Worst Sonic Levels / Zones

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The Top Ten

1 Metropolis Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

So annoying, and 3 stages. - XxPandomRandomxX

Incredibly unfair difficulty. Slicers are waiting for you by screws, shellcrackers attack you with impossible-to-dodge-claws in hallways with low ceilings and the asterons hang in groups and are paired with slicers in narrow hallways. The whole zone is one big cheap shot montage. If any zone needed the 2 acts instead of the (perfectly good) 3 acts system, it was this one.

I Love metropolis and labyrinth and asteroid coaster

Unfair, the level

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2 Marble Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog

Ruins the flow of the game, and it's only the second level. Way too much waiting around. At least with Metropolis zone there were some interesting parts and its at the end. Here, its right at the beginning and it's a chore.

Too much lava and act 3 was almost impossible. - XxPandomRandomxX

Terrible zone because of too much waiting for platforms, always watching out for enemies like the spiny ones, that you literally can't defeat without the spin dash, three acts of a long boring zone of waiting, waiting and waiting... totally ruins the atmosphere and the fast of Green Hill Zone.

Honestly sonic 1 went downhill (HAHA) after green hill zone. And that was the 1st zone! Sega was like "hey remember those times when you were zooming through these loopy loops? Well be a good boy and stand on this block and avoid lava and then stand on these squares and then go in the water and solve the slow puzzles okay? "

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3 Labyrinth Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog

This is the first water level to be in a sonic game. And it was awful

This is complete ass. And don't try to play this level drunk. So many things, including your device/Genesis are gonna get destroyed

That boss fight is my worst nightmare!
Other than that the level itself is pretty alright

Reason why I have yet to complete Sonic the Hedgehog.

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4 Kingdom Valley (Sonic) - Sonic the Hedgehog 2006

All goes fine, until the fast bit at the end. - XxPandomRandomxX

It's hard as hell with shadow due to the dreadful camera angle

The music is epic thou

Horrible glitchi palace of madness

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5 Special Stage 5 - Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I
6 Asteroid Coaster - Sonic Colours

I'm I the only one who loves this stage

This one was extremely annoying took me ages.

It has many cheap deaths in the toxic water

DS or Wii?
I only played DS, and the DS version was fun... - mattstat716

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7 Hydrocity Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 3

I totally agree the soundtrack was great but I hated that part with the moving wall

Part I Hate About Hydrocity zone is moving wall

Hydrocity was annyoing but it had the best soundtrack in sonic the hedgehog

The moving wall WAS scary as a kid, but...

you just spindash to get by it...

Launch base was Metropolis's baby, basically. They had unkillable enemies.. - mattstat716

8 E.G.G STATION ZONE - Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I

Screw sonic 4

9 Lost Impact - Shadow the Hedgehog

Every time I've tried to beat the hero version of this level, and usually takes at least 30 minutes, but the last time I tried, the clock literally maxed out and wouldn't go any higher. It's just a pain in the ass.

The reason I didn't put this at Number 1 is because I played Shadow the Hedgehog and it was so sh*t that I didn't bother getting to this point in the level. - XxPandomRandomxX

Why isn't this at number one? THIS LEVEL IS THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE! THIS IS THE WORST LEVEL IN SONIC HISTORY

10 Mad Space - Sonic Adventure 2

This stage here had a few interesting gimmicks to it, the hints being backwards or opposite of true definition, but the stage is way too massive to easily get an A-Rank without already knowing the locations of the pieces of the master emerald.

I agree, this stage is AWFUL!

I HATE THIS STAGE!

I HATE THIS LEVEL SO MUCH, WONKY GRAVITY CONTROLS,STAGE IS SO MASSIVE I GET LOST a lot,OH AND HINT SYSTEM IS BACKWARDS AND TO TOP IT OFF CONFUSING LEVEL DESIGN

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The Newcomers

? Spring Yard Zone - Sonic The Hedgehog

I think this level has a lot of trolls, surprises, I reccomended to play this level very careful.

REALLY BORING!

The Contenders

11 Mad Gear Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I

A remake of Metropolis Zone. - XxPandomRandomxX

12 Labyrinth Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I

Of all the stages to remake, they chose labyrinth zone. Dang it Sega!

13 Sandopolis Zone - Sonic & Knuckles

This level is horrible but sky canyon in sonic advance 2 is the absolute worst in sonic history. Too bad not too many people played that game to vote for it.

Much worse than Metropolis. And at least Metropolis has awesome music.

This isn't that bad... Oil Ocean had worse music. - mattstat716

14 Wing Fortress Zone - Sonic 2

I hate this level with a passion. That is all.

TRUE. HELL. Oh and while your at it, don't fall off the map. Oh yeah, make sure to jump off the plane at the right time. don't worry about the boss though! ITS AWFUL!

15 Scrap Brain Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog

THIS STAGE CAN GO BURN! I HATE THIS STAGE!

16 Eggmanland - Sonic Unleashed

The hardest level in Sonic history. You may start with 99 Lives, but you'll end with 1. Also, it takes about 10 minutes to beat on the PS2/Wii version and double that on the 360/PS3 version.

Which is why we glitch out of it! :D

Seriously, just glitch-skip the level. - mattstat716

17 The Doomsday Zone - Sonic & Knuckles

Can't get past the first boss, annoying as heck with trying to get lots of rings whilst avoiding meteors/rockets

18 Dusty Desert - Sonic 06
19 Sky Deck - Sonic Adventure

The camera angeling is way to difficult to control and the stage is honestly way to lengthy, if you're playing as Sonic. The stage also moves a lot which wouldn't be annoying if it wasn't for the agrivating camera angle.

I died so many times due to the awful camera angle,hate this level

20 Radical Highway - Sonic Generations 3DS

This is complete ass for both Classic and Modern

No Classic was easy. Modern was a pain in a ass. 20+ tries finally got it 6 days later.

Classic Sonic's was fine, but modern Sonic got both bad music and bad level design!

Rather bland

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21 Oil Ocean Zone - Sonic Mania

Stay in the bad gimmicks corner, Sandopolis.
On top of having one of the worst stage gimmicks of all time, this Zone has particularly annoying Badniks, a next to impossible boss fight, and those stupid springs that you have to PUSH in order for them to work. I still can't believe this one made it in over Mystic Cave or Casino Night. Hell, I'd have taken METROPOLIS over this one.

22 The Doom - Shadow the Hedgehog

So slow and confusing

Confusing level design and the dark mission worst missions in the whole game were you kill all the gun troops and one of them are glicthed

23 Carnival Night Zone - Sonic 3

This level is actually pretty fun and well designed, so this level doesn't even disservice to be on the contenders list..

If you go Super here, you will have a blast. - mattstat716

Deserve*

24 Marble Garden Zone - Sonic 3 & Knuckles

It's the very embodiment of the admittedly few things wrong with Sonic 3 & Knuckles. There are things you never find in the rest of the game, some of which help you, others kill you, cheap traps with no warnings, and, the worst part, which is what makes people hate other Sonic zones, the long, slow parts. From parts where you have NO idea what to do, to parts where you're trapped and have to SLOWLY wait for your impending death. If I had to pick the worst zone I've experienced in a Sonic game, it would most DEFINITELY have to be this one. I actually had to quit the game because of this zone. Nice job, Sega. Nice job. *slow, sarcastic clap*

25 Aquatic Mine - Sonic Adventure 2

Hard to find the air necklace

Mattstat716, I have your awnsers:

1. It's one of Knuckles' upgrades.
2. Sonic Adventure 2.
3. The third Knuckles stage in the Hero story.

1st off, "air necklace"?
2ndly, what game is this from?!
3rdly, what stage is this?! - mattstat716

26 Metallic madness - Sonic CD
27 Egg Emperor - Sonic Heroes

Why does a boss count?

Uh... this is a boss, not a level.

28 Hidden Island 2 - Sonic Rush Adventure

Why isn't this on the list. This is a truly terrible stage. It's poorly designed and the level's just entirely cheap. Sega should be ashamed. - dragonoid350

AA- I hated this stage the most.

Which is weird, it wasn't that hard. Just boring. - mattstat716

29 Lyric's Lair - Sonic Boom - Rise of Lyric

Annoying. Game is great but the final boss level is just annoying.

30 Sky Canyon Zone - Sonic Advance 2

This stage is extremely unfair and I needed to look up on YouTube how to complete it

31 City Escape (As Classic Sonic) - Sonic Generations
32 Central City - Shadow the Hedgehog
33 Wacky Workbench - Sonic CD

Don't know why this isn't on the list. Terrible zone and the bad design of it is all over the place.

34 Cosmic Fall - Shadow the Hedgehog

1.That damn time limit 2.Rotating platforms 3.Pain in the ass hero mission most notably because of how long it is.4.bad design

35 Mad Matrix - Shadow The Hedgehog

Reasons 1.Bad Dark Mission Destroy 30 bombs 2.Too much navigating 3.Confusing Level Design

36 Titanic Monarch Zone - Sonic Mania

The horrible troll's and brutal level design

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