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Quotation1 You'll have a lot to celebrate after completing this Zone. Jump onto the top of colorful balloons and you'll shoot Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles upwards. Quotation2
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Balloon Park Zone is the second Zone in the Competition Mode of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.


Balloon Park is an amusement park-themed Zone with bright colors and a circus-themed structure. The Zone's pathway uses flags and illustrations of circus animals as part of its decorations. The background of this zone is a night scene of a city with bright lights and far away clouds.

Begin the level by going right and through a loop to two moving elephant platforms. Quickly drop in the moving gap between them, this is tricky to do quickly. Below are three pop bumpers and a conveyor belt on the floor. Run or spin dash right to a yellow balloon, you need to bounce on this balloon by jumping on top of it. You must land squarely on top of it to bounce straight up. If you touch it without bouncing on it, it will pop and you'll have to wait a second for another one to materialize (move out of the way so you don't pop it too). Bounce up to the left, then try to land right on top of another balloon, and bounce up to the start pole again. This zone can be much easier for Tails, who can use his ability to fly.


  • There is a known cheat in this Zone, making it possible to finish the level in under 10 seconds. Right at the beginning, the player must jump down to the left where the yellow balloon is (if one accidentally touches it, he/she will need to wait until it reappears). Then, the player must jump on the top of the balloon and walk up the wall next to it. After reaching the top of the level (which is a quarter-loop) the player can make a move like he/she is walking around a normal loop and move upwards. The player will get stuck there and there is no way to escape either. However, now he/she can move to the right and do the whole course in a very low time. The character only need to do 1 jump per lap to jump over a small gap.
  • The music track for Balloon Park Zone was later remixed in Sonic Generations. It can be heard during various Challenge Acts.


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