New gameplay of Sonic Mania has released giving us our first look at the game’s Special Stages, Bonus Stages, and Time Attack mode. The Special Stages take inspiration from Sonic CD and Sonic 3 & Knuckles, as Sonic & friends race to catch the UFO and earn a Chaos Emerald. These SEGA Saturn-esque Special Stages have players collecting rings to keep up the timer, and blue spheres to increase your speed.
Bonus Stages instead see the return of Blue Sphere from Sonic 3 & Knuckles where various rewards can be obtain. Lastly, Time Attack is featured in Sonic Mania and includes a neat function allowing players to instantly restart levels with a press of a button.
Sonic Mania launching for Nintendo Switch on August 15th.