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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.


Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Game Gear An emerald
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Game Gear These tubes shoot you upwards
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Game Gear Options
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Game Gear The emerald is unlocked

Promo Images

Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Screenshot

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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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Play Time Aug, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Megablast Sep, 1994 72 out of 100 72
GamePro (US) Sep, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Power Sonic Jan 10, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Sep, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Aug, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Portable Review Jul 31, 2007 22 out of 40 55
Retro Archives Aug 28, 2018 9 out of 20 45
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1994 17 out of 40 42


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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.


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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