Sonic Mania Free at Epic Games

To celebrate the birthday of the world's fastest hedgehog, Sonic Mania will be free at Epic Games next week

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Good news for fans of the “fastest living creature”. During the last week of June, you can get the Sonic Mania base game for free. Sonic's latest 2D game will be free at Epic Games between June 24th and July 1st. You can redeem the game for free during the week and it will remain in your account forever, as well as other games that have already been distributed by the store.

In addition to free Sonic Mania, another great game for Sega fans will be given away for free during the same period. This is Horizon Chase Turbo. A Brazilian indie racing game developed by Aquiris Game Studio and released in 2018 that is considered a spiritual successor to Sega's arcade classic.

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After a flurry of 3D games that didn't please the fanbase of Sega's supersonic hedgehog mascot, the Japanese developer decided to leave the character in the hands of Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and Pagodawest Games, to create a new Sonic game and the result It could not have been better.

Christian had previously worked with Sega on mobile versions of the Mega Drive games, using the engine he developed, the Retro Engine, which simulated the graphics of games from the 16-bit era, and he used it to create several Sonic fangames. The game was praised for its faithfulness to the original games, but criticized for its lack of originality.

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Sonic runs through more than 12 levels, including several redesigned stages from previous games. The player controls Sonic the Hedgehog and his companions Tails and Knuckles the Echidna in their quest to defeat the arch-enemy Doctor Eggman and his chaotic robots. The game takes place immediately after the end of Sonic & Knuclkes and Sonic Generations, with the archenemy of the hedgehog finding a strange stone called Phantom Ruby.

Some of his robots take the stone and gain special powers, sending Sonic and Tails to the past, where they must go through some new and known scenarios to prevent the scientist from using Ruby's powers to complete his plans. In addition to the game's plot, it also connects directly to the Sonic Forces game, released in 2017.

Besides Sonic Mania for free, Horizon Chase Turbo is available.

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Horizon Chase Turbo is an arcade-style racing game released in 2018 by Brazilian game developer Aquiris Game Studio for PS4, PCs (via Steam), Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. It is an improved version of Horizon Chase – World Tour, released in 2015 by the same developer, who was invited by Sony to port it to their console. As a result, it became the first Brazilian game sold on disk by the Japanese gaming giant.

This “charged” version of Horizon Chase – World Tour includes improved graphics, more cars and tracks, and features new features such as local and online co-op modes. It was also released for the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on November 28, 2018. The game that is often regarded as a spiritual successor to Sega's arcade classic Outrun is one of the best retro-inspired games, according to TouchArcade.

Sonic turns 30 with a new game on its way

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Announced during Live on the Sonic Central channel, a game in the franchise is in development which, so far, is being called Sonic Zap or Sonic 6. As there is no, chronologically speaking, a Sonic 5 (except that this is Mania or the Forces) and Sonic 4 sales weren't good enough for them to remain on the official chronology, canceling Episode 3, which would come out after the release of Sonic 4 – Episode 2, it is doubtful whether this game will receive a second name or a numbering.

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The colors and sparkles that surrounded Sonic during the teaser indicate that the game will feature the presence of Whispes, the alien creatures featured in Sonic Colors, as well as some mysterious symbols at the end. There is still no information on what they mean, but it has already been announced that it will be released in 2022 for PS4, PS 5 Xbox Series X | S, One, Switch and PC.

Now is the tip and don't forget to comment if you'll get your free Sonic Mania and what you think of the news. Do you like Horizon Chase Turbo? You can read more about Sonic on our website.

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