Top 10 Sonic Zone Themes/Settings

BreakerOfStone
This is for the creative themes that classic sonic games had that stood them apart from generic worlds like Mario. This isn't necessarily about how good a level is but how interesting and iconic the theme of said level is.

The Top Ten

1 Spring Yard Zone

Even though green hill zone is the first place to come to mind, I'd say spring yards jazzy city look just makes it stand out more and look so iconic. From the bumpers to the flashing lights, this is why so many sonic games have a casino level. - BreakerOfStone

2 Green Hill Zone

The iconic level one with so much character. From its mechanical looking plants to its loops and checkerboard soil, this is the level everyone remembers. Every classic sonic game after this tried to make a copy of this as it's first level. There's a reason they keep bringing this zone back game after game. - BreakerOfStone

3 Chemical Plant Zone

Chemical Plant is unique. I can't think of another game that has a theme like this. From the toxic pink water to the blue bubble monsters that jump out of pipes, this level contains so many things I haven't seen any other game attempt. It also got remade in both Sonic Generations and Sonic Mania making it the second most used level in a sonic game. - BreakerOfStone

4 Casino Night Zone

The jazziest and coolest level to just zip around in. It had literal pinball machines that sonic could be part of to earn rings, little elevators, giant neon signs and everything that screams Vegas. - BreakerOfStone

5 Ice Cap Zone

Ice Cap Zone is one of the most unique ice levels I've seen in a video game. Where most ice levels just have a gimmick of snow on the ground and ice all around, this level has you snowboarding down the side of a mountain. It looks awesome and makes you feel cool. This was such a fun level that they remade it in sonic adventure. - BreakerOfStone

6 Scrap Brain Zone

Scrap Brain Zone screams evil lair from the second you lay eyes on it. The giant smoke stacks, pulsating lights and foggy sky in the background create an environment of hopelessness in a mechanical jungle filled with flamethrowers, buzz saws and crushing blocks. Never has a level looked more intimidating. - BreakerOfStone

7 Marble Zone

Marble Zone isn't a fun level, I'll be completely honest. However, the level looks awesome. The rusty ruins in the background with jutting pillars, the pine trees and purple mountains, and the inner ruins with lava, falling spike blocks and crushing pistons. The look is dark, mysterious and totally unique. - BreakerOfStone

8 Lava Reef Zone

Lava Reef is an underground base with the Death Egg looming in the background waiting to return to the sky. The mine shafts, rushing magma, and spike balls are all cool, but this level reminds you that Sonic 3&K was able to portray amazing story telling through level visuals. - BreakerOfStone

9 Sky Sanctuary Zone

A beautiful floating ruins in the clouds. This level looks like something made by Studio Ghibli. The moss growing on floating towers and red beams that send you further into the heavens are so beautiful to look at. It really feels like the final climb to finish Eggman. - BreakerOfStone

10 Mystic Cave Zone

This level has that classic cool and spooky look. The vines that pull you up, the crushing cave stalagmites, and the rail tracks Sonic and Tails run across give this level a feel unlike anything else in the series. - BreakerOfStone

The Contenders

11 Star Light Zone
12 Angel Island Zone
13 Sandopolis Zone
14 Mirage Saloon Zone

Really liked the new Zones in Sonic Mania, but this takes the cake of being my fave of the bunch. The music is no exception.

15 Splash Hill Zone
16 Sylvania Castle Zone
17 White Park Zone
18 Emerald Hill Zone
19 Marble Garden Zone
20 Oil Ocean Zone

Despite having to deal with 'oil', this is a very interesting and unique stage and I'm pleased to find out it made it's way to Sonic Mania, seeing that it is one of my favorite Zones of the Genesis trilogy.

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