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* ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Nick Arcade prototype)]]'' ([[Sega Mega Drive/Genesis]])
 
* ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Nick Arcade prototype)]]'' ([[Sega Mega Drive/Genesis]])
 
* ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Simon Wai prototype)]]'' ([[Sega Mega Drive/Genesis]])
 
* ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Simon Wai prototype)]]'' ([[Sega Mega Drive/Genesis]])
* ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog CD build 510]]'' ([[Sega CD|Sega Mega CD]])
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* ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog CD build 510]]'' ([[Mega CD|Sega Mega CD]])
 
* ''[[Sonic Crackers]]'' (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis)
 
* ''[[Sonic Crackers]]'' (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis)
 
* ''[[Sonic 3D (cartridge prototype)]]'' (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis)
 
* ''[[Sonic 3D (cartridge prototype)]]'' (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis)
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Revision as of 21:42, 19 September 2009

A prototype is a stage of design before the final one. Prototype video games are created during development for playtesting and bug reporting purposes. Usually, a prototype game doesn't leave the developers' offices, but occasionally one finds its way out and onto the internet.

Prototypical stages

  • Pre-Alpha: Only used in certain games for very early development
  • Alpha: All the development up to beta
  • Beta: All major game modes and features are closed; game is now being heavily tested for bugs by SOA's QA
  • Final/Gold: Finished and sold product

Examples of well-known prototypes

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Prototypes and Betas
Nick Arcade Prototype | "Wai" Prototype | Beta 4 | Beta 5 | Beta 6 | Beta 7 | Beta 8
Sonic the Hedgehog CD Prototypes and Betas
510 | 712 | 806 | 920
Sonic & Knuckles Prototypes and Betas
0525 | 0606 | 0608 | 0610 | 0612 | 0618 | 0619
Knuckles' Chaotix Prototypes and Betas
Crackers | 1207 | 1227 | 1229 | 0111 | 0119 | 0202 | 0208 | 0209 | 0210 | 0213 | 0214 | 0216
Sonic 3D Prototypes and Betas
73 | 814 | 2006 Cartridge dump | 819 | 825 | 830 | 831 | 94 | Saturn Tech Demo