|Fast Facts on Sonic 1 Beta Hoax|
Sonic 1 Beta Hoax is a ROM hack created by Cyan Helkaraxe in 1999. When it was first released, it was purposely not described as being a hoax. As a result, many individuals mistakenly thought for a time that it was a legitimate prototype of Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis.
In 1999, Cyan Helkaraxe wanted to stir up more interest in Sonic 1 among the Sonic community. He decided to do something which had never been done at that time: create a ROM hack. The resulting hack would become known as the Sonic 1 Beta Hoax.
Cyan set to work on the Sonic 1 ROM, researching its internal workings primarily by a trial and error process, since there was absolutely no documentation on Sonic 1 available at the time. His goal was to create a hoax prototype - a game that mimicked the behavior of a "genuine" Sonic 1 prototype.
In May 1999, Cyan released his hack to Simon Wai's Sonic 2 Beta page. The ROM was deliberately not listed as a hoax; rather, it was released under the title "Sonic 1 beta?".
The release of the hoax prototype stirred up more interest in Sonic 1, and when it was identified as a hoax, Andy Wolan invited Cyan to the Sonic Stuff Research Group for his work in creating the ROM hack.
|Download Sonic 1 Beta Hoax
File: Sonic_1_Beta_Hoax.zip (351 kB) (info)
Fume Cupboard Facility - Cyan's website. Beta hoax is listed under "Sonic 1 Hoax" in "Coding Capers."