This is a set of general guidelines to follow when creating and editing mainspace articles concerning a level (sometimes referred to as 'acts' or 'stages') related to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Although this is an official guide, editors are encouraged to stray from them if it will improve the overall quality of the article.
Yellow boxes are general guidelines meant to pertain to the main text on the page.
Green boxes are guidelines for headers.
Red boxes are guidelines for anything else.
Some main space pages regarding levels may have an abundance of images and screenshots available which make render the page unnecessarily large and difficult to navigate. A separate gallery-tab page from the main level page is to be created and placed at the very top, here.
Some levels, acts or missions may have corresponding ones coming before or after it. The "Stage Order" template is to be placed here to allow quick navigation between and from corresponding levels.
Add a quote here. Preferably a short description of the level from official sources such as a game's manual or a quote said by a character's experience, viewpoints, history or significance in regards to the level.
The "Infobox Level" template is to be inserted here. Information in regards to the level, act or mission are to be filled as much as possible including, but not limited to; The game(s) the level appears in, its location (in regard to the game's universe), number of acts/missions and enemies units present as well as the level boss (if any). Image of the level, hub world or loading title for the infobox is preferred and is to be placed inside the image field of the infobox.
This is the summary. The purpose of this is to surmise the level in accordance to the game in appears in. Information should include a very brief description of what the level is, its appearance, in-universe creation (if artificial, e.g by Dr. Eggman) its relative location, the order of the level in correspondence with past or following levels and stages, objective and its significance to the game overall. Details of note in the summary could also include differences or noteworthy information of the game's version between different console platforms (if available).
This is the description. The purpose of this section is to give a description of the level's visual layout and in-universe functions. This should include a description of what kind of locale the level actually is, its appearance and design, in-universe material on its contents and its relative location. Details of note in the description could also include differences or noteworthy information of the game's version between different console platforms (if available).
This is the story. The purpose of this section is to surmise the significant in-universe story contents that occur during the playthrough of the level and that related to it, like events that occurred there in the past or after the clearance of the level. Details of note in the story could also include differences or noteworthy information of the game's version between different console platforms (if available).
This is the gameplay. The purpose of this section is to list and elaborate on whatever game mechanic-related elements that appears during the playthrough of this level. This can include the level's correspondence with past or following levels and stages, hazards, gimmicks, gameplay style, and recurring gameplay themes. Also, if an elusive gameplay element/gimmick in a level remains unnamed after the publication of the game, such subjects can be elaborated on here rather than giving it its own article.
Details of note in the gameplay could also include differences or noteworthy information of the game's version between different console platforms (if available).
Within a level (sometimes appearing as a Hub or Hub World) may contain multiple acts or missions within. Sub heading must be inserted, with each heading being listed as "Act 1", "Level 1" or "Mission 1" and so forth.
A particular game may be open to access to different console platforms (PC, XBOX, PlayStation, Wii etc.) and may have starkly different designs or details the other may not have. Sub headings to provide descriptions of the level must be created under the name of their respective console platform in question.
A summary of the act, mission or level in particular is to be placed here. It should consist of a paragraph and no more unless absolutely necessary, or long. It is recommended to not contain too much repetitive descriptive information of the level, act or mission which may already have been covered present in the opening summary at the top of the page. This area should contain a description of the design or theme of the stages, with mentions to detail which may include differing paths, routes, gimmicks or suchlike which may or may not be unique to this level, act or mission in particular to others.
If a Boss (may sometimes referred to as "Challenge", "Challenger" or "Rival") has been encountered on the stage, a link to the boss's article in particular should be placed here using the "Main" template.
A Ranking system may either appear or function differently (or both) in the same game from different console platforms (eg. difference in score calculations, or different objectives). Each score calculation table or objective list must be listed under individual sub headings under the name of the particular console (eg. Nintendo DS, Wii etc.)
May sometimes be referred to as "Score" or "Scoring, this section should include the amount of score or objective required upon stage, act, mission or level completion to obtain a particular rank or reward (if available). It should appear in the form of a table. The table must include (from left-to-right), Rank letter or number (official art imagery can be utilised here instead of text/numeric value), The Act/Mission, Minimum score required/objective to accomplish.
The Trivia section is about small pieces of information about the level, stage or act that do not fit in any of the sections above. Here, the editor must make a list of these little-known facts by using bullet points (*), where each piece of information being given its own paragraph. Please note it is required that the Trivia is informative, not lengthy and pointless.
This section is for images of the level. It is recommended to be limited to insertion of significant images in relation to the stage. Such images should include screenshots of the level or from gameplay, official artwork, promotional works such as advertisement or other imagery which may feature the stage, or parts of the stage but may not be the sole focus of (eg. the cover-art of a game may feature one level from it) and cameo appearances.
All imagery to be placed in the gallery must be of official sources only (Having appeared in at least 1 officially released, or licensed media.)
Imagery of an incarnation of the level must be based off of the one being portrayed in the article. Imagery of different level incarnation should be placed in their respective pages or gallery-tab.
Music soundtrack may be composed and/or sound differently between different platform versions of the same game. A sub heading must be created for each music table in relation to the console platform.
Each stage, level or act will have different soundtracks or music played in the background, usually under a loop. A Table must be created with columns containing (from left-to-right), Stage/Mission/Level name of which the soundtrack appears in, or name of the song in particular, music track (in the form of .ogg files), length (Minutes:Seconds form) and composer/arranger and/or vocalists (if known). A sample is provided below.
It is to note that since it is common for most stage music to be continuously looped, music length should be no more than 6:00 minutes long.
Stage design, layout and gimmicks may be composed and appear differently between different platform versions of the same game. A sub heading must be created for each video Walk-through tab in relation to the console. Same rule applies with Image Gallery and Ranking.
Video Walkthroughs and Tutorials of each stages can be placed here, usually in the form of Youtube videos. Videos placed here in accordance to the level must be guiding or informative as well as being relevant. Contents of video must strictly only contain content from the subject (being the level). Videos selected for insertion here must be:
Of highest quality if possible.
Must not contain commentary; limited to only sound or music native to the game or level (excludes un-official remixes.)
Must not be advertising in nature (both before, during and after the video).
Must not be heavily edited, or to the point the editing or post-editing details are discernible. Such includes "intros" or "watermarks". Minor color corrections are acceptable.
Must not contain cheat codes or hacks in effect (display, enhancement or functionary hacks or "mods" such as "H.U.D removal" for demonstrative purposes or similar are acceptable.)
Must be recorded PC-Native (via platform-native means or via emulator or if unavailable, console native.)
Each video walk-through of different stages must be inserted and separated within the "Tabber" template. An example is provided below.
References and citations of where each piece of information gathered from is to be placed here, utilising the "Reflist" template.