Did Sonic Fans Just Release A Better Sonic the Hedgehog HD?

A pair of die-hard Sonic the Hedgehog fans have released their own high-def homage to the Sonic games of old, Sonic Fan Remix, a side-scrolling platforming adventure that's dripping with detail. Does it rival the one Sega just released on consoles?

While Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I was built by a team of professionals at Dimps and Sonic Team, the independent fan project was primarily created by just two people. They go by the names Pelikan13 and Mercury and they've just released the demo of their unauthorized project.

The Sonic Fan Remix demo re-imagines a pair of classic Sonic the Hedgehog levels. It also includes one built from scratch by its developers.

Did Sonic Fans Just Release A Better Sonic the Hedgehog HD?

Mercury and Pelikan13 have been selective in borrowing gameplay mechanics from the Sega Genesis era Sonic the Hedgehog games, explaining that some elements are lifted from Sonic CD, while others aspects of Sonic's control are original. One trick Sonic Fan Remix doesn't have is the homing attack added to Sonic the Hedgehog 4.

See it for yourself in action here.

The demo is built on the Unity3D engine and users have bemoaned its CPU intensive needs and frame rate. It has its issues—and many Sonic Retro forum goers are taking issue with the game's art style—and is not yet a complete project.

But this is the work of a very small team of dedicated Sonic the Hedgehog fans. And, of course, it's free. So go grab yourself a copy and see what you think.

Sonic Fan Remix Available For Download [Sonic Retro]