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Originally posted by Hack Description
Length: 60 exit(s)
Description: Mario and Sonic have earned a well deserved vacation from the Devious Four's attacks. Sonic decides to have a normal adventure with Mario. Instead, they find a whole new world filled with wonders, bombs, and a strange creature called Sectorial. Unfortunately, trouble is brewing in the dimension between dimensions, and it's not to be taken lightly.
Details: Right from the very beginning, the hack stockpiles the difficulty onto the player. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, but even better games at least try to coax you into it. The Fourth Sector, however, doesn't. The difficulty mostly comes from tight corridors that border claustrophobic (many crucial jumps having low ceilings does not help at all) being, slow paced segments that are dictated by auto-scroll, expecting the player to know as much of the level as the author, ("Didn't know that you may have needed this item? Sucks to be you!"), Also, the player is forced to wait out P-Switched that last up to sixteen seconds while being bombarded by enemies such as Wild Ptooie Plants, Wild Piranha Plants, Fire Chomps, Faster Fire Chomps, Fire Chomps that spawn more Fire Chomps
(I shit you not, this actually happens.)
Translation: The game is hard for the wrong reasons.
And this is all in the first six or so levels.
There is also some hilarious technical issues such as massive slowdown (common culprits being multiple Dynamic sprites, Fire Chomps that spawm more Fire Chomps, and the classic sprite overload), glitched up HDMA (thanks to dynamic sprites), mid-level autoscroll transitions (game will freeze if you L/R onto a screen that will prompt the auto-scroll), a pipe that leads you to an "endless" bonus room (kills you instead). In fact, that last point is what will prompt this hack for an...
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