Many Sonic fans feel that the series has declined in quality in the last decade or so. With that thought in mind, a massive community has developed which is devoted to creating fangames, many of them in the same style and mould of the titles that appeared on the original SEGA Mega Drive, considered by old-timers to be the golden era of the series. Most of these titles are pretty amateur and lacklustre, but a few have risen above the crowd to become truly noteworthy. Sonic After The Sequel, by indie developer LakeFeperd, is one such example.
Sonic After The Sequel is the sequel to Sonic Before The Sequel (try saying that three times fast), a previously-mentioned fangame that was set between the events of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. This game is set between the events of Sonic 2 and Sonic 3, and showcases how Sonic and Tails stumbled on the Floating Island and met Knuckles. It’s full of sweet gimmicks, a new shield that enables Sonic and Tails to walk on spikes and lots of new and modified enemies, including a wicked new Mecha Tails with a few tricks up its sleeve. Even fan-favourite Mighty the Armadillo makes a cameo appearance.
Although still a demo (the final game is set to be released at the end of the year), there is still a lot of cool stuff available. There are a bunch of new, colourful zones with themes such as factories in the forest and sugar refineries. The game features catchy music consisting of tunes and remixes taken from previous Sonic titles. There are also Sonic CD-style cutscenes which detail the story and help in transition from one zone to the next. Some of the zones seem a bit empty, though, but we’ll assume that’ll be addressed in the final release. The graphics are an improvement from the previous installation, but they still seem a tad pixelated and amateurish in an MS Paint-kinda way. Nonetheless, it truly does have that old Mega Drive quality.
Despite its apparent faults, Sonic After The Sequel is a charming fangame that really pulls off the classic Sonic feel very well and reminds us why we fell in love with the series in the first place. This extended demo definitely whets the appetite for the eventual final product and we’ll be keeping an eye on its development.
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