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Sonic 2 Retro Remix 2016 edition

Sonic 2 Retro Remix is a large-scale ROM hack of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Mega Drive, created by Thorn and DNXDelta. The goal of the project is to create a 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game that requires exploration to progress, as well as the requisite platforming and sheer speed.

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Sonic 2 Retro Remix 2016 edition is a Sonic 2 with an awesome fun twist. Instead of reaching the endpoint goal in a stage to pass it, you will be assigned missions. Missions include chaos emerald hunts, boss battles, speed runs, and score attacks. It’s a different take on Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and works brilliantly well.

Sonic 2 Retro Remix 2016 edition game description

The project began after a rift in the design team of Sonic 1 Pixel Perfect led to the creation of two separate hacks. Since then, S2RR has moved beyond basic art and layout modifications into actual code editing and creation.

Modern Sonic moves such as the wall kick and midair actions coupled with retro Sonic physics put the game in a league of its own.

The game won several accolades in the 2009 Sonic the Hedgehog Hacking Contest and has been provided assistance by many of the Sonic hacking scene’s prominent hackers. Since the Hacking Contest 2009 version, releases have been made as exhibits in both the 2010 and 2011 Sonic Amateur Games Expo events.

Sonic 2 Retro Remix 2016 edition Gameplay

Sonic is currently the only playable character (though DNXDelta would like to re-implement Miles “Tails” Prower). The player now has infinite Lives (and thus 1-Up monitors are absent): rather, suffering damage when holding no rings now simply returns Sonic to the overworld of the current Zone. The original game’s life counter is replaced by one showing the number of Chaos Emeralds that have been collected.

Zones consist of an overworld area and a number of Acts, usually two or three. Barriers in the overworld prevent progression to other Zones until Sonic has collected a certain number of Chaos Emeralds, which are earned by completing each Act’s various missions.

Giant rings in a Zone’s overworld warp Sonic into its the Acts, and present the player with descriptions of or clues to the Act’s six missions, and thus how to collect its six emeralds.

Three of these emeralds each require the player to find them hiding in the level or to defeat Dr. Robotnik in a boss battle. One emerald requires the player to reach the goal within a time limit. One emerald requires the player to attain a certain score (double scoring for collected and retained rings, and end-of-Act bonuses included).

The final emerald is awarded for finding and opening all seven of the emerald monitors in each level.

Sonic can exit an Act to the overworld at any time, by pausing the game and pressing A. Any emeralds collected prior to exiting are retained.

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