How to unlock Hidden Palace Zone in Sonic 2

Sonic 2’s Hidden Palace Zone is a cut stage that has been brought back into the game in recent re-releases.

Debuting in the remastered mobile versions of the game, unlike other stages that appear in sequence, Hidden Palace Zone can only be found by discovering a particular route.

The stage appears again in 2022’s Sonic Origins, and while it’s not subject to trophies or achievements, it’s well worth a visit for those who didn’t play the mobile releases.

If you are trying to access this from the Sonic 2 level select cheat, you should know that you must first access it normally; The next section explains how.

Unlocking Hidden Palace Zone in Sonic 2 and the Hidden Palace Zone game

Where is the hidden palace area in Sonic 2?

To reach Hidden Palace Zone, you must play until you reach Act 2 of Mystic Cave Zone.

Play the level, with the route taking you along the bottom of the stage, until you reach a section with four leaning fireflies, two of which are next to three rings in the air, followed by a closed bridge that you must open. jumping on a hanging switch.

The video above will show a route you can take to get to this point. Otherwise, the spot you are looking for will be the following:

Don’t jump on the switch! Instead, drop down the well. Instead of losing a life, you will appear in a new stage…

You will now start Hidden Palace Zone. This is just one act, but it’s complete with a one-off boss battle against Robotnik at the end, and once completed, you’ll start on the next stage after the Mystic Cave Zone, Oil Ocean.

If you want to access Hidden Palace Zone again in the future, know that you can use Sonic 2’s level select cheat to enter directly. However, you must have visited the Area by conventional means, i.e. the above method. before that is possible.

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