Best Zones in Sonic Mania

WARNING: This list contains spoilers! Play the game first if you wish to fully understand this list.

Sonic Mania is the new 2D Genesis-like Sonic game that was created by fans for the fans. It was an amazing game and serious contender for GOTY.

Sonic Mania included a multitude of brand new stages and revamps of old classic stages. Some revamped stages were really nice surprises and the brand new ones were so good too.

Vote for which stage is the best in the game. Might be hard because a lot of them are really high quality.

The Top Ten

1 Mirage Saloon Zone

Brand new Zone that has a multitude of references that hardcore Sonic fans will definitely geek out over. Not too mention ACT 1 is very much like Sky Chase from Sonic 2. - cjWriter1997

Dessert dazzle and dust hill are finally a reality

Sky Chase was boring. That returns here.
Knuckle's stage is really the only decent thing here. - mattstat716

2 Studiopolis Zone

I love the idea and design of this zone. The soundtrack is amazing! - Melirose

Brand new stage, also one of the first stages revealed for the game. It has amazing music, incredible level design and one of my favorite stages to playthrough. - cjWriter1997

Sorry, Mirage Saloon has a very boring first act if you're not knuckles.
I didn't like Press Garden's gimmick either, I couldn't really control myself at times which isn't good.
Titanic Monarch is also way too long and gimmicky with the orbs.

So, that leaves the high-speed gambling Studiopolis.
*And it has quite literally the greatest theme, music, and stage design ever.* - mattstat716

3 Press Garden Zone

The prettiest stage in the entire game, and the freezing mechanics was funny. I wished more brand new stages

Brand new Zone that resembles a press factory that ends up being an icy forest. Music is phenomenal here too. - cjWriter1997

This stage is a fan favorite to everyone BUT me...
It's got so little control. Slightly more than Stardust Speedway, but still. - mattstat716

I still can barely control where I want to jump on those newspaper conveyors. Perhaps it's just me, but overall the bosses and the stage in general just feel lackluster or a pain to deal with for me. - mattstat716

4 Chemical Plant Zone

This was great to play through again, and the new mechanics in ACT 2 were well executed. I'm happy that this zone was in the game. Originally from Sonic 2. - cjWriter1997

Not to mention a amazing boss battle in act 2

5 Hydrocity Zone

This was a nice surprise to see. Good pick for a water level and I love what Tee Lopes done for the music. Originally from Sonic 3. - cjWriter1997

6 Titanic Monarch Zone

Brand new zone and one of the last zones in the game. The ACT 2 boss is really tough as well. Depending on if you have the chaos emerald or not, this is the final level of the game. - cjWriter1997

7 Metallic Madness

The music is incredible, the foreground/background mechanic is really cool, the shrinking mechanic is so much fun (and adorable), and being one of the last zones in the game, it's pretty challenging, but it's so much fun after playing ti a few times.

Can't believe I missed this one. This is definitely one of the better stages. - cjWriter1997

Awesome act!

Okay, this stage has quite literally the best things ever.
Background to foreground elements, shrinking elements (oh my god tails is so adorable here) and more. - mattstat716

8 Green Hill Zone

Classic stage that was no doubt going to be in the game. What more is there to say? Originally from Sonic the Hedgehog. - cjWriter1997

9 Flying Battery Zone

This level was announced before release and I'm glad they added it to the game. Originally from Sonic & Knuckles - cjWriter1997

10 Stardust Speedway Zone

Announced before release, but this was a good pick. Also has amazing music too. Originally from Sonic CD. - cjWriter1997

WHO PUTS 30 SPRINGS IN A 1 FOOT RADIUS?! - mattstat716

The Contenders

11 Lava Reef Zone
12 Oil Ocean Zone

I was very surprised to see this level in the game as I know it isn't that much of a fan favorite. Originally from Sonic 2. - cjWriter1997

Didn't everyone hated this stage in Sonic 2? Why bring it back from the dead?

Why did this stage return?
There's no point to even having this stage... - mattstat716

Surprising the Sonic Mania version of this stage is way better than the Sonic 2 version. - cjWriter1997

13 Special Stage 5
14 Special Stage 3
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