Sonic 2: Archives

By Team Conquest & Team Technical

Hi everybody! Sonic 2: Archives is a hack of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 that restores unused conceptions, uses concept arts, prototypes, and early/unused stuff and etc.

For the first: Tails is brown because of leaked early Tails sprite. ​​​​​More info here.

At this moment is restoring of "Present" timeline and that zones:

  • Emerald Hill
  • Ocean Wind (Still WIP)
  • Jungle Woods (aka Secret Woods, aka Wood Zone)
  • Sand Shower (aka Dust Hill, aka that heckin' Desert Zone with few names)
  • Metropolis Zone


  • Different graphics and music for each act
  • New zones (Ocean Wind, Woods, Sand Shower)
  • Zones looks closer to their earlier iterations
  • New music
  • Music changes (made closer to Masa demos and betas)
  • New bosses
  • Some Sonic sprites and Tails sprites redrawing
  • New gameplay features (wall recoil, Tails flying and more!)
  • Title screen
  • Island map (like in Super Mario world)
  • Sonic and Tails screen
  • New sega and sound test screens by TheBlad768

I hope you will enjoy this hack! We've made a lot of work to send it here.

Also feel free to send us your complaints and suggestions here in the comments, or on the forums Sonic Retro and SSRG.


Here is awesome dudes, without who, this hack wouldn't be possible:

  • Team leader and base for everything and everywhere, project coordinator: Nik Pi
  • Coding of half stuff: SERGK393
  • Coding of other half: lavagaming1
  • Coding of sound driver, sega and sound test screens: TheBlad768
  • Half of Tails art, and music for Ocean Wind, Hidden Palace, and first act of Metropolis: Toxic Foxtrot
  • HPZ bg by Sapristi45
  • Art for title screen Sonic and Tails, most of parts of Metropolis act 1 bg and Ocean Wind zone: Pacca The Satyr
  • Art that you hasn't saw in this demo, but will see in next demos: Miles Tails Power and Super Sonic 321!
  • Wood zone theme: vertz
  • Some coding: RobiWanKenobi and MattGamer205
  • Sand Shower zone graphics by E-122-Psi
  • Region Coded Sonic & Tails Screen: RobiWanKenobi
  • Testing: EddyTF, retroshaffer, DarkShamilKhan, Lion Sum, CaioST, WeeNeer/Lay's, Bonnie Bun-Buns

And some special thanks to Team Technical and their members! Also to DeltaWooloo, LeEpicPasta, Muska, Malachi, Pika Noob and to all other cool people that I could've forgot! You're important for this project!


File Type: rom/mega-drive

File Size: 1.98 MB

NikPi @ 2023-09-26 18:57:00

I forgot to say, that original wood zone theme made by Sean Evans and Hez. Arranged for this hack by Vertz.


And if you interested, probably, you can call this release as v0.8. Have a nice game!

Btw, if you wanna show on video or on stream only 1 or 2 zones instead playing whole game- you can play wood zone or sand shower cuz it's the newest zones :p

Last modified by NikPi @ 2023-10-09 23:10:27

SERGK393 @ 2023-10-26 01:14:19

Attention everyone! If you have a question why there is no Hidden Palace, then I will tell you that there is one. It will be available after completing all special stages. Good luck!

Last modified by SERGK393 @ 2023-10-26 01:17:07

Guyke89 @ 2023-09-29 10:22:39

it was good working for this demo, i really hope this project doesn't get canceled and stays on track

RobiWanKenobi @ 2023-10-04 05:59:11

By the way, no one has permission to make a recolor hack of this hack.

vania5617 @ 2023-10-23 10:53:48

О, даров Nik Pi, рад снова тебя видеть

dilworks @ 2023-10-23 16:49:43

So Tanned Tails was canon...ish :D

I love those "what if" restoration hacks, like if suddenly every crazy design idea turned into a prototype ROM.

Danila2007 @ 2023-10-23 21:09:32

Этот хак просто замечателен

Last modified by Danila2007 @ 2023-10-25 11:57:57

SouthPlumberFromRussia07 @ 2024-04-11 00:31:07


Jdpense @ 2023-10-25 10:09:07

The restored levels were pretty fun to play through! I also like the new add bosses to them as well. If there's one critic I have, the collision detection for the boss' projecticles are way too tall and big, but I think that should be easily fixable through the player's collison response routine. I would also like to note that I can see the bottom of the level since the resize routine needs to be adjusted for Jungle Woods act 2 and Sand Shower act 2.

JasonBlueX @ 2023-10-25 18:12:03

I loved the idea of ​​making a Sonic 2 with the beta elements that were shown over time. I really enjoyed this demo, I really want to see more of the project.

Deep down it's funny because I originally grew up with the Sonic 2 beta, I had one of those pirated cartridges.

Proletant Team @ 2023-10-29 03:13:55

Awesome! Keep it up, guys!

Rrose80149 @ 2023-11-07 17:39:54

Hey, I wasn't credited in because I was helping you with the Metropolis Zone music. Oops, you forgot about it.

Blasts @ 2023-12-28 17:34:38

Cuando terminaran océano wind

SierraStarKitty @ 2024-02-02 20:31:01

The game is fun even if it just a demo right now. Had fun with this one> I would love to get help on how to do Sonic hacks my self

QuagisCool @ 2024-02-14 11:17:44

Dust Hill and Sand Shower aren't the same stage, just so you know.

SouthPlumberFromRussia07 @ 2024-04-11 00:28:16

Меня очень выбесили робо-лягушки на Jungle Woods Zone,которые могут выпрыгнуть из-за листвы и дать тебе смачных пилюлей (один раз я даже из-за этого слился),ещё раздражает механика,когда Соник на бегу бьётся об стенку и лежит какое-то время (я знаю, что это было в прототипах, но мне всё равно неприятно),а так хак прикольный,жду Sonic 3 & Knuckles Archives