My personal list of the Top Sonic The Hedgehog rom hacks created so far by fans. The upcoming release of Sonic Mania has inspired me to play more classic Sonic games. I played 40 of the most popular Sonic rom hacks, listed below are the 10 best out of the 40 (ranked from worst to best). The list is ranked based on creativity and fun factor. You can also play these games for free using you Phone, Tablet or PC. You will need a Sega Genesis emulator and roms (games) to download. At the bottom of this article, I have included link resources to sonic rom hacks, including where to download more, YouTube Channels and other information.
10. Sonic Netinirvana
Created By Netinirvana
Sonic Netinirvana is pretty neat, features all new levels, some new music, and color pallets. The gameplay has a nice flow to it, because of the decent level design. It’s a full-fledged game taking around 23 minutes plus to beat, So I have to give the Developer a lot of credit. – Download
9. Sonic Boom
Created By SÆGA
Sonic Boom is short (About 10 to 20 minutes long) but full of action-packed sweetness. Music, level design, action, unique boss and sonic graphics changes are all awesome. The speed of this game is so fast, I did not expect this game to turn up the heat so quickly. Overall a good hack that ends fast. I wish it was longer! – Information and Download
8. Sonic ERaZor
created By Selbi
Basically is what a Sonic Game made by Michael Bay would look like, lol. The game is fun, fast, action-packed with enemies and explosions. It’s also the only Sonic hack to have a heavy emphasis on story dialog. About 20 minutes of pure fun and random craziness! – Information and Download
7. Metal Sonic Overdrive
Created By Darkon360/Lone Devil
Metal Sonic Overdrive is the older version of Hyperdrive. It’s totally different though. Different level scheme and everything. What’s really cool about it is the ability to select from 5 different characters in the options including Metal Sonic, Sonic, Kirby, Tails, and Draken. Level design is great. Some random characters will show up during a playthrough, which is fun. – Download
6. Sonic Mildness
Created By best romhackers of Sonic CIS
This is just an all around Solid hack. Music and levels are designed amazingly well. The bosses are the big stand out in Sonic Mildness, they are done very well and have unique AI never before seen in other sonic rom hacks. If you are looking for a quality game, over 30 minutes long, be sure to play Sonic Mildness ASAP. – Download
5. Sonic Classic Heroes
Created By flamewing and ColinC10
A neat hack where you can play both Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 games with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles as playable characters. You can switch between your characters at any time. All characters are on the screen with you at the same time. You can also play with 3 players at the same time. It’s pretty crazy, but a lot of fun. – Information and Download
4. Metal Sonic Hyperdrive
Created By Darkon360/LoneDevil
A very impressive sonic 1 hack. Metal Sonic Hyperdrive is like a completely new game. Featuring Metal Sonic as a playable character. Additions include new levels, music, enemies, bosses. Some of the level design is challenging but keeps the action going at a decent pace. If you want to play a 2D inspired Sonic game all about Metal Sonic, this is the one to check out! – Information and Download .
3. Sonic 2 Retro Remix 2016 edition
Created By Thorn, DNXDelta
Sonic 2 with an awesome fun twist. Instead of reaching the endpoint goal in a stage to pass it, you will be assigned missions. Missions include chaos emerald hunts, boss battles, speed runs, and score attacks. It’s a different take on Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and works brilliantly well. – Information and Download
2. The S Factor: Sonia and Silver
Created By Aquaslash & Pals
Information and Download
I like this hack a lot, probably more than most people. Everything feels like it fits together in The S Factor, even though Sonic is not around. You are able to choose between Sonia and Silver characters. Sonia and Silver feel like they fit in with the setting very well. The levels and color pallets are neat. The boss fights are very enjoyable and unique enough. The game gives me that Freedom Planet vibe. I feel if they added a story to this, more characters, new enemies, new bosses and refined levels The S Factor could survive as its own game. – Information and Download
1. Sonic The Hedgehog 3: Complete
Created By Multiple Developers
This is basically the Definitive version of Sonic 3 & Knuckles. The ultimate labor of love created by Sonic fans. It has improved over the original games with all kinds of tweaks and changes in pretty much every department including, music, graphics, gameplay, options and more. There are so many options to sift through, to make the game exactly how you want to play it. It features separate modes for Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Blue Sphere. I a must play if you are a 16-Bit Sonic The Hedgehog 3 fan. – Information and Download
* Sonic Rom Hacks Resources *
Other important places online dedicated to these special fan created rom hacks.
SonicRetro.org Sonic Rom Hacks List – SonicRetro is a community dedicated to Sonic Rom Hacks and fan game development. The majority of Sonic rom hacks created are listed here. You can find information and downloads for hacks connected to all versions of Sonic The Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis.
Razor & Zenon Youtube Channel – The best Youtube channel if you are interested in Sonic Rom Hacks or fan games. They upload often and have the best, cleanest gameplay videos!
Amy Rose Youtube Channel – Another great Youtube channel that features Sonic hacks and fan games.
BoredBro.com Sonic Games Online – The best website I have seen that has online Sonic fan games and hacks playable through your web browser.
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