Sonic Lost World
Sky Road (スカイロード Sukairōdo?) is the sixth world that appears in Sonic Lost World. Located at the Lost Hex, Sky Road is located right by Windy Hill (left) and Lava Mountain (above). It is essentially a zone high above the skies where ancient ruins and floating platforms are located. There are two variations of this stage: one is a peaceful, daytime-like zone while the other zone takes place in a darker surrounding area, where thunderstorms and ruined cities are seen in the background.
In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, the player can find Black Material in the zones if the player finishes the stage successfully.
In Zone 1, Sonic travels the sky in which is Windy Hill in the sky but with some notable differences. Big Pink versions of the Caterkiller appear and dig around the planetoids. While traveling on, Sonic will meet the turtle Badnik in which shoots out missiles at the clouds and the player must use Sonic's head to push the missile back at it. Reaching the end of the level breaks the animal capsule, and frees all the animals within it.
This zone is a 2.5D stage that has ruins of Silent Forest. While proceeding on through the level, Mechanical Dragons appear to either shoot Sonic down with fire balls, use lasers to shock him, or use their robotic parts to knock platforms out. As the player reaches the cannon, he/she appears on a planetoid to fight with Zavok on his own mechanical dragon.
This zone is very similar to Sky Chase Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, maneuvering Sonic through the air and avoiding Badniks. Not only similar to that, but also to Tropical Coast Zone ?. Maneuvering Sonic through the air, avoiding Badniks from past Sonic games causes the bigger Badnik to appear and try to destroy Sonic. Destroying the big Badnik lets Sonic proceed to the end of the level.
This zone is heavily based off Desert Ruins, including streams of sand, similar to that of Mirage Road. The 2D segments of Zone 4, Sonic has the climb up to the top beating enemies or avoiding them and objects. The player must make use of the area they take because should the player fall below the screen, it is an instant death.
The 3D segment of this zone is that the player must slide down a giant sandy slide. Small and giant cactus balls will also roll along the slide, requiring the player to move carefully to avoid getting hit. There are poles in which Sonic can grab onto pass through a set of moving spiky balls or move to the upper or lower half of the slide to continue. Some of the poles are not stable and will break after a few seconds. Zavok appears as the boss of this zone, as shown by the background of the coverage for his boss fight. Enemies such as Boos appear in the zone (making their return from Sonic Adventure 2).
In this zone, Sonic has to travel along green blocks throughout the stage avoiding enemies and ball spikes.
Zone 1 of Sky Road takes place in the sky which holds a Casino, similar to that of Frozen Factory Zone 3. However, the key differences is that it has a BINGO-styled mini-game that provides an opening to leave and it takes place in the sky (the Frozen Factory Zone 3 takes place at a snowy area). The entire Zone is 2D.
Zone 2 of Sky Road continues off from Zone 1, but this time it's in 3D. The player mostly has to use the Indigo Wisp (Indigo Asteroid) to proceed onto to the level. At the end, the player leaves the Casino and head outside.
Zone 3 of Sky Road continues off from Zone 2 as the player takes off into the skies using rockets and lots of parkour. Rockets are provided for Sonic to ride on to reach the next area. However, mechanical dragons appear to shoot Sonic down and the rocket cannot stay in the air too long. The parkour in this Zone is used lots of time in the level and along the way includes fired up grounds. The mechanical dragons also appear more than once and they become faster and more and more of them come out as the player reaches the end of the level.
Other game appearances
In Sonic Runners, Sky Road appears as a course available after clearing Episode 10, or any time it's available in Ranking's mode. The area is best suited for Flight Type characters. It looks visually similar to it's appearance in Sonic Lost World and has the distinct touch of changing the time of day depending on how far the player has progressed in the level.
- Sky Road Zone 3 is similar to Sky Sanctuary Zone from Sonic & Knuckles.
- In the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World, Sky Road also appears to use elements of other zones in the game, with platforms and planets from Windy Hill, small ruins from Desert Ruins and stone platforms and a planet with a large tree from Silent Forest. In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, Sky Road appears to use elements of other zones in the game, with platforms and planets from Windy Hill and the Casino-based area from Frozen Factory Zone 3 of the Wii U version.
- The music from Zone 2 (Wii U)/Zone 3 (3DS) sounds similar to the daytime music of Chun-Nan's Dragon Road from Sonic Unleashed.