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:''For the Tiger LCD version, see [[Sonic R (LCD game)]].''
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'''''Sonic R''''' (the R stands for racing) is a racing game made by [[Sega]] for the [[Sega Saturn]] and PC.  It features characters from the [[Sonic the Hedgehog]] series.  The game is characterized by the same sense of environmental openness in the Sonic platformers.  It contains colorful 3D graphics combined with a strong soundtrack by [[Richard Jacques]] (including songs performed by British singer [[T.J. Davis]]).
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'''''Sonic R''''' (ソニックR) is a ''Sonic the Hedgehog''-themed 3D racing game. It was developed by [[Traveller's Tales]] under guidance from [[Sonic Team]], and published by [[Sega]] for the [[Sega Saturn]] and later Windows PCs.
  
 
==Gameplay==
 
==Gameplay==
There are several collectible rings across each of the five racetracks. Each ring regenerates after a short period of time. These rings can serve two purposes.
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''Sonic R'' is a racing game played from a third-person perspective, where players take control of one of ten ''Sonic'' characters racing around one of five courses against up to four other players. While never released in arcades, it is structured similarly to Sega arcade racers such as ''[[Daytona USA]]'' and ''[[Sega Rally Championship]]'', however, the game also includes (limited) platforming segments, power-ups and hazards.
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Keeping in the tradition of earlier ''Sonic'' games, [[Ring]]s are scattered across each of the five courses, which in this game regenerate over a period of time. However, while in previous games Rings act as hit-points to protect Sonic from damage, in ''Sonic R'' they are used as currency; either to use on "accelerators" (which will consume all of a the characters' Rings (up to a maximum of 50) in exchange for a short, computer-controlled period where the player moves roughly three times as fast), or to open doors (which typically require 20 or 50 Rings) to access new areas of the map.
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While some characters can attack other players, all obstacles in the game serve only to slow characters down, rather than eliminate them from the race. This includes water, which in this game causes certain characters to continue the race off-camera, rather than drowning them after an alotted time. Racers will also merely "bump" off each other if a collision occurs, and Rings cannot be lost in the same manner as earlier Sonic titles (i.e. they do not scatter everywhere when hit).
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Secondary to racing computer (or human) opponents in ''Sonic R'', the player can find and collect [[Chaos Emeralds]] (usually hidden behind doors), in-turn unlocking [[Super Sonic]] when all seven are collected. Each track also houses five [[Sonic Token]]s, which if collected allows the player to challenge the computer (as one of the unlockable characters) in a head-to-head race, where winning unlocks the opponent character. The player needs to finish in first place for any of these conditions to count, and has only three laps to collect the required enough Rings/Tokens/Emeralds.
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Also featured throughout the levels are floating "[[Item Panel]]s", which if touched awward the player with one of multiple possible rewards, including multiples of Rings and [[Water Shield|Water]] and [[Lightning Shield]]s (which first appeared in ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''). The Water Shield allows the racer to walk on water (until he/she reaches dry land once more), while the Lightning Shield attracts Rings, disappearing if the player touches water or after a period of time. Item Panels do not disappear, but there is a pause between rewards.
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Aside from the main game, there are three special gameplay modes: reverse, in which racing occurs facing the opposite direction, breaking five balloons scattered around the stage, or tagging the other four players in the quickest possible time.
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The soundtrack by ''Sonic R'' was presented by [[Richard Jacques]], with songs performed by British singer [[TJ Davis]]. The vocals can be switched off in the options menu. By loading the Saturn or PC CD of ''Sonic R'' in a standalone audio CD player or a media player on a computer, one may listen to the soundtrack of the game, which is also fully tagged if the players supports CD-Text. However, some copies of the PC version released by Expert Software (Activision Value) are missing the CD audio tracks, most likely due to a (very) sloppy mastering job. Hence, the game will not play music.
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===Playable characters===
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''Sonic R'' features ten racers, six of which are unlockable:
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{{Section
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|image=SonicR_Sonic.png
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|title=[[Sonic the Hedgehog]]
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|desc=Sonic the Hedgehog is the fastest of the four initially available characters, but is the most difficult to control. He can [[Spin Dash]] and double jump.
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{{Section
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|image=SonicR_Tails.png
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|title=[[Miles "Tails" Prower]]
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|desc=Miles "Tails" Prower is a slower version of Sonic with his trademark flying ability, allowing him to fly at a fixed level for a short period of time. The technique is not very useful in ''Sonic R'', as the tracks generally lack any sort of "verticality" to them, and paths are usually enclosed by invisible walls.
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|image=SonicR_Knuckles.png
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|title=[[Knuckles the Echidna]]
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|desc=Knuckles the Echidna fills the role as the all-round character, with average speed and handling. Knuckles can [[Spin Dash]], and while he can still [[Power Glide‎|glide]], is robbed of the ability to latch onto walls and climb up them (though there is never any need to do so).
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|image=SonicR_Amy.png
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|title=[[Amy Rose]]
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|desc=Amy Rose is the slowest of the playable characters and drives a car which can hover over water. 10 Rings allows her to boost for a short period.
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|image=SonicR_Eggman.png
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|title=[[Dr. Eggman]]/Dr. Robotnik
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|desc=Dr. Eggman (Dr. Robotnik in the West) appears as an opponent from the start, however is only made playable after finishing first in [[Radiant Emerald]]. Driving an [[Egg Mobile]], Eggman can hover over water and fire a short-range heat-seeking missile at other racers at the cost of 10 Rings. The missile temporarily slows down its target or removes their Shield, but is otherwise harmless.
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|image=SonicR_MetalSonic.png
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|title=[[Metal Sonic]]
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|desc=Metal Sonic has a higher single jump than the rest of the characters, and can temporarily hover over water while travelling at faster speeds. The character is unlocked by collecting the five Sonic Tokens in Resort Island, then beating him in a race.
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|image=SonicR_TailsDoll.png
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|title=[[Tails Doll]]
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|desc=Tails Doll, unique to ''Sonic R'', is the only character that can travel over water without decreasing speed. It can also float slightly higher for a short period of time without losing momentum. The character is unlocked by collecting the five Sonic Tokens in Radical City, then beating it in a race.
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|image=SonicR_MetalKnuckles.png
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|title=[[Metal Knuckles]]
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|desc=Metal Knuckles is a faster variant of Metal Sonic with the ability to glide. The character is unlocked by collecting the five Sonic Tokens in Reactive Factory, then beating him in a race.
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|image=SonicR_Eggrobo.png
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|title=[[Eggrobo|Eggman Robo]]
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|desc=Eggman Robo, first seen in ''[[Sonic & Knuckles]]'', behaves similarly to Eggman, though is easier to control and slightly faster. The character is unlocked by collecting the five Sonic Tokens in Regal Ruin, then beating him in a race.
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|image=SonicR_SuperSonic.png
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|title=[[Super Sonic]]
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|desc=Super Sonic is unlocked by collecting all the Chaos Emeralds and pressing {{up}} while hovering over Sonic on the character selection screen. As is usually the case in ''Sonic'' games, Super Sonic is the fastest character in ''Sonic R'', though the increase in speed (and jump height) makes him more difficult to control. Super Sonic shares all of Sonic's abilities, but can now hover over water.
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While arguably many of the characters have pros and cons, differences in handling and special moves are often negligible, and the majority of the action involves travelling forward on the ground. This means the initial five characters, from fastest to slowest, are Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Eggman, Amy, while the unlockables rank as Super Sonic, Metal Knuckles, Metal Sonic, Eggman Robo, Tails Doll. The computer does not always follow the numbers - Knuckles is usually faster than Sonic when it is in charge.
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===AI===
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During normal play, the computer controls four AI characters for the player to race against. Due to the passive nature of the game, most act as glorified pacemakers, rarely interacting with the player and following a predictable path along the course. In most cases, the computer selects the four "best" unlocked characters and never varies its choices - that is to say, as soon as one (non-Eggman) character is unlocked, Amy Rose will never be chosen by the computer to race again, as when controlled by the computer, she is the slowest character in the game.
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The computer follows all the same rules as human players, and so will collect Rings, run through Item Panels and make use of doors and accelerators (if doing so offers a shortcut). Computer-controlled Eggman or Eggman Robo will fire at opponents which are close by, but will not actively hunt down other players. The computer also has no interest in collecting Emeralds or Tokens.
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The AI opponents only ever run (or drive/float) around a track - they do not jump, use Amy's speed boost or capitalise on certain characters' ability to hover over water. With the exception of Radiant Emerald, large sections of the track are ignored by the computer, either due to the routes being longer, or presumed difficulties in overcoming certain obstacles. The stage designs coupled with smart-enough pathfinding means that the computer is unlikely to get stuck unless forced into a corner by a human player, but as its strategy never changes, the player has a huge advantage over the computer in most cases.
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Computer characters move at an almost constant speed, hard-coded for each character which does not vary significantly between races. As the computer does not appear to be affected by character handling differences, this usually means it is easy to predict which order the computer characters will finish a race in. Sonic, for example, will always beat Amy in a race regardless of the chosen track, unless the player interferes in some way. While slight variations in the computer's racing lines could give Amy an advantage (i.e. she collects more Rings to use), the length of the track and the time taken to collect these Rings usually means that by lap three, each character has an unassailable lead over the next.
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While the specifics are not understood, computer players do appear to "learn" better routes as the game progresses. One of the more obvious examples is the loop in Resort Island - when first playing the game, the computer will use the loop, but later will discover that it is quicker to avoid it on the right-hand side. Many (sometimes obvious) shortcuts are never taken by the computer, however.
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When playing as Super Sonic in Radiant Emerald with all characters unlocked, Metal Sonic, Tails Doll, Metal Knuckles and Eggman Robo will travel faster through the stage and become more competitive as a result.
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==Saving data==
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The Sega Saturn version of the game makes use of the Saturn's internal battery back-up as well as the [[sega:Saturn Backup Memory|Back-Up RAM Cartridge]] to save progress and unlockable content.
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==History==
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===Development===
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{{main|Game Development:Sonic R}}
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===Release===
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===Legacy===
  
* Stepping on a speed boost will consume all of a player's rings, to a maximum of 50, and boost the player ahead along a preset path. The boost is at a speed approximately three times the normal maximum speed of a character and lasts for a duration proportional to the number of rings deducted.
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==Versions==
* Using twenty or fifty rings will open one of many special doors.  After being opened, the doors remain open for all players for the duration of the game. The number of rings required to open the door is displayed in the frame above it.
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''Sonic R'' was designed with the Sega Saturn in mind, but was subsequently brought to Windows PCs a year later. The PC version exists in two forms; one which uses software rendering (i.e. graphics are handled by the CPU), and another which uses hardware rendering, taking advantage of 3D accelerator cards which were becoming more commonplace at the time. The version of ''Sonic R'' which appears in ''[[Sonic Gems Collection]]'' is derived from this hardware-accelerated PC conversion.
  
There are also inexhaustible emblem bonuses.  Touching an emblem gives the racer one of multiple possible rewards, including a random number of rings and the [[Water shield|water]] and [[lightning shield]]s that appeared in [[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]. The bubble shield allows the racer to walk on water once, after which it disappears. The lightning shield attracts rings to itself, but is eliminated upon touching water.
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On the Saturn, ''Sonic R'' uses the console's [[sega:VDP2|VDP2]] graphics processor to render an infinite, textured plane which acts as the "floor" of each stage (save for Radiant Emerald). 3D polygons are then positioned on-top by [[sega:VDP1|VDP1]], though to maintain a steady frame rate, the draw distance for these polygons is very short. To partially overcome this, ''Sonic R'' uses "fogging" techniques, rendering polygons which are further away with more transparency. 2D backgrounds then help to give the illusion that more of the scene is being drawn than what actually is.
  
Aside from the main game, there are three special gameplay modes: reverse, in which racing occurs facing the opposite direction, break five balloons, and tag four players.
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While the software-rendered PC version attempts to emulate these Saturn quirks, 3D accelerators were designed differently, meaning that here, everything is a polygon, and fogging therefore applies to the entire scene. The hardware-rendered PC applies this effect to each individual pixel, leading to a less "choppy" effect than on Sega's console, where it is applied per polygon.
  
===Characters===
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Draw distance is also configurable on the PC, and defaults to further away than on the Saturn (meaning more of the scene is rendered at any one time). It can be adjusted in the software-rendered PC version in real time by pressing the F1 and F2 keys. In ''Sonic Gems Collection'', draw distance is not an issue, with the entire stage being rendered at once.
There are five racers in each race.  The four "best" racers that have been activated are automatically selected as computer opponents if a secret character is chosen. If one of the default characters is chosen, then the opponents with be the other default racers.
 
  
Some racers can run on water for a limited period of time, and can "swim" in it indefinitely, at greatly reduced speed. In addition, each of the ten playable characters has a different speed and a unique set of abilities. Unlike most racing games, these abilities are designed such that certain characters, even among characters that are initially playable, have a clear edge over others. The four characters that are initially playable are [[Amy Rose]], [[Miles "Tails" Prower|Tails]], [[Knuckles the Echidna|Knuckles]], and [[Sonic the Hedgehog|Sonic]].  Below are the characters and their abilities, listed roughly from worst to best.
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While the core content remains the same across all versions, the PC version introduces random weather conditions (either normal, rainy, or snowy) which can affect play. It is also able to operate at higher resolutions and frame rates than is possible on the Saturn.
  
* [[Amy Rose]] drives a car and can hover over water.  However, she is extremely slow.
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''Sonic R'' was also designed with "additive" lighting (blue light on red shows blue), meaning light sources dramatically change the colour of textures during play. In the hardware-rendered PC version, multiplication is used for the lighting calculations (blue light on red shows black) instead, creating more subdued tracks.
* [[Eggman]], who races in a [[eggpod]], can do a short-range heat-seeking attack at a cost of 10 rings.  The attack will eliminate the target's shield if it has one and slow it down if it does not.  He is also particularly slow.
 
* [[Tails]] can fly at a fixed level for an limited period of time.
 
* [[Eggrobo]] is an improved version of its counterpart, but slow compared to other secret characters.
 
* [[Knuckles]] can glide for an unlimited period of time, gradually losing height.  He cannot latch onto or climb walls as in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
 
* [[Sonic]] is the fastest of the characters that are initially playable.
 
* [[Tails Doll]] can hover on water. Additionally, he can hover indefinitely a certain distance above the ground or water.
 
* [[Metal Knuckles]] is an improved version of its counterpart.
 
* [[Metal Sonic]] is an improved version of its counterpart.
 
* [[Super Sonic]] is the best racer, and also the hardest to unlock.  He can double-jump and can run on water indefinitely, although at a reduced speed. By repeatedly jumping, it is possible to move across water at full speed. He is also the fastest racer.
 
  
===Activating secret characters===
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In the Saturn version, the Radiant Emerald track is rendered with semi-transparent polygons, and uses a transparent overlay to simulate multi-texturing. This technique comes at the expense of the fogging effect (meaning the track suffers from more abrupt polygon "pop-in". The PC and ''Gems'' versions opt instead for solid polygons and textures which pulsate with bright colors.
  
Placing first on each of the first four racetracks activates the fifth.  Placing first on the last racetrack activates Eggman.  If a player collects all five coins on a racetrack and places first, second, or third, the player activates a race against a secret character unique to the racetrack. Defeating this secret character unlocks it.  If a player collects a [[Chaos Emerald]] and places first in the race, the player keeps it.  Collecting all seven Chaos Emeralds activates Super Sonic.
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Backgrounds in the Saturn version use smaller textures, mirrored four times to wrap the screen (and in so doing, causing suns/moons to appear twice). The PC and Gems versions eliminate this problem by using a 1664*128 bitmap for the entire background.  
  
==Manuals==
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The water for the Saturn version appears different, with light shading on the wave reflection of the background (a palette effect) and a faintly visible water surface. The software rendered PC version has ripples done that same way as the Saturn version, but is missing the visible water surface and wave shading. The ''Gems Collection'' version animates water in a similar way. The hardware rendered PC version is missing the features that the software version misses, as well as the background reflecting by a slightly darkened, wobbling texture.
* [[Sonic R US Manual]]
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* [[Sonic R JP Manual]]
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The Saturn version uses 4-bit textures whereas the PC and ''Gems'' versions have 24-bit textures, though despite these tweaks, texture resolution is roughly the same. Polygon counts for player models were increased for the PC port (Knuckles being one of the most noticeable imprvements), though tracks were left unchanged. The software rendered PC version is also the only version with texture alpha blending (per texel transparency, with all other versions using per polygon transparency).
* [[Sonic R (PC) US Manual]]
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Collision differs slightly between the Saturn and later versions, such as ropes in Reactive Factory which are solid in the original game. Items also have different probabilities of being received in the Saturn version; shields and speed shoes are far more common for racers in top positions. All non-Saturn versions support up to four player races, versus just two.
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In addition to all of this, the PC version makes a number of graphical changes, often as a result of supporting higher screen resolutions. The balloons in the balloon mode are blue in the Saturn version, while other versions have randomly colored balloons. Audio is generally worse on the PC, however - sound effects are often played in lower quality, and instrumental tunes are mysteriously truncated in the PC version. The Saturn and ''Gems'' versions have ambient sound effects for torches, waterfalls, and seasides; these are missing in the PC version, and are played too loudly in the ''Gems Collection'' port.
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As there were many versions of ''Sonic R'' produced for the PC, there have been many accounts of bugs which can spoil the experience for the player. One such bug brings up an error message when the user makes an attempt to play the game. The game is still playable by forcing the computer to execute the program over and over again. Moreover, the bug can be fixed permanently with a single text edit(?).
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Credits are different in the Saturn version in that there are no 3D characters.
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===Also released on===
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*''[[Arcade Collection]]'' for PC (2000)
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*''[[Sonic Action Pack]]'' for PC (2000)
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*''[[Sonic Action 4 Pack]]'' for PC (2001)
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*''[[Twin Pack: Sonic 3D Blast & Sonic R]]'' for PC (2002)
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*''[[Sega PC Mega Pack]]'' for the PC (2003)
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*''[[Sonic Gems Collection]]'' for the [[Nintendo GameCube]] and [[PlayStation 2]] (2005)
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*''[[Sonic Double Pack]]'' for PC (2008)
  
==Differences between versions==
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==Production credits==
The Saturn version of Sonic R does the game's signature fade-in is works differently. If the game is undergoing slowdown the fade-in will disappear, shortening the draw distance, in an attempt to keep the frame rate up. On the Saturn, polygons that are transparent do not have lighting applied. On the software rendered PC version, fade-in is fixed and can be changed in the options menu or in-game with the F1 and F2 keys. On the hardware rendered version, fade-in is displayed differently, calculated per pixel instead of per polygon. Also on the hardware rendered PC version, the lowest flat floor fades-in with the polygons. The Gems version has no fade-in.
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===Saturn version===
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*'''Program Design & Implementation:''' [[Jon Burton]] (Travellers Tales)
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*'''Head Artist:''' James Cunliffe (Travellers Tales)
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*'''Lead Artist:''' Dave Burton (Travellers Tales)
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*'''Game Design Director:''' [[Takashi Iizuka]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
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*'''Map Design Director:''' [[Hirokazu Yasuhara]] (Sega of America Inc.)
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*'''Additional Artwork:''' [[Kazuyuki Hoshino]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
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*'''Additional Artwork & Visual Advisor:''' [[Shigeru Okada]] (Sega Europe Limited)
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*'''Character Designer:''' [[Yuji Uekawa]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
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*'''Music & Sound Producer:''' [[Richard Jacques]] (Sega Europe Limited)
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*'''General Producer:''' [[Yuji Naka]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
  
There are two versions of track lighting in the different versions of Sonic R. The Saturn and software rendered versions use addition to calculate lighting. This allows for much more dramatic lighting and changing to color of a texture. (Blue light on red shows blue.) The hardware rendered PC version and Gems version uses multiplication for calculating lighting. (Blue light on red shows black.) Since the game's lighting was designed for additive lighting, the track appears subdued on the hardware rendered and Gems versions.
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{{creditsheader|Travellers Tales}}
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*'''Programmed by:''' [[Jon Burton]]
 +
*'''Polygon Model Design and Implementation:''' Neil Allen, Dave Burton, James Cunliffe
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*'''Texture Map Design and Application:''' Neil Allen, James Cunliffe
 +
*'''Character Animations:''' Dave Burton
 +
*'''Model and Animation Data Conversion:''' Andy Holdroyd
 +
*'''Terrain System Programming:''' John Hodskinson
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*'''Special Effects Programming:''' [[Jon Burton]]
 +
*'''Artificial Intelligence:''' Stephen Harding, Gary Vine
 +
*'''Texture Application Software:''' Andy Holdroyd
 +
*'''Additional Programming:''' Stephen Harding, Gary Vine, John Hodskinson, Andy Holdroyd
 +
*'''Development Director:''' [[Jon Burton]]
 +
*'''Special Thanks:''' Helen Burton and Helen Gavin
  
The appearance Radiant Emerald has changed greatly between versions. In the Saturn version, the track is transparent and has a transparent overlay to simulate multitexturing. The fade-in found throughout the game is disabled, so the end of the track pops into view. On the PC and Gems versions, fade-in works normally, but the track is no longer transparent and there is no overlay. Instead, the coloring of the track pulsates with bright colors. On the hardware rendered PC version and Gems versions, the track is dark and unlit in places, but coloring does change.
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{{creditsheader|Sega Enterprises Ltd.}}
 +
*'''General Producer:''' [[Yuji Naka]]
 +
*'''Project Manager:''' [[Youji Ishii]]
 +
*'''Producer:''' [[Yuji Naka]]
 +
*'''Game Design Director:''' [[Takashi Iizuka]]
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*'''Game Designers:''' [[sega:Shiro Mukaide|Shiro Mukaide]], [[Shun Nakamura|Syun Nakamura]]
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*'''Game Advisors:''' [[Takao Miyoshi]], [[sega:Katsuhiro Hasegawa|Katsuhiro Hasegawa]]
 +
*'''Additional Artwork:''' [[Kazuyuki Hoshino]]
 +
*'''Character Designer:''' [[Yuji Uekawa]]
 +
*'''Graphic Advisors:''' [[Naoto Ohshima|Naoto Oshima]], [[Hiroshi Nishiyama]]
 +
*'''Sound Advisor:''' [[Naofumi Hataya]]
 +
*'''Executive Manager:''' [[Shoichiro Irimajiri]]
 +
*'''Executive Coordinators:''' [[Makoto Oshitani]], [[Jin Shimazaki]]
 +
*'''Overseas Coordinator:''' [[Ryoichi Hasegawa]]
 +
*'''Public Relations:''' [[sega:Hiroto Kikuchi|Hiroto Kikuchi]], [[Takumi Miyake]]
 +
*'''Manual:''' [[sega:Hiroyuki Mitsui|Hiroyuki Mitsui]], [[sega:Osamu Nakazato|Osamu Nakazato]], [[sega:Takashi Nishimura|Takashi Nishimura]]
 +
*'''Special Thanks:''' [[Takahiro Hamano]], [[Yukifumi Makino]], [[Takuya Matsumoto]], [[Yoshitaka Miura|Yoshitake Miura]], [[Yuichiro Suzuki]]
  
Backgrounds are different in the Saturn and PC/Gems versions. The Saturn version has a smaller background (mostly made from a tilemap) and is mirrored four times to wrap the screen. (Likely size of the background is 416*128.) One problems with this, for example, is that suns/moons appear twice. The PC and Gems versions use a 1664*128 bitmap for the entire background. The water for the Saturn version appears different, with light shading on the wave reflection of the background (a palette effect) and a faintly visible water surface. The software rendered PC version has ripples done that same way as the Saturn version, but is missing the visible water surface and wave shading. The hardware rendered PC version is missing the features that the software version misses, as well as having a different method of the background reflecting, being reduced to a slightly darkened, wobbling texture. The Gems version has water similar to the software rendered PC version.
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{{creditsheader|Sega Europe Limited}}
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*'''Sound Producer:''' [[Richard Jacques]]
 +
*'''Additional Artwork & Visual Advisor:''' [[Shigeru Okada]]
 +
*'''Music & Sound FX:''' [[Richard Jacques]]
 +
*'''Sound Programming:''' Thomas Szirtes
 +
*'''Vocals:''' [[T.J. Davis]] (courtesy of Freedom Management)
 +
*'''Engineered & Mixed by:''' Matt Howe
 +
*'''Digital Editing by:''' Neil Tucker
 +
*'''Recorded and Mixed:''' Metropolis Studios & [[sega:Sega Digital Studio|Sega Digital Studio]]
 +
*'''Technical Support:''' Colin Carter, Ed Hollingshead, Tamer Tahsin, Thomas Szirtes, Elton Bird
 +
*'''Senior Product Manager:''' [[sega:Kazutoshi Miyake|Kazutoshi Miyake]]
 +
*'''Operations Manager:''' [[sega:Naoya Tsurumi|Naoya Tsurumi]]
 +
*'''Product Manager & Public Relations:''' [[sega:Mark Maslowicz|Mark Maslowicz]]
 +
*'''Lead Tester:''' [[sega:Jason Cumberbatch|Jason Cumberbatch]]
 +
*'''Assistant Lead Testers:''' [[sega:Dave Thompson|Dave Thompson]], [[sega:Roberto Parraga|Roberto Parraga]]
 +
*'''Special Thanks:''' Jo Bladen, Mark Hartley, Phiippe Deleplace, Frederique Ayer, Stephanie Petit, Jose Angel Sanchez, Begona Sanz, David Garcia, Hitoshi Okuno, Andreas von Gliszczynski, Thorsten Moe, Tina Sakowsky, Richard Leadbetter, Paul Davies, Tom Guise, Ed Lomas, Daniel Jevons, Jose Aller
  
Textures have changes between versions. The Saturn version uses 4-bit textures whereas the PC and Gems versions have 16-bit textures. Despite some tweaks, texture resolution is roughly the same. Some polygon models have changed, too. The changes on Knuckles are particularly noticeable between the Saturn and PC/Gems versions. Also, the software rendered PC version is the only version with texture alpha blending. (Per texel transparency, all other versions only do per polygon transparency.)
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{{creditsheader|Sega of America Inc.}}
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*'''Map Design Director:''' [[Hirokazu Yasuhara]]
 +
*'''Project Coordinators:''' [[Jason Kuo]], Dave Locke
 +
*'''Product Managers:''' Kristin McCloskey, Terese Russell
 +
*'''Lead Tester:''' Fernando Valderrama
 +
*'''Assistant Lead Tester:''' Jeff Junio
 +
*'''Special Thanks:''' Scott Allen, Sandy Castagnola, Curtis Clarkson, Geraldine Dessimoz, Marci Ditter, Sheri Hockaday, Michael Jablonn, Judy Nybo, Paul Sears, Seedy Lounge, Eric Smith, Dan Stevens, [[Bernie Stolar]], Mark Subotnick, [[Shuji Utsumi]], [[Mike Wallis]]<br><br>
  
There are several other small tweaks. In some places collision detection has changed. (In the PC/Gems version, you can stand on the ropes in Reactive Factory; in the Saturn you cannot.) The controls are less responsive on the Saturn version. (There is a slight delay between when a button is push and when a character responds.) There are fewer categories in the time records. (PC/Gems records for each character, mode, and track combination, Saturn records for each track and mode. combination) The Saturn and Gems versions have ambient sound effects for torches, waterfalls, and seasides; the Gems version has volume issues (too loud) and is missing some of the sounds that the Saturn version has. Credits are different in the Saturn version. (No 3D characters.) The balloons in the balloon mode are blue in the Saturn version, while other versions have randomly colored balloons. Items have different probabilities of being received in the Saturn version; shields and speed shoes are far more common for racers in top positions. In the PC and Gems versions, races occur in random weather conditions, either normal, rainy, or snowy, unless the default settings are altered. Snowy weather freezes the water so that racers can run across it without sinking. The Saturn version supports two players in split screen, while other versions support four players. The PC version has a networked mode, but has synchronization problems.
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*'''Game Developed by:''' [[Travellers Tales]]<br>
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[[Sega|Sega Enterprises, Ltd.]]<br>
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}}
  
Overall, the best version of Sonic R is the PC version in software rendering mode, with best feature selection and graphics.
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===PC version===
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==Also Released On==
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{{creditsheader|Traveller's Tales}}
* ''[[Sonic Gems Collection]]'' for the [[Nintendo GameCube]] and [[Sony Playstation 2]] (2005)
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*'''Program design and implementation:''' [[Jon Burton]]
 +
*'''Head artist:''' James Cunliffe
 +
*'''Lead artist:''' Dave Burton
  
== Production Credits ==
+
{{creditsheader|Sega}}
Program Design & Implementation: Jon Burton (Traveller's Tales)<br/>
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*'''Game design director:''' [[Takashi Iizuka]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
Head Artist: James Cunliffe (Traveller's Tales)<br/>
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*'''Map design director:''' [[Hirokazu Yasuhara]] (Sega of America Inc.)
Lead Artist: David Burton (Traveller's Tales)<br/>
+
*'''Additional artwork:''' [[Kazuyuki Hoshino]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
Game Design Director: [[Takashi Iizuka]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)<br/>
+
*'''Additional artwork and visual advisor:''' [[Shigeru Okada]] (Sega Europe Ltd.)
Map Design Director: [[Hirokazu Yasuhara]] (Sega of America Inc.)<br/>
+
*'''Character designer:''' [[Yuji Uekawa]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
Additional Artwork: [[Kazuyuki Hoshino]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)<br/>
+
*'''Music and sound producer:''' [[Richard Jacques]] (Sega Europe Ltd.)
Additional Artwork & Visual Advisor: [[Shigeru Okada]] (Sega Europe Limited)<br/>
+
*'''Project director:''' [[sega:Katsuhisa Sato|Kats Sato]] (Sega Europe Ltd.)
Character Designer: [[Yuji Uekawa]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)<br/>
+
*'''General producer:''' [[Yuji Naka]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
Music & Sound Producer: [[Richard Jacques]] (Sega Europe Limited)<br/>
 
Project Director: Kats Sato (Sega Europe Limited)<br>
 
General Producer: [[Yuji Naka]] (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
 
  
===Traveller's Tales===
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{{creditsheader|Traveller's Tales}}
Programmed By Jon Burton<br/>
+
*'''Polygon model design and implementation:''' Neil Allen, Dave Burton, James Cunliffe
Polygon Model Design and Implementation: Neil Allen, David Burton, James Cunliffe<br/>
+
*'''Texture map design and application:''' Neil Allen, James Cunliffe
Texture Map Design and Application: Neil Allen, James Cunliffe<br/>
+
*'''Character animations:''' Dave Burton
Character Animations: David Burton<br/>
+
*'''Artwork:''' Bev Bush, Carleen Smith
Artwotk: Bev Bush, Carleen Smith<br>
+
*'''Additional artwork:''' Leon Warren, Sean Maden, Jon Rashid, Will Thompson
Addtional Artwork: Leon Warren, Sean Maden, Jon Rashid, Will Thompson<br>
+
*'''Model and animation data conversion:''' Andy Holdroyd
Model and Animation Data Conversion: Andy Holdroyd<br/>
+
*'''Terrain system programming:''' John Hodskinson
Terrain System Programming: John Hodskinson<br/>
+
*'''Artificial intelligence:''' Stephen Harding, Gary Vine
Special Effects Programming: Jon Burton<br/>
+
*'''Texture application software:''' Andy Holdroyd
Artificial Intelligence: Stephen Harding, Gary Vine<br/>
+
*'''3D Engine and Porting:''' Steve Monks
Texture Application Software: Andy Holdroyd<br/>
+
*'''Additional programming:''' Andy Holdroyd, John Hodskinson, Stephen Harding, Gary Vine, Neil Harding
3D Engine And Porting: Steve Monks<br>
 
Additional Programming: Stephen Harding, Gary Vine, John Hodskinson, Andy Holdroyd<br/>
 
  
==Sega Enterprises Ltd.==
+
{{creditsheader|Sega}}
General Producer: [[Yuji Naka]]<br>
+
{{creditsheader|Sega Enterprises Ltd.}}
Producer: Tetsuo Shinyu<br>
+
*'''Producer:''' [[Yuji Naka]]
Director: Masamitsu Shiino<br>
+
*'''Game design director:''' [[Takashi Iizuka]]
Game Design Director: [[Takashi Iizuka]]<br>
+
*'''Map design director:''' [[Hirokazu Yasuhara]]
Map Design Director: [[Hirokazu Yasuhara]]<br>
+
*'''Game designer:''' [[Shun Nakamura|Syun Nakamura]]
Supervisor: [[Yuji Naka]]<br>
+
*'''Game advisors:''' [[Takao Miyoshi]], [[sega:Katsuhiro Hasegawa|Katsuhiro Hasegawa]]
Game Designer: Syun Nakamura<br>
+
*'''Additional artwork:''' [[Kazuyuki Hoshino]]
Game Advisors: [[Takao Miyoshi]], Katsuhiro Hasegawa<br>
+
*'''Additional artwork and visual advisor:''' [[Shigeru Okada]]
Additional Artwork: [[Kazuyuki Hoshino]]<br>
+
*'''Character designers:''' [[Yuji Uekawa]], [[Yoshitaka Miura|Yoshitaki Miura]]
Additional Artwork & Visual Advisor: [[Shigeru Okada]]<br>
+
*'''Graphic advisors:''' [[Naoto Ohshima|Naoto Oshima]], [[Hiroshi Nishiyama]]
Character Designers: [[Yuji Uekawa]], [[Yoshutaki Miura]]<br>
+
*'''Sound advisor:''' [[Naofumi Hataya]]
Graphic Advisors: [[Naoto Ohshima]], [[Hiroshi Nishiyama]]<br>
+
*'''Music and sound effects:''' [[Richard Jacques]]
Sound Advisor: [[Naofumi Hataya]]<br>
 
Music & Sound Effects: [[Richard Jacques]]<br>
 
Vocals: [[T.J. Davis]] (courtesy of Freedom Management)<br>
 
Engineered & Mixed By: Matt Howe
 
Digital Editing By: Neil Tucker
 
Recorded And Mixed At: SEGA DIGITAL STUDIO, Metropolis Studio<br>
 
Product Manager: Toshinori Asai<br>
 
Sega Europe Ltd. Director: Richard Lloyd<br>
 
European Marketing Manager: Hitendra Maik<br>
 
Assistant European Marketing Manager: Steve Wombwell<br>
 
Locailzation: Roberto Parraga, Dave Thompson, Michael Wiessmuller<br>
 
Packing And Software Manual(Japan): Kaoru Ichigozaki, Osamu Makazato, Hayato Takebayashi<br>
 
Packing And Software Manual(America): France Tantiado<br>
 
Packing And Software Manual(Europe): Paul Jeren<br>
 
Special Thanks: [[Jin Shimazaki]], Kazutoshi Miyake, Katsuhisa Sato, Scott Hawkins, [[Sonic Team]]<br>
 
===Sega Europe Limited===
 
Sound Producer: [[Richard Jacques]]<br/>
 
Additional Artwork & Visual Advisor: [[Shigeru Okada]]<br/>
 
Music & Sound FX: [[Richard Jacques]]<br/>
 
Sound Programming: Thomas Szirtes<br/>
 
Vocals: [[T.J. Davis]] (courtesy of Freedom Management)<br/>
 
Engineered & Mixed By: Matt Howe<br/>
 
Digital Editing By: Neil Tucker<br/>
 
Recorded and Mixed: Metropolis Studios, Sega Digital Studio<br/>
 
Technical Support: Colin Carter, Ed Hollingshead, Tamer Tahsin, Thomas Szirtes, Elton Bird<br/>
 
Senior Product Manager: Kazutoshi Miyake<br/>
 
Operations Manager: Naoya Tsurumi<br/>
 
Product Manager & Public Relations: Mark Maslowicz<br/>
 
Lead Tester: Jason Cumberbatch<br/>
 
Assistant Lead Testers: Dave Thompson, Roberto Parraga<br/>
 
Special Thanks: Jo Bladen, Mark Hartley, Philippe Deleplace, Frederique Ayer, Stephane Petit, Jose Angel Sanchez, Begona Sanz, David Garcia, Hitoshi Okuno, Andreas Von Gliszczynski, Thorsten Moe, Tina Sakowsky, Richard Leadbetter, Paul Davies, Tom Guise, Ed Lomas, Daniel Jevons, Jose Aller
 
  
===Sega of America Inc.===
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*'''Vocals:''' [[T.J. Davis]] courtesy of Freedom Management
Map Design Director: [[Hirokazu Yasuhara]]<br/>
+
*'''Engineered and mixed by:''' Matt Howe
Project Coordinators: [[Jason Kuo]], Dave Locke<br/>
+
*'''Digital editing by:''' Neil Tucker
Product Managers: Kristin McCloskey, Terese Russell<br/>
+
*'''Recorded and mixed at:''' Metropolis Studios and [[sega:Sega Digital Studio|Sega Digital Studio]]
Lead Tester: Fernando Valderrama<br/>
+
*'''Product manager:''' [[sega:Toshinori Asai|Toshinori Asai]]
Assistant Lead Tester: Jeff B. Junio<br/>
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*'''Producer:''' [[Tetsuo Shinyu]]
Testers: Don Carmichael, Michael Dobbins, Arnold Feener, Lloyd Kinoshita, Dennis Lee, Christopher Lucich, Tony Lynch, Marcus Montgomery, David Paniagua, Mark Paniagua, Steve Peck, Maurice Smith, Matt Underwood, Paulita Villatuya<br/>
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*'''Director:''' Masamitsu Shiino
Special Thanks: Scott Allen, Sandra Castagnola, Curtis Clarkson, Geraldine Dessimoz, Marcelyn Ditter, Sheri Hockaday, Michael S. Jablonn, Judy Nybo, Paul Sears, Seedy Lounge, Eric Smith, Dan Stevens, [[Bernie Stolar|Bernard Stolar]], Mark Subotnick, Shuji Utsumi, Mike Wallis
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*'''Sega Europe Ltd. director:''' Richard Lloyd
 +
*'''European marketing manager:''' Hitendra Naik
 +
*'''Assistant European product manager:''' Steve Wombwell
 +
*'''Localization:''' [[sega:Roberto Parraga|Roberto Parraga]], [[sega:Dave Thompson|Dave Thompson]], Michael Wiessmuller
 +
*'''Packaging and software manual:'''
 +
** Japan: [[sega:Kaoru Ichigozaki|Kaoru Ichigozaki]], [[sega:Osamu Nakazato|Osamu Nakazato]], Hayato Takebayashi
 +
** Europe: [[sega:Paul Jerem|Paul Jerem]]
 +
** America: [[France Tantiado]]
 +
*'''Supervisor:''' [[Yuji Naka]]
 +
*'''Special Thanks to:''' [[Takashi Iizuka]], [[Jin Shimazaki]], [[sega:Kazutoshi Miyake|Kazutoshi Miyake]], [[sega:Katsuhisa Sato|Katsuhisa Sato]], Scott Hawkins, and [[Sonic Team]]
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*'''developed by:''' [[Traveller's Tales]]
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==Physical Scans==
+
==Manuals==
===Saturn===
+
{{main|Sonic R/Manuals}}
====United States====
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==Promotional material==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Image:Sonicr-box-us.jpg|US cover
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Sonic_R_B2_Poster.jpeg
Image:Sonicr sat us cd.jpg|US CD
 
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
===Europe===
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==Artwork==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Image:Sonicr-box-eu.jpg|EU cover
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Sonic R logo.png
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SonicR Art LogoAlt.png
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SonicR OriginalBoxArt.png
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SonicR ArtMain.png
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Sonic R key art alt.png
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SonicR ArtCard.png
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File:R_Sonic.png
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File:SonicR_Group_Artwork1.png
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File:SonicR_Group_Artwork2.png
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File:SonicR_Group_Artwork3.png
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SonicR-Group.jpg
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File:SonicR_Sonic_Artwork.jpg
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SonicR-Sonic.jpg
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SonicR-SuperSonic.jpg
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File:SonicR_Tails_Artwork1.png
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SonicR-Tails.jpg
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SonicR-Tails2.png
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File:SonicR_Knuckles_Artwork1.png
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SonicR-Knuckles.jpg
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File:SonicR_Amy_Artwork1.png
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SonicR-Amy.jpg
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SonicR-Amy2.png
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File:SonicR_Eggman_Artwork1.png
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SonicR-Eggman2.png
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SonicR-MetalSonic.jpg
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SonicR-EggRobo.jpg
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Eggrobo-.png
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Metalknux.jpg
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SonicR Art MapResortIsland.png
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SonicR Art MapRadicalCity.png
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SonicR Art MapRegalRuin.png
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SonicR Art MapReactiveFactory.png
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
====Japan====
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==Physical scans==
<gallery>
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===Saturn version===
Image:Sonicr-box-jp.jpg|JP cover
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Sonic R
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Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn, Windows PC
Save file size: 2.16 KB (PC)
Genre: Racing
Number of players:
Sega Saturn
1-2,
Windows PC
1-4
Release Date RRP Code Rating
Sega Saturn
JP
1997-12-04[1] ¥5,800 GS-9170
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
1997-11-18[2] $49.99[3] 81800
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
1997-11-21 €? MK81800-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
UK
1997-11-21 £44.99Template:Magref MK81800-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
1997-11-21 DM ? MK81800-50
USK: 0
Sega Saturn
BR
1997 R$? 191306
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Sega Saturn
AU
199x $? FSON35SSC
OFLC: G
Sega Saturn
PT
199x  ? STJSE0741
Windows PC
JP
1998-12-11[4] ¥7,800 (8,190)[5] HCJ-0144
Sega Rating: All Ages
Windows PC
JP
(Ultra 2000)
2000 ¥? ?
Windows PC
US
1998-11-11 $? 85076
ESRB: Everyone
Windows PC
US
(Expert Software)
199x $? ?
ESRB: Everyone
Windows PC
EU
1998-11 €? MK-85076-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Windows PC
DE
1998-11 DM ? MK-85076-50
USK: 0
Windows PC
UK
(Xplosiv)
200x £? XP-1263
3553260
PEGI: 3+
Windows PC
UK
(Xplosiv)
200x £? EI-1263
PEGI: 3+
Windows PC
UK
(Grabit)
200x £? GDL 094
PEGI: 3+
Windows PC
FR
(Xplosiv)
200x  ? EI-1530
SELL: Tous Publics
Windows PC
DE
(Hammer Preis)
199x  ? ?
Windows PC
DE
(Xplosiv)
200x  ? ?
USK: 0
Windows PC
DE
(Green Pepper)
200x 6.99[6] ?
USK: 6
Windows PC
ES
199x  ? ?
aDeSe: Todos los Publicos
Windows PC
ES
(Xplosiv)
200x  ? ?
aDeSe: Todos los Publicos
Windows PC
PT
(Top Games)
200x  ? ?
Windows PC
PT
(Power Games)
200x  ? ?
Windows PC
EU
(ES/IT Xplosiv)
200x €? ?
Windows PC
AU
(Valusoft)
2005 $? THQ70475
OFLC: G
Windows PC
SE
(PC Best Buy)
200x  ?kr ?
PEGI: 3+
Windows PC
YU
(Game Zone)
200x  ? ?
Windows PC
PL
199x  ? ?
PEGI: 3+
Windows PC
HU
200x  ? ?
PEGI: 3+
Windows PC
TW
xxxx NT$? ?
Windows PC
BR
199x R$? ?
Windows PC
SG
(Replaygem)
200x  ? ?

Sonic R (ソニックR) is a Sonic the Hedgehog-themed 3D racing game. It was developed by Traveller's Tales under guidance from Sonic Team, and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn and later Windows PCs.

Gameplay

Sonic R is a racing game played from a third-person perspective, where players take control of one of ten Sonic characters racing around one of five courses against up to four other players. While never released in arcades, it is structured similarly to Sega arcade racers such as Daytona USA and Sega Rally Championship, however, the game also includes (limited) platforming segments, power-ups and hazards.

Keeping in the tradition of earlier Sonic games, Rings are scattered across each of the five courses, which in this game regenerate over a period of time. However, while in previous games Rings act as hit-points to protect Sonic from damage, in Sonic R they are used as currency; either to use on "accelerators" (which will consume all of a the characters' Rings (up to a maximum of 50) in exchange for a short, computer-controlled period where the player moves roughly three times as fast), or to open doors (which typically require 20 or 50 Rings) to access new areas of the map.

While some characters can attack other players, all obstacles in the game serve only to slow characters down, rather than eliminate them from the race. This includes water, which in this game causes certain characters to continue the race off-camera, rather than drowning them after an alotted time. Racers will also merely "bump" off each other if a collision occurs, and Rings cannot be lost in the same manner as earlier Sonic titles (i.e. they do not scatter everywhere when hit).

Secondary to racing computer (or human) opponents in Sonic R, the player can find and collect Chaos Emeralds (usually hidden behind doors), in-turn unlocking Super Sonic when all seven are collected. Each track also houses five Sonic Tokens, which if collected allows the player to challenge the computer (as one of the unlockable characters) in a head-to-head race, where winning unlocks the opponent character. The player needs to finish in first place for any of these conditions to count, and has only three laps to collect the required enough Rings/Tokens/Emeralds.

Also featured throughout the levels are floating "Item Panels", which if touched awward the player with one of multiple possible rewards, including multiples of Rings and Water and Lightning Shields (which first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3). The Water Shield allows the racer to walk on water (until he/she reaches dry land once more), while the Lightning Shield attracts Rings, disappearing if the player touches water or after a period of time. Item Panels do not disappear, but there is a pause between rewards.

Aside from the main game, there are three special gameplay modes: reverse, in which racing occurs facing the opposite direction, breaking five balloons scattered around the stage, or tagging the other four players in the quickest possible time.

The soundtrack by Sonic R was presented by Richard Jacques, with songs performed by British singer TJ Davis. The vocals can be switched off in the options menu. By loading the Saturn or PC CD of Sonic R in a standalone audio CD player or a media player on a computer, one may listen to the soundtrack of the game, which is also fully tagged if the players supports CD-Text. However, some copies of the PC version released by Expert Software (Activision Value) are missing the CD audio tracks, most likely due to a (very) sloppy mastering job. Hence, the game will not play music.

Playable characters

Sonic R features ten racers, six of which are unlockable:

SonicR Sonic.png Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog is the fastest of the four initially available characters, but is the most difficult to control. He can Spin Dash and double jump.
SonicR Tails.png Miles "Tails" Prower
Miles "Tails" Prower is a slower version of Sonic with his trademark flying ability, allowing him to fly at a fixed level for a short period of time. The technique is not very useful in Sonic R, as the tracks generally lack any sort of "verticality" to them, and paths are usually enclosed by invisible walls.
SonicR Knuckles.png Knuckles the Echidna
Knuckles the Echidna fills the role as the all-round character, with average speed and handling. Knuckles can Spin Dash, and while he can still glide, is robbed of the ability to latch onto walls and climb up them (though there is never any need to do so).
SonicR Amy.png Amy Rose
Amy Rose is the slowest of the playable characters and drives a car which can hover over water. 10 Rings allows her to boost for a short period.
SonicR Eggman.png Dr. Eggman/Dr. Robotnik
Dr. Eggman (Dr. Robotnik in the West) appears as an opponent from the start, however is only made playable after finishing first in Radiant Emerald. Driving an Egg Mobile, Eggman can hover over water and fire a short-range heat-seeking missile at other racers at the cost of 10 Rings. The missile temporarily slows down its target or removes their Shield, but is otherwise harmless.
SonicR MetalSonic.png Metal Sonic
Metal Sonic has a higher single jump than the rest of the characters, and can temporarily hover over water while travelling at faster speeds. The character is unlocked by collecting the five Sonic Tokens in Resort Island, then beating him in a race.
SonicR TailsDoll.png Tails Doll
Tails Doll, unique to Sonic R, is the only character that can travel over water without decreasing speed. It can also float slightly higher for a short period of time without losing momentum. The character is unlocked by collecting the five Sonic Tokens in Radical City, then beating it in a race.
SonicR MetalKnuckles.png Metal Knuckles
Metal Knuckles is a faster variant of Metal Sonic with the ability to glide. The character is unlocked by collecting the five Sonic Tokens in Reactive Factory, then beating him in a race.
SonicR Eggrobo.png Eggman Robo
Eggman Robo, first seen in Sonic & Knuckles, behaves similarly to Eggman, though is easier to control and slightly faster. The character is unlocked by collecting the five Sonic Tokens in Regal Ruin, then beating him in a race.
SonicR SuperSonic.png Super Sonic
Super Sonic is unlocked by collecting all the Chaos Emeralds and pressing Up while hovering over Sonic on the character selection screen. As is usually the case in Sonic games, Super Sonic is the fastest character in Sonic R, though the increase in speed (and jump height) makes him more difficult to control. Super Sonic shares all of Sonic's abilities, but can now hover over water.

While arguably many of the characters have pros and cons, differences in handling and special moves are often negligible, and the majority of the action involves travelling forward on the ground. This means the initial five characters, from fastest to slowest, are Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Eggman, Amy, while the unlockables rank as Super Sonic, Metal Knuckles, Metal Sonic, Eggman Robo, Tails Doll. The computer does not always follow the numbers - Knuckles is usually faster than Sonic when it is in charge.

AI

During normal play, the computer controls four AI characters for the player to race against. Due to the passive nature of the game, most act as glorified pacemakers, rarely interacting with the player and following a predictable path along the course. In most cases, the computer selects the four "best" unlocked characters and never varies its choices - that is to say, as soon as one (non-Eggman) character is unlocked, Amy Rose will never be chosen by the computer to race again, as when controlled by the computer, she is the slowest character in the game.

The computer follows all the same rules as human players, and so will collect Rings, run through Item Panels and make use of doors and accelerators (if doing so offers a shortcut). Computer-controlled Eggman or Eggman Robo will fire at opponents which are close by, but will not actively hunt down other players. The computer also has no interest in collecting Emeralds or Tokens.

The AI opponents only ever run (or drive/float) around a track - they do not jump, use Amy's speed boost or capitalise on certain characters' ability to hover over water. With the exception of Radiant Emerald, large sections of the track are ignored by the computer, either due to the routes being longer, or presumed difficulties in overcoming certain obstacles. The stage designs coupled with smart-enough pathfinding means that the computer is unlikely to get stuck unless forced into a corner by a human player, but as its strategy never changes, the player has a huge advantage over the computer in most cases.

Computer characters move at an almost constant speed, hard-coded for each character which does not vary significantly between races. As the computer does not appear to be affected by character handling differences, this usually means it is easy to predict which order the computer characters will finish a race in. Sonic, for example, will always beat Amy in a race regardless of the chosen track, unless the player interferes in some way. While slight variations in the computer's racing lines could give Amy an advantage (i.e. she collects more Rings to use), the length of the track and the time taken to collect these Rings usually means that by lap three, each character has an unassailable lead over the next.

While the specifics are not understood, computer players do appear to "learn" better routes as the game progresses. One of the more obvious examples is the loop in Resort Island - when first playing the game, the computer will use the loop, but later will discover that it is quicker to avoid it on the right-hand side. Many (sometimes obvious) shortcuts are never taken by the computer, however.

When playing as Super Sonic in Radiant Emerald with all characters unlocked, Metal Sonic, Tails Doll, Metal Knuckles and Eggman Robo will travel faster through the stage and become more competitive as a result.

Saving data

The Sega Saturn version of the game makes use of the Saturn's internal battery back-up as well as the Back-Up RAM Cartridge to save progress and unlockable content.

Sonic R Save Data
Name Comment File Size
SONICR___## SAVE_DATA 6

History

Development

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Release

Legacy

Versions

Sonic R was designed with the Sega Saturn in mind, but was subsequently brought to Windows PCs a year later. The PC version exists in two forms; one which uses software rendering (i.e. graphics are handled by the CPU), and another which uses hardware rendering, taking advantage of 3D accelerator cards which were becoming more commonplace at the time. The version of Sonic R which appears in Sonic Gems Collection is derived from this hardware-accelerated PC conversion.

On the Saturn, Sonic R uses the console's VDP2 graphics processor to render an infinite, textured plane which acts as the "floor" of each stage (save for Radiant Emerald). 3D polygons are then positioned on-top by VDP1, though to maintain a steady frame rate, the draw distance for these polygons is very short. To partially overcome this, Sonic R uses "fogging" techniques, rendering polygons which are further away with more transparency. 2D backgrounds then help to give the illusion that more of the scene is being drawn than what actually is.

While the software-rendered PC version attempts to emulate these Saturn quirks, 3D accelerators were designed differently, meaning that here, everything is a polygon, and fogging therefore applies to the entire scene. The hardware-rendered PC applies this effect to each individual pixel, leading to a less "choppy" effect than on Sega's console, where it is applied per polygon.

Draw distance is also configurable on the PC, and defaults to further away than on the Saturn (meaning more of the scene is rendered at any one time). It can be adjusted in the software-rendered PC version in real time by pressing the F1 and F2 keys. In Sonic Gems Collection, draw distance is not an issue, with the entire stage being rendered at once.

While the core content remains the same across all versions, the PC version introduces random weather conditions (either normal, rainy, or snowy) which can affect play. It is also able to operate at higher resolutions and frame rates than is possible on the Saturn.

Sonic R was also designed with "additive" lighting (blue light on red shows blue), meaning light sources dramatically change the colour of textures during play. In the hardware-rendered PC version, multiplication is used for the lighting calculations (blue light on red shows black) instead, creating more subdued tracks.

In the Saturn version, the Radiant Emerald track is rendered with semi-transparent polygons, and uses a transparent overlay to simulate multi-texturing. This technique comes at the expense of the fogging effect (meaning the track suffers from more abrupt polygon "pop-in". The PC and Gems versions opt instead for solid polygons and textures which pulsate with bright colors.

Backgrounds in the Saturn version use smaller textures, mirrored four times to wrap the screen (and in so doing, causing suns/moons to appear twice). The PC and Gems versions eliminate this problem by using a 1664*128 bitmap for the entire background.

The water for the Saturn version appears different, with light shading on the wave reflection of the background (a palette effect) and a faintly visible water surface. The software rendered PC version has ripples done that same way as the Saturn version, but is missing the visible water surface and wave shading. The Gems Collection version animates water in a similar way. The hardware rendered PC version is missing the features that the software version misses, as well as the background reflecting by a slightly darkened, wobbling texture.

The Saturn version uses 4-bit textures whereas the PC and Gems versions have 24-bit textures, though despite these tweaks, texture resolution is roughly the same. Polygon counts for player models were increased for the PC port (Knuckles being one of the most noticeable imprvements), though tracks were left unchanged. The software rendered PC version is also the only version with texture alpha blending (per texel transparency, with all other versions using per polygon transparency).

Collision differs slightly between the Saturn and later versions, such as ropes in Reactive Factory which are solid in the original game. Items also have different probabilities of being received in the Saturn version; shields and speed shoes are far more common for racers in top positions. All non-Saturn versions support up to four player races, versus just two.

In addition to all of this, the PC version makes a number of graphical changes, often as a result of supporting higher screen resolutions. The balloons in the balloon mode are blue in the Saturn version, while other versions have randomly colored balloons. Audio is generally worse on the PC, however - sound effects are often played in lower quality, and instrumental tunes are mysteriously truncated in the PC version. The Saturn and Gems versions have ambient sound effects for torches, waterfalls, and seasides; these are missing in the PC version, and are played too loudly in the Gems Collection port.

As there were many versions of Sonic R produced for the PC, there have been many accounts of bugs which can spoil the experience for the player. One such bug brings up an error message when the user makes an attempt to play the game. The game is still playable by forcing the computer to execute the program over and over again. Moreover, the bug can be fixed permanently with a single text edit(?).

Credits are different in the Saturn version in that there are no 3D characters.

Also released on

Production credits

Saturn version

  • Program Design & Implementation: Jon Burton (Travellers Tales)
  • Head Artist: James Cunliffe (Travellers Tales)
  • Lead Artist: Dave Burton (Travellers Tales)
  • Game Design Director: Takashi Iizuka (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
  • Map Design Director: Hirokazu Yasuhara (Sega of America Inc.)
  • Additional Artwork: Kazuyuki Hoshino (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
  • Additional Artwork & Visual Advisor: Shigeru Okada (Sega Europe Limited)
  • Character Designer: Yuji Uekawa (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
  • Music & Sound Producer: Richard Jacques (Sega Europe Limited)
  • General Producer: Yuji Naka (Sega Enterprises Ltd.)
Travellers Tales
  • Programmed by: Jon Burton
  • Polygon Model Design and Implementation: Neil Allen, Dave Burton, James Cunliffe
  • Texture Map Design and Application: Neil Allen, James Cunliffe
  • Character Animations: Dave Burton
  • Model and Animation Data Conversion: Andy Holdroyd
  • Terrain System Programming: John Hodskinson
  • Special Effects Programming: Jon Burton
  • Artificial Intelligence: Stephen Harding, Gary Vine
  • Texture Application Software: Andy Holdroyd
  • Additional Programming: Stephen Harding, Gary Vine, John Hodskinson, Andy Holdroyd
  • Development Director: Jon Burton
  • Special Thanks: Helen Burton and Helen Gavin
Sega Enterprises Ltd.
Sega Europe Limited
  • Sound Producer: Richard Jacques
  • Additional Artwork & Visual Advisor: Shigeru Okada
  • Music & Sound FX: Richard Jacques
  • Sound Programming: Thomas Szirtes
  • Vocals: T.J. Davis (courtesy of Freedom Management)
  • Engineered & Mixed by: Matt Howe
  • Digital Editing by: Neil Tucker
  • Recorded and Mixed: Metropolis Studios & Sega Digital Studio
  • Technical Support: Colin Carter, Ed Hollingshead, Tamer Tahsin, Thomas Szirtes, Elton Bird
  • Senior Product Manager: Kazutoshi Miyake
  • Operations Manager: Naoya Tsurumi
  • Product Manager & Public Relations: Mark Maslowicz
  • Lead Tester: Jason Cumberbatch
  • Assistant Lead Testers: Dave Thompson, Roberto Parraga
  • Special Thanks: Jo Bladen, Mark Hartley, Phiippe Deleplace, Frederique Ayer, Stephanie Petit, Jose Angel Sanchez, Begona Sanz, David Garcia, Hitoshi Okuno, Andreas von Gliszczynski, Thorsten Moe, Tina Sakowsky, Richard Leadbetter, Paul Davies, Tom Guise, Ed Lomas, Daniel Jevons, Jose Aller
Sega of America Inc.
  • Map Design Director: Hirokazu Yasuhara
  • Project Coordinators: Jason Kuo, Dave Locke
  • Product Managers: Kristin McCloskey, Terese Russell
  • Lead Tester: Fernando Valderrama
  • Assistant Lead Tester: Jeff Junio
  • Special Thanks: Scott Allen, Sandy Castagnola, Curtis Clarkson, Geraldine Dessimoz, Marci Ditter, Sheri Hockaday, Michael Jablonn, Judy Nybo, Paul Sears, Seedy Lounge, Eric Smith, Dan Stevens, Bernie Stolar, Mark Subotnick, Shuji Utsumi, Mike Wallis

Sega Enterprises, Ltd.


PC version


Traveller's Tales
  • Program design and implementation: Jon Burton
  • Head artist: James Cunliffe
  • Lead artist: Dave Burton
Sega
Traveller's Tales
  • Polygon model design and implementation: Neil Allen, Dave Burton, James Cunliffe
  • Texture map design and application: Neil Allen, James Cunliffe
  • Character animations: Dave Burton
  • Artwork: Bev Bush, Carleen Smith
  • Additional artwork: Leon Warren, Sean Maden, Jon Rashid, Will Thompson
  • Model and animation data conversion: Andy Holdroyd
  • Terrain system programming: John Hodskinson
  • Artificial intelligence: Stephen Harding, Gary Vine
  • Texture application software: Andy Holdroyd
  • 3D Engine and Porting: Steve Monks
  • Additional programming: Andy Holdroyd, John Hodskinson, Stephen Harding, Gary Vine, Neil Harding
Sega
Sega Enterprises Ltd.


Manuals

Sonic Retro emblem.svg Main article: Sonic R/Manuals

Promotional material

Artwork

Physical scans

Saturn version




Sega Saturn
87 Sonic Retro Average
Based on 4 reviews
Publication Score Source
Computer and Video Games 80 №193, p72/73/74/75/76
edge 80 №53, p100
gamesmaster 90 №64, p32/33/34
saturnpower 96 №9, p68/69/70/71/72/73
Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Disc
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Manual
Saturn, JP ("Not for sale")

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Disc
Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Manual
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, PT
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, AU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, BR
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Cover
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Disc
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Manual

PC version

PC, JP
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Cover
PC, JP (Ultra 2000)
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Cover
PC, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Manual
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Jewel Case
PC, US (Expert Software)
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Cover
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Disc
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Jewel Case
PC, EU
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Disc
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Jewel Case
PC, UK (Xplosiv)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, UK (Xplosiv; alt)
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Cover
PC, UK (Xplosiv; alt 2)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, UK (Xplosiv; alt 3)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, UK (Xplosiv; With Pro Pinball)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, UK (Grabit)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, FR (Xplosiv)
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Cover
PC, DE (Hammer Preis)
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Cover
PC, DE (Xplosiv)
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Cover
PC, DE (Xplosiv; alt)

PC, DE (Green Pepper)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, ES
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Cover
PC, ES (Xplosiv)
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Cover
PC, ES/IT (Xplosiv)
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Cover
PC, PT (Power Games)
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Cover
PC, PT (Top Games)
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Cover
PC, DK/SE/NO/FI (PC Best Buy)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, PL
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Cover
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Disc
PC, HU
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Cover
PC, HR/SI/YU (Game Zone)
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Cover
PC, AU (Valusoft)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, BR

SonicR PC BR manual.pdf
Manual
PC, SG (Replaygem)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, TW

External links

References


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Merchandise


Development
Hidden content
Technical information

Sonic games for the following systems
Sega Saturn
 1996  Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island     1997  Sonic Jam | Sonic R    
 Unreleased  Sonic X-treme | Sonic Saturn
Windows PC
Retail
 1996  Sonic the Hedgehog CD | Sonic the Hedgehog The Screen Saver | Sonic's Schoolhouse     1997  Sonic & Knuckles Collection | Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island     1998  Sonic R     2003  Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut     2004  Sonic Heroes     2006  Sonic Mega Collection Plus | Sonic Riders     2010  Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing     2011  Sonic Generations     2013  Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed