Sonic the Hedgehog
by Sega / Sonic Team
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This is the first of many games starring Sega's premier rodent, Sonic. It's a side scrolling platform game with a difference: speed. Sonic rushes through levels with incredible speed, allowing him to traverse loops and jumps with ease.
The plot of the game is simple. The evil Dr. Robotnik has captured many of Sonic's animal friends, and trapped them inside robots. Fortunately, Sonic can free his friends by destroying the robots with his spin attack. Meanwhile, Dr. Robotnik is trying to control the all-powerful chaos emeralds. Sonic must grab them before he does in the 3-d rotating bonus levels.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a significant game because it gave Sega it's first real mascot, and established the Genesis as the video game system with attitude.
Sonic was Sega's answer to Super Mario Bros, with flashier graphics, excellent music, bonus levels, and lightning fast game play. This game is a legitimate video game classic. Even by today's standards the graphics are beautifully detailed and pleasing to the eye, and each level has its own catchy theme music. One aspect that differentiated this game from others in 1991 was its speed. Sonic moves so fast through loop-to-loops and tunnels that you sometimes lose control of him temporarily. There are two ways to play Sonic games. Whizzing through the levels as fast as you can gets you big bonus points, but if you want to explore, you can take your time and discover secret areas and powerups. Bonus rounds, which are completely different from normal game play, allow you to collect gems needed to complete the game. There's not much to fault with this game. There are six zones with 3 acts each, so it takes a while to finish and there is no password or save feature. The underwater zone, in which everything moves in slow motion, can be a bit tedious. But overall the game is polished and super fun. Several sequels followed...
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The levels consist of 3 acts in each zone and a boss fight at the end of the third act, after which you move on to the next zone. The graphics were mind blowing for the time. Today, compared to some of the really intricate stuff in Sonic 2 and Sonic and Knuckles they are a little tame but they still look good overall. The layout of the levels is great, with rolling hills, wide open areas, loops to run through and walls to break. The entire Sonic series is known for its great levels and the original game is no exception.
The sound is excellent, from the classic “Sega” that you hear when first starting the game, to the music that plays in each stage. They're simply some of the best tracks on the Genesis.
This is one of those games that you have to own. If you haven’t played it then do yourself a favor and track it down as fast as you can. I’ve been playing it since 1991 and I still go back to it every now and then. Some legends never die.
Sonic the Hedgehog system requirements:P-200.
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP.
Game modes: Single game mode .
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