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This is where the helpless Mobius inhabitants are imprisoned and robotized.

Short out the wires with massive explosions! Risk being shredded in the grinding gears as you asscend to the main processing room.

Figure out the Veg-O-Machine's secret to free the hostages! The destruction of the Fortress begins!

— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball US manual.[1]

The Machine (ザマシーン[2] Zamashīn?) is the third level of Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball and Sonic Spinball (8-bit). As with other levels in this game, Sonic must bounce through the pinball-like level, acquiring Chaos Emeralds which are in turn used to access the boss. In this stage, there are five to find.


The Machine is the robotic core of the Veg-O-Fortress. It consists in a giant Badnik production facility. Glassy industrial pipes riddle a stage of churning pistons, electrical arc furnaces, and massive electronics systems. Here, there is also a giant prison for Animals awaiting robotization.


Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball

In Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, Sonic the Hedgehog came to The Machine after destabilizing Lava Powerhouse. There, he retrieved the Chaos Emeralds needed to destabilize the volcanic system powering the Veg-O-Fortress. Along the way, he also freed the Animals that were trapped in a giant prison. At the top of The Machine. he also found and destroyed the Veg-O-Machine before advancing to to the top of Mount Mobius.

Sonic Spinball (8-bit)

In Sonic Spinball (8-bit), Sonic the Hedgehog came to The Machine after having destabilized Lava Powerhouse. There. he took away the local Chaos Emeralds, thereby destabilizing the volcanic system powering the Volcano Veg-O Fortress. At the top of The Machine. he also found and destroyed the Veg-O-Machine before advancing to to the top of the fortress.




Main article: Veg-O Machine

The Veg-O Machine, the boss of The Machine.

The boss of The Machine is the Veg-O Machine, a machine that transforms Animals into Badniks. To destroy it, the player must smash the tubes which feed animals into this cruel machine, then hop inside of it and smash it up from the inside to overheat it.


  • Despite being a significant feature in early Sonic games, The Machine is the only level that features moving platforms in Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball.
  • The small square screens between the Flippers in the lower section indicate the positions that the wheels are in, which the player can use to help get the Chaos Emeralds inside them if not wanting to risk being thrown out of a power chamber towards death.
  • This level is inspired by the scrapped Sonic the Hedgehog 2 zone, Genocide City Zone.


Name Artist Length Music Track
The Machine Brian Coburn, Barry Blum, Howard Drossin 4:09
The Machine (8-bit) Paul Gadbois 2:09


  1. Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (Sega Genesis) United States instruction manual, pg. 17.
  2. (in Japanese) ソニックメガコレクション最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. 1 March 2003. p. 228. ISBN 978-4091060907.

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