Hackers and modders behind Sonic’s next official games (Part 2)

Accurate physics is often appreciated, and the most recent Crash Bandicoot remasters project shows that small changes can have a big impact on playability. Thomley’s expertise allows them to reproduce physics, art and levels accurately without being limited by the original simulation.

Thomley was brought up again for other remasters, where his knowledge not only accelerated the development process, but also allowed some additional features to be added to the original games, such as spin. explode and the ability to play like Knuckles.

For SEGA, such features are no problem because of RAM and color restrictions – but Thomley did that happen when he released what is known as the “Holy Grail of ROM hack”, Knuckles in Sonic 1. The lucky new tool has no SEGA limitations already made, and can be built from scratch to support these features.

History of fan remixes

While Knuckles in Sonic 1 was impressive, the knowledge gained from such attacks culminated when Thomley and other talented hackers produced Sonic Megamix. Megamix is ​​one of the Sonic ROM hacker software ever, it uses Sonic 1 as the platform.

The difference is, Megamix has different color palettes, new stage layouts, custom sounds, custom graphics, and new characters with their own unique abilities and moves. The game is so impressive that it even appears in some places like a physical cartridge, which can be played on real hardware (sold by pirates without the team’s permission, of course.)

In Sonic Megamix, you’ll notice some elements that really pop up in some other Sonic hacks and fan games. The most prominent is the reuse and integration of artworks and elements from Sonic CD. Super Peel Out and its special-8 images run back to animation, and so do tweaked sprites from Sonic CD’s travel time and time through animations. The hack also repurposes the art of cutting content from other Sonic games.

egamix, you’ll notice some elements that really pop up in some other Sonic hacks and fan games. The most prominent is the reuse and integration of artworks and elements from Sonic CD. Super Peel Out and its special-8 images run back to animation, and so do tweaked sprites from Sonic CD’s travel time and time through animations. The hack also repurposes the art of cutting content from other Sonic games.