Community projects and cool websites are one of the few reasons I bother to like Sonic anymore, aside from the adoration of the character at a young age. When amazing sites within this community pop-up, I take notice and rush to tell everybody about it. So, now, I’m tell you to visit Zone:0, the most comprehensive guide and analysis of the classic Sonic titles. The site can best described on its about page:
This rather colossal project of mine aims to combine the detail and accuracy of a well written FAQ with the visual features and organisation of an official printed strategy guide, all mangled together into a series of web pages. The ideal, although probably unrealistic goal (either way, we’re talking in terms of years here), is that every single game in the series will one day be covered within this website. The biggest emphasis here though is on the levels of the Sonic platformers, and each one, for each game, will have its own page personalised and dedicated entirely to it. Information will not only relate just to the specific obstacles and tricky bits you’ll encounter but also details surrounding its structure, appearance and tons of other trivia, relying on specific and consistent methods of organisation and analysis. Where possible, complete maps with the most detail you can find anywhere, as well as a load of screenshots will help illustrate the entire stage for you.
I’ll talk about it briefly, because I want you to go over there and see for yourself!
Zone:0’s administrator, LiQuidShade, recently put up a new ad here at Sonic Stadium to promote the redesign of the site. Not only is the design slicker and more appealing to the eye, but Sonic the Hedgehog CD joins the party, as guides for only Sonic 1 & Sonic 2 were the only games up before. There are also improvements within the image viewing department and comment boxes, which allow you to add content to a game’s page.
I was hooked on Zone:0 when I saw a count for the amount of rings in a given act. When I saw that statistic, amongst the dozens of pictures and details, I knew that I could trust this site for a comprehensive breakdown. Plus, the site hosts level maps, which have been hard to find, in my opinion, as of late. While the Sonic Research Zone is also a great resource, half of their maps are down. Sonic fangamers should frequently visit this site to read about how each level is constructed, in order to create the best possible level for their own game.
Zone:0 provides breakdowns and analysis of each zone’s appearance, level design, and strategy. Do you want to find the best path to time travel in Sonic CD? Zone:0 has got you covered. Do you need to know where all of the star checkpoints in Sonic 2 to create the best method of collecting the chaos emeralds? Zone:0 is on it. There is just so much information, it will make your head spin with joy.