SPECIAL STAGES. Okay so I only got one idea on As for accessing the stages, you do the stuff I went over in the gameplay thread, jump into the big ring, bam, special stage. The thing we want to nail down is how surreal and what-the-fuck the Special Stages sound like. We want to do shit that's totally out there, but not LOLRANDOM. Besides that, I want to make it show that Robotnik's after the Chaos Emeralds too, so in each Special Stage, you'll be racing against a Badnik, maybe different forms of Metal Sonic from the older games, on a five-lane track. The objective is to collect a certain number of rings before the Badnik does. The Badnik will occasionally attack you, this will be indicated by a (!) mark above the lanes where the attack will hit, and you have to move out of the way. You might be able to attack the Badnik too to get his rings, but I don't really know how to do it. Another thing I'd like to add is having to get Chaos Emeralds you lost from a boss, but that might make it too easy, like: 1) LOSE ALL SPECIAL STAGES. 2) GET CHAOS EMERALDS BY WINNING A BOSS RUSH 3) ???? 4) PROFIT! So! Let's hear some ideas!