Sonic 1 Blastless

Discussion in 'Engineering & Reverse Engineering' started by vladikcomper, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. vladikcomper


    Tech Member
    Sonic Warped
    As you all know, Sega Mega-Drive® is famously powered by Blast Processing™ technology. This isn't just a marketing term, but a really sophisticated, advanced technology behind SEGA's most successful titles, most notably, the Sonic series.

    So, as usual, I was working on my Sonic the Hedgehog™ hack, doing my usual Blast Processing™ wizardry to bring you state of the art High Definition Sound and Graphics™ experience. However, I got a little carried away and shoved in so much Blast Processing™ power into the hack that the ROM nearly exploded.
    It is now forever cursed and has forever lost any Blast Processing™ power. Or has it?


    But my senses feel that Blast Processing™ power is still there, well-hidden deep inside it. Can you regain it?
    Be careful, though, and avoid any form of damage in the game. With so much processing power already lost, who knows what may come out of it? If you aren't careful enough, you may enter into an Anti-Blast Processing™ parallel universe, where the power of your beloved Sega Mega-Drive® may be reduced beyond, I dunno, GameBoy®?

    Play it at your own risk! Your Sega Mega-Drive® won't feel the same anymore!

    Special Thanks:
    • AURORA☆FIELDS - For testing, and valuable debugging help;
    • Jet - For testing and various ideas;
    • RayDC - For making the presentation image;
    • LazloPsylus - For grammar corrections and enhancements to this post, because I'm too tired to come up with good text right now; and for coming up with a better name for this project which I ended up using =P
  2. Vaiz


    I'm still here for some reason! Member
    Holy crap, I only watched the youtube video, but this seems really cool and creative. It reminds me of uh... Crap, what's that mobile game RPG where as you level up the graphics get better. I don't remember, but this reminds me of it.
  3. kcowolf


    Evoland, maybe?
  4. Vaiz


    I'm still here for some reason! Member
    Yes! Thank you. That's the one.
  5. Overlord


    Now playable in Smash Bros Ultimate Moderator
    Berkshire, England
    Learning Cymraeg
    I love this. I watched the Youtube video and was impressed just by the initial act restoration from Master System upwards - I didn't see the lower levels coming!
  6. Brainulator


    Regular garden-variety member Member
    Sonic's in-game palette, though. It looks like a much better blue.
  7. DeltaWooloo


    The sheep goes quack! Member
    I want to say that this hack is one of the few that got released on April Fools that managed to be far from a joke and more focused to be on a gimmick or even an RPG game where you rank up to level up. Unlike where everyone (including myself) makes a horrible shitpost hack only to fool a lot of people. I do like that there are five variants to the hack if you turn on Blast Processing or downgrade your Mega Drive. From my findings, the oldest variant a Gameboy variant with its greenish colour reminiscent of the original Gameboy screen with no sound besides some sound effects. Upgrading progresses us to an Atari 5200/SG-1000 variant where we start to see some life into the hack with the colours coming together and the music playing, albeit without the background and the music feeling bland. The default variant is the Master System, where we have more colours, and the music is coming together, and then with Blast Processing, we are back to normal. Overall, I'm quite impressed with the amount of work put in for release for a certain day, and I wish to see more people bringing amusing gimmicks to their hack like this.
  8. The Joebro64

    The Joebro64

    Joe Mama Member
    This is fantastic. Thank you.
  9. Lostgame


    turntablist, dinosaur goddess Oldbie
    Toronto, ON
    The O.I.C.
    I just wanted to chime in and say this is particularly impressive.

    I've been here almost 20 years, and it's rare to see such truly original and well-implemented ideas. :)

    Keep that magic alive! <3