- Control Zone
- Sonic the Hedgehog - The Return of Chaotix: Part 2
- Review Zone
- Decap Attack - Monster of the Year: Part 3
- Knuckles the Echidna - The Homecoming: Part 4
- Graphic Zone
- Amy Rose - Snow Business
- Next Issue
Sonic the Hedgehog
The Return of Chaotix is a 6-part story by Nigel Kitching, Richard Elson and Ellie de Ville. Sonic, Porker Lewis and the Chaotix Crew have discovered that the Miracle Planet is under Metallix rule and Sonic is keen to go up and sort this. On the way, Sonic discovers that Porker is actually a Porker Metallix and a tough battle is eventually ended by using the Link-Rings to punch Metallix clear. On the planet, they find the real Porker but the Brotherhood of Metallix have since turned Mobius into Planet Metallix.
Monster of the Year is a 3-part story written and drawn by Kitching, with letters from Tom Frame. Chuck D. Head is busy destroying his competitors for an award onstage, finally using Head to end them. As the winner is about to be announced, Chuck and Head part ways. However, the skull wins the Golden Fang award and becomes a celebrity. Chuck attempts to become friends with him again, but the monster is shown out of Castle Frank N. Stein.
Knuckles the Echidna
The Homecoming is a 4-part story written by Kitching, drawn by Nigel Dobbyn and lettered by Elitta Fell. The Floating Island has crash-landed on a Mobian mountain and the Mushroom Hill Zone is torn apart. With very little Master Emerald power left, Knuckles is forced to battle Doctor Zachary but evens things up by beheading his Guardian Robot. With no protection, Zachary is thrown into the sky when a tremor hits. Knuckles then uses the powered-up robot head as a temporary Master Emerald.
Snow Business is a complete story written by Lew Stringer, drawn by Carl Flint, coloured by Fell and lettered by Frame. The Freedom Fighters are enjoying New Year on the Ice Cap Zone and Sonic evades a mistletoe kiss by proposing a race. As the others race away, Amy is forced to battle a Snownik, tricking it into sliding off the edge of a cliff. When Sonic returns to help, Amy ambushes him with the mistletoe.
In this issue's Control Zone, Megadroid makes a New Year's resolution not to listen to the Humes and introduces the goodies inside. A look back at 1995 shows Sonic's successes in Knuckles' Chaotix and Sonic Drift 2. The Sega Charts show that Ground Zero Texas and Star Trek: Generations to still be top of the Mega-CD and Game Gear charts respectively. Mortal Kombat 3 is a new entry champion for the Mega Drive and Robocop vs Terminator moves to the top of the Master System pile.
The Review Zone is covered by Neil Bryant, awarding Pete Sampras '96 90% and Micro Machines '96 a massive 98%. The Graphic Zone is the "Jobsworth" zone this week, with Sonic and friends embarking on new careers and earning the artists a pack of Crayola Overwriters. Finally, Speedlines features letters from a Boomer frustrated by STC's tardiness, family arguments about pin-up placement and a free gift from Issue 63. All letters published received a Highgrove Sonic Stationary set in return.
- Deborah Tate - editor
- Audrey Wong - assistant editor
- Gary Knight - designer
- Carl Flint - cover art
- Richard Burton - managing editor
- Rob McMenemy - publisher
- Sarah Colley - production
- Sarah Connell - advertising