This has been by far the hardest contest to judge. Many hacks tied and this was just very hard to judge in general forcing me to use a different metric to use for judging next time around if I continue to do it myself. I want to thank everyone that helped with this, the contestants, the other judges whose votes made this hard task a little easier, Tweaker, Sonic Retro, the SSRG and the entire scene itself. If it wasn't for you all, this contest would not be the staple that it has become. Included here are the results, followed by personal thoughts of mine for each hack that was entered. I hope you all enjoy that little bonus as much as I enjoyed experiencing all of your creativity =) Until December, thankyou for making this contest possible and now on to the results!! Hidden Palace Trophy - Best hack Sonic 2 Advanced Edit by Rika Chou Wood Zone Trophy - 2nd Place Sonic 1 Megamix by Tweaker and Team Megamix Genocide City Trophy – This award goes to the hardest game or level Sonic Boom by snkenjoi and iojnekns Rainbow Trophy - hack or level with the best palette(s) Sonic 2 - Cactus Juice and Mustard Lava Reef Trophy – this goes to the longest level hack (based on time taken to beat) Sonic Boom by snkenjoi and iojnekns Honourary mention: Sonic 1 Remastered Green Hill Trophy – this goes to the level or game that plays most like a Sonic level or game Neo South Island from Sonic 2 Advanced Edition, but this game hands down wins that trophy Labyrinth Trophy – most confusing level Sonic Boom (jesus christ you make a hard game, guys) by snkenjoi and iojnekns Honourary mention: garnet from Sonic 2 Advanced Edition by rika chou Emerald Hill Trophy - most linear level Sonic - Penis Edition (it's the most linear level I've seen to date) by D.A. Garden 1337!!! Trophy – worst Sonic hack Sonic 2 Rape by snkenjoi and iojnekns 1000101 Trophy – best technical hack this one was really fucking close and I finally came to this conclusion: SonicGBA by Stealth Honourary Mention - Sonic 1 32x by drx Windy Valley Trophy – best original art hack Sonic 2 Advanced Edition by rika chou Honourary Mention - Sonic 2 Cactus Juice and Mustard (this game is just 100% eye candy!! I LOVE IT. If it had a few more levels, I could have given this one to you) by The Bar Admin Toxic Caves Trophy - best reused art hack Sonic 2 Retro Remix by DNXDelta, Stephen, Thorn Honourary Mention: Sonic 1 Megamix by Tweaker and Team Megamix Shadow Trophy – best Hentai-based hack -- I want another giant dong in a game =P Sonic - Penis Edition (cum filled penises == win) by D.A. Garden WTF?! Trophy – most unique hack Some Generic Conceptions by qiuu (also known as the block puzzle game with the crazy fucking boss) Christmas Present Trophy - most unexpected hack Sonic CD+ by Stealth Piano Trophy - best music to level (thus it's specific to a specific level in a specific hack) This one was fucking HARD. The progress in music hacking has been insane and I can't grade this one honestly. I needed another opinion and an anonymous retro member was up to the challenge =) SoniNeko by Nineko Honourary Mention - Sonic the Sequel: Unmastered by roxahris The Super Duper Amazing Level Trophy - best level layout hack Sonic 2 Advanced Edition (Robotic Ruins) by rika chou Honourary Mention - Sonic 2 - Cactus Juice and Mustard (second level) Eosian Sphere Trophy - best new object the breakable block in Some Generic Conceptions by qiuu Knuckles Trophy - best new playable character Dustin Wyatt from Dustin Wyatt's Epic Adventure by Sonic 65 Honourary Mention: Silver the Hedgehog from The S Factor: Sonia and Silver by Aquaslash and his Team Cataclysm (Malevolence, Jayextee, DAGarden, FraGag) Fang Trophy - best new enemy Flying goldfish from Sonic 2 - Cactus Juice and Mustard by The Bar Admin Metropolis Trophy - best new boss Some Generic Conceptions by qiuu Honourary Mention: Sonic 1 Megamix by Team Megamix Spindash Trophy - best new ability Silver's special ability from Sfactor: Sonic and Silver by Aquaslash and Team Cataclysm Honourary Mention: Sonic's various moves from Sonic Boom Eureka! Trophy - most innovative game play feature Some Generic Conceptions by qiuu Honourary Mention - Robotnik's Revenge by ColinC10 Replay Trophy - most innovative options feature Sonic 1 Megamix by Team Megamix Crystal Meth Trophy - most potential replayability.. by potential I'm realizing most hacks entered are incomplete and thus I'm going on the stuff already in there that would make it replayable as a fully finished game =) Sonic 1 Megamix by Team Megamix Honourary Mention: Sonic 2 Retro Remix by DNXDelta, Stephen, Thorn Robotnik's Revenge Trophy - best new concept based on existing ideas Robotnik's Revenge by ColinC10 My thoughts: Dustin Wyatt's Epic Adventure Comments: The introduction is hilarious Problems: Turning around and shooting to your left doesn't always work.. sometimes enemies become invincible for unkown reason and of course it crashes at the end of the level. Missingno in Glitch City Comments: Nice touch on the crashing title screens and utter confusion everywhere -- even the level select and special stages Problems: collision is just fine and controls are just fine.. levels are actually fairly beatable Robotnik's Revenge Comments: This is a really neat concept and I found it enjoyable.. shades of SAdv Problems: none. This runs so smoothly.. this was masterfully implemented. s0n1c Comments: I hated the controls last year and they're not any better this time through. Fuck you Puto. Problems: Missingno. got you on the special stage hands down. I can beat yours.. his was just a fucking nightmare, although his normal levels were beatable and yours AREN'T Sonic 1 32x Comments: This is very interesting.. wish the source code was included with this so I could have taken a look at it, but this is nice. I like what's been done with the music. Problems: Wouldn't really say it's a problem, but it plays much faster than the original. I don't know if it's just that the 32x itself or if it's my imagination or what. Not really a problem and slowing where it usually slows no longer occurs at all. Sonic 1 Penis Special Stage Comments: Special stage in the shape of Penis. Nice touch on the sparkles being the cum shooting out Problems: Would have been funnier if you went in at the tip of the cock Sonic 1 Megamix Comments: As usual, Megamix is truly a benchmark of the time as Sonic 2 Delta was before it and Sonic 1 beta was before that. Problems: There are a couple of irrecoverable collision glitches, although two of the four of them (both in the lz level) worked out to my advantage. Sonic 1 Oergomized Comments: Nice start, but the object placement needs a lot of work and needs to be smoother. Palette for the first level was cool Problems: Object placement is atrocious and level design isn't quite exciting enough at this point. No offense, mind you, but I think that it may just be this way since it's still early in development. I can tell you're shooting for a Sonic Rush / Megamix feel and I think that out of the ones that were mimicking this type of level design, yours was the best =) Sonic 1 Pixel Perfect Comments: This is a very well done hack. The art is beautiful and stunning.. especially act 4. This was contending with some of the winners, btw. Keep up the good work Problems: a couple track stiction problems in Desert palace or whatever, but that's not very finished. Sonic 1 Remastered Comments: Completely and totally Sonic 1 with modified levels, super versions, beautiful soundtrack.. my god I love this thing. Problems: not much.. a couple collision problems Sonic 1 Sonic in Sonic 2 Comments: Cute.. not even spindash or tails ^^ Problems: small palette issues, but nothing to write home about Sonic 2 Advanced Edition Comments: God... I wish you hadn't discontinued this >.< Besides a couple bad glitches (which you fixed most of them from last year), this game has the best level design I've ever seen. This plays like an actual Sonic game, something Tweaker even admitted he couldn't recapture like you did and that's why yours ultimately won. Problems: A couple issues, but nothing I couldn't get out of like last time, which will make the rating much better Sonic 2 Aluminum Edition Comments: palette hack and minor art hack Problems: boring, but could be interesting if there was more done. I did like the palettes, though.. Sonic 2 The Hybridization Project Comments: I like the start here.. Problems: same level layout and art is KILLING ME Sonic 2 Rebirth (new) Comments: This is very unique.. I like it. Problems: None Sonic 2 Retro Remix Comments: After the first overworld I saw last year, I've absolutely loved the idea.. although lacking in the upgrades the overworld on the other hack provided, the overworlds felt like real levels which was a surprisingly refreshing concept that worked well. Problems: BAD glitch where I was stuck in a rolling posistion in one spot.. tube at the bottom of EHZ where I fell through a tube (collision error). Sonic 2 S3 Edition Comments: What gets me is the whole time I thought you were just merging levels until I saw a little glitch in MCZ and realized you were doing it just like Sonic 3. This is a fantastic proof of concept. Problems: Various in game glitches, palette errors.. most likely caused by some of these amazing modifications. This contended for the tech trophy, but was dwarfed by Stealth's hacks, drx and of course megamix Sonic Boom Comments: The new moves are sweet, level art is awesome... Problems: Still very buggy.. level layout relies far too heavily on loop gimmicks, but when this is finished it has potential to take on the big hacks in the scene. Watch out everyone! Sonic CD+ Comments: This is a really nice proof of concept. I like it Problems: None, Stealth ceases to amaze me Sonic Lost Worlds Comments: The art is beautiful and the level design isn't that bad. Problems: Couple collision issues, too many death pits.. but fascinating design. This will contend with the others once object layout is implemented Sonic Sunrise Comments: If this had even different layouts, this would rock so much more. Problems: this is begging for at least different level layouts.. the art that's changed is simply eye popping and GOOD Sonic the Hedgehog - New Lands 1 Comments: Good starting hack.. it's obvious you want to do something big with this and it has creative ambitious design that honestly isn't the best. Problems: level design is bad in places and superb in others.. but object layout makes me want to die. It's obvious you're wanting it to be like Megamix and I wish you the best of luck with that =) Sonic the Hedgehog - Westside Island Comments: This level design is GOOOOOD. I especially like starlight's layout. Problems: couple collision issues.. spike bug is BADDDD Sonic the Sequel Unmastered Comments: umm.. everything in this hack sucks. When I started it I thought it was supposed to be a 1337 trophy hack when I saw the botched title screen (which was fixed in later versions, yes.. I got the update), but the first level boasted a decent level layout with MOTHERFUCKING HAPPY HARDCORE music. OMGAZZZZZ. PLUR to you too rox!! ^^ Problems: everything but the music.. the first act's level layout was okay. This just about won the music trophy and I needed a tiebreaker to get the ratings I did. What clinched it? A couple notes were off in some of the songs. Sonic Zeta Overdrive Comments: Neat level layouts.. nice music Problems: Object layout needs some work SonicGBA Comments: This won the tech trophy hands down.. qiuu got close and so did 32x, but this is nuts Problems: a couple playing problems and smaller viewing ability, but it managed to do what sega couldn't =P soniNeko Comments: The music in this is REALLY good.. the toss up between this and roxahris' hack is going to be really annoying for me. I'll need a second opinion. Problems: none, really.. and as you can see I did get a second opinion and this won it. You have some skills there, nineko <3 The S Factor - Sonia and Silver Comments: Great level art for what's finished and great palettes for what isn't, decent level design. Problems: unfinished level art.. but shaping up to be a great game, especially art and layout-wise, which are big concerns to me. A few game design flaws (spike bug combined with nearby enemies == frustrating), but that's entirely up to you and completely avoidable. The traps you can't see no matter what you do -- those need to be taken care of. YOU'LL HAVE A BALL Comments: I had a ball and a penis Problems: Penis Edition had an actual penis.. had to go for the creativity there =\ This would have got second, though. Some Generic Conceptions Comments: First act is hard as fuck, the puzzle levels are addictive like you would not believe. Problems: Couple of collision glitches.. honestly got through the first CNZ act by glitching through the wall =P Crazy hard boss of dying and wtf was awesome, btw. This hack deserves a lot more credit than I'm able to give it. It's just so DIFFERENT. Sonic 1 Seizure Comments: When Timothy Leary and Aldous Huxley meet Sonic 1.. Problems: very much playable and the SS is unchanged. Sonic 2 Cactus Juice and Mustard Comments: Extremely detailed new level art and design, reminescent of Sonic Rush meets Sonic CD. The "candy" art makes me super happy. Problems: Art was a LITTLE monotonous in the first act, but it worked and I loved it. The complete LACK of collision bugs and the sheer magnitude of alternate paths.. damn. That was GOOD. I came. Sonic 2 DURR HURR I AM FUCKING RETARDED Juice and Mustard Comments: Humble beginnings... your old hack, to be as nice as I can, was not very good. Problems: I can't even begin to explain them all Sonic 2 Rape I had to include the rating scale with this one. Comments: I have no idea where to begin. What in GOD'S NAME DID YOU DO???? Problems: AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Art: -1/10 o_________o Tech: WTF?????????? Level Layout: -10/10 I think I saw some tiles.. maybe? Object Layout: -10/10 rings too.. I think? Sprite: -4/10 1337!!! Game Flow: -10/10 oh god NOOOO Palette: 0/10 no changes! music: 0/10 no changes! Sonic Penis Edition Comments: giant dongs filled with dangerous semen.. oh dear. Problems: needs more cock.. and different kinds of cock, but I left feeling satisfied and exhausted. ...and that's it!! Thanks for all your entries, including yours, SMTP =P I'm sure you know how I feel about your hack and I'm considering putting the special stage trophies back in there because of you. As for me leaving the scene.. that's up in the air still. I think you all should know; however, that you've made me feel bad about thinking about leaving and it makes me feel good to know that I'm liked. I don't think highly of myself and I honestly didn't think anyone would comment or notice. Seriously. I'll think about it, but you've all made me feel warm and fuzzy enough that I'll probably stay =) I just need to get over my problems, eh? "As long as the voice inside me says 'go!', I will always keep on running!" ~Sonic the Hedgehog PLUR and pz out and stay tuned!!