Sonic Classic Heroes
From Sonic Retro
Sonic Classic Heroes is a ROM hack for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis that is the result of a collaboration between flamewing and ColinC10, combining their respective hacks Sonic 2 Heroes and Sonic 1 and 2. It therefore is a single ROM that offers the entire campaigns of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, either alone or together; and enables the player to direct any from one to all three of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. The hack is named after this latter ability to control a team of characters, which is reminiscent of the more recent 3D game Sonic Heroes.
The hack is built on Sonic 2’s engine, which has been enhanced by both flamewing and ColinC10 to have new features. These include: multiple gameplay elements from Sonic 3 & Knuckles, such as element shields and character-specific abilities; the ability to save progress, scores, etc. to SRAM (something rarely implemented in Sonic 2, with the other notable example being Esrael’s Sonic 2 Delta); various bug-fixes and improvements to the mechanics of the original games; and many more features, both implemented and planned.
Beginning almost immediately after the initial release of the first version of this project, Sonic 2 Heroes, posters to its official thread on the Sonic Retro forums suggested (with varying degrees of jocularity and seriousness) that flamewing and Sonic 1 and 2 author ColinC10 combine their two hacks, with the result that the hack would cover not only the levels of Sonic 2 but also those of Sonic 1. Reminded of this suggestion several months later, flamewing posted expressed interest and an intention to ask ColinC10. The two agreed to collaborate. flamewing took most programming responsibility to integrate the source code of the two hacks and only announced the existence of the project once it was well underway, on 19 December 2011.
On 20 July 2012, flamewing announced the first public release of Sonic Classic Heroes. This was the same version that he submitted to that year's Sonic the Hedgehog Hacking Contest. Although the new title of Sonic Classic Heroes now replaced that of Sonic 2 Heroes, the existing numbering scheme was maintained, making this version 0.07 beta. Several revisions fixing bugs and/or improving features have since been released, bringing the current version to version 0.07 final, revision 3.
Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of the things that are, or in the future have been planned to be, included in Sonic Classic Heroes. Until this page is updated more thoroughly, please see the forum post linked in the above paragraph for an extensive changelog.