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Sonic the Hedgehog

MobyRank MobyScore
Wii
...
5.0
Game Gear
88
3.3
SEGA Master System
90
3.8
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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 Surveying spikes
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear Inside water the view gets a "blue-green" tone.
Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Master System Spikes
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* (37847)
A True Classic: The start of the legend! SEGA Master System M.Allen (76)

The Press Says

Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Jun 10, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Joystick (French) SEGA Master System Dec, 1991 97 out of 100 97
Power Sonic Game Gear Jan 10, 2014 9.5 out of 10 95
neXGam Game Gear Dec 27, 2009 9.2 out of 10 92
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Jan 06, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Jeuxvideo.com SEGA Master System Mar 11, 2011 18 out of 20 90
neXGam SEGA Master System Dec 27, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Jan 07, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Game Gear Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81
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.
Contributed to by GTramp (41282) and Terok Nor (19481)