Sonic 2 poster hides Easter egg for one of video game’s toughest levels

Hidden in the corners of the latest Sonic the Hedgehog 2 poster are designs reminiscent of the dreaded Labyrinth Zone from the first Sonic game.

Paramount Pictures’ final poster sonic the hedgehog 2 features an apparent reference to one of the most infuriating levels from the spiny blue mammal’s original video game release – Labyrinth Zone.

The red and blue pillars framing both sides of the poster are seen with intricate patterns and bird-like faces that are eerily similar to those found in Labyrinth Zone, the fourth level of sonic the hedgehog on Sega Genesis.

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maze space a partially sunken underground ruin full of robotic fish enemies – is one of the trickiest levels in the original Sonic game due to its underwater gimmick. Although Sonic can run and jump underwater, he is slower when submerged and eventually runs out of steam unless the player directs him towards air bubbles located throughout the stage. As the countdown to Sonic’s breath elapses, the stage music speeds up to a frantic melody and numbers appear above Sonic, indicating how much time he has left. Once Zero appears, Sonic drowns, his blue face twisted in an expression of agony.


Similar underwater areas have appeared in other sonic the hedgehog games – including Chemical Plant Zone in the 1992s sonic the hedgehog 2 and Hydrocity Zone in 1994 sonic the hedgehog 3 — and the breath timer, air bubbles, and drowning mechanisms have become mainstays of the Sonic series.

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While there’s no indication that Sonic will gasp for air bubbles and risk drowning on the big screen, sonic the hedgehog 2 has so far shown a willingness to embrace Sonic’s history and feature references to the hedgehog’s video games. Besides including Knuckles, Sonic’s best friend, Tails – voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey – accompanies him throughout the film. The Death Egg robot has been spotted in trailers, along with a biplane sequence reminiscent of 1992’s Sky Chase Zone Sonic 2 and a snowboarding scene reminiscent Sonic 3‘s IceCap Zone.


sonic the hedgehog 2 serves as the sequel to Paramount’s 2020 film adaptation of The Adventures of the Blue Hedgehog. The film stars James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, Sonic’s human friend, Jim Carrey as the evil Doctor Robotnik, Ben Schwartz as Sonic himself, and Idris Elba as Knuckles. The film debuts in theaters on April 8. A third Sonic the film has already been greenlit, along with a Paramount+ spin-off series featuring Knuckles.

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Source: Paramount Pictures

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