Worst Sonic Levels / Zones


The Top Ten

1 Metropolis Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Cheap enemy placement

Unfair enemies, very slow, and there are 3 acts. I love the music though

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.

So annoying, and 3 stages. - XxPandomRandomxX

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2 Marble Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog

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? "

This stage is slow, boring and glitchy, too. I can recall many instances of me falling through the floor in Marble Zone. Bridge Zone is much better. That is the stage that should have made its way into the Genesis version.

The second level of the OG game is the hardest stage I have ever dealt with, and yes, I have played all of Sonic 2, 3, every Sonic game. I hate Marble Zonewith a passion, given one, how hard it is in general, and two, the fact that it is the second level of the game.

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3 Labyrinth Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog

That godforsaken boss

This and doomsday zone X(

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

The wave part at the end is the glitchiest part. I went over it again and again, but it's almost impossible.

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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

Not so much the level, but the boss sucked. - XxPandomRandomxX

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7 Hydrocity Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 3

O don't agree it's the best water level fast paced in sonic mania it's my favorite boss and in sonic 3 the begging is in fair but besides that it's great

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

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

Screw sonic 4

9 Lost Impact - Shadow the Hedgehog

This probably would take forever without a guide. And it still takes forever with one.

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


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!



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The Newcomers

? Doomsday Zone - Sonic & Knuckles Doomsday Zone - Sonic & Knuckles

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 Scrap Brain Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog


15 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

16 Wing Fortress Zone - Sonic 2

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!

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

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 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.

19 Dusty Desert - Sonic 06
20 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

21 Radical Highway - Sonic Generations 3DS

Rather bland

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!

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22 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


23 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

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 Metallic madness - Sonic CD

Come on it wasent that bad, then again this is only the 26 worst, same with spring garden, it was one of the best zones in the first sonic gane

26 Aquatic Mine - Sonic Adventure 2

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.

Hard to find the air necklace

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

27 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

28 Spring Yard Zone - Sonic The Hedgehog

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


29 Blue Marine Zone - Sonic Blast Game Gear

Very frustrating level.

30 Chemical Plant Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

I hate this level, because of how hard it is to not drown. You get lost in this level too. On the boss stage you die becuase there is chemicals below you in cracks, and you have a very samll platform to be on. The worst part about it this stage though, is that at the very end after you have defeated the boss, you think you have the stage beat, and then you fall off the platform and die. All these problems are magnified on obile.mobile.

31 Egg Emperor - Sonic Heroes

Why does a boss count?

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

32 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

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

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

34 Sky Canyon Zone - Sonic Advance 2

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

35 City Escape (As Classic Sonic) - Sonic Generations
36 Central City - Shadow the Hedgehog
37 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.

38 Mad Matrix - Shadow The Hedgehog

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

39 Titanic Monarch Zone - Sonic Mania

The horrible troll's and brutal level design

40 Oil Ocean - Sonic the Hedgehog 2
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List Stats

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5 years, 64 days old

Top Remixes

1. Metropolis Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 2
2. Marble Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog
3. Labyrinth Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog


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