The world of Sonic fan game development never rests. What with annual Hacking Contests, Amateur Game Expos (plus Really Amateur Game Expos), and the odd flash of brilliance catching the Internet’s attention, these games not only help us pass the time between the major official releases from SEGA, some even push the boundaries of the unwritten rulebook of Sonic game design in ways we can only dream of. Continue reading A Trio of Fan Works to Look Out For: Sonic Gaiden, Sonic Studio & Project Hero
Sonic Triple Trouble had all the makings of a fantastic 2D Sonic adventure, but—shackled by the 8-bit restrictions of the SEGA Game Gear back in 1994—fell short in a number of ways by no real fault of its own.
Enter Noah Copeland, in collaboration with Overbound Game Studio (the same team of fans responsible for Sonic Time Twisted), who seeks to correct this injustice with a question:
“What if [Sonic Triple Trouble] became a Genesis/Mega Drive game?”
The team behind the ambitious Sonic 2 HD project have revealed a new trailer, sporting two new zones and a demo release.
The fan game, which was revived back in 2014, has seen sporadic updates via the development journal run by the team over the years – but there has been no playable version of the project since the alpha release in 2012.
The new trailer shows off the previously playable Emerald Hill Zone in action once more, alongside new additions Chemical Plant Zone and Hill Top Zone. The trailer ends promising fans a new playable build will be available September 30th for download. You can check it out in action below:
Will you be revisiting Sonic 2 in high definition later this month? Let us know your impressions below.
The spring season will likely pass as another dry spell for Sonic fans looking for a new classic gameplay fix, as SEGA delayed Sonic Mania to the summer. To their relief, however, one long-anticipated fan game finally saw a timely launch for Windows earlier today after many years of work and several SAGE demos.
Developed by Overbound, Sonic Time Twisted boasts a number of Genesis-era features and callbacks, including CD-inspired time travel, a dizzying number of Zones to explore, and a variety of old and new elemental shields. The unique Dueling Ages soundtrack has also largely been composed and performed by Hinchy—along with collaborators Andy Tunstall, Joshua “EXshad” Kruszyna, Jogurt, Christopher Wright and Michael Davis—which you can download separately here.
As for the story, the game’s events take place in a separate timeline after Sonic CD and the destruction of the Death Egg, this time leading to the demise of Dr. Robotnik. Metal Sonic aspires to resurrect his fallen master using ancient alien tech, and it is up to Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles to gather both the Time Stones and Chaos Emeralds to put a stop to the mechanical maniac’s fiendish plot!
Be sure to check out the Overbound Studio website for more information and the actual download for the free fan game. A Mac-supported release for Sonic Time Twisted is also pending.
Have you been keeping track of this game’s development, or will you be going in with a fresh pair of eyes? What have you enjoyed most from Time Twisted so far? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Last month, the Sonic Amateur Games Expo hosted a wide variety of fan games developed by talented members of the community. Now, this month celebrates the tireless efforts of hackers for your favourite Sonic games with the 2016 edition of the Sonic Hacking Contest, kicking off this coming Monday, November 7th to Sunday, November 13th.
The annual ROM-hacking contest is brought to you by members of Sonic Stuff Research Group and Sonic Retro, with livestreams from SomecallmeJohnny, MegaGWolf, Redhotsonic, and more going on throughout the contest week. SSRG and Retro members can also download these and vote for their favourite for Community Trophies!
Check out the trailer for SHC2016 below, as well as the list for this year’s entries!
With the Sonic Amateur Games Expo closing up this week, we decided to take a look at some of our favourite (and least favourite) games from the event. Continue reading The Opinion Zone: SAGE 2016 Special
After a week-long run, the 2016 edition of the Sonic Amateur Games Expo finally unveiled its biggest surprise from the online fan game festival. An early demo has gone live for a project called Sonic Utopia, which seeks to recapture “the best of Sonic’s style and tie it together in a cohesive [and intuitive] experience” in 3D. Continue reading Try Out the Classic-Inspired “Sonic Utopia,” One of SAGE 2016’s Biggest Surprises
The Sonic Amateur Games Expo—or SAGE—is finally returning for another round this year, as novice and aspiring developers from all over the web come together and share their efforts with the Sonic community at large. It is at SAGE where people enjoyed a wide variety of fan-made games and ROM hacks, such as Sonic: Before the Sequel, Sonic Time Twisted, and Sonic 2: Dimps Edition, or some intentionally awful and crudely put-together monstrosities at RAGE (Really Amateur Games Expo), which is also hinted to return.
Among this year’s lineup is the open-world 3D fan-game Green Hill Paradise which took the Internet by storm over the past summer, a 2.5D sidescroller with Sonic Incursion, and a Smash Bros. clone with a Sonic Boom coat of paint called Sonic Boom and the Smash Crew. There are too many promising gems to namedrop all at once, but you can check out the SAGE 2016 trailer below to see more fan-games in action!
If you remember a couple of years back, a highly ambitious fan project aiming to re-create the classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with high definition visuals released its first ever alpha to the public. It was certainly stunning – however, issues behind the scenes involving the programming and engine arose shortly thereafter, which sadly brought a swift end to the future of Sonic 2 HD.
However today (and what a day to announce it on), the project was announced to be back on via the Facebook page. A fan came and saved the day, lending his own independently created engine to the game. Even without all its previous team members, Sonic 2 HD is back in production with even a Mac OS version coming at a point. The full post is as follows:
The only thing more surprising than seeing an official post from us here is our announcing that S2HD is no longer dead.
You read that correctly: work has once again begun on Sonic 2 HD! That said, we’d like to give you all a brief tie-in for recent events leading to the project’s reboot.
As many of you know, the leading reason behind the project’s cancellation was due to the programming element being removed with no possibility of return in its existing form. As of last year, this changed. Before anyone raises the question, no, the former programmer and the S2HD team members have not had a reunion; instead, a fan of the project independently created and submitted his own engine to Vincent, the project leader, for evaluation. After integrating the art assets from the alpha release and successfully testing it, Vincent began to let the rest of the prior team members know, and we’ve picked up where we left off sans those who are unavailable due to real life obligations. Two other talented programmers have since offered their skills to recreate the game’s physics to match the original, and to port the game to the Mac OS platform (the latter of which is still in the earliest possible stage, and we have no estimate on when it will be playable, so stay tuned!).
In response to some of the questions we have seen, the Alpha Release build is officially discontinued and will not get any form of support as we do not have the source code. The next release will be entirely new programming from the ground up.
We’ll provide more details in how you can help us out in the next few days. It’s good to be back!
From that final note, you can see the team might be reaching out for some help from the community soon. Make sure you keep up to date with their Facebook if you feel you can contribute. I personally wish them all the luck in the world that they’ll succeed – Sonic 2 HD is a huge undertaking but it would be a dream to see it become reality!
Got any fond memories of Sonic 2 you wanna share with us? Be sure to head over to Twitter and get involved in the week long celebration for Sonic’s birthday which we’re collaborating with SEGAbits and Sonic Retro. Use the hashtag #Sonic23on23 to get in on the conversation, and we’ll be looking out for some of the best to re-tweet and favourite!
Source: Sonic 2 HD Facebook
As most will be aware there has been an X-Treme movement on Christian Senns message board. The former Sonic X-Treme art director (amongst other things) had taken time out of his busy schedule to release information and conceptual art (on the failed project) to the public. Senns release was greeted by a mouth watering fandom, but ultimately the resurrection of X-Treme lie not with Senn, but rather a Frenchman named Dobermann.
Many skilled programmers have attempted to recreate what X-Treme could have been like using 3D visuals, but it was Dobermann (a member on Senns forum) and his decision to develop his game in 2D that has yielded such positive results. Continue reading Sonic X-Treme Remix
Ben Hurst, writer for the Sonic [SatAM] and Sonic Underground television series, is to make an online appearance at the Sonic Amateur Games Expo on July 3rd.
The Sonic Amateur Games Expo is an event you should all have heard of by now. It’s a completely online event that showcases Sonic the Hedgehog fangames. Indeed, the most popular fangames have made their debut at SAGE – or at least got popular that way – including Sonic Robo Blast 2 and Chaos Control. Continue reading SAGE: Ben Hurst Appearance
SAGE is less than a month away, and we’re giving you the exclusive details on a new Fan Game developer who will be rearing it’s head among the entire Online Sonic Community. Labelled Shadow Team, regular visitors of TSS will know them as the home-grown antics of Roareye, Anarchy Rat and Dreadknux (Click HERE to visit the website), but this will be their first real appearance onto the public.
Their first game, Sonic Avalanche, met with a very good reception at Sonic Fan Games HQ, but with SAGE hopefully shedding of it’s niche audience, Shadow Team and other Fan Game teams will be able to get more recognition for their work. Continue reading Pre-SAGE: Shadow Team’s Showcase
Yes, SAGE (Sonic Amateur Games Expo) is coming up fast once again, and entries are being accepted by Perfect Chaos Zero until the 24th August!
For those that do not yet know what SAGE is, we can’t really blame you. SAGE is a showcase of everyone’s Fan Games, much like what E3 does for professional video games. It pops up twice a year, and the first opening in 2000/2001 caused a huge reaction within the Online Sonic Community. Thank Blaze Hedgehog for that.
But as time went on, interest for the event waned, as the event slowly became more and more the property of popular site Sonic Fan Games HQ. The last Sonic Amateur Game Expos have been alright, but didn’t really catch mainstream like it used to – only people who visited SFGHQ on a regular basis showed their items. Continue reading SAGE 2003 Registration
SSMB member, Mad Ad, talked exclusively to Dreadknux about the almost damn-near certainty of a Fighting Fan Game, including members of the SSMB. Dreadknux has given Mad Ad permission to use the SSMB and TSS name in this Fan Game, along with sprites of his character.
The plan for the fighting game is not one large game, it is lots of small instalment-like games, with each instalment being a match. Each game will be small, as it will be part of an ongoing fighting series. There is a league planned using this format style.
The way it is planned to play is very much like a basic form of Smash Bros. Characters will have a limited attack range, but scenery in stages will provide many inventive ideas for other methods of attack. Continue reading SSMB Fighting Game?
Here’s what’s been chosen for SAGE 6’s “Best Of” Awards. Overall, there are six awards up for grabs for the fan gaming side. Art contest results are currently pending and we’ll bring you those as soon as we know who won. For now, see below for the winners of the games awards.Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: Moogle Cavern, Mighty and Sonic XG Win Big in Best Of Awards
The star of the ChaoFiles booth is the Chao Adventure Legends demo, which is a small Flash download. There isn’t a lot to it, but already a sequel is being planned, called The Squiggles Saga.Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: Chao Aventure Legends Sequel Planned
Demo 1.2b of Sonic: Total Immersion is available at the Sonic: TI SAGE booth, with a file size of about 8 megs. Here’s an excerpt from a long storyline, fully available at the booth.Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: Sonic Total Immersion Demo Now Available
Based on the Chao A-Life systems in the Sonic Adventure and Sonic Advance games, Chao Online from Maim Entertainment attempts to take the concept of breeding and raising Chao, and bring it online, where an enormous amount of things can be accomplished — including races, fights, purchase of toys, gifts, and more.Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: Chao Online Project Announced
E-107 Theta has posted art, screens, and an engine test of his current work in progress, Sonic the Hedgehog: Avalanche. We have a features list so you know what to expect for the final version…Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: Sonic the Hedgehog – Avalanche Engine Test
A new demo of Sonic: Project Mettrix (dubbed 7th tester Demo 4) is available at the Organized Chaos SAGE booth. In this release is the much anticipated Green Hill Zone add-on. There are numerous new features in the edition; some technical, some more obvious.Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: Mettrix Shows at the Expo
Unfortunately only two out of the three anticipated TK Games projects are at SAGE this time around. Sonic: Eternal Rings is not at the show according to “various reasons,” so says the SAGE booth.Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: No Eternal Rings at SAGE
Blaze has new information regarding The Darkness 2 on his SAGE booth, it is as follows:Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: The Darkness 2 Underway
A new demo of Poulto the Bat’s fan game, ‘Sonic Gamma’, is available through his SAGE booth. In addition he also has provided a progress report on Gamma, as well as screenshots, below:Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: Sonic Gamma Demo Available
Sonic Team Junior has released a new 2003 update to the Sonic Robo Blast 2 demo, and it is available at SRB2’s rather tiny booth.Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 6: New Sonic Robo Blast 2 Update for 2003
We love a bit of SAGE, we do. With our onions, with our wise men, and with Sonic the Hedgehog fan games. And soon it will be time once more to enjoy the fan games side of it, as the Sonic Amateur Games Expo 6 will open its doors on 9 March.Continue reading Sonic Amateur Games Expo’s Sixth Show Announced For March
Fan game developer SimSonic has made a whole bunch of changes to the ambitious crossover ‘ShenSonic’. Alongside bug fixes to make the game run better, SimSonic has thrown in some new minigames and extra features that help improve the experience in other ways.Continue reading ShenSonic v1.3 Adds New Minigames, Bug Fixes
Mj2 has revealed exclusively to us new details about his latest Fan Game, titled ‘Chaos Control’. The project’s director sent us some juicy information and awesome-looking screenshots earlier today, revealing all about this interesting Sonic-commando action adventure. Read on for more details!Continue reading Chaos Control: A Fan Game That Promises High-Speed Tactical Military Action
Bit of bad news on the fan gaming front, as Blaze Hedgehog has announced that the engine to his latest project has been permanently corrupted. This means that work on The Darkness 2 is indefinitely stalled – and the fan creator is asking the community what they would like him to do next.Continue reading Fate of ‘The Darkness 2′ in Fans’ Hands as Project Suffers Critical Setback
It’s our final day of SAGE 5 coverage, and what have we learned? Well, thanks to our friends at TSSZ News, quite a lot actually. Today we focus on a whole heap of booths and spotlight their offerings, including updated demos, a full release of ShenSonic and even a new version of the SAGE 5 fan game application itself. Read on…Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 5: Day 4 Coverage
Today’s SAGE 5 coverage focuses on demos! Many fan game developers started opening up their booths today to allow visitors to download pre-release versions of their projects. Sonic Move and Sonic Time Attacked are among those who launched demos, but one big fan game that was meant to release its final version has come a little unstuck…Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 5: Day 3 Coverage
Today’s news roundup for SAGE 5 includes a new demo from Blaze Hedgehog for Sonic: The Fated Hour, along with an interesting showing from newcomer Xoram Technologies for Sonic Parallatic Adventure. Also, a mystery canned project has appeared on Sonic Team Junior’s booth… what’s that all about?Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 5: Day 2 Coverage
The first day of the unique Sonic Amateur Games Expo 5 has brought some interesting developments – some good and some not quite so good. While there has been a whole load of positive news from Gregorsoft and his multiple projects, for example, Sonic MAdventure 2 is a no-show and some other booths are delayed. We’ll keep an eye on things as the day progresses – stay tuned to our coverage!Continue reading TSSZ @ SAGE 5: Day 1 Coverage
The Sonic Amateur Games Expo is officially open once again – but if you try to access the site today, you’ll be in for a bit of a surprise. The entirety of SAGE 5 – booths, activities, special downloads – is only accessible via its own 3MB-sized Fan Game application! Now, that’s meta!Continue reading SAGE 5 Opens – The Whole Event is a Fan Game!
The next Sonic Amateur Games Expo – SAGE 5 – will kick off tomorrow at 9pm BST (UK Time), and organiser LuckettX has promised “one of the most innovative and entertaining online events yet”.Continue reading SAGE 5 Opens Monday 16th September, Promises Huge Innovations
SimSonic’s Sonic and Shenmue crossover fan game, ShenSonic, is complete and will release to the world in mid-September – during the next Sonic Amateur Games Expo event.Continue reading Completed Version of ShenSonic Will Release at SAGE 5
That’s right, it’s that time again! It only feels like yesterday that SAGE 4 – the first of two Sonic Amateur Games Expos in 2002 – ended, but today show organiser LuckettX has announced open registrations for the next online event. The next show is due to launch on 16 September.Continue reading Registrations for SAGE 5 Event Opens