<div align='center'> </div> This is the first public release of Sonic Boom. It contains the first level of the game - Power Plant Zone. We are very proud of this hack and hope you enjoy playing it half as much as we enjoyed making it. I could talk endlessly about it, but 'll spare you the essay - I love this hack and having just recieved all kinds of praise at the Seventh Annual Hacking Contest, it seems like other people do to. Be warned, we set out to make a game that did justice to Sonic's speed and agility - it is very fast and not particularly easy but since this release only contains one zone, it seemed a good idea to make it quite challenging, something to get your teeth into. Its packed with surprises right to the end. The key to mastering the gameplay is getting comfortable with the arsenal of new moves at Sonic's disposal. I encourage you to ask questions, share your views, tell us about your reactions to the hack, fastest times or close shaves. By the same token, feel free to record videos, if you feel the need, I know I'll be posting some in the coming days. I would ask you not to dwell too much on any bugs you find (not that there are many) - I know I personally have played this almost daily for the last 3 years, I don't think theres a single bug present that I haven't seen, so you can take it for granted that we are aware of them. I'd also add that whilst we've gone to lengths to deliver a polished product, it is still work in progress, so things will be subject to change in future releases. The general plan is to post a level at a time, though thats not to say we haven't already started other zones. Oh, it works on hardware too! edit: no fingers? allow me to play for you! Big shout out to all the rest of the gang. I adore the lot of ya!