|Sonic & Knuckles Collection|
|Developer: Sonic Team, H.I.C. (programming), USP (sound)|
|Game total: 4|
|Save file size: 1 Kilobyte|
Sonic & Knuckles Collection is a compilation for Microsoft Windows based PCs, released in 1997. Games included are Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Blue Sphere (listed as "Special Stage Mode").
It should be noted that normally, the program lacks a speed-limiting feature in windowed mode, so it runs far too fast on modern PCs. However, you can specify a framerate to run at, which is explained further here. The timings used by full screen mode are always based on the monitor's refresh rate, so the game can always be played correctly on a modern system as long as your refresh rate is set to 60Hz.
Most of the original music is emulated, with the user able to choose between MIDI and FM formats. Furthermore, some of Sonic 3's music tracks in US and EU versions, including those of Carnival Night Zone, IceCap Zone, Launch Base Zone, Knuckles' theme, the Competition menu, and the credits music, were replaced with original compositions. The soundtrack is also used in Metal Slug series and Genesis-like soundtrack was released only in original Japanese release and UK version made by Xplosiv. One possible explanation for this is that the tracks featured sampled sound effects not supported by the MIDI standard, and some sound cards during this time were not capable of playing these alongside the standard MIDI instruments. Another potential explanation is that the original tracks may have been composed by Michael Jackson, and were replaced to Takushi Hiyamuta's soundtrack due to legal reasons that arose since their original release. IceCap Zone's soundtrack may have been replaced due to having its origins in Hard Times, an unreleased 1982 track by The Jetzons, an American new wave band whose keyboardist, Brad Buxer, later worked on the Sonic 3 soundtrack. Aside from this musical difference, the game plays virtually identically to its original incarnations. Only in original Japanese and Xplosiv's releases the soundtrack synthesized from Genesis version didn't replaced.
Other differences include the fact that the Sonic 3 & Knuckles Level Select Cheat works on Sonic 3 alone, in Angel Island Zone. This code (usually input at Mushroom Hill Zone in Sonic & Knuckles) does not enable debug mode as in the original, though it does still allow characters to play stages they couldn't access otherwise from the level select. Examples include Tails in Doomsday Zone and Knuckles in Sky Sanctuary 1. When the level select code is performed in Sonic 3, and the first special stage option is selected (which unlike in the original accesses the blue sphere mini-game), this enables the player to use Knuckles in the Sonic 3 levels, though they are incomplete and thus cannot always be beaten.
In the US and in Europe, "Sonic the Screen Saver" was included in the compilation. This disc allowed users to customize Windows with Sonic themes, wallpapers, icons, and play music from Sonic 1, 2, 3, S&K and the Japanese version of Sonic CD. In Japan, Sonic the Screen Saver was sold separately.
Cheat codes for this game can be found at the following link: Cheat Codes:Sonic & Knuckles Collection
Producer: Toshinori Asai
Director: Tadashi Kuroi
Programmers: Tetsuji Mukai (HIC), Hitoshi Ohta (HIC), Satoru Sugisaki (HIC), Hiroaki Ishiki (HIC), Masaaki Watabiki (HIC), Shinichi Aso (HIC)
Installer Program: Kei Takashima
Game Select Scene Designers: Hisato Fukumoto, Katsufumi Yoshimori
Sound Coordinator: Masaru Setsumaru
Sound Arrangers: Jun Senoue, Takushi Hiyamuta, Toshikazu Tanaka, Shigeaki Irie (USP), Masaaki Nishizawa (USP), Goro Takahashi (USP)
Tester: Takashi Akiyama
Manual&Package Producer: Kaoru Ichigozaki
Manual&Package Director: Taiji Okamoto
Manual&Package Designer: Yumi Noda
Manual&Package Editor: Hiroya Tanaka
Special Thanks To: Hirokazu Yasuhara, Hisayoshi Yoshida, Tchie Tokoro, Shinji Fujiwara
PC, EU (Sonic the Hedgehog The Screen Saver)
Screen Saver manual
|PC, UK (Xplosiv)|
|Download Sonic & Knuckles Collection
File: Sonic&Knuckles_Collection_demo.zip (4.97 MB) (info)
|Sonic related game compilations for the PC|
|Sega Family Fun Pak (1996) | Sonic & Knuckles Collection (1997) | Sonic & Garfield Pack (1999) | Sega PC Puzzle Pack (1999) | Sega PC Smash Pack (1999) | Sega Smash Pack 2 (2000) | Sonic Action Pack (2000) | Sonic Action 4 Pack (2001) | Twin Pack: Sega Smash Pack & Sega Smash Pack 2 (2002) | Twin Pack: Sonic 3D Blast & Sonic R (2002) | Twin Pack: Sonic CD and Sonic & Knuckles Collection (2002) | Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut (2003) | Sonic Mega Collection Plus (2004) | Sonic PC Collection (2009)|