone is also Sonic's last chance to enter a Special Stage in order to get a Chaos Emerald, as the next Zone, Scrap Brain Zone, will not have Giant Rings at the goal of Act 1 and Act 2, whether the player has fifty Rings or not.
At the end of Act 3, Dr. Robotnik shoots spiked mines onto three see-saws. The mines detonate soon after, but Sonic can use the see-saws and the mines to either shoot the mines at Robotnik or use them to propel himself towards him.
Other game appearances
Star Light appears alongside the other Sonic the Hedgehog Zones as a racetrack in the game Sonic Drift.
In other media
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series, an area of the cosmos that Scratch and Grounder got stranded in was called the Star Light Zone. Unlike in the games, it is neither a city nor located on Mobius. The Abandoned Space Station is located there.
Sonic the Comic
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Star Light Zone is briefly featured in the "Genesis" story arc. Sonic, Sally and Rotor Walrus travel through the zone after making it through the Labyrinth Zone.
- Gigalopolis Zone, a level in Sonic Chaos, bears some resemblance to Star Light Zone, but with blue metal plating rather than green. Since both Zones are sited on South Island, it is not unreasonable to suppose that they may be geographically adjacent.
- This is the only Zone to feature scenery in the foreground as well as the background (the white metal pillars seen in the screenshots).
- Although Star Light Zone didn't appear in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Scratch said they're stuck at the Star Light Zone, which is a reference to the Zone.
- In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nintendo DS version), a remix of this Zone's music appears.
- The level layout of Star Light Zone Act 1 is replicated in Game Land 7-1 from Sonic Colors.
- The music for Star Light Zone appears as unlockable music in Sonic Generations.
- This Zone was originally intended to be the fourth Zone.
- A remix of Star Light Zone's music can be heard in the player's name and records menu for Sonic Advance.
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