Sonic the Hedgehog

Critic Score User Score
Game Gear
88
...
SEGA Master System
90
3.8
Wii
...
5.0
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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 Game Gear Robotnik has a last hideout, his "Sky Base".
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear One of the bonus levels. This one is always falling down.
Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Finished Level
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear Title screen with the usual "Press start button" !

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User Reviews

Master System owners get to see what all the fuss is about. SEGA Master System Retro_Minded (8)
A great Sonic game that you can take anywhere! Game Gear Classix (95)
Move over, Alex Kidd. Sonic is in town SEGA Master System *Katakis* (37879)
A True Classic: The start of the legend! SEGA Master System M.Allen (76)

Critic Reviews

SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA Master System Mar 19, 2009 10 out of 10 100
Retrogaming History Game Gear Jan 29, 2009 10 out of 10 100
Power Sonic Nintendo 3DS Jan 10, 2014 9.5 out of 10 95
Power Sonic Wii Jan 10, 2014 9.5 out of 10 95
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Jan, 1992 11 out of 12 92
neXGam Game Gear Dec 27, 2009 9.2 out of 10 92
neXGam SEGA Master System Dec 27, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Retroage SEGA Master System Sep 06, 2014 8.3 out of 10 83
Power Play Game Gear Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Nintendo Life Wii Aug 04, 2008 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70

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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.
Contributed to by GTramp (42886) and Terok Nor (20159)