Sonic 3D Blast

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This page is for the original port of the Sega Saturn version. For the emulated re-release of the Mega Drive version, see Sonic 3D Blast (2010).

Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic 3D Blast cover
Sonic Team
Traveller's Tales
Release dates
Windows September 9, 1997
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic 3D Blast on IGDB
Sonic 3D Blast guide on StrategyWiki
Sonic 3D Blast on MobyGames
Sonic 3D Blast on Wikipedia
Sonic CD (1996) 1996
Sonic's Schoolhouse 1996
Sonic 3D Blast 1997
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
Sonic R (1998) 1998
Sonic R (2004) 2004
Sonic Adventure (series)
Sonic Heroes 2004
Sonic Mega Collection Plus 2006
Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
Sonic 3D Blast (2010) 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2010
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2010
Sonic Spinball 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2011
Sonic 3 & Knuckles 2011
Sonic Generations 2011
Sonic CD (2012) 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012
Sonic Dash 2014
Sonic Lost World 2015
Sonic Mania 2017
Sonic Forces 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog (Mobile Decompilation) 2021
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mobile Decompilation) 2021
Sonic Colors: Ultimate 2021
Sonic Origins 2022
Sonic Frontiers 2022

Key points

Based on the Sega Saturn version, including enhanced graphics and sound quality over the emulated Genesis version.
Some reprints of the game are missing the music.
Despite being based off the Sega Saturn version, the PC version is missing some of its visual effects.
Released as Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island in Europe.

General information

Official developer site
Sonic Retro - A huge fan site for everything Sonic the Hedgehog. Mods for all the games can be found here


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check; Remove with Sega PC Reloaded.
A demo is available.

Essential improvements[edit]

Sega PC Reloaded[edit]

Korama's Sega PC Reloaded is an application that makes a selection of legacy Sega PC games playable on modern systems.
Adds more configuration options than what the game originally shipped with.
Using Sega PC Reloaded[1]
  1. Download the newest version of Sega PC Reloaded.
  2. Run SegaPCReloaded.exe, click the "Install Game" radio button, and click the Sonic 3D Blast button.
  3. Put your game disc into your cd drive. Click "Select source" and select the cd drive with the disc in it. Select a folder to install the game to.
  4. Open Windows Media Player. Click on "Sonic 3D Blast ([cd drive])", then click the check box for every music track and click "Rip CD".
  5. Locate the folder where the music was ripped to. Select every file and move them to a new folder <path-to-game>\MUSIC.
  6. For each music file, add 1 to the number in the file name. Your files should look something like this:
    1. 02 Title Theme.mp3
    2. 03 Game Over.mp3
    3. ...
    4. 24 Success 4.mp3
    5. 25 My Hero.mp3
  7. In your Sega PC Reloaded window, type MUSIC in the "Music folder" text box.
  8. Finally, click the "Launch!" button.


Use the ddwrapper method for a simpler modern PC fix at the cost of additional features.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location


Default options menu.
Default options menu.
Sega PC Reloaded options menu.
Sega PC Reloaded options menu.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Sega PC Reloaded.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use Sega PC Reloaded; V-sync method can either be normal or reversed.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Max is 60. Use Sega PC Reloaded, and in the in-game options menu, select Game > Desired Speed > Motion Smoothing.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
Use Sega PC Reloaded to play music from hard disk instead.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Poor frame rate[edit]

Newer versions of Windows have minimal support for games that use DirectDraw, thus poor frame rate. A custom DLL file may help.
Use Sega PC Reloaded[citation needed]
Use ddwrapper[2]
  1. Download ddwrapper from the creator's site.
  2. Place the downloaded ddraw.dll and aqrit.cfg file in the installation folder.
  3. Change this line in your aqrit.cfg file to "1": ForceDirectDrawEmulation = 1
  4. Save the file and run the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium class processor, 75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) SVGA, supports 16 bit high color (256 colors req.)