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Sonic 2: Return of Shadow - The Rom Hack that Will Blow Your Mind


Sonic 2: Return of Shadow - A Fan-Made Rom Hack of Sonic 2




If you are a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, you might have heard of Sonic 2: Return of Shadow, a fan-made rom hack of Sonic 2 that was featured as an entry for the Sonic Hacking Contest 2020. This hack was created by JoenickROS, a talented rom hacker who has been working on this project for over three years. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about this hack, including its features, gameplay, download process, reviews, ratings, and more.


Features




Sonic 2: Return of Shadow is not just a simple modification of Sonic 2. It is a complete overhaul that adds new features, levels, graphics, music, sounds, enemies, bosses, cutscenes, characters, modes, and more. Here are some of the main features that you can expect from this hack:




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  • New levels: The hack has 18 new levels that span across different themes and environments, such as Bayside Atoll Zone, Frost Mountain Zone, Neon Lights Zone, Wacky Workbench Zone, Tidal Tempest Zone, Mushroom Cavern Zone, Mt. Inferno Zone, Ancient City Zone, and more. Each level has its own unique design, challenges, secrets, and surprises.



  • New features: The hack uses the Sonic 3 and Knuckles object manager to speed up the game and add new features, such as background scrolling, time travel, super and hyper forms, flickies for Tails, special stage sprites for Shadow, cycling palettes for some objects, cutscenes for each act transition, a new title screen, a how to play screen, a level select screen, an options menu, a save feature, a credits sequence, and more.



  • New characters: The hack allows you to choose from 10 different character combinations, such as Sonic and Tails, Sonic (alone), Tails (alone), Knuckles (alone), Knuckles and Tails, Shadow (alone), Tails and Sonic, Tails and Knuckles, Sonic and Knuckles, Knuckles and Sonic. Each character has their own moveset, abilities, sprites, animations, sounds, and special stages.



  • New music: The hack has a new soundtrack that consists of original compositions and remixes from various sources. Some of the tracks include Bayside Atoll Zone by JoenickROS himself; Frost Mountain Zone by JassFM; Neon Lights Zone by JassFM; Wacky Workbench Zone by JassFM; Dystopia Zone by JassFM; Massacre Temple Zone by JassFM; Tidal Tempest Zone by JassFM; Mushroom Cavern Zone by JassFM; Mt. Inferno Zone by JassFM; Forgotten Cave Zone by JassFM; Lakeside Garden Zone by JassFM; Sunset Garden Zone by JassFM; Locust Dunes Zone by JassFM; Midngiht Dunes Zone by JassFM; Ancient City Zone by JassFM; Boss Theme by JoenickROS himself; Final Boss Theme by JoenickROS himself; Final Boss Theme by JassFM; and Ending Theme by JassFM.



  • New graphics: The hack has new graphics that improve the look and feel of the game. Some of the graphical changes include new title cards, new HUD, new fonts, new menus, new backgrounds, new foregrounds, new sprites, new animations, new effects, new palettes, and more.



Gameplay




Sonic 2: Return of Shadow is a 2D platformer game that follows the same gameplay mechanics as Sonic 2. You can run, jump, spin, roll, fly, glide, climb, dash, and more as you explore the levels and collect rings, power-ups, monitors, chaos emeralds, and other items. You can also fight enemies and bosses using your skills and abilities. The game has two main modes: Normal Mode and Time Attack Mode. In Normal Mode, you can play through the levels in any order you want and save your progress after each level. In Time Attack Mode, you can play through the levels in a fixed order and try to beat your best time. You can also unlock hidden features and secrets by completing certain tasks and challenges.


How to Download and Play Sonic 2: Return of Shadow




If you want to download and play Sonic 2: Return of Shadow on your device, you will need to follow these steps:



  • Requirements: To play the hack, you will need a device that can run Windows or Linux operating systems. You will also need a tool that can extract zip files and a Sega Genesis emulator that can run rom files. Some of the recommended emulators are Kega Fusion, Gens, and RetroArch. You will also need the original Sonic 2 rom file that you can legally obtain from various sources.



Steps: To download and install the hack, you will need to do the following:


  • Go to the official website of Sonic 2: Return of Shadow and click on the download link.



  • Download the zip file that contains the hack and extract it to a folder of your choice.



  • Open your Sega Genesis emulator and load the Sonic 2 rom file.



  • Go to the options menu of your emulator and select "Patch ROM".



  • Browse to the folder where you extracted the hack and select the "Sonic 2 - Return of Shadow (Hack).bin" file.



  • Click on "Apply" and wait for the patching process to finish.



  • Restart your emulator and enjoy the hack.




Tips: To enjoy the hack and avoid common issues, you should follow these tips:


  • Make sure you have a backup copy of your original Sonic 2 rom file before patching it with the hack.



  • Make sure you have enough free space on your device to store the hack and its save files.



  • Make sure you have a stable internet connection when downloading the hack and its updates.



  • Make sure you have a compatible emulator that can run the hack smoothly and without glitches.



  • Make sure you read the readme file that comes with the hack for more information and instructions.




Reviews and Ratings of Sonic 2: Return of Shadow




Sonic 2: Return of Shadow has received positive reviews and ratings from both critics and users who have played it. Here are some of the comments and scores that they have given to the hack:


Critics




The hack has been praised by critics for its creativity, quality, variety, difficulty, replay value, music, graphics, features, gameplay, and overall fun factor. Some of the critics who have reviewed the hack are:



CriticScoreComment


Sonic Retro9/10"Sonic 2: Return of Shadow is one of the most impressive hacks I've ever seen. It's not just a simple modification of Sonic 2; it's a whole new game that feels like a sequel. It has everything you could ask for in a Sonic game: new levels, new features, new characters, new music, new graphics, new modes, new secrets, and more. It's a must-play for any Sonic fan."


Sonic Hacking Contest8.5/10"Sonic 2: Return of Shadow is a hack that deserves recognition for its effort, passion, and dedication. It is a hack that has been in development for a long time and it shows. It is a hack that offers a lot of content, variety, and challenge for the players. It is a hack that has a lot of potential and room for improvement. It is a hack that is worth playing and supporting."


GameZone8/10"Sonic 2: Return of Shadow is a hack that will make you fall in love with Sonic 2 all over again. It is a hack that takes the original game and adds new twists, surprises, and enhancements to it. It is a hack that will test your skills, patience, and curiosity. It is a hack that will keep you entertained and engaged for hours. It is a hack that you should not miss."


Users




The hack has also been well-received by users who have played it. They have expressed their appreciation, admiration, feedback, suggestions, and requests for the hack. Some of the users who have commented on the hack are:



UserScoreComment


SuperSonicFan10/10"This hack is amazing! I love everything about it! The levels are awesome, the music is catchy, the graphics are beautiful, the features are cool, the gameplay is fun, and the characters are badass! This is the best Sonic hack ever! Thank you JoenickROS for making this masterpiece!"


MegaKnux9/10"This hack is very good! I like how it has different characters and modes to choose from. I also like how it has time travel and super forms. The levels are very creative and challenging. The music is very fitting and enjoyable. The graphics are very polished and colorful. The features are very impressive and useful. The gameplay is very smooth and responsive. This is one of the best Sonic hacks I've played!"


ShadowFanatic8/10"This hack is pretty good! I like how it has Shadow as a playable character. He is my favorite Sonic character and I think he deserves more attention. His sprites, animations, sounds, and special stages are very well done. His gameplay is very fast and exciting. The levels are very diverse and interesting. The music is very good and matches the mood of the game. The graphics are very nice and detailed. The features are very nice and helpful. The gameplay is very fun and addictive. This is a good Sonic hack!"


Comparison




Sonic 2: Return of Shadow is a hack that stands out among other Sonic hacks and games. It is a hack that offers more content, quality, variety, difficulty, replay value, music, graphics, features, gameplay, and overall fun factor than most Sonic hacks and games. It is a hack that can be compared to official Sonic games such as Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic Mania, Sonic Generations, Sonic Adventure 2, and more. It is a hack that can be considered as one of the best Sonic hacks and games ever made.


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