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Have an Extensive Look at Sonic 1 iOS/Android’s Debug Features


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If you’ve heard of the recent rumblings of the debug mode for the latest Sonic 1 port, you may not be aware of some of it’s hidden features that some of you die hard Sonic fans will get a kick out of. Rolling balls, goggles, animal buddies, unfinished editor features and more await you in this port, and we’ve got a video of almost two hours worth of content.

You have a number of ways for trying out the debug mode yourself. First start a “No Save” game and choose a character. If you have a controller plugged in you can use the traditional method of entering the cheat codes (Up, Down, Left, Right, Hold A + Start) or on the touch screen, after selecting. Otherwise, on the touch screen, tap the letters S-E-G-A in that order and listen for a ring chime. Then hold two fingers on the bottom of the touch screen. When the title screen appears, slide both fingers to the top of the screen to enter the level select.

Here you can enter the sound test for some additional cheats.

04, 01, 02, 06 – Obtain all emeralds

01, 09, 09, 01, 00, 06, 02, 03 – Debug mode.

To activate debug mode tap the GUI in the top left corner of the screen.

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    Thanks for streaming this!

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    4126! Those are my numbers since teh Super Sonic code in Sonic 2. Blast processing.

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    Xbox/PC version please. This is too awesome not to have.

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    Can you do this on an iphone?

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    Cool lil game great on ios. fast too and customizable.

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    Niccceeee!

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    Can’t you do the code with a new saved data?

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    You don’t have to slide the two fingers. Just tap with them.

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    Played it on my laptop with bluestacks (legally purchased) there are several bugs I have encounted but I really love this remake, thank you Taxman for making this and thank you SEGA for allowing this to happen!

    *goes back in time to 2006 and gives himself a better version “Sonic Genesis” on the Android*

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    How did you do that ? Did you start hacking taxman’s sonic 1 game app on android and ios ?

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    Did you know that debug mode is working on BlueStacks App Play on PC ?

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    MY GOD. This game is the gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it?

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    with you dont touch in the letters in order show up the staff team just like the pallete change before the game starts, awesome.

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    I don’t know how to unlock Debug Mode , because I’m playing Sonic 1 via BlueStacks App Play ?

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    Ugh why is this only on the phones?
    Why cant they update XBL,PSN and PC. :'(
    The 100 of times they ported this game. They finally get it right and only put it on one system.

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    Anybody know how to contact taxman? Seems somebody has found a bug and filled the iOS leader boards with really quick impossible times.. Under one second..

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    If you die in the credits with knuckles (as has been discussed), and do other things without force quitting, the lack of an HUD records all your times as zero. I’m guessing the times between zero (which I got for Green Hill Zone 1 while experimenting) and real times are using debug mode, which apparently works in time attack if you go straight there from debug.

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    Dat 60 Fps <3

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    Been enjoying the game on bluestacks but I can’t seem too get level select how do I do it in bluestacks ?

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      W,S,A,D, J+P

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    Boo no more free hits on Eggman before start of Green Hill Zone Boss. that sucks.

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    Do you know how to use “two fingers separate” method via connecting two computer mouses in Bluestacks App Player to activate Debug Modes ?

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    May you explain us Taxman why did you delete debug modes in your Sonic CD (2011) it’s because of two hidden creepy things like Hidden Message with eyeless Sonic with Human Face and Sonic the Muscle Builder ?

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    Debug modes works only twelve minutes on Bluestacks App Player in Sonic 1 ,because I pressed W,S,A,D,J+P . I tried also to beat the best time by using debug modes in Time Attack to unlock Knuckles , but he wasn’t unlocked my Time Attack Record is 17″05″25.

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    I reckon Sonic 1 (2013) needs bugs fixes on iOS and Android including on PSN , XBLA and PC Steam .

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    so gui equals the score section

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