The original Sonic the Hedgehog game was a huge success at the time, and it’s easy to see why. The simple 3 button control system made it effortless to speed through complex tracks, and the jumping/combat system fits perfectly with the lightening fast gameplay.
This is exactly what you’d expect to get it you crossed American enthusiasm with Japanese style animated characters. A Hedgehog on speed that just wants to collect coins and beat up eggs. Oh yeah, the villain’s an egg in pants.
The little blue hedgehog basically carried the Sega Genesis, selling over 15 million copies. The game was considered Sega’s version of Nintendo’s Mario series, as Sonic was quickly made the face of the Sega brand.
The gameplay is just hectic enough, any quicker and it would be nigh on impossible to complete. The aim of the game is to defeat the evil Dr. Ivo ‘Eggman’ Robotnik by dismantling his army of robot-imprisoned animals. The golden rings act as your health as well as the scoring system. 100 eggs gets you an extra life, but get hit by an enemy without any coins in your hedgehog pockets, and you’ll lose a life.
You can also lose lives by falling into a bottomless pit, by drowning or by running out of time. The endless ways to die make Sonic the Hedgehog one of the most difficult games of the era. The Green Hill Zone, the most famous of the Sonic levels, is manageable, but after that it starts to get very challenging. Don’t let that out you off booting up an emulator and having a go! Yes you’ll die a bunch of times, but you’ll have a bunch of fun whilst you do.
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