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Quotation1 Out in the wild west deserts, the outlaws roam. Can Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles survive the cadre of hooligans lurking in the shadows? Even Eggman's ice cream parlors can't withstand the heat. Quotation2
Theme Trailer description[3]

Mirage Saloon Zone (ミラージュサルーン Mirājusarūn?, lit. "Mirage Saloon") is the eighth Zone in Sonic Mania.[4]

Overview

This Zone takes place in a vast desert, filled with cacti and huge mountains in the distance. Act 2 of the Zone features multiple saloon-like indoor areas filled with large, piano-like platforms.

Story

Continuing their hunt for Dr. Eggman and the Phantom Ruby, Sonic, Tails and Knuckles arrive in the Mirage Saloon Zone onboard the Tornado. While in the air however, the Heavy Magician, one of the Hard Boiled Heavies, ambushes them, knocking Knuckles off the Tornado in the process. As such, while Sonic and Tails ward off Eggman and the Heavy Magician's tricks from midair, Knuckles is left to catch up to his friends from the ground. Eventually though, Sonic and Tails are forced down to the ground too when a familiar face causes the Tornado to crash.

Reunited, Sonic and his gang continue their trek through the Zone. At the end, they are attacked by the Heavy Magician, who is revealed to be the one who shot down the Tornado as she is able to disguise herself. After defeating the Hard Boiled Heavy, Sonic and co. use one of Mirage Saloon Zone's contraptions to shoot themselves to the Oil Ocean Zone in the horizon.

Gameplay

The Mirage Saloon Zone features gimmick mechanics reminiscent of western play.[5] These include seltzer bottles to guide paths, a pistol to launch the player to new heights, and piano keys that the player can bounce on. It also features the return of many pinball-themed gimmicks, such as Flippers, Bumpers, and Breakaway Bumpers type items.

When this Zone is played as Knuckles, the Mirage Saloon Zone takes on a different Zone configuration compared to that of Sonic and Tails'.[5]

Description

Act 1

Sonic and Tails

In Sonic and Tails' playthrough of this Act, the player must use the Tornado to fly across the zone. This is similar to Sky Chase Zone, avoiding enemies to progress. Soon, the player has to get of the Tornado and progress on a train until the player can jump into the trains' pistol.

After defeating the Act 1 boss, the player is encountered by by what appears to be either Fang the Sniper, Bean the Dynamite, or Bark the Polar Bear riding on one of the Armadilloid Badniks. They will then attack the Tornado, causing it to crash and transitioning to Act 2.

Knuckles

Knuckles takes a different route in this Act after being knocked down into a canyon. In this version of the Act, the player travels through various tunnels and cave-like areas. Several Seesaw gimmicks are present throughout as well as sections that force the player to utilize Knuckles' gliding and wall climbing abilities in order to progress.

Act 2

Bosses

Act 1

Main article: Uber Caterkiller

Sonic and Tails

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The boss of Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1 for Sonic and Tails.

This battle is fought aboard the Tornado. The Heavy Magician will reappear and make a RattleKiller Badnik appear out of her hat. The caterpillar transforms into a giant purple and yellow version with spikes lining its body. The caterpillar will leap out of the sand at the Tornado from various angles and it must be hit in the head to do damage.

Knuckles

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The boss of Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1 for Knuckles.

Knuckles' boss battle is heavily inspired by the battle against the Bead Worm from Gigalopolis Zone in Sonic Chaos, albeit against the same giant caterpillar that Sonic and Tails fight. The caterpillar will launch its segments at Knuckles either by rolling them or bouncing them along the ground and Knuckles must avoid these and hit it in the head to do damage. When the caterpillar runs out of segments, it respawns three new segments and the fight continues.

Act 2

Main article: Heavy Magician

Trivia

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The wanted poster of Fang the Sniper found in Mirage Saloon Zone.

Music

Name Artist(s) Length Music Track
Wildstyle Pistolero Tee Lopes
Sonic Mania OST Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1 ~Knuckles Version~
1:17
Skyway Octane Tee Lopes
Sonic Mania OST - Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1 ~Sonic Version~
1:05
Rogues Gallery Tee Lopes, Falk Au Yeong[3]
Sonic Mania OST - Mirage Saloon Zone Act 2
1:09

Videos

Sonic Mania - Mirage Saloon Zone - Sonic & Tails07:13

Sonic Mania - Mirage Saloon Zone - Sonic & Tails

Sonic Mania - Knuckles - 8 - Mirage Saloon Zone08:07

Sonic Mania - Knuckles - 8 - Mirage Saloon Zone


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Live Sonic Mania Developer Playthrough. Stealth (20 August 2017). Retrieved on 22 August 2017.
  2. Sonic Mania badnik sprite sheet (2 September 2017). Retrieved on 2 September 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Mania OST - Mirage Saloon Act 2. YouTube. Sega (7 September 2017). Retrieved on 7 September 2017. “Out in the wild west deserts, the outlaws roam. Can Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles survive the cadre of hooligans lurking in the shadows? Even Eggman's ice cream parlors can't withstand the heat. Sonic Mania OST Mirage Saloon Zone Act 2 - "Rogue's Gallery" Composed by: Tee Lopes Mixed / Mastered by: Falk Au Yeong”
  4. Playing as Tails and Knuckles in Sonic Mania - Kinda Funny Plays. YouTube (26 October 2016). Retrieved on 26 October 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic Mania official website (Japanese). Stages: Mirage Saloon. Sega. Retrieved on 14 April 2017.
  6. Christian Whitehead on Twitter. Twitter (26 October 2016). Retrieved on 26 October 2016. “Prem: So just to confirm: Is this considered a new zone? Or is it a re-imagining of Sandopolis/Dust Hill? / Christian Whitehead: It's a new Zone - inspired by a new Zone I originally wanted to add to Sonic CD”

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