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Sonic the Hedgehog, now with 70% more oceans of blood!

Sonic.exe originated as a Creepypasta fanfic by Sir JC the Hyena. Since then, it has been turned into a video game that replicates the experience (sans X actually coming out of the screen) by MY5TCrimson.

On March 16th, 2023, JoeDoughBoi, the co-owner of the creepypasta in the present day, released a completely revamped version of the game that can be downloaded here.


Sonic.exe provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Deviation:
    • Versions five and seven of the original game feature Sonic himself having his own playable section not present in the original story. In version five, this level is simply accessed after the game over screen instead of the game ending after Eggman's section. In version seven, however, the player has to trigger it. Backtracking as each character at specific intervals puts them in another playable section separate from what's described in the Creepypasta, after-ward the player is gifted a "negative ring". With all three collected, the Sonic level is triggered after the game over screen like in version five.
    • The remaster features different kills from both the creepypasta and the original version. In both, X lunged at Tails and Knuckles, but in the remaster, he snaps Tails’/Alan’s neck and slams his fists into Knuckles’/Dave’s chest. What happens to Eggman/Paul is also shown (albeit briefly) and extended from X simply appearing in front of him.
  • Ax-Crazy: X. Psychotic, sadistic, and totally devoid of human compassion.
  • Big Bad: X is the demon taking the form of Sonic that, in-game, kills Sonic's friends, and outside the game kills people in the real world.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: X has black sclera.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The Zalgo-ified title screen.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Than the main Sonic series. An Eldritch Abomination brutally and bloodily murders the characters before going after people in the real world.
  • Broken Heel: In the revamped version, Tails/Alan slips when running from X in "HIDE AND SEEK".
  • Continuity Reboot: The official remaster is actually part of a reboot of the original Sonic.exe canon, with the version of X seen in the game being a new version of the original X.
  • Darker and Edgier: Ditto with Bloodier and Gorier.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You:
    • In the original game, several hints of this are seen in the text screens, such as it asking "READY FOR ROUND 2, TOM?"
    • In the revamped veresion, this is taken a step further when X etches "I AM GOD" and cracking the screen, both details remaining after the game closes.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The bloody oceans and X appearance on the title screen, as seen on the page image, is only seen for a fraction of a second before cutting to black. In the revamp, this is changed to X's red eyes and a part of the finger-wagging glove.
  • A God Am I: One of the messages that X leaves on the screen is "I AM GOD".
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The game cuts to black when X lunges at Tails and Knuckles, followed by a high-pitched scream and a laugh. In the revamp, you only get a slight glimpse of what he does to them, such as X snapping Tails'/Alan's neck and slamming his fists into Knuckles'/Dave's chest.
  • Hide-and-Seek Horror: When Tails finds X, the level is titled "Hide and Seek". Tails has a bit less than a minute to get as far away from X as possible, but X ends up catching up to him and killing him no matter what you do.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: You get into one of these when playing as Knuckles. You can try to punch X, but he teleports away every time, and eventually Knuckles will just break down crying.
  • Interface Screw: In Version 5, before the next Japanese text appears, the UI starts glitching out with "SCORE" and "RING" being mirrored and eventually the UI slowly disappears altogether.
  • Jump Scare:
  • Nightmare Face: But of course. At the end of Eggman's level, a hyper-realistic representation of X appears on-screen.
  • Precision F-Strike: One song in the OST is called Mindfuckery. Sticks to the same trope as Mind Rape, because of the context in it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The first sign that something is horribly wrong with this version of Sonic.
  • Sadist: X. He chases after Tails in "HIDE AND SEEK", vanishes to leave the fox crying, then returns shortly after to kill him, He dodges all of Knuckles' attempts to attack him before leaving the echidna to break down and then killing him, and watches Eggman attempt to run for his life before appearing in front of him to finish him off. He can kill these characters anytime he likes, but likes to make them suffer first.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Only in the original game, Tails and Knuckles after X catches up to them.
  • Sensory Abuse: Don't forget that bloodcurdling scream from the original game.
  • Slasher Smile: You think?
  • Unwinnable by Design: The "games" X presents himself in are actually inescapable traps used to torture and mangle his victims. The control the player has over the characters is simply a façade X uses to torment the player along with the characters.
  • Xtremely Kool Letterz / "X" Makes Anything Cool: The demon known as "Sonic.exe" also goes simply by "X".
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The ending to Version 5 of the original, considering the game ends before you even get to see Sonic and X start fighting.
  • You Bastard!: In the playable video game versions, where the player can't keep them from dying either.

 
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Sonic.Exe remake

Unlike the original game which had characters dying on-screen, the remake cuts to black as the characters die, with gruesome sounds to accompany their deaths to fuel the players imagination.

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