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I feel the need... the need for speed Katakis | カタキス (39520) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
The beginning of one of the most influential platformers Classic Nigel (150) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Blue, blue sky... Satoshi Kunsai (2093) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The need for speed Liam Dowds (51) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The game that started it all.... MrBee (29) unrated
KICK ASS! Tomer Gabel (4644) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
And so it begins... Kain Ceverus (34) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
great! marielle goaway (3) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Don't play it and you are SO SAD! Joel Chappell (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
this game will make you as dizzy as hell!! paul cairey (359) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
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Overall User Score (183 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Shin Force (Oct 30, 2016)
Any old game that is still being enjoyed by modern gamers truly is a work of genius. That's what Sonic the Hedgehog is: a work of genius. Sega should make quality Sonic games and market them properly *all the time* like other big budget games. Only a fool would believe that quality Sonic games aren't a great investment. Sega might lose money in some cases but overall there will be a huge net gain. The fact that Sonic is still so popular after all this time should prove beyond all doubt that some things are always popular (people still love baseball and soccer, don't they?).
Dragon (Oct, 1991)
The graphics and animation in Sonic the Hedgehog make this a serious contender for the best video game of the year. The cartoonlike animation of Sonic is incredible. When he is running very fast, Sonic's legs turn into circles, like those of the Road Runner. Moving too close to an edge has Sonic precarious balancing on it with one leg. The detail is excellent, from the backgrounds to the innocent-looking animals that run off the screen when Sonic destroys a robot. The sound is great as well. Some serious programming went into the making of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Entertainment Weekly (Aug 23, 1991)
Dazzlingly fast yet never chaotic, consistently challenging but never impossible, Sonic the Hedgehog is quite simply one of the best video games I've ever played. Superficially, it breaks no new ground: The spiky-haired hero jumps, dodges, and weaves his way through various worlds filled with bizarre creatures (yawn). The big difference is in Sonic's splendid graphics and play control.
The Video Game Critic (Sep 09, 2001)
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 power-ups. 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 three 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...
Au final, il est véritablement difficile de trouver quoique ce soit à redire sur les premières aventures de Sonic. Evidemment, la durée de vie n’est pas mirobolante, mais on parlera plus en termes qualitatifs que quantitatifs pour évoquer l’aventure qui se place aisément dans la moyenne haute de ce que proposaient les jeux de plate-forme à l’époque. Au niveau de la difficulté, si le finir ne représente pas le plus impossible des défis, le presser et en retirer tout son nectar vous prendra quelques temps. Les plus grincheux d’entres vous pourront peut-être critiquer une maniabilité un peu pataude en certaines occasions... Mais vous l’avez compris depuis bien longtemps, Sonic est un bijou fédérateur et inattaquable auquel personne ne peut rester insensible bien longtemps. Allez, suis l’index du hérisson et son petit rictus, ils veulent tout dire : « personne ne peux me résister ! »
Game Freaks 365 (Jul 04, 2007)
Sega almost tried to be everything with their mascot that Mario was not. They made him fast, athletic, slender and an anthropomorphic animal. He had an edge to him that differed with Mario's "anything goes, just don't mess with my princess" attitude. Sonic set the stage for a historic collision of two video game titans. At the time, you were either a Mario or Sonic fan. The 16-bit generation would be the only generation in the industry's history that was so closely divided. While you may dispute whether Sonic the Hedgehog is the best platformer ever made or even the best in the Sonic series, one can not deny the impact that this game had on the future of video games.
100 (Aug 20, 2004)
In 1991 Sega released a game that they hoped would be the anti-Mario. The game was Sonic the Hedgehog and it did everything Sega dreamed it would and a whole lot more. Sonic the Hedgehog is really the total package, which is why it has survived for so long. 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.
VideoGame (Jul, 1991)
Está chegando ao Brasil, lançado pela Tec Toy, o porco-espinho (hedgehog, em inglês) mais rápido desta - e de outras - galáxias. Sonic foi o jogo premiado pela Consumer Eletronics Show (CES) de Dezembro de 1990 como o jogo do ano. E não é para menos: o game tem gráficos excelentes, e toda a movimentação do novo personagem é revolucionária. Nesta aventura, ele deve salvar os anmais de seu planeta, transformados em robôs. Ele faz isso pulando sobre eles. E, no final de cada uma das seis fases, um inimigo para derrotar, até a expulsão total dos invasores. Aqui uma apresentação desse jogo. Confira!
97 (Feb 14, 2006)
En definitiva, Sonic the Hedgehog es una joya de incalculable valor. Tiene el honor de ser el primer gran juego de una consola de 16 bits, el honor de haber iniciado una de las sagas con más solera de la historia de los videojuegos y una de las más apreciadas por los aficionados, el honor de haber creado un símbolo para una compañía, y el honor de ser el primer juego del personaje de videojuegos más popular de la historia en el Reino Unido.
Raze (Sep, 1991)
Sega obviously spent a lot of time and money on Sonic with the deliberate aim to turn the eponymous character into some kind of cult hero and mascot for Sega. The great thing about it for us is that we get possibly the most playable game yet on the Mega Drive (and we don't have to put up with any more Nintendo owners going on about that pesky plumber all the time). Now we've got our own breed of hero to wave in their faces, and this guy deserves the adoration.
Power Sonic (Jan 10, 2014)
Graficamente o jogo se destaca por suas cores vivas e por backgrounds (planos de fundo) bem desenhados. As fases são equilibradas, sem ser ao mesmo tempo fáceis demais ou exageradamente difíceis. Os cenários variam de paisagens tropicais, a palácios de mármore e até cenários noturnos. A trilha sonora ficou bem agradável, sem ser "enjoenta". Os efeitos sonoros são simples e não merecem maior atenção. O grande ponto positivo do game é a jogabilidade, um requisito que foi muito bem atendido com a maior velocidade. O jogo é rápido, sendo possível zerá-lo tranquilamente em 1 hora. É bem equilibrado, e o controle responde bem aos comandos. O quesito diversão é outro muito bem correspondido: as fases possuem alguns acessos secretos, o que força o player a ter que explorar bem as fases. Às vezes é possível achar vários itens, anéis e até vidas secretas. Além disso, o game possui fases secretas, que são os Special Stages.
Hobby Consolas (Oct, 1991)
La leyenda de Sonic era totalmente cierta, es indiscutiblemente perfecto. Uno de esos juegos que hace de la consola el mejor invento de los últimos tiempos.
Consolemania (Oct, 1991)
Il nostro giudizio è comunque più che positivo, perché Sonic resta in questo momento il gioco più giocabile che potrete trovare sul Mega Drive e forse su ogni altra console.
Better than Mario? I honestly wouldn't like to say. What I will say, however, is that Sonic The Hedgehog is streets ahead of every game of this genre currently available, and I for one am looking forward to the further adventures of this garden-trashing little tinker!
In its attempt to create a game that would do for the Mega Drive what Mario has done for Nintendo, Sega deserves credits for not coming up with just another uninspired clone, but a game that's genuinely original in its approach to the platform genre and still immense fun to play. Admittedly there are infuriating aspects, like the tiresome way in which Sonic sometimes has to negotiate steep hills and the occasionally fiddly control, but these are but minor bumps in what is otherwise a lovely, smooth velvet blanket of playability. It's difficult without being frustrating, addictive without being repetitive and altogether a joy to play.
1UP! (Dec 15, 2001)
Alors finalement, qu'on aime ou non le style Sonic, on ne peut en tous cas pas reprocher à ce tout premier épisode de ne pas exploiter la console, ni de manquer d'originalité. C'est sans aucun doute cette marginalité vis à vis des autres et des Mario en particulier qui en a fait sa force et la raison pour laquelle dans le coeur de certains il reste le meilleur. S'attaquer à un genre établi et y imposer son style, c'est ce que Sega a fait avec Sonic et parvient encore à faire avec Shenmue.
Mean Machines (Jul, 1991)
Yep, it’s true – Sonic is really great! I can’t think of a Megadrive game with more spectacular graphics – even Mickey Mouse wasn’t as visually exciting as this – and everything is just so fast and smooth it’s astonishing! The design of the levels and the obstacles is ingenious (the Labyrinth zone is a blast!), and I love the fact that you can really explore the levels for different routes and secret rooms, rather than simply having to get from left to right. The instant-loss-of-all-rings factor tended to be a little frustrating, but it certainly didn’t prevent me coming back to this game again and again. The wait has been worth it Megadrive fans – this is a game you MUST get!
Retro Archives (Aug 30, 2017)
Sega voulait une mascotte, alors Sega a créé une mascotte – et avec quelle maestria! L’une des rivalités les plus célèbres de l’histoire vidéoludique doit beaucoup à celui qui sera resté, pendant toute l’ère 16 bits, un concurrent de taille au plombier de chez Nintendo. Très beau, d’une jouabilité exemplaire, fun comme rarement l’avait été un jeu à l’époque, suffisamment difficile pour représenter un challenge sans jamais se montrer inutilement frustrant ou punitif, Sonic the Hedgehog aura été un des plus grands coups de maitre de la firme au logo bleu, et l’initiateur d’une saga qui aura durablement marqué la décennie qui l’aura vu naître.
Definitely, without a doubt, positively the most incredible action game ever created for the Genesis!
Play Time (Oct, 1991)
Sonic the Hedgehog ist strenggenommen wohl ein übliches Platformgame. Mit diesem Titelhelden und dessen atemberaubenden Fähigkeiten aber ein bislang absolut einzigartiges, Dafür, daß es bei sechs dreigeteilten Levels keine Paßwörter und Continues gibt, macht das Auswendiglernen des richtigen Vorgehens, der Wege und Gefahren aber einen Riesenspaß und wird nie langweilig werden. Vorallem, da es immer wieder etwas Neues zu entdecken gibt.
90 (Dec 02, 2006)
Un jeu de plate-forme version héroïne pour la Megadrive, qui tient son concurrent au plombier italien vêtu de rouge. Le jeu est une merveille, il se finit aisément, et on en redemande. Heureusement qu’il y a eu des suites!
Sonic ist sicherlich das technisch bisher am beeindruckendste Programm fürs Mega Drive. Grafik und Sound sind ebenfalls Spitzenklasse und haben neben inspirierten Elementen auch die nötige Eigenständigkeit. Die Spielbarkeit ist mir persönlich ungenügend, da Sonic enorm träge beschleunigt und, ist er einmal auf Touren, nicht sonderlich gut unter Kontrolle zu halten ist.
90 (Jan 06, 2010)
Tout simplement révolutionnaire à sa sortie, le jeu n’a pas pris une ride et est toujours aussi agréable à jouer. Servi par un gameplay millimétré et un level design approprié, ce Sonic a placé la barre très haut et ne sera égalé que par les autres épisodes de la série sortis sur Megadrive. Monument du jeu video, il semble indispensable d’y jouer, ne serait-ce que par égard envers votre culture générale !
Thunderbolt Games (Jan 09, 2008)
Unfortunately, Sega didn’t decide to add any extra content to the Xbox Live release, but for a measly 400 MS points (around £3), you can once again experience the genre-defining game that still is as fun to play as it was in 1991. With the added bells and whistles of achievements and an online leader board it’s an attractive offer for Sonic fans and people interested in platformers alike. If you’ve never played Sonic before, firstly; shame on you, and secondly; play it and experience the delights you have missed out on the past 16 years!
Retrogaming History (Jan 20, 2010)
La grande S, grazie all’efficace combinazione di alcune ottime idee, un’eccellente programmazione e di un’aggressiva quanto efficace campagna pubblicitaria, riuscì nel proprio intento e creò con Sonic The Hedgehog uno dei personaggi più noti della storia dei videogiochi. Il platform che vede l’esordio del celeberrimo porcospino blu è un vero gioiello di realizzazione tecnica e irresistibile gameplay arcade e delinea un nuovo approccio al genere che non mancherà di avere numerosi imitatori, quasi mai in grado di impensierire il primato della nuova VG star. Le uniche riserve riguardano la longevità, classico punto debole di molti Sonic games che, in ogni caso, non impedisce a questo titolo di ritagliarsi un posto indelebile nella memoria di moltissimi videogiocatori.
Players guide the running, jumping, spinning, enemy-pouncing title character through six colorful, beautifully illustrated zones (including the Spring Yard Zone and the Labyrinth Zone), zipping through them with reckless abandon, or exploring them a little more slowly in hopes of finding hidden rings, lives, power sneakers, and other goodies. The bad guys (such as Caterkiller and Dr. Robotnik) are memorable, there are cool obstacles to avoid (including spikes and lava) and fun bonus levels to play, and gameplay is butter smooth and nice and easy (probably too easy).
Netjak (Aug 23, 2005)
Simple can be better sometimes. Yuji Naka really screwed up when he tried to replace the expansive levels of 2d Sonic with fancy 3d tricks. Few games beat the 2d Sonic the Hedgehog games in terms of simplicity. And in this case, that’s a good thing.
Quebec Gamers (Jan 06, 2007)
Sonic est un jeu que je trouve encore incroyable aujourd'hui. Autant traverser à toute vitesse des endroits en faisant des 360 est agréable, autant traverser des zones plus lentes en amassant des rings et en rebondissant sur des ressorts l'est tout autant car on n'abuse pas de ces caractéristiques. La mécanique est extrêmement solide et la jouabilité unique. C'est un jeu que je mets dans mon Genesis une fois de temps en temps afin de faire une petite partie agréable. C'est un classique intemporel que vous vous devez au moins d'essayer une fois si vous ne l'avez pas déjà fait.
86 (May 20, 2006)
En su conjunto Sonic the Hedgehog supone la entrada por la puerta grande de Sonic al mundo de los videojuegos. Un título muy divertido y original que inaugura un subgénero en las plataformas con mayor peso en la velocidad y la acción; en el que, además, su sencillo control lo hace más accesible, dejando la complejidad para el diseño de cada zona. Quizás lo peor que se le pueda achacar al cartucho es la escasez de fases (su duración total ronda las dos horas) pero gracias a sus excelentes trazados, varios caminos secundarios y a las esmeraldas del caos la obra del Sonic Team logra compensar su corta duración con un alto interés en volver a completar la aventura.
Megablast (1992)
Technisch wurde das unterhaltsame Gameplay astrein in Szene gesetzt: Die abwechslungsreichen Szenarien scrollen mit einem Affenzahn in jede beliebige Richtung, die vielen Sprites sind witzig animiert, die Soundkulisse gefällt durch flotte Musik und knackige FX. Keine Überraschung also, daß Sonic es Mario nachtut und in Serie geht: während Ihr diese Zeilen legt, dürfte die Fortsetzung bereits in den Verkaufsregalen weilen. Zu schade, daß der schnelle Zweitigel nicht schnell genug für unseren Redaktionsschluß war.
Power Play (Sep, 1991)
Nach wochenlangem Sonic-Spielen kamen zwei Tester zu recht gegensätzlichen Ansichten: Ich halte Sonic für einen Meilenstein an Rasanz und Spielbarkeit und für ein Feuerwerk an grafischen, akustischen und inhaltlichen Einfällen. Die Bonusrunden allein sind superb und zeigen der Konkurrenz, was man aus diesem oft schändlich vernachlässigten Spielabschnitt herausholen kann. Der Held Sonic hat schon jetzt zu Recht Kultstatus. Mickey Mouse muß sich anstrengen, den Igel vom Videospielethron wieder zu vertreiben. Da Sonic nur laufen, kugeln und hüpfen kann, hat man den Einstieg schnell gefunden; erst nach eingen Levels merkt man, daß die Spielfigur (nicht zuletzt dank einiger Hilfsmittel) doch recht vielseitig ist. Als Mario-Konkurrent hat Sonic jedoch wenig Chancen.
Gaming since 198x (Sep 15, 2008)
Beau, rapide et fun: Sonic the Hedgehog est un véritable bijou et s'il a installé définitivement Sonic comme mascotte de Sega, ce n'est pas par hasard. Un léger bémol pour les deux derniers niveaux moins bons que les premiers, mais le jeu reste un hit de premier choix.
Just Games Retro (Jul 10, 2011)
So, is Sonic a better game than ‘lil J Man originally thought? Absolutely. Will I be checking out later games in the series? You bet. Do they add some form of saves or passwords in Sonic 2? God, I hope so. There’s more than enough Sonic collections for every game system available, even on Nintendo’s Virtual Console (delicious irony!), so it’s worth taking the blue hedgehog for a spin if you’re curious about the series. The only caveat is that the ever-reliable Internets claim later Sonics are even better, so you might want to check those out before dropping your cash on his seminal outing.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Jul 18, 2007)
Sonic the Hedgehog begeistert von der ersten Sekunde! Ein pfeilschnelles, irrwitziges und zugleich einzigartiges Spielerlebnis wartet auf Xbox-Live Arcade auf euch. Für 400 Microsoft Points gibt es für Jump and Run Fans keinen besseren Klassiker!
The DOS Spirit (Dec 25, 2013)
Kort sagt: en ikonisk plattformer med en hei dundrende idé som kanskje setter flere kjepper enn det strengt tatt burde ved å ikke fokusere nok på at ting skal gå unna. Dette gjorde de heldigvis noe med i oppfølgerne i årene etter.
HonestGamers (Dec 20, 2003)
So while we don’t get seven levels of spirited, unchecked expeditiousness, we get one, and three others that are more than consolation prizes. If the change up that the slow levels hit you with doesn’t put a damper on your mood (akin to driving in school zones in North America after a short stint on the Autobahn), you may truly see Sonic as the classic that so many have called it. However, it might be more likely that upon closer inspection, you’ll find a speedy, spunky hero creating magic early on, struggling to find it at times, and banished to unfair and unfitting drudgery at times, amounting to an unbalanced, mostly easy, mostly fun adventure. It’s worth buying to touch your feet down - however fleetingly - on those magical Green Hills.