Sega just gave fans the 100% free point-and-click adventure game The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sega just killed one of the gaming world’s most famous mascots—next to Mario, of course. With a heavy burden in our hearts, we’re announcing that Sonic the Hedgehog has been killed by its parent company in its most recent release titled Sonic Frontie… oops, our bad, it’s actually titled The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog. Though Sonic’s creator has been arrested, he wasn’t actually charged with dispatching the Blue Blur, making someone else the culprit.
The new murder mystery game is completely free to download and play on Steam right now.
According to Sonic’s official Twitter page, the Sonic Social team proudly presents The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog, a point-and-click adventure—yes, those still exist—that puts gamers amid the Sonic cast on a murder mystery party aboard the Mirage Express. The purpose of the journey is to celebrate Amy Rose’s birthday; however, things soon turn grim when Sonic is found dead on the floor and gamers in the middle of a murder mystery. If this sounds like another gimmicky game made by Sega to boost its sales, we’re here to tell you that’s not the case.
In fact, it would seem that the game is far better compared to some of the most recent Sonic the Hedgehog gaming releases. You get to solve mysteries, interrogate some of your favorite Sonic characters, and try and figure out who actually killed Sonic and why. It’s also important to remember that this game, besides being presented by the Sonic Social team, wasn’t actually developed by the company, so it’s not considered official canon—which would be strange; we already had Sonic presumably dead on several occasions.
We’re discussing a really good, albeit short, game that takes the canon, shakes it up, and spits out quite an interesting piece of interactive entertainment. So, if you ever needed a reason to attend Amy Rose’s party, well, here’s one. And the most interesting thing about the game is that it was released on March 31, so it would coincide with the April Fool’s Day on April 1.
Most companies actually take a very comedic stance towards this yearly “event” and tend to drop joke trailers, release “funny” or even outright false statements about their in-development titles.
But not Sega. Admittedly, this move was a bit unexpected, but Sega actually developed and dropped a brand new, completely free, and 100% existing real murder mystery game with Sonic as the game’s actual plot device and not the protagonist. Sega did announce that it was taking Sonic in a new direction, but no one ever suspected it would be in the direction of a morgue.
Let alone release a Sonic the Hedgehog game as a visual novel, but that’s apparently Sega’s version of an April Fool’s joke. And we have to admit; we really like Sega’s new joke.
In fact, given the series’ string of average releases in recent years, Sega should make more “jokes” akin to The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog. The most recent release, Sonic Frontiers, accumulated negative game reviews, which were somewhat improved by the ton of new content added to the game after Sega dropped a free DLC that only worked under one condition.
The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog is currently available to download on Steam.