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The Continue screen in Sonic Mania.

Continue refers to the video game feature where, after losing all their lives, the player is given another chance to try and complete the level and continue their progress without having to start the game over from the beginning. Originating from arcade games, many Sonic the Hedgehog games also feature a Continue option, displayed before or after the player receives a Game Over. If the player has at least one Continue, they are given ten seconds to decide whether they want to use it. If they do, the game subsequently replenishes the player's life counter, resets their Score to zero, and starts again from the beginning of the level they lost their last life on. The only exception to this was in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, where using up a Continue sends the player back to the latest Star Post they touched in the Act.

In earlier Sonic games, the player had to earn Continues before they could be used. This was often accomplished through the Special Stages, with the player having to collect a certain number of Rings, points, or other objects. Completing the objective would cause the Continue jingle to play, and at the results screen, a flashing chibi-fied version of the player character would symbolize the newly-earned Continue. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Tails Skypatrol, and most Sonic games since Sonic Adventure give the player infinite Continues, allowing them to retry a level as many times as they wish.

Requirements in games

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

  • Collecting more than 50 Rings in a Special Stage earns the player a Continue.

Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)

Continue
  • If the player finds and breaks floating monitors with "Cont" written on them during the Special Stages, the player will earn a Continue after clearing the Special Stage.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

  • If the player earns at least 10,000 points in the end of a standard Act, they will earn a Continue.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)

  • If the player finds one of the six Chaos Emeralds and completes the act, the player will earn a Continue. The player also earns a Continue if the signpost at the end of each act shows Tails on the plate. Near the end of Crystal Egg Zone Act 2, a monitor can be found behind a foreground wall that awards a Continue when broken.

Sonic Chaos

  • If the player is playing as Tails, they will start the game with three Continues. If Tails appears on the end-of-act signpost while playing as Sonic, or Sonic appears while playing as Tails, the player earns a Continue. Also, collecting a Chaos Emerald at the end of each Special Stage will earn the player a continue.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble

  • The player starts the game with one Continue, and will earn another one every 50,000 points. If Knuckles' picture appears on the end-of-act signpost, the player will earn another Continue.

Sonic 3D Blast

Sonic Medal
  • In regular Zones, the player has to collect ten floating icons called Sonic Medals to earn one Continue. They are usually located above springs. Certain Sonic Medals cannot be reached if the player does not have enough Flickies following Sonic.

Sonic Blast

  • The player earns a Continue if a picture of a Chaos Emerald appears on the end-of-act signpost.

Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure

Continue Flower
  • In each of the game's Special Stages, there is a single flashing flower located somewhere on the tubular route. Collecting it will earn the player a Continue.

Sonic Advance

Continue Chao
  • Floating Chao can be found in each Special Stage of the game. By collecting it and clearing the Special Stage, the player will earn a continue. The Chao's placement can sometimes be tricky, such as being set behind or in the middle of a set of bombs, which can require some skills from the player to get them.

Sonic Mania

  • When the player competes in one of Special Stages, receiving a total score of at least 10,000 points grants a Continue. In order to do this, the player must collect a huge amount of Rings prior to catching the UFO. Alternatively, they can receive a high enough Mach Bonus by collecting enough Blue Spheres. Continues can only be received from Special Stages, if the player has chosen the No Save mode.

Trivia

  • Similarly to how Continue icons appear in the results screen of earlier games, games like Sonic the Hedgehog CD (after Special Stage) and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (after completing a Zone) show chibi-versions of the playable character should the player score enough points for an extra life. Misleadingly, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I uses the same Continue sprite from the original Sonic the Hedgehog after getting an extra life on the result screen, but this was changed to Sonic/Tails 1-Up icons in Episode II.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, when Sonic gets shrunk by the shrink ray in Metallic Madness Zone 2, his appearance is similar to the chibi Continue icon.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, there is a leftover animation from the Continue screen in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • The Game Over screen in the Wii U/PC version of Sonic Lost World is heavily reminiscent of the Continue screen from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.

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