There are multiple special stages hidden and strewn across all of Sonic Mania, tucked away in crevices and out of the way corners in many of the game’s stages. Finding them all is a pain- especially since you don’t even know which stages will have them.
And yet, if you find them and beat them all, you get Super Sonic- so of course, it’s worth trying to find them, right? But how? How do you find all seven Sonic Mania Special Stages?
That’s where this guide comes in- the video below shows you where you can find all seven of the stages (for the seven Chaos Emeralds) in the game. Keep some things in mind:
You only get one attempt at a special stage per your attempt at the stage it is hidden in- that is to say, if you fail to clear the special stage, you will have to redo the entire larger level it is hidden in from the start, find it, and initiate it again. Be very careful!
Remember to use either the Level Selector or Time Trials to be able to jump to the stage you want and get the Chaos Emeralds.