SAGE 2020 - Demo Sonic Mania Competition Plus (Version 5 SAGE DEMO)

Overview

Ever had the thought about how cool it would be if all stages could be played in Competition Mode? Well thanks to this mod, you now absolutely can! All stages from both Mania Mode and Encore Mode are now fully playable in Competition Mode with up to 4 people! Even Custom Zones tag along for the ride! Have a trip into space with Gust Planet Zone or take it slow with Isolated Island Zone for example. With Competition Plus Version 5, Fun is Infinite...


Here's the interesting backstory for this mod. Back in January of 2018, I was messing around in the menu of Sonic Mania trying to see if I could alter the background in any way because I was bored and wanted something to mod. While doing so, I stumbled upon the entity known as "VSZones". This entity controls where the level select icons take you. Upon finding them, I immediately took the opportunity and edited one to take me to another stage. It worked (as you could probably guess)! I knew I had something on my hands, so I decided to do another test. This test was to see if I could add more "VSZones" entities into the level select, and yes I could! With this new-found knowledge, it was time to strike and make something out of it. I then remembered an opinion that I had shared with my cousin one day while playing Sonic Mania with him. I mentioned to him that I wish Competition Mode had more stages to choose from. So, I knew exactly what mod I had to do. And that's the history behind Sonic Mania Competition Plus.

Funny enough, I was in such a rush to push the first version out there and show off my wonderful discovery to the world that I never actually made the stages competition safe... But not to worry as I quickly went to work on version 2 which would fix this and make the stages actually competition friendly. Back then, I honestly thought version 2 would be the end of Sonic Mania Competition Plus, but after Sonic Mania Plus dropped, I knew I wasn't ready to let it go yet. With version 3, I had successfully ported it to Plus, for the most part, added a few more stages, and introduced Encore Mode to the mix, which was just a palette swap at the time due to me just porting the levels straight-up from Pre-Plus Sonic Mania. However, in version 4, Encore Stages were now the actual Encore Stages and not just color swaps. Version 4 would also finally manage to get every stage into Competition Mode for the most part. So again, honestly, I thought version 4 would be the final version, but then I got a DM from CarJem Generations asking about Competition Plus and that he really enjoys the mod and would love to help with it. With that, CarJem joined the team and started coding up a storm for version 5.

I can definitely say that it's been a journey updating Sonic Mania Competition Plus throughout the years and working on version 5 with CarJem is a journey all on its own. I would love to thank you all for showing your support for Sonic Mania Competition Plus throughout the years, and especially CarJem for helping with version 5. If it weren't for him, there wouldn't be a version 5! Version 5 is the biggest update ever to hit Sonic Mania Competition Plus, changing the mod as everyone knows it and will definitely be the definitive way to play it from here on out. Out of all of my mods currently for Sonic Mania, I would have to say that Sonic Mania Competition Plus is my most favorite one of them all. I am so happy that Sonic Mania Competition Plus will be able to shine at SAGE this year!! This is my first time participating in SAGE and I am so excited!! Feel free to check out my other Sonic Mania mods here...



"PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR MOD MANAGER IS UP TO DATE..... EVEN IF YOU THINK IT IS..... PLEASE TRIPLE CHECK..... THE INFINITYZONE API (which this mod rellies on) WILL ONLY WORK ON THE LATEST VERSION OF THE MOD MANAGER!!! ALSO, THIS MOD DOES NOT SUPPORT DATA FOLDER MODE IF YOU ARE USING IT, NOR WILL ANY MODS USING INFINITYZONE IN THE NEAR FORESEEABLE FUTURE WILL! TURN IT OFF!" - CarJem Generations

"ALSO, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR Data.rsdk IS UP TO DATE ALSO!" - angelthegamer


INTRODUCING CHECKPOINT ZONE!

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Checkpoint Zone acts as the HUB world for this mod. In here, you'll be able to alter match rules and advance settings, check the leaderboards for everyone's rankings, and just have fun running around with friends. [NOTICE: Checkpoint Zone is NOT finished. There are things still left to come and plenty of visual improvements to be made.]

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A cool feature of Checkpoint Zone that I wanted to point out is that you can now choose the same character as someone else! Meaning if you all wanted to play Sonic, now you can! No more rushing to get a character first because everyone can be exactly who they want!

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Checkpoint Zone is a pretty decently sized HUB world and perhaps you don't want to have to run around everywhere just to set things up and enter a match. So to remedy this, Checkpoint Zone has a place you can warp to at any time called the Quick Warp. When in the Quick Warp, you'll be able to quickly travel to any major location in Checkpoint Zone! No longer will you have to run around doing errands just to set things up.

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Whenever you're ready to actually start a match, go and pay a visit to Dr. Robotnik/Dr. Eggman. Use the controllers placed along the ceiling to choose your Level Select, then press the button to travel there. You'll be sent to the Level Select of your choice, waiting with loads of levels at your disposal to race in.

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Oh! And heads up, certain Character mods should work. I can't guarantee that they all work, but just test them out. Some works while others don't. Stage mods, however, don't work. But don't worry as many, many, more custom stages are planned to be added in the future.


HERE'S JUST A BIT OF WHAT YOU CAN FIND!

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Credits

Team Competition Plus
• angelthegamer - Owns the mod "Competition Plus"/ Made base levels Competition Compatible / One of the announcer voices / Title Logo / Translations for Headers / Billboards / Overal Spriter for Competition Plus / Bug Finder
• CarJem Generations - Coded pretty much everything for Version 5, piecing everything together / Logo Screens / Checkpoint Zone / Technical Enhancements
• SuperSonic16 & CarJem Generations - Working on InfinityZone
• Kapuccino - Originally helped mess with the Competition levels to find stuff
• Apollyon Woman - Made "Competition Plus" Menu Header
• Garrulous64 - One of the various announcers to choose from
• Xanman - Made Thumbnail Art and 500x500 Art for SAGE page
• mr.watermalon - Made HUB "ACT" Icon for Checkpoint Zone
• CodenameGamma - Helped fix several coding issues that were happening / Made High-Resolution Competition Plus logo used in Xanman's Thumbnail Art and 500x500 Art
• N'Oni - InfinityZone logo

Music
• Xanman - Made theme for Checkpoint Zone and made Credits music
• CarJem Generations - Made Title Screen Music
mikeblastdude - Sonic Triple Trouble Special Stage 1 Remastered (2013)
• MandM - Made Vape-Mode Musical Edits

Custom Levels
• Sonikko - Made Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1
• jubbalub - Made Angel Island Zone Extended
• angelthegamer - Made Gust Planet Zone Act 1, Desert Hill Zone, & Special Stage Zone
• CarJem Generations - Made Lost Hidden Palace Zone

Chaotix Mania Levels
Xanman - Leader of Chaotix Mania
• The Vagabond - Made Botanic Base Zone, Amazing Arena Zone, Speed Slider Zone, & Marina Madness Zone
• Star Warrior - Made Isolated Island Zone
• NeoExperiences - Made Techno Tower Zone
• McNuggie - Level Design Fixes
• CobaltBW - Music In Techno Tower Act 1


*More Credits can be founded within the mod itself*
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