Once upon a time, computer-savvy kids could code their own games, sell them to publishers, and enter the computer world that way. Nowadays, they tend to engage in software development in more typical, boring ways. They are also experimenting with ROM hacks and fan games.
Not every business is happy to have their IPs used in a way that isn't respectful, yet some tacitly tolerate it. For example, there have been a series of Sonic the Hedgehog fan games and ROM hack competitions that have been running for years, even decades, without Sega calling foul on them thus far. In some cases, they may have aided their collaborators get jobs at the Blue Blurs company.
7 Sonic The Hedgehog Megamix
Making fan games isnt a surefire way to get hired for one big corporation or another. However, it's one of the easiest ways to build an interesting resume. Before Simon Stealth Thomley conceived Headcannon Studios and co-created Sonic Mania and Sonic Origins, he co-created Sonic Megamix, an ambitious fan game that redrew and altered the original Sonic the Hedgehog levels, and added new sounds, moves, and characters.
The Lightspeed Dash and Mighty the Armadillo from Sonic Adventure 2 were playable as well. The 3.0 build is stable and works with Genesis CD hardware and emulators. It's safer (and cheaper) to look for cartridge versions on the black market.
6 Sonic 1: The Next Level
Sonic 1: The Next Level, a game developed by MarkeyJester and GalliumGrant, won the 2015 Sonic Hacking Contest. Despite it being a relatively short game, it has significant new level assets, new music, new badniks, and better animation than the original game.
The fangame was featured in articles in Retro Gamer magazine as well as in a feature in Netflixs High Score series on the Genesis and SNES console conflict. If only.
5 Sonic: Before The Sequel
Ever wondered why it's so strange when a series has a sequel or prequel to one specific game? How does Sonic: Before the Sequel play out for Sonic? It gives the hedgehog a fresh adventure when he meets Tails for the first time.
It's a very tough game, with 12 zones to go through, all except the final one having three acts per zone: two gameplay acts and a boss one. Players must complete the game in under two hours to get it. Any longer and theyll get the bad ending, unlike in the original Genesis sequel.
4 Sonic: After The Sequel
If LakeFeperd could develop a Sonic 1.5, why not a Sonic 2.5? The first nine zones have two levels and a boss act each, but only now, players can find a hidden ring in each zone to play a different weather effects version of that level. This may be a relief for some players.
Instead, players may select a Story Mode to see the good end, or a Classic Mode to do the usual Sonic thing and collect the Chaos Emeralds via special stages to get it. Sonic now has access to elemental shields, like the Fire and Water ones from Sonic 3, and a new Spike one.
3 Sonic 3: Angel Island Revisited
Sonic Origins is a decent collection, especially since it is the first re-release of Sonic 3 & Knuckles in ages. It does have some flaws, such as the odd bug, the remixed music not being as good as the Michael Jackson music, and generally not being as polished as Headcannon Studios would have liked. Fortunately, the modding community have provided an alternative. With just a legal ROM of Sonic 3&K, players may install the Eukaryot and DJ Spin
The original game is now running at a steady 60FPS and in widescreen. Players may change the soundtrack around to either retain the Sonic 3&K level layout or use the harder Sonic 3 layout. Or he can lift Sonic to higher ledges without finagling with a second controller.
2 Sonic Robo Blast 2
All of the mods on this list have built on the back of another Sonic game. So, why not use the Doom Legacy style of the classic shooter to create a pseudo-3D platformer? Players may choose Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles, and leap through 25 levels across eight zones, complete with all the classic powers and abilities. Only now, the player can move up, down, and all around the levels rather than just left-to-right.
There are a number of different multiplayer modes, either locally or online. Players may help one another out in co-op or play against each other in Team Match. It may also include new levels or a kart racing mode.
1 The Unleashed Project
Sonic Unleashed is now available on Xbox One and Series X/S, where every level is smooth and smooth. But for the first ten years of its life, it would crash on the 360, and it would chug even worse on the PS3. Especially during the daytime Jungle Joyride stage with its high-definition details. If only there would be a way for people without new Xboxes to play Unleashed at a stable frame rateand without the silly Werehog business.
The Team Unleasheds mod allows players to play through all of the Unleashed Project stages on their PC version of Sonic Generations, as well as its own hub world, decorative features, and Generations tighter gameplay. Although this mod was released in 2013, players should be able to enjoy it for the whole duration.
Sonic Frontiers will be released in December 2022 on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.