|Sonic 2 - Retro Remix Review by: Eddy88
Sonic 2 Retro Remix (Sonic 2 Hack, Sega Genesis) Review
Can't believe it's only a Demo!
Hacks... Hacks are modifications of a certain game, those are done with the purpose of making a new game. Depending of the Hacker ambition, there can be two results: A simple attempt, which is just the same game but with different graphics and music, or, a totally different game. With new details and extras that make it superior over the original one. Sounds sad, but, actually, there aren't many of these kind of hacks. Luckily, there's ever an exception. And this exception is named "Sonic 2, Retro Remix", which is, perhaps, one of the best hacks of one of the best games of the blue Hedgehog... Today, I'm going to review this hack, which is (of course) for the Sega Genesis, so, take sit and enjoy reading.
Story: Apparently, there's not a story yet... That's the one of the few bad details of the game. But, since it's only a Demo... It's Forgivable. Anyways, I suppose that involves Robotnik trying to take over the world (again). :P (N/A)
Graphics: Let's see what's new here... About Sprites: The same of Sonic 2. However, during the gameplay you can see some totally new sprites. About Backgrounds: There are some differences here... While some of these are just a recolor of the original game's zones, some are totally new, Like the Cascade Valley and the Frosty Peak ones. (By the way, the decoration of the same are totally new. Which is just great.) (8/10)
Sound: Ahhh... Perhaps the best part of the game! All the soundtrack of the original game has been replaced with new tracks... Most part of these are from other Sonic titles, or from other games. Some of these are remixed to fit better with the act/zone. There's nothing new at the SFX... The same of all the other 16-Bits Sonic games. (8/10)
Addictiveness: Let's be honest here: This game is really addictive... The concept of the same, length and the challenges you find through every one of the acts or zones can hook you to the game for a long time, until you finish the game, or, until you get tired of playing it. (8/10)
Depth: The game destaques here: This Demo includes 6 zones: Mystic Woods, Cascade Valley, Chemical Plant, Frosty Peak, Casino Night and Metropolis. Now, here's the fun part of the game: On every zone you must collect the Chaos Emeralds, which are more than 7... These are hidden through the acts at the Zone's overworld... Yes, Overworld. Every zone has one. On these you can access the acts via the Giant Rings (also, if you want, you can exit the zone by pausing the game and then pressing A) . Every act includes a great variety of challenges that you must complete to get one of the Emeralds. Some consist on finding the emerald, which is hidden at some hard to access point, or to accomplish some objective, like finishing the stage on the shortest time possible, solve a puzzle or Getting a determined score at the end of it... On this hack, we count with some new moves (besides the Spin Dash) like the Homing attack, Jump Dash, Wall kick and the Midair Boost... We can even spin after hitting a Spring! (by pressing A after hitting one). To unlock the next zone you must get a determined number of Emeralds, so, better look up for these!... Now, I bet you are not going to disagree with me here... This game has a really big depth. (10/10)
Difficulty: Well, this hack can be really hard some times, there are many situations in where you need to think before acting, because you don't know what will happen next. (8/10)
Final Rating: 9
Sonic hacks like this one aren't seen often... This is (or it will be) , perhaps, the best Sonic hack. Every zone has new surprises and secrets waiting for you. So, what are you waiting for? Go and play it!
Graphics 8 Sound 8 Addictive 8 Depth 10 Difficulty 8
Sonic 2 - Retro Remix Description: Sonic 2 Retro Remix is a large-scale ROM hack of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Genesis / 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. A mission system akin to those of the 3D Super Mario games is implemented as the means of progressing from one level to the next. Missions involve earning Chaos Emeralds in scavenger hunts, boss battles, speed runs and score attacks; most require learning each level's ins and outs, instead of just finding the easiest way to the goal.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2