Sonic 1: The Special Stages Sega Genesis front cover
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Sonic 1: The Special Stages

Sonic 1: The Special Stages is a hack of Sonic 1 by SonicVaan. This hack removes standard Sonic gameplay and replaces it with the Special Stages which normally were only accessible by the Giant Rings at the end of each stage. Play Sonic 1: The Special Stages online!

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The actual special stage layouts have been touched for every stage.

This hack is actually on hold. Future releases are not to be expected.

Features in Sonic 1: The Special Stages game

  • Main Menu
  • Unlockables
  • HUB world
  • Custom special stage layouts
  • Hidden easter eggs…

Sonic 1 – The Special Stages plays as a 2D side-scrolling platformer. The gameplay centers around Sonic’s ability to run at high speed through levels that include springs, slopes, high falls, and loop-the-loops.

The levels are populated with hazards in the form of robots (named ‘badniks’ in the Western game manuals) that Dr. Robotnik has trapped animals inside; destroying one frees the creature, but is not necessary to complete the game.

The player must also avoid touching rows of sharp spikes, falling into bottomless pits, and being crushed by moving walls or platforms, as well as drowning, which can be circumvented by breathing air bubbles periodically released from vents.

Sonic’s main means of attack is the Spin Attack, in which he curls into a ball and rotates rapidly, damaging enemies and certain obstacles upon collision.

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