Sonic 1: For Uber Players (Shitty Demo Version)

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  1. KZG4

    KZG4 Well-Known Member Member

    Jul 30, 2016
    I was sitting on my porcelain throne around this time last year. SHC 2019 had finished, and I had played a little hack called Kaizo Sonic 2. I was turned off by its shallow attempts at being "difficult", as it relied on being a Kaizo to have any sort of difficulty. I thought to myself, "Surely there must be a better way to have difficult romhacks..."

    And that's when it hit me. I could make a hack like no one had ever seen, one that would supersede all that came before it in difficulty. A hack only meant...


    Sonic 1: For Uber Players features 4 painful acts: Green Hill acts 1-3, and Marble Zone act 2. These levels were meticulously designed by myself to be as hard but also as polished and fair as I could make them.


    ABC = Jump
    Down + ABC = Spindash

    Invincibility music will play the Zone Music instead of the Boss theme if it runs out during a boss battle.
    Invincibility music will not stop if you have speed shoes when it runs out. The zone music will resume when the speed shoes run out.

    Kurk/KZG4: Code, Music, Layouts, Art, KurkDriver
    Vladikcomper: MegaPCM DAC Driver
    LuigiXHero: SCD Spindash code.
    Nat The Porcupine: Extended Camera code.
    MarkeyJester: Sonic 1: Project Two-Eight disasm.
    Tweaker: SCHG Music Hacking section
    ValleyBell: SMPS Research Pack
    Dolphman: MZ Art

    Programs Used:
    XM4SMPS by Puto
    SonED2 by Stealth
    SonMapED by Xenowhirl
    S1SMPS2ASM by Cinossu
    SMPSConv by Valley Bell

    Title: Title - Battletoads
    GHZ 1: Blue Planet - Bucky O'Hare
    GHZ 2: Float Islands - Kirby's Dream Land
    GHZ 3: Yuki - Queen of Heart 98
    MZ 1: Area B - Shatterhand
    MZ 2: The Moon - Ducktales
    MZ 3: Jazz Castle - Jazz Jackrabbit 2
    SYZ 1: Sound ID 0F - ATP Pro Tour Tennis
    SYZ 2: Sound ID 0C - Light Crusader
    SYZ 3: Sound ID 04 - Bishoujou Senshi Sailor Moon
    LZ 1: Zombie World - Light Crusader
    LZ 2: Boss - Light Crusader
    LZ 3: Major Boss - Light Crusader
    SLZ 1: Stage 2-1 - Shadow Dancer
    SLZ 2: Shinobi Walk - Shinobi 3 Beta
    SLZ 3: He Runs - Shinobi 3
    SBZ 1: Egg Rocket - Sonic Advance
    SBZ 2: Cosmic Angel - Sonic Advance
    SBZ 3: Uranus - Dangerous Seed
    Final Zone: Raining Blood - Slayer
    Boss: BGM 1 - Dragon Ball Z: Bu Yu Retsuden
    Special Stage: Track 08 - Crayon Shin Chan
    Got Through Act: Clear - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
    1-Up: Stage Start - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
    Game Over: Track 0F - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
    Continue: I Will Win - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
    Ending and Credits: Space Standart - Shiru
    Sega Screen: Unused - Knuckles Chaotix

    Comments and critiques are appreciated, I would like to improve this hack as much as I can so I can hopefully give it a full release sometime next year. I wanted to get more done for this demo but I'm so goddamn drained of motivation that I decided to release it instead of letting it rot forever.

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2020
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  2. Ravenfreak

    Ravenfreak Still hacking the 8-bit titles Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    O'Fallon, MO
    Finally a decent Kaizo Sonic hack! One that doesn't have a bunch of crappy objects floating everywhere, filled with stupid traps, and bad music! Seriously this looks promising, and I like the music you've added. I only made it to GHZ Act 2, but I had more fun playing this than any other Kaizo hack.
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  3. Angel X

    Angel X Well-Known Member Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    You forgot the spikes!
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  4. KaikeKTH

    KaikeKTH See you in 6 Months. Trialist

    Dec 19, 2016
    Station Square
    oh come on that was my first hack :c

    Jokes aside, I do admit Kaizo Sonic 1 was a really bad ROM hack, and looking back now, I get why people didn't like it before. That was a massive eyesore with a bunch of badly placed stuff.
    But that was my first time attempting something like that.

    I just hope I'll get to make Kaizo Sonic 2 look aesthetically better for the eye and the brain than the first one. I'm gonna start posting the levels here so I can get some feedback and possibly some help to make these levels. I'll be honest, Kaizo Sonic 2's traps might still look cheap even after this (About... 9 of the 18 acts in the game, not counting SCZ and DEZ), but that's because I have progressed way too much on these levels (most of them being complete) for me to just scrap everything and start over.
    But I'll try to make it easier on the untouched acts.

    Maybe I can learn something from this hack. I don't wanna make the same mistakes as I did for Kaizo Sonic 1.

    And don't forget about the invisible blocks too.
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  5. Nick46

    Nick46 Resident Moron Member

    Sep 27, 2018
    Dracula's Castle, Romania
    A difficult, yet fair challenge. I didn't want to tear my hair out playing this hack, a rarity for Kaizo hacks.
    Well done, my only problem is the CD spindash but that's more personal preference. Music choices are really solid as well.
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  6. Rivet

    Rivet Newcomer Trialist

    Jun 12, 2020
    Not a bad challenge hack! Was difficult but rewarding, especially on the 1-ups. Aside from a few spots where you would go quick and be shot right into a spike pit, the levels were enjoyable for what it is so far. Music is quite nice too, sadly Act 1 suffers a lot with being cut out by sound effects.
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  7. KZG4

    KZG4 Well-Known Member Member

    Jul 30, 2016
    Alright, thanks for the feedback so far! I'm working to finish the remainder of MZ and start on SYZ before releasing another build. I'll also try and rectify the issues mentioned here. I'll have the update posted in due time.
  8. Neon

    Neon Newcomer Trialist

    Dec 30, 2020
    It’s nice to finally see a fairly good Sonic kaizo ROM hack. I gave kaizo Sonic 1 and 2 a go, and let’s just say, they were not that good.