When Team Sonic destroys Shiversaw, Eggman's propaganda printing press is no more, letting them exit to a surreal winter wonderscape filled with cherry blossoms and ancient architecture. Welcome Press Garden's true beauty.
— Theme Trailer description
Concept and creation
This Zone takes place within a snowy forest garden, with Act 1 taking place inside of the printing press factory with crates and conveyor belts.
Act 1 features an old press-making factory inside an ancient castle. Wooden crate and metal crate frames are seen through out the Zone. In the background, rolls of newspapers are seen zooming by, having Sonic's face and the Phantom Ruby included. Snow-covered windows are seen and pink vines grow everywhere. Act 2 takes place outside in a wintery, cherry-blossomed forest/woods. Snow covers the ground and glowing and lanterns can seen far off.
Still on the hunt for Dr. Eggman and the Phantom Ruby, Sonic, Tails and Knuckles arrive in the Press Garden Zone. At the of the Zone, Sonic and co. come under attack by the Heavy Shinobi, another one of the Hard Boiled Heavies, but are able to defeat him. Shortly thereafter, they find Eggman who is working hard on locating, or perhaps contacting, Metal Sonic on Little Planet, which is once again mechanized and chained to the planet's surface. Upon noticing Sonic, Tails and Knuckles however, Eggman uses the Phantom Ruby's power to teleport the heroes to the Stardust Speedway Zone.
Act 2 features different gimmicks, such as snowblowers that can freeze the playable character if they make contact. Freezing the player may allow them to reach non-accessible areas through sliding, or shredding tree trunks to access areas blocked off by the aforementioned trunks.
Act 1 features a lot of Conveyor Belts that can be used to get through many obstacles in the act.
In Act 2, snowblowers are scattered across the Zone. Unlike in IceCap Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, the player does not take damage when they freeze them and can breakout easily. They will end up sliding across the floor. This allows the player to destroy ice blocks that are littered throughout the Act.
The playable characters will fall into a room full of crates at the start of the battle. A floating robot with two ice sawblades named Shiversaw will descend into the arena and immediately shatter one of its blades by touching a green and orange crate. Shiversaw's method of attack is using its telescopic arms to extend its sawblades towards the characters and will follow their movements around the room. To beat the robot, the character must lure it into striking either more of the green and orange crates, or the floor and shattering its saw blade, stunning it and leaving it vulnerable to attack. Hit the robot six times to make it explode and destroy the printing press factory.
The Heavy Shinobi will arrive into the boss arena with a wide slash and attempt to catch the player off guard. It attacks by using its sword to freeze the characters or by throwing Asterons as exploding throwing stars. To defeat the Heavy Shinobi, he must be interrupted during his jumps, which stuns him and allows him to be hit. Eight hits will dispatch the Heavy Shinobi.
- According to Aaron Webber, several fake Zone names were created for the levels in case information was leaked. One of the names was for Press Garden was "Backyard Dad Zone." Another Zone name was found in Sonic Mania's music files which was titled "Pulp Solstice".
- This is the only Zone in Sonic Mania to not have its location confirmed or hinted.
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- ↑ Live Sonic Mania Developer Playthrough. Stealth (20 August 2017). Retrieved on 22 August 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic Mania OST - Press Garden Act 2. YouTube. Sega (11 September 2017). Retrieved on 11 September 2017. “When Team Sonic destroys Shiversaw, Eggman's propaganda printing press is no more, letting them exit to a surreal winter wonderscape filled with cherry blossoms and ancient architecture. Welcome Press Garden's true beauty.”
- ↑ Crate Expectations - Wreak havoc at the propaganda factory. Sonic Mania PlayStation 4 Trophy.
- ↑ Brad Flick on Twitter. Twitter (15 September 2017). Retrieved on 16 September 2017. “Brad Flick: Visited Meiji Jingu shrine. Japan's industrialization under Meiji were influences for Press Garden in #SonicMania”
- ↑ Sonic Official - 21 - Pre-PAX and PC Launch. Sega (30 August 2017). Retrieved on 31 August 2017.