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Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball

Critic Score User Score
Windows
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3.9
SEGA Master System
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3.1
iPhone
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5.0
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball SEGA Master System Title screen
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Genesis Diving in for an attack
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Genesis Ring around that circle three times to open up a new part of the table
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball SEGA Master System Sonic dies

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)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Feb, 1994 11 out of 12 92
Mega Fun Genesis Nov, 1993 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Oct, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Power Sonic Genesis 2014 8.1 out of 10 81
Mega Fun Game Gear Jul, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1993 7 out of 10 70
Portable Review Game Gear Jul 31, 2007 22 out of 40 55
Entertainment Weekly Genesis Feb 11, 1994 C 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Aug, 1994 4.3 out of 10 43
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 13, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 40

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Trivia

Development

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.

References

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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