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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. 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.


Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear Sonic can't survive the deep water...
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear On the top of the mountains there's a labyrinth... which is actually the city's sewers.
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear The clouds above Scrap Brain appear calm and quiet...
Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear Scrap Brain's second level may appear confusing to newcomers, and long!

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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* (38182)
A True Classic: The start of the legend! SEGA Master System M.Allen (76)

Critic Reviews

Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Feb 28, 2008 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 Game Gear Dec 13, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Play Time Game Gear Feb, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Jan 07, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Game Gear Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Video Games Game Gear Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81 (UK) Wii Oct 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
IGN SEGA Master System Aug 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75


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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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