Sonic the Hedgehog 3
IceCap Zone (アイスキャップ Aisukyappu?), also known as Ice Cap or Icecap, is a frozen region of the Floating Island, known to be extremely cold and somewhat dangerous. It is a large piece of land covered in ice and icy mountains.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
IceCap Zone first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. After being shot out of a cannon from Carnival Night Zone, Sonic and Tails land on a mountain. Sonic rides down it on a snowboard and then enters the interior. At the end of Act 1, a snow machine that spins snow at Sonic or Tails tries to crush them. Robotnik attacks in Act 2 in a machine that that has a spiked platform drop down and fires the freezing bursts in a pattern at Sonic. There is a shortcut in Act 1 that will let the player skip to Act 2's boss.
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After being shot from the Carnival Night Zone, Sonic snowboards down a mountain and slams into the side of a cliff. (Tails skips this section and gets shot straight to the cliff. Knuckles is brought there by a teleporter. After clearing the zone the character will spin through the snow to the Launch Base Zone.
Dr. Robotnik appears in his new creation, the Freezer Mobile, which spews chilling ice flames in a few different directions, one in the front of his Eggmobile, the other on the underside of it above a small rising and descending platform with spikes on the bottom. Robotnik will hover across the arena, releasing ice flames from the dispensers. After he's attacked with the one located on the underside of his mobile, this is the chance to attack. After a few hits, the small platform will break and he's forced to descend, leaving it easy to attack from behind.
In Sonic Adventure, Angel Island once again falls into the ocean. Sonic and Tails get onto the island and climb up an icy passage to the Icecap. After fighting Eggman's badniks on the outside of the mountain, Sonic and Tails enter inside to where they must get up to the top to escape. To do this they must climb ice spikes coming out from below the "floors" of the mountain. Once out of the mountain, an avalanche occurs, forcing Sonic and Tails to snowboard down the mountain to escape. Once on the other side of the mountain, Sonic and Tails find the Chaos Emerald they were seeking. Big also comes across the mountain after his friend Froggy runs inside of it, and fishes for Froggy in a pool inside. If Big throws the boulder or jumps on the ice, he can get an upgrade.
Sonic Drift 2
Ice Cap also appears as a racecourse in Sonic Drift 2 for the Sega Game Gear. This stage is the third track of the White Grand Prix (White being the intermediate of the three available tournaments), coming after Rainy Savanna and before Hill Top. Although the rest of the White GP appears to take place on Westside Island, Ice Cap obviously sees the racers somehow divert upwards, to Knuckles' floating home.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Flying Battery Zone was originally meant to be before this Zone and the hatch Sonic uses to escape the zone would have been used as a snowboard. Presumably, the cannon would have shot Sonic onto the airship.
- The music for the original Genesis version of this stage is most widely known in the gaming community alongside with various remixes.
- The snowboarding section at the end of the Sonic Adventure version of this stage is likely a homage to the Mega Drive stage, in which Sonic starts out snowboarding. Also, it may be the basis for the beginning of City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2.
- This is the first ever ice-themed zone in a console Sonic game.
- The background music was thought to have been inspired by Michael Jackson's "Who Is It" from the album Dangerous with similar chord progressions to "Smooth Criminal" from Bad.
- However, it has recently come about that the music to IceCap Zone on the Mega Drive/Genesis may not have been composed by Michael Jackson or even related to any of his songs. The song may be more connected to the previously unreleased song "Hard Times" by The Jetzons. Brad Buxer, who had worked on the music for Sonic 3 and for Michael Jackson, was the keyboardist for The Jetzons.