|November 21, 2015|
|Successor||Sonic Blur: Episode β|
Sonic Blur: Episode α is the first game of the Sonic Blur series, released in November 21, 2015 for the Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. Developed by Stardust Citadel and published by Sega, the game takes place in South Island, setting up the origins for the new storyline of the series. The game was developed on Unreal Engine 4 for the next gen consoles, while the Wii U version was made with Unity 5.
The game has three (four if you count the Final Battle as its own story) stories. Chronologically, Tails's Story is the first one, while Sonic's Story directly follows that storyline while the Knuckles's Story takes place sometime after the events of Sonic's Story.
Team Chaotix (DLC)
The gameplay of Sonic Blur: Episode α is fairly similar to the likes of the original trilogy. Players take control of either Sonic, Tails or Knuckles through out zones with three acts each. Levels are linear, only requiring the player to go the right end of the stage, although through the stage are hidden rare items, such as 1-Ups and emblems, which can be utilized to unlock content in the game. Each character plays differently in terms of speed, with Sonic being the fastest, Tails being average and Knuckles being the slowestand they go through the same stages, but they go through different sections of the stage. Each one of them has unique abilities and their levels utilizes those abilities in order to progress.
At the end of the third act, players fight a boss, either Eggman for the Sonic levels, a high rank mook of the Bird Armada for Tails or EggRobo for Knuckles. The game has a multiplayer mode similar to the one in Sonic 2, in which players go through the levels trying to finish it before the other one does. It also includes items from the multiplayer mode of Sonic 3 to make things more chaotic, although the player can disable that if they want.
Controls are simple in Sonic Blur, only requiring the D-Pad or analog stick and two other buttons, a jump button and an action button, which is utilized for certain moves and to progress through the level by activiting levers or switches. The game also includes a Party Mode, featuring minigames from Sonic Shuffle which can be played up to four players.
"While going through a slope, press the down button and you will perform a Spin Attack! This will defeat any enemy in the path as well giving a small speed boost. You can also perform a Spin Jump! Simply jump and hit the enemy while in a ball position or otherwise you might get hit by the enemy!."----
"Stand still and hold the down button, then tap the jump button and you will begin charging your Spin Dash! The more you tap, the longer and faster you go.----
"When you get close to an enemy, a crosshair will appear. Jump in the air and press the jump button again to perform a Homing Attack! Sometimes, multiple crosshairs across multiple enemies will appear, so keep pressing the jump button to hit them all!"----
"If you jump and an enemy is too far away and throws a projectile at you, you can utilize the Insta-Shield, which not only protects you from the projectile, it also reflects it."----
"If you see a trail of rings, press the action button to perform a Light Speed Dash! Sonic will go through the rings very fast, collecting all the coins and defeating all the enemies in the path. Sometimes, a trail of rings can lead to a secret, so pay attention!"----
"Sometimes, pure speed cannot break through some things. So that's you have the ability to Stomp! Jump and then press the action button in midair to stomp an enemy or to break something heavy, sometimes you might even find secrets under those things!"----
"As Tails, jump in the air and press the jump button again to use the Propeller Flying! Press the jump button again to get better height, although be careful, Tails will become fatigued if flying for long enough.----
"As Tails, press the action button while moving to perform a Tails Attack! You can press the action button again to keep doing the attack."----
"As Knuckles, press the jump button while in mid air to perform a Glide! While gliding, if you get to a wall, you can cling on that and climb the wall."----
|Beryl Beach Zone|
|Malachite Mountain Zone|
|Realgar Ruins Zone|
|Feldspar Forest Zone|
|Sarsen Sea Zone|
|Celestine Cave Zone|
|Spinel Skies Zone|
|Jet Jungle Zone|
|Lazuli Labs Zone|
- Sonic the Hedgehog: The whole game takes place in South Island (with the exception of the last unlockable stage), which was the location of the events of the first Sonic game.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2: The game utilizes sprites from that game for the tutorials.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit): Tails's story in this game is similar to the one the 8-bit Sonic 2 game, where he is captured by Robotnik.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3: Sonic can perform the Insta-Shield attack, which works the same way it did in StH3.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles: Tails not being able to use the Insta-Shield comes from this game, where he instead flies.
- Spriters-Resource: User Flare for the Sonic icons.