SEGA has given us our first glimpse at Sonic Mania’s extra game play modes today, including the game’s special stages, bonus stages, and time attack mode.
The special stages, which were first revealed at last month’s San Diego Comic Con, feature old school 3D models of Sonic, Tails and Knuckles running around sprite-based pseudo 3D worlds. As was speculated at SDCC, the stages mix gameplay and visual elements from the special stages in Sonic 1, 3, and CD. Sonic and friends must chase down a UFO while gathering blue and yellow spheres to increase their speed, while gathering rings extend time. Catching the UFO will, of course, earn you a Chaos Emerald.
The video also debuts Sonic Mania’s Bonus Stages. These stages are directly inspired by Sonic 3 & Knuckles’ special stages. Given that these stages were originally designed to reward chaos emeralds, it’s unclear what they will give you now. If they are anything like past bonus stages, they will probably just reward you with lives, rings, and power-ups.
Finally, the video also debuts time attack mode. This mode has a sign post at the start of the stage that formally starts the timer, as well as special blue ring boxes. The video also appears to demonstrate an instant-restart button, which send you back to the beginning of the stage if you mess up.
With Sonic Mania’s release date fast approaching, we can expect to see more from the game in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!