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Sonic: The Lost Land
Sonic: The Lost Land Title Screen

Sonic - The Lost Land is a hack of Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Mega Drive. The game is comprised of 7 levels, each filled with traps and badniks intent on bringing down Sonic once and for all. There is also a special realm consisting of 6 Chaos Emeralds. If you have collected at least 50 rings by the time you finish the level, you will see a giant ring. Jump into it to be taken to the secret realm. A dynamic palette system is set up, making each act load its own palette (à la Knuckles' Chaotix), as well as a dynamic music system, allowing each act to load its own music.

The Story
The Lost Land. A beautiful island paradise, once inhabited by creatures known only as the ancients. Unfortunately, it has recently come under threat by the evil Dr Eggman. Sonic knows that Eggman must be stopped, and with the help of Shadow, who is contemplating his future, he sets off to put an end to Eggman's plans.

Sonic - The Lost Land allows for two playable characters, with the evil Dr Eggman as the antagonist.

Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic is a blue, 15-year-old hedgehog who lives on the planet Earth. He has the ability to run at supersonic speeds, hence his name. He is always running all over the world, rarely stopping for anything. He is carefree and relaxed; however, he is also very intolerant of injustice, and he will do anything he can to help those in need. He has also got a quick wit, short temper, and a fairly large ego.

Shadow the Hedgehog
Shadow is the ultimate life form experiment, a joint-creation of Professor Gerald Robotnik and Black Doom aboard the space colony ARK. His exact age isn't approximated, but he is assumed to be around 50 years old. Once hungry for revenge after the death of Maria, Gerald's granddaughter, he is now aware of his past, and who he "is." He prefers to be a loner, but he occasionally tags along with Sonic and his friends when Eggman is up to no good. He is black, with red stripes down his spines and arms. He uses his ability, Chaos Control, to harness the powers of the Chaos Emeralds to enhance his natural abilities. While he is unable to move very quickly on his own, he possesses fire-powered jet skates, which allow him to move much faster than he would be able to without them.

Please note: Shadow is not available in the current or previous releases of this hack.

Dr Ivo Robotnik (EGGMAN)
With an IQ of 300, and self-proclaimed the greatest scientific genius in the world, Eggman stops at nothing in his attempts at world conquest. While his plans are constantly foiled by Sonic, this only makes him more determined to conquer the world. Will he succeed?

The Levels
Seven zones are in the hidden area of the Lost Land, each of them filled with many traps and dangers, intent on putting a stop to Sonic's heroic efforts. These levels are:

Palm Paradise
A tranquil hillside area by a sparkling lake. Feel the grass under your feet as you run along. Loop-de-loops are fun, but don't land on the spikes. Ouch!

Roman Ruins
Watch your step as you tackle the lava-filled marble ruins of an ancient civilisation. Many of the traps are still active, so be very careful.

Spring Summit
Bounce around on the many springs while avoiding the traps and badniks that are present in this lush mountainside garden. Ride platforms to great heights, but when the time comes, will you be courageous enough to take a leap of faith? Whee!

Marine Maze
A mysterious labyrinth that has been flooded with water. You can only survive for 30 seconds underwater. Be sure to grab an air bubble or return to the surface if you're running low on oxygen.

Celestial City
Construction has long been abandoned in this magnificent city, located high in the sky. Ride the loop-de-loops and platforms, all the while keeping a lookout for any traps or badniks. If you fall, it'll be to your doom, so watch out!

Egg Empire
You've found Eggman's base, where the EggRobo has fled. You've got him in your sights, but what's this? A barrier prevents you from getting to the final arena. You'll have to search for another way in.

Final Fate
This is it. The final arena, where you will fight EggRobo to decide the fate of the world. Don't let him succeed! Good luck!

The current version (Release 4) of Sonic: The Lost Land is available here.
File size: 1.28MB

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