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Can all the rings be collected before the end of the level?
Does anything special happen if you collect them all?

How many rings are on the first level?

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There is no bonus for having all the rings other than maximizing your points (100 per ring). The only ring-associated bonus is the Giant Ring that grants access to a Special Stage. The Giant Ring requires you to be carrying 50 rings when you finish the level.

Green Hill Zone, Act I has 225 rings (source), and as far as I know you can collect them all.

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    Also, you get a new life for every 100 rings you collect. – GnomeSlice Oct 1 '10 at 14:07
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    You only get a new life for 100 and 200 rings. After that, you no longer get lives. It's reproducible if you use the Debug Mode cheat code. – Wilerson Jul 15 '11 at 3:08
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    Sonic 2 is the only game to give a bonus upon collecting all rings in one act: info.sonicretro.org/Perfect_Bonus (and there are bonus points for collecting all rings in Sonic 3 special stage). – Denilson Sá Maia Oct 16 '12 at 4:46
  • @Wilerson Good point, but not relevant here since there aren't >=300 rings in the level. – Iszi Oct 16 '12 at 13:44
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    @DenilsonSáMaia Sonic Spinball required you to collect all of the rings in a stage to get to the special stage. sonic.wikia.com/wiki/Bonus_Stage_(Sonic_the_Hedgehog_Spinball) – Kevin Workman Nov 11 '17 at 1:12

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