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Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball

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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 SEGA Master System The beginning...
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Genesis Sonic fails this time...
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Windows Swimming on ooze
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Genesis My, what great big teeth you have

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. Genesis Gary Smith (65)

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Feb, 1994 11 out of 12 92
GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Power Sonic Genesis 2014 8.1 out of 10 81
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Oct 08, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Genesis Sep 03, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Genesis Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) iPhone Jan 11, 2011 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Genesis Sep 09, 2001 B- 67
Portable Review Game Gear Jul 31, 2007 22 out of 40 55
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 13, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 40


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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.

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