Hidden in the mystic jungles set ablaze from warfare, the rookie discovers a myriad of twisting flumes of water. Can they navigate through the warped wet works to reach the depths of the jungle?
— Theme Trailer description
Located in the Mystic Jungle, this previously unspoiled wilderness sporting the remnants of an ancient civilization and a warped network of water flumes is now having its ruins converted into a casino by Dr. Eggman. In addition, the area is damaged from the war between the Eggman Empire and the Resistance. During the events of the game, the Avatar came here to investigate two lifeform readings.
Similar to other areas within the Mystic Jungle, Aqua Road is set in a brown mountainous region at night during a full moon. It should be noted that the mountains in this stage are rather blocky, much like in Green Hill, and there are evidence of a recent rainfall. Between the mountains on the bottom are a massive lake and numerous rivers. Also, growing on the region's dry land and mountains are lush tropical trees with round tree crowns, grass and fern-like bushes.
Also found in Aqua Road are ancient ruins, such as roads, pillars, road gates, crumbling walls, temples and still-burning torches, most of which are overgrown with plants. All of these ruins have yellow runes/murals that glow.
As a result of Dr. Eggman's actions, the majority of the ruins have been converted into casinos. Numerous neon signs in different shapes and colors have been added to the ruins, and ancient temples have been converted into neon palaces. Ancient pillars have similarly been turned into palm-shaped street lights. Also, after Eggman's attack, many of the trees in Aqua Road have been set ablaze, turning huge sections of the forest into burning infernos. The stage also has a myriad of twisting half pipes made from tree trunks with water flowing through them and vines surrounding them, forming a warped network of waterslides.
When the Resistance detects two lifeforms near Dr. Eggman's abandoned laboratory in Mystic Jungle, the Avatar is sent to Aqua Road to check it out. Upon the Avatar's arrival in the jungle, Amy, Knuckles and Silver discuss the lifeforms they detected, with Silver worrying that if the intruders are not robots, then the Avatar might be in over their head. Amy and Knuckles soon after talk about how remote the laboratory's location is, which might mean it was conducting secret experiments. When the Avatar later ends up on a waterslide, Knuckles expresses a bit of jealousy, although he tries to hide it from a prying Amy.
As the Avatar nears the laboratory, Amy tells them that reinforcements are on their way. Arriving at the laboratory, the Avatar finds a Phantom Ruby prototype (which was dropped by Infinite earlier on) before meeting Tails and Sonic's classic counterpart (who had themselves arrived at the area trying to find Sonic).
Aqua Road features a number of waterslide sections. Whilst on the waterslides, the Avatar moves forward automatically. The player will also have limited movement abilities and must avoid falling off the edge of the slides and into bottomless pits. Occasionally though, the player can save themselves when they fall off the slides by falling down on another slide below. While sliding, the player must also be wary of outdated Moto Bugs, who drift down the slides alongside the player; if the Avatar collides with a Moto Bug, they will get knocked around, making navigation on the slides more difficult. Also, while colliding with a Moto Bug will destroy it, a new one will soon after arrive to take the destroyed one's place. In some places, there are also thorn bushes that will damage the Avatar in case they touch them.
Like other Avatar stages, Aqua Road features floating targets for the player to swing around on using the Wire Attack, and numerous Wisp Capsules with Wisps for fueling the Avatar's different Wispons. However, any Wisp Capsule containing Wisps that do not match any of the Wispons the player has currently obtained will be rendered intangible and transparent until the player obtains their Wisp's associated Wispon. This means, for example, that if the player does not have an Lightning Wispon, then the capsules with Ivory Wisps will be unobtainable.
When beginning Aqua Road, the player will arrive at a fork in the road, with the road on the right being unveiled when a wall into a hidden passage suddenly collapses. Should the player choose the route on the right, they can collect a Red Star Ring when emerging from the tunnel and landing on a waterslide. Should the player choose the route on the left however, they will arrive on the same waterslide in the same manner, but without any goods to show for it.
While moving down the slide, a fork in it will appear. Both of these slides will eventually rejoin near the end of them, although the slide on the right will have a Red Star Ring moving along it. Regardless, upon reaching the end of the slide, a series of Springs will sent the Avatar to a two-leveled plateau with lots of enemies. After climbing it, use the Ramps ahead to get launched into the sky. The Avatar will then promptly swing down on another waterslide that splits into three slides a little ahead. All of these slides are narrow and have a lot of sharp turns, making navigating them somewhat difficult. Upon leaving the slides, the Avatar will automatically swing across a river. Upon landing on solid ground again, continue forward to find Eggman's laboratory and the goal.
|"Moonlight Battlefield - Aqua Road"||Tomoya Ohtani||4:27|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sonic Forces OST - Aqua Road. YouTube. Sega (13 October 2017). Retrieved on 13 October 2017. “Vocals by nana hatori. Composed & Arranged by Tomoya Ohtani. Hidden in the mystic jungles set ablaze from warfare, the rookie discovers a myriad of twisting flumes of water. Can they navigate through the warped wet works to reach the depths of the jungle?”
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic Forces - Casino Forest Gameplay. YouTube. Sega (26 September 2017). Retrieved on 26 September 2017. “Classic Sonic enters the Casino Forest, ancient ruins currently being converted to a casino by Eggman. But it's not all fun and games as perilous traps line the ancient facades.”