Green Hill Zone – Sonic the Hedgehog
This is the first we saw of Sega’s mascot and in turn became possibly one of the most famous levels in any game. Not only was this brightly colored, straightforward, and iconic from the get-go, but the soundtrack was so catchy and lively that we were all singing after a few listens and you didn’t need a tutorial or annoying pop-ups to instruct you. Everything that makes Sonic memorable is featured in this very first stage – from loop-the-loops to collecting rings, from the secret platforms that hid invincibility stars to the not-so-pleasant spike pits. We sped our way through Act One and we wanted more.