This guide will explain as much as it can about the secrets hidden away in Sonic Origins and how you can use debug mode to enhance your experience within Sonic Origins.
For example, you would assume that you have to play a game from start to finish to get one of the completion achievements right? Well, it turns out there is a quicker way to unlock achievements that doesn’t involve actually playing the game from start to finish. That’s right, we can use the secret level select and debug mode to complete the games fast! Not only that, but we can also give ourselves a near infinite amount of COINS too using debug mode!
Additionally, level select and debug mode are accessed the same way for each of the games in Anniversary mode, Classic mode, and even Mirror mode.
However, it needs to be said, that debug mode and the level select could get patched out by SEGA at any time if they wanted to. So, I would recommend trying these tricks as soon as you can.
Now that it has been said, let use dive into it!
Here, you can spawn several objects that are seen in the game. These include obstacles, enemies, checkpoints, goal posts, and capsules. Specifically with capsules, you can spawn rings, shields, and even lives/COINS. There are also these letter S capsules that will transform the character into their super form instantly.
You can even overlap the capsules on top of each other, so that the player can continuously open them without moving. Basically, you can give yourself as many COINS as you need, and more importantly, you won’t lose them even in debug mode!
With debug mode, you can also save yourself from dying. As soon as the dying animation plays, go into the debug form. When you revert, you can continue as if you weren’t killed. This is very useful against the final bosses.
I’ll now show you how to unlock debug mode for each game and give a method to complete the game fast.
Player will change your character based on the corresponding number:
00 = Sonic and Tails
01 = Sonic
02 = Tails
03 = Knuckles
Enabling Spin Dash will give the player the Sonic 2 Spin Dash. It will also allow Sonic to use the Drop Dash.
Enabling S1 Spikes will make the spikes function like they did back when Sonic 1 was first released.
These are the various Items options available here:
There are also options to enable and disable Gnd Spd Cap and Air Spd Cap.
You can also set the max amount of Chaos Emeralds at 6 or 7
To unlock debug mode from here, go to the sound test and play in order 01, 09, 09, 01, 00, 06, 02, 03. If you did it correctly, a jingle should play confirming you enabled debug mode.
To unlock super mode for a character from here, firstly, set the max emeralds from 06 to 07. Then, go to the sound test and play in order 04, 01. 02, 06. If you did it correctly, a jingle should play confirming you got every emerald needed to go super.
Before you fight the final boss, go ahead and enter into your super form so that you won’t get hurt by the projectiles. You can still get squished, but you can save yourself by going into your debug form to continue fighting.
All you need to do is defeat the final boss and Sonic 1 will be counted as completed after the credits. Unfortunately, using a goal capsule and goal post here won’t end the game. You have to fight the final boss to end Sonic 1.
To unlock debug mode from here, go to the sound test and play in order 01, 09, 09, 02, 01, 01, 02, 04. If you did it correctly, a jingle should play confirming you enabled debug mode.
To unlock super mode for a character from here, go to the sound test and play in order 04, 01. 02, 06. If you did it correctly, a jingle should play confirming you got every emerald needed to go super.
If you press 00 three times at the sound test, you can access an extra game config menu. This works for Classic Mode too.
In here, you can change your player to these choices:
Knuckles and Tails
Sonic and Tails
You can change your items to these choices:
Shield and the three Elemental Shields
Mystery Items and Elemental Shields
There are also options to turn on or off flight and air cap.
Before you fight the bosses, go ahead and go into your super form. This will make the fights go by faster without the pain associated with the fights.
All you need to do is defeat the final bosses and Sonic 2 will be counted as beaten after the credits. Unfortunately, using a goal capsule and goal post here won’t end the game. Instead, you will be taken to Hidden Palace zone if you try to use a goal capsule or goal post in Death Egg Zone. You have to defeat the final boss to end Sonic 2.
To unlock debug mode from here, go to the sound test and play in order 01, 09, 09, 04, 01, 00, 01, 08. If you did it correctly, a jingle should play confirming you enabled debug mode.
To unlock super mode for a character from here, go to the sound test and play in order 04, 01, 02, 06. If you did it correctly, a jingle should play confirming you got every emerald needed to go super.
Hyper mode requires inputting 04, 01, 02, 06 twice on the sound test. You should hear a jingle both times to confirm hyper mode is unlocked.
At this screen, you are also able to swap between characters here. There is currently no way to access Knuckle’s version of Sky Sanctuary Zone with anyone else.
All you need to do is defeat the final boss and Sonic 3 will be counted as completed after the credits. There is a trick where you can save rings and fight the final boss using the debug form. The boss will still track your character even in debug form, so you can lead missiles back to him in the first phase. In the 2nd phase, just fly close to the boss while in debug form, then revert to your character to contact the boss. Your debug form will pass through any asteroids without losing rings. You have to defeat the final boss to end Sonic 3.
Go ahead and skip the special stages. The aim is to complete the game fast anyways, and the true ending isn’t required for that.
I would probably not time travel either, however you might have an easier time at a stage in another time period.
Defeating the final boss of Sonic CD will complete the game and unlock Mirror Mode after the credits.
Unlocking the stage select requires completing all the special stages in Time Attack mode in less than 5’00’00 or under 5 minutes for short. Unlocking the sound test requires completing all the special stages in Time Attack mode in less than 4’00’00 or under 4 minutes for short.
With sound test unlock, you will have access to debug mode and these other secrets!
Debug Mode – PCM 12 DA 11
Picture of Sonic in the style of a super hero – PCM 04 DA 21
A screenshot of an unreleased Sonic CD level – PCM 32 DA 08
Cute Sonic picture – PCM 11 DA 09
DJ Sonic picture – PCM 03 DA 01
Tails picture – PCM 12 DA 11
Secret Special Stage – PCM 07 DA 07
FUN IS INFINITE – PCM 12 DA 25
Fortunately, it doesn’t matter which ending you need to get, so the only thing that matters is reaching the ending game credits. If you need a Mirror Mode to be unlocked, aim to do the one for Sonic CD first.
A: Depends how much demand there is for that. These set of achievements aren’t particularly complicated to unlock though.
Q: Any additional features you want in Sonic Origins?
A: Since we have all these songs in the game, I was hoping that there will be an option for for more custom music options within the levels. For example, changing the Green Hill Zone music to The Doomsday Zone music.
Q: DENUVO SUCKS/NO TOGGLE FOR WIDESCREEN OR LIVES/I HATE THE SONIC 3 PROTOTYPE MUSIC/GARBAGE COLLECTION
A: Valid concerns. But they are not questions!
Q: Go play Sonic Forever, Sonic 2 Absolute and Sonic 3 AIR instead of this cash grab!
A: Also not a question! But I will agree they all definitely have more going for them than what Sonic Origins has done. But Sonic Origins is convenient to play on multiple gaming platforms.
Q: Will there be dlc like a playable Amy be in Sonic Origins?
A: Time will tell. It is up to Sega I guess.
Q: Will SHADOW be in Sonic Origins?
A: Get out of here already!
- Sonic Origins: How to Use Japanese Soundtrack (Sonic CD)
- Sonic Origins: How to Fix Most Crash/Lag Issue