Building on the success of last year’s event, Sonic Hacking Contest 2018 has already been formally announced! This gives another year for budding Sonic game hackers to strut their stuff and impress everyone with their skills!
The contest will take place between Monday November 26th and Sunday December 2nd, with the main hacking contest and the Hack Expo along with other events and streams to be announced. The initial deadline for submitting playable builds will be October 28th. Those participating in the contest will then have until November 4th to refine their entries, while those just in the Hack Expo will have until November 11th to do so. This gives just over 9 months to get your game ready for submission!
To continue with the high standard of 2017, the quality control criteria are still in place, as are the regular rules. You can read this information, as well as the awards up for grabs and the current judging panel, with the full announcement on Sonic Retro while the website is still being constructed. Please note that these can be subject to change closer to the time of the contest, so be sure to keep up to date if you’re interested.
Write those dates down if you want to participate yourself, or if you want to try them out when the demos are made public. And good luck to everyone who does end up putting their hacking skills to the test!
After a week of high quality Sonic hacks being put up against the keen eye of the community and the judging panel, the winners have been announced for this year’s Sonic Hacking Contest! Here’s a full list of all the winners announced on Sunday night.
The entries for both the Sonic Hacking Contest and the Hack Expo have now been revealed.
With the new quality criteria in place this year, twenty four entries have made the cut for the main event and are now competing to be judged as the best games for this year. The contest entries are as follows;
● A Generic Sonic 1 ROMhack by CHRdutch ● A Rushed Sonic Hack by Unlimited Trees ● Achi (AKA another trend in gaming that is slightly annoying and ultimately pointless) by Natsumi ● Classic Pantufa the Cat DX by VAdaPEGA ● Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine – DX Edition by RadioShadow ● Heroes Mod Loader & Tweakbox by sewer56lol ● Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil ● Mr. Cat’s 16 Day Challenge by Mr. Cat ● SADX Lantern Engine by SonicFreak94 ● Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro ● Sonic 1 – Comet Edition v2.1 by BCasais ● Sonic 1 Back to South Island by PineappleArse ● Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo ● Sonic 1: Colors Edition by campbellsonic ● Sonic 2 for PC & New 3DS by Clownacy ● Sonic 2: Zen Island by Yoshister ● Sonic 3 Chaos Adventure by Jdpense ● Sonic Chaos Quest Ultimate by Narcologer ● Sonic Double Dash by SteamPoweredPixel ● Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED ● Sonic Halloween by CamManS5 ● Sonic Legacy by GammaV ● Sonic Redux (Character Demo) by InvisibleUp ● Tails Adventure X-L by lordxernom
In addition, twenty three further hacks will be available to play during the Hack Expo. These will not be judged formally, but they’re still held to quality standards so should be fun and interesting showcases of what you can do just by hacking regardless. These games are as follows;
● Sonic the Hedgehog Bania: Gold! Edition ~ Promotional Demo by Royameadow ● SADX Physics Swap Mod by MainMemory ● SA2 Physics Swap Mod by MainMemory ● Mario Mania by metalkingboo ● Sonic.EXE Mania by haloarbiter117 ● Spider-Hog Mania by PotterAndMatrixFan ● S3K/SKC Random Special Stages by MainMemory ● S3K Mania Special Stages by MainMemory ● SADX SMPS Mod by MainMemory ● Mania SMPS Mod by MainMemory ● Mania Random Bonus Mod by MainMemory ● Sonic 2 Fine2uned by Clownacy ● Sonic: The Return of Shadow by JoenickROS ● Sonic 1: Terra Night by SonicBurst ● Sonic’s Fun and Easy Adventure by Novedicus ● Sticks by Slashy ● Sonic Limbo by lordxernom ● Aurora Garden (Sonic Mania) by AeroArtwork ● Sonic 3D Blast Director’s Cut (BETA) by gamehut ● Super Sonic & Hyper Sonic in Sonic 1 by Clownacy ● Sonic Lost World – Snowball Joyride by Dario ● Sonic Generations – Classic Green Hill Zone Forces WIP by TwilightZoney ● World 1-1 in Sonic Mania by AeroArtwork
The hacking contest and the expo will start on November 20th, at which point all games listed here will be put up on the official website for the public to play. The events will last through to November 26th, and the winners will be announced at 8pm on that day.
Here’s an official teaser trailer for the event to give a taste of what’s in store for then. This same channel will also have a live stream for the premier of the event.
If you’ve entered the competition or the expo, then I hope your hack manages to capture the excitement of everyone who plays it. If you’re going to play the entries when they become available to download, I hope you have fun with them!
This year’s Sonic Hacking Contest has opened its gates for would-be game hackers to show off their skill and creativity once again.
Running from Monday 20th November to Sunday 26th November, the Sonic Hacking Contest pitches the most cool and unusual Sonic game hacks the community has to offer to the public and judging panel in order to see which ones stand out as the best of the pack.
Alongside this will be a number of side shows such as the usual Hacking Expo that allows entrants to cut loose and show off, and other events to be announced closer to the contest period. There are some pretty notable attendees to be seen during the Interactive Contest Week, with confirmed streamers including SomecallmeJohnny, MegaGWolf, AntDude and many more to be revealed.
In order to provide a better experience for those playing the hacks, this year will introduce Quality Control Criteria that every hack has to meet in order to qualify for the contest. Essentially, make sure your hack is of a good standard before submitting. Joke entries aren’t allowed in the contest, but as long as it meets the QCC it can still be put forward for the Hacking Expo.
The deadline for preliminary submissions is October 29th. Following this, contest entrants will be allowed to refine their builds until the final build upload deadline of November 5th. If you are entering your hack into the expo and not the contest, the deadline for refinement is November 12th instead.
If you wish to read more about the contest or submit your own work, the Sonic Hacking Contest now has its own dedicated website. Because of this, any downtime issues that were experienced in the past should be mitigated. Please note that you need to have a verified Sonic Retro or SSRG account to submit entries.
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!
A resounding celebration of the creative talent within the Sonic Community, the annual Sonic Hacking Contest returns for its 2015 edition! Hosted by Sonic Retro and the Sonic Stuff Research Group, the contest boasts over fifty entries this year – and is ready to receive your votes.
Conceived in 2002 to promote friendly competition among hackers, the SHC boasts everything from complete game overalls, to visual makeovers, new boss designs and more. Spanning across multiple Sonic base titles from the original Sonic the Hedgehog to the recent Sonic Generations, SHC provides a little something for everyone when looking for exciting, new and original Sonic experiences.
This year boasts over 50 hacks which are now available for you to download and try out. If downloading isn’t your style, SHC has also partnered with several streamers such as Youtuber SomecallmeJohnny to help show off this year’s entries, so you don’t have to miss out! Make sure you try to see everything you can, and vote for your favourites!
All entries are available over on the official SHC2015 website, where you can also cast your votes. Once all is said and done, hacks with this most votes for each applicable category will receive special awards to celebrate artistic achievement, originality, best in show, and more.
Will you be playing games from SHC2015? Let us know your favourite entries this year in the comments below.
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