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The Sonic the Hedgehog Hacking Contest was first started in 2002 by Nayr T'nargh / Ayla as a fun idea to promote creativity and create a more competitive atmosphere to further the hacking movement. The first hacking contest went well, but the second one ended badly and the third one even worse with Nayr disappearing right after all the entries were due. The fourth one Nayr disappeared altogether leaving Verse and JcFerggy to finish out the contest for her. The fifth one promised a cash prize for winning, but Nayr was laid off from her job and has everyone involved on an IOU. The sixth contest's results were published on the 13th of November 2008, the seventh contest's on the 1st of September 2009 and the eighth contest's posted on the 8th of December 2010.

Since 2011, the Sonic Hacking Contest has provided further community involvement by having an interactive contest week before the results are announced, with the main part being that people have the opportunity to vote for a small selection of Community Trophies with the hacks that were available to download to the public. The first two years of the Contest Week were run alongside the Sonic Amateur Games Expo, with later contest weeks occurring outside of SAGE. Since 2013, contest submissions (as opposed to emailing them in) and Contest Week participation is done on a website created by Cinossu which allows full members and above of Sonic Retro and SSRG to vote for the Community Trophies - the same website being used for subsequent contests up to 2017 which allows anyone to access previous entries rather than them becoming inaccessible after that year's contest ends. The contest now also features a media panel, where streamers such as Donnie (SSF1991), MegaGWolf, SomecallmeJohnny and Redhotsonic showcase entries live on stream.

The 2017 Hacking Contest radically revamped its entry criteria to address frequent low quality submissions from previous years by introducing a Quality Control Criteria which hacks must meet in order to be submitted, whilst also introducing a separate Hack Expo as part of the Contest Week that allows exposure of hacks to the public whilst not having them judged by anyone whatsoever.

Prizes

The Annual Contest offers a variety of prizes to the best entries presented, not only focusing in the all-around quality. Along with the classic best hack there are also trophies for every singular aspect in a ROM hack or mod.

Current trophies

Retrieved from the
Sonic Retro
sixteenth edition topic
  • Hidden Palace Zone Trophy – Best entry submitted overall.
  • Wood Zone Trophy – 2nd place entry overall in the contest.
  • Dust Hill Trophy – 3rd place entry overall in the contest.
  • Angel Island Trophy – Best Mega Drive / Genesis Sonic hack submitted overall.
  • Generations Trophy – Best 3D Sonic game modification submitted overall. (formerly the Rusty Ruin Trophy)
  • Crystal Egg Trophy – Best 8-bit Sonic hack submitted overall.
  • Mirage Saloon Trophy – Best Sonic Mania modification submitted overall.
  • Green Hill Trophy – Hack (or specific level of a hack if non-applicable) that plays most like a Sonic game.
  • Botanic Base Trophy – Best art in a Mega Drive / Genesis hack submitted.
  • Windy Valley Trophy – Best art in a 3D modification submitted.
  • Jungle Trophy – Best art in an 8-bit hack submitted.
  • Studiopolis Trophy – Best art in a Sonic Mania modification submitted.
  • D.A. Garden Trophy – Best music in an entry submitted. (formerly the Piano Trophy)
  • Lava Reef Trophy – Best level layout in a Mega Drive / Genesis hack submitted. (formerly the Super Duper Amazing Level Trophy and Palmtree Panic Trophy)
  • Speed Highway Trophy – Best level layout in a 3D modification submitted.
  • Gimmick Mountain Trophy – Best level layout in an 8-bit hack submitted.
  • Press Garden Trophy – Best level layout in a Sonic Mania modification submitted.
  • Genocide City Trophy – Most difficult entry (or specific level of an entry if non-applicable) submitted.
  • Azure Lake Trophy – Best multiplayer entry submitted.
  • Advance Trophy – Best handheld game entry overall.
  • 11000101 Trophy – Best technical / proof of concept entry submitted.
  • Fang Trophy – Best new enemy/badnik in an entry submitted.
  • Eggman Trophy – Best new boss or mini-boss in an entry submitted. (merged from the Metropolis Trophy and Mushroom Hill Trophy)
  • Spin Dash Trophy – Best new ability in an entry submitted.
  • Carnival Night Trophy – Most innovative game play feature in an entry submitted. (formerly the Eureka! Trophy)
  • Emerald Trophy – Best Special Stage in an entry submitted.
  • Wing Fortress Trophy – Best cutscene in an entry submitted.
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy – Best fresh concept using existing concepts as the backbone in an entry submitted.
  • Casinopolis Trophy – Most entertaining / fun entry submitted. (formerly the Vector Trophy)
  • Polygon Jim Trophy – Most unique entry submitted. (formerly the WTF?! Trophy)
  • Tails Trophy – Most improved entry from last year's contest. (formerly the TheBarAdmin Trophy)
  • Blaze Trophy – Entry from this year's contest that is felt to have the most potential.
  • Newtrogic High Trophy – Voted best entry of the contest by the Media Panel.

In addition to the above, there are also community trophies, which are awarded based on votes from the public community. Originally, users could use a Sonic Retro or SSRG account, but as of 2017 they are required to register an account on the Sonic Hacking Contest website to vote.

  • Hidden Palace Zone Community Trophy – Best entry submitted overall.
  • Wood Zone Community Trophy – 2nd place entry overall in the contest.
  • Dust Hill Community Trophy – 3rd place entry overall in the contest.
  • Angel Island Community Trophy – Best Mega Drive / Genesis Sonic hack submitted overall.
  • Generations Community Trophy – Best 3D Sonic game modification submitted overall.
  • Crystal Egg Community Trophy – Best 8-bit Sonic hack submitted overall.
  • Mirage Saloon Community Trophy – Best Sonic Mania modification submitted overall.
  • Windy Valley Community Trophy – Best art entry submitted.
  • D.A. Garden Community Trophy – Best music entry submitted.
  • Lava Reef Community Trophy – Best level layout entry submitted.
  • 11000101 Community Trophy – Best technical / proof of concept entry submitted.
  • Polygon Jim Community Trophy – Most unique entry submitted.
  • Tails Community Trophy – Most improved entry from last year's contest.
  • Blaze Community Trophy – Entry from this year's contest that is felt to have the most potential.

Retired trophies

The trophies listed here were used in past contests, and have either been split, merged or outright dropped:

  • Amy Trophy – Prettiest entry.
  • Rainbow Trophy – Hack or level with the best palette(s).
  • Lava Reef Trophy (original) – Longest level.
  • Labyrinth Trophy – Most confusing level.
  • Emerald Hill Trophy – Most linear level.
  • Hill Top Trophy – Least creative level design.
  • Toxic Caves Trophy – Best reused art hack.
  • Christmas Present Trophy – Most unexpected hack.
  • Metropolis Trophy – Best new boss. (merged into the Eggman Trophy)
  • Mushroom Hill Trophy – Best new mini-boss. (merged into the Eggman Trophy)
  • Eosian Sphere Trophy – Best new object.
  • Knuckles Trophy – Best new playable character.
  • Silver Trophy – Worst new playable character.
  • Chaos Trophy – Best new Super form for a character.
  • Maze Trophy – Best Sonic 1 Special Stage. (merged into the Emerald Trophy)
  • Chute Trophy – Best Sonic 2 Special Stage. (merged into the Emerald Trophy)
  • Sphere Trophy – Best Sonic 3 & Knuckles Special Stage. (merged into the Emerald Trophy)
  • Replay Trophy – Most innovative options feature.
  • Big the Cat Trophy – Worst entry submitted. (formerly the 1337!!! Trophy)
  • Shadow Trophy – Best hentai-based/NSFW entry.
  • Hang Castle Trophy – Most disturbing entry.
  • Crystal Meth / Liquid Crack Trophy – Most potential replayability.
  • Iizuka Trophy – Entry that plays most like Sonic the Hedgehog 4. (used only for the eighth contest)
  • Froggy Trophy – Best entry featuring Big the Cat. (used only for the twelfth contest)
  • Big the Cat Community Trophy – Worst entry submitted as voted by the community.

First Contest

The contest that started it all, began on January 15, 2002 and finished on May 18, 2002. May 18th was KojiChao's birthday.

Results

  • Amy Trophy - Sonic 2 Delta
  • Best Game Trophy - Sonic 2 HAZ
  • Casinopolis Trophy - Sonic 2 Delta
  • Chameleon Trophy - More Than a Memory: A Perfect Existence
  • DEZ Trophy - SA2 Fun
  • DHZ Trophy - SRILE
  • Final Egg Trophy - Hidden Palace Zone
  • GCZ Trophy - Sonic 3a
  • Grand Prize Trophy - Sonic 2 Delta
  • HPZ Trophy - More Than A Memory: The Perfect Existence
  • Layout Master: ROM Trophy - Sonic 2 Delta
  • Layout Master: Savestate Trophy - Hidden Palace Zone
  • Level Design Grand Master Trophy - Sonic 2 Delta
  • Maze Trophy - Sonic 1 Beta
  • Mission Complete Trophy - Hidden Palace Complete
  • Metropolis Zone Trophy - Sonic 2 HAZ
  • Sphere Trophy - Sonic 3 SS
  • Tech Trophy - Timezones
  • Windy Valley Trophy - Sonic 2 Delta
  • Wood Zone Trophy - Sonic 3A
  • !Rainbow! Trophy - SRILE

Second Contest

Held from March 25th, 2004 to May 20th, 2004.

Results

  • ???? Trophy - South Island Adventure
  • Hidden Palace Trophy - Sonic Gaiden
  • Wood Zone Trophy - Sunset Shore
  • Dust Hill Trophy - Sonic 2 Ultima
  • Genocide City Trophy - Sonic Zer0
  • Amy Trophy - Sunset Shore
  • Rainbow Trophy - Sonic 2 Aluminum
  • Soda Trophy - South Island Adventure
  • Lava Reef Trophy - Sonic 2 Omega
  • Green Hill Trophy - Sonic Gaiden
  • Labyrinth Trophy - Wood Zone Act 1 - Sonic 2 Long Version
  • Hill Top Trophy - Sunset Shore
  • Casinopolis Trophy - Sonic 2 Ultima
  • 1000101 Trophy - Sonic 2 Delta II
  • Windy Valley Trophy - Sunset Shore
  • Sphere Trophy - Sonic 3 Hard SS
  • WTF?! Trophy - Sonic Rebirth
  • Bet Game Trophy - Eggman the Dictator

Third Contest

Held from January 30th, 2005 to May 19th, 2005.

Results

  • ??? Zone Trophy ???? - Dude with Shadow Adventure
  • Dust Hill Trophy - Sonic Hachelle-Bee's Sonic 2 Long Version
  • Wood Trophy - Shadow Fire's Sonic - The Lost Land 2
  • Rainbow Trophy - Sonic Hachelle-Bee's Sonic 2 Long Version
  • Piano Trophy - Sonic Megamix, Sonic 2 Megamix, Newtrogic High Zone
  • WTF?! Trophy - Sanik the Hedgehog Too
  • 1337!!! Trophy - Sanik the Hedgehog Too
  • Super Duper Amazing Level Trophy - SHB with Genocide City
  • Mini Trophy - Sonic the Fighter
  • Lava Reef Trophy - Wood Zone (SHB)
  • Labyrinth Trophy - Desert Zone (SHB)
  • Green Hill Trophy - Wood Zone (SHB)
  • Genocide City Trophy - Desert Zone (SHB)
  • Amy Trophy - Sonic - The Lost Land 2
  • 1000101 Trophy - Shadow Adventure
  • Windy Valley - SHB (GCZ and Wood zone)

Fourth Contest

Held from September 1st, 2005 to May 31st, 2006 (planned), later amended to June 20th.

Results

Runner up: Tie. Sonic 2 Advanced Edit - Robotic ruins zone act 2 / Sonic Uno: Marble Zone
  • Amy Trophy - Sonic Project Chaos - Great Gate Zone
Runner up - Sonic 2 Advanced Edit - Robotic Ruins Zone
Runner up - Sonic 2 Megamix
  • Lava Reef trophy - Sonic The Lost Land - Green Hill act 2
Runner up - Tie. Sonic Megamix, and Sonic 2 A.E.
Runner up: Sonic Adventure EX
  • Labyrinth Trophy - jman2050's Sonic 1 Hack
Runner up: Sonic 2 Advanced Edit "Emerald Hill" act 2
  • 1337 Trophy: Sonic 2 Black Hole
  • 01010110 trophy: Sonic Megamix
Runner up: Sonic: Project Chaos
  • Windy Valley Trophy: Sonic 2 Advanced Edit
Runner up: Sonic Uno
  • Mini trophy: N/A
  • Shadow Trophy: N/A
  • WTF?! Trophy - Sonic Adventure EX
  • Piano Trophy: Sonic Megamix
Runner up : Sonic The Lost Land
  • SHB trophy: Sonic Uno - Marble Zone

Fifth Contest

Held from January 3rd, 2007 to June 31st, 2007.

Results

Honourable Mention - Sonic 2 SMTP
  • Labyrinth TrophySonic 2 AE (this is a good thing)
Honourable Mention - Sonic Megamix
  • 1337!!! Trophys0n1k
Hon. Mention - SOTI
  • 1000101 TrophySonic the Hedgehog Extended Edition
Honourable mention - Sonic pong by drx, Sonic 2 SMTP
  • Windy Valley TrophySonic 2 AE
Honourable Mention - ChimpoQ!
  • WTF?! TrophyChimpoQ!
Honourable Mention - Within A Deep Hedgehog...
Honourable Mention - Sonic 1 EE
  • Piano Trophy - Sonic Megamix
Honourable Mention - Sonic 2 SMTP
  • The Super Duper Amazing Level Trophy - Sonic 2 AE
Honourable Mention - Sonic Megamix
  • Shiny Trophy - SMTP
Honourable Mention - Sonic 1 EE

Sixth Contest

Held from January 3rd, 2008 to August 31st, 2008.

Results

Hon. Mention - Sonic 1 Remastered
  • Green Hill Trophy - Sonic 2: Advanced Edit
  • Labyrinth Trophy - Sonic Boom
Hon. Mention - Sonic 2: Advanced Edit
  • Emerald Hill Trophy - Sonic - Penis Edition
  • 1337!!! Trophy - Sonic 2 Rape
  • 1000101 Trophy - Sonic the Hedgehog GBA
Hon. Mention - Sonic the Hedgehog 32X
  • Windy Valley Trophy - Sonic 2: Advanced Edit
Hon. Mention - Sonic 2 - Cactus Juice and Mustard
  • Toxic Caves Trophy - Sonic 2 Retro Remix
Hon. Mention - Sonic 2 - Sonic Megamix
  • Shadow Trophy - Sonic - Penis Edition
  • WTF?! Trophy - Some Generic Conceptions
  • Christmas Present Trophy - Sonic CD+
  • Piano Trophy - soniNeko
Hon. Mention - Sonic the Sequel: Unmastered
Hon. Mention - Sonic 2 - Cactus Juice and Mustard
Hon. Mention - The S Factor: Sonia and Silver
  • Fang Trophy - Sonic 2 - Cactus Juice and Mustard
  • Metropolis Trophy - Some Generic Conceptions
Hon. Mention - Sonic Megamix
Hon. Mention - Sonic Boom
  • Eureka! Trophy - Some Generic Conceptions
Hon. Mention - Robotnik's Revenge
Hon. Mention - Sonic 2 Retro Remix

Seventh Contest

The 7th annual contest started on December 16th, 2008 and ended on September 1st, 2009.

Results

Runner Up: Blue Balls And Blocks
  • Windy Valley Trophy - Sonic the Hedgehog - The Lost Worlds
  • Toxic Caves Trophy - Sonic 2 Retro Remix
Runner Up: Blue Balls And Blocks
Runner Up: The S Factor: Sonia and Silver
Runner Up: Sonic RDX
Runner Up: The S Factor: Sonia and Silver
  • Fang Trophy - ASCII Emperor
  • Metropolis Trophy/Mushroom Hill Trophy - Sonic Boom
Runner Up: Blue Balls And Blocks
  • Spin Dash Trophy - Sonic RDX
Runner Up: Sonic 2 Retro Remix
  • Eureka! Trophy - Sonic 2 Retro Remix
Runner Up: Sonic Boom
  • Replay Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles: The Challenges
  • Crystal Meth Trophy - Sonic 2 Remix Remix
Runner Up: Blue Balls And Blocks
  • The Bar Admin Trophy - Sonic Boom
Runner Up: TheBarAdmin
Runner Up: Sonic 1 Penis Special Stage
  • Most Unique Hack - Blue Balls And Blocks
  • Sonic Boom Trophy - Sonic Boom
  • Ayla Trophy - Sik
  • Rickroll Trophy - sonichackman

Eighth Contest

The 8th annual contest started on December 15th, 2009 and ended on August 5th 2010. The category system that was used in the first and second contests returned for a short time, but was ultimately rejected by popular opinion.

Results

Hon. Mention - Sonic ERaZor
  • Hang Castle Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
Hon. Mention - Sonic 1 Lunacy
  • Lava Reef Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
  • Green Hill Trophy - Sonic 2 Retro Remix
  • Labyrinth Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
  • 1337!!! Trophy - Sonic Rape 2.0
  • 1000101 Trophy - Sonic the Hedgehog 1 @ SAGE 2010
  • Windy Valley Trophy - Sonic 2 Cactus Juice & Mustard
  • Toxic Caves Trophy - Sonic 2 Retro Remix
Hon. Mentions - Blue Ball and Blocks & Sonic Adventure RDX
Hon. Mention - Motobug the Badnik in Sonic 1
  • Iizuka Trophy - Sonic 2 Dimps Edition
  • WTF?! Trophy - Sonic the Hedgehog 1 @ SAGE 2010
  • Christmas Present Trophy - Sonic the Hedgehog 1 @ SAGE 2010
Hon. Mention - Yoshi in Sonic 2
  • Piano Trophy - Sonic 2 Cactus Juice & Mustard
  • The Super Duper Amazing Level Trophy - Sonic 2 Retro Remix
  • Knuckles Trophy - Yoshi in Sonic 2
Hon. Mentions - Amy in Sonic 1 & Motobug the Badnik in Sonic 1
  • Silver Trophy - Press B For Shittles
  • Fang Trophy - Sonic Adventure RDX
  • Metropolis Trophy - Blue Ball and Blocks
  • Mushroom Hill Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
  • Spin Dash Trophy - Yoshi in Sonic 2
  • Eureka! Trophy - Sonic the Hedgehog 1 @ SAGE 2010
Hon. Mention - Sonic - The One Ring
  • Crystal Meth Trophy - Sonic 2 Retro Remix
  • Casinopolis Trophy - Sonic 2 XL
  • Rusty Ruin Trophy - Sonic Adventure RDX
  • Crystal Egg Trophy - Sonic 2 LD
  • The Bar Admin Trophy - Sonic 2 Retro Remix
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy - Sonic 1 and 2
  • Chaos Trophy - Super Sonic in Sonic 3D Blast & Super SADX
  • Maze Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
  • Chute Trophy - Sonic 2 Retro Remix
  • Emerald Trophy - Yoshi in Sonic 2
  • Rick Roll Trophy - Sonic - Project 255
  • OH GOD WHY Trophy - Press B For Shittles
  • THE GAME - Sonic 1 Lunacy


Ninth Contest

The 9th annual contest started on December 12th, 2010 and is scheduled to end on July 23rd, 2011. The trophies on offer were cleaned up, with some being added, merged or removed. In addition, the community will have a chance to take part by voting for hacks in a Contest Week, which will determine the new "Community Trophies".

Results

Judged Trophies

These trophies were allocated by the judges, which were Cinossu, Dude, MarkeyJester, Mercury, Shadow Fire and Spanner.

  • Hidden Palace Trophy - The S Factor: Sonia and Silver
  • Wood Trophy - Sonic VR
  • Dust Hill Trophy - Sonic 2 Heroes
  • Green Hill Trophy - The S Factor: Sonia and Silver
  • Windy Valley Trophy - The S Factor: Sonia and Silver
  • D.A. Garden Trophy - The S Factor: Sonia and Silver
Hon. Mention: 30 Day Project: Revisited
  • Palmtree Panic Trophy - Untitled Sonic 2 Hack
  • Genocide City Trophy - Sonic 1 Lunacy
  • 11000101 Trophy - Sonic 2 Heroes
  • Knuckles Trophy - The S Factor: Sonia and Silver (Sonia the Hedgehog)
  • Fang Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
  • Eggman Trophy - The S Factor: Sonia and Silver (Team Metallix)
  • Spindash Trophy - The S Factor: Sonia and Silver (Silver's Telekinesis)
  • Carnival Night Trophy - Sonic 2 Heroes (3 Players at Once)
  • Emerald Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy - Sonic 2 Heroes (Team Based Gameplay)
  • Crystal Meth Trophy - Sonic VR
  • Casinopolis Trophy - Sonic VR
  • Vector Trophy - Yeth
Hon. Mention: Chip McCallahan in Sonic the Hedgehog

Community Trophies

These trophies were allocated through voting made during SAGE 2011 on the Hacking Contest website. Only hacks that were listed as public were able to be downloaded and judged, with other hacks being exempt from the Community Trophies.

  • Hidden Palace Community Trophy - Sonic VR
  • Big Community Trophy - Red the Hedgehog
  • Palmtree Panic Community Trophy - Sonic VR
  • Windy Valley Community Trophy - 30 Day Project: Revisited
  • D.A. Garden Community Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
Hon. Mention: 30 Day Project: Revisited
  • 11000101 Community Trophy - Sonic VR
Hon. Mention: Sonic 2 Heroes

Tenth Contest

The tenth annual contest started on November 24th, 2011 and ended on July 21st, 2012.

Results

Judged Trophies

These trophies were allocated by the judges, which were Ayla, Cinossu, D.A. Garden, Dude, MarkeyJester, MegaGWolf, Mercury, Shadow Fire and Spanner.

Hon. Mention: Sonic ERaZor
  • Palmtree Panic Trophy - Sonic 2 Recreation
  • Genocide City Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
Hon. Mention: Sonic 1 Lunacy
  • 11000101 Trophy - Sonic 1 CDSS
  • Generations Trophy - Sonic Generations PC: Dragon Road Demo
  • Knuckles Trophy - Sonic 3 and Amy Rose
  • Fang Trophy - REGGINATOR GENERATIONS
  • Eggman Trophy - Sonic 1 Megahack: Ultra Edition
  • Spindash Trophy - Sonic 2 Adventure Control
  • Carnival Night Trophy - Sonic 2 Recreation
  • Emerald Trophy - Sonic ERaZor
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy - Sonic 2: Battle Race
  • Crystal Meth Trophy - Sonic 2 Recreation
  • Casinopolis Trophy - Sonic 2 Recreation
  • Vector Trophy - Sonic 1 Megahack: Ultra Edition
  • WTF?! Trophy - Flickies Island Defense
  • Christmas Present Trophy - Sonic 1 CDSS
  • Big Trophy - Sonic's Grand Adventure
  • E-Rank Trophy - Sonic Green Snake

Community Trophies

These trophies were allocated through voting made during SAGE 2012 on the Hacking Contest website. Only hacks that were listed as public were able to be downloaded and judged, with other hacks being exempt from the Community Trophies. Hacks are available to download on the SSRG Repository.

  • Hidden Palace Community Trophies - Sonic Generations Unleashed PC - Dragon Road Demo, Sonic Classic Heroes
  • Big Community Trophy - Sonic BUGS
  • Palmtree Panic Community Trophies - Sonic Melponterations, Sonic the Hedgehog: Tribute
  • Windy Valley Community Trophies - Sonic Melponterations, Sonic the Hedgehog: Tribute
  • D.A. Garden Community Trophies - Sonic Melponterations, Sonic the Hedgehog: Tribute
  • 11000101 Community Trophies - Sonic Generations Unleashed PC - Dragon Road Demo, Sonic 1 CDSS

Eleventh Contest

The Eleventh Annual Contest was held from August 12, 2013, to August 18, 2013.

Results

Judged Trophies

These trophies were allocated by the judges, which were Ayla, Cinossu, D.A. Garden, Dude, MegaGWolf, Mercury, Shadow Fire, Spanner and SuperEgg.

  • Hidden Palace Trophy" - "The S Factor: Sonia and Silver"
  • Wood Zone Trophy" - "Sonic Generations - Unleashed Project"
  • Dust Hill Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"
  • Green Hill Trophy" - "Sonic 3: D.A. Garden Edition"
  • Windy Valley Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"
  • D.A Garden Trophy" - "The S Factor: Sonia and Silver"
  • Lava Reef Trophy" - "Sonic 3: D.A. Garden Edition"
  • Genocide City Trophy" - "Sonic 1: The Harder Levels"
  • Generations Trophy" - "Sonic Generations - Unleashed Project"
  • 11000101 Trophy" - "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Network"
  • Fang Trophy" - "An Ordinary Sonic ROM Hack"
  • Eggman Trophy" - "Sonic Winter Adventures"
  • Spin Dash Trophy" - "The S Factor: Sonia and Silver"
  • Carnival Night Trophy" - "Sonic Classic Heroes - Rise of the Chaotix"
  • Emerald Trophy" - "The S Factor: Sonia and Silver"
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy" - "Sonic the Hedgehog Never Stop Running"
  • Casinopolis Trophy" - "Sonic Classic Heroes - Rise of the Chaotix"
  • Polygon Jim Trophy (previously the WTF?! Trophy)" - "An Ordinary Sonic ROM Hack"
  • Tails Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"

Community Trophies

Unlike previous years, the community voting was held on the contest website, as SAGE 2013 has yet to be scheduled.

  • Hidden Palace Community Trophy" - "Sonic Generations - Unleashed Project"
  • Windy Valley Community Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"
  • D.A. Garden Community Trophy" - "Sonic Winter Adventures"
  • Lava Reef Community Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"
  • 11000101 Community Trophy" - "Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Network"
  • Polygon Jim Community Trophy" - "An Ordinary Sonic ROM Hack"

Twelfth Contest

The Twelfth Annual Contest was held from August 18, 2014, to August 24, 2014.

Results

Judged Trophies

These trophies were allocated by the judges, which were Cinossu, D.A. Garden, MegaGWolf, Mercury, Reverie, Shadow Fire, Spanner and SuperEgg.

  • Hidden Palace Trophy" - "Sonic: South Island Warped"
  • Wood Zone Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"
  • Dust Hill Trophy" - "Sonic 1 Color Contrast"
  • Green Hill Trophy" - "Sonic: South Island Warped"
  • Windy Valley Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"
  • D.A Garden Trophy" - "Sonic Tetris"
  • Lava Reef Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"
  • Genocide City Trophy" - "Sonic UMZ"
  • Generations Trophy" - "Mystic Cave Classic"
  • 11000101 Trophy" - "Sonic 1 FM"
  • Fang Trophy" - "Sonic the Very Useful Engine"
  • Eggman Trophy" - "Sonic: South Island Warped"
  • Spin Dash Trophy" - "Sonic and Tails: Double Trouble"
  • Carnival Night Trophy" - "Sonic 1 Color Contrast"
  • Emerald Trophy" - "Sonic Tetris"
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy" - "Big's Fishing Derby"
  • Casinopolis Trophy" - "Sonic the Very Useful Engine"
  • Polygon Jim Trophy" - "Big's Fishing Derby"
  • Tails Trophy" - "Sonic 1 Color Contrast"
  • Froggy Trophy" - "Big's Fishing Derby"

Community Trophies

  • Hidden Palace Community Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"
  • Big Community Trophy Winner" - "Sonic Hard Mode"
  • Windy Valley Community Trophy" - "Mystic Cave Classic"
  • D.A. Garden Community Trophy" - "Sonic Tetris"
  • Lava Reef Community Trophy" - "Metal Sonic Hyperdrive"
  • 11000101 Community Trophy" - "Sonic Tetris"
  • Polygon Jim Community Trophy" - "Big's Fishing Derby"


Thirteenth Contest

The Thirteenth Annual Contest was held from October 19 to October 25, 2015.

This contest was rather surprising as MarkeyJester's "Sonic 1 - The Next Level" was viewed so positively compared to the other entries that it won a sizable portion of the trophies.

Results

Judged Trophies

These trophies were allocated by the judges, which were Spanner, Cinossu, D.A. Garden, Shadow Fire, Mercury, Reverie, SuperEgg, LazloPsylus and SSF1991 (Donnie).

  • Hidden Palace Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Wood Zone Trophy - Knuckles' Emerald Hunt by MainMemory
  • Dust Hill Trophy - Big's Fishing Derby by flamewing
  • Green Hill Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Windy Valley Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • D.A Garden Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Lava Reef Trophy - Sonic 3: D.A. Garden Edition by D.A. Garden
  • Genocide City Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Hard Bosses Edition 2 (Demo) by TheBlad
  • Generations Trophy - Tropical Resort All in One Remastered by brianuuu
  • 11000101 Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Fang Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Spin Dash Trophy - Bunnie Rabbot In Sonic The Hedgehog by E-122-Psi
  • Carnival Night Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Emerald Trophy - An Apeeling Sonic Hack by VAdaPEGA
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy - Knuckles' Emerald Hunt by MainMemory
  • Casinopolis Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Polygon Jim Trophy - CrazySonic by The Ducks Team
  • Tails Trophy - Big's Fishing Derby by flamewing
  • Eggman Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Newtrogic High Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Wing Fortress Trophy - Big's Fishing Derby by flamewing
  • Shadow Trophy - SonicMT.bin by Natsumi

Community Trophies

  • Hidden Palace Community Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Big the Cat Community Trophy Winner - Sonic The Hedgehog 1: Hold Right To Win Edition by Shade Vortex
  • Windy Valley Community Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • D.A. Garden Community Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester
  • Lava Reef Community Trophy - Sonic 3: D.A. Garden Edition by D.A. Garden
  • 11000101 Community Trophy - Sonic 1 - The Next Level by MarkeyJester

Fourteenth Contest

The Fourteenth Annual Contest was held from November 7 to November 13, 2016.

This contest was plagued by low-quality entries, and the judges felt the need to give null votes to some trophies and reinstate the previously retired Big the Cat trophy for the worst entry. This spurred the addition of a quality control check in the 2017 hacking contest.

Results

Judged Trophies

These trophies were allocated by the judges, which were Spanner, Ayla, Cinossu, D.A. Garden, SuperEgg, LazloPsylus, SSF1991 (Donnie), Shannon, amphobius (DalekSam) and Clownacy.

  • Hidden Palace Trophy - Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC’16 pre-final) by Team Painto
  • Wood Zone Trophy - Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team
    • Wood Zone Honorable Mention: Sonic 2 ReMastered by MrCat (very split decision with this trophy)
  • Dust Hill Trophy - Untitled Sonic 1 Hack by jubbalub
  • Green Hill Trophy - Untitled Sonic 1 Hack by jubbalub
  • Windy Valley Trophy - Pantufa the Cat – Extended Edition by VAdaPEGA
    • Windy Valley Honorable Mention: Sonic Halloween by CamManS5
  • D.A Garden Trophy - NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
    • D.A Garden Honorable Mentions - Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team, Knuckles Emerald Hunt by MainMemory
  • Lava Reef Trophy - Pepsi in Sonic 1 by Unlimited Trees
  • Genocide City Trophy - Tails Adventures for Über Players by Bakayote
  • Wing Fortress Trophy - Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team
  • Azure Lake Trophy - Sonic Bash! v2 by redhotsonic
    • Azure Lake Honorable Mention - Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Chaotix Edition by Jdpense
  • Generations Trophy - Eggmanland for Sonic Generations by NeKit
    • Generations Honorable Mentions - Beta Windy Valley (Sonic Lost World) by SonicOtakuSNG; SADX Character Select Mod by MainMemory & SonicFreak94
  • 11000101 Trophy - Sonic Pocket Winter by ValleyBell
    • 11000101 Honorable Mentions - Sonic 4 in 1 by Natsumi; Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team; Eggmanland for Sonic Generations by NeKit
  • Fang Trophy - NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
    • Fang Honorable Mentions - Pepsi in Sonic 1 by Unlimited Trees; Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC’16 pre-final) by Team Painto
  • Eggman Trophy - Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC’16 pre-final) by Team Painto
    • Eggman Honorable Mention - Doctor Robotnik’s Plan B (REV01) by Painto
  • Spin Dash Trophy - Sonic Pocket Winter by ValleyBell
    • Spin Dash Honorable Mention - Pikachu the Mouse by Team Overload; Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro
  • Carnival Night Trophy - NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
  • Emerald Trophy - Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC’16 pre-final) by Team Painto
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy - Sonic 1: Reverse Curse by Campbellsonic
  • Casinopolis Trophy - The Radikal Ralakimus Hack Pack (WOW!) – Volume 1 by Ralakimus & Bakayote
    • Casinopolis Honorable Mention - Sonic Halloween by CamManS5
  • Polygon Jim Trophy - The Radikal Ralakimus Hack Pack (WOW!) – Volume 1 by Ralakimus & Bakayote
    • Polygon Jim Honorable Mention - Lose Tails or Else by GT Koopa
  • Tails Trophy - Untitled Sonic 1 Hack by jubbalub
  • Newtrogic High Trophy - Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC’16 pre-final) by Team Painto
  • Big the Cat Trophy - Roya Rockwood’s Sonic Mega Collection by Royameadow
    • Big the Cat Honorable Mentions - Unlimited Trees by Unlimited Trees; Blue Potato the McDonalds by Blue Potato; Blue Knuckles in Sonic 3 by Blind_Jack; White Sonic in SK (Sonic 3 Part 2) by joshwoakes; Sonic XE by Team XE; Team Overload (all those underwhelming entries were overkill)

Community Trophies

  • Hidden Palace Community Trophy - Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC’16 pre-final) by Team Painto
  • Windy Valley Community Trophy - Pantufa the Cat – Extended Edition by VAdaPEGA
  • D.A. Garden Community Trophy - Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team
  • Lava Reef Community Trophy - Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC’16 pre-final) by Team Painto
  • 11000101 Community Trophy - Sonic Pocket Winter by ValleyBell
  • Big the Cat Community Trophy Winner - Roya Rockwood’s Sonic Mega Collection by Royameadow

Honorable Mentions

  • Sonic 2 ReMastered by MrCat (If we had the 8-bit Trophy this year (it will likely be back next year), this would have won it.)
  • Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro (You have so much potential, come back next year because this hack could win good by then. If we had a trophy to award to the hack with the most potential, it’s this hack.)
  • Scrap Brain Zone Act 1 Mini Contest JOINT WINNERS - Natsumi and MegaGWolf

Fifteenth Contest

The Fifteenth Annual Contest was held from November 20 to November 26, 2017.

After a disappointing showcase in 2016, a quality control check was spurred for the contest, and for the first time in Hacking Contest history a hack expo was added. This resulted in a great success and a massive improvement over last year's contest.

Results

Judged Trophies

These trophies were allocated by the judges, which were Spanner, Ayla, Cinossu, Clownacy, Dandaman955, Dario FF, OrdosAlpha, Selbi, SuperEgg, SSF1991 (Donnie) and Twilightzoney

  • Hidden Palace Trophy - Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil
  • Wood Zone Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
  • Dust Hill Trophy - Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED
  • Generations Trophy - SADX Lantern Engine by SonicFreak94
    • Generations Honorable Mentions - Heroes Mod Loader & Tweakbox β (Tech Demo) by sewer56lol; Sonic Redux (Character Demo) by InvisibleUp
  • Crystal Egg Trophy - Sonic 2: Zen Island by Yoshister
  • Green Hill Trophy - Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil
    • Green Hill Honorable Mention - A generic Sonic 1 ROMhack by CHRdutch
  • Botanic Base Trophy - Mr. Cat's 16 Day Challenge by MrCat
    • Botanic Base Honorable Mention - Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED
  • Windy Valley Trophy - NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
  • Jungle Trophy - NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
  • D.A Garden Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
    • D.A Garden Honorable Mention - Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED
  • Lava Reef Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
    • Lava Reef Honorable Mentions - Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil; A generic Sonic 1 ROMhack by CHRdutch
  • Speed Highway Trophy - NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
  • Gimmick Mountain Tophy - Sonic 2: Zen Island by Yoshister
  • Genocide City Trophy - Classic Pantufa the Cat DX by VAdaPEGA
    • Genocide City Honorable Mention - Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED
  • Azure Lake Trophy - NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
  • Advance Trophy - NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
  • 11000101 Trophy - SADX Lantern Engine by SonicFreak94
    • 11000101 Honorable Mention - Sonic 2 for PC & New 3DS by Clownacy
  • Fang Trophy - Sonic Chaos Quest Ultimate by Narcologer
  • Eggman Trophy - Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED
    • Eggman Honorable Mention - Sonic Chaos Quest Ultimate by Narcologer
  • Spin Dash Trophy - Sonic 1: Colors Edition (SHC2017 Demo) by campbellsonic
    • Spin Dash Honorable Mention - Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro
  • Carnival Night Trophy - Sonic 1: Colors Edition (SHC2017 Demo) by campbellsonic
    • Carnival Night Honorable Mention - Sonic 3 Chaos Adventure by JDpense
  • Emerald Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
  • Wing Fortress Trophy - Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy - Sonic 1: Colors Edition (SHC2017 Demo) by campbellsonic
    • Robotnik's Revenge Honorable Mention - Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil
  • Casinopolis Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
    • Casinopolis Honorable Mentions - Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil; Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro
  • Polygon Jim Trophy - Achi (AKA another trend in gaming that is slightly annoying and ultimately pointless) by Natsumi
  • Tails Trophy - Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro
  • Blaze Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
  • Newtrogic High Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo

Community Trophies

  • Hidden Palace Community Trophy - Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil
  • Generations Community Trophy - Sonic Redux (Character Demo) by InvisibleUp
  • Crystal Egg Community Trophy - Sonic 2: Zen Island by Yoshister
  • Windy Valley Community Trophy - Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil
  • D.A. Garden Community Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
  • Lava Reef Community Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
  • 11000101 Community Trophy - Sonic 2 for PC & New 3DS by Clownacy
  • Polygon Jim Community Trophy - Achi (AKA another trend in gaming that is slightly annoying and ultimately pointless) by Natsumi
  • Tails Community Trophy - Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro
  • Blaze Community Trophy - Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo

Sixteenth Contest

The Sixteenth Annual Contest was held from November 26th to December 2nd, 2018.

This contest featured a large number of 3D modifications, including mods for games like Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic Forces.

Results

Judged Trophies

These trophies were allocated by the judges, which were Spanner, Cinossu, Clownacy, Dandaman955, Dario FF, Melpontro, OrdosAlpha, SuperEgg, SSF1991 (Donnie) and Twilightzoney.

  • Hidden Palace Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles Battle Race by Natsumi and MarkeyJester
  • Wood Zone Trophy - Prototype Windy Valley by ItsEasyActually
  • Dust Hill Trophy - Aquarium Park by Skyth
  • Angel Island Trophy - Hellfire Saga by Narcologer
  • Generations Trophy - Prototype Windy Valley by ItsEasyActually
    • Generations Honorable Mention - Aquarium Park by Skyth
  • Crystal Egg Trophy - Sonic Eclipse Demo by MrCat
  • Mirage Saloon Trophy - Sonic Mania: The Misfits Pack SHC2018 by Jubbalub
    • Mirage Saloon Honorable Mention - Sonic 1 Almost Remastered by BonesBurger
  • Green Hill Trophy - Sonic Eclipse Demo by MrCat
  • Botanic Base Trophy - Among the Others by Unlimited Trees
  • Windy Valley Trophy - Prototype Windy Valley by ItsEasyActually
  • Jungle Trophy - Sonic Eclipse Demo by MrCat
  • Studiopolis Trophy - Sonic Mania: The Misfits Pack SHC2018 by Jubbalub
  • D.A Garden Trophy - Among the Others by Unlimited Trees
  • Lava Reef Trophy - Sonic the Hackable by CHRdutch
  • Speed Highway Trophy - Prototype Windy Valley by ItsEasyActually
  • Gimmick Mountain Tophy - Sonic Eclipse Demo by MrCat
  • Press Garden Trophy - Sonic Mania: The Misfits Pack SHC2018 by Jubbalub
  • Genocide City Trophy - Hellfire Saga by Narcologer
  • Azure Lake Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles Battle Race by Natsumi and MarkeyJester
  • Advance Trophy - NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
  • 11000101 Trophy - Emerald Coast in SA2 by MainMemory
    • 11000101 Honorable Mention - Prototype Windy Valley by ItsEasyActually
  • Fang Trophy - Hellfire Saga by Narcologer
  • Eggman Trophy - Hellfire Saga by Narcologer
  • Spin Dash Trophy - Megaman X in Sonic 2 by Pacca
    • Spin Dash Honorable Mention - SADX - Sonic, Shadow and Metal Sonic mod, Gameplay Overhaul by Benji23245
  • Carnival Night Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles Battle Race by Natsumi and MarkeyJester
    • Carnival Night Honorable Mention - Sonic 2 CD Remix by Pacca
  • Emerald Trophy - Sonic 1 Almost Remastered by BonesBurger
  • Wing Fortress Trophy - STH2006 Project Demo 4 by brianuuu
  • Robotnik's Revenge Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles Battle Race by Natsumi and MarkeyJester
    • Robotnik's Revenge Honorable Mention - Sonic 2 CD Remix by Pacca
  • Casinopolis Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles Battle Race by Natsumi and MarkeyJester
    • Casinopolis Honorable Mentions - Megaman X in Sonic 2 by Pacca
  • Polygon Jim Trophy - Hellfire Saga by Narcologer
  • Tails Trophy - Cthulhu's Island by PineappleArse
  • Blaze Trophy - Sonic Mania: The Misfits Pack SHC2018 by Jubbalub
  • Newtrogic High Trophy - FOUR-WAY TIE BETWEEN:
    • Megaman X in Sonic 2 by Pacca
    • SADX - Sonic, Shadow and Metal Sonic mod, Gameplay Overhaul by Benji23245
    • Sonic 1 Almost Remastered by BonesBurger
    • STH2006 Project Demo 4 by brianuuu

Community Trophies

  • Hidden Palace Community Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles Battle Race by Natsumi and MarkeyJester
  • Wood Zone Community Trophy - SADX - Sonic, Shadow and Metal Sonic mod, Gameplay Overhaul by Benji23245
  • Dust Hill Community Trophy - Sonic 2 CD Remix by Pacca
  • Angel Island Community Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles Battle Race by Natsumi and MarkeyJester
  • Generations Community Trophy - STH2006 Project Demo 4 by brianuuu
  • Crystal Egg Community Trophy - Sonic Eclipse Demo by MrCat
  • Windy Valley Community Trophy - Among the Others by Unlimited Trees
  • D.A. Garden Community Trophy - Among the Others by Unlimited Trees
  • Lava Reef Community Trophy - Sonic Mania: The Misfits Pack SHC2018 by Jubbalub
  • 11000101 Community Trophy - Sonic 3 & Knuckles Battle Race by Natsumi and MarkeyJester
    • 11000101 Community Honorable Mention - SADX - Sonic, Shadow and Metal Sonic mod, Gameplay Overhaul by Benji23245
  • Polygon Jim Community Trophy - Hellfire Saga by Narcologer
  • Tails Community Trophy - Cthulhu's Island by PineappleArse
  • Blaze Community Trophy - SADX - Sonic, Shadow and Metal Sonic mod, Gameplay Overhaul by Benji23245

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