|Carnival Night Zone|
|Name||Carnival Night Zone|
|Franchise||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Renovations||Restore the Eggmobile ride|
|Quests||Rose to the Rescue|
Carnival Night Zone is the fourth Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (or Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles). It is very similar to Casino Night Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but with a carnival theme. The Zone is a playful carnival filled with balloons, pinball bumpers and cannons to launch from, although unlike Casino Night Zone, there are no slot machines. Coincidentally, Casino Night Zone is also the fourth zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Playing as Sonic and/or Tails, Carnival Night Zone is one of the longest Zones available in the game, but as Knuckles in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, it changes from being one of the longest Zones to one of the shortest. In this case, each act takes roughly just one-and-a-half minutes to complete and there is not even a boss fight at the end of the Zone. The D-Struct Machine is still fought at the end of Act 1.
One element of the stage is a series of hovering, rotating cylinders, which either move in a set pattern by themselves or can be moved up and down manually by pressing up and down on the D-Pad, though this is not obvious.
Halfway through Act 2, there is an infamous area where Sonic is trapped in a vertical shaft, and must push one of these cylinders down a slot low enough for him to escape through. This area is unavoidable; the player will encounter this no matter which route is taken. While it appears to be a traditional jumping puzzle, it is not meant to be bypassed this way. It is massively difficult to get by like this, so it is much preferable to use the up and down method. This frustrated many players who didn't figure out the technique at first.
There is also a notable cylinder at the beginning of Act 1, which cannot be moved any further down than its own height, even though there appears to be another passage beneath it. This is, in fact, Knuckles' route, as can be revealed with Debug Mode.
Welcome to Carnival Night: a sea of neon and chaos awaits! Traverse through the rolling barrels, bumpers, and springs to victory, but beware of the roulette wheel as some space will drop you out of the fight!
Quests & Renovations
- Restore the Eggmobile ride