Only took 2 days, but I did it.
So how can you control Knuckles, and what happens when you collect all the Chaos Emeralds?
The post is full of spoilers that involves when you unlock the characters and the Chaos Emeralds, so if you don’t want to know, then just admire the picture above.
But if you’re in a dangerous mood, read on and be enlightened.
First of all, if you want Tails, simply complete it with Sonic.
You’ll get Tails, but also that plus icon.
So If you just select Tails, this happens:
He can fly, he can swim, it’s a first in Sonic 1, and feels surreal at first.
If you press the ‘+’ though, you can have him follow you, and the title screen changes again:
Trying to take a screenshot while Tails isn’t standing behind you is a challenge in itself, but it works, and he’s as dim as he is in Sonic 2 and 3, so expect him to fall over, get hurt, and jump into spikes when needed.
So, after many attempts..
I finally did it, with an achievement to boot.
And what happens? Do you jump in the air after 50 rings and transform into Super Saiyan Sonic?
No, you get Knuckles!
Everything works a treat, and I’ve discovered new routes just for him and Tails, like here in Marble Zone Act 2. Works well, and can be accessed if you get up past the second wall.
I’ve loved coming back to Sonic 1, remastered and with these welcome features. The only bug I’ve come across is that if you restart the Special Stage, the rotating stops, unless you land on the ‘up’ or ‘down’ bumpers several times, which I’ve only found out, slow down or speed up the rotation of the stage.
Funny how you can discover something in plain sight after 18 years.
Now I’ve completed it all with them, it’s onto Time Attack, and to see if anything else can be unlocked.
But if you’ve looked around the ether of the internet, you know that there’s definitely more to find.
Some more screens: