This is a resurrection of that game.
I have been talking to Jamie Bailey(and taliking a little bit to Blazehedgehog discussing how to contact Jamie.) about this, and he gave me the big OK to start working on a remake for the 20th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as the 8th anniversary of the fangame's release. Being a remake, I don't expect to make it as good as the original, but I hope to make this as close as I can to the original, being made in Game Maker rather than MMF.
Now, in these discussions with Jamie, I was told about some unfavorable things that he would have changed in game, one of those being the act long ship and drill machine gimmicks. I understand that talking about this would cause some fans of the original game to panic, for fear that I will absolutely destroy this remake and make the original look bad because of this. This is (partially) not true. As I have said before, while I cannot emulate the game perfectly, I will try to make it as close as I can while eliminating bugs and adding things that were meant to be in the original.
A list of things that will be changed are provided here:
1. The gimmick levels
Yes, I am shortening the gimmick levels so that they do not take up one full act, taking up a small part of the act instead.
2. Past Sonic's levels SPOILER ALERT WARNING
Bailey said that I could tweak some stuff in the game. To me(and to some other people I'm SURE OF THIS.), the past version was way too short, only taking up one zone before the diabolical plot unfolds and Sonic is offed in the past. I have extended this past time zone to three zones rather than just one, explaining how Robotnik found Tails, and adding more length to the game as a whole. The new levels will include a dense forest and a scrap brain zone-esque base with traps galore.
3. Other Monitors
Again, while discussing with Bailey, I was told that one addition that would be a good idea is the addition of other power up monitors.
The original had Ring and 1-up monitors. This remake will add in Shield, Speed Shoe, and Invincibility monitors. Don't let the fact that I'm using an engine fool you with this, I've added in some great effects that allow the invincibility and shields to be as accurate as possible to the ones found on Megadrive titles.
4. The possibility of a Special Stage and Super Sonic
Yes, I MIGHT add that in as a bonus, but don't get your hopes up, I'm still debating on whether to add this feature in. I have tested it, and Super Sonic does work with a cycling palette, speed and invincibility, the ability to jump high, and the ability to do moves normal Sonic cannot (Such as a jump dash, and a ring dash move.)
5. Bonus content
I will be replacing almost all of the bonus content due to multiple reasons.(Specifically, the SAGE level because it's outdated and needs to be updated for the new SAGE; the Evolution levels, as I didn't work on the game from those levels first like Bailey did; and the Christmas levels are being replaced with new christmas levels, as well as other holiday themed events that react to the date on your computer!) I'm keeping in Marathon mode and the Beginning level, as well as an updated SAGE level.
Now that we have all that sorted out, screenshot time!
This is the original background that will also be used in game. Credit to Jamie Bailey for the original image.
A picture of Sonic in the beta Lightspeed Park Zone.
This is one of the giant ferris wheels that are abundant in the zone.
NOTE!!!! The only things that are OFFICIAL are Sonic's design, the core engine and a small part of the HUD. All of the rest is subject to change, so if you don't like it, don't turn away, it may change.
I cannot give a playable demo yet because of modifications I am making to it for the link system, and some other small errors in gameplay that need to be ironed out. However, I hope that these pictures are enough to tide you over until I can post a video or the demo.
Feel free to give constructive criticism, but please do not completely trash this game, as you have only been able to see pictures of it so far. If you don't like it, you don't have to post.
EDIT: had to change the links because it wouldn't post the pictures for some weird reason.