But when I now look at the details it's very clear this is a joke. Firstly the name is Sonic CRACKERS. Crackers - as in Amiga/computer crackers - people who pirate software and make demos.
This is the documentation with the original files;
º This GaMe SupPLieD by Morgoth and Gandalf º
º *** From Evil Empire (Belgium) *** º
º Name : [Sonic Crack? ] º
º Size : [08 Mbit] º
º Editor : [Fuck!Sux] º
º Console : [Megadrive Euro, Jap and Genesis] º
º Game Type : [Beta platforms º
º Copy Date : [11-06-95] º
º File Names : Find out ! º
º Some comments on diz game : diz is a playableÍÍÍÍ MD version º
º of a new SoNiC that should run on the 32X, but to be º
º honest i dunno 100% so take it as it is. º
Now these guys sound stupid right? It's because its a joke group. They are making a joke. 'Morgoth and Gandalf' are not a pirate group - if they were they would have actually released something else - but they never did.
The date of the release. Compare this to Knuckes Chaotix: March 20, 1995. So they released an 'exclusive beta' months after the actual game.
Another file included (snippet)
:-))) Morgoth (((-: \_| Lord of Darkness
*** [Sonic Crack 32X Beta ] ***
*** [Sega/SMD/08Mbit/PAL] [PL!] ***
===========> Greetz fly to All <===========
[======== Evil Empire BBS Belgium =========]
Basically its from Belgium, this BBS they advertise was a place where Amiga games and demos would be distributed.
In this old thread, Heran Bago was researching this era (which is sadly very much lost to time) http://forums.sonicr...?showtopic=5890 - The Sonic 3D by MORGOTH does not exist. They made another joke about releasing a game they didn't have. Another joke is the modified filetime which is from the future, i don't know what the exact joke is but it's 29/04/2023 for no reason. I suspect the BBS owners were unwitting about the ROM they received - a joke by the coders on the BBS/pirates who couldn't test the ROMs themselves.
I should explain, the scene has many injokes. Unfortunately lost to time is some definite proof they were messing around - a file called CW_JUN95.TXT discusses the 'Sonic Crackers' ROM and they talk POSTIVELY about playing the ROM, seemingly as a joke while giving the release a good rating - in on the joke.
Some people will argue probably about the technical ability of making it, well this is the kind of thing made in 95 by amiga/demosceners (also who are gamedevs) on the 32X: http://www.pouet.net...php?which=10686
The ROM is only a technical curiosity if you think its funny that a guy with 32X devkit/sdk made a deliberately broken Knuckles Chaotix just to troll the warez scene. Just think about it - sonic CRACKERS. CRACKERS!
Also Sonic 'STUDIUM' As in Sonic Education which could mean a number of things although interesting they used that word (its not mistyped).
One reason they would do such a prank is because of the German pirates who often would pirate the games of the actual game developers and release them early. So this is just a little way to get back at them. Often things like this have happened without being noticed. This community should be more aware of joke betas - since the Nintendo guys seem to be clueless whats real or not!
If you would like to debate and just say 'it's a beta' well its up to you.
PS: I think the isometric levels are a joke about how bad Sonic 3D was going to be. Just my opinion.