Remember those Taxman remakes/ports of Sonic 1 and 2 on iOS and Android? Remember how they were really cool, but they never ported them to consoles or PC?
In answer to all our prayers (I might be projecting a bit), developers RubberDuckyCooly and RMGRich have just released a brand new de-compiler for both games! Per the video’s instructions, you’ll grab some files from the APKs (not included), run them through the de-compiler program, and you’ll be able to play those games via PC!
The interface is bare bones, but quite playable, and the de-compiled version includes the additional features of the Android versions! Both games let you play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, or the Sonic/Tails duo. You can Time Attack any level, including the Sonic 1 Special Stages, a version of Sonic 2’s originally axed Hidden Palace Zone, and two different Sonic 2 Boss Rushes. It’s got the spindash, it’s got super forms, it’s got elemental shields, it’s got Sonic 1 special stages that rotate so smoothly, it’s discomforting!
You can further manipulate the settings (for comedic and/or practical effect) by modifying the de-compiler’s settings.ini file, allowing for very strange screen dimensions, enabling full-screen, or rebinding keyboard controls. The developer suggests this version is also mod-capable akin to the other Taxman Retro Engine/Star Engine games like Sonic CD and Sonic Mania.