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SEGA's mascot Sonic the Hedgehog made his debut in a famous Genesis title, but Sega's 8-bit systems got their own version of the platformer, featuring the same story and gameplay style, but different levels.

To stop the evil Dr. Robotnik, Sonic must traverse six zones consisting of three levels each. Most of the zones are based on those in the original game, but some are entirely new. Enemies (mechanized animals, defeated by Sonic's spikes when jumping or rolling) and power-ups (speed-ups, shields, extra lives) are mostly the same as well. Sonic can pick up golden rings for protection (when hit, he simply loses all of his rings instead of a life) and bonuses: 100 rings gain Sonic an extra life, and 50 remaining rings at the end of a level allow access to pinball-themed special stages full of bumpers and springs. The final level of a zone is always a boss fight against Robotnik.

Sonic should also collect the six Chaos Emeralds to keep them from falling into Robotnik's hands. In a departure from the original game, these are not hidden in the special stages but somewhere in the regular levels.


Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Spikes
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Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Finished Level
Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Surveying spikes

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Master System owners get to see what all the fuss is about. Retro_Minded (8) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Move over, Alex Kidd. Sonic is in town *Katakis* (38182) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A True Classic: The start of the legend! M.Allen (76) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews Feb 28, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Game Freaks 365 Jun 10, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Power Sonic Jan 10, 2014 9.5 out of 10 95
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Play Time Dec, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Defunct Games Jan 07, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Retroage Sep 06, 2014 8.3 out of 10 83
Video Games Dec, 1991 81 out of 100 81
1UP! Nov 16, 2007 78 out of 100 78
IGN Aug 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75


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Master System II version

The Sonic The Hedgehog version that came built-in the Master System II console lacks credits. Because ROM chips were very expensive at the time, the credits were dropped to make room on the small ROM chip for the necessary BIOS routines for the console. By doing this, Sega avoided having to buy bigger and more expensive ROM chips for the console.

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