Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog is a mobile port of the classic Sega Genesis videogame. In it, players take control of Sonic, a blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and spins like a buzz saw. New players will quickly adjust to the simple control scheme and straightforward gameplay. All players are in for a treat, as this mobile entry is an excellent new visit to a legendary game.
Sonic’s previous entries to the mobile gaming scene weren’t often met with praise from hardcore fans. Games like Sonic Jump and Sonic Dash were great, but a far cry from classic Sonic. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 captured the feel of the classic games, but ran into its own set of issues. Fortunately, Sega has been able to gather what the core Sonic audience likes and dislikes and they’ve put it all together in this outing. The biggest point of criticism Sega is likely to face is the control scheme, but the on-screen controls are some of the sharpest we’ve seen, and it feels great. Touch screen controls lack a bit of precision compared to physical controllers, but there’s still not much to complain about on this one. Sonic purists may also take issue with Sonic being able to use his spin dash (a feature not available in the original game), but many players won’t even notice as the move has become a trademark of the series.
Sonic the Hedgehog comes with more than just the original game. The introduction of the time attack mode allows players to try completing each stage as quick as possible. There are pre-set time limits that provide little challenge, but the game also comes with a leaderboards feature that lists the best times of other players. Each individual stage has its own leaderboard, giving players numerous chances to race to the top. Sonic the Hedgehog also comes with twelve achievements. None of the achievements are inherently easy, causing them to add an extra layer of replay value. Achievements, time attack, and leaderboards are all small additions that work together in creating one of the best Sonic the Hedgehog experiences. With classic characters Tails and Knuckles featured as unlockable content, the replay value only soars higher.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a great example of how to release a classic game on mobile devices. Outside of small gameplay additions, like spin dashing and saving between levels, this is the same Sonic the Hedgehog people have been playing for more than 20 years. Long-time players will love to know there are no in-app purchases nor any obstructive ads. Time attack and leaderboards add a nice competitive aspect to the experience, while achievements increase the replay value. The only potential issue stems from the touch screen controls, but most players will simply need some time to adjust. The $2.99 price tag is perfect for long-time Sonic fans who want a great mobile version of the game, and cheap enough to invite new players.
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A classic game with sharp controls and modern features.