Sonic With A Gun alters Epic Megagames' 1994 DOS game Jazz Jackrabbit (in graphics, enemies, and level design), primarily in the style of SEGA's 1991 Genesis/Megadrive game Sonic the Hedgehog. Certain details are also lifted from various other games, such as Sonic 2 (G/MD), Sonic 1 (SMS/GG), Sonic 4 Episode 1, Sonic CD, Sonic Advance 3, Sonic Mars, and so on. SWAG encompasses six main planets/zones, each with graphics, level layouts, enemies, and other obstacles unlike anything before seen in Jazz 1 modding, in an elaborate celebration of the Jazz engine and the Sonic series.

All elements of this mod are to be seen as a remake: next to none of the original graphics or level design from Sonic 1 are present, and instead 99% of the graphics are edited from Jazz art and the level design is a hybrid between the styles of the two games. Enemies and other level objects are included as accurately as possible within the constraints of the Jazz 1 engine, with occasional new additions or modifications in the spirit of either the original or the mod.

Two prominent differences between the gameplays of Sonic and Jazz are that the former can run up walls, ceilings, etc., and the latter has a gun and disposes of enemies with it rather than by jumping on them. These differences remain in SWAG, which features the standard ammunition types from Jazz 1. Perhaps the best way to think about this mod is as Jazz visiting the equivalents of the Sonic zones but in the Jazz Jackrabbit universe.

Unless you're running a sufficiently old version of Windows, you will need the DOXBox emulator, which can be downloaded for numerous different operating systems. Playing under the open-source "OpenJazz" remake of Jazz 1 is not recommended; OpenJazz is far from perfect at emulating the native Jazz 1 levels, and SWAG takes the engine nearly as far as it will go in various directions, including various parts of the game that were never used in the native levels and are therefore not implemented in OpenJazz.

SWAG has been in development--very, very intermittently--since mid 2008. I'm excited to share it with the world at last, as part of Sonic Amateur Games Expo 2014 and in honor of Jazz Jackrabbit's 20th anniversary.

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3 comments by Violet_CLM on Feb 25th, 2014

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After ~six years of intermittent development, Sonic With A Gun has been released earlier this week. Download and boot up your DOS emulator (e.g. DOSBox) for twenty-five main and secret levels of run'n'gun action across seven main zones, five hidden zones, and a number of 3D bonus stages. Detailed graphics, numerous boss battles and other enemies, lots of variety in stage designs, references to Sonic games you've never heard of, and level layouts that have been called better than the original game's.

No prior installation of Jazz Jackrabbit is required in order to play Sonic With A Gun.

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Feb 23, 2014 Full Version 0 comments

It's finally done! Sonic With A Gun is the world's largest ever Jazz Jackrabbit 1 mod, themed about recreating Sonic the Hedgehog 1 while throwing in...

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The original SWAG demo from Sonic Amateur Games Expo 2010, featuring only one planet ("Hillgrius"). This demo is outdated and provided only for reference/convenience...

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SlazSlackrabbit
SlazSlackrabbit Apr 30 2014, 12:39pm says:

If you like Jazz (or did so in the past), you MUST download and play this. I couldn't spam it more. :P

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Terra1993
Terra1993 Feb 4 2014, 11:19am says:

OMG! fantastic mod man! will you continue do develop it?

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Violet_CLM
Violet_CLM Feb 4 2014, 1:31pm replied:

I expect to be developing it pretty much every day until it gets released on the 23rd. :) After that, maybe maybe not.

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Terra1993
Terra1993 Feb 8 2014, 12:57pm replied:

oh come on man we are talking about JazzJackrabbit a great pieace of story and maybe your mod can become even a piece of story :)

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