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One of the most recognisable characters in the world of video gaming, Sega mascot Sonic the Hedgehog has starred in multiple games, spawned countless items of merchandise and even achieved success on the big screen – but now, he's facing his sternest challenge of all: conquering Amstrad platforms.

A team of coders known as Condense have been working on a fan-made game for the Amstrad GX4000 and Plus systems called Sonic GX since 2019 (thanks, Indie Retro News), and have recently shown off just how far the project has come in that time.

Of particular note in this new update is the fact that the team has created a 'Special Stage' for the game, which mimics the ring-collecting tunnel sequence in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (although in this version, it's a flat road).

Sonix GX is certainly shaping up nicely; the visuals and sound remind us a lot of the Game Gear / Master System Sonic titles, which would make sense given that the GX4000 and Plus are (relatively) compatible in terms of spec to Sega's 8-bit system.

This also feels like closing the circle to some degree, as Amstrad famously released the Mega PC in the early '90s, a computer which came with a built-in Mega Drive. The system was heavily promoted using Sonic – so you could argue that he's finally come home to Amstrad in the most impressive way possible.

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