Sega sentenced Sonic to death, and the gamers are delighted. That's how you can briefly describe the unusual situation when a joke turned out to be a hit. However, in order to better understand the whole incident, it is necessary to go back a few days, when the Japanese corporation, as part of an April Fool's prank, released a free game called The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog on Steam.
The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog - what is the game about?
As the title suggests, the game deals with the death of one of the most popular gaming characters - Sonic. Players are tasked with investigating all the clues and solving the mystery of the murder of the blue hedgehog.
A true phenomenon
The most interesting, and at the same time the most surprising, is that this visual novel has become incredibly popular on Valve's platform.. This is evidenced by numbers that can put much larger productions to shame.
- Since the release,The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog has recorded as many as one million downloads.
- The title also enjoys a very positive reception. At the time of writing this news, the game has 10,941 positive reviews, which is 98% of all reviews (11,112).
However, not to rely on numbers alone, below you can read sample comments from players on Steam:
"A non-ironically well-spent time with a visual novel about Sonic's murder."
"I had no idea that I would spend an entire evening solving a murder case in Sonic's world, but I'm not complaining. I love this game so much," wrote Coyotii.
"Sonic has never been better," praises Saint.
"I really didn't expect such a fun and polished experience for free as an April Fool's joke," notes Klauskey.
The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog enjoys equally big popularity among the Reddit community. The forum dedicated to the game is teeming with comments from delighted players, who, thanks to Sega's inconspicuous game, have renewed their interest in the universe of the legendary hedgehog.