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The evil doctor Robotnik has a new plan to take over the world. He has built a new weapon, the Veg-O-Fortress on Mount Mobius and with it, he is transforming all creatures into robots. Sonic sneaks into the fortress and tries to stop Robotnik.

Use Sonic as a pinball in 4 dangerous levels. Score points, get rings, collect Chaos Emeralds and destroy the boss at the end of each level.


Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Genesis Burnt by the toxic river
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Genesis Ring around that circle three times to open up a new part of the table
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Genesis Diving in for an attack
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Genesis Sonic checks the options menu

Promo Images

Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "STH Pinball" -- Informal title
  • "Sonic Spinball" -- Japanese title
  • "ソニック・スピンボール" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A tacky cash-in on Genesis' greatest platform game series. Gary Smith (65) 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Feb, 1994 8.7 out of 10 87
GamePro (US) Nov, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Play Time Dec, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun Nov, 1993 85 out of 100 85
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Oct 08, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Megablast Dec, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Sega Force Jan, 1994 72 out of 100 72
The Video Game Critic Sep 09, 2001 B- 67
Entertainment Weekly Feb 11, 1994 C 50


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This was the first (and thus far, only) Sonic game to be developed entirely in the USA.

On the final day of Spinball's development, the team was throwing their 'end-of-project' party when the Japanese group working on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 dropped in to see how things turned out. Among the group was Hirokazu Yasuhara, who, upon seeing the start-up sequence, wondered how the Spinball team talked Sega into paying for the rights to the original Sonic theme song. It turns out that the Spinball team was completely unaware that the rights for the original Sonic music belonged to Dreams Come True, who had become quite famous since the music was composed two years prior. Their asking price was more than Sega was willing to pay, so at the very last minute composer Howard Drossin whipped up a new opening jingle which became Spinball's theme.


The animals you free in the bonus games at the end of Toxic Caves and The Machine include Tails, as well as the supporting cast of Sonic the Hedgehog and the Archie comic book: Princess Sally, Boomer/Rotor, Bunnie, and Muttski. The Cluck bots that invade Toxic Caves and Lava Powerhouse are based on Robotnik's mechanical pet, also from the same show. Finally, the chicken bots circling the capsule in The March bonus are based on Scratch, one of Robotnik's incompetent cronies from The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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