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Proto:Knuckles' Chaotix

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This page details one or more prototype versions of Knuckles' Chaotix.

To do:
  • Check the remaining prototypes for any notable differences. This thread should be a very useful starting point.
  • The 1207, 1227 and 1229 sub-pages are in need of some serious clean-up (i.e., they suck).

A huge number of prototypes for Knuckles' Chaotix were released on February 23, 2008 by drx as part of his massive Sega Archives release. These largely seem to be late in development as a result of being part of Sega's Quality Assurance BBS archives.

The game was originally developed on the Genesis, switching to the 32X by December 1994. According to Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske, Chaotix was at one point developed for the Sega Saturn as a mainline Sonic title; if so, nothing from that period of development is known to exist.


Genesis Era

Sonic Crackers
Dated April 1, 1994. Before there was Chaotix, there was Crackers. Yum!

Some leftover data from a later build of Crackers was found in a prototype build of Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusen, dated June 1994.

32X Era

The Crackers name is known to have carried over when development shifted to the 32X, as the 1207 Chaotix build has an unused graphic reading "SONIC CRACKERS S32X".

1207 Prototype
Dated December 7, 1994. The earliest released prototype of Chaotix, with a very different...well, almost everything.
1227 Prototype
Dated December 27, 1994. Several new things, but still a bit unfinished.
1229 Prototype
Dated December 30, 1994. Not much interesting, to say the least.
Chaotix Proto 0111 Title 1.png
0111 Prototype
Dated January 12, 1995. The earliest available build that actually works...sort of.
Chaotix Proto 0111 Title 1.png
0119 Prototype
Dated January 19, 1995. A slightly later prototype, with slightly fewer differences.
0202 Prototype
Dated February 7, 1995. The first build with an ending.