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Quotation1 Take to the skies above Angel Island once more aboard Eggman's famed airship armada, making its return from Sonic & Knuckles! Quotation2
— Trailer description[1]

Flying Battery Zone (フライングバッテリー Furaingubatterī?, lit. "Flying Battery") is the fourth Zone in Sonic Mania. This Zone is a re-imagination of Flying Battery Zone from Sonic & Knuckles for the Sega Mega Drive.

Overview

The Flying Battery is a large, fortified blimp flying high in the sky. In this Zone, there are inside and outside segments. The inside has a purple color scheme with copper toppings and a deep blue background which shows a bit of what's in the blimp. The outside is similar, but with a few grey walls hiding the inside of the ship in some places.

In Act 2, the Flying Battery dips beneath the clouds and into a storm with thunder, rain and lightning.

Story

After boarding the Flying Battery during a trip to the Studiopolis Zone on West Side Island, Sonic, Tails and Knuckles continue their chase after Dr. Eggman through the massive flying vessel, overcoming the doctor's traps along the way. As the Flying Battery enters a massive storm, Sonic and co. find Eggman and overcome his Spider Mobile. However, the doctor gets away again, leaving Sonic and co. to continue their hunt elsewhere.

Gameplay

The Flying Battery Zone's most prominent feature is electromagnetic surfaces in ceilings.[2] Like in the original Zone, these surfaces attract magnetic things in towards them, such as loose spiked balls, spiked balls on chains and Badniks. A new effect is that they can also attract the player when using a Lightning Shield. While attracted the player will be able to walk along the surface and be stuck on it until either the player jumps, loses their Lightning Shield or the magnetic surface powers down.

Both Acts of the Flying Battery Zone have other gimmicks ported over from their original incarnations. These include boosters that propel the player forward at high speeds, mesh tubes which spin the player around to higher areas, and spinning propellers which players can hang onto at the stem and then jump off in horizontal directions (while the propellers themselves are harmful). The Acts also feature moving platforms with harmful fans under them, landmines that explode a second after touching them, harmful flamethrowers that will sent the player skyward like a Spring when stood on for a while, blockades that are lowered with Switches, large floors sections that collapse due to landmines or bombs, fake Capsules that work like Springs or release Rings, specially-textured spikes that can be moved, and climbable hooks on the ceilings with one among them that will lower the player down to lower areas. Act 2 also has the original Act's Grabber-based gimmick that will carry the playable characters across large gaps, and swinging black orbs that can carry the playable characters to other paths.

New to this Zone are large trash piles of scrap metal in general. These trash piles behave like quicksand -- players caught in them gradually sink to the bottom. They can be escaped by jumping out or simply coming out the other end. Act 1 also have fan platforms which lift the playable characters that are directly above them, and moving platforms with a hanger that can be grabbed.

Act 2 features one-use doorways that can transport the player outside or inside the blimp. While outside, there are winds will push the playable characters slightly to the left. There are updraft fans that function similarly to those in Wing Fortress Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Additionally, Act 2 has sections with damage-inducing electrical conduits that are activated in various orientations between intervals (similar to that of Wacky Workbench from Sonic the Hedgehog CD). By destroying the mine-like connectors, one can shut the connectors down. One can also destroy nearby the Madmoles controlling the connectors to stop them.

Description

Act 1

Act 1 is designed much like Act 1 of the original Zone, but with new gameplay elements added to it.

Act 2

Act 2 features a new layout that makes heavy use of the new elements added to this Zone. The player will as well travel across some level layout derived from Wing Fortress Zone. Also, at the bottom of this Act, the player will encounter the Madmoles and the network of electrical connectors mentioned above.

Bosses

Act 1

Main article: Big Squeeze
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The Big Squeeze

The boss of Flying Battery Zone Act 1 is the Big Squeeze, a large trash compactor. Before the battle begins, the playable characters run across Dr. Eggman, who is safely behind an energy gate. He stomps on a switch that plunges the characters into the Big Squeeze. The battle is against the electromagnet on the ceiling, which creates Badniks. One must use the Badniks created to gain enough altitude to hit the electromagnet. Each time a Badnik is destroyed, the walls closes slightly, decreasing the amount of available space and eventually crushing the characters if the Big Squeeze is not defeated quickly enough.

Act 2

Main article: Spider Mobile
Eggspider

The Spider Mobile

The boss of Flying Battery Zone Act 2 is the Spider Mobile, a large arachnid robot. The fight begins when the player gets to a lift, which will ascend when Eggman appears in his Spider Mobile. His method of attack is to launch energy balls at the characters. To damage the machine, the player most thrust the cockpit into the spikes on the walls. This can be accomplished by Spin Dashing into the Spider Mobile or by latching onto the spinning columns that appear along the lift and then launching themselves into the robot. Make the Spider Mobile hit the spikes eight times to complete the fight.

Trivia

  • The blueprints that appear on the wall prior to being dropped into the Big Squeeze boss battle are of the Spider Mobile.
  • The Flying Battery Zone features several references and Easter eggs:

Music

Name Artist Length Music Track
Flying Battery Zone Act 1 Tee Lopes 1:23
Sonic Mania OST - Flying Battery Zone Act 1
Flying Battery Zone Act 2 Tee Lopes 1:21
Sonic Mania OST - Flying Battery Zone Act 2

Videos

Sonic Mania - Flying Battery Zone - Sonic & Tails11:49

Sonic Mania - Flying Battery Zone - Sonic & Tails


See also

References

  1. Sonic Mania - Flying Battery Zone Reveal. YouTube. Sega (16 March 2017). Retrieved on 20 March 2017. “Take to the skies above Angel Island once more aboard Eggman's famed airship armada, making its return from Sonic 3 and Knuckles!”
  2. Sonic Mania official website (Japanese). Stages: Flying Battery. Sega. Retrieved on 14 April 2017.

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