Nintendo Power previewed two zones, Sweet Mountain Zone and Tropical Reservoir Zone. They said Sweet Mountain was made up of mountains of pastries. Seems a bit childish, but moving on. Developers are focusing on level design, trying to satisfy old school Sonic fans (we have heard this before). 3-D levels have you running from point to point and compared to Sonic Unleashed’s daytime levels. DS version was compared to ‘Sonic Rush 3’, don’t know if this is a good thing.
2-D areas also featured more ‘platforming’. Tails is involved in the story, but not a playable character. Also Knuckles and Shadow may appear in the game, but not in playable form. Let’s be honest, don’t be shocked if they are in the game. The story will be ‘simple’.