Restore The Vibrant Shades & Sounds Of Green Hill Zone In 'Sonic 1: Color Contrast' ROM Hack

Sonic-1-Color-Contrast-ROM-HackFor many Nintendo gamers in the 16-bit era, Sonic The Hedgehog was seen as nothing more than a glorified speedrunner for gamers lacking adventuring skills. This pacey Mega Drive classic, however, looks set to unofficially break-down this stigma and gift gamers a taxing challenge - one of restoring the vibrant visuals and stunning soundtrack to Green Hill Zone and beyond.

Sonic 1: Color Contrast is an all new ROM hack for the Sega Mega Drive, which introduces an unusual slant to the 1991 title. Similar to how Super Mario World had you hunting out the Switch Palaces to restore missing elements to Dinosaur Land, Sonic 1: Color Contrast tasks you with restoring elements of a quiet black and white world. Elements which of course are missing due to none other than Dr Robotnik.

Through finding six hidden television monitors dotted throughout each level, each and every smash of these items will either restore an element of colour to the environment or a musical instrument to the previously distant arrangements. Although sounding easy at first, many of these restorations are hidden throughout each stage, often requiring certain paths to be taken or perilous jumps to made.

Although its anything but close to Super Mario World's countless secrets and gameplay mysteries, Sonic 1: Color Contrast goes on to display that there is potential in the blue hedgehog for slower paced exploration - something yet another clever ROM hack goes on to showcase.

Sonic 1: Color Contrast (Mega Drive Hack Gameplay)

As usual, to enjoy this ROM hack you will need to have a legally obtained original Sonic The Hedgehog Mega Drive ROM to which you can apply this patch to. Full instructions on how to patch this ROM can be found within the project's thread, or you can refer to this handy ROM patching guide on YouTube.

Link: Download Sonic 1: Color Contrast Mega Drive ROM Hack

Last Updated ( 03 December 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) JoeMD 2014-12-04 22:12
"...nothing more than a glorified speedrunner for gamers lacking adventuring skills." Wow. Whomever said that is a bit daft.

But this hack sounds really cool. Will have to try it out.

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