Sonic After the Sequel
From Sonic Retro
After the events of Sonic 2, Sonic is caught by Tails, who is piloting the Tornado. The duo then sees an island with a large metal ring hovering near its snow-covered mountain. They then decide to go and investigate this new island. After getting through Horizon Heights, Sonic encounters a small robot resembling Tails. It then activates and attacks Sonic, and after a brief duel, it's revealed to be a trap by Eggman. Sonic is trapped in a magnetic forcefield, unable to stop Eggman from stealing the Chaos Emeralds. Just before Eggman could get his hands on them, Tails knocked the emeralds away, sending them back to the Special Zone in the process. Eggman then makes a hasty retreat to his temporary base, Storm Station Zone, with Sonic and Tails in hot pursuit. In the process, the two take out Eggman's Flying Battery Fleet, stop construction on a nearby forest (with the help of a certain red Armadillo), and fight the orb robot from the previous game. Along the way, they catch sight of a mysterious feathered object, and find some oddly prophetic murals depicting a dragon and a golden warrior. After breaking through Eggman's defenses at Storm Station Zone, the feathered object is revealed to be another of Eggman's machines, and tries to speed toward Angel Island. Sonic goes super once more, and after chasing the machine into Dream Dance Zone, finally destroys it. Sonic comes out of a Giant Ring and meets up with Tails. The two head to Angel Island, and thus, the events of Sonic 3 and Knuckles begin.
Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic the Hedgehog is a 15 year old blue hedgehog who lives in no particular locale on the planet Earth, instead choosing to travel the world looking for fun and adventure wherever he goes. While he may be a drifter, that doesn't mean he only cares about himself. Sonic is known for his 'attitude', which is shown through his smugness and sarcasm. Sonic sometimes likes to show off in order to 'look cool'. He is often shown posing or adjusting his gloves or shoes. He is also often noted to be impatient and sometimes have a hot temper.
Miles "Tails" Prower is an 8 year old orange fox whose most recognizable trait is his twin tails. While he was originally teased for them, he has learned to appreciate and love his tails, especially since they have come in handy once joining Sonic the Hedgehog in defeating Dr. Eggman's plans time and time again. Tails is sweet-natured and humble, not one to grab the spotlight for himself, instead ready to help out his friend and idol Sonic whenever necessary. While he isn't the bravest, he has become more outgoing since he has met Sonic, becoming the hero when need be. Regardless, Tails hopes to one day be self-sufficient, and not constantly rely on others, and be just as independent as Sonic.
The grandson of Professor Gerald Robotnik, Dr. Eggman was born as Ivo Robotnik. While much of his past remains a mystery, it is known that in his early years Eggman looked up to his grandfather, hoping to one day be as great a scientist as Gerald ever was. It was later on in life that Dr. Robotnik would meet his long-time rival and arch-nemesis Sonic the Hedgehog. While he could be anything, Dr. Eggman has set his sights on the highest prize of them all - global domination. Dreaming of the day he will be able to erect Eggmanland, Eggman tires endlessly at accomplishing this, though his plans are foiled time and again by the blue blur himself, Sonic the Hedgehog.
The game plays very similar to the games of the Genesis days. Sonic and Tails have the Spin Dash. Sonic has the Super Peel Out, but not in the form of a figure eight. Tails can fly, much like he did in Sonic 3. There are 3 acts per zone, with the boss having its own separate act. There are 2 modes in this game: Story Mode, which allows you to play though the game and automatically get the Good Ending, or Classic Mode, which allows you to access the Special Stages and get the Chaos Emeralds to earn the Good Ending. The Time Points system from the previous game does not return. The game has 3 types of shields: Spike (gives Sonic a ground pound), Water (gives Sonic a double jump), and Fire (gives Sonic an air dash).
There is a single Special Ring hidden in every zone (except for Dream Dance, obviously). Touching it unlocks a special version of that level for play. The special acts have different weather than their normal counterparts, due to Storm Station Zone's weather manipulation.
Like the previous game, ATS has an original soundtrack composed by the team of Falk, KgZ, Funk Fiction, and Andy Tunstall. However, for this soundtrack, they were joined by Mr. Lange (otherwise known as ShortFactor), DJ Max-E, and Li Xiao'an. The soundtrack was once again praised as one of the best parts of the game, even remixing some familiar Sonic tunes. It can be downloaded here.