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Articles written by: Sebastian Sponsel

Hacks & Homebrews: Sonic Hacks

Hacks & Homebrews: Sonic Hacks

Sonic The Hedgehog has inspired many things, including lots of questionable merchandise. One thing that has been particularly interesting to watch develop has been the efforts of ROM hackers who have taken the games in the series and made an innumerable amount of changes to them. From merely swapping characters to creating entirely new games with the engines, these would-be developers are out to give Sonic Team a run for its money. We’ve rounded up some of the more impressive efforts in the newest installment of our Hacks & Homebrews series. Read up and enjoy the games!

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Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2

Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2

Taito was pretty prolific on the Genesis, but even with all the love it showed owners, there were still a few gems that never made the trip overseas. Rainbow Islands was one that appeared on tons of consoles, but only found a home with Sega in Japan. We have a full review for you, so read on and see if this one’s worth importing.

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Arch Rivals

Arch Rivals

Before NBA Jam, Midway tested the waters with another two-on-two basketbrawl game called Arch Rivals. Regardless of arcade success, the formula didn’t translate well at all on the Genesis, and what we got was basically a shell of the coin-op. Even so, we’ve bravely set out onto the court for a hands-on, and we’ve come back with a full review, so read it before someone pulls our pants down!

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Hard Drivin’

Hard Drivin’

When you think “racing game,” you tend to think of blinding speed and screeching tires. Few people, if any, would think of loop-de-loops and… cows? Yes, the latter can only bring one racer to mind – that of Atari’s Hard Drivin’, which received a Genesis port by Tengen. Was the game too much for the stock console to handle, or was the old black box capable of reproducing a true driving simulator?

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Hacks & Homebrews: Unofficial Ports

Hacks & Homebrews: Unofficial Ports

Over the years, many would-be programmers have tinkered with the Genesis in a myriad of ways. Game hacks are common, and today’s scene even has completely new games on the horizon. Along with the common stuff, there are some efforts that deserve closer examination, including some unofficial ports of several games from the SNES (and even one from the Playstation!). Sega-1 6 contributor Sebastian Sponsel takes a closer look at these in the latest installment of Hacks & Homebrews. Read the full article for more information.

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