Retro Engine

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The Retro Engine (currently known as the Star Engine) is an engine created by "The Taxman" (Christian Whitehead). It is designed to deliver features from the 32-bit console era and below, and focuses on things like raster effects, palette manipulations, 'mode 7', and other features of retro games from back then, unlike modern engines today. The engine is multi-platform, and it fully supports modern essentials such as widescreen and online functionality. The Taxman and Stealth (Simon Thomley) remade and remastered Sonic the Hedgehog CD (2011) for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, iOS, and Android, Sonic the Hedgehog (2013) for iOS and Android, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2013) for iOS and Android using the Retro Engine. These new features for the games include upgraded graphics, widescreen display, 60 fps, remastered soundtracks, and many more features.

In 2016 Sonic Mania, another Retro Engine-powered game, was announced and fully released in 2017.

In late 2018, with Christian joining the new game studio known as Evening Star, it was decided to rename the Retro Engine and its RSDK format to the Star Engine and the Star SDK respectively.[1]