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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, including a jungle environment and a huge airship. Other unique differences are one level that scrolls automatically and one that is aligned vertically instead of horizontally. Most of the enemies (mechanized animals, defeated by Sonic's spikes when jumping or rolling) and power-ups (speed-ups, shields, extra lives) are the same as in the Genesis version 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. Some of the boss fights differ in the Master System and Game Gear versions of the game, with special designs for the handheld version due to the smaller visible screen area.

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 Inside water the view gets a "blue-green" tone.
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear Title screen with the usual "Press start button" !
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear The airship's main weapons are cannons, and she's full of them!
Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System ? sign

Promo Images

Sonic the Hedgehog Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "바람돌이 소닉" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Master System owners get to see what all the fuss is about. SEGA Master System Retro_Minded (21)
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* (38327)
A True Classic: The start of the legend! SEGA Master System M.Allen (76)

Critic Reviews

SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Game Gear May 21, 2013 10 out of 10 100
Retrogaming.it SEGA Master System Feb 28, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Pixel-Heroes.de SEGA Master System Nov, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Power Sonic Game Gear Jan 10, 2014 9.5 out of 10 95
Jeuxvideo.com SEGA Master System Mar 11, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Jeuxvideo.com Game Gear Dec 13, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Play Time SEGA Master System Dec, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Video Games Game Gear Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81
IGN SEGA Master System Aug 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic Game Gear Jun 21, 2008 C+ 58

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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.

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