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Sonic the Hedgehog (SEGA Master System)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Title Screen
Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Jumping
Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Green Hill Overview
Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Finished Level

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User Reviews

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* (37850) 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

The Press Says

Game Freaks 365 Jun 10, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Nov, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 97 out of 100 97
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1992 11 out of 12 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 11, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Defunct Games Jan 07, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Apr, 1991 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) Dec, 1991 4 out of 5 80
IGN Aug 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75

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Trivia

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.
Terok Nor (19339) added Sonic the Hedgehog (SEGA Master System) on Sep 30, 2008
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