Sonic the Hedgehog™
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 3.0.1
- Compatibility: 4.0.3 and up
- Author: SEGA
- Content rating: Rated for 3+
- Package name: com.sega.sonic1px
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 3.0.3
- Size: 73.8 MB
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Author: SEGA
- Content rating: Rated 4+
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- In-App Purchases:
- Remove non-SEGA Adverts $1.99
Sonic the Hedgehog review
It’s where adventures of the most famous hedgehog begin. Sega and Sonic start with the same letter, and it doesn’t look like a coincidence. The blue hedgehog that can roll in and dash through has become the company’s mascot, and his story is still in Top-100 of greatest games of all times.
Now the game is still available on modern mobile devices, even though the original platform has become obsolete. But it’s content that we truly love about all those consoles, right? So bow down to The Invincible Hedgehog again!
Though Sega has revamped the start menu to make it look modern, there’s still the good old Sonic inside. The sounds are also 8-bit, enhancing the original authentic experience. Yes, the picture looks a bit too pixel for today, but that’s the classic game the designers did not dare to distort. It’s been transferred onto Android the way it originally was, like Sega does with its classical fund.
In spite of hardware limitations of that era, Sonic looks really vivid. The environment is all living: birds fly up there, sun rays play on rings surface, bridges bend under Sonic’s weight, and dropped rings bounce as they hit the ground. These details may be unnecessary for the gameplay, but they enhance the total perception. The bright colors that impressed critics on the initial release still look great.
By the way, this is the proof: Sega can, really can optimize its old games for new platforms. Even old Android devices run Sonic the Hedgehog as smooth as Sonic rolls on a flat surface. The requirements are moderate and include Android 4.0.3 or higher. It’s hard now to find a working device with older Android version, so your ability to play Sonic the Hedgehog on Android is virtually guaranteed.
It’s hard to find a more prominent platformer game with all the elements we love about it. Sonic jumps over enemies to free some rabbits or little birds from them, jumps up or rolls down to collect the rings, avoids encounters with unknown creatures (otherwise he loses all the rings collected) and rolls through loop-de-loops causing vertigo even if you’re sitting still at the moment.
Your mission (in case you somehow keep your Sonic virginity until now) is to go through 7 classical worlds, level by level. They are connected with the storyline where Sonic saves the world from some evil Dr. Eggman, a memetic character listed among the best gaming villains. But, in fact, are you here for the story?
Reaching the destination will get you to the next level, but the less time you have used and the more rings you have collected, the better is your score. Watch the rings! When you run into some living obstacles, you lose them all.
There are other characters you can play as well. Knuckles and Tails are no more storyline sidekicks, now they are playable and offer some different mechanics in the same environment. But still, we guess, Sonic remains undisputable.
The game is very physical; it’s harder to climb up and easier to roll down, the loops can be rolled through if you have enough energy gained. You can return to any spot within the level to collect the missing ring or jump onto a monitor for some powerup. And yes, Special Levels you enter after first or second stage (if you have collected over 50 rings) are also here.
And in case you didn’t know: it’s truly hard. Prepare for endless hours with your device in your hands, chasing the escaping platform or collecting the last ring! But this time you spend pays with the purest gaming excitement.
This time preserving the original control system has been made flawlessly. It’s good to have an up-to-date start menu, but when it comes to playing Sonic, there’s nothing like joystick-and-button system. We never encountered any problems with reacting or misinterpreting the command.
And yes, Sonic the Hedgehog supports external controllers, both wireless and OTG ones. The tactile experience is recommended, especially if you played the original Sonic in your childhood and have a Bluetooth/USB joystick now. In fact, Sonic is a good reason to afford one, if you haven’t yet.
Replay Value 5/5
As it often happens with platformers, it’s hard to get the best possible score at once. Usually it takes a lot of tries to reach the best possible result. But it’s Soniс! So, even when you have gone through all the levels, collected all the rings and shrunk your time to the minimum, you’ll want to replay them just for meeting Sonic and his friends once again.
And don’t forget about Tails and Knuckles: these characters can bring some new flavor into the game you know inside out.
Sega always makes the same offer to its loyal fans. You can play Sonic the Hedgehog for free, though your process will sometimes be interrupted with ads, and your progress can only be stored in the cloud. To make the game ad-free and save your games locally you must pay $2.99. We don’t think it’s too much for this evergreen (or rather everblue) masterpiece.
Cloud saving also explains why you need to be online to play Sonic the Hedgehog, with no slightest multiplayer option. Some may find this confusing.
It’s the original Sonic, the purest experience of the early 1990s and still an up-to-date game as the platformer genre keeps living and progressing. Even if you somehow managed to ignore Sonic while being a fan of some other game genre, you need to get familiar with it. Because Sonic has always been a creature of a cult. And who knows; maybe we are to grow into new tribal order, and some tribe 2.0 would call Sonic its totemic animal, along with Garfield the Cat or Red Bird.
It’s Sonic on your smartphone; do you need more reasons to jump for joy and dash through the ceiling?
Pros : The original Sonic the Hedgehog experience;
Undistorted graphics and sound;
7 worlds plus bonus levels;
Good optimization and low hardware requirements.
Cons : Too addictive (even if you have gone it through a hundred times, you’re not safe);
Requires constant connection to the Internet while only offering single player mode.
Replay Value 5.0