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The Game Over screen in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Game Over refers to a situation in a video game where the player has lost all lives, which were lost by getting hit by an enemy, deadly obstacles, getting crushed, drowning or falling into bottomless pits. Many games are also known to show the words "Game Over" on the screen after all lives are lost.

Throughout the series, Sonic the Hedgehog games are seen to feature Game Over as well. In earlier games, getting a Game Over will make you start at the beginning of the whole game, mostly at the title screen or menu section (this does not happen if the player has at least one Continue).


After the save feature got introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog CD and Sonic the Hedgehog 3, the player can always start again from the first act of the zone where he/she got Game Over. Like in many Arcade games, if the player has got Continues from Item Boxes, Special Stages or any other way, the player is able to continue the game if he/she wants to. In SegaSonic the Hedgehog arcade game, the player has to insert more coins into the cabinet within ten seconds to continue, which otherwise leads to an instant Game Over. Without continues will also lead to an instant Game Over and having to start over. In several games such as Sonic Adventure and Sonic Generations, if the player gets to the Game Over menu, the game asks to continue playing or return to the title screen or menu section of the game.

There are three Sonic games in the series where the game move straight back to the menu upon getting a Game Over. When the player gets a Game Over in Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the player moves automatically to the menu, making the player restart the mission again. 

The only Sonic game to not feature the Game Over is Knuckles' Chaotix, which involves infinite lives. If the player loses a "life" in one of zones, he/she returns to hub-world Newtrogic High Zone

The game over screen in Shadow the Hedgehog will display "Black Out" for a few seconds and then the player is asked to continue. 


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Sonic CD - I'm outta here!

  • Sonic the Hedgehog CD features an Easter egg if the player waits three minutes while standing still. Sonic is then heard saying "I'm outta here!", as he will then jump off the screen, resulting an instant Game Over.
  • When Sonic beats Shadow in their final showdown in Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic replies "Game Over, Shadow". Similarly after the player defeats Diablon and Sonic at the Black Comet in Semi-Dark Story of Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow says "Game Over, Sonic!", possibly refreshing their battle in Sonic Adventure 2.
  • The game over screen of the Wii U/PC version of Sonic Lost World is heavily reminiscent of the continue screen from Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). In the Nintendo 3DS version, the screen almost completely fades to black and the words "Game Over" appear, with Sonic under the words.
    •  Additionally, the game over theme from Sonic Colors was reused in Sonic Lost World in both versions.

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