I'm a total Sonic the Hedgehog fan much like everyone else, I like the newer games, but I don't mind playing the classics. I don't think I've ever played glitchy or hacked games before, though I don't think I want to play any after the experience I had...
It started on a nice summer afternoon, I was playing Sonic
Unleashed (I liked how you get to explore the towns in it) until I
noticed, out of my peripheral vision, that the mailman had arrived and
put something in my mailbox as usual and left. I paused my game to go
see what I got in the mail... The only thing in the Mailbox was a CD
case for computers and a note. I took it inside.
I looked at the note first and realized it was from my dear
friend Kyle (Let's just call him that), whom I hadn't heard from in 2
weeks. I know that because I recognized his handwriting, though what was
weird is how it looked; it looked badly written and scratchy and
somewhat difficult to read, as if Kyle was having a hard time writing it
down and did it in a hurry.
This is what he wrote...
I can't take it anymore, I had to get rid of this thing
somehow before it was too late, and I was hoping you'd do it for me. I
can't do it, he’s after me, and if you don't destroy this CD, he'll come
after you too, he's too fast for me....
Please Tom, destroy this god-forsaken disc before he comes after you too, it's too late for me.
Destroy the disc, and you'll destroy him, but do it quick
otherwise he'll catch you. Don't even play the game, it's what he wants,
just destroy it.
Well, that was certainly weird. Even though Kyle IS my best
friend and I haven't seen him in 2 weeks, I didn't do what he asked me. I
didn't think that a simple gaming disc would do anything bad to him,
after all it's just a game right? Boy, was I wrong about that...
ANY way, I looked at the disc and it looks like any ordinary
computer CD-R disc, except it had black marker on it written
"SONIC.EXE", and it was much unlike Kyle's handwriting, meaning that he
must've gotten it from someone else, like a pawn shop or eBay. When I
saw "SONIC" on the writing of the CD, I was actually excited and wanted
to play it, since I'm a a BIG Sonic fan.
I went up to my room and turned on my computer and put the disc
in and installed the game. When the title screen popped up I noticed
that it was the first Sonic game, I was like "Awesome!" Because like I
said earlier I liked the classics. The first thing I noticed that was
out of place was when I pressed start, there's was a split second when I
saw the title image turned into something much different, something
that I now consider horrifying, before cutting to black.
I remember what the image looked like in that split second before
the game cut to black; The sky had darkened, the title emblem was
rusted and ruined, the SEGA 1991 was now instead SEGA 666, and the water
had turned red, like blood, except it looked hyper-realistic.
But the freakiest thing that was in that split second frame was
Sonic, his eyes were pitch black and bleeding with two glowing red dots
staring RIGHT AT ME, and his smile had stretched wider up to the edge of
his face. I was rather disturbed about that image when I saw it, though
I figured that it was just a glitch and forgot about it. After it cut
to black it stayed like that for about 10 seconds or so. And then
another weird thing happened, the save file select from Sonic the
Hedgehog 3 popped up, and I was like "WTF? What's this doing in the
first Sonic game?", anyway, then I notice something off, the background
was the dark cloudy sky of the Bad Stardust Speedway level from Sonic
CD, and there were only three save files. The music was that creepy
Caverns of Winter music from Earthbound, only it was extended and seemed
to have been in reverse. And the image for the save file where you see a
preview of the level you're on is just red static for all three files.
What freaked me out more was the character select, it showed only
Tails, Knuckles and to my surprise, Dr. Robotnik! Now I was sure that
something was up, I mean, how can you play as Robotnik in a classic
Sonic game, for crying out loud?
That's when I realized that this wasn't a glitchy game, it was a hacked game.
Yeah it definitely looked hacked, it was really creepy, but as a
smart gamer, I wasn't scared (or at least I tried not to be), I told
myself that it was just a hacked game and there's nothing wrong with
that. Anyways, shaking off the creeped out feeling I picked File 1 and
chose Tails and when I selected and got started. The game froze for
about 5 seconds and I heard a creepy pixelated laugh that sounded an
awful lot like that Kefka guy from Final Fantasy before cutting to
The screen stayed black for about 10 seconds or more, then it
showed the typical level title thing, except the simplistic shapes were
different shades of red and the text showed only "HILL, ACT 1". The
screen faded in and the level title vanished revealing Tails in the
Green Hill Zone from Sonic 1, the music was different though, it sounded
like a peaceful melody in reverse. Anyway I started playing and had
Tails start running like you would in any of the classic Sonic games,
what was odd was that as Tails was running along the level there was
nothing but flat ground and a few trees for 5 minutes, that was when the
peaceful music started to lower down into slow deep tones very slowly
as I kept going.
I suddenly saw something and I stopped to see what it was; it was
one of the small animals lying dead on the ground bleeding (That was
when the music started to slow down), Tails had a shocked and saddened
look on his face that I never saw him have before, so I had him move
along, and he kept that worried look on his face. As he kept moving I
saw more dead animals as Tails moved past them looking more and more
worried as the music lowers and he moves past more dead animals, I was
shocked to see how they all died, they looked like somebody killed them
in rather gruesome ways; a squirrel was hanged on a tree with what
appeared to be his entrails hanging out, a bunny had all four of his
limbs torn off and a duck had his eyes gouged out and his throat slit. I
felt sick to my stomach when I saw this massacre and apparently so did
Tails. After a few more seconds there were no more animals and the music
seemed to have stopped, I still kept Tails to continue.
After a minute passed after the music stopped, Tails was running
up a hill and then he stopped, it wasn't until I saw why; Sonic was
there on the other side of the screen with his back against Tails with
his eyes closed. Tails looked happy to see Sonic but then his smile
faltered, obviously noticing that Sonic wasn't responding to him, if not
acting as if he was totally oblivious of Tails' presence. Tails walked
slowly toward Sonic, and I noticed that I wasn't even moving my keyboard
to make him move, so this had to have been a cut scene.
Suddenly I began to have a growing feel of dread as Tails walked
closer to Sonic to get his attention, I felt that Tails was in danger
and something bad was going to happen. I heard faint static growing
louder as Tails was but inches away from Sonic and stopped and stuck his
hand out to touch him. That foreboding feeling in my gut was growing
stronger and I felt the urge to tell Tails to get away from Sonic as the
static grew louder.
Suddenly in a split second I saw Sonic's eyes open and they were
black with those red glowing dots, just like that title image, thought
there wasn't a smile. When that happened the screen turned black and the
static sound was off.
It stayed black for about 7 seconds and then white text appeared
forming a message, saying, "Hello. Do you want to play with me?"
At this point I was creeped out, I didn't want to continue with
the game, but my curiosity got the better of me when I was taken to a
different level with the level title now saying "HIDE AND SEEK".
This time I was in the Angel Island level from Sonic 3 and it looked like everything was on fire.
Tails looked as though he was scared out of his wits this time.
He actually looked at me and made frantic gestures to me as if he wanted
to get out of the area he was in as fast as possible. I was starting to
get freaked out by this...I mean Tails was actually breaking the fourth
wall, trying to tell me to get him out of there.
So I pressed down on the arrow key as hard as I could and made
him run as fast as he could, a pixelated version of that creepy theme
when you meet Shadow at the ARK as Robotnik from SA2 was playing as I
made Tails trek through the desolate forest, trying to help him escape
from whatever he was trying to run from.
Suddenly I heard that creepy laugh again... that awful, Kefka
laugh... right after 10 seconds have passed as I helped Tails run
through the forest, and then I started seeing flashes of Sonic popping
everywhere on the screen, again with those black and red eyes.
The music changed to that suspenseful drowning jingle as I see
Sonic behind Tails slowly gaining up on him FLYING; Sonic wasn't
running, he was actually FLYING! The flying pose his sprite was making
looked very similar to Metal Sonic's flying pose in Sonic CD, except it
was just Sonic and he had the black and red eyes again, only
THIS time he had the most deranged looking grin on his face, he
looked as though he was enjoying the torment he was giving the poor
little fox as he gained up on him.
Suddenly when Tails tripped (another cut scene) the music stopped
and Sonic vanished. Tails laid there and started crying for 15 seconds.
The scene was rather upsetting to watch and I kind of teared up myself.
But then Sonic appeared right in front of Tails and Tails looked up in
Blood started to come down those blackened eyes of Sonic's as a
grin slowly grew from his face as he looked down at the horrified fox, I
could do nothing but watch.
Just in a split second Sonic lunged at Tails right before the
screen went black, there was a loud screeching noise that only lasted 5
seconds. The text returned only this time it said "You're too slow, want
to try again?" and then that god-awful laugh came with it.
I was so shocked by what had happened...did Sonic murder Tails?
No, he couldn't have... He and Tails are supposed to be best friends,
right? Why did Sonic do that to him?
I shook the shock off as I was brought back to the character
select, the save file that had Tails was different; Tails was no longer
in the box itself but in the TV screen itself, which was flickering with
that red static, Tails' expression scared me, his eyes were black and
bleeding, his orange fur had gone black and he had an expression of
anguish on his face, Trying to ignore it I picked Knuckles next.
The laugh came again and the screen cut to black again and stayed
there for another 10 seconds, this time the level said "YOU CAN'T RUN".
I was really freaked out by now, I couldn't really tell if this
was a glitch, or a hack, or some kind of sick twisted joke... or
anything really. But despite my fear of what happened next, I kept
The next level looked much different, it had the ground of the
Scrap Brain zone, but the sky background looked like the main menu; it
had the dark reddish cloudy sky. But it was the music that creeped me
out the most: It sounded like Giygas' theme right after you beat Pokey
in Earthbound. I also noticed that Knuckles looked afraid just like
Tails did, though not as much, more rather he looked a little unnerved.
He broke the fourth wall just like Tails and looked as if he wasn't sure
about going on, but I made him move anyway.
He ran down the straight pathway in this dark level, and as he
did the screen started to flicker red static a couple times and then
that maddening laugh came again.
Then after a few seconds of running I notice several bloodstains
on the metallic ground, I felt a growing sense of fear again thinking
something horrible is going to happen to Knuckles. He looked nauseated
walking down this blood-stained road, but I still kept him going.
Suddenly as Knuckles ran, Sonic appeared right in front of him
with those black and red eyes and then red static appeared again, when
the static vanished showing nothing but black screen with text saying
"FOuNd YOu!", I was now scared, Sonic found Knuckles already?! What was
Anyway red static came again and then I was back to the level,
Knuckles looked like he was panicking, and Sonic was nowhere to be
found. And this time that high-pitched squealing from the Silent Hill
1's final boss was playing.
Was this some kind of boss battle with Sonic? I hoped to God it wasn't, honestly.
Suddenly Sonic appeared right behind Knuckles in what appeared to
be pixelated black smoke, I made Knuckles turn and then punch Sonic,
but Sonic vanished in black pixelated smoke before I could even land a
hit, that terrible laugh went off again. Then Sonic appeared behind
Knuckles again and then I made him punch again, and Sonic vanished again
laughing. Knuckles was panicking even more, and even I felt like I was
going crazy, Sonic was practically playing with us, he was playing a
sick twisted little mind game with me and Knuckles...
Another cut scene played as Knuckled fell to his knees and
clutched his head sobbing, I felt his agony, Sonic was actually driving
us BOTH crazy.
And then in a split second Sonic lunged at Knuckles and the
screen went black with another distorted screeching noise that lasted
for at least 3 seconds.
Another text message appeared, "So many souls to play with, so little time... would you agree?"
What the hell... Just what is going on? I started to think Sonic
was actually trying to talk to me through the game... But I was too
scared to think that.
I was brought back to the main menu and this time the second file
box had Knuckles in the TV screen, his red fur had darkened to a
reddish grey, his dreadlocks were dripping with blood and his eyes were
black and bleeding too, and he had a look of sadness on his face. I
began to think that those are the actual characters trapped in those TV
screens on the save files, but I couldn't believe it... I didn't want to
So I shut off the game and took a break. I took a nap, wish I
hadn't, 'cause I then began to have the most disturbing nightmare, I was
in pitch black darkness, though I was under the light given off by a
lamp that hung high above my head. I could hear the cries of Knuckles
and Tails nearby. They were saying stuff like, "Help us..." and "Why did
you give us to him?" and "Run away, before he gets you too..."
Their cries died out as I then heard Sonic laugh, his laugh... it sounded a lot like the distorted Kefka laugh.
"You're a lot fun to play with kid, just like your friend Kyle, though he didn't last long..."
I was scared and looking around for the source of the voice...
"Won't be long now until you join him and all my other friends..."
I saw him walking toward me, flickering in and out in several directions...
"You can't run, kid. You're in my world now. Just like the others..."
When he grabbed me and I saw his bleeding black and red-eyed, grinning face, I woke up with a fright.
After a couple of hours I decided to continue playing the game. I
don’t know why, but I had to know, I had to figure out why this was
happening... So I turned on the computer, turned on the game and
selected Robotnik next.
I still thought that was wacky, playing as Robotnik, but anyway
the level title appeared again and this time it said "...", which I
found really freaky.
This time I was in some kind of hallway, didn't really look like
it was from any of the classic Sonic games, though it has the pixelated
style; the floor was shiny and checkered, the walls were a dark greyish
purple with animated candlelight’s and a few dark bloodstains here and
there, and there was a dark red curtain hanging above on the top part of
the screen. Every 12 seconds or so that red curtain sways very slowly,
but whenever you're playing the game you can barely see it move. The
music was oddly pleasant, a piano playing a rather sad yet peaceful
song, but I knew better, this was the song that played in Hill act 1,
only it wasn't in reverse.
Robotnik didn't look entirely nervous like Tails and Knuckles
did, but he did have a suspicious look on his face as if he was just a
bit paranoid. He did a little animation when I just left him standing,
he turns his head to the left and then to the right at least twice and
then shrugs at me, as if he has no idea where he was or what was going
on. Even though I was scared outta my mind about what was going to
happen, I had Robotnik continue onward. He did his usual running
animation (You know, when you've beaten him at the end of a classic
Sonic game and you chase him) as we continued going through the hallway.
Then I stop at a long flight of stairs leading downward, now I
was nervous, even Robotnik seemed unsure of himself, though I pressed
As I led Robotnik down the stairs, I noticed that the walls have
gotten darker and more reddish; the red torches are now an eerie blue.
Then we landed onto another hallway, this one was longer than the last
one (or at least it felt like it) and then we headed down another flight
of stairs down, this one was much longer, took at least 1 full minute.
And then I heard that horrid Kefka laugh again and then the music
slowly faded until it was quiet, as it did the walls turned more dark
red and the torches were a black flame now.
When Robotnik landed onto the 3rd hallway, I noticed he now
looked really creeped out, though he tried to hide it, I couldn't blame
him, I was scared too.
Suddenly, Sonic popped right in front of Robotnik the same way he
did Knuckles and then red static. The red static lasted for about 15
second and then it showed me a most unpleasant image...
The image showed a hyper-realistic of Sonic standing in the
darkness where you can only see his face while his head and torso faded
into black, and when I say hyper-realistic, I mean like he looked so
real you could actually see the lines in his blue fur, as if you could
actually feel the fur if you touched the screen.
His face...oh god, he had the most horrifying smile I had ever seen.
And that's saying something considering I saw that image at the start of the game.
His eyes are wide and black and once again crying blood (Which
also looked hyper-realistic) and there were two small glowing red dots
in those black eyes staring RIGHT AT ME, as if staring into my mind. His
grin was wide and demonic, it literally stretched to the sides of his
face like a Cheshire Cat except Sonic had fangs, VERY SHARP fangs, much
like the Werehog's teeth except more vicious-looking, somewhat yellowish
and from the look of it, he had stains of blood and small bits of flesh
on his lips and fangs as if he ate some animal.
I stared at that gruesome image for a good 30 seconds, never
taking my eyes off it, I felt as if he was actually looking at me,
smiling at me...that face, it just took 10 seconds for it to etch itself
into my brain for good.
Then the screen flickered with red static again 3 times, and on
the 3rd time I heard the Kefka laugh, except this time it sounded
distorted, demonic even...
It went back to the image again except this time there was the
text again though it was messed up, but it was pretty much one of the
most horrifying things I looked at since I had this game...
"I AM GOD."
It was when I read that message while looking at Sonic when it hit me, I realized right there and then.
This Sonic was a monster, a pure evil, sadistic, all-powerful,
nightmarish, demented monster... and all of his victims, including
Tails, Knuckles, Robotnik and possibly Kyle, are just his little toys,
and the game is the very gateway into his chaotic, nightmarish world and
the very Hell his victims are trapped in.
Suddenly in an actual split second I screamed as Sonic lunged at
the screen screeching loudly with his mouth wide open to an unnatural
length revealing nothing but a literally spiraling abyss of pure
darkness before the red static came again, this time much louder and
distorted, so loud that it hurt my ears, I yelled and grabbed my ears as
the red static screeched for a good 7 seconds.
Then it stopped and showed nothing but black screen.
As I sat there staring at the black screen, one last text came up.
"Ready for Round 2, Tom?"
The Kefka laugh, now sounding more clear as if Sonic was right
behind me, played again 3 times as I looked at that text in shock and
Then I got booted back to the main menu and this time the third
save file had a TV image of Robotnik in the same, tormented state as
Tails and Knuckles; Robotnik's skin turned a dull grey, his mustache
drooped and had blackened, his glasses broke and blood is coming from
them and he had a mere dead like expression on his face.
I looked at Tails, Knuckles and Robotnik and I cried a bit, I
pitied them for the agony they're going through, they were forever
trapped within the game, forever tormented by that horrid hedgehog, and
always will be.
Then the computer shut itself off, I couldn't turn it back on no matter what I did.
I sat there for maybe 25 seconds, horrified by what had just happened...
Sonic is the very embodiment of evil, he tortures people who play
his game in more ways than one and then when he gets bored he drags you
into the game, literally drags you to Hell, where he can play with you
always, as his toy....
I can't get the game outta my computer. I think it's stuck in there, but at least I managed to turn it back on now.
After I sat there for 25 seconds I heard a voice right behind me, like a whisper...
"Try to keep this interesting for me, Tom."
I turned around to see where the voice came from, and what I saw made me scream...
Sitting on my bed... staring right at me...
... Was a Sonic plushie, smiling with bloodstains under its eyes.